soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Monday, July 18th, 2011 09:09 pm
Today is a HUGE birthday day amongst my family and friends.
My sweet niece, who often drives me crazy, is celebrating her birthday in Disney World.
Happy Birthday, Hailey-Bug!

My big sis, far away in Hawaii enjoying the sun and surf (in theory).
Happy Birthday, Tracy!

My favorite bibliophile who moved across the country but still manages to keep in touch like a CHAMP and prod me to write my part of our Zompocalypse story!
Happy Birthday, [ profile] oddmonster!

That's a lot of birthdays. I'm all worn out now.

Anyway. Onto the not as joyous stuff. As you can see, I'm online again after the Great Computer Outage of 2011. The technician ran a slew of tests and everything came back looking good. He admitted that there's been a lot of calls about slow and non-responsive internettedness and it looks like there are just too many people using too little ... whatever it's called. So, yeah. That sucks. But we're back up and running and we're going to try to keep track of when and how often we lose connection to see if it's worth changing providers. I'm not feeling terribly optimistic about this, to be honest. Meh. We'll see.

I have a ton of stuff to talk about but I'm going to talk book for a minute and save the funny stuff for tomorrow. Maybe.
Book #285 - Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger - These books are so freaking FUNNY. I love the tone they're written in and how utterly absurd some of escapades the characters find themselves in the middle of are.
Book #286 - Lights, Camera...Monsters (Monsters in Hollywood #1) by Lila Dubois - I know these books won't be for everyone but I thought this one was sexy and fun. Sex with monsters! Who knew I'd get such a kick out of it?

Out of the blue today, my mom says "One month until the kids are back in school." It really does seem like they just finished school and now we're going to have to gear up for a new year. Crazy.

Okay. I'm off to finish the 3rd Parasol Protectorate book.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 02:11 pm
Today is my wee beastie's birthday. He's 12. TWELVE! I adore my kid to pieces but there are times when he totally gets a WTF? face from me. One with a superciliously raised eyebrow. Usually it has to do with when he wants food. Cole, who is nearly as tall as me and wears bigger shoes, always asks me to go downstairs with him to get something to eat. I don't have to get him the actual food, mind you, I just have to go downstairs with him. Why? Why? WHY?!?!

Despite that, I still love the little brat. I probably won't sell him back to the gypsies or anything. Unless, you know, they offered a really good price. And threw in free fortune telling for life. And, really, what are the odds of that?

Happy Birthday, Cole. I love you, darlin'. Even with all your weirdness and your endless video game playing and the way you always want to watch TV in my room when I'm trying to write.

The last few years we've made it a tradition to go to the movies on his birthday. He really wanted to see Transformers 3 last night so we caught the 7:30 show. For the record, I liked the movie. I thought it was a lot stronger than the 2nd movie. The only thing that really, really, reallyreallyreally bugged me was that the Victoria's Secret chick was wearing a white jacket through the entire climactic battle scene and she somehow came out of it looking spotlessly gorgeous. Really? Sam was covered in grime and soot and you managed to look perfectly put together? I can accept a lot of things - giant sentient robots who come to earth and open portals to other worlds, that only hot guys are in the military, that Sam got 2 hot chicks over the course of the series - but I can't accept that anyone could be fleeing though a ravaged city without being filthy by the end. Michael Bay, you have disappointed me.

I have some bookish stuff. For real.
Book #268 - Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4) by Karen Marie Moning - There was, like, 2 way time travel in this one. Kinda neat!
Teaser Tuesday (07/05/11) - Sexy assassins and time-traveling Highlanders. Can you tell which one I've already finished?
By the Numbers...the first half of 2011 - A breakdown of where I stand on the various reading challenges I signed up for. I had a fun time writing this one up. Lots of numbers. Lots and lots of numbers.

Okay. I'm done.
See ya'll later.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-All boxed up with nowhere to go)
Saturday, June 11th, 2011 08:00 pm
I'm so tired all of a sudden that I can't think. Uggh. I did the all-day work thing and then jaunted over to Amb and Phil's house to celebrate my mom's birthday (early because the family seems to be scattering to the four corners after this week). I'm just... exhausted now.

I'm tired enough that getting my book recap ready for the day seems like too much work. We'll see how I feel when I get to the end of this post.

Randomly, I let Cole sign up for the free Netflix trial with the idea being that he can stream the movies and TV shows through his Xbox 360. Umm, I barely see the kid now that he doesn't have to come into my room to watch TV. It's nice because I don't have my TV blaring when I'm trying to read but... huh. We'll see how long this lasts. I told him that if he watches things on it, I'm willing to pay for it but he also has to be fairly responsible with it. Meaning, no marathon 24/7 watching.

Which is totally something I'd do, justsoyouknow.

Okay. I think I can do a book recap. Pretty sure.
Book #231 - Firestorm (Weather Warden #5) by Rachel Caine - I LOVED this ending. Loved it. Just... awesome! I'm totally going to read book 6 as soon as I clear out the review requests due by the end of the month.
Book #232 - The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1) by Lacey Weatherford - I liked the book but I felt like the beginning was written for a younger reading set. There were a lot of simple sentences and repetition. This didn't detract from the book too much but it was something I noticed.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Favorite Authors, Male Prostitutes & shirtless cowboys. All the things I need to make my weekends nice.

I'm going to take the dogs out one last time, brush my teeth and then curl up into a ball on the bed and watch some terrible sci-fi movies. Wish me luck.
soulswallo: (Calvin-Crap! I'm caught in a spider web!)
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 12:09 pm
I've had a crazy insane bizarre night and early morning.

My computer picked up a virus last night which led to me freaking out, doing something stupid and spending hours afterward working on fixing it. Seriously, being without a computer is just about the weirdest thing ever. Normally I'd Google the crap out of the pop-ups I was getting to figure out what's going on. Without a computer and internet access I CAN'T GOOGLE ANYTHING. It was terrible, horrible, awful. I almost cried. Not really. But I was reaching maximum entropy by the time I got everything straightened out.

I do wish I was a little more computer savvy. I can do all the basic stuff and I can usually figure out what I need to do to fix the little things but when it comes to major troubleshooting I start worrying that I'm going to shut down something critical and be stuck with a dead carcass of a computer and no way to resurrect it from the great beyond.

Anyway. I ended up running 3 different anti-virus/anti-spyware programs over the course of my "fixing" and one of them looks like it caught the problem and blasted that motherfucker into oblivion. I hope. Of course, I might be totally wrong and I'm going to get home tonight to a fried computer and a lot of weeping.

In other much happier news: Today Ryan turns ONE! Yay for the little booger! I'm missing his party due to work but I've been assured that the family will make sure some of the delicious food is put aside for me. THEY BETTER BE TELLING ME THE TRUTH! It won't be pretty if they're lying.

Now onto the bookish stuff:
Book #170 - Past Midnight (Past Midnight #1) by Mara Purnhagen - It's amazing how much more sense a series makes when you start with book #1. Seriously.
Book #171 - Laid Bare (Brown Siblings 31) by Lauren Dane - This book is smoking hot. SMOKING! Plus, I got a really nice twitter message form Lauren Dane thanking me for my review. AWESOME!

It's been so busy at work today that I haven't had time to even pull my book out of my bag. Can you believe that? I bitch about it when it's slow but I think I much prefer that lazy pace to people coming in to talk to me. Arrgh!

My one goal today is to write up the review on the book I finished on Monday. I can't believe I've let it sit so long without writing it yet. I feel like I'm failing at something here. Something huge and epic and other really big stuff. But not really. Because, you know, as much as I love writing up reviews and being all recommendation-y with books I love, I can't take myself too seriously or my brain will hurt. So yeah. I have this book sitting here waiting for me to review it. It's cool.

Okay. Time to get back to work.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 09:00 pm
Hey, guys! It's Eric's birthday today. I don't even think he does the LJ thing anymore but I'm such an awesome friend that I text messaged him to tell him he's a loser for not reading any books yet this year AND I'm posting it here!

Happy birthday, Dude! May your day be filled with people who don't smell like either cats or onions. At the same time or separately. I write this because I CARE! Happy non-smelling birthday!

So. Work today. It was easy. Epically so. I finished two books that I'd started the other day and read two new ones. That's four books, guys. FOUR! I get paid to read. How awesome is that?!?!

Since I'm on the subject- Books.
Book #86 - The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt - A fast, fun take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Only the heroine is a kinda trampy girl who's incredibly ordinary.
Book #87 - Reunion (Vampires Realm) by Felicity Heaton - Sexy vampires! You gotta love that. Another fast and fun read with some blood and guts thrown in for good measure.
Book #88 - Steam & Sorcery (Gaslight Chronicles) by Cindy Spencer Pape - Oh, wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There's steampunkery, knights, magick and supernatural critters. It was just this awesome blend of all those things with a love story about a knight and a governess as the icing on the cake.
On My Wishlist (week 23) - The Bargain Hunter's (3rd) Edition. With books (mostly) under $3.

I have one more review to write but I was starting to get a little goofy and had to step aside before I wrote crazy, crazy stuff.

And now I'm done.
soulswallo: (Stock-Winter-Blue and beautiful)
Friday, December 24th, 2010 08:26 pm
Oh, [ profile] bangaboomerang, I wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday! I'm sorry I'm late. Forgive me?

It's Christmas Eve and Cole's playing his video games while I wander aimlessly around the web looking for something to keep me awake. What? I didn't get my nap today. It was tragic.

The fam went to Amber and Phil's for dinner. We honestly didn't do much. I had a drink. We played with the baby. We ate. We came home. That's the most unexciting thing to write ever. Boring.

Anyway. One last thing before I drag Cole in here to watch a movie with me.
Book #281 - Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning - Holy Hannah! This is a good series.

And now I'm done.
Sleep well. Keep an eye out for that red-clad guy who likes to sneak into houses!
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 08:23 pm
Today is the birthday of two of my favorite people.
My BFF [ profile] malkovich03, who is beyond awesome!
[ profile] neversince, who is next to awesome and deserves cake!
Happy birthday, darlings!

I'm trying to finish up the 4th Vampire Academy book. And by trying I mean that I'll have it done tonight. The point in me mentioning this is that I didn't do a whole lot of anything today. I opened up Word and re-read the first 20 pages of my novel. I pretty much love it! Of course, that means I didn't do any actual writing but I can work around that.

Okay. Book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 71 - Sandman Slim. Boo-yah!

And that's all for tonight.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-*g*)
Sunday, November 21st, 2010 08:05 pm
The epic weekend in San Francisco has come to an end. I was hungover as all get today which made driving home pretty sucktastic. In fact, I'd wager that I was still drunk this morning when I woke up...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

It's my best friend [ profile] malkovich03's birthday tomorrow. She's awesome, btw. Absolutely one of the most outstanding people ever. EVER! She's the reason I sat down and wrote novel #1 earlier this year. She pushed and pushed and pushed in the way that awesome best friends do and suddenly I was writing.

Anyway. Mal wanted to have dinner in San Francisco. So we did. It was an Italian place and the food was good. From what I remember. See, Mal ordered a bottle of wine and we split it. Have you ever tried twirling fettuccine when you're seriously tipsy? IT CAN'T BE DONE!

After dinner we went to a bar. It was super crowded. I didn't order a drink. Then most of our group went home and the four of us left went to another bar. Actually, it was just three of us. Mal went back to the hotel for a bit and joined us later.

This would be the point in the evening where my drinking downfall began. I had something with coffee, kahlua and tequila in it. What was I thinking there? I don't know. And then the Tropical Storms began. I think I had 3. Mal said 4. But since she missed the beginning of the bar part, I don't know how accurate her counting was. Anyway. We moved to the bar next door and met our waitress from the first bar. That wasn't planned. Some chick had to pound on the bathroom door to roust the three or four girls in there out so the rest of us could actually pee. That was kinda awesome. Mal made me dance with some guy. 2 o'clock rolled around. We left.

At this point I was feeling pretty good. Not falling down drunk, but definitely blurred enough that I wasn't feeling any pain. Mal decided that she wanted to go to Denny's nearly as soon as we got to our room. It rained on us as we walked over. I fell asleep on Mal's friend. I woke up and they were ready to go. *blink, blink* Yes, I did say "fell asleep".

It was 4-ish by the time we got back to the room. There was some sleeping. And by some, I mean very little because I woke up at 7:30. Now that's just wrong. That's when I realized that I was still drunk from the night before. Dude. I had to sleep in the car while Mal and her friend (we dropped Mal's husband off at the Niners game) had lunch. I felt better after sleeping a little.

Now I'm home. I've showered again, slept a little more and eaten actual food. *thumbs up*

I'm going to chalk this entire weekend up in the WIN column. I figured it was a celebration for both Mal's birthday and for me FINALLY hitting my NaNo goal after years of trying.

Anyway. Book stuff.
My reread of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy continues - Shadow Kiss.
On My Wishlist (week 11)
In My Mailbox
30 days of books... Day 69
30 days of books... Day 70

Okay. I'm done now.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Saturday, November 20th, 2010 04:52 pm
Ack! The day got away from me and now I have to rush to get ready for the awesomeness of [ profile] malkovich03's birthday dinner in San Francisco.

I'll undoubtedly be drunk tweeting at some time tonight. Because that sort of stuff always happens when Lacey and I get together. Here I am - Soulswallo.

I'll also have my eyes out for sexy vamps and werewolves wandering the streets! Boo-yah!

I'll post the shit out of you tomorrow. Whether you want me to or not.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Sunday, October 17th, 2010 09:31 pm
I had a really fun birthday. Today I slept in (OMG! DID YOU HEAR THAT?!?!), ate, had cake, opened presents and did all the other things that one generally does on their birthday.

But yesterday, oh yesterday. First off, I was carted off to San Francisco to see Cherie Priest at Borderlands. I'd never been to a book signing before and it was ... neat. I think there were around 30 people there so it felt small and intimate. I got 5 of my personal books singed and 2 more that I'm going to give away on my book blog. Cherie was a total sweetheart and took pictures with me while signing my pile of books. Pictorial proof:

I have other pictures but most of them were taken while she was signing so her head was down. I actually got out of line and put myself, Eric and Mal at the end of the line so that I had a few extra minutes to talk to her. It was just awesomely fun.

As a bonus, Borderlands is a used bookstore that specializes in Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy books only. It was like walking into a store dedicated to my childhood.

After the signing we went to the bar where Mal's husband was hanging out watching teh Giants game. I got the world's biggest drink and proceeded to get my buzz on. Unintentionally, mind you. I really thought it was going to be a normal sized drink, not something big enough to pull stray planetary bodies into it's orbit. Then we went to dinner at a tiny, little seafood place where I discovered that I don't like raw oysters (they tasted like I was licking the beach. A sandy, dirty, cesspool of humanity beach. Yuck). We went to a little Italian coffee shop after and I had a delicious piece of cake while Mal and her husband sucked down espresso.

Then I came home and sat for a while eyeballing my haul of signed Cherie Priest books while I giggled to myself. It was pretty awesome.

So, that was my birthday. *fist pump*

And now onto the bookish stuff...
30 days of books... Day 35 - Free Kindle books make me smile.
In My Mailbox - Lots of books. Lots and lots of books. Love!

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (Stock-Look up and see the wonders)
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 01:12 pm
I have an hour until I'm being picked up for the great birthday extravaganza planned and executed by the fabulous [ profile] malkovich03. I've picked up an extra copy of Boneshaker to have signed. I think I'll give it away on my blog. And if they're selling copies of Dreadnought at the bookstore (which I can't imagine why they wouldn't be) I'll buy one and get that signed also to give away. This is on top of my personal three books, mind you.

Anyway. I have a few book things to clear out.
Book #218 - The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts - A fun collection of Christmas-themed vampire stories of the shorter variety.

On My Wishlist (week 6) - Delilah Street, naughty covers and the awesome Morgan Kingsley. Oh, and I don't think I've managed to put up a short wishlist post since I started this weekly meme.
30 days of books... Day 34 - The ghost of Jane Austen takes up residence in a young girl's head and helps her with her romantic life. I know. It's not my usual type of book. Just go with it.

For the record, I froze my ass off this morning during Zombie watch. I could barely type. (That's my excuse if you come across any typos. *nods*) No, really. It was very cold. And foggy. And slightly damp. Hailey scored a goal. Yay!

Okay. I do not promise that I won't be dong any drunken tweeting tonight. I also don't promise that I will.
soulswallo: (Heroes-Niki-Game on!)
Friday, October 15th, 2010 08:56 pm
Oh, look! It's almost that time again! You know, that time where I joyfully celebrate my birthday for at least a week and remind you endlessly to shop early and shop often. Yeah, that time.

Things I've learned about my birthday celebration in San Francisco since yesterday: I'm getting picked up at 2 and I can wear jeans if I so desire. O_o < lj user="malkovich03"> is really not giving me a lot of work with here. On the other hand, at least I have a departure time. Seriously, Mal is pretty awesome. She's even arranged pick-up and drop-off for me since I don't want to drive in SF. At least, I assume she'll be dropping me off. I don't know. Maybe I'm being left in San Francisco to find my own way home.

That would definitely make it an unforgettable birthday. Kinda like the birthday of '89. Actually, that birthday really sucked. I hope it doesn't turn out like that. Also, my birthday 2 years ago wasn't fun because we were freaking moving that day and it was hot and sweaty. Blech. Still, I ended up with a house out of that, so I guess complaining isn't going to get me anywhere.

Which reminds me: Tomorrow is the official 2 year anniversary of buying my house. That's kinda cool. Even cooler? I quit my soul-sucking bank job a year and a half ago. I wrote a novel. I'm planning out novel #2 and will be starting it in a few weeks.

That stuff? Is cool.

Okay. Books. Books. Books.
Book #217 - Shadow Bound (Shadow #1) by Erin Kellison - A free Kindle read that was pretty darn good. After getting through the flowery prose at the beginning, that is.

30 days of books... Day 33 - Underwater.Archeologist. Sweet!
Book Blogger Hop - Do you give up on books that you can't get into?

I have one more review to write tonight and I have to get tomorrow's wishlist post together so I can post it in the morning.

I think I'm done now. Wish me lots of fruity alcoholic drinks and a hot werewolf or two. You know, just in case I don't get back here before heading out on my birthday extravaganza.
soulswallo: (DW-Tardis-Take me away)
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 09:21 pm
No more hot weather. Please! I can handle mildly warm weather. I can handle the cold. For the love of Pete, I don't want to sweat any more.

Randomly, I went to pick Cole and Hailey up from school today and both of them had after-school activities going on. Huh? I wish I had known that before I went to pick them up.

Awesomely random: [ profile] malkovich03 is making plans for us to head up to San Francisco on Saturday for my birthday. I found out today that Cherie Priest (author of the amazing Boneshaker and Dreadnought) will be signing at a bookstore and it looks like we're going to incorporate that into our afternoon. Also, I plan on having a drink or two.

Book stuff:
Book #214 - Hara's Legacy (Resonance Mates #1) by Bianca D'Arc - Sexy sci-fi foursome with aliens and ... sex.
Book #215 - Serengeti Heat (Serengeti Shifters #1) by Vivi Andrews - Sexy lion shifters, hormones and bad-ass Alphas.

30 days of books... Day 31 - This book sounds a little Nora Roberts-esque. I am intrigued.
Waiting on Wednesday - Ghost Town - Book 9 of the Morganville Vampires series and I want it BAD!

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Sunday, October 10th, 2010 09:26 pm
Cole has a book report due on Friday and there's no way he's going to be able to get the book he's doing it on read between now and then. Part of this is my fault because I talked him into the book and I think it's a little more than his poor brain can handle. The book? The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King.

First off, in defense of my poor mothering skills, I haven't read that book in years and I had truly forgotten how much swearing and such there was in it. Until Cole asked me what "fucking rectal palp" meant, that is. Umm... What? He didn't actually ask me, mind you, but he pointed it out on the page and asked me to define it. *face palm*

So, I'm trying to figure out how to handle this. If it was a book that I thought he simply wasn't applying himself to finish I'd probably just let him deal with the fallout but the poor kid has been reading every night and he's only halfway through the book. I really feel guilty about this. I have a tendency to forget that most people can't read 2 or 3 books a day.

I know this is probably a big, flashing neon sign of what not to do in the parenting handbook but I think I'm going to outline the rest of the book for him and help him with the book report. I've already started him on a new book, one that doesn't involve the word "fuck" in any way, shape or form. Amazingly, he's about 15 pages into it. This particular book would be roughly a two hour book for me, so I figure he'll be able to finish it within the week and get a good start on his NEXT book report without any help from me.

Arrgh. I totally fail at this mommy thing.

Okay. Stuff that also involves books, but in a very different way.
Book #208 - Mistress to the Beast by Eve Vaughn - Honestly, I didn't care for it. I just ... no.

30 days of books... Day 28 - Dragons! And Napoleon! Boo-yah!
In My Mailbox - An embarrassment of riches. Seriously. If you're looking for free e-book downloads, look no further!
100 Post Round-Up - I've been blogging at Reading the Paranormal for 38 days and I've posted 100 entries. I've also been accepted as a guest blogger (as needed) at a well-established site and picked up a ton of new authors that I really enjoy. Not bad for 5 weeks worth of blogging.

Before I sign off for the night...
Happy Birthday to my oldest and youngest sisters, Robin and Heather!

12 years apart, same birthday. Coolness.

Alright! I'm out.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Friday, October 8th, 2010 10:31 pm
Holy crap! I almost forgot to journal today. I ... don't even understand. I don't get it. What? It must have been that Mike's Hard Lemonade. Funny story, I grabbed 2 Mike's earlier and drank one while I was reading and when I went to open the second one I totally couldn't get the cap off. I figure it was the Gods of Drunken Tweeting telling me not to drink it. So I didn't.

Yeah. Anyway. Here at Casa Rubidoux we have a jam packed weekend. Hailey's soccer game tomorrow morning, although she threw up this afternoon so that might not be happening. Then we're going to the pumpkin patch. This is a crazy huge pumpkin patch with a train and corn maze and grilled corn on the cob and ... lots of other things. Sunday is Heather's birthday so we'll be doing that whole family thing.

Which brings me to a topic that's near and dear to my heart ... My Birthday. It's on the 17th, guys. I accept parcels of land and jewels, preferably cut and polished already so I can sell them immediately. I mean, what?

Okay, I'm kidding about the jewels but the parcels of land thing is still on the table. Right? Right?

Okay. Books.
Book #203 - Friday's Child-Sexual Healing by Moira Rogers - I won this through Twitter. Fun!
Book #204 - Eternal Pleasure (Gods of the Night #1) by Nina Bangs - All I can say is that I had no idea dinosaurs were so sexy. I'm just sayin'.

30 days of books... Day 26 - What in the name of Pete am I downloading?
On My Wishlist (week 5) - The werewolf edition, now with polar bears. As an aside, this is one of my favorite weekly events I participate in. I love scouring my wishlist and being reminded of all the great books I'm dying to read.

Okay, full day tomorrow, I'm ready to map you out. Also, that one Mike's has made me sleepy.
soulswallo: (Psych-Gus is stealth)
Thursday, September 30th, 2010 07:31 pm
I am officially sick of the heat. This shouldn't be a revelation, really, since I much prefer the cooler weather to the hot, but ... dammit, I've had enough. I might be the only person who lives in California who doesn't like summer, but there you have it. Summer, blech. Heat, blah. Give me rainy days and warm sweaters over sticky heat any day. Well, except when you go into two or three weeks straight of rain, then I complain about that. But that's neither here nor there.

Anyway. I finished a book.
Book #194 - Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century #3) by Cherie Priest - My love is boundless. Never ending. Epic in nature. And that's before the Zombies make an appearance.
30 days of books... Day 18 - I don't even know why I own this book.
Booking through Thursday - Jumping the Shark - When do you stop reading a series?

You know, my sister's birthday is in a little more than a week. I should probably buy her something. Because, you know, if I don't, my birthday's the week after and she'll retaliate by not getting me anything. Horrors!

Ooh! And since it's almost officially October I can start work on my Halloween decorating. I have ideas. Dark, skeleton filled ideas.

I'm done now.
soulswallo: (Stock-Books-Lots and lots)
Friday, July 30th, 2010 07:27 pm
I am so behind on updating my books read. Like, ridiculously so. I meant to do it yesterday but time kinda got away from me. Oops.

So this will be post #1 for the evening. The books post (plus, book related things).

Thing #1 - Today is Cherie Priest's ([ profile] cmpriest) birthday. She would be the author of the incredible Boneshaker novel, which was (HANDS DOWN) my favorite book of 2009. Thank you and Happy Birthday, Cherie!

Thing #2 - I have a bunch of books ... 144-151
I didn't read all these today. I swear! )

Holy crumb, that was a lot of books. It also took me forever to type this post up. I really don't know if I have another post in me now. Yikes.

Mental note: Don't let your books build up like this again. Please.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Sunday, July 18th, 2010 08:34 pm
It's a crazy birthday day!
Happy Birthday, Hailey Bug!
And Happy Birthday to my sister Tracy!
And Happy Birthday to [ profile] oddmonster!

I did not get spit up on today. You might be thinking that this isn't something that one needs to announce but you'd be wrong. Baby Ryan gets so excited when he sees me that he spontaneously barfs on me. Every time. Instead, he drooled massive quantities of slime on me and grinned like a little loon.

Cute kid.

You know, taking three showers yesterday might not have been the best idea ever because I'm really, really itchy today. See? There is such thing as too much of a good thing. That was a poorly constructed sentence. I apologize.

Randomly, I think Ruby is a cyborg. Here's my proof.

She's like a doggy version of the Terminator! She's come from the future and she's looking to lick you to death! The Rubinator!
CRAP! That picture is too small. Click on it and see the bigger one and then everything I wrote there will make sense. In theory.

I was dreaming again during my nap and it was mondo bizarre but then I was rudely awakened and my anger over being jerked out of my nap made me forget it. However, my anger was them supplanted with pleasure at the spaghetti and garlic bread that Hailey chose for her birthday dinner. Yes, we celebrate birthdays for an entire freaking week in our household. Doesn't everyone?

I'm out, kiddos.
I have things to do! Very important things that involve werewolf mating habits and ... no, that's it. Sorry.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Saturday, July 17th, 2010 08:45 pm
Ohmigod! Guys, I almost don't know where to start with this post because I have SUCH AWESOME THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT! To the journal, posthaste!

First and foremost, the earlier conversations I posted to the journal this morning did indeed take place. Mostly. I might have added in the speculatory parts about what the noises were that my mom and Heather were making. I mean, they made the noises, I'm just not sure what they were intending the noises to convey. Also, I had to add some backstory into the first one. Because you wouldn't have understood it otherwise. That's really beside the point, though. Those conversations took place. Just not exactly as written. It's called creative license. Or something.

Secondly, I posted a crap load of pictures on Twitter this morning, mostly of my socks and shoes. Somehow the correlation between my polka dot shoes and a hooker who services Minnie Mouse fetishists was drawn. Don't ask how. I have now been asked to provide a Venn diagram showing how finding my niche in writing werewolf porn is not so different from being a Minnie Mouse impersonating hooker. This is as far as I got:

Well, I did manage the circles. That must count for something. I should have hand drawn them, though. Shaky, not-quite-round circles would have made my failure so much more complete.

Third, as long as we're talking about werewolf porn:

I suck. What's that? 300 words. Maybe. In my defense, I didn't plan on doing any writing today what with the birthday party and all. But I was half-napping and the opening for the next chapter just popped into my head. I HAD to write it. HAD TO. So I did.

Fourth, I've been having the freaking weirdest dreams lately. Like, whoa. In one of them I was investigating a group of people who were using eugenics to create a superbreed of humans. Honestly, I had a vague understanding of what eugenics were (or is it "is"?) so I went and looked it up:
The study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, esp. by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).
The study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding.

OMG! I used the word properly in my semi-conscious state. My brain is way smarter than me! Also, I see the beginnings of a story. Love!

I think I need to stop now because I'm going to use up all my creative mojo for the next few weeks in this one post of awesome! That would be unwise.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Saturday, July 17th, 2010 08:58 am
My sister is over getting ready for Hailey's birthday party. My sister's good at planning these sort of things for the most part but every once in a while something like this happens:

Sis (looking at the leftover plastic cups from Cole's party, which is a mostly full package. Maybe 5 are missing from it.): Is this all we have?

Me: Yes. Why?

Sis: Weeelllllll ...

Me: You don't think it will be enough?

Sis: Well, we have 25-30 people coming and they're all going to want drinks plus we're having the root beer floats later and we'll need cups for that ...

Me: I think it'll be fine.

Sis: *looks doubtful*

Me: *thinking* You could have gone out and bought some of your own instead of mooching off the ones I bought. Hmmph. */thinking*

Me: *what I actually said* It'll be fine.


Then there was the table incident:

Sis: We should have borrowed Amber's fold-up banquet table to put the food on.

Mom: I thought of that but then I figured we didn't need it.

Sis: *inarticulate noise which might have been rage but probably wasn't*

Mom: Well, you can always go over to Amb's house and pick it up.

Sis: *another inarticulate noise*

Mom: Nevermind! I'll go get it!

Sis: I'll do it! I didn't say I wouldn't!

Mom: *inarticulate noise of possible rage that probably isn't*


Nothing says love like these family bonding moments!