Saturday, March 31, 2012

100% true

The dehydrating project was a success today. It's kinda hard to screw up apples. I only did five apples because this was basically to figure out how the machine worked. I like how they turned out. Steve tasted and said he didn't really like dehydrated fruit. He wants the jerky. Men. But the dehydrator is a nice little machine -- easy use and clean.

I got some good cleaning done but then took a nap and then the cleaning urge left me. I hope to go again tomorrow. Ryker got a good brushing out on the deck -- practically a whole other dog was created with all his loose fur.

I'm making enchiladas for dinner and we have Cops to watch -- finally a Cops episode after that stupid Q Viva or whatever that was. After that? Maybe a movie. I've struck out the last two weekends in the movie picking: The Three Musketeers and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I could have Steve choose but that scares me.

Last night's finale of Spartacus was AWESOME. Major carnage of major characters. Half the cast is gone and done spectacularly. This is one of the best storytelling shows on the small screen. You just have to look past all the gory blood and guts parts. Have to wait until 2013 now for the next season. In the meantime The Game of Thrones season 2 is tomorrow. Woot and good timing!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ahhh... the red dot wins again...


Not much to report. Steve has women’s only handgun class to coach tonight. I have Say Yes to the Dress and the Spartacus finale to watch. Then tomorrow he has a Lincoln Center gun class to coach all day. I’m hoping to unbox the dehydrator I got a month ago but have been too sick to care about. My first project will be some apples. I also plan to do some cleaning in the house. Yes! CLEANING. Amazing.

I was feeling mostly human today. Still coughing but feeling better. And maybe the Rock Star that a coworker brought to us helped. J

I don’t think we’ll make it to Hunger Games this weekend. Sigh. Too busy and probably still very crowded. Maybe next weekend.

That’s it. That’s all I got. Off you go.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 29, 2012


I’m currently reading SCORPIONS FOR BREAKFAST: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Borderby Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Here is a description:

Sometime after dark on March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was found dead next to his four-wheeler on the grounds of his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border. Krentz and his dog, Blue, had been missing since that morning. They were last heard from when he radioed his brother to say that he’d found an illegal alien on the property and was going to offer him assistance. The man Krentz encountered that day shot and killed him and his dog, without warning, before escaping to Mexico. It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Krentz’s death, which turned the issue of Arizona’s unsecured border—a crisis that the federal government had repeatedly ignored—into a national concern. As Arizona sheriff Larry Dever said in his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, “We cannot sit by while our citizens are terrorized, robbed, and murdered by ruthless and desperate people who enter our country illegally.” This momentum helped pass SB 1070, a bill that authorizes local law enforcement under certain conditions to question persons reasonably suspected of being illegal aliens, which Governor Jan Brewer and the state legislature had been working on for months. With the passage of this controversial bill, the state of Arizona became ground zero in the impassioned debate over illegal immigration. The Democrats and the media went into overdrive, denouncing the state and its governor as racists and Nazis. Governor Brewer, a lifelong Arizona resident with deep ties to the community, was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1982, and hasn’t lost an election since. As a state official, she watched with increasing dismay as illegal immigration exploded across Arizona’s border, and noticed the devastating effect it was having on the state. Causing an escalation in violence, an influx of drugs, and prisons and hospitals to fill to overflowing, this problem was not only wreaking havoc on the moral fabric of the community but placing an even greater strain on Arizona’s beleaguered health, educational, and social welfare networks. Growing frustrated with the failure of the federal government to respond to her pleas for assistance, Governor Brewer led the state to action. Scorpions for Breakfast is Brewer’s commonsense account of her fight to secure our nation’s border in the face of persistent federal inaction. Her book is vital reading for all Americans interested in the real change that can happen when local leaders take the initiative to preserve our country and our laws.

It was published in November 2011 and has 240 pages. A friend at work lent it to me.

Nothing on TV for me tonight so I will probably read. Making taco salad for dinner (num!).

I woke up last night about midnight hearing Coda urping and got him mostly off carpet before throwing up. I don’t know what caused it … maybe eating too much? Poor baby.

Tomorrow night is the season finale of Spartacus so Fridays will be free again other than Say Yes to the Dress. On Sunday, the second season of The Game of Thrones on HBO starts up. Woot! And of course at the same time is the premiere of The Killing on AMC. We might give that a pass as they pissed us off with the end of last season not telling us who killed Rosie like they promised.

I can’t believe it’s almost April already. Where as the time gone? Ok, the last month has passed in a fog of illness but the other two? Sheesh. I’m not really complaining, mind you, because a good book is out in April so I’m glad it’s almost time.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hooray for bedtime!

Tired this evening. Steve got home at the same time as I did so he is walking the boys. I'm making fish and something for dinner ... rice? Don't know yet.

Nothing on TV for me as far as I can remember and I'm not going to look so I won't find anything. I'm going to read and then sleep.

I had a caller today tell me that Obamacare was going to take care of his bill. I had to advise him that it wasn't in effect yet (and hopefully never). Sigh. Lots of calls so I'm just worn out from talking, explaining, apologizing, etc.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 26, 2012

He's doomed, save yourselves

I’m starting THE HOUSE AT SEA’S END by Elly Griffiths. This is 3rd of 4 in series featuring Dr. Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, and Harry Nelson, a detective chief inspector, in the Saltmarsh area near Norfolk, England. Here is a description:

Just back from maternity leave, Ruth is finding it difficult to juggle motherhood and work. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson—the married father of her daughter, Kate—does not help. The bones, skeletons of six men with their arms bound, turn out to be about seventy years old, which leads Nelson and Ruth to the war years, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?

It was published in January 2012 (US) and has 384 pages. I finished the previous book earlier this month and I didn’t really want to read this one so soon but it came loose from the library today and it’s a 14-day book so I have to read it or else go to the back of the list again. And I suppose I’ve read enough books in between to cleanse the palette.

Tonight I have The Voice to watch. With my bronchitis, overall I’m feeling better; still coughing and my ears pop in and out but definitely moving in the right direction. I’m tired after a full day at work and no chances of naps, but better.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I think they did join me at times ... or else checking if I was still breathing

I slept a lot today and the morning cooperated by being cloudy and cool and perfect sleeping weather. Therefore not a whole lot to report.

Tonight, we may watch an On Demand movie again but hopefully something better than The Three Musketeers (last weekend's movie). I'm hoping Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is available. Thinking of making nachos unless Steve wants to bring something home for dinner.

I would love to see The Hunger Games but absolutely no chance of getting in this weekend.

It would be nice tomorrow to work on a cleaning project, but we'll see.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 23, 2012

Always always post a Monty Python reference

Already after 9. I had to get groceries after work; no time to walk the dogs. Watched Say Yes to the Dress and the 2nd to the last episode of Spartacus -- finale next week.

My plan this weekend is to sleep. My cough is looser but still there and I'm just tired. I don't care if the house is a wreck. Steve has a project at the range so the boys and I are going to nap.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The enthusiasm will come back eventually. In the meantime....

I had to back out of volunteering tonight at the campaign after work. Just need more rest. I'm thinking long haul and not making calls tonight is not a big deal.

I'm narrowing down my next read. It may wind up being -- finally -- PIRATE KING by Laurie R King. Will report tomorrow.

It's nearly 80 degrees out there. In Montana. In March. I don't believe in the global warming conspiracy. I DO believe in cyclical weather patterns. Last year, the snow wouldn't go away. This year, early spring.

I believe Touch is finally showing on TV again tonight. I'll watch and then read a bit and then try that sleep thing again.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Slight set back today. Feeling oogy again. Actually, the afternoon was better than morning so that's probably good. I think I got more sleep than I have in the previous nights but today I was just thick-headed again. I’m wondering – Steve is now coming down with the crud – if his germs re-infected mine. Dang it dang it dang it. I was feeling so good yesterday, comparatively. Just on the antibiotic now.

I’m currently reading ACT OF MERCY by Peter Tremayne. This is 8th of 23 in series featuring Sister Fidelma, a 7th century Celtic sister and legal advocate in Kildare, Ireland. Here is a description:

In the late autumn of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - an advocate of the Brehon Courts, sister to the King of Cashel, and religieuse of the Celtic Church -- is at a crossroads. Needing to reflect upon her commitment to the religious life and her relationship to the Saxon monk Eadulf, she leaves Eadulf behind and joins a small band sailing from Ireland on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James in modern-day Spain. Her first surprise on-board is the appearance of Cian, her first love, a man who had deserted her ten years ago, and who stirs up memories she'd rather forget. As if this wasn't complication enough, on the first night out the ship is tossed by a turbulent sea and a pilgrim disappears, apparently washed overboard. But the appearance of a blood-stained robe raises the possibility of murder and death continues to dog the tiny band of pilgrims trapped within the close confines of the ship. Battling against the antagonism of her fellow pilgrims, Fidelma is determined to solve this most perplexing of puzzles before the ship reaches the shrine and the killer, if there is one, disappears forever.

It was published in 2001 and has 288 pages. Wow, in flashbacks, she’s showing emotions. :)

Took the boys for a run for the first time in a week. They did well; it was windy but warm. My plan for the night is to have Wendy’s chili for dinner and go to bed early again. Steve will probably have shooting unless he feels too oogy too.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oh I hope that's me

I’m still coughing a lot and I’m very tired due to lack of sleep but I’m actually feeling almost human, at last, today. It hasn’t been as much of a struggle to get through the day for the first time in a while. Woot! Ok, the Diet MT Dew did help in the morning.

I am going to do a running start at getting sleep tonight – I’m starting early shortly after dinner and going to do my best to not stop until morning. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t have anything on TV as far as I can recall and no book is absolutely drawing me in to read. So maybe this thing is on the wane.

I'm making chicken alfredo for dinner, see how it goes. I'm not taking the boys for a walk; it's a bit windy and I really don't want to regress. Hopefully Steve will be able to do something if he gets home in time before dinner. On another positive note, Coda seems to be limping not at all.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 19, 2012

Yeah, oh yeah.

I’m currently reading THE COMPLAINT OF THE DOVE by Hannah March (actually almost finished as I picked it up yesterday afternoon). This is 1st of 5 in series featuring Robert Fairfax, a private tutor in the 1760s in London. Here is a description:

Seductive Lucy Dove is the toast of the London stage in 1760-until she is strangled. When lovestruck Matthew Helmsley is found drunk on her doorstep, private tutor and amateur sleuth Robert Fairfax must save his young pupil from the hangman...

It was published in 2003 and has 272 pages. It is a quick and pleasant read. I like the time period.

Tonight I have The Voice to watch on TV. Last night’s The Walking Dead finale was pretty spectacular. Yes, now I’m hooked on a stupid zombie show. Afterward, was the season finale of Comic Book Men, a reality show of Kevin Smith’s comic book store. I find it enjoyable because I’m a geek and I get that humor.

So I worked the whole day today but it was a struggle at times; I hate bronchitis. I will be very glad when this thing has passed. Since I’m not able to sleep much at night right now due to coughing/wheezing/maybe Prednisone, I should probably try to do more reading during those quiet times when all the boys are sleeping, eh? No, I just listen to ambient music and fret about the hours of lost sleep. But I’m actually not as fatigued in the morning as I would have thought. Go figure. Is this the solution to finding more time to get things done? I’ll take a pass; I prefer sleep.

I gave Coda some low-dose aspirin this morning – per the Internet it is okay to give this to dogs. I think he could get hooked on peanut butter – I swear he went looking for more a little while later after I dosed him. We’re holding off on going to the vet for now. I hate when pets are hurting and they can’t tell you. But he really only seems stiff when he gets up from lying down and forgets about it mostly when he’s romping or running in the front yard. He doesn’t lick the foot or whimper and we can touch on top and around the toes. I’m hoping it is just a sprain that time will heal.

Up next in reading is probably Karl Rove’s autobiography. Looks like the library is kicking it loose to me and I’ll pick it up tomorrow.

After walking barefoot outside on Saturday because it was in the 70s, albeit not as warm yesterday, it rained overnight and then we had quite the snowstorm this morning. But it looks like it has melted off now and even practically dry on the roads, thank goodness.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Sunday, March 18, 2012


We watched The Three Musketeers movie last night. Wonderful actors (Matthew Macfadyen, Christoph Waltz, Ray Stevenson, etc) and mouth-dropping production values in sets and costumes. However, the movie was so bad and I completely blame the director. I felt sorry for the actors who signed up for what they thought would be a worthy project. The story is so good why would you mess with it? The director chose to start with a movie based on a book by Alexander Dumas and then took a flying leap to Jules Verne. Why would you have a movie of the three (four) Musketeers and then add flying air ships that do battle? And to so dumb it down for teen/college audiences? And that is the key right there. I was so disappointed. Those poor actors and no wonder adult audiences are not going to the movies when all that is offered is drivel.

Steve is off at the range helping with a gun class all day. I am going to do some chores around the house and rest. My mind is saying the mantra: I'm well and healthy and full of energy.

I've been reading JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough. This is one I've started a long time ago and never finished. I need to read one of the High Plains Festival books. So we'll see.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Saturday, March 17, 2012


I had fun for the two hours at the gun show being at the table for Rehberg. However, the way I was feeling by the end, I was glad when my shift was over. :) I had the earliest shift - 9 to 11 -- and thought maybe with the parade going on downtown it would be slow-ish but it filled up pretty quickly. Of course, gun shows probably have the constituents leaning more to the right so not a hostile environment.

We were going to take Coda in to the vet to check out his foot but Steve wanted to wait until I got home and by then the places were going to be charging emergency rates so we will wait.

It is amazing, it is the middle of March in Montana and we're wearing tshirts and I was out walking barefoot. This winter is so mild. Last winter, we had snow for 100+ days I think. Now, on the flip side, I hope we're not looking at consecutive days of hot hot hot this summer. But it would be nice to have some good thunderstorms to watch.

Still trying to figure out what to stick with next in my reading. I have a couple histmysts from the library on Kindle by unknown authors that I could commit to or several hystmyst authors I have here or some nonfiction. I don't know my mood yet.

Tonight Cops isn't on again and I'm suggesting we do a Pay per View movie, ones I'd really like to see. Either The Three Musketeers or Atlas Shrugged Part 1 are a couple for me.

All right, off you go.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 16, 2012

Amen, brudder

I worked for almost five hours today. Went home just before one. But I made it for a bit.

Steve has gun coaching tonight. I've got Say Yes to the Dress and Spartacus to watch.

I finished IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS by Erik Larson just a bit ago. Learned a lot.

The wind is picking up and being annoying.

Tomorrow, I'm volunteering for the Rehberg campaign for a couple hours a gun show. After that, ST PATRICK'S DAY!!!! MY DAY!!!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


It's a bouncing baby Bronchitis! I went to the clinic today and it is bronchitis. Blech. Steve picked up my prescriptions -- here you go med people and you know who you are -- prednisone (I think for the inflammation) and doxycyc... the label cuts off. Boy, if I can make it, I'm trying to get to work tomorrow.

I finished the Dick Cheney book. I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure what is next up for me.

Coda is limping and I don't know why. He was fine on the walk this morning. I wonder if they played too hard out there later?

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Can't resist a Monty Python reference

Stayed home from work again but definitely on the getting better side. I'll probably go to work tomorrow -- better, not best, but I gotta earn the paycheck. I still can't hear in my left ear, wheeze a little in breathing, and I'm coughing of course but it's not trying to rip my lungs out anymore. Robitussin and Mucinex are my friends.

I'm back to reading IN MY TIME by Dick Cheney. I'm getting close to done with it now with a lot of time to read today. The man has been involved in so much stuff in government since the early 70s. Pretty amazing.

Nothing on TV for me tonight so maybe I'll finish the book. It turned yucky windy this afternoon and not looking to let up this evening. I'm not sure what to make for dinner though soup and grilled sounds good. Or Mac'n'Cheese and hotdogs.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oh yeah, I'm sick.

Ok, so the cold has got its hooks into me. It moved into my chest yesterday and I felt awful. Started a regimen of Robitussin DM, Tylenol, Vicks, and steaming. I stayed home from work today because there was just no way I could have made it. I walked the dogs because they wouldn't settle down until we did so and I was worn out. But, I have to say the regimen seems to be working. I'm not as bad. I don't know about work tomorrow but I give a tentative possibility.

Last night we had Chinese food -- Steve suggested the Kung Pao stuff I usually get would help and it did a bit. We watched Ax Men, Comic Book Men, and The Walking Dead.

Tonight we're having hamburgers and I have The Voice to watch and then I'm free from TV for a few days. :)

Not sure what I'm reading right now. I finished the Harris and read the next in series of Elly Griffith. I could go back to the nonfictions I'm in the middle of but I also have a Kindle Library book (14-day) that I can't recall the name of but is a hyst-myst I've not tried. I just don't know.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Saturday, March 10, 2012


This cold has got me but good. Blech blech blech. Stuffed up, sinuses aching, and can't hear in the left ear. What a bother. Slept a lot today and will sleep some more.

I had planned to dehydrate apples but maybe I'll get to it tomorrow.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 9, 2012


I got dog food and people food after work. I saw a bald eagle fly over when I took the boys for a quick walk.

Say Yes to the Dress and Spartacus on TV tonight. Then reading for a bit then sleep.

Tomorrow I will unbox the dehydrator and see if I can do some apples. Otherwise, I plan to steam and sleep a lot to try to get rid of this cold.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Volunteered tonight at the Rehberg campaign, had fun but tired now. Had some dinner, took a hot steaming shower (fighting a cold), now I'm doing the blog. I'll read for a bit but mostly going to get some sleep. I'm glad tomorrow is Friday.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I'm currently reading WHEN MAIDENS MOURN by CS Harris. This is 7th of 7 in series featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, an investigator in Regency England. Here is a summary:

When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate...

It was released today and has 352 pages. I love love love this series.

When I'm done with it, I'll go back to the Cheney autobiography.

I'm fighting off a cold so I'll finish here and then read for a bit before sleep.


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Are you slamming readers?

Oh the dilemna! The Harris book is here. I want to read it. I also want to read the Cheney book. I also want to read the Hitler's Germany book. Oh, life is so difficult, isn't it? :)

And Montana is so weird. Yesterday it was 68 degrees out. Today we had snow. By Friday it will be in the 60s again.

I didn't want to go tromping in the muddy field with the dogs after work today so I let them run around the front yard. At one point, the boys had apparently crawled under a neighbor's fence; Coda was able to crawl back out; Ryker was not. Ugh. Tried to open the gate but it wouldn't budge. Finally held the fence up enough for Ryker to slide under again.

Steve has a board meeting tonight. I plan to read ... something. And have a glass of wine. And listen to the results of Super Tuesday.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 5, 2012

See, dogs wouldn't do that... okay, at one time Coda would chew on them....

Tonight I will be stuck in front of the TV again: The Voice and they're starting the battle rounds.

I finished the Crombie book; it was a good entry in the series. I didn't know which to read of the other two 14-day books from the library. I picked up the Dick Cheney autobiography and read a few pages and was hooked. So... I'm currently reading IN MY TIME: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney. Here is a description:

The public perception of Dick Cheney has long been something of a contradiction. He has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents-secretive, even mysterious, and at the same time opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been both praised and attacked by his peers, the press, and the public. Through it all, courting only the ideals that define him, he has remained true to himself, his principles, his family, and his country. Now in an enlightening and provocative memoir, a stately page-turner with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes readers through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history.

Born into a family of New Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was the son of a father at war and a high-spirited and resilient mother. He came of age in Casper, Wyoming, playing baseball and football and, as senior class president, courting homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American story took an abrupt turn when he flunked out of Yale University, signed on to build power line in the West, and started living as hard as he worked. Cheney tells the story of how he got himself back on track and began an extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life, where he would remain for nearly four decades:

* He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff, working for President Gerald Ford--the first of four chief executives he would come to know well.

* He became Congressman from Wyoming and was soon a member of the congressional leadership working closely with President Ronald Reagan.

* He became secretary of defense in the George H. W. Bush administration, overseeing America's military during Operation Desert Storm and in the historic transition at the end of the Cold War.

* He was CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company with projects and personnel around the globe.

* He became the first vice president of the United States to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the beginning of the global war on terror, he was--and remains--an outspoken defender of taking every step necessary to defend the nation.

Eyewitness to history at the highest levels, Cheney brings to life scenes from past and present. He describes driving through the White House gates on August 9, 1974, just hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to begin work on the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of national crisis a quarter century later when, on September 11, 2001, he was in the White House bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert With its unique perspective on a remarkable span of American history, In My Time will enlighten. As an intimate and personal chronicle, it will surprise, move, and inspire. Dick Cheney's is an enduring political vision to be reckoned with and admired for its honesty, its wisdom, and its resonance. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it--with courage and without compromise.

It was published in 2011 and has 576 pages.

Mondays are always busy at work ... and wearing. So I'll watch the show and hopefully read some of the book, then hit the hay.

Much love,

PK the Bookeemonster

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ohhh, I want a kit, too!

Almost done with the Crombie book. Tonight we have The Walking Dead and Comic Book Men to watch.

Another relaxing day at home. It's been so nice.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Or a squeaky toy?

A nice, relaxing day. Steve stayed home, I got some chores done, napped, and we watched some TV. Steve actually sat through The Thomas Crowne Affair, the Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo version which I love love love. He liked it, I think.

Very windy out so it was nice to be in. It's 9:30, I'm going to do some reading now.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 2, 2012

Yes, that's what I was doing....

Ok.... well.... I don't think I want to do THAT again. As a guest of the Friends of the NRA banquet for many years, I've always said that it is too freakin' long at 5 hours after the normal person has worked a full day. As a person working the money side of this banquet, working 6 hours is simply beyond comprehension. And we left at 11:00, they could have used my help for another hour or two. I said "Steve, they still need help." Steve said, "You're a volunteer, put on your coat." And the evening wasn't helped whatsoever by the sole credit card machine being down. I can't tell you how difficult that made things. And really, they need to do something to shorten the event; the dinner is disgusting as it is (that's the only good thing of working the event was that I didn't have to eat the dinner) so I suggest cutting that and just have lots of munchy canapes (and probably a majority is there to imbibe) and keep the fundraising events moving along one after the other. And they have this down. I was concerned at all the money we were so cavalier with then I realized if a robber came, 99% of the room was probably carrying.

So I didn't go to work today. I had fought off a flu thing on Wednesday but last night my head was pounding and I couldn't sleep. Better now. Slept a lot.

Tonight I have Say Yes to the Dress and Spartacus to watch on TV. I'm making taco salad for dinner.

The library, of course, popped loose two holds for me on the eve of the new Harris book release on Tuesday. I'm currently reading NO MARK UPON HER by Deborah Crombie. This is 14th of 14 in series featuring Duncan Kincaid, a Scotland Yard superintendent, and Gemma James, a Detective Inspector, in London. Here is a description:

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers—and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met—a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case. To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid's wife, soon reveals a disturbing—and possibly related—series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca's body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself. Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost—including his own.

It was published in February and has 384 pages. I've set aside the nonfiction book I was reading for now.

Have a good weekend.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster