Monthly Archives: November 2019

Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries Series by Lynn Messina

I picked up A Brazen Curiosity, the first book in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries Series, as one of the daily Amazon freebies. I was skeptical but quickly fell in love with the story. No surprise there. I mean, Regency + Cozy Mysteries? My favorite easy read genres! 

I have since devoured the entire series. 

The story follows Beatrice Hyde-Clare, a 26-year-old spinster with a propensity for finding dead bodies. After a lifetime of timidity, she finally decides to stand up for herself…by solving murders! 

It is a lighthearted, comical series with a swoon-worthy romantic interest and some predictable, albeit fun plots. Beatrice is a fun, matter of fact heroine. There are a lot of amusing, egotistical side characters. 

And did I mention the hero is s-w-o-o-n-worthy?!

I recommend checking out the series.

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The Adult in the Room

I really enjoyed myself yesterday playing board games with my first cousins once removed. They’re 6 and 7 and let me tell you, the world’s biggest cheaters! And still I had to cheat twice as hard to lose. 

I also had to pull rank a few times.

 The 7-year-old decided he did not like how the 6-year-olds were playing the game and tried to insert his own rules. They spiritedly protested. He decided to pull out his trump card.

“Well, I am a year older than you so you have to do what I say.” 

I decided it was time to get involved and maturely responded, “Well, I am older than all of you so you have to do what I say!”

This brought down censor from the people older than me in the room (not playing the game!) with a reproof not to pull age. 

So I pulled reading ability. The next dispute resolved around a card requiring the player to return to their home base. The 6-year-olds struggled with it and the 7-year-old informed them that he could read better and it said no such thing. 

So I said I could read better than all of them and it did too say that!

So we switched to Uno. My grandma (the children’s great-grandma) and brother joined us. The 6-year-old, having created a barrier so  we could not “see her cards”, then preceded to pull all the skips, take twos, reverse, and color changes from the pile of cards. She left us to divvy up the rest as we wished. 

When asked how she managed to get such good cards, she frankly said, “I took them!”

And the next round, when someone else shuffled and gave her a perfectly normal hand, she informed us she did not like playing the adult way! 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! Hope you have a wonderful day full of good food and family!

To quickly name a few things I am grateful for:

  • Family
  • My sister living with me
  • TAing
  • Being back from Thailand
  • Traveling in Thailand
  • Second to last semester of law school!
  • The people who read this blog ❤️

A Free Series

Today on Freebooksy I found a cozy mystery novel that did not look particularly interesting but was free so I downloaded it. Amazon then informed me that, seeing as how I bought the first one, I might be interested to know the sequel was also free today. 

So I downloaded the sequel, just in case the first one should turn out particularly good.

Then Amazon let me know…oh, by the way, the third one is also free.

So I downloaded that too…

Then the fourth…

Long story short there are 16 books in the series and I really hope it proves better than it looks because I downloaded them all. 


Finals Countdown

Having such a late Thanksgiving is really throwing off my study groove. I was thinking today that I have at least two weeks or so till finals.

Turns out, I have my first final in 11 days. 

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As one of my classmates put it, “It just dawned on me that I have little over a week to learn the contents of a semester’s worth of three classes.” 

To say nothing of grading my students’ most recent exams, writing another 10 page paper, and wrapping up my projects at the Foundation so that I can take off for a few weeks. 

If I look a little glassy eyed, it isn’t personal. I’m just drowning. 


Rated R Movies

So, I don’t know about you, but today felt very long and nothing funny happened so I decided to look up what I posted a year ago and I came upon this gem again. It made me chuckle. Hopefully it re-brightens your day too.

Fernweh's Call

My sister got off work and needed a ride home so all of us siblings piled into the car to drive the one mile to go get her. (Irrelevant to the story, but quite a fun adventure.)

Me: Have you all seen that movie Game Night?

Brother: *in a judgmental tone* Isn’t that rated R?

Sister: She’s 25. She can watch rated R movies. 

Brother: Yeah but she asked if we’d seen it. 

Sister: You’re 17. You can watch rated R movies too. 

Brother: Oh, right. *long pause* But what do you think I do? Watch rated R movies all day?

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Children’s Sermon

Pastor: *during children’s sermon* “And how do we get to heaven?”

Children: “We DIEEEEEEEE’!”

Pastor: …

Congregation: …

Me: “Well, they are not wrong.”

Bethany: *smacks me*


In Which I Cook. Sort of.

I do not cook often and when I do it generally means I have a bunch of things in the fridge that I feel obliged to use up. Like tofu.

Sometimes, this works well. I learned how to make kimchi fried rice and that usually takes care of a lot of leftover ingredients. Other times…it works less well. And still other times (i.e. tonight), it looks gross but tastes okay. 

Well, it tasted overpoweringly of garlic, but I like garlic so I consider that okay. Whether or not I will convince Bethany to try a bite when she comes home is another story. 

But we had tofu and eggs that were starting to go bad and loads of broth from when I had the stomach flu so I mixed it all together. I dumped a ton of garlic in a pot, added the weird vegan broth, added an entire block of tofu, and concluded with three eggs. It made for a very interesting mixture. The consistency was not quite soup-like because there was so much tofu but tofu isn’t exactly chewy so it still was a mushy combination. 

And did I mention it mostly just tasted like garlic? 

At the same time, looking over that ingredient list, I feel super healthy. So it has that going for it. And it wasn’t as bad as my potatoes and pasta fiasco junior year of college so anything that tops that is a winner in my book.


China Rich Girlfriend (aka Crazy Rich Asians #2)

I’ve been reading China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan over the last few days and let me tell you, it is one weird book.

China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians, #2)

Like, the first one was weird. No doubt about it. But maybe because I saw the movie first, I could follow what was going on fairly easily. Not so with China Rich Girlfriend. Months, years even, pass from chapter to chapter. Characters come and go intermittently. It is hard to pin-point who the main character(s) are because they seem to change and only a few consistently circle back again. 

It is sheer sensory overload. I feel vaguely exhausted every time I pick it up. In some ways I deeply admire how the author keeps it all going but in other ways I just cannot wait to be done!


The New Emma Movie

Have you seen the trailer for the new Emma movie coming out in 2020? 

I was skeptical when I first saw pictures for it but it looks like they’re going more comedy than romance and now I cannot wait to see it. Really curious to see how they do. 

Speaking of trailers, I stumbled upon this short “clip” made about one of my favorite non-Heyer/Austen Regency novels, Mr. Malcolm’s List. I do hope they make it into a full movie someday. Or at least give us a Part 2.