Seriously, if you need a good book to read, go buy
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
For the first time in a very long time I literally couldn't put this book down.
I sat in the bathtub until the bath water got cold.
I stayed up WAY past my bedtime.
I passed up movies with the hubs.
Just so that I could KEEP READING this book.
A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton.
Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century - Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
And my own thoughts:
This books jumps from the year 2005 to 1975 to 1912 to 1900 over and over again to a very very pleasing result. Sometimes when books jump around it just annoys me but in this book she did it so well that each chapter was kind of a cliffhanger that left you just wanting/needing to read more.
What can I say that goodreads.com didn't say, it's just such a well put together and well written book of mystery and intrigue and I highly recommend it!
And it makes me want to gag a little bit because a year ago I would have laughed in your face if you would have told me I was going to write a blog post about compost.
But it's interesting, I swear.
And I just missed Earth Day.
So you should feel compelled to read about compost...because of the earth.
You want to know why I want to talk about compost?
Because I've never lived anywhere with anything that was compostable...er, I mean, never lived anywhere that I could use compost?
I mean I've never had a garden or anything where compost could be used. ie, I live in big cities that have no room for gardens and before that I was in COLLEGE, who has time for gardens in college? There were much more important things to do, like DRINKING...and studying.
Anyway, the hubs decided we needed a composter...hmm...spellcheck doesn't like that word...is it compostor? Nope, anyway internet you know what I'm talking about right a thing you put organic material in and ultimately compost comes out of? I swear it's composter.
I've completely lost my train of thought with the spelling...
Right, so we have a composter and I am oh so amazed at how much you stuff you can compost!
For instance, you can compost PAPER TOWELS and TISSUES and EGGSHELLS and all this other cool stuff that I use everyday and just throw away. Seriously, check that link, it has 163 things you never knew were compostable.
I FIND THIS AMAZING.
Because honestly I HATE throwing things away but composting never occurred to me because of said reasons up at the top.
Not only are we bloggy friends but we are also IRL friends, so thank you Eubank!
Here are the rules for my award:
**Thank the person who gave you the award - Check!
**Link back to their Blog - Check!
**Tell 7 things about yourself:
Here we go!
1. If my life wasn't the way it is now (ever changing, ever moving) I would be a forensic anthropologist (just like BRENNAN on Bones, coincidentally also my married last name!) I almost almost almost ended up at the University of Tennessee Knoxville to study for my Masters in forensic anthropology where they have...wait for it...a BODY FARM!
2. I have made arrangements to have my body donated to the body farm upon my death.
3. I was the photo editor for my senior yearbook in high school. Being a part of Yearbook always gets such a bad wrap on movies/TV and it's run by a bunch of nerds, but Yearbook was my FAVORITE part of high school...and for the record I was NOT a nerd.
4. I still sleep with my baby blanket. I call it blanky...original I know.
5. I think the house that Dom is working to make entirely controlled by electronics is going to kill me a la X-Files style because all things electronic think I am the enemy.
6. I love Gone with the Wind and have seen it more times than I am willing to admit...and am totally gonna add one more to that because it just came out on Netflix.
7. If I only have myself to cook for I usually end up eating something carbtastic like pasta...or just have a bowl of cereal.
And now...last rule of the award...I have to pay it forward.
Remember back in December when I said I wanted to sit still for awhile and not travel?
Well, it's April and I have not been on a plane since Jan. 17.
I think that's a record for me in the last 2 years of some kind.
Let's do a little rundown shall we? I'd like you all to get a real feel for the actual amount of travel I'm talking about.
Starting with December of 2008, which up until that point I traveled 3 times, maybe 4 times a year, mostly to come home to Oregon for holidays.
Here we go!
We are living in NYC at this point:
Hawaii - Dec 08
UK - Jan 09
Mexico - March 09
UK - May 09
San Fran - June 09
Bahamas - July 09
Pennsylvania - Aug 09
Oregon - Aug 09
UK - Sep 09
Paris - Sep 09
Barcelona - Sep 09
Egypt - Sep 09
Italy - Sep 09
Oregon - Nov 09
UK - Nov 09
Germany - Nov 09
Oregon - Dec 09
California - Jan 10
Montreal - Feb 10
Trinidad - Feb 10
UK - April 10
Greece - April 10
Tennessee - April 10
Australia - May 10
Dallas - May 10
Oregon - June 10
Australia - June 10 - Moved to Australia!
Singapore - July 10
Queensland - Aug 10
Oregon - Sep 10
California - Sep 10
NYC - Sep 10
NYC - Nov 10
Jamaica - Nov 10
Ayres Rock - Nov 10
Melbourne/Adelaide - Dec 10
And Back to the USA Jan 11
See why I'm sick of traveling?
Ok, I mean see why I WAS sick of traveling?
Because if you haven't guessed from the title of this post, I'm ready to go again,
Insert my sheepish grin here.
In all honesty after the last year and a half and the let's count them....37 plane rides, I really really thought I would like to sit still for a year (not including flying to San Fran to get to our home, that doesn't count).
But here we are, just 3 months in and I'm seriously contemplating a trip to Italy this summer.
Come on, I'm turning 30! Wouldn't a trip to Italy be just the perfect way to celebrate the dreaded 3-0?
I also am DYING to get back over to NYC to see all of my friends...and to go shopping.
Unfortunately the last time we were in Italy I promised myself I would learn Italian by the next time we made it over there, thinking of course that it would be a few years and that was PLENTY of time to learn Italian. Turns out a year and a half later I barely have the vocabulary to ask where the toilet is...shit. Learning Italian is also on my 30 before 30 list (which is still a 13 before 30 list at this point), what more motivation do I NEED?!
Apparently more than that because here I am on my computer NOT learning Italian...again.
I've been looking for a really good gray nail polish for awhile now and finally found this one at Sephora. It's part of some naughty ballerina set or something, an ode to Black Swan I believe. It's about to become my new spring gray.
Anyone else making spring purchases in anticipation of warmer weather?