Random frustration of life. . . Why aren’t egg cartons 3×4 instead of 2×6? 2×6 never fits into any shopping bags properly; it gets floppy when you are half way through; and is generally incommodious. And while we are on the subject, why aren’t shopping bags more tote shaped? Which is to say, wide instead of tall? They wouldn’t tip over as easily, the stuff on top would be less likely to squish the stuff underneath because there would be fewer layers, and it would fit the flipping egg carton!
Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Your Tisane of Smart:
Victorian Household Tip That Still Works: Black soot residue from a fire on metal or glass? Put on gloves, dip corner of a damp sponge into the cold white ash of a dead fire, use to clean the glass. (This is pure lye, by the way.)
Your Writerly Tinctures:
I’m tapped, sorry my dears. So here’s a quick pic from a friend who spotted some endcap love for me down in Santa Cruz.
Spanish language review from the rather appropriately titled Libros Con Alma. From what I can gather, she had trouble with the Victorian language but found it worth the pain.
SPOILER ALERT! The Write Thing says, “It’s nice to see Carriger stretching her arms a little in the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series. While her language and wit remain much unchanged (a good thing, by the way), Carriger adds more characters and complexity to her plot, weaving the additional threads with confidence into a much richer tapestry than Soulless. Having some new perspectives certainly enlivens things.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Eclectic Eccentric says, “All I can do at this point is ditto what I’ve already said. I adore this series and wish there was a back-log of twelve books so that I didn’t have to wait for the next installment.”
Quote of the Day:
“The exaggerations of last year are still the order of the day, and yet there are far more ladies for whom such fashions are extremely trying than there are those to whom they are becoming.”
~ Cunnington, on the 1976 persistence of very tight dresses