Saturday, September 27, 2008


It occurred to me last night that what has been a pretty amazing week for me online and as a blogger has been completely overshadowed by my my fairly lousy 'real life' week.

Along with what went on last weekend (car accident, lying child) on Wednesday my hard drive crashed along with everything on it. We spent all evening on the phone with 2 guys from India (doesn't that sound like a movie?) and re-installed everything from the ground up. Fortunately we have an external hard drive. Unfortunately it hasn't been updated since May. So we lost a fair amount of music and possibly some photos. All in all, not so bad. I haven't gotten much (any?) reading done this week, in part from worrying, talking to folks in India, and reading Setting Limits with your Strong-Willed Child which should explain everything else. I recommend this title, by the way.

Whew. Enough of that. Let's look at the bright side.

I won two books from drawings this week! How amazing is that? I won Shoot the Moon from Bree and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from A Reader's Respite. I also received the I Love Your Blog! award from Ti which touched my heart and I pass right back to all of you good people who have been giving support with your kind words.

I got a brand-new cookbook in the mail, In Season by Sarah Ravens, which is gorgeous, and has ribbon markers, and was free because I had gift cards from!

I also received a couple of review copies of books, one of which is Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas. I think the gentleman who emailed me about this one read my mind: Christmas, cooking and Paris? What more could I want. Stay tuned, because there just might be a giveaway for this one.

Lots of books, and lots of blessings have filled my bookish and bloggish life this week, and I am grateful for that.


Anonymous said...

I sure hope next week is better for you!

Eva said...

Well, I'm glad things are going well in the blogosphere, and I hope real life perks up soon! :)

Bookfool said...

Yippee for free books -- always an upper!

Ti said...

That cookbook looks good. You can put it to good use with all the fresh produce you pick up every week.

This week will be much better. You'll see.

Danielle said...

What a lousy week in terms of computer (I also have been talking to folks in India--in some cases talking to two people at once--that's been a challenge!) and lying child. I hope the computer is back up (I hate to think how much I depend on my computer) and your child is responding to the limits you've placed! In any case the books sound great!! I hope you'll share the Paris Christmas book--that sounds great!

Mrs of the Regiment said...

I glad to hear that at least things in the blogosphere have been going well for you. I am keen to hear how you find "The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Society" - I have heard so many positive reports.

Hope you have a good week.

Chrisbookarama said...

I think I need that Strong Willed Child book as well :( We've dealt with lying this week too. No fun.

Bree said...

Congrats on your winnings. A Paris Christmas sound good. I'm ready for vacation, Christmas and winter.

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear things haven't been going well for you. I know they'll get better soon. At least you got a nice little stack of new books to cheer you up!

Tara said...

Bermudaonion, thanks!

Eva, thank you!

Bookfool, there's nothing like free books!

Ti, I think so, too. Useful and pretty.

Danielle, I found it really hard to understand them at times which makes troubleshooting really difficult. I think the Paris Christmas book is going to be a winner.

Pink Lady Bug, thanks so much.

Chris, I'm sorry to hear that. It is a useful book, I think, I read it a couple years ago and needed a refresher.

Bree, thank you. Winter? I guess I'm not really ready for that!

Lisa, thanks, and yes the books do help!

Cath said...

I do hope this week is better for you than last, Tara. These things never come in ones it seems to me. But congrats on winning those books, I'm sure that cheered you up a bit.

Tara said...

Cath, thanks!

Carrie K said...

Yikes. Glad that week is over.

Tara said...

Carrie K, I know. This week is better.