Saturday, October 20, 2007

Numbers Challenge

Click on the banner for the Main page of this challenge.

The challenge is to read 5 books whose titles have a number in them from Jan 1, 2008 to June 1, 2008 This includes written numbers like "one" or "forty." UPDATE: Numbers like 10th or First are fine too.

You can choose up to three that are on lists for other challenges. So two of the choices must not be on any list. You can re-read books but all books must NOT be read until January 1, 2008.


Coming Soon

24 Hour Read-a-thon

I'm trying to encourage some readers in the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Wow, it is amazing what these readers are doing. Click on the banner for info. Here is a great cheer, check it out here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Book Review ~ Grave Surprise

I read Grave Surprise for the RIP II Challenge, 2nds Challenge & the Fall Book Challenge.

I loved the first book in the Harper Connelly Mysteries, so I couldn't wait to read Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 2).

From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Harris's winning second supernatural caper to feature Harper Connelly (after 2005's Grave Sight), a skeptical anthropology professor, Clyde Nunley, tests Harper's gift of clairvoyance in a historic Memphis cemetery, where Harper correctly senses a fresh corpse in the wrong grave. Strangely, the body turns out to be a missing 12-year-old girl, Tabitha Morgenstern, whom Harper failed to locate in Nashville on a case two years earlier. The hotel suite of Harper and her manager and stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, both of whom fall under suspicion, becomes a magnet for a medley of amusing characters, including Memphis cops, Tabitha's assorted relatives and a drunken Clyde Nunley, who, shortly after accusing Harper of fraud, is found dead in the same grave as Tabitha. Peppered with the author's trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Harris's vampire mystery series (Definitely Dead, etc.). Author tour. (Sept. 26)
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I think the author did a great with the 2nd book. I think I enjoyed it even more then the first. I like the way that the characters are developing. I can't wait to read the third book & I want to give her other series a try.

Wow Friday

I can't believe it is already Friday. Friday's are my favorite day. With going to the dance studio every single evening except Friday, I have come to love Fridays. The girls are in school, no dance, I can sit back & enjoy the day!

Today I have done nothing. For some crazy reason I told Cam that I would earn her money on Webkinz so she could buy the Halloween room before the 31st. I spent some time there today, lol. Spent some time on Ebay, catching up on blogs, going to Paperbackswap, etc.

Next week, Aly is star of the week at school. She has to bring in around 15 - 20 pics about herself recently. I don't even know if I have that many, and I am a scrapbooker. Will have to brainstorm some.

Monday night I had to come up with 10 pictures of her for a time line. She got the assignment on Thursday, it was due Monday. Of course she told me about it Monday night around 8pm. UGH! Since I switched to digital, I don't have tons of extras anymore.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fall into Reading 2007 ~ List of Books

It is time to start the Fall Reading Challenge. The official dates of this challenge our September 23 - December 21st.

My book list & goals are ~

1.My first book is also for the RIP II challenge, 1.
Season of the Witch. Read 10/07

2.Since I loved
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 1), so much I want to read the 2nd book, 2. Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 2). Read 10/07

3. The Quickie by James Patterson Read 9/07

4. Tithe by Holly Black (finished 10/17/07)

5. Frill Kill: A Scrapbooking Mystery (Scrapbooking Mysteries) by Laura Childs

Parenting beyond belief - Finished

Book of the Dead (Kay Scarpetta, No. 15) by Patricia Cornwell - Finished

The Dark materials by Phillip Pullman Finished 1 & 2

Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen - Finished

Murder With Puffins (A Meg Lanslow Mystery) by Donna Andrews (also for the 2nds Challenge)

Bones to Ashes: A Novel by Kathy Reichs - Finished

If you want to see what others are reading this fall, click on the banner above. To see the full details of this challenge, go here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ten on Tuesday ~ Worry

10 Things that Worry You

1. Michigan's Economy
2. Hubby's job (thanks to #1)
3. Credit card debt
4. Retirment savings
5. College for the girls
6. Car breaking down
7. MONEY (notice my theme, lol)
8. Health
9. The presidential election, why is abortion such a huge issue when we have SO many other things to worry about other then a Women's right to CHOOSE for herself
10. the War

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

We have been doing a lot of Tackling around our house. This weekend we worked on the garage. Bought a new shelving unit & got rid of an old dresser that was holding tools, etc. Really glad we did this because everything in the dresser fit into 2 clear totes! Couldn't believe the difference. It started raining, so we had to stop. Going to finish that this weekend.

We had been storing some things at my hubby's friends house & he needed the space for someone else. Last night, hubby brought a truck load of boxes home (at 10pm!). Today I am spending time reorganizing the basement & going through boxes, etc. I realized that I have TONS of Tupperware. I thought I had a lot, but I had a bunch more over friends house. I really need to go through my boxes & the kitchen & get rid of some of this. I still have quite a bit of new Tupperware, so that is going first. Hopefully it does ok, I know I spent good money on it :)

So that is what I'm tackling today & most likely the rest of this week! Click on the banner for more tacklers!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Carbon Conscious Consumer

Carbon Conscious Consumer Logo

You can take a pledge here to stop using plastic water bottles. Click on the banner to check out the site!

40 before 40

I'm a week late on this fun list that the green 3 came up with but I still wanted to play. The idea is to make a list of 40 things you want to do before you are 40. First I have to think of where I will be at that time. In February it will be 10 years to 40, so I have approx 10 years 4 months to do these. {Did you notice how I still avoided typing the age I will be in Feb?} If all goes well, lol. I will have been married 20.5 years, my oldest daughter will have just turned 20 & my youngest daughter will be 16. {crazy} Ok here is my list, in no real order, just off the top of my head. Except the last one, that was my first one I listed :)

1. Take the girls on a fun vacation
2. Go on vacation with just hubby
3. Scrapbooks caught up for the kids
4. Exercise, staying fit
5. College fund in place
6. Start retirement savings
7. Reduce our clutter
8. Learn to cook some meals
9. Get a beach pass & use it
10. Learn to stress less
11. Make the most of the time I spend with the girls
12. Volunteer at the school as mush as I can
13. Raise my girls with morals, respect & manners
14. Read - I don't have a specific goal for this, I just love reading & felt like it should be listed
15. Actually use the pool in the summer
16. Buy a new car & have it paid off
17. Help with hubby's business
18. Take a photography class
19. Get my family history written down
20. Visit another country
21. Take Cam to see an elephant (she missed them at the Detroit zoo & has been so upset)
22. Get out of debt
23. Watch Aly graduate high school, even better with honors
24. Get a good hair cut at a real Salon
25. Hit all the casinos in Detroit (i'm not a gambler, but would love to see them)
26. Learn to sew (nice thing to know especially w/ all the dance costumes)
27. Finally get organized, some kind of system in place
28. Take girls to Cedar point
29. Take the girls to Disney World
30. Grow my ebay business
31. Decide if we should move out of state & do what we decide
32. Open a checking account at a local bank just to have (we bank online)
33. Volunteer for a charity
34. Do something adventuress, like jump out of a plane, go up in hot air balloon, etc
35. go to a comedy club
36. Become a better writer
37. Raise happy girls
38. Eat healthier
39. Actually look back on this list & work on it
40. Saved the most important for last, BUY A HOUSE!

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