Monthly Archives: May 2012

buying myself flowers

I’ve been gifted with lovely fresh flowers twice in the past few months, and both times I thought, wow, nobody ever gives me flowers.

As I was pondering this perceived lack of appreciation, I asked myself a question: How come I’m not buying myself flowers? And then I resolved to buy fresh flowers myself, whenever I feel the need to feel appreciated.

So today I bought myself the flowers you see above.

$4.99 at QFC, and just looking at these flowers brings a huge smile to my face. Of course, now I wish I had bought two five dollar bouquets, but what the hey. This is still lots of pretty for 5 bucks.

It’s my vacation present to myself–this is a staycation for one week.

I find traveling as stressful as working, quite frankly.

Driving, running to catch airplanes, etc.

So I’m home to catch up on my sleep, read some books, and go on some awesome day trips.

Tomorrow I’m off to The Seattle International Film Festival to see me daughter-in-law’s short film Bunker.

And, for fun, I’m adding a little Luciano to this post (I hope all of these links work).

REVIEW by Beth: Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris – Released May 22nd (@pjfarris , @bunnybetha)

REVIEW by Beth: Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris – Released May 22nd (@pjfarris , @bunnybetha).

via REVIEW by Beth: Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris – Released May 22nd (@pjfarris , @bunnybetha).

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Book Review: The Witness, by Nora Roberts

I joined a few months ago so I can expand my listening options while commuting to work via bus. I like need to drown out the noise from the bus and my 2-3 block walk to and from work. Hey, I live in Seattle, noise is part of the deal. I’m trying to keep myself limited to one audio book a month, but more about that later.

My May book is The Witness by Nora Roberts. I chose this book because so many book club buddies recommended it. I’m not a big Nora Roberts fan; I prefer the “In Death” series written by N.R. writing as J.D. Robb. And sometimes, I just want to read a book that I know is going to end okay.

But I just loved this story; from the first few pages I was hooked by Elizabeth Fitch’s plight. This audio book is read by actress Julia Whelan, and she does a fine job with all of the voices, even the Russian mobsters.

There is romance in The Witness, but this story is also a thriller. The characters are well developed and interesting, even the bad guys. Elizabeth Fitch is a protagonist not unlike Jason Bourne, highly intelligent and possessing what seems like superhuman abilities.

In an act of teenage rebellion, Elizabeth Fitch defies her controlling mother and hits a trendy nightclub with an acquaintance from school. To say the night ends badly is an understatement, and what happens in the months that follow ends up with Elizabeth running for her life.

Twelve years later, Elizabeth (with a new name and identity, Abigail Lowry) ends up in a small Arkansas town, and her life on the run, the security she has set up around her house, and her heart, gets melted away by the town’s sheriff, Brooks Gleason. Brooks is a worthy romantic hero: handsome, wickedly smart, funny, and determined to get close to this intriguing woman, to learn her secrets. Gleason needs to find out why Abigail’s house is surrounded by state of the art security, why she’s always accompanied by a guard dog the size of a small horse, and why she carries a gun on her hip to buy groceries.

The Witness kept my interest, from start to finish. I found the ending predictable but satisfying and comforting. I felt the ending was rushed, just a bit, but maybe because I did not want the story to be over.

And yes, because I’m a dork, I cried at the end.

4 out of 5 stars to The Witness for a mighty good tale that I’m hoping gets made into a (good) movie.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m off to a family dinner this evening; it’s 75 degrees and the sun is shining.

I’m thinking of my mom today, missing her, but my memories are clear and give me comfort.

Wishing you all the best on this Sunday in May.

Harry Potter eBooks headed to Kindle lending library | TG Daily

Harry Potter eBooks headed to Kindle lending library | TG Daily.

Terrific news!

I still love printed books, but my Kindle Fire has become one of my favorite toys. With my Kindle, I can read anywhere, at any time.

REVIEW by Beth: 11/22/63 b Stephen King (@bunnybetha) « Pure Textuality

REVIEW by Beth: 11/22/63 b Stephen King (@bunnybetha) « Pure Textuality.


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It’s cool and sunny here in Seattle, hopefully cooler tomorrow.

I’m home today, doing some chores around ye olde apartment, working on a book review for Pure Textuality, and getting outside for some exercise.

Tomorrow I’m out for the day, thanks to some major road work in my neighborhood my apartment will be without electricity for about 9 hours.


I’m going to treat myself to Sunday breakfast, then traveling to Bellevue Washington to see my son and grandchildren perform in a youth theater presentation of Beauty and the Beast.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

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