Frank said… #90

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Ice cream truck music playing as it drives nearby.

Frank: They’re taunting me
Me: How so?
Frank: The music is echoing through the trees…
Me: Give it time, they’ll be over
Frank: NO they won’t, THEY wont let them
Me: Who’s THEY?
Frank: General electric.
Me: I don’t think they can do that
Frank: Yes they can, they have the power.

Frank wanted me to update this and let you know that he believes GE is out to get him because their Twitter handle has blocked him.

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Coffee Date #39

I was tired. It was early

Off to Chicago coffee

Hi there. It’s been a bit. How are you? I’m tentatively back although I’m not sure what it’ll look like, how often I’ll be here or if it’ll even stick. I guess I just missed you.

What’s in your cup today? I picked up more Kahlua coffee so Friday’s are a treat again. I’m having a major craving for an English Muffin with butter and jam, but that’s a no go.

What’s new? I’ve been a little crazy busy working on a major project at the office that required an insane amount of research, too many hours at the pool to cover, some design work for friends, more crafting, and traveling. I hand wrote a bunch of stuff while I was gone and it might see the light of the internet, or maybe not. Who knows? It’s one of those things we’ll have to see about.


It’s blurry, but so was I.

So that traveling thing. Yeah. I might be getting too old to sit in the car so long.

We were gone for 5 days and drove 1700+ miles to go to Cornfest, to find a bar that’s the Copper Fox all over again, to attend a dear friend and his stunningly beautiful bride’s wedding, a 10 year old’s birthday dinner, hear Grandma’s latest theory, and buy wine at Target. I got a little too cozy with Jack at the wedding, ate [too many] french fries, rocked the sparkly blue dress with 5″ peep toed slingbacks, and laughed a lot. We also ate a lot of bacon.

It was a good trip.


Happy 10th D!

I’ve read a few books and am in the middle of two others. I’ll be posting thoughts on those soon. Other reviews will be coming out as the books become available for sale.

It seems I can keep getting more free books if I keep on top of the reviews. Who doesn’t like free books?

After 5 days of being away, I’m glad to be home and back to a mostly general schedule. The accommodations at the Hansen Inn are fantastic, but I missed home and my shower. Also, my body wants to get back to yoga class and more normal to me foods. I applaud my in-laws for  their willingness to help me keep gluten free, but it’s just easier at home.

I hope you have an awesome weekend. Anything good planned?

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Reading More: Guilt by Association

A copy of Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

Rachel Knight has a sharp wit, sharper mouth, and a kind heart. The plot was decent enough but the characters and various descriptions got in the way of this being a better book and getting a thumbs up from me. There were some very funny lines but I don’t know about “riotous humor”. The characters were likable enough, but quite obviously borrowed from other authors.

I grew weary of the dining /drinking being peppered with how much she was going to have to work out and what she was going to wear. Maybe it was done to be more more relatable, but as I ate my french fries and wore my yoga pants, I found it cumbersome and guilt inducing. The specific products and locales mentioned made me wonder if Clark was paid to mention them.

I’ll read a few more to see where Clark take her character, but I don’t expect I’ll give this series a thumbs up. Kinsey Millhone, Kay Scarpetta, Kate Beckett, Eve Duncan Olivia Benson or even Trixie Belden she is not.

I’m sure Clark was an ace attorney, but she has a long way to go to be a fiction writer.

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Checking out for now…see you soon. (Probably.)


Until we meet again…kiss kiss

I’ve had no desire to blog in the last week. Almost none at least. I’ve had no ideas that urgently need to be written down because “oh gosh that would make a fun post!” and limited things I’ve wanted to share. It’s possible that I’ve just had more on my plate than I normally do and because blogging is something I only expect for and from myself it’s the easiest to let go of when things get to be overwhelming.

Don’t worry, I’m fine. It’s just the idea of recapping my Friday night adventure to Hartford, CT,  sharing the absolutely terrible looking cookies I made, or things I need to get done in the house/projects we’re working on there is frankly too exhausting to even contemplate.

Maybe my online story is done, it’s been 10 years after all. Maybe not? Who knows.

