Monday, July 30, 2007
Anyway, Mam and Dad are coming to get me about 9:45 am, so I better get my butt in gear if I'm going to have some reading time before I have to settle for sleep (if I stay up too late, I wont want to get up in the morning, and wont be ready for when they get here). Mam says she wants to be able to just run in, grab me, and run back out. I told her she can run if she wants to, but I don't want to run, although, I will walk quickly if she really insists. which she probably will... LOL!
Hope you all have a good week.
See you when I get back *waves*
It's still nice and sunny here. There are a few yucky looking clouds in the sky though, so who knows how long the sun will stick around? Kero and I made the most of it and went for a nice, long walk earlier.
Not much else going on, because I'm mostly just making sure I have everything packed for tomorrow. So, I guess I'll end this and get back to it.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I took Kero for a nice, long walk this afternoon, and now he's laying in the middle of the room, sound asleep. I think I tired him out. Bless him.
I took this picture of him snuggled up in our bed a few days ago, and forgot about it. I found it when I was grabbing the photo of the sky off the camera, so thought I'd post it. Doesn't he look cozy?
I also had a couple of pictures of Chance on the camera, so I thought I'd share this one. In the other one, he's sat on the back of the chair, looking out the window with his back to the camera, so this is the better of the two.
We've just had the police out. We had some kids throwing stones at the windows. It's happened loads of times before, and usually we just ignore it, but we'd had enough. We ended up closing the door to make sure none of the stones ended up coming in and hitting Kero (which happened one time before) and calling the police. They came right away, and had a word with the kids. I don't know if it's going to do any good in the long term, but it's stopped them for now, so we have the door open again. I'm hoping that because we called the police out it will show them we're not going to tolerate it any more, and stop them. The police said they were going to make sure that the 'Beat Officer' in charge of this area is aware of the problem so she can keep an eye out for it happening again. I've met her before (the Beat Officer) and she's really nice. She always stops to talk to people just to see how they are. Even Kero likes her, which is unusual for him, because Kero hates people wearing uniforms.
That's pretty much my entire day for you, so I'm going to go make dinner, then it should be time for me to watch this Sunday's episodes of The Simpsons. LOL!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I spent most of yesterday finishing up sorting things out in the bedroom. I got all the furniture before, but half way through putting things away I'd had enough, and I just shoved stuff anywhere it would fit. So, yesterday I sorted it all out in to it's proper places. I've got a few bits not in their places, but for the most part, it's all put away now.
I didn't do much today. Kero and I went for a long walk to the park, and along by the river. Then, when we got home, I started sorting some of the stuff that I'm going to be taking with me to Jackie's next week. After that, all I did was listen to the radio while checking out other people's blogs. A few people had some new posts, but for the most part everyone seems to have disappeared lately. Guess everyone is too busy to post much at the moment.
I also posted a couple of new poems on my poetry page. And I posted some stuff about the people we're close to on the family page (I thought it might help those of you who aren't sure who people I talk about are).
Anyway, I'm going to go have a cup of tea, and maybe after that I can try to get some of the Harry Potter book read? Kelly finished reading his copy within a few days of getting it, my Mam finished reading hers on either Tuesday or Wednesday, Carl and Rachel are about two thirds of the way through their copy (or, that's how far through they were when I spoke to Rachel Thursday night) and I'm not even half way through it yet. So, I'm going to get off the PC, and go see about getting some of it read (before someone finds something else I should be doing... LOL!)
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday was shopping day. I had to do two weeks shopping because of the fact I'll be going away next Tuesday, so I had to make sure that Kelly will have what he's going to need for himself and the 'kids' while I'm away. I'm only going to be away for four days, but I'm going away on shopping day, and don't have time to go shopping the day before I leave, and it's difficult to go shopping on the weekend here if you don't have a car. So it was easier to do two weeks worth of shopping this week and fill the freezers. My poor freezers couldn't hold much more if I wanted them to! LOL!
I also got a new mp3 player. My old one wouldn't work. I'm not entirely sure what happened to it. Maybe it got wet one time when it was in my pocket? Or, maybe I dropped it one too many times? Either way, it was broken, and I needed a new one, so I got myself one.
Yesterday (Wednesday) I went to my parents' place and helped out a bit with redecorating their spare room, which is looking beautiful. I gave them a wall rug to put in the room. It's got a picture of some horses playing in a field on it.
While I was up there, Dad and I sorted out our homepage, so, if you click on the 'homepage' link on the sidebar, you can check out the completed page.
I stayed with them for dinner, then came home. I was only home a couple of hours before I was in bed and asleep. I was too tired to read last night, which means I'm still not even half way through the Harry Potter book.
As those of you who have been visiting my blog for some time will know, I went to see the gynaecologist five weeks ago and he was writing to my doctor to get me some pills. Well, I FINALLY have the pills (Mam picked them up for me on Tuesday afternoon) but I can't take them yet. Why? Because I don't know when to take them, that's why. On the box it said to see the leaflet enclosed, but there wasn't one. So, we asked the pharmacist, and she said to take them the first five days of my cycle. BUT I don't have a cycle. The pharmacist didn't know what to do, and told us to call the doctor. It took until yesterday afternoon to get to speak to the doctor, who said she needs to speak to my gynaecologist to find out what he wants me to do. So, I have the pills, but until we get a call back from the doctor to tell us when to take them, they're in their box in the medicine cabinet waiting for me to be able to take them. Hope the doctor calls soon, it's already taken five weeks, and I'm getting a bit fed up with all this waiting around and such.
I wish it would stop raining. It's meant to still be Summer, but the way it's raining, you'd think it was the middle of Winter. Sheesh!.
Oh, and I missed a couple of birthdays... July 22nd was my friend Tracy's birthday, and July 25th was my friend Nancy's birthday. So, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you both!
Anyway, I think that's just about everything that matters.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Anyway, I have a few issues with the whole man landing on the moon thing.
For one thing, if Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, who filmed him getting off the shuttle?
For another, if there's no gravity on the moon, why is the camera staying still enough so that we can see that Neil Armstrong isn't able to stand still in one place? Shouldn't it be moving about as much as he is?
For another thing, how is the flag waving when Neil Armstrong puts the pole into the moon? I thought there was no air up there!
So, that's why I said 'apparently'.
I'd love to believe it really happened, but those things don't add up, so how can I?
I know it might sound weird for someone who believes in the Loch Ness Monster to be doubting that man landed on the moon. But people have seen Nessie with their own eyes since before most people could even read and write. Where as we only got to see Neil Armstrong land on the moon on TV.
Now, if it wasn't for the issues with the camera and the flag, I would have no problem believing it. So, if someone can answer those questions, I would be happy to take back my 'apparently' and believe that man really did land on the moon.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
The movies I watched were:
- You've Got Mail
- Leroy And Stitch
- The Little Mermaid 2
- Charlotte's Web
I've seen 'You've Got Mail' on more than one occasion (I think we've got it on VHS) but it was on Sky after The Simpsons the other day, and since I think it's a good movie, I decided I'd watch it. And, yes, the 'Charlotte's Web' movie is the new one.
I'm about half way through 'The Penultimate Peril' and hoping to get at least a large part of it read before the end of today. The new Harry Potter book comes out tomorrow, and let's face it, I don't want to be too far behind Kelly with reading it. LOL!
Most of my books have arrived from Play, but, of course, Harry Potter isn't among them. I hope it arrives in the morning. I want to have it ready to read when I've finished reading 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events.' Plus, Kelly is pulling his hair out waiting for it to arrive. We thought it would have been here by now, because of when Play say it was posted, but nope. Ah well, can't be helped, can it?
We had a beautiful day yesterday. Blue skies, warm but not too warm, that sort of thing. Unfortunately, it's POURING with rain again today.
Not really anything else to say, so I'll let that do.
P. S. If you're interested, today in 1969 Neil Armstrong 'apparently' landed on the moon.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I'm afraid I don't have new photos of Sirius (our hamster) and Kian (our fish). Sirius was asleep when I was doing the photo shoot, and let's face it, it's not all that easy to get a photo of a fish. Not to mention, pointless since it would be the same as all the other ones anyway.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Anyway, I went to town today. I'm starting to really hate going to town. I swear everyone in the valley has chosen Tuesday morning to go to town. My bus stop is about half way through the bus' route, and for the past month or so, the bus has been more or less full before I've gotten on it. Then, more people get on, and everyone ends up all squashed in like sardines in a tin. It's annoying! Not to mention uncomfortable. The bus driver has to allow a certain number of people on to the bus after the seats are full (I think it's something like 15 or 20 people, depending on if there are people with prams or not) so until that amount is on the bus he's not allowed to refuse to let anyone on the bus. Or rather, they can, but they end up in trouble because people complain that the driver didn't let them on. So, until they can honestly say they have reached full capacity, they let people on the bus. Meanwhile, we're all trying to take up as little space as possible to allow room for other people to fit in. If it wasn't for the fact that the reason I shop on a Tuesday is because it's the most convenient day for me, I'd change the day I go shopping. I think if it carries on like this, I'll either have to get up earlier and catch an earlier bus. It would have me there something like five or ten minutes before the shops are due to open, but I'd beat the crowds. Or, maybe I could walk through the park to the main road and catch the bus for the other bus company instead.
So, after my bus trip, I wasn't all that enthusiastic about shopping. Not to mention the fact I'm still having trouble sleeping at the right times, so I'd been up since the early hours of the morning and was tired. I just had my baguette (yep, a tuna, sweetcorn, cheese and onion one) and did the weekly food shopping. Then, when I came home, I ordered a lamp to put by the chair I have in the bedroom so I can read in there if I want to. It's being delivered on Thursday. I could have got it when I was in town, but I just wanted to go home.
I went for a nap when I got home, but I didn't feel any less tired after it. If anything I now feel even more tired. Maybe that means I might actually sleep tonight? Nah, I didn't think so either! LOL!
I got the two books my Mam had borrowed from me back off her. She brought them with her when she came to meet me in town so I could bring them home with me. So they are now in my pile. And, Mam has lent me her 'Charlotte's Web' DVD. Maybe I'll watch it later. Or, maybe I'll leave it for tomorrow. I haven't decided yet.
Speaking of movies, we wont be going to watch 'Shrek 3' like we'd hoped to do. Wayne has a few hospital appointments at the end of the week, and Mam has some next week, and there's a few other things that mean we haven't really got the free time. Especially with having to sort stuff for going to Jackie's at the end of the month. Ah well, never mind. It will be on Sky movies in a couple of months.
I'm not as far in to the Lemony Snicket books as I'd hoped to be. I've got two more chapters of book eleven, then book twelve, and book thirteen to read. It doesn't look like I will have them all finished by the time my Harry Potter book arrives. Oh well, I've waited this long for the last Harry Potter book to be out, it wont hurt me to wait a few more days while I finish reading this set. Besides, I'm really enjoying reading the Lemony Snicket books.
By the way, Ladystyx, I have more than three fur babies. I have... 3 cats (Sakura, Megan and Chance), a dog (Kero) and a hamster (Sirius). We also have a goldfish called Kian. If you go take a look at the 'Our Pets' Page' link on my sidebar, you can read about all my 'kids' (including the ones I don't have any more for whatever reason).
Monday, July 16, 2007
The bit about the blue sky reminds me of a story I read when I was little. It was an Enid Blyton story called "A Bit Of Blue Sky" and while I was walking Kero and trying to figure out if it was going to rain or not, I was reminded of the story, and my comment just now made me think of it again.
The basics of the story is that two little kids wanted to play outside, and their Nanny said that maybe they could after lunch. But, it was quite cloudy, so they were worried it would rain before then. So, their Nanny told them that if there's enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers, the day would be nice. So, the children looked and saw a patch of blue, which their Nanny took a good look at, and announced that it was enough to make a small sailor a pair of trousers and that the day would be nice. Sure enough, by the afternoon it was beautiful and sunny with barely a cloud in the sky.
It was a cute little story. I wonder if there's enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers today?
Anyway, these are the things that hatched out of those eggs I had on the side bar.
Right, I'm going to go make myself some lunch
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I've not only ordered, but received...
- 'The Alchemyst' by Michael Scott
- ''The Basic Eight' by Daniel Handler
- 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' by Kim Edwards
- 'Dragonquest' by Anne McCaffrey
- 'Astronomy For Dummies' by Stephen P. Maran
- 'The Beatrice Letters' by Lemony Snicket
'The Beatrice Letters' isn't really a story book either. It's got some letters and pictures in it to do with Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I haven't taken the time to look at it though, because it has a little gold sticker on the front of it that says "contains a clue to book the thirteenth" and since I'm only on "book the eleventh" I don't want to read the clue, whatever it is, and spoil the story for myself. So, it's on my pile, for now, so I can have a look at it when I've finished reading the last few books in the series.
Play say that they've posted my copy of 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' already, so, I should have it by Friday (if not before), which is great, because it's not due to be in shops until Saturday (well, midnight Friday). Although, I did hear a rumour that some shops will be starting to sell it before then, but I don't know if there's any truth in it. Either way, I guess I better get busy reading my Lemony Snicket books, eh?
And, I'm waiting for 'Double Act' by Jaqueline Wilson, and 'Pongwiffy And The Spello-vision Song Contest' by Kaye Umansky to be posted. I've got the other five books in the Pongwiffy series (one of which is in my book pile) so I figured I'd get that one, which I believe is the last book in the set.
I've also got another book pre ordered... 'The Worst Witch Collection' by Jill Murphy. It's due to be released in a couple of months. The separate books in the collection have been out for years, but I never got them. Now they're doing them all in one book, so I thought I'd get myself a copy.
I suppose you're wondering about the 'bears' part in the title, right? Well, it's to do with the movie I watched yesterday morning. I was up, I was bored, there wasn't much on TV, and I'm nothing but a big kid - which most of you already know - so I enjoy watching animated movies. Anyway, 'Brother Bear 2' was on. So, I watched it. It was really good actually.
Today is my friend Natasha's birthday. I don't think she reads my blog, but I figured I'd say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her anyway.
According to Real Radio, which is the radio station that I listen to, the 'MET office' issued a severe weather warning for today and tomorrow, for most of Wales (and some other parts of the UK). It's not too bad at the moment, it's just a little wet, but we'll have to wait and see what the afternoon holds for us. And, I think they also said there would be flooding in some places. It wouldn't affect us much, because the bank up from the river that's near us is quite steep and high. Even if the river got high enough to get up on the bank, it would have to cross a concrete path, a large field, and a road before it even got to the housing estate we live on. It would make taking Kero for a walk a little difficult though. The path right near the river is where I usually walk him. But, if it did rain enough for that, it would be next to impossible to get Kero to go for a walk anyway, so, no big deal. Still, it's not the kind of weather report you expect to get in the middle of Summer, is it?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Yes, that's right, Snowball is a battery powered rabbit. Kind of like Kero's other 'friend' Hamish. Kero enjoys playing with his little 'friends.' Bless him! I've taken a few photos of Kero with his 'friends' and put them in my photo albums.
I also did a couple of short video clips. Click on the thumbnail things if you want to watch them.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Anyway... There were a few things that I'd read in the book and hoped they would do in the movie, which they didn't do. But, the bits they did do were excellent. And, they covered the important parts. Besides, the movie was about 2 & 1/2 hours long with those couple of bits missing, imagine if they'd put them in! LOL! Seriously though, the movie was excellent and definitely worth watching. Quite often, the movie is changed so much from the book that it spoils it, but I'm pleased to report that this was NOT the case this time! None of us (Kelly, Mam, Dad, and myself) managed to find a reason to complain about the movie. Apart from what I've already mentioned about the few things they left out that I'd hoped they'd put in. Kelly says it wasn't as good as he'd thought it would be, but it lived up to my expectations. Although, they got Umbridge's character very wrong!
The healthy eating thing that I've been trying to do, went right out the window today. LOL! But I'm sure I can have the odd day of eating rubbish. I started the day off right, a bowl of Raisin Wheats, and a glass of orange juice. Unfortunately, that was the end of me eating right. We passed McDonalds on our way through Swansea, and Kelly wanted to get himself some, and offered to get me some too, I said "no" at first, but then changed my mind and ended up having a Cheese Burger Happy Meal (at least I kept to small portions, lol) with a Shrek toy in it. Then we went to watch the movie, and Kelly and I shared a tub of Nachos with a cheese dipping sauce. Plus I had something they call a 'Film Feast' which had a bag of pop corn, a packet of skittles, and a 'Fruit Shoot' (blackcurrant flavour) in it. I'd hoped they would have Harry Potter ones, like they usually do, but they said that they had some 'Pirates Of The Caribean' ones that they had to use up first, so my Film Feast had a dress-up pirate hat in it. As you may have figured out by now, the 'Film Feast' is a kiddy's meal. So, like I said, at least I kept my portion sizes down! And, maybe if we do decide to go and see Shrek next week, they might be on the Harry Potter Film Feasts and I can have a Harry Potter toy in my meal. Yeah, I know, I'm just a big kid. LOL!
We stopped in Asda on the way home, because I wanted some cherries, and Mam needed a few things, and Asda do a 'make your own pizza' thing for about £2.50 or something like that, so we got some pizzas made for dinner. My pizza was bacon, sweetcorn, onions, and extra cheese. We brought them home to eat, because you have to finish off cooking them yourself, and I gave Kero some of my pizza crusts, because he'd been such a good boy for Wayne. He's got a habit of howling if I go somewhere, but he didn't this time, so I wanted to reward him for behaving himself. Besides, he's spoiled rotten. LOL!
I'd had a bad night Wednesday night, and ended up with about two hours sleep in total, so I was tired, and went to bed soon after getting home. I was in bed by 6:30 pm, and asleep by 7:00 pm. Hence being up so early. No big deal though, I'm not going anywhere today, so if I get tired I can always have a nap late.
It started raining when we were on our way home, and to my knowledge, it hasn't stopped since.
I've finished reading 'The Slippery Slope' and will post about it either later or tomorrow. I haven't started reading the next one yet though, because I fell asleep before I even picked it up last night.
OK, well, I think that just about covers everything.
Note - Added 8:00 am: I put some egg things on my side bar. They are meant to hatch on Sunday (July 15th 2007). I don't know what's going to hatch out of them though. I got one of each egg in the hopes that at least one of them will have something cool or cute in it. If I like the look of whatever hatches, I'll leave it on my side bar. If not, I'll delete it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
As you can see, if you look at the three photos that I've put in this post, I managed to get some photos of the beautiful, blue sky we had. And, no, I didn't use a filter or anything on my camera to be able to get the sky to actually look blue. I just used the camera on the setting that's meant to be best for doing scenic photos, and hoped for the best. Turns out I got some nice photos, if I do say so myself.
Kero, Sakura, Chance and I went for a nice, long, walk this afternoon. Even though it was quite warm, there was a bit of a breeze, which made the temperature much easier to deal with. Plus, during most of the walk, I was able to keep in the shade, because there are trees all along the path by the river where we walk. So, it was a thoroughly enjoyable walk. I nearly took my camera with me to take some photos along the walk. I got it ready and everything, but I forgot to pick it up when I left. Oops! Since I forgot to take the camera with me, I took these photos in our yard. I didn't want to miss out on the chance to get a photo of a nice, blue sky!
Anyway, tomorrow is the premier of the fifth Harry Potter movie - Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix - and, as I mentioned about a week ago, we've booked tickets to see it. We're going to the 1:00 pm showing. I can't wait! It looks like it's going to be really good. But then, it's a Harry Potter movie, so, of course it looks good! LOL! And Wayne, who's watching Kero for us, is hoping to go and see it in the evening with his friend, Robert.
That's all I've got to say today.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
We had some sun on and off over the weekend, but the rain doesn't seem ready to go away just yet. All weekend, the weather was alternating between being beautiful and sunny all morning, and then, wet and miserable all afternoon. Still, at least we are seeing some sun.
Yesterday (Monday) I spent the day alternating between reading, playing with Kero, trying to persuade Kero to go out in the rain, and watching TV. I also had to wait for the delivery of the Waffle maker I'd ordered, which finally arrived some time around 4:00 pm. I haven't tried it out yet though. I haven't had a 'proper' waffle since when Sherry (my sister-in-law) took me for one while I was living in Canada (shortly after I got married). The only kind of waffles I've had, have been ones that you stick in a toaster for 30 seconds or so. Anyway, I found - and decided to order - a waffle maker that makes waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. So, I'll be able to have home-made waffles when ever I want now.
The 'Puzzling Puzzles' book I ordered the other day arrived yesterday (Monday) too. Let me tell you, they really are puzzling puzzles! I haven't done any of them yet, but I've had a look through the book, and some of them look like they're going to take a little while to figure out. Although, there are a couple that look quite simple.
Went shopping with Mam today. We had an 'OK' time. But, Mam's not been well, and I'm still not 100% (for some reason, I can't fully get rid of this cold, and can't get my temp up above 36.4 degrees Celsius). That kind of spoiled it for us. Didn't get very much. Mostly just the food shop. But, we did take the time to go to the cafe in Tesco for a drink. And, I did have my usual tuna, sweetcorn, cheese and onion baguette.
