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Book Blogger Hop: 8 – 11 October 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books as a way for book bloggers to find one another.  This week’s question is:

What’s your favorite beverage while reading or blogging, if any? Is it tea, coffee, water, a glass of wine, or something else?

This is a really easy question for me to answer!  It’s got to be coffee, white, three sugars.  Although I do also sometimes drink tea – black or redbush.  I’m not really a fan of herbal teas although I’d like to acquire a taste for them.  I think it’s the lack of milk and sugar that puts me off.   I don’t tend to drink cold drinks when I’m reading or blogging but I do make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you’re a hopper and visiting me today:  Welcome, welcome.  Please have a look around and, if you like, draw up a seat.  Would you like a coffee?

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading.  This week’s question is:

What’s your favorite “cozy” book — and, by that, I’m meaning “curl-up-on-a-cold-day comfort read“? Or, if you don’t have a particular book, what genre do you most feel like reading when the weather starts to turn colder?

There are few things that suit me better on a cold day than curling up with a book, a hot drink, a blankie and one of the cats.  The drink’s got to be milky.  The blankie should be one I’ve made myself.  And the cat – how can I choose between my boys?  Although William’s the more likely candidate as Sam prefers to sleep in his own bed.

The book?  Well, it’s probably going to be something with a traditional, homely feel to it.  And it’s probably going to be something I already know well.   Pride and Prejudice is a candidate but doesn’t have the homely feel I’m looking for.  A Chalet School book would give me traditionalism (and alpine slopes) but, again, it’s not homely.  No, I think it has to be something by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Speaking of which – isn’t it time I started re-reading the Little House books again?

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Which fictional character (or group of characters) would you like to spend a day at the beach with? Why would he/she/they make good beach buddies?

I haven’t been to the beach for years.  Whenever I’ve visited the seaside in the past, however, I’ve wished I had a dog with me – they’re such fun!  So I think I would like to visit the beach with Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.  And, of course, there will be adventure involved – how could there not be? – and we’ll all have a jolly time.

Musing Monday

This is a new (to me) meme hosted by Should be Reading.  This week, we are asked:

What does your bookshelf (or, what do your bookshelves) say about you to the people who come into your home?

Hmm.  I have two bookcases.  Both are full.  And numerous boxes.  All are full.  They say:

This person has too many books.  She attempts to organise them but frequently fails.  She has yet to learn that one may have too much of a good thing.

Thankfully, my bookshelves are seen and not heard.

Mailbox Monday

  1. Chris Baty – No Plot?  No Problem!

Not a very exciting week book-wise but I expect great things of the future!

Weekend Menu

Over at (In)Courage, Ann is asking about our ‘Weekend Menus’.  We’re talking God rather than pizza and ice cream though.

Weekend Menu:

1. What is one thing you really could do this weekend that you would find soul nourishing? Write that down at the top of your to-do list for this weekend! He longs to feed you.

My main need is to get to Confession.  I haven’t done anything particularly awful but it’s four months since I made my First Confession and I’m feeling decidedly grubby.  I have two opportunities to go today so really don’t have any excuse for missing it.

2. How could you offer soul nourishment to one other person this weekend? Smile as you make that one special thing happen for one other person… You are passing His feast of grace to your right!

I’m stumped on this one.  Really stumped.  So if there’s something I can do for you please let me know.

Feelin’ Feminine – The Week in Review

Seven days have passed and the challenge is over.  I’m actually feeling rather sad about that.  The only trousers I’ve worn have been PJs.  The rest of my life has been wrapped in skirts and addresses.  I promised, when I started, that I’d review the experiment and have a go at the suggested questions when it was done so here we go!

How was the experience for you?  Positive.  It’s forced me to think about how I look and behave and I’ve found life more pleasant when I’ve made an effort with my appearance.

Any particular stories?  My garage experience.

Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?  I’ve felt different this week – lighter and prettier – but I would attribute this to an overall making an effort rather than specifically wearing skirts.  I’ve been doing the hair’n’makeup thing most days and that’s what seems to have the greatest beneficial effect.

The way you felt about yourself?  Yes.  I feel more confident and positive about myself when I’m looking nice.  Today I’ve made no effort at all and feel rotten.  A shower is in order after lunch, I think.

The way you acted?  I don’t notice a great deal of difference here.  I’m not a tom-boy even wearing my slouchiest jeans!

The way you carried yourself?  Maybe.  I feel more valued when looking nice and that probably translates to my posture.  Actually, I have noticed myself holding my tummy in and that can only be good!

Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as in pants?  I’ve not felt restricted this past week.  The only time I can see skirts being a problem is if I have to walk a distance and it’s too hot to wear tights.  I’m over-weight and the tops of my legs tend to rub.

How did people respond?  The main difference I noticed was at the garage on Day 3.  Everyone has been pleasant to me this week but I’ve not really encountered any other challenging situations.

Were you more respected?  At the garage, yes.  Interestingly enough, I had to take the car back in first thing on Day 4.  I was still wearing a skirt, but hadn’t done the hair’n’makeup thing and there was a marked difference in the mechanic’s attitude.  Maybe he’s not a morning person either but things didn’t improve much when I collected my vehicle that afternoon.

Did you feel more like a lady?  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  And what’s more, I liked it!

After the challenge, do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?  I didn’t notice so much of a difference between shorts and trousers.  But I do notice a difference between taking some care with my appearance and hanging out in slob-ville.  It’s harder to be a slob in a skirt for some reason.  So I’m thinking I should resolve to make an effort no matter which mode of dress best suits the activities of the day.  With that in mind, it’s time for this slob to turn herself around …

Feelin’ Feminine

The lovely Emily over at Practically Pink has introduced me to a new challenge which she’s hosting this month.  It’s called Feelin’ Feminine.  The basic idea is that one commits to wearing only skirts/dresses for one week from Sunday to Saturday.  Ladies are encouraged to make themselves look nice but modest and to share photos of their outfits throughout the week.  It’s suggested that one reviews the week at the end with the following questions:

  • How was the experience for you?
  • Any particular stories?
  • Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?
  • The way you felt about yourself?
  • The way you acted?
  • The way you carried yourself?
  • Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
  • How did people respond?
  • Were you more respected?
  • Did you feel more like a lady?
  • After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?

The photos thing isn’t going to happen for me (sometimes living alone isn’t quite as much fun) but I do commit to skirts/dresses only for one week and sharing the review next Sunday (or Monday – there’s a time gobbling monster in this house …)

You’re welcome to join me.

Book Blogger Hop

Thanks to Jennifer over at Crazy-for-Books for hosting this weeks Book Blogger Hop.  This week’s question is:


Well, my Christian name is Laura and my Confirmation name (which I much prefer) is Clare.  I’m not brave enough to start asking people to call me Clare but I’m working on it!

I started blogging over on LiveJournal because ‘all my friends were doing it.’  It wasn’t long before I was hooked:  writing is a great way for me to get things clear in my mind, resolve issues, interact with people and plain have fun!  You can read about why I started this blog here.

I hope you enjoy your visit to NotJustLaura today and that the sun is shining for you.

Musing Mondays

MizB over at Should be Reading asks:

Do you ever read a word or phrase that sparks a specific place or setting in your mind and makes you crave to read a book with that type of place/setting in it?

This actually happened to me last week.  I’m reading The Thorn Birds at the moment and something about it set up a longing for Gone With the Wind and, really, anything else of that nature.  I suppose there are similarities between the books – they’re long, romance-led aga-sagas which I’ve read many times before, often in summer.

Isn’t it odd how one book leads to another?