In my upstairs renovation adventure, I sold our single guest bed online last weekend. We only bought our twin/single last year, but having a single mattress limits the amount of people who can stay over. (ie. not couples) Right after the buyers came and picked it up, I prodded Hubby into going to Sleep Country where we found a nice double plus frame that was on sale. Yay! My brother from Toronto will be staying with us next week, so it’s nice that it will be used right away. We stayed with them, now they get to stay with us! 🙂
It will be nice too when the master bedroom and guest bedroom are exactly how I want them. We haven’t been making major adjustments or anything, it’s more surface changes, but it’s still enough to be quite expensive. Hopefully it will be worth it in the end!
I’ve also been reading a lot lately. In terms of the aforementioned Canadian content, I finished Laura Best‘s Bitter Sweet and Troy Little’s Chiaroscuro awhile ago. Both were excellent, but very different. Bitter Sweet is a heartwarming tale about enduring hardship and familial love that is safe reading for people of all ages.
A family moves into a small home, but is quickly thrown into turmoil when the father runs away and the mother dies. It is up to Pru, the main character, to keep the family together. Pru’s inner strength and love for her ailing mother and family really tugged at the ‘ol heart strings. There is a deep bond between mothers and daughters and I think this book really represented that bond well, it was very touching.
Chiaroscuro, on the other hand, is targeted more towards young adults, and has a slight Kevin Smith underdog feel to it. Art graduate Steve just can’t seem to get motivated enough to paint on the blank canvas that sits in his apartment. Not even his dingy surroundings or teasing from his best friend, will get him to stop bitching and start creating. It’s not until some strange men, mistaking him for the former tenant of his apartment, start harassing Steve that his life finally begins to change. It was great reading this book and seeing the references to Canadian artists and the National Gallery. I am quite fond of Troy’s drawing style and dry sense of humor.
Of course, I haven’t just been restricting myself just to Canadian authors. (I never could restrict my author list to just one country) My brother’s girlfriend, after discovering my intention to go to the Silver Snail to pick up more Sandman books, lent me Neil Gaiman‘s “Stardust” and “American Gods”. Between Sandman, my birthday gift of “Neverwhere” from Jen and these two novels, I am up to my eyeballs in Gaiman! But the more I read his stuff, the more my obsession grows with acquiring more, so I am very happy to be able to read all these books.
Here is one Neil Gaiman quote for all of you and my brother’s girlfriend, who works in a library: