Friday, October 30, 2015

No, I'm not wearing a Halloween mask!

Well, our receptionist has taken over my Laura Ingalls Wilder book so I guess I'm reading TALKING TO THE DEAD by Harry Bingham. This is 1st of 4 in series featuring Fiona Griffiths, a young detective constable with a philosophy degree from Cambridge, in Cardiff, Wales. Here's a description:
At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy—and long dead—steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer. But D.C. Griffiths is no ordinary cop. She’s earned a reputation at police headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, for being odd, for not picking up on social cues, for being a little over intense. And there’s that gap in her past, the two-year hiatus that everyone assumes was a breakdown. But Fiona is a crack investigator, quick and intuitive. She is immediately drawn to the crime scene, and to the tragic face of the six-year-old girl, who she is certain has something to tell her . . . something that will break the case wide open. Ignoring orders and protocol, Fiona begins to explore far beyond the rich man’s credit card and into the secrets of her seaside city. And when she uncovers another dead prostitute, Fiona knows that she’s only begun to scratch the surface of a dark world of crime and murder. But the deeper she digs, the more danger she risks—not just from criminals and killers but from her own past . . . and the abyss that threatens to pull her back at any time.

Published in 2012, it has 370 pages. A review claimed "think Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander . . . Denise Mina’s ‘Paddy’ Meehan [or] Lee Child’s Jack Reacher" which is what made me read it but I've yet to see it be beyond a standard police procedural. This is a digital loan from the library.

Halloween. Last year we had 13 kids, the year before we had 3. I'm kind of tending toward not doing it this year because, being on a Saturday, I think they are going to be going to the mega-parties. And it is rather a hassle to have me open the door and Steve control the dogs. We'll see.

On Sunday morning is Daylight Savings.

Lord, that's funny.

Otherwise, the usual for the weekend. Reading, cleaning, napping, football, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's not easy being beautiful

Thursday. Closer to the weekend ... yay!

Lots to read. If only I could speed read like this:

I would get so much done. Le sigh.

Work. Eat. Watch TV show (maybe). Sleep. Walk dogs. Repeat.

See ya tomorrow....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Laugh it up, Fuzzball

SO the story of the mouse in my house continues. I had put what remained of my Nutrisystem soft-packaged food in a bag in a cupboard in the kitchen. Last night at 11 I hear rustling in the cupboard. That damn mouse has it bad for my Nutrisystem food. True love.

Yeah, I think that's what the mouse said to my food. Only it's pretty much my only food source right now sooooo, buddy, you can't have it. So I rushed to wake Steve up. He's dead gone zonked out. I mean even after he'd been walking for a couple minutes he still wasn't awake. So his plan finally was to sweep the mouse into a waste basket (he had an oven mitt on one hand). So the mouse is in the basket ... and jumps back out again and escapes behind the microwave and then probably behind the refrigerator.

I've been wanting to re-read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books for a while but I can't find my collection. So I stopped by B&N last night after work. They didn't have the collection (SERIOUSLY?). But I did buy the first book and started it last night.

Yes, it's for younger readers and it is wonderful to hear about life in early America but I remember it being .... more. I'm still enjoying it.

It's National Chocolate Day!

I cannot participate this year, unfortunately.

Time to sneak a Deeks:

Ahhhhh. Lovely.

Last night's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was a wow. I was pretty much glued the entire hour. Good job. One review started out with this: "Everyone once in a while you watch something on TV that is truly special and unique."

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

No, you has my breakfast and snacks for several days

I have a mouse in my home. Today, I found that it had gotten into my closet/pantry where I'm storing my Nutrisystem meals. It decided to try several breakfasts and snacks. It didn't just eat them. It sampled several after eating through the protective packaging. The Nutrisystem food isn't that good. Really. But so far both Coda and this mouse have decided to partake in my food source. Not happy.

I didn't watch Supergirl last night because I was so tired. I read some FRANKENSTEIN and then zonked out probably around 8. Tonight I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode five: "4722 Hours":

We find out what exactly happened to Agent Jemma Simmons after she was yanked into the Kree monolith and vanished in last season's finale. Even getting an astounding visual answer on her whereabouts – that she was on an alien planet, a dry, barren and lifeless world where there's nothing to be found but sand and some human skeletons --  still was only a tease, as Simmons was rescued a couple episodes ago, but clearly she is the worse for wear… and not talking about what she experienced. “4722 Hours” will explain Simmons’ story during those six months she was gone.

It's been a beautiful, dark, rainy day October day. Sigh.

And I'm so enjoying the language of FRANKENSTEIN:
But this was a luxury of sensation that could not endure; I became fatigued with excess of bodily exertion and sank on the damp grass in the sick impotence of despair. There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No; from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery.
The sun rose; I heard the voices of men and knew that it was impossible to return to my retreat during that day. Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.
The pleasant sunshine and the pure air of day restored me to some degree of tranquility; and when I considered what had passed at the cottage, I could not help believing that I had been too hasty in my conclusions. I had certainly acted imprudently. It was apparent that my conversation had interested the father in my behalf, and I was a fool in having exposed my person to the horror of his children. I ought to have familiarized the old De Lacey to me, and by degrees to have discovered myself to the rest of his family, when they should have been prepared for my approach. But I did not believe my errors to be irretrievable, and after much consideration I resolved to return to the cottage, seek the old man, and by my representations win him to my party.
 (Mary Shelley)

Have a great day.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 26, 2015

Willpower is the ability to resist temptation until you can be sure that no-one's looking...

Diet day 10:

and so it continues. And I'm doing all right. :)

No NCIS: LA on tonight. They're premiering Supergirl tonight. Yeah, I'll probably check it out.

I finished RED CELL. I'm not sure what is next. I'm holding auditions. I have much from which to choose.

Ever wanted to know what it was like IN a bunch of leaves? 


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, October 23, 2015

Don't want to play office anymore ... plus it's the weekend.

Yay! The weekend is almost here!
7 days and doing ok. Just need to add salt to some dinners. Very bland :)

Finally finished reading the Ashley Weaver. It was not bad at all. So we'll see what's next.

This weekend ....

Yeah, that. Um, cleaning chores. I'd like to do some cleaning in my office. Watch some football. Watch The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time. Sleep. Be with the boys.

Have a great weekend!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 22, 2015


It is amazing how different work is with competent people in the saddle. Wow. Steve and I are pinching ourselves and pray Liz and Alex never leave us.

I'm just about done with the Ashley Weaver book. Soooo much to read. And I'm kinda tempted to read FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley.

I've not read it before and, being written in 1816, has language that I just love. (So why didn't I read it before?)  English was just beautiful then. And we all THINK we know the story but because of movies and TV, we don't. So maybe that will be next, just in time for Halloween. We'll see. Truly, I have too much to read right now and not putting time toward it like I used to.

Today is

of the diet. So far, so good.

On Netflix, I've been hanging out in season 3 of NCIS.

No shows on TV tonight for me. So that's a good thing. Dinner, read, sleep ....  for tomorrow is Friday.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What. do. you. want?

Today is the day. Back to the Future, made in 1985:

So we're supposed to have flying cars and stuff by now. Sorry. But....

And here's some things to ponder:

And a friend posted this that they saw while traveling today: 

Tonight I have Arrow to watch. Steve has shooting. I'm on day 5 of my diet.

It was incredibly foggy this morning. This is a view from the Rims:

I couldn't see the boys at the end of their 25 foot leash this morning, it was that thick where we were.

But now it's sunny and supposed to get in the 60s.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Where did everybody go? Why's it so dark?

Oy, that makes me laugh.

As does this in honor of the new Star Wars movie trailer which was revealed yesterday:

And this is amazing and wonderful: This is The Monkees, "I'm a Believer" from POP SONNETS: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs:

I had considered love a mythic force,
A fable told to children ere they slept –
And if ‘twas real, it show’d me no remorse
While it withheld the wistful dreams I kept.
I thought of romance like a chest of gold,
Assuming what I gave would e’re be lost;
thus I commanded that my heart grow cold
so I might ne’er incur its heavy cost.
But when at last I saw her visage fair,
My chill’d convictions thaw’d to my relief;
I’m now the heart’s disciple, deep in pray’r
And thoroughly devout in my belief.
No force on earth could ever be applied
to make me, love’s apostle, leave her side.

Isn't that brilliant?

Tuesday. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on tonight, "Devils You Know":
Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team search for the Inhuman who is killing other Inhumans; May feels that Hunter's mission to take down Ward is getting too personal.
It's a dark and rainy day. Beautiful.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 19, 2015

That water is giving me brain freeze! No!


