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I resisted reading this book series. Something about the movie previews and the descriptions put me off. The fear of over-angsty teen love, perhaps.

Well, I read the sample chapter available for Kindle owners.

...

Four days and $30 in Kindle book expenditures later, I'm done with the series.

PWN3D.

Yes, it's good romantic fun. It's hard to resist falling into the dream world of Stephanie Meyer's version of vampires. There are good, non-human eating vampires who are, coincidentally, hotter than Georgia asphalt. And vampires have no financial woes. They never sleep, so they have all the time in the world to make wise financial investment decisions. Vampires have relatively few bodily functions. Sure, they must feed, but there's no indication of vampire burps or flatulence. And then there's the promise of EPIC vampire sex. Would you give up food, safety, and the mundane human life in exchange for eternal beauty, incredible strength, speed, blood drinking and the occasional tussle with evil Vampires? Hell yeah!

I had a few problems with some of her dialogue choices, and by the end, she really did hand everything to us in a gorgeous gift box and a big fluffy bow. So, it's definitely four fun volumes of wishful thinking. But because you do get fond of the characters, you enjoy their triumphs.
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It's about time I post about this, but I've been remiss in traditional posting activity for a while.

My friend [livejournal.com profile] brittadotcom has an amazing talent at throwing Halloween parties. Actually any party she throws is amazing. I've been to a handful of them. Over the years I've attended some of her Harry Potter parties and a Star Trek Murder Mystery party. She's turned her apartment and now house into Hogwarts Castle! Her ideas are amazing! Some of her ideas have been featured in other books like An Unofficial Muggle's Guide to the Wizarding World.

After years of people finding her website via serendipity and loving her ideas, she has finally put her ideas into book form. If you want fantastic ideas for throwing fun halloween parties, I suggest you check out her book, Eerie Elegance.

Her book contains recipes, crafting and decorating ideas. And yes, I will be purchasing my copy shortly.

Check out the pictures on her page! Yes, that's her house...in suburbia! I wonder if her neigbhors have come over and asked, "Heeeeey, lady! Our neighborhood wasn't zoned for a creepy foggy cemetary" ?

Intrepid halloween party hosts and guests, go forth and buy this book!

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] brittadotcom, I ran into someone at Dragoncon who recognized me from your website because he and his wife used ideas for a Harry Potter party they threw. Yes, indeed. Hot Small World Action. They loved your ideas and their party was a great success!
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To show your support for "The Middleman", when you see this, post a quickie Middleman exclamation in your blog or journal.

"My Little Pony!" (From the latest episode, "The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome"
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So here's where I chronicle my thoughts of the game and commercials as they are played. But mostly the commercials. So, in case you missed it, and want to save yourself some time...
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Everyone who loves "House" knows there's a new episode on tonight after the Superbowl, right?

Hugh Laurie had to show up on the Superbowl pre-show to, I believe, help pimp house in a very subtle way. This is apparently his first American Football game. Hopefully he's enjoying his stay in Phoenix.
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So, what are you saying? So, what are you saying?
While at my mother's house, I caught a glimpse of this product from our local Raley's/Nob Hill stores. I know what their intent was, but I think this product has amusing connotations.



What will Focus on the Family say about this product!?!
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I am now home. A glance at the odometer tells me I have driven 254 miles today. It was a day of rushing. It was not a day of sitting still to be sure.

This morning I had to go to our San Francisco Staff Counsel Office to assist one of our new attornies with his new laptop. We have some security measures that make it quite challenging for new users, so I was happy to assist him with this configuration.

However, it was time consuming, and lots of little traffic issues made for a 3 hour trip each way to the City. I had no time for lunch until about 4pm. I was trying to get back home to the office before 6pm to take care of some things, but that didn't happen. Ah well.

At 6:30pm I picked up [livejournal.com profile] textivore to go see "Cloverfield". He scored free passes to see the preview in Davis tonight. But since I was running about 15 minutes late, we got there when the theatre was mostly full. Only front row seats were available for us.

