Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Because Wendy Has Nothing Else To Talk About

The act of blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. It's all about finding a rhythm, especially during those periods where your mojo is waning. Yep, I've hit a bit of a wall when it comes to "inspiration." And because I can't stand the thought of this blog being dormant for more than a few days, y'all are getting one of my patented filler posts. Enjoy! Ha!


PaperbackSwap has got to be the deadliest frackin' web site ever invented. I get in more trouble over there when it comes to scrounging up out-of-print books. KristieJ damn near killed me during the Great Western Drive, and now I have Leslie and Lori to blame for their recent reviews of the old Karen Ranney historical, Tapestry. I have heard of this book before, but I must have tuned out the fact that it was a Beauty And The Beast-style plot, or else it would have landed in my TBR years ago. Lori warned in her review that jaded souls might not enjoy it as much, but dang, I can't say no to Beauty And The Beast. So yeah, I requested a copy.

Seriously. I need help.


I work on a flex schedule, which means I put in longer days, in order to have every other Friday off. Now that Daylight Savings Time has hit, it's still light out when I get home, which means My Man and I are back on our walking jag. We've been walking around two miles a day, and I've started to incorporate some light weights into the work-out. I'm starting to see some very minor results, and hope by this summer that the very long days will have paid off.

The problem is that I've been dog-ass tired for the past couple of days. After a 10 hour work day (my lunch, she is unpaid), then the commute home (in So. Cal. traffic thankyouverymuch), then a 2+ mile walk (with weights), then dinner, then a shower, then maybe an hour or two to unwind before bedtime - well, I'm drained. I think my poor internal clock is still trying to adjust.

Hopefully after another week I'll be used to the new schedule.


Is anyone else watching the new TV show, Justified? As a native Michigander, it's practically my civic duty to at least give it a shot, since the show is based on an Elmore Leonard character. My verdict so far? It's pretty good. I'm not madly in love with it (yet), but it's certainly watchable, and let's face it - there's an inordinate amount of crap on TV these days. Anything halfway decent looking, that's not a "reality" show about some couple who only got a TV deal because they have 467 children, gets at least a passing glance from yours truly.

Plus, I'll admit it, I'm shallow. Timothy Olyphant in a cowboy hat flips my switch.


Lori said...

I'll be really interested to hear what you think of Tapestry. But be kind.

Haven't seen Justified yet. Another show to add to the DVR. Great.

I can't seem to work up the mojo to write any reviews. This whole month has been filler on both my blogs.

~ames~ said...

I've been trying to keep an eye out for that show, but looks like I missed it. TO in a cowboy flips my switch too. LOL

Keira of LoveRomancePassion said...

Love PBS -- I'm holding back posting a few wishlist/backlist books at the moment because I know I'll have more to add shortly.

Leslie said...

LOL - I just mailed out 4 books for PBS the other day so I'd have more credits. What I can't find at the UBS I get there.

And like Lori said, be kind to Tapestry. :)

JamiSings said...

Oh man! I remember Tapestry! I read it back when I was on my "anything even remotely Phantom Of The Opera-like" kick. I mean, he wears a mask!

Which reminds me of another one. It was a contempory - mid-90s I think. About a female plastic surgeon who's hired for some clinic and the guy who owns it has a scarred face so he watches her secretly. That sound familiar to anyone? SBTB is too swamped for another one of my questions. (I've already got one pending. A really messed up pre-Civil war romance I read as a kid involving a black plantation owner and the white Northern woman who loves him.)

Lil Sis said...

Ok, about couldn't stop laughing at your comment about people with 467 kids having their own TV show! :) That made my day...

azteclady said...

Sprint... marathon...

anything that involves running has lost me before hitting the starting line.

And this is one of those very, very infrequent times when I wish I still watched TV--I saw the trailer for this show at and am just a tad intrigued. Not enough to get cable, though.

nath said...

I just saw Leslie's review of Tapestry and now, I'm interested LOL. We're just too easy, Wendy!

Perhaps it's because you're so tired that your blogging mojo is gone?

I was planning to start taking walks with my sister this week, but I've been so tired at work T_T

Phyl said...

Count me as another who is interested in your reaction to Tapestry. I wrote about it back in 2008. It was a very emotional read and I found it fascinating on a whole bunch of levels. I love that book.

I hadn't heard of Justified. Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

Wendy said...

Lori: I've liked the first two episodes enough that I'll keep watching. And I'll read Tapestry with my Old School Filter in place :)

Ames: I know! ::drool::

Keira: I've lots hours on PBS just gazing at all the fantastic Old School clinch cover art. It's a sickness I tells ya!

Leslie: Like I told Lori - I'll be kind :)

Jami: I'm no help on the contemporary, but yeah - Tapestry does have that PotO vibe as well!

Lil' Sis: I'm glad someone found it amusing and not offensive - LOL!

AL: Maybe the show will land on DVD after the first season is over?

Nath: Me being tired is probably part of it. I got to the Beauty And The Beast comparison and I was sunk. I can't say no to those.

Phyl: I haven't gotten an e-mail yet from PBS. I need to hop on over there and see if my request for Tapestry and been picked up yet....

Kristie (J) said...

Hmmmmm - I haven't heard of this show. I don't think we get that channel, but hopefully one of the Canadian ones will pick it up as he does look mighty fine in a cowboy hat doesn't he? That appeals to the shallow me.

And as it was quite a number of years ago that I read Tapestry, I do remember that I adored it - and it made me cry. Not many romance books do that.
(Cry in a good way though)

Anonymous said...

Have you read BEAUTY or ROSE DAUGHTER by Robin McKinley? I haven't, but am currently reading her SUNSHINE and even the characters is that books loves the beauty and the beast story, so the author seemed right up your alley!

Big B.I.L. said...

Watched the first episode of Justified and actually liked it quite a bit.I can see why he flips your switch cus he's too freakin" cool.

Wendy said...

Kristie: Yeah, I rarely cry over books. The ones that do make me cry tend to stand out.

Lusty: I've heard of Robin McKinley, but alas, haven't read her. I remember at one point I did pick up Beauty from work, but then I got sidetracked, and had to return it without reading it.

Big BIL: Elmore Leonard is incapable of writing "uncool" characters. My Man and I have watched the first two episodes and we're going to stick with it. It's certainly been a promising series so far....