1. Open to everyone. Play once or every week, that’s okay. I’m happy to have you here today.
2. No cheating. No googling, other internet searches or looking at other commenter answers. Yes, we’re going by the honor system
3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.
Please submit your answers by Thursday night. Each question worth 10 points.
On Friday Jason and I were able to see our 6-inch baby on the big screen and he or she was the cutest thing ever :) Everything looked good. We had the chance to find out if it was a boy or girl, but where is the fun in that? We’re looking forward to our early November surprise. Yesterday we narrowed our possible boy names to seven, which is still a lot, but we have a few months to work on it. Today we’ll do the same with the girl names. So, this is your last chance to get your name of choice on the record ;) Wanda gave me a wonderful idea when I originally posted the pregnancy news about combining family names and I think we may end up doing that for a middle name if it’s a girl. Thanks, Wanda!
This week I’ve felt it kick for the first time :) On the flip side, I’m still getting sick a few days a week. But my good days are better and my tummy is getting bigger every day, so things seem to be progressing as they should.
Because of my age they did want me to do an amnio, but we chose not to. We did the early high risk testing and found it a little stressful and, honestly, not that useful. Given the choice again we would not do it. I’m only mentioning it because I wish I’d heard from someone that it’s okay to skip it instead of just listening to the doctor. It’s your choice, not his.
I’ll hit the halfway point this week, so it’s time to start planning. I’ve got some good ideas for a book themed nursery, but am welcome to more ideas for that too.
Merci is a homicide detective with her eyes on the sheriff’s office someday. This will be hard since decisions made a year ago (in Red Light) have alienated her from half of the police force of Los Angeles. When a case comes in about a probable murder-attempted suicide involving a fellow officer Merci is reluctant to believe the officer guilty, even though evidence points in his direction. When the officer survives, but with bullet parts littering his brain, the case becomes more complicated since he remembers little to nothing about the crime and what he does remember may or may not be true.
Merci is a single mom living with her toddler son and father and pining after her partner Paul Zamorra. She takes a personal interest in the case and has to butt heads with the prosecutors to keep the officer out of jail. I love Merci. She is strong, wounded, complicated, and smart. She is good at her job and unwilling to back down.
I loved the way this book wrapped up. I immediately looked to see what the next in the series was and…there isn’t one! Not only that, but Parker doesn’t plan on writing more. So, I went back and read the last chapter again and found it to be the perfect way to end Merci’s story.
I highly recommend these three books for mystery and police procedural fans.
This was from my personal library.
His voice began to drift off. The earth, baby…sometimes I think it’s just a holding pen for crackpots. Who knows what planets have discarded us as factory rejects, unfit to live among more civilized planetary societies. We may be living on the dark side of the moon and don’t know it.”
-The Court of Two Sisters chapter
Dena is a high-profile, on the rise network anchor who has the looks and smarts to have the world at her feet. Only she has no real friends, is afraid to love and drinks herself into oblivion most nights. The bright lights of New York City have always been her goal and now that she’s there she finds that she must do questionable gotcha interviews to stay on top. It’s the 1970′s and the beginning of tabloid journalism and even the icy, ambitious Dena has qualms about the tactics and the stress leads to a serious health issue that sidelines her in the small town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri.
Dena’s 1970′s story jumps back to the early days of Elmwood Springs and the people who that relate to Dena. It’s a small town with nice, honest, and eccentric people. When Dena finds herself convalescing there her heart begins to thaw just a little and she begins to question her childhood and the mystery surrounding her mother. Dena also touches base with her best friend from college, Sookie, a loveable woman living in a small Georgia town.
Dena has so many flaws, but for some reason she is easy to like because you sense the goodness underneath all of the reserve. Everyone seems to love her een though for most of the book she offers nothing back, how lucky is that? The story itself is charming and rich, if a bit meandering at first. I enjoyed the rose-colored glasses view of Elmwood Springs as the ideal dream and loved its juxtaposition with mean, heartless New York City. Neither seemed particularly accurate, but it was a fun ride until the mystery involving Dena’s mother unraveled. For me it seemed a bit anticlimactic. Realistically, I know it could have happened but I was hoping for more. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, only left me with a less positive feeling than I’d felt the rest of the book.
I really liked my first Fannie Flagg book and its southern charm.
“I love all of hers because of the great characters and the small town settings.” Debbie
“A novel about a small-town filled with many interesting, quirky characters.” Sarah
“She writes with great humor and I have a feeling you will want some good laughs after reading the rest of my choices. Plus, I have this book sitting in my to read pile and would love to have someone to read along with it ;0)” Molly
I love a great detective story. If I want to jump start my reading I always pick a mystery and they usually involve a detective. So, this week I’m looking for great detectives. They can come from a standalone book or a series and include private eyes or official detectives in the police force or government.
List up to 10 detectives and the book or series they come from. The answer only counts if you are the only one who lists it. If there are repeats no one gets points.
So, you may come up with 10 detectives and get 0 points or give me one title and get 10 points. Tricky, huh?
Feel free to browse your own blogs or bestseller lists for ideas. You have until Thursday night to submit your answers.
10 points per title.
Have fun detecting which ones your competition might list
Share on your blog those films you’d most want to have with you and why if you were ever stranded on a desert island.
Visit the Bumbles to find out what they would take and since Molly and Andy both posted their lists I called Jason to get his list too
1. Shawshank Redemption - he could watch it over and over again (and has).
2. Braveheart – same reason
3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - one of his favorites comedies ever.
4. The Matrix - same as 1 & 2
5. Castaway – for educational purposes.
1. The Sound of Music - I always find this movie comforting and I can sing along.
2. The Philadelphia Story - love the story and the three leads (Hepburn, Grant, Stewart)
3. There’s Something About Mary - I might have chosen Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, but Jason has it and I’m sure we’ll be stranded together!
4. Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring - I don’t need to have them all to appreciate the awesomeness. And I need my Strider fix occasionally!
5. Silence of the Lambs - a cautionary tale to be on the lookout for cannibals.
Jason and I both loved Paris. We were there from Tuesday-Sunday and Jason was a rock star in getting us around on the subway.
Our first stop was one of the most visited cemeteries in the world, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. I don’t want to sound too terribly weird, but this was such a cool place and it is a who’s who of famous people. Loved it.
And we made the requisite trip to the Eiffel Tower, but we did not wait in line to go to the top.
We took a wonderful boat ride down the Seine River. We were able to see much of the beautiful architecture of the city.
We both love museums, so on Wednesday we headed to the Louvre and saw the famous Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo. etc. My favorite part of any art museum are the sculptures.
We took a short break from the Louvre and walked to Sainte-Chapelle, a church built in the 1240′s. It has the most gorgeous windows I’ve ever seen. Each panel tells a story of the Bible and the whole Bible is in there.
The next morning we headed to Versailles.
And Notre Dame, which was more impressive than I imagined.
We spent Friday at the French Open, where Eric and Virginie met up with us. This is Jason and me after we had been baking in the sun all day.
On Saturday the four of us went to Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum. It was hit or miss. They have a fabulous exhibit there right now, Dreamlands, but it’s permanent collection was more disturbing than anything. But hey, we were with friends
We headed to a great place to view the city, Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Montmartre area.
We spent Friday and Saturday nights in the Latin Quarter which was an area full of restaurants, bars, and life! Loved it.
Thanks for travelling along with us to Paris. Here’s one last picture of us in Versailles hall of mirrors.
We chose to visit France this year because friends of ours moved there almost two years ago and we thought it would be a great opportunity to spend time with them and have a personal tour guide (Eric’s French and Virginie’s Belgian). We also had the pleasure of meeting the newest addition to their family, Solene, who turned one year old the day we arrived. Camille was 10 months old when they left so it was like meeting her all over again too. If you want to see how cute they are you should check out their blog.
Eric and Virginie live is a small village outside of Lyon, so we flew in to Paris and took the two-hour train ride to their home. I love the ease of traveling by train in Europe. Our first full day we went to see the third largest city in France, Lyon. A view from the top…
This awesome fountain is by City Hall and the art museum. There was steam coming from the horse nostrils. Oh, and that’s me and Jason.
We really enjoyed Lyon and our day there. The next day was a hard one because I was sick pretty much the whole day. It was my worst day there, but we still managed to visit Perouges, a village developed in the 14-15th centuries. I loved the rocky streets and medieval charm…
On Monday we headed to Beajolais country and it was one of my favorite French excursions. Here’s one reason why…
How beautiful is that? The hillsides are dotted with vineyards and small villages. We visited a few of the villages and I loved the quaint beauty.
Virginie and Eric were so very kind to let us stay with them, cook for us, and to show us around the region. And the girls were so much fun! Here’s a pic of Jason getting a little advance training…
I think he’s got it figured out :) It was great to visit with friends and to ask all kinds of fun questions. Did you know they still don’t use garbage disposals over there? And did you know it is MANDATORY to vote in Belgium? I could go on, but I’ll leave you with a cute picture of our friends. Stop by tomorrow for the time we spent in Paris.
Thanks guys! And Jif peanut butter is on the way
It had been startling
and disappointing to me
to find out
that story books
had been written by people,
that books were not
natural wonders, coming up of themselves
With a title like this how could I not pick it up, especially since I found it at Half-Price Books? There are seven different groupings of women with short bios of each woman included. I enjoyed some chapters more than others and there is a large selection of women from every time period and geographic location (although it is clearly Anglo based). I had heard of maybe a little more than half of these women and enjoyed getting to know some women that I knew of, but had never read. Betty Friedan, Mary Baker Eddy, and Gertrude Stein were a few that interested me the most, since I knew so little about them. I didn’t realize that Gertrude Stein was buried at the Cemetery of Pere-Lachaise in Paris or else I would had looked for her when we were there last week. I’ll be talking about that cemetery in my Paris recap on Sunday.
I thought the book was good, but considering the title, a little boring. I read it in snippets, so it took me a long time to finish. This would not have happened if I had been truly engaged. This book is gift sized and I do think it is a fun gift for a book lover, especially those who are interested in biographies of women.
“Partially because I love the title, and also because it sounds like the name of a self-help group that I probably need to join (okay, so there’s actually no probably about it.)” Angie
“What a really apt title for almost all of us!” Mystica
“Awesome title!” Amanda