Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 – Roller Coaster

Oh I have so many things to tell you about our vacation.  We had an excellent time, met some really wonderful people, saw some cool things.  All of which I will get to, but 1st I want to tell you about the coolest thing we did, which was on the last day of our trip.
 
We went to the Gröna Lunds Tivoli in Stockholm and rode a crazy roller coaster.  Don’t believe anything L says, she “wanted” to go on the roller coaster.  It looked really scary so I wanted to go as well, but I was a little nervous that I might not be able to manage it because I have an equilibrium problem when I can’t track a stable horizon. 

The Crazy Roller Coaster

There is a spot near the end where I think we got flipped 360 degrees and yes we saw that BEFORE we went on the ride
 

So and I get to the platform and the guy tells us we have to leave our bags on the platform, oh and asks us if our glasses are tight on our faces.  This was my first, well maybe second clue, that maybe this was not the smartest move for 40-something year old women.  Ok this is strange but my 1st moment of panic came before we even sat in the seats of the ride.  My panic… “Oh God Please Let me fit in the seat.”  Seriously, THAT was my worry, that I might be too large for the damn seat. 

L and I get in the seats, we’re locked in/strapped in, and we’re ready for fun.  That is until it started to move and the very 1st thing it did was tip us forward so we were looking at the ground.  Then the normally articulate L was reduced to saying “Oh My God… Oh My God!!!”  I, on the other hand was unable to say anything at all because I was too busy laughing hysterically.  The key word is “hysterically”.  I have a habit of laughing at incredibly inappropriate times.

I was scared out of my mind and started to panic a little when the ride ended and the attendant unstrapped us but the arm thingy didn’t lift.  I was freaked that it wasn’t going to let us off and despite LOVING the ride I was not prepared to go for another spin right that second.

How do you know it was a good ride?  The adrenalin rush had my hands shaking and I seriously considered going again.

Roller Coasters back on my list of things I can do!







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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 – Still More Random Things

Some guy is coming by the apartment today to take the spare key so they can begin “showing” it for rent.  One step closer


Meri and I went for a run today and I succumbed to the urge to stick my head in the fountain in the center of town.  It felt great and I think it will become part of my running ritual.  Well until someone yells at me.

I am totally and completely ready for our holiday.

Packing for a cruise seems to be a little more difficult than a regular beach vacation.  Mostly because they told us that in Saint Petersburg and Moscow some of the places we are going to visit are more conservative and you can’t wear tank tops or shorts that display your knees.  Now sure my knees may not be that attractive but they won’t make you go blind.  In fact that is the easiest request for me to comply with.  My shorts cover my knees… mostly.  It’s the non tank top thing that is tough. Almost every summer shirt I have is sleeveless.

I have the beastly boy ready for camp.  At least I have his stuff ready for camp. 

Is it wrong that I am counting down the time?  To oh so many things



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Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review – The River Within by Baxter Clare Trautman

The River Within by Baxter Clare Trautman
Publisher: Baxter Clare Trautman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
 

Book Description From Amazon

“Three women. Three lies. One chance to tell the truth.

The River Within, from Lambda Literary Award nominee, Baxter Clare Trautman, follows three women whose bonds are strained, reforged, and ultimately strengthened as they struggle to choose between the lives they think they should have and the lives they want.

For thirty years Foreign Correspondent Greer Madison has competed brilliantly in a man’s world. But the hardships of a life spent reporting from war zones are catching up to her. In a foolish attempt to impress a young colleague, Greer involves them both in a deadly accident, that only she knows the truth about.

Returning stateside, she recuperates at the home of her best friend, Darlene Richardson. For the first time in the course of their thirty-year friendship Darlene is reluctant to accommodate Greer, for Darlene suddenly has secrets of her own.

Kate, Darlene’s spontaneous, willful daughter is desperate to bring her struggling family together after the death of her brother, Chris. Vowing to settle down and be a “good daughter” Kate becomes engaged to a man she doesn’t love.

While Darlene retreats into her secrets, Kate and Greer find unexpected pleasure in each other’s company. Restless evenings in the Richardson’s guest house foster a deepening intimacy between the two women, culminating with each having to admit the secret they would rather hide. The aftermath of their painful revelations force Darlene’s own confession and with all secrets bared, each woman must choose whether to stay on the safety of the known shore, or dive into the uncharted but healing waters of The River Within.”


Review

4 ½ Stars out of 5

This was a fascinating story where we get to see 3 different women dealing with their own emotional and psychological crisis and the lies they hide behind.  What’s really interesting is that the lies are really the ones that they tell themselves: Darlene and her son’s death; Greer and her career and who she has become; Kate hiding who she is and what she wants in an effort to make everyone else happy. 

One of the most powerful scenes for me was when Darlene kills the Blue Jay who tried to steal the chick.  I was horrified at the visual it created but at the same time it fit perfectly into the turmoil that is Darlene’s life.  I also found it interesting that her daughter Kate appears to be looking for that same blue jay in the next several chapters.  I’m not sure what that symbolism represented but to me it felt like it just represented everything that was wrong in Darleen and Kate’s life at that moment.

Then there is Greer, the war correspondent who seems so lost and I kept waiting for her to do something drastic to ease her own pain and guilt over the death of Sigrid.  I also found myself feeling bad for her because it felt like she was so alone and really needed Darleen, who was just too caught up in her own issues to be emotionally available.

This was well worth the read.


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June 18, 2012 – Random



Really who gets a cold in June?  Apparently, I at least am willing to make the attempt.  I woke up yesterday with a scratchy throat and what feels like the beginnings of a head cold.  My mantra right now “I refuse to be sick!”  Oh and who came up with the name “Head Cold”?  Sure it’s in my head but do people walk around saying I have a chest cold, or worse I have a stomach cold?  No, they don’t. 



Last night was filled with weird dreams of serpents and well things like that.  No spiders, thankfully.  These were just regular bad dreams that startled me awake,  no screaming and running involved.



I went running this morning with my neighbor Meri and we walked several times because the back of my knees ache.  Well my left knee.  It’s strange.



Two days and then we are on vacation. 



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Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012 - Book Review – River Walker by Cate Culpepper

River Walker by Cate Culpepper
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Romance/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Book Description

“Any night La Llorona walks the river is a night to stay indoors.

One moonlit midnight, two very different women meet on the banks of the muddy Rio Grande. Grady Wrenn is a cultural anthropologist, enthralled by a local ghost story about a vengeful spirit known as the River Walker. Elena Montalvo, a spiritual healer, is that tortured spirit’s only defender. Together, Grady and Elena must find a way to end the River Walker’s murderous vendetta— and overcome a maze of cultural barriers to find each other.”
 

Review:
5 out of 5 Stars

This is by no means Cate Culpepper’s 1st book.  However, it is the 1st book that I have read written by her.  I’ve heard good things about her Tristiane series but it’s just has never peaked my interests.  I’m not even sure that I would have come across this book if Megan and a few others in the Goodreads book group “Mostly Lesfic” hadn’t recommended it.  “Thanks Ladies!”

I LOVED this story.  I can clearly pinpoint why:  Grady felt real.  Her pain and loss felt real.  I think it’s a difficult balance when an author can make a character feel damaged but not make them feel like a caricature.  There were also definite pieces of Elena’s personality that reminded me of people I’ve known in my own personal life, and she was a terrific balance to Grady’s academic view of the world.

Then there is the mystery of La Llorona which kept me intrigued throughout the story, with an unexpected plot twist.

Now I have to go see what other Cate Culpepper books I need to read.


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Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 – Happy Feet


OMG it’s Friday and it’s sunny outside, could a girl ask for anything more?  Well sure she could but I’m trying to cut back on the whole greedy thing.

So what’s going on?  Well I’m trying to get as much work done as I possibly can in preparation for vacation… vacation… You can’t hear it but when I say “vacation” in my head there’s this weird circus theme music that goes off in my head and makes my grin like an idiot.  You can’t see that either but take my word for it, that’s what is happening.  Oh and vacation” sounds like “vaaaay kaaaay tion”

There are things I need to do, like fill my kindle with appropriate reading material.  I actually don’t think I’ll have much time for reading because we’ll be very busy hiking around various cities and snapping pictures, but there is a plane ride and those moments before I pass out from exhaustion.  A girl needs to be prepared.

