Wednesday, February 20, 2008

oh...yes, yes! ...yes!!!!

Secret Vices....(hee hee!)

I don't mean eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia in the closet...I mean the one thing about myself that's really embarrassing: romance novel addiction!!!!!
Oh no!! can't possibly tell your friends that you spend a couple of hours a day reading about how the cold, heartless duke falls head over heels for an innocent, independent lass and they have a passionate encounter with manhoods rising and breasts heaving and eyes flaming!....huh-uh...nope.
It started innocently enough...Betty came home for spring break one year with one of her friends (Tereasa). T. gave me an anthology of short stories containing one by Jayne Krentz. I loved it and bought my first always remember your first! I had spent years reading good literature: Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Faulkner, et al...I was such a literary snob!...but, alas, I fell from grace!!!!....I know: once in grace, always in grace... but in my case it didn't work out. I moved from Jayne Krentz to Amanda Quick and then....oh no!!... Johanna Lindsey! My bookshelves overflowed ... though I hid them in the basement ...they made their ways upstairs and into (gasp!) the bedroom!
Tex asks: "Can't you get rid of some of these ...(sneer)...books?" "No, " I shout. "I might want to read them again!"...and I do them again and again and again!!!! And I buy more and more and more! Can someone out there help me? or should I just say not to rehab??? luv ya amy!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quickly now...more later.. when I'm in the mood....

My favorite new (to me) quote: "Too much good taste can be boring." Diana Vreeland

Valentines Day and it's snowing...yet again!
I found my 40+ year old copy of War and Peace..Searching for missing things can become an obsession, is an obsession for me. Now I'm going back upstairs and watch the 70's BBC version of W&P ....I found it on Netflix. This interpretation has Anthony Hopkins as Pierre ....and Hopkins was and is such a fine actor...umh! I don't know how many DVD's are in this series.. 7? 8?....This particular version is very difficult to find. Good Old Netflix!...Where else can you find those final episodes of X-Files that you missed seeing because after Muldar (sp?) left you stopped watching the series, but you really, really wanted to know how it ended and if Scully's baby was Muldar's love child....would the smoking man show up at the end? Now I must clean and watch Pierre and Natalie and Andre....and sigh at the brilliance of Tolstoy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MEME: FROM BETTY & "BOOK GUY" Betty is trying to draw me into the culture of the BLOG...I'm not sure about this!?! Is an old lady ready for the fast paced world of new era communication? I can't even find home keys on the key board half of the time!!...ah, you too shall understand my trepidation in a few decades and will sigh, and say..."Now I know what heiffer meant!"
One of my favorite series of books is , of course, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. And here are the instructions from the meme (whatever that is???):
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
I cheated. I went upstairs to retrieve my book. (What sacrifices we make for our vanity! knees will never forgive me. Basement. Living floor. Bedroom & book floor. And back again. THERE AND BACK AGAIN. Wasn't that Bilbo's title for his memoir?) I tried to find War and Peace, which is, in my limited opinion, the best book ever written. In my 20's I read W&P at least five time....but I've read L.O.T.R. at least 7 times...yes, all 3 books! Like visiting an old friend that I never tire of greeting.
p. 123....where Frodo & friends have just arrived in the house of Tom Bombadil:
"The floor was flagged, and strewn with fresh green rushes. There were four deep mattresses , each piled with white blankets, laid on the floor along one side. Against the opposite wall was a long bench laden with wide earthenware basins, and beside it stood brown ewers fill with water, some cold, some steaming hot. ..."
I know that the movies left out Tom and Goldberry... and I know all of the adventure could not be included, but I did miss him (Tom, that is).
Meanwhile, back to W&P, I can't find my copy which is over 40 years old and my favorite translation. This is disturbing. I'm not sure who the translator was so I'm not sure I can replace the book. Betty, did I loan it to you? And how do I tag people? Help! I'm just an old cow trying to find her stall in the barn before it gets dark outside.