Friday, September 23, 2016

A Busy-Free Saturday?

I can’t believe my Saturday is FREEEEE!

No writers meetings.

No football (OSU is on a bye this weekend).

No dinner with friends.

No where to be.

Gosh, it’s just so… unusual.

Told Hubby we should take advantage of the free day and maybe work in the yard. The sidewalk is in dire need of edging (the guy who mows the lawn doesn’t do that) and the tree Hubby started to remove (back before his surgery) needs to be completely gone (right now there’s a stump and part of the tree is growing back). I don’t do trees, so I said I’d do the trimming. We’ll see how well my weight training has gone, huh? **flexes muscles**

We recorded three new shows this week: “Bull,” “The Good Place,” and “Designated Survivor.”

“Bull” is kind of interesting. I like Michael Weatherly, so that helps. Hubby’s not too fond of it, though. We’ll give it a few more episodes.

I don’t know about “The Good Place.” I loved Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars, but this ain’t no “Veronica Mars.” Hubby feels the same as me. Again, we’ll probably only give this a few more episodes.

As for “Designated Survivor,” we’re both impressed! I have a feeling we’ll be watching this one all season.

So… Do you get many free Saturdays? I swear, it seems like I always have something going on. Especially during football season! J

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Reads, Exercise Woes, and My Refrigerator

This marks the 50th book I’ve read this year. Only 43 more to go, with a little more than three months left. I have a feeling I won’t reach my goal this year.

Here’s what I read the past week:

September 15: “Bound to Darkness” by Lara Adrian, 13th book in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 298 pages. Blurb from book: Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way—no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune. Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own. I love how the author continues to surprise me and how none of the stories have felt like repeats. But now I must wait for the next book to come out because I’m caught up in this series! The e-book is already out, but I want paper!

Well, my walking routine has crashed this week (so far). Monday I discovered we had no milk, so I couldn’t eat breakfast (I like milk with my cereal), which meant I had to go to the store, therefore I drove to the fitness center (instead of walked) so I could stop at the store afterward. No biggie. I’d be able to walk there on Tuesday, right? Ummm… no. I woke up with such stomach pains there was no way I was going to exercise, no less walk to the fitness center. And eat? Yeah, I didn’t feel like doing that, either. I think I’ll blame those probiotics I took on Monday (and won’t take again). That’s what I get for trying to help my stomach.

Hmmm… Maybe I should just live on yogurt and salad. Oh, and the Kringles. Can’t forget the Kringles!

My refrigerator (which will be 5 in November) started vibrating last week. First it was just a smallish noise. By Sunday it relegated to loud and obnoxious. So I contacted a repair shop (via their website—cool!). They called me on Monday morning and said someone could be by on Tuesday afternoon.

Guess what the refrigerator decided to do on Tuesday? Be QUIET! Oh my God. I’m thinking it must hate me or something. Have I angered it by not stuffing it full of food? Or maybe it just hates all those Kringles in the freezer.

No, it can’t be that. Who doesn’t love Kringles?

Repairman looked at everything. Opened the back up. Moved the refrigeration line. Nothing. Quiet as a…refrigerator. He said to call the office if it starts up within the hour since he could probably stop by after his next client. So is it any surprise it started back up again nearly two hours after the guy left?

Arrrghhh!!

So… How’s your week going? Better than mine, I hope. J

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, September 19, 2016

Funny Ad or Failure?

Have you seen that Geico commercial about the lemonade stand where everyone who comes up to it asks “Ice tea?” and they’re told, “Nope, lemonade.”? Well… I wasn’t getting it. Thought the people were idiots (and maybe the advertisers, too). It was clearly lemonade. Why would they ask if it was iced tea?

Then Hubby pointed out that the man on the commercial is IceT. D’oh! Now I get the ad. Now I laugh when I see it.

But is an ad that has to be explained an effective ad? I’m thinking no. I thought Geico had lost their mind, so how many others think the same thing?

I’m so glad I can zip through the commercials during the shows I record. Unfortunately, when you watch live sports, you’re stuck with seeing them.

Speaking (okay, writing) of sports… The Wayne High School football team easily won Friday night (after an hour lightning delay), Ohio State played awesome on Saturday, Steelers are playing the way we love to watch them play, and even the Rams won their welcome-back-home game. Yay! Wonderful winning weekend. Hope it continues.

