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Friday Finds: The List Grows Longer!


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Here are the books I discovered this week:

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and The Maze Runner by James Dashner I found on literary agent Laurie McLean's Blog, and The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming (coming out December 1, 2009) and hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick I found through the Goodreads October Newsletter. All but The Kingdom of Ohio are already on my TBR list at the library, which is already 15 books long! So many books, so little time!
 


Teaser Tuesday: Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My teaser today comes from page 6 of Darling Jim by Christian Moerk. Christian was the keynote speaker at the recent Central Coast Writer's Conference I attended, and at the end of the conference, I was able to get my newly purchased copy of his book signed to add to my ever-growing collection. I'm only 67 pages into this book, but already I'm totally caught up in the mystery, and can't wait to read what happens next!

Desmond finally ignored his imprecise feeling of foreboding, bent down, and pushed open the slot. He jammed one of the Tesco adverts inside. He noticed a pile of unopened mail on the floor.

And then he stopped.

Yes, I cheated yet again by including more than two sentences, but I hope it leaves you intrigued enough to hunt down a copy of this book for yourself! Cheers!


Probably the Last Gardening Entry for 2009

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The Earthbox garden is slowly fading. We have two bell pepper plants and the one tomato plant left.

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This pepper plant still looks good and mom and I harvested several peppers off of it, but it hasn't been taking water, so we pulled it out and emptied the dirt. There was a lot of smelly standing water in the bottom of the box, so despite appearances, the plant was done.

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The other pepper plant had just a couple peppers on it which we harvested, and several smaller ones that we wanted to give a chance to grow, so we left it.

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The tomato plant was really hit hard by the big rain storm we had a couple weeks ago. We lost a lot of tomatoes, but there are still a few that might make it, so I convinced mom to let the plant go another week before dumping it. Still, it looked really bad, and we probably really should've pulled it out, but I haded to see all those little green and almost-red toms just get tossed away. One week, though. That's all they have.
 



 
 



Furlough Wednesday

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Last week we had our second furlough Wednesday at SupCo (furlough days are the third Wednesday of every month and run through next June, I believe), and I worked a half day with the other half being used to visit a couple doctors. The morning was awesome: Shauna and I shifted files at our off-site storage space and did some loose filing out there while we were at it. It was (in my opinion) a good enough workout that I cancelled my trainer for the evening without an ounce of guilt!

When I finished my shift, I headed to the Rheumotologist's office to see what other options/tests/ideas he had regarding my nearly two-year-old battle with iritis and whatever underlying inflammatory issue is causing it to persist. He didn't have any other tests he wanted me to take and he still doesn't have any idea what could be causing my problem, but he said it was time to try a more aggressive approach: a prescription for methotrexate. Taking a medication in and of itself doesn't bother me - I'm quite despirate to get my broken eyeballs back to normal and not have to put drops in them every day or wonder if I'm going to wake up to a violent flare that renders me legally blind thankyouverymuch - but the list of possible side effects the doctor recited to me was a bit unnerving: nausea/vomiting, mouth sores, temporary hair loss, persistant cough or shortness of breath, liver damage (therefore absolutely NO alchohol for the six months to one year I'm taking this stuff), skin rashes ... gah! 

Would it sound at all pathetic if I said the one thing that bugged me the most was not being able to drink wine/martinis/Scotch/beer/other alcoholic beverages for six months to a year? Probably, yeah, but that's the one restriction that really bummed me out. Seriously, how am I supposed to eat a plate of nachos without a Top Shelf Margarita? Or watch a Packers game without a beer? Or celebrate the end of another workweek without a glass of wine on Friday night? So, I went to Novo to drown my sorrows in a plate of Caesar salad with grilled chicken and a glass of Talley Estate Chardonnay. It was delicious - the salad and the wine. Oh, vino! I will miss you!

Anyway, my other doctor appointment with the Opthamologist was okay. Nothing new really: eyeballs are pretty much the same; no better, but no worse, either. I told him about the new medication, how the side effects were kinda scary, and he told me he didn't know of anyone taking methotrexate who had too much trouble with it. That made me feel a little better and I left the office less upset about that. However, I was still disappointed that my eyes weren't any better than the last time I was in there, and I must admit I felt a little down about the whole situation.

