Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wahoo! Wednesday

I really need my wahoos, this week. The lights are still flickering in our house and now it's gotten to the point that we often hear fizzing, popping, crackling noises. The refrigerator goes off and on, the computer monitors blink, the light bulbs are more lightning than light. Scary.

So, wahoo #1 -- Wahoo! for the fact that the electricity problem hasn't killed us, yet. Might want to follow that one up with a request for crossed fingers and prayers till we find an electrician.

2. It rained cats and dogs, this morning, and I had to drive on Interstate 20 to Jackson in a deluge. It was just a wee bit bracing. Fortunately, all went well apart from one brief moment during which an 18-wheeler passed me and I was temporarily blinded by the splash he generated. Well, wahoo! for making it home in one piece.

3. You can't help but love this wahoo if you're a bibliophile (and which of you is not?) . . . Wahoo! for that ARC giveaway at the library. Oh, oh, oh, oh!! I'm so excited to have a fresh, pretty pile. I'll have to take some photos, soon. Both hubby and I are having fun with the new books. But, my most thrilling find on those library carts -- and, I'm telling you, it is such a lucky thing that I held that wahoo noise in because they would have kicked me out faster than you can say, "Gosh, look at the greedy book pig" -- is The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. Garden Spells was one of my favorite reads, last year, so I've been just salivating at the thought of another luscious read by the same author, ever since a friend told me she'd received an advanced reader. You have never seen an arm move as fast as that motion I made to snatch The Sugar Queen off the FREE books cart.

4. Wahoo! for new life. I meant to mention this little guy, whom I plunked into my sidebar, last week, but then events intervened. Gah, small-town weirdness that I can't talk about, but it's mostly over. Anyway, I was standing out on our driveway, one day (I do that a lot, just watching the birds) and a mockingbird was dive-bombing Gray Kitty, the cat whose image I've just turned into my new profile photo. Naturally, I started to think, "Hmm, maybe there's a nest, nearby." The next day, when I was outside I noticed a nest in a big green thing -- which is either a big shrub or a small tree; honestly, I can't tell. It's just fat and leafy. And, there was a whole lot of tweeting going on. So, I walked across the street and saw this little fellow hanging out of the nest. Up above on the wire was either Mama or Daddy Mockingbird with a mouthful of blackberry. What an awesome sight. Look at that cute, downy little head!!!! And here's Mama or Daddy:5. I signed a contract with a roofer, last week. I told my husband the roofer is very soft-spoken and likable and he has these nice little smile crinkles around his eyes, but I have no idea whether he's any good at replacing a roof. My husband just laughed. So, you know, wahoo! for having a husband who trusts me and thinks I'm kind of funny. I think I'd probably drive most men crazy, so that's a biggie.

In other bookish news . . .

I had this overwhelming need to actually buy a new book, over the weekend, and The Blood of Flowers has been on my wish list for quite a while, so I grabbed that one on a jaunt to Borders. I have no idea when I'll actually read it, but it's very pretty and comes highly recommended.

And from our library's perpetual sale, I got a copy of Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. Squeee! I've had that one on the wish list forever -- like, years. Again, when I'll get to it is anyone's guess, but I'm happy to own a copy. I love Stegner.

I was also thrilled to see a message saying I've won a copy of The Used World by Haven Kimmel from This Book for Free. I've been planning to give her fiction a try and that'll make it easy. Many thanks to Shoshana!

Wishing everyone a deluge of wahoos,

Bookfool, aka That Greedy Book Pig


  1. Ew, I want to hear all about The Sugar Queen. Read it fast! :)

  2. Those are some great wahoos! Good luck w/ the roofing and electricity. :)

  3. How lucky to get a copy of The Sugar Queen for free! Seems very wahooy to me.

  4. Oh my, but isn't that baby just the sweetest little thing?!! Your photography skills just never cease to amaze me!

    Can't wait to see your haul of ARCs!

    And fingers and toes will be crossed here...that whole electricity thing sounds mighty scary to me!

