soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Monday, September 5th, 2011 08:18 am
Arrgh! Yesterday got away from me so today I'm making an effort to get this journal done early. Look at me, being all proactive and stuff!

So. Since last I posted an update that didn't involve 9,000 book review links, things have been happening. Not really. I'm just as boring as always but I'm going to make it seem interesting so you'll be all "Dude! Things happen!" Yeah. It'll be awesome.

School's in full swing for Cole. I had to go in and talk to his counselor because he's the only 7th grader in his Algebra 1 class and I wanted to make sure he was where he was supposed to be. It turns out he's exactly where he's supposed to be since he scored ridiculously high on his state test scores. He hated the class the first week (what with being the youngest and the only one who didn't know anyone) but it seems like it's coming together for him. Which is good because I don't want him dreading a class he's going to have all year when he's only in the 2nd week of school.

In the post of 9,000 links, I mentioned that I signed up for a week long Read-A-Thon with some of my book blogging buddies. I set a goal for myself to read 15 books over the week. I picked all the books ahead of time because I work better when I have a plan and all that jazz. I read 13 of the 15 I picked plus another 5 random books that popped up on my radar. EIGHTEEN BOOKS, PEOPLE! I had to push myself for those last few and I think I took a 5 hour nap after the week was over, but... I had FUN!

In more recent news, on Friday when I was taking the dogs on a walk I found a kitten sitting by a tree. The poor thing barely moved when the dogs lunged over to sniff it and I couldn't in good conscience leave it there. So I tromped home, got our cat carrier, did some kitten rescue, brought it home, fed it and let it get its strength up. When Heather and Hailey got home, we went out to make sure there weren't any other kittens tucked away in the same area. Sure enough, we found a second one. We managed to wrangle that one into the cat carrier (after my mom was bit and clawed and dripped blood all over the sidewalk) and brought it home to regain its strength with its sibling. Currently, both kittens are ensconced in our downstairs bathroom with food, water and a nice warm bed. My mom's on industrial sized antibiotics and it looks like we have 2 new cats.

I have MORE to talk about but I'm going to save it for later. Unless I forget.

Meanwhile, books...
Book #352 - The Line (Line #1) by Teri Hall - I didn't love this book. I wanted to but I had some issues with the simplified writing and the fact that there was no resolution AT ALL to the storyline. That said, I now feel a deep, dark urge to read the next book just so I can get some closure.
Book #353 - Soul Survivor by Misty Evans - Time travel, soul mates and one seriously nasty bad guy.
Book #354 - The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa - I love this series. Which is a good thing since I'm going to be zipping through the next book so I can review book 4 before it comes out in October.
In My Mailbox - I know this looks like I scored a lot of books this week but it's only because I forgot to post last week's IMM and had to combine it with this week's. So, you know. I did score a lot but it was over a two week period.

I'm off to shower so I can pretend to be productive today!
soulswallo: (4400-Maia-Chance)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 09:44 pm
I spent yesterday afternoon and evening babysitting my baby nephew Ryan. I love the kid but when he cries for 30 minutes straight because he's too tired to do anything else... not fun. Anyway. That's obviously why I didn't journal yesterday. You know, since I vowed that I would get back to blogging on a more regular basis. Sadly, I was tired by the time I got home. I went to bed. The end.

Okay. I have books. Books, books, books.
Book #311 - Cipher (Southern Arcana #4) by Moira Rogers - As usual, I'm all crazy fangirly about this series. Waffles! And Alpha werewolves! Awesome!
Teaser Tuesday - Werewolves, angels and ... actually, I don't know what the 3rd book is about. I've only read, like, 3 pages.

I'm going to go find the naughtiest book on my Kindle and read it. Later.
soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 09:42 pm
Where did this week go? It can't be Thursday night already. It can't be. I'm sure it's only Monday. Possibly Tuesday.

I came home from work today and took a nap. After I dragged myself out of bed I managed to wander downstairs and collapse in an ungainly heap at the kitchen table while my sister made spaghetti. I told her that I had the weirdest dream while I was napping and she was all "How the hell can you dream during a nap? When I nap I can hear Hailey talking and stuff." Me - "I don't know. I sleep hard."

Don't other people dream when they nap? I mean, I know normal people don't nap for 2 to 3 hours at a time so maybe I'm just freaky like that. Whatever. It was a weird, cool, awesome dream I had during my nap. I was pleased to have had it.

