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ugh… migraine

This has not been a great week. I have had yet ANOTHER GI appointment cancelled on me at the last second. This one wasn’t even rescheduled. I was told to phone back and then for THREE DAYS I tried to reach the secretary and finally, after pissing another person off enough because she kept having to take my messages, I get a phone call back and told to CALL BACK AFTER SEPTEMBER 10 and maybe then she can help me reschedule the appointment.

Bloody hell.

And I have a killer migraine today and that sucks because it’s not even the right time of the month for my migraines to happen and I even wore my awesome shoes and shirt today. I had to change to my flip-flops now because I was too dizzy to be in heels.

I want to go home.

Thank goodness for long weekends, eh?

Oh, AND my iBook is back to not connecting to the internet again. Lovely. Stupid expensive piece of crap.

i’m an evil little secretary

Muahahahahahhahahahahaa!!

Go away for almost the entire month of August, will you? Well, then! You’ll just have to like the redecorating I have done to your new office. Muaahahahahah!

what evil secretaries do on Friday afternoons when no one is around…

how the boss incorporates his new desk into his work day

[Can I just say how much I love the people I work with? And how fortunate I am to have a Big Boss who has a sense of humour and thought this was funny and that he should keep his desk like this for a while – even through meetings he had today? Can I just say that I work with awesome people? It should have been much more elaborate, though I knew there were meetings scheduled for early morning on his first day back, so I didn’t go too overboard to make it easier to take down, but noooo! I was allowed to leave it like that. I should have brought in more stuff. Funny, I seem to have a ton of Tinkerbell paraphernalia in my house. Who’da thought?!]

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

I finished this book yesterday afternoon and I was quite pleased with the whole experience. The story didn’t quite follow the path I thought it would, although there still were many predictable points. I shall not hold it against the story though as it was still entertaining enough to keep me turning the pages. What I was surprised with however was the fact this seems to be a stand-alone novel. No clever cliff-hanging ending to make you throw the book down and curse the author for dangling that carrot in front of your nose.

If Melissa Marr does ever write a sequel to Wicked Lovely, I’d be interested in reading it just to see which way she takes the characters.

There were some parts of the story I wasn’t all that keen on. A couple of times I found it dragged just a little too long, and occasionally I found Aislinn to be slightly irritating (but nothing compared to Bella in Eclipse, which I fear I might never finish! Even now I am busy reading Rebel Angels by Libba Bray rather than go back to Eclipse…). I also found Aislinn to be sarcastic and fun. And her friend Seth lives in train cars! Oh, how awesome! I want to live in train cars, too!

I also like to think of faeries in a more friendly sense than is portrayed in this book. Plus I like to think of them as tiny like Tinkerbell, not human-sized. Even if they weren’t all humanoid type creatures. But that’s just me and my innocent imagination.

I am kind of sorry the book is over. I was rather enchanted by it. And I loved the cover art.

Wicked Lovely series

  1. Wicked Lovely
  2. Ink Exchange
  3. Fragile Eternity
  4. Radiant Shadows
  5. Darkest Mercy

 

The Deception of the Emerald Ring

The Deception of the Emerald RingThe Deception of the Emerald Ring
by Lauren Willig

I would like to tell you about a series of books that I was quite surprised to find that I enjoyed. I am one of those readers who tends to always fish from the same pond, so to speak. I like my Fantasy stories with sorceresses and faeries. I like my Mysteries with a female lead and a nasty serial killer. I like my YA Fantasy with humour and magic. I have a habit of sticking with the same authors through thick and thin (although I have to admit I have given up completely on Patricia Cornwell. What, does she have third graders writing her books now?? Yeech!).

Every once in a while I get a little adventurous and I take a chance on another pond because I am curious as to what sort of fish I might find. This doesn’t happen all that often mind you and rarely does it ever produce a treasure. About a year ago, while working at a University bookstore, I was tempted by the Fiction Pond. I went through quite a few books that were a “different sort of read” for me. Many of them I liked – A Girl Like Sugar by Emily Pohl-Weary, Nellcott is my Darling by Golda Fried and How I Paid for College: a Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito. Some I didn’t care for too much. But one…

As I said on my main blog in January 2006, this isn’t something I would normally read. It was suggested to me by a coworker while I was browsing the shelves desperate for something new to read. This new book turned out to be The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (pictured below. The book, not the author). After just the first chapter I was in novel heaven. I loved the wit, the writing style and the characters.

