Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Random Tuesday

Link up with Stacy for some random fun!
My daughter and I are going to pick up her wedding dress today. Yay!  Then we are going to take it for her alterations and finalize her registry.  Fun, yet busy, day ahead!

In addition to true crime shows, I've been watching a lot of cooking game shows lately.  I love Guy's Grocery Games and Supermarket Stakeout.  I'm picking up on some good tips, too.  But it does make me wonder... when did the word "plate" become a verb?  When I was growing up, the word plate was always a noun.  We put our food ON A PLATE, but we didn't plate it.  When did that change occur?  And who would use a slice of a tree as a plate?

And speaking of plating food, I'm trying to help my son with his new Keto diet.  Have any of you tried it? He's only on his third day.  I sure hope it works for him! It has worked for other people I know, but not me.  I just felt too deprived.  I only lasted four days, not even long enough to really be in ketosis!

And speaking of food, do you have any vegetarians or vegans in your family?  We do.  Luckily we don't often have to cook for them because it's hard!  Our new baby granddaughter is being raised by vegans, but I believe they make sure she gets enough protein, and of course, she has milk/formula.

I'm so sick of not being able to get in the car and go wherever I want without worrying about Covid.  I am a homebody, for the most part, but I really wish I could hop in the car whenever I want and drive to Dallas or Austin.  I'm ready for it to be over, but I think it's going to be around a while longer.

That's all I've got for today except some funnies!

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Conclusive EvidenceConclusive Evidence by Al Macy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First and foremost, this book kept my attention and it was difficult to put down. I kept wanting to read, and I ended up finishing it in a matter of days, not weeks.

The main character is Garret Goodlove, a former criminal defense attorney who is now practicing family law until his twin sister is accused of murdering her husband in which case he is hired to defend her at the criminal trial. Much of what the police have is circumstantial in nature, but it doesn't help that Carly ( his deaf twin sister and the accused) is videotaped using sign language to another deaf friend that she would like to push her husband off a cliff. That is exactly how he died, or so it appears. The reader gets the sense that Carly did not commit the crime, but proving it may not be easy.

The long cast of characters includes the attorney, his partner Jen, his daughter Nicole who is in law school, his bipolar son Toby, his investigator Louella, his twin sister Carly who is deaf, her ex-husband Angelo who is involved in some shady dealings, an aging judge, a mistress, a crooked cop, a sexy district attorney, and a few other supporting characters to provide law enforcement, villains, and witnesses. While I liked most of the characters, the author tried a little too hard to humanize the main character based on experiences in his past, but did not connect this very well to current events. Also, the investigator, a short, overweight, chain-smoking woman, was entertaining yet completely unrealistic. And the two attorneys having a tryst? I'm not buying it.

There were too many coincidences in the book that were too obvious. I liked that there were little surprises throughout the book instead of revealing them all at the end because it kept me wanting to read, but some of them, such as the discovery of a dummy in a woman's home left me groaning. It was too contrived.

Some of the subplots included details about Garret's deceased wife, Carly's deafness, Carly's deceased daughter, Garret's depression, Toby's psychological problems, and Angelo's nefarious dealings. It was a little too much. Focusing on one or two of those might have lent itself to better characterization, but when there are so many, they become superficial and lack meaning. Also, the company shenanigans at DialUSA did not get explained adequately.

Overall, I liked it, and it was easy to read.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday Thirteen brought to you by the letter F

Just a quick list today of words I like that begin with the letter F.
No!  Not that F word!

1.  Fabled - a great word to use when describing an old story or event that seems somewhat magical.
2.  Flabbergasted - One way to express extreme surprise and incredulity.
3.  Forgive - This is sometimes one of the hardest things to do, but granting someone forgiveness, even if it's just in your heart and not verbalized, takes a great weight off the soul.
4.  Faith - I believe my strong faith is often the reason I don't fret and worry as much as some people.
5.  Fret - You can see above I like to use this word.  It's akin to anxiety and worry.
6.  Frank- Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!  Famous line from a book & movie that is being pulled off the shelves in some locations right now.  But being frank is also being honest.
7.  Fairy - Who doesn't love dainty fairies!  Or fairy dust.  Or fairy tales?
8.  Fervor- What a unique way to express passion, with fervor!
9.  Freedom - I'm thankful to live in a country where we are virtually free.  Freedom in  thoughts, freedom to choose, freedom to determine your life path.
10. Feint - I like this word, and I describe as something a boxer does.  He fakes out his opponent by feinting that he is going a certain direction.
11. Flummoxed - An interesting, if archaic, expression of confusion.
12. Fajita - Simply because I am hungry right now.
13. Faceted - This could be used to describe someone's personality or a shiny, diamond ring, among other things.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Random Tuesday

Let's link up with Stacy for some random fun!

I was thinking about something today... I watch and read all kinds of crime stories, true and imaginary, and some of it gets pretty gritty, but it doesn't bother me.  However, I won't watch horror movies like Nightmare of Elm Street.  I have watched them before, but not in years and years.  Kind of ironic, right? And believe it or not, there is a wikihow to teach you not to be scared after watching a horror movie.
Nope.  Not gonna watch this!  I can watch shows about real killers all day, though.

Is anyone still under a lockdown or quarantine order?  We aren't, but there are restrictions on numbers in gatherings and there is a mask mandate.  Speaking of restrictions, take a look....

