Hello, darlings, I’m back on the blog! Woulda been sooner, but our internet has been sporadically misbehaving. There’s some major street construction nearby, so I wonder if that has anything to do with the intermittent service.
I have to thank my girls again for their excellent blog posts. So thank you Jennifer, Christine, Kim, Rory, Jennifer and Jenn. I was pleasantly surprised by how different everyone’s guest posts were! There were tons of great comments and I gained new blog and Twitter followers. What a fun and successful experience!
Anywho, I had a fabulous time on vaca! I’m totally relaxed and Zen, even after a mildly hectic day of playing catch-up at work. As for our trip itself, there’s not much to recap. Wake up, lie in the sun, read, eat, read, swim, lay, eat, read, and a campfire every night. So allow me to share some of my vacation reading with you… I generally started the day with a McEwan short story. Then I was all, damn, Ian, you write some effed up shiz. Move on to an hour or two of reading & Sons for a dose of contemporary fiction. Then I settled in for a long afternoon of Gone with the Wind. Needless to say, I was totally craving a Mint Julep. I’m doing some serious journaling while reading GwtW. I am loving Rhett’s dialogue. He has some of the best lines, and I’m writing them down directly from the book so I can compare them to the movie after the fact. (BTW, I haven’t seen the film since high school, so a lot of this is newish to me and I look forward to watching it again post-novel.) The coolest part about reading this book: it was my dad’s copy from 1954. It has his Baudette, MN address label on the first page (the house he grew up in) and when I asked about it, he told me it was one of his book club books he subscribed to and he remembered shutting himself away in his room to read it for weeks on end. He was 12!
I’m so proud of The Hubs. He read Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles in two days. Then he dove right into The Art Forger and even finished it at home on Sunday! He said he wouldn’t give FLPL more than four stars because the author/narrator “slid into the end.” He was surprised by the love story element, he liked the singularity aspect, and overall, he though it was a fun read. He gave TAF a solid 4 stars and enjoyed learning about the art and the process of painting. And he liked the ending.
There it is.