And my weekend started on Thursday night with a Walk off the Earth Concert in Hollywood. Show was great – it’s weird, though, that I came all the way to L.A. to see a Canadian band from near my hometown … Continue reading →
I try not to be too fluffy on this blog. Fluff is fun, but it’s not altogether “me”. So I can get political. I never thought I would need to warn anyone, but there you go. I am human – … Continue reading →
“What’s an adventure if you know all the steps before you take them?” Nora Roberts has been a favourite author of mine since I was seventeen years old: I was about to leave for over a month, to stay with … Continue reading →
Oh yes, it is the most wonderful time of year: Pancake Tuesday! A day when no one looks at you funny for having pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for lunch and then pancakes for dinner again – or the flaunting of … Continue reading →
Not sure if you heard, but in Southern California – it rained most of the weekend. We’re talking thunder storms, with lightning, buckets of rain and mud slides in some areas – so we got much needed rain in drought-torn … Continue reading →
My glasses came in yesterday. I luuuurve them. Luurve. With lots of “u”s for emphasis. More about these later … ~ * ~ Yes! I love cover releases! And Gail Carriger’s series make my life! This book will only be … Continue reading →
July 2006. Out with friends, after work. So recently twenty years old. Still not sure what to do with the vodka soda I was drinking. And with red highlights on my head. Oi. But with my favourite ladies. That’s enough.
Why did people ask “What is it about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing.
I picked up Americanah after watching a TED Talk Adiche gave where she spoke up about the need for multiple stories. I couldn’t agree with her more – the single narrative of the books of my childhood created a disconnect with the way I saw the world, but I couldn’t really put that experience into words until I listened to her, dragging her points through my mind and connecting them to my own experiences and such. So, I looked her up, found more TED Talks, interviews and her books, and brought it up to a friend of mine, after we both had finished The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out the window and Disappeared, and we decided to red it together and book club it, essentially, with a few other friends.
Adiche herself has described her book as something she laughed alot about as she wrote it, and I can see why – the synopsis says it’s about a girl, Ifemelu and a boy, Obinze, who fall in love, grow up, lose touch as they go about their lives and somehow reconnect, but it’s so much more.
I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours. Dorothy Parker … Continue reading →
The weekend began a little unconventionally for me … Yes, I got to go to Cirque du Soleil Totem down at the Santa Monica Pier. My sister and her boyfriend bought me a ticket as a thank you for staying … Continue reading →
I do so love bakeries. They’re just so sweet-smelling, with the sugar, cinnamon and the coffee aroma. I would live happily above a bake shop. ~ * ~ When I have time, I am going to try some of these. … Continue reading →
I am Portuguese. That means that I probably talk too loud, have a lot of excess energy and my relatives include “cousins” that have no blood relation but whose families came over the Atlantic on the same boast as my … Continue reading →