In fact, I’m trying to figure out a way where I might be able to upload a picture or two while we’re on vacation but that would require I bring my laptop and have internet access.  So no I believe you will only see white space starting next Wednesday.
Saturday we’ve been invited to a BBQ, I’m hoping it’s fun but I’ll accept comfortable since the only person I will know at the BBQ will be L


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012 - Book Review – Dark Wings Descending by Lesley Davis

Dark Wings Descending by Lesley Davis

Publisher: BoldStrokes Books 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy


Book Description from Bold Strokes Website

“Goodness may appear in many forms; evil need only take one.

 The Chicago PD Deviant Data Unit specializes in the dark and cruel aspects of criminal behavior. When a serial killer who leaves his victims oddly posed starts terrorizing the city, Detective Rafe Douglas leads the team tasked to find this sadistic killer. Still recovering from severe injuries sustained in the line of duty, Rafe’s tenuous hold on what is real is further tested by someone who wants in on the case and won’t take no for an answer.


Private Investigator Ashley Scott experiences the world through unveiled eyes. She alone can see that Hell’s inhabitants are breaking free from their confines and are bringing their evil to Earth. She believes the killer isn’t human and knows she has to convince Rafe there are more things happening in the Windy City than anyone could possibly realize. Only together can they solve the secrets revealed in the killer’s brutal slayings.”



Review
4.5 out of 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book and the author had me sucked into the story almost immediately.  We meet both Ashley Scott and Rafe at the most recent murder scene of a serial killer and I found myself intrigued by both Ashley and Rafe.  I especially liked how the author, Lesley Davis, introduces the reader to Rafe.  She, hobbles into the murder scene still recovering from injuries sustained in another police incident.

I did struggle in the 1st few paragraph’s trying to keep straight that we were seeing the murder scene through Ashley Scott’s eyes, but people on the scene were referring to her as “Jim”.  As a result, I found myself re-reading the 1st few paragraphs because I thought I missed something.  My advice, plug along it clears up quickly.


Definitely a fun murder mystery; well if murder can be fun.



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June 14, 2012 - Apologies

I haven't forgotten to write, in fact I've thought alot about it but I'm busy.  Really very very busy, well ok sort of busy.  Yesterday I had the worst headache and couldn't actually think.  Today, just busy and now I have to work.  Apologies, I'll try to make it up to you later.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012 – Still Raining

It feels like it’s rained every day for the last 3 weeks.  Sure yesterday we would get 10 minutes of bright sun followed by thunderstorms and then sun again, but at this point I’m actually wishing for a draught.  If I could figure out which part of me faced north I’d look for moss.  Wow, I just implied that I am seriously sedentary.

On the other hand I don’t want to annoy the rain gods and somehow I keep thinking if the weather her has been so horrendous maybe when we are on vacation next week, the weather will be nice.  I do not want to be touring these cities in the rain.  PLEASE NO RAIN

Today Meri and I started our ½ marathon training.  She found the perfect training plan for me.  Run 3 miles or 36 mins, then run 4 mins walk 2 mins, run 4 mins, walk 2 and repeat.  Apparently the training plan is for people who just want to finish the race and aren’t worried about setting world records.  Me, I just don’t want to die.  I can do this.  I keep chanting to myself “I love to Run” assuming that it might eventually stick.

For the moment however, all I can think about is the fact that I want to take a nap.  No napping in my future. 

Happy Tuesday



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Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012 – Update


I successfully completed the 5K race this weekend.  I did walk a couple of times but not once did I fall to me knees, start crawling and beg for death.  I finished in 33:26 (that’s minutes not hours), which I am extremely proud of, a little less proud when I looked up the time of the woman who completed the 10K race.  She completed the 10K in 35:41.  I’m making a wild assumption here that either someone was chasing this woman with a loaded weapon or they hung a pack of Swiss chocolate just outside of her reach because there can be no other explanation for running that fast.

Tomorrow I start training for a ½ marathon in September.  Obviously there is something wrong with me.  Meri my neighbor wants to do this and I’m willing to give it a try.  I think the mental aspect is the most difficult for me.  I’m hoping if I chant “I love running” enough times I start to believe it.

What else, oh one of the moving companies is coming by this afternoon to complete the survey of what stuff they have to pack up and ship.

Finally I went to the bank this morning to order money.  Wouldn’t that be great if you could just want into a bank like and say I want $1000 and poof there you have it.  Sure technically you can, but you have to have money there that is already yours.  It’d be cool if it was magical and just appeared because you asked nicely.  Kronna and Rubles, that’s what we need for our trip next week.

Next week we head to Stockholm, hence the Kronna, board a cruise ship and head to Helsinki, then Saint Petersburg (Rubles), with a side trip to Moscow, then to Tallinn, and finally back to Stockholm.  I am VERY excited about this trip.  Let’s hope the weather is nice.



Well time to work.  Have a good Monday


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Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012 – Book Review – Torn by Amber Lehman

Torn by Amber Lehman
Genre: Young Adult


Product Description from Amazon
It was different this time; we weren't acting on a dare. I knew our motive; we were practicing the act, hoping to impress the right boy when it came time. But then something happened in the mix of the moment, in the mix of the alcohol. It wasn't planned, but somehow our kissing experiment turned into something else. Things went further . . . and once they had, once I returned to earth from the euphoria . . . I wrestled with my feelings at that frank realization, questioning whether our said objective was entirely true.

When fourteen-year old Krista McKinley transfers from Catholic school in Ohio to California's public Crestmount High, she discovers she has a lot to learn. Luckily, she is befriended by Carrie and Brandon and things start to look up. But when a simple dare tests Krista's values, it sends her entire world spiraling into a confusing series of events that leaves her questioning her identity as well as the people around her.”



Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I had some very strong reactions to this story, most of which revolved around my being (a) shocked that a 14 year old would be in these kinds of situations and (b) the supposed adults needed to be smacked.  I think my reactions are what they would be if Krista was someone I knew in real life.  I think it’s rare that I have this kind of reaction to a work of fiction where my feelings about the story and the characters feel real.

The main character Krista is a 14 year old girl who after a dare in which she ends up kissing her friend Carrie seems to spiral into a series of incredibly bad decisions.  The reader is initially led to believe that Krista’s struggle revolves around her feelings for Carrie and if they are real or “just a phase.”  Which leads to a series of questionable decisions, including attending a party where Krista is about to have sex with a boy she does not know… because it seems like the thing to do. 

There were so many places in this story where I had to stop reading and wonder to myself if teenagers’ lives are even remotely like this, because it made my teenage years seem easy in comparison.  Needless to say there were a number of things that bothered me about the story, and left me questioning if the author could have possibly thrown one more horrible decision at Krista.   However, I can appreciate that a 14 year old who found herself in any one of the situations described, would be hard pressed to make an appropriate/safe decision: especially in this case when she does not have a true parent figure in her life.

All of the relationships in this story are dysfunctional but the one that disturbed me the most was between Krista and Daemon her bible study teacher.  Here was a relationship that should have been adult to teenager and yet Daemon finds himself manipulated into a bad situation and I was thoroughly disappointed that there were no real consequences to Krista’s actions.

Having said all of that, it was an interesting read and one that I think would evoke lots of discussions between readers.


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June 8, 2012 – Ready for the Weekend

Sunday we’re scheduled to run in a 5K race in Bern.  We got our packets in the mail the other day and I google translated what I guessed were the important parts:  How to get there and that there are locker rooms of sorts available for changing.  What I haven’t figured out is WHEN we have to get there but I’m assuming because there is a special train from Zurich at 9:14 and 9:40 that either of those would work.

Unfortunately, I think the forecast is for rain.  I’m good with overcast then it won’t be too hot, but part of my excitement is to wander around and see the event.  It’s apparently quite large and just looking at vendor tents is fun for me.  Not that I anticipate buying anything, but sometimes they have giveaway tchotchke(s).  I have no idea if you need the “s” or not

Anyway, I want to run this race and I have the lofty goal of doing “ok”.  OK defined is, I run the entire race and only stop to walk once.  FANTASTIC is I run the race and don’t walk.  I’m all about keeping goals realistic.    

In case you were wondering... this is what it looked like outside this morning. 




