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Mar. 27th, 2012 10:35 am
likeabulldozer: ([Ten] Son I am disappoint)
Sinuses are going insane today. They woke me up earlier than I wanted to be awake which really isn't that early but I detest waking up so I'm always whiny about it whether it's 10AM or 6AM. They're better now. Sitting up and drinking coffee is working wonders.

We've been doing some yard work trying to get things back in shape for spending time out there. Something is going on with the hot tub and we can't figure out what yet. It's leaking from somewhere that's not the drain which it shouldn't be doing. Tony's going to take a look at it today and see if he can tell what's going on.

The weather here has been beautiful lately and we're getting some rain which is so good because we need it desperately. I'm getting anxious for summer. I've got a friend with a pool and she's dying to do pool parties. It's just not quite warm enough to open the pool yet.

I've been reading a lot. I've got a goodreads account and I keep track of what I'm reading on there so if you're interested in what I'm reading this is me. I also have tumblr and I don't blog much but I reblog tons of Doctor Who & Sherlock stuff If you're interested.

As for things I've been doing that aren't yard work or online, I've been subbing some. I'm starting to look into jobs for next school year now that they're posting some of them. No interviews yet but it's early still for that.

Some TV things. Mostly not spoilers but could be )

Uhm...I think that's it. Titillating, I know. Y'all have a great week.
likeabulldozer: ([Castiel] Creeper)
Just lazy for the most part. Summer was good. Way too hot even for me and I usually love every moment of summer and it's been way too dry. We've gotten small amounts of rain, which I'm not knocking but wow we need so much more. It's crazy because other areas are getting way too much.

ANYWAY

School has started again. I am technically jobless but I have been substituting a lot at the school near me. 4 days last week and so far I'm scheduled for three days this week. I'm really enjoying it even though I'm not doing so much teaching as I am babysitting. They write and they do worksheets and I answer questions when I can. We go to the library a lot which I enjoy because I can recomend books to them that I've read. It's at the school I student taught at so I know a lot of the kids and the other teachers. It makes it a nice, comfortable place to work. I'm hoping by the end of the year/before the end of the year a teaching position will become open here.

Since I'm 'babysitting' I'm doing a lot of reading. Back in January I set a goal on goodreads to read 100 books this year. About a week after I made it I started panicking because I didn't realize at the time exactly how many books 100 was. I knew I read a lot. I always have but I've never counted how many books I've read until now.

So far I'm at 78 books for the year. I should make my goal without any worries.

In other news...well not much. The kiddo is doing great so far in school but we're only two weeks in. Husband is already busy with football refereeing but he's enjoying it. I've been reading a lot, watching a lot of TV, anticipating the new season of everything and doing some writing not to mention rp stuff.

So happy with new Who right now. I know a lot of people weren't and River Song still isn't my favorite character. She probably won't ever be but she's growing on me bit by bit. I certainly don't hate her the way I used to.

Okay. So that's it for the moment. Ya'll have a great day/week and I'll try to update more.
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AngelologyAngelology by Danielle Trussoni

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I'm putting this at a solid 'it was ok'. Very dense with history and information. It's an intellectual treasure hunt which is cool but it didn't really kick into high gear until the second half of the book. Once it did kick into gear it seemed to go along quickly and well. I felt like the attempt at romance was just thrown in there to have an attempt at romance and while I liked the characters, I wasn't crazy about the idea of the romance. There was nothing wrong with it, except that it wasn't developed well.



All of that being said the history, the premise and the mythology behind it was pretty fascinating. This didn't take the bible and try to debunk it. Instead it took a tiny bit of the bible, added in some mythology, blended well and expanded upon it in a massive, current and interesting way. I just wish the first part of the book had moved faster and the romance had been left out of it. I would have given it a higher rating. It's definitely worth a read. It's just a slow read.



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It lives!

Apr. 22nd, 2011 10:49 pm
likeabulldozer: ([Dean] Know what I'm thinking)
Book review for Dexter by Design> <a href= )

Well it's been a while since I did an update! I have four weeks until I graduate. I'm working on my final project right now--a thematic unit lesson plan for The Hunger Games--and wrapping up schoolwork. I've got senioritsis so bad I can't stand it. I'm still student teaching and that'll go on for about 2 more weeks. I'm going to love the sleeping late and the swing into summer but I am going to miss my kids so much. I'm also gong to miss teaching. There are days of course I want to strangle them but over all I really enjoy it.

