Seven Felicitous Flops (7QT)

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It is in this spirit that I write today’s post.


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Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy, by Rumer Godden.  It promises to be a beautiful book, as is her In This House of Brede.

 This haunting tale of disgrace and redemption centers on Lise Fanshawe, a prostitute and brothel manager in postwar Paris who, while serving time in prison for killing a man, finds God. Lise is helped by an order of Catholic nuns that includes former prostitutes and prisoners like her. She joins the order and is swept up in an unexpected and fateful encounter with people from her past life. Rumer Godden, author of the masterwork In This House of Brede, tells an inspiring and entirely convincing conversion story that shows how the mercy of God extends to the darkest human places.

Thing is, none of the reviews I read mentioned the supporting character who is a pre-teen incest victim turned nymphomaniac sociopath.  Yikes!  Can’t take it.  Maybe I’ll finish it eventually.  Not now.

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How Should A Person Be, by  Sheila Heti .  

How Should a Person Be? is a novel of many identities: an autobiography of the mind, a postmodern self-help book, and a fictionalized portrait of the artist as a young woman — of two such artists, in fact.
For reasons multiple and mysterious, Sheila finds herself in a quandary of self-doubt, questioning how a person should be in the world. Inspired by her friend Margaux, a painter, and her seemingly untortured ability to live and create, Sheila casts Margaux as material, embarking on a series of recordings in which nothing is too personal, too ugly, or too banal to be turned into art. . . . She begins questioning her desire to be Important, her quest to be both a leader and a pupil, and her unwillingness to sacrifice herself.

I read an intriguing review somewhere, perhaps the Wall Street Journal.  I only skimmed a few pages, but I can tell that no matter how great the story is, it won’t be worth wading through all the vulgarity and disturbing sexual imagery.  Never mind.

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L’Oreal Beauty Tubes mascara.  Unique in that it forms little tubes around your lashes.

This type of mascara is recommended by both these books:

Go ahead.

That judgmental thought you’re thinking about me.

It’s okay.

You’re right.

You’re absolutely right.

Anyway, the result on me is neither hot nor expensive looking.

The toddler-claw mark doesn't help either.

The toddler-claw mark doesn’t help either.

And anyway, how can it make me look hot when I always wear sunglasses while driving my minivan?  That’s what I wanna know.

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Recipe improvisation.  It works for me well enough sometimes, as in this crockpot balsamic beef turned Philly cheese steak.  This crockpot chicken teriyaki though:

I’ve tried making it twice now, tweaking it each time.  The results were somewhere between meh and bleh.  Just make the recipe as written, Laura.  It’s not difficult.

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Coconut milk in place of half and half in my coffee.

I tried it, as discussed here.   It tastes like 1 tsp of skim milk plus 1 Tablespoon coconut oil.  In your coffee.   Not recommended.  Problem is . . .

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Dairy: it’s probably the biggest reason I’ve been only borderline compliant with the Perfect Health Diet the past few months.  Dairy is allowed on the PHD, but not necessary.  I’ve consumed much more of it than is recommended.  Lots of cream in my coffee.  Butter on everything.  Cheese on everything and on its own.  Lots of whole milk yogurt.  Cream cheese stuffed dates for dessert.  Mmmm.

I’m giving it up for a month.

We’ll see.

Have a good weekend.  And enjoy your ice cream.  😉

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7 thoughts on “Seven Felicitous Flops (7QT)

  1. I wish you could know how hard I laughed through this whole thing, I love your humor!!

    And I forgot all about House of Brede, thanks for the reminder, but honestly, despite the young sociopath, I am putting Five for Sorrow higher on my to read list, PARIS!

  2. I think that’s one of my fav Demotivators. And where is the perfect mascara? I’ve tried countless brands and types, and they always turn out “meh”. The best I’ve found is a Clinique sample, but I don’t really want to spend $10 for a whole tube. Good luck on the PHD!

    • I’m sold on Clinique’s mascara. I figure it’s better to spend a few extra bucks on something I know I like versus multiple,cheaper items that won’t be used to satisfaction.

  3. Dear Laura,

    You can get used to the coconut milk – after awhile, it’s delicious. Much better than milk.

    Crockpart is hard on Asian food. Check out these sites – they’re really good: (for instance –

    I hope all is well, Laura!

    –Jonathan Watson

    Shameless self-promotion:
    If you have a chance, check out (the general link) and the Watson-edited site, God & Caesar.

  4. Oh no! Don’t finish Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy. I just did last month and regretted spending so much time thinking about some of those characters– I don’t know where you’ve left off, but V’s story only gets worse. I thought I had blogged about it, but I don’t seem to have ever done so. Ugh.

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