Teaser Tuesday: The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

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

•Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •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!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Today I finished The Time Tutor, and since I had a few minutes left on my commute, decided to choose and start a new book. I've had The Curiosity on my nook for months, if not longer, and decided it was time to finally give it a shot! I don't even remember what it's about, or what about the description urged me to buy it! The cover art is intriguing, though. Maybe that was enough. Anyway, here's my teaser from page 9:

May I say that it was amazing? That we uncovered solid truth in a vast empire of unknown? That we found something to arresting, it captures the attention of the world?

Happy Tuesday! Cheers!


RainWe had our first really big storm of the season this past week, and it gave us just about 5" of rain overnight! Our dry creek apparently did a its job, because I didn't see any standing water in our backyard afterwards. Also, it appears all our trees and other plants survived the deluge and blustering winds, which I'm very grateful for. I know none of our stuff is very big, so if anything fell over, it wouldn't cause any damage, but I'd be sad to lose any of our trees, and would hate the mess of cleaning it all up. So now all I have to do to prepare for the next storm - supposedly coming tomorrow - is mow the front lawn and empty our rain gauge! Bring on the rain!


Friday Five - Five Classic Books for 2015

For many years I have tried to include on my reading list some classic novels - some I've read before, and some I've never read. One of my friends and I even tried having a Classic Literature Book Club and would pick some classic novels we wanted to read. It was always fun, even when we didn't finish. Well, I've decided to try again in 2015 to read some classic literature, and here are my five selections. Enjoy!

1.  Walden by Henry David Thereau. I read this one in high school for College Prep English, and really liked it. I think about it periodically and finally decided to just go ahead and reread it. Maybe then I'll get it out of my system!

2.  Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I've never actually read this book, though I have seen the Walt Disney movie (and probably owned the corresponding record album and picture book), and other Peter Pan related films like Hook. I tried to watch the dreadful live-action Peter Pan show on TV last week, but it was just too awful. I mean, seriously, you expect me to accept a 24-year-old woman as Wendy (honestly she and the actor playing the mother could've easily been the same age!!), and a 30-year-old woman as Peter Pan?!? Gah! It was so horrific, I couldn't even make it through the first half hour! Anyway, in order to get that horrible taste out of my mouth, I decided to immerse myself in the real Peter Pan, and will be reading the original novel pretty early on next year.

3.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Another book I've never read, although I have seen the movie.

4.  Something written by John Steinbeck. I was inspired to read some Steinbeck since vacationing in Monterey last month. However, I've already read Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men, so I can't really reread those, especially since I know he has several other books out. However I haven't had time to check any of them out and decide which one I want to read, yet, so stay tuned! 

5.  Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. Never read it. Pretty sure there's a movie. Pretty sure I've seen it.

Well, there you have it! Feel free to read along with me this next year, if you like! Or let me know if there are any classic books you're planning to read in the comments! Cheers!



I usually never remember my dreams. I mean, maybe when I first wake up I'll remember a little bit, and throughout the day I might recall a moment or a feeling about it, but no major details about the dream itself. Also, if it's the middle of the night, I will usually just fall back to sleep, so by the time I get up in the morning, any details of the dream are long gone. I know you're supposed to keep a notebook by your bed, and write down your dream immediately upon waking, but if I did that at 2 AM, I'd never get back to sleep! And I would be very cranky the next day. Trust me when I say, no one wants that!

Anyway, strangely enough, I had a rather vivid dream last night that I actually remember quite a bit of today! For whatever reason, I had applied for a research-type position at a business that was associated with the courts, but wasn't exactly the courts. And, it was in Bakersfield. Don't ask me why. I've heard very negative things about Bakersfield, and even hear people refer to it as "The Armpit of California" Apparently it gets very hot and gross there, but it's gets pretty hot here, too, and people don't insul ... well, let me take that back, as I have heard people insult Atascadero (Atrashcadero, for one), but what are you gonna do with a town who's name literally translates to "mud hole"?

Anyway, Bakersfield is seriously one of the last places in the state I would want to go to, so why I dreamed about moving there is beyond me. In my dream, however, Bakersfield was a beautiful smallish town with a tree-lined downtown similar to SLO, and I was looking forward to living there very much. I was interviewing in a gorgeous, all-glass building surrounded by trees, and filled with streamlined, mid-century modern furnishings and art. The boss was a 35-year-old, long-haired, bearded, Levi's-wearing, peace-and-love hippie, and I was SO THRILLED to be working in just a laid-back, comfortable environment. Sounds kinda crazy, but it felt (in the dream) really good!

Yes, I got the job. It was wonderful, and I lived happily ever after.

What it all means, I don't know, but I was pretty excited to have remembered so much of my dream!

Do you remember any dreams? What kind of weird things do you dream about? Let me know in the comments! Sleep tight! Cheers!


