What I am reading…

I’ve been fascinated by Old Hollywood since I was a kid, so I was very surprised to learn that I know almost nothing about the legendary Barrymore family. I am not that far into The Barrymores: Hollywood’s First Family, but I cannot help but fall in love with this family… and their dedication for keeping…

Drinking While Reading

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors and lately I’ve been trying out different collections of short stories. The Harlequin Tea Set is not one of my favorites, but two of the stories stand out: “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest” and “The Harlequin Tea Set.”  More about those two later! Hot cider is…

The Little Book of Boxing

This really is a  “little” book! A series of short vignettes, the book covers several centuries of boxing history. As GoodReads puts it, Boxing has a long and eventful history and its drama, excitement and humor are covered in this fascinating account of the noble—and sometimes ignoble—art all over the world. It covers the bare-knuckle…

It is finished, was her cry!

I finally finished A Storm of Swords! It was epic, it was rich with details, but what stands out the most — out of over 1000 pages to choose from? The epilogue man… I finally met Lady Stoneheart!

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

I’m not really one for hamburger casserole; however, when you have a lot of ground beef and potatoes that need to get eaten, this is a good place to start! And for once, I followed the recipe exactly (I know, I’m shocked, too)!

What I am (still) reading…

I love Game of Thrones. And I do mean looooooooove. This is why it shames me to admit that I’m still reading this wonderful book! I’ve only had time to read it at night when I’m so tired, I can barely get through a chapter. Now that I’m all caught up with the HBO series, it’s…

Drinking while Reading

It’s mid September, I keep reminding myself. Mid September, but I feel like yesterday was the first day of school. The last month has flown by… one could say that this year is already kicking my ass, but I feel great! I love my classes, I don’t feel like it’s too much. I’m just busy!…

Feeling Battle-Scarred and Victorious!

The (very macho) screams you just heard came from me after half a bottle of hairspray didn’t kill this sucker that was chilling on my ceiling. (I wasn’t about to walk under it to get to my kitchen where I keep the bug spray.) I had to roll up a magazine and go Rambo on…

Drinking while Reading

Being out of tequila is a drag, but as it turns out, gin margaritas are a thing! Not bad, but not the same. I’d been a fan of Anne Perry for years before I discovered that she and her friend were the inspiration of Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” (1994). I haven’t seen the movie and…

Grilled Deliciousness!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick. But I don’t do “normal” grilled cheese… I use whole wheat bread from Aldis. In a frying pan, I melt unsalted butter, and then I put the bread in the pan. I heated the shredded beef in a separate pan while the…

The Monsters and the Critics

There are four things you need to know about this picture. I have been looking for this book for AGES! Finally it was at Half Price Books!! My friend is absolutely wonderful for getting me this right in front of me without me noticing. If J.R.R. were alive and in front of me, I would totally…