  5. Great Wahoos. Hope you get your electricity problem fixed.

  6. I think we're all greedy book pigs. At least I know I am too! :)
    The little baby mockingbird is adorable.

  7. Maggie,

    I'm working on it! I'm about halfway into The Sugar Queen. For some reason, I could not get my lazy self to wake up, this morning, so I have some very important reading to do, this afternoon.


    Thank you and thank you. :)


    Finding The Sugar Queen was the kind of wahooey moment that is hard to beat. Very, very lucky. And, so far it's a terrific read. I was kind of nervous that this book would be a letdown after the wonders of Garden Spells, but I'm loving it.

  8. Debi,

    Isn't that fuzzy little head adorable? Just FYI, I cheat. I have a 300mm lens and I'm surrounded by wildlife.

    I've yet to take photos of my haul because I couldn't get my lazy self out of bed, this morning. I kept waking up and falling back asleep. I'll try to make that an afternoon project.

    Thanks, it is definitely scary having electricity problems. I think maybe it has to do with the fact that we've got 1970's wiring in a 2008 world. We'll see. :)


    Thank you, thank you. :)

  9. Nat,

    I usually exhibit a little more self-control around the free books because I figure I should share. But, I decided what the heck, I can pass them on.

    Isn't he a cutie? I think that's the first time I've ever seen a young bird in a nest. I've never been able to get close because our own trees are very, very tall -- as in the lowest limbs are about 20-25 feet up. So, it was really an exciting sight.

  10. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Deluge of books better than a deluge of being splashed. Scary. I hate driving in the rain.

    Nice score on the books! Very cool about the birds.

  11. I am so glad to hear that you are safe. I try to avoid the interstate as much as possible. My mother has scared me of them even before I started driving. She hates them. The one you were on is esp. scary.

  12. Carrie,

    Well, I got both kinds of deluge and, yep, the book kind is definitely better. :)


    Thanks. Yep, I-20 is awful; it's really not wide enough for the amount of traffic going through the state, anymore. They desperately need to widen it, in my opinion. I hate to drive that way (especially in the rain), but I had no choice, yesterday. Had to go.

    I thought about you while I was headed that way. I'm reading The Queen of Sleepy Eye and it is soooo good!!! I'm going to have to set it aside for a few days but I was glad to see it's a September release, so I still have plenty of time to get an early review written. Thanks so much for thinking of me! You're right; it's definitely my kind of book!

  13. Wow, lots of wahooey goodness! Those birds are awesome! Love the blackberry action.

    Definitely sending prayers and crossed fingers for the fizzing, sizzling electric stuff. That sounds very disturbing.

    And yummy yummy books! I have Garden Spells sitting here staring at me.

  14. Andi,

    The rest of the time, those wild blackberries drive me nuts (ouch, ouch, the thorns!) but it was uber cool to see a bird bringing one to its baby for lunch. :)

    Thanks for the prayers. Hubby is asking around for recommendations (he got two, but neither was in the phone book -- yeesh). Soon, I hope!!!

    Oh, I hope you love Garden Spells as much as I did! I'm not quite done with The Sugar Queen, but I think the author has a lovely touch and her second book has clinched the deal; she's now one of my favorite authors.

  15. I hope you are able to get the electricity problems taken care of soon. I hope the weather begins to be more cooperative!

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on Sugar Queen. I recently came home with a copy of Garden Spells. There's not telling when I'll get to it, but I sure want to.

    The little bird is adorable! Oh, to be a bird . . .

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Nancy.

  16. Wendy,

    Thanks, I hope so, too! I'm going to have to go to Oklahoma, soon, and it worries me to think about leaving my fellas behind in a house with hinky electricity.

    I'm hoping to finish The Sugar Queen, tonight. I hope you love Garden Spells as much as I did. I'm really enjoying The Sugar Queen, too, so I've already decided the author is a new favorite. Since it's not often that I'll even name favorites, I must really like her style. LOL

    Thanks! Hope you have a terrific week, too!

  17. Those are some great Wahoos! And that picture--the closeup where you can see the little fuzz on top of birdy's head. Amazing!

  18. Trish,

    Thank you and thank you. I'm rather fond of that downy head, myself. Doesn't it just make you say, "Awwww"?


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