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We spent an absolute fortune at the farmer's market this morning. The only purchase I regret is some highly overpriced fresh pinto beans which are not cooking correctly. We also brought home an entire box of fresh corn, some eggplant (I'm going to attempt eggplant Parmesan with it), kale, summer squash and sweet onions.

J. likes hitting up garage sales on Saturday mornings, so we did that for an hour or two first. He found some amazingly interesting deals including an almost-perfect slot car set (it's missing one item: the tires for one of the cars) that he intends to use as a base to make a replica of Top Gear's test track. I came home with a new spoon rest that looks like a postcard from a Paris world fair in the 1800s and a teeny, tiny teapot.

Still happy with my decision to start looking for and applying new jobs. I'm hoping that this ends up being a positive step for me and J. We could use a little more cash coming in (the VA job will pay a few thousand more per year than I'm currently making - every little bit helps!) and I could use the new experience. I'm stuck deep in an ugly, hideous rut. It's time to hop out.

Reading Fifty Shades of Grey right now because I am utterly curious as to the whys and wherefores of phenomenon books. I have to say...this pretty much sucks (no pun intended). The writing is horrible and the author has a few too many Britishisms for it to be believably about a young, American college graduate. I also have to say that the cursed thing sucked me in to the story (badly written and implausible as it is). This irritates me and will inevitably cause me to read Russian or French literature in some sort of smart-ass retaliation. I'm also reading Mira Grant's Feed, because the last book in the trilogy just came out last week, and I can finally tear through the thing as quickly as I want to with none of that pesky year-long waiting that everybody else bemoaned.

The new puppy continues to bring much hilarity and joy into our life. We have, however, had some backsliding in the potty-training front in the last day. That's a problem. We'll just have to keep working on it. She's only been with us for a week. We must have patience.


Date: 2012-05-27 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kosmickway.livejournal.com
I sincerely hope that you are doing to it what you did to "The Da Vinci Code."

I read the back of each of the books to get a feel for the story, tried the first few pages of each to get a feel for the writing style, said "Christ, this sucks more than Twilight" and dropped it. I don't want to get sucked in to every passing literary fad, especially because most of them err more to the "fad" than the "literary" side of things.

So, yes, by all means, French or Russian novelists to compensate! Or perhaps some Austen. Or Dickens. Some Thoreau. Something classic and redeeming of ANY nationality. Or a real good biography. British history. Anything, really. Want to do a tandem read of "Les Mis"? I do need to try it. I've given up on "Dracula" (for the sixth time), so I need something to redeem myself as a literature scholar.

Date: 2012-05-27 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emerald-ibis.livejournal.com
I think a tandem "Les Mis" is a great idea. When are you game to start? I know you're busy with school until mid-June.

And it's OK about "Dracula." It took me approximately four times to read "Pride & Prejudice" all the way through - and I'm pretty sure that I took two classes that featured it without ever finishing it. Oops? *waits for SWAT team to come take English degree away*

Date: 2012-05-27 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elfslut.livejournal.com
It is Twilight fanfic after all, what can you expect but suckage :( I don't understand the hype over either series myself.

Date: 2012-06-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cissa.livejournal.com
I usually do baked rather than fried eggplant for the eggplant par, Eggplant can absorb a really astonishing amount of oil! and while I don't cook and eat low-fat especially, eggplant is an oil SPONGE. Baking works great.

Date: 2012-06-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thasimp.livejournal.com
I've heard of "Fifty Shades of Grey" but a co-worker was telling me it had words in it she didn't understand. I've heard its very sexual? I thought about reading it too, just to see what all the hype is about. Then again, I'm sure it will be a movie soon, if not already. ha ha!

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