Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gabon, Africa

To my delight, I was a Christmas gift this year, arriving in Gabon to meet Himself on Christmas day. I was jet-lagged but thrilled to be with him. And I even had cute little Christmas hats to wear, thanks to the Bratness! :)

As Himself had to work, we only got to do stuff together on the weekend. "Stuff" ended up being trips to the Village Artisanal for shopping, or to the beach.

The city is very modern looking, and the roundabouts had these gorgeous constructions like this beautiful fountain

Or this imposing sculpture thingie. Our taxi driver was not able to slow down for me, so I couldn't get a really interesting snap of the globe.

There are actually two Village Artisanals; one Grand and one Petit. Here is the Petit tucked in next to this imposing edifice. Inside are a host of stalls offering an enormous array of art and craft work.

It seems that most of the weekend time is spent on the beach. The entire family goes out, in a variety of collections of people and outfits. Fully dressed...

Not so fully dressed..

In full-length gowns... (I was really sorry I didn't get a snap of the front of these gowns, the beading was gorgeous!)

And even with the family dog.

Sabiere beach is lined with little bars where you can stop for a drink, enjoy the balmy weather, or the view, and relax...

As you wait for the sun to slide gently into the ocean.

 And that was my very short trip to Gabon!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Where in the World is Your Fat?

Apparently, mine is in Myanmar. What's really depressing is that, if everyone had a BMI like mine, it would add 10 million tonnes to the world. How to make me feel fat, much?

Take this quiz to find out where your fat is!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Other Side of the Story

Title: The Other Side of the Story
Author: Marian Keyes
Blurb: Jojo Harvey is a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit and the most ferocious literary agent in town. A former NYPD cop, she now lives in London making million-dollar book deals while trying to make partner at her firm . . . all the while sleeping with the boss man.

Lily Wright is an author who believes in karma, and is waiting for the sky to fall after stealing her former best friend's man. Though her first book failed to sell, her life turns upside down when her most recent book becomes a huge bestseller.

Gemma Hogan is an event designer extraordinaire, but her personal life is nonexistent after losing the love of her life and her best friend in one fell swoop. To make matters worse, her father has just left her mother. While taking care of her mother, she e-mails a close colleague about her frustrations, who in turn forwards the hilarious e-mails to a famous literary agent named Jojo Harvey, who just happens to represent her former friend, now enemy, Lily Wright. . . .

Written in the charming and chatty voice that has become Marian Keyes's signature style, this hilarious and heartwarming novel proves there are three sides to every story . . . especially in the world of publishing!

Review: I was surprised, reading the blurb, to discover that the book is written from the perspective of each of the three women it features, switching between the three at an ever-increasing pace as the action peaks. It was somewhat disorienting at first, but I got used to it, and then it was quite fun!

I'd thought that the actions of the women would impact more upon Jojo, the literary agent, but in fact, each women operates fairly independently of the other and the connections are far more tenuous than the blurb implies. That being said, the connection is solid and the decisions of each woman do eventually have consequences that spill over into the lives of the others. 

Not a particularly brain-straining read, it is a pleasant by-the-fireside contemporary novel that should please all but the most exacting reader. It will keep you absorbed, if not engrossed, and is feel good enough to satisfy the romantic, but gritty enough to not annoy the realists. 

A great job, I would not mind finding another Keyes novel to see what else she produces. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gobble 'Til You Wobble

SO. MUCH. FOOD! Thanksgiving is definitely a Gobble 'Til You Wobble affair and it's really uncomfortable if you're trying to eat healthy meals - meaning healthy in quality AND quantity.  Of course, I didn't really do so well on the quality side, having produced these Pumpkin Pan Bars as my dessert contribution!

They did look good though, especially packaged up in special Fall decorated napkins! I was given these a few years ago by a dear friend, and have a few left that I pull out on special occasions.

I did make a Paleo stuffing though; all nuts, fruit, vegetables and meat. It was really good, but I think it would make a better meatloaf than stuffing. 

Getting to Thanksgiving dinner was great fun ~ I got to drive on the second fastest highway in the United States! 80mph/128kmh. And no, it's not a flat, straight road, it's a windy, hilly one; although the bends are gradual. The fastest highway is rated at 85mph/138kmh and is south of Austin. So Texas has the fastest roads in the West! LOL

And here's a gratuitous scenery shot of the old bridge on the edge of Junction town. It was just so pretty, I had to share!

How was your Thanksgiving?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Mouse-Cat-teer

It's a toy mouse, in case you were worried! J