Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Thirteen Random Things Inside My Head




1. I am cold

2. but I just got my power bill so I think I'll layer rather than turn the heat up. Dammit.

3. I want to decorate for the holidays soon.

4. I have to wait for a pay cheque (or a reimbursement cheque from the make up I bought for Seussical) before I can decorate.

5. I need a new computer chair.

6. I want a snack.

7. but there is nothing interesting here to snack on.

8. I want the home improvement show people to come fix my apartment only I don't want it to be filmed because OY whatta mess.

9. I've been listening to Stuart Mclean on CD. I want to see him in concert (if that's what you call it. He's a story teller/comedian type person. He makes me smile)

10. Does anyone know how to get kids to stop sucking their thumb?

11. Also, the baby (16 month old) is randomly biting. Often when she's snuggling in. OUCH. What the HELL???

12. I'm still wanting a snack. *sigh*

13. I'm still cold.



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Sunday, December 02, 2007

November Reading Frenzy(ish)

*The Boss (just finished it and I already can’t remember what it was about)by Monica Belle
* Cut Throat by Sharon Sala
* Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy
* Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
* Behind Closed Doors by Tara Taylor Quinn
* Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
* Good Girl Gone Bad by Karin Tabke
* Howl at the Moon by Christine Warren
* The Demon You Know by Christine Warren
* For Her Pleasure by Maya Banks
* The President’s Daughter by Mariah Stewart
* Dangerous Lover by Lisa Marie Rice
* Baby It’s Cold Outside by Cathy Yardley
* Forever After by Catherine Anderson
* A Time To Die by Beverly Barton

I read 15 books this month, bringing my total (so far) for the year to 222.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to me



This is me at 2 years old. I'm 37 now (OY) and not nearly as cute! lol

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The one where I give Dakota yellow coloured nightmares ...







Some photos of costumes in the Seussical play I'm in. The Whos are all orange and yellow ...

I'm in 2 different animal type costumes. Can you tell I'm just thrilled to death to be a lion? *g* I put the mane on and comedians in the cast started to sing songs from Wizard of Oz. Did they not realize that I'm in charge of their make up? LOL They have NO idea! (Make up and full dress rehearsals are tomorrow and Monday - the show goes up next week)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Never Forget



I know I'll be stopping in honor and respect of those who are fighting, and have already fought for me. Will you?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

My October reading frenzy

*Eye of the Beholder by Shari Shattuck
*Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
*Time For Alexander by Jennifer Macaire (ebook ... soon to be purchased again in print. This one is a keeper!)
*Teachers Pet by Marilyn Lee
*Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
*Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft
*Double Vision by Fiona Brand
*Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill
*Shadows Present by Michele Bardsley
*Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann
*Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by E.C. Sheedy
*Servant: The Awakening by LL Foster
*The Devil’s Backbone by Kim Wozencraft
*Demon’s Kiss by Eve Silver
*Wonderful You by Mariah Stewart
*Truth or Dare by Delilah Dawson
*Phoenix Unrisen by Kathleen Nance
*Bodyguard by Suzanne Brockmann
*Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
*Once Bitten Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin (must find more books by this author!)

This month there were a few new to me authors (some of which are ones that I need to buy the backlists if there are any!). A few 'meh' rated books but no wall bangers.

I read 20 books (a couple were shorter stories though) in October. This brings my year to date to 207.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thursday 13

Thirteen things I do (or I plan to do) with my 4 year old niece when her little sister has nap time in the afternoon.

1. Crafts - paining, colouring, stickers, anything that we can't do without being interrupted by a 1 year old when the little one is awake. Serious one on one craft time!

2. Homework - No I'm not that mean. She's only 4 for goodness sake. She just calls it that. She likes to practice printing and her numbers.

3. Cards - She's learning how to play go fish and games like that.

4. Paper Dolls - She's all about making the clothes for them and dressing them up.

5. Clean up time - the child is a neat freak. It drives her crazy when her sister plays with the toys after she's arranged them. If she cleans at nap time she has a whole hour - hour and a half of non messed time. Weird.

6. Games - board games like Sorry, Candyland and Snakes and Ladders

7. Cooking - we'll put together stuff for supper. Veggies and casseroles and stuff.

8. Baking - She loves helping in the kitchen.

9. Computer games

10. Movies - Her favourite movie right now is Annie.

11. Dress up time - She loves to dress up. At least once a day she's a princess.

12. Play hair dresser - So far I've managed to successfully ban any picture taking after she's 'styled' my hair. LOL

13. Read - She loves to be read to. She loves to make up stories. :)

Her little sister's nap time is a fun time for both of us!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Sweatpea :)


She's having fun lookin r'diclis (ridiculous). And yes it was completely on purpose :) She gave me the same look a few minutes later!


I can't believe she's 4 years old!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

13 Great Halloween books (some for grown ups some for kids)

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

2. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

3. The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe

4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (kids)

5. A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown (kids)

6. Velocity by Dean Koontz

7. Back From Hell by Shiloh Walker

8. Dark Fire by Denise A Agnew

9. Nightlife by Rob Thurman

10. Tell Me a Scary Story by Carl Reiner (kids)

11.BOO! by Robert Munsch (kids)

12.Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Hey! It's in the horror section of my book store!)

13. It by Stephen King

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

September reading frenzy

Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann
Wed In Wyoming by Allison Lee Davidson
The Woods by Harlan Coben
Don’t Say A Word by Rita Herron
Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn
McKettrick’s Pride by Linda Lael Miller
Die For Me by Karen Rose
Copy Cat by Erica Spindler
Missing by Jasmine Cresswell (book 1 in a series)
Sex With A Stranger by Katherine Garbera
Last Breath by George D. Shuman
Doctor in the House by Marie Ferrarella
The Hunters: Rafe and Sheila by Shiloh Walker
No Longer Mine by Shiloh Walker
Silver Master by Jayne Castle
Broken by Megan Hart
Suspect by Jasmine Cresswell (book 2 in a series)
Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Rival by Brenda Joyce
Dark Lies by Vivi Anna

This month I read 20 books bringing my years total to 187. I was lucky this month. I'd recommend any of these books to someone else to read. No wall bangers or DNF! Of all the books I read this month, Broken is the one that touched me the most ... No longer mine by Shiloh Walker also grabbed hold of my emotions and wouldn't let go. This is the 3rd or so time reading that book and it gets me every time.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

It isn't what it looks like ... I swear!

I was in a scavenger hunt today. I had a TON of fun! There were about a hundred things for us to look for/take pictures of - including the following.

I was having WAY too much fun while this was happening *g* The officer was a good sport. *s*




Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I finished an unbelievable book last night


I can't even remember why I bought it. I'm sure sooner or later I would have looked for it in the library (it was an expensive book for my budget - $17 - worth every penny), but I saw someone blog about Broken by Megan Hart somewhere. I was intrigued enough to not want to wait until I could find it at the library.

Under the title Broken, in fine print it says "an erotic novel". It is so much more than just an erotic novel. It's a shame that many people will see those three words and shy away from reading it.

From the back cover
"THIS MONTH MY NAME IS MARY. My name is different every month - Brandy, Honey, Amy ... Sometimes Joe doesn't even bother to ask - but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I'm called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.

My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn't know is that, in my mind, I'm the star of every X-rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I'm practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it's wrong. I know my husband wouldn't understand. But I can't stop. Not yet."


You know, even from the back cover I probably wouldn't have normally paid this much for a book from a relatively unfamiliar (to me) author. The cover art is sexy, but no so sexy that I would feel uncomfortable reading the book in public (if that makes sense).

The book was so much more than what the back cover led me to believe. It touched me on a number of levels. Enough for me to still be thinking of it hours after I finished it, and to not want to start another book quite yet, because I don't want to let this story leave my mind. The story was incredibly written. The sex scenes were very hot (hence the word erotic under the title). The story though is what grabbed a hold of me. I felt emotionally involved with the characters. At one point I was going 'Oh my god nooooo' because I could sense stuff that was going to happen.

Simply said - the story touched me. I can only hope that the rest of Ms. Hart's stories are as incredible as this one. I may have found another auto buy (and keeper shelf) author. You can find more about Megan Hart here. You can buy Broken here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Thursday 13 - 2 days early cause that's when I have time.




Thirteen things I know for sure ....

