Monday, July 28, 2014

I’m Not Lazy on Monday Morning, I’m Lazy on Sunday Night

Can’t rightly say LAZY, well, okay, I CAN because I AM, but if I don’t write Monday’s blog early on Sunday, it seems like it just doesn’t get written. And I didn’t write the post early Sunday because, well…

Seems I drank a LITTLE too much on Saturday night. That or I ate the wrong food. Whatever, it hit me around 2 am Sunday morning and wiped me out until noon.

Actually, I went to bed around 9:30 Saturday night because I couldn’t stay awake. I was really drunk and from only two drinks at dinner (I will never mix tequila and Grand Marnier again, if I EVER drink again—it was THAT bad). But when I went to bed, I was only feeling tired, not sick.

Anyway, all that really screwed up my Sunday. I didn’t want to write. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to do too much other than sleep. Then when the evening came (and I was able to eat an actual meal), the husband and I watched the first 7 episodes of Season 1 of NCIS. Kind of hard to write a post during that, too.

Anyway, now it’s Monday morning and I’m writing my post late, which I really didn’t have anything to write about until all that other crap happened. Haha! J

On Saturday, I did get upgraded to the iPhone 4. With the new plan with AT&T, we’re actually getting the service cheaper. It wouldn’t have cost me any different if I had used my basic phone or the smart phone, which is what I’d been balking at for the past year anyway—I didn’t want to pay extra for a data plan I didn’t really need. I don’t feel guilty owning a smart phone now and a cheaper phone bill is nice.

I am getting used to using my new phone. I added the Nike running app last night and used it for my walk this morning. Nice to know how far I’m actually walking (today: 3.88 miles in 1:10). Still haven’t posted anything to Facebook with it, or written an e-mail, but I have texted. Have to say, though… It is handy. I like checking my e-mails on it and seeing whether or not I NEED to get on my computer.

So… How was your weekend?

Stacy

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

I’m CAVING: One Smart Phone Coming Up


picture of my iphone with Bite Me cover on it
If I can't put my cover on my phone,
what good is the phone?
Yes, yes, yes. The day is finally arriving. This old woman is finally caving in and upgrading her 2004 (2006? Who knows!) Cingular One (yes, Cingular!) flip phone to an iPhone 4.

My husband brought one home last week for me to play with. I’ve added the Facebook app and my e-mail accounts and have been using free wi-fi to play around with it. I’m still not keen on it, but Dragon*Con is coming up (sssssooooonnnnn!!!!) and I kind of want to use their app. And maybe post pictures on Facebook as I take them.

Plus, I realized that I already take forever to send a text, so sending one on the iPhone will be just as slow, only in a different way (I really hate it when I can’t feel the keyboard). And the only person who ever really calls me is my husband, so it’s not like I’m talking on the thing all the time.

Of course, my wanting to upgrade has kind of back-fired on my husband. He’s been telling me for-ev-er (I swear, it feels that way) that I should get one. Thing is, he’s been using MY iTunes account (I have an iPod) for his own iPhone. Ooops.

So we have to resolve that first. I say he has to get his own account and figure out how to transfer everything over. We’re hoping he’ll be able to do that, because he doesn’t think my account will accommodate two iPhones. Hell, I don’t know why not. It already accommodates all my iPods (I have a classic and a shuffle), along with his iPhone. What’s another device?

Looks like we’ll be visiting AT&T tomorrow. And if they can’t help us, we’ll walk over to the Apple store around the corner. Someone’s gotta know. Their website certainly doesn’t tell us anything (or if the information is there, it’s hidden very well).

And for some super-duper good news… I got my first 5-star review HERE. And a fan! Sure made my week.

So… What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a goodie!

