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-I've finished "Wolf Hall" by Hillary Mantel and "The White Queen" by Phillipa Gregory. "The White Queen" was an enjoyable book (although not as awsome as Wolf Hall)

-My 3 weeks of vacation are done and over and I'm back to work.

-My springtime allergies are killing me, so I haven't been able to breathe properly for the last 2 weeks. Thank gods this only happens once a year.

- I am now midway through "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King. This is classic King. A winding story with interesting characters and subplots that will surely be tied up nicely in the end. Not so much a horror story but a story about what happens when you wake up 5 yrs after an accident (with a psychic ability no less) and have to adjust to all the changes that happened while you were sleeping (society, technology, politics, family, friends, etc). I'm also glad John Smith is way less whiney that what I was expecting him to be.

- The search for a new house keeps on going. Right now there's another house for us to go see in one of the areas I was really interested to move into and another house pending a confirmation if its already rented or not. Lets see if it will go well this time around because I'm starting to get sick of browsing for houses.

- I went to a nutritionist last weekend so I could finally start with a healthy food and exercise plan, to see if I can loose those 10 pounds that have been pestering me.

- My best friend - or at least my oldest friend - who started working with me recently, is now starting to date a colleague of ours. She has been single for a while and has been dating a lot since then, which won her a lot of learning experiences with jackasses and douches. Thing is, that girl doesn't know how to deal with being alone. She needs someone to be there, to give her attention, to make her feel loved and she tends to date almost anyone that is nice to her and asks her out, even if she doesn't know them much or at all. This approach to finding her next BIG love has failed time and time and time again and yet she is not discouraged.
So, today right in the morning she comes in and says very excited "He asked me out!! We're going on a date later today!". My reply? "Oh, ok."
Then she gets sad because I was not giddy with excitement over this particular bit of news. But c'mon. Should I be? Really? Off course, I ended up feeling bad about it and told her I just didn't want to talk much about it because we were in the office and I knew she wouldn't want the news to get out and have everyone talking about it. She is new in this place and so some discretion is advised. I told her we would talk about it over lunch.
But am I happy about this? Well, it could be worse. The guy she is going out with seems a good choice from all the womanizing dudes that roam this office but still I think she is too rash and that she is new here and that she should be worried about what this will do to her professional image if this gets out. Guys here aren't exactly very respectful of women in general.
But maybe this one will be different right?

Over and out.
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As I've might have mentioned I love books and lately I've been reading "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel. This book follows part of the life of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII and although I am a lover of historical fiction, I wasn't expecting to like this one so much. In my opinion it's the writing style that does it. It's fresh and unique, taking a very different approach to a first person pov and even though it demands some concentration from the reader it has superb passages troughout the book. Hey, it's no wonder it won the Booker Prize in 2009, right?

Here's a passage where we can find one of the many of Cromwell's musings:

"Suppose within every book there is another book, and whitin every letter on every page another volume constantly unfolding; but these volumes take no space on the desk. Suppose knowledge could be reduced to a quintessence, held within a picture, a sign held within a place which is no place. Suppose the human skull were to become capacious, spaces opening inside it, humming chamber like beehives."

and on the next page this idea, this image of a woman's plight to give birth:

"When a woman withdraws to give birth the sun may be shinning but the shutters of her room are closed so she can make her own weather. She is kept in the dark so she can dream. Her dreams drift her far away, from terra firma,to a marshy tract of land, to a landing stage, to a river where a mist closes over the further bank, and earth and sky are inseparate; there she must embark towards life and death, a muffled figure in the stern directing the oars. In this vessel prayers are said that men never hear. Bargains are struck between a woman and her God. The river is tidal, and between one feather-stroke and the next, her tide may turn".

And with this book Mantel has totally won me over. I will have to read her other books. There is no escape.
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My name is Jane (not really) and I'm an old addict of online journals. However, some time ago I left LJ (my oldest and most updated journal) and wandered into the big wide world of blogs and community websites dedicated to the things I love - which is to say genre books, anime, tv series and movies. and (of the Gawker media) are 2 of my favorite places for daily news, but mostly I just read about books, being addicted to my goodreads account and following several review and news blogs that provide my daily fix.

And that is how I found out about DW:I somehow found myself stumbling into DW trough a link in one of my daily blog reads. Since my LJ account doesn't appeal to me anymore I though this would be a good place to start anew. A place to put my thoughts and share my feelings about the things I love. Somehow blogging never did work as good as an online journal for me. I don't know why. Maybe it's the lack of that community feeling that online journals provide by the tons. Maybe I just like to have some company.

Here's to a long and friendly run.

Oh, and btw, English is not my first language, so please bear with me.


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