Kindle?

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:58 pm
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Out of curiosity, is anyone interested in a Kindle Paperwhite. It's the previous edition, so it's not the latest one, but it still works perfectly fine. Pretty much the only time that I use it nowadays is when I'm traveling via plane, which I don't see happening any time soon since I don't plan on going back to Tennessee for the holidays this year. So since my checking account is still somewhat lighter than I'd like, I thought that I'd at least see if anyone might want one.

I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.

(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)
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We had a lovely, lovely week. Warm, dry and like it's high summer in mid September. But no.... climate change is not a thing. Nope. «sarcasm»

My reading week was not a really good one. I kept wanting to like a book that I really, really should have just DNF. But I'm a stubborn reader. I have to finish it even if I don't like it. Crazy reader.

I have a few things on my to-do list for today :
  • Make my apple sauce. I have the apples. I just have to peal them and put them in the slow cooker. It's apple time here. Yum.
  • I have 2 bananas ready to be made into tiny muffins. But I have to go to the grocery store to get the stuff I need like eggs, brown sugar.
  • I need to go shop for the lighting for my bathroom. The renovations are almost here. I did get all the plumbing things on Wednesday. The shower plumbing, the sink, the plumbing for the sink. In the end I ended up with 2 000$ of stuff. But lovely, lovely, burned brass to go with the white ceramic and coloured brass inserts.
I uncluttered my yarn cube last Sunday. I frogged at least 4 projects. Finished one. I'm almost with the second one I kept. I've started to knit again but in small bursts. 10 minutes at most. My shoulder is holding up.



Outbox

Garrett by Sawyer Bennett. Hockey romance. But by name only. This is the book I stubbornly kept reading. I really wanted to like it more. But.... so much sex... I ended up skipping 40% of the book. Scene one, good it's perfect for the plot and the angst the author is setting up. Scene two. Good one too. It establishes the hero's changing. Scene three... well... four... god not another one... five...skip, skip, skip, repeat until the end for every scene.

Not that Olivia and Garrett aren't interesting. They are but their relationship is sex and sex and sex. It drowned what the author wanted to show: the journey of a man who doesn't do relationship, commitment, (cliché, but Garrett is not an ass so I can deal with this trope) and the journey of a woman faced with a challenge (medical crisis and done well). But ... unlike Alex and Sutton, both Garrett and Olivia were paper thin. It was angst and sex. All the time. It got boring. Cherry on top... the epilogue. Just no. As for the hockey, the hero could have been a football, baseball, basketball player or an architect wouldn't have changed a thing.

Inbox

A few contemporary romances that were either free or really cheap in ebooks. I got #2 and #3 of Monstress which is probably what I'll read for a change of pace.
Reading

A Bibliotherapy essay.



In "Is it October Yet?" news....

I got my Funko Sidney Crosby figurine.

Training camps started on Thursday with media day and really on Friday. It's really funny to hear Ryan Reaves say this but not a surprise. So not a surprise. I think he was the only one who was surprised.






Like DUH!

Is it October yet? Pre-season games are starting today.
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The fight left Mikey as suddenly as it had appeared; he cocked an eyebrow, voice going back to its regular expressionless level. "My problem? Honestly, Gerard, your job is my problem." He tossed the helmet onto the living room floor. Gerard winced at the crash, but Mikey just kept pulling his gloves and jacket off, tossing them aside too and walking into the kitchen. Gerard trailed behind him, watching in disbelief as Mikey pulled a glass out of a cupboard and poured himself some water.

"My job … with BLI? Where you work? How exactly is that a problem for anyone?"

Mikey smoothed stringy brown hair back out of his face. "It means... shit, Gerard. Either you're more clueless than I thought, or you're not... not the same person you used to be."

It hurt. It hurt like a laser burst to the chest, quiet and bloodless and deadly. "I -" 'I don't remember who I used to be,' he wanted to yell. 'You're supposed to be the one who remembers.' But Mikey was turning away, bracing a hand on one of the chair backs. Gerard studied the dismissive line of his shoulders for a long time. Mikey didn't turn back around. "I don't understand this, but fine," Gerard said finally, trying to hold his voice steady. It was easier than he'd imagined it would be. "Then I'm not." He took a deep breath; the kitchen walls were tilting in, making him feel like he was smothering. He'd only ever had two solutions to that problem: drink until they crashed down, or run.


- [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesdaysgone's The Kids from Yesterday

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Sep. 11th, 2017 06:48 pm
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It's been a while. In brief.

Nanna fell over, was in hospital but is now home again but very frail. She's bruised herself terribly and knocked her confidence. She's always said she'd die when she was 97 and is now saying she wishes it would hurry up and come, and yesterday was talking about her will :(

Mam was ill, got better, got ill again, and yesterday was sure she'd end up in hospital if she saw the doctor again. She seems a bit better today though, so fingers crossed.

James had a terrible chest infection. Thought he was better, managed all of an hour at work and was sent home again, and is still off now.

I had a horrible stomach bug, but thankfully am fine now.

James had two hospital appointments last week. The first for his hand, where his consultant suggested operating on his ligaments again to try and address the fact two fingers don't move much. Considering we were both sure all ops were over in terms of his hand, that was a shock. He also saw the back specialist who suggested getting pain killing injections as a day case. Except, mam keeps saying how she knows people who had them done and they ruined their lives, so we're up in the air about that.

Corey moved, and I spent pretty much two days helping him and his house mates clean their old house. The fruit flies. The grease. I still close my eyes and see it. His new house -- or maisonette -- is pretty good, but half the size of the old one. I've just had a long talk to him and he said they've lost money on the damage bond for the state of the garden, the carpets being a bit scruffy, dust, and the oven not being spotless.

He also said he's thinking of moving onto a Masters degree when he finishes this one.

I'm still going to the gym lots, and after buying a new swimming costume -- five sizes smaller than the old one -- I'm going swimming again.

With one thing or another we've barely been to the cinema, only seeing Logan Lucky in the last fortnight. And then today went to see It. I can't say I was looking forward to it, but it was okay.

Our car had to go in for repair, so we have a hire car atm, and it's amazing! The best bit being a boot that opens automatically, so James can actually open it himself.

I've done lots of other stuff, gone to a deer park, a party, the music festival, and many other good things, so while the above looks like a lot of medical stuff, life has still been mostly on the good side. Plus, Camp Sparkle soon, which is so much of the win.

Apologies for the lack of reading/comments. I will catch up, and badly need to delve into my in-box, which I'm going to do asap.

Frank Turner Concert IV

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Last week I had my fourth Frank Turner concert (first and third concert reports here)! It was held at Breese Stevens Field, an outdoor repurposed athletic field venue which I had never been to before. Luckily the weather was beautiful -- warm with clear skies and a slight breeze. There were vendors set up around the perimeter of the field selling food, drink and crafts along with the traditional concert merch. I bought a Frank Turner hoodie.

The headliner was Jason Isbell, a country folk rock singer that Jen introduced me to, and who also appears in Frank Turner's video for Love Forty Down as his tennis opponent:



I listened to Jason's two most recent albums in preparation for the concert, and grew quite fond of them, despite them being much more country than my tastes usually run. Here are my favorites so far:

Hope the High Road
If We Were Vampires
White Man's World
How to Forget

So Frank and a band called Communist Daughter were the openers, but Frank had a nice, long set. And it was nice to see a lot of people who were at the show for Jason and who were unfamiliar with Frank get to experience him for the first time. One woman near us was particularly blown away and was taking about how impressed she was afterwards.

We had sprung for the "gold circle" tickets, which meant we could be right up against the stage. We chose to sit and drink cider until Frank's set started, at which point we stood so we could jump and dance along, and so I could get closer for pictures.

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At one point Frank complained about the sunlight in his eyes, so a band member slipped some sunglasses onto his face. They lasted all of 15 seconds before Frank's bouncing knocked them off.

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We sat back down and split a bottle of moscato while waiting for Jason to come on, but stood back up shortly after he started. It turned out the sparrow and anchor backdrop lit up and changed colors, which was quite beautiful. His lighting and staging was all really great.

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His wife Amanda is also a talented musician and she accompanied him with strings and vocals. It was a really nice show. I know outdoor venues are a gamble, but I'd happily go back to Breese Stevens Field. Also, I plan to keep going to Frank concerts as long as he keeps stopping in Madison, Milwaukee, and/or Chicago.

Seriously?

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Question: has anyone else had an issue with the USPS returning packages that they've mailed, claiming that the address is incorrect when it's not?

I've had this happen multiple times, usually when I'm mailing out several packages at the same time. It doesn't happen regularly, by any means, but it happens enough that it's starting to get more than a little annoying. And it just happened again, because a package that I mailed out from my last virtual garage sale post was returned to me yesterday.

Could it have to do with the something that my local post office is doing, when they're inputting information for the various barcodes and such that are then put on the package? That's the only thing I can think of to explain why it's happened several times, but I'm not entirely certain how exactly scanning packages works with the USPS.
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The leaves are turning, there's a crisp fell to the air in the morning when I leave for work.

This week I put together the list of Reading Harder for the library for the upcoming fall. 15 books by POC (men and women) through all forms : fictions, non fiction, graphic novels. This is the list of titles recommended by the librarian. We are doing what we can to offer diverse choices for reading.

This week's SmartBitches podcast is an interview with Alyssa Cole. I am so looking forward to read "An Extraordinary Union". The podcast is about clothing on cover art, Hamilton, lots of good stuff.

SeptemBOWIE is still going strong. I love this photo challenge. My entry for Golden Years and Life on Mars.


Outbox

Nothing. I have very few hours to read since going back to work.

Inbox

Erin McRae's A Queen from the North. A recommendation from Litsy.

Reading

My Is it October Yet? band-aid is Garrett by Sawyer Bennett. Hockey romance.

A Bibliotherapy essay.

I should be done with the librarian contemporary romance this week-end.


In "Is it October Yet?" news....


Pens' recruits camp had a surprise guest yesterday that had to be clear to skate with them. Bill Guerin cleared him to skate for 3rd center. Yeah, Sidney Crosby went on the ice yesterday and did drills with them. Can't keep the boy away from the ice.


 Sidney

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