Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In Which I am Busy

Hi poor deserted blog.   I have been swamped with my real job lately as is per usual this time of year and I feel like I have been abandoning everything else.

Here is what I have been reading

Jacqueline Winspear ( although guys SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY she throws us all for a loop in the most recent Maisie! Holy Cow! )

I read a book called The Bookseller which I liked better in theory than on page.

I also read (Finally) The Postmistress.

I also read some cute romances

The Beast Takes a Bride by Teresa Medeiros

The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London ( from Sourcebooks, review copy)

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl (from Random House, review copy)

The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrows ( review copy from SourceBooks)

I read The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith (YAY FOR RAHAB)

And I am still working through the Molly Murphys by Rhys Bowen (most of them for the second time )

I also read Frog Music by Emma Donoghue and it was exceptional. I read it in one sitting on a plane.  I love her stuff---novels and short stories--- so this comes highly recommended

In theatre, Melanie and I went to see Harper Regan at Canstage starring Molly Parker and neither of us were impressed with some of the directorial choices ---though we both thought the acting was fabulous.

I also attended a friend's fabulous, Disney-infused wedding at the Palais Royale.

A REAL Toronto landmark.

And around the web?

I wrote my first ever editorial letter to my home paper 

In film, I saw the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  and it was tres cute.  And while in Newfoundland last week, a colleague and I saw Cinderella! I die, Horatio!

On the plane over here to British Columbia ( where I currently am for work, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley), I watched most of the adorable faith-based Hallmark series Signed, Sealed, Delivered.  Guys, this guy is MY guy.  This guy, Oliver!  SIGH! It's just too adorable and quirky and to die FOR~   I love this show.  It is an homage to the power of the past and lasting beuaty of the printed word.  Everty letter sent is sent in an act of faith. Great guest stars ( Valerie Harper! Carol Burnett) and a subtle Christian sensibility that is never a bludgeon over the head. Highly thematic and emotional resonant.  I love it

observe: rachel's ideal man. he dances, quotes Shakespeare, loves the word "eschew" , sings in the church choir.  is a complete and utter gentleman. 

Over on Edgy Inspirational Romance, I was able to provide you with a glimpse of some of my favourite movies featuring writers as lead characters!  Becoming Jane! Bright Star! Little Women!

Melanie and I are off to see this on Saturday 

Keep you posted.

Also, if you have not had the opportunity to fall in love with the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on netflix, I highly recommend.

Instagram pics appropriated from recent Rachel events:

on the top of Signal Hill in snowy St John's
summerhill winery here in kelowna, BC

sunny downtown St. John's Newfoundland and JellyBean rows of houses. one of my favourite cities in the world. 

my darling friend's gorgeous reception at Toronto's historical Palais Royale 

summer hill winery in the Okanagan Valley, BC


Kailana said...

I had the new Maisie Dobbs pre-ordered, but then changed my mind and got something else. I will have to grab a copy soon!

-blessed holy socks, the non-perishable-zealot said...

Lemme see if ending books can be a 'substitute' for never-ending-immortal Heaven; I think you'll see at the end of this blog how worthless and vague this whorizontal world is:

HEAR YE! O HEAR YE!! This’ll help immensely on your journey Upstairs and, believe-you-me, why would you want anything else?? Why should you love our exploded plethora of produce which’ll plant the seeds for you to grow to great heights?? PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK:

Greetings, earthling. Not sure if we're on the same page if you saw what I saw. Because I was an actual NDE on the outskirts of the Great Beyond at 15 yet wasn’t allowed in, lemme share with you what I actually know Seventh-Heaven’s Big-Bang’s gonna be like for us if ya believe/accept: meet this ultra-bombastic, ex-mortal-Upstairs for the most blatantly deluxe, incredibly incomprehensible, catch-22-excitotoxins, myriads of cogently-ironic-metaphors, sheer guhroovaliciousnessly-delicious-endorphin-rush with pleasure-beyond-measure (to boot), Ultra-Firepower-Idyllic-Addiction in the Great Beyond for a BIG-ol, kick-ass, party-hardy, robust-N-risqué, eternal-real-McCoy-warp-drive you DO NOT wanna miss the sink-your-teeth-in-the-rrrock’nNsmmmokin’-hot-deal: PLEASE KEEP HANDS/FEET INSIDE THE RIDE UNTIL WE MADE A CIRCUMFERENCE OF the OUTSTANDING, NEVER-ENDING, THRILLIONTH-RED-MARKER-POSSIBILITIES …with eXtra eXciting eXtroverts doing the most vivid, brazen conGREWnts: flawless as pearls from the Toyster Upstairs!!! Gain altitude, not attitude, and take front-row-seats, miss gorgeous, as the inexhaustible, irresistible intimacy shall blow-your-fragile-mind to peaces. Meet me Upstairs. Do that for us. Cya soon, girl…

PS “It is impossible that anyone should NOT receive all that they have believed and hoped to obtain; it gives Me great pleasure when they hope great things from Me and I will always give them more than they expect”
-Our Lord to Saint Gertrude