And so I decided it was time for some Retail Therapy! I stopped at Old Navy first in search of two pair of cords - dark green, which I found, and dark brown, which I did not. I ended up with a couple blouses, a Packers T-shirt for me and a Huskies T-shirt for my mom, and two pair of jeans as well. Next I went to the new Forever 21 that just opened in the space once occupied by Gottschalks. I went in knowing I could only purchase accessories, but I still grew more depressed after I saw all the adorable, fun, cute, funky, totally awesome clothes they carry. None of which I fit into. But, then I got to thinking, hey, maybe some of the side effects of my new meds won't be so bad after all! Nausea and vomiting?* No alcohol? Sounds like a perfect weight-loss combination to me! I'll be fitting into these darling skirts and skinny jeans and bedazzled t-shirts in no time!

Then, just when I had decided to embrace the nausea and vomiting I might suffer with my methotrexate in order to fit into cute clothes, I saw it: Faith21! Plus sizes! Granted that section is less than 1/4 of the entire store, but still ... Forever21 has PLUS SIZEd CLOTHES! And they're not all hideous - there were some really cute things. I ended up buying a pair of plaid pants, a dark purple tank top and a cropped, grey cardigan sweater (totally cute outfit, btw), and a faux leather biker jacket. I was surprised and thrilled and started to feel much better!

And now, today (Friday) I actually feel a lot better. I'm starting the methotrexate on Sunday and am confident that it will clear up my problem and by next spring all will be right with my world! The power of positive thinking, right?

*Great Big Fat Ginormous Disclaimer: okay, so I'm really kidding here and DO NOT AT ALL think that bulimia is an intelligen way to lose weight, just in case you didn't get the sarcasm there. kthxbai.


Teaser Tuesday: K.O.'d in the Rift by Victoria Heckman

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My teaser today comes from page 136 of K.O.'d in the Rift by Victoria Heckman. It was a giveaway book I picked up at the recent Central Coast Writer's Conference. Apparently the author is looking into making this mystery series into a TV series, and was asking people to read the book and leave comments on her Amazon.com page. So far, I'm really enjoying the book (and am looking into getting the other books in the series), and I think it would make a really fun TV series! Here's my teaser:

"Some sick guy want us to t'ink it's a haole t'ing. It's not. Somebody knew exactly what he's doing to cause a war."
 


Friday Finds: More Apocalyptic YA Novels


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Yeah, like I need to read more books about the end of the world or life after the end of the world, BUT I came across a whole list of them at The Book Smugglers. Three of them in particular look really good:

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Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, The Island at the End of the World by Sam Taylor, and The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman. I'm probably not going to jump into any of these books right away, since the last one I read (The Dead and the Gone, which was really good, but very depressing and sad) was incredibly painful to read and I don't think I can take another one like it. Still, these three books sound interesitng and I've put them on my TBR list for sometime in the future.
  


Escape to Cambria

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We needed to escape, my mom and I. My mom more so than me, since I just had a vacation, but still, it's always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all. Cambria, California is one of our favourite places to visit, though we usually just do day trips since it's so close. We'll park along Moonstone Drive and walk along the boardwalk, watch the different kinds of birds flying or swimming or looking for food, greet the cute, fuzzy ground squirrels that don't seem to fear humans, and cheer on the surfers riding the waves. Occasionally we'll sit on a bench and just watch the ocean, or venture down to the beach to see what the waves brought in, or walk out on the rocks for a closer view of the seals/sea lions that rest there. For years we've been talking about spending a weekend in Cambria, but never got around to actually doing it. Well, last month I just did it: I picked the weekend, booked the hotel, and told my mom, "We're going!"

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We stayed at the Pelican Cove Inn along Moonstone Beach Drive. We had a nice room with a patio that had an ocean view. The weather was perfect, so we spent most of the time sitting on the deck, sipping beverages, watching the sea. It was so relaxing, so lovely, and so wonderful!

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I got the "Escape Plan" which included a dinner at the Cambria Pines Hotel, which we enjoyed Saturday night. Mom had baked halibut and I had seared sea scallops - both meals were delicious! Our hotel had a breakfast buffet in the morning, a wine and cheese reception in the afternoon, and a dessert bar in the evening, so we ate and drank VERY well the whole weekend! (The diet starts again on Tuesday!)

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When we weren't sitting on the deck enjoying the view, we were walking along the boardwalk, which was just across Moonstone Drive from the hotel, and we sat on the benches just to watch the ocean. We saw birds, seals/sea lions, ground squirrels and surfers. We could've stayed there forever.  

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Teaser Tuesday: The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce

Ttue

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read

  2. Open to a random page

  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week's teaser comes from page 23 of The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce. It's the final installment in the Darkangel trilogy. Enjoy!

The pale girl listened in horror to the rime. Its music stirred her disjointed memory as words alone had not.