It's gotten more gloomy as the day has progressed.  Although I admit I really like the way the sky looked this morning


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012 – More Weird Ramblings



Yesterday I got a text message from the cleaning lady asking if she could come to the apartment Thursday at 9.  My immediate reaction was “Sure why the heck not.”  Hello, she comes to the apartment every Thursday at 9.  Needless to say I made the assumption that she really meant today, just in case.  Lord knows I don’t want to be in the shower when she shows up.  She did and no I wasn’t.

So is it only me that worries the cleaning lady is going to think that I live in a pig sty?   We don’t, I mean I haven’t even seen a pig in Switzerland let along a sty.  Although there has to be pigs because there is pork.  Anyway, we really aren’t that bad.  The worst offender is the beast and he can’t help the fact that he sheds, his hair is black, and the floors are white.


Relocation info:  I spoke with the pet moving company and yes, they would pick the boy up, mark him as “cargo” put him on a plane and meet him at the other end and then deliver him to the house.  The woman was very nice, said usually it’s easier on the family.  The wife flies home 1st, the husband stays behind with the dog and then the transport company picks the dog up one day and send him on his way.  Um… yeah “no”.  Seriously a big no.  I don’t think I could handle the trauma of that trip but hey they reassured me they have never misplaced an animal.  Regardless L and I are on the same page, the boy will come with is as “baggage”.  We don’t tell the boy that he has an option of being referred to as either baggage or cargo.  We don’t want him developing body image issues. 



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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012 – Random Thoughts

Relocation:
Yes you are going to get periodic updates, because it appears that there are still things that will cause me anxiety.  We were contacted by two relocation companies that need to do a survey of the apartment and give a quote for the relocation.  Pretty much they look around and figure out how much stuff we have to move, the effort involved and the size of the shipping container.  That does not cause me any anxiety.  The second company is referring us to an offshoot of theirs that handles “pet relocation.”  Now I admit, this might be the way to go, but when we moved here the dogs came with us.  Although that was stressful in its’ own right, I always knew where the dogs were.  In the cargo hold of the plane or with us as really big luggage.  The anxiety part comes from me not having a clue how the pet relocation company works.  Would Ernie travel completely separately from us?  Maybe all the do is help us with the paperwork process?  Maybe they do it all.  This is like visiting kennels for the 1st time, which was highly traumatic for me.  Hell dropping the dog off at a kennel is traumatic for me, not so much for Ernie who thinks it’s a big adventure.  At least until he realizes I’m not staying with him.  Oye

Old Lady Legs:
Yes, it seems during the middle of the night someone snuck into the apartment and replaced my semi-old 47 year old legs with an 80 something year old woman’s legs.  I went running today and really, it was not a pretty sight.  I told myself I was just saving my energy for the 5K on Sunday.

Brownies:
The edible kind.  Did I mention that I made brownies with chocolate chip cookies on top over the weekend?  I did.  I also gave ½ of them away to the neighbors because Alex the 6 year old was begging his mom to make chocolate cake.  You have to say chocolate “choc – o – late” with a swiss/Spanish accent.  Today I found out that Meri’s husband ate every last one.  Which I find very amusing.  Apparently I make a good brownie.


That’s it for the moment but I am sure that I will think of something else later. 

I’m going to make this a good day for myself



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Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012 – Weekend Update

I went running.  Meri and I signed up for a 5K race in Bern June 10th.  I also signed up L against her will but I’m hoping she comes even if she decides not to run.  Meri has a friend who is also running it.  This woman is training for a triathlon and she’s a little worried that she won’t be able to finish the 5K in under 25 minutes.  I told Meri to tell her friend to stop bragging.  Hell my goal is to FINISH the race and if I am lucky I’ll do that in 35 minutes, for which I will be extremely proud and grateful.

I’ve actually been feeling pretty good the last few day when I run, although I have to admit that my knees have been aching when I walk downhill.  There is something wrong with that picture:  Running downhill, no problem; walking downhill, uncomfortable.

I read a three books, Winter Pennington’s Darkness Embraced was my favorite so much so that I’ve started re-reading it.  I never re-read a book I’ve already read but I want to make sure I didn’t miss any of the intricacies of the relationship between Epiphany and Renata.  It’s a very interesting dynamic of what appears to be a submissive/dominant relationship yet equals.



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Saturday, June 2, 2012

June 2, 2012 – Book Review – Runaway by Anne Laughlin

Runaway by Anne Laughlin
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Romance



Description from the Bold Strokes website

“With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came from—a backwoods survivalist camp run by her paranoid, dictatorial father. After risking her life at sixteen to escape the camp, she finds it hard to understand the runaway teenager she's been hired to find. With each step on the trail to find her, Jan realizes the girl is running to the same part of Idaho she fled, a digital age version of her father's way of life.

Complicating her mission is the new owner of the security firm she works for, a former British agent who has her own secrets to hide. When the sparks fly between them, Jan finds Catherine wanting to share not only her bed, but also her quest to find the missing teen. The journey to the deep woods of Idaho is a voyage to the heart of darkness for Jan, where the reality of her past can no longer be contained, nor her feelings for Catherine denied.



Review 2 out of 5 Stars

When I started reading this book I was intrigued by the character of Jan and the premise that she had escaped life in a radical militia camp and was now living under a false identity.  The problem is that as the book progressed I ended up wanting something different than what was delivered.  It’s a romance novel so I guess I should have just wanted Jan and Catherine to hurry up and figure out that they were meant to be together.  The problem for me was that the relationship between them was just not interesting. 

What was interesting were the Maddy/Militia story line and the potential consequences of Jan’s living under a false identity and how that effected her personality.  These were somehow central to the entire story and yet never really felt like they got fleshed out. 

I’m certainly not sorry I read the book, and it never made me just want to give up on it, but it was just ok.


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June 2, 2012 – Book Review – Darkness Embraced by Winter Pennington

Darkness Embraced by Winter Pennington
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Paranormal


Description from the Boldstrokes website

“Two hundred years ago, Epiphany was reborn a vampire. Sired by Renata, the Queen of the Rosso Lussuria, Epiphany willingly played the role of the queen’s beloved pet—until she was cast from Renata’s bed and lost her protection from the Elder vampires.

Epiphany has done her best not to become a target, trying to remain as inconspicuous as possible, like a long-forgotten memory huddling beneath the mantle of Vasco’s power, her one true friend among the Rosso Lussuria. Now Renata has called Epiphany forth to face the challenges ahead that could elevate her clan status to the ranks of an Elder. But Epiphany has few friends and many enemies, and the chances of surviving the challenges are slim.

Surrounded by harsh vampire politics and secret ambitions, Epiphany learns that an old enemy is plotting treason against the woman she once loved, and to save all she holds dear, she must embrace and form an alliance with the dark.”



Review
5 out of 5 Stars

As I started reading this book I realized that I am totally addicted to Winter Pennington’s writing style.  Yes, it’s a paranormal story and that may not be everyone’s bag, but it’s so well done that the reader doesn’t get bogged down in questioning if the premise could be real.  The characters and their story “feel” real and it’s completely engaging.  In my mind that’s what really matters. 

Well that matters and the fact that I’ve read everything I can find by Winter Pennington and might need a 12 step program to get me through until her next release.  It was bad enough that I’m hooked on the Kassandra Hall Series, now I’m hoping that Renata and Epiphany also turn into a series. 



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Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 – The Repatriation Process Begins

It looks like we’ll be coming home (or “going” depending on your perspective) in late September.  L had a conversation with the guy who helped relocate us here to start the reverse process so the ball is officially rolling.

It’s a little earlier than planned but I would rather earlier versus a delay.  I can also honestly say I am ready to go home.  I do have a minor concern, I’ve always talked to myself but that has hit epic proportions here in Switzerland.  Now, not only do I talk to myself out loud I answer myself.  Here that’s not a big deal because I assume most people have no idea what I am saying let alone having a full conversation with myself… but at home… that might be a problem.  I’m going to sound like some of the people you see walking the streets looking out of sorts.  You know, the ones people take a wide berth around so as not to be drawn into a conversation with the invisible friends. 

Beyond the talking to myself thing, I’m assuming that the return process will actually be less stressful.  We already know where we are going to live.  That would be HOME; a big “thank you” to my sister for house sitting for us in our absence.  When we moved here, relocating the dogs was a huge stressor for me, I don’t think Ernie will enjoy the trip back any more than he did the actual trip here but at least I can speak with someone in the US to find out what I need to do to make that happen.  If you need a laugh feel free to revisit the beastly boy's travel antics


So our adventures continue.



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