I have a question for you, so please explain the answer in the comments if you can...  When I touch my arm with my finger, is my finger feeling the skin on my arm or is my arm feeling the skin on my finger?  Which one is actually feeling?  It's a conundrum, kinda like this:

And here's another one!  Why do clothing companies put tags on clothes when they could print that information into the fabric.  I hate the feel of tags!
And one more thing.  Why do bra-makers still put hook and eye fasteners on bras?  With all the technology we have, you'd think someone would have invented a better closure!
And now...

Is that song stuck in your head now?


Can you tell what's wrong with this picture?
And I will leave you with this.
Everyone say, "Awwwwwww."
Have a great week!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Identity Crisis: The Murder, the Mystery, and the Missing DNA (Kindle Single)Identity Crisis: The Murder, the Mystery, and the Missing DNA by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bill Bass, half of the writing team of Jefferson Bass, is the narrator of this nonfiction book. Bill Bass was the head of the anthropology department at the University of Tennessee, and the man who started the Body Farm. He has over fifty years of experience in forensic anthropology. With his writing partner Jon Jefferson, they write crime fiction novels in which anthropology is used to help solve crimes. It's commonly called the Body Farm series, and the protagonist, Bill Brockton, is based on Bill Bass. The first book in that series is called Carved in Bone. This book is not part of that series, though I'm sure Jon Jefferson assisted in writing this one as well.

This book is a nonfiction account of a puzzling case that Dr. Bass actually worked on. In 2005, he was asked to help make a clear identification of a woman who had been buried in a family plot since the day she was murdered in 1978, a time when DNA had not even been invented. They know who killed the woman, and the perpetrator has been punished, so that's not the mystery in this book. It is her identity they are unsure of. Dr. Bass excavates the bones, not once, but twice, and through a series of complicated tests and other efforts, may be able to put to rest the real identify of the woman in the grave.

I enjoyed this book because it was real. It wasn't just a fictional expert trying to solve a mystery. The book takes the reader through many different methods of identification explained in a way that a layperson can understand. We just assume that you run a test for DNA and you're done, thanks to shows like Law and Order and CSI. That's not the way it works. And a result is not always the end of a case. Who knew so much could go wrong?

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thursday Thirteen-Wedding Related

Hopefully the wedding will take place in November (3 1/2 months), so I need to be ready in case we can proceed.  I have so much to do!  Here are some of the things on my list:

1-Choose and order a dress - working on it.  I like this one, but the model is probably my daughter's age.  It IS a Mother-of-the-bride dress, though.
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2-Bridal shower invitations - started them.  It will look similar to this (not in color).
3-Find affordable bridal alterations near me. (Thanks, Google.)
4-Make aisle decorations - haven't started.  Something like this, but with Baby's Breath and/or eucalyptus.
5-Make a towel cake decoration for the shower - haven't started.  Something like the one I made with diapers for our daughter's baby shower.
6-Make centerpieces for reception table - started them.
7-Make my daughter's headpiece - I've planned this and have materials. We're using the same trim for her belt and headpiece.
8-Figure out how to get my mom a dress as well as a ride to and from the wedding.  It's too far for her to drive.
9-Make an appointment to get my hair done the day of.
10-Help my daughter fill out some papers for the DJ.
11-Plan the candy "bar" and get treat bags - started on this.  Something like this but more colorful:
12-Find shoes to go with my dress when I choose it.
13-Make a backdrop and get light ring for photo booth.  Backdrop with lights similar to these:

I'm sure there's so much more, but it helps to write it down!  I would also love to hear your ideas! Wish me luck!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy to be totally random!

Wedding planning for November is still on.  We're praying that cases will begin to go down.  We may have to make some changes at the wedding such as social distancing tables, providing or allowing masks, hand sanitizer stations, plated meal rather than buffet, and maybe have it all outside instead of doing the reception indoors. If we postponed for a few months, I doubt things would be much different, especially if there is no vaccine still.  I'm curious.  What would you do?  There are only two people who have expressed concern about the date.  My daughter and her fiance' just want to get married, even if some people will decide not to be there.

I have a bone to pick with Applebee's. Their commercial uses the theme song from "Welcome Back Kotter," and it gets stuck in my head!  I know I'm "dating" myself by knowing where they got the song.  I used to enjoy that show!  Did you?  But I don't want the song stuck in my head!  Commercials really bother me.

And how about all the commercials for medication?  Am I really supposed to tell my doctor what medicine to put me on?  I thought he (or she) was supposed to know enough to tell me what's best for me.  And the names of these medicines... Skyrivi, Fintepla, Zepzelca, Trelegy (particularly annoying commercial), Humira, Xeljanz, and Eliquis, to name a few.  Sounds like Alien talk!  And after all the side effects they list, who in their right mind would really want to take that medication?  If the pharmaceutical companies quit spending money on ads, maybe they could lower the cost to consumers.  As if.  A writer for Psychology Today said this, 

"Next time you see a TV commercial for a prescription drug, remind yourself that you know nothing about medical treatment and that everybody who made the commercial has a financial interest in your future behavior." —Eric Horowitz

And that's about it for now....
Except for some funnies.

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Someone else's typo, not mine (morNing)

This is me!

Have a great week!


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