Fifty Shades of Grey book review

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I feel like I read a completely different book than the rest of the world. Firstly, I thought Ana was pretty strong-minded. She negotiated the contract, tested things before agreeing to them, and when the chips were down, went with the difficult decision that was right to her.

Christian worked with her as much as he could, trying to give her the more that she was looking for. There was affection there. I didn’t see an abusive relationship. He gave her what she asked for and respected her boundaries.

The hot parts were lukewarm to me. Since I’ve been reading smutty things online since 1994* maybe I’m just desensitized.

The Inner Goddess convention was overused, and I cringed every time Jose, said “Dios Mio!” I really dug the email between the two, though.

All in all, I think 50SoG is a book that, while not fantastic, is an easy target to crap all over because it’s 1) popular and 2) targeted toward women/girls. (See boy bands, “Eat, Pray, Love” and any romance novel) People LOVE to knock down popular things, whether it’s because they want to believe that they are smarter than the rest of the world, or that their BSDM mechanics are more authentic.

I’m not going to read the next 2, because I’m fine with how this one ended up. It may be that Christan and Ana’s relationship becomes abusive in the future, but I don’t know that yet. I’m just reviewing this book.

*Back when it would take you 30 minutes to download loisandclark1.jpg and when it was finished, the chances were good it was just a picture of some random guy’s junk. (Link above is not to a picture of someone’s junk.)

Fifty Shades of Grey is the 20th book I read in 2015. I am behind the curve. View all my reviews on Goodreads!

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We bought a house!

Reason # 1298437 why my blog will never make money — when Big Life Events happen, I stop writing. I can’t help it. I’m always afraid I’m going to jinx things.

Short story: We finally found a house, bought it, and moved in last Saturday!

Longer story: I never thought we’d find a house we’d both agree on. Seriously. We put in an offer on a house that we knew we’d lose just so we could put out into the Universe that we were ready to buy. That we came to play. (warning: Youtube video)

But back in April, WM sent me a link to a house and we were off and running. The entire process was just as shit-tastic and stressful as I remembered it from before. Luckily we had a great team of people in place to help out. My mom was our buyer’s agent, and the team at Century 21 Mortgage was super-helpful and kept us on task with the dozens of pages of documents we had to scan and send in.

Snoozing dogs.

Snoozing dogs.

Last Saturday, we moved out of the Dee-luxe Apartment in the sky with the help of Aron Movers, who were speedy and amazing. Seriously, hire movers. They get dissed forever, but Comcast didn’t let us down, sending a tech on a Saturday to run wires and get us set up. The customer service rep also coded us as new customers, which knocked our monthly price down. Much appreciated. We bought a new mattress from Macy’s Furniture store in Cherry Hill (ask for John) that was delivered on time.

And a week later, here we are. It’s a lovely bi-level home with a yard for the dogs, multiple toilets, a washer and dryer for our own personal use, and some spare rooms in case we grow. And if we don’t grow, spare rooms for more stuff. 😉 There are still plenty of boxes to unpack, and my clothing is still mostly in spacesaving bags, and our refrigerator is just about empty but we are here! The living room is set up, the dogs are dozing on the carpet and the WWE Network is on TV.

Print by Mary Blair for Disney, postcards from Birchbox!

Print by Mary Blair for Disney, postcards from Birchbox!

I choked up when we turned in our apartment keys. The Dee-luxe Apartment in the Sky (Real name: Heights of Collingswood) was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I showed up a broken down person with 2 cats, and left a happily married lady with a husband, 2 dogs, and a job I love.

Sure, I won’t miss having neighbors who leave their stoves on and flood the hallway with gas. Or the power outages or the tepid “hot” water in the mornings. But the HoC gave us the ability to pull ourselves together, save the money we needed to and get back in the game.

Tomorrow is our third anniversary. The traditional gift for that is leather, but in this case we think the “House on Literary Lane” will do just fine.

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Friday 5: Opposition

Happy Friday! I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.

OllieBear came to the Big Annual Meeting with me. This is him at 30th street station.

OllieBear came to the Big Annual Meeting with me. This is him at 30th street station.

We put an offer on a house on Monday, (happy piano scale) but the sellers accepted another offer (sad trombone). It’s okay. I feel that putting that offer in put it out to the universe that we are READY TO BUY A HOUSE! Maybe it’s a bunch of woo but the wheels of change are in motion.

On Tuesday I got my hair cut and colored professionally for the first time in a LONG time. I feel that spending that money put it out to the universe that I am TIRED OF LOOKING LIKE A BAG LADY! My hair is so soft but I milked the blowout for too long and tomorrow I’ll return to frizzy freak.

I’m also just about done season 5 of Friends on Netflix and am enjoying myself greatly although I still think Monica was much less freakier when she was with Richard. Chandler could have done much better.

Here’s the Friday 5! This week’s theme is opposition which if you are conflict-avoidant like me, should be pretty awkward to answer. Onward!

1. What’s a current political or social issue on which you stand opposed?

I am opposed to the death penalty. I just think killing is wrong, no matter what the circumstances.

2. What forces have worked against your efforts this week?

People with more money? DAMN those 10%-ers. 😉

3. Would you rather have to climb a steep hill in order to get into your house, or climb a steep hill in order to get out?

I’m a homebody, so I’d rather have home be the reward for climbing that steep hill.

4. In what way have you recently made things difficult for someone else?

I can’t think of anything recently. I am only sweetness and light to live and work with, I’m sure.

5. In what way has the “opposites attract” cliche been true in your life?

I enjoy spring & summer, WM enjoys autumn and winter. I toss open the blinds at every opportunity, he prefers it a bit darker. He loves breakfast, I love sleeping in. Where WM adores a minuet, The Ballet Russe, and crepe suzette,
I prefer to to rock and roll, a hot dog makes me lose control. What a wild duet!

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Wordless Wednesday: Before and after grooming

Ollie's fat, but not as fat as that after picture indicates.

Ollie’s fat, but not as fat as that after picture indicates.

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