I took a longer break from posting than I expected or wanted to while I was figuring out more about this work stuff. Having determined the best job for me will be online since office work will not be flexible enough for my family, the next step became to figure out what I should do. … Continue reading Paying it Forward
I hope you aren't disappointed, but just in case it feels like a bait-and-switch, I promise to include some exciting gallbladder-related info at the end. Recently, my Darling Husband aka Prince Charming Pants aka PCP informed me that I needed to "start pulling my weight around here." It seems raising children (including homeschooling), managing a … Continue reading This is not a blog about gallbladders.
If you're going to be sentenced to house arrest, you could do worse than a luxury hotel. Of course, your perspective might be a little different if you're an aristocrat used to a certain way of life, but the indomitable Count Alexander Rostov takes it all in stride, even his tiny garret bedroom (which he … Continue reading Book review: A Gentleman in Moscow
A poignant, bittersweet examination of marriage, infidelity, and origami, this story is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Audra is everything Graham Cavanaugh's first wife wasn't: warm, outgoing, and spontaneous. Audra's only flaw is that she doesn't have an off switch, and talks to anyone and everyone about the most inappropriate topics imaginable. While charming and undeniably … Continue reading Book review: Standard Deviation
Kat Sinclair, a bright young PhD candidate recently recruited by the Department of Homeland Security, doesn't know she's about to get tangled up in a conspiracy that will change America forever. Terrorists are blamed when highways become crippled by a series of horrific tanker-truck explosions. The Vice President and Cabinet deem the President unfit … Continue reading Book review: Knave’s Gambit
I know the year is off to a good start when the first book I pick turns out to be a winner. Marion Palm is an unfashionable, middle-aged Brooklynite who decides to go on the lam rather than risk getting caught for embezzling from her children's school. Her panic only gets her as far as … Continue reading Book review: The Misfortune of Marion Palm
I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, but that doesn't mean much. Who doesn't love A.C.? But, having run through her entire collection (twice), I was thrilled to find this gem. The story is actually two stories: a murder mystery written by a famous author who has suddenly passed away, and then his … Continue reading Book Review: Magpie Murders