Sunday, 22 February 2009

Cheering Things

1. It's now two months since the winter solstice, so the darkest four months of the year are behind us. Hurrah!

2. I have a date, on Thursday, to watch the Masterchef final with a friend and her ten-year-old son, both excellent company. (Although the original plan was for lots of eating and, in the case of the adults, boozing, to go with it. My resolve may waver...)

3. I have now been booze-free for three whole weeks. I've only really missed it on a couple of days. Last night the Paramour and I ate take-away curry with a good friend. I drank an alcohol-free lager while the other two swigged the alcoholic kind, and I didn't feel at all deprived, left-out or otherwise bothered. So perhaps that's the solution for the Masterchef night, too.

4. My first ever book review has been published!!! The first since school, anyway. I once had to write a book review for English, and didn't get round to reading anything in time - most unlike me, it must have been the week I discovered snogging - so I wrote a review for an imaginary book. Sadly, my teacher must have spotted it, because he said it was such a well-written review that it made him want to read the book, and please could I lend it to him. Cue goldfish expression on the teenage Queenie face. Teachers, eh? Think they're clever. Oh, wait...

13 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

That reminds me of a book review I did for school, of 'Lorna Doone'. I'd never read it, still haven't in fact, but I wrote a review based on what my mum told me she thought of it! A bit naughty!

Thanks for the review for bookersatz!

SpiralSkies said...

Oh! Queen Qwerty, I am truly shocked! Reviewing imaginary books indeed - inspired!

The Masterchef final sounds fab - we'll need a scratch 'n' sniff blog post about that please.

Suzanne said...

I've just read your review and really enjoyed it - now I want to read the book (this isn't good as I already have a toppling 'to be read' pile).

:-)

Maddie Moon said...

I think that's very inventive, writing a book review on an imaginary book. You should have got an A* for creativity.

Well done on the real thing, just off to have a read.

Queenie said...

Helen, that was cleverer than my effort - if you got away with it, which I'm guessing you did!
Spiral, I will do my best to oblige.
Suzanne, thanks for the compliment, and, oops, sorry about that!
Maddie, you should have been my teacher, I'd have liked an A*.

JJ said...

Oh excellent initiative Queenie. Once when I was snowed under with homework (honest) my mum wrote a history essay for me. My teacher loved it, waxed lyrical all lesson about it. I guess subsequent homework was a lot of a disappointment to her.

Queenie said...

JJ, I bet your mum was pleased though.

Carol and Chris said...

Oooohhh, I would love to go to a Masterchef thing....they food they make is just astonishing!! You'll have to eat before you go or you'll be starving half way through with all the lovely smells

LOL at the imaginary book review...that is inspired!!!

C x

Carol and Chris said...

There is an award over at mine for you :-)

C x

Queenie said...

Carol, you what? An award? Thank you very much! I'll be over to do a Winslet in a min. BTW we're not going to the actual Masterchef thingy, I don't think they have studio audiences, we're watching it on me mate's telly.

KAREN said...

We love Masterchef in our house. In fact I've got a bit of a crush on Greg Wallace - don't tell anyone!

Great book review - and not at all imaginary I presume :o))

PI said...

It's been a trying day what with the police and all and now I've lost my comment.
Just to say Queenie that I am deeply disappointed in you - not only for the fake review but blithely admitting you are watching Master chef thingy on TV, when I was sure you would at least be having drinkies with Lloyd Grossman. It's just one more illusion shattered.

Queenie said...

Really, Karen? I'm more of a John Torode girl meself.
Pat: Loyd Grossman hasn't been involved for years, so there's another of your illusions shattered!!