Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fishy Shame

I've hit a lot of lows in my life. A lot. There were the twilight books I read. And movies I watched. There was the time I made Nick staple the last fifty or so pages of a book to the back cover so that I couldn't peak ahead, then I pried the staples out to peak and restapled so he wouldn't know. (Spoiler alert- he couldn't care less.) There was the time I gained seventy pounds when I was pregnant. Four times. There was the time (last week) when I walked in to the kitchen to find Daisy coloring and singing allll the words to White Walls.

But now I've hit a new low. An ALL TIME low. At least I hope I never sink lower. I probably will.

This morning, I shouted at Ava not to start the next episode of a show bc I needed to start getting the day ready. I promised we'd watch it- and the next one, we only have two left- after school. And I was dead serious- I'd be devastated if she watched without me and I can't bear to wait more than the seven hours it'll take her to get home to find out what happens next.

The show?
Mako Mermaids.

I'm so ashamed. So, so ashamed. It is SO STUPID. It is a show FOR CHILDREN.

But what can I say? Nothing, bc I'm too embarrassed. I actually considered warning the final two while she's at school and then pretending I didn't, but Netflix puts a check mark next to the ones you watch and she'll definitely notice.

Maybe I could buy it on iTunes?!?! Then she'd never know!!!

I'm so ashamed. And so excited to find out if they get Zac's powers. Will the pod come back? Will they let the girls in? What's Rita gonna do? Will Lila's crazy idea of letting Zac join the pod even make it to the mermaid council? How will we resolve the fact that Zac has a girlfriend but he's obviously destined to be with Lila? Can Cam get killed on a children's show?


But don't tell anyone.

Linking up with Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop with my take on the prompt FISHY. 

PS While hunting down the pic for this shameful post, I have discovered that there are THREE SEASONS of this show.  It's not looking good for my pride yall.  Not looking good at all. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Currently (The -ing Post)

Weeping with joy that I'm finally finished with this quilt.  Eighty four by ninety two, straight line quilting every two inches in an organic crosshatch pattern.  The quilting itself took me three hours or more a day, for five straight days, although this probably has more to do with my inexperience as a sewist and my knack for getting easily distracted by the television, but still.  My back and shoulders ACHE. I always say that I'll never ever do another big quilt...but it's just so gorgeous!!! How could I possibly resist?!?!

Loving all this sunshine lately, but wishing maybe it would warm up just a smidge on the sunny days? I laid out yesterday afternoon while Nick and the kids played soccer, but I was wearing a sweater and leggings and a scarf. And I had a quilt on top of me.  BUT I was wearing sunglasses!!!

Freaking out about the move.  For reals.  Do I do this every time? Probably. I'll have to go back and look. We'll get to California (hopefully California, please not Norfolk, please please PLEASE) at the very beginning of August, but then Nick will be gone for three months for schools and the like.  I'm nervous about finding a house, starting new schools for the kids, all that jazz, but mostly, I'm panicking about the move itself.  My craft room ya''s not good.  I'm like a goldfish that grew to fit the giant bowl it lived in. And I grew even OUTSIDE the room, and took over most of the living room as well.  And the laundry room. But we basically live in a mansion here, there's NO WAY I'll ever have another room this big for all my shit.  So what do I do with it all?!?! Deep breaths.  Surely I can think of something.  Right?!?!

Finally reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  I got it ages ago at the library but I've been putting it off to read a few others.  Delayed gratification and all that.  I'm quite proud of myself, and quite excited to get started.  Although I'm sixteen pages in and already all sorts of confused.  There's definitely something to these books that I'm just not getting.

Hating apple music a little less.  I still prefer spotify, but I think I'm learning my way around.  It's definitely easier for me to use on the actual computer, instead of my phone.  I don't know how to link to it, but in the 'for you' section a few weeks ago, I found a playlist called Non Traditional Power Ballads and it is GOOD. Total Eclipse of the Heart, Never Tear Us Apart, Far Behind, Linger, Fake Plastic Trees, and the song from Free Willy are just a FEW of the gems. Right now I've got an Intro to the Who playlist and it's fabulous bc while I know every single word (and beat) of Tommy by heart...the only other Who songs I know are the ones from CSI. So that's a little embarrassing. Lol, the one from CSI Miami just came on as I was typing that, literally!!
Wondering why that picture is so awful. Probably bc I seem to be going backwards with technology.  Like, every day, I know LESS and less about how to use a computer. I'm so old.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Over Coffee

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that Nick finally got his orders and I'm just devastated that we really have to leave.  Like, absolutely gutted.

I'm trying to look on the bright side, but I'm not a bright side kinda gal.  The bright side is obviously that we're going somewhere slightly cool (Northern California) but the realistic Debbie Downer in me is angry that we can't stay here, that Nick didn't get the assignment in Vancouver (where they filmed The X Files!!!) and is about eighty five percent sure the Navy will call a do over and send us to Norfolk instead.

The bright side is that we'll be close to amazing national parks and the Redwood Forest, which I saw as a little girl and remember as being the absolute coolest thing in the history of ever.  But the Debbie Downer is nagging everyone she meets about how expensive it is to live where we're going (I think we might be going near Silicon Valley but I'm not entirely sure what Silicon Valley is exactly, so I'm not sure?) We can't afford to live in out in town (the towns are Mountain View and Sunnyvale- not to be confused with SunnyDALE- if anyone has any inside info on the area) but I can't have Nick having a commute (bc he has to do breakfast AND baths for those kids) so we're crossing our fingers for base housing, which is apparently gross and tiny.

The bright side is that we get to move again, which I sort of love. But the Debbie Downer is quick to remind me that we'll be laying over for about a month in South Florida and Biloxi and it's usually about two billion degrees with infinity humidity in July.  Bright side, Disney World!!! Debbie Downer- Disney World!!! With the Entirety of Planet Earth!! Plus Heat!!!

Aha!! Bright Side- SUNSHINE!!! Even I can't come up with a Debbie Downer about leaving British weather, except the old fallback- I don't want to leave.
Don't remind me of how foggy it gets in the bay area. I'm barely holding on over here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Reports: Girl With all the Gifts and The Quick

Let's start with The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey.  First of all, I don't know if 'all' should be capitalized or not and it's driving me bonkers.  Secondly, I have no idea how this book ended up on my list, but MAN ALIVE am I glad it did. 

My initial review still holds: SO GOOD. I knew NOTHING going into this and it was TOTALLY not at all what I was expecting, but it was perfect and SO GOOD!!! Don't google it, just get the the library, clear your schedule, and READ. 

I gave it five stars, easily. The writing was great, the characters were extremely well thought out and believable, and obviously 


 obviously it was a different take on SPOILER zombies than I've ever read.  Then again, it's not like I read a lot of SPOILERzombie books...

From the back of the bookMelanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Highly recommend, even if SPOILER zombies isn't your typical type of book.  It's certainly not mine and I loved it. 


And now for The Quick by Lauren Owen.  My friend Robin mentioned this on Pinterest and I immediately noticed the blurb by my beloved SK- apparently he tweeted “A terrific (and terrifying) novel of the undead in London. Completely involving, impossible to put down.”

I wouldn't say it was terrifying.  Or actually scary at all.  But I will DEFINITELY say that after the initial boring bits in the beginning (um...all of part one?) I literally did not put this book down.  My initial review, I was pretty excited- I'd stayed up RIDICULOUSLY late, considering my alarm goes off at quarter to five, to finish it: FANTASTIC!!! Not sure how I missed that this was about vampires- SK says it pretty clearly in his blurb. But it was a great surprise. Just good old fashioned FUN to read. Only docked half a star bc the beginning, after he moves to London, was SO boring to me. After that, I didn't put it down till I was done.

From the back of the bookYou are about to discover the secrets of 'The Quick' - but first you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, a world of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of 'The Quick' are revealed.

Highly recommend, if you can handle hints (pretty specific hints) about this lunatic Doctor Knife cutting up and torturing his vampires. It wasn't anything life altering, but it was good old fashioned fun and I had a total blast reading it.  After part one ;)

Linking up with Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop with the prompt book review. Obviously.