Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Random Tuesday

Link up with Stacy for some random thoughts.

As I was perusing Crimefeed, my new favorite website (I guess it's not my favorite, but it's interesting)... there was a story that will make you smile.  A great-grandmother in Florida fought off a 300 pound would-be robber with a baseball bat.  Got him good, too!  She heard a noise outside, grabbed the bat, and yelled at the man.  He charged her, and she hit him with the bat.  He got up, ran away, and hid, but the police found him easily as he had shed his clothes along with way.  Wacky, huh?
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And speaking of bats, the Astros are doing well.  Right now they are 17 and 11 which is .607%. 

And continuing with sports, the Rockets have had a good season, but the round 2 first playoff game did not go as well as it should have.  I usually dislike when fans blame the refs, but, interestingly enough, this time, it was true!  In the last two minutes of the game, the NBA acknowledged there were at least 3 missed calls, one of them being on the potential game-tying shot.  Here is one of them:

These 3 calls completely changed the outcome of the game.  Warrior win 104 to 100.  If you're interested, you can read about it here.  We'll get 'em next time!

And now some funnies.

So cute!
One of my pet peeves!
I hate this one, too!  There's such a thing as a strawberry or blueberry, but there is no such thing as a liberry!

Oh, how I wish this were true!
Have a great week!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

The Widow Next DoorThe Widow Next Door by L.A. Detwiler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A newlywed couple moves into a beautiful home on Bristol Lane. The elderly widow across the street watches their every move, day in and day out. Do you really know your neighbors?

This is the kind of book I want to abandon, and I wish I would have because as I was reading, I just couldn't help wishing it was over. Just get this over.

First, the author's writing style was sophomoric. Detwiler would repeat the "widow's" thoughts over and over. She would say, "It wouldn't do to go to that other door," and "It doesn't do to fall." It got boring quickly. Most of the story was just the widow's thoughts. What dialogue there was seemed incongruent to the character. What old lady says, "You're losing it," or calls someone, "bimbo?" How many little old grannies say, "No. Just no," or "Sure thing, doctor." Have you heard an old woman say, "It's all on me."? What about, "...she's royally messed it up..."? None? Me, either.

Not only that, but since we were supposed to be in her head, there were questions one after another. Were the questions I asked above annoying? I know! They were! On one page, I counted seven in a row, and multiple questions on each page. Additionally, Detwiler wrote contradictions such as having the woman say she hadn't been downstairs in days, then the woman would be talking about having been in her kitchen downstairs... things like that.

What frail old woman do you know who could survive falling downstairs much less be able to fight off a woman sixty years her junior? Unbelievable.

Still more, the story was completely predictable. Completely. Unrealistic and predictable with careless diction makes for a book I could not recommend to anyone. Thank goodness it was free, because this book was a loser.

On Google, this book is described as "incredible," "a showstopper," "twisted," and "brilliant." How terribly misleading.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fun Friday

Happy Friday!
Here are some funnies to brighten your day.

Happy weekend!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Random Tuesday

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

How was your Easter/Passover?  I hope it was reflective and relaxing.

I found a new/interesting website this past week called Crimefeed.  I'm slightly obsessed with shows like Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and CSI.  And I love reading legal and psychological thrillers.  But I don't remember how I located this site.  It could have been a link on Facebook, but I honestly don't remember.

What drew me to the site was a blurb about a woman who thinks it's "ridiculous" that she is in jail for sending 159,000 texts to a man she had one date with.  You read that right!  She had ONE date with a man and began to stalk him.  She sent him 159,000 texts, up to 500 of them on a single day.  They were pretty strange, too, mentioning things like taking a bath in his blood.  If you think that's pretty crazy... when he was out of town, she took her dogs, a bottle of wine, and a butcher knife and broke into his home to take a bath in his tub.  Weird, right?
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But she says she's not crazy - or guilty!  Ha!  When a reporter asked her how she thought the court would rule, she said, “They’re going to say, ‘You’re not guilty and on top of it we, like, demand that you two get married...” 

Not only that... She also said she doesn't plan to contact her victim when she is released because she believes he will get in touch with her first.  This just blows my mind!  I thought people like this only existed in my shows and books!

That's pretty heavy stuff!  How about something light now?
Now THIS is funny!
Who writes these questions?!
Cake Fail!
This cracks me up!
Have a great week!

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

Mirror, Mirror, A Legal ThrillerMirror, Mirror, A Legal Thriller by Deborah Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great thriller! Don't give up early on this one. At first, it seems like two different stories, but these stories collide in a way you can't imagine.

Hawkins' writing reminds me of John Grisham. I love a legal thriller! This was hard to put down.

Jeff Ryder, a former assistant DA, has worked his way up to partner at a prestigious law firm only to lose it in the same day when and "Innocence Project" lawyer files suit against him claiming he coerced testimony from a witness several years prior. The trial involved two small-time criminals who shot a police officer who responded to a burglary. The police officer, Chris Rafferty, was left a quadriplegic.

Ryder loses his expensive lifestyle, moves to a crummy apartment, and hangs his shingle in a little office in a strip mall. In the process of trying to clear his name, he finds evidence that the body armor Officer Rafferty was wearing was defective. He meets with the family and agrees to sue the San Diego Police Department and the maker of the body armor on behalf of the family.

When Ryder is accused of murder, he has an alibi, but that alibi will ruin the Rafferty's relationship and possibly their case.

This is truly a thriller full of suspense and surprises. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Fun Friday

It's Good Friday!  Let's have some egg-stra fun!
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And just for fun...
Me - Age 8 - Dressed up for Easter circa 1973.

I wish you a happy Easter!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Random Tuesday

Howdy!  I'm linking up with Stacy for some randomness.

What a great time of year for sports!  Our Houston Astros have won 9 games in a row.  They swept the Yankees and swept the Mariners.  They are on a roll to TAKE IT BACK!

Tiger Woods won his fifth Master's.  That golf course in Augusta, Georgia is absolutely gorgeous!

Our Houston Rockets have taken game 1 in the first round of playoffs against the Utah Jazz.  What a great last few days it's been!

I'm still contemplating whether I am going to retire from teaching this year or next.  I've put in 30 years with only one year off (in which I subbed).  The principal I work for is making decisions that will directly have a negative impact on teachers, but not students.  It seems to me that she should make decisions that impact students positively without upsetting and angering teachers.  It may be why 8 or 10 teachers are retiring and 4 or 5 have requested transfers.  I don't know.  It's a tough decision.  I would still need to work, but I could make up the deficit between my salary and my retirement check by working part time.  It's been on my mind so much lately.

Let's cheer up!

This bunny would have scared me, too!  The kids look terrified!

Have a teenager?  You probably relate!

Happy Easter (coming up)!

Have a good week!

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