Viva Las Vegas!

So I’m off tomorrow to Las Vegas for my sister’s 50th birthday party. I’m not much of a gambler, so we plan to walk, shop, and see shows. I also plan to go to Vince Neil’s tattoo parlor. Not to get a tattoo, though, because I have commitment issues. I can’t think of anything I want permanently drawn on myself. But I’ll get a shirt.

I’ll be back on Monday. See ya’.

Learn from my mistake!!!

Please, please, throw out your old lip gloss. Don’t do what I did. This morning, I decided to try some lip gloss that I hadn’t worn for awhile. I never really cared for the gloss, but I decided to give it another shot. I didn’t think about the fact that it is several years old.

About 20 minutes after I put it on, my lips started to itch. Then they started to burn. As fast as I could, I rubbed off all the goop and scratched at my lips mercilessly. My lips swelled up till I looked like Angelina Jolie. I had hives on my lips! Seriously weird.

I dragged my lips into the pharmacy to purchase some Benadryl. I sounded like Bill Cosby from his Himself album. You know, when he is at the dentist and his lip is numb? Yeah, that was me. Me and my Kelly LeBroc lips.

The Benadryl finally made the swelling go down, but the lips are still a little sore and tingly.

Must remember to throw that tube of gloss away.

Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee Considering that this is an unauthorized biography, I expected it to follow the pattern of other unauthorized biographies and devolve into a tell-all. But it didn’t. I think the worst thing the author said about Harper Lee was that she was not very feminine. Other than that, it was obviously written by someone who loved his subject.

I learned a lot about Harper Lee from this book. There was a lot about her friendship with Truman Capote. Since Ms. Lee herself refused to speak with the author, and advised her friends to avoid him as well, it’s hard to know how much of what was written here is true, but it did seem well-documented.

It was well-written and entertaining.

I need your opinions!

We are currently in a dilemma with our son’s education. He is in the second grade at the local public school. He is bored stiff. The work is way way way too easy for him, but his teacher doesn’t seem terribly interested in finding things to challenge him. It has definitely affected his attitude about school. This makes me sad because he loves to learn.

We are considering a couple of private schools. One of them is a school on the local private university campus. It is geared toward gifted children. In fact, the students have to rank in the top 10% on an IQ test to even be considered. The children work on a higher level than the public schools and the math is independent study. Three caveats: 1) they don’t really do anything in the way of physical education. I think they have P.E. class once a week, and they only have recess twice a week. They are very focused on the child’s intellectual growth, but not so much on the rest of the kid. I guess they figure that’s up to the parent. 2) It’s right in the middle of town, which is about 15 miles away from where we live in the suburbs. The drive will seriously affect our gas budget. 3) They don’t have a space for our other child. Her grade is full. If I put them at different schools, I have to figure out how to get them two different places at the same time.

The other school we’re looking at is, in my opinion, the absolute best education you can get in this area. It’s also expensive. This school has extremely high standards for school work, but also puts a lot of emphasis on physical education. By high school, all the kids are on a team of some kind. Also, it’s considerably closer to our home. Plus, it goes all the way through high school. The other school stops at 8th grade.

Where did you go to school? Where do your kids go to school? Is physical education important in school? What do you think?

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Veira Rigler

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict The best thing about this book is the fact that it doesn’t rehash an Austen plot. It has it’s own plot, strange as it may be. Courtney wakes up one morning not in her 21st century LA apartment, but in a four-poster bed in 1813 England. She thinks it’s a dream, but eventually realizes she is not dreaming; she has actually traded bodies with Jane, a woman with her own set of problems, the first of which Courtney meets is Jane’s mother. Courtney has to figure out how to behave in 19th century England without getting herself sent to the insane asylum, and figure out how to get back to her life.

Sometimes I was frustrated with her. If she was such a huge Austen fan, she would have known how certain of her behaviors would have affected her. Duh. I was also frustrated with the ending. Who? What, now? I don’t understand.

My favorite scene was when the heroine meets the live Jane Austen in a shop in London. She acts like an idiot. It’s great.

How would you behave if you met your favorite author? Especially if that person is dead.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

I Am LegendThis is my first book for the RIP challenge (see box on right sidebar).

The title story is actually a novella about the last man left alive when a virus turns everyone to vampires or undead. The rest of the stories are much shorter. My favorite is the one about the mortician who is hired to provide a funeral service for a vampire who doesn’t feel that his first service was done right.

It was very entertaining and not so scary that I couldn’t read it before bed. Most of the stories were written in the fifties and it shows.

Sorry.

I’ve been sort of anti-computer lately. I try to spend as little time with the thing as possible. I’ll try to come up with something interesting to say soon.

Did you miss me?

Sorry I’ve been so scarce lately. I’ve only been feeling like a human for 2 days. Then I had to play catch up on all the things that I haven’t been doing since the surgery.

But now, I shall tell you what I read in August. If you’re dying for an opinion on a book I didn’t review on my blog, I will be happy to give it to you.

1. Jane Austen and Her Times 1775-1817 – I think I did discuss this one. Somewhere. Anyway, it was written in 1905 and was still relevant, except there were some parts that asserted things I know have now been found to be false.

2. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall – I really liked this one. A man’s memories are being eaten by a conceptual shark. And he has a cat named Ian.

3. Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek – This one made me want to go out and look at art. I’ll go to Shanna’s house.

4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Post-apocalyptic journey novel.

5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I had to force myself through all the horrible cruelty, but the surprise ending was amazing.

6. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay – I still think about this one occasionally. Especially the transvestite cashier. A girl from Tasmania comes to New York and works in a used bookstore with a weird set of staff members.

7. Number9Dream by David Mitchell – I picked this one up because I LOVED Black Swan Green. This one is very Japanese. A man goes to Tokyo to try to find his father and gets tangled up in Yakuza gangs. He also meets some really great people.

8. Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City by Anne Thomas Soffee – I still love this book, even though this time it seemed a little more depressing than I remembered it.

9. Project Paris by Lisa Barham – I read this one while I was stuck on my back with my leg up after my surgery. It was perfect for someone whose brain was really not ready for full engagement.

10. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach – I bought this the day we got back from our trip to the haunted hotel. I wasn’t terribly impressed.

11. Summer Reading by Helma Wolitzer – It takes place on Southampton Island. One character hosts a book club at her house for fancy summer folk. One character is the discussion leader for said book club. One character is a maid for the first character. The books the book club read factor into all these characters’ personal struggles.

Fiction – 7
YA Fiction – 1
Non fiction – 3
Male Authors – 4
Female Authors – 7