New year and all that…

Well I’ve been a bit crap at this the last few years, haven’t I?  I went from constantly planning, blogging, reviewing, reading and being involved in a wonderful online community in the U.K. to zilch, zippo, nada. It was like as soon as the hubbub from moving to the U.S. died down, so did my words and creativity. It’s been a years long writing slump all around.

Very, very soon I’m going to be going back to regularly posting book reviews. There’s a lot going on in my life right now and I desperately need some stability as well as a healthy distraction.  Reading and reviewing has always been the answer.

I’m also planning a redesign of the site (possibly a logo as well) and will start reengaging in the book blogging community. That’s later down the line. First, I want to get back to regularly posting reviews.

See you soon,


Recovery position

Hi there, it’s me.  Yep, still alive and all that but just barely.

I’d tell you about my week but well, there aren’t just any words.  What I will tell you is that I’ve been battling some sort of conglomeration of the flu and a cold (with a high fever, yesss!) since Saturday and have been losing badly.  I’ve also been dealing with a major incident at work which has not made for happy times. 

Needless to say, I’m tired. 

I promise I’ll have something out this weekend.  I’m thinking that a little guest post by Leah from Chick Lit Reviews and News on why Chick Lit is pretty freaking awesome outta do the trick! 

Until then, friends, I’m still recovering. 

Anyone want to make me a mug of tea?


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Busy Little Bumblebee

Things have been running full tilt the last few weeks and aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon. I’ve got a crazy couple of months coming up so I may be MIA more than usual. Here’s just a slice of the stuff going down soon:

  • N and I are taking a trip to Wales soon! Very excited as I’ve never been!
  • I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo this year. For those of you who are new to my blog, Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month and typically takes place in November. There’s also Camp Nanonwrimo which is basically the same thing except in either June or August. I’ll be doing the June session. Haven’t decided if I’m doing Nano in November yet. For June I’m planning on writing a *highly* fictionalised version of this blog! How exciting, no?
  • I’m also going home in June for a few weeks. It’ll be interesting, to say the least.
  • N’s birthday is in June as well.
  • July and August are relatively quiet. Oh yeah… except for the whole Olympics thing. Preparing myself for the onslaught of tourists.
  • September 9th I’m doing a triathlon with H and P. H is swimming, P is cycling and I’m running…. 10k! I’ve been running 3k the last couple of visits to the gym, so working my way up to 10k shouldn’t be too bad. I just need to up my runs by .5k – 1k a week. Not too shabby!
  • Not long after the triathlon, N and I are away on our first ever romantic trip together. Alone. For two weeks. ON A BEACH, PEOPLE! Can. Not. Wait.

So yes. Busy, busy, busy, busy. But I’ll get by… just keep that in mind if I go quiet for a bit.


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Tick tock, you’re not a clock, you’re a time bomb baby

Just a quick update:

Not much going on at this point.  Well.. actually, I take that back.  There’s loads going on.

  • L (N’s mum) has her baby tomorrow. AHHHH!!!!
  • My lil nephew has been in the hospital with seizures and a fever
  • N’s still unemployed

That’s the main gist of it all.  And to top it off, I’ve been slightly on the depressed side of things so you know how that goes.

Oh, and I’ve started a new blog–but it’s semi-private and I’m not completely publicizing it.  I’m not hiding the blog or anything so if you want to read it, leave me a message and I’ll email you the link.



Sweetheart, you’ll find mediocre people do exceptional things all the time…

Y’know when you just get into that routine and nothing worth writing about happens?  Yeah, I’m there right now.  Add to that a severe, stupid case of the weepies and you’ve got… a messy me.

It’s kind of a wet, lather, rinse, reapeat kind a scenario right now.  N’s out of work and job searching every day.  I wake up and go to work, come home and have dinner, bath and bed.  And that’s it… truly.  Oh… and I read some books in between all of that.

Other than that, it’s quiet… which I suppose could be a good thing.

But this whole “I’m going to cry for no reason at the most random times during the day” thing has got to stop.  Seriously.  I cried after reading an old Opus cartoon strip today (albeit it was one of the last strips) where Opus the penguin gives up his place in his ideal heaven on an island with big-boobed island hula girls for a scroungy mutt he met in an animal shelter to take his spot.  Seriously.  I’ve seen that strip hundreds of times and been fine; and today?  Nope.. today, cried like a baby.  At work.  At my desk.

So I’m still here, despite being a sap sack.  I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth… I think.  This weekend, N and I are celebrating Valentine’s day, so maybe I’ll have something to “write home about” soon!



I know I haven’t posted in a while; I’ve just been readjusting to being back in London and work has been crazy–I’ve been working weird shifts and covering for other people.  I’m off tomorrow with absolutely nothing to do, so I’ll be doing a nice long blog about something I’ve been wanting to write about for months.  Fingers crossed, anyhow.



An update in a-minor…

I’ve been hit by a severe lack-of-anything-going-on syndrome as well as an even worse case of I-don’t-feel-like-blogging-itis.

That is all.



PS:  A big middle finger to the Transport for London (TFL) strikers.  I made it to work on time (early, even) and home pretty swiftly as well.  Your strike didn’t have any effect on me or thousands of others.  Way to go.