Author: Louise Radcliffe (Page 60 of 65)

Sometimes, the answer is no

On the day that Brad Paisley’s new album has been released, I wanted to share my favourite Brad Paisley song – No. I love the words to this song. It is very easy to think that God isn’t listening if you are praying for something and it doesn’t seem like you get want you want, but God knows how your life should go, and sometimes, the answer is no. We just need to realise that this God has a plan, and everything will work out.

Make no mistake, every prayer you pray,
gets answered, even though,
sometimes, the answer is no.

When I think of all the answers in my life, I would have to say,
There’s no doubt it was always for the best,
When I didn’t get my way. 

Now Reading: Madeleine Wickham – The Wedding Girl

Another chick-lit book, this time an old book (1999) by Sophie Kinsella, writing as Madeleine Wickham.

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Road Trip

I was doing a training session for work today in Devizes. The Train Line website reckoned it would take 11 hours 59 minutes on the train, so I decided driving would be a better option(!) Devizes is about an hour from Bristol, so I drove down last night and am staying with my Uncle Alan until Sunday.

I’ve not been to Wiltshire before, but it was lovely, and the people were so friendly – I even got called ma’am in Somerfields! I found a nice little park to eat my lunch, and had a walk around to look at some of the grand old buildings! I should have taken my camera but you’ll have to make do with a couple of iPhone pictures!

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When I got home from Devizes, I went for dinner with my Uncle at his friend’s restaurant – Ronnies in Thornbury. It was the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten! I had mushroom soup and prawn ravioli, and it was lush! I also tried scallops for the first time and they were yummy! I think I overdid it on the wine though. I don’t usually drink, but we shared a bottle of wine – I think I’ll feel it in the morning!

If only I could switch Bradford Thornbury with Bristol Thornbury, I’d never leave the place!

Lush food, good company and great service – could you ask for a better Friday night?

Ouch…

I had one of my wisdom teeth taken out this morning. It wasn’t as painful as I expected, but it was very unpleasant! The anaesthetic injection wore off after a few hours so my jaw is aching now! I have another appointment in June, but at least I will know what to expect!

On the plus side, my books had been delivered when I got home after work tonight, which I am really glad about.

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I finished reading the last Charlaine Harris book this morning in the waiting room, so I am really looking forward to reading the next one – Dead Reckoning.

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Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Dead in the Family

As I am getting the latest Charlaine Harris book on Tuesday (I hope), I thought I would read the previous last in the series to get back into it again.

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Must. Not. Buy. More. Books.

My room is already starting to resemble a library, but I seem to have a problem with buying more books. I find that the best places to buy books are the RSPCA shop in Pudsey (most fiction books are 25p each) or from The Book People. They often have good offers, and most books tend to be cheaper than Amazon or other shops. I particularly like the collections that they do, as it gives me chance to read books that I wouldn’t usually read, without having to spend lots of money. My last order included a couple of sets, and the latest Charlaine Harris which I have been waiting to be released for ages.

Here’s a full list of what I bought this time (and links if you want to have a look!)

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz – Denis Avey
The Lost Classics Collection

  • The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo
  • Peter Schlemihl – Adelbert Von Chamisso
  • The Haunted House – Charles Dickens
  • Notes From Under The Floorboards – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Devil’s Elixirs – E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – James De Mille
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter – Ambrose Bierce
  • The Black Spider – Jeremias Gotthelf

3 book collection – Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham

  • Cocktails for Three
  • The Wedding Girl
  • Sleeping Arrangements

Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

  • North and South
  • Cranford
  • Mary Barton

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1 – Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris

That’ll keep me busy for a while! 🙂

Now Reading: Cora Harrison – I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend

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Glad you’re not a catcher?

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Decade of the Pitcher?

Congratulations to Justin Verlander on his no-hitter tonight, a fantastic game! I tuned in during the eighth inning, when he was still on track for a perfect game. That was broken up by a walk, but a no-hitter is a fantastic achievement! The excitement in the ballpark was amazing, but I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like for the players. I’m sure Verlander was about 50/50 excitement and nervousness. I’m equally sure he’s enjoying the celebrations now!

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I was watching the Brewers/Cardinals game tonight. Yovani Gallardo was coming close to a no-hitter too, but not quite close enough. He gave up a hit in the 8th, and by that time, his pitch count was getting quite high, so there was not much chance of him coming out for the complete game either.

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It’s been a week of strong pitching performances, and the trend in general seems to be leaning away from power hitting and back towards the pitcher. First of all there was Liriano’s no-hitter. I don’t really want to dwell on that because it was against my White Sox, so we’ll move on quickly. There was also Cliff Lee’s game with 16 strike outs. Unfortunately, he still took the loss in that game, which just goes to show that no matter how good you are as a pitcher, you need the offense behind you to back you up (just ask Danks, Buerhle, Floyd, Jackson or Humber).

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I much prefer to watch a good pitchers duel rather than seeing home run after home run. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fireworks, but I prefer the continuing anticipation of a good pitching battle than the momentary excitement of a big hit.

Saying that, the story of Andre Ethier’s hitting streak is keeping my interest. Currently at 30 games, he is only one game away from tying the Dodgers record, and more than half way to Joe DiMaggio. Still a long way to go though!

The White Sox are on a west coast trip at the moment, meaning they don’t play until 2am UK time, so I won’t get to watch the game. I’ll just leave this out there: wouldn’t it be nice for Floyd to get the second no-hitter of the night?

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Scratch that – I’d just like the Sox to win, please. Pretty please?

I know you want to stay in bed…

…but it’s light outside.

That’s right folks, Wakey!Wakey! are coming to the UK for two dates, and guess who’s going to see them in Nottingham? Very, very excited! Frank is coming with me, and it is his first gig, so it is going to be really fun. I ordered some new Wakey Wakey music a couple of nights ago (narrowly missing out on the last copy of ‘Silent as a Movie’), and I am really loving it. If you want to know more about Wakey!Wakey!, you can see their twitter page @WakeyWakey, or their website. Here’s the video for one of their songs: Light Outside

I have also been listening to a lot of Chris Young lately. Completely different to Wakey!Wakey!, as he is a very Country singer, but he has such a silky voice. He has a few songs (like Flowers or The Dashboard) which give me chills, the words are so lovely. He also has songs like Burn or That Makes Me, that I just can’t help singing along to. I have had a combination of his songs stuck in my head for the last two days, and I can’t wait for his new album to come out. You can find out more about Chris Young on his twitter page @ChrisYoungMusic, or on his website. Here is Chris’ latest video, for a very catchy song called Tomorrow.

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