Friday, January 6, 2012


First to apologize! I just haven't been able to keep up with posts the last couple of months :( There are several reasons for that. One is that I've turned my attention to another hobby and it has consumed nearly every spare moment. I enjoy it so I don't feel bad that I'm doing it, just unhappy that I'm not able to keep up the blog at the same time. I haven't read anything for a long time and therefore have nothing to put in a blog post about books. A and M have, but I can't see myself focusing on children's books all the time anymore than adult books. I haven't had time to look for gorgeous men out there. To be honest the pool has been dwindling and what is considered cute these days doesn't fit my definition. And even more shocking, I haven't been watching much TV. In fact, for two weeks I didn't watch any! I have been eating chocolate - especially with the holidays. Santa gave me a few new bars in my stocking :) But I don't think I have eaten enough to carry a blog that was used to having 4 or more topics. What this boils down to is a hiatus. I'm going to have to stop blogging for a time and do what I'm enjoying right now. I don't know exactly when I'll come back, but if you have any suggestions for me or would like my opinion on any books, chocolate, men, or television just send me an email or post a response. I still check for messages :) If I start finding that I can post more frequently I will start up again, but I make no promises for that happening soon. I hope your new year is full of fun, good surprises, and fulfilled resolutions! 11 20 11

Monday, November 14, 2011

Chocolate: Purple and Personalization

I went to M&M World recently and had the opportunity to buy purple M&Ms and personalize them. Yippee! I only did half of that though. The cost of personalizing is about $20 for an 8 oz cup. Granted, if you're there you don't have to pay for shipping. It just still seemed like a lot for something you would consume and never see again.

I visited the site and they do even more than I remembered. Instead of just stock images they also put photos on them. One picture shows a girl and her sixteenth birthday M&Ms. I couldn't fathom eating an M&M with someone's face on it. It's like those Cake Wrecks where you're eating a body part. Willies! Anyway, I may go back one day and actually spend the money. In the meantime, I will settle for the Las Vegas mug I purchased.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TV: A Sad State of Affairs

I haven't been able to read the books I want and now it looks like I can't watch the shows I want. My choice, but still. I have been totally consumed by another project that has kept me from reading and watching TV. The shows I do watch are viewed days after airing. It's a travesty!

It just means I have nothing to blog about. :( I will at least let you know which TV I am watching. Biggest Loser hasn't lost its charm for me, I watch CSI OnDemand, Bones and her pregnancy still keeps me interested, and Fringe still has its hold on me. New to the set of shows is Grimm and Once Upon a Time, which even A and M watch. Lastly, they have suckered me into watching their episodes of My Little Pony - yeah, I know.

We were also watching Person of Interest, but somehow didn't get it recorded and I believe it isn't available OnDemand. I'd like to get back to watching that. I never watched those two scary girly sitcoms- one with Deschanel and the other with the rich girl. Terra Nova never captured me, but I hear from others that they really like it. B is really liking The Walking Dead. I have a hard time with that one. Involuntary shiver.

Well, that sums up TV for now!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Miscellaneous: Snakes

When I was young, about 7th grade, we lived in a house with a hole in the floor near the toilet. Don't ask me why our landlord didn't get it fixed, but it never did. Once while I was doing my business, a snake came up from under the house. It was frightening to say the least. I don't have an affinity for the creatures and that episode never helped. I thought I'd share some snake stories, a couple of which have been in the news recently. :o) Snake Snake Snake

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Men: Rí Rá

The fam and I recently went to Las Vegas. No need to go into why we were there, but we went out to dinner at Rí Rá Irish Pub in the shopping area between Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and The Luxor. By now you are wondering why I'm going into all this on a "Men" post. The answer lies with the servers. Our server for our meal was a young man named Brian - and he was adorable. Dark hair, dimples, and an accent. The accent comes courtesy of his real Irish roots. He is one of about 20 who are here on a work visa. Let me tell you folks, he wasn't the only cutie. If you happen to be in the area you should stop in to ogle and get some good food - the sweet potato fries were delish.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chocolate: Chocolate Visions Luscious Lemon

Birthday gift.

61% Bittersweet chocolate (my fave :o))
Handmade Candied Meyer Lemon Peel
Applewood Smoked Almonds
Lemon Oil

I didn't find any real lemon peel in my first few bites, which is good because I don't like fruit in my chocolate. It was really good. I can still taste the chocolate on my tongue. The bar is shiny and crisp. The lemon is strong. It just tastes really good.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Books: A Gift of Magic

Sadly, I haven't been able to read anything in a while. This is especially depressing because I know there are sequels out from books I'd been reading a couple of years ago and I can't keep up! Anyway, I decided that if I was going to keep up with my posting that I needed to write about something. So you're now being subjected to a book I read as a teen. A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan.

Read when I was wishing for something more out of my life, A Gift of Magic is about a girl who hates that her parents have divorced, that she's had to move away from what she knows, and that she's lost the companionship of her sister due to a gift - dancing. However, shortly after she expresses her discontent, she discovers she was also given a gift - ESP. And it isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I really wanted that kind of gift and tended to read similar stories during my early teen years. However, Lois Duncan didn't write many more stories in that vein. Most of hers were much scarier. In fact, she wrote I Know What You Did Last Summer. Her books are really more appropriate for the 10-14 age range.