I’ve loved blogging, meeting new people, and learning about things from different perspectives so I imagine I’ll be back – probably. For now I’m going to focus on some new projects around the house, in life, and around the web. My gut tells me that it’s break time.

Now. I’m not saying all of this because I want people to try to convince me to stay (don’t bother, I’ll be back or not when I’m ready) or because I feel like I owe anyone an explanation of why I’m not going to post for awhile. I’m writing this so that people don’t wonder where I am or what’s up. I hate it when people just go poof!

If you need to reach me, you can email metweet with me here or follow my pictures here. I’m sure I’ll be back, but when and what capacity that will be? I’m not sure.

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Reading More: Collector of Dying Breaths

A bit ago, I read Collector of Dying Breaths, by M.J. Rose. A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon:

Florence, Italy—1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra­grances and potent medicines—and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial to reanimate the dead.

In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, René doesn’t begin to imag­ine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.

Paris, France—The Present:

A renowned mythologist, Jac L’Etoile—trying to recover from personal heartache by throw­ing herself into her work—learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomesobsessed with René le Florentin’s work—particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime.

Jac’s efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating René le Flo­rentin’s mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir . . . for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means.

This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici’s court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit cha­teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.

Even though I’m not a lover of historical fiction or sci-fi generally speaking, I really enjoyed this book and spent several nights up very late because I couldn’t put it down. Some of it seemed a little far fetched even for sci-fi, but it was a great story, had an intriguing premise, and was quite engaging. I also loved that we got to see what happened next to Jac after Seduction, a new mystery for her, and a little bit of love throw in for good measure.

The historical parts were vividly written and I was able to clearly imagine them in my head even though I have little reference for that particular time period. The present parts were a little wordy, but I learned some interesting things from all the information that was packed in to the story, for instance that ambergris which is putrefied whale vomit is an ingredient in high end perfumes.

I give the book a solid B and look forward to more by M.J. Rose.

Is this something you’d like to read? Why or why not?

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Keeping up with the cleaning up!

I am not shy about saying that I love, Love, LOVE that we have so much space in our house. I love it to the moon and back. Square footage wise it’s more than three times the size of my glorified studio that I had before Frank moved here and about twice the size of our apartment in Troy.

I love it, I do. But all that space means more space to be cluttered and have to keep up with straightening and cleaning it up. (I’m super glad we didn’t end up with the old Victorian we thought about…)

Frank and I aren’t dirty people, cluttered and messy sometimes? Sure. Junk mail piles up and stuff doesn’t get filed right away. I’m not too big a person to say that a lot of it is on me because my crafting stuff doesn’t always get put away like it should, sometimes the dishes don’t get done every day, and laundry stays out longer than it should.

If I’m being totally honest with you, I’ve NEVER been very good at staying on top of clutter. I sometimes wonder if it’s because I’m just lazy about it (maybe) or if it’s because I do my best work with what I need at my fingertips (true) and things being too neat stall out my thought process. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the two.

Life happens. Sleep sometimes wins. Sometimes I just can’t deal with it right away and then I get distracted. I guess those are excuses but who’s perfect? Not this girl. I’d rather attempt to relax than worry if every dish is put away, but maybe I can split the difference?

I was feeling a little overwhelmed last week with some of it and I stumbled upon a Tumblr called “Unf*ck Your Habitat” (lots of cursing but also lots of inspiration – you’ve been warned) It is what it sounds like; helpful hints and reminders to keep your living space not a big hot mess.

Each week they post a challenge and this week’s speaks to me directly! This week the challenge is to deal with the “Invisible Corners” or Piles of Stuff to Put Away Later as some people call them.  I can think of 4 or 5 that need to be taken care of and there are probably likely more. I just thought of a sixth.

I have to teach tonight so I’ll probably only get one or two 20/10s in, but it’ll be a start. If for some reason I don’t have to teach, I’ll maybe get a few more in.  I’ll be using my #makeaugust to be #neater tonight.

Are you one who has to have it clean or prefer a little/lot of clutter? Does your habitat need some unf*cking?

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Things that made me smile this week…#32, 2014

I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

  • Gouda Mac and Cheese to share with friends
  • The beautiful bluejay that visited
  • Fun graphic design (unicorn farting glitter, Tom Cruise is a robot.)
  • Live music in the sunshine and laughing with Frank, Daddy-O and Cas
  • Frank still Liking me when I’m having a hard time Liking myself.
  • Planning a girls day for 9/27. If you’re local and think you might want in let me know and I’ll send you the info. We’re doing a painting at a bar and lunch.
  • “Beating” the guy next to me on the rower. He just couldn’t keep up and it made me giggle.
  • Reading at lunch with left over Chili Pie.
  • Liking my outfits most days last week.
  • One of my special needs kiddos making progress with me.
  • Not breaking down in tears for Sunday’s yoga class

How was your week?

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Frank said… #89

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Frank: Shark Week’s gotten too commercial.
Me: Oh?
Frank: I remember when Shark Week had integrity. Sigh

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Coffee Date #38

Hey there! It’s nice to see you again, what’s in your cup this morning? I’m having Creme Brulee coffee with hot chocolate. I was hoping I had a Kahlua coffee hidden, but it seems I’m out. I’ll have to remedy that next time I find them on sale.

So what’s new? Anything good to report? Any good jokes or funny stories from this week?

I have one for you. Let me share the conversation I had with one of my little swimmers at the pool last night. D is one of my favorite swimmers and over the last couple of years that we’ve worked together, we’ve not only had a lot of fun, but he’s become quite the little swimmer.

D had finished a 75 yard swim for me and was giggling when he came into the wall to talk about what needed to be fixed.

unicornfartglitterMe: D, what’s so funny?
D: What happens when you fart in the pool? Because I did!
Me: Meh, the bubbles come out. Sometimes they get stuck in your suit for a bit first.
D: Oh, okay. (Slightly disappointed – I think that nothing “cooler” happened.)
Me: Come on out of the pool so we can work on something.
D: My mom farted last night!
Me: Everyone farts, D.
D: Girls don’t fart.
Me: Sorry kiddo. They do, we just try to be polite about it.
D: You sure?
Me: Yep.
D: Oh. (Even more disappointed.)

I’m not sure why he was disappointed unless he was trying to get a rise out of me so he didn’t have to swim more, but I’m really hoping I didn’t break his little boy heart with that piece of information though.

Kids. They’re great for a laugh.

Anything exciting planned for this weekend? Frank and I are going to a happy hour near my office to see a college friend of mine play some music. That should be nice. Tomorrow I’m working and then going to friends’ house for dinner which reminds me I have to decide what to bring! Maybe some Ice Cream Sundae Pie? Or gf mac and cheese who knows…

Well I have to get a refill and then run. It was nice to see you! I hope you have a laughter filled weekend!

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Thursday Three – Reasons Why I think Tom Cruise is a Robot

I found this in my drafts and thought it was an excellent post for today…It’s almost a year old and why I didn’t click publish escapes me now, but here you go. Perhaps my subconscious knew that I’d want to make a super fun graphic to go with it?

tomcruiserobotI was talking to BatGirl the other day about something or other and Tom Cruise came up. He did something (can’t remember what right now because I didn’t sleep last night and my brain is totally fried) and I commented that I thought hes clearly a robot.

She agreed that it’s likely. We then went onto discuss the facts* that support this being the case.

  1. The man does not age. Either he has the best plastic surgeon in the field (Let’s be honest, if you have enough work done, it starts to show.) or he’s a robot with Data like skin.
  2. He’s super into Scientology which makes sense from the standpoint that they’re all about “programming” and “deprogramming”. You’d think this would mean he’s not prone to crazy antics but I figure like all other computerized things, sometimes his programming gets gilitchy.
  3. He treated Katie like she was a robot and was a robot with her because he doesn’t know how else to be since he is a robot himself. It would also explain why there is the underlying assumption that Suri is totally Chris Klien’s kid because robots can’t make babies with humans.

I’m sure there’s other reasons, but you know what? My gut says he’s a robot and my gut is rarely wrong.

Do you think he’s a robot? Why or why not?


*Fact is being used loosely here.

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