Friday, April 20, 2012

well, this is awkward...

Sense and Sensibility and Sea MonstersSense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this so much more than I did. I think I set my expectations too high.
It had me for the first half. But something switched over and I suddenly felt like I was reading a completely different book that just had the same names as S&S.
It wasn't the addition of sea monster that got me either, I'm not that level of an Austen purist. Those bits were all fun and entertaining. But rather, the sudden out of character behavior in order to benefit the sea monster aspect, in some cases downplaying/overlooking major canon plot points needed for the overall story, replacing them with dramatic sea battles, that after the first few instances, made me want to shake some of the characters. Sorry, but Elinor would not look on with a "shrug, I'll just ignore the servant being eaten by a narwhal" attitude.
I also wasn't on board with new story lines added, simply because they didn't seem to go anywhere. There was a whole plot with Margaret that I was genuinely interested in reading, but it kept getting pushed aside so Willoughby could whine about his bad choices, and then it completely fell off.
I'm also suspicious that the author hates Brandon which could be a whole other rant.
I liked the concept, and the sea monster parts were great I just wanted more of the characters (and their personalities) I love from S&S to be there. If it was a standard novel, I'd probably like it a lot more.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

recipe schmecipe!

I should probably start by saying I don't cook. I microwave and use boxed meals. Me and Sandra Lee should be bff.
So I decided to make pesto cavatappi....why? Cause I'm crazy, I love it, and can't justify going to Noodles n' Co. all the time.
The basil pesto turned into half spinach half basil pesto, cause damn, is mass basil expensive! And pine nuts! What do people do with these things that the supply-demand means "take all of my money"?
Anyways....since I'm alive, it's probably safe to say I cooked the mushrooms properly. Also I skipped the cheese, cause, well, I ate all the cheese I had.
Final verdict: delicious!
Also, it's gorgeous weather-wise in Chicago. Time to break out the cute dresses and plan a trip to the dunes!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

end of more hat!

 Winter's almost over! Pretty sure I'm one of a very few people in Chicago who loves winter. I just really love hats, and layering, and snow, and all that jazz!
Also, now I can look even more like a Gelfling/Hobbit/elf/Whoville resident...take your pick.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

some things and stuff

I think I'm getting the hang of this cross stitch. Also, Downton Abbey cross stitch, yes please! From the lovely Etsy shop Book Pilgrim Cross Stitch.
Also knitted a headband...ear warmer....this. Came out a bit big, but oh well, my head's just small.
I'm also in love with my new coffee cup.
Just another Saturday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

tea time!

It's finally finished!
That is all.

Monday, January 23, 2012

blame the meds

Today was a less crappy day of recovery than this weekend. Less swollen, less bruised, less feeling like a leper all around. Cried a bit. Had a wee bit of wine. Fought some lego death eaters. Recipe for sanity.
This came in the mail! I've been wanting to dress as a Hidden Temple contestant for years and I finally convinced a group of friends to do it for Capricon in a couple of weeks! Cause, seriously, I did not want to do it solo for Halloween like a chump.
And because I couldn't find light bulbs to replace one that burned out in my rooms (also, standing for too long still makes me dizzy), I managed to finally put these up.
Yeah. Not much else going on. Doing a lot of trashy TV time. Also reading. So much reading.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

it's like vacation...only with more medicine and an inability to leave the house

So yeah. I had surgery and am now confined to my apartment for the next couple of weeks. It's like vacation....only, you know, I'm avoiding people, mirrors, and putting on real clothes.
It hasn't been completely boring. Aside from watching all of the Hulu and Netflix, I've managed to get a lot of not so important things done.
Like catch up on important news....
Turns out, I'm not Taylor Lautner's type.
Learned important life lessons, such as Highlanders are the worst and best idea. Also, coloring is fraking awesome!
I've also gotten a lot of crafting done. Finally finished all but the words on my Flight of the Conchords tea party cross stitch.
And am halfway through knitting a scarf....which I have no real need for, I just like the colors and wanted to knit while watching TV (p.s., the scarf is purple, dark pink, and brown, not whatever the picture decided to be...curse my limited lighting!)
Also got these cute get well cards from Susan and Ashlee!
This one was a joke card, it says whore on the inside. My friends are the best!
I'm now off to read more of my trashy book and watch a ridiculous amount of TV.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lost At SeaLost At Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad, but not great either. I did like reading a graphic novel that didn't really have a definite conclusion (i.e. and then everything was fixed/broken/something...the end). It was more like reading a graphic version of someone's journal. Relate-able, often funny, mostly sad.

View all my reviews

Sunday, January 8, 2012

oh, you pretty thing!

Guess who's birthday is today!?!
YEPE! David effing Bowie, that's who!
I've been in love with this man since I was about four and watch Labyrinth an unhealthy amount of times. Oh, how angry I was at such a young age that Sarah didn't stay with him. I was too young to know who he even was, but once I did, I was hooked and never looked back. Music, movies, books and everything else he's ever done, there's nothing I don't love about Mr. David Robert Jones.

Pretty sure, he's ruined me for all men, and I'm totally fine with that. I can listen and/or watch him all day, he never fails to be just what I need for nearly any occasion or mood. It's sappy, I know, but I don't care. 65 and still an amazing human being.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New toy!

I plan to melt and then eat so many things!
And yes, the picture is kinda janky cause it was taken with my phone.