I do this whole book thing. Occasionally. Every once in a while.
Book #303 - A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan - This book really surprised me. It was sad and sweet and I'm glad to have read it.
Book #304 - Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian - Decent, but not great. Still, I'll probably continue with the series.
Book #305 - Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels #1) by Stephanie Chong - Another one that wasn't great but it was still pretty interesting.
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - Books I want to get my hands on and books that made an impression on me. When I was young. And impressionable.

I have to work tomorrow. Part of me wishes I didn't have to. And part of me is excited because I'll be alone in the office and can listen to obnoxious music and talk to myself while reading. :D
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 09:24 pm
Do you guys remember all the times that I got it in my head that I needed a project and then proceeded to choose the most INANE things to project on? Yeah. Me, too. Oh, the hijinks that ensued that time I decided that I was going to listen to every song on my iPod at least one time within a calendar year. And, of course, being that I can't just have a project but I have to have a project, dahling, I ended up listening to every song within a three month period. I think I had that iPod on constantly for weeks on end. Which is probably why it crashed and burned and left me weeping.

But I digress. I get it in my head that I need a project and somehow it blows up and ends up being a huge-ass experience and I'm like, "Whoa. What just happened?" Yeah, I totally channeled Keanu there. Whoa. Speaking of Keanu, for some reason I've been wanting to watch Johnny Mnemonic recently. I don't know why. That movie really isn't very good. I mean, if I'm going to go the Keanu route I should really go with The Matrix which is both entertaining and weirdly cool and not just weird. Right?

Anyway. My latest project. Yeah. I decided that I wanted to redo the tags at my book blog to make them more user friendly. That makes sense, right? Because people aren't going to bother going to your blog if they can't find the things they're looking for. I spent HOURS yesterday adding author names to all the posts. That's 750+ posts, guys. SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY PLUS! And I did it. And then I decided that while that was good, it wasn't good enough. Today I'm going back through those posts and re-tagging them to make them even easier to navigate. I think my head might explode. EXPLODE!

Why do I do this to myself? Oh, wait. I remember. It's because I have an excess of awesomeness. *face palm*

I do have a few bookish things to get out of the way...
Book #289 - Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger - Oh, how I love this series. I'm sad that I have to wait a year to see how it ends. :(
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday (07/22/11) - I'm not a fan of classics, I ramble on Twitter and *fans self* nice picture!

On top of all that up there, I also wrote up this note for my sister this morning...

I think the underlining really brings the point across that this is VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS!

Okay. I'm off.
soulswallo: (SPN-Boys going gravedigging)
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 10:28 pm
Two of my cousins and their respective husbands and girlfriends are in town. This means that the family gathered at Amb and Phil's house for dinner. There were drinks. I consumed a few. there was food. I ate well. There were many desserts. I did not share mine. My boy-cousin brought his new girlfriend. I imagine that meeting the entire family in one fell swoop is a frightening experience. We're loud. We tend to tell bawdy jokes. The jokes degenerate into downright dirty as the alcohol begins to flow.

Yeah. Scary.

I was going to make tonight an all night writing night but I don't think it's going to happen. As much as I want to, I'm exhausted at the moment. BECAUSE I MISSED MY NAP NOT BECAUSE I HAD A DELICIOUS BEVERAGE OR TWO. The good news is that I can bump my all-nighter over to Thursday night.

Speaking of writing, my girl-cousin had offered to do a read through for me on my Epic Werewolf Masterpiece. Due to the massive rewrite I'm subjecting it to it isn't quite ready for human consumption. In fact, it's something of a hot mess at the moment. I have faith that I'll whip it into something readable at some point but I wouldn't want to unnecessarily scar anyone by making them read an incoherent story. So, she's still planning on looking it over and I'm going to work my ass off to get it to a point where I don't mind someone reading it.


Okay. Books.
Book #287 - Damian's Oracle (War of Gods #1) by Lizzy Ford - I'm so pleased I found this author. She gives some good story, if you know what I mean.
Book #288 - Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger - Alexia travels to Italy to find out answers and discovers the wonders of pesto along the way. Hilarious!
Teaser Tuesday (07/19/11) - Lots and lots of steampunk! With warriors! And pertness! It might sound weird, but it's true.

