Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012 – Weekend Update

Alrighty so Saturday we flew home to the US for the week.  That 8 hour flight never seems short, although, it is definitely shorter than the flight to South Africa.  I can say that it was not a bad flight, we flew cattle but we were located in the exit row which makes all the difference in the world in terms of comfort.

Sunday:  Do you know that with the impending return home there is a puppy in play?  L, she’s quite the planner and has been patiently waiting for the moment we return to get a new Golden Retriever.  Needless to say she’s done her research and found a breeder that should have a litter in a few weeks which means that a week or so after we officially return the puppy will be ready for, well us.  So Sunday we took a ride to meet the puppy Momma.  She’s really a sweet dog, and thank God she’s small: 50lbs.  I can handle 50lbs.  She’s about the size of Ernie when you take out the fact that Ernie is overweight.  He should be 45 – 48 lbs and I think he’s 52.  Anyway, she was sweet and was very excited to see us but settled down quickly.  I took all of it as a good omen.

What else? I test drove a Nissan Altima.  The sales person is a nice woman.  Ok she looks like she’s in her early 20’s to me but I thought if I said she was a nice kid that would be pushing it.  My sister pointed out afterward that if she is a car saleswoman that automatically precludes where from being “nice.”  We stopped at the dealership on our way to my parents house for dinner, but things were taking too long so we test drove the car to my Mom’s house and the sales woman dropped me off.  That was L’s idea and I found it to be both amusing and highly practical.

Wednesday I'm scheduled to test drive a Mini Cooper Countryman All4.
 

Now it’s time for work.  Happy Monday



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Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 25, 2012 - The Beast and The baby

Well Baby Eena came for a visit today because Meri needed to run out quickly and the baby had just fallen asleep. 

The beast is very intrigued by the baby.  Well maybe not so much the baby as the stuffed toys hanging off the baby carriage.





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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012 - SPAM


I have things to say today… I’m just not sure there ready for public consumption.  Or for that matter that they become a perminant part of the ether known as the internet.

Today in my SPAM folder is an email from Tim Muir Alanna@axcessafrica.net.  With the subject line: “You could take home one Thou”

Interestingly enough the IP address its coming from is located in Pennslvania.  I was really expecting it to be some obscure Middle Eastern country or China, but that’s a different issue.

So here I am I have this SPAM and generally I just delete everything in SPAM without even scanning the titles, but today I decided to look.  So inside the email they profess to being able to help me get “over the hump” what hump I have no idea, but it must be a doozy.  All I have to do is click the hyper link and all of my problems will be solved and I can get my “one Thou.”

Now I have no idea what you are thinking but here’s my thought.  Click on the link and the very 1st thing I’m going to get is some malware that I really don’t want on my computer, but hey if I really want my “one Thou” I’ve got to do it.  But see, I don’t feel compelled to do it and I can almost guarantee that the “one Thou” will be a message “Thou Art Stupid” or “Thou Art Na├»ve” followed quickly by manically laughter and the sound of my laptop crashing.

At least this was more amusing than the stereotypical “Enlarge your Penis” SPAM.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 23, 2012 – Book Review: Keepers of the Cave by Gerri Hill

Keepers of the Cave by Gerri Hill
Publisher: Bella Books 
Genre: Thriller/Romance
 

Book Description from Bella Books:

“While the investigations go on in Dallas and Baton Rouge after the disappearance of a senator’s daughter, FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are assigned to the sleepy backwoods of East Texas for a dead-end assignment to infiltrate an all-girls school.

Random disappearances dating back fifty years and more raise red flags that point to the tiny, isolated community of Hoganville. But CJ and Paige fear there will be little distraction from the memories of the one-night stand they shared six months ago.

Nevertheless, they integrate themselves into the lives of the teachers and staff, but soon the odd behavior of the townspeople has them convinced something sinister lurks there. Something, perhaps, that even the residents of Hoganville don’t know about.

Six-time Goldie winner Gerri Hill delivers thrills and passion in the chilling Keepers of the Cave”


Review: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve read most, if not all of Gerri Hill’s books and I have to say from the very beginning this is NOT a typical “fluffy” Gerri Hill story.  It feels grittier, edgier, and it’s definitely creepy.  My usual modus operandi is to read a Gerri Hill in one or two sittings.  In part because they tend to be light, easy, enjoyable reads.  This one took me a few days, not because it was less enjoyable but because it required more active participation on my part to track the story; which means I had to think while reading.  I do think that Gerri Hill managed to keep enough "romance" in the story to keep the die hard romance readers happy and it was intermingled in nicely with the weirdness going on in Hoganville.

If you are going to get hung up on the weirdness of the things that happen in the story and whether they could be real or not, maybe this isn’t the story for you… BUT if you like a creepy mystery with creepy people, which I do, then this is definitely a nice change of pace.

I actually hope we see some more of Paige and CJ.


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Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012 – Weekend Update

Runners High

I haven’t a clue what runners high is, except that I am willing to bet it’s a giant hoax created by some marketing genius for sneaker manufacturers.  Alright, but let’s say that is does in fact exist.  I just read an definition of runners high that pretty much says “it’s that point when you are running and the pain peaks and then starts easing down…”  Well by that definition I experience runners high EVERY TIME I run because at that moment when the pain peaks… I STOP RUNNING.  Hello.  Duh.

Speaking of running, I did have an unusual phenomenon this weekend on my “long run”.  Normally at some point my brain gives up and I just can’t bear to run one more step and I end up walking.  This weekend I made it 7 miles and then felt like I really needed to start walking.  In part because my knees were really starting to ache, see the above runners’ high comment.  So of course I slow to a walk and my calves immediately start to cramp.  Really: since when is walking more painful than running?  Apparently the answer is “yesterday.”  I’d walk 5 steps and realize that I needed to pick up my pace and shuffle along or my legs were going to knot right up.  I at least had to make it to the bus stop before my legs gave out.  Which I am happy to report I managed.  Meri who runs with me pointed out, however, that I set myself up for an entirely different problem.  Every time we do these long runs I try to make it further than the last time, even if it’s just a short way.  Now I have to make it past the 7 mile mark.  Oye.  At least we are at the ½ way mark for distance prepping for the ½ marathon.  I really have no idea how our friend Tim runs marathons. 

What else?  Oh the weather has been awesome.  70’s during the day 50’s in the evening.  This will definitely be something I miss about Switzerland.  The nice temps and the lack of humidity



Trip Home
We head home on Saturday for a week.  I’m looking forward to that and then when we fly back, we’re here one day and then head off to the Olympics.  I had to swing by the bank today to pick up some pounds.  We don’t like to travel places without a little cash in hand.  Oh, and L told me that American’s once again going out of their way to show how foolish we can be.  Hello, England’s currency is the pound not the Euro.  Should you arrive in England with the Euro you will probably have some difficulty exchanging it for the pound, if for no other reason than there will be millions of people there wanting to do the same thing.  I guess that’s when you say a credit card is your friend.  Then again who knows maybe vendors and things will take the Euro.



Well that’s it for now, lots of work to get caught up on.  Happy Monday



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012 – Book Review: Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller by CJ Lyons

Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller by CJ Lyons
Publisher: Legacy Books;
ISBN: B006ZO977W

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense


Book Description from Amazon.com

“Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad.

A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life.

Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she's ever tackled before, one who forces Lucy to choose between the life of the young victim she is fighting to save and her own daughter's....and Lucy's dream life is shattered.”

Review
4 out of 5 stars

This was not a book that I couldn’t put down.  However, it was definitely a book that I wanted to finish and really enjoyed reading.  I can’t tell you the last time I read a really well written female lead in a main stream novel.  Lucy Guardino is a captivating character who is strong, determined and yet humanly flawed without falling into the stereotypical “alcoholic” police lead.  I liked that.  I liked her interaction with both her husband and her daughter.  I also liked that she’s respected within her FBI team.

Other things I enjoyed:

I didn’t know who the villain was until the author wanted me to know and even after that I wasn’t quite sure what would happen next.

I liked that I hated the TV reporter Cindy.  The only thing that disappointed me was that Lucy did not kick Cindy’s ass.  Maybe that happens in the next book.

I really like that there IS a next book: Blood Stained



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Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012 – Temptation

Doesn’t the Lord’s Prayer say something like “Lead us not into Temptation…”  This might be considered sacrilegious but in this day and age I’m fairly certain M&M’s fall into that category.

Not only did I succumb to temptation I ran willingly into the bag of M&M’s.  I’m blaming cravings again, because I don’t actually think M&M’s can lead us anywhere.  Despite the fact that in all the advertisements they have arms and legs.  In fact, if M&M’s actually had arms and legs I might not be tempted at all.  Well I take that back, bunnies are cuter than M&M’s and lord knows I enjoy biting the heads off chocolate bunnies as they scream.

I’m also blaming work, I have a lot to do today and I need a nap, so I’m thinking a steady consumption of sugar should keep me awake.  Of course the timing is critical.  Too much sugar at one time and I’ll be giddy for a bit but then I’ll crash and get cranky.  Oh, and I’ll need a nap even more. 

Wish me luck



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012 – Cravings

I have no idea why, but I am craving fluff: as in peanut butter and fluff. And NO, just NO.  I am not talking about porn here.  It’s a sandwich.

I just googled “Fluffrnutter” and I can’t believe that the 5th search return item shows that Massachusetts state sandwich is Fluffernutter.   Come on.  Really?  Does a state need a sandwich?  I wonder if Switzerland has fluff.  I’ve never seen it, but that doesn’t mean anything.  Then I wonder what Fluff would be called here.  Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are called “Frosties” here.  I don’t know why, but it makes me assume that Fluff would be called something silly like “Fake Marshmallowy Goodness” .... but in German.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012 – Book Review: A Question of Ghosts by Cate Culpepper

A Question of Ghosts by Cate Culpepper   
Published (July 2012)
Romance/Mystery


Book Description from the Boldstrokes Website:

“Becca Healy always believed she understood the shameful circumstances of her mother’s death—until the night her mother’s spirit whispers a simple message out of the static of a radio: “Not true.” Becca turns to the terse Dr. Joanne Call, an expert in Electronic Voice Phenomenon—ghost voices—to unravel the mystery of this decades-old tragedy. Joanne can coax messages out of the silence of the grave, but coping with this feisty, emotional Healy person might be completely beyond her. Together, Becca and Jo must tackle childhood grief, a serial killer, Xena withdrawal, and a growing attraction between the two most mismatched women in Seattle.”



Review 4 out of 5 Stars

I’ve read some mixed reviews on this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I have no idea if the author intended the first few chapters to be as funny in spots as they were but there were definitely a few places where I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.  My absolute favorite scene was the Ghost yelling “Becca Run!!” and the description of the events afterward.  I’m still giggling at the visual that was created for me.

I liked the interaction between Becca and Jo and the development of both characters.  It’s obvious in the 1st introduction of Jo that she does not do people or emotions well at all, but that’s part of what makes her endearing.  I like the fact that Becca and Jo seem to have an inherent ability to figure each other out and can interact in a manner that shows acceptance for each others’ quirks.

I liked it, I liked the story, and I liked the mystery as well.  It was a good book.


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July 17, 2012 – I’m Such A Girl

I can’t believe I am going to say this: “I broke a nail.”  I broke a nail and it freaking hurts.  You have no idea what a big deal this is, and no not for the reasons you might think.  I used to bit my nails, for 30+ years I bit my nails.  I never managed to stop.  When I was younger my Mom would put that nasty tasting stuff on my nails to try and get me to stop.  Well you know what?  Put your fingers in your mouth enough times and the nasty taste wears off.  Anyway I tried for years and couldn’t manage it.  Then I went on some medication to help the night terrors and discovered what it was like to actually sleep.  Hell I didn’t even know I wasn’t sleeping until I actually was, but that’s another story.  So there I am taking my night terror meds and actually sleeping and a few weeks later I notice “Oh my, I have nails.”  Yep – sleep = no nail biting.

So there I am with nails and I can keep nails; that is until I break a nail.  Then the nail is all rigidity and I struggle with not biting it, then I peal the damn thing and then it’s over.  That nail is done for.  As of this moment I am weirdly adorned with 8 ½ nails.  The ½ is the one I just broke.  If I’m not careful I’m going to be down to 7 nails and that just looks weird.  It’s not even as if I say “Free reign I can bite these now.”  It’s more like I don’t even realize I’m biting them and then they are gone.  Maybe is I wear a band aid. 


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Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012 – Book Review: Hidden Truths by Jae

Hidden Truths (Backwards to Oregon) by Jae

Product Description from Amazon
“"Luke" Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women. But even with their loving foundation, a few fears and insecurities have Amy and Nattie hiding their own secrets.

Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch — Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled to Oregon as a mail-order bride, hiding that she's not the woman in the letters.

When hidden truths are revealed, will their lives and their family fall apart or will love keep them together?”

Review 3 out of 5 Stars
Hidden Truths is the sequel to Backwards To Oregon and is set 17 years in the future.  The primary focus is really on Amy with Luke and Nora play key roles but still a backdrop to the character development of the daughter.

I enjoyed this story and the continued development of the characters but I was not as invested as I was in the first story.  I think this was in part because I understood what was happening with Amy from the onset and was more easily able to anticipate what would happen next.  Although, there were a few moments when I expected there to be larger ramifications for people’s actions but the fact that I was wrong didn’t detract from the story.

I will say this is not a story you should read out of sequence.  It’s not so much that you can’t but I think it makes the characters more interesting to know their history.  If you like the characters of Luke and Nora I would definitely recommend reading this one as well.



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Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14, 2012 - Book Review: Backwards To Oregon by Jae


Backwards To Oregon by Jae
Historical Romance
Published 2007
 

Product Description from Amazon

“"Luke" Hamilton has always been sure that she'd never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man.

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.

But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.”



Review 5 out of 5 Stars

Why 5 stars?  I really loved this story which is unusually because I’m not a huge fan of historical era type stories, but I loved the characters Luke and Nora and I find myself wanting to re-read the story.  I can count on one hand the stories I’ve wanted to read again. 

The story takes place in the 1850’s and Luke is a woman passing as a man in part because the options for a single woman are get married and essentially be considered property or be a prostitute. 

Luke and Nora get married as a type of business arrangement, but of course nothing is ever really that straight forward.  Especially when Nora is unaware that Luke is really a woman.  As they head off to Oregon to start a new life they encounter a variety of obstacles which test they relationship and their courage.

I had some very visceral reactions to a number of the characters in this story and thank goodness that they are fictional because I really hated Bill Larson of course then Broderick Cowen shows up and I realize I only detest Bill.  Both of these detestable characters offer in interesting insight into the personalities of both Nora and Luke so despite hating them, they add value to the plot.

There is also a specific scene in the story that I keep finding myself drawn back to where Luke has professed his love for Nora and when Nora can’t accept that, you see Luke mentally berate himself because he feels so unworthy of someone actually loving him.

Now I find myself compelled to read the sequel “Hidden Truths” because I want to know what happens next.


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Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012 - Book Review: Bleeding Out by Baxter Clare

Bleeding Out (L.A. Franco Series) by Baxter Clare

Mystery/Crime
ebook
ISBN-13: 9781594931147e

Description from the Bella Books Website:

“Meet Lieutenant L.A. Franco – better known as Frank – who commands Homicide Squad #93 in the gang-ravaged central Los Angeles area.

Described by one of her detectives as “Dirty Harry’s personality stuffed into Martina Navratilova’s body,” Frank allows nothing into her bruised personal life except music, football, booze and exercise – all her drugs of choice. And just when she needs them the most, they are all about to fail her…

The first book in the critically acclaimed L.A. Franco series, Bleeding Out introduces Frank and author Baxter Clare to readers everywhere.”
 

Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars

The story takes place in L.A. and right from the very first page the reader is introduced to Frank and her Detectives as they investigate a homicide. The story is written in a way that reminds me of several TV shows.  There is a central crime being investigated but there continues to be lots of other activity and investigations going on in the periphery which makes the storyline seem more realistic.

Frank is a very complex character, who the reader quickly realizes has a lot of issues, some of which stem from the death of her partner.   As the story progresses and Frank searches for the identity of a serial rapist/murderer you also realize that as the reader you are only getting a glimpse of what drives her and you definitely want to find out more.

As for the bad guy, more than once I found myself cringing at just out twisted the guy is and there is this tiny (very tiny) thread of sympathy because you get glimpses of how this guy was “made”. 

This was a very satisfying read if you like Crime novels I would definitely recommend it.  I know I will be reading the next in the series which I believe are as follows:
  • Street Rules
  • Cry Havoc
  • Last Call
  • End of Watch



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Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012 – Music Ramble

I should be telling you something awe inspiring or at least amusing but all I’ve got is that it feels like fall today and I’m cold. 

I can also tell you that I like Carly Simon’s old stuff but that anything more current makes me want to stab myself in the eye with a sharp stick.  Ok that might be a little extreme but it certainly makes me hit the skip button on my iPod.

Bonnie Raitt: I saw her perform at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford Connecticut.  It was a fantastic show but I still have to be in the mood for her.  Skip.

Cyndi Lauper: Wow, she’s an interesting one.  Her music covers the gamut but mostly I find it interesting and often toe tapping fun.

The Doors: Do I really need to say anything?  Jim Morrison = Whack-a-do but I like the music.  That and it reminds me of high school when we all thought we were cool listening to the Doors.

Ani DiFranco: I haven’t found anything of hers that I truly dislike but it could be more of a case that even if I don’t like something right off the bat, it grows on me.  I also think if I were to ever sit down and have a cup of coffee with her she’d scare me.  In fact, I put her in the same scary category as Tori Amos.

The Mamas & The Papas – not in the mood and I can never listen to them without thinking about that horrible joke “If Fat Momma Cass had just shared that sandwich with Karen Carpenter they would both be alive today.”  Oye…. Skip.

LeeAnne Rimes: I admit it, I like her.  I like her voice.

Stevie Nicks – Skip, just not in the mood to stop dragging my heart around.

Nina Simon: Damn she can sing.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012 – Hot Water

As in I’m not in it, but wish that I had access to it earlier.  So yesterday I told you about the workman who showed up to test the water pressure because there is a leak somewhere that effects the downstairs neighbor.  What I got out of our conversation was that something was “Kaput.”

Well this morning I got up and went for a run with Meri (yes two days in a row, it’s a win).  I’m happy to report that I continue to feel better and this was a great start to my day.   However, at the end of the run I was sweaty and stinky.  Seriously there is nothing worse than knowing you smell because well you know it.  Needless to say the 1st thing I wanted to do was hop in the shower.  So of course that is what I did.  Wait did I say there is nothing worse than knowing you are sweaty and stinky?  I take that back, there is something worse.  Hopping into the shower and discovering that the hot water is KAPUT!  I blame the workman, I do!  If I knew who the heck he was and how the heck to yell at someone in German I’d have hunted him down.  Fortunately for all parties I was forced to think rationally and look for the one off water switch.  So this is what I figured out while wrapped in a towel.  I’ll apologize for any of you who may have gone spontaneously blind with that imagery although if you did you can’t see my apology.  The water shut off that the man said was Kaput only controls the left half of the apartment and there is another well hidden hot water shut off that I finally found and restored the hot water, but come on, if I can figure out that the cold water shut off works on ½ the house shouldn’t a professional figure that out as well?  Lord knows where the other shutoff is, I haven’t a clue but it must be somewhere, but you know what?  I realize I don’t even care.  I’m adopting the “it’s not my problem” attitude.  I have way too many other things on my mind that I need to worry about.  Speaking of, I think I had a minor event last night, I think I swallowed a tennis ball.   Yes, I am very talented.  At least it wasn’t a spider so there was no screaming and running. I’ll have to ask L.


Happy Wednesday



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012 - Whatnot


I’m happy to report that I went running this morning and did not (a) die (b) pray for death or (c) throw up.  That is a huge win, because over the weekend when I ran I was fairly certain all three of those options were going to occur.  We still have 2 ½ months before the half marathon and I have to start getting more consistent with how I feel when I run.  Oh and let’s clarify, the consistency I am shooting for is the not wanting to die.  I’m also hoping that I can actually lose some of this freaking weight.  Yes fine, I have to be diligent about what I eat and I’m trying I really am but as my doctors so lovingly put it “I’m at that age.”  You know; the one where things start to shift and fall apart and the mere thought of dessert adds unwanted pounds.    Hey, I’m not looking for a miracle or a complete body makeover; I’d just like to lose 5 pounds.  It’s lose 5 pounds or buy bigger pants.  I’m not buying bigger pants.

I’m also back on a reading frenzy.  If someone could invent a way to make reading burn more calories I’d have it made.  No please don’t suggest reading while riding a stationary bike.  Actually I could probably do that, but I think it would take the fun out of reading although it might make riding a stationary bike more fun.   Yeah, no it’s not going to happen.

I’ve also been considering a career change to Mime.  It’s not like 90% of all of my conversations here in Switzerland haven’t relied heavily on miming.  Just today the downstairs neighbor came up to ask if a workman could test the water pressure in the apartment.  He speaks very little English which is definitely more than I can speak German.  I nodded, gave the universal thumbs up signal.  Which in Switerland also means you want 1 item so lord knows he might think I said sure but only ONE.  Now there is a guy in blue pants who speaks German asking me where the water cutoff is.  I figured this out because he’s doing the whole twisty nob thing and I was able to give him the “I dunno” shrug but pointed him to a closet.  He gave me the thumbs up so I’m thinking he found what he needed.  See successful communication without words.  Now if someone would just pay me to look like an idiot I’d be set.




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Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012 - Weekend Roundup

So there I am lying on the floor when the beastly boy decides that it must be time to play and he stands over me to get my attention.  I then attempt to take his picture because he’s cute.  Of course this is the result of trying to take his picture while he leans in to sniff the camera.

Blurry Boy:



I went running Saturday and Sunday with my neighbor.  My referring to it as running is really a stretch of the imagination.  It was terrible, I was terrible, but I tried.  I have no idea what was/is up but I have no energy.

PMS – less the “P”.  Seriously, whose idea was this?  My feeling is that your cycle is an early warning system for pregnancy.  If there is no chance in hell of being or getting pregnant couldn’t we just skip the rest?

Last night, I dreamt that there was a spider crawling on my foot so of course I screamed and shook my leg with enough force that the spider flew off my foot and landed on Ernie.  I don’t know if he was more startled at the scream or by having the spider land on him.  Maybe I should name all these spiders “Harvey” after the invisible rabbit since I am the only one who can see them.


I can’t believe I need a nap



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Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012 – Random

Last night we had a freak thunderstorm roll through and pummel us with marble sized hail.  This is a bit of the remnants.



Today I sat down at my computer and thought “What the heck day is this?”  You’d think I could remember that it was Friday.



We’re having company over this evening for BBQ.  I bought beef kabobs, grilling sausages, and chicken.  I also made pasta salad and green bean salad.  You’d think we were having an army over and I’m nervous that everything tastes ok.  What the heck, leftovers means no cooking for me over the weekend.



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Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012 – Apartment Weirdness

Otherwise known as how I know I’m ready to go home. 

Ok I admit, I often don’t have a clue about what is going on and the proper “Swiss” way of acting.  I do know that I should always be “on time” and polite

Today the property manager was to arrive at 11 to inspect the balcony.   I just assumed that it was part of our leaving the apartment, but he showed up and said he would be back later.  I didn’t have a clue what later meant or why he was suddenly leaving but I was worried I did something wrong and un-swiss-like.  Like maybe being present in the apartment at the time he was to do his inspection.  See it’s that thinking that makes me realize it’s time to go home.  Why the heck should it matter if I’m here or not?

Well turns out that I’m over reacting.  Yes, it’s an American thing.  The property manager showed back up about 30 minutes later with another gentleman and the neighbor from downstairs.  NOW I get it.  They aren’t inspecting the balcony for us.  They are inspecting the balcony for the downstairs neighbor who it seems has been having a water leak for 3+ years.  It seems the problem is that water seeps through or off our balcony into their apartment.  Thank God we just lease this place and the water issue was from prior to our moving in, but man if I were the downstairs neighbors I’d be pissed that it’s taken this long to even try and address the problem.



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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012 - Photos from Stockholm

I am so late telling you about our trip, and things are crazy at work so here is an abbreviated version.

"OMG How did I end up here?"



I have no idea what this was, but from a distance I was a little afraid that it might have been a person begging.  It's near the palace.  Again, no idea.

 The Riddarholmen Church

I just like the fact that there is a human sized door inside the Jack in the Beanstalk "Giant" door because who the heck can open the giant door?

Changing of the guard


Saint George Slaying the Dragon

Random Doorway
 Random Alleyway in Old Town (Hey I liked the clouds)
 Random Bird.. Yes there is a theme... I was amused by the fact that the bird and the statue are pointing in the same direction.  That and I can't remember who the statue is of.


 Sunset from the cruise ship the last night of the cruise, heading back to Stockholm.  The cool thing... it's 11:30 pm.



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