Reading more: Twilight’s Child

Hey, remember when Lifetime released their version Flowers in the Attic? It was pretty awful, but before I could watch it, I had to read the book. Even though I’d read most of the VC Andrews books back in high school, somehow I’d missed that one. No biggie, The Book Barn (a used book store near us) had a copy.

He also had 4 others that I wanted to re-read…so I got them too.

Twilight’s Child is the third book in the Cutler Series. If you haven’t read the first ones, it would probably be helpful because unlike the Stephanie Plumb books, there’s little recap for background info you might need. (By the way, this website was super helpful in figuring out which book to read next because it’s not always to clear on other sites.)

From Amazon:

As Mrs. James Gary Longchamp, Dawn is blissfully happy. But a legacy of deceit and betrayal still haunts her…

At last Dawn can create a haven of warmth and love for her beautiful baby girl, Christie, and her darling Jimmy. Dawn is a huge success as the new owner of the Cutler’s Cove hotel…and soon she and Jimmy will be blessed with a child of their own.

Yet Dawn cannot quell her forebodings of evil. She can sense Grandmother Cutler’s presence everywhere…can feel her bitter hatred as if the old lady plotted her vengeance from the grave. When Dawn discovers that her brother, Philip, still clings to his mad, shameful passion for her, she is heartstricken. Her spiteful, jealous sister, Clara, is far easier to ignore…until the day Clara’s childish rage explodes into violence, destroying Dawn’s most cherished, precious dream.

Then Christie’s father, debonair singing star Michael Sutton, returns. Now, as the heartaches and scandals of the past threaten to engulf her, Dawn must fight for her steadfast Jimmy…for only with Jimmy’s love can she find the rainbow at the end of the storm.

I don’t like the Cutler series as much as others, but it was a decent enough read. It’s a really dramatic book and I recall thinking the first time I read it, “Just how much bad luck can one family have?”(Universe, that’s not an invitation to show me. Thanks!)

After feeling sort of meh about this one, I don’t know if I’ll read the others that I got, it seems they’re better in my memory than to re-read them now. Anyone feel that way about books they’ve read again as an adult? Have there been any books you liked more as an adult than when you read them the first time?

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Things that made me smile…week 16, 2014


Stoked! Purple carrot seeds for the garden

I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

This last week was incredibly difficult and it becomes more important in my mind to remember the good. So! In no particular order, what has been good lately:

  • Hugs from my girls
  • Ultimately getting my laundry out of the damn washer.
  • Seeing Nanny one last time
  • An absolutely amazing Easter dinner
  • Ladies Lunch date
  • Quiet days at work
  • A few boxes packed
  • Frank. I can’t thank him enough. He’s a good egg.
  • 10 min workout. It’s a start
  • Salami and American cheese sandwiches

That’s it for now, I’m working in being in a good place, but for reasons I’m not ready to write about yet, is difficult. It just doesn’t feel real yet.

How was your week?

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Coffee Date #30


Hot chocolatey coffee

Well hello there! It’s so nice to see you again. How are you? Have you managed to avoid the latest bug that went around? What’s new in your world?

Not a whole lot in my world, we’re working on packing which means that as I pick up every single thing I own, I have to decide Keep, Donate, or Toss. Some of it’s pretty easy, but other things are harder. It’ll get done, hopefully sooner than later! Our landlord is letting us out of our lease for May 31 which is excellent and we won’t have to pay extra which is a little bit of a relief.

I’m excited about. Wait, I don’t want to write it down just yet because well, I don’t want to jinx it still. Soon!

Instead I’m going to tell you that I love my haircut that I got last night and wish you a very happy day and weekend.

Do you have anything interesting or exciting coming up this weekend or soon? I’ll be out of town tomorrow and then back Sunday.

Happy Easter if you celebrate it! If you do, what do you do for it?

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Thursday Three: Websites to check out

The internet is full of information. While it’s not all good or even reliable, there’s a plethora of it out there and it seems that more is being added every day.

While my googlefu is strong and I use the internet what seems like hourly to look something up, sometimes it’s a big time suck. That doesn’t mean that time sucks can’t be informational though! There’s Listverse (and I love that!) Wikipedia, and other sites that are intended for informational purposes. Some even cross over and are entertaining too.

Here are a few I’ve been reading lately:

Neatorama: Actually facebook recommended this one to me when I liked another page so I clicked over. I was not dissapointed. With lists like 15 Facts You Might Not Know about Murder, She Wrote. It’s more light hearted than Listverse and others, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. (And Corrupted Coloring Book Pages was fun too.)

I F*ucking Love Science: They tout themselves as “The Lighter Side of Science”. Recently I read The Evolution of Herbivory in Land Vertebrates which might not be your cup of tea, but I find evolution fascinating so it was interesting to me. I like that it makes science accessible. I think more people would be interested in STEM stuff if it was more easily understood.

The Atlantic: I stumbled upon this one a few weeks ago and it’s been an interesting read. It gets into some pretty heave stuff, like the Resegregation in the American South and The Confidence Gap and right now it feels like what I need to get the brain back in gear. They also published The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms too which I found interesting.

What website have you found to waste some time/educate yourself with lately?

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Everything is beautiful, it is!

bleachers beautyI was a little sad this morning to see that it had snowed last night. Not only had it snowed, but it had accumulated on to my car. I don’t know about you, but while I love the snow, it has a time and a place. It’s time is over. It didn’t help that my vest and coat were in my car and I had already put my scraper in the trunk when I cleaned out my car the other day.

