Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 – Reconnected

I don’t think I realized how much of my time is spent on the internet until I wasn’t able to get connected.  Sure I’ve gone on vacation and stayed away deliberately but this is the first time in a long time that I can remember not being able to connect and it wasn’t a choice.  Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.  I work from home, for a company in the US, that requires I be able to connect to the web.  We communicate almost exclusively over the internet and I communicate totally thru the web.  My desk phone is an IP phone with a US number, we talk through email, IM, google talk, and goto meeting.  Suddenly I felt like all those people who can’t make change at the cash register because it doesn’t tell them how much change to return.  Alright, that’s an exaggeration.  I’ve worked a register in my youth and I can in fact make change.

My neighbor Meri was fantastic and let me use her office, that is until she lost her internet/phone yesterday afternoon.  Then I headed out to Starbucks, bought the world’s most expensive cup of hot chocolate (10chf) which alleviated any guilt I might have of sitting in Starbucks for 5 hours using their wifi.  Fortunately, when I got home last night we were back up and running.  My ass may be padded but those chairs in starbucks are not nearly as comfy as my office chair.



In other news:

L and I head home for Easter tomorrow, the beast is off to camp, and I’m excited to see the family.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 - Damn The Swisscom

No phone... no internet.  Yesterday we lost our connection.  I don't think I realized just how much of my day is spent on the computer/internet working and otherwise until I was not able to connect and was supposed to be connected.  It's seriously difficult to work from Switzerland for a company in the US when the internet is down.  Turns out that if you are a Swisscom customer and live in this REGION you are screwed and they don't know how long it will take to correct the problem.

Where does that leave me, and how am I typing this?  Well my neighbor Meri is not a Swisscom customer and she is letting me use her office.  So right now, I really wish I had my camera because I am sitting at a 2 year olds table and sitting in a teddy bear chair with a green face (the chairs face not mine) typing away.  Sure I could sit at the adult desk but then my laptop wouldn't reach the electrical outlet and its not nearly as uncomfortable as it looks or sounds.  In fact I'm a little amused by it and I may even have to buy my own set of table and chairs for my office.

There is no end in sight for the internet problem so it looks like for the next couple of days I am going to shift between Meri's house and Starbucks in Zurich to try and get my work done.  The timing isn't totally bad because next week we are in the US and unless Murphy makes a visit - we have internet there.

Happy Wednesday

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Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 – Weekend Update

It would seem that like a vampire I have unconsciously been avoiding mirrors all winter.  Lo and behold on Saturday, while stepping out of the shower, I caught of glimpse of myself in the mirror.  I say it was just a glimpse because if it was a longer look I might have had to pluck out my own eyes.  It was not a pretty sight.  Sunday I took a trip into Zurich and renewed my gym membership.  I am too young to have old lady arms.

Since I took the trip into Zurich, and it was such a beautiful day, I took the opportunity to walk by the lake. 

I don’t think locking this bike actually helped or if this was the state of the bike before it was locked that the lock is even necessary.

 
I also saw this little guys with the crazy sharp eyebrows


Oh and then there was this guy....  who I enjoyed watching walk the elastic tight rope thingy.  He was drawing quite the crowd.  I think it was a toss-up between who was watching because he was walking he thing as it bounced around and who was watching to see his muscles move.




Then his buddy gave it a try.




He got on the thing and managed to stand up, which was impressive… but that was it.  He fell right off when he tried to walk.


Oh and I discovered that there is a definite benefit to not understanding what people are saying to me as I walked back to the train station. Some young men stepped infront of me to stop me from walking and as made several what I can only assume were less than pleasant comments based on the demeanor.  I, on the other hand, got to use my “I haven’t a clue what you are saying face” as I stepped around them.  Let me say that face is the next best thing to saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”  Although the face is faster, takes less effort, and allows me to keep moving without really engaging in conversation.   



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Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 – Taxes and Irrational Fears

I know I said I was going to try and not discuss them but I can’t help it I find them stressful.  I long for the days when I could open turbo tax, enter my info (or download it) push a button and file electronically.  I’m actually at the point when I think filing my federal taxes as single and then mocking up a dummy federal joint return so we can file our state taxes… is easy.  At least I understand what’s going on.

Now I have:

Estimated Federal and State taxes because I’m self employed, which actually isn’t that bad.

401K/SEP/Keogh Salary deferral and profit sharing retirement plans.

Foreign tax credits, which I think roll over for 10 years after we return to the US which means I have 10 more years of confusing tax filings.

I’m a little fish in a confusing big pond and you just know that somewhere down the line the IRS is going to come knocking saying “Hey in 2010 you forgot to carry the decimal and you owe us $10,000.”  Ok we all know that won’t happen.  This is just another irrational fear like the one I have about dying and being at the gates of heaven and the guard won’t let me in because I littered in 1972.

Or my most recent irrational fear/behavior:  I realized the other day that when I get into the elevator in the building I try to never push the buttons with the pad of my finger.  Why?  Because I don’t want to leave any fingerprints.  You know… just in case.  In case of what?  Who knows, some nefarious person out there might lift m fingerprint and set me up for some crime I didn’t commit.  Hey, it’s possible.  Oh and if I do accidently leave a possible fingerprint, I wipe down the surface.  Yeah, I’m not making it easy on you.



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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 - Spring Is In The Air

How do I know spring is in the air?  Well the massive headache I woke up with was a hint, especially since I did not go on an alcoholic bender last night.  I don't know how long I have to live here before I get a clue that the headaches I suffer here are weather related.  So yes, I have taken an antihistamine and that has taken the edge off.  Next will be some other headache remedy.  I'm thinking Jack Daniels.  Ok I'm thinking it, but wont actually use that method, but now that I thought of it I could really go for a Jack and Coke.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012 – Other Stuff

L is heading off to Dublin this evening for a few days which made me think about accents and then I wondered since I’m in Switzerland do I technically have an accent?  I’m not sure it counts since I don’t speak Swiss German and barely speak German and technically everyone I’ve encountered who speaks English has an accent of some sort.



How many bunnies does it take to make a warren?



Oh and when you type in google “How many rabbits does it take to make a” it automatically prefills with fur coat and somehow I find that disturbing.  The next line is “How to make a rabbit fur pillow.”  Ok really google… stop it.  I may bite the heads off chocolate bunnies but I am not making a rabbit fur pillow, ever, and a chocolate rabbit pillow is just too messy.



I also have a headache.  I am sure you were dying to know that.  I also have an incredible amount of work to get done so I am off to start my day.  Happy Tuesday



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Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 – Willpower


As in I don't have any...

How’s a girl supposed to stay away from chocolate when this is what she encounters every time she goes to the little grocery store in town?

Look at all those bunnies... taunting me



Seriously did they really have to fill the escalator with chocolate eggs?




Chocolate Bunnies, chocolate eggs…. Everywhere and let me tell you they are definitely calling my name… begging to have their heads bitten off.  You really have no idea.  Even no name brand chocolate “CoOp Brand” is smooth and deliciously good.  Fortunately I managed to stay strong over the weekend.  This 12 step program is killing me.

Step 1: Admit I have a problem

Step 2: Stay away from said problem

Step 3: … I have no idea what steps 3 – 12 are because I keep having to repeat steps 1 and 2



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Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18, 2012 – Book Review – Possessing Morgan by Erica Lawson

Possessing Morgan by Erica Lawson

Publisher: Blue Feather Books 
Romance/Crime

Product Description from Amazon

“New York City, in the height of summer. Crime seems to have taken a holiday, and Detective Morgan O'Callaghan is bored, bored, bored. Paperwork is mating and multiplying on her desk, and even a jaywalker is starting to look good. Anything to get her out from behind her desk!

Enter Andrea Worthington, Charleston socialite and all-around rich girl, right down to the wealthy fiancé. She's also the new Assistant District Attorney assigned to Morgan's precinct.

Their first meeting is like two freight trains crashing head on. Then a high profile, career make-or-break murder case throws them together again. The investigation has barely begun when Andrea becomes the target of a nearly fatal hit-and-run. But was it really aimed at her? Can she and Morgan find the common ground they need to solve the case and stop the attacks, or are the gaps just too wide to bridge?”


Review
3 out of 5 stars

Entertaining and engaging but not one that requires a lot of effort.  Andrea Worthington, comes from a wealthy family and has moved from Charlotte NC to NYC to be the new ADA, in part because of the job, but also to escape her overbearing mother and family expectations.    Andrea and Detective Morgan O’Callaghan are thrown together during the investigation of a high profile murder that isn’t quite as straightforward as it might seem.  Things get complicated as Morgan and Andrea’s relationship grows and then is further complicated by an attempt on Andrea’s life.

This is definitely a good beach book.  I’m sure I could find things about this book that I didn’t like, but the reality is it was an enjoyable easy read and for what I was looking for this weekend.  That was enough. 


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012 – Book Review – Deception By Erin O’Reilly


Deception By Erin O’Reilly
Publisher: Affinity E-Books Press NZ Ltd
Romance/Crime/Mystery


Book Description From Amazon

“Lane Cuthbert knew exactly where she wanted to go and what she had to do to get there. Her goal was to challenge the network legal gurus for their positions but first, she needed a juicy scandal or murder. What she found was a beautiful woman with a secret in need of a lawyer. When the sheriff charges beautiful and wealthy Bryce Clayton with the murder of her nemesis Preston Garrett, Lane sees her chance at fame. The only problem is, Bryce won’t say where she was at the time of the murder. Although Lane is able to discredit many of the district attorney’s witnesses, she still has a problem – the alleged murder weapon belongs to Bryce. Through twists and turns, the trial reveals secrets that people wished to keep private. Can Lane convince the jury of her client’s innocence or will Bryce pay the ultimate price for her silence? Deception is the pretext that allows secrets to flourish and allows murderers to conceal the truth. A shocking revelation is approaching with a vengeance, and all that stands in its way will be eradicated. Both women are on a collision course to a passion they cannot fight, to a love they cannot ignore, to an ending that will change everything.”


Review
3.5 out of 5 Stars

This was really an interesting book, in part because the neither of the main characters are completely likeable.  Bryce whose been accused of murder is portrayed as a highly intelligent woman with a temper who gets what she wants.  However, the reader also gets glimpses of a confused and socially awkward individual.  It creates an interesting juxtaposition.   On the other hand, Lane is the defense attorney who has mapped out her entire life and everything she does is a step toward her goal of being famous.  She comes across as being manipulative and self-serving with occasional bouts of compassion.  As the story progresses I started to like aspects of the characters while still disliking other areas, which I would say can be pretty true in real life.

What I think I enjoyed most about this story was the murder mystery.  There were several times where I was sure I knew who was responsible and the story definitely ended in an unexpected way that still leaves me guessing.  Usually this type of ending would frustrate me, but I suspect what will really happen is I will end up going back to re-read the story to see what clues I may have missed.





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Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 – Stuff


Ok you know it’s a tough morning when I have opted to do laundry as a means of preventing myself from walking into town to buy chocolate.  Maybe that’s just sad and not really tough.

I’m also desperately trying not to think about pink slime and ground beef.  I like burgers, I really do and I’m making meatloaf tonight but I am so very close to never buying ground beef again unless I get the butcher to grind it in front of me.  Yes, that thought also puts me one step closer to dropping beef from my diet.  The issue is what the heck do I feed L? Our options are a wee bit limited as they are.  Oh and in case someone was to suggest tofu… I have yet to see anything that even remotely resembles tofu in the grocery store and L hates it.

Weekend Plans:
We talked briefly about going to the black forest but at this point we’d have to bring the boy and that seems more like work than fun to me.

I also need to finish my taxes, or finish them to the point where we can pass them to the accountant and I can request an extension.  I hate tax season.

If I am lucky I will get to sit on the balcony in the sun and read for a little bit, something to look forward too.  That and maybe I’ll manage to get off my lazy butt and go for a crawl.  I’d say a jog but it’s been so long I suspect it will be more a walk.  We shall see.



Happy Friday


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March 16, 2012 – Book Review – Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge

Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
SciFi/Intrigue
 

Product Description from Amazon

“Ren "Jackal" Segura is a Hope -- a special child, a powerful symbol of a new world government destined for greatness. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life, Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie. Convicted of a terrible crime, she agrees to participate in a "rehabilitation" experiment: While her body lies comatose for eight months, a computer will convince her mind that she is spending eight long years in solitary confinement. But Jackal's history as a Hope has given her strengths and skills other prisoners lack -- powers she will need to endure the tormenting loneliness, to discover the truth about her betrayal, and to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire.”



Review

3 out of 5 stars

This is definitely not a beach book.  It requires concentration and thought when reading so if you are looking for something fluffy and easy, this probably isn’t it.  However, if you are looking for something different and more psychological this could be the book for you.  My best guestimate is that the first 2/3 of this book introduces the reader to the main character “Jackal” and what we see is a young, angry, woman who is under a lot of pressure to be perfect.  After an accident kills 400+ people she is labeled a mass murder and sentenced to prison.  In exchange for a shorter sentence she enters an experimental program where she is in a virtual reality of solitary confinement for 8 years.  It’s after she gets released from “prison” that the story really gets interesting, Jackal is dealing with the after effects of both the solitary confinement and the “aftershocks” of the experiment. 

As the reader there was more than one moment where I wondered what was actually real, did Jackal get out of prison or is everything she is experiencing a hallucination.  Maybe she did, maybe she didn't.



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Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012 – Book Review – The Fifth Stage by Margaret Helms

The Fifth Stage by Margaret Helms
Publisher: Blue Feathers Books

Product Description from Amazon

“Claire Blevins is approaching her fortieth birthday, and is on her own for the first time in her adult life. She muddles through her daily routines, her only respite coming in the form of a harmless crush on Rebecca Greenway.

Claire believes that the sexy restaurant manager is safely unavailable. But when Rebecca shows signs of interest, Claire's past unravels, revealing an immeasurable love and a dark secret.”


Review
3.5 out of 5 Stars

I honestly can’t tell you what made me put this book in my reading queue, it might have been a sale item and I decided what the heck I’ll give it a try.  I’m also not sure that the product description does this book justice.  The story is more complex than the blurb would imply although that is often the case. 

In present day, Claire is almost 40 years old and living a shadow of a life because of the emotional scar left by her “ex”.  The story moves back and forth between current day and Claire’s past, telling her story and how she’s become the person she is today as well as the person she could be if she is willing to take the emotional risk.

If I am honest during the first 5 – 10 chapters I found the movement between the past and current story lines confusing.  As the reader I understood the premise that the past was leading to what happened but for me I felt that the flow from one to the other was sometimes difficult to follow.  As the past and the present converged I obviously found those transitions less confusing and it made the book more engaging.  That being said, this was an interesting and heartfelt story of love, loss, and yes love.

I would certainly read something else by Margaret Helms which is a pretty good endorsement.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 – Babies and other Random Stuff

Babies

My neighbor Meri came home over the weekend after giving birth to her new baby girl.  It’s been 16 years since I’ve been around a new born.  I forgot how little their hands are, and baby E has the longest little fingers.  I haven’t seen her toes yet but Meri said they are long too. 



Of course long baby fingers and toes reminds me of the first house I owned and our wonderful neighbors (Hi Rosie!) and their first daughter, also E.  OMG she had the longest toes and when you would touch her feet she would grip your fingers with her toes.  E is also the 1st and only diaper I have ever changed.  I suspect it was traumatic for both of us.  I can’t remember who I called on the phone, I think it was either one of Rosie’s sisters or her Mom, but I needed someone to talk me through how the heck to change a diaper without getting her wiggly feet into the mess.  I was not entirely successful… hence the only changing a diaper once thing.



Other:

A different topic: Thanks Sis for the pronunciation of Gotye’s name.  I have to admit that it was going down the same path as the cartoon character “Sluggo”

Oh and I have been meaning to take a picture of this "cow" that I see every morning.  When I see it all I can think is "This is the perfect cow for my sister's friend K."  A while back K had a rogue cow that would come through her yard and leave presents.  This one is present fee, although I don't really understand why these people have it in their yard.




Politics:

I realize I am late to the party and I’ve tried to ignore all these idiot news items but it seems every time I turn around I am reading about another State Representative who makes me (a) glad my real life is in Connecticut and (b) seriously needs to be slapped.  I was horrified by Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments related to Sandra Fluke.  I’d say I am always horrified by him but generally he stays completely off my radar, which reminds me that there are a bunch of US congressmen who need a slap.  Seriously, you are going to hold a Congressional Committee on Women’s Reproductive Rights and not invite any women????  These men want to restrict women’s access to birth control because of religious and moral beliefs but they don’t have any issues with unrestricted access to Viagra.  Hello, maybe if you restricted access to Viagra there might be less of a need for birth control.  Yes I know that is a ridiculous statement but these guys are really ticking me off.

