Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WAH! (singing the blues)...

So, I'm feeling sorry for myself.  I ran too hard playing in a softball game with old shoes and I think I have tibial stress fractures - in both legs.  So no running for awhile.

But while I was running, I decided to admit a hypocrisy.  I am a prude in books and movies, but I am more lenient in my music choices.

Here's my Golist on my MP3 that I run to:
Dream on - Aerosmith (my son loved this when he was two yrs old)
Better Than Revenge - Taylor Swift (angry girl music - nice)
Everybody Dance Now - C&C Music Factory (reminds me I used to be fourteen)
Goat Girl - Tanya Donelly (my husband shared this song with me - I used to have goats)
Golden Years - David Bowie (from "A Knight's Tale")
Haunted - Taylor Swift (good cadence)
Iris - GooGoo Dolls (my personal theme song)
Love is the Answer - Weezer (I grudgingly like a Weezer song!)
Off the Hook - Barenaked Ladies (I love the emotion in this one, and I like their harmony)
Sweet Louisiana Sound - Billy Pilgrim (I like the first stanza and the guitar)
Taxi Taxi - Cher (techno-Cher is good for so many things!)
The Power - Cher (more)
We All Sleep Alone - Cher (and even more)
I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred (makes me laugh)
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey (thanks to the few Glee episodes I saw)
Paparazzi - Lady Gaga (I am ashamed, but I like this one... good harmony in the chorus)
Eye of the Tiger- Survivor (necessary for a runner)
F**kin' Perfect - Pink (keeps my head in my head not inside anyone else's)
Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's (poppy and bouncy)
Everybody - Ingrid Michaelson (poppy and bouncy, and very true!)
Alejandro - Lady Gaga (good beat and melody - keeps me running)
I've Gotta Feeling - The Black-Eyed Peas (I listened to the lyrics the other day and I'm schocked to admit I let my kids listen to this one!)
Enchanted - Taylor Swift (good cadence, starts slow and folky and becomes emotional guitar)

Tame for some of you I know...  but raucous for me.

Just for listening I'm folky, harmony, singer-songwriter: Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Simon and Garfunkel, Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, the Andrews Sisters...

What do you listen to?

Friday, July 15, 2011

101 things about Tren and about FRANKIE

Tren did this on her blog and I thought how funny it was that we were so similar!  I thought I'd share!  She is in the regular type and I am in the all-caps.

1. Tattoos make me sad.  I just don't understand why people get tattooed.  It's like taking God's work of art and then putting graffiti on it.  – I HAVE A TATTOO.  I GOT IT WHEN I WAS A TEEN AND I STILL LIKE IT.  I DON’T MIND TATTOOS AS LONG AS THEY ARE SMALL.  HUGE ONES ARE RIDICULOUS.  HAVING SAID THIS I WOULD BE APPROPRIATELY ANGRY IF MY CHILDREN GOT ONE B/COUR BODIES ARE TEMPLES.
2.  I started drinking ice water a few weeks ago while visiting my sister-in-law, Alice.  It was warm in her house, so I drank ice water to cool down, and now I'm still drinking it.  Before now, I always preferred to drink water at room temperature. – I HATED TO DRINK WATER BEFORE I HAD MY KIDS- IT MADE ME NAUSEOUS.  ROOM TEMP IS STILL MY FAV.

3.  Hardly anyone reads my blog, and sometimes I feel sad about it.  I tell myself that I write it for me, which is true, but it would make me happy if I felt like people (especially my family) were interested in my life and my children's lives.  I love it when I get comments!  NO ONE REALLY READS MINE EITHER!  I LIKE COMMENTS, TOO.

4.  I've never had a manicure or a pedicure.  I HAD A PEDICURE ONCE, BUT I WAS TOO SELF-CONSCIOUS TO ENJOY IT.  NAILS ARE NOT MY THING.

5.  I don't like science-fiction.  ME, EITHER.

6.  I think root beer floats are amazing.  Root beer is good.  Vanilla ice cream is good.  Put the two together and it's magical.  GIVE ME THE ICE CREAM ANY DAY, BUT POP AND I HAVE BECOME SWORN ENEMIES – I WAS SLIGHTLY ADDICTED.
7.  I don't like anything mystical or astrological.  I USED TO BE INTO ALL OF THAT JAZZ AS A TROUBLED TEEN, BUT WHEN A PSYCIC TOLD ME TO BURN ROSE PETALS AND STREW THEM SOMETHING CLICKED IN ME THAT REALIZED THIS WAS NUTS! 

8.  I've considered being a foster parent.  ME, TOO, BUT GOD KEEPS TELLING ME NO.

9.  I miss Kaffree tea.  When I was a child growing up in Kansas, we drank sun tea made with Kaffree tea, which was an herbal tea that tasted like tea.  They don't make it anymore, but I found out it was rooibos tea, which can be purchased from Celestial Seasonings online.  I'm going to have to look into that.  I USED TO DRINK COFFEE AND THEN WHEN I JOINED THE LDS CURCH I GAVE IT UP.  THEN I DRANK PERO…  MY GASTRITIS DIDN’T LIKE IT.  NOW I DRINK CELESTIAL SEASONINGS BENGAL SPICE.  I LIKE THICK AND HEAVY DRINKS AND FOODS.

10.  I don't like seeing labels on clothing.  I'm okay with buying my kids name brands as long as they aren't plastered across the clothing.  ME, TOO, BUT I GAVE UP ON THE AEROPOSTALE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE WAS BUYING IT.  I REFUSE TO DO PINK OR ANYTHING ELSE TIED TO SEX OR UNDERWEAR. 

11.  I love aspen trees.  I wish I could live in big home in the mountains with lots of aspen trees and a creek running nearby.  ME, TOO!  IT’S BEEN MY FANTASY LATELY…

12.  I think dogs are gross.  I barely tolerate the two I have, and when they're gone, I'll have no more. Ever.  I’M NOT A DOG PERSON EITHER, BUT IF MY HUSBAND DIES I WILL GET A SAINT BERNARD TO KEEP ME COMPANY!

13.  I eat eggs for breakfast almost every day because I'm diabetic and I need protein in the morning.  It gets old.  I USED TO EAT EGGS ALL THE TIME, TOO.  NOW I AM ON AN OATMEAL KICK (WITH HOMEMADE WALNUT BUTTER).  I LIKE MIGAS OR HUEVOS RANCEROS OR VEGGIE OMELETTES THE BEST.  I AM A SAVORY GIRL.

14.  I often eat a whole bag of sugar snap peas in one sitting.  100 calories of sweet, crunchy goodness.  No guilt.  I DON’T CARE FOR PEAS AS MUCH…  I’D RATHER EAT A BAG OF SPINACH STEAMED WITH GARLIC, EVOO, SALT AND PEPPER…  YUM.

15.  I have a way with babies.  They hardly ever cry when I hold them.  I’M NOT A BABY PERSON.  I’M NOT A KID PERSON.  I LIKE MY BABIES AND MY KIDS, THOUGH. 

16.  I love hiking.  ME, TOO.

      17.  I have glasses but never wear them.  I ALWAYS WEAR MINE.

      18.  I've been pregnant 7 times with 8 children, but only have 5.  I hope to get to raise     the other 3 someday.  I’VE HAD FOUR PREGNANCIES AND FOUR KIDS.  I’M IN A UNIQUE POSITION I GUESS.

19.  I never buy myself perfume or jewelry.  I ONLY BUY MY BATH AND BODY WORKS LOTION AND HAIR STUFF.

20.  I like my showers really hot. ME, TOO.

21.  I love the rain, and enjoy watching lightning storms.  I LOVE THE RAIN; I HATE BEING IN THUNDER AND LIGHTENING.
 
22.  I think boxing and wrestling are pointless and stupid sports.  THEY HAVE THEIR MERITS – DON’T WANT MY SON IN THEM, BUT WOULDN’T OBJECT IF HE DECIDED OTHERWISE.

23.  I don't like guns, but believe in the right to bear arms.  ME, TOO.  I WANT MY HUSBAND TO BE ABLE TO BRING HOME THE BACON IF NECESSARY AND ME TO KEEP MY KIDS SAFE.

24.  My favorite Jelly Belly flavors are juicy pear, buttered popcorn, and cantaloupe.  ANY JELLY BELLY IS AMAZING!

25.  I like keys--old, pretty ones--not regular ol' car or house keys.  I LIKE KEYS, TOO. 

26.  I think people should embrace their natural hair color.  I think streaky dye jobs look retarded.  I’M EMBRACING BUT IMPATIENTLY.  JUST GO ALL WHITE!  NOW!

27.  I can't choose a favorite flower.  Poppies, ranunculus, pansies, and irises are some that I love.  LILACS AND YELLOW/ORANGE ROSES.

28.  I do crossword puzzles in pen.  I’M A WORD SEARCH GIRL – PENCIL…

29.  I like stripes.  VERTICAL STRIPES….

30.  I would love to visit England.  ESPECIALLY THE MOORS…. 

31.  I own two pairs of shoes.  RUNNING SNEAKS, COWBOY BOOTS, FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS

32.  I wear my hair up every single day.  ME, TOO.

33.  I love 19th century art.  I STUDIED VAN GOGH IN COLLEGE…  BUT REALLY LOVE BRUEGGEL…

34.  My ears are pierced, but I very rarely wear earrings.  ME, TOO…  TOO MANY THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT

35.  I long for friends, but don't feel like I really have any.  I PRETEND TO BE SOCIAL WHEN I HAVE TO BE, BUT I AM A LONER…  I AM A HOMEBODY AND NOT A VERY GOOD FRIEND.  I’M PRETTY SELF-ABSORBED – NOT B/C I’M SO AWESOME, BUT B/C I’M CONSTANTLY TRYING TO “FIX” ME.

36.  I do math in my head.  I USED TO…  I’VE LOST MY BRAIN SINCE WE BOUGHT THIS HOUSE...  I’M TOO STRESSED I THINK.

37.  I love "whites", as in fancy embroidered, lacy, stitched, linens and such.  I LIKE THEM WHITE ON WHITE AND BLUE ON WHITE..  EVEN A BIT OF BARN-RED IS GOOD.

38.  I hate driving at night.  YEP – AND ALL THE KIDS ACTIVIITIES ARE AT NIGHT!

39.  I avoid left turns on busy streets and parallel parking.  I WAS AMAZING AT THIS WHEN I LIVED IN THE CITY – NOW I AM A HICK WHO WILL PARK 6 BLOCKS AWAY TO AVOID PARALLEL PARKING!

40.  I had Bells Palsy at 13 and again at 26.  I HAVE HIDRADENITIS (SWEAT GLAND ISSUES – IT’S GROSS, SO GOOGLE ONLY IF YOU WANT MORE INFO).

41.  One of my favorite features on my husband are his hands.  MY HUSBAND IS HIS RED BEARD.

42.  I hope none of my children ever join the military.  AS A MOM, I AGREE… AS A CITIZEN, I WOULD BE PROUD TO BE SERVED BY THESE KIDDOS. 

43.  Turtlenecks make me claustrophobic.  I CAN’T BREATHE WITH THEM EITHER, BUT I WILL SACRIFICE FOR A BLACK TURTLENECK WHEN I WANT TO LOOK FANTASTIC – IT MAKES ME LOOK TALLER!

44.  I type fifty-something words per minute.  I DON’T TYPE.  I HUNT AND PECK BUT IT GOES QUITE FAST.

45.  I don't text.  I LEARNED THIS SUMMER AND IT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY DAUGHTER WHEN I DON’T KNOW WHICH DOOR TO PICK HER UP AT, ETC…

46.  I float without trying.  I HATE BEING WET.

47.  I roast my hot dogs until they're black, but my marshmallows must be golden brown.  I LIKE BOTH RATHER BLACK.

48.  I stopped listening to country music about five years ago, and now I really don't like most of it.  ME, TOO – I LIKE A COUPLE OF SONGS, BUT IT’S ALL ABOUT SEX AND DRINKING AND TOO MUCH SAP.

49.  I love reading the scriptures, but don't make time for it nearly as much as I should.  ME, TOO.  I WANT TO BE A SCHOLAR.

50.  I don't really "get" teenagers, but I sure do love my own.  I UNDERSTAND OTHER PEOPLES’ TEENS – NOT MY OWN… THEY HAVE ME FOR A MOM – THINGS SHOULD BE GREAT FOR THEM… LOL

51.  I think graham cracker bits in a shake ruin the shake.  I LOVE TEXTURE IN MY FOOD.

52.  My favorite burger is Big Burger World's small bacon cheeseburger with mayo instead of ketchup and mustard.  It's what I order every time.  MY FAV BURGER OF ALL TIME IN THE HUNTHER TOODY’S DAGWOOD – BURGER, FRIED EGG, TOMATO SLICES, MAYO…

53.  I started collecting antique postcards last year, but I'm against collections in general.  EXCEPT BOOKS… 

54.  I can whistle a tune, but not loudly.  I CAN”T WHISTLE.

55.  I learned to drive a stick shift in a cemetery.  I LEARNED STICK IN A BEACH PARKING LOT.

56.  I've never been to Disneyland, and now I have no desire to go or to take my kids there.  NO DESIRE HERE, EITHER.

57.  I had my first real kiss in the sixth grade.  Ray Taylor was his name.  HUSSY!  LOL!  I WAS 16 AND IT WAS AT A SUMMER PROGRAM AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

58.  I have eleven nephews and nine nieces.  I HAVE MORE THAN I KNOW B/C I AM ADOPTED, HALVED AND BLOOD RELATED TO SO MANY PEOPLE…  AND THEN I GOT MARRIED….

59.  Both of my grandmothers are still living.  ONE OF MINE IS LIVING.

60.  I don't like Halloween, and I'm planning to not celebrate it starting this year.  I HAVE FOND “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES” MEMORIES/“MEET
ME IN ST. LOUIS
” MEMORIES OF A NEW ENGLAND HALLOWEEN… BUT IT’S OVERRATED NOW.

61.  I took a "test" in high school that said I should be a preacher or a mortician.  I HAD ONE THAT SAID I WAS GREAT WITH PEOPLE AND SOCIABLE AND I’D BE A GOOD EXEC…  I’D RATHER BE A HERMIT.

62.  I think Brian Regan is hilarious.  WHO IS HE?

63.  New notebooks excite me.  LOVE THEM!

64.  If I could talk to any woman, living or dead, I would choose either Eve or Mary Magdalene.  EMMA SMITH OR ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH.

65.  If I had to look like a celebrity, I would want to look like Charlize Theron.  ANDIE MACDOWELL…  SHE AGES WELL.

66.  I don't buy toys that use batteries.  I prefer simple toys that require imagination.  ME, TOO.  I RESISTESD THE STUPID LEAP FROGS FOR YEARS, NOW MY 10 YR OLD SEEKS THEM OUT AT THE LIBRARY!

67.  I make the best coconut cream pie I've ever tasted.  I’M COMING OVER, AND BRINGING THE BURGERS!  I LOVE MY MOTHER’S JOHNNY APPLESEED PIE – APPLES, CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND CRUNCHY TOPPING.

68.  I didn't used to like brussels sprouts, and now I love them.  ME, TOO… ROASTED WITH SALT AND PEPPER.

69.  Anything to do with Winnie-the-Pooh reminds me of my mother-in-law.  HATED THE POOR BEAR UNTIL MY SON FELL IN LOVE….

70.  I'm a stay-at-home mom.  ME, TOO.  IT’S KIND OF LIKE BEING A PREACHER AND MORTICIAN AND HERMIT, HUH?

71.  School fundraisers irritate me.  AMEN!

72.  I don't have a single houseplant.  ME, EITHER!  LOL…  NO, I LIE… I HAVE A LIME TREE THAT MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WATERS.

73.  I love coffee table books.  BRIGHT AND SHINY – QUICK FEAST FOR THE EYES.

74.  I'm afraid of climbing ladders.  I GET DIZZY.

75.  I never wear sunglasses because my eyelashes hit the lenses. (Now I have the wrinkles to show for it.)  I WEAR GLASSES – AND I’M TOO CHEAP TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE SUN IN MY EYES.

76.  I don't wear my wedding ring because it's too small for me.  I’VE SIZED MINE UP AND DOWN ABOUT 6X…  I WONDER IF ANY OFF IT IS REALLY MINE ANYMORE…

77.  I believe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is very soon.  I SAW A COUPLE RAINBOWS THIS WEEK.  STILL GOT ANOTHER YEAR! LOL.

78.  I never could do a cartwheel.  ME EITHER.

79.  If I had a large sum of money to give to one charity, I'd probably choose to give it to March of Dimes.  I’D MAKE ONE UP HAVING TO DO WITH BOOKS… OR BUILD A CLEAN (PRIVATE) LIBRARY.

80.  I call my middle toes my macaroni toes because they curve like elbow macaroni.  I HATE MY TOES, BUT THEY WORK.

81.  I think not immunizing children is irresponsible.  ME, TOO. 

82.  I have lived in five states.  TWO FOR ME.

83.  I want to learn to quilt.  I MADE ONE QUILT ONCE.  THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR ME.  TOO TECHNICAL.

84.  I can french braid my own hair.  ME, TOO.

85.  I love nuts.  WALNUTS?  MY FAV.  I LOVE HAZELNUTS, TOO, THOUGH.

86.  I have nice handwriting.  I HAVE UNIQUE HANDWRITING.

87.  I don't like being in the sun.  YEP!

88.  I sleep on my stomach.  I SLEEP ON MY SIDE.

89.  It annoys me when people call their pets their kids.  ME, TOO, BUT I UNDERSTAND.

90.  My mom got my name in a dream and told me it means "pure in heart".  MY REAL NAME I DON’T LIKE.  IT HAS A SENTIMENTAL CONNOTATION, BUT…  I LIKE FRANKIE.

91.  If I could have a superpower, I'd choose instant healing.  My second choice would be invisibility.  PATIENCE.  THAT’S A SUPERPOWER.  A “DE-STRESSOR” POWER WOULD BE NICE, TOO.

92.  If I had a racehorse, I would name it "Sweet Tally-Ho!"  - “NEVER LATE FOR DINNER” OR “AMISH DELIGHT”

93.  I love water parks, but I hate seeing everyone in their swimsuits.  THEY ARE WEARING SWIMSUITS?  LOL…  I HATE WATER ANYTHING – BUT I LIKE CREEKS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND WINTERS ON THE BEACH…

94.  My favorite sport to watch is soccer.  RODEO,  FUGURE SKATING AND LIVE BASEBALL.

95.  My favorite TV shows are on the Food Network.  ME, TOO.

96.  My favorite store-bought cookies are Grasshoppers and Mint Milanos.  I LIKE SAUSALITOS AND BAKERY-STYLE OATMEAL RAISIN.

97.  I know a LOT of nursery rhymes by heart.  ME, TOO.  LOST ART.

98.  If I could go on a $10,000 shopping spree in one store, I would go to Pottery Barn.  My second choice would be a kitchen store, and my third choice would be Barnes & Noble.  I WOULD GO TO WHOLE FOODS, DESERET BOOK, BARNES AND NOBLE.  AND MAYBE A CLOTHING STORE…

99.  My favorite drinks other than water are ruby red grapefruit juice, cranberry limeade from Sonic, and cream soda.  WATER, BENGAL SPICE AND PEPPERMINT TEA, AND HOT SWEET CIDER (REAL STUFF NOT SPICED APPLE JUICE).

100.  In high school, I was in an all-girls show choir called the "Tiger Ladies".  I RAN TRACK AS A FROSH, THEN JOINED INTERACT AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.

101.  I'm a sixth generation Coloradoan.  My ancestors lived in Colorado before it became a state.  I’M A NEW COMER TO THIS COUNTRY.  THIRD GENERATION BORN AMERICAN.

i AM here... sort of...

We have been wildly busy this week: zoo trip, one child off to Girls' Camp, hiking trip that turned into rock-climbing!, running in the canyons, library trips, more doctor stuff for me and my IBS-C, couponing, planning church activities, kids have gone swimming, AND apple season has begun!  Time to make applesauce and pesto this weekend! 

Will I even GET to read?

What have you been up to?

Friday, July 8, 2011

summer is exhausting!

My husband and I courted in the summer...  so amidst the sweaty, dirty children, the messy house, the piles of laundry (I thought kids wore less in the summer!?), and tangles of weeds in the gardens...  we manage to look over knotty heads and smile at each other fondly... 

Books I've Read:
Daisy Miller - Henry James - A classic novella of a young American woman in Europe...  I should read it again because I remember NOTHING about it...  hmmm...
Chew On This - Eric Schlosser /C. Wilson - Fast Food Nation for kids....  My children loved it, too.  It makes for interesting dinner conversation - especially the nights we eat our home-butchered rabbit!
The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder - For years I would reread the entire Little House series again and again.  I read them out loud to each of the kids as they approached a sitting still age.  This is one of the more somber ones, but the thrilling attitudes and energies that made up our country's pioneers keeps me reading every time.
Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick - This is a well-researched and well-written book about King Phillip's War in New Englad during the time of the Pilgrims and their children.  I grew up in MA so it was interesting to get a new spin on the Puritans and their relationships and intrigues with the Wampanoags and other tribes.
Christmas Jars - Jason F Wright - This was very hard for me to read.  It is a contrived Christmas tale of "do-good"ing meant to initiate charity and kindness in us.  It made me itch to be done.  It was oversimplified and I actually had questions when the book ended about the characters.  If fluff is what is needed, then read this in a couple of hours.

What book was hard for you to finish and why?  Did you finish it?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I am tired today.  Lots of activities and little time to read...  unless you are at a free day at the pool with 136 lifeguards (not really 136! close though!) on duty b/c the whole town is there... then you can read - AND finish two books.  I finished Mary, Martha, and Me, and Running for Mortals.  I was impressed with myself.  And now I am in that dead zone between books.

I've been reading The Homemaker, but it is hitting a raw nerve.  It is so well-written, and the perceptions of man, woman, and child, so clearly displayed to us as readers, that it is hurting my feelings!  It is about the effects/affects of a controlling wife, mother, and homemaker.  She can do it all and does, but without the considerations of how her family is being beaten down with her fire.  I am an intense mother - I am a mother-bear and desire some life lessons to be learned at home, safely, rather than in the scary grown-up world they will soon enter.  I am not as passionate as this homemaker in taking care of the home, but my heart is breaking for her children.  I actually find myself doing a personal inventory to make sure I am not hurting my children in the process.

Books I've Read:
More With Less Cookbook - Doris Janzen Longacre - a no-frills cookbook that gets down to the business of making a dollar stretch.  I have a lovely cream of tomato soup recipe from it the kids request often.
Winter Wheat - Mildred Walker - This is a beautifully written story of a young woman growing up on a "wheat ranch" in this country in the middle of the twentieth century.  It is a poignant tale of how her entire life is effected by the price of winter wheat.  I have some more books by this author on my shelf and I look forward to reading them.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I think I first read this in high school and then I watched the Gregory Peck movie.  It is an important, well-written book, touching on the issues of race and humanity in this country.  Having said this, I never pick it up to read because I want to.  Maybe I should try that once and see if I feel differently about it.  It affects me and makes me angry and proud... maybe that's why it's not something I curl up with at night.
The Dollmaker - Hariette Arnow - This is one of my all-time favorites.  I fell in love with the main character and her struggles.  Gertie is a wife from the hills of Kentucky during WWII; her husband is moving the family to Detroit to chase the "good life" in the war plants.  She whittles - and that is what preserves her sanity in the difficulties of her new life.  I talked out loud to the characters, I cried with Gertie, I gossiped with her neighbors, I ached for her children, I wanted to tell her husband the things in her heart...  I felt a gamut of emotions and was glad to do it in this tale.
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi - Another profound book.  A female professor in Iran teaches literature until the wars and government changes and restrictions prevent her from doing the job she loves.  Students approach her on the sly and a "book club" is born.  They read the classics and apply there themes to their own lives.  Jane Austen's works seen through Muslim women is amazing...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Drowning Ruth, the debut novel by Christina Schwarz, is one of the first books that I have truly enjoyed in a long time.  I was not reading it to pass time or because I am an obsessive reader.  In fact, I feel pulled to read it again to fully savor the effects of this tale.


It is a simple story of complex characters.  The main character is Amanda, and we follow her very closely.  We take jaunts into her niece, Ruth's, mind, and occasionally the narrator will allow glimpses of Ruth's father, Carl, but Amanda becomes the one we sympathize, question, and endure.  These small town folks are all tied together by one person, Mathilda... sister, mother, wife.  It is her drowning that creates the story. 

With Mathilda's drowning being the central event, we are immediately pulled in by the first line: "Ruth remembered drowning."  Even the title suggests that this is Ruth's story.  Immediately we are asking: who, what, how?

This tale jumps in and out of time frames, character's perspectives, mystery and mundane - but this is part of the story's charm.  We are acquainted with the events on the lake, and Amanda, slowly as we would learn of them here in our everyday world.  We are pulled in bit by bit. 

Ms. Schwarz uses elements of a thriller in this novel.  Yet it is not gory, scary, or very dark.  It is well-written, tightly woven, and easy to read.  It has us asking questions and changing our minds and aligning ourselves with the characters despite their flaws.

There is one line that I was afraid would lead somewhere I didn't want to go, but I was pleasantly relieved.  I highly recommend this book.  
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Now, I am seriously reading three books at the same time:

...study...

...bathroom/treadmill...

...purse/couch/etc...

What are you reading... and where are you reading it?