Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weekend Scramble: Where I give excuses, brag about finishing a book, and ponder Halloween costumes.

Okay, so like, for the last couple of weekends I haven't been able to update, even after coming up with a snazzy Sunday entry title that I swore to myself would be a regular thing.  I've worked almost every weekend last month and have been incredibly lazy to do much else after work other than feed the furbabies and turn on the tv.  I wouldn't give up lj-ing or blogging for anything in the world, it's just that I've been letting myself get real lazy about it.  I'm fight back though, getting past work fatigue and also fandom distraction (I'm looking at you, Thor and Steve Rogers) and finding things I love to ramble about.  So, yeah.  You couldn't shut me up if you tried, anywhoo.

So moving on, it took me a dang month (once again, I place the blame on Thundershield) but I finished the book, Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey.

"Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory—and her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.
But no one will listen to Maud—not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend.
This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.
As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?"

Everytime Maud stepped out of her house without her daughter Helen or her carer knowing, I was anxious for her safety because her train of thought would go either way and then she'd forget where she was and what she was doing, and I'd be like, "WHY is she not in a home?!". And then she'd do something like turn on the stove because she had a hankering for a boiled egg, even when there was a notice in the kitchen telling her NOT to turn on the stove. Maud's a character both frustrating and precious; soon you're just as wrapped up in the disappearance of both Elizabeth and Sukey as she is, and because Maud is suffering from dementia, it's a challenge trying to puzzle together details out of her thoughts and memories. Anywhoo, it was a good read, the conclusion was satisfying, though a bit sad, reminded me a bit of the film, Memento.

I'm thinking about finally pulling on my big girl panties and reading Josh Malerman's Bird Box, a book I bought for my Kindle last year but have been afraid to read. I don't know why, considering all the other creepy books I read last year -Dark Matter, Doctor Sleep, World War Z, and M. R. James' short stories.
Speaking of Halloween, I've been brainstorming costumes, and I'm down to two choices:


Or Tina.

My first choice was Bayonetta...but my hair isn't long enough.

*btw, images courtesy of Google and their respective creators, owners, whatev.*

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