Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mo-om, I WANTED. a. trampoline!

Tonight I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to watch:
War comes to Coulson's doorstep in a way he never anticipated as shocking revelations are brought to light,  while Lucy Lawless returns as Isabelle Hartley and Skye struggles to control her new abilities but will soon make a decision that irrevocably changes her life....

I went to bed rather early last night -- even for me -- but got lots of sleep. It was wonderful.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday ... gonna getchu getchu getchu

Would you believe none of our gang died last night on The Walking Dead?! They totally pulled a fast one on us! Now we wait until October for season six to start.

So this is going to be a long week for me, covering for the secretary who is out all week. So instead of my usual 42 1/2 hour week I'll be working 47 1/2 hours - no lunch breaks. Posts may be very short or nonexistent. Fore warned.

Nothing on TV for me tonight so maybe I'll get some reading done.

Oh, and I went to get my hair trimmed yesterday. A couple inches and maybe some long layers. FOUR inches later ... or more. There was a PILE of hair on the floor and I am shorn.

Hair just touching my shoulders. It feels lighter yes but I have no idea how to even dry it or do anything with it now.

It's been about a couple years since I've had it this way at least. I've been focused on one length and long. Ah well, it will grow. And Steve was still speaking to me after he saw it.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

If Walking Dead kills off another of my favorite characters ....

We have the 90 minute season finale of The Walking Dead on Sunday. Cast members and one executive producer have hinted "have a tissue", "you will be pissed", there will be blood  “not just walker blood” .... And a "surprise" cast member guest on The Talking Dead after show usually means a cast member will die. It's the season finale, OF COURSE, a cast member will die but which one? It won't be a newer one or the audience won't be that upset. Rick is safe; he's the star. If it's Daryl:

If Carol dies, I will be EXTREMELY UPSET. If Michone is killed, I will very unhappy. But I don't think any of these are the case. I will wager here in writing that it will be Glenn. On the other hand, we now expect a death at the finales so this may be a trick on their part. And it will end on a cliffhanger. And then it won't be back until Fall. How mean.

However, next weekend, Outlander returns to Starz to pick up the slack.

Steve has gun class coaching tomorrow. I need to do some spring top shopping and the usual Saturday chores. Supposed to be super windy. High 70s right now and the lawns are turning green. Can't avoid it now: it's Spring.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Makes ya want to march to a field and wrestle a cow to the ground for cuddles

MUST have the sound on:

Getting closer to the weekend. That's all I can say about it. :)

Have a great day.....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I just call it "napping"

Steve has a gun class to coach tonight. If I'm feeling ambitious when I get home I may clean out the fridge. If I remember. We'll see.

Otherwise, I have Broadchurch season two episode four on BBCAmerica tonight:
Hardy is annoyed when reporter Olly questions him about Ashworth's return to Broadchurch whilst Ashworth himself confronts Ellie with accusations regarding Claire and Hardy and the prosecution closes its case with Jocelyn revealing to Beth why she was happy to act. Meanwhile Claire disobeys Hardy's instructions not to see Ashworth as Hardy and Ellie travel to Sandbrook to warn Cate Gillespie, mother of one of the victims, that Ashworth is back in the area. Cate is separated from her husband Ricky and tells Hardy something that could throw doubt on a certain party's guilt. As Sharon Bishop begins her defense a former Broadchurch resident returns to give evidence which stuns everybody.

Thanks to the magic of youtube, I've seen the episode and it's not a very important one in the whole scheme of things so if I decided to skip it, I could. But I love watching David Tennant's acting ... in anything ... so it wouldn't be a huge hardship to watch it again.

And I have lots of things to read, of course.

We woke up to snow this morning. Wet snow; it stayed off the streets pretty much but lined all the trees and bushes so it was really rather pretty out. But it's now in the 50s.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waddya mean you "don't read"?!

Also currently reading MASTER OF SOULS by Peter Tremayne. This is 16th of 26 in series featuring Sister Fidelma, a 7th century Celtic sister and legal advocate in Kildare, Ireland. Here's a description:
In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel  is called to investigate the brutal murder of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six young female religieuse while away on a short pilgrimage away from their abbey.  But when Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, arrive, they are confronted with another violent murder under mysterious circumstances. One of the senior scholars was bludgeoned to death in the oratory. 
 Published in 2005, it has 320 pages. 

Tonight, I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to watch. Coulson photo:


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't make me come in there ....

Currently reading ASHES OF VICTORY by David Weber. This is 9th of 14 in series featuring Honor Harrington, an SFF space opera. Here's a description:
The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, they knew she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise . . . including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH. Honor's return from the dead comes at a critical time, providing a huge, much-needed lift for the Allies' morale, for the war is rapidly entering a decisive phase. Both sides believe that victory lies within their grasp at last, but dangers no one could foresee await them both. New weapons, new strategies, new tactics, spies, diplomacy, and assassination. ... All are coming into deadly focus, and Honor Harrington, the woman the newsies call ''the Salamander,'' once more finds herself at the heart of them all. But this time, the furnace may be too furious for even a salamander to survive.

Published in 2000, it has 672 pages.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 20, 2015

The nose knows

Ahhh, at last.

I could go to a used book sale tomorrow but I don't really NEED any more books right now. Truly.  I know, shocking. But I have way more to read right now than I have time for and, really, these sales don't carry the stuff that I do read. Yes, there could be a treasure but is it worth two to three hours of browsing and kinking your neck to side to find it? Maybe not. What I should do is go through the books I have in my house and weed out what I know I won't read.

Still need to clean the back yard. Last weekend was so windy so it fell off the to do list. It's on the list for tomorrow to at least start. We'll see.

Last night I caught most of the movie St. Elmo's Fire from 1985. I remember vaguely seeing it in the theatre at the time. And I was never into the "Brat Pack" thing at all. So I came across it last night and after a few minutes realized ... it was REALLY BAD. The acting was so bad. The story was stupid. Wow. And like watching the proverbial car wreck I had to watch to the end to see if it was bad all the way. And it was. Bad.

So per usual, this weekend will be spent doing the chores, napping, and reading.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I coulda had a V8

Have a great day!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

World domination takes a little planning

Well, the David Weber book I was reading sort of ended with a cliffhanger so I'm continuing on to the next book. ECHOES OF HONOR by David Weber. This is 8th of 14 in series featuring Honor Harrington. Here's a description:
For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its allies have taken the war to the vastly more powerful People's Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war. But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security ... and executed on the interstellar network's nightly news. The Manticoran Alliance is stunned and infuriated by Honor's death and grimly resolved to avenge it. Yet their military is over-extended and the People's Republic is poised to take (he offensive once more, this time with a new strategy, new weapons, a new command team, and a whole new determination to win. The war is about to enter a phase of unprecedented ferocity . . . and the Alliance is on the short end of the stick. But even as powerful Peep fleets hurtle towards their objectives, neither they nor the Alliance are aware of events occurring on a distant, isolated, inescapable prison planet called Hell. For what no one knows, not even State Security, is that Honor Harrington is not dead. She and a handful of her people are trapped on Hell, and determined to disprove the Peep boast that no one can ever escape it. Honor Harrington is going home, and taking her people with her... even if she has to conquer Hell to do it.

Published in 1998, it has 740 pages. 

Tonight I have episode three of Broadchurch season two to watch on BBCAmerica.

 "Hardy is doubly annoyed when Claire appears to be happy to go on seeing Ashworth and Ashworth himself declares his intention to stay in Broadchurch, seeking Hardy's help to try and clear his name. Hardy declines. Beth gives birth. Ellie has a night out with Claire and learns more about the night the two girls were killed. Next day, the trial continues with both barristers having family secrets not known to the public. Ellie takes the stand and has a hard time as Sharon Bishop tries to discredit her."

Steve has shooting and I will otherwise hang out with my boys and read. I've been fighting a neck ache -- sleeping wrong? Sitting wrong? Stress?

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Someday .....

To celebrate St. Patrick's day, I got myself two Beleek mugs, shamrock pattern of course.

Tonight I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to watch. Here's Coulson and Fitz:

Have a very good day.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 16, 2015

Oh I know why

On the front desk. Again.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ohthankgoodness....made it to Friday!

I'm so very glad it's Friday evening.

Steve will be going to a gun show in Bozeman tomorrow. I'll be doing the usual Saturday chores mixed in with some napping in order to get rid of the last of whatever bug this is.

Sunday evening we have a Home Free concert to go to. They're an a cappella group of five guys out of Minnesota. Great sound, very funny. The show is sold out.

(the percussion you hear is performed by one of the guys)

I'm very excited and we have excellent seats.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Not happy. At all.

Can't post much. Have to cover front desk.

And it's not Friday yet.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's just a harmless little *kitty*, isn't it

Had to man the phones at work yesterday and the bug is trying to come back and get me. Very subtly but it is trying.  Blah.

Tonight I have the second episode of Broadchurch to watch on BBC America.

Lovely, lovely. Then to bed.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Everybody loves "bed" -- even if it's a big stick

No time to post. Love this critter. I just do.

And Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on tonight. Obligatory photo of Coulson:

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 9, 2015

Daylight Savings Bleh....

Actually the springing forward of  returning to Daylight Savings time now isn't as bad -- other than losing an hour of sleep on a Sunday. I'm thinking in terms of the dogs. Losing an hour means that things happen earlier for the boys ... waking up, walking, having dinner. It's the Fall one where we gain an hour and put things off an hour later I think is harder for them.

Why do we do it? Why do we advance clocks during summer months by one hour so that light extends into the evening hours—sacrificing normal sunrise times? "Proponents of Daylight Saving Time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical "nine-to-five" workday.  Supporters of DST generally argue that it saves energy, promotes outdoor leisure activity in the evening (in summer), and is therefore good for physical and psychological health, reduces traffic accidents, reduces crime, or is good for business.  Opponents argue that actual energy savings are inconclusive, that DST increases health risks such as heart attack, that DST can disrupt morning activities, and that the act of changing clocks twice a year is economically and socially disruptive and cancels out any benefit."

Personally, I prefer to have more sun in the early morning than late evening. 

This weekend I finished season 3 of Doctor Who and started season 4 (David Tennant's last as the 10th Doctor) on Netflix. And I finished reading A CRIMSON WARNING by Tasha Alexander right before this digital loan left my Kindle. 

I'm about to start AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH by Simone St. James. This is a stand alone. Here's a description:
In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost… Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.  Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident? The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is. 

Published in 2013, it has 368 pages. This is a digital loan from the library.

Nothing on TV tonight for me. I've been fighting off a bug that's been trying to get me since Friday so I imagine I will go to bed early tonight after trying to read for a bit.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tired is ... taking a long break on the steps

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You know that insurance commercial that has everyone looking at a shmooshed car and saying "They lived." ?  Well, you can say that after last night's banquet. I lived. I got home at 11 because I walked away after working 6 hours -- they would have kept me for a couple more hours I'm sure. But I had to be at work at 7:30 this morning. Yes, the committee has been doing it for longer but that's their gig, not mine. I was shanghaied.

Then Ryker, I think, was going through some kind of separation anxiety and was whimpering and wouldn't stop unless I kept petting him. That took me to about 1:00 I think. Who knows?

So. Very glad it's Friday.

No plans for the weekend beyond the usual chores and reading and napping.

I can't believe it's already Daylight Savings.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, March 5, 2015

sigh. Friends of the NRA banquet tonight.

So. Tonight is the night. It will end and it will be passed us. Just six hours of hell first working at the cash table while Steve has 15 minutes working at a game table and then sitting with friends.  My "no" next time will be set in cement.

Do you know why I love youtube? Because ALL 8 EPISODES of Broadchurch can be found there. And yes, I binge watched ALL of them. Ha! I will still watch the individual, weekly episodes every Wednesday for the next seven weeks but now I know everything. Ha!

Well, hopefully I will see you tomorrow.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Face plant! (This made me laugh out loud, really)

Last night the mid-season return of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was very good. So happy.

So tonight I have the season two premiere of Broadchurch on BBCAmerica. I'm so excited. I binge watched this in December I think it was, around or just after Christmas. And fell in love both with the show and David Tennant. Finally! Season Two!  It already showed in the UK starting in January and I've been studiously avoiding reading anything about it to avoid any spoilers.

If you've not seen season one, it is a must to see it in order. If you've not seen season one ... ferheavenssakes why not? Fantastic drama.

There's another clip that is fabulous but it gives away whodunnit in season one so I won't share it here. DO NOT DISTURB from 8 until 9 tonight. :)

And the CS Harris book is wonderful. What a great week ... until tomorrow evening. Bah.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy dance!

Currently reading WHO BURIES THE DEAD by CS Harris. This is 10th of 10 in series featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, an investigator in Regency England. Here's a description:
London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim’s kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything—and everyone—Sebastian holds most dear.

Published 2015, it has 352 pages. This is the second best historical mystery series out there (first is the uncomparable CJ Sansom). I'm SO excited for this book. And, according to her blog, the author has already finished the next book and working on the one after that. Woot!

Also ....

.....reading DR WHO: THE WRITER'S TALE - The Final Chapter by Russell T Davies & Benjamin Cook. This is nonfiction:
For this new edition of The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook expand their in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who to cover Russell's final year as Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show, as well as his work behind the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs. Candid and witty insights abound throughout two years' worth of correspondence, covering David Tennant's last episodes as the Doctor and the legacy that Russell and David leave behind as a new era of Doctor Who begins. You do get to understand what a head writer/show runner has to deal with day to day. You even get to read a few of Russell T. Davies' first drafts of the episodes for series 4 of Doctor Who. All Through Emails. You also get to hear his inner most thoughts of procrastination, stress, the absolute passion he has for his characters, (every one of them that he has created) and the passion he has for writing. He talks of writing as if his head never turns off, and he even admits he would be writing whether or not he had a job on a tv show. He brings you into his passion and his excitement when he decides to kill off a character, or when he discusses why it all is for the good of the story. The other half of the emails are by Benjamin Cook. He asks all the right questions at all the right times.

Published in 2013, it has 704 pages.  I've become such a fan of Dr. Who (specifically the 10th Doctor played by the amazing David Tennant) big time. This is amazing inside writer stuff and the creative process. Love it.


Tonight is the return of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm so happy!  Here's my traditional homage photo of Director Coulson to celebrate:


Today also brings the DVD of Outlander, the first episodes. Lovely, lovely. 

Also ....

I stopped by Albertsons this morning on the way to work and as I was leaving a car stopped and a woman got out .... it was a friend of mine I haven't seen in forever but she recognized me as she was leaving too. We've stayed in touch via Facebook but haven't seen each other in about 10 years. That was FANTASTIC!

Tomorrow is expected to be a good too. This is to all balance out the horrible Thursday coming up.

Have a great day!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, March 2, 2015

Binge watching, hour four

Can't stay long today. Not much on TV tonight so I may keep watching Dr Who. Waiting for the new CS Harris book tomorrow. Snow expected to start this evening.  Hope to go to bed early, tired. Monday.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster