I do love clementines....... :)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I heard about this book from another blog and wanted to check it out. Its a collection of short stories.From Publishers Weekly
Unabashed materialism is tempered by dry wit in this collection of 12 jaunty short stories about heartache and love by a young prize-winning French writer. The first-person narrators speak directly to the reader: "So anyway, as I was saying," "I'm not saying that to be a smartass" and even "Hmpphh, whatever." This playfulness often masks hurt: protagonists range from a female veterinarian who is gang-raped by drunken farmers to a pop singer isolated by fame and drugs, to a traveling salesman who plays a role in a terrible traffic accident. The collection's shorter stories are slight; nothing much happens, or problems raised are shrugged off without any attempt at resolution. The book's gems, on the other hand, delight by adding action to the mix. In "Junior," two boys borrow dad's Jaguar, with disastrous results; in "Clic-Clac" two sisters help their brother jump-start a love affair with a delectable colleague. If love is one recurring theme, another is class, particularly the distinction between middle and upper classes in French society. In "This Man and This Woman," a couple's loveless marriage is equated with their predictable taste in clothing and furnishings: "It's all kind of nouveau riche, but fortunately they don't realize it." Deftly translated by Marker, this uneven but entertaining collection displays a deliciously Gallic insouciance.
One good thing about laundry time is that it gives me time to read. And they have a flat screen tv here too, currently set on HGtv ;)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I made chili today in my crockpot. Mostly it consisted of hamburger and 15 different types of beans. :) I was in a weird mood today and threw everything in at lunch time. I had a spice mix I got for Christmas and wanted to try it out. I was surprised how well it came out for a spur of the moment crockpot dish. Not too hot and very yummy. :) I think the fact it came out good cheered me up. Currently watching Heroes. Honestly I was feeling really grumpy and very few things were cheering me up today. I felt like I was having such an off day...hoping tomorrow will be so much better...
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I need to go do groceries...and I had a weird craving...scrambled eggs topped with bruschetta and chicken nuggets. I am finally using my stainless steel straw...so far I really like it. :) I have a bad habit of saving stuff until the right moment but decided it was about time to use it.