Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I'm not coming out

It's been a trying afternoon.

A customer put a stop payment on a check we deposited yesterday and we get dinged with the penalty fee. And the customer hung up on me. His ass is going to collection. And the invoice itself is less than $100. How stupid.

I'm feeling better but now I'm cranky. Adding to it, our receptionist keeps making mistakes and even though I coach her on how to do her job better and make of all her mistakes, I have to say it over and over. We're human, we make mistakes, but she doesn't learn or remember or something.

Steve's cousin Mikey is in town and wants to go to dinner this week. It will have to be either tonight or Thursday.

Currently reading LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith. 4th of 4 in series featuring Cormoran Strike, a private detective, and his secretary Robin Ellacott, in London.

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that. 

Published 2018; 656 pages.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday again.


Currently reading LEVERAGE IN DEATH by JD Robb. 47th of 47 in series featuring Eve Dallas, a homicide lieutenant in futuristic New York City.

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men? Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

Published 2018; 379 pages.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dude, it's the weekend.

Feeling better this afternoon.

Tonight we have Battlebots to watch and we'll have Chinese food for dinner. We've figured out how to get Netflix and Amazon on our Smart TV so the options have now expanded for viewing.

Nothing spectacular going on this weekend. -- Couple more Sundays and we'll have NCIS Los Angeles!

Daily I've been listing on Facebook the movie posters of my favorite movies. One of them is The Pirate, with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. I've been watching it today. I think this is the movie that I fell for him. Uff da.

Yep, definitely in my Top 40.

Going to be doing the usual stuff this weekend. Napping, reading, working on the book, cleaning.

Have a good weekend

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Give me hugs

Not a bad day, per se. Just woke up feeling under the weather. Felt better as I got going but not all the way, ya know?

So I took the afternoon off to get some rest. But that didn't work out great either. Woke up from napping/dozing a couple times just cranky as all get out.

All day today we were hearing of people being sick so there's crud going around and spreading fast.

There's football on tonight. Don't know if we'll watch; it's not teams we care about. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team is on tonight.

Have a good evening

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Because you're worth it.

Nothing on TV for me tonight. Steve has the gun range. I'll do some reading and hopefully work on my book in some way. I made some good progress on the blueprints of it last night.

Kinda strapped for time. Gotta go.

We're getting there.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Patriots Day


About to start B IS FOR BURGLAR by Sue Grafton. 2nd of 25 in series featuring Kinsey Millhone, a private eye in fictional Santa Teresa, California.

Beverly Danziger looked like an expensive, carefully wrapped package from a good but conservative shop. Only her compulsive chatter hinted at the nervousness beneath her cool surface. It was a nervousness out of all proportion to the problem she placed before Kinsey Millhone. There was an absent sister. A will to be settled--a matter of only a few thousand dollars. Mrs. Danziger did not look as if she needed a few thousand dollars. And she didn't seem like someone longing for a family reunion. Still, business was slow, and even a private investigator has bills to pay. Millhone took the job. It looked routine. Elaine Boldt's wrappings were a good deal flashier than her sister's, but they signaled the same thing: The lady had money. A rich widow in her early forties, she owned a condo in Boca Raton and another in Santa Teresa. According to the manager of the California building, she was last seen draped in her $12,000 lynx coat heading for Boca Raton. According to the manager of the Florida building, she never got there. But someone else had and she was camping out illegally in Mrs. Boldt's apartment. The job was beginning to seem a bit less routine. It turned tricky when Beverly Danziger ordered Millhone to drop the case and it took on an ominous quality when Aubrey Danziger surfaced, making all kinds of wild accusations about his wife. But it only became sinister when Millhone learned that just days before Elaine Boldt went missing, her next-door neighbor and bridge partner had been murdered and the killer was still at large. A house destroyed by arson. A brutally murdered a woman. A missing lynx coat. An apartment burgled of valueless papers, another ransacked in a melée of mindless destruction. And more murder. As Millhone digs deeper into the case, she finds herself in a nightmarish hall of mirrors in which reality is distorted by illusion and nothing--except danger--is quite what it seems.

Published 1985; 320 pages. 4MA series read. Better re-read it. 

Nothing on TV tonight for me. Steve has a board meeting. I need to work on my book. 

 Have a good day


 Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, September 10, 2018

Que sera sera

And I didn't get as much done as I liked.

I finished season 5 of The Great British Baking Show (10 episodes). Addicting.

And we watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Disappointing.

Football. Steve's Steelers was a tie. My Boys lost. Bah.

Tonight we have Street Outlaws. I'll then read and go to bed. I'm currently reading CETAGANDA by Lois McMaster Bujold. 6th of 13 in the Vorkosigan Saga (SFF).

Miles and Ivan are sent to the home world of the Cetagandan Empire to represent Barrayar at the state funeral of the dowager Empress, mother of the current Emperor. They quickly become entangled in an internal Cetagandan plot when they arrive at a nearly deserted docking bay, much to their puzzlement. A servant of the Cetagandan rulers unexpectedly rushes into their spaceship. A struggle ensues, in which the servant drops a weapon and some sort of artifact before fleeing. Miles takes it upon himself to investigate — without informing his superiors — and eventually discovers that the artifact is a fake copy of the priceless Great Key, which has been stolen. The servant is later found dead. Realizing that an unknown enemy is trying to frame him and Barrayar, Miles forms an unusual alliance with the "Handmaiden of the Star Crèche", who is charged with the duties of Empress until the new one is chosen. Miles must solve the mystery  without diplomatic incident and stop a plot to fragment the Cetagandan Empire into eight dangerously expansionist-minded parts.

Published 1996; 302 pages.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster