27 November 2011

Smile

Note: This will probably date me no end, but...I think it's worth it.

There are just some songs that make me smile, tap my feet and want to dance around the room like a...cat on a hot tin roof *grin* This is one of those songs!

26 November 2011

Accommodate

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Accommodate • verb [with object] 1 (of a building or other area) provide lodging or sufficient space for:the cottages accommodate up to six people. 2 fit in with the wishes or needs of:any language must accommodate new concepts. [no object] (accommodate to) adapt to: making users accommodate to the realities of today’s marketplace.

I get that I'm not an easy person to be friends with. I really do. Eccentric isn't the word I would use to describe me. Annoying would be a better choice. So would difficult and inflexible. I don't...react logically to just about anything. I don't react the way most people do to just about anything. I get that my friends have to...accommodate me. What I don't get is why. TBH I don't believe I'm worth that accommodation.

It was brought home to me today in no uncertain terms (by a family member) that I'm selfish and inflexible. That I always seem to make something big out of something little. That I don't appreciate the sacrifices others make. (And...said family member has a point.) So this is me saying I'm really grateful that, knowing all this, my friends put up with me anyway. I don't ever want to take them for granted.

24 November 2011

Need To Read

I always joke with people about my need to read. Reading is a form of escape; it allows me to...slow down (inside) and focus on something (positive) rather than letting my anxieties run rampant. It allows me to be...somewhere else (not here)...to imagine a place where I belong. Where I'm wanted.

So, what happens when you can't read? When you can't hold your book (as I found out to my misfortune last month). How does one adapt? What does one do? When I couldn't hold print books I turned to eBooks, mostly because I don't hold my iPhone (because if I held it that would strain my wrists...sensing a pattern?) but instead rest it on the nearest surface - the table, the bedclothes, etc. That said, the physiotherapist did comment that I should try and read less anyway (for my neck) [he was commenting on the fact that I always turned up for appointments with big (fantasy) books]. 'Have book, will travel'. That's me! Even thought I have now been given the go-ahead to read print books again I am still limited as to where - no holding print books in bed for example (but I can read them if they are resting on a table). For some reason I didn't turn to audio books. TBH, I'm not quite sure how I would take to them. Hmmm. Maybe I should try one? *grin*

I also turned to DVDs (because I could watch a DVD and ice my wrists at the same time). I've been winnowing my way through Supernatural. You know you're watching too much Supernatural when you start dreaming you're you...and you're one of the characters (Dean for those who know the series) [he's the one on the right in the image] and you're trying to convince another character (Dean's brother Sam) [he's on the left] to cast a spell to stop the Apocalypse...but Sam's more interested in umm...other stuff. WTF? (Plus, I thought I was a Dean gal!) Let's just say that I was looking at my subconscious rather weirdly this morning :)

So, how much do you need to read? And...if you can't read, what do you do?

21 November 2011

It...

...may have come to your attention that I have changed my avatar (on Blogger and GoodReads) over the last few days...to this.

The model in the picture is Andrej Pejic - isn't he gorgeous? In a recent interview, Andrej Pejic was asked the following by ABC Nightline's Juju Chang:
Chang: When you see yourself in the mirror, do you think of yourself more as a man or as a woman?
Pejic: I like to keep my options open.
Chang: What does that mean?
Pejic: I see myself.
'I see myself'. And that segues nicely to the new addition to the blog:



Embrace the Rainbow is a challenge laid down by the lovely Kris from Kris 'n' Good Books, Aleksandr Voinov, Amara Devonte:
A challenge to help us increase awareness, acceptance and support for the trans*, intersex, intergender and questioning people in the m/m romance and broader community.
If I've learnt one thing over the past few weeks, it is that people don't fit into boxes (no matter how much easier I find that). See, I like boundaries. If I can identify something, and by extension extrapolate where the boundaries are, I won't go over them...won't get into trouble - I feel safer. But you can't always do that. People are...fluid. In so many ways. And more than wanting to find those boundaries I don't ever want my views (in any way, shape or form) to adversely affect anyone. People are people, and that's how I see them. And that's why I've decided to embrace the rainbow :)

18 November 2011

Books 2011: October Update

Note: I know it's weird to post this so late in the month, but...I'm nothing if not pedantic *grin*

Total to date: 95 books (10 books this month: fantasy [one book]; m/m [nine books])

The 2011 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge total to date: 25 books (one book this month)

The M/M Romance Challenge 2011 total to date: 69 books (nine books this month)

The 2011 Big Book Challenge: COMPLETE!

A list of all the books I've read to date (from 01 January 2010) can be found at GoodReads.

Favourite books of the month?

* Fish & Chips (Madeline Urban & Abigail Roux)

* Talker's Graduation (Amy Lane)

* The Bastard Prince (Megan Derr)

* Zero at the Bone (Jane Seville)

Currently reading:

* Unperfect Souls (Mark Del Franco)

And the books I'm most looking forward to reading this month:

* Cast in Ruin (Michelle Sagara)

* Divide & Conquer (Madeline Urban)

So, what did you read last month (if you can remember back that far)?

13 November 2011

I Got Swag!

One has to squee at times like this. See, I stopped in at my Post Box earlier this week and what did I find but a package from the lovely beyond compare Kris from kris' korner and Kris 'n' Good Books! And this package contained...swag! *cue much screaming and happy dancing*

I've no idea why the photos are on their sides...GRRRR! Anyway...one of the many interesting things that caught my eye is the following:

Isn't it pretty? And yes that is a red velvet cupcake. (I tried one this weekend and YUM!) Thank you SO much Kris! *hugs*

So, how do you feel about swag?

07 November 2011

Money Money Money

One of the books I was reading over the weekend had a 'trust fund baby' character. Characters with 'money money money' (as I like to call them) seem to pop up with frequent abandon in romance novels (mass generalization I know). It's as though part of the all-encompassing HEA is not only love, but being comfortably well off while in love. Because, after all, who wants to read about characters struggling to rub two dimes together, especially in the current economic climate? Right? Wrong. At least in my case.

A lack of money is one of the many reasons why I love Amy Lane's Talker series. The two main characters in this series are students (which I think says it all). They have to decide between light and heat - they can't afford both - and they all but live off noodles. And through all this (and everything else Amy Lane puts them through) [that wasn't a dig at the wonderful Amy Lane, honest *grin*] their love shines through. It...sustains them when times are tough. And that's why I read romance. Not to see characters fall in love through rose-coloured glasses, but to see them fight for that love through both good times and bad.

So, how much realism do you like in your books?

05 November 2011

When...

...you've had one of those days and you feel like you're at the end of your tether (about to be set adrift on the departing tide) and books aren't helping (I know that might sound like sacriledge, but sometimes they don't)...sometimes music does.

I love this song.



What have you been listening to of late?