Stacy

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Reads

I don’t know if I told any of you, but My Sunny Vampire is back in PRINT! Yay!! So, if you’ve been waiting to buy it that way, you need wait no longer. Okay, enough of my blatant promo, now onto what I read during the week:

cover to Innocence by Dean Koontz
Jul 17: “Innocence” by Dean Koontz, a horror/paranormal/supernatural novel. Blurb on cover: He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching. The blurb sounded interesting (and I LOVE the cover), but that “hour of reckoning” took quite awhile to be acknowledged. In fact, I’d read most of the book and wondered where it was going. Then when I reached the end, I wondered what it was all about. Not Koontz’s best work, but not his worst, either. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

cover to Apocalypse Rising by Maria Zannini
July 20: “Apocalypse Rising” by Maria Zannini, a paranormal/fantasy romance. Blurb on Goodreads: The only place left to hide was in the past. Fire Elemental Leda and her plainfolk companion, Grey, are running from a demented time traveler, a man obsessed with creating a creature who can read thoughts. Convinced that Leda can produce this unnatural child, he has threatened to hunt her down to the ends of the earth--and he has kept his word. Their only escape is a one-way trip through the time portal. With death on their heels, salvation appears in the form of two strangers. Seemingly ordinary people, Tom and Cassandra assure Leda and Grey that they are here to help. They claim they are repaying a debt--Leda and Grey helped them once, 1200 years ago. The trip through the portal offers no escape, as Leda and Grey discover that evil transcends time. Can their presence in the past stop the eventual apocalypse that forms their future? Magic, witches, time travel, and a hunky hero--it's got a bit of everything. However, it had been 3 years since I read the first book of this series (man, time flies!), so it took me a bit to remember the characters (but that's all ME because my memory sucks). I suggest you read book 1 (Touch of Fire) first, though, before reading this one because you'll enjoy reading how Leda and Grey meet, since their story continues in this one. I hope one day to see a book 3 in this series. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Well…my hubby went and did it again. He booked us on another cruise (and at a super-duper rate). We’re already going on one in October (to the Bahamas to see Lee Ann Rimes sing in concert), now we’ll be on one in December (to three ports we’ve never been to). I’m looking forward to them. They’re so much fun. And we’re using our reward points to pay for them, which is what we have the Visa card for in the first place. Gotta know how to work the system, and my husband works it very well.

So…what’s your favorite kind of vacation?

Happy reading!

Stacy

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

One Crazy Conversation

While at dinner last night, my husband was entitled to a dessert with his meal. I told him that if he didn’t want his whole dessert, he could get the strawberry cheesecake cookie and we’d split it. He looked at me as if I were nuts.

When it came time to get his dessert, I asked him what he picked.

HUBBY: Whatever you want.

ME: I told you what I want.

HUBBY: Then tell the waitress.

ME: Why can’t you?

HUBBY: Because then there’s no chance I’ll get it wrong. I read “Wives 101.”

ME: What is “Wives 101”?

HUBBY: The book written by hundreds of successful husbands.

ME: Don’t you consider yourself a successful husband?

HUBBY: Sure. I read the book.

And that’s what dinner conversation is like with my hubby (at times). That man sure knows how to crack me up!

Have a great Monday!

Stacy

 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to MEEEEE!

My very best friend (the one who lives in Columbus) got me an early birthday present on Tuesday. And it’s an AWESOME present, too! Get this—while at Dragon*Con, I will be getting my picture taken with this guy:

Picture of Karl Urban
KARL URBAN!!!!

Squeee!!!!

Of course, ever since she told me, I’ve been wondering what I should wear for the event. Then someone sent a link for this shirt: http://teespring.com/ImARomanceWriter3

 
I bought one. Ain’t it the coolest? I think it will be PERFECT for Karl Urban AND Dragon*Con! So now I’m all set. Let’s hope I don’t faint on the guy!

You can laugh, but that could very well happen!

Since today is my birthday, I think I may just play hooky and read and watch some TV (I’m recording the series Extant and I have an episode to watch). And if it’s nice out (and it should be), maybe I’ll walk somewhere for breakfast. Tim Horton’s isn’t THAT far away (little less than 2 miles) and I have this coupon for a free donut (if I buy a coffee—yeah, like you have to twist my arm to do that!). Sometimes it’s more fun to walk to a destination than to just walk, you know? And if I’m walking close to 4 miles, I’ll need a break in there somewhere. Right? Hahahahahaha!!!

For dinner I’ll be going to Outback with the family. Later, hopefully we’ll sit around and play games. I like doing that.

Should be a great day. At least I’m going to make sure it is! J Because if I don’t do it, who else will?

So… What’s one of the best present you’ve ever gotten?

Stacy