Saturday, February 6, 2010

2010 Book 5 - The Other Queen

I just finished this book, although I started it a couple of months ago, but kept putting it aside to pick up other books. This is one of many that I've read of Philippa Gregory and have enjoyed. Whenever I read historical fiction, I think of my grandmother... she was an avid reader and always had one or two or three books on her bedside table and would often wake up in the middle of the night and read... I bet if she had a headlamp like I do, she would have used it in the wee hours to get in some extra reading time.... Anyway, back to the book. Here is what is on the back cover:
This dazzling novel from bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Mary Queen of Scots, trusts Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she flees from rebels in Scotland and then finds herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeds in seducing the earl into hew own web of treachery and treason, or if the great spymaster William Cecil links them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.
I like a good historical fiction, but this one was only fair. It was interesting and sort of makes me want to learn more about Mary Queen of Scots. However, the way Ms. Gregory writes about her, I find her to be a pain in the arse and an all around not very nice person who uses people... I see her personality in a lot of women to this day who try and get men to do their bidding by batting their eyes at them and playing the part of damsel in distress, and of course then I get annoyed at the insipid way said men will fall all over themselves to help. Bess of Hardwick, however, I think I would probably admire her because she was a woman who understood the importance of a dollar and business and knew which side her bread was buttered on. George Talbot, well he would be a doddering old fool.... But read it to find out for yourself.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Flashback Friday

About this time last year, Samantha and I took the Ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito just so that we could go to Horizons Restaurant and sip champagne while watching the boats on the bay. It was a beautiful day and a great trip. These are the things that I do miss about leaving San Francisco.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Guild Meeting

I'm sitting in my 3rd Quilt Guild meeting in a month. That is 2 more than I went to the whole time I lived in San Francisco.
The first meeting was with the Plano Guild...nice and small. Not an overly friendly bunch, but I did meet one nice newish quilter, who I hope I'll see when I return.
Next was with the Frisco Guild, and I went ahead and joined that group. They were very friendly ladies and they provide a smorgasborg of snacks that the members bring in. That is a guild I can see myself getting VERY involved with.
Tonight is the Dallas Guild. Many, many moons ago I used to be a member of this guild. I believe they have shrunk since I was last here. That and they've lost some of their sparkle. Sadly, I will not be able to make it to the guild show this year as it is the same weekend as my planned trip to see my Grandma. I guess I'll have to wait until next year to see if their show is much of anything.
Needless to say, I'm ready to saturate myself with quilting. A month and a half I'll be in my place and will be ready to start pumping out the goods... I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tater Ware

Our office has gone green with regards to the take out cutlery in the cafeteria and the breakrooms. The first time I saw the branding on back of the fork and it said "made from vegetable products" and then I saw and had to go check it out. When I first went there, though I thought everything would be made from potato by-products, it turns out that it is made from corn.... oh and when it says that it can withstand heat up to 375 degrees, when I stick the fork into some of my reheated left overs, the tines tend to get a little wonky....

I Don't Want To Think About It

I just read this article: "How Many Chemicals Are You Wearing?" and really, really don't want to think about it.

I have gone through phases where I see myself as uber-conscientious and think I'm going eat organic and wear organic and think organic but I never actually make myself be organic. However, I am swinging back in the direction of maybe I need to start thinking about it again just to take stock of my lifestyle and what sort of footprint I'm going to leave on this planet. Especially as I sit in my over-heated office and am bombarded by the cheap dye smell of my new Target sweater that I didn't wash before I wore it.

If I were to actually count up the number of chemicals I'm wearing, and yes that would require me to sit down and review 16+ bottles, tubes, or containers, I think I'd be well over 500. AND that wouldn't count the chemicals from the detergents, dry cleaning solvents, cheap dyes, etc. that are on my clothes, it would solely be those items that I slather, smear, rub, or spray on myself.

Maybe I should swing in the complete other direction and just stop using all chemical products, which would mean no more bathing, deodorizing, washing of clothes, etc. How long do you think I would be able to stand myself let alone be kicked out of the castle?

Ah well, maybe I just need to consider moderation and actually act on some of it....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day and unfortunately Puxatawnie Phil has seen his shadow and we will therefor have 6 more weeks of winter. I'm a little tired f winter. (Not that I'm looking forward to sweltering summer weather, either.) I'm just ready for some nice cool, sunny, spring weather...and blue bonnets. I can't wait for the blue bonnets to come out!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to the BEST sister in the world!!