Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3), by Thomas Harris

My Copy: 0440224675 (image from goodreads.com) I'll admit I saw the movie probably half a dozen times before I read the book, and perhaps that's going to color this review a bit. I finished the book about 1am yesterday, but had to kind of let it simmer a bit because I'm not sure how I … Continue reading Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3), by Thomas Harris

I actually remembered Mother’s Day this year, & we’re not on speaking terms. Weird.

You probably already figured this was gonna be a downer post, and your intuition would be right. Read at your own discretion, because there's a lot of introspection--or attempted introspection--going on. I haven't heard from or said a word to my mother since July. One rabid, ranting phone call that began okay and then had … Continue reading I actually remembered Mother’s Day this year, & we’re not on speaking terms. Weird.

A silver lining on a gray (& yes, still pretty damned cold) day.

I'm guessing a lot of folks responded to requests to curb their power usage from the news stations and the energy companies yesterday, because a few million more got their power back overnight. Not that the energy problems are solved by a long shot (Galveston's probably in the worst of it because of their isolation … Continue reading A silver lining on a gray (& yes, still pretty damned cold) day.

I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

This past week and change (roughly 7 of the past 9 days) has been "one of those days." You know, the days where within half an hour of waking up a dozen things have gone wrong... and you just wanna throw your hands in the air, say "screw it", and go back to bed until … Continue reading I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

I’m almost at the point where I will be free to start over… & I’m wondering how to start.

It's been a pretty insane little week with people coming in and me trying to just get through waiting for the newbie to get done with training. I have to work tomorrow and I wish I didn't because I'm getting more headaches more often and I just want to be away from work. It kinda … Continue reading I’m almost at the point where I will be free to start over… & I’m wondering how to start.

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

My Copy: 9781603429986 (image from bn.com) Vertical Vegetables and Fruit is pretty self-explanatory. While some might see tomatoes, cucumbers, and ivy as mostly climbers, there are plenty of other vegetables and fruits that have the ability to climb, or at least be trained to grow up more than out, saving valuable space in a small … Continue reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Several years ago--one of my first blog posts, actually--I wrote "Why I am a Free-Hugger". Some people were a bit mystified as to what it was about or what I was doing, even as an introvert. It was a way to give people a chance to chat or have a good moment in a busy … Continue reading I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Passing up what could be a good opportunity, only to hope for a better one…

I'm relieved my bestie didn't freak on me and go "what the crap is wrong with you?" when I decided that me and this opportunity are gonna have to go our separate ways. Because of privacy, I'm not divulging much about my work or the company. The big thing is I was in the running … Continue reading Passing up what could be a good opportunity, only to hope for a better one…

When you have so much on your plate that you end up getting nothing done…

At least, nothing that absolutely needed to get done. I should've had a clean house top to bottom by now, a bunch of hours of exercise under my belt, lots of music practice, etc. Instead, I ended up wasting days going over my book list, revising and editing what to read and when (and leaving … Continue reading When you have so much on your plate that you end up getting nothing done…

Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.

Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.