Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I Moved

I have moved my blogs in together and changed locations. You can now find me at I hope to see you there. Please update your bookmarks and feeds accordingly.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Take A Chance Challenge

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I love to read and I'm always looking for new books to read. So I've decided to enter the Take A Chance Challenge over at Find Your Next Book Here. This challenge offers 10 random ways to find your next book to read. Some of them look rather interesting so I thought I would check it out. You can click on the button at the top of the post to get more information.

This challenge started on June 1, 2009 (I'm a little late starting, what can I say) and runs through November 30, 2009. That still gives me a little over 4 months to complete the 10 tasks. I can do this. I plan to post updates as I complete the challenges so you can keep up with my progress. Oh, and one grand prize winner will recieve $25 worth of books from Amazon (winners choice of books). How cool is that.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

For Teaser Tuesday we take the book we are currently reading, let it open to a random page and select two sentences from the page as a teaser. I am currently reading Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) By Lis Wiehl with April Henry so that is where this teaser is from.

Here's the teaser, from page 178:

And that they should keep all their essentials - their ID and prescriptions - in one place, ready to go. Oh, and they should use a code sentence when they are on the phone and he can hear them.

For more Teaser Tuesday posts, head over to Should Be Reading for all the links. You know, in case your To Be Read Pile isn't quite large enough yet.

Musing Monday - TBR Pile

It's been awhile since I participated in Musing Monday over at Just One More Page. But I am happy to say that I am participating again this week and will be trying to participate every Monday from now on. Anyway, here is this week's Musing:

How many books (roughly) are in your tbr pile? Is this in increasing number or does it stay stable? Do you ever experience tbr anxiety in the face of this pile?

Wow, my To Be Read pile is not as out of control as it use to be, but it is still in need of some serious taming. If you want to know how many actual books I have sitting at home waiting to be read, that number is probably around 200. Now I do need to go through those because some of them no longer interest me and can be weeded out.

Then you have the virtual To Be Read Pile. Those are the books that I want to read, but I haven't picked up yet. I don't have an actual list of these (something else for me to work on), but I would guess that number is somewhere closer to 100 and can easily grow any time I set foot in a bookstore or library.

The only anxiety this question brings up in me is the worry that my books are getting out of control and I'll never be able to read them all. Considering the size of my pile and the rate at which I add books, that is a legitimate concern.

This question reminds me that I really need to clean my bookshelves off and at least get my wish list of books to read written up. Ah yes, more tasks that need to be completed.

To see more answers to these questions, head over to Musing Mondays at Just One More Page.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Book Giveaways for Mother's Day

5 Minutes For Books is hosting a Mother's Day Giveaway event. Between now and April 25 they will be giving away a different book every day. You can also enter the grand prize giveaway for one of each book that they are giving away. Oh how I love books, and free books are even better. So if you love books like I do, head over there and check it out.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Musing Mondays - March 30

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about recording your reading…

Do you keep track of what and/or how many books you read? How long have you been doing this? What's your favorite tracking method, and why?If you don't keep track, why not?

I have been tracking my books read since I was in high school. It originally started as a paper list, then it moved to an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet lasted for a several years, but then that got to be a hassle to update. So for the last few years I was keeping a paper list again in the back of my planner. That method worked well for me until I gave up my paper planner this year. This year I decided to track the books I've read in a Google Document. This is working well because I can access it from anywhere with the Internet and I've even made my list public so anyone can see it. You should be able to see my list here.

I'm not sure how long I'll keep my list exactly like this. I'm always looking to improve things so I may get some good ideas from other answers to this question. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's responses to this one.

To see other responses to this Musing Monday question, head over to Just One More Page.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand?

Since our new library opened this month I've been going to the library more and checking out books. And amazingly, I've been reading them too. It's so nice to be getting back to reading.

Right now I'm reading Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1) by Richelle Mead. Lately I've been in the mood for a supernatural book, but I didn't want anything that was too far out there. So this is what I wound up with.

Here's a brief summary of the book:Georgina Kincaid is a succubus in Seattle with a day job at a bookstore. She can't even kiss another person without it sucking away part of their life force so her dating life is a bit dull.

Her favorite author, Seth Mortensen, has recently moved to town and is using the cafe in the bookstore she works in as his writing locale. Of course she can't even have a relationship with Seth because of her succubus nature. Meanwhile, another force is at work in the Seattle demon underground. So far a vampire has been killed, a demon seriously injured and a note left by the perpetrator for Georgina. And I'm only about a third of the way through this book.

I hope to finish up this book this week. I've pretty much been sucked into it already so that shouldn't be a problem. I may wind up a little sleep deprived, but I will finish this book in the next few days. Then I will move on to the sequel Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2) which I checked out from the library the same day so it's already waiting on my nightstand.

To see what books other people have on their nightstand, head over to 5 Minutes For Books.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Stationary Giveaway

Just Pure Lovely is hosting a giveaway of $150 in Fashion Office Line products from Carolina Pad. The winner gets their choice of two different styles. The picture is for the Eye Candy style which is my favorite.

Head over there and check it out. The giveaway ends Friday, March 13th (that's today people) at Midnight so you only have a few more hours to enter.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Online Journaling Community

I previously posted about the Embodiment community at Live Journal. The whole point of the community is to get you to write in your paper journal every day. Even if this isn't a goal of yours, I still recommend stopping over to browse their community posts. Some of the members post pictures of their journals and you can get some great inspiration there. There are also lots of good text posts. All in all, I think its a nice journaling community and worth checking out if you're into paper journaling.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Magazine Inspiration

Lately I've been coming across lots of offers for free magazines and I've signed up for some of them. These magazines can be great sources of inspiration for journaling. For example, in the mail today I received the current issue of Nylon magazine. There are a lot of pictures in there that I can't wait to cut out and add to my journal. I think I'll wind up collaging some of them. It's been awhile since I've gotten that much inspiration from one issue of a magazine. The poor magazine has only been in my house a couple hours and I'm already ripping it up.

Have you gotten any inspiration for your journaling from magazines? If so, which ones?

Wednesday Weirdness #39

WW #39

1.) Do you drive with your hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel? Sometimes

2.) How long do you keep cards given to you on birthdays and holidays before throwing them away? If you don't throw them out, what do you do with them? Some of them I keep forever and some get thrown away whenever I clean up the table where they got plopped. The ones that I keep are in my file cabinet.

3.) If, when you die, you could will any one of your characteristics to your children (child/future children), what would it be and why? My sense of humor because it can get you through some tough times.

4.) What is the best personality trait you got from your mother and the best personality trait that you got from your father? Dad - Sense of Humor; Mom - Being able to push people's buttons and annoy them like crazy. Ok, so some people wouldn't consider this the "best," but it can be fun.

5.) What is something that you wish you had a better understanding of? My husband.

6.) What makes you nervous? Bad drivers. Especially when they are near me on the road.

7.) What is the strangest household object that you have ever or would ever use for help in masturbation? Right. I think I'll skip this one.

8.) What do you have sitting on the counter top in your bathroom? Toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrush, a couple screws, a jasmine plant, nail clippers. There are probably a few other things, but I can't remember them right now.

To see more answers to these questions, head over to Wednesday Weirdness.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Journaling the Inauguration

No matter what your political views, I think that we can all agree that today is a historical day. So why not take some time to write about the inauguration in your journal? Years from now you will probably be glad you have those memories written down. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Did you go to the inauguration? Watch it on tv? Neither?
  • What moments from the inauguration stood out for you?
  • What do you think about the crowd of people gathered for the inauguration?
  • How do you feel about the new President?
  • How do you feel about our new ex-President?
  • How did you feel when President Obama stumbled over the Oath?
  • Do his speech move you?

These questions are just to get you started. Once you get going you should be able to write and write.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Thunks

1. Whats the coldest temps you've experienced? I hate the cold weather. Why did you have to bring that up and make me cold again? I'm sure we've had 0 degree weather, but I don't know how far below zero I have experienced. Not much I'm sure and I prefer to block memories of that much cold.

2. Whats for dinner tonight? Spaghetti and Italian sausage

3. Would you consider this job in Australia? Hmm, let me think about that... Oh yeah, I would love it. At least until I got sunburn. And I always get sunburn.

4. What was your favorite subject in high school? Drafting

5. How many hours a day is your tv on? Maybe 2.

6. Have you ever received an award? Like a real award? Does honor roll back in high school count?

7. Whats your mousepad look like? What mousepad?

8. Do you think Bud should do the Thursday Thunk meme? Sure. I'm sure he could provide some interesting answers.

9. How many browser tabs do you have open right now? Just 2. Not very many for me I know.

10. If you are a parent, have you or did you ever put Vicks VapoRub on your children under the age of 2? I've put Vicks BabyRub on my daughter's chest does that count? And I'd do it again too. Just don't tell my husband. He would freak.

11. If you had to pick one insect to infest your house for 1 day and after that day they would just suddenly vanish, which insect infestation would you pick? Ants. The stupid ants return every spring and I'm tired of them.

12. What color is your underwear that you are wearing right at this moment? Plain old White.

13. What was the last think you watched on tv? Good eats. Gotta love Alton Brown.

14. What are your plans for the 4th of July this year? Comfort my dogs and grumble about my neighbors setting off fireworks. Oh and maybe a cookout. It's a little early to make plans isn't it?

15. Tell us about one absolutely wonderful thing that happened to you as a teenager and every time you think of it, it brings a smile to your face. I'm coming up with nothing. I'll have to think on that and get back to you.

16. What product could you sell someone based on your love for it? Wii Fit

To see more answers to these crazy questions, head over to Thursday Thunks.

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