Thursday, September 30, 2010

Creativity overload

It does happen. I get into a frenzy of creativity overload and then BAM! Nothing gets done. With the current weather I should be knitting my godson's blanket, but have I? No. Shame on me. I am aiming to do some this weekend so let's pray that I get it done.
The writing has been moving along quite well. I am currently working on a battle scene for my Archangels. I have watched Gladiator to help with the layout of a scene. "Single Column!"
I have completed the ending and now the battle scene and the blow out between two major characters has to be written. I have to say, I love this story. Do I want others to love it? Of course, but if they do not, it is okay. There are more stories in this twisted, imaginative mind of mine. Oh, I have been editing my bounty hunter story as well since it needed to be gutted in some areas. Good times. The Angel story will go out first to the agencies. When that day comes, I will be very nervous, but excited.
I just got "Guilty Pleasures" by Laurell K. Hamilton to read on recommendation. I am excited to start it and will do so when I am done with this post. I also am reading "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". I like it so far though the literal translation does make you have to review sentences a few time.
I still have to finish two pieces of artwork I started and fix some curtains, but yes, I have time to peruse sites for lovely things for me to share.

Fun for children - Ms. Food Face Plate

Homemade Recipe for Lavender Honey Salt Scrub - Bet this smells divine

Need a vacation? El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas has cool trailers to stay reserve.

My hubby wants to learn how to make furniture, this school seems like they could provide a choice program Vermont Woodworking School

Since I love Day of the Dead stuff this mobile from Beesters is awesome.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I watched all of season 1 on Netflix today and it was mind boggling. Compulsive hoarding is this incredibly crippling mental illness. A few of the folks made me want to smack them so hard, but I realized as I watched, how trapped they really are by these irrational feelings. I felt sorry for their families and friends who could only stand by helplessly as they watched their loved ones spiral further out of control. Season 2 is not on Netflix yet, but I admit, I cannot wait to see the show as it is addicting, but not in a "watch the sideshow" kind of way. For me it is a pure fascination with how the mind can just compensate or meltdown in ways that we never even imagined for the slightest tragedy or concern. If you have never seen the show, you may want to check it out sometime.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Millinery is Marvelous

I am a lover of hats. All kinds of hats. And I admit that I miss the days when women would coordinate their outfits and top it off with an elegant chapeau. Most of the women seemed to maintain perfect hair upon removal of hat too, but I think that had to do with some serious hair shellacking.
Sometimes I would like to cover my head with a charming scarf or the one thing I truly love and covet, a Spanish mantilla with a peineta.

The problem these days, wanting to cover your head brings about confusing reactions. People find it odd if you wear hats outside of church, and not many folks wear them to church anymore. Hell, you are lucky if people bother to get dressed nice for church.
Sure I can buck the system and wear mantillas, scarves and hats whenever I please, but I don't go out to many places where I can pull that off. I work from home so I am not going to be donning my pill box hat as I type. Though that might be fun. I have thought of wearing my wedding gown around the house. Since it resembles something Queen Elizabeth would have worn back in the 1500's, I love it so.
Lots of religious sects require head coverings and I sort of like that. Though I am not into wearing a wig like some Hasidim women do. Well, maybe if I could have crazy fun with it, but the point of covering is not for fun, it is for modesty and respect.
Anyway, here are some cool coverings and adornments. Enjoy!

The king of decadent hats: Philip Treacy

Mary Ann Koch: This Aubrey hat rocks

Gena Coti's Gimlet hat is fabulous. Check out her Inside the Salon section.

This Amoena Head Scarf reminds of the 1970's, but I dig it.

From Halo Works: The Italian Mourning Veil over a hat. The Goth in me adores this!

Snoods. I have always been a fan of these, especially when worn with a dress from the 1930's.

Plain Bonnets: Very Little House On the Prairie and I really like them.

And just because? Mario Bianchetti who apparently makes priest's garments and nun clothing. Rock on.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Radical...a little too much yes.

I have been reading the book Radical by David Platt, a pastor of The Church at Brook Hills. The reason I got it was because his interview on NPR was very interesting. Of course, now that I am reading it, not so interesting.
First off, I was raised Catholic went to Catholic school, Catholic camp the whole nine yards. I left Catholic school my freshmen year and went to public school. That was a gift. My mother taught me that people have to atone for their own sins, that you should thank God for every day you are given and priests are not "hotlines" to God. The priest at my Catholic school said this in Mass one day and I thought she was going to pitch a fit. All that being said, I believe that everyone has the right to practice their faith how they choose. Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, etc. You believe in God? Go with him then.
What I dislike about certain faiths is mostly what this book's message is. If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior you are pretty much damned.

