Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{housekeeping}

Yes, yes, slackest blogger IN THE WORLD.

Time for some housekeeping:

(Nancy's terrible tap-dancing summons a 50 foot demonic cat. Only kidding.)

  • I've just read 48 Nancy Drew books in a row. I think there is probably a future blog post in there somewhere. There are a scant handful of references to pineapples in these books, so I think you'll escape more pineapples for a bit. But isn't that a great cover?


  • I've put together a post of pictures for Paris in July over on my other blog skiourophilia. Hint: Paris is actually a synonym for "cake" in my world.

  • I'm adding this book to my informal "Wow, who thought that was a good name for a book?" list.


  • Even though I am the slackest blogger in the world, this has not stopped me starting another blog where I can collect all the lovely quotations about food and eating from the books I read and which I would otherwise forget: so, introducing reading feeding.


  • I feel a particularly naughty blogger as I was given such a nice surprise by Barb of the oh-so-tempting-I-want-to-read-everything-she-reads-and-am-so-a-stalker leaves and pages blog, who has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you very much Barb! The rules are:
Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts
 to let them know they have been nominated.
Optional: display the award logo on your blog 
and follow the blogger who nominated you.

So, SEVEN FACTS:

1. So far this year I have bought 10 egg coddlers on ebay. I may have a problem. But I can stop anytime... maybe at 12? 



2. I love Arnold Schwarzenegger films.



3. I can whistle really well. Tunefully. Annoyingly. Painfully. Endlessly.


4. Related to 3., all cats have a song of their own to which they will respond. I agree that this may not necessary be a fact, but I have (fact) spent a lot of time testing this theory. George [left] adores 'Hey, Big Spender'. I think I've finally nailed Roger [right] down to the William Tell overture. I wonder what the neighbours think?


  


5. I live with these two cats.


6. I enjoy eating in posh restaurants by myself. It's like a naughty secret enjoyment. (I love to share a great food experience too. I'm not weird, just comfortable with my own company. And single.) Sometimes it actually helps not to have anyone's eye to catch when your amuse-bouche is served in a cigar box. One of the great joys of food is how silly it can be.

(This was at Cutler & Co in Melbourne: crispy thin pastry rolls
 filled with a cheese curd and with 'ash' (olive tapenade) at one end 
and white balsamic jelly at the other.)


7. I spent Christmas Day 2012 on the Great Wall of China.


(Obviously I forgot to dress like Santa and carry a Christmas tree, 
but I think the very red nose proves that it is Christmas.)

And 15 other amazing blogs? Well, this is tricky, as every single name I thought of has been nominated already, so I am going to cheat here and just list 15, and you, dear reader, should go and check them out. Go on!


Bloggers who inspire me: Danielle at A Work in Progress; Anbolyn at Gudrun's Tights; Lyn at I Prefer Reading; Simon at Stuck in a Book; Brona at Brona's Books; Ali at Heavenali; Hayley at Desperate Reader; Teresa & Jenny at Shelf Love; Thomas at My Porch (I'm also infatuated by his home renovation blog); Lisa at TBR 313 (who was kind enough to mention my in her own VIB post); Tamara at Thyme for Tea (co-organiser of Paris in July); Moira at Clothes in Books; Jane at Fleur in her WorldKaggsy's Bookish Ramblings; and Bernadette at Reactions to Reading. I could go on and on and not only with book blogs (I note that I have 178 book blogs in my reader and 627 subscriptions in all. I need to get out more.) 


And, again, thank you Barb for your kind nomination!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, I can't wait for the Nancy Drew post. I was disappointed when I tried to re-read one a few years ago - the magic had definitely worn off.

    Thanks for including me on your VIB list as well - I was quite miffed that Barb had already bagged you - while still grateful that she nominated me :)

    I have to nerve myself sometimes to eat in restaurants by myself. My favorite Indian place looks a bit askance at single diners (even at lunch!).

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I often have to nerve myself to enter the restaurant, but once I've made the commitment, I'm there to stay!

      I've found the Nancy Drews vary in quality -- the early ones which have been very clumsily edited down from the first editions are sometimes nonsensical in their plot leaps. But then their eccentricities can then also seem less forced compared to the rather more formulaic later ones which can read a bit like someone copied a load of cultural and travel info from Encyclopaedia Britannica!

