Nov 28, 2009

Not so pardonable

I am aware of my silliness. I keep swearing that I've read my last Maisie Dobbs and then I talk myself into giving her another shot. I love the setting of the series - in England between the wars. I don't love Maisie's character - very cold and calculating. I also don't love how the mysteries are solved by intuition, ghostly hints, and chance rather than real detective work.
This time, I wondered if listening to Pardonable Lies on tape might improve upon the experience. It didn't. It's time for me to give up on Miss Dobbs for good. I'm far too annoyed by how the crimes get solved and all the psychology babble.
Only a 2 out of 10 for me. Does anyone have any good books that take place in England between the wars though? There must be something out there that would hit the spot.

Nov 27, 2009

Not a good combination

Ugh. I picked up the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson on a whim. I know they are considered a great love story and thought it would be a sweet series to watch. I didn't make it past the second episode because I couldn't stand the main characters. He was oblivious and immature. She was grasping and calculating. Not a couple I wanted to spend time with. Obviously only a 1 out of 10 in my opinion.

Nov 26, 2009


Maeve Binchy's books are all remarkably similiar - a cast of many characters dealing with life issues (usually of a romantic nature) that wraps up in a gentle way. Heart & Soul is pure fluff and a genuine comfort read. I enjoyed it but probably won't remember any of it in a week. I give it a 5.

Nov 22, 2009

Love the aliens!

Binky the Space Cat is marvelous! It made me giggle. It needs to be read by young and old alike. A definite 10 in the world of picture books.

Nov 21, 2009


Season 3 of Dexter was no disappointment. (Thanks for the loaner, Kristen!) It's a mad twisted show - just like I like it. And good strong roles for women (well except for Rita - meh) are always good to see. 7 of 10.


Huzzah! I finally marked off a biggie on my 101 listy. I read 50 nonfiction books, and while doing so learned that I love nonfiction just as much as fiction.
The 50th book was Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater. It's an adorable read. The author is a former food critic whose shares his attempts at opening up the world of food to his little girl. I was extra fascinated because I have an 8 month old niece who visited recently and it was cool to see her parents give her brand new tastes of things.
The writing is humorous and I loved how frequently he quotes his daughter. It really is a fun book and the perfect cap to my personal challenge. I give this a 7.

Nov 20, 2009

Cute and directional

I think these figures would be rather charming on my bathroom door, don't you?


Men Who Stare at Goats may not be the best movie ever but it has Clooney and Bridges and sparkley eyes! I love when Clooney is at his most ridiculous!

It made me giggle. For that, it gets a 6 of 10.

Nov 19, 2009


I have a bit of a tumblr addiction. I'm current;y subscribed to follow Lavender Lines and This is my heart. It is a good heart. Give me more please.

(Lisa - are you still doing tumblr? What's the link?)


Oooh - the colors in this are rather perfect. Love it!


The Diving Bell & The Butterfly has been on my to-watch list for forever. Thanks to this awful fricking flu I have loads of time on my hands so I finally took it in.
It's the true story of the editor of Elle who suffers a stroke causing him to be completely paralyzed. He can only communicate by blinking one eye. Sounds not-so-uplifting, aye?
And while it isn't a happy go lucky kind of film, it is hopeful and stunningly well filmed. I give it a 6.

Just might

Need this wall planter. So sweet and blue.

Nov 16, 2009


Found via Red Velvet Art.

Nov 15, 2009


Kabuku Rides (This Is It) by Larry Brown

Dustin MySpace Video

Heard this on the radio forever ago. It's such a haunting short story.


Originally uploaded by onemoredress
This look is amazing!

Nov 13, 2009

Well done

The Fog of War is a documentary and interview of Robert McNamara - asking him tough questions about his military decisions and narrowing in on Vietnam War. It's fascinating.

The whole film is so well put together and striking. It doesn't lay anything out in black and white. And the Phillip Glass score is amazing. This is an intense documentary. I give it an 8.

Nov 11, 2009


Originally uploaded by bebejack
I obviously need to start working on my embroidery skills. Love this!

Long way

One of those dvds I watched recently is The Order of Myths.

It's a documentary about Mobile, Alabama's segregated mardi gras festivals. It was filmed two years ago and is guaranteed to make your jaw drop. You think this sort of thing doesn't go on any longer until you see it for yourself. We have a long way to go yet.

I give it a 7.

Not gone away

Just busy with a total life fail. But I'm keeping busy with dvd watching, book reading, bargain shopping, learning to knit, and baking insane creations. Made this the other day - fantastic!