Thursday, January 24

The cops arrive and so do the blahs

Okay this weekend was crazy and then I got a bad case of the winter blahs so I haven't posted yet this week.
Saturday the phone rings and it's DH's friend coming into town, so we plan on dinner and get back to house cleaning. We go out for dinner bringing another of DH's friends with us so its me and the three boys. During dinner talk turns to drinking and we end up at Ezzie's our old haunt (site of DH and I's original hookup). 1 drink quickly turns into 5 and that's when I realize that this could be bad. However, sanity prevailed and I sipped my drinks and only did the shots put in front of me. DH and I got tired and tried to convince his friend to head home with us at the respectable hour of 1am but he wanted to stay and drink till they closed. So we walked home, took his keys told him our side door would be open and to let himself in. We get home order some pizza and shortly after our phone rings. It's the police asking us if we'll claim our friend and what our address is. Apparently he'd gotten lost, someone reported a drunk man stumbling around and the police picked him up. So for the first time we had the police at our house. It was deeply exciting and is going to be one of my favorite memories. However Sunday afternoon is a close second with the boys both napping and snoring with the dog and our cat joining in. I'm sure glad we finished the basement and I could retreat down there and watch a movie in peace and quiet.

The rest of the weeks been fairly quiet, I'm fighting the winter blahs and that means all I want to do is sleep most of the time. I'm glad I have work to drag me out of bed and work was busy this week. I went in to a school and did a preschool visit one of my favorite things. It was great I've been going every 6 weeks to this am and pm class and they remembered my name this time and we're excited to see me. I got some pics of me reading to the kids and I'll post them when I get home and scan them in. I also went to one of the big branches to do a reference desk job shadow which mainly meant I got to go spend the afternoon there getting some tours and sitting at the desk chatting with their staff :-) I did answer a few questions and enjoyed my time seeing how a "big" branch works, especially since once our new location opens we'll be the "big" branch.

Okay I should get some work done, it's pretty quiet here but still they are paying me to work not chat with you all. I'll post more later.


Saturday, January 19

Nymphos and Michael Buble

Well DH is a happy man, I kinda lost most of my voice at the Michael Buble concert so it's been a quiet couple days. The concert was amazing, MB is a great performer and he stages a good show. I imagine this was what it would be like to go to a vegas crooner show during the heyday. Lots of good songs but he also works the crowd with lots of chat and flirting. He's not much of a dancer but somehow he makes it work. The musicians touring with him as his band were very talented too and I was very impressed. The opening act was also amazing Naturally 7 was their name and they do vocal play. It's hard to explain but they do the whole song (percussion, guitar, organ etc.) but all vocally no instruments and man can they sing. My mom developed a total crush on one of them and I have to agree he was one fine looking man ;)

In the post concert quiet I finished The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and man I couldn't believe it the book was excellent. The plot was exciting, took some good twists I didn't expect and wasn't trashy at all. In fact it was just a very well written adventure mystery story with some very cool characters. I'm going to have to find the authors other 2 books I enjoyed this one so much. The characters were so believable and it looks like the main character is in the other 2 books so I'm excited to see more of him. You wouldn't believe it but it didn't have any sex scenes just some suggestive scenese and the main character only got involved with one female and she wasn't even one of the nympos I was totally shocked.

I also read Catherine Coulter's new book Wizard's Daughter in her Bride series and it was horrible; I only finished it by bribing myself. She normally writes a nice historical romance nothing special but usually funny and nice strong female lead. This one sucked, the characters were flat one dimensional and I had the plot figured out from about page 10. She also took this into the paranormal fantasy range which was completely bizarre and very badly written. All in all it didn't fit with the rest of the series and I don't recommend it. I'm also saddened because the blurb at the back of the book looked like she was going to write a sequel to it.

Well it seems I'm going to have to wait a bit before I get a new car so I'm stuck with Daisy. The speedometer doesn't work, the radiator leaks, she loses oil and she's just a little quirky but I'm stuck with her. At lease DH fixed the brakes, the heat and the doors. I guess I'll just hold out for a while more. Part of the problem is I hate most of the cars that are on the market right now they have absolutely no style and they all look alike. I like the VW bug but it is horribly overpriced even used and has horrible reliablity ratings. I like the mustang but two of my coworkers drive one and I'm not one to follow the crowd. So I'm stuck what I really like is a vintage car but the reliablity is a bit of a problem. I'd love a convertible too which isn't practical at all but as I told DH neither is a motorcycle and he owns 2.

I'll leave you with the story of the day Daisy's door stopped working:
The passenger door wasn't working you could only open it from the inside, the real low point was when the drivers door started doing the same thing. Picture this, me with a bag of books, a backpack and in a dress because I was doing preschool storytime wanting to go home. I go to the drivers door unlock it and pull on it NOTHING so I turn the key the other way again NOTHING so I go to the passenger side same thing happens. I knew it was a long shot but maybe. So there I am staring at my car in consternation, the library is closed, the alarm is set and I don't have a cell phone so I'm unable to call DH for help. Then I look at the back hatch and think okay I can do this. So I open the hatch toss my stuff in and climb in after them, over the back seats and into the front seat while this old gentleman in the car to the left stares at me like I'm insane and I try to maintain my dignity by keeping my skirt modestly in place. Then I have to open the passenger door to get out because even from the inside the drivers door won't open and run to the back and close the hatch, climb back into the passengers side and over the console into the drivers seat.

Gotta run!

Monday, January 14

Nightmare at the Library

Well contrary to what I'd hoped for Saturday was a nightmare at the library. The icing on the cake was the kid puking on the computer and me having to quarantine the area, we're not allowed to clean it, no touching bodily fluids- apparently we're not trained for that. The poor mother wasn't even going to tell us just wipe it up with some paper towels and run. I understand she was embarassed but why wouldn't you say something so someone else didn't sit down at the computer on the chair with puke on it and type on the keyboard that wasn't disinfected. Oh well today wasn't too bad I had lots of off desk time to get all sorts of minor crisis' under control. Important things like seperating the POP SACRE CD's from the CLA SACRE CD's that had intermingled contrary to our strict no touching CD's from other catagories rule no matter that you're all sacred music CD's and then I got to play with the puppets and sort them out into their now expanded puppet condo's. Actually getting to be in charge of the puppets is the best part of my job, think about it they're paying me to play with puppets.

Yesterday was a total waste, I accomplished nothing except a run on my eliptical machine, a good cry through the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho and read a bunch in the bath and living room trying to get rid of my stupid headache, that was it the sum total of my day...nothingness.

Was supposed to go to a nutrition forum this evening but instead DH and I got sidetracked by a "creative discussion". Boys really are stupid but I like the guy so I guess I'm stuck. Oh well we've gotten a little closer to planning for our Europe trip and not going to the forum meant more time to read this evening. I'm on the last book of the Elemental Masters series and this one is giving me a hard time. I don't know what it is but I'm fighting to get through this one, it's a retelling of cinderella (I finally figured that out) but maybe it's the WW1 setting that's giving me a problem. I like history but I have favorite time periods I like to read about and WW1 isn't one of them so that could be influencing my feelings on this one. I'll let you know what I think of it when I get done. I'm eager to get on to the Nympho book so I need to finish this one hopefully tonight.

Well I should go pack up the stuff I have to return to the library tomorrow and finish my book.


Friday, January 11

Funniest Movie Ever

Today was a good day, okay yes I forgot my lunch but it was staff meeting so my boss brought donuts in and Safeway has a great salad bar so I was okay probably shouldn't have eaten the donut but I think the salad balanced it out. It was quiet at the library, someone brought real cream for our coffee or in my case tea and to top it off I had a date! DH and I went to see In the Name of the King and I haven't laughed so hard in ages. I think it was supposed to be serious but man they missed the mark, not that it was bad just not say LOTR quality. It was like the director said, "Okay what does a fantasy epic movie need..elves...check..tough guy who doesn't know his origins...check...okay bases covered now lets add some of those cool matrix effects everyone likes those matrix effects and then decided lets do some fancy editing and overwrought dialogue. Great now we have a movie" It was amazingly bad and good at the same time he couldn't have made a better fantasy parody comedy if he'd tried. I recommend seeing it but like we did with a free pass :) it's better if you don't pay for it.

Then to top this amazing day off it was new paperback day at the library my favorite day of the month. This months offerings were slim lots of yawn and current bestsellers which being the book snob I somehow became I avoid. If Oprah endorsess it I don't read it unless I read it before she endorsed it (it's kinda scary the power she wields over literary reading patterns). This time instead of my usual 10 or so (I restrain myself so everyone else gets some) I only picked up 6, 3 I may return without reading 2 are fluffy romances by authors that are reliable light entertaining reads Catherine Coulter and Mary Balogh and 1 I'm really excited about! The title is The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and I would have picked it up for the title alone but the plot sounds deliciously ridiculous. Man comes home from Iraq as a vampire becomes a PI gets called in to investigate a suspicious outbreak of Nymphomania and finds a secret government plot tied into it with rumours of Rosewell. I mean come on how do you top a plot description like that. I'll let you all know if it lives up to its admitedly high potential.

I've been reading more in the Mercedes Lackey Elemental series and the books I've read have been excellent I've made it through the Gates of Sleep (retelling of Sleeping Beauty with some very interesting twists) and I'm now starting The Serpent's Shadow which is looking to be the best so far. In between I read an excellent teen book A Countess below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson which was a historical novel set just after WW1, the main character is a Russian Countess who flees to England only to become a housemaid. There's a touch of romance with her falling for her employer but the problem is he's engaged to be married to a total nightmare of a girl. The plot wasn't deep or unpredictable but the way the author wrote it was fresh and well researched, and the characters were believable all things I like in a book. I also liked that I could enjoy a historical novel without any throbbing members like in a lot of historical novels with a romance plot, I'll have to plunder the teen collection more often.

Wow you'd think all I'd done lately is read but not really, I've started the New Year with a fresh resolve to be healthy and so I've been spending a lot of time on my eliptical machine watching Meerkat Manor (I highly recommend this show for anyone who likes animals or soap operas). I've also been trying to spend more time with DH which mainly means putting my book down at the table and actually talking to the dude. Yes Mom I know reading at the table is rude and you tried to cure me of it for 18 years but it's hard to put your book down when it's at the good point.

Well it's late I work tomorrow, hopefully it's a quiet Saturday (not likely) but it is the Motorcycle Show this weekend so I have that to look forward to.


Sunday, January 6

The Fire Rose and Making Money

Well it's been nice to take a few days and just relax, play some board games with friends (I really wanted to go out but everyone else claimed old age and wanted to stay in), watch some cheesy movies (I confess I watched High School Musical 1 and 2 on Saturday) and read some excellent books. I made it through The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey and Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Both were excellent I could hardly put them down and make an effort to be sociable.

The Fire Rose was a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale but it was so well done as to make me forget the original story and just enjoy this story all on it's own. Set during the Industrial Revolution, with a dash of magic added in. The main characters are so well written they come alive and the setting is believable and detailed without slowing the plot down at all. The author allows you to discover the world without long descriptive paragraphs laying everything out like many fantasy authors do. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series, I had been procrastinating from this series although I've read pretty much all of Mercedes Lackey's other stuff and should have realisized that an author that could make me love a world with talking magical horses (cheesy sounding I know) wouldn't disappoint with her fairy tale retellings.

On a side note she's also doing a series for the Luna publishing line that is excellent as well, in fact if you like character driven fantasy check out the Luna books. Luna is part of Harlequin but it's female fantasy writers writting books for women fantasy readers usually with a female main character. I didn't have high expectations but so far most of the stuff I've read has been excellent and it's a great place to start reading fantasy if you're new to the genre and find series of 23 books long intimidating.

Making Money is yet another hit in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, I had high expectations and wasn't disapointed one little bit. Starring Moist von Lipwig who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Discworld characters. This time his mission is to over haul Ankh MorPork's banking system and he does it with his usual swift talking, slightly shady flare. I have to say I love Terry Pratchett he's my most recommended author, the books are all funny, have an element of satire and political commentary in them that is very sharp and easy to read. I also love how every book can stand on it's own and be a great book but you can read them all and they interlace and enhance each other as well. Again he's a great author for people new to the fantasy genre who want something on the lighter side.

Well sounds like supper's boiling over (exciting I know) and tonight is more board games and visiting with friends. Happy suprise was that tomorrow's a day off for me so I think I'll get through the Hindi movie I brought home to watch this weekend and ran out of time for and finish getting a Birthday gift together for my Uncle.


Thursday, January 3


Okay so I finally bit the bullet and decided that if everyone else can share their opinions I wanted in. So I took my new years resolutions to stay better in touch with everyone and keep better track of my reading and combined them here into one hopefully fab blog. I'll be posting mini reviews and comments on what I'm reading and what's going on in my world.

The New Year is off to a good start, we rang it in by playing a little poker with friends and somehow the harder I tried to lose, the better I did so I ended up taking the pot (a whopping 30 dollars) which I figure is a good omen for the year to come. I've also been winning on the book front, I just finished reading the Guardian Series by Mary Jo Putney (Kiss of Fate, Stolen Magic and A Distant Magic) they moved quickly weren't too romancey and had some fun plot twists. A Distant Magic is the third book but is easily the best the main characters skip through time to try to put an end to the slave trade in the late 18th century. The historical research was well done and I felt like I learned a lot even while I enjoyed the story. In fact, I'll admit that I was late back from my coffee break at work because I was trying to finish the last few pages. I just couldn't put it down. I'm a little sorry how quickly I got through the series they were just that enjoyable but hopefully there will be more coming.

Well I should hie off to bed, I'm starting to read a so far great book by Mercedes Lackey and I'm eager to get back to it. I'll tell you all about it next time.