You wanna know why I'm exercising extra these days?
Because my dear Mommy made me this delicious pie for my birthday. (remember the missing recipe card from Grammy's Recipe box? here's the evidence!) And I ate THE WHOLE THING all by myself.
Here are my most recent reads with quick impressions:
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (part of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series) - hmmm, 'twas just ok. Not my favorite of the series.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart - a terrific kid book, tho not necessarily something I'd read on my own.
Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell. O'Connell is one of my all-time favorite mystery/suspense/thriller writers. I LOVED this book. She's an author after my own heart - she communicates SO MUCH in so few words and very quickly develops quirky, unique, smart characters. Added to my favorites list.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - quite a good read. My only complaint is that I thought there were a couple too many modern cliches/characters that distracted a bit from the WWII era feeling.
I finished The Little French Girl by Anne Douglas Sedgwick and loved it from beginning to end. Added it to my favorites list.
Philippa by Anne Douglas Sedgwick - a worthwhile read, but I didn't love it the way I did The Little French Girl. Kind of a sad book with a sad-ish ending (really the only kind of ending it could have had, given the characters & their actions).
You all know that the only way out of this market/economy/bail-out MESS is through INFLATION, right? Even *I* (a non-big-picture sort of person) can see that. But still it bugs me that *they* (y'know, *those people*, whoever *they* are) are trying to hide it from me/us. For some reason, they think I won't notice that my dog's food price has risen by $7/bag AND the bag has shrunk from 40lbs to 35lbs. Haven't you noticed that happening at the grocery store, too? Ice Cream is now 1.5qt, not 2qts. Honey Grahams are now narrower crackers and not filled to the top of the box. These things bug me. Why can't everything just stay the same size and have the price rise to whatever it needs to rise to. But no. *They* have to be tricky about it. Rant over.
And now the irony:
I'm a pretty cost-conscious chickie (as evidenced by the rant above). I shop around. I compare costs. I buy as cheap as I can to get the best that I can get. I actually study those dumb tags at the grocery store that break down the price/oz so I can see if the sale item is really and actually a sale. I'll buy stuff (stockpile) before I need it, if I find it at a good price. If time=money, then I waste a whole bunch of time to save a little bit of money. And then after I pay for my carefully shopped-for items, I swing by the coffee kiosk and pluck down $3+ for this silly drink. Frugality, be damned.