Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013 – Crazy Town

We’re living in crazy town, L and I that is. You might be too but that would be for different reasons.  Our reasons, well we have 3 of them:






 

Oh don’t let the innocent faces fool you, they are wreaking havoc on our once tranquil home.  See what I mean, if I thought of what our home was like with the beastly boy and the girlie as tranquil, this has to be bad.  The little white one is “Bailey” he’s my parents dog and we’re dog sitting.  He’s actually a very nice boy, the problem…. Jaime LOVES him and is beyond excited that he is here.  So if Bailey runs somewhere, mostly because his legs are so little and he’s trying to keep up with the rest of the world, Jaime thinks “OMG HE WANTS TO PLAY” and starts to bounce around him, which immediately freaks out Bailey because he fully understands that the Girlie is going to crush him.

Bailey has taught Jaime to scratch at the wood door to come inside.  Now this can be forgiveable for a dog the size of Bailey, his paw is the size of a silver dollar.  Jaime has HUGE paws and BIG nails and I just know she is going to destroy the door.  He’s also taught her to jump up at people when they come home.  Btw, “people” is L and I and it’s not enjoyable having 70 pounds of dog launch themselves at you in a frantic maneuver to bet the other two to the prize that is … well “us.”
 
Only 8 days to go. 




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Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013 - Jaime’s Jenga Adventure


Have you ever played that game “Jenga” where you try to remove a square block from the stack without toppling the entire structure?   On those rare occasions that I have played that game, I have not been terribly successful.

The other day I came home from work and I found this on the deck:

 

 

 

Many of you know that over the last few weeks I have been splitting and/or stacking wood. I still have some large logs to split but I know that there are no loose “firewood” size logs in the back yard.  Needless to say I was more than just a little concerned that I was going to look outside and find a completely toppled woodpile.

I screwed up my courage and took a look.  This is what I found:

 
 
If you look close you can see on the left the 3rd row from the bottom....
 
 
 
Apparently the girlie is very good at finding that one piece of wood that can be slid out of the pile safely.
 
 
Here's to hoping that she doesn't continue with this little game.  I also see some chicken wire in my future to keep the girlie from toppling the woodpile and getting hurt.





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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013 – Totally Naked Lady

Here I was wondering what I was going to blog about when life just hands me a topic.


While driving home from the gym today, and not very far from home, I spotted a woman walking on the sidewalk who looked a little odd.  I was thinking “that’s weird that her clothes are all the same color.”  Then the obvious hit me, her clothes are not all the same color.  She's NAKED.  Totally naked head to toe, walking down the street covering her breasts with her arms.  Shaved head, no socks, no shoes. 
 
Once I realized that she was walking down the street naked, I started to pull over to ask if she was alright.  This is where I learned something about myself that I’m not entirely thrilled about.  I didn’t pull over because my very next realization was that I was afraid to pull over and ask her if she was ok. 
 
Now rationally I can admit that being completely naked pretty much precluded her from hiding any weapons.  It’s not like she had pockets, and I can’t tell you precisely what I was afraid of but it was enough of a moment to prevent me from pulling over and asking.  I did however phone the police to inform them because she obviously needed help.  I got about ½ way through my 1st sentence and dispatch asked “Are you calling about the naked lady?  We’re on our way.”  Shortly afterward I was out again and saw a police car, ambulance, and paramedics near where I saw the woman, so I’ll run with the idea she got help.   



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013 – That Time Again


I know I have been terrible about my blogging and I am hoping to be better/more consistent in the future,  Honestly I miss it and I have things on my mind.  Tonight those things verge on the TMI side of things but what the heck it’s never stopped me before.

So once again I found myself needing to replenish my feminine products.  Considering I am still not so patiently waiting for menopause to kick in I don’t see an end to these purchase in the near future, but that is another story.  Needless to say I have a favorite brand of tampon.  I do, and it simply could be because it’s what I have always used and a case of “it ain’t broke so why fix it.”   Although I haven’t found a need to “fix” it, it seems Playtex has found a need to make what I can only describe as a weirdly disturbing marketing change:  They have added inspirational phrases to the wrappers.  Seriously, they’ve become the fortune cookie of tampons.  I don’t know whose idea this was and it won’t make me stop buying them, but seriously folks, I do not need my tampon cheering me on with:  “You can do it” “Achieve your dreams” “Keep doing what you do best”

Ok listen, the only messages I need on my tampons are things like “Don’t maim anyone today.”  “Just breath” or “Count to 100 before screaming”

Better yet, with every tampon give me a coupon for Ben & Jerry's ice cream.  That's inspiration I could use.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013 - A Good Deed

Never let it be said that I don’t perform an occasional good deed.  In fact, today’s good deed might cover me from needing to perform another one for many months.  Is your curiosity peeked?  What exactly was this good deed?  This afternoon I swung by the grocery store and as I was walking to the bottle return this elderly man riding one of those electric carts that the store provides pulled up next to his car.  I see him getting himself situated to move from the cart to the car and I continue on my way.  When I exit the bottle return the man is still sitting in the cart, occasionally looking over his shoulder, repositioning his cane.  All those little things that say “Um, I need to get out of this cart but I think I am stuck.”  So being the occasionally nice person I can be, I wander over and ask if he needs a hand, or more specifically an arm to lever himself up.  He says sure but he’s not sure that will work.  This was my first sign that this might be more complicated.  So I stand next to him and the cart and let him grab my elbow/arm thinking that might give him the leverage he needs.  Yeah, no!  He barely moved before he gave up.  So I toght maybe if I grabbed his arm I could help lift him, but he said that his shoulder wasn’t in the best shape and asked if maybe I could give him a push.  Yes, you read that correctly.  So I went behind him and I’m thinking… maybe I can push him from his lower back but then all I can imagine is pushing him with enough force that he’d end up face planted in the parking lot.  So there I am, and he starts to try and stand and I realize my only option is to “lift” the guy before he flops back into the seat.  So I suck it up, put my hands on his butt and “lift”.  Oh it doesn’t end there, he’s standing and then proceeds to ask me if I can return the electric cart to the store.  Um sure but I haven’t a clue how to operate one so he gives me the cliff notes version.  Oh, by the way you actually have to SIT in the thing to make the engine engage.  So there I am driving the cart from the parking lot with people looking at me with that look, the one that says “What the heck is this able bodied woman doing driving the cart.

Needless to say I gave myself an "atta girl" for the day



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July 25, 2013 Robo Calls

I’m starting to understand why L doesn’t answer the phone when she’s home.  This morning I answered the phone to be greeted by a Robo Call from, of all people, Rick Santorum.  Yesterday it was Newt Gingrich.  If I thought for a moment there would be any success in getting off the call list by actually “listening” to the call I might subject myself to that agony.  However, I’m not quite that naïve.  Which leads me to my question(s): 

Why oh why are two of the most bigoted people/politicians calling me?

Was I bad in a past life and my punishment is to receive calls from them every other day? The only saving grace is they don’t call on the same day.

I wonder if HRC Robocalls Newt and Rick?  I wonder if we could arrange that?



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Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013 - Book Review – Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus


Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime/Mystery

Overview from Amazon.com
“Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 3.5 million copies in print!On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer’s son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?

In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is—and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.”

Review
4 out of 5 Stars

I would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters.  Some of the difficulty was a result of the sheer number of characters that were being introduced and trying to keep track of how things connected.  Initially, I started reading this story months ago but I had to put it down because I just couldn’t get absorbed into the story.  Earlier this week I picked it back up because I finally felt up for a complex mystery.  Let’s just say that I am very happy I gave this story another go and didn’t  give up on it permanently.  Maybe it was the mental break or maybe it really was that after the 4th chapter the story really started to pick up in pace and got interesting.  I read the rest of this story in just a few days and every time I thought I knew who was in on the murders 11 years ago and who was behind the recent missing persons, I was wrong.  Then even near the end when I was right… I still didn’t have the motive.

I can see that I will look for another book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series.



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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 - A Question of Etiquette


Every once in awhile I’ll encounter a stranger who is wearing something unusually or snazzy and I’ll think “Wow that’s a cool.”   In those instances it’s not uncommon for me to actually tell the person that I like the outfit.  Heck just the other day I told some muscle head that his T-shirt was cool.  It had a stick figure struggling to pick up a weight bar and it said “just one more rep.”  I was amused and said so.

Yesterday I was at the local grocery store and as is fairly common there was a young man with the waist of his jeans hitched below his butt.  Side note:  How tight dows that belt have to be to keep the pants hitches at that level… just above the thing and below his ass?  Are there invisible suspenders?  Tape like some women use to keep strapless dress and boobs in place?  Seriousl how does this work, this is well beyond plumbers crack.  Hey maybe Plumbers should try this look?  Anyway his pants are so low that that they are exposing his black multi colored polka dot boxers.  Would it have been inapporiate to say “Hey Dude, nice boxers!”  Which was my second thought the 1st being “Pull Up Your Pants.”  I’m assuming if you are exposing your boxers to such a degree you want people to (a) notice and (b) comment.  What I’m waiting for is the day I see a pair of Superman or Spong Bob Square Pants boxers then I doubt I’ll be able to contain myself.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013 - Random Things


What do you do when it’s 90 degrees and humid as all getout?  Power wash the deck of course.  I have to admit to being surprised that I could sweat while power washing anything.  I mean really I’m getting covered in misty water, but hey I was extremely careful with all extremities since I had no desire to strip my skin off.

 Now I have to seal the deck and power wash the rest of the house.  I did the backside, because… well that’s where the deck is and I was here already.  I have  to admit that I power wash in a similar fashion to how I cut the beastly boys hair.  You can see some of the starts and stops but just like I figure Ernie will never be a show dog, nobody is paying me to power wash their deck and hey I got all the mildew off.

Oh speaking of backsides… I ran a 5K on Saturday and there was this woman, I say woman because she looked to be about my age, maybe a bit younger, and she was wearing SHORT shorts.  So short that her but cheeks were hanging out.  Now I understand that some runners wear short running shorts, but for the life of me I did not understand the function (if any) of these shorts.  Why not just run in your underwear?  Assuming she was wearing underwear.  Then I was stuck wondering…doesn’t that chafe? But I figured that’s an inappororiate question no matter how short the shorts.



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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013 - Running Fail *sigh*

Week 3 Day 2 of my 5K to 10K training intervals, to put it bluntly, sucked.  I felt pretty good on the 1st 18 minute interval. Started the 2nd and fell apart.  Sure no body parts actually fell off my body although there were moments when I wished that my legs would.  I mentally collapsed and my legs felt like lead.  Then I started counting “1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4.”   Do you know how much that sucks and it doesn’t do anything to make the interval go any better.  In fact it makes it more difficult.  Maybe if I could get past the number “4” it would be easier.  Oh and sure I could start chanting like they do in the army (or at least on TV) but I have no doubt some passerby would call the cops saying some looney woman is running don the street flailing and yelling to herself.

So that is the long winded way of saying I walked as much of the 2nd and 3rd intervals as I ran.  I guess I could consider it a win that I attempted and that I kept trying to run the last 2 damn intervals but now I feel the need to redo stupid day 2.  Ugh




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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review - A Diary of Healing My Intense and Meaningful Life With Cancer by Mary Ann Wasil


Book Review:
A Diary of Healing My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer by Mary Ann Wasil
Publisher: Balboa Press
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs



Review: 5 out of 5 stars

On Monday I went to Mary Ann’s book launch on Monday at the request of my friend Kerry Robinson.  Kerry described Mary Ann as an amazing woman who she really wanted me to meet.  Now I thought I would go, meet Mary Ann, maybe buy a book in support and it would be interesting and that would be it.  Well I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Mary Ann was witty, charming, and frankly fascinating.  She read several excerpts from her book that gave us a feel for her journey with cancer and a bit of insight into her style.  Frankly it made it so I would want to read her book, which of course is the point of a book launch.  Well done Mary Ann.

Let me issue a brief warning, if you do decide to read this book be sure that you don’t have anything planned for a couple of hours because you will not be able to put it down.  I started reading this last night and knew I was in trouble when I page 8 I encountered the following conversation between Mary Ann and the surgeon who was scheduled to do her biopsy.  The surgeon was suggesting a needle biopsy by Mary Ann wanted a surgical biopsy.

“He told me that I would have a scar on my breast.
 
Okay

I told him I was more concerned about the stray cell than the scarred breast.

Then he told me that it doesn’t work that way, and besides, he was sure it wasn’t going to be malignant.

Really?

I asked him if he would be willing to bet his testicles on that.”

 
My first reaction to that was to burst out laughing.  My second was to think: “OMG if only all women could be so confident in what they want when talking to physicians.”  That includes me.  I knew from that point forward I was not going to be able to put this down. 

Throughout her story there are snippets similar to this one.  That’s not to say that her battle isn’t or wasn’t heart wrenching but she faced/faces it with a grace that I would hope we could all learn from.  There were several ah-ha moments in her story that I hope I will keep with me should I ever face a battle of cancer as either the patient or in a role of support. 

The book is witty, heartfelt and well written.  I’m actually sorry we did not buy extra copies to give to some of our friends, especially those I know who have already gone through breast cancer because I can’t imagine that they won’t be able to relate to this story.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to women, regardless of if they have had breast cancer or not. 




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June 12, 2013 - Bits and Bobs


The Girlie:
I took her to the vet yesterday for a kennel cough shot and they took the time to weigh her and clip her nails.  I may have to change her pet name from “Girlie” to “Big Girl”.  She’s just about 10 months old and 71 pounds.  The good news they still say she isn’t fat… I don’t think I believe them.  The bad news they think she is still going to break 80 pounds.

Gas Station News:
So this weekend I went to put gas in the car and I was a hairs breath from experiencing one of those, sometimes funny, always scary.  I’m filling the car with gas and the girl a pump over drives away and I hear “clunk” and I see that she’s pulled away from the pump with the gas hose still stuck in her tank.  Thankfully it came out of the car without ripping off the pump or spewing gas everywhere.  If that had happened I’m fairly certain my only reaction would have been to run away.

Weekend News:
L and I are heading to Washington DC tomorrow.  The beastly ones are staying home with our house sitter/dog sitter.  We’re having breakfast with our congresswoman, then they set up a tour of the Capital and then we’re doing a Segway tour of the monuments on our own.   I promise if any of us fall off the Segway we will post pictures.  Well if I fall off the Segway.  Since we are going to be there L’s niece found a 5K in DC that I (we) can run on Saturday.  It’s a good way to try and stay on track with my running.



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Friday, June 7, 2013

May 7, 2013 - The Gardens Continued


Well I’ve completed the front gardens and made a small start on the back yard.  My friend Diane wanted to see what I affectionately refer to as “the jungle”.  Alright it’s not an affectionate term, it’s more of an OMG this is overwhelming where do I start.  It’s also what happens when you go away for 3 years and the gardens grow wild and the grass takes over the beds.  But hey it could be worse, there isn’t any poison ivy.  At least none that I am aware of….

The Front Yard - Done!


The Back Yard... step one (a very small part) done

No, this is not the jungle only because this an intentional attempt to cover the fence.  We'll see what it looks like in bloom.
 
 This is the jungle.  See that white post thingy... that's the bird bath stand... see all that grass around the bird bath... not supposed to be there.  The garden used to extend out about 4 feet.



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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May 6, 2013 - I Down 5 to Go

I finally finished one of the gardens.  I was trying to get them all pristine before I ordered the mulch.  Much to my chagrine I was lazy about the other gardens and the one I just completed filled back up with weeds.  I hate that.  So I bit the bullet ordered the mulch and I'm going to finish by tomorrow.  One way or the other.  Frankly if I get 3 of the gardens complete with mulch I'll consider it a win, but whatever I finish tomorrow, that's it.

Garden 1: The finished product... so far


Now I'm off to meet my friend Kerry for lunch, then it's to the Night Terror Doctor, and then.... this is the really good part (other than lunch) I'm going sailing with Dad.  He got the boat in the water this past weekend and tonight is the "Wednesday Night Beer Can Race."   I used to sail these with him years ago and I hated them because (a) it was me and my Dad and the 1st few we did we came in after dark and there I was standing on the bow of the boat with a friggin flashlight looking out for rocks.  Yeah not fun.  (b) if there was no wind Dad hated to give up where as I'm thinking where's the fun?  However, since I was away the last 3 years he's had 3 other people sailing these races with him and they know what they are doing and I don't have to worry about coming in after dark with just the 2 of us.  Why that is comforting to me I have no idea.  Now I might still hate the actual race part, but I love sailing and I figure I don't ever have to go again if I hate it.




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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013 - Curiosity Killed The Cat…

But it didn’t kill the dog.  Oh sure, it trapped the dog, to my eternal amusement, but she didn’t even get hurt. 

It started out small, with Jaime following me into the bathroom.  Then it happened… she noticed the bath tub and you could see the bubble forming over her head:

“Hmmm what’s this?” 
 
 "Uh-oh... ummm...."

"Maybe I can just...get my foot... up..."

Mommy.... Help?

"I promise I wont do that again... Think she see's my toes are crossed?"




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Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013 - Book Review - Desolation Point by Cari Hunter


Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
ISBN 13: 9781602829046E
Genre: Intrigue/Thriller / Romance

Description from Boldstrokes Books:
“He's going to find me," Sarah whispered. "He's going to find me before you do.”

One wrong step in Los Angeles leaves Alex Pascal scarred and traumatized, unable to continue the career she loves.

In England, a drunk driver shatters Sarah Kent’s family.

For Sarah, exploring the North Cascades is an opportunity to regain her health and her confidence, while Alex has already abandoned LA to make the mountains her home. Drawn to the beauty and history of Desolation Peak, Sarah is hiking alone when a storm leaves her stranded. Determined to track her down, Alex heads into the wilderness, never anticipating the terrible danger she will face. Because Sarah is already running for her life, fleeing from a ruthless criminal with a mission to complete and nothing left to lose. With everything stacked against them, neither woman expects to survive, let alone fall in love.

All they have to do now is find a way out”

Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Cari Hunter hits another one out of the park! 

From the moment I started reading this story I was drawn into the characters and their respective stories.  As a reader I really enjoyed how we were introduced to each character individually and that there was just enough of a back story for the reader to understand that both Alex and Sarah are incredibly scarred both literally and figuratively; without that becoming the entire story.

The other great thing is despite the fact that there is some romance in the story, this is not the stereotypical “romance”.  There is plenty of action and for me a bit of intrigue.  Normally I would say I’d like to see these characters again but I don’t think there is one more thing that could be thrown at these two, barring an apocalypse.  However, I think it would be interesting to come across these two later as supporting characters in another story.  Oh and if Cari Hunter did write a story around an apocalypse I’d read that too.



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May 20, 2013 - When Did Rape Become Cool?


Once again I find myself reading about a story where 3 teenage boys “allegedly” raped a 12 year old girl at gun point.  It would seem that they were so very proud of themselves and their actions that they videotaped it and posted the rape on their Facebook pages.  I’m torn about what I find more appalling: (a) The fact that these 3 boys raped a young girl.  (b)That they raped a young girl and thought “Hey let’s tape this as a trophy so … I don’t know… so they could watch all the action again like it’s what a vacation video?”  Or that they did (a) and (b) and then (c) posted it on Facebook because…. Again what?  That it’s such a cool thing to do that they want all their “friends” to watch them? I guess there is some small consolation that they least they are making it easy on the police to find evidence.  I’m also pleased that they are being tried as adults, but I’m stuck wondering … again…. What is wrong with people?  Sure I can say teenagers are stupid, because they are.  I certainly was when I was a teenager.  They typically don’t have the let’s say experience to think beyond the immediate action they are about to take part in to think of the possible ramifications and consequences but hey I’m talking common stupidity: drinking and driving, shoplifting, getting into a fist fight.  When did teenagers graduate to rape at gun point?  When did teenagers get so stupid that watching a girl be sexually assaulted is considered “funny” and doesn’t require intervention?  Maybe this happened when I was a teenager and its just social media that makes us more aware, but it’s appalling that this goes on and I am sure there will be a backlash that somehow the girl should have known not to put herself in the situation.  When will we get to the point where boys/men/society says “Rape, under any circumstances is not ok”?  When will we accept that if someone can’t or does not consent, forced sex is not ok? 

I know there are alot of good men out there who would never rape a woman, even if she were dancing around naked, drunk, saying “yes yes I want to have sex with  you” and then 5 minutes later changed their mind and said… No.  The good man would walk away, frustrated perhaps, but there are lots of good men who would. 

I just realized I just don't get it and I don't want to, I want it to stop.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013 – Powerball and Ice Cream


Apparently they go hand in hand.  At least that is my excuse.  I am officially blaming powerball for my failure to avoid both Ben & Jerry.  The lottery is something like $300 million tonight and what the heck, that’s worth the $2 for a chance, because Yes I really would like to figure out what I would do with all that money.  Here’s the rub, the likelihood that I will win Powerball is slim to none.  Oh and those evil lottery people are in cahoots with the ice cream people because you can’t buy a powerball ticket without venturing into a place that also sells ice cream.  How’s a girl supposed to avoid the ice cream when she’s in an emotionally fragile state?  I’m suffering from PMS.. well MS the “P” is past.  Oh fine, I admit it, the powerball ticket was just an excuse to buy the damn ice cream and it was good.  GREAT even.  I may not win the lottery but I enjoyed the ice cream.  Oh and yes I did work out again today with the trainer, and yes she did kill me again although not quite as bad.  It could be because I’m a little stiff from the other day and the fact that I am working out with her tomorrow too.  Ohh and do you all know what Burpee’s are?  I didn’t.  Now I do.  Plus I can attest to the fact that the name “Burpee” doesn’t do the exercise justice… but calling it “throwupees” probably wouldn’t entice people to do them.



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013 - And More Randomness

Alrighty - so yesterday I worked out with the new trainer and this evening my legs are starting to stiffen up.  What's the solution to this in CAB's world?  Go running with your sister in a short while. 
Well not "your" sister, rather MY sister.  She should be here in 30 minutes which should be plenty of time for me to drag my butt out of this chair.  Plenty of time...  Can someone lend me a hand?

Tomorrow is day 2 of my workout with the trainer by then I should be either slightly more cripple or slightly less.  Either way we will be having a repeat performance because it will only get better.

Have I mentioned that I have started volunteering at Planned Parenthood?  I have.  Not at one of the clinics but in the state corporate office helping out with some clerical and data related stuff.  The people are very nice and I'm having a good time.

Why is it that the dogs (a) insist on playing tag INSIDE the house and (b) insist on incorporating me as part of the obstacle course?


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Monday, May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013 - Knock Knock.. Whose There? ME

Step one: start over….

 

I joined a new gym over the weekend and connected with the same trainer that L is using.  Or rather I should say, I connected with the trainer, liked her and decided to join the gym as well.

 

Today was my 1st workout with her and she killed me, in a good way, but it was definitely a good workout.  I got there a ½ hour early and ran on the treadmill.  I managed to run a mile at a 10 min pace and then switched to running and walking.  So now I have some goals:

Run 3 miles on the treadmill at a 10 min pace before walking.

Drop enough weight so my pants fit comfortably and I feel good

Put on enough muscle mass so I can do unassisted pull-ups again.  (Which is contingent on the drop weight goal)

 

Step 2:  Repeat

Well repeat the working out part not the starting over part.  I feel good, mentally and emotionally and I need to just remind myself that when I work out that is a byproduct.  It also helps that I have scheduled appointments through July :D

 

So other than the above goals I have a couple others:

I want to run in a couple more 5K races, then I want to run a 10K, and finally I am seriously thinking of trying to run a ½ marathon and along those lines I am thinking of trying to arrange it so that I run the one in Zurich that I failed to run last year, but if I can manage that one I will find another.



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Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013 – Self Control and Random Thoughts

Can it be a random thought when it’s the same thought running through my head ALL day long?  At this very moment the primary thought that is running through my head is chocolate.  At one point I was actually grateful that we didn’t have any Nutella in the house because I would definitely have eaten alot of it.  Right now the only thing stopping me from opening the can of chocolate frosting in the pantry the concern that I would eat the entire thing.  Well that and the fact that I am not a HUGE frosting fan.  So I guess that’s 2 things.  I did however succumb to the chocolate sundae syrup in the fridge.  Is it really so wrong to squeeze a table spoon out and eat it just like that?  I didn’t think so, well not at that exact moment.  Oh and yes I did stop after that 1st spoonful.  Ok, fine I stopped and only because my pants are too tight.  If they weren’t I’d have gone to the grocery store to resolve this craving.  I think this is my cue to go for a run or a walk.   



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April 29, 2013 – Weekend Update


Running

I ran a 5K race this weekend.  I had been running fairly well a few months ago but fell off the track and have only started back again a week or two ago.  As a result, my race goal was just to finish the thing.  I managed to force myself to run the 1st 2 miles without walking but after that all bets were off.  There was even a moment where I was trying to figure out if there was a shortcut but considering I didn’t have a clue where I was I just followed the crowd.    I walked and ran the last mile and finished the race in 35:04.  I consider it a win.  Oh and did I mention the running mystery?  During the race I kept passing this woman wearing a pink sweatsuit that said “Phi Theta Pink” on the back.  I went by this outfit at least 5 times and after the 3rd time I started to wonder if there were several woman wearing similar things.  Like maybe a team or fundraiser.  Especially because I would pass this her while she was walking but never saw her pass me. Turns out it was the same woman and she must just be very stealthy when she would run past me.  That or I was too busy looking for a shortcut to notice when she would past me.

 

Gardens

I’m still working quite a bit in the gardens trying to get them under control the majority of the flower beds are/were pretty overgrown.  I have the front beds cleaned up but I am waiting for a friend to come and remove several of the bushes that have gotten too large.  Then I need to replace those.  Then there are quite a few plants that need to be split.  I’m working on cleaning up the beds in the back yard so I can split those plants and transplant them to the back.

 

Dogs

Well this one is easy.  The beastly boy looks good and the girlie is HUGE




They do "do" things other than sleep, it's just tougher to get a picture of them.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013 - Bacon


Some time ago I bought a package of Turkey Bacon, it was on sale and I thought I would give it a whirl because I think Turkey Pepperoni is ok.  So here’s what I’ve discovered after several tests:

 

(1)   You can tell yourself you can’t tell the difference between bacon Bacon and Turkey Bacon.  You’re deluding yourself.

(2)   You know who can’t tell the difference between Bacon and Turkey Bacon?  Dogs.  Dogs just don’t care.  It hits the floor they think “FOOD” and swallow it before they can even taste it.  Hell they have the same reaction when a fork hits the floor.  It came from the counter, it hit the floor, it MUST be FOOD.  Not really a ringing endorsement.

(3)   You know why Turkey Pepperoni is ok versus Turkey Bacon?  They are small, round, bit sized, and loaded with spices.  Turkey Bacon is kind of like chewing on cardboard but more difficult.

(4)   If I am ever going to go through the effort of making bacon again, you can bet it will be real.



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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013 - My Dog Ate My Homework


Up until few days ago I would never have imagined actually having a legitimate reason for using that sentence.  The other day a friend came by and dropped off a copy of some software instructions that they need some help with.  Over the weekend I didn’t want to look at it so I left the directions on the coffee table.  I admit maybe I was courting disaster because the table is dog nose height, but in the past things on the table were safe unless it was a food item.

So the other day I got up early took the dogs for a long walk and then afterward left them in the house while I ran to the grocery store.  That might have been my second mistake.  I returned home a short time later and was greeted by two happy dogs.  Usually the beast is the only one greeting me at the door.  The girlie tends to stay lounging wherever she is expecting you to greet her.  Then I spotted it, the photocopied instructions are all over the living room floor…. shredded into small pieces.  I can’t say with absolute certainty that the girlie was responsible but she is a “person of interest” in this case. 

If I’d have been smart (no I wouldn’t have put the instructions on a higher surface) I would have taken a picture of the result so I could share.  Alas, I did not.
Oh and speaking of the girlie, she is a GIANT.  My best guess is she’s 70 pounds but I have to weigh her


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013 - Book Review - Sometime Yesterday by Yvonne Heidt


Sometime Yesterday by Yvonne Heidt
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Romance/Fiction/Paranormal

 
Book Description from Amazon

“Successful artist Natalie Chambers impulsively buys a Victorian house overlooking the Pacific Ocean after her divorce. Immediately, her dreams are haunted by Sarah and Beth, two lovers from the past and the Dark Man who controlled their lives. When she begins to look for explanations for the things going bump in the night, the only answer she can get from the locals is that several previous owners had fled screaming into the night.

Landscaper Van Easton hasn’t had a serious relationship since her partner died. Content to let women and alcohol distract her from her pain, she is surprised at the intensity of emotion that bubbles to the surface after she meets Natalie. Contracted to restore the gardens at Natalie’s house, she refuses to believe that the mansion is haunted. Until the ghostly Dark Man follows her home.

It appears he will stop at nothing to keep the new lovers apart, and the violence continues to escalate. Can they solve the mystery that will set Beth and Sarah free and banish the evil presence in the house? Or will the evil echoes of the past destroy them as well?”
 

Book Review
3 out of 5 stars

First let me just say that I did enjoy this book and I will look to read other items by Yvonne Heidt.  I think it’s just unfortunate happenstance that just finished reading “Whispering Pines by Mavis Applewater which had an almost identical premise; Haunted house, sisters-in-law who are lovers, evil husband, death/murder… well you get the point. 
 
So although Sometime Yesterday was a good read and enjoyable, I somehow felt that it was a lite version of Whispering Pines.  I also know that if I had read them in the reverse order I’d be saying “Sometime Yesterday” was a fun beach read.  Surprisingly I didn’t find Van that interesting but I was intrigued by Natalie and her Mom and I would love to see a follow up that developed both Natalie and Mom.  I admit it, I want to know where here art work is going next.



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Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013 - Weekend Update

My sister and I ran the Hartford 5K on Sunday.  Let me just say it was freaking cold.  My goal was to finish it without walking more than 2x.  Turns out that I managed to run the entire thing and completed it in 34 mins and 11 seconds.  Just the not walking was a huge win for me.  I feel really good about the entire thing.  I will say, however, that at all the places they were handing out water I was wishing for a cup of tea.

I found a weird growth on the beastly boys tail.  With my vast veterinary skills and knowledge I'm guessing its either an infection, a fatty deposit ( a really big fatty deposit), or something else.  So yes, I made an appointment to see the vet this afternoon.

The girlie is working on earning her own beastly nickname but so far I am sticking with the Krakken.  I took her for an hour long walk this morning and she is still full of energy.  Next we're heading outside with the boy to play fetch.  The problem is that I do most of the fetching.


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17, 2013 Dreams and Death


Alright, let me just quickly clear up that "no I am not dead."  I have, however, been having this reoccurring dream like thing for the last several months.  It’s not every night but I would say about once a week I dream that I die.  Well it’s sort of a dream.  I’m not actually sure what happens in the dream or "how" I die.  What I do recall is just before I wake up the thought that runs through my head is “OMG I just died.” 
 
Yes, it is a little creepy to have the thought that I'm dead and it's that thought is what wakes me.  The funny thing is that it doesn’t even startle me awake. I just wake up and it takes me a minute to figure out that I’m not dead. 
 
Of course I’m not sure what is more weird, the fact that I realize I died in a dream or the fact that when I wake it takes me a minute to figure out that I’m not dead.

Then I'm left wondering what on earth is that supposed to symbolize anyway?  As far as I can tell it still stays within the parameters of that supposed rule that you’re never supposed to see yourself die in a dream.  I don’t and it’s not like that falling sensation.  I just suddenly realize… I’m dead.  Fortunately, I’m not really dead, well unless I am and this is all an illusion.  J



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013 - It’s a Thing

It’s not that I don’t like hugs, I do, but there are criteria.  I need to know you, I need to be comfortable with you, and I need to consider you a friend: preferably a good friend.  So yesterday my neighbor came over and we let the dogs play for awhile.  Which was great but it took a weird turn at the end because she was so over the top happy that the dogs were playing she said “Give me a hug.”  

I’m not sure that I managed to hide the twitch or the cringe on my face, but she certainly chose to ignore the signs.  I’m not entirely sure how I managed to stop my inside voice which was shouting… “Um, no I’d really prefer not to thank you.”  We’re neighbors and I didn’t want to cause an issue, so I sucked it up and gave her a hug… but hell then she kissed my cheek and said “Thank you… oh thank you so much.”   That was just creepy.  Really really creepy, get out of my personal space creepy.  Obviously since it’s the next day it’s still bothering me.  There I said it, and I have to see this woman frequently but I’m promising myself … no more hugs.  None, nada, nothing.  Ick



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013 - On My Mind

* The girlie just got back from the Vet.  They removed her stitches and said that she is able to resume all normal activities.  That and she's 60lbs.  I believe that fully qualifies her as a teenager.  Tomorrow she and I start jogging together.

* Speaking of jogging.  I'm running a 5K with my sister on Sunday.  That should be fun and my goal is to run it without walking.  We shall see.

* I also got a pamphlet in the mail about a 5K race or 1/2 Marathon April 28th.  That's 6 weeks from now.  I'm seriously considering registering for it.  I can use it as a goal and wait to register until mid April.  The major question:  Can I get to the point where I can run 13 miles in 6 weeks?

* L and I have a vacation planned for early April.  We're heading to Saint Maarten and I am soooooo excited.  This one is a rest and relaxtion vacation which means:  Sitting on the beach reading and napping.  I'm stocking up on books now.

* Just a random aside... all these Lawyer TV commercials "Have you been denied for Social Security... contact..."  They bug the crap out of me, because the implication is that you need a lawyer to get Social Security Disability benefits when you are legitimately disabled after you have been denied.  Listen people, you don't need a lawyer stealing your money.  It's been my experience that people who are initially denied benefits is because they were missing medical documentation.  Call your doctor and get the medical reports and then refile.  Social Security tells you WHY you were denied.  I'll admit that there are probably instances where you do need a lawyer but most of the time you just need to fill out the forms and make sure your doctors provide the information requested.


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Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013 – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Fairytale

Description from Amazon.com:

“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

 
Book Review
4 out of 5 stars

Cinder is loosely based on the story of Cinderella.  There is the evil step mother, the step sisters, and a prince but don’t think for a moment that this is like any other Cinderella story you’ve read before because then you would be missing out on something really interesting. 

Cinder is well developed and interesting.  As the reader I was quickly sucked into the story and found myself thinking of the characters as if they were real.  It was easy to understand Cinder’s feelings of being an outcast and how she reacts in certain situations.  Even the supporting characters are written in a manner that makes them interesting, including the ones that you end up disliking.

This was an excellent read and I was relieved to find out that the second book in the series “Scarlet” was released in early February.  By the way Scarlet is based on Little Red Riding Hood   

and somehow get connected to Cinder.  I can’t wait to see what happens next, I just hope the author writes quickly.



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Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013 – A Banner Day


Hey so far it’s been a banner day and it’s only 9am.  I got up, shoveled the deck and the driveway.  Took L to the train station.  Went to the gym and ran for 45 minutes.  Then  went to stop and shop and the nice Häaggen-Dazs delivery man helped me find a container of Ben&Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.  Now I took that as an act of kindness on his part but I can’t completely discount that the slightly distressed PMS groan and subsequent mumbling about really needing the ice cream might have been a factor.

I anticipate needing to shovel the driveway at least one more time if for no other reason than I need to burn off the ice cream calories.  This is no way makes me regret the ice cream.  It’s going to be a good day



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6, 2013 - It's A Dog's Life


Seriously could their lives be any more difficult?  All the decisions that need to be made, who gets to sleep on which side of the couch.  Is it time to eat yet?  No?  Maybe we should roll over.



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Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1, 2013 - Random Thoughts

The girlie is recovering well from her surgery.  She’s stopped asking what had to be fixed, however, she is showing her displeasure by chewing on everything in sight; rugs, floor mats, my hands.  I finally got a clue and stuffed a cookie into one of those weird kong doohickeys.  It keeps her from paying attention to her stitches and other inappropriate chew things for a whopping 15 mins.  I’ll take what I can get.

 

I’ve been good about my diet and exercise this week.  Unfortunately, I discovered today that when I stumble on the whole diet thing, I just plummet off the cliff.  My next goal: stumbling in moderation.  Maybe next time I’ll just plummet into a ditch instead.

 

I’m reading a book that I am supposed to review and I’m struggling to get through it.  It started out a struggle because it’s in PDF format and my kindle makes that font teeny tiny. Then I hit a stage when it’s reminding me of those books you read in Junior High or High School where the language is supposed to be titillating and it is… when you are 13. But as a 48 year old I’m actually rolling my eyes at the book.  Do you know how difficult it is to read and roll your eyes at the same time?  I don’t think this book was written for the young adult audience, I’ll have to check, but that’s the audience I think would like it.

 

So, because I’m reading this one book to get through it I’m reading another as well.  I just finished “Whispering Pines” and now I’ve started “Cinder”



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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013 – Tidbits


Well I meant to give you an update yesterday but once again time gets away from me.

  • I dropped the girlie off at the Vet this morning so she could get “fixed”.  I was sure to take the time to explain to her that she was just going overnight and that I would pick her up again tomorrow.  I didn’t want her to think we were abandoning her.  She seemed to handle the news of a sleepover remarkably well.  However, I think she must have had a conversation with the beastly boy because she kept asking me what was broken and why did it need to be “fixed.”

  • Today is my father’s b-day.  Yeah Dad.  I went to lunch with my Mom and Dad to celebrate.  Somehow I got the best end of the deal since they wouldn’t let me contribute.
 
  • I’m also taking full advantage of the girlie being out of the house.  I gave the beastly boy a haircut, trimmed his nails, he’s getting a bath next.  The final thing is I’m going to clean the kitchen floor.  Do you have any idea how tough it is to clean a floor when a dog is chasing the mop?  Well considering she chases the broom, leaf rakes, the vacuum – I figured today was a good day to clean.



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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 20, 2013 - Gym Etiquette Item #2

Please for the love of all that is good in this world don’t clip your toenails while in the locker room.  Hell don’t clip them ANYWHERE in the gym.  That’s something that should be done in the privacy of your own home, preferably the bathroom, where you can catch and dispose of the clippings properly.   Not the locker room, on a bench that other people sit on to put their shoes and socks on.  Yeah, no!

 

Speaking of the gym, I obviously went to the gym today and worked out for 50 minutes.  Tomorrow I’ll shoot for an hour.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013 One order of Motivation Please


I need to lose weight, I say I want to lose weight, I want to be fit and feel strong again. Yet I’m not doing the things I need to do to achieve these things.  Sure I am doing some of them but I need to be good.  I need to be diligent, dedicated.  Hell I need a kick in the pants.  Unfortunately I need a kick in the pants… every day.  Maybe I could get a recording of Jillian Micheals yelling “Get your ass to the gym!!!” which wouldn’t stop until I actually showed up at the gym.  Never mind that would be a bad idea. It would just make me smash my phone.  It would be so much easier to just go next door and borrow a cup of motivation.  Well that would be easier if I still lived next door to my 1st neighbors.  Rosie she’d have a cup of motivation to spare.  I’ve even considered a mantra….

Exactly that is as far as the mantra got.  Maybe self-hypnosis of course that results in the same problem as the mantra.



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Monday, February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013 - Mammograms and Ultrasounds


*sigh* 

Saturday I had my annual boob crushing a.k.a Mammogram.  I think my sister has the better idea she and her friends try to schedule their mammograms for the same day.  Then they have Mammograms and Margarita’s.  Not that mammograms are that unpleasant but a follow-up margarita would certainly make the experience much more enjoyable.

So today I got a phone call saying that my GYN had ordered a follow up ultrasound because I have “dense” breast tissue.  My response to that was “what does that mean?”  The poor person on the phone didn’t understand that I didn’t mean “what does I need an ultrasound mean?” but rather “Why do I need an ultrasound, dense tissue aside… was there a problem that would warrant the need?”  It seems the only problem is that my tissue is dense and the law requires that they offer me the opportunity for a “medically necessary” ultrasound.  Who could possibly turn down an offer like that, especially when you figure out that the meaning is, they didn’t get a good enough picture with the regular mammogram so we’re moving to the deluxe option.  It’s like winning the lottery, but not.  Someone tell me that at the very least I don’t have to have mt breasts smooshed between two plates for the ultrasound.


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013 – Book Review – The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Fantasy/Romance


Description from Amazon

“Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want--except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades "lord" of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.”


Book Review
5 out of 5 stars

I have always been a sucker for fairytales and myths I consider myself doubly lucky that “The Dark Wife” is a retelling of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades with a romantic twist.  Certainly I could say that it was a lesbian twist but I think qualifying this story as a lesbian retelling would not do the story justice especially because I think anyone who enjoys myths and fairytales would also enjoy this story.

The story is told from Persephone’s perspective.  Her life has been idyllic, until Zeus rapes and kills her lover.  As if that is not horrific enough she quickly finds out that Zeus has set his sights on her.  As Persephone contemplates all of this she says: “In a life of no choices, this one brash act could set me on a path toward the freedom I longed for more than anything else on – or above – the earth.”  For me, this line summarizes the Persephone’s story.  Can she “Rebel” and set her own course in life.

This was a well written, engaging story.



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Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15, 2013 - Gym Adventures

Alright, yes, sometimes just managing to get my butt in gear and going to the gym is and adventure.  I'll also admit that throughout my life and the many gyms I have attended I have seen enough that very little "shocks" me.  That being said there are still some things that I find odd or at a minimum something that I would be uncomfortable doing.

For example, the elderly woman standing in the locker room stark naked having a lengthy conversation with two other individuals who are not naked.  It didn't make me uncomfortable but it did highlight for me that I personally would be uncomfortable standing around in a gym locker room conversing while naked.  At a minimum I would be getting dressed while conversing.  It's called multi-tasking.  I can do it.  It raises the question, how do you get so comfortable with your own body that you can just stand there having a conversation while strangers walk in and out of the locker room?  Hell how do you get so comfortable that you can stand around naked with people you know but are not your significant other and have a conversation?  To think I'm proud of the fact that I can simply change in and out of a bathing suit in the locker room. 


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 12, 2013 – Book Review – Ever After by Kim Harrison

Book Review – Ever After by Kim Harrison

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal

Book Description from Amazon

“New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the sexy, supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan with the eleventh book in the Hollows series Ever After

The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.

Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die.

Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.”

 

Book Review
5 out 5 stars

Ever After is the 11th book in The Hallows/Rachel Morgan series.  Throughout the series the reader watches Rachel struggle and grow in both her powers and her maturity.  However, this feels like the first time that Rachel has really come into her own, and making decisions while considering the consequences and potential impact on the people she cares about.  Both Jenks and Ivy have limited roles in this novel, Ivy is very limited but it fits the plot and carries through from the last book “A Perfect Blood” in demonstrating how their relationship dynamic is changing. In some ways the change in the dynamic makes me a little sad but at the same time the continued maturity of Rachel and her changing relationship with Trent, Al, and Newt make up for the feeling of loss. 

I don’t want to leave any spoilers in this review but I will say there is plenty of unexpected turmoil and betrayal.  It’s rare that I ever go back and read a book but I am seriously considering re-reading the prior 2 books, Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood just to see if I missed anything.




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