Monday, June 04, 2007

There's happy and then there's sappy

This past week, I managed to read two books. Yes, I know, I need to get a life. But really, this is my favorite time of year to read. The days are getting longer. There is nothing on t.v. worth watching. At least until next week when Big Love premieres (fingers crossed someone out there will take pity on me and at least tape HBO because I'm too cheap to pay for it). So, I read.

The first book I read was Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani. The story spans the life of one woman as she grows up in NE Pennsylvania. I found myself thinking of my own mother and grandmother as they started out on the farm, and moved into town. The author tells a fine story and creates enough drama to keep you interested but doesn't take that turn from happy (or feel good) to sappy. Overall, I'd consider it a good summer, stretch out on the couch, sip your cold one and read sort of book.

Now for sappy, I found myself reading Nora Robert's Midnight Bayou. I admit it has been a very long time since I've read anything by good ole Nora. And my memory is fading, but sheesh, I don't remember her being such a heavy duty sap of a writer. HELLO? I don't think even gay men give speeches with such melodrama that this main male character was delivering. Sorry to the N.R. fans out there, but this one was over the top romantic nonsense and sap. And yet, I still finished it. Because...well, sometimes you just need sap, don't you?

Aside from reading, I also was able to steal away down to the craft room to play for awhile. It's been a long stretch( by my standards) and it felt good to play. The photos weren't the most inspiring (sometimes there is a reason that they sit there unscrapped for close to 2 years). But, once I found the right sketch and the right paper, I"m pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?

Now I really must get back to being a wife and mother. I've been rather selfish this weekend taking time to pursue my own interests. Oh well, my guys love me enough to give me that time...I'm a pretty luck gal, aren't I? Oh, and yes, just a wee bit spoiled...I know.


Colleen Dobson said...

And don't forget the other line between Sappy and plain old Crappy!

You are a lucky gal! But at least you get stuff done, so I won't begrudge you.

(ppssst; hey, 12 more days.)

Dodi said...

I have HBO!!!! I'm also a HUGE fan of Big Love, and I have a DVR with a "burn to DVD" built in!!

Do you know what that means?

YOU get to stay CURRENT during first run of second season - and all it will cost you is a coffee date once a week. (Small price to pay!)