The Future Mr. Changeling

The Engineer and I are getting married! Remember when I said our spring break was lovely?  That was a bit of an understatement. At his insistence, I had gone up to visit the Engineer's house on the peninsula, even though I could only stay for one day.  We went for a walk on the beach … Continue reading The Future Mr. Changeling

Review: The Forgotten Room

*Requisite spoiler warning. I love old houses for the stories they seem to hold, particularly places where it seems as though the owners have just picked up and left.  I love generational sagas too, the types of stories where you see how the family stories intertwine and get to trace characters growing up, disappearing and … Continue reading Review: The Forgotten Room

Is This Really the Story We Want to Keep Telling?

When I first saw the trailer for Split, I knew I wouldn't be going to see it.  For one thing, the scene shown in the teaser where three girls are abducted in a parking lot marked it clearly as Horror, and I hate scary movies.  (Not to mention that I already check under, behind, and around … Continue reading Is This Really the Story We Want to Keep Telling?

Gallivanting Between Grad Schools

The Engineer and I are trying our hand at the travel side of adulting: namely, booking our own flights and transportation to all the grad schools he plans to visit before making the final decision about where he (and I) will live for the next five-ish years.  So for most of the month of March, … Continue reading Gallivanting Between Grad Schools

Review: Remarkable Creatures

*Note: This is a review of a book I have already finished and therefore contains spoilers.  Proceed with appropriate caution. It doesn't take long into reading Tracy Chevalier's first novel to figure out that the title isn't just referring to fossils.  Remarkable Creatures alternates between two narrators: Mary Anning, the lightning-struck fossil finder from a poor … Continue reading Review: Remarkable Creatures

Disabling the Exasperation Filter

Whenever I decide to call in sick, my brain immediately turns on what I call the Exasperation Filter.  This filter colors every email, text message, and Facebook chat from my boss or coworkers with a tint of irritation on their part, stemming from and reinforcing my assumption that I have horribly inconvenienced everyone and therefore … Continue reading Disabling the Exasperation Filter

Review(ish): L.M. Montgomery as Unexpected Mentor

I'm not really sure how to categorize this post, because the extent to which I identified with Lucy Maud Montgomery throughout the first volume of her selected journals had an enormous impact on my impression of that collection. From her opening entry declaring that she had burned all of her childhood diaries (I have more than … Continue reading Review(ish): L.M. Montgomery as Unexpected Mentor

Review: People of the Book

This is a book-lover's book. The Commodore gave me this book for my birthday/Christmas (the pain of not seeing each other for months now that she lives in another state slightly assuaged by meeting up for a day of gift exchanging and talking and coffee) because she read it and thought I'd like it.  It's … Continue reading Review: People of the Book

Focus

n. a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity v. to direct one's attention or efforts I've been feeling very scatterbrained lately.  Even when I'm procrastinating on the things I should be doing, like writing, I can't seem to pick just one method of procrastination.  I watch Netflix, but I must also simultaneously rearrange my neighborhoods … Continue reading Focus

Review: Eligible

*Note: This is a review of a book I have already finished and therefore contains spoilers.  Proceed with appropriate caution. I'm a sucker for anything involving Pride and Prejudice, particularly modern retellings.  So when I saw Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible on my library's Lucky Day shelf (relatively new and popular books you can check out for only a week, … Continue reading Review: Eligible