report card

It’s less than a week to my 30th birthday.

I’ve been giving my age as 30 in informal conversations for over a year (you say 29 and everyone assumes you are lying) so there’s no real shock or bump with this one.  Also, nearly every change I’ve made in the last five years has been for the better.  You could not pay me enough to go back to 25.

But there is a birthday, so I might as well do an annual report card.

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Moaning on a Monday Morning

Dog Tired


New Years resolution to post 3-4 times/week officially busted.  Restarting resolution as of Jan 14.

The first two weeks of 2013 have been emotionally draining and I’d like nothing more than to curl up and go to sleep for a week.  However, there are new movies to mock, new issues to make me angry, and an ever-growing pile of books I want to read.

Today’s recommendations for wiling away the hours (but not procrastinating of course – that would be wrong):

Anything and everything by Bettie Sharp – fairy tales awesomely retold as erotic fiction.

Sharpe’s intriguing take on Cinderella is available for free on her website (Ember).  Her Cinder Girl is a clever witch and her Prince Charming leaves his subjects no choice but to love him.  A neat look at love, image, and compromise that also redeems the stepmother and stepsisters in a wholly original fashion.

My favorite is Cat’s Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold, but then I’ll always love the morally dubious heroine best.  Lady Catriona is an unabashed social climber who gets on a wizard’s bad side and winds up a cat for her troubles.  Although initially thrown by the transformation  she finds a strapping miller’s son and a great pair of boots and takes the kingdom by storm.  Hot, sweet, and full of human failings.  2 paws up!

New Section for a New Year – Amazing Adaptations!


Lest anyone get the idea that I’m going to be writing about only GOOD movies here:

Amazing (n.) – causing great wonder or surprise.

Synonyms: surprising, astonishing, blindsiding, dumbfounding, eye-opening, flabbergasting, jarring, jaw-dropping, jolting, shocking, startling, stunning, stupefying

–Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2013

So my plan is to amaze, to stupefy, to dumbfound you with the absolute wonder that is the American media.

Let’s hope we all survive…

First up:   Scents and Sensibility

How Yoga Changed My Life

Yoga_by_KnotYourWorldgorgeous image by KnotYourWorld

I’ve never liked exercise.  As a kid, sports were not my thing, as much because of the team aspect as the athletics required.  Running is out of the question (get back to me when they make a sports bra out of woven steel).  Biking is great but, unless you’re commuting or spinning, it takes a ton of time to get a real workout.  Swimming is lovely, and beautifully solitary, but it’s hard to really focus on your body when you  are trying  not to run into the other lap swimmers at the park district pool.

Enter yoga.

Yoga is all the good parts of exercise without the things that make me crazy.

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