1 . Dakota is going to need medication after seeing zebra print and pink leopard print on the same blog. I'm surprised she hasn't said much to me about the header here *g*

2. I love my job right now :) I'm so lucky to be able to do what I'm doing.

3. I need to stop forgetting to bring my cell phone with me every day. I forgot it again today and it sure would have been handy. lol

4. I love children's books. :) I've been enjoying reading with my nieces.

5. There aren't enough hours in the day. I'm rushing like mad to get things done (it feels like)

6. There are too many hours in the day. LOL I'm SO tired!

7. Canadian Idol is a waste of time. I've been forced to tape the finale (which I don't care about because one of the finalists inspires a strange reaction in me. I see him and want to kick him or push him over. I have no idea why. It could be the Barney-esque smile on his face that I can't trust. Who knows.) for my parents who are on holiday. I haven't watched much of this season because it just seems like a no-talent, or at least a not much talent, show. This makes me a bit sad cause I used to watch it all the time. (you can all make fun now. At least I still have So You Think You Can Dance that I can watch!)

8. Rob Thomas makes me happy. I've watched the video for MB 20's newest song a zillion times. I can't wait until the CD release!

9. Old Sesame Street clips make me happy. I've introduced my nieces to what Sesame Street should be ... what it used to be like. :)

We have about 15 minutes a day where we watch clips, just before the little one's nap. It quiets them down.

10. Letting my niece 'read' me a story is about one of the best things on earth. What an imagination that kid has!

11. A new box of crayola crayons can fix a lot of problems.

12. Same goes with containers of play doh!.

13. I need to get my eye brows waxed but I'm in denial because the last time I did it the stupidhead who did it for me neglected to tell me about some vision issues that were going on with her. It wasn't the best job. I also know that when trying to recover from a bad eyebrow wax job, it's painful and it is slow going.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Rest in Peace

Luciano Pavarotti's voice made me shiver and smile. I love laying back with my eyes closed and listening to him sing when I need to find peace. He lost his battle with cancer early this morning (Thursday).



I think this performance at the Torin Winter Olympics in 2006 was his last professional performance. He'd already been diagnosed at this point in time. I could be wrong though.

Monday, September 03, 2007

August books

Wed and Wanton by Lacey Savage
Blood ties book 2: Possession by Jennifer Armintrout
Blood Ties by Daniel Kalla
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
Demon Rescuer by Racy Li
Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone
Grounds to Believe by Shelley Bates
Bit by the Bug by Michelle Pillow
Touch of Darkness by Christina Dodd
Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
Paint It Red by Carla Cassidy
Simon Says by Lori Foster
Blood Calls by Caridad Pineiro
Echo Park by Michael Connelly
Joe’s Miracle by Helen Conrad
Next To Die by Marliss Melton
Somebody’s Lover by Jasmine Haynes
Beg for Mercy by Toni Andrews
Make Me Believe by Shiloh Walker (e-book)
The Hunters: Byron and Kit by Shiloh Walker (e-book)

I read 21 books this month, bringing the total for the year up to 167.

I'm feeling all flustered and excited

twitterpated even *g* OHMYGOD OHMYGOD!!! Matchbox 20 is releasing a new CD soon :) YAY!!!

I *heart* Rob Thomas.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today was finger painting day!



The baby used pudding. Big sister used finger paints. Much fun and messiness happened. *g*

Thursday 13



Thirteen Guilty Pleasures




1. Reading - it's a guilty pleasure only because I spend sooooo much money on it. *g* I don't feel guilty about the books I read, only about the money I shouldn't be spending lol.

2. So You Think You Can Dance. I LOVE that show. :) Except for Mary whatshername ... one of the judges. She makes me crazy.

3. Home improvement shows. I want to be able to do all that stuff to my place.

4. Shoes. I love them. I have too many pairs of them.

5. Gene Simmons Family Jewels show. Yeah. I'm addicted.

6. What Not To Wear. I want them to take me to NYC and buy a wardrobe and get a fancy hair style and make over. I really really really want this. lol

7. The Wonder Pets. This is a new one. I discovered this show when I started being the nanny for my nieces. *g* The show cracks me up. Click on the link and watch one of the clips. Oh. My. God! LOL

8. The Muppet Show. I want the series on DVD. It's too expensive though. *sigh*

9. Pedicures. I don't get them that often but I would love them to be a regular thing for me.

10. Pepsi. I have to cut back on this. I should actually stop drinking it completely but ... little steps. *s*

11. My new bed. *happy sigh* I just got a new mattress. It's my first non hand me down mattress I've had since my crib probably. I lurve it.

12. Starbucks Tazo Chai Latte. Yum.

13. All of those cooking shows. Iron Chef, Restaurant Makeover, Hell's Kitchen. Love 'em.




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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

ACK!


