A Farewell to Arms

I finally finished reading this Hemingway novel.  It took a very long time.  I’ve never been one to appreciate the classics, so it’s not worth criticizing me that.  The end was kind of worth the entire read, I guess.  If anything, it did teach me a few lessons in writing: Do not take 180 (eBook) pages before the first interesting thing happens. Do not then spend 70 more pages rambling until the next interesting thing happens. Always make characters likable, so that if you do … Continue reading

Spooky

I want walls filled with art. If anyone would like to donate walls filled with art, or even simply art for me to fill my current walls with, contact me and we will arrange for this.  Everything I see on Etsy, I want.  And then there’s the furniture part – everything I see on the IKEA site, I want. It’s a big problem. I wonder if I tried to paint if I’d know how now.  A few years ago, I gave it a shot and … Continue reading

With reference to badgering

As a writing exercise, I am trying to summarize in one sentence the plot of my best seller novel to come. I will give you a sneak preview: “A ” If you can envision a cursor blinking in the area immediately following the space and directly before the quotation mark, this is what I have been staring at for about 20 minutes now. Well, 18, if you count the time I took out to recover from the a very timely and eerie nosebleed. “Lol”, as … Continue reading

I start to feel old when the hydro company sends me an information packet complete with off-peak times graphed onto stickers and I wish they instead sent me magnets. The dog has a habit of scrambling up in a clamour when I move my foot or even when we look a different way than we have been.  She also has a habit of being right at your feet when you haven’t been paying enough attention to notice her creeping up. She’s like a fluffy and more … Continue reading

Reading Rainbow

Good idea, to whichever spammer suggested I put a Facebook ‘Like’ button on the posts.  (There are  a LOT of spammers.  I’m sorry if as a commenter I one day confuse you for one.  Just hiss at and scold me and I will learn the real deal.) We’ll get around to adding the Like button eventually. I’m very quiet lately, and for this I apologize.  Miklos found me a Blackberry Playbook for an incredible deal and I am in love with BookReader (sorry Kobo; read … Continue reading

Fish n Chips n Vinegar… Pepper Pepper Pepper, Salt.

I got this book for about $10 the other day at Coles. I realize I’m becoming the two-jobbed housewife, but what a great resource! There are like a bazillion tips on ways to use salt, vinegar, lemons, and baking soda for just about everything around the house; things you’d expect, and also neat tricks like making a pet behaviour-modifying spray out of one part vinegar and one part water. So far, so good. Another thing I picked up was a travel journal. I can’t wait … Continue reading

That Tears It.

I’m buying all my toiletries from Walmart from now on. Now, don’t get me wrong. I hate Walmart just as much as the next person, but I sure don’t hate how they’re $4 less for a large jug of shampoo than it costs to buy a much smaller bottle at the store I work for. Even at discount, I get nothing like that. Points? Who gives a shit? I’d rather have money in my pocket, not points I’m always hesitant to spend. Dear John was … Continue reading

Scissor-Gripped

These days, I feel like Johnny Depp is only doing Tim Burton movies out of politeness. Speaking of movies, I’m off to see the crazily-hyped Avatar tonight with Miklos. My boss’s treat. That’s the best kind. I hear Avatar is the best movie I’ve never seen and that it will blow me away, especially in 3D. Dear heavens. I’m reading A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon and I am in love with it so far. So many of the characters remind me of people … Continue reading

A funny thing happened on the way to the crazy house…

Dan has returned. I like when he blogs and you should too, because he is a real laugh riot. No, I mean that. Go read it or I stab you. Man, I’ve got nothing to say to this blog lately. Except that things are falling into place and school’s almost done. Can’t wait. I’m reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs on the suggestion of someone I go to school with, which is amazing, because who knew business students could read, let alone read what turn … Continue reading