Ummm, how about no?

I have enjoyed reading his views on doing missionary work, preaching the gospel and gathering disciples. Yes it is in the footsteps of Jesus, but thinking that other faiths have it wrong and are all damned? One church was praying for the people in London who go to "Anglican churches." That is touchy for me. Why? Because some faiths have been around longer than others and people should have the right to worship how they believe.
The few friends I have that are "born again", except for this one woman who I fully believe is a true gift from God with her compassion and love, have pretty much tried to justify their thoughts on this by saying "I just want to walk in life with Christ." Great, but do not tread on others while doing so please.
I was on a website of a contemporary Christian church. What that means is the pastors are tattooed, hip, there is live rock music and they love Jesus. What is also means is they disguise their hardcore fundamentalism under the guise of "Walking with Jesus Christ". One of the Biblical Womanhood sessions was about Gluttony. The leader of this session was the wife of one of the pastors. She talked about how she chose food over God and she had to repent for being such a sinner. I nearly fell off my chair. There was no addressing if it was an eating disorder or where her gluttony stemmed from. She just needed "to open her heart to God". What was fascinating listening was how she broke down and really believed she had committed this heinous sin. The church has a touch of Calvinism to it and I am not a fan of that, but hey, to each their own.
Another pastor at the same church discussed his sins and what a lost life he lead until he found Jesus. Now he was saved and wanted to spread the Word. While that may seem harmless, what is not harmless is the sudden fire and brimstone attitude he gave off because he was saved and the rest of us are living in sin.
This is where religion is dangerous. This is where it is not accepting and not loving. I do believe in Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Spirit and I chose to worship in my own way. If you think that damns me fine, but only God can judge and last I checked, these folks are not God.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just a quick post

Let us be clear that I want the above bathroom shown for this article.

Interesting article on choosing furniture here on Apartment Therapy.

I have no idea where I would put this chandelier, but I love it!

These salt and pepper cellars would be pretty on the dinner table.

Granted I have an office, but I love the look of some of these craft closets.

Perhaps, instead of a nightstand, we should use a cool chair?

Okay, that is it for now. Have a great day!


Monday, September 20, 2010

The Search continues for...

good prices on quality stuff. Like sofas.

Came across the Copy Cat Chic website, love love love, in Real Simple and I am giddy with power. First of all I love that she posts about beautiful, sometimes high end furniture and then posts it's more affordable and still well made counterpart. She did a post on sofas and discussed how you may love the $3000 Williams Sonoma sofa but hate the price. Well, Designer Sofas Direct have a similar looking one for $699. HALLELUJAH!! I cannot wait to play on the website and see what I can find for our living room.

My hubby has painted the floor in the office. So now the guest room and office have beautiful cream floors. I have to order area rugs for the parts that are in heavy traffic areas. I will be going on Heritage Unlimited to see if I can find something for both rooms.

Our front door is red. The problem is I only painted the side facing the street so now I need to paint the side in our living room. This will be pretty cool since the living room color is going to be a dark sage green so between the white fireplace and red door it should be really choice.

With the chill coming on, our focus will be on indoor projects that is for sure. I do need to get outside today to plant the pachysandra where the weeds used to be. :)


Sunday, September 19, 2010


"One cannot be betrayed if one has no people." - Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects

For better or for worse, there is something interesting about finding out people you have known for a long time or even a short time do not really like you. Or say they do like you, but for awhile there, it was touch and go. What makes it ever more interesting is that these people have friends that you know who are way more abrasive or selfish or generous then you have ever been. People you would never call in an emergency or even for dinner. But that is life, no?
Dynamics between people are complicated and fascinating. At least that is what they say. I think it is easier than that. Some want to be the star, the main attraction. Others think they know what is best because they follow the rules. Then there are those where drama reigns supreme. We all want to shine and when we do not or get a tad eclipsed, it is easier to dislike the person than get to know them.
As I get older, I find that most people are a real pain in the ass. Myself included. One has to wonder how we have even made it this far in life? We get set in our ways or we embrace change, but then our little idiosyncrasies rear their heads and let's face it, they are not always fun ones. Maybe that is why some folks have few friends. Better to keep it limited to those who accept you as you are and forgo new allies. But that is not always safe either. Some of your dearest and nearest may find ways to pick on your little faults or character deficits. They claim it is to "help you" but in reality it is a behavior or trait they do not like and are hoping to God you finally change it.
I don't ask my friends to change anything, I believe most people don't. There are reasons why you have chosen them, including your spouse/partner, to spend time with. Sure someone may have a penchant for long winded story telling, get a little tipsy at parties or enjoy drama, but you see past that stuff. You see the kind hearts, the good souls, the charming wit. You see why you like or love these people and hang out whenever you can. Or you dislike them and choose to avoid them like the plague.
The truth is, it is hard to discover you have been the one who is odd man out. It does not hurt, it does not wound, it just is. When you get older you learn to not care, but it is sort of insulting. Then I guess you do care. But it does give you some sort of power. You become the one who can choose not to be around those that were once considered friends. Sure it may get lonely at times, but there is social networking and acquaintances. You will also still have the true friends who have taken you warts and all for a long time. Of course they always live far away be it in the same state or across country.
I included the quote from The Usual Suspects because there is a lot of truth to that statement, sad as it may be. Sometimes flying solo is safer then trying to play in the sandbox and getting told to leave after everyone has used your pail and shovel and decided it is just not good enough.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Reading, Writinig and Rewriting

I finished "Striptease" by Carl Hiaasen and I have to tell you, it was a lot of fun. You can breeze through it all the while enjoying the story and crazy characters. His book "Sick Puppy" was highly recommended from my friend who introduced me to this author so I will be picking that up at some point.
The library is holding my non-fiction book by David Platt called Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. I had heard him interviewed on NPR and was very intrigued. He is basically the opposite of Joel Osteen and others like him who are tagged prosperity preachers. I am not looking to bash one preacher over another, just curious to read what Mr. Platt has to say.
The same friend who turned me on to Carl Hiaasen has also recommended Laurell K.Hamilton's Anita Blake series. She is a strong female character who helps the police hunt criminal vampires. So, I have ordered Guilty Pleasures from the library. My friend told me this first book is also her weakest because you can see she was still hashing the character out, but from the second book on it takes off. Okay, I am game.
A woman at the gym loaned my "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which I hope to start over the weekend as well. Yes my friends, I have A LOT to read. HAHAHA :)

My husband and I sat down the other night to discuss his notes on my novel and what he thought worked and did not work. Let us just say, my writing style has changed so much that I am gutting the book. Yes, gutting. This is not a bad thing at all, the story remains the same, up to a point. Of course my angel story can be written at the same time, but as of yesterday and today, I have been reworking the other one. I find I am enjoying the rewrites because I have discovered important details I ignored or should have removed. Better yet, I am able to enrich the story, bringing in more background, weaving a quilt of words which are necessary. Ahhh, writing is bliss.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Churches and Coupons

Do not panic, there is not a church in the world that would offer a coupon, but that would be a very funny promotional idea. No, I am referring to the magazine All You and their neat giveaways and sweepstakes. While I am not a Wal Mart shopper, the one or two things I ever purchases there fell apart so that is that, they do offer some great free samples. I won a giveaway once on Lucky Magazine's website, but that's it. I am a sucker for free samples though. It is a great way to try a product and since they send coupons with the product, then you can buy it and use it if it worked for you.

Churches. I love churches. Some of them are incredibly beautiful and some of them are architectural wonders. Through ongoing research for my novel, I have found some churches/abbeys/monasteries that I would love to visit. But first, here are some of the ones I have been fortunate enough to see.

Riverside Church NYC - Stunning and where I was married.
Basilique Notre Dame Montreal - Saw this on our honeymoon, we were speechless at its beauty.
Saint Bartholomew's NYC - stopped in here at random, very beautiful.
Grace Cathedral San Francisco - The indoor limestone labyrinth is a wonderful meditative tool.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC - Very pretty, but oddly enough, this one of my least favorite places, but I think it has to do with some of its past leadership.
Saint Peter's Basilica Rome - Presents itself more like a museum then a church. Some of the most incredible statues I have ever seen are here.
Westminster Cathedral London - gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

I have also been to a few local churches in New Jersey and Cape Cod which were quite lovely.

I am embarrassed to say I have never been to Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in NYC. After checking out the website I must go see it. What a beauty and what a history.

