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Monday, December 21, 2009

Waffles Shaped Like Texas and other Stuff


Slipped away with husband for the weekend and some very badly needed R&R. Headed up to Bastrop, which is not far from Austin and hung out at the Lost Pines Resort where one can relax, swim in the heated pool, ride horses, hike trails in the nearby nature park, eat delicious meals including brunch with waffles shaped like Texas, go on hay rides, get a massage, make s'mores in the fire pit at night with the other guests, sip adult beverages when the mood strikes, and other relaxing stuff. Even managed to write for a couple of hours at some point. Now that's a weekend!!

Now it's back to work while school is off. I am writing, writing, writing. And did say writing? More on that soon. I know I said that last time. But the wheels of publishing work slowly at this time of the year. So I must be patient. You too!

But something I CAN talk about is that to my absolute shock, I am in LOVE with my new Kindle. I did not think I'd take to it so well and easily. I'm a book person I said to everyone. Books feel good. They smell good. Nothing will replace them in my heart. Well, not so much the truth. Okay, I still love books better. But this sleek little book shaped creature is quiet and efficient and easy to read. I purchased Julie Powell's Cleaving and it downloaded in an instant. Woosh. There it was. (and woosh there was the charge on my Amazon acct!) When I stop reading, it remembers where I stopped. It can also do all sorts of nifty things like let me annotate but so far I'm not so good at those. I'll be able to send it manuscripts if I want. Subscribe to magazines and newspapers if I'm so inclined. Kindle I love thee!! Who would have thought?

Also loving Cleaving, which surprised me by being about Julie Powell's maritial traumas in addition to her months as an apprentice butcher. She is phenomenally brave, I think, to discuss her affair with the man she calls 'D' with such brutal candor. I have not really had the time to read any reviews so I don't know how the rest of the world is reacting to this latest book, but I've been blown away by how she just lays it all out there - although sometimes left feeling that maybe I don't need to know quite this much. (But I am learning a heck of a lot about how to break down a lamb) Anyone else reading this? Let me know what your thoughts are.

And speaking of thoughts, chime in about Kindles, Sony E-reader, Nook. What do you guys think?

Til next time...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only in Texas does the ginormous Texas waffle breakfast come with an extra pancake just in case your ginormous Texas waffle isn't enough breakfast. LOVE IT.

~Beth

Joy said...

And this is why my jeans are tight!