Figure 1. I just can't! CANNOT EVEN!

Figure 1. I just can’t! CANNOT EVEN!


Thirty-three more days until The Walking Dead. DELIVER ME FROM THIS ETERNAL WAIT.

Also, if I don’t get outside and run I may lose my everloving mind.

Yesterday I finished In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, who is also a 2014 Morris Award finalist. YOU GUYS: it’s such a beautiful, captivating book. Just…I loved it. Spiritualism, shell-shocked soldiers, the Spanish flu epidemic, science and pseudo-science, spirit photography, opium addiction, loss, and a mysterious death, all narrated by a brave and determined heroine.

Please read it and tell me what you think!

I’m onto the next Morris Award finalists (Evan Roskos‘ Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets & Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque) though I also have in my possession ARCs of Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (PERRY!!!!!) and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Surrounded by book goodness; I need to stop with my babyish impatience.

Laurie Halse Anderson will be doing a reading in St. Paul next Sunday, by the way. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO. I’ll be there!

It’s less cold today. I have to drive to Marshall, Minnesota to teach in a conference tomorrow. I normally like a long drive into the Minnesota countryside, as it’s a nice stretch of alone-time. But I have to drive in the dark, which isn’t as fun. And I will pack candy bars and bottled water and blankets, because this weather is fierce and doesn’t fuck around.

Last night, the mister & I started watching random episodes of Elementary. Because we cannot get enough Sherlock around here, apparently. It’s very juicy. I love Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. And Jonny Lee Miller is also spectacular.

Figure 2. Our show is excellent. Despite the fact that it's on CBS.

Figure 2. Our show is excellent. Despite the fact that it’s on CBS.


I don’t know why I’m blogging because I feel very complainy and grumpy. I mean, the truth is, I am complainy and grumpy, but probably I don’t need to drag that all around where everyone can see. Bad enough my family has to contend with it. If I stop being up my own ass for a minute, I would realize that things are really decent lately. The mister has work, my kid is happy/healthy, Pablo has taken to eating out of his kibble dish without me sitting there hand-feeding him, for some reason we have HBO.

So really, I should toughen up already and be thankful and happy and what not.

Yeah. I’ll be over here working on that if you need me.








One Comment

  • Heather Zenzen on Jan 07, 2014 Reply

    I too am very complainy and angry today. I’m downright effing FERAL, and I have no idea why.

    Be careful on your drive. I drove the cat to the vet (a thirty min drive) and saw no less than four bad accidents and another four stalled vehicles. The roads are made of black ice and broken dreams today.

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