Reading Ramble

Bliss is when you find a book you can’t put down.

Despair is when you realize pages 217-249 are missing in said book.

Dilemma is deciding whether to finish the book anyway, or to wait and get a new copy.

I chose to finish it anyway. I’ll read the 30 missing pages as soon as I can get my hands on another copy of the book. It’s that good.

Those who love Westerns ~ have you read the Bad Luck Brides series by Geralyn Dawson? I’m reading The Bad Luck Wedding Dress now and absolutely love it!!!

Not Blogging, Just Reading

Sorry folks ~ I’ve been a very bad caretaker of my blog as of late, but I have a great reason. I’ve been reading (and I’m talking real books, not just my Economics stuff).

I’ve read:

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James ~ Excellent
Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Very Good
The Kissing Game by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good
Scenes of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good

Next up will be the 3rd in Brockmann’s Sunrise Key Trilogy, Otherwise Engaged. Can you tell I’ve recently read my first Suzanne Brockmann and am hooked (sorry Holly!)?

My Library

Well, I think I’m done. I wish I could show you a picture of the whole thing, but the angle of the room makes it almost impossible to get the whole thing on camera. I’ve done my best though!!!

This is what I started with (well, technically this is what I started with after I painted):

Then I added my books:

Then I had to clean out some of my books, which I either posted on PBS and/or donated to the library (you have to imagine several of these to get the full effect):

Which brings me to the final product:

I have to say, it’s my favorite room in the house now. I still don’t have as much shelf space as I initially planned on, but it works. I had to double up my books, so I have two rows on each shelf, but at least they’re organized, alphabetized (yes, I’m that girl), and taken out of their respective boxes. And even if it didn’t turn out exactly perfect, it’s still a far cry better than this:

Crap (aka Misadventures with Costco Chicken Stalker Man Part Deux)

So I venture into town today to pick up some gift certificates for work. My second stop was Red Lobster, which was gravy because they share a parking lot with Costco. I figured I could just get the gift certificate, buzz by Costco and then go home. You know what they say about best laid plans……

I go into the bar to get the gift certificate. I notice a man is sitting there, but I don’t really “see” him because he’s on my right side, and that’s the eye that I can’t see out of. So I’m chatting it up with the manager, tell her my name and where I work. She pretty much already knew that information because I had called in before I went to town.

Anyhoo…I get the gift certificate and turn to leave. Being the friendly person I am, I smile at the man sitting at the bar……until I notice who it is.

Remember that guy?


I said my name. I said where I worked. I just hope I didn’t say it as loud as I think I did. Or I hope that he wasn’t listening. Or both.

Now I’m just paranoid.


Me and my dumb luck.

Needless to say, I didn’t go straight to Costco. I saved that for last. Luckily, Stalker Man must have gone there earlier to buy his chicken.

What are the odds?

Adventures at Costco (aka Misadventures With Stalker Man)

I went to Costco last night to stock up on veggies before class. While standing in line, a man holding a rotisserie chicken came to stand behind me. He was shortish, with brown hair, a mustache, and maybe mid-late 40’s age range. Below is the saga:

“Is this the shortest line?” he asked.

“I have no idea,” I replied. “I think they’re all long.”

“Well, you’re definitely not the shortest woman. You might be the cutest, though.” He then points at the gentleman in front of me in line. “Is that your guy?”

“No,” I replied.

“Do you have a guy?”


“Do you want a guy?”


“Are you one of those “alternative” people?” he asked.

“No,” I said.

He then points at my veggies. “You eat a lot of vegetables. Are you a vegetarian?”

“No,” I replied.

I think he could tell I was getting a bit uncomfortable because he lifted his hands up and waved them ~ “Oh, I don’t mean anything by it. I’m just talking. Guess how old I am. Nobody every guesses it right.”

I replied, “Sir, I’m really not good at this game. If you’d like to tell me, go ahead, but I won’t guess your age.”

“Oh, it’s not a game. Nobody ever guesses my age right. Go ahead. Guess my age.”

Again, I replied, “Sir, if you want to tell me, that’s fine, but otherwise I have no idea how old you are.”

He then says, “Really, I don’t mean anything by it. I’m just passing time. I do this sort of thing at work all the time. Guess what I do for a living.”

I replied, “Sir, I’m not going to guess. If you’d like to tell me, that’s fine.”

He then proceeds to tell me how he goes to Costco everyday to buy a chicken. He said they hate him at Costco because everyday he buys one chicken, and so he then makes their average per person sales go down. He then asked me again to guess what he did for a living.

By this time I am trying very hard to ignore the fact that this man exists. Yet, he still would not get the hint. He then asked, “Why don’t you want to be bothered? Why don’t you want to talk to me? I’m just trying to talk to you. Why won’t you look at me?”

I then turned and said, “Sir, you’re making me very uncomfortable. Will you please stop talking to me?”

He replied, “But I’m just trying to talk. I’m just friendly. I won’t hurt you. Why won’t you talk to me?”

Luckily, by this time it was my turn to checkout. The checker takes my card and starts scanning my groceries. Stalker-man behind me then leans over tape machine and starts talking to the checker. “You two sure are fun,” he says to the female checker and her male counterpart. “Are you married?”

“No,” she responds.

“Well,” he says, “I’d sure like to get up your dress.” (Yes, he said that. Verbatim)

“Excuse me?” she said. She then turned to me and rolled her eyes, because I’m pretty sure she’d just gotten a clue of what I’d been dealing with for the past few minutes. I then finished paying for my groceries and thought I was in the home stretch…….but then, my receipt got jammed, because Stalker Man was still leaning on the tape machine.

I then left with the male helper dude so that he could tape my receipt together so I could get out of there. I also needed to stop by the deli so that I could get a caesar salad to take with me for dinner. I thought that should have left plenty of time for Stalker Dude to buy his solitary chicken and go.

Not so.

Stalker Man was waiting at the exit, talking to the man who marks the receipts as you leave. I got my receipt marked, avoided eye contact with Stalker Dude and hurried on out of there. Unfortunately, so did Stalker Man. I then headed to the aisle where my car was. So did Stalker Man. So I continued walking. Past my car. To the end of the lane. And I kept walking around the parking lot until Stalker Dude was no longer following me.

Girls, heed my warning. If you’re in line at Costco and a weird little man with a rotisserie chicken stands behind you in line, run away. Go to a different line and don’t look back. Or don’t. It may make for an interesting story to tell on your blog someday.

Where Has the Time Gone???

Wow, it’s been over a month since I posted. I can’t believe it. If there’s a bad blogger award out there, nominate me. I deserve it.

Christmas vacation was great. I spent about a week at Mom’s house and read, read, read. I finished Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Young, Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James, Wish You Were Here by Lani Diane Rich, The Borrowed Bride by Elizabeth Lane, Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr, and half of Simply the Best by Shirley Jump. I’ll need to post my thoughts on those, not to mention the Janet Chapman I finished in October.

That being said, I also went on a bit of a book buying bender. Not bad, though, considering what I normally do 🙂 Kiddo and I went to B&N last night to browse. I hadn’t intended on buying anything because I forgot my gift card (yay!!!) at home, but I ended buying two: Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz and Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale. We then went to Wal-Mart where I bought For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper. When we got home, I went to and pre-ordered the next 3 Virgin River books for me and a few Jodi Picoult books for Kiddo.

Can I just interject here how happy I am that my girls are readers like I am??? Kiddo loves books and now Baby-J does too. She loves to read. Makes me gush, really, because no one else in the family are readers.

So, anyway that’s just a quick catch up. I hope to post on the books over the weekend – I have one more week before school starts so I hope to read as much as I possibly can until then. But you never know ~ I get so sidetracked sometimes!

I’m Ba-ack

(said in my best Heather O’Rourke aka The Poltergeist impression.)

Internet got connected today!!! Now I can finally feel like myself again 🙂 That being said, I’ve got a few reviews to write and get posted. I know, I should have written them while I was offline, but I hardly turned my computer on at all. Hopefully, will get those done and posted this weekend!