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I wish Smell-O-Vision was real

Because the front of my house is SO DELICIOUS. Roses, roses, roses. They're going bananas, and I couldn't be happier. Big ol' pics under the cut. Taken with my phone, so don't expect art. :D

I cut these off of a climber I have over the garage (it was severely damaged twice, so the plant itself isn't attractive right now, but the flowers? *kisses fingers*

These are some of the more "spent blossoms" I cut yesterday to keep by my bed.

These are not roses. It's just a shot of my favorite weeping Japanese maple (I have two) with Japanese Painted Ferns underneath and some purple Oxalis (clover) to the right. There's lime green pennywort around there if you poke around.)

AND MY BELOVED JULIA CHILD. Oh, it is just covered with blossoms, in bloom and in bud. I love this beauty. It smells un-freaking believable.

Turn 45 degrees to the left and there is my Kaleidescope Rose (it's a mish-mash of colors that changes the older the blossom is) and it smells amazing, very "tea rose." I don't like that as a perfume, typically, but on a plant? YES.

This is my State Rose of Texas (There's a yellow rose in Texas - I'm going there to see!) and those blooms are the size of a softball. There are bearded Irises budding behind it. Yellow + blue = springtime!

Last, my swmbo memorial rose, planted when she lost one of her co-workers suddenly (I have quite a few memorial plants in the garden, now that I think about it) and it was almost killed when we put in the pool. It's coming back and looking wonderful. Look at that crazy orange/yellow bleed! <3


HEY GUYS IT IS GORGEOUS OUTSIDE. I have no books to read. I want something fun, adventurous, and awesome. *chinfists* Whatcha got? I just blew through The Hunger Games for the 5th time (and man, I need to find fanfiction, because the ending is satisfactory, right?) Oooh, maybe I should re-read The Passage since Book 2 is coming out in June? O_O

eta Remember how I'm like really good about admitting that I'm wrong? Like, there have been positions that I've taken where I've had people rationally explain why it was hurtful, etc., and I can say HEY I WAS WRONG and be gracious about it?

I THINK I NEED PEOPLE TO STOP FEELING LIKE THEY NEED TO CONSTANTLY NITPICK EVERYTHING I SAY/WRITE/REVIEW. Give me one effing day off, hmm? Flaming_muse? I love your newly coined word, impupedants.

I mean, I REALLY don't see this shit happening anywhere else, in anyone else's journals or websites, or recaps. At least not to the degree that I get it. STOP PLEASE. Just for 24 hours, please?


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Apr. 5th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
OH I HAVE THOSE!! I haven't read them yet. Awesome!! We tend to like the same things, so that's awesome.

SWAMPLADIA? You had me at Swamplandia.

Yes, you can live there. I just found a rabbit warren under my rosemary hedge out front, so we'll either bed you in there (bunny blanket!) or smoke them out and let it be yours. YOU MAKE THE CALL, SAM.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the sequels? I just finished the last one. Really good, but some really violent things happen, just FYI.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yes yes! Oh, I'm okay with violence, as long as it's not steady abuse/children imperiled, that sort of thing.

Excellent choices in reading material! (And I love that you gave a warning. I have such lovely LJ friends. <3)
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Apr. 5th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse
by Victor Gischler

It. Is. AWESOME. And you'll totally love it I think.

And WTF? why do people think just because it's on the intertubes they can be all assholery to people on their posts? At least I can blame my incident this week on brain-damage. Some assholes are just assholes. Sigh.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
OOOH! You know me and my love of the apocalypse!

And it's not that they're being assholes, I'm just constantly being challenged on things, stuff that doesn't matter, stuff where I have a resource, or... GOD. I'm just worn out with getting it at HDJM, on fic posts, in comments...

I have a teenager that argues with me constantly THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh I loved The Passage! A little draggy in parts but I'd totally read it again. I'm so glad the second one is coming out soon.

Also completely jealous of your garden.

ETA: I'm currently reading Fall of Giants, which is great, but not light reading by any means.

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Apr. 5th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I read the Passage while sitting up in the hospital, so it didn't feel draggy to me at the time - I might feel differently when not needing to take my mind off of things.


Oooh, I'll look into that, too, thank you!
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Apr. 5th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Have you read Feed (and Deadline) by Mira Grant (aka Seannan McGuire)? Zombies, politics, blogging and snarky, codependent siblings. The books read fast and fun. The third book is coming out later this year.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for that rec!!
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Apr. 5th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
OMG your FLOWERS. So this is what it feels like to swoon. No wonder you love plants so much.

I know it's the internet, the place where everybody's an expert, but OMG with the nitpicking.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
I just went outside again and watched the honeybees on the lavender. One of these days I'm going to put in bee hives. (Lavender honey = AMAZING.) <3 I just love flowers, I'm such an old lady. Hahahaha.

I think I just reached my limit today. The Boy is already arguing with everything I say, just give me space, omg. <3 you.
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Fuck the nitpickers. Your roses are beautiful. But not as beautiful as you, my dear.

I'm so excited to go to B's tomorrow because I will get to see green stuff! Things are still very brown here and we're in drought (our snowpack is terrible and everything is already melted), so I'm predicting a brown summer. *sigh* At least we have evergreens?
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
<3 thanks, Sal.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU BOTH!!! Oooh, and she mentioned that her irises were blooming, I think? Mine are just starting to open. YAY PLANTS.

I love evergreens - you can paint a really pretty picture with different colors and textures that I find fetching. :D
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
The Flame Alphabet - a glorious and MESSED up trip down the rabbit hole of what happens when language becomes toxic and only children are immune.

Delerium - great book where love is a disease that's vaccinated. The sequel JUST released. (Pandemonium)

Apr. 5th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
OOOOOOOOOH. I don't think I've heard of either of those, and they sound FASCINATING. Thank you!!
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Apr. 5th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
The Monstrumologist trilogy- The Monstrumologist, Curse of the Wendigo, and Isle of Blood. They're fantastic. A young boy is apprenticed to a doctor of monsters when his father (the former apprentice) dies. Set in the late 1880s, tons of creepy, atmospheric, excellent horror.

Or Divergent... a dystopian set in future Chicago where people are divided into factions based on personality traits- the selfless are in Abnegation, the brave in Dauntless, the truthful in Candor, etc. Sooo good, and the sequel Insurgent comes out in May.

Or the Hex Hall series- Hex Hall, Demonglass, and Spell Bound. Our girl Sophie is sent to a boarding school for supernatural types after a couple of spells go horribly wrong. Witty, funny, with great suspense, and a killer romance story that doesn't feel contrived in any way.

Those are all fantastic, some of my favs.
Apr. 5th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ha, I love asking for books, because I get MONSTER REC LISTS OF AWESOME.

Thank you so much for all of these!! I'm happily strolling through Kindle to find new stories.
Apr. 5th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I promise I am not trying to spam you, but I just saw this -

Apr. 5th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)

I've been reading the Flavia books. First one is "Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie".
Apr. 5th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thankee sai!

Oh, I've heard of that book!
Apr. 5th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
I love it when you post piccies of your garden. It tells me spring has definitely arrived - not just the heat of it, but the verdancy of it. (hmm, is verdancy even a word? o.0)
Apr. 5th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ha, I worry that people are all EYE ROLL when I post garden pics, lol. YAY! I keep remembering to take pictures in the middle of the day when the light is harsh. But I promise in real life it's pretty. :D
Apr. 5th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)

Apr. 5th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)

You get bonus points for your icon.
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Apr. 5th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke won all the awards when it came out in 2005 and is the best thing I've read this year. It is sort of an AU historical fiction (not my usual genre) and the premise sounds outlandish, but the author sells it completely.
Apr. 5th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I do remember that book! When it came out, it was being touted as "the next Harry Potter." I didn't agree, but yes - it's a fun read!

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Apr. 6th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, stay where you are - we'll hit 100 soon and you'll be miserable. :D

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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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