Archive for January, 2010

Changes Happening

And so.. with the new year (and a bit of crash-learning) I finally made up my mind to move away from the confining safety of wordpress.com and get my own domain name.  Thanks to Geof, I’m all set up and running (although still a bit rough while I learn my way around!)

Update your bookmarks to http://thelostentwife.net!  Hope to see you there.


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The Angel's Game The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you are wanting a light-hearted romantic book, this is not the one for you. If you are wanting a mystery that skims the surface of it’s plot and characters, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book to endear Barcelona to your heart and make you believe that it’s a city full of light and romance, then this is definitely not the story for you.

However, if you are wanting to be strung along, unable to escape the bait being laid out neatly and methodically in front of you, if you are wanting to feel goosebumps over and over again, if you enjoy reading a story that will have you glancing over your shoulder at every little noise… then this is the story for you.

This is the story of David Martin, a writer. In The Shadow of the Wind we are introduced to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Zafon brings back that magical place in this story while providing the back story of his first novel. If Shadow of the Wind is a book for readers then this is a book for writers. Throughout this story we are given clue after clue, answers provided at just the right moment – only to be snatched away as the story shifts to a new dimension completely undoing what we thought we knew. Over and over this continues until Zafon has you in the palm of his hand, begging to know how it will all end.

And the end is always satisfying. It’s only the 2nd of January and I already know this book will be one of my favorites read for 2010. And now, with renewed interest and with the knowledge provided to me by Zafon, I will approach The Shadow of the Wind again to immerse myself in the story I knew I would love after reading the opening paragraph.

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What is the palace in your mind?

“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)

What book or books form your palace?  Mine was formed of a mix of the romance of Pemberly, a touch of the spooky mystery of Thornfield Manor, the placement of Green Gables and the magic of Rivendell.  It’s an odd mixture, but it works in my mind.  And the stories that created it for me are stories that I continue to return to over and over again.

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Several of my .net friends, Kari, Geof and Brandi, do this and I’ve been wanting to start it for a while.  I was tempted to start in January and do it as a resolution, but I have a feeling December will be filled with quite a few good things – so there’s no harm in a little early resolution!

1. Made gingerbread cookies for the first time – and tasted them for the first time.  They were delicious.

2.  I got to babysit my neighbors young ones.  They are Cole and Grace’s age and are so much fun to watch!

3. Cole’s school got out early due to a gas leak, so I got to spend the day with my buddy.

4. Cole and I watched Labyrinth.  The first time for him, the 100th for me (or thereabouts!)

5.  My Huskers played the Texas Longhorns.  While we didn’t win, we sure put up a good fight! Love watching that Suh play.

6. Grace and I went shopping and bought her the cutest Christmas dresses ever!

7. I got to see The Pioneer Woman today!

8. I met a great gal at Barnes and Noble today and we exchanged contact info!  She has the same taste in books that I do. Should be fun.

9. I made Malboro Man’s favorite sandwich from my new cookbook.  It was delicious!

10. I was blessed yet again today and got to babysit some kiddos that I hadn’t sat for before!

11. Cole’s school had an HVAC issue, so, as a surprise, I got to pick the kiddo up at 11.  We had some good Aunt/Nephew time.

12. I got to spend some time with Gracie when I took her along to play with a friend during a sitting job!

13. Cole, Grace and I had hot cocoa and watched movies together.

14. I read a really good book today.

15. I met Neil Gaiman today.. and he signed my copy of The Graveyard Book.  This was awesome.

16. I got a nap today. It was amazing.

17. Grace’s Christmas program was today.  Not much else good happened – but lots of bad things did so I’ll just hang onto the memory of her program.

18. Cole’s Christmas program was today.  He looked adorable and did such a great job.  And I may have cried during Happy Birthday, Jesus.

19. Cole had a half day of school.  And then we all had a great nap.

20. I actually got a lot of laundry done..and put away today! This was a good thing!

21. Arrived in Illinois to spend Christmas with the family.

22. Saw Avatar with Mom, Alec, Candace, Ethan and Evan.  We all loved it.

23. Got to spend time with Meggan.  It’s always a good day when I spend it with Meggan.

24. Christmas Eve with the family… I went to bed wearing Rubber Ducky Footie PJ’s!

25. Christmas!

26. Took my mom and dad to see Avatar again.  Dad loved it as well!

27. Spend the entire day inside while it snowed outside.  Read a lot. Relaxed.

28. Spent the day relaxing again!  Got woken up early by my brother, but he made me laugh so it was okay.

29. Introduced my youngest brother, Evan, to The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition).

30. Totally lucked out and replaced my five year old, broken glasses with a pair of glasses + lenses for a cheap $69!

31. End of the year 2009 – spent with just my parents watching Charlie Wilson’s War.  Goodbye 2009!

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