As one who was raised Catholic, I realize what I like about all the Churches I have listed is they command respect on sight. These imposing stone structures have faith is imbued in every stone, every pew, every altar. You walk into each place and feel God is present. I like that about Churches. There should be a strong presence of faith and peace to me. Look, you can pray in a barn for all I care since God is everywhere, but I still like the vibe of a standing, one hundred year+ holy place. One of those places I would like to visit that gives off such an air is the Benedictine Abbey, Mont-Saint Michel in Normandy, France. Oh yes, I must see this place in person.

Hope you have enjoyed our little journey of Churches today.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rainy Sunday and more couches

We were all set to go to Jennifer Convertibles to look at a great deal. A chair and couch for $499. Then I did research via Apartment Therapy and other searches and came to find out that the states of NJ and NY had sued them for fraudulent practices. If you do a Google search for Jennifer Convertible Complaints it is interesting. I take each complaint with a grain of salt, but after reading the tenth one we have decided to forgo shopping there. Of course, every company has complaints lodged against it, but this seemed excessive. So, the search continues.

When we put the triple pendant light up in the dining room, I need to take a photo, but our camera is not behaving, it brought a whole new vibe to the house. I stared at it, looking towards the kitchen and thought, Modernism. Okay, I can learn to decorate that way with eclectic touches. I am not a huge fan of the pure minimalism look represented in the photo below
It is lovely, just not me. What I do like are the low couches. So, to go against everything I said in my last post, I have found a couch I really love and dammit it all, it is $1,895.00
The Gus Modern Spencer Sofa in that gray?? SWOON! My husband even likes it which is good. At least we are on the same design page for decorating. It would go so lovely next to the fireplace that I have painted white. We can't afford to rip it out yet and put up drywall so I decided to paint the faux nightmare and brighten up the room. I will get a photo up at some point I swear.

Apartment Therapy posted an article about sofa shopping. The comments from the readers are actually the most informative when it comes to where to buy and why.

I try to imagine being one of those folks who can build from the ground up or live in a McMansion. Some folks know exactly what they want and are quite pleased with the results. For me, I wonder if after a year or two I would be like, "Hmmmm, I do not need this extra room" or "The bathroom would have worked better this way." Recognizing I am one of those folks who needs to live in the space is a good thing. I need to get the vibe, feel what we need and do not need. The more we live in the house, the better we are at figuring out what we want the house to turn into and how. This journey is going to be the most fun for sure.

This rainy day will be lazy, but not unproductive. I have to finish painting the fireplace, work on a few chapters on my novel and right now, have a homemade chocolate chip scone. Ahhhhhhh, bliss :)


Friday, September 10, 2010

Must it all cost a salary?

One has to wonder where these folks in magazines like Dwell, Traditional Home, etc have the cash to afford these so-called "Little renovations" or even the bespoke sofas. Of course I have to accept that not everyone in the world was hit so hard by the recession that they cannot afford to have a rug made to their specifications. We have savings, but we are certainly not going to dive into that so I can have a non-pink bathroom. Though the day that bathroom gets demolished will be a highlight and you are all invited over for champagne. There is no doubt lots of people budgeted and put money aside for redos, but when I read Dwell it is always, "We bought this house last year and decided to gut it and make it our own." The location always seems to be in Los Angeles, one of the most over priced markets in the country I think, and these folks are always artists with kids, commissioning furniture and buying top of the line appliances.


None of the magazines every address this, just like HGTV, because it is all about the design.

Screw that. As a current Craig's List shopper, I want to know what stuff costs. Let me tell you, from what I have been able to find out, it will make your heads spin and maybe even spit your drink out on your computer. Do not misunderstand me, I know quality costs money and I have no problem investing in a good piece to last me twenty plus years, but sometimes, I just shake my head.

This is one of my favorites "Affordable Sofas under $1,999.00". Welcome to my well appointed sofa because I cannot afford anything else.

On sale this two drawer file cabinet is $549. TWO DRAWERS. It should come with an assistant to help you file.

I freely admit to closet envy and hate every celebrity that wears something once and then displays it in their closet that costs more than my Saturn ION.

I love my dog. We want to get her a dog bed so she can lay in the kitchen with me since she cannot walk and hang out. Sure I would like one not made of polyester from China. Fleabag beds made in Los Angeles, where else?, are beautiful, but calling them affordable? They start at $68 and go up to $148. Apparently I have a skewed view of what things should cost. Our dog could not use it anyway since she needs the sides to come up so she does not roll out. The trials of owning a handicapped pet. Maybe I need to make my own....hmmmm.

