- Cat pictures
- Groovy outfits
- Colour experimentation
- Rash purchases
- Fabulous finds
- Rambling text
- FUN WITH CLOTHES!
- Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; last worn here in July 2018 for Pride Week
- Booties - Lena Parfait Luxury Freeze, Fluevog; first worn here in October 2018 with my PANK dress
- Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018
It's basically a blog of my life, since 2008 (that seems so long ago!).
It's been a blast so far, and I see no reason why I should stop, so another year? Bring it on!
this outfit (as seen here) for New Year's, then as I was getting dressed, I thought about how I did not want to be fussing with a long dress all night, and I said, "SCREW IT!" and changed to this comfy dress.
I'm so glad I did. I felt so much more "me" and more comfortable chilling out with my best gang of friends in this fun piece.
Make sure to get in all the rings (I wore a lot of them).
You are still taking pictures.
Just take a picture of my curly-ish hair!
Look how nice the back looked!
Yvonne and Randall hosted our gang, and plied us with food for hours. I feel like a slug today.
- Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Fur scarf - thrifted
- Leather gloves - consignment
- Cuff - JPA, vintage fair
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Silver thumb ring - thrifted
- Engagement ring - 1996, locally made
- Pearl ring - Erth, consignment
- Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewellers, Dad's, 1965
- Swear rings - Wendy Brandes
|"What about me? I feel so left out."|
With the jacket undone.
|"I'm right here! My turn!"|
Can't forget you, buddy!
|"Happy New Year to all my fans."|
As noted above, I always review my books read every year. I did not meet or beat my total from last year (here), which was 36, but I was close! I read 33 books, with my last one finished on Dec 31st (I spent the whole day reading - heaven!).
Here's what I read. Most of them were my choice, but some were my Book Club books (marked "BC"). I have been writing down all the books I've read since late 2007 - the ratings below are out of 5. I'm a hard marker - not many books get a 5! I strongly recommend the 5/5 books (in red), and really enjoyed the 4/5 ones (bolded); you probably will too!
- Men Walking on Water – Emily Schultz – 3/5 (BC)
- The Turn – Kim Harrison – 2/5
- The Rule of Luck – Catherine Cerveny – 2/5
- Homesick for Another World (short stories) – Ottessa Moshfegh – 5/5
- Light Lifting (short stories) – Alexander Macleod – 4/5 (BC)
- The Frozen Thames – Helen Humphries – 4/5
- The Book of Cthulhu (short story anthology) – 2/5
- The Everything Box – Richard Kadrey – 2/5
- Whit – Iain Banks – 3/5
- The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land – Lisa See – 3/5 (BC)
- Dangerous Women (short story anthology) – 3/5
- Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King and Owen King – 3/5
- Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color (short stories) – Chuck Palahniuk – 3/5
- My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferriante – 3/5
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan – 3/5 (BC)
- Complicity – Iain Banks – 3/5
- The Fifth Heart – Dan Simmons – 3/5
- How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran – 3/5 (BC)
- Dr. No – Ian Fleming – 3/5
- Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh – 4/5
- Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen – Lois McMaster Bujold – 2/5
- A Borrowed Man – Gene Wolfe – 3/5
- Emerald City (short stories) – Jennifer Egan – 3/5
- All the Birds In the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders – 4/5
- American Gods – Neil Gaiman – 4/5 (BC)
- The Fifth Season – NK Jemisin – 5/5
- Hard Candy (short stories) – Harlan Ellison – 2/5
- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards – 2/5 (BC)
- The Obelisk Gate – NK Jemisin – 4/5
- The Stone Sky – NK Jemisin – 4/5
- Galaxy Jane – Ron Goulart – 1/5
- Nightlife – Rob Thurman – 2/5
- This Book is Full of Spiders – David Wong – 4/5
Any that you've read? Two of my new favourite writers - Otessa Mossfegh and NK Jemisin - are represented, and are well worth seeking out. Mossfegh has a talent for the weird and beautiful (I have one more book by her that is on the shelf to be read soon), and Jemisin is a writer in the sci-fi/futurist genre - all three of her books noted above (they are called The Broken Earth Trilogy) each won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, 3 years in a row! I bought them purely on that basis (a reasonable risk), and I will be getting more by her for sure.
Other favourite writers represented here are: David Wong, Jennifer Egan, Dan Simmons, Iain Banks, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk - I have a backlog of books to read by them still. I'm also a fan of Harlan Ellison (been reading some older books/short stories), Neil Gaiman (re-read American Gods for Book Club, but I've read everything by him), Lois McMaster Bujold (I'm a fan of her Vorkosigan series, but this was a weak one), and Kim Harrison (the Rachel Morgan books; this was a story set in that world, and not as good). I tend to read my favourite authors, with some branching out. Book Club gave me 7 books this year, with mixed results, but I love that it pushes my boundaries with authors/genres that I wouldn't normally be drawn to.
|"Okay, stop, give me the camera!"|