Friday, June 30, 2017

Weekend ... time to play


Tonight I have circle; Sunday I have class.

I don't think we have anything going on this weekend. I started to clean things out of my office on Wednesday but the garbage was already half full so I had to stop. I should continue that task.

Do you remember Mystery Science Theater 3000? OMG, I loved that show.

Yes, it was the best.

In the not too distant future, when zany mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his loopy assistant Frank get bored with their work at the Deep Thirteen research center, they kidnap Joel the janitor and shoot him into orbit on the Satellite of Love. While in space Joel builds wacky robot sidekicks Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot to help him withstand an onslaught of grade 'Z' movies that the mad scientists force him to watch. And they make comments throughout the viewing. It ran from 1988 until 1999. Wonderful.  Oh, this is my humor!

And it's baaaa---aaaack!

Season 1 of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is on Netflex. Run, don't walk to watch it. That's partly what I'll be doing.

And reading, napping, etc. etc.

Have a good weekend

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Like the week ... just sayin' ....

Slow week. Thursday. Or Almost-Friday, as some may think of it. On the other hand I can't believe July 4th is next week.

I finished the McIntosh. Starting THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer. Stand alone.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city. After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague. Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

Published 2017, 465 pages.

I've got meditation class tonight via phone.

I had a different company come mow the lawn today. I can de-stress again.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Wednesday. Steve has shooting. I've got the same old same old.

WHY does the Universe do this? I tell myself: I'm not going to buy anymore books, I'm going to read the many, many, many books I already have in both digital, paper, and audio ... and then says oh just go look on Amazon, look at these wonderful stories ... don't you want to read these wonderful stories someday ... and you may forget about them so you should buy them now .... no, no, don't bother with the samples ......

With books, I'm weak. I admit it. And I did check the digital library and they weren't available there. I TRIED. And OF COURSE they weren't the cheap 99 cent ones either. I'm sorry but I'm not sorry. And I'll be doing it again soon, I'm sure.

So right now I'm reading a great nonfiction book everyone should read. DRAIN THE SWAMP: How Washington Corruption Is Worse Than You Think by Ken Buck.

Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. Welcome to Washington, D.C., the swamp that President Donald Trump was elected to drain. Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation's capital. Elected in 2014 as president of one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever to enter Congress, Buck immediately realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn't because of political gridlock—in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt. "It is an insular process directed by power-hungry party elites who live like kings and govern like bullies," Buck reports. Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress continually prioritize short-term political gain over lasting, principled leadership. When Buck tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even denied dining room privileges by the petty beltway bullies. In Drain the Swamp, Buck names names and tells incredible true stories about what really happened behind closed doors in Congress during legislative battles that have ensued over the last two years including budget, continuing resolutions, omnibus, trade promotion authority, Iran, and more. If the Trump administration is going to bring real change to Washington, it first needs to get the whole story—from deep inside the swamp. 
Published 2017; 256 pages. It is infuriating; it is eye-opening; it should be read by everyone. It's not that long and in easy-to-read language. Read it.

I was also checking out the digital library yesterday. I haven't done that in a long while and put a couple more nonfiction books on hold -- I guess I was in a nonfiction kind of mood yesterday. So one came free that I will see if I really want to read.

So tonight ...

Have a good one

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's only Tuesday.

Steve has to participate in an orientation meeting at the range tonight so it will just be me and the boys.

I finished the book I was reading so now I think I'm back to the Pat McIntosh histmyst. According to Goodreads and my goal of reading 90 books this year, I'm five books behind. And looking at where I was last year in number of books read, I'm 13 books behind.

I do! I do! Finding the time to do it somehow is now more difficult. I value sleep.

And there's things that have to get done each day like spending some time with the boys and  meditation.

And sometimes I'd rather play on the Internet or watch a show/movie.

And I really really need to read stuff that I already have.

 So tonight, I think I will meditate, be with the boys, figure out dinner for myself, READ, and go to bed.

See you tomorrow

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, June 26, 2017

OhmyGod, it's Monday and it's hooooooooooottttt.

Double whammy.

I'm currently reading SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS by Lexie Dunne, 2nd of 3 in the Superheroes Anonymous series right after I finished the first one because it ended on a freaking cliffhanger.

New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer AngĂ©lica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis. Outside, things aren't going all that great either. There's a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it's affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it's up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right? Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive. And you know what they say about supervillains: if you can't beat them…join them.

Published in 2015; 352 pages.

This weekend was pretty good, though I didn't go to circle on Friday because I apparently ate a salad that had some wheat berries in it and I haven't had grains in my system for a year and my system didn't like it. I was better the next morning.

On Saturday I accompanied Steve while he finalized the purchase of his new truck and then that evening we went to see our service manager's roller derby game. Yes, I'm from Montana, why do you ask?

And I had my class last night.

Tonight we have the season premiere of Street Outlaws New Orleans. Two hours. I'll watch with Steve. Which means I need to meditate before that.

Have a good rest of your day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, June 23, 2017


I've been sort of slumping the past couple weeks. Starting books and not really finishing anything, just starting another. But .... I'm apparently on a superhero kick. And ....

Don't fight a reading binge.

Started yesterday and finished today, AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn.

It's not easy being a superhero's daughter....
Carrie Vaughn has captured legions of fans with her wildly popular Kitty Norville novels. Now she uses her extraordinary wit and imagination to tell a sensational new story about superhuman heroes-and the people who have to live with them. Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world's greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she's ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she's the favorite hostage of every crime boss and supervillain in Commerce City. She doesn't have a code name, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder. Rejecting her famous family and its legacy, Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes, becoming a skilled forensic accountant. But when her parents' archenemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the "Trial of the Century," Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus-and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever.

Published in 2011, 304 pages. There is a second book but in the meantime....

Currently reading SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS by Lexie Dunne. 1st of 3 in series.

Everybody in Chicago has a "superhero sighting" story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she's rescued by superhero Blaze, it's a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again. Now the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just her boyfriend, Jeremy, in disguise. Gail's not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she's probably doomed. Who will save her now? Yet, miraculously, the villains lose interest. Gail is able to return to her life … until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn't read the news. After escaping—now more than human herself—she's drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She'll have to come to terms with her powers (and weaknesses) to make it in the new society, and it's not easy. After all, there's a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.

Published 2014; 339 pages. Continuing my superhero binge. Different author, same girl-keeps-getting-taken-hostage-by-supervillain hook.

Circle tonight; class on Sunday. Stuff in between like naps, reading, cleaning, surfing, etc.

Have a good weekend

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some days.....

I made a great salad last night, sort of a play on the one I had at Old Chicago. It had kale, spinach, chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and blueberries, feta, and a balsamic dressing.

I've got a meditation class this evening.

I'll make some dinner for Steve beforehand and then jump on the phone for it. Which reminds me, I need to make sure my cell is supercharged.

I'm finding I'm missing the feeling of meditation when I'm not doing it. It feels so good while doing it, raising your vibration.

And then clunking back down into everyone's negative vibrations. Blech.

 Otherwise, not much else doing on today. Have a good Thursday

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster