quote (and one with which I couldn’t agree more right now)

Taken from the Prologue of White Teeth, Zadie Smith

“Every little trifle, for some reason, does seem incalculably important today, and when you say of a thing that “nothing hangs on it” it sounds like blasphemy.  There’s never any knowing – how am I to put it? – which of our actions, which of our idlenesses won’t’have things hanging on it for ever.”

Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster


rest and relaxation


It is a rainy, gloomy Friday morning here in Vancouver, BC.

I am excited about my weekend.  I am going to Chico’s mom and dad’s for the weekend.  They have a big, beautiful house out in Mission.  I will get to eat lots of yummy homemade Indian food, relax, read, watch videos, go for walks, spend time with my best bud and maybe hit the gym (twice is my goal!).

I was at the local London Drugs yesterday and did a quick scan of the paperback book rack for an easy read I could throw in my laptop bag for my weekend away.   I bought a Dean Koontz book.  I do not recall ever reading anything written by Mr. Koontz.  Or even wanting to.  But this title caught my eye for some reason – The Husband.

It is about a man of modest means, a gardener, whose wife is kidnapped for a large ransom amount.  He has sixty hours to prove how much he loves his wife by coming up with an impossible amount.

Do not know why this book caught my eye, not my usual read but it looks like it may be a fun little ride.

Anyways, have a great weekend blogging friends!


a feast, a new hbo series, insomnia, water ponds, my nest and some pictures

My goal today: to make an effort to make this post a little lighter than those of late. I am still not feeling quite right and do not want to be around people, especially crowds and noise, and I am not wanting to talk much but I am trying hard to get back to me. I am listening to the world a lot right now. You learn a lot with your mouth closed and your ears open. I am working hard to get back to the regular, happy-go-lucky me. I have some work to do first, but I am getting there. I promise.

Chico and I have started a new HBO series. We have been through Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Big Love. We have spent many lost rainy weekends lost in one or the other of these series. I recommend each and everyone one of them. Just mentioning them makes me want to open up discussion on the rich characters in each of them. Not today though, I dont want to lose you on too long of a post!

We have now started Rome. We watched the first two episodes of the second season last night. It is not as good as Sopranos or Six Feet but I am enjoying it (warning: a lot of violence though). And after all these years I am learning Chico is more than a pretty face, he knows a whole heck of a lot about the history of Rome. Apparently he listened in history class instead of being distracted by pretty girls and basketball … so I am lucky enough to get a running commentary of the real goings on in the history of Rome and Caesar in comparison to what they are showing in the HBO series.

Lately multi-tasking is not my best skill and therefore cooking dinner lately has been a big no-no. Example: one entire loaf of bread used to make four completely unedible pieces of french toast (Read: I am one big fire-hazard). And yes!, I used to be a good cook.

Anyways, last night along with the first two episodes of the second season of Rome I was treated to this lovely, finger food feast:

Yum. Healthy, easy, thoughtful. Thank you.

Usually I have to read awhile to fall asleep at night. I read quite a bit anyways, but a few pages of someone else’s story before I go to sleep at night really helps to relax me. I have a beautiful bedroom. I live in the attic loft of an old heritage home. My bedroom has been my little haven lately. I thought I would share a couple pictures of my room:

Last night I settled into my little nest and fell asleep instantly.

I woke though at 3 a.m. I could not settle. Thoughts of recent weeks, being off work and the most recent conversation with my daughter swirled in my head. I turned on my little reading light and read the remainder of my current read, Prodigal Summer (big recommendation). I finished and put the book down satisfied with the ending. Well worth the read. Unfortunately, my brain was still alive and churning when I put the book down. I lay there, trying to still my body. My hope was that my thoughts would also settle.

My landlord designs ponds for a living and my back yard is this amazing little haven with ponds with running water, lily pads, fish and beautiful banana trees. Here is another picture for you:

As I lay there trying to still my body and mind, my bedroom window was open, I could hear the water trickling in the ponds. I turned on my stomach to look out the window and the moon was shining brightly in a clear sky.
So peaceful.
Still, I could not fall asleep, my legs were itching to move … I got up, went downstairs, had a glass of water, a couple of tylenol, a couple of gummy bears, checked a few of your blogs (thank you all for your wonderful stories) and finally went upstairs to my nest and eventually fell into a dreamless sleep.

say hello to my little friend

say hello to Lucy. Isn’t she pretty??

Lucy is my new little friend. I promise not to drown her, throw her or drop her!


Anyways …

I am escaping the big bad City this weekend. Going to give up the ocean and head out to the boonies.

  1. I am going to talk as little as possible (the noise in my head is loud enough at the moment).
  2. I am going to move as slowly as possible.
  3. I am going to smell a few roses (literally).
  4. I am going to hug Chico’s parents and listen to his mom’s amazing stories. He will probably get a hug or two too.
  5. I am going to get fat(ter) eating yummy homemade Indian food.
  6. I will read, read and read some more. This is my current read.
  7. I will go to the gym with Chico Saturday morning. (yes, I realize this contradicts the moving slowly as possible, but it is my blog so whatever).
  8. Saturday – Chico is going to take me to Harrison Hot Springs for ICECREAM!!!
  9. I will spend as much time as possible outdoors in my bikini sunning myself.
  10. I am going to write. Write and write some more. I know I have a short story in this head of mine worth telling!
  11. On Sunday I plan to visit here, or here and possibly here. And would this not be fun??

I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for checking in on nerdgirl. Sometimes I need the attention. Right now is one of those times.


Ok folks, I found a book. I need help! Tell me what you know, anything you know about Dante’s Inferno.

Ok, smarty pants – teach me! =)

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