It was not a beautiful moment getting into my car this morning.

But, beauty is subjective. Beauty is all around us, every day. It can be a sound, something we see, taste, feel, or think. Sometimes you have to look harder, change the framing or how you’re looking at it. It’s there, you have to see it.

I recently read this post by Dana and it’s summarized everything I’ve felt for a very long time. (If you don’t want to click over, here’s what she said.)

Learn to actually see more of the beauty in everything. The broken, the scuffed, the diamonds in the rough.  Some things demand to be fixed, others to be transformed, and others recycled. But by starting with the premise that everything does have beauty, you will see more of the value in treating your whole life- and everything you interact with- with care. xoxo Dana

I took the photo of the bleachers above several years back when I was poking around Albany with my camera. I don’t remember why I took it, just that it struck me as beautiful. It might have been the colors against the sky, the stories my imagination thought it held, or the sounds of the kids laughing on the playground nearby. It’s a little rusty, paint chipped and needs some love, but it’s held cheering fans, parents who have hopefully  hugged their kids after a disappointing match, and any number of tushes for different reasons. It’s been part of their lives and while you say, “Court. It’s a just a set of bleachers.” I see the life it’s lead.

So after the less than beautiful start to the day, I found beauty in the way the light was reflecting from the wet roads and the snow glittered around me like diamonds. I later found it in a coconut macaroon and the left overs I brought for lunch. I found it in good news received from a friend and a chat during lunch with D’Lovely. I found it in the pennies stacked on my desk, the sound of a coworker’s question, and in the hope conveyed in another blogger’s painful to write post.

Some of those were a little harder to find than others, but it’s there. You just have to let yourself see it.

Where did you find beauty today?

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The post I’m writing instead of what’s really on my mind.

At the moment, I have lots on my mind. Even more than usual. Thing is? I don’t want to talk about it, but words are screaming to get out of my brain.

I figured if I write about some of the other things, maybe the rest of the words will shush for a bit. A girl can try right? Besides, it’ll take my mind of finding the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I bought a few weeks ago and then asked my department coordinator to put away for me so I stopped eating them. They were put away pretty well, but now that I know where they are? I can’t NOT see them.

I’m also a little sad that I’m almost out of cashew butter. Man it’s a tasty treat and pick me up in the afternoon. Sure it’s sort of expensive, but I eat it like a spoon or two at a time, not like peanut butter which is my favorite and I can eat forever. And all of.

Please tell me I’m not the only one here.

I’m wondering what’s for dinner. I’m wondering because well, I’m a little hungry. I really want a Reese’s Egg, but if I have another, I’ll have six more.  I sort of hope that we’re having macaroni and cheese for dinner. We mix a ton of veggies in and have some sort of meat to go with it (sometimes) and then I put some of the magic from the Spicy Garlic grinder thingamabobbie. And then that’s that.

I know much of this was about food and I think that’s because I want to eat all the things! Silly Whoremones. I ended up getting my period after all this month – 12 or so days late so it feels super whoremonal. Damn it. This isn’t really a good time to be super whoremonal.

But is there ever a good time?

Back to eating all the things. Why is it that when I want to eat everything in sight and there’s healthy food in sight (like the banana or the pear staring me in the face) that those are the foods I DO. NOT. WANT?

I know I know. If I don’t want the healthy food, then I’m bored or thirsty, I’m not hungry, but yet, I am.

Riddle me that!

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Things that made me smile…week 15, 2014


Flowers I'm considering

I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

So. In no particular order, what has been good lately:

  • Tea, hot and iced
  • Sick days to use without guilt
  • Spring Fling ice cream from Stewart’s
  • Colleagues bringing me boxes for packing
  • Trader Joe’s guy opening a lane just for me
  • Sushi special on the weekend
  • Psych reruns
  • Frank. So many reasons.
  • Cold working its way out!
  • Major project done at work

That’s it for now, I’m still way tired and need to go blow my nose again.

How was your week?

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Frank said…#78

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

I was trying to capture a hysterical “Frank said…” moment and both of our memories were failing us.

Me: If you’d let me video you, we wouldn’t have this “Frank said” reconstruction problem
Frank: You weren’t going to video that anyway
Me: I would have if I’d known!
Frank: I don’t even know how my thoughts are going to turn out!

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Friday Fill-In


Spring is springing! Yukyukyuk

I’ve got nothing today. I’m recovering from the bug that knocked me on my butt earlier this week and although feeling better, I don’t feel super awesome. Yet.

Instead of a usual coffee date for today, I dug deep (or cheated) and went for an old favorite stand by…Friday Fill-In! Although she’s not doing them anymore, I picked one from 2008.

1. I love springtime in the North East, sure it takes a bit to get here, but it’s so beautiful once it arrives!
2. Pancakes (GF) and eggs are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I’m always searching for my cell phone!
4. Quiet time with Bones, Psych or a book is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I will go look at paint colors at lunch!
6. Almost any form of potato  is what I’ve been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to doing nothing, tomorrow my plans include teaching, packing, and laundry and Sunday, I want to have a free day!

Your turn.

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Frank said…#77

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

A new Fucillo commercial was on. I’m not sure if it was for Sr. or Jr.’s dealership, but then this happened.

Frank: I don’t have to listen to this!
[Silences t.v. with gusto and flourish]
Frank: I don’t have to listen to this giant car selling turd!


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