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That is all.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled life.

ETA:  Still standing, but if I give in to the urge to kick someone with both feet, I’ll be flat on my ass.  Then I’ll get back up and resume standing.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: NOOKbook CoverName of Book: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Copyright Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 303 (Nook edition)

Format: Adult Fiction

Rating: A+

Reason for Reading: Lin suggested it at the first Quirky Girls chat!

Oh-I-decky-tay …”  The words rolled off his tongue like a Mack truck. He felt a wisp of perspiration on his forehead. The words? What was the rest?  “Ooh ree she day … sue.”

Keiko’s face froze in a smile of surprise, interrupted only by her occasional wide-eyed blinking. “What did you just say?”

Breathe, Henry. Deep breath. One more time.

“Oai deki te ureshii desu!” The words came out perfectly.  I did it!

Silence.

“Henry, I don’t speak Japanese.”

 

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet goes back and forth between 1942 and 1986 Seattle. In 1986, the old Panama Hotel finds a stash of Japanese artifacts that were stored in its basement when the Seattle Japanese were sent off to the internment camps in World War II.  Henry, a widower, finds what he is seeking for in those old boxes and suitcases, and his life changes forever.

Ford tells the story beautifully. You get a strong feel for the difficulties in the relationships not only with Henry and Keiko, but Henry and his parents, Henry and Sheldon (a jazz musician who relocated to Seattle from the deep South, and who deeply resents being ordered to the back of the bus), Henry and his son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Henry and his identity as an American-Chinese, and Henry and his past.

I can’t recommend the book highly enough. It’s absolutely lovely.

The Quirky Girls will be chatting at Bumble’s blog on Friday, 4/22, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  If you’ve read the book, come join us. If you haven’t read it but don’t mind spoilers, come join us. 

You don’t need any special software or gadgets to join us. Simply log in as a Guest or with your Facebook ID at any time between 8:30PM – 10:00PM ET on 04/22 and join the conversation with your fingers on your keyboard.

Hope to see you then!

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For Christmas, my awesome sister Izzybella and our other sisters/bff’s chipped in and got me a gift certificate for a massage place.  I used half of it a few weeks ago, and today, on the spur of the moment, called and they were able to fit me in.  So I got a lovely luscious relaxing massage after work.  Then I stopped at Ro.sa’s and spent a whole $2.91 on dinner–eating post lap band is sooooooooo much cheaper–and now I’m blogging and reading a trashy magazine.

Love lazy evenings.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to working on the book, but it was nice to take an evening off.

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I’m doing better today, which is nice. I hate feeling sick and tend to get rather whiney about it.

Still have lots to do, especially due to getting behinder than I already was thanks to feeling puny for a couple of days, so it should be a very busy weekend.

Thanks for the good thoughts. 🙂

In other fronts, remember when I said I was going to go for several months without buying new shoes?  Um, I’ve already bought 2 or 3 pairs since then and show no signs of stopping. Like, I got a $10 coupon from DSW, and when I got there they were giving something like 500 bonus points if you bought certain brands of shoes. And Madden Girl was one of the brands, and I had my eye on a particular pair anyway, so it would have just been silly not to buy them. And I found some great fuschia pumps at Marshall’s for only $20, and they totally rock, so it would have just been silly not to buy them.  As soon as my husband gets home with the camera, I shall declare a shoe week and post photos of all of my lovely, lovely shoes. Although considering how many I have, it may have to be a shoe fortnight.

Hi. My name is Faith, and I’m a shoe-a-holic.

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bleargh

Not feeling at all well. It’s been a bad couple of days.

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  • to feel uber-cute with your newly red hair
  • and your colourful tank & shrug
  • and your raspberry high heels
  • and have lunch with good friends
  • and roll down the windows in the car
  • and dance to the Black-Eyed Peas music pouring out of your speakers
  • and spend the rest of the afternoon dancing to the music in your mind
  • and turn the music back on in the car
  • and drive home, singing and dancing
  • and admiring the bluebonnets and the buttercups and wondering when the Indian paintbrush will make an appearance
  • and kiss your dogs and give them treats
  • and run around the back yard with them for a little while

I’ll be closed up in my home office this evening, writing writing writing, so I really enjoyed the lovely, lovely day at lunch when I got to get out.  Few things are prettier than Texas in the spring time.  That is not an opinion, believe it or not. That is a fact.

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