Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Hallow 'een

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.

We'll see how many kids we get tonight with trick-or-treating. I'm not expecting many.  I didn't dress up this year, though I am wearing my Samhain shirt.

Tonight on TV I have This Is Us, "The 20's":

Trick-or-treating with the 10 year olds goes awry for Jack and Rebecca; and Randall, Kevin and Kate have life-changing Halloweens..

Otherwise, it would be nice to get some reading in. Get some sleep in. Dinner? I dunno.

Have a lovely, safe day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bring it on, Monday

The weekend was pretty good. Danielle's seminar was very interesting and she's got a book coming out Christmas on the topic from yesterday so that's a bonus.

Tonight on Scorpion, "Queen Scary":

At Halloween, Team Scorpion takes on a case to prove the existence of ghosts on the Queen Mary but find an all-too-real disaster when they locate a "ghost ship" on a deadly collision course. Also, Walter considers taking note of Paige's interests to benefit their relationship.

If I can stay up that late on a Monday , which is doubtful, therefore I'll probably watch it tomorrow.

Currently reading THE LIKENESS by Tana French. 2nd of 6 in series featuring Police detectives on the murder squad in Dublin, Ireland.

It's six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? 

Published 2008; 492 pages.

Have a great day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, October 27, 2017

Can we have a weekend ... PLEASE

I woke up tired today so maybe some resting is in order for the next couple days. However, I do have a seminar to attend tomorrow afternoon. Then I have class again on Sunday evening.

Sunday has NCIS: Los Angeles, "Mountebank":

Sam goes undercover as a day trader after a prominent investment banker with ties to a Russian oligarch is murdered. Meanwhile, one of Callen's aliases is the victim of credit card theft, and Mosley is concerned it signals something bigger.
 I'll be watching it the next day. 

Oooh, that arm wrestling scene looks good. But I just watch for the storylines.

I am kinda feeling a mood to read coming on and I want to take advantage of it. I have SO MUCH TO READ!

And we really need to go get a new dishwasher. Mine died. And, yes, I can do them by hand but it is rather convenient to have the machine.

Have a good weekend

Much love
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sleeping or meditating? Who cares!

Thursday. So close yet so far.

Tonight on TV I have Arrow, "Next of Kin":

A rogue black ops team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal. Meanwhile, Oliver struggles to connect with William so he reaches out to a surprising source for help.
 Started reading an ARC via Netgalley, THIS FALLEN PREY by Kelley Armstrong. 3rd of 3 in series featuring Casey Duncan, a homicide detective with a secret, living off the grid in the wilds of northern Canada.

When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. She certainly didn’t expect to be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned, and to keep others safe. Of course Oliver Brady claims he's being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he’s truly responsible for committing.

Publishing 2018; 368 pages.

I've got a couple of readings to do today. I'm feeling a little cranky right now.

But maybe I'm just hangry.

Either way, gotta snap out it. It's a cold day - a day for naps, and reading, and tea drinking, and stew on a stove, and comfy blanket, and cuddling with dogs. Ah well.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oh my, ok that WAS me yesterday ...

But I'm better now.

I didn't stay up to watch Scorpion last night. A show on at 9 on a Monday ...

Tonight I have This Is Us "Brothers":

Kate surprises Toby at work. Kevin and Randall attend a charity fundraiser for Sophie's hospital. Jack takes the boys on a camping trip, leaving Rebecca to deal with some unexpected news
Not much else going on. Errands to run this afternoon. A sick husband who won't go home from work to get better. A homework assignment reading tomorrow to prep for.

Ummm ... yeah.

Have a great day

Much love
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, October 23, 2017

I read a book this weekend!

I read ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M McManus. Stand alone, YA.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon is dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Published in 2017; 370 pages. This is her debut novel. And it's good. I devoured it in one day.

Tonight I have Scorpion, but I may not stay up to watch it. "Sci Hard":

Team Scorpion is taken hostage by a group attempting a virtual heist at a tech convention and must outwit their captors utilizing the cutting edge technology on display.

 Last night's TV (which I'm very grateful to have had the chance to view, don't get me wrong). NCIS: Los Angeles was all right. Good Densi tactical. I'm actually getting rather tired of The Walking Dead. Outlander was verra verra good.

Working a full day. I really need to start focusing on my book. NaNoWriMo starts on the first. "National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30."

Well, at least I'm going to try to work on it in some way every day. Build up the good habit of butt in chair and writing.

Have a great day (even though it's Monday). Here, have a couple Deeks.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, October 20, 2017

No more working. Weekend now.

My class this Sunday evening got cancelled which for the most part is a good thing. Because TV.  TV is big that night.

NCIS: Los Angeles "Plain Sight":

Weapons with a $1 million street value are stolen and the team tracks the evidence to a wealthy charity event. Mosley gets added to the guest list, with Callen and Sam as her security detail...
And Outlander episode 6 finally gets to the reunion between Claire and Jaime "A. Malcolm":

After decades apart, Jamie and Claire finally reunite and rekindle their emotional and physical bonds. But Jamie's new business dealings jeopardize the couples' hopes for a simple life together...
This is where it left off two weeks ago:

And we have the season premiere of The Walking Dead "Mercy":

In the Season 8 premiere, Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, band together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.

But of course, things are all on at the same time or at the very least overlapping. Bah. But a good problem to have. 

Have a great weekend!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Who really IS a good boy? Will there be cookies?

Currently reading SOONISH by Kelly & Zach Weinersmith. Nonfiction.

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

Published 2017, 364 pages.

Also reading THE FAITHFUL DEAD by Alys Clare. 5th of 17 in series featuring Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d’Acquin, a French knight, at the Hawkenlye Abbey in England during the 12th century.

An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. It is nothing suspicious, for he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile, Josse d’Acquin has a visit from Prince John, seeking news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius. Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the help of Abbess Helewise, Josse finds she has a problem of her own—a decomposing body has been discovered, naked and killed by an expert hand. When Josse’s brother, Yves, arrives, the three are hurled into a mystery with roots that reach back further than the Second Crusade.

Published 2002; 305 pages.

So, yes. I'm reading again.

I've got Arrow on TV tonight. "Tribute":

Oliver tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and a father to William. Meanwhile, Anatoly returns to Star City with a deadly agenda.

We'll see if I make it until then to watch it. I'm very very tired today.

But tomorrow is Friday. Woot. And today is a fabulous Fall day. Have a good one.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster