Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of my mom's death. I helped paint the May Day cans this year. It is odd how every year the grief changes. I think that it will always suck that we lost her so young.
I'm trying to enter this post from my new iPhone. The tiny keypad is hard. I miss the tactile feedback of buttons. So far games outweigh any other apps. I cannot get the typepad app to sign me in, so I'm typing this up in mobile browser. Please forgive weird formatting and such while I figure this out. Inane stayed up way too late playing angry birds, boggle, and plants vs. zombies.
I am in a foul fucking mood because of work. I worked most of the weekend and then was too tired to do anything for the remainder. So it is Monday and shit is still going wrong and the work from this weekend was mostly time wasted due to errors completely outside my control. (Even those things which are supposed to be within my control are not because no one ever does what I ask them to do.) </rant>
Wow, that just burbled out. I'm not going to talk about that though. There have been a few things on my mind and I hope to exorcise them now. In no particular order:
I like the Avon smooth minerals mascara better than the Maybelline Great Lashes. Thanks for the tip Karen.
Too many Novels are actually just Volume One these days. I'm getting really tired of coming to the last 75 pages of a book and realizing there is no way the plot will be done before I run out of pages. I like series, I really do. I do not like when I read 500 pages under the impression that what I'm reading is a self-contained story and then it just ends before any plot elements are resolved. Tolkien got it right with LoTR; Three volumes that sort of have end points that make sense, but since I know there are three books I am not surprised when Fellowship ends right at Gandalf's death. These three are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.*
A Discover of Witches**: I finished this book this weekend and it pissed me off so much I'm not sure I'll read the concluding "novel" if it ever comes out. This is a big fucking book and I enjoyed reading it, nothing I read in the book flap told me it was just part 1. I knew I was in trouble with two new characters that seem to be important to the overall plot were introduced in about the last 75 pages. Unless the second book is spec-fucking-tacular there should have been major editing here. And if there turns out to be a third I'm boycotting the author for good.
All-Clear by Willis**: I finally decided to start the second part of a book I read last year, Blackout. I really like Connie Willis, but not all of her books equally. Again, I didn't know until I was almost finished with Blackout that there was a second book. I normally would reread the first book in preparation for the second, but it was a very long first book that I didn't particularly enjoy reading the first time around. When I read the acknowledgments searching for clues I had missed about this 2 part story I saw her thanking everyone for helping her through the insanity of one book turning into two. So far I'm wishing someone had made her sit down and edit. There are too many people, plots, jumping from place to place. And so far in All-Clear it seems like it could easily have been edited into just one book if the characters hadn't decided they needed to keep important secrets from one another for no good reason. I have little patience for plots that would have been over before they began if people had just been honest from the start. It's not like she needed to bump the page count up.
Leviathan by Westerfeld**: This one got me too. The first whole books ends up just introducing the main characters and getting them in place. The boom! The end. Again, I had no clue this was just part 1. At least part 2 I was prepared, but still it didn't feel like enough happened in either to really hand together as a story on it's own. Both are just beginning and middle.
I think today's TeeFury t-shirt (will have to update this after today to get permanent link to March 28 Scooby Who design) would be much better if it showed Mickey instead of Tom Baker's doctor with K-9. ("Oh my God, I'm the tin dog!")
I'm getting my annual urge to sew my own shirts. I bought some material over the weekend for a t-shirt pattern I've had for over a year. Also, I bought a cheap sewing machine (Singer Heavy Duty from Joanne's) so I can finally bring my Pfaff to the store for repairs. Considering it took 3 months to get a replacement foot I'm reluctant to let go of my machine to get the reverse lever fixed.)
* See how I set your expectations there? I'm going to talk about three books that are not properly novels, but should be labeled as parts of a larger whole. Just think how you'd feel if I said five books and then just stopped at two or three with no explanation.
** I'm too pissed off right now to even do proper notation and like to amazon. Take that bitches!
My sister suggested I dye my eyelashes and now I'm slightly obsessed. I'm blond and I'm guessing my lashes get a little of the bleaching effect my eyebrows get from my zit cream. (I try to avoid my eyes, but I'm often very sleepy when I finally faces my face before bed.) Anyway, some of my lashes are all but transparent. But I don't wear much makeup. Lately I've been brushing some color into my brows and a bit of the same under my lower lashes. So I can see why she would suggest it.
Of course the first link I googled contained a warning that one should never, never ever dye their lashes because you'll go blind! Nice.
So I thought maybe I should give mascara another try. But I hate clumps. And I always feel my lashes with mascara on. I think it might be what people mean when they say a mascara is heavy. At Walgreens there are so many brands but they all fall into these categories:
Most have some combination of these. I don't think I like thick. I don't even care about length. My lashes aren't long, but I've never thought of them as stumpy either. If I want curl I can use the old fashioned metal curler doohicky. So is there anything out there that just puts a weightless coat of color on the last?
I've looked at a few makeup review sites, but they seem to like what looks clumpy and fake to me. I bought some Mabeline Great Lash because I've heard such good reviews over the years and didn't want to spend money when I really wasn't sure what I wanted. It feels clumpy and heavy and I've played with my lashes since applying it. Maybe the things I hate about mascara are the things that make it mascara.
Still, not really something I'm willing to lose my sight over.
I'm ready to go back to the office. The Blizzard of 2011 is a bust from my perspective. The wind was so fierce there was hardly any accumulation of snow on my balcony. Well there was, but not around the inch-marked paper tube I put out yesterday. I couldn't get a focused pic last night. The snow was blowing in the door too fiercely.
I did get a relatively decent drift against my living room glass door.
I just got an email from my boss. We are asked to work from home again tomorrow. I'd rather not. Mainly because I'm almost out of Diet Coke and I already ate all the good groceries and leftover pizza from Salarnos.
I'm quickly running out of In Plain Sight episodes to watch. I've been watching DVDs exclusively for at least a year. When I last moved furniture around I didn't hook up my ruku box I use to watch Netflix. Actually, it was hooked up to my receiver, but the speakers aren't set up, so I never used it. So last week I connected directly to my TV and I've been captive of it ever since. First I watched all of the second season of Dollhouse, then I started on In Plain Sight. There are only seven episodes left in season three, then no more.
I am loving this show. It was a Netflix recommendation and I've never read about or heard anyone mention it. I poked around on IMDb a bit to see if I could find a connection with West Wing in the crew because three actors from WW have appeared in In Plain Sight. I was bewildered that the creator or producers didn't link up. Which makes me an idiot, because the lead actor of In Plain Sight, Mary McCormack, played Kate Harper in 32 episodes. D'oh! I just finished rewatching that whole series a few weeks ago. First it was Joshua Malina, who I've adored since Sports Night, then Richard Schiff, and finally Allison Janney. If Bradley Whitford shows up I'll have to purchase the whole series. I may have to anyways. I have a ol' big crush on Frederick Weller. I'll wait to see if I find myself wanting to watch it again. Some shows I really love, but not for repeated watching. I'm glad there will be a fourth season, just wish it already existed to I could watch them all this weekend.
I've seen some links to lists of books with reviews that people have read in 2010. I have no idea everything I read in 2010, I could poke through my bookshevles, piles of unshelved books, my Kindle account, books I've passed on to my nephew after reading and probably catch them all. Oops, forgot about the pile of books in the boot of my MINI Cooper. So, I'm going to put a bit of effort into at least mentioning books I've read. I doubt most will be more than that.
So far in 2011 I've read book three of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I really liked this YA series. I advise not to start the first unless you have immeadiate access to the rest. They are a quick read and you won't want to stop after the first.
I am now reading Dreadnought by Cherie Priest. I put off buying it in hardback, then accidentally bought two copies of the paperback in December (returned the second one). I'm having similar troubles putting this one down too. I thought it was a YA book too, but protagonist is a young civil war widow, so I'm not sure it really is. The story takes place in an alternative universe where the civil war has been fought for 20 years and is still going strong. Also, steampunk.