Finally, the HR person and I were in the office on the same day at the same time, for the formal job offer, etc. Turns out I need to complete a Perf Eval in my old job before I can move to my new job. Erk.

I'm listening to Ann Patchett's "Truth and Beauty," on books on tape, about her friendship with poet Lucy Grealy. It's marvelous; the writing is beautiful, and the story of their friendship perplexing and intriguing. The author is the reader, and it works well.

I found an interesting website while looking for info on Lucy Grealy, the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database:
About Lucy Grealy:
I feel all post-y and not terribly read-ish today, which is the reverse of my usual.

I finished The Big Over Easy : A Nursery Crime by Jaspar Fforde at lunch today. I really enjoyed it; it grew on me and I was engrossed by the last half. It's very clever and droll. As is often the case for me, it was a book on CD, and luckily, the reader was fabulous. A good reader makes SO much difference. I recommend it, and am looking forward to the next Nursery Crimes Division book due out later this year.

That was a my 4th book of the year, after a handful of the A/Y books I couldn't read by the end of 2005:

Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident Eoin Colfer
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Carolyn Mackler
Spellbound Janet McDonald


Jan. 26th, 2006 05:32 pm
One of my favorite websites for finding mystery series authors & titles has a feature that's new to me, called If You Like. Yay! Dana Stabenow hasn't written any Kate Shugak novels in awhile, and the reviews of her new thriller aren't stellar. I've read all the Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, Karen Kijewski, Julie Smith, Sara Paretsky, Linda Barnes and Susan Dunlap's that I'm going to, so I'll try some of the other authors listed in the "If you like Sue Grafton" section.

Glad to see that Buffista author DG is listed; I'm the person who first got her on the website and linked up to the webmistress, not that that was a big deal.

Lately I've been noticing how broad the shoulders are of the woman considered beautiful/glamorous. Evangeline Lily, Cameron Diaz, Angie Harmon, that's all I can think of at the moment, akk! have to run.
deepstarrysky! Thank you for the javacat gift. It's adorable and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks and hugs!

I wish I had time for a longer post. I'm slammed at work, sleeping alot on weekends when I can, and had a houseguest for a few days, which was great. She had a car and things to do, people to see, so we'd see each other for breakfast and later at night. Then, 5 people were supposed to come over for dinner on Friday, but the mother of one of them (the couple) took a turn for the worse, so it was 3 of us, and we had fun. [The friend's mother died yesterday, at 4 AM on her 90th birthday. Sad.]

The Big Over Easy on books on CD won me over after a slow start. I like that the author, Jaspar Fforde, has given himself a minor actress character named Lola Vavoom, who, among other movies, once starred in The Eyre Affair. Hehe! Lola's other movies are My Sister Kept Geese, and drat, I forget the others. His AU universe of the Nursery Crimes Division of detection includes gods (Prometheus is the object of the main character's 20-year old daughter's affection), people, and nursery characters. Jack Spratt is the main character, and Mary Mary, his associate. I don't know some of these nursery rhymes so am missing out on some of his funny. Like, Solomon Grundy must be a nursery rhyme character, but I've only heard that name in connection with a waterfront restaurant in Berkeley that changed hands & name about 15 years ago. There are a few others. So. I trekked to the children's library last week to check out an anthology but it turned out to be one of the opens-late days, drat.

Yikes, that took longer than I thought it would. Back to work.



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