Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday Fill In Fun

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1. Sometimes I sit in the middle of my TBR room and stare at all the books lining the shelves and sitting in boxes and bags on the floor, wondering how--or if--I'll ever read them all.

2. My husband and I are cautiously optimistic about the whole thing. (Anya's latest positive health report)

3. Small things add up to big things when put together over time.

4. I've always believed that reading can be very enlightening.

5. I keep meaning to get to that book over there, and yet there's always another book that catches my attention. And then another one, and another one . . .

6. I haven't begun my Christmas shopping . . . yet.

7. And as for the weekend, today I'm looking forward to running errands and putting in some quality reading time, tomorrow my plans include driving into Los Angeles with my husband to meet Greg Rucka (for him) and Michelle Gagnon (for me) at the Mystery Bookstore--only the best independent mystery store ever; and Sunday, I want to relax and take it easy!

Even though I only worked four days this week, it feels like it was much longer. Work has been especially busy, which isn't unusual for this time of year. It doesn't help that I tire more easily these days. The pregnancy is going well so far, thankfully. I do have my bad days (or nights) though, as can be expected. A friend of mine calls them "moments"--they come and go and rarely last long. I'm now five and a half months along and the baby is growing stronger every day. Her kicks and movements have become more obvious. Sometimes it's hard not to stop whatever I'm doing just to focus totally on the feel of her. I'm especially excited about this upcoming Christmas season as I adore Christmas music, and so the poor kid will have to suffer through my many caroling sessions--many of which will be just for the animals, her and me.

This past weekend, my husband and I saw the Broadway production of The Color Purple. It's been years since I read the book or seen the movie, but it's a story that sticks with you, wouldn't you agree? The show was fantastic. Tears were streaming down my cheeks at the end. I'd blame the hormones, but the truth is I would have cried just as much had I not been pregnant.

I commented on Twitter this past week that I somehow avoided any major food cravings but I find myself craving crime fiction (to read not eat), and it's true. I took a short break from crime fiction to break things up, and am nearly done with Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller and Elzabeth Rosner's Blue Nude. You can bet I'll be diving back into crime fiction next again, however. I have quite a stack of books here I want to get to. We'll see how successful I will be. What are you reading at the moment? Anything you'd recommend?

I had best get started on those errands before I decide sliding back under the covers with my book for the day sounds like the more attractive idea . . .

What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever you do, I hope you have a good one!

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  1. Keeping all my fingers crossed for Anya, Wendy! As for all those unread books, well, we just need to think it's about the possibilities :P

    I'm getting excited about Christmas as well - like you, I'm a huge fan of Christmas music. I'm sure your girl will enjoy those carolling sessions :D

  2. I've started my Christmas shopping :)

    As for reading - make the most of it - you'll find your reading wings will possibly be clipped for a while once your little girl comes home. At least vastly reduced - still I could stand and rock a baby and read at the same time :)

    My FFI is up as well here:

  3. All good wishes for you and Anya. Not sure if she is the baby you're expecting, but best wishes for her as well. My daughter listened to all different kinds of music when she was expecting. Now my grandson sits on my lap and loves orchestra's, John Denver, rock n' roll and country. Never to early to introduce the arts.
    I am not reading right now. I'm buried in edits. But I've met my goal or will have by the end of the weekend. To celebrate, I'm having a contest.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  4. I'm so glad to see that your pregnancy is proceeding so well and so uneventfully.

  5. I'll be sitting in front of my TBR shelves this weekend--in hopes of weeding them out. Unfortunately it's time some of those puppies have to go. It's hard when there's so many books...just not enough time.

    At 4 months I'm really eager to feel baby moving (though I hear that once you do you realize you've been feeling it for quite some time). Scott patiently puts his hands on my tummy hoping to feel something but I keep reminding him that it'll be even longer before he feels something!

    The holidays. Peppermint Mochas and Christmas Carols. I hope you have the time and energy to savor them this year!

  6. oh my gosh, obviously I haven't been here in awhile! Congrats on your pregnancy :-) And right now I'm reading the first of Dennis Lehane's Kenzie & Gennaro thrillers :-)

  7. Happy friday! Glad to hear you are feeling well. Your baby girl will be here before you know it!

  8. Oh! Do tell what you think of Blue Nude so far. I have it on my nightstand and need a push.

    Christmas shopping . . . UGH! Well, actually it's not the shopping that I mind; it's the thinking of gifts that I despise.

