Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Big Reveal

And here are the answers as to which were true and which were false:

1) I love to bake and will make cookies and bread at least once a week. TRUE
2) I have degrees in English, Math, and Physics. TRUE
3) I'm allergic to every major species of tree in New England. FALSE (I'm allergic to everything except the maple)
4) This time in CT (8 years) is the longest I've ever lived in one town. TRUE
5) I adore horror movies. FALSE (mostly hate them, although I have a sneaking fondness for the original Scream)
6) I'm a morning person. MOSTLY FALSE (I prefer evenings, but I've seen people who truly Are Not Morning People and I do better than they do.)
7) I'm terrified of fires, and will not grill anything except under duress. FALSE (I love fires in a fireplace, fires in a wood stove, and fires in a grill)
8) I wish we could keep chickens, but we live in a part of town that isn't zoned for them. TRUE
9) My favorite sports are basketball and soccer. FALSE (that would be volleyball, tennis, and baseball)
10) I used to ride horses and compete in dressage when I was a little kid. TRUE (my parents forced me to quit when we moved away from NY because the nearest riding stable was too far away)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

According to our beloved taskmistress, this week's topics is "10 things that might or might not be true about you."

1) I love to bake and will make cookies and bread at least once a week.
2) I have degrees in English, Math, and Physics.
3) I'm allergic to every major species of tree in New England.
4) This time in CT (8 years) is the longest I've ever lived in one town.
5) I adore horror movies.
6) I'm a morning person.
7) I'm terrified of fires, and will not grill anything except under duress.
8) I wish we could keep chickens, but we live in a part of town that isn't zoned for them.
9) My favorite sports are basketball and soccer.
10) I used to ride horses and compete in dressage when I was a little kid.

So there! Five true, five false. Which do you think is which?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: last 10 books you read

1) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. SF space opera. The narrator is sympathetic but mysterious, the scale is both vast and intimate, and the author has completely nailed the "sense of wonder" that I want from my SF novels. This is short-listed for the Tiptree, Clarke, and Nebula Awards. Highly recommended!

2) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, a reread for me. Interesting ideas, but the book hasn't aged well as several of the major concepts have more recently been criticized or debunked.

3) Revived by Cat Patrick. YA suspense/horror. A very engaging read, although further reflection made me realize the less realistic points of the plot. Recommended if you like YA suspense.

4) The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, a reread. Ditto what I said about Outliers.

5) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Memoir/graphic novel. This is an amazing book, both in the artwork and in the way the story unfolds. Highly recommended!

6) Living Witness by Jane Haddam. Contemporary mystery. One of my favorites in the long-running series about detective Gregor Demarkian. Recommended.

7) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. Contemporary mystery. The series-ender to Penny's series about the Quebec Police Force. A terrific book but you really need to have read the rest of the series for this one to make sense. Recommended.

8) Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. YA SF. A good entry point to their long-running Liaden series. I enjoyed the book but found it a little "preachy".

9) Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy Sayer and Jill Paton Walsh. Mystery set during WWII in Britain. The authorized continuation of Sayer's series about Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. Very enjoyable; highly recommended!

10) The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord. Utopian SF/romance. Also short-listed for the Nebula Award. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: 10 thoughts about the Olympics

1) I love the Olympics. I put aside all cynicism and revel in 17 days of unabashed national pride.

2) I watch everything I can and try to Tivo everything else.

3) I'm so glad that snowmobile X and snowmobile freestyle haven't made it to the Olympics yet.

4) I don't really understand moguls as a sport, but I appreciate the athleticism it takes to excel in it.

5) Short-track speed skating is nuts.

6) So is skeleton.

7) And so is halfpipe skiing.

8) I should be knitting but I'm too tired, and I'm usually trying to work in front of the TV.

9) I love having a little TV in the kitchen. I've gotten a lot of baking done with the Olympics on in the background.

10) The little dog loves the Olympics because I'm spending more time than usual on the sofa, so he gets more snuggling.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

My mum is visiting. All the adults, plus my younger son, are sick. My older son is good about walking the dog, but neither son nor dog are any good at getting dinner on the table.

Fortunately, we're all happy to settle for basic meals.

So it's a happy low-key holiday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ten on Tuesday: 10 books on my to-read list

I actually have a pile of more than 50 books that I've bought but not yet read... I also have a couple of library books out and over a dozen novels waiting on my Kindle. But having said all that, here are the ones I'm hoping to read before Xmas.

1) Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson

2) Abaddon's Gate by James SA Corey

3) The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

4) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

5) God's War by Kameron Hurley

6) Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty

7) Shadows by Robin McKinley

8) Parasite by Mira Grant

9) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

10) Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ten on Tuesday (late): 10 songs that make you want to dance!

1) "Love Shack" by the B-52s
2) "Just Like You" by Voice of the Beehive
3) "Smooth" by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas
4) "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith
5) "Groove is in the Heart" by Deeee-Lite
6) "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
7) "Bizzarre Love Triangle" by New Order
8) "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin
9) "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
10) "I'm Only Happy when it Rains" by Garbage