Reading is Fun (or something like that)

Every now and then when I remember that I have a blog I sometimes look at my categories. Sometimes I take it a step further and click on a category to see what kind of excitement is parked there for me to re-live. Today I clicked on “books” and was shocked to find there was only ONE post about books on it. Only one. Don’t get me wrong, I know I don’t read as much as I used to, but I have definitely read more than one or two books since 2009 when the last post about books was written.

As a matter of fact I’ve just finished a ridiculously long book called The Passage and I LOVED it. Lately the books I read are not long and really it’s for the better. When I read books I tend to get sucked in and have a hard time putting them down until I get finished with them and that’s really not convenient when I’m supposed to be watching my kids. But anyways, the Passage. Kindle said it was like 785 pages which almost made me pass out, but by then it was too late. I had purchased the book and made the commitment and I was just going to have to muddle through. And I’m SO glad that I did.

I don’t know if I could sum up such a long book in a short space, so please go to amazon and read the actual description. I will say it’s a kind of pre and post-apocolyptic book where medical experiment gone wrong released a virus turning people into vampires (think I am Legend vampires and not Twilight or True Blood vampires (not that I have anything against either of those having read all the related books and seen the movies/tv show right up until mid 5th season where it lost me) but even different from those). So you see exactly what happened to bring about this problem and then flash forward to a future where they start the journey to try to end it.

It’s book one in a trilogy. Book two (The Twelve) is out but I haven’t started it yet. I’m waiting for an upcoming trip to KY where I’ll be trapped in a car for 8 hours and hopefully some of those hours will manage to not involve trying to entertain my kids.

So if anyone still actually reads this blog, any good book recommendations?

Book Store Jackpot!

Yesterday I realized that Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris had been released. The author’s website had it coming out in November 2009 so I was really surprised when I logged into Amazon to look for something else (I don’t even remember what) and saw that there was no longer a “pre order” option for the book, like it had actually been released! I started thinking it could have been out for like a week for something and how could I have not noticed before and OMG I was missing out!!! But fortunately it was just released yesterday so picking it up on my way home worked out well. And also I think the release date was originally October, and got moved to November, and then got moved back to October and I had just forgotten about it, but really it doesn’t matter why it happened. So that was exciting all on its own.

Then when I went to the book store to pick it up I saw a really big display for The Gathering Storm which I knew was coming eventually but hadn’t actually seen a release date for, so that was like super bonus! (Incidentally, I did look it up and it was just released yesterday, so that was just darn good luck!) I’m a little nervous to start this one because the other books are SO LONG and it feels like I read them SO LONG AGO that I’m afraid I won’t be able to remember what’s going on. I’m hoping that once I get started it will all come back to me because I don’t think there’s any way I can start over and get through them all again before The Baby comes and begins demanding I actually take care of him instead of just carrying him around all the time. Bummer, I know.

And also I’d really rather not talk about how much I could have saved if I had ordered the books off Amazon over buying them at Borders on my way home, because the part where I don’t have to wait for them to be shipped is SO WORTH IT that I’m going to pretend it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

And I know I could also wait like 3 years for either of these to become available at my local library but I’m not patient enough to be number 218 in line for Grave Secret or number 75 for the Gathering Storm, which frankly I can’t believe doesn’t have a higher wait associated with it, but whatever.

Anyways, I may have just lost all of that extra motivation I was talking about yesterday, because if you need me I’ll be parked on the sofa with my nose in a book for the next 3 months judging by the length of the Gathering Storm!

DDR + Margarita’s = Teh Winz

I just kicked Ted’s ass on the DDR. Three rematches later it was an ass whoopin.

And that included us playing the first two rounds on the WRONG MATS. That’s right, we didn’t bother to check which was Player 1 and Player 2 before we started playin, we just started playing. Obviously smart is not our strong suite.

We played one game on difficult and it seriously cut out on us in the middle of the round we were doing SO BAD. Awesome.

Nate and I had a small Kentucky Derby party. I made pizza, we played corn hole and watched the race. I was glad to see this year was Derby Drama free. (Aka: No one got euthanized on the field after the race).

I  hope everyone had a good weekend! I’m really looking forward to a quiet/lazy Sunday.

I’m trying to hit up the library tomorrow too I think, can anyone recommend a good book? I’ve finally worked my way through all of the Charlaine Harris books. I think I’ll pick up Son of a Witch, but don’t know what to read next.

I Require a Matching Set

I ordered some books from Amazon last week. There was much waffling involved before placing this order because I could have picked up the paperback version of the books at Borders with no problem but later this year a fourth book in the series will be released and then I would either have to wait a year for it to come out in paperback or I would have to buy the hardcover book and have three paperbacks and one hardcover book in the same series. Sure it may sound like no big deal, but it’s not. I need to have the matching set.

This is a lesson I learned the hard way in high school when I bought all of the available Wheel of Time books in paperback, before I realized the series wasn’t even close to being over. Then they started releasing new books and I was faced with a choice. Wait months on end for the books to be available at the library, or suck it up and buy them. So I bought them. And now I have half the set in paperback and half the set in hardcover and it annoys the crap out of me.

Anyways, getting back to my point (yes, I swear there is a point).

SO! I ordered the three books from Amazon and books two and three arrived on Tuesday (despite the snow and crappy roads, the post man came, rock on USPS)! Wednesday I received an email from Amazon saying that they are no longer able to get their hands on book one and are very sorry but they’re canceling my order.

And I can’t find book one anywhere else that I’ve heard of. I’m considering taking a chance with one of those Amazon partner sellers but I’m not 100% sold on the idea yet.

I’m also considering sending the (pretty, pretty)  hardcovers back and just getting the paperbacks so at least they match, but I’d really much rather have the hardcover version.

Surprise, We’re having Pork Chops for Dinner

When I got home from work I put a ziplock of frozen chicken in the sink to thaw to cook for dinner.

When it thawed I went to get it out of the sink and thought it looked a little weird. I mean since when was chicken so pink?

And then I realized it wasn’t chicken. It was pork chops. I really need to start labeling things before I put them in the freezer apparently!

And while I’m talking about moderately idiotic goofy things I’ve done this week, there’s always this…

Let me start by explaining something. Gouda currently takes half a steroid every three days. So avoid confusion we posted a calendar near his chow bowl and marked the days this month that he’ll get his pill so all we have to do is look at the calendar instead of trying to remember when the last time he took his pill was. It’s genius in its simplicity, right?

So the other night the following conversation may or may not have taken place between me and Nate:

Nate (looking at the calendar): No pill for Gouda tonight!

Me (looking at the same calendar): What do you mean? It’s Tuesday, he gets the pill tonight.

Nate (looking at me): Are you serious?

Me (very serious): Umm, yes. Tuesday, it says “PILL” right there. *Points to calendar for emphasis*

Nate (still looking at me): …

Me (noticing I was pointing at Tuesday the 13th and not Tuesday the 6th): Oh. I guess all Tuesdays are not interchangeable. Huh. Carry on!

This comes from me being unable to keep my big fat mouth shut when I think I’m right about something, even if I’m not.

Happy New Year!

Like 4 days ago, but whatever.

Apparently I haven’t posted yet this year, but it wasn’t intentional. I was just really busy….

Being insulted by my Wii, getting caught up with Californication, whining about having to go back to working a normal work week. You know, super important stuff like that.

So has everyone made New Years resolutions? I don’t normally really make real resolutions because I don’t like being disappointed when I give up on them so this year I’m sticking with the easy stuff.

I resolve to buy more cute shoes.

I resolve to actually start wearing some of the ridiculously cute skirts that I can’t resist buying even though all they do is sit in my closet and wonder why I don’t love them.

I resolve to learn all of the words to all of the songs in Mama Mia.

I resolve to read the rest of Charlaine Harris‘ books this year because I don’t know how else to pass the time until the next Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly books come out!

I know, I know! I’m aiming high this year.

I’m sure there’s more but that’s pretty much all I can think of for right now.