Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Ah, summer!

I am mostly going to spend the day lying around reading. Oh yes, much laundry and dishes and other cleaning, but not so much running around in the summertime, which is nice. Still reading Over the Waters.

I'm getting another First Look book, I can't believe it! I think it's because I'm turning my reviews in early, it seems to be working for getting a book every month.

Another review posted:
Darkness on the Edge of Town

I have five books I need to write up. I will make it a goal to write up at least two of them today.

Off to put on my makeup and do my hair and transfer the laundry so I can sit down with a book!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Tuesday and I think I'm getting a cold...

Or the flu...I feel really run down today and my throat kind of hurts. I just want to lie down and take a nap, which is probably what I will do in a minute. Finished 26A, it wasn't all that good. Well written, but strange story.

Got my RT books today. The gestapo delivery person from DHL brought it to the door and almost made Kimber show ID before handing over the box. She asked her what her relationship to me is, and if we have the same last name. They left it with my neighbor the last time, so what's up with the third degree of my own daughter? I'm going to get started on Over the Waters by Deborah Raney in a little bit.

We're supposed to go to the library bbq tonight, and I was going to make something for LeeRoy since he has to go to a meeting afterward and all they're serving is hot dogs, but I just don't feel like it. I'll call him and see what he thinks.

I'm off to rest my eyes, which are killing me.

Monday, July 25, 2005


Have a new review posted:
Potter Springs

Am almost finished with Romantic Fiction. What a funny and good story. The back cover kept comparing it to the show Friends, which I despise, so I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But it's a great book with a collection of unique characters. Next I'll be starting on 26a by Diana Evans. It's my First Look book this month. I cant' believe that I've gotten books two months in a row, I had gone almost six months without one!

We're having pasta with tomato and fresh basil tonight. It's Kimber's favorite so maybe we'll be graced with her company at dinner.

Watched Man of the House this weekend (blah, boring and not very funny) and The Pacifier (quite cute)

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Lazy Sunday

Getting ready to kick back with a book (after I watch last night's Big Brother) It's been kind of a lazy weekend, which is nice for a change.

Friday night Logan spent the night with a friend, so we took Grace to Gresham to the Original Roadhouse Grill. Yummy.

Yesterday basically lazed around all day. I read Eleven on Top (totally hilarious, I love Stephanie Plum! I also love Morelli, drool! ) and then an awful book, A Little Change of Face. Spent a couple of hours making a new Amazon wish list just for my library book reminders, I feel much more organized now!

I'm currently listening to The Innocent by Harlan Coben and reading Romantic Fiction by Melanie La'Brooy. I am anxiously awaiting my Romantic Times books, I am going to have to read very fast to make it through all seven books by my deadline the way things are going.

I still have three reviews to write up, but hopefully I can get them done tomorrow. I am just continually behind.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


I have been off a day all week. It should be Friday I tell you!
I forgot that I had started another book before getting Harry Potter, so I finished that one--Seven Minutes To Noon by Kate Pepper before starting on Miranda Blue Calling. Seven Minutes started out well, and was a really interesting mystery...but the ending just crashed and burned for me. Maybe I need to go back and re-read it, but I don't think so. It was weird. I am going to resist reading the Amazon reviews until I write mine up.

Tonight we're going to another concert at the lake. It's reggae music, should be great for the heat, the two really go together! We're going to pick up pizza schmizza on the way (and beans from Taco Bell for the kids, they don't want pizza)

On to the shower I go, I want to go help Grace on her bike before it gets too hot. Logan took her training wheels off and she is bound and determined to learn how to ride without them!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Finished Harry...

Well, finished up with Harry this morning. Very sad ending, I don't want to wait to see what happens!

Starting on Miranda Blue Calling which has been on my pile forever. I'm not sure I should even try to go back so far, but I am. I have three books to write up and I am going to to try to get even more done before I get my RT books for October.

Kimber gets home today, just a little over a month until she leaves for school.

Well, I'm working away at clearing out the clutter, it's a slow process. I'm going to pack some things in the car to take to the church for the garage sale, then I need to go to the grocery store. Fortunately it's not quite so hot today!

Monday, July 18, 2005

New Reviews Posted

Simple Hospitality
A Perilous Proposal

Hopefully will have more posted in the upcoming weeks. I've turned in a bunch to Curled Up, and have three more waiting to be typed up.

Its Hot!

It's been pretty hot the past couple of days! Fortunately it's also a bit windy so that keeps the temperature down a little.

Let's see, weekend recap...

Friday night we watched Hide and Seek. It was an ok movie, pretty manipulative--it showed scenes that actually didn't happen, tried to trick you into thinking something happened that didn't. It's hard to explain if you haven't seen the movie. It was quite scary, so that made up for a little of it.

Saturday we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Really sweet movie. Some darker overtones, but a story about what family means. Johnny Depp is really amazing. Went over to the in-laws' afterward and sat around and talked. Heade out to dinner at a new Mexican restaurant, but it was only open to those over 21, so we ended up going to Applebees. Went over to the neighbors, sat outside and got eaten by mosquitos until 10. Started on my Harry Potter book :) and watched a Norah Jones DVD.

Sunday went to church and then read for a little while. LeeRoy, Jenny, and I went to see Footloose, the play that Ashley has the lead in. She is saying that this is her last play, that she doesn't want to do any during her senior year, but we'll see. It was pretty good for a youth play. Brought back so many memories of high school for me with the music! Went over to the Oskeys for a bbq, went home fairly early. I watched the Big Brother that I had taped on Saturday.

Today has been a lazy day. Kimber gets home tomorrow so I've been working a little more in her room. Need to take some stuff over to the church tomorrow for their garage sale. Went to the library and the post office, rented a few PS2 games for Logan to try from Hollywood Video. We've decided to try them before buying now, they are so expensive to buy!

I'm grilling chicken tonight, too hot to stay in the house. Still reading Harry, should finish tomorrow I think. I'm over halfway through, but I just haven't made very much time to read it.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Finally Friday

I'm so glad it's finally the end of the week! I have a quiet few minutes because the kids are (gasp!) over at someone else's house for once. It's been fun but horribly chaotic to have all of the neighborhood kids over here every single day until we forcibly have to remove them to send them home. I've gotten a few reviews written, yay me. I still have two more to do, but I have four done, which is progress!

I'm reading The Victory Club by Robin Lee Hatcher. I am cruising through, hopefully will finish by the time Harry arrives tomorrow :))

Off to make my pizza on the grill and mojitos, hubby deserves a treat after his breakneck week!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Slow week

I don't know why, this week is passing by so slowly! Tonight we're going to grab dinner and go to a concert at the lake.

Moved onto The Girl She Left Behind by Karen Brichoux. It's really introspective, not as light as I thought at first. After that will be a quick read, Simple Hospitality by Jane Jarrell. Not sure what's up after that. Tomorrow I definitely need to spend a couple of hours writing up the reviews. It's great to be doing all of the reading, but I need to write the reviews!

I'm trying to read/review as many as I can before my Harry Potter book gets here on Saturday. Because I will be reading that one once it arrives!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Another one bites the dust!

And I'm done with Dixieland Sushi and have started the hilarious Everybody Into the Pool by Beth Lisick. I listened to part of a CD of Velocity while making dinner. Too bad I can't read and listen to an audio book at the same time! That would be heaven! LOL
Pssst...I've actually tried. Even though I'm an awesome multi-tasker, it was just beyond me.

And it's Wednesday

Went to the liquidator outlet this morning. Some things are way overpriced, but found those GoLean bars--20 for $1!!! And they are the kind Kimber likes, the chocolate peanut butter ones. (Found some 3 for a dollar once at the Grocery Outlet, but they were nasty honey flavored) I bought 40--some for her to eat this summer and some to send in care packages next year. There were tons, I may go back and get some more tomorrow. She doesn't eat breakfast, but will eat one of those. Also found closeout Dr. Phil shakes for 27 cents each. Bought 8 of them but now I think I should have bought all they had...Kimber drinks those for a meal replacement too. I couldn't believe my great luck at what I found.

Finished the book I was reading, I'm glad for that, it wasn't all that good. Lots of telling instead of showing, but with some good characters. I'm now over halfway through Dixieland Sushi by Cara Lockwood. It's much better than her last book, Pink Slip Party. It's funny and entertaining chick lit. I am trying very hard to read a lot in the next two weeks before I need to start on my RT books for October. But also I need to find some time to write them up. It seems like no matter how early I get up the kids get up early too. They were up at 7 this morning. I need to take them out to ride bikes so I can wear them out!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Summer days

Although it doesn't look much like summer around here. Still cloudy and a little rainy, but that's supposed to change.

Finished my book this morning and started A Perilous Proposal by Michael Phillips. It's a little heavier than I want to read in the summer, I am not a huge historical fiction fan and the civil war period isn't one of my favorites either. But I'm reading it, hopefully I can get through it within a day or so and move onto something lighter and more interesting.

