Monthly Archives: July 2011

One blog is better than two

It’s been a fun, but really busy, summer.

Besides the stuff going on in my family, work has been busy (as always), so I’ve been on the go every day.

I’ve mentioned this before, we had a July wedding in our family that was lots and lots of fun.

I also moved to a bigger apartment, and was able to move a lot of it myself–my new apartment is close to my old one, on the same floor, etc. Thankfully, I was given two weeks to move my stuff, so I was able to do a lot before the moving company came on Friday morning. My clothes, books, and other personal items were all in my new apartment when my big furniture was moved over.

I’m so proud that I’ve got the physical stamina to pull off such a feat (I could not have done this a few years ago). Since Friday afternoon, when I turned in the keys to my old apartment, I’ve been a slug, getting caught up on my rest and nursing my aching muscles with exercise, long hot baths, and rest.

I’ve toyed with giving up my Blogger blog, Gran Speaks, for some time. I made Gran Speaks private a few weeks ago, just because I needed NOT to obsess about all things blogging for a bit. I toyed with the notion of just deleting Gran Speaks, but in the end decided I did not want to lose all my posts and comments.

So today I imported Gran Speaks to this blog.

Took me awhile.

Actually, I exported Gran Speaks on the Blogger end, then uploaded the file on WordPress, after several import attempts via the WordPress option failed.

So now I have one blog, and that’s just dandy with me. I will be rebuilding my blogroll on this blog, patience please!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

“Buried Prey” by John Sanford

Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport, #21)Buried Prey by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read all of the “prey” books by John Sanford–this one is the twenty-first Lucas Davenport novel.

Davenport, an investigator at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is on another case, this one a cold case that has haunted him since being a rookie police officer.

Buried Prey, like all of the prey books, is a fast-moving, solid story that did not let me down. If this story has a weak point, the section of the book titled “Then,” which highlights the original case of two missing girls, is a bit too long for my taste.

This book came up on my library hold list at the perfect time–there’s been lots going on in my life these days, all really good stuff, but I’ve been busy and haven’t had a lot of free time!

So Buried Prey did not let me down–I was able to enjoy this book and not have to think too much! I don’t mean this as a criticism of John Sanford.

I love popular fiction because it’s uncomplicated, easy to read, and lots of fun!

Thankfully, John Sanford has contracted to write two more prey books,

I’ll read them both!

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Reading: “The Last of The Mohicans”

The Last of the Mohicans (Bantam Classics)The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

I know, so many books, so little time.

But I’m reading this classic to find a quote–at least I think it’s a quote–from this book.

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Reading: “A Family Of Strangers”

A Family of StrangersA Family of Strangers by Deborah Tall

This is a memoir, recommended by a Facebook friend.

The author, Deborah Tall,, died in 2006.

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Taking time out to enjoy life!

Things are going to be really busy for the next month or so.
There’s a wedding coming in my family.
There’s parties, and picnics at work, vacation, and moving.
There’s a lot of books to read, too many to mention.
And the words are flowing on my writing projects.
And summer has finally come to Seattle!
So I’m taking some time off from Gran Speaks.
I’ll do some blogging on b.burcroff, catch everyone up on what I’m reading.
If we meet on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter, you’ll see me there!
Happy summer!
May your summer be really, really good!

KC & The Band- That’s the way i like it.

I was walking along 3rd Avenue in Seattle today; a car went by me, blaring this song.
I’ve been singing this song to myself ever since, because it describes my week, and my day!
Freakin’ awesome!
(Unfortunately, the dude blaring this song got some kind of ticket from a local police officer!)
Have a great Friday, and an even better weekend!

Gran knows she needs to turn in early when…

  •  Gran watched the Hindi news channel for 10 minutes before realizing it wasn’t PBS.
  •  The cheese on Gran’s min-meatball sub isn’t melting! Crapola! Oven’s broke! Oops..oven’s not on.
  •  Gran’s clothes are still wet? Great; now the dryer’s broken? Okay. Forgot to turn the dryer on.
And (drumroll please), the top reason Gran knows when it’s time to turn in early IS:
  • Gran falls asleep as she writing this post. As she writing this post? As she’s writing this post..oh brother.
Night everyone!

Currently Reading: Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay came today!


Thanks goodness the Casey Anthony trial is over (I’m not happy with the verdict, but I’ve got to let it go); now I can get reading again.

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Thousands Around The World Turn Lights On For Caylee Anthony

Thousands Around The World Turn Lights On For Caylee Anthony

I don’t have a porch, but my patio light will be on for Caylee Marie Anthony tonight at 9:00 p.m.

9:01 p.m. My porch light is on for you, Caylee. Be at peace, baby girl. 

Caylee Anthony: Remember, this is all about a little girl who died

By the time I dragged myself out of bed this morning,  Judge Belvin Perry was instructing the jury about the charges against Caylee’s mother Casey.
The media feeding frenzy continues, with everyone speculating whether Casey will be found guilty or innocent.
If you happen to take the time to read this post, I hope you spend some time thinking about little Caylee today.
No matter what you think about Casey, guilty or innocent, please spend some time thinking about a little girl who died.
I know that I am thinking of Caylee today, as a mom and a grandma, but also as a human being, that Caylee is in heaven, surrounded by her ancestors, peaceful and happy.
I urge to all to remember, this is not about Casey, or Casey’s parents, or the lawyers or the media.
I urge you all to remember, this is about a little girl who died, a little girl who had the right to live and grow up taken away from her.
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