So as if I'm not busy enough. I auditioned for a part in the chorus for the theatre group I've been a part of for years. Wish me luck! We're doing Seussical. It's a musical based on Dr Seuss's books Horton Hears A Who and Horton Hatches An Egg.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thursday 13



13 Books that have been in my TBR pile for way too long




1. The Soulless by LG Burbank I can't even remember why I bought this book. LOL The blurb on the back is pretty interesting but the cover kinda creeps me out. It's a hard back book that's paperback sized ... that might have been the shiny thing that caught my attention too.

2. The Demon you Know by Christine Warren. I love this series. I have no idea why this book hasn't been read yet.

3. Midnight Fantasy by Ann Major. I can NOT believe I have a category romance this current. I tend to save those (when I do read them) as library books. Too expensive for the page count IMO.

4. Blood Calls by Caridad Pineiro. Another category book? OY! The blurb is cool though. I almost hope that I don't like it because it looks like this is in a series LOL.

5. Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine. Okay. I know this one was buried in the stack and re-discovered when I moved. I'll be reading it soon.

6. The Moon Witch by Linda Winstead Jones. My attention was drawn to this because of the artwork on the cover. Pretty :) It's the second book in a series though. Should I give Anne heart palpitations by reading out of order? *g*

7. Bride of Lochbarr by Margaret Moore. I have no idea why I have this. I don't tend to buy a lot of historicals. Men in Kilts though ... mmmm *g*

8. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. I must read this soon. Stephen King and Dragons? What was I thinking not reading this one right away???

9. Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard. Another category but with Linda Howards name it was a must buy. Awesome artwork too!

10.Night Echoes by Holly Lisle. She's an auto buy author for me. So many books so little time though!

11.Vamps and the City by Kerrilyn Sparks. I loved the first book. This just got lost in the stack. (do you see a theme here? lol)

12.The Blood Books Volume One (Blood Trail and Blood Price) by Tanya Huff. Someone told me that I needed to read her books so I bought this on sale I think. I still haven't got around to reading either of the stories though.

13.Night Life by Elizabeth Guest. I saw this in some newsletter somewhere that I subscribe to and it looked interesting.

Wow! I have a lot of reading to do. (this hardly puts a dent in my TBR stacks LOL)




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Saturday, August 18, 2007

My friend Maura just got her first fiction book published!



Congratulations Maura!


I was lucky enough to be a test reader for the book Texas Tea by Maura Anderson and I loved it! :) Everyone go check it out at Aspen Mountain Press. Click here to go to her website. I think she has some contests running right now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Thursday 13


Thirteen baby photos

















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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thursday 13




Thirteen places I want to travel to someday...

1. Disney World (been to Disneyland and now I want to try Disney World)

2. Some place that RT is held so I can meet a bunch of my online friends.

3. Eastern Canada - I'd like to travel more in this country. I haven't really been anywhere in the Eastern part of Canada.

4. NYC (again) I didn't get to see everything I wanted to see last year when I was there!

5. New Orleans

6. Scotland

7. Ireland

8. France

9. New Zealand

10.Egypt

11.South Africa

12.Greece

13.Spain

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My July reading frenzy


It's hard to believe that I had time to read a ton of books in July, with all my preparations for the walk, but I did! Here are the books I read, along with one DNF that I'm going to attempt again some other time.

Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
Ascension (e-book)by Lauren Dane
Heaving Bosoms(e-book)by Ashlyn Chase
On Target by Catherine Mann
Buddy System (e-book)by Caitlyn Willows
In Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan
Say You Love Me by Rita Herron
Rage Therapy by Daniel Kalla
Succubus Blues by Richelle Meads
Last Look by Mariah Stewart
Blood Drive by Jeanne C. Stein
Unshapely Things by Mark del Franco
Night Hunger by Cathy McDavid
Pure Sin (e-book) by Sahara Kelly and S.L. Carpenter
Last Words by Mariah Stewart
Night’s Touch by Amanda Ashley
Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips
Magic Study by Mariah V. Snyder
Are You Scared Yet? by Hunter Morgan
Head On by Colleen Thompson
Sex, Lies, and Vampire Hunters (e-book) by Myla Jackson
Taking the Job (e-book) by Cheyenne McCray
A Taste for Control (e-book) by Patrice Michelle
Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods
Hunter’s Salvation by Shiloh Walker
Until the Day You Die by Tina Wainscott
Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

**So far this year I've read .... 143 books!**