Jan 27, 2011

A New Day

Well we finally managed to get everything set up last night.  Oh and the pot roast was done this morning.  Of course this morning, I woke up with what I am hoping is the 24 hour bug.  Now to look on the bright side, it does give me the opportunity to stay home and kinda catch up on blogs.

Oh and the flower.  It's just because I needed something pretty and springy today.
Jan 26, 2011

They call this relaxing?

A day off should be more relaxing.  And a day down is what my body requires with my fibro.  Well the best laid plans.

It should have been an easy day.  Just had to go pick up the tv that I had on layaway at Sears.  Did you know that Sears has a layaway?  I was very pleased to discover that fact.  So anyways, I got up and savored my first cup of tea.  Then put the pork roast in the crockpot so that I didn't have to worry about dinner later on.  That's when the first snag occurred.  My crockpot wouldn't turn on.  Okay no biggie.  I stopped by Target to get another.

I then discover that I left my wallet at home.  Good thing that DH was with me to pay.  Take the crockpot back home then off to Sears to pick up the tv.  Now I actually had good luck at Sears because I discovered a television, same brand and same specs, for $200 less than the one I had on layaway.  So I canceled the layaway and picked the other tv.

Now home, my husband starts putting it all together to discover that our surround sound system which happens to be 8 years old won't support the new TV or PS3.  No problemo.  I jump online to Best Buy to research a new one which I purchase to pick up at the store.  I very carefully researched this system to ensure that it had enough HDMI ports on it.

Two hours later, I am still waiting for the email stating that my system is ready to be picked up.  I finally call them and let it ring for 10 minutes.  No one answers.  I call again thru the Geek Squad and they answer immediately and get me to customer care.  I ask about my order.  I am told that it is held up at corporate and would be another 2 hours but they have a lot of the systems available if I just want to cancel that order and come down to purchase one.  So I do.

We pick up the system and are waiting to pay when I see a picture of the back of the unit.  It only has one HDMI in/output not the four promised.  I take to one of the representatives that states he doesn't have any systems with that many in/outputs unless I wanted to spend about $400 more.  Can you say bait and switch?

Luckily that saga ends well.  I have a friend that works at the Comcast booth in Best Buy and he pointed out the open box items  were an additional 30% off.  We ended up with a system with enough in/outputs and a lot of extra bells and whistles including an Ipod input.  Of course now I have to go back to KMart tomorrow and return the stereo I purchased.

Now DH is trying to set up the TV.  Oh and I had to order delivery because my roast is no where ready.  Now I need a day off to recover from my day off.

Oh and my rating for Best Buy is a 1.
Jan 22, 2011

Bead Soup Update

I have received the name of my partner and I have started going thru my goodies to decide what to send her.  My partner's name is Ruthie and she has a wonderful blog and store at Artfire called Roseworks Jewelry.  Click on the links to check them out!

Psst.. right now Ruthie is even having a sale at her store.  So if you are looking for some beautiful jewelry and to save money be sure to head there right away!
Jan 21, 2011

Kernel of Truth

Kernel Panic on a desktop computer running Ubu...Image via WikipediaIf there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that you must love yourself first.  And it is so much better with you is pure bonus.   In fact, that is the kernel of truth that I would pass on for future generations.  And we all know that the future generations won't pay it any mind.  This is one truth that every person needs to learn for themselves. 

Oh and where was I going with this?  Ah I know.  If you could pass on one kernel of truth, what would it be?  Oh and for extra credit...do you think that anyone would learn from your kernel?
Jan 20, 2011


Seated Muse. Greek insular marble, Roman copy ...Image via Wikipedia
Muses…  I was really starting to wonder if I had one anymore.  I had screamed, pleaded and even shed a few tears.  I mean I have a new studio for her to play in.  It even  has a comfy loveseat to curl up on when I am knotting pearls and a couple work tables.   But she hasn’t wanted to come out to play.

And then yesterday, out of the blue, inspiration struck again.  It came about when I was looking at the ad about collars. Suddenly a necklace popped into my mind so I scurried down to my studio and starting gathering up the stones and other goodies that I needed.  Unfortunately I didn’t have everything that I saw in my vision but I do have a couple other necklaces laid out with notes stuck to them as for what I need to purchase to complete them.  I also had a new product line jump into my head.

While I was down there, I also finished  up a necklace that has been sitting there.  Now I don’t know what caused the muse to wake up.  Maybe it is just that time of the year or perhaps it because I am not in constant pain from my elbow.  

Now I just need to make up a pair of Goddess earring and send them out.
Jan 19, 2011


I love this older advertisement.  I was one that I saw and did a double take.  I had images of rose quartz and golden padlocks.  This ad reminds me of the 50s but I could be off on my era.  But it evokes those days of "Leave It To Beaver"

And it just asks for the question to be asked.  Have you ever considered your engagement/wedding ring a collar?  Do you feel that you have given up your power?

I have to admit that I do.  I have been married three times and I have only gotten two wedding sets.. oh and a few engagement rings.  And I swear that everytime I put on a ring, I started to feel owned and taken for granted.  And it just isn't me.  The men also change.  They aren't as considerate, the flowers die down and all a sudden a night out with the guys is more important.

I guess that I am a sucker about romance and love.  I never give up.  My third marriage is the one that is going to last.  Our love is like a constant flame.  Oh and it helps that he doesn't stress out to much about me being a control freak.  Oh and I don't have a ring!

Well I guess that ad achieved its purpose.  It reached out thru the years and invoked a response.
Jan 18, 2011

Book Review: Dark and Disorderly

I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom...
Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of the rare few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is becoming a civic nuisance. 

Those skills bring her into conflict with frightened citizens who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband has come to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan's ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband's murder and reanimation. 

But what's most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan-and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband's murder-before his corpse kills her.

I have to admit that the first thought that ran thru my mind when I saw the cover was that this book was about a wanna be Buffie.  I really shouldn't have worried.   DARK AND DISORDERLY by Ms. Harris is up the usual high quality that I have found is pretty consistent with books published by Carina Press.

I loved Lillie!  She has a lot of power however she has such strong morals that she doesn't misuse it.  And since her husband died, she also have a lot of problems what with zombies after her and a cop that for some unknown reason she is attracted too even though he thinks that she is guilty of her husband's death.

Now John is the kind of man that makes a woman feel safe.  He is a big man that moves lightly on his feet and has a protective streak.  He also is now rather confused about this growing attraction between them.

This is one book that is full of a lot of action with the zombies and whatnot coming out of the woodwork.  I really found it difficult to set aside as I wanted to know what was happening next.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys lighter paranormal romantic suspenses.

I rate this book a 4.

I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

Jan 17, 2011

Time Flies

Swatch Bijoux JewelryImage via WikipediaNow I think that I know just where that saying comes from.  It sure doesn't seem that it has been two weeks since I popped in here.  Actually makes me feel rather guilty especially as one of my goals for this year is to become even more active on this blog.  Oh and to take some great pictures of  jewelry pic to share.

Speaking of jewelry, I have signed up with Lori Anderson's Bead Soup and I am excited to be participating this time around.  What happens is that she pairs you up with someone that you then send out goodies too.  And they do the same.  And then you get to design some jewelry with those beads.  This is just what I need to give me a kick in the rear end.  I mean I have a new studio/playroom,  I just need to start playing in it.

On other fronts, I was at RustyCon this weekend.  I have to say that I wasn't that impressed especially after going to NorwesCon last year.  It just wasn't well organized or attended.  I was hoping to pick up a corset to add to my costume but there were hardly any vendors that weren't selling books.  The highlight of the weekend was definitely meeting the different panelists.  Patricia Briggs  is a wonderful person, in fact almost of the panelists were great folks.

So there's a recap of what's been happening with me.  I hope everything has been going great with y'all.

Jan 4, 2011

Cleaning up Facebook

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseI enjoy using Facebook and I especially appreciate how I can log in to various places using that same login.  What I don't like is how many of the FB apps can raid both your and your friend's privacy.  Luckily I just came across a blog post on how to clean up those pesky apps and wanted to share it with you.  I can't believe just how many apps I was able to get rid of.

Jan 3, 2011

Welcome to 2011!!

I just can't believe that I made it to the year 2011.

I remember when I was younger, I was positive that I wasn't going to be making it to year 2000.  After all, I would be over 30 then and everyone knows that life after 30 goes downhill.  So of course, it is better to live fast and hard with no thoughts to the future.   Aw if only I knew then what I know now.

This last decade has been a good one.  I meet my husband on January 20th of the year 2000.  We will have been married for 10 years in May.  I have made some good friends that I will keep forever.  We are purchasing our first real home.  I have achieved my dream job in being able to work from home working for a great company that I intend to retire from.  I have discovered that I am actually creative. 

I am not sure what will be in store for me this next decade.  I know things that I would like to see happen such as getting my jewelry business off of the ground.  Getting my health stabilized.  Traveling some.  I would like to go back to school.  Those are the things that I will be working and who knows what gems I will find along the way.
Jan 2, 2011

Book Review: Trickster's Girl

In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die. 

The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but  human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.  

Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.    

Wow!  This book is why I love reading Young Adult.  There is action, suspense and a lot of character development.  Oh and you just have to love the Trickster, Raven.

For a fifteen year old, Kelsa is surprisingly mature but losing her father has really knocked her world askew.  So when she is repeatedly asked to save the world, she figures why not as they didn't do everything possible to save her father's life.   While I don't recommend any teenager to take off on a dirt bike and travel from Utah to Alaska, I did enjoy watching how the journey helped her come to terms with the loss of her father and accept that he will always be with her.

I also really appreciated the message about how we are messing up the world and that we need to start fixing it.  This is a message that needs to go out to everyone but especially our younger generation.

I haven't read of books from Hilari Bell before but you can bet that I will be keeping an eye out for more.