Monday, December 31, 2007

I Am, By Nature, A Very Impatient Person

Happy New Year's Eve!

I worked up an entire blog entry for my last day of bragging, full of quotes and links, but I decided the heck with it, I'd start my New Year's resolution a day early.

Instead of bragging, here's a lovely painting that King Juan Carlos and his darling wife Sofia commissioned for my Chanukah present. They sent it media mail, so it only arrived this afternoon.

I think Mr. Velazquez captured both my inner and outer beauty, even if he did keep addressing me as Infanta. Or maybe it was Infantile. I was so busy posing, I couldn't really hear him.

As I bid farewell to 2007 (waah! I really loved 2007), I'll copy here, in its entirety, my favorite review of Life As We Knew It. Harcourt probably won't be using it, but I think it's so fabulous I'm going to bold the whole thing:

Life As We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer This book was soo predictable! The electricity is off now its on now its off now its on! School is canceled! Omg were so hungry, lets watch the news but we can't since the power is off! I don't want to spoil the ending for people who actually want to read it so its way down there: At the end nobody really important dies they just eat alot of food and live! Thats the WORST ending i've ever seen... Reviewed by Melina, 12

Here's to lots of food and wonderful endings. Happy and Healthy New Year to each and every one of you.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that Melina really is a tough cookie.

...and speaking of cookies, I'm going off to eat a wonderful New Year's dinner (I made it), with my family and kids and friends and their kids!

Here's to a great 2008 to anyone who reads this.

Hopefully, no one really important will die.


Cheryl said...

Happy New Year to what should be a great year for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to everyone!! (Even Melina, 12. :P ;D )

~Jennifer T.

Mr. Cavin said...

Happy New Year and even worse endings, by certain standards, all around.

Marci said...

Mrs Nesbit will be very sorry to hear that she wasn't very important. She even has a death portrait and those are only done for very important people (though most of them are not drawn lying on the floor!)

Happy New Year! Hoping that 2008 will be better than 2007.

Librarina said...

Wow! Pretty brutal... Rest assured, there are a great many of us who love that book (and d&g too). Don't let that mean tween get you down!

Alice said...

OMG that girl is so right!! It was snowing I mean really when does it snow at the end of the world, everyone knows its supposed to be full of explosions and stuff! Who eats anyway!! All I can say is that the dead and the gone better have a miserable ending and there better be no food in it!!

(Note: The word verification for this comment is zdpeecar. Hehehe, pee car.)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Alice (and hi Alice and hi Alice, since you posted comments on two other blog entries)-

Yeah, without giving too much of the plot away, you can rest ssured that the dead and the gone has a miserable ending. There's plenty of suffering (in spite of the snow) in that one.

The Librarianator said...

Actually, with another new year just around the corner, and the fact that I just finished the book for the first time, I'd say the ending is flawed, but not for the same reasons... As she heads toward town, Miranda sees that some houses, although few and far between, do have smoke coming from their chimneys. Then, two men, sitting around with a snowmobile, comment that no one seems to be coming to take advantage of the food - and one of the men is the mayor! Hey guys, get off of your duffs and see that, within 20 minutes of the town hall, are clues to the whereabouts of people still living who might have no idea your one-bag-per-person-per-week food program exists. It took Miranda 3 hours to find you and only 20 minutes for you to get her home. You'd think the men would be more pro-active!