creeped out, bored + why dad is in 7th heaven

this past week, i finished two books – numbers thirteen and fourteen on the year. again, i was reading them simultaneously, and you will see why in just a moment.

on thursday, i finished sue grafton’s t is for trespass, part of the kinsey millhone series.

without a doubt, this was the BEST sue grafton i have read. i rate it ***1/2 (three point five stars). funny note, part i: i could only get this book in LARGE PRINT from the library. it was 564 pages long and the size of a door stop. but you sure feel like a speedreader when you can cover 100+ pages in a single day. funny note, part ii: this novel was a complete page turner, but one night i was trying to read it in bed, and i had to set it aside, that’s how much it was giving me the willies. and it was all because of the character of “solana” – she was freaking me out! so i had to stick to day-time reading.

this series is like reading a nancy drew: you know that everything will turn out all right in the end (as also evidenced by the fact that the next book is u is for undertow) but the plot totally hooked me, and i could not wait to see how things would turn out. the only disappointment was the last few pages – the story ends overly-dramatically.

then last night, i thankfully concluded the jane austen book club by susan joy fowler.

i will go on record as saying this was the most boring chick lit-genred novel i have ever read (i should have left it in the garbage room building lending library where i found it). tjabc was both a good and bad bedtime read: good because it made me want to sleep, bad because it took me way longer to finish than it should have, given the very few number of pages i could get through per night. the characters did not engage me (the most interesting of the mini-plots was the love triangle history of sylvia-jocelyn-daniel) and the writing style was flat. to be fair, if i was more familiar with jane austen’s works (i’ve only ever read pride and prejudice and that was at least twenty years ago) the austen comparisons might have meant more, and the novel may have been more interesting. this book gets a *1/2 (one point five star) rating. before reading the novel, i thought i had seen the movie version; now i don’t think i did! absolutely nothing sounded familiar! can’t say i am tempted to rush out and get the dvd!

next up: ready player one, on loan from sil ana. both she and the brother have read it, now it’s my turn! i’m looking forward to what i understand are prolific 80s references. and sticking to my two-books-at-once trend, i just this aft picked up u is for undertow at the library. time to get reading!


if asked to name his favourite food, i know dad would reply, “french fries.” although, on second thought, maybe he would say apple pie…or mom’s scalloped potatoes??…ok, i guess i am not as sure of my response as i initially thought! anyway, i DO know fries would be right near the top of the list. take a look at what has been parked in uptown waterloo, right in the centre square, starting about a week ago:


[**important sidenote!!** sadly, this ^^ is NOT the exact truck to which i am referring! when i went to snap my pic this aft -> NO TRUCK. murphy’s law! so this is a CLOSE APPROXIMATION of the vehicle you will see in uptown waterloo square!].

needless to say, dad has already paid dave’s french fry truck a visit. his verdict? excellent! i have to laugh because whenever we talk about uptown waterloo plus food choices, dad emphatically states that uptown wat needs a fresh-cut fry truck (any other longtime residents remember when there WAS a bright blue fry truck, parked by the corner of william and king, way back in the late 80s, early 90s?!).

so far, it looks like the fry truck is getting a good flow of traffic up to its take-out window. locals, lmk if you check out dave’s fry truck and give me your opinion! (and don’t be surprised if you bump into dad!).


on this weekend, way back in ’96, dad and i ran our first marathons in niagara falls. i remember so many details from that day – happy memories!

what are you reading RIGHT NOW?! and give your **** star rating, please!

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  • biz319  On October 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I have never eated food off a food truck before! My brother and step-son live in Austin, Texas and they are everywhere – totally jealous!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      i know! i am jealous of all the options on the U.S., as i have seen on foodnetwork shows! now they just need to add an ice cream truck beside the fry truck – haha!

  • Lisa  On October 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Oh my gosh, I read the title of your post and somehow skipped the “7th” part… My heart stopped beating for a second! So, although nothing to do with your post at all, I’m happy your dad is well and you were just talking about french fries!
    I just read a book by Stephen Cope (the name is escaping me), but it’s about finding life’s purpose, etc….and I really loved it so I’ll give it lots of stars. But it definitely would not appeal to everyone!
    Hope you’re doing great….I’m kinda back in the ‘hood for the next 10 days (I hear the weather is going to be awful the whole time I’m here except today!).

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      lisa, i am so excited for you, being back “home” to visit family and friends – enjoy every moment. the weather is going to be terrible up here, too! you will be missing that cali weather!! yes, dad is happy and doing well! even better with the french fries close at hand! sorry you were startled! glad you enjoyed the stephen cope book – i love books like that, too. again, have an AWESOME visit!!

  • Johanna B  On October 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I just finished Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich. ***. Her stuff is light and easy to read but definitely engaging. I have #13 in the stack to read in the next week or so. I currently changed course and am reading Lying on the Couch by my favorite psychologist from grad school. It’s a novel and not a text. So far it’s not an easy read but I am enjoying it.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

      johanna, i so agree that janet evanovich is a fun read…always very entertaining! lying on the couch sounds unique…glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Fran@BCDC  On October 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    A french fry truck would be a dangerous thing. I can control myself when things aren’t around, but when they’re right there in my face…it’s Harder! I’m Reading The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Very good, but for some reason it’s been slow going…maybe because I’m actually doing other things, like sorting and packing!! I’ve never read any Jane Austen. They’re on my list!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

      i’ll look forward to your comments about the angel’s game, fran! (i like that you often comment about what you are reading). more packing and sorting today??! good luck, if so! the fry truck is one of several yummy establishments in our ‘hood! we are lucky…or in trouble! haha!

  • The Orchard  On October 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Oooh, I haven’t seen the fry truck uptown yet, but can’t wait until I do! Yum!

    I have not read any of the Sue Grafton books, but will have to give the first one a go sometime soon.

    I am just getting into the Mortal Instruments series. I am about half-way through the first book, City of Bones. I am finding a bit hard to follow, but my friends all rave about it so I will persevere!


    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      i am thinking the truck will be back this week, during the week (?) – i was surprised they wouldn’t be out for a sunny sunday aft! good luck with your book – that is a new title to me. do you follow a “50 page rule” or anything ie when you will throw in the towel if you have not “gotten into” a book?? although half way…i think i would keep going, too!

  • Nicole  On October 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Cathy! I feel like such a delinquent… I haven’t commented on your blog in such a long time… so sorry. I’m also sorry we weren’t able to meet up for coffee this past Summer- perhaps a cup of Winter java? Or a fry from the chip truck. I would be in 7th heaven if one of those babies parked itself near my home… mmmm, french fries are on my top 5 list of fave foods!
    Hope all is well with you!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      nicole!!! i would love to meet up – lmk if you are ever going to be in waterloo!! at least we are friends on fb…i always enjoy the new photos of your girls!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On October 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    How awesome that you’ve done so much reading! Mine has really suffered since blogging. I can’t seem to work it all out!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      stacie, i totally hear you. when i took my blogcation this summer, my reading took right off! there is definitely a correlation!

  • Zo  On October 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oops…didn’t answer your question. I’m re-reading Great Expectations right now. Since I met my 25 goal for the year, I figured I could revisit GE…which is a great book to read in the fall.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      that is GREAT that you are already at 25 books, zo – awesome. i’ve never read great expectations – the length intimidates but i know it’s a respected classic…and i believe knitting plays a role!

  • Zo  On October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I finished V is for Vengeance earlier this week(so, spoiler about how U turns out..). Yes, T was great (I remember really not liking how S turned out, so T was a pleasure).
    I also really didn’t think much of JA book club..and I’ve read all of Austen’s major works. I found the book really boring…the movie was a little more engaging but I have to admit, I didn’t get all the love for that book.
    A French fry truck near me would not end well (but I’d be very happy)

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      zo, thank you for relieving my mind that tjabc would be no better if i was familiar with more ja novels. yes, “s” was only so-so. “v” is at the library and on the quick reads shelf ie you have a 7 day loan…wonder if i could pull that off?! our uptown has quite the assortment of food picks – did i tell you about the new-ish cupcake shop?!

  • Gina  On October 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    i am glad you let me know about the JABC novel… i had it on my shelf to read a few years ago and finally gave it back to my friend when I didn’t start it (due to lack of time then)… i won’t bother to ask to borrow it again!
    i am reading a very ‘laugh out loud funny’ novel by Sophie Kinsella right now – her latest book i think – i’ve got your number. am nearly done in 2 weeks time (that is very fast for me!) you’ll have to read it sometime! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      gina, thank you for commenting ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! i am glad you are having a great bday weekend!! i WILL look for “i’ve got your number” – it is thanks to you that i read “the undomestic goddess” by sk which is the FUNNIEST book and one of the best i have read this year! yes, you missed NOTHING by returning tjabc to your friend, unread!

  • Juanita  On October 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm


    I’m currently reading Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb. It is the 35th novel in the “in Death” series and I have read them all. I love how J.D. Robb (also known as Nora Roberts!) brings little bits from previous books into the current one but not enough to confuse a first time reader. Using your 4 star scale, I would give this whole series a 3 and a 1/2.

    I have always thought about reading the Sue Grafton series. Your review has made me think I really should. Perhaps a great gift idea for Christmas…

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      ah!! i did not know that jd robb = nora roberts! thanks for the info, juanita! DO DO get into the sue graftons…but start with a is for alibi…you CAN read the books out of order/skip a few but kinsey does refer to past boyfriends etc so the flow is smoother if you go in order!

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