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text 2018-11-08 21:08
24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 - Día de los Muertos, Task 4 (Mexican Food)

Mini beef tortillas with potato wedges, sourcream, and a dip that's half salsa and half guacamole.

 

Ordered in, not my own creation ... I couldn't be bothered to cook, having had to go into Cologne because my iphone was on strike and Apple STILL doesn't have location in Bonn where there are actually technicians as well, which pretty much killed my entire afternoon.  (Stopping by IKEA on the way home for another bookshelf, for the "leftovers" I hadn't been able to give a home in the big shelf makeover the other week, was child's play in comparison.)

 

I hadn't been planning on any dessert, but after Wanda's mouthwatering "Orange Gingerbread" post decided to treat myself to some of these, in the spirit of the Mexican theme:

 

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text 2018-11-06 17:25
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS!-24 TASKS

 

TASKS AND BOOK

Task 1: Write a silly poem or limerick poking fun at the fiction character of your choice.

 

Ode to Mary Yellan (Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier)

 

She arrives at her family's inn

And is almost beaten and done in

By her uncle who is a nasty guy 

While her aunt stands idly by

She realizes that she is not on stable ground

And proceeds to walk all around

Meeting men wherever she goes

And finding out a secret that leaves her low

She eventually makes it out alive

And runs off with Jem who is vile



Task 2: Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).

 

I adore the below because of the pettiness involved. 

 




 

 

May eternal damnation be
Upon those in Whaling Port.
Who, without knowing me,
Have maliciously vilified me.
May the curse of God 
Be upon them and theirs.

According to local folklore, Mary was at odds with her neighbors in Whaling Port over the number of cats she owned. The neighbors went to court to try to get this headstone changed or removed, but the stone carver had a signed contract and payment in full, so he had to fulfill Mary's wishes.

 

https://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20131027/NEWS/310270332

 

Task 3:  Create an altar (either digital or physical) for your favorite book, series, or book character, and post a picture of it.  Inclusion of book cover encouraged.

 

Apologies for how this turned out!

 

 

Task 4: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to your favorite dish and share a photo of it.

 

 

Ordered this for my lunch today! Yum! Spicy mini tacos. I could have eaten 6 more. 

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review 2018-11-05 15:24
Took a Little Bit to Get Going, But Really Loved This One
The Pale Horse - Agatha Christie

The non-Poirot or Jane Marple books are usually hit or miss for me. However, Christie does a great job with this one. The book is slow moving at first. We follow a man named Mark Easterbrook who narrates the majority of the book. Initially we don't exactly know what's going on, we just know that there are some deaths that are somehow linked to a place called "The Pale Horse." It took me til about the 20 percent mark to get really into the book. I liked Easterbrook and was delighted with Mrs. Oliver for popping up too. She gets strong armed to sign some books at a village fete by Easterbrook and makes mention of not liking fetes after what happened at the last one she was at (Dead Man's Folly).  

 

"The Pale Horse" follows Mark Easterbrook (who appears to be a historical writer or novelist....still unclear on that) who seems to be drifting through his life. He has a steady relationship with a woman named Hermia who he is slightly fond of, but who he finds dull. When he witnesses two young woman tousling over a young man at a coffee bar; he finds out one of the woman's names (Thomasina Tuckerton known as Tommy Tucker) and learns later that she died after reading her obituary. The book then shifts to Father Gorman who is called to give last rites to a woman who is dying. Whatever he learns disturbs him so much he goes off and writes down names. Too bad for Father Gorman that someone ends up murdering the man, not realizing that he tucked the list of names into his shoe. When the police are called up, they are flummoxed about the list of names. They realize some of the names are of people who have died, but have died of natural causes. Then we switch back to Mark and him getting pulled into the investigation. 

 

There are a lot of characters in this one, but Christie does a great job with all of them I thought. I liked Mark. We get some reveals about his backstory that surprised me. I did like that when he ends up realizing where The Pale Horse is (near one of his relatives) he acts as if he isn't interested in going there after what many of the inhabitants say about the three women who work there. When he realizes that Hermia is not taking his concerns seriously, he goes to the local vicar's wife who believes him and also ends up getting assisted by Mrs. Oliver who gives him some suggestions about forming a partnership with Ginger Corrigan (a young lady he met when he initially came to visit his relatives). 


I really enjoyed Ginger a lot. Her and Mark definitely realize something is up with The Pale Horse and refuse to just let the police do their investigation.


I also liked how Christie did foreshadowing in this one. We have Mark, Hermia, and Mark's friend and his date talking about MacBeth and the three witches and how unrealistic they are when you get into their speech and how actors portray them. I liked how Mark's friend said what would be more scary would just be three ordinary women in a village who many have come to fear. When Mark meets Thyrza Grey, Sybil Stamfordis, and Bella Webb, I got why he felt uneasy around them. Here are the three modern witches that his friend warned him about and Mark becomes afraid they do have real power to cause someone to get sick and die. 

 

The writing was very good and I have to admit that I didn't see the ending coming at all. Per usual, smartly done by Christie. 

 

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text 2018-11-04 18:54
24 Tasks: Día de los Muertos! - Tasks

Update - 04 Nov.: I added a (very bad) poem and a book.

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Ok, kicking off this game. I might not get to complete all tasks or I might complete tasks at different times, so I'll update this post as I complete the tasks:

 

Task 1:  Write a silly poem or limerick poking fun at the fiction character of your choice.

 

I hope you are all ready for some really bad poetry, because here it goes: 

 

Crash, bang, boom, wallop -  

sound the cards as they hit the deck,

Action and adventure are far removed from

Monday’s return to dreary office humdrum

Booze and charm are the tools of this man,

But in the end, it’s baddies blabbing their cunning plan

That saves James Bond’s neck.

 

 

Task 2:  Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).

 

And alien tears will fill for him
    Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
    And outcasts always mourn.

 

 

Yep. I still have a slight obsession with all things Wilde.

 

The epitaph is a verse from his Ballad of Reading Gaol. 

 

Task 3:  Create an altar (either digital or physical) for your favorite book, series, or book character, and post a picture of it.  Inclusion of book cover encouraged.

 

(maybe later...or not)

 

Task 4: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to your favorite dish and share a photo of it.

 

Coincidentally, I was planning to post a picture celebrating the start of the new Flat Book Society group read and with this Festive Task it looks like I can do both! 

 

 

As for the food, this is as Mexican as it is going to get tonight. Chili Non Carne in soft tortilla boats with the obligatory avocado. (Note the dinosaur theme did not extend to the food.)

 

Book:  Re-read an old favorite from a now-deceased author, a book from a finished (dead) series, or a book set in Mexico.

 

I've started No. 17 by J. Jefferson Farjeon which is the first book in the Ben the Tramp series, which is a "dead" series. 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-11-01 17:24
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
The Pale Horse - Agatha Christie

Ariadne has not shown up yet. We have been witnessed to a fight between two women over a man though. And the narrator (so far) is Mark Easterbrook who appears to be a novelist and is dismayed at how dirty young women look nowadays. When Mark reads an obituary of one of the young woman who was in the fight (Thomasina Tuckerton known as Tommy Tucker) he wonders what happened. 


I just realized I can read this for the book portion of Dia de los Muertos!

 

Book: Re-read an old favorite from a now-deceased author, a book from a finished (dead) series, or a book set in Mexico.

 

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