31 March, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

I am joining the fun over at . Reading Adventure (who is joining the fun over at Should be Reading )

  • Teaser Tuesday is hosted by : Should be Reading
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

Reserved For the Cat - Mercedes Lackey

"I'm rather in the same pickle". He fanned his wings

30 March, 2009


We invited twenty 4 year olds out to party. We had a friggen blast.

We have been to several parties here and Spotty Chop always has a good time. What we didn't know was that they really made it fun and easy for the parents. They provided 3 “hostesses” who were in charge of everything. Leading the kids in games, knowing when the kids needed time to just be kids, listening to the kids, making sure that they had fun, serving the food, making sure goodie bags were handed out by the birthday boy.
And the most important thing of all? THEY CLEANED UP!!!!! I did not have to clean my house to have people come in. I did not have to clean my house after people left. All I had to do was take pictures…do you wanna see?

The last picture is at home, you do not do gift opening at the party. I really liked that. I took a photo of Spotty with every gift. These will go in the thank yous. Favorite Bro & Froggie, here is your photo...which you could see if you knew I blogged...but you don't so you will have to wait. HA HA

29 March, 2009

For those of you who watch what you eat

Here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

28 March, 2009

SG1 season 6

Dr. McKay: [about Anubis] Has a real flair for the dramatic, doesn't he? Very theatrical.
Maj. Carter: Yeah, pretty much all the Goa'uld are like that.
Dr. McKay: But, why wait? Why does this guy show up a day and a half after this all starts to do his whole "prepare to meet your doom" thing?
Maj. Carter: I don't know, maybe he wanted to make sure it was gonna work.
Dr. McKay: Yeah, that would be embarrassing, wouldn't it? "Nothing can stop the destruction that I bring upon you!" And then the Gate shuts down. "Oops, sorry, never mind."

[Carter kisses McKay on the cheek]
Dr. McKay: [thrilled] That means you don't hate me.
Major Carter: Maybe. Too bad for you.
Dr. McKay: Why?
Major Carter: I was more attracted to you when I did.

Dr. Michaels: Hi. It's nice to finally meet you, Major.
Maj. Carter: You too. Dr. Michaels, this is Dr. Fraiser.
Dr. Michaels: Doctor.
Dr. Fraiser: Doctor.
Dr. Michaels: [also introducing] Uh…Drs. Woods and Osbourne.
Dr. Fraiser: Doctor.
Dr. Woods: Doctor.
Dr. Osbourne: Major.
Maj. Carter: Doctor.
Woods: Major.
Dr. Fraiser: Doctor.
Col. O'Neill: All right. That's enough.

Ba'al: Who are you?
Col. O'Neill: You go first.
Ba'al: [picking up a knife] You claim you do not know me?
Col. O'Neill: Well, take no offense there, Skippy, I'm sure you're a real hot, important Goa'uld, I've just always been kind of out of the loop with the snake thing.
Ba'al: I am Ba'al.
Col. O'Neill: That's it? Just "Ball"? As in Bocce?
Ba'al: Do you not know the pain you will suffer for this impudence? [aims the knife at Jack]
Col. O'Neill: I don't know the meaning of the word. Seriously. "Impudence." What does that mean?

Dr. Jackson: I'm energy now…
Col. O'Neill: How's that working out for you?
Dr. Jackson: Good, actually. Very…
Col. O'Neill: Good.
Dr. Jackson: Very good.

Dr. Jackson: It's your journey. No one but you can choose what you become or the path you take. All I can promise you is it will be an amazing journey. Once you release your burden.
Col. O'Neill: Daniel, so help me, if you start talkin' like Oma…
Dr. Jackson: I'm not talking like Oma Desala.
Col. O'Neill: Sounds like Oma to me.
Dr. Jackson: No, no, no…see, Oma Desala would say something like…uh, uh, if you know the candle is fire then the meal was cooked a long time ago or something like that.
Col. O'Neill: Why?
Dr. Jackson: To open your mind.
Col. O'Neill: Though a candle burns in my house…there's nobody home

Dr. Coombs: They'll be back, Felger. Can't you see they're just having fun with you?
Dr. Felger: What are you talking about? There's something going on out there.
Dr. Coombs: Oh, please, huh? They're just tired of your butt-snorkeling.

Dr. Felger: Bite me, Coombs! At least my heroes exist. If this was a Trek convention you'd be all dressed up like a Klingon.
Dr. Coombs: Vulcan, Felger. Vulcan. And I don't know how you can call yourself a scientist and not worship at the altar of Roddenberry!
Dr. Felger: [mockingly] Oooh, how we gonna get outta this one, Captain? Oh, I don't know, something to do with a tachyon emitter?

