It’s been a while

But I just haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer. I’ve been working some overtime, and the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen when I get home. What have I been doing other than working?

I’ve finished the rest of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Each book was better than the previous! I’m not sure if I’ll get around to posting reviews of the other two, but my review of the first book can be found here.

I’ve also read The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. Another great read. I may post a review next week sometime.

And just to show that I don’t love every book I’ve ever read…this weekend I read Stuck in Downward Dog by Chantel Simmons. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it. I enjoy some nice light chicklit. I enjoy yoga, which plays a dominate role in the novel. But really, a waste of my Sunday. Mara has got to be the most whiny and annoying character I’ve read in a loooong time.

After a brief hiatus, I am knitting. Work seems to have messed up my wrists a bit, but they are on the mend as things begin to slow down at work. I am slowly working on a pair of socks for Blair. Consolation socks, since I can’t seem to get a sweater to work. Picture to come.

What else is going on? Oh we started to get a fresh fruit and veg delivery from fresh options. We’ve received two weekly deliveries so far and I’m just loving it. I do love to cook, but I hate deciding what to make. The weekly delivery means that I just plan menus around what we get. No decisions. I just can’t rave enough about how wonderful that is! I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the lovely fruit and veg delivery, but the days are just not long enough yet to capture the loveliness in the natural light. Maybe in another week or two. The delivery varies each week and is full of organic and, when available, local fruit and vegetables. Yum!

And I curled. Yep. I did. And we won. Those of you who know me can stop laughing now. I’m serious. I did curl. And we did win. I even have the pictures to prove it. So there.

Will post properly soon. With photos of knitting. Or food. Or at least a proper book review. Or something.

In anticipation of spring


herbs

Originally uploaded by my spare time

These are some herbs that I planted last summer. Rosemary, thyme and mint if I recall correctly. I’ve been craving the lovely bright flavours of fresh herbs. I can’t wait until spring has sprung!

In anticipation of spring I have my stack of gardening books out and piled on our dining room table. This morning I was flipping through them as I ate my breakfast and avoided looking out the window in hopes of being able to delude myself into believing that spring really is just around the corner. Really it is! In spite of the piles and piles of snow in our yard. Sigh.

I have attempted a vegetable garden the last two summers. The results have been less than wonderful. We live in an older neighborhood with lots of very large, established trees. I love the trees, but they’re not very good for letting in sunlight. I think this year I’ll try to find some plants that are shade tolerant. Or perhaps container gardening is the route to go. Perhaps I can chase the sun with the containers? The front yard is much brighter. Perhaps I’ll plant some veggies among some flowers in the front?

In spite of my lack of success, I really do enjoy playing in the dirt. I guess it’s more of a labour of love than anything else. Eventually I’ll learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error. If anyone has any helpful suggestions feel free to send them my way!

Published in: on March 3, 2008 at 1:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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Review: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

A while a go I went to see the movie The Golden Compass. I loved it! The special effects were fabulous. The story was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was raving about the movie to a friend who was surprised that the movie was any good. When I was puzzled by her reaction, she said I should just read the book.

Well, The Golden Compass is one of the few books which have been made into a movie that I’ve actually seen the movie of first. I’m an avid reader and don’t really have the patience for crowded theaters so I’m much more likely to read the book and later rent the movie when it comes out on video.

Once I picked up the book I wasn’t surprised to find it much more complex than the movie. Lyra is amusingly precocious. She does things that are very inappropriate for a little girl of eleven years of age. I would often find myself smirking at her eagerness to get into trouble, and cringing a bit at the ability to find that trouble. It’s not always easy to figure out who Lyra should trust as she progresses on her voyage. The alliances are not at all obvious. She does manage to obtain an unlikely crew of companions on her voyage, not all of whom are openly willing companions, or entirely trust worthy.

Even if the plot and character alliances were not so complicated, I’m very surprised that this is marketed as a children’s book. There are ideas that touched on that are really of an adult nature.

I really don’t want to get into the plot too much, as I don’t want to spoil any of the twists. Just trust me when I say that the book is so much better than the movie, and the movie was pretty darn good! Highly recommended! I can’t wait to start The Subtle Knife!

Published in: on March 2, 2008 at 11:36 am  Comments (3)  
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