I'm skating the edge of tired now. The very thin edge. I'm off to kick my kid out of my bed so I can collapse.
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: (4400-Maia-Chance)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 10:44 pm
I wasn't going to post this evening since I posted a couple of times early early this morning but I wrote after those posts and I'm excited that I have word countage to report. Yay!

Although I'm editing, I'm adding so much new narrative that it's changing the entire complexion of the story. In a good way, I hope. The original time line, from beginning to end, took place over the course of a month. I had to squeeze in way too much stuff and when I went back and reread it it wasn't believable that everything that was happening would happen over such a sort range of time. So I'm taking my girl out of the hero's bedroom (TEMPORARILY!) and giving her time to settle into her new life with a pack of werewolves. She's a mess. I couldn't justify her character changing from a girl who had been repeatedly abused to trusting those around her without reservation so quickly. Now she's getting the time to learn that not everyone she meets wants to hurt her. That said, I do get to throw a jealous female tiff that I had originally plotted back into the mix because now that my girl is not directly under the protection of the big, bad werewolf she's a little more vulnerable to petty hatred.

This excites me, guys!

I ended up adding 916 words today, putting my total at 109,118.

This is especially thrilling because I was doing some crazy sleeping today. I went to bed at 5:30 after dropping Heather and Hailey off at the airport, slept until 10-ish, got up and did some stuff (including a bit of writing) and took a nap from 2:30 to 5. I think I got more sleep staying up all night last night than I normally get. That amuses me.

I also read a book.
Book #278 - Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy #1) by Lizzy Ford - I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this book. I went into with no expectations and thought it was oodles of fun. OODLES!

I decided that I am going to the book signing tomorrow. After rereading the synopsis for book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate I really wanted to read the book. So, I'm going. I won't even mention how shitty I think it is to tell someone what type of books that can or can't buy.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Pens pens pens)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:37 pm
I'm having a moment here. In a good way. I have to take Heather and Hailey to the airport at the ungodly hour of 4:30 tomorrow morning so I decided that I'm not going to sleep tonight. No big, right? I have Wednesday off, I'll sleep then.

Since I'm not sleeping tonight, I decided to put my writing plan into action. I'm going to challenge myself to write a minimum of 2000 new words on any one of the stories I have currently languishing plus do some editing on the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. In theory, I want to finish my current pass on editing so I can do a full read-through on the EWM#1 to check for inconsistencies. However, since I'm not home at the moment I don't have any hard numbers on how many pages I have left to edit. I think it's a lot (around 100 in Word) so I don't want to give myself an insane goal and then get nowhere near completing it unless I can clone myself.

Am I right?

So. 2K new words and a good chunk of editing on the EWM#1. Totally doable!

I'm going to try to do mini updates throughout the evening to keep myself on track. Just word counts and amusing typos. Be warned.

Well, I also have some bookish stuff that I need to get off my chest. Not literally.
Book #276 - This Totally Bites! (Poison Apple) by Ruth Ames - The alst of Hailey's books that I appropriated. This one's about vampires! Awesome!
Book #277 - This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost - I LOVE this series. Jeaniene Frost has given me the perfect vampiric couple and she makes them all wickedly feral and AWESOME! *love*
Teaser Tuesday (07/12/11) - With a selection from Cat & Bones! Except that I've now finished that book. Good thing I have a back-up book I'm reading! Half-Demons! Yay!

I have a book signing for Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series) on tap for this coming Thursday and I'm waffling on whether or not I should go. The reason is kinda lame - basically, she wrote an article a while back telling people that they should buy her books as physical books over ebooks because ebook purchases won't help her get on the New York Times bestseller list. My knee jerk reaction to being told that I NEED to buy a book in a certain format is to give someone the finger. I buy ebooks because they're both convenient and I like reading them. Yes, I love my physical books as well. I have a lot of physical books. Telling me I need to do something a certain way rubs me wrong.

So, yeah. I'm totally waffling over whether or not I should go. Still.

And I'm done. I guess I'll read a little more before I have to scoot home for the day.
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Sunday, June 12th, 2011 09:00 pm
This morning on the way to Target, we (my mom, sis, Hailey and myself) came across a car that had crashed the wrong way into some bushes. The way the car was situated you couldn't see it from the road, we only saw it because we were at the cross street and had an unobstructed view through the bushes. Anyway. My mom called 911 to report it and the dispatcher asked her if she could see the license plate. My mom, being my mom, made me pull over so she could get out of the car and walk through the field to give it to her. As she's walking up to the car she's telling the dispatcher that she really hoped their wasn't a dead body in it. There wasn't, for the record.

