People are often surprised to learn that I read IN the bath. Like it’s weird or something.
Occasionally when dining out I’ll tweet or facebook pics of delightful and decadent meals. More often than not they’re not actually mine; rather they’re the choices of my dining partners who have a far more discerning palate than I could ever hope to develop or adopt.
I’d like to blame my childhood and the fact that I grew up in regional Queensland with limited options, so - other than the local Pizza Hut – I only ever went to two restaurants before I actually left home for University.
It’s again time to share my planned weekly reading and check-in to see how I fared last week.
Fortunately last week went as planned. On the reading front anyway! As well as a couple of reviews I also blogged about the fact that something which is normal or mundane to us can – in fact – be nourishing to others.
I have to confess I hadn’t heard of American author Shirley Jackson before I read this novel, which is loosely biographical, although had heard of the movie(s) – The Haunting - based on her novel The Haunting of Hill House.
Not a lot was revealed in the blurb about this book - so I’m not entirely sure why I requested it, other than the fact it sounded intriguing.
I’ve traditionally been slack when it comes to reading Australian crime fiction, mysteries or thrillers. I am – however – trying to rectify that and thankfully we have authors like Jaye Ford who make that easier. Her latest release, Already Dead is no exception.
One of the reasons I left the Commonwealth Government after my posting to East Timor was because I craved normality.
Life in Dili was pretty stressful – busy work days and less of the usual home comforts. I know this is something people in developing nations deal with all of the time, and I know I shouldn’t be complaining about a few years here and there ‘without’. (#Ungratefulmuch?!)
Happily I ‘mostly’ succeeded in getting through the books I targeted for reading last week.
Chelsea Cain’s One Kick was great and I read it in a sitting (and have already published my review along with my post on Caroline Overington’s Can You Keep a Secret? ). Similarly I read Jaye Ford’s Already Dead in a night (review coming this week).
So, I don’t want to insult all of my christian/religious readers out there but I do need to let you know… I’m thinkin’ I could give Jesus a run for his money.
You see, I come from generations of peeps with a brown thumb, or two. Well, neither of my parents could grow stuff, so… #closeenough.
Although I’ve actually had a ‘few’ plants which have survived my tender care over the past year, most haven’t. #RIPpalm #RIPfloweringplant #RIPfloweringplant2 #RIPfloweringplant3 #RIProsemary #RIPcactus (etc)