Archive for February, 2008

Inkheart

Monday, February 4th, 2008

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Well, I read the book through to the end, but I only did it out of a feeling of obligation that I have to almost any book that I begin reading. I didn’t really enjoy it, nor do I plan to read its sequel, Inkspell.

I thought that I would enjoy this book, since I have loved fairy tales and fantasies from my youth, and this book falls within those genres, as well as being an adventure story, I suppose. Here is the main thing I disliked. The book seemed to be one dismal, scary situation followed by another. I was told in graphic language about the cruel things the bad guys enjoyed doing to innocent people and animals. At the very end, there was an abrupt change for the better, but all the cruelty and dismal-ness of the bulk of the story still clung to me, because the things described are the things that bad guys in our world often inflict on those who have no defense.

Sorry, kids, I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK.

Goodnight. I shall strive to be more positive and cheering tomorrow. 🙂

Still Resting

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The old back is much better today, but since I still need to rest it every so often (and I can’t bend over) I missed work today. I’m REALLY hoping to make it in to school tomorrow, and am thinking that’s going to be doable.

Whenever I’m ill, or don’t get my usual work done, I feel like such a FAKER. I can’t bend over today, to unload or load the dishwasher, the washer, or the dryer. I’ll just have to be patient until the girls arrive home from school. They will neaten things up then, but I much prefer to have everything neat and organized before they arrive home.

In between my rests, I have gotten some paperwork done, as well as some telephone business, and some email business. That’s good. I hope to bake bread today (maybe), and make Cheddar Chowder (nice version of potato soup) for dinner tonight.

Well, time to go lie down again. I’ll read a bit more of Inkheart. Maybe I’m just being grumpy, but after reading The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson in which every character, no matter how minor, is believably developed, I’m finding myself bored by some of the characters in Inkheart. However, I usually feel that I owe it to a book to read through to the end of the story, so here I go, in my grumpiness, to continue slogging my way through the story. Or, as my daughter Debra (who likes to make up words) would say, I will sadgle (or maybe it’s spelled sadjle?) on until this story is done.

Happy Birthday, Dear Teesie!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Today we are going to celebrate dear Teesie’s 20th birthday.

In preparation for the festivities, Reb and I decided we needed a few ingredients from the store, such as unsweetened chocolate, to make the Sour Cream Chocolate Cake that Kayla requested for her special dessert. As we were running our errands, I realized that the twinge I felt in my back this morning was NOT going to go away, but was rather getting worse the longer I stayed out.

When we arrived back home, the girls brought in all the groceries and put them away while I made my way, slowly and carefully, to the foam mat that Kayla laid out on the living room floor so that I could ease me poor achin’ back. Rebecca then proceeded to bake the cake (Thank you, Dearie!).

Then, dedicated blogger that I am (silly one that I am), I slowly and carefully moved myself on over to the office so that I could do my promised daily blog post.

One nice thing about needing to stay (mostly) supine is that I am finally reading a book that was highly recommended to me by the children: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It would be a really good idea to read this book before its movie version is released, because, in my opinion, books are always better than movies, and I don’t want to form any false impressions of the book from seeing the movie first.

I believe Kayla is going to be preparing her own birthday dinner, with Lydia’s assistance. They’re planning on making some homemade pizza (yummers!), and serving a green salad with that. Guess I’ll have to wait until Monday to bake bread (sigh).

I wish for you a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow. Now, I think I’ll get back to my book.

Hooked on Haiku

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Haiku Friday

Friday – Haiku day

Funny how much I love it;

5 – 7 – 5 rules!

If Haiku is cool,

What about other rhythms?

How about some rhymes?

Want to try sonnets?

Three stanzas of four lines each;

2 – line couplet end

Ten-syllable lines,

Just rhyme within each stanza

Every other line.

Sonnets are for love . . .

Valentine’s Day is coming:

I think I’ll try it!

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.