So. After she tells us this I'm all, "Well, if there had been a dead body that's one thing you can mark off your bucket list."

Dead silence in the car.

Me, "What? Seeing a dead body isn't on your list of things you want to experience before you die?"

Everyone else, "NO!"

Me, "Huh. I guess that's just me then."

Sometimes I wonder how I ended up so awesome with such a mundane family.

On an entirely unrelated note, Hailey and I started watching Firefly today. This is all because one of the authors I follow on Twitter has just fallen into the wonders of space cowboys and she's been talking about it. Oh, Nathan Fillion. You are so wonderful as my beloved Captain Malcolm Reynolds.

In bookish news:
Book #233 - Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole - I likened this series to a light-hearted version of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters. So.Damn.Much.Fun.
In My Mailbox - Those advance copies of books killed me this week. And I was doing so well on getting my TBR pile down.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to take the dogs to the dog park and wash my car. I might even try my hand at making some cake balls. (Haha. Cake balls. Yes, I'm 12.) The ones my sister made today were DELICIOUS. They were chocolate cake with chocolate coating. It was like biting into a decadent chocolate truffle. Yum, yum, yum.

I am done.
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: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Thursday, April 21st, 2011 09:21 pm
The kids have tomorrow and all of next week off of school. I'm tired just thinking about it. I still have work, which is weird for me because when I was working at the bank I used to take off every school vacation so I could spend time with the beasts. Then I took two years off and I didn't have to worry about coordinating my schedule with theirs. Now that I'm working again it's just odd.

The other day one of my favorite authors... actually, one half of the duo that makes up one of my favorite authors. The author is Moira Rogers and the half is Bree. Does that make sense to anyone besides me? Anyway. Bree tweeted that the main female character in book 6 of a series that I love happened to be mentioned in the first chapter of the first book, although not by name. Being me, I pulled up my copy and searched for it. I tweeted her the part I thought she was talking about, got confirmation and then realized that I had the perfect excuse to re-read the series since it was sitting in my hands. So I read book 1.
Book #158 - Crux (Southern Arcana #1) by Moira Rogers - god, the worldbuilding here is FANTASTIC! There's so freaking much depth to it that it makes me blink in awe. Complete love, guys. Complete love.

Randomly, Cassandra Clare tweeted a link to my review of her book City of Fallen Angels and it kinda gives me a warm glowy feeling to know that the author has read what I wrote. It's

Okay. I'm done with this tonight. I'm going to sleep in tomorrow and be a lazy slug once I get up. True story.
I'm out.
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 08:20 pm
I had a perfectly uneventful day. Just about all I did was go to Trader Joe's with my mom to get some food. You know, right after I went crazy and quit my job I used to buy so so so so much stuff from them. Then I stopped. Now that I'm gainfully employed again I've found myself dropping in every so often for fun and exciting things like grapefruit. Do you think the two are somehow related?

That paragraph is painful to read but I'm not going to change it. I like being painful sometimes. Painfully FUNNY, that is. Which that paragraph isn't. So. Yeah. Sorry about that.

I did get all caught up on my reviews. At least until tomorrow. Because tomorrow's a work day and we all know how I like to lounge around reading at work.
Book #138 - Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker - This was a fun little story that I'd love to see expanded.
Book #139 - A Highlander of Her Own (Daughters of the Glen #4) by Melissa Mayhue - A Highlander time travel romance that was just FUN to read.
Book #140 - A Savage Lust (Pride Brothers #3) by H.C. Brown - Umm, yeah. I wasn't really enamoured of this one. It can be so hard coming into a series mid stream and this one didn't work for me.

I think I'm going to hit my reading goal for the year. Yeah? Only 10 books to go! What do you think? By next week. I'll give it a try!

Okay. I'm done. I'm going to hang with the kid and watch The Paranormal Files.
soulswallo: (John's Ass)
Sunday, March 20th, 2011 07:59 pm
I have done nothing today. I read a little. I slept a little. I watched a few episodes of Supernatural season 4. I did manage to make it up to Target but I only bought cereal. Go figure.

