Wannabe Martha

Still trying to figure out which Martha

Reading Update

Well, Time and Regret didn’t cut the mustard for me, which is rather a shame since it had most of the elements which pretty much guarantee a great experience:  time slip, WWI era, family mystery to uncover, discovering new love, awesome location…

Problem was I just could not get into it – the MC didn’t really work for me and I could never get a good picture of her in my head, so I ended up substituting myself (which never turns out well).  The love interest was, I hate to say, rather boring – and this surprised me as well, since he owns/runs a museum, and I’m rather all over that.  The war story and romance were rather, well, ho-hum.  Even the horribleness of trench warfare was meh.

I think what’s happening is that I have read too many truly excellent books and now have little to no patience for less than perfect execution.  It makes the others seem like wannabees and that makes me impatient.

The Hubs suggested that I lay off the fiction for a while.  So far, he’s not been an enthusiastic champion of my choices which tend to fashion, decorating, cooking, history, monarchs, war, castles, churches, and murders.  It would seem that he rather thought I’d spend time reading on investing and retirement and budgeting.  The man’s been married to me for three years now – at what point did he not get that I don’t do that.  I’m a romantic at heart, and when not working (with gargantuan amounts of financial and contractual detail all day long), I want to read what I want to read.  And I think he should read what he wants to read. He won’t actually come out and say that he thinks I should “better my mind” (and this is a good thing, because my mind’s quite fabulous and also I’d probably knock him into next month), but I gather that the general gist is as follows:  Mayveypants is entirely too frivolous and should pursue some more sober activities.  That’s really not going to happen for a couple reasons – (1) I don’t want to and (2) I don’t want to.

Here’s what I really want:  The new Jim Butcher book which has been in development for like 5 years and I need to establish a start date for Storm Front  so I can finish Skin Game just in time for release day of Peace Talks.  For those of you who do not know this, I read ALL the Dresden books (in order) right up until the new release.  Adding to the pressure, the new Patricia Briggs won’t be out until May so there’s that wait (I shall probably take that Tuesday off from work so read the whole thing in happiness).

That’s all the time I have for this little update.  Tonight Iseult is coming over for dinner and I’m thrilled, since haven’t seen her in a couple weeks and she only lives like 8 miles from the house.  I miss my girls so much – it’s hard to not have them at home.  But I do have this little muffin:

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I helps my mommy get ready in the morning

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The Current Read – “Time and Regret”

From GoodReads:

“When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…

Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.”

I’d mentioned to Els that the latest Maevey Book-craze is fiction set @ 1913 – 1930, so basically before-during-after The Great War.  It’s a fascinating time period, responsible for more of our current socio-politico-economic Clusterfudge than I had really appreciated.  Even thought it’s nearly killing me, I’m determined to actually SAVOR this read (they’re usually gulped and that’s exactly what’s going to happen when the new Patricia Briggs’ hits the Kindle).  There’s something about it – levels of detail I’m afraid to miss, but it’s nearly killing me.

Will post my own review once I’ve finished it and then name the Title On Tap.

What’s your current read?

 

 

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Happy 2019

And Good Riddance to 2018 (and 2017 and 2016 for that matter).

Thought I’d give a quick update on current events here in Maeveyville.

The Hubs and I have been sick for two weeks – both concurrently and consecutively.  Neither of us has a particularly fabulous bedside manner, so things have been both snotty and grumpy Chez Us.  He got sick first – I saw it coming and told him to go to the doctor, which he did.  Problem is he also went to work – and he works in a really crap environment (secure lock-down kind of environment) where it’s loud and cold and miserable.  Within a day he was completely knocked off his feet.  I tried to be helpful – I bought soup and sherbet and everything else he wanted.  I got the softy tissues and throat lozenges and special soothing tea.

How was I repaid for this?

I caught an even cruddier version than he had (fine – he nearly caught pneumonia, but I ended up with a stomach/intestinal virus which just about pushed me over the edge).  We spent TWO weekends with this crud and although I’m pretty much recovered, he still looks like crap.

We have a cat – did I mention that last year?  Well, we do.  I’m not a cat person, but we wandered into the shelter one afternoon looking for a dog and then the Little Precious stuck her paw out of her cage and I just wrapped myself around it – so she came home with us (that was in December of 2017).  The Hubs and I are completely goofy about her and she know it!

What else… Oh yes – Angharad graduated from college (finally), moved to Greenville and got herself (in this order as she planned) a (great) job, an apartment and a boyfriend.  She’s loving being on her own and send me pics of her weekend cooking.  We have not met the BF, but he sounds nice.

Iseult?  Well, she’s living with roommates downtown, working crap jobs and trying to decide what she wants to do with her life.  I fret and The Hubs keeps telling me to stay out of it and let her figure out for herself that poverty sucks and that maybe she should change paths.  It’s not in  my nature to stand down when I see my kids skipping along the cliff edge, but I am trying to step back and let her figure things out for herself.

I have discovered Audible and it is truly a lifesaver.  I have an hour’s commute to work and instead of listening to the news (which aggravates me) or continuously looking for some good music (which I can’t ever seem to find), I listen to novels.  This past summer I listened to all of Simone St. James’ books and it was lovely!  I highly recommend for anyone who has to commute (your choice of books is, of course, your own).

Two weeks ago I cut all my hair off and it’s awesome – I also colored it a very dark red and am loving it!  Totally worth the three hours in the chair.

Haven’t cooked or baked anything interesting in a while, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. There is a recipe over on Smitten Kitchen for these sausage meatball-stuffed savoy cabbage leaves which look so tasty and now that the sickness seems to have passed, I’ll probably try them.

I have been reading a lot – and Thank Goodness, because I’d seemed to lose my interest (OK, I’d lost interest in everything and everyone) but the hunger seems to be back.  Right now I’m reading “Time and Regret” by M.K. Tod and I’ll try and post a review when I’m done.

Ok, that’s all for now – need to get back to work, but hope to have more to post tomorrow.

 

 

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The World’s Suckiest Wife

That would be me. Although I’m trying. It really came to me when I realized that we ate takeout every night last week because I didn’t feel like cooking. Also there was no food in the house because I didn’t feel like shopping.

I did try to make up for it somewhat over the weekend: changed bed linen; scoured bathroom; cleaned the dining room; baked a cake; dusted the floors; did all the laundry. No ironing though. I can’t actually locate the iron at present. I did a sort of shopping trip. We have stuff for sandwiches, coffee, and wine.

Tonight I’m going to cook something along the order of “grub” because that’s what was requested of me. Actually, this post will end right now so I can prepare the aforementioned “grub” and chill with a glass of Pinot Noir.

More later.

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All Good Things Must End

And so I will be going back to work starting next week.

You see, I’ve been a Stay-at-Home Princess for the last eight or so months (mostly b/c I’d gin stark raving lul, but that’s for smother time), but then my company called me last week and asked if I’d consider going back.

The Hubs and I discussed the pros ($$$$) and cons (actually getting up in the morning and putting on clothes) and he strongly encouraged it.

“But, so help me God, Maeve, I’m pulling the plug on it the minute I see a return of your brand of crazy. And get a housekeeper, because we need one and you’re terrible at it!” (That was the big caveat).

“But will there be any blog posts of substance?” You ask. Yes, I do hope so. I do miss it and the pleasure of conversing with friends. Plus some of the ridiculousness that’s been going on may just provide a little entertainment for y’all.

OK, Mack said I have to finish painting the kitchen before I go back to work; I’m still lounging in bed and no, I don’t really care that it’s 1415, but finish the painting project I will.

A bientot! (Sorry can’t get the cute accent mark, but it’s my phone do no great expectations. 😀 )

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Monday Meh

Things are very bad when you’re sending a text to the kid (studying up in the FROG) to please shove the frozen lasagna (not homemade, either) in the oven because you can’t bring yourself to get out of your bubble bath 😕.

That’s right, folks.   This is what it’s come to.  Also I can’t find my glass of wine dammit!!!

(I really wish I could come up with an Evelyn Waug-ish title for this post, but my lack of creativity is only surpassed by my lack of enthusiasm for, well, dinner).

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Spousal Conversations

I know I’m a competent woman – have always know it, I suppose, but it never quite occurred to me to think about it.  I was just…competent – at pretty much everything I ever set my mind to – and I don’t mean the “merely acceptable” definition.

Until I got (re)married, my own competence was sort of invisible to me.  And actually it never really occurred to me that others were not exactly like I was – I just thought of myself as just “who I am – nothing extraordinary”.  The Hubs has remarked on more than one occasion that I’m maybe the most intelligent person he’s ever met.  Not tooting my horn here – hold on because there is a (sort of) point.  Nevertheless, it usually goes something like this:

The Hubs:  “You know, Maevey, you’re probably the most intelligent person I’ve ever met.”

Me:  “Thank you Mr. Sweetie.  Now why do I sense a “BUT” about to follow?”

The Hubs:  “Because honest to God I cannot figure out how you think!”

Me:  “What’s to figure out?”

The Hubs:  “The obvious escapes you, you do realize this, don’t you?”

Me:  “Uh, no, not really.”

The Hubs:  “You managed multi-million dollar contracts; developed most of the procedures at your company, but you can’t manage a grocery budget.”

Me:  “Not true – I can manage anything I set my mind to.”

The Hubs:  “Why can’t you set your mind to managing the grocery budget?  There are only three of us here right now and one of them eats out all the time.  How can you spend $250 per week on the two of us?”

Me:  “Well, I shop in case I change my mind.”

The Hubs:  “Change your mind about what?”

Me:  “What I cook for dinner.”

The Hubs:  “I can’t follow where this is going.”

Me:  Well, since YOU brought it up.  You know I plan out our dinners and your lunches and all that.  That’s all fine.  But I need options in case I change my mind and don’t feeling like cooking what I had planned.  I need to have things in the house in case I want to cook something else.”

The Hubs:  “You’ve got to be out of your ever loving mind!  You’re shopping like this because you MIGHT want to cook something different on a Tuesday?”

Me:  “Yes.”

The Hubs:  “Maevey – YOU CAN GO TO THE STORE MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK!” (I use all caps here, because this is generally delivered at a lowish level of roar.”

Me:  “Stop shouting at me.”

The Hubs:  “You are totally out of control!”

Me:  “I know exactly what I’m doing.”

The Hubs:  “I give up!  There’s no getting through to you on this, is there?”

Me:  “I thought you liked my cooking!”

The Hubs:  “This has nothing to do with your cooking.  I need you to reign in the grocery budget.”

Me:  “OK – how much can I spend?”

The Hubs:  “Let’s go with $100/week.”

Me:  “So basically, soup and sandwiches?”

The Hubs:  “No!  Can’t you cook on a budget?”

Me:  “Even I can’t work miracles!”

The Hubs:  “Just try – PLEASE – just try!”

So I’m going to TRY and develop budgetary competence – for him, not for me.  Because I’m loving like that!

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I Know It’s Been a Long Time

I kind of think I’m back – actually I’ve tried a couple times over the last nearly two years, but every attempt met with crushing defeat.

Sometimes just making it through another day is a victory, but it feels stupid that you’ve  nothing to share – got up, went to work, took 8 – 10 hours of abuse, tried to close up, cook dinner, drink  myself to sleep.  Not a pretty picture.

And you know what – in all this time some amazing things have happened and I count not rejoice in a single one of them.  Mind you, crap happened to.  But let’s get a little list of “What Happened to Maeveypants Over the Last 18 Months”:

  • Ran off to Las Vegan and got married
  • Angharad FINALLY went back to college (she will graduate in the spring)
  • Hubs broke his ankle STANDING ON THE BACK PORCH – don’t ask!  Took 21 days to get a pass to drive him to his workplace (again, don’t ask!!)
  • Yours truly has developed “issues” with the C5 & C6 vertebrae (what this means is I had a lot of MRIs, and experienced the hell that is dealing with the “pain clinic”
  • One of the MRIs disovered a brain tumor that doesn’t seem to be doing anything, so I’m not supposed to be overly concerned (for real!).
  • Iseult graduated from HS and started college this fall and is dealing with the joys and anguish of her first boyfriend.  This means that I am dealing with said joys and anguish, as well.  But this is OK, because she has other problems which really keep me up at night and I’m just grateful every day that she’s alive.
  • Oh yeah – I quit my job (last day was the 20th) and I’m not handling it particularly well.
  • God and I are in a state of detente at present.  That’s not really the word I want to use, but I can’t come up with another one.  It bothers  me greatly, but I still can’t get myself to Mass.  Or pray.  But sometimes we talk – or rather I whine and complain and rant on and on.

So that’s the quickie roundup.  I really want to start blogging again and I hope I can.

No promises though.

 

 

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We’re All Doomed

Heh – got you with that title, didn’t I?

It’s true, though, we’re all doomed to hitting that unwelcomed state of Menopause.  It will come quicker for some than others, and none of us will experience it exactly the same way, but in the end, that’s where we’re headed.

I’m sort of mid-menopausal (I think).  It’s actually really hard for me to pin point when I started experiencing the symptoms because I was in absolute denial that it was happening.  For unexplained reasons, I thought it would kick in around age 70 (yep – I know it’s ludicrous, but there you are).  This denial led to a whole lot completely unnecessary discomfort on my part and I’m rather feeling it’s my duty to talk about it.

Part of the problem with menopause is that nobody really wants to talk about it because we all see it as the Threshold to THE END.  The end of youth, fertility, femininity, attractiveness, self-as-we-know-her.  It’s this element of fear which keeps us from actively thinking about it as another stage of life to be managed.

I’m going to start a series of posts about menopause to discuss the things I’ve encountered, some solutions which have worked well for me, the things I handled poorly, and overall experiences.  I invite my readers to join in at whatever level with which you’re comfortable, and don’t let your age stop you from asking questions or posting observations.

Some of the topics I plan to discuss are weight issues, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness, changes in skin/hair/hails, treatment options, clothing/fashion, product recommendations, diet, lifestyle.  Lest anyone worry, I’m not turning Wannabe Martha into Menopause-Central, but this is where I am, so it’s going to get some blog-time.

A bientot.

 

 

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To Thine Own Self Be True – Particularly When it Comes to your Wardrobe

This was a typical experience:  I’m in the dressing room trying on a new outfit.  Size is correct; it’s all in colors/patterns I like; it’s fashionably up-to-date.  And yet.  It’s not right – I don’t look “right” and I can’t put my finger on the problem.

One of two things then happens:  I leave with  no purchase, frustrated because I can’t find anything which looks good on me.  Or (more the case), I buy the outfit, take it home, and then never wear it because it doesn’t look right on me and I don’t feel good wearing it.

Is this a familiar situation with anyone else?

Then last year, my dear friend, Hearthrose, performed a miracle – well, actually it was a fashion analysis, but it might as well been a miracle.  You see, I knew that certain colors looked obviously horrendous on me (yellow/orange), but what I didn’t realize were the colors I SHOULD be wearing – the dominant colors which should make up the bulk of my wardrobe.  I also learned WHY some colors didn’t work for me.  I learned about fit; fabric; pattern; proportion, and how to properly dress MY body.

This is the heart of Hearthrose Image Consulting – helping you bring out your beautiful.  I’m not sure how it happens that many of us lose our sense of what we look like, how we want to look, what actually is becoming to us.  I suspect it’s often to do with having children – we start to dress for the job of running after tiny mess-makers and pretty soon, that’s all we are.  Then when the mess-makers evolve a bit and become actual people, we’re still in “that” mode and it’s hard to shift.  The other thing that happens (and trust me, it will happen to every single woman), is we hit the BIG M – and our bodies take on minds of their own such that even if we had actually cultivated an excellent style and were perfectly comfortable in our own skin, that just gets flushed down the toilet and we’re left staring at a body we don’t recognize and which rejects all our clothes.

I have literally turned over my entire closet and my makeup (I’m going to share about that later).  Le Mari, tired of seeing me in my hideous ill-fitting, unflattering “uniforms”, shipped me out to go shopping, and, armed with Hearthie’s treasure trove of information, I reworked my entire wardrobe for fall – pants, skirts, sweaters, tunics, tops, shoes, handbags (yes, I rid myself of over 60 pairs of shoes and about 40 handbags).  There is absolutely NOTHING in my closet that I’m not overjoyed to wear.

I’m going to add a couple of qualifiers here – for one thing, I’m dealing with randomly sporadic episodes of extreme pain – and this meant that I had to change out handbags which aggravates it (seriously, some of my bags weighed over 5lb EMPTY).  My weight can fluctuate depending on the medication I’m taking – so I need a range of sizes so that I can be comfortable.  Some days I’m extremely sick to my stomach, so I need some outfits which are somewhat loose or which have elastic waist bands so that there’s no pressure on my abdomen.  BTW – this led me to discovering some great joggers which I wear all the time – they fit well (not baggy) and I often wear them out with the cuffs rolled up and a cute T-shirt/tunic, and some flats – I look good and, more importantly, I function.

For anyone interested, these are the joggers (ToBeInStyle French Terry Joggers) (they’re not leggings, in case anyone has a particular aversion – I don’t but hey, that’s just me).  The price is insane and I have 4 pair in black and blue.  I also bought these (LA Gear Cotton Joggers), and they’ve been excellent on days when I just can’t get comfortable.

I’m going to close with this – we all need help at various times in our lives – and our image is definitely worth investing a little time and money.  We should take care of ourselves, feel good about our appearance, embrace our beautiful, and shed those things which detract.  Check out my girlfriend at Hearthrose Image Consulting and get started on refining or redefining your image of you.

A Bientot!

 

 

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