Thursday, March 22, 2012

Books to Read PART TWO


"So what book did you read next?" you ask and then hear a great yell of "YOU MUST READ THIS".

My next read had me at it's opening line: "I knew I could stay in this town when I found the blue enamel pot floating in the lake."
From that point you are thrown into Barb's upside down life in "Cleaning Nabokov's House" vibrantly written by Leslie Daniels. What I so enjoyed here, is the intelligent sense of humor. It is witty, clever, honest with laugh out loud scenes, that are original and bold. One scene, titled Pencil Skirt, I read immediately again, I enjoyed it so much. Barb is going through a divorce, and feelings regarding her children and her own life are beautifully described. She's truly at the bus stop of loss, and then she discovers a manuscript, perhaps written by Vladmir Nabokov.  It's that great cocktail, where you are laughing on one page and then having your heart tugged on another. Look out for a brilliant business idea too, that has since featured in a dream of mine, and I say that while blushing!!

How did I chose the book? -  It was mentioned on twitter, released in paperback last week.
Will it be a movie? - Absolutely, 100 %.
What's next from Leslie Daniels? - currently writing as we speak (while searching for the right breakfast!)
http://www.lesliedaniels.com/

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Books you Must Read PART ONE

I love reading and I especially love it when you read two really great books in a row.

Never having written a review before, all I can do is tell you about them, as though we were sharing a cup of tea and a slice of cake. So, putting you feet up on the furniture you ask me "Read anything good lately?" And I say:

LOVED - Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes

"Last Letter from your Lover" is a gorgeous love story featuring Jennifer and a man simply known as Boot. Beautifully and passionately written, it is a reminder that true love can exist. The first half of the novel is set in the 1960s, providing us with a great comparison for our approach to romance today, when we meet Ellie forty years later, who discovers the letters written between Jennifer and Boot. The pains of her own romance are heightened as she learns more about the love affair, and it leads you to question how love can complete or end a life.
As someone who guesses plots, I was surprised at some of the twists and found myself racing to the end begging to hear the conclusion. Jojo Moyes is a British writer, and we need more of her books here! This book deserves every great review it has received.

How did I choose the book? - The hardback cover grabbed my attention for the picture of my favorite bridge in London - Tower Bridge.
Will it be a movie?  - I truly hope so. Pierce Brosnan as Boot.
Whats Next from Jojo Moyes? - I'm trying to find her latest book "Me Before You."
http://www.jojomoyes.com/

Now, I am going to make us another cup of tea and tell you about the next book I read....actually, I think a good bottle of wine, would suit the next book...............................

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Marathon Running - New Bedford

Last night, I stretched, I limbered, I ate a ton of pasta and this morning I was ready!
To cheer on Emily (step daughter) as she ran the New Bedford Half Marathon.

David and I plotted ourselves at the half way mark, between McDonalds and Domino Pizza. We were outside a nail salon - who I feel had missed a marketing opportunity of advertising  Recovery Pedicures for runners. I would have suggested it, as I gained permission to sit in their parking lot, however the wrinkled faces kind of scared of me. I had to remind myself they were sitting around a foot bath - not a bubbling cauldron.

Planning for laziness has always been a skill of mine, Sally and Stanley, The Deckchairs made their first public appearance for the season. Sadly I think a cat has been enjoying them in the garage, so I better clean them up before we hit the beach. Though it may be a great way of marking our own territory! I had bought coffee and adapted my desire for doughnuts with a croissant. That's healthy - right? I didn't think cheering runners with sugar and jelly on my face would be appropriate.

It was exciting to see the runners pass. It was also rather pleasant to be able to legally shout "Looking Good" to handsome men in shorts. I wore my sunglasses so they couldn't see me winking. The front runners were Nike models. (Must buy a camera.)  They had reached seven miles in about twenty minutes. I don't even drive that fast! I was incredibly inspired. Some runners looked like a walk in a park, while others were undergoing root canals. Yet still they ran.

One was barefoot, three were dressed as Mexican Amigos, the odd mixture of St.Patrick followers in green and one woman in a red tutu. A few were pushing prams, now I felt that was cheating. The babies should have ran if they wanted to compete. Surely that's spoiling your children?

I was so proud to see Emily. I was sweating more than her just getting up from the deck chair. I respect that she cares and values her body. She knows her limits and that nothing can be taken for granted. For breakfast she had Chia Seeds,  perhaps they grow into those grass statues, I didn't like to ask. My point is that she has a great passion for health and well being. She is the teacher who makes you feel anything is within reach. Celery or chocolate, its your choice and both are OK. Emily placed 943 position out of 2724 runners. Yeahhhhhhhh!

It was fun to be part of the community watching strangers clapping one another on, with a sense of purpose and fun. Beautiful day for such a race. It has left me considering possible opportunities to get this body moving. (Pinch me, this might be a dream or nightmare.)
Congratulations to all those who say marathon naturally and my respect to those who need to make a huge effort and still find themselves pinning a number to their t shirts. "Good on Ya" for all those who train, study and do it!  For some of us, OUR lives are OURS. For some of us, running from a gunshot means we are competing not surviving. A gunshot should mean good luck - not hide.
We can celebrate that freedom here. We have the choice, and that's worth more than a doughnut on a gorgeous March day.