I have just finished reading the third book in this series (pictured above!) and I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed the other two books since it had been such a long time since I had read them. We’re still following Graduate Student Eloise through her research on the history of the Pink Carnation, a spy in England in the 1800s. The books smoothly teleport you back and forth between the present day and Victorian England as you follow both stories. Though most of the plot takes place in Victorian times, the characters still feel rather modern and current. I like that about the books because quite frankly I can’t stand historical novels and that’s one of the main reasons I almost didn’t purchase the first novel.

I don’t like books that I have to think about. Ha! I must prefer to lose myself in a book and not have to use my brain too much. It’s tired from always working during the day and when I speak to people. When I read? It wants to take a vacation. 🙂

To be honest, I don’t recall much of what happened in the second book The Masque of the Black Tulip, but I am positive I have read it. In fact I think I bought it, though I can’t find it in the piles of books that I still have yet to completely unpack. (Author note: ARGH! I hate moving!) I thought perhaps I had borrowed it from Monkey, but she was still living in Toronto at the time. I guess it’s just a case of yet another missing book in this new house. I wonder if I have gremlins?

In conclusion (because this is getting rather long winded, sorry!) I would like to suggest that you all run out and borrow/buy/steal these books and immerse yourself in a very well written, entertaining novel with just enough hint of mystery and intrigue to keep you turning the page. Oh, and I guess there’s some romance in it as well since apparently that is how The Powers That Be have decided to classify the books (WTF?) but I never even noticed it. I was too busy trying to gather the clues and help Eloise find out more about the Pink Carnation!

Enjoy!

Lauren Willig Books

Pink Carnation series

  1. Secret History of the Pink Carnation
  2. The Masque of the Black Tulip
  3. The Deception of the Emerald Ring
  4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
  5. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
  6. The Betrayal of the Blood Lilly – Hardcover
  7. The Mischief of the Mistletoe – Hardcover, November 2010

    mcgill metro evacuated! (now with 100% more photos!)

    I have been watching the following through the window at work. I even took photos, you’ll have them when I get home!

    UPDATE (from home at 10:40pm) below this blurb are the photos I took from my office window. I spent most of the day watching this. The photos were taken at 12:40 p.m. and the fire trucks had already been there for over an hour!

    McGill metro evacuated

    Possible ceiling could collapse

     
    The Gazette

    Hundreds of people were evacuated from the downtown McGill metro station this afternoon and a one-block section of de Maisonneuve Blvd. was closed to traffic after gaping cracks appeared in the ceiling of Montreal’s famed underground city.

    Fearing the road would collapse, engineers shut down  the metro’s green line, evacuated nearby buildings and cordoned off the roadway creating traffic chaos in the city center.

    The underground city around The Bay department store was evacuated as well as the basement and first floor of the department store.

    “We were worried that if the road collapsed it would cause a shock wave that would flow into The Bay,” Gilles Ducharme, chief of operations for the Montreal Fire Department, said.

    He said engineers from the city, Hydro-Quebec and the transit commission were evaluating the cracks.

    He said he had no idea how long the evaluations would take, what caused the cracks or when the metro and roadway would be reopened.

    “The cracks may have happened just today or they may have been there for a few days,” he said.

    “If they have to shore up the road it could take days, maybe all of next week.”

    Firefighters were called to the underground mall and metro at 1:30 p.m. after employees working for The Bay discovered water leaking through the ceiling of the underground mall.

    Their concern turned to  panic when they noticed a large crack had formed along the ceiling under the north side of de Maisonneuve.

    “It looked like the ceiling had fallen about one inch,” Ducharme said.

    Prof. Saeed Mirza, a McGill University structural engineer, said the engineers likely will have to excavate the road in order to thoroughly assess the problem.

    “A one inch displacement is very serious,” he said.

    He noted that the mall is only about 40 years old.

    “This kind of problem should not have occurred,” he said.

    “I have noticed cracks in other metro stations at Peel Street and the Bonaventure station,” he said.

    “Usually this isn’t a problem unless you don’t have steel reinforcement.”

    The city has recently used large jackhammers and heavy equipment to excavate part of the city block behind The Bay to construct a bicycle path along de Maisonneuve. But Mirza said this should not have caused the cracks.

    “There’s plenty of heavy traffic going over this road every day,” he said.

    The underground city drops two floors beneath the road with the shopping mall over the metro tunnel.

    The ceiling of the first floor  is about five meters below the road, Ducharme said.

    Between the road surface and the mall are layers of asphalt, concrete, aggregate and then concrete girders sitting on support posts. There are also water pipes, gas lines and electrical wiring between the road and the mall.

    Mirza said one possible cause is that earth between the roadbed and the mall may have shifted.

    “Or it could be a structural problem that goes right down into the metro,” he said. “That would be very serious.”

    wmarsden@thegazette.canwest.com

    © The Gazette 2007