Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
First, "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd. I was expecting a lot more from this book, as it had been hyped on a number of Best Seller lists, but my over-riding opinion was -- Ick. The idea of a woman and a monk getting heavily romantic didn't do it at ALL for me. I'm all for romance, and unconventional romance at that, but this just wasn't written to where I was sympathetic at all.
Next was Sandra Dallas' "The Chili Queen". This one was pretty good -- had some plot twists that I saw coming, and a few that I didn't at all. Set in 1860's New Mexico, it's about a whorehouse madam, a bank robber, a mail-order bride and a former slave. That description alone makes it an interesting read.
I then read "A False Sense of Well Being" by Jeanne Braselton. I thoroughly enjoyed this one -- well-written with some laugh-out-loud spots, it's about a middle-aged woman in a mid-life crisis, and how she manages it.
I'm now reading "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman. I've had these books for a long time, well before the movie was in the works. I hope like heck that it starts making sense soon, because I'm a little lost and it's just not drawing me in at all. But I'm hanging in there, hoping it will be like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King -- it took me a while, but I eventually loved it.
So what have you been reading?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The show went from Friday to Sunday, and holy heck, but Friday was mobbed! I didn't sit down, didn't eat, didn't do anything but write tickets and box up pretties all day. I could have decided not to show up on Saturday and Sunday and would have been perfectly happy with the financial outcome. What a great way to end the show season! I also feel I have the best customers ever -- I love when they stop by just to chat for a few minutes, or share stories, comment on things they read in this blog -- that's the great part of doing shows. One of my customers even brought me Godiva chocolates, which was an amazingly sweet and unexpected surprise.
Really glad to be home -- there's nothing quite like your own bed, you know? I'm surrounded by a mess of boxes and just STUFF, (where did I get so much STUFF from?) but I'm home. No more shows for the year, just home shows, and I'll be updating the web site with tons of new things soon!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Rick asked, "Who did this?"
Zack answered, "It wasn't me!"
Rick looked around and saw our cat. He asked, "Did Buddy do it?"
Zack nodded solemnly. "Buddy came into the tub."
Rick looked at the cat. "But Buddy's not wet."
Zack explained, "He's wet on the inside".
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Last night my throat started hurting and I thought, "Oh great, here comes strep."
Rick volunteered to call the doctor right when they opened for Saturday hours and get me an appointment, so I didn't have to get out of bed and earlier than necessary.
He woke me up with JUST the right amount of time to take a shower and drive 25 minutes to the doctor's office.
When I got out of the shower, he was standing there with a cup of Ghiradelli hot cocoa for me. The good stuff, made with milk, not water.
When I got home (strep test negative, but meds anyway), I really wanted to just fall in bed and hopefully sleep it off. He'd made the bed up with fresh, clean sheets. Nothing quite as great as clean sheets, you know?
Then he took Zack out for an "adventure" so the house would be quiet and I could sleep.
And that is one of the many reasons why I love my husband.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Anyway, after reading it, my friend Tara and I had a discussion about who we thought could play Dagny Taggart in a movie. I remember reading in "Hollywood Animal" that years back, when the idea of a movie was being tossed around, Sharon Stone thought she'd be PERFECT for the role (this was right after her "Basic Instinct" success). I'm laughing, as I hope you are, at the thought of Sharon Stone playing that role. I mean, Dagny is a strong, charismatic, smart woman who single-handedly runs a railroad. Give me a break.
So, I was reading a magazine and saw that Angelina Jolie is scheduled to play Dagny.
OK. Let me think about that for a minute.
I think I could see it -- I loved Angelina in "Girl, Interrupted" (one of the few times I liked the movie better than the book), and ok, I can definitely deal with Angelina Jolie rather than Sharon Stone.
But it makes me wonder about what would have happened had the movie been cast soon after it was written. Tara and I were tossing around people like Katharine Hepburn for the role. The men were far easier for us to cast with modern actors -- but we were at a loss for a good modern actress.
If you read the book, I'd love to know what you think!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Rick and Zack are at home, so tonight I went out to dinner with my friend Amy, and tried something new -- Afghani food. REALLY liked it. To me, it was similar but better than Indian food -- savory without the curry, which I've never been fond of. We talked and laughed and it was a welcome adventure!
Started a new book -- "Lord John and the Private Matter" by Diana Gabaldon, she of the Outlander series fame. Lord John was a character in the Outlander books, and I don't know if it's because I keep waiting to read about Jamie and Claire, or if I'm trying to read these while too tired, but I'm not getting into this one nearly as much as I expected. I'll keep at it, and try the second one, too, because there's no denying Gabaldon can tell a great story.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I also made a bunch of earrings for the upcoming shows, and here a couple of pairs, "Merlot" and "Tapestry":
You can visit my web site for more handcrafted jewelry by going to http://www.lorianderson.net/
Monday, November 05, 2007
This month I have three craft shows and it's frantic preparing for them. No matter how much I've made, I always feel like I need MORE.
I've been updating the web site daily, like a fiend.
I had three charm exchanges due in the past couple of weeks and finally got all those done.
I have to get more sleep, so have had to try to go to bed earlier than normal -- and failed miserably.
I've been busy writing beading tutorials and that takes a ton of time.
I'm writing curriculum for my first beading class.
Now is the time when most of the craft shows I exhibit at have their applications due. That's a long process, too -- I have said it's like applying to college every year.
And then today, I built a huge electric train set up for Zack -- took about an hour, and he played with it all of 10 minutes. I said a few bad words under my breath, but that's being a mom for you (both the building things, and the occasional swearing).
Oh well, I do enjoy this life, really! If I'm not busy I'm not happy, and multi-tasking is my speciality.
So is making jewelry -- take a look at some new things!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Anyway, I've been updating my web site with a TON of new things, and tonight will be putting more of the pendant slides up (and they make great gifts, by the way!) but here's a preview....
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
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