Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mind blown...

We Are Compelled to Fit and Sit

Arriving today and will be the current read, NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS by Deanna Raybourn. This is the last of her books set in the 1920s. Here's a description:

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems. With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear. 

Published 2014, it has 367 pages.

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post the past couple days. Updates: I'm recovering from shingles and Steve's mom has West Nile. Otherwise, life is going on.

I'm not as excited about watching shows on Monday, I decided last night. Just not tripping my trigger. I've not been a huge fan of Batman, and the show Gotham is that world while he is a child. Sleepy Hollow has gotten really demonic so not interested, and The Blacklist has Mary Louise Parker guesting, whom I don't like. Plus it's dang hard to stay up until 10 on a Monday. The Voice is okay but been there done that really.

Tonight, however, is Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Happy dance! Now THAT is keeping my attention -- Coulson is Director, Ward is an evil Hydra agent, Simmons is suffering the consequences of lack of oxygen when he saved Fitz, Fitz is gone, Skye is an agent but still an 084, and May just kicks butt .... Love my Tuesdays nights.

Also on the TV front, Outlander is over until April, ending on a cliffhanger (yes, I've read the book, I know what happens but still). But The Walking Dead starts up the weekend after next.

Have a lovely day....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, September 25, 2014

And so say we all.

So. I went to the walk-in clinic yesterday. And I guess having psoriasis wasn't enough. I have a case of shingles. Probably caused by stress. But how? I don't have any of THAT in my life. I am really lucky though because it is just a small area of my lower back so there isn't much contact to cause pain or rub-age and really it just feels like the irritation of a sunburn. The good news is that typically one doesn't get it twice and I saw it fairly early and can be treated with meds to not let it get worse. And truly, when I had my allergic reaction to Vancomycin in 2009, that was waaaaaay worse than this. This is a piece of cake with double frosting in comparison.

The other good news is that I'm back on my paleo eating plan. Stress has also caused me to eat bad things and gain more weight which I don't need. Eating healthy is more expensive but I just have to do it. So bear with me as I dream along with the little guy above about pizza from time to time. What is encouraged with paleo is to do it 80/20. Eighty percent strict paleo and allow yourself 20% to not always eat to plan. I'm hoping more for 90/10 but there it is.

A neighbor of ours texted Steve that he saw Coda out of the yard and put him back. Nothing about Ryker. Steve and I both agreed Coda never gets out alone so I raced home to check the status. They were both on the deck but suspiciously breathing heavily. Did Ryker get out and figure how to get back in again? We'll never know.

It's supposed to get to 93 today. Yuck yuck yuck. What happened to my Fall?

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Can it be Friday, please? Please?

Gonna go to the walk in clinic to check out my possible bug bites on my back. What a bother.

Nothing on TV tonight as far as I can tell so I hope to read. Last night's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was very very good.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I fetched Fall for you

Happy first day of Autumn! At last!

On Kindle, I'm currently reading THE BERKELEY SQUARE AFFAIR by Teresa Grant. This is 4th of 4 in series featuring Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, a diplomat and his wife 1817 England. Here is a description:

Ensconced in the comfort of their elegant home in London's Berkeley Square, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch are no longer subject to the perilous life of intrigue they led during the Napoleonic Wars. Once an Intelligence Agent, Malcolm is now a Member of Parliament, and Suzanne is one of the city's most sought-after hostesses. But a late-night visit from a friend who's been robbed may lure them back into the dangerous world they thought they'd left behind. . .Playwright Simon Tanner had in his possession what may be a lost version of Hamlet, and the thieves were prepared to kill for it. But the Rannochs suspect there's more at stake than a literary gem--for the play may conceal the identity of a Bonapartist spy--along with secrets that could force Malcolm and Suzanne to abandon their newfound peace and confront their own dark past. . .

Published in 2014, it has 465 pages. 

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men .... I wound up spending most of the day yesterday at the hospital with Steve's mom. She has some kind of virus that has quite advanced. I didn't get home until almost 8 last night and not really in the frame of mind to concentrate on TV but I did view The Blacklist. I will probably be doing the same later today.

Tonight, I have the second season premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Woot! Agent Coulson is back!  In happy commemoration, here's a photo:

Ahhhh!  It's been since May.

Back on the book front, Deborah Crombie has a new release today, TO DWELL IN DARKNESS. I'm waiting on the library for that one.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hopefully this is not me this evening

So much TV to watch, not enough evening. Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, and The Voice. 7:00 to 8:00, 8:00 to 9:00, 9:00 to 10:00 and 7:00 to 9:00. I'm sure it will be nice to have everything done so early in the week but holy schmoly. And yes, I could just walk away. Totally agree. But I won't for now. My problem tonight will be staying awake until 10. Mondays are always difficult after a couple days of being able to nap pretty much whenever if you're tired.
So I watched "The Wedding" episode of Outlander on Saturday. You know, yes, I enjoyed the soft core porn of the wedding night but overall the episode disappointed me. I know film is and has to be different from the book but I felt this departed too much from the book. Example, at one point they have Jamie's uncle and 2nd in command of his clan, Dougal, proposition Claire on her wedding night. Why are they adding that element? That just doesn't happen in the book and it puts a weird ugly vibe into it.

It was a good football weekend for the Madsen house, however. Steve's Steelers won, my Cowboys won because they got lucky at the end, and Denver lost. Yay! 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster 

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!


When I walk the dogs in the morning, we are walking beside a field at one point. It is dark now when we walk so I wear a headlamp to light the way. This morning, my light caught two glowing eyes watching us from the edge of the field. By the height, it appeared to be a cat. I hope it was a cat.

I'm very glad for the weekend and I have to say that the week has actually gone fairly quickly. I hope to go back to the book sale; Steve mentioned he'd like to go but he has a gun class to coach in the morning so hopefully we can go in the afternoon. He's interested in history books and I will accommodate him in any reading opportunity.

Tomorrow evening is the long awaited wedding/wedding night on Outlander of Claire and Jamie:

Oh yes.

Otherwise, I'll be getting the weekend chores done and do some reading.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Can I come sleep with you? Dreamed of monsters again.

I was always the one asking to share a bed with my sister when we visited my Grandma's house because I was scared. I was always put in the "little bedroom" that I was convinced had an old lady in the closet. Maybe it did. And the trees behind the house always scared me at night. (shrug). Luckily, my sister usually let me join her. 

Steve has a gun class to coach tonight; I'm hoping to view Captain America: The Winter Soldier on DVD. We saw it in the theatre but that was months ago. :)

I walked the boys this morning. Coda seemed perfectly okay but Ryker was lagging either beside me or behind me so he's still feeling the affects of their 5-hour run-about a couple days ago. I cut the walk short for him. Did he learn a lesson? Probably not.

It was supposed to be the 80s today but I don't think we'll get there. It's been storm-cloudy and we've had some rain. Much better. 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster