Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Random

What a week or two it's been!  The World Series, the victory parade, basketball season picking up, the time change, Veteran's Day, blood work, and a "little" thing called work!  Whew!

Speaking of blood work, no surprise that my cholesterol is up.  I was taking a statin, but when it ran out, the doctor wouldn't renew it until I had another office visit.  However, over the course of the last few months, I've changed doctors.  I know I need to eat less fat and exercise more, but I'm sure going on the medicine had something to do with it, too.

Also, I ran out of my migraine preventative, and, you guessed it, I have to go to the doctor again before they will refill it.  And the soonest I can get in is a week and two days.  Meanwhile, I am suffering from headaches with occasional blinding pain, where it feels like the side of my head is burning or that part of my head may melt off, and flashes of light like lightening rods.

And the last of the medical info... the carbon dioxide in my blood is too high.  I've never heard anything about that being an issue.  Is anyone familiar with that?

Thanksgiving is coming soon, and I can't wait!  I love to eat turkey and dressing (down here in Texas, it is called dressing, not stuffing, and there are no oysters, apples, nuts, cranberries, or any unusual ingredient in it.)  Dressing is best made with cornbread, butter, onions, celery, broth, salt, pepper, and sage.  Delicious!  Unfortunately, my family doesn't look forward to turkey and dressing as much as I do.  It's a shame.

I'm looking forward to more than the Thanksgiving meal.  I love the parades!  And I'm excited about listening to Christmas music and decorating the house.  Most of all, I'm ready for a week off from school after which there will be four more weeks till we get out for Christmas break!

And now, I will leave you with this cute cat video!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Synopsis

Malevolent (Cases of Lieutenant Kane, #1)Malevolent by E.H. Reinhard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first novel by Reinhard that I have read. It was a slow start, but it picked up. Overall, I thought it was good.

The story's main character is Lieutenant Kane, a police detective with decades of experience who prefers to work alone. He doesn't always make the decisions I would expect a police officer to make, which is how he gets himself into some trouble. There is a killer on the loose, and Kane becomes his focus. The killer is out to prove that he is sharper than the police, Kane, in particular.

I believe the story could have been told in a more concise narrative. The author focused on too many nit-picky details about coffee, food, clothes, the cat, etc. that did not lend themselves to moving the plot forward. Sometimes I felt like the plot was predictable, and I don't believe some of the criminal's behavior was sufficiently explained.

On the other hand, I liked this book because it reminded me of an episode of one of my favorite TV shows, Criminal Minds. It was graphic, dark, and twisty. And while it was at times predictable, there was enough suspense to keep me interested. I might even read another book in the series.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

World Series Champions!

Here in Houston, we've waited 55 years (For me, only 52) for the Astros to win a World Series.  They have only been to one previous World Series in 2005, and, of course, they lost.  But we're winners now, and it's great for our morale.  Many in Houston are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey damage, including my in-laws. The World Series win brings us all together regardless of income, status, race, employment or lack thereof.  It doesn't matter.  We are ONE.
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And did you see Carlos Correa propose to his girlfriend?  So sweet!  And of course, she said, "Yes!"
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Did you know that, 3 years ago, in 2014, Sports Illustrated predicted the Astros would win the 2017 World Series?  Crazy, right?  George Springer is on the cover, and there is it in print...
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"Your 2017 World Series Champs."  How did they know????  A guess, sure, but they must know things about baseball that the average Joe doesn't know.  And there will be a parade today at 2:00 PM to honor the Astros.  I can't take off work, but my son and his friends will be there.
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I'll catch you on the other side of the field!
I couldn't be more proud and excited for these guys!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Is it Really Random?

I'm linking up (a little late) with Stacy.

What with the World Series going on and all, I almost completely forgot it was Random Day!  We've been keeping up with baseball this season.  From about 2008-2012, my husband and I didn't watch much baseball.  This was brought about by the news headlines regarding performance-enhancing drugs, in particular, by Roger Clemens.  It was proven with DNA and from other people's testimonies that he had been injected with steroids and human growth hormone, but a jury acquitted him.  It was appalling!

But I digress.  We didn't give it up completely, but rarely watched or went to games for a while.  We have gotten back into the habit of watching again this season, and not only during the playoffs, lest we be called bandwagoners! Now our team is in the World Series for only the second time in the 55 years we've existed.  You can imagine how excited Houston fans are!  Not to mention that we have the best offensive player in the American League... Jose Altuve, this year's winner of the Hank Aaron Award.
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Enough about baseball, at least for now.  It's also Halloween today.  My students were fairly well-behaved today, considering.  Tomorrow, after the candy high, it may be another story.  I wonder what their favorite candy is?  And how many are actually dressing up?  The cutest costumes I saw today were posted by The Ellen Show:  little old ladies.  Aren't they adorable?
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And, how about a vampire CAT to round out this random post?  These are real teeth!  Here's an article about this unique cat.
Have a great week!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Favorite Halloween Candy

What do kids want in their pumpkins this Halloween?

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1.  Smarties.  This little candy has been around a long time.  At one time, Smarties were banned from my school because kids were breaking it down to powder and snorting it. I bet it burned!

2.  Starburst.  Too sticky for me.

3.  Twix.  Yum!  Finally a good one.

4.  Nerds.  My comment?  WHY?

5.  Skittles.  Like Starburst, too sticky for me.

6.  Sour Patch Kids.  My own children like these (grown children, I should say).  Too sour.
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7.  M&Ms.  Now here's one I can really get behind.  I love the peanut butter M&Ms, and I like the regular and peanut M&Ms, too.

8.  Laffy Taffy.  My son likes this one.  Still too sticky for me.

9.  Tootsie Rolls.  I liked these as a kid, and my son loves them.  My dad loved them, too.

10. Kit Kat.  Here's another one I can support.

11. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  My second favorite after peanut butter M&Ms.

12. Twizzlers.  Not for me.  Again, they're sticky.

13. Candy Corn.  I normally don't like this candy, but I had some with peanuts mixed in, kind of like a trail mix, and it was delicious!

And there you have it:  the most popular candy ranked by kids and courtesy of Pop Sugar and Candy Crate.
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(Funny how Smarties, Tootsie Rolls, and Candy Corn made both lists!  Guess it depends on who you ask!)

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And for a bonus, here are America's favorite Halloween candies by state, thanks to Yahoo.

 Alabama – Candy Corn
 Alaska – Twix
Arizona – Snickers
 Arkansas – Jolly Ranchers
California – M&Ms
 Colorado – Milky Way
 Connecticut – Almond Joy
 Delaware – Life Savers
 Florida – Skittles
Georgia – Swedish Fish
Hawaii – Skittles
Idaho – Candy Corn
Illinois – Sour Patch Kids
Indiana – Hot Tamales
Iowa – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
 Kansas – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
 Kentucky – Tootsie Pops
 Louisiana – Lemonheads
 Maine – Sour Patch Kids
 Maryland – Milky Way
Massachusetts – Sour Patch Kids
Michigan – Candy Corn
Minnesota – Tootsie Pops
Mississippi – 3 Musketeers
Missouri – Milky Way
Montana – Double Bubble Gum
Nebraska – Sour Patch Kids
Nevada – Hershey Kisses
New Hampshire – Snickers
New Jersey – Skittles
New Mexico – Candy Corn
New York – Sour Patch Kids
North Carolina – M&M’s
North Dakota -Hot Tamales
 Ohio – Blow Pops
Oklahoma – Snickers
Oregon – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Pennsylvania – M&M’s
Rhode Island – Candy Corn
South Carolina – Candy Corn
South Dakota – Starburst
Tennessee – Tootsie Pops
Texas – Starburst
Utah – Jolly Ranchers
Vermont – Milky Way
Virginia – Snickers
Washington – Tootsie Pops
West Virginia – Blow Pops
Wisconsin – Starbursts
Wyoming – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
District of Columbia – M&Ms

What’s your favorite?

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