Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paging Mr. Peabody and Sherman!

I got in the ol’ Wayback machine, looking for blog fodder (hmmm. Sounds like something Don Corleone would talk about) and came across this little bit o’ fun from a few years ago. Some of my answers remain the same, some not.
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I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments. What do you buy?
1. Produce: navel oranges
2. Bakery: French donuts!!
3. Meat: t-bone steak
4. Frozen: ice cream (of course!)
5. Dry goods: candles

Let's say we're heading out for a warm weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So what's in your bag?
1. casual shift
2. Capri pants
3. loose blouse

If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 4 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. Cool beans
2. Okie dokie
3. Really??
4. Well, I'll be darned

So, what 4 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do them, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
1. Bathe
2. Eat
3. Sleep
4. Laugh

You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage. What 3 factors probably contributed to it?
1. Jerk driver
2. Jerk pedestrian
3. Jerk driver (there's always more than just one!)

Sweet! You just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking about a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
1. reading
2. napping
3. watching a movie
4. playing on the computer
5. snacking

We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
1. the big cats, of course
2. a bird/butterfly exhibit
3. lemurs
You just scored tickets to the taping of any show on TV. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
None of my favorites are taped before a live audience, so I'll just say what stars I'd love to meet:
1. Scott McGillivray from Income Property
2. Jim Caveizel from Person of Interest
3. Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs
4. Nathan Fillion from Castle

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
1. Black Cherry
2. Rum Raisin
3. Butter Brickle

Somebody stole your purse/wallet. In order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside. So, what's in there?
1. wallet
2. fan
3. tissue
4. hand lotion
5. checkbook

You are at a job fair, and asked in what areas you are interested in pursuing a career. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted. What 4 careers would be fun for you?
1. Best-selling author
2. Mixed-media artist
3. Children's art teacher
4. Classical pianist

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pieces of My Mind

The last two days were lost in a sinkhole of pain, and I really don’t have much of a blog this week. I haven’t had an ongoing migraine in many years and this one caught me by surprise. It’s over now, and about all I can do is just ramble a bit. You can pass this one by if you want…I promise a better one next week. So bring on the ramblings!

The last time I was in Fresno, Lia had a very loose tooth that was being stubborn about leaving her mouth. One night, she agreed to let Sarah tie a piece of floss around it and yank it out. Lia sat on the edge of the sink in the bathroom while I held her and Sarah yanked. The tooth didn’t come out. Sarah thought maybe she hadn’t pulled it the right way or whatnot and after we calmed Lia down, I gave it a shot. I wrapped that floss around my pointer finger on my right had and I REALLY pulled! That sucker did NOT COME OUT! Lia was REALLY upset now and I was bleeding from a very deep half inch slice in my finger from the floss! I immediately grabbed a tissue so Lia wouldn’t see the blood. Not surprisingly, Lia wouldn’t let us come near her mouth after that. It wasn’t until a week or so later that Lia pulled the thing out by herself.

Next Thursday is Halloween, and this is the first year that the purchased candy has remained in the grocery bag, unopened. I usually get the bag home, open it and put it in the big “handout” bowl and set it in the living room. And we usually have to buy another bag by the time Halloween rolls around…
Not this time! We have remained strong and resolute!

I have always preferred the orange cafĂ© flavored instant coffee put out by Maxwell House. I have that every morning. My only complaint is that it isn’t available in decaf form. I usually only have one cup of caffeine coffee in the morning and decaf the rest of the day. I’ve tried all the other flavors, and just prefer normal instant decaf and use flavored creamer. And so far, they don’t make orange flavored creamer. I finally had the bright idea of getting orange extract and putting a couple of drops of that in my coffee. AWESOME!

OK. I’m tired. It’s been a crappy couple of days and I always write these things Thursday night, so I think I’m done now and am going to bed…sorry if this is drek. Ta for now.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Report October 2013

This blog is all about 3 e-books I got for free on my Nook.
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A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer

This is the first book in a series about vampires in an alternate Washington, D.C. The city is parallel to the real one, with goings and comings freely between the two. Until the Magic wears out, that is. Quinn is a scientist with something “special” about her, and when she accidentally falls over the border into Vamp City, things really start going wrong. I was hooked within the first few pages of this book and look forward to the sequels.
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Evan Burl and the Falling by Justin Blaney

This was a very interesting book, in that it hasn’t been published yet. At least, not really. I still don’t quite understand it all. It seems there was ‘something’ published in two volumes, and this e-version is both put together, but when it’s REALLY published it might be different. Whatever. It was a good read. It caught my interest and even knowing it didn’t really have an end was OK. I most likely will buy the finalized version, and hope for sequels. It’s very hard to try and do a synopsis on this. I highly recommend it, though. You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. Go to Blaney’s website and you can get the e-book for yourself. Free!
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The Midwife’s Here! by Linda Fairley

This was a joy to read, one of the main reasons being the author is about my age, and everything took place in a time period I was very familiar with. This is Linda’s autobiography of becoming a midwife in England in the 1960s. I’ve always loved this type of book. It was interesting to read about how things were done back then and how much the medical world has changed regarding childbirth. I look forward to her sequel.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Flashback Meme Time!!

Flashback Kitty is taking you back in time, back to when I was still on My Space……

Srsly, tho, I came across this meme in my files when I was going through a “purge spree” and decided to update a few of the questions. Hey, it’s not plagiarism if one takes from oneself, is it? (ask me if I care, go on, I dare you!)

1. People say you learn something new every day, so what did you learn today?
Grapes are toxic to dogs.

2. Which do you prefer: French toast, bagels, pancakes, waffles, or cereal?
French toast with lots of butter, powdered sugar and real maple syrup! And BACON!!

3. In your opinion, what is the very worst type of weather?
Humid! Hate it! I am SO grateful that my parents moved us out from the Midwest to California when I was 4. Even as a toddler, I remember HATING that hot muggy weather.

4. What is something you're proud of yourself for?
All credit goes to Jesus, but I’m pretty chuffed about my kids and grandkids. I’m also proud that I tried to start a new type of fellowship group at church, even though it was rejected.

5. What’s something that can always make you feel better?
Prayer, Marvin, thinking about Lia, chatting with friends, chocolate, good cup of flavored coffee, meds.

6. Window seat or aisle seats?
Aisle! If I have to escape, I don’t want to have to crawl over someone. I feel this way whether it’s an airplane, movie theater, church, etc. I don’t like being hemmed in.

7. Are you a big fan of thunderstorms?
Oooh, you bet! Love thunder and lightening.

8. How do you feel about change?
Prefer quarters and dimes to nickels and pennies. Seriously though, I’m a Lutheran. I HATE change! J jk

9. Are you a forgiving person?
I try to be. My biggest fault is that I don’t forget…

10. Have you ever passed out?
Sorta. Used to come close to it all the time when I was pregnant with Sarah. I’d get all woozy in church and have to leave. It got so the pastor started shaking my hand BEFORE the service, because chances were that I’d be outside by the time service was over. Once I did briefly lose consciousness during the service, but I was propped up between Marv and the end of the pew and remained upright. No one knew. Weird feeling.

11. When was the last time something REALLY made you laugh?
Marv makes me laugh all the time. He said that’s why he married me—I laughed at all his jokes, and still do.

12. Are you on any medication?
Ohhh yeah…the older I get, the more meds seem to fill my cabinet. A friend of mine calls them “Golden Years Meds”.

13. Do you love where you live?
Yes, if you mean Northern California. Grew up in Chico, have lived in Paradise and now in Oroville. Great area.

14. Are you easily amused?
Ridiculously so, sometimes. Simple minds….

15. Do you think you'll be married in 5 years?
God willing. That would make 42 years of wedded bliss.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Special Book Report

To Awaken The Sidh by Sara L. Wehr

This is a special review on a book not yet published. And *I* got to read it first! That’s because I am a close personal friend of the author! The picture I have here isn’t the cover of the book, because there is no cover as yet. It’s just a Celtic pic I got off the Internet.

I don’t want to give away plot points, so I will just say that in this first book by Ms. Wehr, you will get:

Excitement galore

And all with a fine Celtic flavor. Fey folk. Magic. Troubadours.

There is even a Pooka, and it is NOT a 6-foot-tall rabbit!

If you like your fantasy reads with all of the above, you will LOVE this book! And I will keep you posted as to when and where it’s available…