Friday, October 17, 2014

Five More Things (So soon? WHY YES!) at 5:00

  1. Apparently there is this new, incredible Flavoured Milk to Rule Them All and people are crazy about it.  Haki has checked two supermarkets with high hopes.  Have you tried it?  Is it worth all this hype?  I've just emailed to ask if they'll tell me how to get some so I can answer that question too.
  2. I recently re-viewed this Morning Through Esky's Eyes video and OH MY, her little voice and her littleness and the bouncing camera.  /Adore.
  3. I could add another line to Tuesday's Graph -- the one where I lamented my eating habits being rather Equine, if they were in a simile.  It would be a steep, upward-trending line representing The Need to Pee, which is Very Frequent, my friends.  Baby was doing me so many favours, with all that nursing, but among them, she was sparing me the mighty inconvenience of excusing myself so often for visits to the water closet.  This, I have not missed.
  4. My dad is one of my biggest fans.  He is also my Chief Editor.  He may be opposed to the willy nilly use of capitals in this post.  He won't say.  But he will speak up if I've ironically promised "Eight Math Matters at 8:00" and then led with a "Five at 5" header at 8:00pm.  She be sloppy.  So er...I culled the original post and forgot to update a few things.  It was late at the time of writing.  I will not blame The Weaning (more caps for emphasis?  Egads), but I will say this again: You survived.  And my reactive tic to having learned of the error is subsiding.
  5. We have a costume party coming up.  On Halloween.  The latter's by the by, but COSTUMES, did you read?  Costumes.  I promise photos.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Five Math Matters at 5:00

  1. I feel a little sorry that our miniature loco driver did not make Straw Fedora 'til I Die a 100% gig.
  2. Occasionally (occasionally), I sell things on TradeMe.  This is after I've established no one I know would benefit from having the thing in question and if I think I spent enough on the item that it is worth the trouble to try and recoup some of the funds to inject back into our (solo income) budget.  So.  When I do this, selling biznessss, I believe in $1 reserves.  Don't we all?  And sometimes, the results speak for themselves -- like the bike I bought for $5 that had two flat tyres, and I sold it for $30...with two flat tyres -- dollar reserve.  And other times, the results speak in another way.  And it's mean.  Like when I sold a bike that usually retails for $199 (with some extra parts, too!) for $3.50 -- $1 reserve.  Cuss.  And /sob
  3. I accidentally started collecting bikes recently.  Ivy needed a pedal bike and I occasionally watch too many auctions on TradeMe.
  4. More on multiplication: We thought it was pretty spesh when we moved away from our free range hen out in the country and into the city to discover a free range bunny.  A month or so ago, we discovered a second bunny.  The two seemed rather fond of each other.  What are the odds of two bunnies roaming free in the middle of town, undaunted by vehicles, predators and grabby kids?  As one might expect this paragraph to end, it ends with babies.  Baby bunnies. Two.  Before you call pest control, know that natural selection has seen to the end of the white bunny (poor, poor camouflage, little one) and the growth of the grey one.  Spotting the rabbits and watching the fluffy drama unfold has delighted our household.  Well, 80% of it, muchly...20 percent have been polite.   I expect another litter before the year's end...and then our neighbour intends to get Fudgehog fixed.  Yes, that is the brown rabbit's name, and that is what the girls cry when they spy her.  Free-range bunnies are to me what midgets are to Adam Sandler.  I sometimes wonder if I'm trippin' to be witnessing this hallmark of happiness.
  5. Now, for a graph relating to Mia, me and breastfeeding:
There is a serious problem emerging in the chartreuse region. /blink blink.  The lime, people, THE LIME!  The cravings aren't the babies, they are mine, and they are not on the decline...eep.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Latest Mercy Book
Night Broken, Patricia Briggs
***I love Mercy Thompson novels.
I love this Mercy Thompson novel (#8).
I love Mercy...
  • A married heroine?  A happily married heroine?  With a step-daughter, even?  And her own business?  And magic?  YES FREAKIN' PLEASE.  When I settle back into a Mercy novel I always feel so happy to have escaped the teens for a while.
  • And yet I don't find Briggs' novels offend my tastes the way adult fantasy novels are prone to do.  
  • Although...there is some sensuality in this novel.  I think it is pretty tasteful (and it's always between a married couple). 
  • The conversations are so well-written.
  • All characters matter.
  • History and research enrich and lend authenticity to the narrative.
  • As usual, the novel is a self-contained story (well, series of inter-woven stories), although there are references to things that have gone before, and I would always recommend reading them from 1-8...because why wouldn't you?  See ***.  I envy you if you have all those to look forward to.  (I thought Books 1 and 2 were good, but I think it was at Book 3 that I knew I was seriously invested in the characters and would read every book Briggs' wrote in this world).
I was sorry when it was over.

For: Fans of Urban the very least.

One/two-liner summaries of Books 1-7 here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Book about Teenage Surrogates
The Jewel, Amy Ewing
I am glad I read this book.  I am sorry for some choices that have been made in its execution, but this particular niche of SF is one of my pet interests, and so I felt I needed to read it.

Things that excited me about this book:
  • The treatment of fertility as an issue in the future;
  • The intermingling of sci fi and fantasy;
  • The consistent use of clean language;
  • The development of intrigue; and
  • The villains.  Unfortunately, moreso than the heroine...whom I didn't dislike, but I just wasn't as fascinated by her as I was her owner -- gimme a book on this "baddie," man, she is really interesting!  On this: the back cover suggests you are in for black and whites / straight-cut good versus evil, but I found there are a lot of greys, and I like grey.
I would have liked...
  • ...a different narrative device.  The first-person POV didn't work for me, and I felt it limited my engagement with the other characters.
  • read more "snide comments hidden under the guise of politeness" (as promised, on page 351).  We are told this is going down, but having read 350 pages before this -- pages speckled with hollow dialogue lacking such undertones -- I felt robbed to not be a part of reading it.  One of the things that is downright delightful about royals, the court, and the upper class, is the zingers embedded in pleasantry!  I get breathless with thrill reading scenes where I believe the elite have little else to do all day but hone their wit and duplicity.  I didn't find this in The Jewel, and I missed it.  
  • like the love story.  Brace yourself for the most insta of the insta-loves, peop's.
  • ...some fresher physical descriptions of people to match the strong location-building prose.
Other things I want to say:
  • Yes, it reminded me of The Selection and A Handmaid's Tale, but I think it is unfair to claim it is simply an inferior copy.  The Jewel is a different story, in its own right...although it may lack the sophistication I hoped for.  (The Selection is about many women competing for one man, fertility is not an issue.  A Handmaid's Tale may share the fertility concerns, but it isn't about implantation and surrogates, nor showcasing the pregnant women's beauty and talents and treating them as pets.)
  • Yes, the social system, rankings, and "prep phase" reminded me of The Hunger Games and a variety of other dystopias, but again, I think Ewing has endeavoured to create something of her own.
  • While the dialogue felt quite basic (and more suited to children's literature), make no mistake, there is definitely content here intended for young (or not-so-young, even better) adults; namely the medical procedures and sexuality -- there are stirrups and there is alluded-to and led-up-to sex.
If you adore Cassandra Clare and you enjoyed The Selection, this book may just cause you to implode.  If, however, you're only a fan of one of those (and even then, you were surprised to be), this may not be for you.
Thursday, September 18th Diva Book Nerd 
Friday, September 19th Inside My Worlds 
Saturday, September 20th Books for a Delicate Eternity 
Sunday, September 21st Thoughts by J 
Monday, September 22nd Kids Book Review 
Tuesday, September 23rd Striking Keys 
Wednesday, September 24th Genie in a Book 
Thursday, September 25th Fictional Thoughts 
Friday, September 26th Book Much
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Review copy supplied by Walker Books.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Five (Mostly) Food Things at 5:00

  1. My kids often elect to delay gratification.  This is not news to me.  What amused me today, was to discover that one of their favourite kinds of crackers qualifies as a treat worth saving (see photo, up therrr').  I assure you these do not remain on their plates due to dislike or lack of appetite!  Bless them.  (These were furnished as mid- dinner prep distractions.) And saving in tandem, too.  My chest got hot and airtight at the sight.
  2. We usually eat our main meal of the day around 1pm.  This works for us, largely because of Haki's work schedule (he's usually home for lunch but leaves before dinner), but I also have more motivation and patience around this time.  Come the evening hours and I very often think a quick sandwich or some such small solution sounds super.    Sssssth.
  3. Aside: the plates the girls' crackers are being saved on?  I picked 'em up for free from a giveaway box out front at a local Sallies (I was only there to drop off, by the way /bow). Haki's thoughts on these plates?  Nana plates.  Me?  I think they are glorious.
  4. We are currently reducing our sugar intake.  Isn't everyone? 
  5. I am still eating seriously large volumes of food (including The Salad).  Mia is still nursing in seriously large volumes.  I am worried about the latter eventually ceasing and the former not getting the memo.  Ah!
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