Monday, November 12, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random nonsense.

What a week!  Let's see... Food poisoning.  Strep throat.  Cough.  9 and 10 hour work days.  Crazy kids at school who think it's almost summer break - well, at least that's how they're behaving.  So, that sums up my week since last I was here.  How about yours?

Why are making holiday plans with family so difficult?  Maybe it's just my family.  One side doesn't actually make "plans," but you find out at the last minute where you're supposed to be and when.  The other side can't come to an agreement about what, when, where.  Oh, the joy!  Thanksgiving turkey, dressing (not stuffing), and cranberry sauce (the jelly kind) is one of my all-time favorite meals!

But really, I love the holidays, especially from Black Friday on.  I don't really shop on Black Friday, but it indicates that it's getting close to Christmas, so it's socially acceptable to do Christmas shopping, decorating, and planning.  I love to decorate for Christmas!  I love the decor, the tree, the lights, Santa, mistletoe, the smell of evergreen, and fake snowmen (it doesn't snow here more than once every few years, and even then, not enough to stick long enough to build a real snowman.)  I would be even more excited if my husband didn't see it as a dreaded chore.  He would love to skip Christmas (like the Kranks) and go on a vacation instead.  I say, let's do both!

And now...

Have a great week!

Monday, November 05, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random nonsense.

Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel crabby for no apparent reason?  Me, too!  Yesterday was one of those (Mon)days!

Hahaha!  Just kidding!  (Or am I?)

Tomorrow is a student holiday, but teachers must go in to call parents or have parent conference.  Sounds like a lot of fun, right? (not)  I have several conferences scheduled, but by middle school, the parents you really NEED to see aren't available or don't answer their phones.  I had to reschedule a morning conference because our principal decided at the last minute to change our meeting from 8:30 to 8 AM.  Why would she do that? 

I voted early.  My grown twins (age 22) voted early, the first time they've ever voted.  If you have not voted yet, let your voice be hard.  You still have time.

And now for some funnies.

Get it?

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator living in Santa Teresa, California. In this 3rd alphabet mystery, Kinsey is hired by 23 year old Bobby Callahan to investigate what he believes was attempted murder when he was run off the road in the mountains. His passenger didn't survive, but miraculously, Bobby did.

Bobby is the son of a very wealthy mother. They live in a mansion, the likes of which Kinsey has never seen before. His mother is remarried, and Bobby's younger step-sister lives with them. Could she be part of the plot to kill him? She is so strung out, she wouldn't be able to remember if she were.

Meanwhile, Henry, her landlord, has gotten himself into a relationship with a gold-digging woman. Kinsey doesn't have the heart to tell him the truth about his new "friend," but she has to make sure this evil woman doesn't take him for all he has.

Three days after hiring Kinsey, Bobby is killed in another car accident. All Kinsey has to go on is a little address book and the name "Blackman." Hopefully, she will figure out the mystery before she gets herself killed.

The plot of this book was a little disjointed. The relationships in it did not make sense. Kinsey's actions toward Bobby were a little unrealistic. It was written as though they had a long, lasting friendship when they had actually just met. In addition, the characters were not very likeable. I prefer to read about characters I like and can relate to. It was a clever mystery, and I didn't figure it out until the end, but it was not my favorite of Grafton's books so far.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Random Tuesday

Link up with Stacy for some random fun!

Howdy from Texas, where we had a high of 86 today.  We've had highs in the low 90's this month still.  A week ago, we had a high of 64.  Bi-polar much?  LOL.  Texans aren't the only ones, but we like to complain about our crazy weather.  So let's start with some funnies... that are TRUTH!

Hahahaha!  But it's true, y'all!

Yesterday was National Cat Day.  Here's our princess!  (Her name is Lacy.)

Halloween is tomorrow.  I have a like/dislike relationship with Halloween.  It's not strong enough for love/hate.  I enjoy seeing the little kids dressed up in their costumes, and I like giving out candy.  I don't like that my sixth and seventh grade students think Halloween should be a national holiday.  I always ask them, "What holy day do you celebrate on October 31?"  I also don't like all the scary stuff.  Some of the homes around here look like haunted houses.  I don't like to be scared on purpose!  That's why I don't want horror movies.  Driving to work is like watching trailers for a dozen horror movies!

Halloween was a lot of fun when my kids were younger.  We would have block parties, not just for the kids, but for us as well.  They are so cute when they dress up, but I don't really understand the purpose.  Someone on the news said that there is a suggestion to make Halloween the last Saturday of October instead of the 31st.  I'm all for that!  You try teaching  kids who are hyped up on extra sugar!  Dislike!
And one last thing...
Have a great week!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

The Good GirlThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Incredibly good book! If you are a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love The Good Girl. It's not the same storyline, of course, but you will be surprised. This one is so unique, you won't be able to figure it out until the end, if then. There is a great plot twist!

Mia Dennett is the daughter of a prominent Judge who lives in Chicago. Instead of following  in her father's and sister's footsteps, she becomes an art teacher at an inner city school. Colin Thatcher is hired to kidnap Mia. The plan takes a dramatic turn when Colin decides not to follow the plan. He doesn't turn her over to the person who hired him. A unique relationship ensues. The author creates a suspenseful page turner with realistic characters, and you will not see the ending coming. You will have a difficult time putting this one down!

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