Aug 30, 2013

I'm away and

- re-reading Nora's books -
- one of Summer Vacations' Biggest Pleasures -

(I started vacations with The Search. A book I love. A book I read in Winter and want a Summer memory for it too. It will be nice to pick it up AGAIN in Winter and remember these relaxed days)

Aug 21, 2013

Lobster Rolls

“I said bring Kevin along. We'll take a drive out to this place I know. Great lobster rolls.”

He gave the word lobster a broad New England twist that made her smile. 

“I can't claim they're up to Coco's standards, but there's plenty of local color.”

Megan's Mate


The Classic Maine Lobster Roll




“I've never had a lobster roll.”

“Then you're in for a treat.”

Megan's Mate

Aug 20, 2013

Some Pet!

Adrenaline born of panic gave her the strength to send the three of them rolling to the edge of the bank. As she struck out blindly, Lee heard Hunter issue a sharp command. A whimper followed it.

"Lenore." Her shoulders were gripped before she could spring to her feet. In her mind, the only thought was to find a weapon to defend them. "It's all right." Without giving her a choice, Hunter held her close. "It's all right, I promise. He won't hurt you."

"My God, Hunter, it's a wolf!" Every nightmare she'd ever read or heard about fangs and claws spun in her mind. With her arms wrapped around him to protect, as much as for protection, Lee turned her head. Silver eyes stared back at her from a silver coat.

"No." He felt the fresh fear jump through her and continued to soothe. "He's only half wolf."

Second Nature


Sansa Stark's actress adopted her real-life direwolf



She adds: “Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set.”

And in case you want your own direwolf, Zunni is a Mahlek Northern Inuit Dog. Not sure if it comes with a thirst for Lanister blood or not, but we’re sure you can train that out of them.






As they pulled up behind the Jeep, a huge silver-gray form bounded around the side of the house. Shade swore in sheer astonishment.

"That must be Santanas." Bryan laughed but gave the dog a wary going-over with her door firmly closed.

Fascinated, Shade watched the muscles bunch as the dog moved. But the tail was wagging, the tongue lolling. 

Some pet, he decided. "It looks like a wolf."

"Yeah." She continued to look out the window as the dog paced up and down the side of the van. "Lee tells me he's friendly." 

"Fine. You go first"

Bryan shot him a look that he returned with a casual smile. Letting out a deep breath, Bryan opened the door. "Nice dog," she told him as she stepped out, keeping one hand on the handle of the door. "Nice Santanas."

"I read somewhere that Brown raised wolves," Shade said


One Summer 

Aug 19, 2013

Back-of-the-Box Recipes

"Do you ever make those cinnamon rolls? You know the ones with that sticky white icing?"

"I make them sometimes."

"Really." She began to cut the dough for tarts and glanced back at him. 

He looked so… male, she
thought, leaning back on the counter with his ankles crossed and a mug of coffee in his hand.

"I didn't know you cooked."

"Sure, now and then. You buy these tubes down at the market. Then you take them home, rap them against the counter and peel the bun things out, cook them, and squirt icing on the top. Nothing to it."

It made her laugh.

Dance Upon the Air


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Aug 10, 2013

Bed of Roses

“Is it like this for you, Carter?”
“Actually, I’m allowed to talk to Mac.”
“I meant—”
“I know. Yes, it’s like that. She’s the light. Before, you can fumble around in the dark, or manage in the dim. You don’t even know it’s dim because that’s the way it’s always been. But then, she’s the light. Everything changes.”
“If the light shuts off, or worse, if you’re stupid enough to shut it off yourself, it’s a hell of a lot darker than it was before.”

Bed of Roses


Passenger - "Let Her Go"

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go