    I love sitting in my library and just gazing at all the books. My family laughs at me, but that doesn't stop me. :)

  9. I feel the same way about my TBR stacks! I've done some Christmas shopping, very light, okay..only one gift. But I'm thinking about it.

  10. An old follower hoppping by to say hello :) Glad to hear all is well with your pregnancy. I did the Friday Fill-Ins, too. Here's mine. Have a great weekend :D

  11. I love your Friday fill-in for this week, Wendy! It resonates with my thoughts too.

    I remember reading The Color Purple and was crying too. I wish I could watch the show.

  12. So many books, but what to read? :P

    I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Anya! I'm glad to hear that you're doing well with your pregnancy. Do you have any particular food which you want to eat? I remember craving for sweet food during my pregnancy with my two girls, LOL.

    Hope you have a great week ahead, Wendy!

  13. Have you read Sophie Hannah? She's wonderful for a good crime/psychological fiction read.

  14. Sounds like you're enjoying your pregnancy and that's great. I felt wonderfully healthy for both of my prgnancies. It's such a magical time!

    I was worried that I wouldn't have much time to read after the baby was born but I still managed. I kept my book right next to where I'd feed the baby so could catch a bit of reading time, then. And it was a great thing to look forward to in the middle of the night.

    Your new little reader will be here before you know it! How exciting!

  15. Nymeth - Thank you, Ana! Anya's been so full of energy lately. I like to think it's the lower dosage of medicine as well as her feeling better. I hope it continues.

    I love having so many reading possibilities--it's the packing up of all those books that makes me cringe. LOL

    I bought two new Christmas CD's, which I'm really tempted to play right now. :-)

    Sally - Good for you! I thought about starting this past Friday, but I didn't get around to it. I'm still trying to think up ideas for gifts. That's the hardest part for me.

    I'll figure out how to read and feed. :-) I'll get my reading in one way or the other. Just might not be blogging much!

    Nancy - Thank you for the good wishes! Anya's actually my cat. She's got a rare condition in which her bone marrow doesn't produce enough red blood cells.

    I've already started exposing the baby to a lot of different kinds of music--I hope she'll learn to love music as much as I do. :-)

    Good luck with the editing. I know that's not the most fun to do.

    Kathy - Thanks! I am too. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. LOL

    Trish - I need to do more weeding of my TBR room. :-( It's a never ending process. I too often find myself thinking I have the time to do it "now" but then I decide to spend "now" reading instead. LOL

    It took me awhile to realize the baby was moving and it wasn't some other bodily function. It's such an amazing feeling. I think it will be a long while before we can feel any movement from outside--my weight doesn't help.

    We're planning a quiet Christmas, just the two of us and the animals. Unless family decides to pop in. I doubt they will, given the distance. It'll be awhile until we get another holiday like it once the baby comes, I'm sure!

  16. Janet - Thanks, Janet! I still haven't read that series. I need to. I love Lehane's writing.

    Kathleen - Yes, the time will fly no doubt. Except maybe some of those long days at work. LOL

    Billy - Thank you for stopping by!

    Joy - My review of Blue Nude will go up on Tuesday. I gave it a good rating because the parts I liked, I really really liked, but I wasn't overly thrilled with it overall.

    Me too! It's such a struggle to think of gift ideas for some people. I haven't a clue what to get my brother and his new wife. How many gift cards are too many after awhile? LOL

    Being surrounded by books can have such a calming effect, can't it?

    Kris - Haha! One gift is much better than I've done so far.

  17. Teacher/Learner - It's good to see you! I hope you had a great weekend too.

    Alice - I couldn't help but go with a mostly bookish theme this week. :-)

    I hope someday you'll be able to see The Color Purple on stage. One can dream, right?

    Melody - Exactly! What to read . . . :-)

    Thank you for your kind thoughts for Anya. She seems to be doing well still, which is a good sign.

    I haven't had any specific food cravings. Sweet food does seem to be a weakness for me right now though. And earlier in the pregnancy it was Mexican food.

    Nicole - I haven't read anything by Hannah yet, but I think I have one of her books around here somewhere. I've heard great things about her. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Linda - It's so funny you say that, Linda, about my enjoying the pregnancy. I am, but ask me to list what I like about it and it won't be nearly as long as the negatives. LOL But even so, I'm enjoying it more than not.

    It's good to hear that you were still able to fit in reading time once the baby is born. I'm going to try and follow yours and Sally's example and read during those feedings!


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