Friday, October 2, 2015

We are NOT amused...

What we think we look like waking up from a nap vs what we REALLY look like waking up from a nap:

How to wear out a toddler:

I love this:

This is the jacket I got:

Yeah, I like it a lot.

I think I'm in the mood to read RED CELL by Mark Henshaw. This is 1st of 2 in series featuring Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, working in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank, in Langley, Virginia. Here's a description:
A debut thriller following two CIA outcasts who must race to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war. After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank. There she’s paired with Jonathan Burke, a straitlaced analyst who has alienated his colleagues with his unorthodox methods and a knack for always being right, political consequences be damned. When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shoot-out and the release of a deadly chemical, CIA director Kathy Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the US Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA asset in China, code named Pioneer. But when Pioneer reports that Chinese security has him under surveillance, Stryker is offered a chance for redemption with a highly dangerous mission: extract Pioneer from China before he’s arrested and executed. The answers he holds could mean the difference between peace in the Pacific or another world war.  From CIA headquarters to the White House to a Navy carrier in the South China Sea and the dark alleyways of Beijing, Red Cell takes readers on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke work to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power: China’s top-secret weapon.

Published in 2012, it has 338 pages. I guess I'm in a "spy" type mood.

I've got Once Upon a Time on Sunday. Football. Etc. Etc.

Sneaking some Charming:

And some Deeks: 

Have a great weekend.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's 'tocktober isn't it?

Gotta show some 'tocks.

I'm currently reading THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is the first of a YA dystopian trilogy. Here's a description:
They were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other. Set in a new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Published in 2014, it has 369 pages. This is a digital loan from the library. 

6 days until the season 4 premiere of Arrow. 

Mmmmm, not much else going on. Walk dogs, work, leisure, bed.

Oh the Steelers play tonight. Pray for them for the sake of peace in my house; Big Ben is out. Oh sigh.

And, no, I'm not excited about the plethora of pumpkin now.  Blech, blech, blech.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

No new shows on tonight

Whatever will I do? Heh heh heh. I'll probably read or watch something on Netflix. Heck or be smart about it and go to bed early.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was good last night, in fact, it was better than I thought it would be. Stand outs are Fitz being all Indiana Jones/James Bond in trying to get info on how to save Jemma from the black monolith.

With some commentary from one of his cast members. And then he had a meltdown at the end of the episode because it's been six months since Jemma's been gone:

And we find out where Jemma is after she got swallowed by the black monolith in the season finale last spring:

And of course Bobbi and Hunter are always nice together with their chemistry:

So I enjoyed it very much and look forward to this season.

Today is receptionist Al's last day working. He's retiring. He will come back next week to be an extra body while I'm on vacation so we're very grateful for that. I picked up carrot cake cupcakes from Albertsons, a card, and we got him a gift.

Have a great Wednesday!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If cats could talk

Why I watch NCIS: Los Angeles

Yeah, he was particularly pretty last night. 

There were mostly pluses in this episode. Deeks was allowed to be Competant!Deeks instead of being goofy. We didn't get very much of Deek's mom but she was introduced. Densi as a couple were acknowledged and quite a publicly known fact.

Tonight is the season 3 premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Laws of Nature":
Director Phil Coulson and Agent Daisy Johnson leading the charge as S.H.I.E.L.D. searches the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans. However, Coulson and the team soon find out that they are not the only group looking for these new Inhumans. 

So, happy times indeed.

In exciting book news, FINALLY we have information on the third book in The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin.

And I do mean finally. It's only been since 2012 when the last book came out.

 Coming out in May of next year, it's apparently called THE CITY OF MIRRORS. No cover yet. 

 And today is International Coffee Day.

I don't know why there's a DAY set aside to acknowledge coffee. A heckuva lot of people worship daily.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, September 28, 2015

Don't bother ... it's here

Soooo, the Once Upon a Time season 5 premiere was last night. Hmmm. I enjoyed it but the focus is even more tilted toward Emma/Hook. I'm such a fan of Snow/Charming and they're delegated to the side lines as parents. Bah. There was this fabulous scene where Arthur and his knights have come to claim Excalibur. The first guy is Sir Kay:

Heh heh heh. And Regina of course got all the good, snarky lines.

Tonight is episode two of NCIS: Los Angeles. "Citadel".

DEA agent Talia Del Campo seeks help from NCIS after her partner is murdered. Meanwhile, Kensi grows suspicious that Deeks is hiding something, but he surprises her by introducing her to his mother.
Posting the sneak peaks again:

And in Deeks' fandom, there's this making the rounds:

 Because we didn't know Deeks' mom existed because in season two he didn't have a next of kin when he was shot. So we're looking for a good explanation but we will be willing to wear our "tolerant panties" for a so-so explanation.
And tomorrow is the season premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yes, I'm excited. 

Ok, yes, I'm a geek.

Other news. Yesterday was our anniversary. 18 years. Steve forgot but we have been busy. Today he got me a bouquet of very pretty flowers and a cool vase that lets you put a candle in it for cool illumination.

And I got my prescription sunglasses back with new lenses. And clothes are arriving that I've ordered. Very happy.

I did not see the infamous Blood Moon eclipse but, boy, did it get great PR. EVERYONE knew about it and looking. It was too cloudy here when I went outside.

So, have a good rest of the day, all.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, September 25, 2015

Once upon a time ....

Squee!  Two days until Once Upon a Time season 5 premiere!


This is from season one, the very opening, which I think is brilliant. It starts with "Once upon a time"...:

And this is fan artwork --- if you can believe it, look how awesome it is -- sort of recapping season one: 

People are so talented, it's unbelievable.

Here's what's on my computer wallpaper at work right now:

Can you tell that Snow White and Prince Charming (aka Snowing) are my favorites? No kidding.

So yeah, life is good. Sunday football -- fingers crossed for Dallas with Romo out. Sunday night Once Upon a Time, Monday night NCIS: Los Angeles - Deek's mom is introduced, and Tuesday night season three premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

And I've got lots to read. More on that next week.

Have a marvelous weekend -- even though it's going to be in the 90s here. Where's Fall? I was promised Fall... where is it?!? 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Milk coma

Thursday. Closer to the weekend. Hot out.

Not much going on ....

Let's see... upcoming season premieres ... Once upon a Time on Sunday. If you're just starting the show or would just like a little fun, here's a family tree for the kid Henry:

 So, we've got Emma (biological mom, daughter of Snow White/Prince Charming, aka the savior/dark one), Regina (adoptive mom, also his step great-grandma through Snow, aka Evil Queen), and Neal (biological father, aka Balefire):

Prince Charming/David (biological grandfather on mother's side ), Snow White/Mary Margaret (biological grandmother on mother's side), and Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold (biological grandfather on father's side, aka the Dark One)

Mila (deceased, biological grandmother on father's side), Belle/Beauty (step grandmother because married to Rumpel), Ruth (deceased, biological great-grandmother via Charming)

This gets into "sticky wicket" territory so hang on: Cora (adoptive grandmother via his adoption by Regina and also his step great-grandmother via Snow), Henry (adoptive grandfather via Regina) and King George (adoptive great-grandfather via Charming -- George adopted Charming). 

King Leopold (deceased, biological great-grandfather via Snow but also his adoptive father via Regina), Queen Eva (deceased, biological great-grandmother via Snow), Peter Pan (biological great-grandfather via Rumple).

Ok, getting even more complicated here. Prince Neal (biological uncle via Emma), Zelena/Wicked Witch (adoptive aunt via Regina), and Prince James (deceased, biological great-uncle via Charming - Charming's twin).

These are tangential relationships but helpful: Hook (potential stepfather via Emma), Robin Hood (potential stepfather via Regina), Robin's son (potential stepbrother via Regina).

And we're not even counting the seven dwarves who I'm sure are honorary uncles. Got it? Henry, the kid, has GOT to be confused and should just assume he's related in some way to everybody he encounters. As they've joked on the show, Thanksgiving has got to be a bitch.

I can't wait until Sunday when it starts up again! We're adding Camelot to the mix this first half of the season.

 (BTW, he officiated the marriage of Snow and Charming).

Off you go.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster