garden, white tulip


it's here – hopefully to stay – at long last. i am itching to start cleaning up the garden and weeding and moving plants about and all that good stuff. in the meantime, photos.

the view from the back stoop, enjoying my mid-day coffee.


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because i can't resist ...

little_tristan posted a meme out of Amazon's list of "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" and of course i immediately wanted to do it. and since i've otherwise been a productive little bee today, i'm going to indulge. and add my own little twist.

what i think is very interesting is how many of these books i had never heard of. had to do some searching on GoodReads to find out what they even were.

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2013 – the final tally

So my Goodreads total and the total I am presenting here do not match. Again. According to GR, I read 115 books in 2013. My list here tallies 135. That's 20 books that I didn't include on GR for one reason or another – either it was a book that I just didn't consider "worthy" of counting towards my challenge or it was a book that I read for a previous GR challenge and I didn't want to muck up that earlier tally by changing the "read" date. I wish GR would make some changes to be more friendly to us re-readers. It's irritating to be able to have only a single "read" date for books that I know I will read over and over again.

I'm planning a separate post about the highlights of 2013 but in order to appease my list-making soul, I must first list every single book I read, broken down by month and identified by genre, and compile a few stats. Feel free to skip this entry and wait for the more informative and opinionated 2013 highlights.

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playing dress-up

I played photographer's model on Monday for two hours. And I actually volunteered to do so. This is not like me. I'm not, in my opinion, a particularly photogenic person. For every one photo of myself that I like there are at least ten, and quite possibly ten times ten, that make me cringe inwardly. And hailing from the age before digital cameras, I've never mastered the art of the selfie (which way do I angle the camera? oh, look, I cut off my head again) or the ability to strike a pose that seems to come so naturally to the younger members of my extended family.

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TV meme

i don't watch tons of TV these days. we haven't had cable in about six years and i don't watch shows on my computer since i usually spend so much time at it working that i have no desire to be in front of the screen in my off hours. i got this meme from little_tristan but i'm going to add my own spin to it.

- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Strikethrough a show if you are positive that you've never seen a single complete episode (this is my little addition)
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape, DVD, or blu ray.
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order). Bonus points if you can spot the shows I added.

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2013 reading so far

these are the books i've read so far in 2013. if you're also on Goodreads, you'll notice that there are some books here (labelled nGR) that do not appear in my Goodreads challenge totals. this is for various reasons. sometimes they are re-reads that were counted in my 2012 tally, sometimes they are re-reads that i just didn't feel like including, and sometimes they are books that were so beyond fluffy i didn't feel they qualified.

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A Feast for Crows: book review

feast_coverI've been working on this review for ages. Thought it might finally be time to post it ...

A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire #4
976 pp

It's possible that the term "sprawling epic" has never been used more accurately than when it is applied to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's like the Stark family is a stone that he threw into a pond and with each book, the ripples from that first toss move outwards in wider and wider circles, spawning ever more complicated political intrigues and involving an ever-expanding cast of characters.

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