My Ft. Worth in-laws came up with the Mommy's Little Helper cocktail, low in calories, gluten-free, yet crisp and refreshing.
LaCroix + Vodka + splash of cranberry juice + lime = Mommy's Little Helper.
I like to call my vodka "Tito" and my chardonnay "Kim" as in Kim Crawford.
You probably want to talk about books.
Before leaving for this trip, I borrowed some recommended reads from my public library through My Media Mall. That's how I got The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I haven't read it yet, but Joy did and linked up her review a few weeks ago.
I also went a little crazy over at Amazon, loading my Kindle as though I was going to live on a desert island for the rest of my days.
A girl can't go to a desert island without her favorite (and the greatest and the shortest) Dickens' novel of all time: A Tale of Two Cities. Click on the title and you can download it for freeeeee!
Best opening line ever:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
The second sentence is also magnificent.
There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England; there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.That Sydney Carton. One of the greatest literary heroes ever. O, that I could see him played on-screen by Alan Rickman. Hmm. Syndney and Snape. So many similarities. Much alliteration. Less drinky, more bloggy.
Back to eBook buying.
Next, I blew $.99 on the best of Willa Cather with The Prairie Trilogy: Novels of the Great Plains (including free audiobooks). Ninety-nine cents for books AND audio!
Then I thought "I must have The Jane Austen Collection: The Complete Works (Includes Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady Susan & more. Plus Audiobooks) on my desert island Kindle." There went another $.99.
Here's where I went a little crazy. I spent a whopping $1.99 on Louisa May Alcott Collection 39 Works: Little Women Series (Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys), An Old Fasioned Girl, Eight Cousins, Rose ... Mysterious Key, Under the Lilacs, MORE.
I needed Louisa May on there to keep Lucy Maud company. Back in June I bought Anne of Green Gables Stories: 12 Books, 142 Short Stories, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles and More for another $1.99.
That's a boatload of good reading for less than six bucks. And it's a lot easier to carry all the books to the beach on my Kindle.
What have you been reading this summer? Or tell me about your best Kindle deals! Cheers!