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Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am glad you are here. For the most part, I use this to comment (and sometimes ramble...) about the many things I love or perhaps am fascinated with this week. This can include quite an assortment of topics, including my propensity for reading novels at all hours of the day, writing, art, and travel, as I do have a serious case of Wanderlust.

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~St. Augustine

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shadow of Night, the 'almost finished' prediction and fangirl blog.

So, as I am completely and entirely enjoying Shadow of Night, and have about 30 percent left, I have made some predictions about how some of the story will turn out. There will be spoilers below, so don't read unless you are more than 70 percent through Shadow of Night, or (very much like yours truly, mind you) don't mind possible big story pieces to be given away. Before I get my thinking about the plot cap on, can I first just say that this series is officially one of my favorites. I loved the first one and was expecting the 2nd to be great as well, and it is just blowing me away. I am so beguiled by the story and characters and love every page.

Okay, here are my predictions so far... SPOILERS BELOW....

First, I think Diana was the one who, once back in time, put a spell on Ashmole 782 that she knew only her 'future/present' time self would be able to unravel, thus setting in motion the necessary events of DOW and so on. She’s a weaver, so I bet much of what she saw inside the manuscript was hers (explains the off familiarity she has with the script inside, it would have had to be different to fit the time period, but still her own. ALSO -- the goddess has chosen Diana's life to pay the debt, but said she only takes the living, and I think Matthew will turn her into a vampire at some point to end the debt. I am thinking that her ability to live in both worlds, presumably the living and the dead, will help this process along, or at least come into play somehow

On a side note, Gallowglass’s revelation on how he watched Diana from a distance was also amazing to read! I had to put the book down for a moment at this part to just take in that big surprise. I was like YES YES YES time continuum/it all comes full circle/this character first scared me at first but I actually love him to pieces. Then I calmed down, picked the book back up, and resumed reading.... And even though that tells us SO MUCH, and it also broke my heart a little as they mentioned Philipe's role in all of that, I also am not banking on everything working out smoothly, that just wouldn't do.

I am going to stretch out the last 30 percent or so, because of course the long dreaded wait for the 3rd installment will then be upon us once again. I am just hoping that in the end, when the final page is turned, that M and D are together, location, time, space, etc irrelevant. That's not too much to ask, right?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meanwhile, in the Westeros of my mind...

I am about 40% done with A Game of Thrones, and here are my thoughts…..

At first I was all House Stark. However, after further character developments & wanting to punch a few of them right in the face, I am instead going to form a rag-tag house of my own with handpicked members, including but not limited to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, The Hound (I have such a feeling he is gonna pull a Snape on all of us), and a few others I think. Our sigil is going to be a Shark fighting a Raptor.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Almost missed the party...

For a long, long time, a friend of mine has been trying to get my to watch Parks and Recreation. Being almost too much of a loyalist to The Office, Southland, and TLLS, I can sometimes be very selective about what shows I allow into my repertoire. I don't really watch TV a whole lot, so I don't really see the point in adding in time slots, because more than likely I will just forget to watch weekly, then I would be way behind and need to catch up, and when it all boils down, I have books to read. Bah. But that's neither here no there, and I digress.

Being that we had a nice little break in the middle of the week for the 4th *Happy Birthday America!*, I was able to catch a few episodes from last season onDemand last night. Holy. Smokes. I have been missing out Big. Time. This show is hilarious. It is somehow connected to The Office (writers, creators, producers, I am not 100% sure on this one...) so that should have been my first hint that I would like it, and it has a similar format with the 'confessionals', filming style, and so on. It is based in a small town in Indiana, and since I spent the formidable years of my childhood in a small Indiana town, this also makes it quite endearing. However, the true star that has unyieldingly made me a fan of the show, and connecting this post to 'Merica's b-day, is Ron Swanson. This man is just hysterical. He is a bacon loving, bureaucrat despising, government distrusting libertarian and I just love him. He loves America, too, which is clearly a plus. So, I have a lot of catching up to do, but I am sure that it will be well worth it.

I hope all of you had a great Independence Day, and remember that we're the Home of the Free because of the Brave.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Super Fast Update!

Sorry once again for my lack of blogging. I have been writing, however, and I have been reading up a storm, so for me that is at least a little bit of a reasonable excuse.

Things I am working on at the moment -- 26th birthday plans (all downhill from here... haha) and also getting together my bar trivia team! We are all still stuck (read: indecisive) about the team name. I want something funny and perhaps involving puns, and we just can't decide on one. If you have any ideas, please feel free to share and they can go into the voting... if we ever get that far, that is.

And speaking of all the great books I have been reading.... holy smokes. I love when an author does a great Alpha Male (ala Lori Foster, for example...), yummy.

Hmmm... I think that is all for now. I am swirling in new ideas for future novels as well, as always I wish I had a giant pause button -or- there were more hours in a day!

xxoo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Goals

So, as money is tight right now as I continue to pay off student loans, fix my car, etc etc... I have been so discouraged about this for some time now. Some serious down in the dumps with no end in sight feelings of misery. And frankly I am tired of it.

Yes, this is not where I thought I would be at (almost) 26, but it is what it is, and while I can't change things that have already happened, I can adapt to what is going on now and make the best of it, right?

So, how about setting some goals to hopefully get me out of this rut.

I decided long ago that I would like to travel as much as I can, as often as possible (is that redundant? I can't decide...). Clearly budgetary issues to come in to play here, so while I have this wanderlust coursing through my veins, I cannot act on it presently.

This is where the goal comes in. In a little over 4 years, I will be 30 (ahhhhhhhh!!!!)... For my 30th birthday celebration, I am going on a trip. A nice big one, hopefully with Scotland included (obviously). Perhaps this will be the time where I explore the rest of the British Isles that I have so longed to do, but I think my beloved Scotland would be a given, right?

Now this gives me some focus I think, something to look forward to, and something to put some energy towards.

I can already feel the storm clouds clearing outta my head...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Andersonville, Jamie & Claire, and other updates!

Hello!

When I take these long unintentional breaks from blogging, I never know where to begin when I get back into it. Do I review the last time I posted and then go about it in a timeline fashion? I have thought of doing it this way, but tend to think with time, much of the energy that would normally come through in a post is lost, as the memory, thought, etc has been out of my mind for so long.

So, that being said, I will just comment on what's been going on in these past few days :)

First of all, I found out about this AMAZING store (or stores, as they have 3) that does custom framing and has so much 'stuff' for me to peruse and buy. And I say stuff in the most sincere of terms, because it is hard to describe all that they offer. Vintage flashcards, scrabble letters, cards, maps, pins and buttons, jewelery, letters, stamps, book ends, books, and the list goes on and on. Pretty much a dream come true for anyone inclined in a creative or vintage loving sort of way. Their 'grand poobah' store (as the nicest ever guy who worked there called it) is where we visited in Andersonville, and I can say now that I need about 3 to 4 more hours to properly go through everything there. I cannot wait to go back! Oh! and it's called FourSided (http://www.foursided.com/) so you can go visit and see all the amazing wares they have for any and all of your heart's desires!!


Also, for the past few days I have been listening to Dragonfly in Amber on my iPod at work, it is file time so I focus much better with something to listen to. Well, as it came to an end I had to turn it off, as my heart was breaking into pieces. That book (even though I have read on and know how things pan out after said happenings) just rips my heart & soul right out. My goodness. So to avoid crying and having to explain my unyielding love and emotional attachment to Jamie and Claire, I thought this would be best finished within the safe, tear friendly confines on my car on the way home.

I know I entitled this ".....and other updates", but I think this is it for now.

xxoo

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

& for my fellow Game of Thrones fans, here are some hilarious valentines that another fan sent me today, enjoy!


http://blog.chrisbishop.com/ here you can see them bigger/read them more easily. Love these!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

fizzy drink junkie

Let me set the scene for you.

It's 2:30 on a Tuesday. I just got a whole pile of files off my desk, so of course happy dances for the briefest of moments happen. I settle in to tackle my next task, and it hits me. The need for bubbles and fizz and sugar. Preferably, in a bottle. And cold, if possible.

I look around my desk. No solution there. My empty water bottle does not, and has not held the liquid satisfaction I need at the moment.

Ah HAH! I spot my purse. This should contain the papery rectangles or silvery disks that I can exchange for such gratification. But wait, what's this?? A rectangle that is too large a denomination?! Curses? Ahh, but there's a glint of something small and shiny at the bottom of the abyss. Ten Cents!! Hah HAH! It's not much, but it's a start. Tearing through the rest of the seemingly bottomless pit of the satchel I carry with me daily, I scrounge up a few more coins of varying value here and there. What, another problem! I am five cents short! Blast! What dark sided forces are working against me today!? A brief memory from the past jars my thinking, and I pull open my desk, where a beam of light from the heavens themselves shine down on the missing piece; an old filthy nickel that I tossed in there so long ago, perhaps for just such a day!

Finally, I have enough. Like a conquering warrior, I stroll to the machine to exchange my newly pilfered bits for the ice cold delight it holds behind its lighted door.

I really need to kick this particular habit. I have tried to many times, and have been successful once or twice for a short time. But it's the gosh darn bubbles that pull me right back every time. Until I am frantically digging in every nook and cranny of my belongings and desk for the appropriate amount of coins to get a taste of those little imps that dance across my lips and into my belly.

Monday, January 16, 2012

What to do with my life?

What a question to try and answer, huh?

I feel like I am kind of stuck in the middle of something at the moment. For the most part, I really enjoy my job, and I like that I am so familiar with it already, and above all extremely grateful that they pretty much made this position with me in mind. With the state of our State at this time, who knows where I would be or how I would be paying off my loans at the moment.
However, one of my big issues I try and deal with on a weekly basis is that whole degree thing. My position does not require a Masters degree (let alone state licensure, which I also have at the moment…). While I do know (albeit easier said than done) that what other people think of me is none of my business, I can’t help but wonder if there are people at my office or in my life in general who think “why is she working there with her degree”, “why doesn’t she get into the field”, etc. etc., and you can imagine how the list of possible other ‘things’ these people may or may not be saying. And now that I write that out and say it a few times, what I am really saying is that I maybe say these things to myself. A lot.

Am I missing out on something else because I like my job? Have I wasted my money and time getting a degree that I am not using? Are there even answers to that question? And just to throw another wrench in the fray, here is another aspect of the situation that for me is both helpful and not. At my current job, the benefits are really, really great. Let’s just say that I do find something in the field, and leave here for it. With how very unstable the State is, in addition to the added instability of community agencies (run in great deal, if not entirely on state or donated funds), let’s say worst case scenario is I start there and it is a-okay for a while, and then funding is cut, and boom, I’m maybe cut back in one way shape or form (this happened while on my internship at my agency, a very scary time for the staff and cuts all across the board). With just making it by at this point as far as loan pay back and bills go, that is a risk I am not sure I want to take at this point. Yes, I understand that is very pessimistic and ‘worst case’ thinking, but I think also quite relevant, too.

Overall, this whole situation makes me frustrated, worried, and sad. I thought I would be somewhere else in life at this point. Is there an end in sight? Is a great opportunity almost here as I search for the next path I take in life?

Again, I cannot say enough how thankful I am for my job, and the great people I work with. I just wish I could perhaps experience a sign or something telling me any variety of 1) everything will be okay, or 2)here is what you are supposed to do. If only it were that easy, huh?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Always have your glass half full.

While watching the news last night, seeing the anchors brave the cold and snow outside, I knew to get to bed early because the next morning drive was going to be a slow one, plus time tacked on to brush off my car, and also my sore muscles would appreciate the extra rest after shoveling the driveway and sidewalks.

All of this may have added up to a big snarly mean muggin' day, right?

What I did notice that made me happy were the tiny snowflakes whispering down on the person reporting the status of the expressways, the plowing status in the city, etc. They melted almost immediately on contact, but when they were against the dark knit of a winter hat or the waterproof slickness of the parkas, they sparkled in the bright light of the camera like a million tiny diamonds. It was beautiful.

And that, my friends, is one way to keep your glass always half full.

(remember, it could always be much, much worse)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hail Caesar....Salad.

This is my favorite food ever. I love the deep green leafiness of the Romaine lettuce, the crunchy, garlicky goodness of the croutons, the tangy zip of the dressing (most Caesar dressing has anchovies in it, did you know?), and the aged perfection of the Parmesan sprinkled delicately over the top. And that's not all! Throw in some tender chunks of chicken (or salmon, or tuna if you like!) and just send me right to heaven.

However, there is some caution to this tale. While the whole idea of a 'salad' is good, be careful with all the add-ins that make it a Caesar. These can often times bring your light and healthy dish to a new low of calorie laden diet-crushers, as I have discovered many a time. Which does not make me happy (but it is still delicious).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Give me more books!

So I can nom nom nom my way through them, please!


But seriously though.... please?

So, one of my 2012 goals is to read 100 books, and I am doing just swimmingly so far. I am 9% finished, which is way above where I should be to stay on track. With lofty goals such as this (I am thinkin NaNoWriMo, for one) I like to 'top load' myself so just in case I am caught in some sort of crazy busy time, or something else unexpected creeps up on me that takes away from my reading time, I will be fine.


However, I think I have gone a little bit crazy lately. A good friend of mine recommended Tess Gerristen's Rizzoli and Isles series, and I am in LOVE. Yes, there are no kilted Highlanders sweeping maidens off their feet, but I don't care because they are amazing! I am currently working on my third one, and it has sucked me right. I appreciate when a book series can do this -- the author can consistently create this amazing story while making them different enough to keep me interested. Because, too many times the opposite can happen where the first few books are great and then they get so predictable because the basic story arc is the same. This is how the Alex Cross series turned out for me. I loved them to pieces and had every single one, and then as more came out, almost spot-on predictions were made very early on, and they lost their intrigue. Boo hoo. Not to mention the series was supposed to end like 12 books ago... But I digress.

What I would really like to work on are my reviews. Sometimes when I finish a book I am still so caught up in the exuberant 'high' of the big finish that I just want to give it some stars and say a few things like "I loved it, it was great". Afterwards I am a little disappointed that I did not expand on that, and I am missing out on a chance to write. So, there is something else I am going to work on in the coming year -- better reviews of books. Which comes at a perfect time because I just won one of GoodReads.com's First Reads giveaways, so I am going to make that review very thorough and profesh looking, so I better get practicing!!

In related news, I am trying to plan a Used Book Store Crawl! How amazing will that be. And it will all end either at a wine bar or at a house where wine is so we can discuss our amazing discoveries and hopefully end the night with dramatic readings from some of our finds.

I may also be moving to Madison, Wisconsin because of some amazing used book stores I found within like 8 blocks of one another. What?! That is clearly where I need to be living!!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One Minute Writer -- Book

Today's Writing Prompt: Book
Write about a book you remember reading as a child.

This one is right up my alley :)

As unfortunate as it is, I cannot for the life of me remember the title of this book. Yes, I could have picked a book I remember the title of from when I was a kid, but this one was the first one that popped into my head, as it was so memorable. And to be honest, many times when I find myself perusing through a book shop, my mind wanders to it quite often as I try and remember what it was called so I may experience it once again. But maybe that would not be the best, right? I have my child-memory of my experience reading it, and perhaps there is a reason my subconscious is not letting me remember -- for if I were to read it again it would change the memory and experience, right? Possibly.

Anyway, the book was an adventure type where this group of young adults join this sort of club where they learn about ancient times, Ancient Egypt in particular. They find this old bust of Queen Nefertiti, and that inspires them even more. I think my love of antiquities and wanderlust for adventure started this early in life, as I was so jealous of them and their magnificent find, as well as the adventures they began as I was stuck in 3rd grade. :)

What book do you remember reading as a child?

:::::sigh:::::

Scotland - Visit Scotland for the Highlands & Islands of Scotland: Old Keiss Castle - Scottish Highlands

How beautiful is this?? As soon as I saw this castle, I immediately pictures a wonderful novel taking place here (ala The Winter Sea, perhaps??)

Go check out the rest of this amazing blog with all sorts of pictures of the wonderful Scottish Highlands, my favorite place in the world, to suit your fancy!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Starting off with a Bang Bang Bang!

Soooooo, perhaps this is just a little foreshadowing that I will need this buffer later, but I am doing excellent so far *knock knock* on one of the 2012 goals. 3 books complete, 97 to go. Not too shabby if you ask me.

Also, I am slowly coming to terms that my holiday vacation is coming to a close. At least tomorrow is my late day at work, right? Wahh wahh.

Finally, here is some advice for me fellow bibliophiles. I know we all have been up in the wee hours reading a book we just can't put down. One of the 3 so far has been that, and I finished last night at about 5:45am. Then the sleeplessness set in. Because I was so flippin unnerved by the book. It was so creepy and scary, yikes! So this is the advice I have decided I am going to try to follow from now on, no matter how good the book is and how much I want to resist putting it down. If, during the reading process of a book, there come parts that begin to prick up the little hairs on your neck, and maybe some parts or chapters are completed and your skin may be crawling, for the love of (insert appropriate higher being of your choice, I'll choose Odin for today) DO NOT continue reading it in the dead of night. All the noises will be magnified, and you will be certain that there is someone looking in your window at you, probably with an arsenal of other nefarious things. SHUDDERS. That is what happened. I was moving along through the book quickly because while it was scary it was also so good, but then things got very, very bad, and quite scary, but I just kept going. And then I was wide awake and it was windy outside and yes, there was a something crouching in the tree outside my window. I think had I waited and finished it in the nice cheery morning, while it would still have been creepy, I would not have suffered the sleepless consequences.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012

I really loved 2011, as some amazing things happened. I finished my internship successfully, finished graduate school, and finally experienced my trip of a lifetime in Scotland. 2012 has big shoes to fill, but I think it will indeed have some great surprises in there waiting for me, I hope :)

read these books.

You won't be sorry about your decision....