Monday, December 30, 2013

The year 2013

I like the idea of New Years. Its the prospect of a fresh start, new beginnings. A second chance of sorts. If you messed up last year, well get it right the coming year. If you had a great year, here's to more this year.

2013 had been a mix tape for me. Isn't that the case almost always?

In no particular order the 'highlights' of 2013:

* Visited 4 states in United States: Louisiana, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indianapolis. Hopefully the coming year, there will be more trips.
* Mangled my hand and got stitches.
* Got caramel highlights on my hair. That was a first.
* Stayed home alone. Never ever have I spent nights alone. So that was an experience. The BetterHalf had to go to Denver for a meeting and I stayed back.
* TheBetterHalf got himself a permanent job as Staff Scientist in one of the national labs here. **Beaming proudly**
* Bought loads of books and read a lot. I had challenged myself to read 27 books this year and ended up reading 40. In 2012, I managed just 17. So 40 books: proud moment. Nobody can steal that away from me :|
* Wrote more. 100 posts!
* Came across some really nice blogs and talented writers. Yes, you. :)
* Dipped my toes in the erratic waters of poetry. Long way to go.
* Celebrated Birthdays, Blogoversary & Wedding Anniversary. We drove to Madison and had a wonderful weekend getaway.
* Read Harry Potter Series.. at last! Heartbroken | Quaffle sized hole in my heart | Sometimes gotta believe the hype.
* 2013 saw more Wine, Cosmopolitans, Baileys and other assortments than ever before. Some of it was to drown away heartbreaks and disappointments.
* TheBetterHalf proves almost on a daily basis of how much of a gentleman he is and I'm more grateful than ever to have him in my life.
* Watched Breaking Bad's finale and cried shamelessly.
* Became increasingly fond of Football and now has a favorite. Manchester United. ^.^
* Watched around 50 movies; some really good, some not so good and some really bad ones.
* Got introduced to post rock and some other great music.
* Got 'interviewed' by a fellow blogger. :D
* Ate some delectable food from some really nice restaurants.
* Decided to dig deeper into the world of Literature.
* Wore Red lipstick.
* Worked out sporadically. Lost coupla pounds !
* Had moments ranging from happiness, anticipation to just bat shit crazy and depressed.
* Lusted after more books in goodreads and other blogs. I can't get enough.
* Revamped the blog.
* The bestie and me connected more and sometimes had no contact for days at a stretch, most likely because I was buried under some book. This year was good to us though.

That's all I can think of at the moment.
Wishing you a wonderful and a greatly eventful year ahead. Let's all hope all our difficult stuff gets sorted out this year. 
Let's enjoy the good times and live the content life.
Happy New Year, delightful people.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Book Review- The Wicked Girls

Title: The Wicked Girls.
Author: Alex Marwood.
Publisher: Penguin Books.
Year of Publication: 2013.
 Format: E-book.
Pages: 378.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense.
    Blurb: Here

My Thoughts
The Wicked Girls: a story which starts with two 11 year old girls who by the end of a fateful day has committed murder of a four year old girl! Now this is not something one reads on a daily basis, is it? The two girls : Jade Walker and Annabel Oldacre are convicted for the murder and incarcerated separately. When they are released, the girls are given different identities and banned from seeing each other. The two girls lead two very differnt lives in spite of the same crime that they committed. One of them is a freelance newspaper reporter now known as Kirsty Lindsay who is married and has two kids and the other is now Amber Gordon, a cleaning supervisor in an amusement park who lives with her boyfriend Vic. For twenty five years, the girls lead their own separate lives with absolutely no contact with each other. All  that they had built to keep their secret buried comes to serious peril, when a series of murders of young women happen at a sleepy beach side town called Whitmouth and both the women are thrown in together by random coincidence.

What follows is a very uncomfortable tale of how circumstances bring the two women more closer than ever, even when they don't want to. The fear of getting caught, their new identities getting blown over and the mutual dislike they have for each other, how each blames the other for what happened. The chapters are interwoven throughout the book with the incident which occurred when they were kids which led to the infamous murder at the end of the day.
The mystery of the murders was not really a mystery, per se. I felt the murder part of the story fell flat; especially the confession of the said murderer, whom I wont reveal. I felt there could have been more to it. It almost felt a little forced upon, a reason for the women to end up in the same scene. Another gripe that I had with the story was the back story: of how it all began. The story between the chapters were a little too stretched out and it felt a little anti climatic. I wish there was more to the childhood of the two women instead of just that one day and few lines at the end about their disturbed childhood which didn't really evoke any sort of empathy. It  seemed like a lame attempt.
What I liked the most was the constant feeling of dread. You know something bad is going to happen round the corner and yet you see the characters going about just that corner! I liked the depiction of the women. They were flawed and not always likable. Having said that, I felt pity for the women at their plight which is not really their fault. They had no idea how their lives would change with the choices they made when they were kids. The men were portrayed as not the best things on earth.The book is unsettling. The characters are pretty realistic. The mounting dread is one of the star points in the book. The ending was kinda predictable; but not too soon though.

My Rating:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Lovely People

It's that time of the year again.
In spite of the freezing climate,
the houses are brightly lit.
A whiff of festivities in the air.
Listen to happy Christmas carols 
and if you know some, sing along.
Curl up under those warm blankets and
watch cheesy romantic holiday movies.
Treat yourself to some sugary goodies. 
You can think about the calories later.
Help yourself with some eggnog.
Sit by the fire and listen to the fire crackling
Keep yourself warm  under those chunky knits.
Gifts wrapped and stacked under the Christmas tree.
Smile now and count your blessings.
Have yourself a merry lil Christmas, y'all.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bourgeois Women

Do yourself a favor, little girl.
Pick up after yourself.
For tonight, there is nobody serving you.
Standing ever so timidly in corners,
while you hurl orders at them.
No one curtsying  in aprons,
as you pass by them in corridors.
Your ripped couture,
your scandalizing secrets you hold so dear;
yet the gaping tear,
 the messy loose ends are mended by them.
Teach yourself a lesson, darling.
Pick up that blue sock
discarded in the corner.
You are your own servant, tonight.
Let the others take a breath.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Under layers of throw blankets

The Canadian geese walked on the lake.
Wait, what?
Since when did, geese turn all walking on water?
Oh right.
The lake outside your apartment is frikkin frozen!
A gaggle of geese strutting around like nobody's business.
Geese can skate in roller-blades for all I care. -.-
Winter is almost here.