So, Coda hasn't had any accidents in a couple days, knock wood.

I THINK I may be getting better today from whatever vertigo/bug fighting I had this weekend. I have moments where I notice I'm feeling rather normal and not on a boat. Woot.

Didn't sleep worth a darn last night and I have to stay up until 10 to watch NCIS: LA. Double woot!
Crossover! DiNozzo and Deeks together in one episode.

I finally reached season 3 of NCIS -- the mothership -- where Ziva has joined the team. I've heard many many things about Tony and Ziva ... and now I know why. The chemistry between those two just crackles off the screen. Holy schmoly. I thought Arrow had chemistry with Oliver and Felicity -- and they do but wow.  It won't be on next week because of the Supergirl premiere which I will check out.

We had a full crew and office at work today. The parking lot looked full. What a concept.

Have a lovely evening....

Bonus clip. This makes me laugh out loud

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, October 16, 2015

Is ... that ... the ... weekend....?


It has been a rough week. Glad for a weekend. Lots of weekend chores this weekend because I didn't do any last weekend.

Third day in a row with Coda so now I'm not feeding him (much) in 24 hours to try to, er, clean him out. And then per the online "how to deal with a dog with diarrhea" info, have him on white rice or scrambled eggs and stuff. Tired of cleaning up.

Strike Back series finale was last week so nothing to watch on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday is The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time.

Just sneaking a Deeks, folks. It's been a long week.

So I hope to do some napping, some reading, repeat.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Too bad this dog is so unloved. :)

So once again I got home last night to a mess Coda had made all over the family room. Two nights in a row of cleaning up his trail. I REALLY don't want to do that again tonight. So worn out.

Receptionist was back, salesman back yesterday, new service manager started

Nothing on TV tonight for me so I'm hoping I can read a bit. Enjoying the Ashley Weaver book.

I hope to give a report on my trip to Bouchercon ... just not today.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It was downstairs. All over.

Yeah, so most of my evening was spent cleaning up after Coda.

I'm not able to go home for lunch again today because receptionist called in sick. Fingers crossed that I don't come home to any more gifts.

Tonight I have Arrow to watch. Then as early to bed as possible. Still feeling wobbly/motion problems. It usually takes me a few days to get over it after flying.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

And I'm spent

Oh crazy busy today. Salesman was out with a doctor thing all day. Reception got Steve's cold pretty badly so she went home after a couple hours. We did a second interview for the service manager position and hired her. Started a new installer today. Things are falling into place but crazy busy. And because I wasn't able to get home at lunch, one of the dogs had a major accident that I had to clean up.

Last night's NCIS: Los Angeles was good, very good.

Tonight I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Last week's episode was SO good. I hope tonight is as well.  And I still haven't watched all of Once Upon a Time from Sunday.

I'm starting DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver. This is 2nd of 2 in series featuring mory Ames, a wealthy young socialite in 1930s England. Here's a description:
Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with reformed playboy husband Milo after an unexpected reconciliation following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel. Amory hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their dysfunctional relationship. However, she soon finds herself drawn into another investigation when Serena Barrington asks her to look into the disappearance of valuable jewelry snatched at a dinner party. Unable to say no to an old family friend, Amory agrees to help lay a trap to catch the culprit at a lavish masked ball hosted by the notorious Viscount Dunmore. But when one of the illustrious party guests is murdered, Amory is pulled back into the world of detection, enlisted by old ally Detective Inspector Jones. As she works through the suspect list, she struggles to fend off the advances of the very persistent viscount even as rumors swirl about Milo and a French film star. Once again, Amory and Milo must work together to solve a mystery where nothing is as it seems, set in the heart of 1930s society London.
Published in 2015, it has 337 pages.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Welcome home!

I'm back. Work is crazy so I'll update tomorrow. I hope.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bon voyage!

(the one looking ill is probably me) 

I'm leaving tomorrow morning for Raleigh and Bouchercon.

Here's a photo of the area from today from someone already checked into the hotel:

Gorgeous! Woot!

So apologies: I will only have my Amazon Fire with me and it will probably be problematic to do posts on it. I'll be on radio silence until Monday.

Tonight is The Flash season premiere and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Tomorrow is the season premiere of Arrow. Yyyyyyyaaaaaaayyyyy!

Have a great week! Have a great weekend!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster