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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


My week was chaotic and productive at the same time.  I had finished my first book on Monday, eager to write a review and start on the next one.  But best laid plans and all…that day was the beginning of the end of those good plans.  In the midst of my frenzied activity, my laptop died.  But I bought a new one and took it to the Geek Squad for setup and data transfer.  All good, right?  Not so good.  Two days later it was still not finished, and I was in a long line at the DMV for my DL renewal and REAL ID completion.  I came through that within two hours, and successfully, but then that night, my temporary bridge fell out when I wasn’t even chewing on that side!  The next morning, I headed to the dentist, while regularly checking on the status of my new laptop.  Meanwhile, I finished reading book #2.

Thursday night I got my laptop!  Before I went to sleep, I started learning how to navigate it, and wrote one review.  On Friday, I wrote another one…and two blog posts.  So..a minimal amount of progress, but I felt exultant that I had come through the week in one piece.  Sort of.

So…let’s take a closer look…and grab some coffee.


My Journey Without My Laptop

Bookish Friday:  “Bitter Orange”

Review:  First Flurries, by Joanne DeMaioReview:  They All Fall Down (e-book), by Tammy Cohen

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox…but I downloaded two e-books.

A Well-Behaved Woman (e-book), by Therese Anne Fowler

Shell Game (e-book),(A V.I. Warshawski Novel) by Sara Paretsky



I’m currently reading In Pieces, by Sally Field: an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words—about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

Day of the Dead (e-book), by Nicci French


That was my rather turbulent week, ending on a more serene note. What did your week look like?  Before the week turned completely chaotic, I relaxed with this pumpkin cheesecake pie.  Yes, I had to have it again.



  1. The Cue Card

    Yikes what a tough week you had: DMV, dentist and computer start-up, ugh! I think you deserve a good margarita. Hopefully next week will be more serene for you. I just got back from the desert – things were good there. Cheers.

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  2. And here’s to a quieter week coming up! I have cancelled my order for In Pieces at the Book Depository and will go to the local store to buy. I heard it get a very good review on our local radio too. Of course we of a certain age remember the days of Gidget and the Flying Nun!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I hope you enjoy it! And yes, there was Gidget. The Flying Nun was not her best show, and she didn’t enjoy doing it. I learned a lot more about her in the book, even though I’ve followed her in magazine articles over the years.

      I am looking forward to a quieter week, too, and I really missed visiting blogs on a computer…the iPhone didn’t do it for me!


    1. Thanks, Nicci, and I don’t want to complain, but I didn’t enjoy having to find all my favorite sites again, change passwords, and bookmark things! It is nice having a keyboard on which the letters and numbers are visible. LOL


  3. Oh my, what a week! I’m glad that it ended well for you at last. Cheers for the new laptop! I just read In Pieces and really enjoyed most of it, though some of it was hard to get through, which you know because you’ve probably read enough. Sigh…

    Any DeMaio book is worth a read, and I hope to get my hands on a couple of her seasonal titles soon. They’re a good comfort read. (and your pie looks like a good comfort dessert, lol).

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  4. Urg! Dentists and new computers – I hate having to get to grips with a new computer as I tend to bond FAR too strongly with the one I’m using… Kudos to your for getting through a hard week unbowed! I saw Sally Fields on the Grahem Norton Show and was very impressed. Not only does she look AMAZING for her age – she is also smart and funny without taking herself too seriously. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this book.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I should be finished with the book shortly. I have always enjoyed Sally, and in recent years, the show Brothers & Sisters was a favorite.

      I clung to my old laptop until I no longer could (it kept shutting down on me!), because I love familiar routines and familiar devices. Sigh. I’m adjusting to the new.

      Enjoy your week!

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    1. Oh, yes, JoAnn, it was a week for a few posts, but I couldn’t post! I did a few on FB. LOL

      I was so terrified that I would somehow fail the DMV written test, which was required (luckily, I didn’t!), as I found the questions on the practice tests tricky. But now it’s behind me, and I’ll be getting my REAL ID. The photo was horrible, though; they made me take off my glasses, and stupidly, I hadn’t put much eye makeup on. LOL

      The DMV and dentist did distract me a little from the defunct laptop, and wondering why it was taking so long to set up the new one.

      Enjoy your week!

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  5. StackingMy BookShelves

    I am sorry to hear your laptop died. Ughh what a pain. That pumpkin cheesecake pie makes me want to run out and get one myself. Yummy!! I went on a buying splurge last month and didn’t want to get out of control as It is leaking into my living room now. =) So I have put a halt on buying any more books for now.
    Have a great week.


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    1. It is hard not to buy books…this week, I only bought two, as you know, although I sent off to Amazon for a new laptop cooling fan…it should arrive tomorrow. I love speedy Amazon!

      Enjoy your week, Mary, and thanks for visiting.


  6. Diane D

    OMG you did have a chaotic week. I was just commenting on Ti’s blog (she had one too) that the older I get the less I can cope with these kinds of annoyances that interrupt our life. Hope this week is better.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I am definitely hoping for an easier week ahead. I’m starting to adjust to the new computer (knock wood!) and finished the Sally Field book, which grabbed me from the beginning, and had me in tears at the end.


  7. That was a week full of unexpecteds. It’s harder to adjust when you’re already full up with stuff also.
    I hope the new computer will be great.
    I also have Shell Game; I like the audio and I just got it at the library, altho the publisher had it on a list I could have for review. But I don’t take everything since I have so many audios right now. Anne – Books of My Heart

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Anne, and I still need to read the previous book by Paretsky, Fallout, which is resting on my Kindle.

      So far so good with the computer, which I still have to name…in order for it to feel part of the family. LOL


    1. Thanks, Kathy, I am glad the week is over! I was worried that nothing would turn out right!

      As much as I love having a laptop again, and this one is working nicely, I hated having to find all my sites again (no bookmarks on a new device!) and I had to change passwords all over the place. Sigh. Here I go whining. LOL

      I loved In Pieces…and then I went to Prime to start watching Brothers & Sisters, a show I loved.


  8. Susie | Novel Visits

    Isn’t it crazy that a few days without a computer is so hard! Then there’s always the adjustment to a new one and its particular quirks. Hope its going smoothly.

    i might pick up the Sally Fields memoir for Nonfiction november.

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    1. Oh, yes, I don’t know which is harder…being without the computer, or adjusting to the new one. Mostly my new one is great…but then I hit a key wrong and spaces appear when I didn’t enter them. Crazy. Thanks for visiting, Susie.


  9. Literary Feline

    You’ve had quite a time of it lately, Laurel-Rain. I do hope this week is much much calmer. I hope you are enjoying your new computer. Both of your new books sound good! I want to read the Pareysky book in particular. I hope you are enjoying In Pieces. I don’t read a lot of celebrity memoirs, but that one interests me. I hope you have a great (and better) week, Laurel-Rain!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, I am happy to have put last week behind me, and I’ve started the week with my new laptop.

      I finished In Pieces yesterday, and loved it. I’m now reading Day of the Dead and watching Brothers and Sisters on Prime.

      Have a great week.


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