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My October reads [Nov. 1st, 2007|09:30 pm]
[Current Mood |okayokay]

I've read a lot of books this past month, but not all of them lived up to my
expectations. Some really plotless junk in this list, I'm afraid.

As always, feel free to ask for further details.

1. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher: 5 out of 5 and my favorite for the month
2. The Kid by Dan Savage: 3.5 out of 5
3. Triad by Lauren Dane: 3.5 out of 5
4. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray: 4 out of 5
5. If You Could See What I hear by Tom Sullivan: 3 out of 5
6. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward: 4.5 out of 5
7. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop: 4 out of 5
8. Everything She Ever Wanted by Anne Rule: 4.5 out of 5
9. Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward: 4 out of 5
10. Whatever Mother Says by Wensley Clarkson: 3.5 out of 5
11. The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver: 4 out of 5
12. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: 3.5 out of 5
13. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See: 4.5 out of 5
14. A Touch of Fae by Lauren Dane: 3 out of 5
15. A Crystal Diary by Frankie Hucklenbroich: 3.5 out of 5
16. The Bitch Posse by Martha O'Connor: 4.5 out of 5
17. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner: 4 out of 5
18. Sword of Flame by Maggie Furey: 4 out of 5
19. Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels: 4.5 out of 5
20. Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey: 3.5 out of 5
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My September Reads [Oct. 4th, 2007|05:05 pm]
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Here is the list of books I read in September. As always, feel free to ask
for further information.

1. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty: 4.5 out of 5
2. Dead Run by Erica Spindler: 4.5 out of 5
3. Jenny by Douglas Preston: 4 out of 5
4. Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold: 4 out of 5
5. Copycat by Gillian White: 4.5 out of 5
6. The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson: 3.5 out of 5
7. Faultlines by Anna Salter: 4 out of 5
8. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg: 4 out of 5
9. Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur: 4.5 out of 5
10. Meeting Rozzy Halfway by Caroline Leavitt: 4 out of 5
11. Dead Wrong by Mariah Stewart: 3.5 out of 5
12. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver: 4.5 out of 5
13. Copycat by Erica Spindler: 4 out of 5
14. Black and White by Dani Shapiro: 3.5 out of 5
15. Beyond the Pale by Savannah Russ: 3.5 out of 5
16. Two Women by Martina Cole: 3 out of 5
17. Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn: 4 out of 5
18. Triptych by Karin Slaughter: 3.5 out of 5
19. The Last Witness by Jilliane Hoffman: 4.5 out of 5
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My August Reads [Sep. 2nd, 2007|10:41 am]
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Here is the list of books I read last month. If anyone wants information about any of these, let me know.

1. Heaven's Harlots by Miriam Williams: 4 out of 5
2. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain: 5 out of 5
3. Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern: 5 out of 5
4. Family History by Dani Shapiro: 4.5 out of 5
5. High Noon by Nora Roberts: 4 out of 5
6. Zandru's Forge by Marion Zimmer Bradley: 4 out of 5
7. The Perfect Victim by Christine McGuire: 5 out of 5
8. A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava: 4 out of 5
9. The Color of Death by Elizabeth Lowell: 4 out of 5
10. The Big Girls by Susanna Moore: 4 out of 5
11. The Woods by Harlan Coben: 4.5 out of 5
12. You're Not You by Michelle Wildgen: 5 out of 5
13. Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter: 5 out of 5
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (reread) by J.K. Rowling: 4.5 out of 5
15. The First Time by Joy Fielding: 4.5 out of 5
16. Shiny Water by Anna Salter: 4 out of 5
17. Heaven (reread) by V.C. Andrews: 3.5 out of 5
18. Someplace to Be Flying by Charles De Ling: 4 out of 5
19. Fatal Convictions by Shari Geller: 5 out of 5
20. Acquired Motives by Sarah Lovett: 3.5 out of 5
21. The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle: 5 out of 5
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The terrors of Technology [Aug. 29th, 2007|12:03 pm]
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

So, my Braille Lite chose yesterday, the first day of the semester to die. It reset itself three times in a row, the third time causing itself to lose all its data. Luckily, most of it was backed up, so the loss wasn't huge. Still, it's very annoying.

I spoke to vocational rehab this morning, and they're sending me to Austin next Thursday to look at a Braille Note and a Braille Sense. I know a bit about the Braille Note, but next to nothing about the Sense. Does anyone have any input, either good or bad to share about notetakers? I know several of you use the Note.

I have my micropractice class in just under two hours. Hopefully, my professor won't be horrible, and the Braille Lite will cooperate. I don't want it to die during class. I should be getting a loner machine from someone at Voc Rehab sometime soon. May the Braille Lite hang on until then!
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agoraphobia [Aug. 5th, 2007|12:18 pm]
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Almost everything I've read lately has had something to do with agoraphobia. Secret Lives, Eye Contact, and now, High Noon, have all dealt with the subject. I keep having to read about how it can destroy your life, how it sneaks up on you, stealing bit by bit by bit, until it has consumed you. As I'm reading this, I can't help but wonder when it is going to happen to me.

Right now, I'm functional. I'm afraid a lot of the time, but I can fight it most of the time. I'm afraid of going to school though, afraid of the walks down the halls that might end in terror, afraid of sitting in the classrooms, with nowhere to run. Why should I need to run though? I have no idea, and, really, there probably isn't a reason for running. I mean, what is going to happen? Nothing, that's what.

But my body doesn't believe that. I feel myself getting nervous. I try to distract myself. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, I end up panicing, which is so terrible.

I don't want this irrational fear to rule my life. Honestly, I don't. I don't want to be trapped in this apartment, only able to leave if someone is with me. I want to be a strong and independent woman, capable of taking care of myself, and being a good wife to Susan. Agoraphobia doesn't fit that dream.

Why does it have to creep into my books? Why is my escape being haunted by my reality? Is Goddess trying to tell me something? If so, what? I don't understand. (Sigh) Of course, I've never really understood. I just know that, since I was four years old, I've been fighting the fear. Thank Goddess for Caroline, who can at least keep me safe, even if I don't always believe it.

This is a terrible post, I know, and I'm sorry for all of you who have read it. I try not to write these kinds of things, mostly because I'd rather not think about them, but partly because it's so depressing for others to have to read it. Still, when the mother of Nora Roberts' newest heroine is agoraphobic, I really have to stop and think what Goddess is trying to tell me.
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My July Reads [Jul. 31st, 2007|11:27 pm]
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Here is the list of books I read this month. There's a pretty good mix of genres represented here. If you want more info about any of these, don't hesitate to let me know.

Traveling Light and Unforgettable were my two favorite reads this month.

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kaled Hussaney: 4 out of 5
2. Petals On the Wind (reread: 5 out of 5
3. The Flock by Joan francis Casey and Lynn Wilson (reread): 4 out of 5
4. Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell: 4 out of 5
5. Cold Silence by Danielle Girard: 3.5 out of 5
6. The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett: 4 out of 5
7. The Program by Stephen White: 4 out of 5
8. If There Be Thorns (reread): 4 out of 5
9. Traveling Light by Katrina Kittle: 4.5 out of 5
10. The Prey by Allison Brennan: 4 out of 5
11. A Child Called It by Dave Peltser: 4 out of 5
12. Survival of the Fittest by Jonathan Kellerman: 3.5 out of 5
13. Unforgettable by Karin Kallmaker: 5 out of 5
14. Jackdaws by Ken Follett: 4 out of 5
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: 4 out of 5
16. Derailed by James Segal: 4 out of 5
17. Like Normal People by Karen E. Bender: 4 out of 5
18. Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur: 4.5 out of 5
19. Night Life by Thomas Perry: 4 out of 5
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Insomnia, again! [Jul. 31st, 2007|03:17 am]
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It's almost three in the morning, and I can't seem to sleep. I slept for a little bit, but I woke up, and now, it appears that I'm going to stay up. I hate when this happens, and it always seems to happen when I've got something to do in the morning. I've got my piano class, which isn't major, but isn't necessarily good either. Especially, if I can't get back to sleep.

I finished the Thomas Perry book, and really liked it. He's an author I'm going to have to read more of, I think.

I'm now reading a book called Heaven's Harlots. It's a true story about a woman who gets caught up in a cult in the early seventies, and remains with them for fifteen years. The cult is actually a prostitution ring, but it's all justified by this really bizarre guy saying that sharing sex with people is really sharing the love of the Christian god. Very strange, and very disturbing, especially since it shows you exactly how these people have managed to brainwash this woman, and several hundred other people. Not good at all!

I ordered five books from PBS the other day. So far, one has been sent out, but two have been canceled. Basically, the person who posted them into the system now says she can't mail them, for some unknown reason. Very frustrating! (Sigh) They were both books I wanted to read, and I know our public library system doesn't have one of them. I'll have to check on the other one. Very frustrating! So, I'm back up to 5 credits again.

That's about it for now.
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weekend update [Jul. 29th, 2007|06:05 pm]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[Current Music |drizzling]

It's very rainy and humid here today. It sucks. Susan and I did go to the outback, but got soaked in the process. Even Caroline has that ever-so-charming wet dog smell that we all adore.

Still, dinner was worth it. I just love steak, and, if it comes from Outback, it's even better. The guy who waited on us was new, and acted like kind of a dork. Oh well!

Caroline behaved herself nicely, laying under the table, and giving everyone a gigantic surprise when we got up to leave, and she came walk out from under there. That's how I know my dog is well-behaved in public. No one knows she's there.

I had my in-service yesterday, and it was really interesting. A lot of it was stuff I knew from various classes, but the presenter was really good, and gave a really good overview of how to handle a severely mentally ill victim of sexual assault.

We had to do a role-playing exercise at the end. I'm not a huge fan of role-playing. It makes me feel incredibly stupid and self-conscious. Unfortunately, the two women I worked with weren't into it either, so ours kind of sucked. Still, we got the point, which is really all that matters.

The Medicine Woman Tarot deck came yesterday. The booklet that comes with it scanned like a dream, but is pretty much useless. It gives like 10 pages of introductory matterial, and then, one or two sentences for each card. So, I had to buy the expanded guide book, which I found on half.com for under $2. I just love that site! Still, I'm kind of disappointed, since I really wanted to start working with the deck right away. Oh well! Patience is a virtue, and all that.

I'm still reading Night Life by Thomas Perry. This is the first of his books that I've ever read, and it's really quite good. It doesn't drag, and the characters are engaging. I find myself cheering on this really horrible character, which is not good, but he really sucked me in, and got me to care about her.

I'm scanning Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain. She's such a neat author. The Escape Artist is my favorite by her, but I've heard really good reviews of this one, too. I own a bunch of her stuff already, so I figured I'd scan this one, and read it pretty soon.

I've got 8 credits on PBS. I wonder what I should get. I need to look around there, and see what catches my eye.

Tonight is the full moon, but I'm not going to be able to do a working until tomorrow. I try not to do that kind of thing when Susan is home. She doesn't object or anything, but that is not her faith, and so, I try to do it when I'm alone. Plus, I think the energy flows better, when I don't have to worry about being distracted or disrupted.

Jen's girlfriend called me today. I really don't see the attraction. Jen is incredibly intelligent and articulate, and this woman talks like a gangster. Well, perhaps it's not really that bad. Anyway, she seems to think that, since I'm Jen's friend, I'm automatically going to be her friend, too. I don't know about that. I don't hate her or anything, but I really don't know what to say to her. She's a party girl, into drugs and drinking and all of that, and I'm not into any of that. (Sigh)

Well, I've rambled on long enough for now. Besides, the rain has let up a bit, so I'm going to take the canines out while I can.
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recycled food and lots more [Jul. 27th, 2007|08:08 pm]
[Current Location |my living room]
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |the hum of the air conditioner, and Caroline chomping on a nyla]

Rachel decided that she was going to take up recycling today. I fed her, and then, did a few things around the apartment. I was about to take her outside to do her business, and then, I would have come back and taken Caroline out. So, I was walking across my floor, and stepped in this warm, mushy mess. Apparently, Rachel had bolted down her food, and then, vomited it back up, completely whole. Talk about nasty!

Winter went to the vet today, and was a total maniac. She growled, hissed, snarled, and even snorted. I've never heard a cat snort before, but Winter managed it quite well. She made herself so upset that she pooped three times. Another gross event.

Next time, the vet wants to sedate her, and I honestly can't say I blame her. It's practically impossible to do anything with the ferocious feline when she's like that. So, next yyear, she'll be sedated.

I've got an in-service tomorrow morning for the women's center. It's on mental health and sexual assault, and the presenter is going to be a psych major. It should be pretty interesting. Plus, I'll see some of the staff I haven't seen in awhile, and that will be good. Plus, women's center in-services are always full of fabulous doughnuts, which I can't pass up.

Susan is having a hard time at work, which is causing her to be a total bitch. Hopefully, things will get better for her soon. Living with her is not pleasant right now.

We're going to the Outback on Sunday, which is totally awesome. We were supposed to go for my birthday, but we didn't have the money then. So, we'll go Sunday. I can't wait!

Sometimes, I really wonder about people. A friend of mine is in this kind of crappy relationship that is all full of drama. The person she's with is basically a loser, but my friend refuses to see it. However, she complains about all the drama that exists in this woman's life. I really don't understand people sometimes. I guess desperation calls for extreme measures.

I'm reading Night Life by Thomas Perry. It's the first book of his I've ever read, and I'm liking it pretty well. I'm a little less than a quarter of the way through it. Before that, I read Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur, which is the second in her Reily Jenson series. I do love werewolves.

That's about it for now. I'll write more soon.
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Home at last [Jul. 22nd, 2007|06:14 pm]
[Current Mood |complacentcomplacent]
[Current Music |the rain]

I got home late Thursday night. My flight was delayed due to bad weather, and we sat on the runway for a really long time. I think I dosed of though, which was good.

My trip was decent, I guess. Time spent with my family is both good and bad, although this time wasn't as bad as some others have been. My grandmother wasn't too much of a nag, and people were pretty decent about my weight. Snide comments about anorexia were kept to a minimum.

The competition went really well. I didn't place in the NAIC finals, but I was qualifying champion, which was nice. The first in Classical was a surprise, since classical is not my favorite genre. I also took first in Pop and second in broadway. My scores were between 95 and 99, with a tripple a for the evaluation. I'm quite proud of myself.

I was doing a card pull in my bedroom at my grandmother's, and my aunt barged in. Honestly, my family has no concept of privacy. So, she comes in, and sees the tarot cards on the bed, and is really weirdly all about them. I was glad she didn't freak out. However, she wanted me to do some readings for her, and had to broadcast the fact to my grandmother, who took the whole thing surprisingly well.

I saw my aunt and uncle, who think they're better than everyone else in the world. My uncle thinks I totally suck, and he has called me a whore before. When I called him on it, he said he was joking. Hmmmmmm. Wonder why I didn't find it amusing?

Anyway, they were reasonably pleasant, which was a nice change. Of course, the fact that we were at a restaurant may have had something to do with it. Still, I was grateful.

My grandmother has some really bizarre ideas about my interaction with my mother. She thinks we should hang out together, and she really doesn't understand why neither my mom or I agree with her. She was all upset because we didn't spend any "quality time" together.

Caroline did quite well, both on the plane and off. The rescue remedy seems to make quite a difference while we're flying. She did manage to lie down for part of both flights. Her guide work was really good. Even my grandmother, who swore up and down that no one would ever be as good as Rachel, had to admit that she did a good job. She's glad to be home though. She missed sleeping on the bed.

Still no babies from Sierra. I'm beginning to really worry about her. I would think she'd have them by now, but so far, nothing. If she doesn't have them in a few weeks, I'm going to have to take her to the vet.

Speaking of vets, Winter has to go there on Friday. That ought to be loads of fun!

I'm halfway through HP 7. It's good, but it's not holding my interest the way I hoped it would. Like someone else said, I'm sad that it's not at Hogwartz, the way the earlier ones were. That's just such a cool place.

It's raining here, which is really nothing new. I swear, living here is like living in the middle of a monsune!
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