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Today, it rained. Relentlessly. The only time it stopped was during the half hour in which my son and his classmate had to walk up to my office after school. I had told him that if it was still raining "like this" that morning, that he could call me and I would come pick them up. So, he was grumpy when he arrived.

There was no inspiration on tap for making dinner when we arrived home. Frankly, I'm out of ideas and back to recycling meals and sick of everything I can come up with. My kids answer SUSHI to every inquiry about what they want to eat and when smacked upside the head, because enough already! they then answer TACOS. Which, ew. Never having been a big fan of tacos to begin with when I lived on the continent where they had at least originated (okay, sort of), I honestly don't understand why they are so enamored of the decidedly homogenized Swedish style of Mexican food. We have tacos way too often for my part, as it is. Why can't they answer something else for once, when asked what they want to eat? Why can't they answer smoked salmon? Or chicken cordon bleu? Or crab cakes?

So, I threw macaroni in a pot to boil, thawed a package of ground beef, added a packet of taco seasoning, popped open a can of corn niblets, chopped up half a cucumber and a couple of tomatoes and took the lid off the crème fraîche. Anders helped with the meat while I set the table and after everything was served I called the kids into the kitchen for dinner. YUM, they said and dug in. Martin declared, with a delighted smile, "It's Taco-roni!" Haaa!

I am reading a really good book, The Girl With Glass Feet, a first novel by Ali Shaw. I'm halfway through it and don't want to know how it ends because that will mean that it has ended. Yesterday I read another, completely different, really good book, What the Dog Saw, a best-of collection of Malcolm Gladwell's essays for The New Yorker. Both of them feel as if they are cracking my brain open, in a good way. These days, I relish anything that does that. I worry that it happens less and less. I worry that my skull has finally fused shut.

In some ways, I guess that's a good thing: at least the rain won't get in.
mood: wet
music: Jewel—Words Get in the Way


I'll be curious as to your reaction when you finish Gladwell. Lately I've moved from fan to being awfully bored by him; didn't even finish the last book.

Chuck (grr LJ stoopid)

I finished it was a collection of relatively short essays from his writings for The New Yorker. I really enjoyed it. And I really liked The Tipping Point but those are the only 2 books of his I've read so far. I wasn't as drawn to read his other 2 titles (Blink and The Outliers) for some reason but may still do so, because I do really enjoy his writing style and the way he makes you think.

We had tornadoes here over the weekend. And I actually mean Here, in New England -- in all three of the northernmost New England states, in fact. How bizarre is that? (No injuries, mercifully. Ohio was not as fortunate.)

I'll be interested to hear what you think of Shaw's book; I haven't read it, but was completely drawn in by the text on the dust jacket when I saw it on someone else's coffeetable, and immediately put it on my wishlist for the future (these days, most of my "book money" - and reading time - goes to the Letters Project).

Crazy weather on the rampage! :O

So far, I'm really enjoying Shaw's book. It's not really like anything else I've ever read, though I have had scenes from Evidence of Things Unseen pop to mind while I've been immersed. Mostly because of the characters, though, not because of the storyline. Have you read that one?

The book took a rather unexpected turn last night and I'm dying to know what happens but still not wanting it to end. :)

From Megsie

I think your taco-roni sounds awesome! I will be trying that in the future. I will put these books on my ever growing books to read list. I need a month to just READ. Hope the rain is done with you, but not bugging me either. I am tired of it too.

Re: From Megsie

The nice thing is that each person can choose how much of each ingredient they want or whether to include it at all.

We had a grey morning but the sun is fighting to come out now. Come on, sun!!


"I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in... And stops my mind from wandering..."


Had to google that, believe it or not.

From Willow

Those books sound GREAT!

Re: From Willow

They are! At least, I'm not done yet with the first one, and it could turn out the ending sucks, but o! I sure hope not!

Joy here

Hi there. :) I have something for you... but it's not done yet! I'll send it email tomorrow. I am toooooo tired and have decided to have a life off of my computer. HAAAA (Is there such a beast??!)

Speaking of having a life... I just found the most wonderful place to go in my new city! It's a fabulous combination of a used bookstore and flee market. I kid you not- think the size of a medium grocery store, then fill it with TONS of books and nicknacks and hats and lamps and dishes and... almost anything, and you have it!

Here was my find today! My Sister's keeper (Jodi Picoult), short essays about friendship, Girlfriends Enduring Ties (Carmen Renee Berry and Tamera Traeder), The Search for Joyful, The story of Mrs. Mike continues...not sure who she is(!)(Benedict and Nancy Freedman), and The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls). Oh and a couple of dollar books (one was a calendar book from 2004 that the dates match our present year!), and one pair of books for a dollar as well! And Oprah too. LoL All for 28 bucks!

I think I am going to move into that store! Or not! ;-)

Check your email sometime tomorrow or the next! Anticipation is half the fun! ;-)

Re: Joy here

How exciting! Both about the books and the surprise! :)


I entered this site by chance, but I found very interesting. A greeting to all the people who visit this page.

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