Be Merry! Eat Pie!!
Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who have sent me Christmas Greetings through snail mail and email and instagrams and tweets! I am overwhelmed by how many people have thought of me and sent good wishes. Some have sent presents! Wow – I am very touched. I am blessed. Thank you so much! I wish for you all the joy and hope that comes with spending time with loved ones as we are apt to do this time of year and of course, at the changing to a new calendar.
I have been miserably amiss this year in sending out holiday cards – I know! Shocking, right? I have sent only a few and hope to send more; they just might be after the traditional Big Day of December 25.
Celebrate love no matter what ‘day’ it is, celebrate life every day.
Allow me to share another Christmas Lobster to help remind you that silliness is a good thing and laughter is the best. May you laugh today, tomorrow and on into the new year and beyond. Merry Christmas!
Happy Shortest Day of the Year / Winter Solstice!!
Merry Christmas! Have a Holly Jolly Rockin’ Lobster Holiday!! Which ornament is YOUR favorite?
Oh no, dear readers, I’m out of order. and I think I missed sharing a Lobster #4. Let’s all laugh anyway and be very merry… :)
Yep, it’s a bottle opener.
This book was not my kind of book. I only read it because it had DIAMOND in the title and I wanted to fulfill the JEWEL category of What’s in a Name 4 Challenge.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing WRONG with this book – just aint for me. I never had to roll my eyes or question any facts or critique any sentence structure or wonder where it was going.
If you are already a fan of Carole Nelson Douglas, I’m sure this is fine. If you like cats that solve mysteries, you might like this. The premise was fun, I actually liked the cat but this book – for me – was TOOOOOO LOOOOOOONNNNG. I was bored; wanted much more action, less dialogue. Dialogue propels this entire narrative, it seemed. I liked the cat’s part but that was a tiny portion. I’m not even a cat person! I’m sadly allergic. I do respect cats, however.
Apparently, CND has written quite a few of these Midnight Louie Mysteries and you all know I’m not a series-reader. I am discovering that I’m not much of a mystery reader anymore either. I also thought this book’s cultural references made it seem dated.
It’s about a girl who seems to get herself into situations involving murder and always ends up as a suspect. This time, a male model for a romance writer convention is killed and sure enough, our girl is involved. Her cat (Midnight Louie) ends up figuring out the whodunnit and has to place the clues just so in order for the humans to have the AHA! moment. There are other storylines and characters and drama, of course, but. Sort of reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.
I started this in January. Read a bit here and there (back and forth from Ulysess) and then misplaced the book for most of the year. I recently dug it out of stacks of crap on the floor of my miscellaneous room and thought I better have a go at finishing. I skimmed to the last quarter and didn’t feel like I missed anything. Then I read the cat’s overview of the the wrapup on the crime and now I feel very satisfied to check this as a DONE-READ and no longer a DNF.
Translation from Portuguese: Monday is a day of the week. Just trying to get a friend’s attention…
BOOKS in the HOUSE since last Monday:
Mrs. MISS! Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, a Persephone Classics I received in the Holiday Exchange from my friend Karen. I’m saving this for 2012 and the What’s in a Name 5 Challenge in the CALENDAR category.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. For my read-along with Maree. I just told my friend Holly that we were buying this book for each other for Christmas and I was to have it first. She owes me $15.
Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan, thanks for a giveaway over at Love Laughter and Insanity. Thanks Trish!
The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson, thanks to a very dear blogger bud who amazes me with her total enthusiasm for throwing herself into the goodness that is life and being so generous to share and think of others she’s never even met who value her place here in the interwebs for always warming hearts with simple cherished acts of giving, Debi. She is still very much important. Thank you.
NOW – those of you who are signed up or are thinking about the What’s in a Name Challenge 5 (I have somehow become obsessed with everyone signing up for this one…), I here by tell you if you have NOT read The Secret Life of Lobsters, you should and it will totally count for the CREEPY-CRAWLY category since they often call lobsters ‘bugs’. So there. And the fact that it is utterly fascinating is a plus, too, yes? I just might have to write a review of this since I read it pre-blog and then I can count it for Trisha’s meme for highlighting An Old Favorite.