However, my slug-like tendencies today were offset by the wedding the fam went to yesterday. It was in Sacramento and the drive kinda sucked. It rained. Hard. I don't so much care for the driving in the rain. Especially when it's coming down so hard you can't see the lines on the road. Yeah. Not fun.

The wedding was nice. Short, to the point and I got to see all the extended family. Nice.

So, there.

I did a bunch of bookish-type things. Because I do that sometimes.
Book #112 - Wild Desire by Lori Brighton - A fun, historical romance with a touch of the paranormal. More than a touch, actually. I liked it.
Book #113 - Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper - Not a bad book, but not really my cup of tea. It's that whole "humorous paranormal romances tend to try to hard" lament that I've harped on before.
Book #114 - Maggie's Mates by Bronwyn Green - A sexy threesome with black bear shifters. I didn't even know those type of shifters existed.
On My Wishlist - Random, low priced books that I want.
In My Mailbox - I was good this week. Mostly.

I'm all caught up now. Isn't that awesome!?!?
Okay. I have to start some laundry and make sure Cole's lunch is made and other exciting stuff that I don't want to overwhelm you with.
soulswallo: (DH-Whiskey-Blue flare)
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 08:28 pm
Oh, hey! It's Thursday. This doesn't mean much of anything normally, but this week I'm taking off Saturday for my cousin's wedding so I have a nice, long 4 day weekend. Sweet! I'm not particularly looking forward to driving up to Sacramento in the rain, but I'm sure I'll get over it.

Speaking of work, I officially have a (mostly) working computer. I haven't been networked in with the other computer so I can't do everything yet, but I can access the internet (OH, Twitter! How I've missed the way you keep me entertained as I while away the hours!) and print up lease agreements again. Yay! I'm not a total waste of skin anymore. But don't worry, guys. Even though I can now access the internet, I still managed to get my copies done. I have mad copying skills, yo!

For the record, I really do like this job. My boss lady puts up with my inane chatter, she's pretty cool and she listens almost exclusively to 80s music. I mean, how can you go wrong with Duran, Duran, Cyndi Lauper, the Eurythmics and Siouxsie and the Banshees playing all day? YOU CAN'T! As a plus, I totally know the words to most of the songs and can bust out singing whenever I want because there's never anybody in the office! Yay, for impromptu singing!

Time for his bookish stuff:
First off, I have 2 book reviews to write (I had a looooong stretch of time today with nothing to do but read) but I put my Book Blogger Hop post up before I wrote the reviews and now I feel like waiting until tomorrow to post them. It makes sense in my head.
So, yeah.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Answering those burning questions about how many books I read at a time, how I came up with the name for my book blog and what my favorite book was in the last month.
Burning questions! With smoldering answers!

And I think I'm done.
soulswallo: (SW Lego-The gangs all here!)
Thursday, February 24th, 2011 09:29 pm
I have to go pick up my mom from the airport in about an hour. Good thing I'm not one of those people who goes to bed early. And, you know, good thing I took that 2 1/2 hour nap earlier. :)

Cole's spending the night at a friend's house so I'm momentarily home alone. The blessed silence was probably what allowed me to have such an awesome nap earlier. Although, come to think of it, I did get two phone calls while napping. I don't really remember them though. I just remember my mom telling me that it was too late for a nap. I told her she was wrong. I think that H was the other person that called. I'm pretty sure. I wonder what I said to her.

Anyway. Book stuff:
Book #85 - Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene - This book just didn't work for me. *shrug* Oh, well. It happens.
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday (02/25/11) - Up a little early so I can get into the link list toward the top. For the Follow Friday post I got to wax poetic about how I used to plan bank meetings so they didn't conflict with my Buffy watching. Good times, guys. Good times.

I was hoping to hit 90 books by the end of February but I don't know if it's going to happen. I just don't know.

Alright then. I'm out.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Monday, February 21st, 2011 08:58 am
Most random story ever. Are you ready?

The Borders in San Jose, the one that is closest to my house, is one of the stores that closing. Since everything is running 20%-40% off and Heather had to drop Hailey off at the movies yesterday in SJ (leaving her with a few hours to kill) we decided to stop by and see if there was anything that caught our fancy.