Then there is the Virginia bill where they wanted to force women to have transvaginal ultrasounds before allowing them to have an abortion, even in cases of rape.  Oh but hey, the women wouldn’t have to LOOK at the ultrasound they just have to HAVE an invasive procedure because… “What? Without it they wouldn’t have thought about the consequences of an abortion???”  Look I’m not pro-abortion but I if someone makes the incredibly difficult decision I don’t we should be making that decision more traumatic than it already is. 

Then today I read the story Georgia State Rep Terry England who compared a woman giving birth to a stillborn baby to that of delivering a stillborn calf.  IMHO that guy is a walking advertisement for birth control.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012 – Music

The thing I miss about driving to work every day is not hearing new music. That does not mean that I want to go back to a 50 mile one-way commute again. I think 20 years of that fulfilled any commuter mileage commitments I may have had. I’m enjoying my 10 foot walk to work, but I’ve distracted myself. Music:

My friend Scoty sent me a link to video “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye Featuring Kimbra


Turns out I really like this song but I think I like Kimbra more.  She’s kind of quirky.


Then there is the song “Breathe Me” by Sia which I also like a lot.  You just have to get past some of the mumbling. 







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Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012 – Rant

I didn’t think I was going to complain about this, but two full days later I’m still irritated by it.  Here’s the thing, I read all sorts of things: they can be self-published, whatever the opposite of self-published is, fanfiction, femslash, whatever.  There are also quite a few people out there who create original works and publish them on their websites.  I consider these people authors because the ones I have read write incredibly well and their plots are interesting.  However, I’ve learned not to read things that aren’t tagged “complete” because I’ll get sucked into the story and the person writing it will get bored or lose their inspiration and never finish the thing. 

This weekend I bumped into a story that was tagged as “complete” so I started reading it.  I got sucked in. I’m enjoying the plot, the characters, yada yada.  300 + freaking pages later and the writers abruptly stop.  They decided it would be a good place for a cliff hanger.  One of the main characters gets kidnapped just before her wedding.  The implication is that she will be tortured by to get back at her fiancĂ©.

The writers indicated in the comments of their website that there maybe might be a sequel but then again maybe not, they’ve always wanted to write a cliff hanger ending.  Here’s my thing, I get that I am bitter that it ended this way, but it feels like they just got tired of writing the damn thing so they stopped.  Well you could have stopped by letting the two get married.  That would have ended the freaking story as well, but no, you have to act like you are going to write a sequel if enough people beg for it.  Well I’m pretty sure that 3 years later and a lot of prolific writing on your part means there is no sequel and I get to use my imagination as to what happened and it ain’t pretty.  Yes, I admit I am being irrational about this but I liked the damn characters and I liked the story… I said that already… and I feel like they took a copout.  They should have just tagged the story as incomplete or part 1 of an incomplete series.  THAT would have been better.

So now I’m reading another book that I purchased from … somewhere… and I’m finding that I am annoyed while I’m reading it.  I can’t tell if it’s because the character is angry and the feelings are leaching into my own as I read it or if my annoyance with the other story is coloring my view, hence the reason for this rant.  I’m trying to let it go so I can enjoy this other story.



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012 – Book Review – The Salbine Sisters by Sarah Ettritch

The Salbine by Sarah Ettritch

Publisher: NornPublishing 
Fantasy



Product Description from Amazon
“She gave up everything to become a Salbine Sister, member of a religious order of powerful female mages. But when Maddy nearly dies while trying to draw forth elemental fire, she learns that Salbine has withdrawn from her the gifts every sister works to master. Feeling trapped in an order to which she no longer has any right to belong and believing herself unworthy of the

love of Lillian, one of the most powerful mages in the sisterhood, Maddy begs the abbess to let her travel to another monastery to research her condition.

On her journey, Maddy's faith in both herself and Salbine are tested to their limits. When she attempts to draw fire and fails horribly, frightened townsfolk throw Maddy into prison. Fearing that the abbess will never learn her fate and rescue her, Maddy resigns herself to a short and brutal life.

The only bright spot in Maddy's existence is Emmey, the pickpocket with whom she shares a cell. Through her and the steadfast love of Lillian, Maddy learns that Salbine's purpose is not always the same for everyone, and that love and compassion are more valuable than magic.”



Review:
4 ½ stars out of 5

I picked this book up because it’s part of the online book group I’m trying to participate in on www.goodreads.com .  I should probably thank Bob who introduced me to that website, “Thanks Bob”, because it’s doubtful that this book would have ever come to my attention otherwise and then I would have missed out on a well written and interesting story.

I have no idea what century this story was based in but it has horses, swords, magic, and women who are intelligent, strong and capable: the last bit being the most important for me personally. 

Here’s the thing with this book, I don’t think you have to be someone who reads “fantasy” type books to enjoy this one.  The magic or elemental portion of the story is an important factor but it’s not the main factor.  Ultimately, the story revolves around Maddy and the fact that her faith has been shaken and her struggle to figure out her place in the world and her struggle with her religious beliefs.  Within that is the relationships between the characters of Maddy, Lillian, and eventually Emmey.

I really enjoyed these characters and the author’s process for making the characters grow and in my opinion; to each be more brave.

My only disappointment is that that it appears there is no sequel for this story.



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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012 – Rambling Continued


  • We’ll be back in the US for Easter so yes, I did it.  I made an appointment with the guy who cuts my hair at home to cut and color it, because I want to do something outwardly fun and a little outrageous.
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  • My eyes are still tired and I still do not have a spare set but I am developing some bark circles under them.  When I get to the point where it looks like I broke my nose… I’ll take a picture.
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  • I’ve been having a re-occurring bad dream in which I die.  Literally die.  I have no idea what happens before the point when I die.  I’m not even sure what causes my death.  It’s not like the falling sensation.  Have you ever been asleep and started talking to yourself, in your head?  I’ve had bad dreams where I realized I was dreaming and was talking myself out of the dream, but in this instance I suddenly realize I died and then I gasp awake.  Literally, last night the thought “OMG I died” ran across my mind and then I am stifling a scream and sitting up in bed trying to get my breathing back under control.  The plus side is it’s not a night terror, no leaping off the bed screaming and running, but I’m not really enjoying the whole “I died” thing.  I think this is the 4th time I have dreamed it in the last month or two and I have no clue what my subconscious is telling me.
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  • Oh and for those of you who were in the pool for how long I would abstain from chocolate.  5 days, I made it 5 days.  I’ll start again tomorrow.



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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012 – Updates and Other Stuff


My apologies for not providing a weekend update yesterday, I was reading finishing a book I couldn’t put down and then work happened.

  • So weekend stuff:  I finally made pancakes.  They came out pretty good, but I obviously need more practice.  There has to be a way to cook them without skipping right past golden brown and heading into dark brown territory.  I considered it a win that I did not burn them.
  • We went to the movies on Sunday and saw “Safe House.”  All action all the time, if you want gun fights, fist fights and men being cool this is for you.  Denzel looks great and of course so does eye candy Ryan Renolds.  If you want plot twists and suspense (as in you don’t know what will happen next) this movie is not for you.
  • My neighbor had her baby yesterday.  When I saw her 5 year old son today I congratulated him on his new baby sister and asked what they named her.  He said “Naaa Naaaa”.  Seriously when you say that out loud that is what it sounded like he said.  Of course I scrunched up my face and said “That’s her name????”  At which point he admitted he couldn’t remember what they named her.  It will come as no real shock that he really wanted a baby brother.
  • My eyes are extremely tired today and the thought of plucking them out and replacing them with a backup pair that has been resting sounds both kind of cool and disgusting.  Ok mostly disgusting, I don’t know why my mind goes to these places.
  • It’s National Read an eBook week in Canada this week.  Although you don’t have to be “in” Canada to read an eBook.
  • I want to bleach my hair blond.  I don’t know why.  I know it will look weird, and I know when it grows out it will look weirder.  Maybe dying it red would be better.  Not bozo the clown red, or fire engine red… well you know what I mean.  It has to be something that can grow out (or more accurately be cut out) because we all know I won’t be coloring my hair after every haircut.  We also know that at this point I am all talk no action.  Which makes no sense because if it comes out crappy here, whose going to know?

I have to pay some bills before work starts so y’all have a nice day



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Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 – It’s That Time Again

Didn’t I just finish complaining about taxes a couple of months ago?  Well at least this year I have an idea of the pain involved.  Who’d have thought that I would long for the days when I could use turbo tax and file my own damn taxes.  That’s not to say it wasn’t a nuisance; there’s the whole create separate federal returns, then mock up a “fake” joint return so you can file your state taxes thingy but seriously all of that was under my control and I felt better about.  Yes, I would get a little confused in spots but eventually I’d get it.  Now there’s the whole, file an extension because I can’t file my federal return until I know what I owe the Swiss.  Plus I have to file estimated taxes which is not that difficult and at least that is in my hands.  However, having gone through the stress of last year I at least “think” I know what to expect:
     
  • No matter what I think, it will take longer than I anticipate
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  • The tax people will make me submit numerous copies of the same forms several times
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  • The tax people wont get the calculations correct the 1st time around, fortunately Turbo Tax gives me a head start.  More importantly L understands this stuff.
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  • My taxes won’t actually get filed until October


My Tax motto… no stress for me.  Alright even I recognize that as a big fat lie.  So I’ll shoot for just letting it roll of me as best I can and I'll try not to rant about it (too much) in this space.

Happy Friday


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012 – Stuff

The birthday month is officially over and now I need to get my act back in gear; which includes a chocolate detox.  Wow when I say that it sounds both better and more gross than I intend.  It’s a conundrum.

OMG FREAKING FOOT CRAMP….  Sorry about that, the arch of my foot cramped mid thought and I’ve decided that it’s the worst possible thing ever and really… please stop

So back to chocolate detox, what I mean is that I am trying to go a couple of weeks without chocolate candy.  I’m being specific here because I am excluding hot chocolate and nutella from the list of things I am foregoing.  Giving up the hot chocolate would just be cruel should we have a sudden cold snap.

Why the sudden desire to give up chocolate?  Well I have a doctors’ appointment in April and you know damn well they are going to make me get on a scale.  We hate that, so if I can just lose a few pounds (literally 3) I’ll feel more secure in that venture.  Just tell me when the betting pool starts as to how quickly I fall off the chocolate wagon.

The Beast:

This looks says "Why oh why do you make me ride in the scary elevator?"
To which I reply... 'because you are more frightened of the stairs"


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March 1, 2012 – Book Review – Strangers by DeJay

Strangers by De Jay

Publisher: Regal Crest
Drama

Book Summary:

“Justina Murphy has lived on the streets since the age of thirteen. Outed by her best friend, she was beaten until she passed out and then her mother threw her out of the house. She has spent the last thirty years building a life for herself, a place where she feels safe, has the amenities she was deprived of and finally a certain sense of peace.

Victoria Wainwright works for DCS, Department of Child Service. Her job is to convince Murphy to make changes to her very minimalist life, to open her home and her meager bank account to two strangers. Ms. Wainwright needs to do this while struggling with her own demons.

Jesse has very specific instructions from her mother. She's the eldest and responsible for her baby sister, Brianna. It's her job to look out for them and to help her Aunt learn about love, trust and family. Jesse is also struggling with her sexual identity, even in 2003 this can pose a problem when attending Catholic High School.

The three women come together, the fights are explosive, the learning curve more like an insurmountable mountain, and the results provide answers to a suicide that has hung over Murphy's head these last thirty years.”

Review: 4 out of 5 Stars
This is De Jay’s second book and I’m going to say it was even better than the 1st one. 

The primary focus of the story is the developing relationship between Murphy and her two nieces who have been left in her custody after the death of their Mom.  Within the development of that relationship the reader sees how being homeless and physical abuse shaped Murphy’s personality and how she interacts with the people around her.  Murphy’s character is written in a way that makes her seem 3 dimensional.  Yes, she has scars from her past but she actively works to overcome her issues and not be conquered by them; which include the death of her 1st girlfriend “Anna” almost 30 years prior.  The mystery surrounding the death of Murphy’s first girlfriend is woven into the plot in a manner that keeps the reader wondering if Anna really committed suicide and if not, wondering who was ultimately responsible.

Again, this is a well written, intriguing story that I could not put down.  A great read.



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