Saturday, October 5, 2013

Whoops! We Saw Them Again!

Slipped out to AC yesterday to see Hall And good!
We had dinner at Izakaya...yum...spicy tuna cracker and other delights. See that window on the right? That's our

We played nickel slots and I won lots of money! Almost $50.00!!! That's a lot, isn't it? I am the gambler who quits as soon as I win! We spent the night...had a Starbucks coffee there and an Egg McMuffin on the drive home...I am sister's Mexican chicken is simmering in the slow cooker and I am on the sofa with my books!

Waiting for Den to finish mowing so that we can really chillax.

Love this kind of going soon as Lucy Grace and Roxie Blue talk to us will be good!

We left them alone...we were away less than 24 hours...they had tons of toys, food, and water...we have those in house cameras so Den checked on them every hour...and they are both still giving us the silent treatment!

Little Divas!

Reading this! Very good!

My house smells like a cantina! Making that cheesy dip for Den as soon as he comes in...I even bought Velveeta Cheese...if that's a cheese! I hope it does not kill us! Sigh!

Happy Reading!

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Progress Report!

I am happy to tell you that I finished two of my four overdue books...and while I was busy reading...NetGalley sent me some that I forgot I requested...and they all look so good...really good!

I can't wait to start them! Too funny! I am laughing at myself! I can't resist books...can you?

Yesterday the looks these two gave me were so funny...I was so busy reading that I forgot to sit out on the deck with bad!

Tonkinese cats have amazing memories and a love of routine...deck time is deck the same time every day...and the people they live with had better not forget it...sorry, girls!

Off to about you?

Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Reading As Fast As I Can...LOL...

I am that annoying person who likes to get things done...before they are due!

I was the teacher who had report cards done early and would annoy my team by telling them.
I prep for dinner as though I was on Top Chef.
I set the table (with seasonal napkins) before lunch.
I start laundry as soon as I wake up.
I wrap presents as soon as I buy them and set them out so Den can see my efficiency.
I list everything I want to do each day and then I actually do all of them and more in a minimal amount of time.
I am worked out, showered, and free by noon every day.
I like an ordered hotel room and I never take my neatly folded clothes out of my suitcase.
I am so annoying. I really truly am. I am a freak of nature!

There is a point to this...I have 4 overdue book reviews! I mean they are listed in red letters on my Amazon Vine account!

Overdue! Overdue! Overdue! It's as though I just got 4 INC's or even worse 4 F's!

It's making me crazy and it will take me days to get them all read! Oh me, oh my!

And they are lovely yummy books that I can't wait to read!

I had to stop Mother, Mother which I love...and start these which I also love.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Favorite new chicken delicious! This one is from Barefeet In The's Southwest in nature and so good you just might crave it...there is no breading...the coating is seasonings like chili spices and cumin and garlic powder and more. It was cooked in s any tablespoon of coconut oil and was yummy!

Favorite new salad...figs and tortellini...oh my! This one comes from The Kitchn!

Favorite new sweatery thing...from Swell! I will wear pants, though! Lol...

Favorite new booties...I have been stepping out in these and I love them! My Minnetonka Fringe Booties!

Favorite new pumpkin...from Melissa''s called a Porcelain Doll Pumpkin!

Favorite book...the one I am mostly reading now!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life...Books...Satan's Curse!

Finally over Cartwheel and into this...

And this...this is overdue for Vine and I have to finish it! ASAP!

New books...yummy...thank you so much Net Galley and Edelweiss! Love you!

Plus...I have taken a big step for me and cancelled every preorder! They always come on Tuesdays...I never remember why I ordered them...and I am still not reading anything I buy for me!

Done! Fini! For now!

Now to Satan's curse...

I have a friend in Missouri who is very leery of computers...she calls them the curse of satan. We used to teach together and she is just the loveliest person ever. Her husband is amazing, too. They actually created a park in their town. It's beautiful and they love it. My friend will send me handwritten notes at Christmas and when she needs book ideas...she has her husband email me. Last week all of their email friends got requests for money because our emails said they were stranded in New Zealand.

Needless to say...she feels that her belief in being computer free is one she should have stuck to...

She is firm in her belief that computers are the "Curse Of Satan"...

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 30, 2013

This Family...This Book...This Prosecutor...This Boyfriend...Sigh!

This family is so unusual...that while I read it I understood why Lily's tragedy was a tragedy that happened to everyone. Andrew and Maureen lost their first born daughter Janie to an illness when she was 2 years old. This affected the rest of their lives and their next two children.

They tossed out everything that was Janie's and started over with Lily...and then had Anna to keep Lily company...or so Anna thinks. The parents ultimately stayed together as long as they could until they couldn't anymore.

And even in a normal world...Lily is just a little bit off...a little different...but does that set her up as person capable of killing someone? She ruthlessly kills a banana slug when she is about 5...was this a sign? Something that her parents should have jumped on? She does a cartwheel after her roommate dies...what is this...what kind of sign is this? Or is she just odd...weird...wired differently. But again...does this mean she killed Katy? Katy...the ultimate California girl...beautiful, perfect, likeable.

Then add to this the fact that she is an American in a foreign land...Eduardo...the prosecutor...weird in his own right...with domestic issues of his own...does not get her...does not understand her...and this makes him crazy...even rather obsessed with figuring her out.

And then again let's add to all of this these facts...she spoke to Eduardo without counsel, there is so much incriminating evidence surrounding her, her host family wasn't that crazy about her, her relationship with Sebastien...the foreign boyfriend...
is weird because he is weird. Oh my goodness! What a book!

This is a mighty book and one that poses many questions. I am not sure that I loved it but I was so wrapped up in it I wrote two separate reviews about it and I am still thinking about it. Lily is the girl that I really don't want to be friends with...not for any valid reason but just because being around her would make me feel uncomfortable.

Does she know too much or is she too naive? And there is the entire issue of dead Janie...the sister Lily and Anna never knew but whose presence was there. Always there. Or was it the way losing a child affected the way Maureen and Andrew raised Lily and Anna. Sometimes I felt that they were afraid of Lily. Or afraid for her.

See what I mean about this book? It would be a tremendous book for discussion for any book club.

So...those are my thoughts after reading the last few words. I still don't know how I feel about Lily and what she did or did not do.

Happy Reading!