An Apology

Dear readers (assuming I have any),

I’m very sorry to have been blogging incoherent bits and pieces for several months now. I felt that I had an obligation to blog regularly, and not being able to think of things to blog that were interesting to anybody, I posted random sentences that didn’t even interest me.

I have decided to test once and for all whether I can get into blogging. Therefore, I’m going to start again, at http://booksfavelasandfeminism.wordpress.com/. I’m only going to post when I have something to say that I’m interested in, which I hope will be more interesting for any readers than what I have been doing until now.

So, as of now, this blog will probably never be updated again.

P.S. All posts that I think are alright will be transplanted to my new blog, so that I don’t have a completely blank blog.

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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I really hadn’t expected this.

I mean, the ads said it was an adult book, so I expected some swearing and some sex. This book had heroin addicts, prostitution, rape, sex, cutting, suicide, married couples hating each other, and much, much more.<br /><br />I agree with other reviewers that J.K. Rowling wanted to prove that she could write an adult book, and so went overboard on all the adult elements. But I found that none of the characters were likable (except for maybe Sukhvinder), and I only finished the book because I wanted to see it through. (I have this thing about books where I feel like I have to read the whole thing once I start a book, even if that means just skimming through it.) I thought that maybe Howard and Shirley Mollison were the only happy(ish) couple until I got to the end, when I realized there are none.

About how all the fathers in this book are terrible or unlikable people–I’m guessing J.K. Rowling took inspiration from her own life.

I wanted to like this book, but I ended up giving the book a grudging two stars because of the characters. Even if I didn’t like them much, their lives and motives were explored well and I felt that deserved at least 1 1/2 stars.

Read other reviews at:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10042535-sophie

Wow that was tiring. I just figured out how to do this.

Blancmange Recipe

I visited the link below for a blancmange recipe, which I immediately tried out. I mean, who doesn’t love Victorian Era desserts? My comments and how the recipe went can also be seen at that link.

http://jeriquinzio.typepad.com/behind_the_recipe_jeri_qu/2009/04/little-women-and-a-short-tale-of-blancmange.html

No, actually, I’ll make it easy for you. My comment is posted below.

I tried this recipe, but I used 1 cup milk, a pinch of salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (a lot, I know, but I tried it with 1 1/2 teaspoons and it didn’t thicken), a little orange and lemon extract, and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. It came out nice, thick, a little sugary, bland–but it was blancmange! I’m not really the best cook, and so my family was pleasantly surprised. However, only one of my daughters liked it as much as I did. Great simple blancmange recipe!

So, Anyway…

Image Honestly, I’ve actually completely forgotten about this blog for the last 10 days. Not particularly flattering, I know, but since I think probably only about seven people (including me) have ever read this blog AT ALL, I trust I’m not offending anyone. It’s just that I’ve been having fun on vacation at Burney Falls (pictured above and below) and other rural places in California. I will most likely not blog again for at least a couple of weeks, so, anyway, enjoy the pictures!

P.S. Enjoy the Olympics!Image