May 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Anne and the no good, horrible, very bad day

Anne and the no good, horrible, very bad day

Yesterday wasn’t a very good day. First, I was disappointed by some one’s greed, when I thought he was a lot more altruistic. Then, I had a series of meetings that made me feel like a total failure at work, capped off by a dinner during which my discomfort manifested itself as diarrhea of the mouth.  I was mortified. I’m thinking of moving to Australia. So today I feel like I have an emotional hangover and I have close to zero desire to get out of bed and face my day. I’m feeling pretty certain it will suck as badly as yesterday, and probably my hair won’t cooperate, and I will have nothing to contribute to my work meetings, and I’ll get spinach in my teeth and no one will tell me for an hour. Yup, best to stay in bed and finish Archangel’s Kiss, by Nalini Singh. But wait, if… READ MORE

Fantasy in Truth

Fantasy in Truth

It’s Sunday morning and I am home again after a truly glorious vacation in paradise.  And my first thought, I hate to admit, is that reality bites.  We arrived late, both my husband and one of my sons are feeling like they are getting the flu (although we’re all grateful that the symptoms manifested on the flight home instead of on the way there), and our three dogs woke me up at 6:30 AM as usual (yes, we could train them, but my whole family agrees that we don’t want to “break their spirits”- and yes, I am fully aware of how completely wrongheaded this attitude is, but there you have it).  It’s also cold, and after being warm for a week, the cold is a serious buzz kill.  Ok, I think I’m done whining, at least for now, although I reserve the right to pick it up later if I want… READ MORE

Self, Multiplied

Self, Multiplied

I’m sitting in an airplane flying to Costa Rica.  How cool is that?  And I’ve just finished reading the latest People and Us magazines. Highly redundant, I know, but I really enjoy getting both versions of truth/fantasy and reading all about the celebrities.  Why? I mean, I get the gossip and schadenfreude aspects, of course. I read earlier in The Week (my favorite news magazine) that there are some who believe that Gwyneth Paltrow is even using her “superior divorce” to lord it over mere mortals who have never heard of “conscious un-coupling.”  Really?!  Or really?  Can they do it without bitterness and acrimony?  What happens when one or the other decides to date or get serious about someone? How does this self-proclaimed lifestyle guru talk about the failure of her marriage as she touts the perfection of her existence and exhorts us to be just like her (by buying her stuff, of course)? And here’s where we… READ MORE

Find the beach, not the rocks

Find the beach, not the rocks

We’re going home today after an incredible week in a tropical paradise.  I hadn’t wanted to come on this trip, actually.  Costa Rica was on my husband’s bucket list, but Central America was pretty far down on my list of places to see before I die.  But, he’d been wanting to go for so long, and I didn’t have any good reasons to oppose him except that the rain forest sounded like a scary place and engaging in adventure activities in developing nations seemed about as smart and as safe as going on the rides at the local county fair.  But he promised me a nice place to stay on the beach with a pool and someone to serve me cocktails with umbrellas and at that point I couldn’t say no.  Turns out that my preconceptions are entirely unfounded (not an infrequent occurrence, a fact you’d think might register with my… READ MORE

Endings and transitions

Endings and transitions

Endings are difficult.  And sad. And anxiety-producing.  When something ends, it means change.  Today is our last real day of vacation- we are going home tomorrow and leaving this tropical paradise behind.  Cue the depressing music.  But even more tragic is the fact that I finished the latest entry in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, The King.  And I am truly bereft. These days, I do all of my reading on my Kindle, which has got to be the greatest invention since paranormal romance novels.  Put the two together and I can have hundreds or even thousands of books at my fingertips at any given time.  And while it took a bit of time to get used to reading on an e-reader as opposed to feeling, seeing, and smelling the pages of hardcopy books in my hands, it has been totally worth it.  For one, it really is less expensive,… READ MORE

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