Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thursday Thirteen - Jury Duty

I've gone to jury duty a number of times and served on a civil case about twenty years ago.  Here are some things I learned form my jury duty experience today.

1.  It's a long walk from the parking to the jury plaza.
2.  There is a lot of waiting.
3.  The benches in the courtroom are harder than church pews!!!!  Three and a half hours without a break makes for an aching back.
4.  Just because a person speaks in courtrooms, does not mean he/she is a good public speaker.
5.  Addressing people by their correct name is important.
6.  You must presume someone innocent even though the Grand Jury decided there was enough evidence against that person to indict.  (I'm okay with that.)
7.  Attorneys usually don't choose law enforcement personnel for their juries.
8.  It costs more to park than you get paid for the day  ($8/$6).
9.  Burglary of a habitation does not mean the person broke in the house.  They may have walked in an unlocked or open door.
10. Burglary of a habitation does not mean a theft took place.
11. Female judges who smile a lot are probably more strict than their unsmiling male counterparts.
12.  You're lucky if you get a bailiff with a good sense of humor.
13.  The intentions of a person is difficult to prove.
Bonus fact - You can donate your $6 jury pay to a number of charities.

So, I did my civic duty today, and even though some of it was boring or difficult, I would be happy to do it again.  Have you visited the home of the new Thursday Thirteen?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Read This Weekly Roundup

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Welcome to Read This, a collection of book reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of book reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.
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-SELF-HELP

-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY


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-POST-APOCALYPTIC

-DYSTOPIAN

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YOUNG ADULT

-ROMANCE

-PARANORMAL


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ROMANCE

-ROMANTIC COMEDY


EROTICA

-DARK EROTICA


PARANORMAL


HORROR


THRILLER


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Random Tuesday

Spring break was not good for my routine.  I had a hard time getting up for work today.  Good news?  Only nine weeks left!

Jury duty tomorrow.  Fun!  Fun!  I wouldn't mind being chosen for a jury that is not a boring one.  I don't want anything high profile because that's just scary!  I've had jury duty number of times, but the only time I got selected, it was a truly boring case.

I'm scheduled for shoulder surgery this summer, and I'm nervous. First, the costs make me nervous, but mostly, the recovery time, the pain, the rehabilitation and what scares me.  Have you ever had shoulder surgery?

I'm relieved my friend's wedding is over.  There's a big stress reliever!  It was fun , but I think I'm too old to be a bridesmaid now.  I wish her the best, but planning and waiting for a wedding are so stressful!  (and expensive, even though I only had to pay for a dress, alterations, the bachelorette party, the shower,  a couple of gifts.) Wow!  It really did add up!

My tenth anniversary is in just over a month (second marriage).  I hope my honey plans something special.  Well, we are going to Las Vegas in June, but I hope he plans something special for the actual day.  What is the worst anniversary gift you ever received?

Have a great week! Link up with Stacy Uncorked for Random Tuesday!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekly Roundup

A New Paige is Here
I would describe this blog as fresh, timely, and honest.  I found a post called The Scary Thought of Fear.   I think I've forgotten how scary it is for young people facing so many unknowns in their lives.  If you decide to visit, maybe you can offer a bit of advice.

UTs Hobby Time
Found a crafty post called CAS Card showing a beautiful card using stamps, cord, and distress ink.  It's beautiful!  There are cards, DIY crafts, photography, and more on this blog.

I'm an Organizing Junkie
I used to visit this blog regularly and somehow quit visiting.  I think life just got so busy, which is ironic since a post that caught my eye was Is Busyness Making You Sick and What You Can Do About It.  OrgJunkie says we should think about "removing the things that affect us negatively even if those are things we love and use."  She also has a sponsored link to a website that can teach you how to become a professional organizer.  If I could do that, I think I would like it!

Hope you find something you enjoy!  Join the fun at High Heeled Love and My So Called Chaos.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's Just My Opinion

Void MoonVoid Moon by Michael Connelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Connelly is one of my favorite authors, but I prefer his legal and detective books. This book pits bad guys against bad guys. It was difficult to sympathize with either the female lead or the two male leads. None of them is likable. The plot moved forward at a good pace, and the story was clever, but I didn't identify with any of the characters in spite of this being a well-written novel. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

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