July 30th, 2004

Lippi Madonna & Child

Various and Sundry Update-y Type Things

Let's see . . . what have I been up to for the past few days?

Well, there are a variety of updates on things I've mentioned earlier. We now have pop-tarts. Several varieties. And Connor loves them. He ate at least three this afternoon before I realised what he was doing and made him stop. ::grin:: So, I suppose the obsession is not likely to fade anytime soon. (He was obsessed with Extreme Pudding Sticks for a while until he actually tried one and wasn't impressed). But he actually likes the pop-tarts. Oh well. I suppose there are worse things he could like . . . like, erm . . . coke-a-cola. Yeah, that would be worse. Or just eating spoonfuls of sugar. Yeah. That would be really bad. Pop-tarts are downright healthy by comparison. ::facepalms::

The duvet cover is very nearly finished! All I have left to do is hem the one unfinished edge, and install the snaps. Whoo HOO! It looks great on the bed . . . and (fairly important) the duvet actually fits inside it and lays properly! ::grin:: (I was a bit concerned because the queen sheet I used as a backing was just a wee bit smaller than the duvet, and then you have to take into account the seams . . . but it turned out just fine). It's so purty, in fact, that I took PICTURES! ::grin::

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In other news, I had a great chat on the telephone with gail_b (see! I do talk on the phone! I don't always let the machine answer and laugh! ::grin::) . . . we talked about PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK! WHOO HOO!!!!! Which now include trips to Haight-Ashbury *and* Venice Beach. We're going to try to hit the very grooviest spots. ::grin::

Oh - and Gail, you know that chicken and leek pie I cooked while I was on the phone with you? You know, as in, I actually *cooked* a proper meal??? Well, because we were on the phone, Kevin couldn't get through when he tried to call to see if I'd had anything planned for dinner, so he stopped and got KFC on the way home. Ack! Hee hee hee. But here's the really *really* cool thing . . .

When I asked Connor which he'd rather have - the chicken pie or KFC chicken - he chose THE PIE!!!!!!! ::grin:: Isn't he the coolest kid evah? I really expected him to ask for the take-away, instead of some stinky old homemade pie. But he wanted the pie! ::happy dance:: Okay, maybe I'm a bit lame for being so happy about this, but for some reason it really meant a lot to me that he chose the dinner I cooked over the KFC. I mean, this is a kid who *lives* for Burger King. He likes to eat out more than I do. (Well, maybe not, but it's close). And he asked for my chicken pie! ::still dancing::

Well, it's late now. And I think I'll go to bed and get started on The Reptile Room.

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Books

Book #74 - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

#74 - The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

I sort of wanted to read this book, because so many people were talking about it (I like to be reasonably up-to-date with the most popular current reads), but I was also dreading it because of the subject matter. It's about (and this really isn't a spoiler, trust me) a teenaged girl who is murdered, and the aftermath of her death on her family and friends. The twist is that the story is told *by* the dead girl. I was concerned, though, that it would be too intense, too horrible to read about this sort of subject matter, and that I'd regret it afterwards. (Because, of course, once you've read or seen something and it's entered your psyche, you can't just "undo" it; Over the years, I've struggled with what I consider to be unreasonable fears caused by media I've experienced, so I've become much more selective in my viewing/reading these days; if I think something will disturb or really frighten me, I just don't watch it). Still, I was curious, and when I had the opportunity to join a bookring for the book, I signed up.

I needn't have worried. It was a wonderful, touching and beautiful book. I think I'd better put the rest of my comments behind a cut, because they Collapse )
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