Trying to plow through some more is never ending around here. Still working on Kimber's room, although I am not sure how much more I'm going to do in there. I completely cleaned/scrubbed/scoured out her bathroom yesterday. The floor and counters were absolutely filthy. Ick.

So, we're going to Las Vegas in August. Should be fun but HOOOOTTTT. We have family camp the last weekend of the month, and then we take Kimber to school. The summer is flying by, but that's ok with me. I'm ready for "normal" life to begin again in the fall with my regular activities.

Back to reading! Yes, my life is boring.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Review Posted

I forgot, another review posted at BookLoons:

A Bride Most Begrudging

Hopefully I should have a few more posted this week at both sites. I need to make a serious dent in my review piles.

The weekend is over

It was a fun, but busy weekend. Friday night we got to go out, yippee! The babysitter just kinda fell in our laps, so I thought it was probably a God thing and we got to go out. Went out for dinner and to see War of the Worlds, which was fairly good. Quite intense! I just couldn't see how they were going to get out of the situation.

Saturday I got up and went to the store after doing a bunch of cleaning. LeeRoy took Logan to the Airplane show at the airport (WWII planes) and I had a birthday party for Grace. We did a princess party--makeup, nail polish, glitter, etc. The girls loved it. It was very low key! There were six girls, only one mom stayed. I don't think she was overly impressed by my party-planning skills. Oh well!

After the party, we impromptu decided to go see Herbie Fully Loaded. Very cute movie. The kids loved it, it was a fun way to spend the afternoon. Went out for dinner afterward.

Yesterday we went to church, then I spent the afternoon finishing up my RT books and writing reviews. I always seem to squeak in right at the deadline. No matter how hard I try to start them early, I never seem to get the timing right.

Now I'm reading Nice Girls Finish First by Alesia Holliday. Still listening to Velocity, I think I'll bring it in the house to listen to later today.

Lots of errands to run today, and I told the kids we'd work on reading and writing. We've had enough vacation, I don't want Logan to forget everything he learned!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Another day, better mood

I'm doing better today, maybe my problem yesterday was that I didn't leave the house for the entire day. I did get a lot done, it just didn't feel like it. Today we actually left the house--went to the Dollar Tree and got some more things for Grace's party, to the library where the kids completed their first goal for the summer reading program, and to the post office to mail some books. They've been playing better this afternoon with only minimal fighting.

I'm reading Die Before Nightfall, a Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense book. It's actually really good, the first one that I've had difficulty putting down. The Dean Koontz book I'm listening to is great as well, it reminds me a lot of Harlan Coben.

Oh, need to go set the recorder for Big Brother! I am going to a Tastefully Simple party tonight and won't be home, so I really need to do that.

Anyway, today has been a much, much better day.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Kids are driving me NUTS!

I am trying so hard to get things done around here. But everywhere I turn, kids are fighting, making messes, and getting in my way. I have to get some reviews written. I am SO behind. But Grace stands right next to me and wants to play a game on the computer. Tanner is over and he always causes such chaos, they are constantly running around and fighting even more. They went over to his house for maybe 10 minutes, and then they are back here again.

I almost can't take it anymore. It's now time for me to make dinner and I have barely gotten anything done today. ARRRRRRRRRRRRGHHH!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Can't seem to catch my breath!

I have had no time on the computer lately. I'm so behind with my reviews, at least I'm reading, that's something.

Finished was a great program, a great week. Just a lot to do right after coming home from vacation. Still don't have everything picked up and put away yet. My de-cluttering and cleaning that I started a few weeks ago is stalled mid-process until I can get some time to Freecycle or take stuff to Goodwill (will probably do both)

The 4th of July was fun but again, tiring. Went to the lake for a couple of days. Listened to music. So excited on Sunday, got to see Shaun Groves. That was a huge treat, he was wonderful and funny. We got to pre-order his new CD that comes out on the 12th for only $5.

Today the kids and I took Kimber to the airport so she can visit Las Vegas for two weeks. It will be a nice break for her and more cleaning for me! Heh, heh, I get to get rid of some things!

I'm currently reading my RT books for the month, right now I'm reading In Sheep's Clothing by Susan May Warren. Pretty good so far, international intrigue and all that. Different for the Steeple Hill books, a refreshing change. Finally finished Oh My Stars on audio, now I'm listening to Velocity by Dean Koontz.

Big Brother starts on Thursday! Yay, finally something interesting to watch on TV. We've been watching a lot of movies though, and Season 5 of the Sopranos. Although I warn you that watching the Sopranos right before bed can give some mighty weird dreams.

Ok, back to cleaning!