Maj. Carter: How come you're not smiling?
Jonas: Should I be?
Maj. Carter: Well, it is your first time being captured by a Goa'uld.

Herak: No matter what you have endured, you have never experienced the likes of what Anubis is capable of.
Col. O'Neill: You ended that sentence with a preposition. Bastard!

Dr. Felger: You are not going to die, Coombs.
Dr. Coombs: Oh, come on, Felger! We might as well be wearing red shirts!

Maj. Carter: It seemed like a power fluctuation in the cycle output of the naquadah reactor. But at closer inspection, I discovered the absorption port and its redundancy had been tampered with.
Col. O'Neill: Carter! I haven't had coffee.

Col. O'Neill: Alright now, how is that possible? I mean, how does she make kids without a… [pause] …man friend? Malek: Symbiote queens are able to fertilize their own eggs. It is essentially an asexual process.
Col. O'Neill: That why you guys take hosts?

Col. O'Neill: They didn't go for it.
Maj. Carter: They didn't approve the mission?
Col. O'Neill: No, they did that. Once they knew the stakes and the whole "fate of the universe" stuff, both the president and Hammond realized we have no choice. He sends good luck, godspeed, and all those things he says when he thinks we're gonna die.
Maj. Carter: So what didn't they go for?
Col. O'Neill: The name I suggested.
Maj. Carter: For the ship?
Col. O'Neill: Yeah.
Maj. Carter: Yeah, sir, we can't call it the Enterprise.
Col. O'Neill: Why not?

Thor: If in fact you are reconsidering...
Col. O'Neill: No, no. I full well expected the other shoe to drop.
Thor: We can only hope that this will be the last footwear to fall.

Jonas: The possibility of being insane has been interfering with my ability to relax.

Maybourne: Nothing more than a good wiener.
Col. O'Neill: Yes, you are what you eat.

Teal'c: The Celts were formidable warriors in their time. Their descendants may make valuable allies.
Col. O'Neill: You've seen Braveheart too often.

Teal'c: I would prefer not to consume bovine lactose at any temperature.

Col. Ronson: There's no redundancy for that particular system.
Col. O'Neill: So, you're saying there's no redundancy.

Mot: You are the Tauri of Stargate Command.
Col. O'Neill: And you are Lord Mot. Come to punish us for our insolence, yada, etcetera, et al.
Mot: That is correct.
Col. O'Neill: Well Mr Mot. We're onto you. We know what you've got planned and we've informed the Tok'ra. If we don't report back on schedule, they're goina rat you out, they'll tell your boss, they'll snitch on ya.

26 March, 2009

Book Review: Grave Peril

Are you hooked yet? Have you picked this series up? I am not going to tell you about the books until you do.

Harry: Even days that culminate in a grand battle against an insane ghost and a trip across the border between this world and the sprit realm usually start out pretty normally. This one, for example, started off with breakfast and then work at the office.

Michael: I still can’t believe, that you came to the Vampires’ Masquerade Ball dressed as a vampire
Harry: Not just a vampire, a cheesy vampire. Do you think they got the point?

Michael: Blood of the Dragon, that old Serpent. You and yours have no power here. Your threats are hollow, your words are empty of truth, just as your heart is empty of love, your body of life. Cease this now, before you tempt the wrath of the Almighty…Or before my friend Harry turns you into a greasy spot on the floor.

Who’s Michael you ask? Well here’s what Harry had to say

Harry: Let that be a lesson to you. Hands off the Fist of God.

Are you sure you don’t want to be reading this?

24 March, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

I am joining the fun over at . Reading Adventure (who is joining the fun over at Should be Reading )

  • Teaser Tuesday is hosted by : Should be Reading
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

I just started the book this morning (don't you raise an eyebrow at me, I did not just start the book so I could play).

The book is The True Story of Hansel and Gretel A novel of war and survival.

And the winner of my teaser search is.....p 102

"He lead them deeper into the trees through snow that was so soft he sometimes turned and picked up the girl, and the boy clung to his back. He could feel the faster beat of her heart through his coat. "

GOOD GOD I couldn't have planned that better if I tried. Now THAT is Hansel and Gretel.

22 March, 2009

Once Upon a Time III

I stumbled across this challenge when I was poking around Reading Adventures.
Stainless Steel Droppings has presented a challenge.


He has concocted multiple quests surrounding the following definitions:

fan⋅ta⋅sy: a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting.(Wiki)

fairy tale: a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and talking animals, and usually enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events. (Wiki)

folk⋅lore: the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people; The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally. (Dictionary dot com)

my⋅thol⋅o⋅gy: a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person; a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered. (Dictionary dot com)

I am going to try Quest the Third. I need to read 5 books between now and June 20th and in June read/watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I think this should be fun and as I have only 1 more baby blanket and that &^%$ stole for my boss. I think I can fit a book or 5 in…

I am thinking I will finish up (?) the Sword of Truth series with “Confessor”. That should satisfy “fantasy” I also have The Dresden Files, god I love those books.

For fairy tale I will be reading “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel”. I also pulled out a bunch of my retellings of fairy tales so you may be seeing Deerskin, Tam-Lin and the Princess Bride (to name a few).

I am having trouble with the difference between folklore and mythology. So I will have to work on these. But I am going to read The Hawk’s Gray Feather. It’s Volume 1 of the Tales of Arthur. It has to fit in one of these two categories.

Happy Reading!

20 March, 2009

Book Review: Never Let Me Go

What’s up with me and not reading Sci Fi/Fantasy? Well a former boss of mine keeps sending me stuff she LOVED. Who am I to ignore that? What’s nice is everything she seems to love is really good.

Anyway back to the story.

We start off by meeting Kathy H. Who is 31 and works as a “carer”, She works with the “doners”, and suddenly there is a funny fluttering feeling in your stomach. Kathy tells us her story through flashbacks/memories of when she grew up. You meet an interesting cast of characters. Through it all that funny feeling is there, sometimes like a single butterfly and often like a squadron of moths. Because it jumps back and forth your not really sure if what you think is happening is happening.

Wanna know if it is? Read the book...

19 March, 2009

What I woke up to this morning

Spotty Chop's Day Care called me yesterday afternoon and you know it's just not good when they say "Spotty's ok but..."
I went out to dinner with the other ladies that have kids at the same center so I got home after he went to bed. It didn't look so bad in the dark

16 March, 2009

Book Review: Blindness

What happens when ordinary people start going blind? The government panics; throws them into an abandoned insane asylum to fend for themselves. Leaves soldiers to keep them in, but not to protect. What happens to the people? How do they cope? Survive? What if there is one sighted person in there with them?

I enjoyed this story. It was written by Jose Saramago whom I have never heard of. And is also the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. Not my usual cup of tea, but sometimes it’s good to read outside the box. I must now go look up Jose because he’s has some other stuff that I might have to take a look at.

14 March, 2009

Book Review: Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation

I am usually not drawn to biography’s (can you tell). But I love me some Carly. I grew up listening to Carol, one of my mom’s favorites. And who doesn’t like Joni?

This book follows these 3 ladies through the tumulus 60’s and beyond. It is an incredibly fascinating look at the music industry, what it was like growing up a woman during these times, and the luck, skill, and coincidence that needs to come together to make something great.

If you have any interest in music, the 60’s, 70’s, or the women themselves you will be happy you picked it up. I know I am.

12 March, 2009

Q: How many women with PMS does it take to change a light bulb?

A: One! ONLY ONE!!!!

And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID lightbulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE STUPID LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BECAUSE NO ONE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN! ARMY TO CLEAN THIS HOUSE!

I'm sorry.... What did you ask me?

03 March, 2009

Dear Spotty Chop you are 48 months old today

Damn where did the time go? Just last night you were


You are a boy wearing big boy underpants.

You ask me to read poems to you at bedtime.

You are sleeping in your room the whole night more. (Until I typed this…)

You still can’t seem to fall asleep without me in the room, (but you let your daddy sit with you once or twice).

You will sometimes pick out your own clothes.

Sometimes you don’t argue about brushing your teeth.

You love to laugh about poop and farts (you are your father’s child)

You love playing Starwars Lego’s more than anything else.

You like to play Hullabalo

You love your Hot Wheels

You have a temper. I am hoping it’s the age and not your disposition.

You like to hold onto the front of a shopping cart and ride like that when I shop.

You like sprinkle donuts

When you first wake up you like to sit on my lap, drink chocolate milk and watch cartoons

We were watching the Jungle Book and you taught you daddy a new dance/game "first wiggle your ears up high (waving hands above your head), now low daddy, now in the middle, now you have to giggle"

You are GREAT when you are with your dad, you are GREAT when you are with me, when you are with both of us? I think we all need to improve together

You told me that our next house should be a brick house

You draw me pictures when you are at school

We read your first chapter book “Captain Underpants”

You love climbing on daddy’s back and jumping to the floor

You told me that red roses turn into strawberries

When you get big you want to drive in the front of the train (passenger not freight)

You tried Frosted Flakes and you really liked them (damn it)

You are very very ticklish

You told your daddy that you were going to build a spaceship in the backyard so the three of us could fly to the moon. AND…we each get our own bathroom

The other night you handed me a sword and said “here is your sword My Darling”.

And reason # 1 why I love you?

The other day we were driving home and I suddenly heard humming coming from the back seat.

It sounded like this...