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3 Good Things

I made this yummy Cinnamon Carrot Bread the other day. I had to use canola oil, added more cinnamon, used 3 carrots instead of one and a friend suggested I add a pinch of nutmeg. You can alter it how you choose and be aware that it will look more like a cookie dough then a cake batter.
I finished reading Fool Moon, the second book in the Dresden Files series and am still wanting to go back for more. Harry Dresden is a very intriguing character. I did get a little miffed with his cop friend Murphy, but you were supposed to so good job there Jim Butcher. I look forward to the third installment which I will order from the library in a few days.
I almost done with Lost in a Good Book, the second in the Thursday Next series, and it is just as amazing as the first one. The world Mr. Fforde has created is just so surreal and so much fun and chaotic, I love it. This falls under the "wish I wrote it" category for me.
That's all folks!
Cheers! MissFifi

All the little things

We were supposed to do a lovely brunch and museum trip yesterday, but the friends we were to meet had an appointment with a realtor. Ah, the excitement of house shopping and seeing lots of good stuff and bad stuff. Instead we grabbed ourselves a nice breakfast and then went to see our little ladies. They are just so darn adorable!!!!!
I was really enjoying seeing our back yard again, but of course, there is snow on the ground again.
My netbook got a lovely spy ware/mal ware virus and no longer works. As a writer, I am freaking out, but fortunately I use an online server as backup so the most important stories are saved. We had to order a new computer which sucks, but it is what it is.
I am loving the show Downton Abbey. Shocking how the importance of class and distinction was all important so soon as the early 1900's. Marrying the right person, having a lady's maid, etc.
Cheers! MissFifi

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Hello again. I am much better today. I am redoing my query letter and getting ready to go see a massage client, so things are looking up :)
I wanted to share this video because I may be one of the only people in the free world who cannot fold a fitted sheet. I tried this video only moments ago and it seems I lack serious folding skills. They say practice makes perfect, so yes, I will be trying this again later.
How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
Amusing to think that folding a sheet properly is a highlight of my day.
Oh, favorite word of the day is obtuse.
Cheers! MissFifi

Hello, I am Miss Crabby

Between a combination of not having a paying job, editing this blasted novel and needing a serious vacation, I am slowly melting down. Yes, I have hit that wall and sort of snapped.Sometimes a drive can fix this or visiting our friend's triplets, but I don't see it working this time. Too bad it is not warmer out, I would go for a walk in a local park to help clear my head. My dog whining all morning is not helping my mood either. Good times. I am sure this will pass. At least I hope it does. Though I am betting that laying on a beach somewhere and having a beer in the sun would be very helpful. Too bad I cannot test the idea out. Grumble, grumble, grumble.
Okay, enough moping. Music is usually a big help getting me out of my doldrums. I did not watch the Grammy's, but I read about this young lady Janelle Monae and she is incredibly talented.
Another stellar young woman I admire is Adele. What a voice these two women have.
My story beckons so regardless of my piss mood, I am goin…

The Eyre Affair...

Was wonderful!This was one of the most original and unusual concepts I have ever read. And yes, I am have already ordered the second book from my library. This is one enjoyable wacky and unusual series. Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself, but I love Thursday Next and all her compatriots and nemeses. The references to other famous characters and pieces of literature and British culture was so well done throughout the novel. Impressive, very impressive. Neil Gaiman came to mind a few times and I wonder if he ever read this book because I think he would get a kick out of it. I also need to check out Fforde'sNursery Crime series. Seems it is along the same line but with Nursery Rhymes. Good times indeed! I am now going to start reading Storm Front, the first book in the Harry Dreseden series. My fingers are crossed as I am hoping I am on a roll with finding stuff I will enjoy reading series wise. My Kindle arrive and I admit, I am addicted and cannot wait to start downloading books.
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Kindle