I also bought the Artisan Bread cookbook for my hub the chef and I look forward to baking some yummy goodness.
Finally, I got the coolest email from my friend Ana who you may have instantly thought of yourself when you saw the title to this post. Here’s what she sent me: Thanks Nymeth! #luvana
Thanks for thinking of me! Obrigado!
Did you know that lobsters are featured in what has become one of my favorite Holiday movies? And on that note, let me share another of my lobster Christmas Tree ornaments…
Have a Very Merry Lobster Christmas!
Apparently, there were THREE lobsters present, according to the movie…
Obligatory: Christmas Lobster #6
No offense to Gê Orthof who is responsible for the cover illustration, but I do NOT think it does this book justice. At a glance, one might think it is a children’s book. I don’t get it.
FIRST SENTENCE: Q and I met on a summer morning when I was eighteen, at the main branch of the Philadelphia Public Library where I’d gone in search of a teacher; and I took him home with me despite certain doubts about his fitness for the post.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This memoir by Helene Hanff could be considered an unofficial Part 3 in her life story about Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and the London bookshop, Marks & Co, who enabled her education. Part 1 would be the famous 84, Charing Cross Road and Part 2 being the travelogue The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (which I haven’t yet read).
Hanff talks about her self-educating process using Q’s books as a mentor; how she tried to support herself as a text-book writer and playwright, how she wrote about her relationship with Marks & Co, originally thinking it would be a magazine article but it was too long. It did find a publisher and then became a ‘cult’ classic.
She is a delightful writer and had to have been a delightful person. She’s funny; she’s smart. Wouldn’t she have been a wildly popular blogger? I loved – and was amazed – by how her fans reached out to her as if she were an old friend and she welcomed it. Crazy.
I do wish she might have included a few more examples of how Q influenced her writing. I can even imagine her contemplating what more to add on this before saying out loud with martini in hand, “Aw screw it, let’s see wait what the publisher wants me do.” There’s a sense that she is amused and resigned to the idea that people want to read her memoirs. Give ’em what they want. Let the Fates decide.
Her experiences feel so authentic. and unique. It warms the heart to read stories about good things happening to cool people. I do wonder…, reading about her hard luck times in NYC if she ever crossed paths in the 60s with a few other hard-luck-time NYC-ers, like Patti Smith. No?
That connection – experiencing the 60s in NYC – is not the only one. Hanff mentions St. Swithun’s Day as did David Nicholls in One Day. She also mentions Oscar Wilde a few times. Jane Austen. And a bunch of other people I probably should know but don’t. Oh! she mentions that Diana Athill was on her publishing team! Of course. They would SO have been friends.
I enjoyed this very much. I found this book in the library of the ‘Old Folks Home’ where I volunteer. Though the cover is off-putting, I grabbed it solely on the power of the author’s name.
If you love books and haven’t yet read Hanff, get thee to a library and check out 84, Charing Cross Road. Might as well get a few other books by her, too, while you’re there. Or read these other reviews of this that you can find at Fyrefly’s Book Blog Search. Or click on that horrible book cover image above and it will take you to goodreads.com.
It’s Sunday as I write this and prep for Tuesday. And if I schedule this right, you’ll be reading this on Tuesday.
I’ve been thinking about my (sad) accomplishments per my goals for 2011 but also very happy that I have this little corner of a world that I can devote to books and have so many wonderful friendships that started here in this tiny corner of the interweb and blossomed into some amazing In-REAL-Life friendships. Not just in 2011, but I can count Nancy as one who THIS YEAR has emerged from the 2 dimensional monitor screen of words & book cover images into an awesome 3-dimensionalness. Of course, we managed to see each other not once, but twice and I still feel bad that I ‘stole’ a book that I was supposed to return to her. (egads! faux pas) If anyone wants to exchange a Christmas card snail-mail style, pls drop a mention into a comment and I’ll email ya.