Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Random Tuesday

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

Another week of record high coronavirus cases in my state!  And a member of the family now has Covid-19, but she is home resting and isn't doing too badly, thank goodness.  She is a nurse at the rehabilitation hospital where my father-in-law spent a few weeks after breaking both his arm and his leg (at the same time).  Her husband is a nurse in an ER.  Another daughter is a nurse at a dialysis clinic.  They have all had patients with Covid, but so far, only one has it.  I still don't know if the health officials know why some patients have mild symptoms, if any, and others need hospitalization.

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My twins celebrated their 24th birthday over the weekend.  I could have sworn it was only 23, but I missed a year somewhere I guess! We weren't able to do much because of Covid, but we managed to have a little (safe) fun. 

I guess we are still going ahead with wedding planning for November.  If things don't change in the next 2 or 3 months, we will have to consider resetting the date.  I pray that doesn't happen!

And in case you didn't know, June 30 is "Meteor Watch Day,"  a day to look up at the skies and behold the wonder of nature's celestial fireworks, meteors.

Funnies anyone?

Ain't that the truth!

Channeling my inner English teacher

This actually caused some lively debate on Facebook!

This cracked me up!

I love a good pun!
And in honor of Meteor Watch Day...
Have a great week!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

There's nothing like new technology to make you feel older than you are!  But we can turn that back on the young kids and say, "Do you know what basic is?"

1.  Basic - A very confusing computer language, or code, that I had to learn in my last year of college.  I never actually learned it.  I had help!  According to techterms.com Basic stands for "Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code." BASIC is a computer programming language that was developed in the mid-1960s to provide a way for students to write simple computer programs. Since then, the language has evolved into a more robust and powerful language and can be used to create advanced programs for today's computer systems.

2.  Dial-up.  Remember when you had to use your phone to connect your computer through a dial-up modem?  And that awful screeching noise?  If a page loaded in less than two minutes, we were happy!  According to royal.pingdom.com, the average website of today would take two minutes and thirty seconds to load on dial-up.

3.  5.25 floppy disk.  It could store 1.2 MB of information.
4.  3.5 disk.  It could store 1.44 MB of information.

5.  Dot matrix printers.  Some people who have specialized needs still use these, but most people use inkjet or laser printers now.

6.  America Online.  Young folks might ask, "what's that?"  It's still around, but probably not for long.  They are looking at merging with Yahoo.

7.  Netizen.  A citizen of the world wide web.  This is mainly known as digital citizenship now.

8.  Qwerty keyboard.  It's still a qwerty keyboard, but many young people are unfamiliar with this term.

9.  CPU. Central Processing Unit.  Not a common term anymore.

10. Typewriter.  Computers have taken the place of typewriters although you can accomplish typing on your computer.  It's just one of many things a computer can do.

11. Continuous stationery.  You know, the kind with the holes on each side?  Wikipedia says "Most continuous form paper is punched longitudinally along both edges with regularly spaced engagement holes that engage with sprocket wheels or toothed belts on the "tractor" which move the paper through the printer. It is usually perforated transversely with a line of closely spaced holes or slits which form a tear edge that allows it to be torn neatly into separate pages after printing; when fed through the printer the paper is simply a continuous sheet."

12. MP3 players.  This was a great little device that could hold lots of music and it was so small, you could take it anywhere.  But now, with smartphones and apps, an MP3 player is obsolete.

13. ICQ.  ICQ was an instant messaging service.  (I seek you). I heard it is making a comeback with newer and more sophisticated bells and whistles.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Photo Wednesday

This is a picture of the diaper cake I made for our daughter's baby shower.  I was feeling crafty! (Just ignore the candle, glass bowl and orchid behind it!)

I'm linking up with Image-in-ing and Wordless Wednesday.  Hop on over to check out more photos!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Random Tuesday

These weeks keep flying by!  Visit Stacy for some random fun!

Every day is much like the other days lately.  Luckily, life will get some shaking up in two days when my daughter comes for a visit.  She and her twin brother (who is already here) are celebrating their birthday.

In sewing news, I made some pajama pants.  It was good practice to help with my skills.  I'm also making another tote bag and trying to organize my craft room, which is a never-ending process. Whoops.  I forgot the picture.  Here it is!

I really have no other news, so I'll just get to these.

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That would be my poor dart skills!

This is going to be my son when he can finally interview for a job after this pandemic.

And last, but not least...
Have a great week!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Compelling Evidence (Paul Madriani ,#1)Compelling Evidence by Steve Martini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good book. This new-to-me author really surprised me. So first, let me talk about some things that bothered me. I can't actually say I didn't like them, but these things bothered me. This author tried too hard. He wants the reader to think. And he wants the reader to think he is smart. He used a few big words that I didn't know, and that hasn't happened to me in a long while. One or two, maybe, but many, words like "venireman," "attrited," "percipient," and "subaltern," to name a few. He also uses the term "body English" instead of "body language" and that just bothers me. One more thing is that he uses this phrase tooooo often: "He makes a face like..." He makes a face like - is this for real. He makes a face like - are you kidding me. Instead of all the "makes a face likes" he could insert actual dialogue.

On to the good. The main character is Paul Madriani, a defense attorney now that he has struck out on his own, formerly a prosecutor and formerly on the fast path for partner at the firm Potter, Skarpellos. Newly separated from his wife, he has an affair with the boss's wife. That explains why he is no longer with Potter, Skarpellos.  The affair in the past, he would love to reconcile with his wife. He comes to terms with Ben, his old boss, on the eve of Ben's death. It looks like suicide, but the medical examiner classifies it as homicide. Almost immediately, Ben's wife Talia is arrested. She goes to Skarpellos, her husband's partner, for help.  He pays for an attorney during the pre-trial hearings, but after she is held over for trial, she needs a real defense attorney. Naturally, she asks Paul, her former lover, for help. I won't spoil the rest.

Steve Martini does a good job humanizing his characters. Most of them are dynamic characters with both good and bad qualities, though there are two characters that are basically stereotypes. The main characters are well developed. The book was a little slow to start, and sometimes I felt like I had to plod through some areas where Paul is simply thinking, but, overall, it was interesting, and there is a super-twist at the end. This conclusion won't disappoint.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Random Tuesday

Go ahead and link up with or visit Stacy for some randomness.

This has not been a stellar week.  No, I'm not talking about what's going on in our country with injustice, riots, attacks on police - which all really bothers me. I'm not even talking about COVID-19.  Well, a little bit about that...

My brother-in-law and his wife are self-quarantining for two weeks.  They were exposed to someone, their nephew on her side whose children they sometimes babysit, who has a confirmed COVID-19 case. If my bil gets it, that would be really bad because he's been around his 91 year old father and his 80 year old aunt.
My mom is going to have a procedure done in a couple of days to remove a cyst that is causing lots of problem, so she had to take the COVID-19 test today.  It was required.  I'm sure she doesn't have it.  But every since the nasal swab, her nose has been bleeding.  Her procedure is Wednesday.

To top it off, my sister slipped and fell at her home, and she broke her arm.  The radius is broken, and she may need surgery.  I can't see her right now, but she will be getting Tiff's Treats tomorrow. Warm, fresh cookies and ice cream will be delivered to her door.

Several of our family members have expressed reluctance in coming to my daughter's wedding in November due to COVID, so I'm just bummed the last few days.  I NEED something GOOD to happen soon!

Maybe a few laughs will help.  Maybe.

And last for today.
Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder CaseMurder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case by Steven B. Epstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't forget to post this week!  This is my most recent read a true crime novel.

A friend of mine-who had a link to the case-recommended this book to me. My friend lived in the same North Carolina neighborhood as Jason Young, the accused in this story. Jason's mom was a beloved fifth grade teacher, although my friend chose not to have her sons in her class - that has nothing to do with the murder, though. It was long before that. So that was my link to this book.

I've really been on a true crime kick lately. I had never heard of this author, so I was skeptical. Ann Rule is my "standard" for true crime. I believe I had heard about the case, but I wasn't super familiar with it, either. I remember hearing that a man killed his pregnant wife and their daughter walked around in her blood.

The book explores the backgrounds of Jason and Michelle so the reader has context. The author was very unbiased, playing out both the prosecutor's case and the defense's response. It is so detailed that about 3/4 of the way through, it becomes a dry read; however, it's difficult to put down in spite of that because the case is so intriguing.

Jason Young had some strange habits, not to mention several extra-marital affairs, in the three years leading up to the murder. He and Michelle fought often, and often publicly. On a night when he was headed out of town on business, Michelle was murdered in her bedroom. When Michelle's sister showed up the next day, she found their 2 year old daughter perfectly clean and sleeping in her parents' bed. (Side note - the sister described the little girl as "shockingly clean" and the author overused this description.) Although there was no blood on the little girl when her aunt found her, her bloody footprints were found all over the scene. Michelle, who was five months pregnant with their son, had been bludgeoned to death. Jason Young, although he was several hours away, was the prime suspect.

I don't want to give any more of the case away. I went into the book without knowing much about the murder or the case which may be one reason why I liked reading it. If you like true crime, you will likely find it interesting, too.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Here's a quick list today.  Thirteen words to use instead of "very."  There are dozens more, of course, but these are my top 13, partly because most suggest an oxymoron.

1. awfully - She is awfully pretty.
2.  clearly - You clearly don't see the problem.
3.  significantly - Your point is significantly unimportant.
4. completely - This project is completely unfinished.
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5.  extraordinarily - This project is extraordinarily bland.
6.  unusually - That reaction to this news is unusually common.
7.  infinitely - The chances of rain today are infinitely low.
8.  especially - That show was especially boring.

9.  fantastically - The performance was fantastically dreadful.
10. notably - The professor's speech was notably inconsequential.
11. seriously - Those jokes are seriously funny.
12.  exceedingly - This year's performance review was exceedingly mundane.
13. enormously - The crowd was enormously small.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Random Tuesday

Here I am... late again!  Better late than never!  How is your week going?  Come link up with Stacy Uncorked and make your week even better!

I am happy to say I found a venue!  It's more than the church was going to cost, but we're keeping the same caterer, photographer, cake baker, and probably DJ, if I can get an accurate invoice from her.  It's more than I wanted to spend, but the couple is going to kick in some money.  We can do it!  I always find a way.
view from reception room windows.  More to come tomorrow.

Click any photo to enlarge.  Obviously, this reception space isn't decorated yet.
So... now it's on to all the details, and there are so many details!!!!

It's hard to focus on these things with all that's going on in the world today, but it's good that I have a distraction.  If I only think about the ills (pun intended) of society right now, I would go crazy.  Coronavirus still a threat.  Many still working from home. Some businesses still closed.  And the sad state of race relations in our country as evidenced by George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  I can't wrap my head around it.  I just can't.  So, I do what I do best which is avoid thinking about it.  Humor helps.  So...

I've been watching way too much true crime lately, but that doesn't scare me as much as current events.  Forensic Files, People Magazine Investigates, Death Row Stories, Dateline: Secrets Uncovered, etc. I doubt I'm not the only true crime junkie!  I hope not!

And let's see if I can get a song stuck in your head.  You'll thank me later!
Have a good week!


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