OMG! I kid you not, there were at least 100 people waiting in line to pay. ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE! I'm not even joking about this. It was worse than shopping on Black Friday. It was worse than the year I thought it would be a good idea to go to WalMart on Black Friday. I'm still scarred by that, btw.

Anyway. It was just awful. There were tons and tons of people, the shelves looked like they'd been nearly looted, there were books on the floor and the line was monstrous. I didn't even know that many people were allowed in the store at one time. Honestly, the prices weren't all that fabulous either. Let's see, in the romance section a $8 book was running at 30% off putting the price around $5.60. That's not terrible and it's still better than full price but it wasn't worth the hour plus long wait to pay. Not for me.

So, H and I took an abbreviated turn around the store, got freaked out by the sheer press of humanity and fled. We ended up going to a Japanese restaurant for dinner instead. The food was good but the waiter kinda forgot about us, which sucked. Especially when we were ready to pay so we could leave.

You know, both shopping and eating yesterday left a lot to be desired.

Okay. The kids are on vacation this week. Cole's visiting his grandparents in Carmel and Hailey and I are watching Disney movies. Pretty sweet, huh?

I have some posts I want to get ready at the book blog. I must go.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Look to the side to see it!)
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 09:35 pm
My mom is going to Hawaii tomorrow. I get to drop her off at the airport on my way to work. Do you want to know what she told me? "I'm not worried about leaving you and Cole home alone while I'm gone but my cat's another story. Don't forget to feed him." Okay. Wait. First off, I'm 35 years old. I'm pretty sure that being worried about me while you're on vacation for a week at my age would mean that I have some serious mental deficiencies. So, you know, thanks. I think. Secondly, I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN TO FEED THE CAT WHEN SHE'S AWAY! Why does she think I'll do it this time? WHY? I have some skills in the keeping children and small pets alive department. A few. I only have 11 years of experience with the kid. I even make sure he's fed on a semi-regular basis.

Moms. Pshaw.

Anyway. I'm completely not looking forward to battling traffic to the airport. It's on the way to work for me but I usually don't get off the freeway and those on-ramps look downright brutal. I'm scared. Hold me.

Now that I've thoroughly frightened myself... BOOKS!
Book #77 - The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1) by Colleen Gleason - It would appear that I enjoy historical books with a paranormal twist. Vampires! In Regency England! AWESOME!

And now I'm done.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Look to the side to see it!)
Sunday, February 6th, 2011 09:29 pm
I don't want anyone to be horribly shocked by this but I'm not a big football fan. In fact, I', not much of a big Any-type-of-sports fan. I enjoy hockey upon occasion, but I rarely watch an entire game and I sure as hell don't drop everything whenever a game is on. the point in this is that although I wandered over to Amb's house today while the Superbowl was on, I neither knew who was playing nor cared all that much who won. I went. I played with Baby R. I ate. I read. I came home.

Speaking of Baby R, here's a totally adorkable picture of him:
Hahaha. He looks drunk. I swear he's not, but he totally looks like he's been tossing a few back. He's so freaking cute with his two little teeth and his crazy hair and his chipmunk cheeks. Awwwwwww!

Okay. Now to the books!
Book #60 - Review: Going All In (Three of a Kind #1) by Jess Dee - Sexy threesome story with poker. God, there are so many jokes I could choose from that I don't know where to start.
Book #61 - Bloodlust by Larissa Ione - A short erotic horror story with blood and guts and death!
Book #62 - Lone Star Trouble by Autumn Piper - Unfortunately, I disliked the main character so much that I couldn't enjoy this book. Boo.
In My Mailbox (02/06/11) - All free this week. I got some decent ones, too. Sometimes the free ones are real stinkers so this is a good thing.

I am done now.
soulswallo: (Heroes-Niki-Game on!)
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 08:30 pm
For the love of cheese and crackers, I am tiiiiired. The fam had a day-long outing to Sacramento for my cousin's bridal shower. It was very nice but the drive fucking killed. I slept-ish on the way home but sleeping in the car doesn't really work for me. I don't exactly sleep. It's more like a light doze.

So, yeah. Tired.

Due to that, I'm going to make this short.
Book #49 - Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward - OH!MY!GOD! I am completely smitten by this series. V's story has convinced me that I am no longer an emotionless Cylon. True story.
On My Wishlist (week 19) - Books to finish a series.. take 2! Zombies! Demons! Angels! Go!

I'm seriously exhausted. I'm out.