Apr 27, 2010

Lochan Tea

These folks are going to have tea tasting of ten different varieties of Darjeeling.  This company is known for having first class teas.  And it is only $30 for a ounce of each or if you are student then it is only $20.

If interested, click here for more info.

Just think.  You could have quite the Tea Party!
Apr 25, 2010

Review: Waking the Dead

WAKING THE DEAD by Kylie Brant is the second of the Mindhunters series that I have had the opportunity to enjoy.  I do have to say that I am hooked on this series.  I am anal about reading series in order but I didn't even realize that I had missed a book until I happened to hit her website.  Yeah the books are that complete within themselves. 

This book centers about bones that have been found in a cave in Oregon.  Forensic anthropologist Caitlin 'Cait' Fleming is called in.  Cait has her own issues as she used to be a teen model and fueled many a fantasy in teenage boys.  This is something that she hasn't been able to overcome.  She is assigned a guide Zach Sharper that just happened to be one of those boys.  Zach doesn't let anyone get close to him since his stint in the army.  Yet sparks fly.

WAKING THE DEAD is one of those books that you can't set down.  Beautiful scenery, top rate characterizations, and a tight plot will carry the reader along to the very end.  I rate this book a 4.5.

Again? We are still married.

We went to Seattle last night to celebrate our ninth anniversary.  It was a little bit early but as Saje goes back to work we won't know when we will have a day off together again.  I was wandering around taking pictures and I wanted to share them with everyone.

Carousel horse located down on the Piers

 Over Elliott Bay

Fisherman On the Piers

The Pier where we ate dinner.

Nightfall over Elliott Bay

Pirate in shop

Seattle Aquarium

Mural painted on Wall

Waterfront Park

Ye Old Curiosity Shop
Apr 24, 2010

Review: Applebees

We went out last night because I was so hungry that I was getting nauseous and I wanted red meat.   We don't cook it around my house because Saje can't eat it.  So we went out to Applebees.  I like Applebees' steaks when they are cooked right.  That however rarely happens the first time around.  They were busy when we arrived so we waited patiently for a booth.  We ended up instead at one of their bar tables because I was that hungry.

Our waitress Sheena was very nice but it did take her about 10 minutes to get around to us.  We ordered off of their '2 for 20' menu which includes an appetizer and 2 entrees.  We choose their hot wings for an appetizer.  My husband got their bacon cheeseburger with fries and I ordered a 7 ounce steak medium with garlic potatoes.  For drinks, Saje got a Blue Moon and I got my usual iced tea.

The problems began almost immediately when they served him the wrong beer.  Easily fixed.  The appetizers arrived quickly and was great.  But our entrees took about 20 minutes to arrive.  Saje's burger was great but my idea of a medium steak and the cook's idea varied greatly.  It was cooked well done.  I flagged Sheena down and let her know.  She reordered it and it took another 20 minutes to arrive.  This time it was wonderful but I wasn't that hungry after the wait.

Now you would think that after that long of a wait for my correct order to arrive that my meal would have been comped to me.  Nope not at all.  They wouldn't even let me take the well done steak home to my dogs.  I ended up having my meal boxed so that I could take it home for lunch today.

I do understand that everyone can make a mistake but their handling of this issue was very disappointing.  The food once I received what I actually ordered was good.  But I am rating this restaurant low because of how they treated the issue.

I am rating Applebees a 2.
Apr 21, 2010

Tea Tasting and More

I am excited.  I am going to actually participate in an online tea tasting.  Lochan Tea will be sending out 10 different Darjeelings, all one ounce each for us to taste.  And it only costs $30.  And that includes shipping.  I am all for learning more about the different teas.  If anyone is interested click here.

I went in for my last acupuncture appointment today.  I am really not sure if it helped.  I still hurt afterwards but she did say that it would take awhile as my fibro is a chronic condition.  But I did have 8 appointments and I am not really seeing a difference.  In fact, I had to leave work early Monday because I was just plain hurting that badly.

My new shift starts this Sunday.  So I will start having weekends off again.  I am so excited.  I will be able to attend TERRA's Beltaine celebration.  Beltaine is my favorite sabbat and I thought that I would be missing it.  So all is good.  Hopefully Saje will also be able to get the day off.

Review: Lover Mine

Wowser!!  The latest installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, LOVER MINE, is a real keeper.  There are so many twists and turns that the reader won't know if they are coming or going.

The main focus of the story is one of my favorite characters John Matthew and his love interest Xhex.  At the end of the last book, Xhex disappeared and it is now revealed that she was kidnapped by Lash.  John Matthew is involved with the search for her but he is  barely hanging onto his sanity and temper,  Xhex is doing a little better then he is and she is the victim.

In between the plot twists and the edge of the seat suspense, there is a lot of character growth and development.  And to make it even more interesting, LOVER MINE has  several distinct storylines and one wonders how some of them relate to the others.  However Ms. Ward does a masterful job of tying up most of them and I hope that the third will be the subject of the next book.

This is a series that it is best to read from the beginning as in all the books characters from previous books do play prominent roles.  And while I do really prefer series where each book stands on its own, I will be rereading this book and series.  So I rate it a 4.5.
Apr 20, 2010

A farm??

As I have mentioned before, as soon as my husband heals from his surgery we are going to be looking for a new place.  And it might be tough looking as I don't have the best credit in the world.  Working to fix it but we don't want to stay in a house that we are pretty sure is making us both sick until we do.  And with my menagerie, I am not sure that we will be able to rent a place either.  So a lease to own is our best option.  And now the hubby throws another wrench in.  He wants a place in the country yet close to a freeway.  Apparently he has been taking a poll and everyone feels that I need a farm as I tend to collect animals.  Now I am a city girl or I always have been.  Though I am finding that as I get older, I tend to be much more a stay at home type.  Perhaps a mini-farm close to work might work.  We shall see....
Apr 18, 2010

Bosom Buddies

Love doesn't look at color or even species.

Week In Reviews

I have decided not to continue my week in reviews.  There just isn't that much happening in my life and when there is I tend to share it anyway.  I have noticed that the reviews tend to just be a recap of everything I had already mentioned.   I am not sure what I intend to do or if I will start a weekly thingabobber.  Only time will tell.
Apr 17, 2010

Review: Wild Fire

I have to admit that Christine Feehan is very hit and miss with me.  I really enjoyed her Carpathian novels in the beginning but they started to seem like they were all the same with just the names being changed.  However I love her Ghost Hunters and Leopard novels.  See what I mean hit and miss?

WILD FIRE is one of her Leopard novels, in fact it is forth in the series.  The one centers around Connor, who has appeared in WILD RAIN, and his mate Isabeau.
They parted under less the loving circumstances when she discovered that she was actually part of a job.  Now another job is bringing them back together.

WILD FIRE is my favorite so far of this series.  In this book, Ms Feehan has brought in the para-military theme in which the leopards work as a team on missions that they have accepted the contracts for.  I find that this theme adds depth to the story and to the characters.  I really hope that she continues along the same lines especially as I would love to read the stories of the rest of the team.

I would have to rate this book a 4.  Yeah it's just that enjoyable.
Apr 16, 2010

And the week...

drags on.  I guess that I shouldn't really say that as I had so much energy yesterday.  That day of droning really did help.  Just goes to show me that I really do need that.  I am going back on 4 10s on the 25th of this month and boy am I looking forward to it.  I really do need that down day to be able to function.  We are going to be doing another shift bid sometime in June.    Not happy about that as I will have to fight for another shift that I can flourish in.  I might have might my doc write me out a prescription.  

I guess that today I am just frustrated.  It doesn't seem to matter what I do.  I am just not going to make the required stats this month.  And I always make them them.  It's enough to cause me to pull my hair out.

As far as the pic...  I just love Art Noveau.   The curving lines, the grace.  I really wish that style would come back into fashion.  Maybe when we move, I will look for pieces in that style to furnish my house.
Apr 14, 2010

Lazy Days

Finally I get a down day where I just get to fiddle around on my computer catching up with blog posts and emails.  It really helps that the hubby is doing better.  He is driving now so that he can do some errands for me like picking up my prescriptions.  It is also a beautiful day so I think that I will sit outside later with my computer.  I think this day will really help and allow me to recharge my batteries.  I don't think that the DH is allowed any more surgeries..

I hope that everyone has a great day also.
Apr 11, 2010

Week In Review: April 4 to April 10

This week has definitely been one of computer woes.  I had posted earlier of the issues with my Gateway.  What I didn't post is that the ASUS I had picked up to replace it was glitchy.  It wouldn't even allow me to load ITunes so back to Best Buy I went Friday after work.  This time I spent a bit extra and picked up an HP.  They say that three is a charm and this one seems to be working.  And I am in love with this computer's keyboard.  And I have learned a lesson about trying to adapt to a computer.  The Gateway, well I didn't care for the keyboard but I figured that it would grow on me.  Well it never did and I was always hitting the wrong keys.  Made typing a real pain.  This keyboard here is perfect for my hands.  So the next time I get a computer, I will return it right away if the keyboard doesn't feel just right.  I feel kinda like Goldilocks.

Went out and tried a new pizza place here in Tacoma on Wednesdays.  They have the best pizza that I have ever tried and the hubby agrees.  So if you are looking for a great pizza be sure to try out the Rock Fired Pizza.

I have been stressing some at work.  I need to get my sales up since I took the time off last week.  If they don't come up, I won't be in Club for this month and we really can't afford that.  So I am working hard on getting a sale on each call.  And crossing my fingers.

Not a lot else has been going on.  Since the weather has been back and forth with cold & wet to sunny & windy, my fibro has been acting up.  But that is really to be expected. 
Apr 8, 2010

Computer Woes

Never, I repeat never buy a Gateway computer.  I purchased my Gateway on October 31st of last year.  I had no complaints though I never really adapted to the keyboard.  Well yesterday all a sudden, my Outlook refused to open.  Well I tried to repair it, uninstalled and reinstalled it.  Nothing worked.  I even restored my system to an earlier date.  Again nothing.  So as a final resort, I was going to restore my computer to its factory settings.  There was just one issue.  The backup disks that GW recommended that I make didn't work. 

And the computer was demanding that I insert the disc for my operating system.  So being the dunce that I am, I rushed out and bought the full version of Windows 7.  And could someone please tell me just why the disc with the operating system doesn't come with computers anymore?  That is so ridiculous.  Or cheap of the manufacturers.  So anyways, I ended up spending $200 that I really didn't have to spend. 

And the tale worsens....

After we picked up the OS, myself and the hubby went out for dinner.  There I was congratulations myself on fixing the problem.  Prematurely as it turns out.  When I got home and attempted to load the cd, the cd drive would no longer work.  I was about ready to pull my hair out.  But I restrained myself and called Gateway.  And things went downhill from there.

The representative that answered the phone was in India.  I don't have a problem with people from various countries however when you are dealing with computer issues, I would prefer to deal with someone that doesn't have to work from a script.  I mean seriously.  There are far too many variables to script.  And I should have known that I wouldn't be able to work with her especially when she wanted me to register my computer.  I had done that months ago online.  Not too impressed with their record keeping. 

And the battle was joined.  She didn't seem to be able to hear me so I had to talk in a loud voice and then I had to repeat the issue 4 times.  The rep then decided that it was my fault that the CD Rom drive died in 6 months.  Gateway would replace it but I would have to pay the shipping and I would be without a computer for at least 2 weeks.  I can't imagine being without a computer for that long.

So I needed to get a new computer and it was 8:40 at night.  So I broke some speed limits and rushed to Best Buy.  There I spent another $600 and picked up a computer.  Probably more of a computer then I need as I am not one to fill up my hard drive but this one has 500 gigs.  This one is an ASUS and it better work better then a Gateway.

So the moral of the story is to avoid Gateway computers.  They suck!
Apr 4, 2010

Week In Review: 3/28 to 4/03

Boy am I exhausted.  I guess that is what happen when you don't sit home and have a boring life.  I do have to admit that the way to feel today, I am thinking that a boring life isn't all that bad.

The beginning of the week was really a scramble.  I tried to put in some OT to make up for the sales I was going to loose while on vacation.  I did get some in there but it was a juggling act as I am still operating as a chauffeur for Saje.  Tuesday I didn't have my regular massage so I went in and worked a few hours.  Wednesday was crazy.  Between me and Saje, there were 3 medical appointments.  And then comes Thursday.  I only worked for half a day so that I would have time to get ready for Norwescon.

I guess that I should mention while I am still on the topic of work that I did a mini shift bid and managed to get my 4 10s back.  I was great working only 8 hours.  My body really liked the shorter days but I didn't feel that working the shorter days was a fair exchange for having to work 5 days a week.  I was so happy when I found out that I got the new shift, just to find out that we are going to have another shift bid in June.  Now our last full one was in December and they are only supposed to be every 12 months so I am not sure how that is working out.  Did someone forget how to count or what?

Now for the reason that I even took vacation.  Saje was invited to be a panelist at Norwescon so I decided to go also.  I haven't really been to a con since I was in my 20s.  Well I guess that isn't totally true as we did do Rustycon last year but we were vending and I didn't really leave the vendor's room.  I must admit was concerned that I would be too old for a con but I found that many folks there were around my age.  They just started going to cons when they were in their 20's and never stopped.  I had a blast!  I had my MinPin with me both Friday and Saturday.  She loves people and is such a good icebreaker.  I sure am paying for it now though.  I have a little carrier kind of thing that straps onto my chest and she sits in.  Now Boo is not a big dog at 7 1/2 pounds but carrying her that way for 12 hours became rather painful on my shoulders.  Was it worth it though?  I would say so.

I think that I had even more fun because Saje was a panelist.  The folks running Norwescon treat their pros and their guest really well.  I love the Green Room where you could always find great conversation and comfortable couches.  And the con goers are a wonderful bunch of people with great energy.  You can't find a less judgmental bunch of people.  And some of the costumes were out of this world.  Saje got some great pics and once he edits them, I will get them up to share.

I picked up some great prints while there and found a cloak.  I know that this doesn't seem much of an accomplishment until you realize that I am only 5'2" and all the ones I have found before dragged the ground.  So I blew my budget but I snagged it when I found it in my colors and the right length.  I almost felt as though I had found the Holy Grail.

Saje started picking up things for a Steampunk Pirate costume for next year.  I guess that I will be designing some steampunk jewelry.  I just have to go on a quest to find antique watches now.

If there was one downside about the con, it would be the lack of parking.  There just wasn't any at the hotel to speak of.  And if you parked at one the park-n-rides, you had to be prepared to pay over 50% in taxes and fees.  Personally I feel that should be illegal.

This weekend was a great experience and one that I do plan to duplicate but I sure wish that I had the energy that I did when I was 20.  Oh well.  It was a blast!

Happy Easter

Today I am having a blast at Norwestcon but I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Easter!