At the moment I sort of feel busier than I am I think? Or I overestimate how busy I am? I'm not sure which. I think it's more panic from worrying that something won't get done before I graduate. It's all in line and ducks in a row-ish but still plenty panicked.

On the teaching next fall front, so far nothing which isn't surprising given all the budget cutbacks that education is suffering in addition the fact that the economy still sucks for the most part. I've put several applications out and done one interview. I know that a lot of schools won't know about money until June and therefore won't be hiring until June or July so I'm worried but not entirely discouraged.

Okay, well that's all I can think of to update ya'll with.
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Stake That! (Blood Coven, #2)Stake That! by Mari Mancusi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This one took an interesting format in the form of Rayne's blog/diary. It was an entertaining, easy, fun read but again overall fairly immature. It leaned heavily on Whedon world again. The writing was subpar imo but again it's a fun entertaining read and I'm onto the next one in the series.



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likeabulldozer: ([Katie] Peace)
First a couple of book reviews cut because of spoilers. They are Keys to the Repository & Misguided Angel. Both out of the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De la Cruz

To read makes our speaking English good )

The student teaching gig is going well. I haven't done much yet outside of observe and try to learn all of their names. 8 classes of 7-30 kids depending on the class. I think 7 is the smallest class and 28-30 the largest. Next week I'm teaching the largest class a lesson. I've got it all planned up and such. It's not a fun lesson per say--Parts of the dictionary--but the cooperating teacher thinks they need it. I'm going to have them do a treasure hunt kind of thing with it getting them to actually use the dictionary and not the online one.

The kids at the school are really good kids. The biggest problems I have with them (or their regular teacher has) is there are a few chatty ones but in general they settle down and they get to work. We watched Buffy on Thursday. They're reading HG Wells The Invisible Man and she wanted them to see how literature impacts pop culture so we watched the Invisible Girl episode in S1 of Buffy. It was funny to see them watch it and hear the comments they made. Most of them really enjoyed it. They thought the fashion was funny. They kept saying 'It's the girl from 'How I met Your Mother' or 'It's the guy from Bones!' and 'Isn't she from Scooby Doo'. Oh SMG. How badly you need a good job.

My other school work is going pretty good. There's not a TON of it which is nice. A lot of people take this class while doing their student teaching so they go pretty light on the class work.

Kiddo is doing so much better in school on the whole. It's nice. I'm not sure if he's getting a tiny bit more mature or we've just gotten through to him. Regardless I'm grateful for it.

Okay. That's all I have to say. Ya'll have a great weekend!
likeabulldozer: ([Claire] GTFO)
Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this one mostly because I love Patch and I like the mythology. I did feel like it was a lot of the same and Hush Hush was a better book.

Spoilers from here on out:

Nora gets in trouble. Patch saves her. Nora doubts Patch. Patch can't tell her the truth for various reason. Nora doubts Patch more. Nora trusts the wrong guy. People try to kill Nora. Patch ends up being the good guy.

It's a nice plot for a first book. It needed to change up for the second one. That being said, I probably will read the third one because of Patch and see if she changes up the plot line for the third one.



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Okay so I know it's frigid everywhere just about. I also am aware people live in below zero temperatures all the time. We don't here. Yeah it gets cold and single digits but it's rarely much below zero. At least not for long. It's been this cold practically all week. What does that mean? Well the pipes in my bathroom burst. We had to turn the water off yesterday. It's not a giant deal because we went next door to get water from my grand dad so we've got drinking water, washing water, etc etc. However it's still living in a house with out water. The plumber was supposed to be here this afternoon/evening. Because pipes are bursting all over Amarillo he's not going to be here until Friday morning.

Wyatt and Lisa are driving up here tomorrow. Or at least they're supposed to. And we have no water. If we don't have water by Friday afternoon we may be going to stay at their house for the weekend. Which is great that we have a place to go where we can take our dogs but I still want water on in my house now.

Also, the cold popped the clamp on a hose on Tony's transmission off. Transmission fluid everywhere. Broken clamp. It had to go to the shop. Lately I swear we can't catch a break. It's just one thing after another.

In other news, I spent the day at a teaching seminar that was fairly interesting until the last hour when they decided that we didn't know how to use google search or google docs. Seriously? I was probably the oldest student in the room or close to it and it was ridiculous. My dead grandma could use google search and google docs. And we were told this was on the cutting edge of education technology and that we should put it on our resume. Well I'm sure we should but if that's the cutting edge it needs to step up.

I'm also firmly in bitch mode because of my water. It's to be expected I guess. I'm cold and I want a hot shower in my own house

/stops bitching forever.

Ya'll have a good weekend.
likeabulldozer: ([11] Scrunchy face)
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It was pretty good. I'm not a huge sci fi person but this one appealed. I wasn't crazy about the romance storyline just because sometimes the teen angst 'omg so special' gets old with me. It's a fairly original take on things and it pokes fun at itself. The first half is a little slow but the second half really took off and was totally action packed.

I'm psyched for the movie even more so now since I know what's going on.



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Uh. Okay. So not much of an update. Things are good. It's cold. I'm ready for summer. I'd rather see it 100 degrees then below zero with windchill.

I caught up to The Vampire Diaries. Still really like the silly show while accepting and acknowledging it's just silly. I'm up to the 11th episode of FNL's final season. This makes me sad. It's a great show but it makes me sad that it's ending.

The last Castle episode was so fantastic. The show makes me happy. Supernatural. New episode now please. Dr Who can you start already?

That's it. Brief. Have a good day ya'll!
likeabulldozer: ([Joss] Imagine)
Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, #9)Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I loved this one so much. Wow. I don't like to spoil in reviews so I'll leave it at Wow. Possibly the best of the entire series. So much fantastic Myrnin stuff in this one. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next



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likeabulldozer: ([Parker] Act Naturally)
I had my first day of class yesterday. It was classroom management and it's a three hour class. I've had several of those and honestly I don't mind them. This one was a bit uncomfortable just because it's packed and I'm very restless when I sit. I shift and fidget and move around a lot. The kiddo gets his inability to sit still from both me and Tony. Anyway in this class I always feel like I'm going to end up bumping into the people next to me or bother them with my shifting and fidgeting. So far the class is pretty much what I expected and that's good.

I've been really working on making sure I do some kind of exercise every day. I would like to lose 20lbs before this summer. I say would like to instead of making it an actual goal because I'm horrible at making goals and completing them. I'm better at just deciding I'd like to do something and move toward it as best I can without making myself crazy. So anyway, exercise of some kind every day. I've done really well since Monday. I either do Wii stuff or (and class helps me here) I count my mile one way walk from the parking lot to the building the class is in then after class I take eleven flights of stairs down to the ground floor. I'm not insane enough or in shape enough to take the stairs up. Sometimes if I have time and I'm feeling ambitious I'll do both.

Kid is doing better in school I think. After a break we always have this period of him settling back into the routine and getting on track. He's really sweet. He's very excited about me being in his school this semester for my student teaching even though I probably won't see him at all because he's middle school and I'll be in the high school.

The Vampire Diaries Stuff--Season 1 so no real spoilers for most people )

I'm looking forward to new Supernatural. I'd like for it to be now please. I'm hoping we'll finally be moving beyond the plot I don't like to something I do like.

Still reading a lot although right now it's The Morganville Vampires books because I'm canon reviewing for Myrnin. I'm trying to take notes as well because so much of what you learn about Myrnin in these books comes from the other characters rather than him. Since he's kind of batshit insane it's hard to trust what he says about himself. I may have figured out how to place his age a bit better. At what point in English history did people start using last names? My Medieval Survey class went over this a little bit but since it was a survey class there were giant leaps of time left out. In any case Myrnin gets referred to as Lord Myrnin of Conroy, the way he would have been at a time period before they started using last names.

My connection speed for some reason lately is sucking hard. I'm gonna have to call my wireless company and talk to them about how ridiculous it is. I'll end up doing it at night because the late night tech support will actually do something for you rather than open a ticket and refer you down to someone else. Undoubtedly along the way the open ticket gets lost, nothing gets done and it's just stupid. I hate our internet provider but unfortunately living out in BFE it's the best option we've got right now.
likeabulldozer: ([Dean] Know what I'm thinking)
So lately, since I got sick with a cold two weeks ago, I have been exhausted all of the time. Like I'm getting 12 hours of sleep a day sometimes more if you factor in naps. I feel fine otherwise. I decided today I need to work on eating breakfast (which I so rarely do. It's bad I know) and I need to get back to working out. I did get on the Wii and did some step and some yoga and I did feel a lot better after that. It's nearly midnight here now and I'm not exhausted which is a change. I'm hoping if I keep this up and get some activity going that's not just poking around the house and has some sort of regularity it will fix the exhausted.

I'm going to have to get into a routine anyway. I start school on Wednesday (weird day Idek) and then go into Student Teaching on Feb 8th. I'm really excited. I adore the teacher I'm working with and she's super excited about having me because we know each other a bit. I'm also nervous (naturally). It's going to be odd keeping very regular hours again though (7:40 to about 3:45) because I haven't done that since I worked years ago.

Hrm. Reading I've been doing a lot of it. Writing...well wouldn't you know it, it petered out when I mentioned it was going well. I swear it's like a bratty kid. I have taken some notes and firmed some ideas up so it hasn't been entirely nonexistent. It just hasn't added any words to the story. I think the notes I made will help me shape it up and flesh it out though.

RP. I have been taking it in spurts? I'll get 95% of my tags done. Fail a bit then go all tag vicious again. I'm making activity just fine so far. That's not really a problem and keeping up isn't either. I'm just sporadic. I've been really aching to play someone new at a small, slowish game and I honestly don't have a clue who or what or anything. It's just this itch. Not as a main game. I'm happy with [livejournal.com profile] polychromatic as my main game. It's just a thing.

Eh we'll see. Anyway. I hope you guys have a great weekend!
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Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5)Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The end of the book was better than the whole book together. A lot of it was boring as it tended to stay locked up in Georgina's head for various reasons. Part of the reason I love these books are all the side characters and she tried to bring them all in as much as the plot would allow but for the most part it focused on Georgina. While I like the character I just would have loved to see more side characters. however the ending was very interesting and fast paced. More pieces of the big puzzle fell into place and it piqued my interest for the next one which isn't out yet. Fairly good. Not the best of the series but enjoyable and a nice lead-in to the final book.



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Jan. 11th, 2011 03:44 pm
likeabulldozer: ([Roswell] I shall believe)
Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, #4)Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this one more than the others. It was interesting to see how all of the immortals dealt with the situation at hand. I did not guess the bad guy this time (usually I do in -most- books) and I liked that it very much had a on the edge of your seat sort of feel to the plot. The love story got even more bittersweet and angst filled, which I love. And we continue to get hints for the end of the series yet at the same time she shows us that the route we thought she was going to take isn't an option.



Best one of the series thus far in my opinion.



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I've read and reviewed all of the others plus a few more. I really love goodreads. It makes reviewing and adding your books pretty easy. The above series isn't usually my cup of tea. It's written for grownups (gasp!) and it also tends toward the paranormal romance more than I usually like BUT I really have enjoyed this series a lot. It makes me think maybe when I get through my giant pile of TBR books I ought to give paranormal romance another shot. I used to read more of it and so often it was just...PWP or the plot was so thin that it made my eyes bleed that I sort of quit.

I also signed up at goodreads to do their read X number of books in 2011. I put 100 but I've never counted how many books I read a year (not since elementary and I did the bluebonnet books thing) so I may have way overestimated myself!

Today is better than yesterday but I'm exhausted because I stayed up too late last night reading the above book and because of that exhaustion I have zero motivation. I did check out my school stuff and contacted my student teacher to find a time to give her all the paperwork I need to give her. I also made mozzerella stuffed meatballs and homemade sauce in the crock pot but really, that's where my motivation ends. It's dead and gone now. It wants to nap.

Writing is going really well too. For the first time I have a good sense of where I can go with my current stuff very long term. As in series long term. I know the general over reaching plot of what I'm doing right now. I just don't know the details yet. I love the characters and find they're incredibly easy to work with and get to talk. They banter back and forth etc etc but I'm half afraid when I go back to edit I'll find that 90% of their interactions, while amusing to me, don't really contribute that much. Eh in any case it's progress and my writing is going fairly steady if a bit slower than I would like.

Hope you guys are doing good! Have a great day!
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