Thanks to Amazon's little "Trade In" button for a third party buyer, we got rid of a decent amount of DVD's and books we no longer needed or used. Because of this, we will soon be the proud owners of a Kindle. And it cost us all of $25.00.Yeah Baby! When I mentioned to one of my dear friends that we would be getting one she said, "I don't think I would like that. I prefer to hold a book." To which I replied, "So do I, but if we go somewhere on a trip, (stop laughing at my fantasies), or I want to read something just out right away, BAM! There it is." I understand why people are opposed to the idea. Books will die, you need to hold it, but in truth, it is just an extra way to read for me. I read stuff now on my computer and I still buy books or take them out of the library. Certain books I prefer to pull fro the library first before purchasing anyway. Cookbooks being one of them. Erotica, which is NOT easy to come by in a library, is easier to get…

Holiday in Death by J.D.Robb

Well, this is it, my last one. I made it to book seven, Holiday In Death, which is pretty good and I may pick up book eight at some point, but don't hold your breath.Why should it matter to me if "sculpture" is used to describe the profession instead of the correct word, "sculptor"? Why should I care if main character Eve Dallas chides Peabody for dating a suspect, when she did the exact same thing in the first book, then married him? Why do I care if within five pages every single character is "jamming their hands into their pockets"? Why? Why can't I just read the damn books for pleasure and not be bothered by misses on the editor and author's part? Why? Because I am a cad, a snob and someone who wants to read a story and not get tripped up by nonsensical bullshit like I mentioned. Things like that should not make me do a double take half way through a book. But they do. What does surprise me is the amount of praise these books get, yes I am…

House Envy

We all have it. There are those who will deny it, but in truth, a lot of us covet a kitchen, a closet and a bathroom of either a dear friend, wealthy celebrity or blogger. Now, some of the houses may be too sparse or too clean/minimalist/white or too expensive, but I can respect great design regardless. I came across this blog Honey We're Home and when I saw some of their rooms, I literally almost fell off my couch. The closet, the mudroom, the kitchen, very elegant and not necessarily my style, but yet, I wanted it. I mean, I find the Tory Burch box displays in the closet a bit much BUT, they stand almost as art pieces. As I looked at the pictures that is when it hit me. I have serious house envy. I love our little house and it is a work in progress and will be for some time until we get more cash and can do things they right way without going to the poorhouse. That being said, I cannot help but get a little green when I see a home done the way I would like mine to look. I see wond…

Bold Colors

I have always loved bold colors in a house. White rooms are lovely, but not practical to me in my world. What I most enjoy is when people are inventive about their color and location choices. In the post below by Apartment Therapy, I really love all of them, even if I would not choose to do it in my own home.
Going Bold in Small Spaces
Heather's Coral Kitchen is beautiful and warm. Coral is not a good color for me to wear so I would never think to use it elsewhere, but this is very inspirational.
Colour Wash - This bathroom in LivingEtc is sensual.
Cheers! MissFifi

Poetry, Painting to Earn an M.D.

I know, a double post, so not like me, but as a fan of the arts and medicine, this article from the Wall Street Journal is spot on. Humanities certainly deserve a place in medicine and I am glad to see Universities finally understanding the significance of such a thing. Enjoy.
Cheers! MissFifi

More reading

I have finally finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It started it out very sloooooooow, but then when it picked it up, it shot out of the gate at over one hundred miles an hour. The story was really something and I am glad I read it after seeing the movie. As far as reading the other two books in the trilogy, I am not so sure I will. Or at least, not right now. My taste for reading series novels is still not a hundred percent, though I am still moving forward with the In Death series by J.D. Robb. For me it is quick, popcorn reading and fun. But when I recently read "Vengeance In Death", I shook my head when I was done. There were quite a few mistakes in the novel. Missing punctuation and conjunctions, a characters name changed from John to Liam by the middle of the novel, stupid mistakes that should have been caught by either author or editor. An odd irritating point for me was that the main characters Eve and Roarke have predictable sex, don't we all?, but…