Thank you Amanda!


Amanda sent me the absolute COOLest book journal and book mark for my birthday. They are both gorgeous!

Thank you Amanda!

I spent ALL morning in training for the most ridiculous thing for work. It’s software that I will have to use everyday to document EVERY thing I do at work. I think they even want to know when I go to the bathroom. Perhaps even when I am PMSing. It really sucks.

I started working on my book again. I have a grand total of 3 chapters! Whoop!

Book #8 for 2006

Fables Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham

Fables: Legends in Exile
By Bill Willingham and Co.
Rated: 10/10 – Impressive story, is among the best books I’ve ever read. This book spoke to me, changed me, and moved me. A ‘Wow’ book.
Published by Vertigo, 2002
Pages: 128
Genre: Graphic Novel
Reason for Reading: Andi loved it so

Best Parts: The whole damn thing! This was my first “graphic novel” and I was not disappointed. The story was amazing, the drawings superb. I can not wait to get my hands on more of these!

Worst Parts: Not long enough, want more!

Review: Someone in the Fableland community has murdered Rose Red, Snow White’s sister. The Big Bad Wolf is on their tale and everyone is a suspect. The plotting is intricate, the story wild and exciting. Imaginative and new, I loved every panel.

Book #7 for 2006

The Green Man
Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Published by Firebird, 2002
Rated 9/10 – I couldn’t put this book down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.
Pages: 387
Genre: Fantasy/Short stories
Reason for Reading: I love these anthologies and I got it for my birthday

Best Parts: The writing was top notch.

Worst Parts: None.

Review: I love these anthologies of fantasy short stories. These centered on nature and nature myths; they were really well written and interesting. I loved them all.

I don't know man

I got drunk last night. Probably for only the…second…time in my life. It was hilarious. I’m an easy drunk too. 4 Smirnoff Twisted Wild Grapes (YUM MEEE) and I was asleep on the couch. But things were very funny before that. Very funny. Very. Funny.

I’m watching the Wedding Crashers and reading Fables. I’m having a great morning! I skipped church.

My sister-in-law got Ellie this, for Christmas:

and she keeps talking at weird hours. Stuff like, at 6 am, “Eliana, it’s time to wake up” then she mumbles something in Spanish. And at 7 am, “Eliana, it’s time to eat” and more mumbled Spanish. It scares the shit out of me! She’s programmable, so I think I’m going to program her to shut the fuck up. It’s a demon. And she keeps asking Ellie to squeeze her tummy. Very strange.

And Ellie has picked up a word I don’t know but sounds familiar… “ca-ca.” Does anyone know what this means or is it made up toddler speak?

I’m trying to teach Ellie to say her full name. She can say her first and last together, but not her middle name, which is Noelle. I think she thinks her full name is Ellie Ana _______. (It’s pronouse Ellie ah na, most people jack it up and call her Elaina, what the fuck?) When I tell her to say Eliana Noelle, she says Eliana _______ Noelle. Frustrating.

Totally random shit this morning, maybe I’m hung over. Oh well.

Interesting things found at my mom's place

1) My mom was married 5 times; including Mr. Deported. At least. Up until 2 days before she died, I thought it was only 3.

2) I have an aunt. I have never heard of this aunt. I don’t know where to find her.

3) I had something here, but I edited it. TMI 🙂


The saddest thing I found? My mom and I had a lot in common. We both love to read. We both love to cook. I have been a compulsive recipe collector for years. I have notebooks full of recipes, some I have never tried, but thought looked good. I threw away at least one big trashbag full of clipped recipes and magazines at my mom’s house. I kept a bunch too, but she had piles and piles and piles of them. She had some great cookbooks too, many of which I kept. We both love photography. She had a collection of probably, um, 20+ antique cameras. We both love animals.

Going through her stuff, I kept thinking how much we could have done together, if only we had let each other in a little bit. I have this feeling that my mom, who had a…very…colorful…past, was afraid to let me in because she was afraid I would hate what I saw there and I was afraid, simply, of getting hurt again. And we were both very stubborn and, shamefully, have quite a bit of pride. I have regrets, always will, yet I know, I wouldn’t have done anything different. And that is sad.

But, at least I know, I have learned from her mistakes and will hopefully never hurt my daughter like that.

Four Things Meme

I stole this from another blog. And I’m adding a category.

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Waitress
2. Castmember at the Disney Store
3. Copy Girl
4. Mail Girl (3 & 4 at the same time)

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. The Princess Bride
2. Madagascar (good thing too)
3. Sweet Home Alabama
4. Dodgeball

Four favorite books:
1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Small Town North Carolina
2. Boone, NC (for one month)
That’s it, I’ve lived no where else

Four TV shows I love:
1. House, MD
2. 24
3. Seinfeld
4. Bones

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. Montego Bay, Jamaica
2. Florida
3. Emerald Isle, NC
4. Myrtle Beach, SC

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Spaghetti
2. Shrimp Lo Mein
3. Vegetable Fried Rice
4. Salisbury Steak

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Estella’s Revenge: Andi’s Blog
2. The Blog Jar: Amanda’s Blog
3. non vocabulum: Dena’s Blog
4. Pretty Cunning: Fence’s Blog

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Montego Bay, Jamaica
2. Home, in bed, with a good book
3. Banner Elk, NC
4. Anywhere with the baby and my man

Four bloggers I am tagging:
1. Andi
2. Amanda
3. MamaKBear
4. Anyone else?