keladry_lupin: (Merry Men of Yoyo Airways (Douglas))
This happy list is rather rambly, so I've cut it. )
keladry_lupin: (I'm Okay (Cox))
Here's my List of Happiness on Tuesday, thanks to a Monday holiday:

1. The holiday allowed Mom to come home Sunday night, even though it was an Aunt Millie weekend. Mom surprised me with takeaway from my favorite Chinese restaurant, which is an hour's drive from Long Beach, so I don't get it often. On Monday, we saw The Avengers, and I fixed tacos for dinner, which is Mom's favorite.

2. We saw the last three of Donna's episodes of Doctor Who Sunday night. There are things about Donna I'm not particularly fond of, but she is a brilliant character and an excellent foil for the Doctor.

3. Yay, Andrew Scott won a BAFTA! (I was rooting a teensy bit more for Martin Freeman, but I'm delighted Andrew got it.)

4. I had artist's block Saturday and Sunday, but I forced myself to work through, which is so unlike me. I'm working frantically on the final draft now.

5. I'd never heard of I've Never Seen Star Wars before I saw the episode Jo Brand hosted, and Stephen Fry was the guest. I was in agony when Stephen labored and sweated over the IKEA desk, but everything else was cool. His relief that the ear piercing wasn't as awful as he'd feared was downright adorable, and I wish he'd been able to keep it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_10vkCgS3k

I also saw Rory McGrath's and Clive Anderson's episodes via YouTube, which were fun, too.

6. I'm enjoying reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, though it's slow going because of deadlines (see #4). There's another overdue library book to add to my tally, and shame on me.

And that's about it at the moment. Happy Tuesday!
keladry_lupin: (Needle and Thread)
Being productive. )

The state of the Trina. )
keladry_lupin: (Books (So Many So Little))
I don't have a specific goal this year when it comes to books, either in the number of tomes or the pages read. I've slacked off a lot in the last year and a half, though, and just read the same stuff over and over again along with fanfiction. I'm fair certain I read fewer than five new-to-me books in 2010, which is why I feel so stagnant. So I'm making a to-read list, which does include some stuff I've read before, but most of it is uncharted territory.

I haven't bothered tracking my books for the last two years, and I rather miss it, so here's my list of books I've read and books I intend to read.

Read more... )

Stuff I Intend to Read. )

I'm open to suggestions, too.
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[livejournal.com profile] quietselkie recommended Major Pettigrew's Last Stand to me several days ago, and I picked it up at the library last week. I finally started it this morning around nine. I put it down several times over the course of the day -- dinner to make, cake to eat, cat to pamper, that sort of thing -- but I couldn't put it down for long. Selkie's right; it's a sweet, gentle story that I really liked. I sighed and smiled an hour ago after finishing it and set it down next to Mom while I went into the kitchen to peel potatoes. Now the potatoes are on, I'm in the bedroom, and she's on the sofa with the book. I hear chuckles every few minutes. Victory!
keladry_lupin: (Ooo (Mulan))
I got a promotional e-mail from Audible.com because I have an Amazon account, but I never paid them any mind before because I wasn't into audio books until a few months ago. But I went exploring today. I got my ooo-shiny Mulan face on (see icon) because Stephen Fry's books are there, and so are Cabin Pressure and two versions of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But before I sign up and go nuts, I want to know a few things from those of you who use it. I can figure out how it works and all that; what's more important to me is how you like it and how user friendly it is.

Thanks in advance,

Kel
keladry_lupin: (LOL (Four))
I've been really tired lately -- surprise, surprise -- so today, I am grateful for the audio books that have kept me awake and laughing during commutes to and from work and the theater.
keladry_lupin: (Smile (Arthur))
Holy cow! LJ seems to be working!

In which I talk mostly about play stuff, including the vagina wall (if that doesn't get you to click on the cut, I don't know what will). )

*waves to the flist* I missed you guys!
keladry_lupin: (Anxious (Linus))
So there's some good stuff and some bad stuff. Good stuff first. Here's a baker's dozen for the Friday List of Happiness: Read more... )

Boo-Cat news is not so good. Read more... )
keladry_lupin: (I Can Kill You With My Brain (John))
So I went into the local independent book shop before my haircut Saturday and ordered two books: The Looking Glass Wars and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Neither was in stock, but the cashier said they'd call when the books came in Monday. I paid for the books and went to get my hair cut. Read more... )

rambling

May. 6th, 2011 09:33 am
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Lots of real life stuff; cut to spare the flist. )

The Wall

Mar. 20th, 2011 09:06 pm
keladry_lupin: (Hermits United)
Tough stuff, but I really liked this one. Spoilers abound! )

Verdict: At times tiring and saddening, it's also uplifting and genuine. I laughed and wept -- the latter more than the former. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on a copy. After I finished it today, I went online and found that this is the only book by Marlen Haushofer that's been translated into English ... bummer.

Next up: I started Barbara Hambly's Patriot Hearts this afternoon, and I'm not sure if I'll finish it, but I need to give it more of my time before I make up my mind. I have Robin Cook's Chromosome 6, Alison Weir's Innocent Traitor, and Orson Scott Card's Enchantment in my queue. Among others.
keladry_lupin: (Cat Like Boo)
Wheeeee! I loved this book! Not a terribly coherent review ... beware of spoilers. )

Verdict: I love this book. I must buy this book. (Thank heaven for public libraries.) And I must read Connie Willis's other books that take place in this world.

Next up: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer. Should be pretty quick, and than I can start Lord Peter Wimsey's adventures with Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.
keladry_lupin: (All Mad Here (Cheshire Cat))
The usual random stuff. )
keladry_lupin: (Reading (Nine))
This book is one of my beloved Boo-Girl's suggestions. It's the story of Stephen, an orphan who learns that his great-uncle has just died and left everything to him. Stephen sets off to claim his inheritance, but there's nothing and no one to greet him at Lansbury Hall except a mystery.

Spoilers under the cut. )

Written by Charmian Hussey and illustrated beautifully by Christopher Crump. Young adult ecological fantasy mystery fiction, originally published in 2003 by Simon Pulse.

I give it 7 out of 10.

more stuff

Jan. 20th, 2011 03:44 pm
keladry_lupin: (Hermits United)
Achoo!!! )
keladry_lupin: (Already in My Pajamas)
I really ought to be doing something on this beautiful Saturday when it's partly cloudy and 73 Fahrenheit out there, but I'm still sniffly and coughing, and I can't be arsed to get out of my pajamas. Hell, I can't even be bothered to wash the dishes.

In spite of all the delicious food in the hobbit hole, I got Chinese delivered last night. Fried rice, one entree, and two half orders of appetizers. Dinner was a feast, and breakfast consisted of leftover entree. I still have most of the fried rice left, so I will probably have it for dinner tonight. Yum yum yum yum yum. Other than that, though, I'm eating like I should. Hot soups, water, and juices rule the kitchen, and I'm getting really sick of it.

The Disney resort in Anaheim is doing a promotion for SoCA residents. Two days admission for $99. Since an adult's one-day admission is $76 or $78, $99 for two days is less offensive. Still pretty expensive, but Mom hasn't been to California Adventure, so we'll go this spring. How I'm going to keep from giggling (and therefore having to explain why it's funny) in front of Mom when we pass this poster is beyond me.

In the interests of thorough research, I've started to watch more Sherlocks than this young whippersnapper Cumberbatch. I rented Basil Rathbone's first adventure, The Hound of the Baskervilles and watched it last night. A little slow a times, but appropriately eerie and tense. I shall return it for more of Basil Rathbone, and then I'll move on to Peter Cushing. While the DVDs are in transit, I placate myself with the gorgeous Jeremy Brett on Netflix.

I've finally started reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I have a hard time with abstract art, whether it's visual, written, or musical, and I wasn't sure if I could get through Alice, but I'm eating it up.

Now I have to take back the can't-be-bothered stuff. Dad just called and wants me to drive with him to the car repair shop, so I have to shower and get dressed in jeans -- I could go all grungy, but my hair is a weird and wild mess every time I get out of bed. I shall extract a fee from Dad when I'm driving him home: he must go into the sweet shop on Second Street before I drop him off.

Edit: the sweet shop has Curly Wurlies! I've heard about them on QI, so I bought one, even though I'm not a huge fan of caramel. It's pretty good.

Hooray for holiday weekends! With Monday off, I will have a second chance to go out and do stuff before I go back to work.
keladry_lupin: (Could Be Worse)
I think I'm too easily influenced sometimes. On the recommendation of my beloved Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Millie, I read The Da Vinci Code in 2003, and I loved it. But when Stephen Fry trashed it on QI -- "It is loose stool water; it is arse gravy of the worst kind." -- I took a second look at it. Stephen's pretty much right. I haven't read the third Robert Langdon adventure yet, but out of the two I have read, Angels and Demons is the better one.

Most folks know about this book, so I'm not bothering with a summary.

My thoughts, with some vague spoilers. )

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