Now stop for a moment while I impart this tidbit of information. I'm rather prone to motion sickness. Oh yes, I am.
Cut for Cloverfield spoilers or the easily squicked )

To summarize, I loved Cloverfield. It made me puke. Go see it. It's a love story!
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My Tweets du Jour
  • 23:13 I am enjoying Travis' "Under the Moonlight" #
  • 23:14 My Crocker Art Museum Membership is Renewed. Rock! Time to head back there again. #
  • 00:08 Cadfael after midnight. Bow-chicka-bow-bow #
  • 17:14 Mmmm. Yay for dried cherries. #
  • 21:36 Untraceable looks like a guilty pleasure type of movie #
  • 21:36 @ariedana: go see it! I'll be seeing Cloverfield on Thursday night! #
  • 21:40 The director of the Sarah Connor Chronicles episode is David Nutter. I can dig it. #
  • 21:47 I love surround sound and subwoofers. #
  • 21:47 My name isn't Tigra or Bunny, but I like the Home Entertainment Systems that go "boom!" #
  • 22:29 is it just me, or did daily vitamin supplements get bigger? #
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  • 11:59 Silence of the Lambs is still one of my favorite movies. #
  • 18:26 This chicken mole I made is a bit spicy #
  • 18:27 so I went to Winco foods last night for the first time in a long while #
  • 18:27 that place is scary #
  • 18:27 but good for what it is #
  • 18:27 lots of low prices on products #
  • 18:28 but it's a grocery costco #
  • 18:31 And why did I type all that into Twitter? That's a good question. #
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Drum lessons were quite good. Now if only I would practice more regularly. But, I am getting better.

I made some Baklava for a gathering I'm going to this afternoon. I am pleased with it. I cut down on the sugar a bit, I used 3 parts unsalted butter to one part salted butter, and the nuts are a mixture of walnuts, almonds and pistachios (4:2:1 ratio of nuts respectively). I have packed the baklava and it is ready for transport. Done and done! I used clover honey. And I think I prefer using ground cinnamon in the syrup instead of just cinnamon sticks. I may have to try the ol' stick method again later to compare.

I fetched my alcohol and distilled water and mixed 'em up. Yes, that works great as an eye glass cleaner. I have made a bottle up to take to work for when I smudge my glasses there, and soon I'll refill the original bottle of cleaner I got from the optometrist when I purchased my last pair of specs. QED.

Now to go take care of some other things before I head out for the forseeable future.

I hope everyone is having a grand Saturday!
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My Tweets du Jour
  • 12:30 @ariedana: I will think of good weather thoughts for y'all! #
  • 12:49 There was Butternut Squash soup in the cafeteria today. Very good. #
  • 17:02 @megazone: hey zoner, any word about tivo doing biz with fiber optic providers for HD DVR content? Surewest's hd dvr sucks here #
  • 17:05 @arush: what? No being twitterpated allowed? #
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  • 23:57 @ariedana: Ikea needs to have a con. It could be one big slumber party. #
  • 08:28 Hooray! The middle of the week has arrived! #
  • 08:28 I'm pleased that Hillary won last night. #
  • 10:53 The BradBlog is suggesting the votes in NH were tampered with. I knew someone would. #
  • 12:59 Went to the Squeeze Inn. That's a big, tasty burger. Bad for diets. Baaad. #
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  • 08:33 Woo! Sears Repairman gone! #

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  • 22:35 Angelica Huston on Medium. I always love her work! #

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Instructions:
1. The first article title on this page is the name of your band:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/special:random

2. The last four words of the very last quotation is the title of your album:
http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3

3. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover:
http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/

4. Use the graphics program of your choice to throw them together, and post the result.

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My Tweets du Jour
  • 21:16 Searching Netflix. Typed "3:10 to Uma" by accident. Everyone ride the train to see Uma! #
  • 21:39 @phinnia Ack! I'm sorry. I like to call these moments "Ralphies" (a la Christmas Story). #
  • 21:43 @phinnia: Oh, now I'm thinking of the "show mommy how a piggy eats" scene! #
  • 21:59 Rupert Everett as Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece Theatre? Meow! #
  • 22:27 Oh, and this Sherlock tale bears similarity to some plot elements in "The Prestige". Or vice versa. #
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  • 23:26 Viva Viagra? A fine tune played by the Erectile Dysfunction band. #

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My Tweets du Jour
  • 12:01 70mph winds here #
  • 12:39 We've had about seven mini outages at work today, causing system reboots frequently. Feh #
  • 12:48 I'm glad I renewed my flood insurance policy. EG is distributing sandbags #
  • 12:48 that said, I don't think my property is at severe risk of flooding this weekend #
  • 22:03 Back home. Despite most of Sacramento (and me) freaking out this morning, all is well in my home. #
  • 22:03 I feel very lucky today. #
  • 23:26 Viva Viagra? A fine tune played by the Erectile Dysfunction band. #
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