These bespoke kitchens from Plain English in the UK are superb and cost about $65K US to $80K US. God bless.

We need nightstands in our bedroom, but $695 - $1395? Restoration Hardware, you make me laugh.

Sure we could do this for hours, days even. We all know there are cheaper ways to express your lifestyle and personality in your home, but what if you have manufactured stuff? Then you are left with the above choices. Perhaps it is time to take woodworking classes at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I will be giving a massage to one of my friends today. She is unemployed like me so instead of charging my usual rate, she is going to make me a nice salmon dinner. I have also massaged another friend who fixed our brakes on our car at a discounted rate. Totally worth it, believe me. I have no issues trading off with someone, especially if we both benefit from one another.

Not too long ago a few of us were having a conversation about how no one really barters anymore. Which is true in some cases, but I think when money is tight, bartering is a great thing to be able to do. Not that you need to be in dire straits to barter. I would barter even if I was a millionaire. There is something pretty awesome about trading canned food for a knit blanket. Resume writing for baked goods. Massage for work on your car. Think of how in the old days you would give your doctor a chicken or some other food for his care. Granted, not many doctors today would not want that since they have exorbitant amounts of student loans.

There are two recent extreme cases of bartering listed here on The Digerati Life.

Most people find the idea of bartering silly and old fashioned, but if the parties involved agree to it, it can be a pretty fine deal.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Edith Wharton, Composting and Capitalism

My, my, my, there is much in my post. All three topics were in my head so I figured, it is Sunday, I can cover them all and hopefully everyone enjoys.

Edith Wharton is an excellent storytellers. She wrote one of the best depressing books ever, Ethan Frome. The dreary sense that no one will be happy, no one will win, no matter how good or how hard they try is weaved in and out, page after page. I have also read The Age of Innocence, superb, and Summer, another nice throw yourself off the bridge read. The films for The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome are also favorites of mine and if you have not read the books or seen the movies, please, I insist. I have informed the hubby that I need to go to The Mount, which is her estate that she designed, and walk the grounds. Hopefully I can channel her brilliance and have a flair for decorating and writing. Merci beaucoup Edith, merci beaucoup.

I have noticed how much trash we really no longer have and it seems it is composting that has made it that way. Staring at the bowl I have on my counter, there is a good amount of banana peels, egg shells, discarded pieces of leeks, tomatoes, etc. We have saved money by calling our trash company and getting the smaller sized trash can. I am grateful that we have been able to lower our out put of trash, now if only there was something I could do with the dog poop. We pick it up and tie it up in little diaper disposal bags, but that makes more garbage. The town of Ithaca New York is working on that problem.

And now, Capitalism. Anyone can ramble about this topic for days. No it is not bad, Yes it is. The bottom line is, when I watched Capitalism: A Love Story, I wanted to go to DC and Wall Street and punch everyone in the face. Not a Christian thing to do in the least, but the power of Christ compels me. Why? Bailouts should never happen. Free Market is all about, survive or fail. Let them fail. If things destruct, so be it. Change is not a bad thing, but many people in this country cling to past ideas and refuse to move forward. Is it really wrong to make sure all citizens have health care? Is it wrong to want to prevent Health Insurance companies from making you bankrupt because you have cancer? Why should I fund Bank of America's greed further with a bailout when people I know have lost their homes due to the Corporation's wheeling and dealing? Citigroup's Plutonomy report shown in the film nearly pushed me over the edge.
What will the government and all their greedy supporters and lobbyists do if us peasants cause a revolution? They need to think about that, because I have a feeling if the continuous support of profit over people's reigns, it is gonna be an ugly outcome.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Tag I am It

Charisms on Campus has gracefully tagged me :)

Books I've read recently...
1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have been reading this one on and off, it is so beautiful and flowery, but loooooooooong)
4. The Bible - New Int'l Version (Researching for my book has made this a go to and must read. Song of Songs is remarkable and lovely.)
5. Dark Night of the Soul by St.John of the Cross (friend recommended it. I have skimmed it for research, this is a very deep, heavy read.)
6. Meister Eckhart (His sermons, etc. same thing as #5)
7. Carl Hiaasen - Strip Tease (just started it, love it. Very gritty and a thriller)
8. The Art of Eating by M.K. Fisher (This one I do on and off as well.)

Songs or albums I listen to all the time...
Since I use music when I write there is A LOT. So here is what is current.
1. Black Rain by Soundgarden
2. Losing My Religion by Tori Amos
3. Expander by Sasha
4. Legions by Zoe Keating (superb cellist)
5. Eternal Life by Jeff Buckley
6. Magdalena by A Perfect Circle (sticks with my obsession with Mary Magdalene)
7. Judith by A Perfect Circle
8. Parabola by Tool

Things I love...
1. My Hubby
2. My pets
3. Reading
4. The Arts
5. Writing
6. Living where I can garden and see hummingbirds
8. All of my friends

Things I've learned this year...
1. To buy flour in bulk (50lb bags) is an economical and very smart thing.
2. I can write a novel and I will get it published
3. There are many gray areas, nothing is pure black and white and people who can not see that will be sorely disappointed and stressed in life
4. I could not survive without Netflix watch instantly
5. Having a house guest for three and a half weeks was not as bad as people thought it might be. My cousin was awesome!

6. Patience is a virtue that I need to keep working on.
7. Working out makes me feel much better, sleep better and I regret not doing it much sooner.
8. I still have a lot to learn

New Recipes I Want to Try and Make...
1. Madeleines (There is a recipe on 101 cookbooks and I really want to do it, just a little scared is all.)
2. Black and White cookies. (The hubby is obsessed with them)
3. Brioche
4. Sushi rolls
5. Biscotti
6. Homemade granola
7. Homemade chocolate syrup
8. Homemade donuts (we will see since I do not fry a lot of stuff)

Favorite Online Hangouts...
1. Netflix
2. Wikipedia
3. Down to Earth blog
4. You Tube
5. Jezebel
6. Facebook
7. 101 Cookbooks blog
8. All my arts blogs like Pink Velvet Bird, Rabbit Meets Hat, etc.

Projects I need to work on...

1. I have been knitting my godson a blanket over a year now, that he needs for tactile issues. I need to get it done ASAP.
2. Making curtains for the office.
3. Writing. Always will be writing and I love that I will always be writing.
4. Plan what to plant in veggie garden for next year.
5. My reading list will also be never ending.
6. Keep trying to get Oncology Massage Therapy work in hospitals and hospice.
7. Practice my French and Spanish since I suck at both.
8. Remind myself that at the end of the day, people will be ignorant, hateful, loving and giving and I cannot judge. As my friend Jackie says, "Only God can judge." I have had to embrace that pretty hard.

Other people I think should do this...
Everyone I know since it is an interesting way to share as well as reflect.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sometimes I am Cheap

I finished reading Lamb by Christophe Moore and I absolutely loved it. Any book that is well written and makes me laugh out loud is a winner. I think the next one I may read of his is called Bloodsucking Fiends:A Love Story. Now I have just started Carl Hiaasen's Strip Tease. First few pages in and I am enjoying it immensely. The joy of discovering new authors from people's recommendations is wonderful. My list of what to read grows and I like it :)

This brings me to the title of my post. I can be cheap, don't care who knows it. I would rather bake you two dozen scones then buy you some useless tchotchke for your house. I know you will eat the goodies and that makes me happy.

The library is wonderful resource and a free one. Well, not too free, our taxes help pay for it, but dammit, I love it and I use it. Thanks to all those awful proposed budget cuts that did not go through, I am still able to read to my heart's content. The one realization I had yesterday is the library also rents DVD's. Now, I pretty much have Netflix on all day while I work. Right now I have The Godfather part 2 playing. "Michael, why are the drapes open?" But it is nice to know if I want to see something right now and it is not watch instantly and I do not feel like waiting for it to come in the mail, I can get it from the library.

My other cheapness is at the gym, one of the workers had Garnier send samples of shampoo and conditioner. She thought they would send just a hundred of the packets. They ended up sending a HUGE box. We can take as many as we want so I do and have been filling up my containers. Sure I can spend $1.99 on shampoo, but hey, it is free, I will use it.

I also never say no to free produce. Too many tomatoes? Sure. Zucchini? Okay. Waste not want not I say. Then you have everyone over, make a nice meal.

I get a haircut only two times a year. I am touting Room With A View hair at the moment. Okay, it is not that long, but I can do a very nice braid that goes past the middle of my back. I do little trims on my own and that holds me well. Luckily my hairdresser only costs $40 a cut, but I do not have $40 every two or three months to get my hair done.

We all have a little cheap in us and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Now go read a book :)