Your Roots are Showing

This is just the most fantastic book! It has plenty of love, betrayal, frustration, emotional turmoil and ups and downs. I was hooked on Lizzie the minute I met her on the first page. At times I wanted to shake Lizzie for being so drawn-out but it was well worth the wait. 🙂 I loved this book and will read any others that this author puts out. As I understand it, this is her first novel. I had to keep a word journal for this book because there are so many differences in the language. Read them, some of them are a hoot! lol

Your Roots are Showing

                   Elise Chidley

Story summery– Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful  home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates. Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books. But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

Word Journal –

Gloucestershire –  England. The setting of the story

Digestive biscuits – sometimes referred to as a sweet-meal biscuit, is a semi-sweet biscuit originated in the United Kingdom and popular worldwide.

 Rescue Remedy – Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.

Gobsmacked – utterly astounded

Swot – student or a way of studying

Swanned out – Someone that is the ultimate lame; truly a ham. Don’t expect much out of  them.

Gone off of – to have given up on or to be done with someone

Minutiea – (mi – new – shuh) the details of something

Reddybrek – is an oat based breakfast cereal

Self-flagellation – the action of flogging oneself. Excessive criticism of oneself

Cottoned-on – to understand, usually after some initial difficulty

Kitted out – dressed from head to toe with accessories

Kith and kin – ones acquaintances

Habitué – a resident of or frequent visitor to a particular place

Cotswolds – a farmer will define the cotswolds as an area of gently sloping hills good for arable and sheep farming

Wellies – a type of boot. (wellington boot)

Splashed out – to have splurged money on

Punters – customers

Squiring – a man who attends or escorts a woman

“a right charley’ – an idiot.

Knobs on – to be excited about and to show enthusiasm

Nip up – go somewhere quickly. To be right back after going quickly

Hold-all– a suitcase

Maintenance payments – alimony

Obdurate – stubbornly persistant

Croft – small plot of ground adjacent to a house and use as a kitchen garden

Doggerel – comic verse composed in irregular rhythm

Fait accompli – means a course of events that has already been completed and cannot be undone

Remonstrate –  Make a forcefully reproachful protest

In flagrante – is a legal term used to indicate that a criminal has been caught in the act of committing an offence

Whinge-pot – I think it might be a temper tantrum or something

Recalcitrant – A person with such an attitude

Dosh – A contempory slang term used for an amount of money

Situ – site or location. I think a lake perhaps

Hobnobs – Mix socially, esp. with those of higher social status

Octogenarian – A person who is from 80 to 89 years old

Alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness

Mot juste – the exact, appropriate word

page 3,287 from my Journal

August 16th, 2011
I can hardly believe that school starts tomorrow. I am both excited and a little sad. I always enjoy the first month or so but then after that, sometimes the days seem to drag on a bit here and there. I am often very happy when Tori comes home from school and fills my ears with the days events while I sit and marvel at what an interesting person she is turning out to be. When she is recounting the highlights of class around a mouth full of milk-soaked cookie, I am also reminded of only yesterday, when her older sister sat in the same dining room chair and shared HER day with me as well. Now, my oldest is entering her second year of college while living on her own in an apartment she pays for an hour away from our home. Sometimes it seems the universe lives and breathes in that distance and I worry constantly for the day when it grows even further. But I take solace in her beauty both outwardly and inward. She is a remarkable young woman and I am proud to be her Mother.
The beginning of school seems to always mark the passing of yet another year more so than any other day of the year. Perhaps that’s because I know it’s only a few years until I am sitting in those bleachers at the high school, waiving away at the last baby bird to leave the nest. Thank god that day is still some years away.
I do look forward to the stolen lunches with my Husbeast, the quiet afternoons on the porch and the smell of a wonderfully clean house all day long. I do enjoy the time alone that school affords me – but I also know that one day, that is all that there will be and I wonder if it will be so enjoyable then ….
My wishes this year for my children are;

  • for Sarah … I wish for her to not have to work so hard between her two jobs and for understanding to happen easily for her in some of her classes. I hope that she finds time for herself and keeps her goals in mind and doesn’t forget to be human once in a while.
  • for Tori.; I hope that all of the distracting-ill-mannered children are placed in the OTHER class (lol). I hope that she finds someone to confide in that is honest and trustworthy and her own age. And I hope that she learns to forgive herself for being human once in a while.

And to all the other Mothers, if you find Father Time, please let me know. I’d like to negotiate with him ……..

Let Me In

I just finished reading this book last night and even though I posted it to my book shelf here on my blog, I just had to write more about it. The story is written by a Swedish author named John Ajvide Lindqvist and the book I read is the English translation of his story. It was also made into a movie, oh which I have not seen yet. I don’t know if I want to or not because the book was so engrossing that I can’t imagine anything being cut from it. The writing style is much different from what I’m used to and the cadence of the characters is somewhat had to keep up with at times. That is, until you get far enough into the story that it no longer matters. lol.

I think what I loved most about this book was the fact that the main character, Eli, is a child vampire. Not so much that he/she is a vampire but that Eli is a child. It’s a different perspective for an age-old tail. I also loved watching the relationship between Eli and Oskar develop. This is a must read if you like horror fiction. But do be advised that it’s pretty graphic and sometimes down right gross. Just the way I like ’em. lol