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Storm Nemo   Leave a comment

I went outside this morning to take some pictures of the aftermath of the blizzard, but it was so damn cold I came back in with only two pics.


Maddie, trying to find a place to play, but she’s walled in. It was too cold for her, too. She headed for the door first, and waited for me to hustle over and let her in.


Posted February 9, 2013 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging, daily

I really didn’t…   Leave a comment

ME: “It comes to $32.55.”
Fairly Ordinary Looking Customer: “Canadian?”
Me: “Canadian money? No, sorry.”
Fairly Ordinary Looking Customer: “No, are YOU Canadian?”
Me: “Uh…no.”
FOLC: “British?”
Me: “No.”
(wondering what in my New England accent has brought on this odd conversation. Customer no longer looks Fairly Ordinary)
NotSoOrdinary Customer: “But you said ‘Ey’.”
Me: “No, I didn’t.”
NSOC: “Yes, you did. You said ‘It comes to $32.55, ‘ey.’ Only Canadians and British people say that.”
Me: “No. I really didn’t.”
FSLC: (fairly strange looking customer) Yes, you did. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Me: “I wouldn’t be ashamed to be Canadian, but I didn’t say that.”
FSLC: “Yes, you did.”
Me: “Okay, well, I’m sorry, but I’m not from Canada.”
RSLC: (really strange looking customer) “You did say it.”
Me, laughing now at the absurdity of it all: “I totally didn’t.”
So he goes to my boss and insists I be retrained, that I don’t know what I’m doing, and we have too many carriages in the parking lot and a bunch of other stuff I don’t remember now. It’s hard to retain memories when you’re torn between two countries, after all.

Posted May 14, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging

What are you reading?   Leave a comment

I have a terrible habit of reading far too many books at one time. I tried to break it once. I found myself reading seven books – one on the kitchen table, two in the living room, one in each bathroom, and two next to my bed. So I put them all in one pile, and read them one at a time until they were gone. Then I swore I would only read one book at a time from now on.

That lasted, oh, maybe a month? I don’t even remember. Then it was, well, one downstairs and one upstairs. And slowly, over the past few years, the habit, as habits do, snuck back, bigger than ever.

I am currently reading, in hardcover, Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint. That’s my bathroom book. Not an insult, I generally keep books of short stories there, and this book is, in essence, short stories. I hadn’t read anything by him before, and chose to start with this one. About halfway through, quite enjoying it.

I also read manga, generally four volumes at a time. Though I read a lot of it online, there are some series I collect as well, and then I read them again. Currently, for manga, I’m on Death Note, Volume 3, Naruto Volume 40, Black Cat Volume 13, and the last volume of Fullmetal Alchemist. Other than Black Cat, I’ve already read these in various other forums, but it’s nice to have the story and the artwork in hand. 😀 I recently just finished Hero Tales Volume 2, and that is entirely new to me. I quite love it. It’s by Hiromu Arakawa and Huang Jin Zhou. Arakawa you would know as the author of Fullmetal Alchemist. The characters and artwork show the same hand (Oh! He looks like King Bradley! That one looks like Greed!) but the story is so different and so interesting that as soon as I finished the volume I ordered the next one.

Now to the ebooks. I have a Kindle. Once I had the Kindle, I found I could read Kindle books on my laptop and my phone and my iPad, so then I was reading four at a time. I have possibly a hundred books on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. I’ve had to FORCE myself not buy more until I make a dent! So I’m reading only two on my Kindle for right now: Grass For His Pillow, by Lian Hearn (the second of the Otori books), and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. A Game of Thrones I’ve read before, years back, in hardcover, but then I never got around to reading the others. It’s been so long I had no idea what the story was even about anymore, so I started at the beginning. I don’t know why I didn’t continue last time, because this time, and it is as if the book is completely new to me, I am so in love. I haven’t seen the TV series, and probably won’t for a long time, and the book itself (and the sequels) are so long it’s quite daunting…but I’m glad I began again. Grass for His Pillow is the sequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, and is just as enjoyable as that one was.

Next on my list, when I get something (anything!) finished, is the second book in the Black Company stories by Glen Cook, Shadows Linger. I read The Black Company just last year, and it became one of my favorite books of all time, up there with The Riddlemaster of Hed books. It’s different from most fantasy books; a genre almost on its own – Military Fantasy, I suppose you could call it. I’m looking forward to that. And with that, I shall add Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami. I recently finished A Wild Sheep Chase, and loved it.

The only thing better than reading a good book is the anticipation of the next one in the pile. 😀

(I have to add this, because at the end of the last sentence, WordPress told me my post was 666 words long. That’s un-good. There. Now it’s almost 700 words. Excellent.)

Posted April 18, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging, books, daily, fantasy, manga, reading

they only bloom for a week or two…   Leave a comment

I planted these myself almost eighteen years ago. Then we moved away, and ended up moving back into the house a couple years ago. I can’t believe they still come up.

Posted March 24, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging, daily

so little time…   Leave a comment

I am reading far too many books right now. I thought I had kicked that habit, but apparently it’s like riding a bike. I’m in the middle of four different books on my Kindle, and three dead-tree books in and around the house. Ridiculous.

But I have have so many I still want/need to read. I have at least fifty (that’s not an exaggeration) on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. In fact, it may be closer to a hundred. And at least that many ‘real’ books piled around calling my name as well.

I cannot allow myself to buy any more books until I make some sort of dent in the numbers.

Except for manga. I can always buy manga, right? (say right…be my enabler…)

Posted March 22, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging, books, daily, reading

the end of winter   Leave a comment

Even though it means spring is coming, it’s always a bit sad when winter starts to end.

Posted February 27, 2012 by Fran LaPlaca in blogging, spring, winter