On Friday I ate breakfast before walking to the fitness center. That worked so much better and I’ll continue doing that, as long as the weather allows it. I like to walk outside (and getting my 10K steps), but not in the rain or temps much below 50. I may be crazy, but I’m not that crazy!

So… Do you think an ad that has to be explained an effective ad or a flop?

Have a great Monday!

Stacy

Friday, September 16, 2016

Construction Woes

My city is currently widening the street I need to drive on to get to my street. It was due to be widened. Lots of housing tracts have opened up on this two-lane road to the AFB and traffic gets bogged down when someone wants to turn left.

When the first ROAD CLOSED sign appeared, it said it was OPEN TO LOCAL TRAFFIC. That would be me. My street is within the ROAD CLOSED signs.

At first I was able to drive to either side of the closure. A few days into their work, I drove up and had to stop. A cop car blocked the road while men were in the process of changing the sign by crossing off the LOCAL TRAFFIC part. I sat there and waited until they were finished. Cop got out of his car and pointed to the ROAD CLOSED sign. I stuck my head out the window and yelled that I lived on such & such street. He told me to go around. And he didn’t say this very nice. In fact, he was rather rude. Like it was my fault I lived on that road!

Of course, I almost expected a cop on the other end telling me to do the same, but there wasn’t one.

Now, the road isn’t torn up in the middle. They are working on one side. We couldn’t see any reason why we couldn’t use it to get to our street, but I wasn’t about to argue with the cop.

Found out later that the school busses were also told to go around (by a cop) AFTER they were told (by the city) that they could drive through. My friend, who is in charge of these busses, was not a happy camper about that (messed up his whole pickup schedule). Wanted to know when the police overrode the city department. He also wanted to know whose bright idea it was to START this construction after school started. They had ALL SUMMER to do this work!

I’d kind of like to know the answer to that one, too.

The detour signs crack me up, though. The city sends the driver a mile north when it’s less than half a mile south to the next street. You can bet which one I take!

Yesterday at the fitness center I came up with a brilliant idea. Remember me whining about the sun rising late and how I wouldn’t walk to the fitness center in the dark? Well, I decided that I could eat breakfast FIRST, then walk to the fitness center. That way when I walk back, it won’t be too late to eat breakfast. I’ll just have to quit the outside walks when it gets too cold.

I amaze myself sometimes. Or I’m just slow. You pick.

So… Got any construction woes in your area? Feel free to rant here!

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday Reads and Working on a Butt-Kicker

Dark mornings mean no more walking to the fitness center in the morning (boo). Which means I’m back on the treadmill (boo hoo). Which means I can read more (okay…yay!). Sure, I could leave the house later, but then it’ll feel like I’ve wasted the morning! I am so a morning person when it comes to exercise.

Here’s what I read the past week:

September 8: “The Siren’s Dance” by Amber Belldene, Book 2 in the Siren Romance series, a paranormal romance at 208 pages. Blurb from book: Death has transformed former ballerina Anya Truss into a vila—an alluring wind nymph—but her need for revenge has kept her trapped on the riverbank where she was drowned. Now, after fifty years of waiting, she finally has a chance to break free by getting even with her cruel dance instructor, the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But for her plan to work, she must place her trust in a handsome but unlikely ally. Straight-laced police investigator Sergey Yuchenko has spent years searching for the father he never knew, and he finally has a solid lead. Problem is, that lead comes in the form of a ghost—a gorgeous but stubborn vila with destructive powers she can’t control. Anya’s graceful beauty awakens a desire in Sergey like he’s never felt before. But when past secrets are brought to light, the lovers will have to face an evil that could tear them apart forever. If you enjoy Russian folklore, here’s your book! An unusual setting (Ukraine) and unusual ghost (vila) made for one enjoyable read. Oh, and there's some sexy parts, too!

Ghostly Interlude is coming along—finally! I’ve got fewer than 100 pages left to revise. Of course, that number could change when I get to the new scene I have to write. I have no idea how long this scene will be; I just know it has to happen (since it’s important for book 3).

I really never thought it would take me so long to get through this revision. And I thought Ghostly Liaison was a butt-kicker. Nope. This one is worse. I can only hope that means this book is SUPER awesome. Well, it is for me. Hopefully it will be for others.

So… What time is best for you to exercise? I like getting it done early, then it’s over with and I don’t have to think about it again!

Happy Reading!

Stacy