Teaser Tuesday: The Time Tutor by Bee Ridgway

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

•Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •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!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 Good morning, and happy Tuesday! This morning I finished Claire of the Sea Light (SO good!),  and started reading a novella by Bee Ridgway called The Time Tutor. It's a prequel to The River of No Return, a book I really enjoyed reading this past year. I've chosen my teaser from page 68 (on my nook), even though I'm not there yet, so I'm just as intrigued as the rest of you! I hope you enjoy it!

The punch came quickly and decisively. As he leaned back stanching the blood with a paper napkin, Dar thought for a moment or two that he might have a broken nose.

Oh, dear, he sure ticked someone off, didn't he! What are you all reading right now? Anything good? Let me know in the comments, I'm always on the hunt for a good book! Cheers!


Art Wall December 2014

I did a really crappy job of updating my photographic art wall this year. I think I only rotated the pictures twice, maybe three times. The last group had been up since August! Anyway, here's my newly updated wall with eight of the best photos I took during my vacaiton in Monterey Bay. Enjoy!


Top row: Waiting Heron, Steinbeck and Friend, Jellyfish, Watching Jellies.

Bottom Row: Seagull, Kelp Garden, Concrete Art, Stohan's Gallery.



Friday Five on 12/5

Wow, we're done with the first week of December already! How did that happen! Actually, I'm thrilled it's Friday at last because I'm just so damn tired! I don't know if it's because it's so dark and cold, and it's been raining all week (which is awesome!), or just that all my prednisone has worn off and the muscle stiffness and pain is back with a vengeance, but I've just been totally and completely exhausted every single day!

Still, I have a few things I'd like to accomplish this weekend, and hopefully writing it all down will help inspire me to get them done!

1.  Get a mani/pedi. Yeah, I know that's not the most important thing in the world, but my cuticles are a mess, and my toenails are like talons! I have literally scratched my leg turning over in bed at night, my toenails are that long! I meant to do it last night, but spaced out and work straight-legged pants, and therefore couldn't roll my pant legs up to soak my feet, so hopefully tonight I'll be feeling good enough to get it done! (And, I wore capri jeans!)

2.  Work on Christmas cards. I have decided to give hand-stamping Christmas cards one last go this year. If I don't get them done this weekend, or at least have a good start on them, then I'm just going to go buy them.

3.  Get my stuff back on eBay. It's been a few weeks since I've relisted because I've been so busy painting my bedroom, vacationing in Monterey Bay, and walking a 5k, but I really need to get my stuff back online, and will hopefully get some Christmas shoppers who want to buy my stuff!

4.  Print pictures for my updated Art Wall. I havne't changed my pictures since July, which is a crime! I got some pretty good shots in Monterey, and will get those printed and posted this weekend!

5.  Cook! I was too tired and sore to do any cooking last weekend, so mom and I ended up having TV dinners and salads all week. It got old fast! I'll definitely make time to cook up some good meals for Monday and Tuesday nights at least!

That's all for this week! Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend! Cheers!


2014: The Year of the 5k!

So, one of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to run a 5k. Well, to be honest I didn't run a single race this year. I did, however, walk the following four races! The first two races I chose to participate in because the proceeds went to organizations I was happy to support - as a former high school band geek, the Morro Bay High School Music Department held a special place in my heart, and the Charles Paddock Zoo, located in Atascadero, CA, is one of my favourite places in town to visit . The third one was just for fun (and was untimed, so I had to use my phone to see when I started and finished to determine my approximate time) and because I was going to be in Colfax for my high school reunion at the time,  anyway. And the last one was close to home and sounded like a good excuse to spend a long weekend in a beautiful locale. Here are my races and times:

5/31/14 Morro Bay HS Bands on the Run 5k - 1:00:32
7/4/14 Kennedy Club Fitness Wild Run 5k - 0:54:15
7/19/14 Concrete River Festival Colour Run 5k - 0:54:00
11/15/14 Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5k - 00:53:44

I'm actually pretty thrilled with my results. I do wish I could've run at least one of them, but the polymyalgia rheumatica kinda limits the amount of strenuous activity I can do. Still, it's not bad considering I'd never done a 5k before! I haven't decided if I'll try any 5ks next year or not. We'll have to wait and see!



A Few of My Favourite Things: November 2014

Good morning, and welcome to December, the final month of 2014! It's a little scary to be faced with only, what 28-odd days until 2015, isn't it? Still, this is a magical, inspirational month, and I'm looking forward to it. However, before I get on with December, let's look back at some of my favourite things in November shall we?

Cosmetics:  I love how Got2be's Fat-tastic Thickening Plumping mousse and Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion have made my hair feel so soft! Unfortunately, I'm out of the Smooth Operator, and I can't seem to find any ANYWHERE! I've checked Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Sav-on, Von's, and Albertson's, and can't find it. So sad! I'm going to check a couple other places that might carry it, but as a last resort I'll order some online. That's how much I love it!

Fashion: I recently discovered that both Torrid and Lane Bryant offer a free ship-to-store option, and both their outlet stores at the Pismo Beach Outlet Center were included. Cool! I thought. I can order some stuff, and then mom and I can take a trip to Pismo. I can pick up my stuff, then we can go downtown, have a nice lunch, and a stroll along the pier/boardwalk. So excite! I put in an order for both stores a couple weeks ago, and last weekend both orders were available so I went out to pick up the purchases. Unfortunately it wasn't as much fun as I'd hoped. For one thing, neither mom nor I are feeling terribly well right now, so I just went on my own. Next, I've grown used to having plenty of time and space to try stuff on. Also, I'd have a chance to try things on with stuff I thought it might go with to start with! And, finally, while being able to return unwanted items right there at the store is pretty awesome, in the end, running to the post office on a Saturday morning really isn't that big of a deal! Anyway, I did end up getting several awesome pieces that I hope to blog about soon! And discovered I much prefer having my orders shipped to my house! I also discovered that the new Torrid outlet store is really super nice, and I'll definitely be travelling down there periodically to shop!

Book: Best book I read in November was Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen. I'm usually not a fan of the multi-generational novels because I become so attached to the first group of characters and dislike not being able to follow them all the way. I'd never been able to finish This Family of Women by Richard Peck or Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd for this very reason! However, with this book I quickly became invested in the newly-introduced characters - sons and daughters of previous characters - and enjoyed their stories just as much.

Music: It's after Thanksgiving, so bring on the Christmas music! Love it SO much!

TV: The Walking Dead kicked my emotional butt this past Sunday, but it was fantastic as well. So well acted. So unexpected. Some conclusions I've been able to predict from an episode or so off, but I didn't see this ending coming at all! Also, loved Forever, Master Chef Junior, Project Runway All-Stars, and Project Runway: Threads.

Beverages: I've been enjoying a Full Moon Seasonal Collection Harvest Pumpkin Ale with my Packers games so far this football season. Now that it's December, though, maybe I'll look for a Christmas-themed ale instead. I always liked Pete's Wicked Winter Ale, but I haven't found it since moving to California. Still, I imagine either Full Moon or Sam Adams will have some Winter/Christmas/Seasonal brew out soon.

Other stuff: The Marpac Original Sound Machine. Between the occasional rumbling, crashing train, the almost constant rumble of traffic, the noisy auto repair shop across the street, the rain sloshing down the downspout followed by the drip, drip, dripping like a Chinese water torture device after the initial downpour, and finally Barky McBarks-and-Howls-a-Lot moving in over the back fence neither mom nor I can get an uninterrupted good night's sleep. So, I ordered this sound machine to see if it might drown out some of the more annoying sounds and help us sleep better. You see, during the summer I use a small fan to stay cool, and found the sound is soothing and masks a lot of the annoying sounds outside the house (as well as using the oscillating fan setting on my white noise app on the bus). However in the winter, it's already cold, and I don't wish to make it any colder, so this was the next best thing. I've only been using it a few days, and I really quite like it! I'll let mom try it next week, and if she likes it, we'll get another one, so neither of us will be rudely woken up by annoying sounds!

Also love my new bedroom wall colour: Silver Screen by Behr Premium Paints. Mom and I got my bedroom painted this awesome neutral colour over the Veteran's Day holiday, and now I'm just trying to figure out what new wall decor, accessories, light fixtures, and/or pictures I want. It's hard because the walls are so pristine and lovely! I almost hate to punch holes in them. Almost!

And, then there was Thanksgiving! This year my mom and I decided to have an unconventional Thanksgiving and had steak and lobster instead of turkey and stuffing. It was delicious, as well as easy and stress-free! I think we started a new tradition!

And, finally my recent vacation! My final 5k of the year was held in Pacific Grove, CA, so mom and I took a long weekend in Monterey Bay, CA. We had beautiful weather, and a gorgeous view out our hotel room. I did really good on the 5k, and hope to be able to do more next year. I also visited the Aquarium, and got some pretty good shots of their awesome displays.

Do you have any favourite things you saw, bought, experienced, or just enjoyed last month? Let me know in the comments! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

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

•Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •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!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Good morning and happy Tuesday! This week I'm reading a wonderfully written book called Claire of The Sea Light. I'm not very far into it, but I am enjoying it. The story kinda skips around a bit from character to character, and the present to the past, but so far I haven't found it too confusing. It's fairly short - only 160 pages on my nook - so I'm hoping we'll finish with everyone else's backstories, and get back to what happens to poor Claire!

Anyway, here are my teasers from page 9:

Some years before, Nozias had told her what had happened on her first day on earth, that giving birth to her, her mother had died. So her birthday was also a day of death, and the freak wave and the dead fisherman proved that it had never ceased to be.