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  2. The Great Wall of China! That's so cool!! And thank you for including me too - most kind! As for the 10 egg coddles - looking at the amount of vintage Pyrex I have knocking about, I think you have no kind of problem at all..... ;)

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    1. Pleasure, Kaggsy! Oh, I wish I could collect Pyrex, but it really is out of my reach in Australia both in price and - more practically - in space terms. You could post some pics... (hint, hint!).

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  3. My Nancy Drew obsession caused my father to forbid me to bring another one home from the weekly library trip unless I read something "more worthwhile." It was a win/win situation for me.

    I love your facts!

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    1. Thanks, Jenclair! I think your father was very sensible in that regard, but I do think that genre has an undeservedly bad name, as - particularly the second half of the series (the old series, I mean) - are packed full of details about countries, cultures, travel, customs, etc. I distinctly remember being absolutely fascinated by these bits of the books, almost more so than the often slight mysteries.

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  4. I cannot wait for the Nancy Drew post! And you have Johnny Grunelle books -- I love the illustrations (pretty good title, too!). But I especially loved the photos of your two cats which remind me of both Stimpy (orange and white) and Gypsy (sweet orange boy) -- I miss them both. I'll have to figure out Lizzie's song!

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    1. As I see from your posts, you have a lot of musical influences around you, Jeanie, so I imagine you'll get Lizzie's song eventually -- they tend to like ones with big tonal jumps, I find. A friend's cat (now, sadly, in a better place) loved Camptown Races/Ladies, which has the right sort of jumpy style.

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    1. There should be one for 'laziest blogger' - then I'd be in every week... ;-) Thanks Col!

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  6. How nice that we shared our nominations from Barb, and I loved reading your facts. And yes: Food in Books! It was the blog that needed to happen. Can I send you any good descriptions I find?

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    1. Thank you! Oooh, please do send juicy morsels! The more the merrier. Groaning tables, etc. ;-)

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  7. Oh gosh! I could write the world's longest response to your post and all of these comments. But I will keep it short and sweet. :-) You're VERY welcome. You bring me immense pleasure. Even though your comment up above (tap-dancing Nancy) made me swallow my early morning first-sip-of-tea all wrong. My dear, I almost died! ;-)

    Such amazing bloggers, all of you (the collective you) and I am so very honoured to be on the fringes of this creative group. My own posts feel very mild and tame compared to some of what I'm reading elsewhere.

    Food in books - I can see this will be another must-read, along with Moira's lovely clothes in books blog. Marvelous!

    Cats & music - we have an elderly cat with strong feelings regarding music. She sits on the piano bench and critiques our playing, and is not above nipping an elbow or jumping up on the keyboard to stare balefully into one's face when one ventures into the lower registers. Otherwise she seems to enjoy it. The others are oblivious. Same cat hates harmonica playing - she once jumped onto my son's lap and bit his cheek quite firmly when he persisted in continuing his hee-hawing after she warned him that it was hurting her sensitive ears. He was teasing her; she retaliated. Honestly one of the funniest things I ever saw - he was about 10-ish and well able to figure out consequences, and it was by way of being a disciplinary thing by this very bossy matriarchal cat. (See, I've digressed immensely from topic - this isn't about special songs at all, which is rather fascinating and something I must try out. We do have special voices for each cat; they do tend to inspire crooning, don't they?)

    Off topic - will try to hunt down your lost comments over on my blog - I *hate* that they're being screened out. Though some do come through. Very curious.

    Onward & upward!

    ~Barb

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    1. Thank you, Barb! I am glad that I am not the only person providing hours of personalised entertainment to cats. (Speaking of which - there was a lovely post on the NYT about this: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/01/a-man-and-his-cat/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0) We had a biter - but that was flutes and recorders setting her off (quite understandable). We are a nice community of book bloggers, I think -- and I think our eccentricities (even if mine is being too lazy to post much rather than a really good eccentricity like finding neglected books we MUST read) are part of the charm.

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  8. You're a good commenter though so I think that influences the 'slack blogger' status :)

    I'm kind of reeling at the 48 Nancy Drew books, even a great series and even short books, that's pretty awesome. And I love that your cats respond to different songs - how did you manage it?

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    1. Thanks Charlie - I suspect I might also write more if I read less blogs, but I certainly wouldn't be so entertained or find so many books I want to read! I suspect the Nancy Drew thing is a sort of perverse reading slump which actually will end up being quite productive. Re the cats: you have to keep trying. Go for tunes with big tonal jumps! And a bit of bird trilling on high notes for added dramatic impact. ;-)

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  9. 48 Nancy Drew's in a row. Definitely time for a blog post!

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    1. I'm *so* slack, yet my brain is now stuffed full of useless facts: what is Mr Drew's favourite type of pie?, for instance. I need to apply myself. [Answer: lemon meringue]

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{READ IN 2014}

  • [K = Kindle]
  • 175.
  • 174. Death in Cyprus - M. M. Kaye [re-read; K]
  • 173. Death in Kashmir - M. M. Kaye [re-read; K]
  • 172. In a Glass, Darkly - Helen McCloy [re-read?; K]
  • 171. Tono-Bungay - H. G. Wells [K]
  • 170. Mr Splitfoot - Helen McCloy [K]
  • 169. The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese - Kathe Lison
  • 168. The Library of Unrequited Love - Sophie Divry [K]
  • 167. Research - Philip Kerr [K]
  • 166. The Second Wife - Irving Wallace [K]
  • 165. A Colder War - Charles Cumming [K]
  • 164. A Foreign Country - Charles Cumming [K]
  • 163. Night of a Thousand Stars - Deanna Raybourn [K]
  • 162. Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer [K; re-read]
  • 161. False Colours - Georgette Heyer [K; re-read]
  • 160. The Haunted Bookshop - Christopher Morley [K]
  • 159. Parnassus on Wheels - Christopher Morley [K]
  • 158. Death on the Cherwell - Mavis Doriel Hay [K]
  • 157. No Name - Wilkie Collins [K]
  • 156. My Lady's Money - Wilkie Collins [K]
  • 155. The Misogyny Factor - Anne Summers
  • 154. The Masked Bridal - George Sheldon [K]
  • 153. Threads Gathered Up - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 152. Virgie's Inheritance - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 151. Stormy Petrel - Mary Stewart [K]
  • 150. Rose Cottage - Mary Stewart [K]
  • 149. Rogue Male - Geoffrey Household [K]
  • 148. Cousin Kate - Georgette Heyer [K; re-read]
  • 147. The Burning Wire - Jeffrey Deaver [K]
  • 146. The Broken Window - Jeffrey Deaver [K]
  • 145. The Cold Moon - Jeffrey Deaver [K; re-read]
  • 144. The Twelfth Card - Jeffrey Deaver [K; re-read]
  • 143. Geoffrey's Victory, or The Double Deception - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 142. His Heart's Queen - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 141. The Heatherford Fortune - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 140. The Turned-About Girls - Beulah Marie Dix [K]
  • 139. True Love's Reward: A Sequel to Mona - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 138. Sabre-Tooth [Modesty Blaise 2] - Peter O'Donnell
  • 137. Mona, or The Secret of a Royal Mirror - Georgie Sheldon [K]
  • 136. Six Days of the Condor - James Grady [K]
  • 135. Some Must Watch - Ethel Lina White [K]
  • 134. Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling [re-read]
  • 133. Salad Days - Ronnie Scott [essay; K]
  • 132. The Masqueraders - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 131. Charlie M - Brian Freemantle [K]
  • 130. The Thirteenth Pearl - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 129. Mystery of Crocodile Island - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 128. The Strange Message in the Parchment - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 127. The Sky Phantom [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 126. The Secret of the Forgotten City [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 125. Mystery of the Glowing Eye [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 124. The Double Jinx Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 123. The Secret of Mirror Bay [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 122. The Crooked Banister [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 121. The Mysterious Mannequin [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 120. The Invisible Intruder [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 119. The Spider Sapphire Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 118. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 117. The Mystery of the 99 Steps [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 116. The Phantom of Pine Hill [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 115. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 114. The Moonstone Castle Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 113. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 112. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 111. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 110. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 109. The Haunted Showboat [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 108. The Hidden Window Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 107. The Witch Tree Symbol [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 106. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 105. The Ringmaster's Secret [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 104. The Clue of the Velvet Mask [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 103. The Mystery at the Ski Jump [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 102. The Clue of the Black Keys [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 101. The Secret of the Wooden Lady [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 100. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 99. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 98. The Clue in the Old Album [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 97. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 96. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 95. The Secret in the Old Attic [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 94. The Clue in the Jewel Box [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 93. The Quest of the Missing Map [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 92. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 91. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 90. The Clue of the Tapping Heels [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 89. The Haunted Bridge [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 88. The Whispering Statue [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 87. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 86. The Message in the Hollow Oak [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 85. The Clue of the Broken Locket [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 84. The Password to Larkspur Lane [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 83. The Sign of the Twisted Candles [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 82. Nancy's Mysterious Letter [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 81. The Clue in the Diary [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 80. The Secret of Red Gate Farm [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 79. The Secret of Shadow Ranch [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 78. The Mystery at Lilac Inn [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 77. The Bungalow Mystery [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 76. The Hidden Staircase [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 75. The Secret of the Old Clock [Nancy Drew] - Carolyn Keene [K]
  • 74. Pineapple: A Global History - Kaori O'Connor [K]
  • 73. Pineapple Girl - Betty Neals [re-read; K]
  • 72. Hunting the Wild Pineapple - Thea Astley [K]
  • 71. At the Sign of the Golden Pineapple - M.C. Beaton [K]
  • 70. Minerva - Marion Chesney (aka M.C. Beaton) [K]
  • 69. The Pendragon Legend - Antal Szerb [K]
  • 68. North from Rome - Helen MacInnes [re-read]
  • 67. Modesty Blaise - Peter O'Donnell
  • 66. The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart [K]
  • 65. The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels - Matthew Sweet
  • 64. Louisiana - Frances Hodgson Burnett [K]
  • 63. The Lost Prince - Frances Hodgson Burnett [K]
  • 62. T. Tembarom - Frances Hodgson Burnett [K]
  • 61. Lucy Carmichael - Margaret Kennedy [K]
  • 60. Love Lessons: A Wartime Journal - Joan Wyndham
  • 59. The Venetian Affair - Helen MacInnes [re-read]
  • 58. The Double Image - Helen MacInnes [re-read]
  • 57. Venetia - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 56. Poison in the Pen - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 55. Ladies Bane - Patricia Wentworth [re-read?]
  • 54. Spotlight [a.k.a. Wicked Uncle] - Patricia Wentworth
  • 53. The Benevent Treasure - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 52. The Catherine-Wheel - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 51. The Alington Inheritance - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 50. The Key - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 49. The Watersplash - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 48. Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 47. The Ivory Dagger - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 46. Miss Silver Intervenes - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 45. Pilgrim's Rest - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 44. The Traveller Returns - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 43. The Case is Closed - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 42. Vanishing Point - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 41. The Chinese Shawl - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 40. Through the Wall - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 39. Lonesome Road - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 38. The Runaways [Linnets & Valerians] - Elizabeth Goudge [K]
  • 37. The Blinded Man [Misterioso]- Arne Dahl [K]
  • 36. Cloak of Darkness - Helen MacInnes [re-read]
  • 35. The Hidden Target - Helen MacInnes [re-read]
  • 34. Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 33. The Corinthian - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 32. The Talisman Ring - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 31. The Unknown Ajax - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 30. The Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer [re-read; K]
  • 29. Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers [re-read; K]
  • 28. Want to Play - P. J. Tracy [re-read; K]
  • 27. The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie [re-read; K]
  • 26. Out of the Past - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 25. The Listening Eye - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 24. Brewster's Millions - George Barr McCutcheon [K]
  • 23. A Fair Barbarian - Frances Hodgson Burnett [K]
  • 22. Gimlet: King of the Commandos - Capt. W. E. Johns [re-read]
  • 21. Out of Circulation - Miranda James [K]
  • 20. Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter [K]
  • 19. The Blank Wall - Elisabeth Sanxay Holding [K]
  • 18. Dumps: A Plain Girl - L. T. Meade [K]
  • 17. The Inconvenient Duchess - Christine Merrill [K]
  • 16. Biggles Takes it Rough - Capt. W.E. Johns
  • 15. Pnin - Vladimir Nabokov [K]
  • 14. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick [K]
  • 13. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell [K]
  • 12. The Case of William Smith - Patricia Wentworth [re-read; K]
  • 11. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin [K]
  • 10. A Sweet Girl Graduate - L.T. Meade [K]
  • 9. A College Girl - Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey [K]
  • 8. The Woman Who Did - Grant Allen [K]
  • 7. The Golden Child - Penelope Fitzgerald [K]
  • 6. Her Father's Name - Florence Marryat [K]
  • 5. They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie [re-read; K]
  • 4. Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie [re-read; K]
  • 3. Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie [re-read; K]
  • 2. Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie [re-read; K]
  • 1. Fer-de-Lance - Rex Stout [K]