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beagley So, I’ve been trying to write a blog post for days now, but nothing’s coming. The problem is not that there’s nothing going on. The problem is that there’s too much going on and honestly, where do I freaking begin?

Some stuff I can’t discuss, namely the stuff at work. Work is completely ridiculous right now. Things are happening in upper management that are just drastically changing the face of how my company has always done things. Employees are nervous, scared, confused, upset, frustrated, angry—you name it. There is very little communication. Couple all of that with what’s going on with the economy and you have a pretty good idea of the chaotic mess we face daily. Not good.

Dad had quadruple bypass surgery 10 days ago at Rochester General and is doing great! He was discharged this past Monday and is happy to be back at the nursing home. I’m still having a really hard time balancing all this Dad stuff. It takes so much time from not just me, but Craig too. Finances, appointments, visits, needs, wants—it is definately alot. And then dealing with his sister, who’s been such a huge bitch, is just another headache. She called on Sunday around 7 or 8pm, the night before he was discharged, telling me she and her family were coming for a visit this coming weekend from PA & MD. Several times, I very patiently explained why I thought this was not a good idea. He’s just getting discharged, he needs recovery time, he will be very tired and not really up for an extended visit. She told me in no uncertain terms that she comes “now or not at all.” She also was intent on asking wildly inappropriate questions, such as how we’re paying for his care. *shakes her head*

She doesn’t understand. This is not about her. It’s about him. Let the man have some recovery time for crying out loud, before you come blasting your way up here, expecting all day visits. Saying you’re coming now or not at all, doesn’t punish me, it punishes him. I could give a shit whether you came or not. In fact, it would be one less headache for me if you stayed home. And it is absolutely none of her business how we’re paying for anything! Of course, I said none of this to her in the spirit of niceness, getting along and respecting one’s elders.

She didn’t hear a word I said the entire conversation, but rather competed by talking over me. Just like my dad does. I just let her do it. She was rude and classless, and bullied me for information, while I was nice to the Nth degree and tolerant, oh so tolerant. At the end of the conversation, I was left with the impression that she will do whatever the hell she wants to do, regardless. I think she thinks I am deterring her visit because she believes I’m hiding something from her and so now she’ll be more determined than ever to get up here this weekend. Grrrrrr. Let the poor man have some rest!!!!

I feel stressed. I feel like I have no control over my life. I feel like my life really isn’t even my own any more. It sucks. THIS SUCKS. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

There is some good stuff though. *sparklygrin* I’m enrolled in bellydance classes again-actually my 8 week course is almost over and it’s nearly time to sign up again. I took a hoopdance class as well this time around and absolutely loved it. I’m completely hooked now. As soon as my instructor posts her new class schedule, I’ll be signing up again for that as well and bringing a friend or two with me.

Thanks to Facebook, I’m back in touch with my cousin John (from my mom’s side) *grinwavies* as well as a few other people I’d kinda lost track of. Yay! I heart Facebook.

We saw Fleetwood Mac in March and had mad awesome seats!!!! Craig had gotten us tickets for my birthday the day they had gone on sale. Then a couple weeks before the concert, I won two more tickets, also pretty great seats, and gave those to a friend of mine and her boyfriend. It was such an AWESOME show. I loved it!!!!!! And I was sooo sad when it was over-I didn’t want it to ever end. Lindsay, Stevie and Mick all looked fantastic and performed as though they enjoyed every second of it. It was a magical night!

The nice weather is slowly starting to get here. Yay! I’m excited about doing gardening and flowers and vegetables again this year.

My inlaws are moving back to this area from TN. They close on their new house in May, so that’s pretty exciting. We’ll be glad to have them back.

I’m rereading the entire Laurell K. Hamilton “Anita Blake” collection and so I haven’t really read anything new, so to speak, in awhile. I’m on the 14th one right now-“Danse Macabre.” These later books are so full of the ardeur-it sometimes gets a little tiring, but I do still enjoy them. Once, I’m done with those, I wanna reread Charlaine Harris’ “Sookie Stackhouse” series, hopefully before the new season of True Blood starts! *happysigh* I lovelovelove that show. That alone is worth the cost of HBO, not to mention the Tudors and Big Love and all the other great series.

I’m also addicted to The United States of Tara on Showtime.

I guess that’s about it for now. Happy Hump Day! We’re almost to the weekend-yay! Now, if I can just make it though the rest of the day…..



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nun.jpg Today consisted of sleep, a shopping trip in which I bought nothing except gum & a large cherry Icee, and eating way too many cookies.

Vaca is good. Though I wish I had found cool stuff to buy. Pffft. *grinshrugs*


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DIY Book Binding

kittenlove.jpg A very cool site I ran across in my travels today on how to bind books. With step by step pics, it’s pretty comprehensive, and easy to understand.

Just thought I’d share!


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kermie.jpg I know, I know…again with the no posting. Prepare for the randomness. Oh, and better sit tight, this is gonna be a lengthy one. Actually, you might wanna grab a snack first, or pop by the potty. *grinchuckle*


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tig.gif Some quick reviews of what I’ve been consuming…


“The Mermaid Chair”-Broadcast on the Lifetime channel, this made for TV movie stars Kim Basinger as a women who, upon returning to her childhood island home for a family crisis, faces not only family secrets dredged up from the past, but also the danger of forbidden love, as well as the promise of reconciliation & the forging of new beginnings. For what it was, it wasn’t bad-I enjoyed it. I’m not sure who directed, but it had a very ”Practical Magic” feel to it. I’ve seen this book in the library a number of times, and have often though to check it out, but never have. After seeing the movie, I will definitely grab it up on my next trip to the library. A good recommend if you happen to catch it on-the cable networks tend to rerun a lot of stuff, so I’m sure it will be available for the next couple weeks if you look for it. Maybe even look for a DVD release.

“Roll Bounce”-Starring Bow Wow, this fun flick is about a group of boys from the poor side of town who decide to compete in a big skate competition at a neighboring roller rink when their own home rink shuts down. The storyline takes place in the 1970’s, when disco, big collars, afros, and bell bottoms were all the rage. The sound score is awesome and the skating is amazing. If you’re a child of the seventies & early eighties, you’ll definitely enjoy this movie. Currently on HBO, I’m not sure if this film is available as a rental just yet, but I would imagine so. A great recommend-this film will make you wanna dance!

“In Her Shoes”-A drama starring Cameron Diaz, Shirley McLaine, and Toni Collette, this film tells the story of sisters and the often tangled relationship between them; the differences that divide them as well as the shared experiences that are the glue holding them together. A cute film I definitely enjoyed watching! Currently available on HBO, this would also make a nice rental. I would recommend this primarily as a chick flick, however Craig watched it with me, and enjoyed it as well.


Laurell K. Hamilton’s “A Kiss of Shadows,” and “A Caress of Twilight”-Within the pages of these first two books in Hamilton’s “Meredith Gentry” series, we meet not only the main character, Merry, but also a whole bevy of Otherworldly characters, all living in modern day America. Merry is co-heir to the throne of the Unseelie Fae, and though previously prodigal, she has returned to the court and given a task upon which her future queenship resides. With danger of assassination lurking about every corner, Merry strives to complete her mission, along with the help of several of her Guards. Filled with magic & mystery, this series is a must for any lover of urban fantasy. I am devouring these books, and have heard from many fans that that’s how most Hamilton readers react to her writing. I’m currently in the middle of the 3rd book, “Seduced by Moonlight” and hope to be on the fourth by the weekend. Several women have recommended Hamilton to me, both the Meredith Gentry series as well as the Anita Blake series, and I have to say I’m not sure why I waited so long to start reading her-she is a very talented writer. I have yet to begin the Blake series, but I do have the first one, “Guilty Pleasures,” on my desk and ready to go!

Something I would be amiss not to mention is that while lots of women readers have recommended Hamilton’s works to me, not once have they ever mentioned anything about the sex. Not once! *grinchuckle* There is a lot of it. *nods* Now, I can’t speak for certain about the Blake series as I haven’t read it yet, but the Gentry series has tons of happy, glowy, shiny faerie sex. Is the sex some big secret we’re not supposed to talk about? *giggles* Am I letting the cat out of the bag? Uh-oh. Suffice it to say, it does make for interesting reading!

An amazing recommend if you’re a fan of modern fantasy! Read this author!!

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Feed me….

Just some quick reviews on the stuff I’ve been consuming lately!

DVD Rentals would include:

· “The Tooth Fairy”-The best things about this movie were the DVD cover, and the line “Hey Chuck?….Why’s your penis over there?”. The premise is good-A witch, who used to trick children into her home by promising a present for each lost tooth they might bring her and would instead reward them with dismemberment & disemboweling, is now haunting the present reincarnation of her old homestead, a renovated Bed & Breakfast. The acting is bad, the editing/overdubbing is horrible, and the acting is bad-did I mention that? Craig picked this dud-finally, it’s not me that picked the crappy, “we’ll never get these two hours back again” movie! Yay! (eep! I just realized-it was me that picked this movie. *hangs head in shame* Craig picked “Severed,” the last dud we watched…)

· “Inside Man”-Kickass! This movie was great from the opening credits to the end. Denzel Washington & Jodie Foster star in this film about a complicated bank heist. The plotline was exciting, and really held our attention with several unique twists & turns. The sound score was AMAZING. Craig and I both are now completely hooked on “Chaiyya, Chaiyya”-Bollywood version, and can’t get it out of our heads. (The name of the artist escapes me.) Anyway, this is totally worth a rent if you haven’t already seen it, and if you have a home theater with surround sound, crank it up as the film starts so you can dance around your living room!!

· “Scary Movie 4”-I am of the opinion that you either love the “Scary Movie” genre or you hate it. There’s no in-between. Craig and I enjoy them-being huge horror movie buffs, it’s fun to see the parodies, and the potty humor cracks us up. “Scary Movie 4” is no exception. This is a good rainy Saturday afternoon flick-definitely worth a rent!

Books would include:

· “Good Omens,” authored by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen-I’m soooo glad I changed my mind and read this book. It was great! This interesting & entertaining fictional work is about Armageddon, and the baby AntiChrist, who is left with the wrong family. Witchfinders, witches, prophetesses, demons and angels, as well as a handful of ordinary, everyday eleven year olds, all play a part in this humorously told story of destruction and grace. I definitely would recommend this book to any previous fans of fantasy, as well as to those on the cusp who like their humour a bit dry & British.

Last week I did some shopping at B & N, and picked up the first book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, as well as the first book in her Meredith Gentry faerie series. *happydance* It looked like they carried all the books in both series, so I’m a very happy girl. I’ve been meaning to get started on her stuff for a long time. I also picked up a book called “Benighted” about werewolves, and another vampy book.

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