I think that's just about it for today.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
There were 41 possible points...
- 40 points for the artists and titles of the 20 songs (1 point for artist, 1 point for title)
- 1 bonus point for naming the theme
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Handler is married to Lisa Brown, who is a graphic artist he met at the University, and he lives in an old Victorian house in San Francisco. His father Louis Handler is an accountant, and his mother is retired City College of San Francisco dean Sandra Handler. He also has a younger sister, Rebecca Handler. Handler has one son named Otto, who was born around Halloween 2003.
Handler is politically active and helped form LitPAC, a political action committee formed to assist liberal candidates.
Watch Your Mouth, his second novel, was actually completed before The Basic Eight was published. It follows a more operatic theme, complete with stage directions and various acts. Described by HarperCollins, the book's reprint publisher, as an "incest opera," it mixed Jewish mythology with modern sexuality. Watch Your Mouth's second half replaces the opera trope with the form of a 12-step recovery, linguistically undergone by the protagonist.
His most recent effort under his own name is Adverbs, a series of short stories that he says are "about love." It was published in April 2006.
Handler has stated that his next adult novel is about pirates - or, more specifically, a modern-age pirate who "wants to be an old-fashioned kind of pirate".
Handler has also appeared at author appearances as "Lemony Snicket's handler," as well as appearing as Snicket himself in various other books and media, including the commentary track for the film version of his books, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. He also wrote an introduction to Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography under his own name.
The Lemony Snicket books have been international bestsellers, and the 13th and final instalment of the series came out Friday, October 13, 2006. On the day the thirteenth book came out, Handler appeared on the Today show as Lemony Snicket's representative.
Daniel Handler sings a sorrowful tune.
Handler is an accomplished musician, having played accordion on various recordings as well as worked on an unfinished musical with The Magnetic Fields singer and songwriter Stephin Merritt.
He was in two bands following college, The Edith Head Trio and Tzamboni, neither of which had any noted success. He has also played accordion in the Merritt project The Gothic Archies, which have provided music for the audiobooks in the Series of Unfortunate Events.
Handler also contributed accordion to a number of tracks in the Magnetic Fields project 69 Love Songs. In the box set of the project, Handler provides a lengthy interview with Merritt about the project, as well as conversations about the songs.
Handler was involved in the screenwriting process for the film version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but was ultimately removed from the project. He had completed eight separate drafts of the film before giving up following a change in those who were producing the film. Robert Gordon (screenwriter of Galaxy Quest) was hired to replace Handler and eventually received credit for the film's screenplay, and Handler has noted his pleasure with the film.
Handler did submit a commentary track for the DVD version of the Lemony Snicket film, alongside director Brad Silberling. In character as Snicket, he derides the Snicket in the film - played by Jude Law - as an imposter, as well as choosing to play accordion and sing about leeches rather than pay attention to the film. He also made several interesting comments about the film which include the company Nickelodeon, "being on another planet, I see" when he saw the planets in the Nickelodeon Movies title, as well as being "frightened by the sudden appearance of an eye" when Aunt Josephine looks through her front door's eye hole. At numerous times during the track he comments on the horrible things that are happening to the poor children, and implies that he is being held captive by the director in order to do the commentary.
List of works
- The Basic Eight St. Martin's Press/HarperCollins (1998)
- Watch Your Mouth St. Martin's Press/HarperCollins (2000)
- How to Dress for Every Occasion, by the Pope (with illustrations by Sarah "Pinkie" Bennett, pseudonym for Lisa Brown) McSweeney's (2005)
- Adverbs HarperCollins (2006)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (as Lemony Snicket) HarperCollins (1999 to 2006)
- Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid (as Lemony Snicket)
As editor or contributor:
- Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock (Introduction) New York Review of Books Classics (2004)
- Rick (2003)
- Kill the Poor (2006)
- 69 Love Songs - The Magnetic Fields
- The 6ths.
- The Tragic Treasury - The Gothic Archies
Handler has also written some other books and short fiction under the Lemony Snicket name.
The name Lemony Snicket ostensibly came from research for Handler's first book, The Basic Eight. Handler wanted to receive material from organizations he found "offensive or funny", but did not want to use his real name, and invented "Lemony Snicket" as a pseudonym. He would also use the name to write prank letters to newspapers, pretending to be outraged at a trivial news item. When writing A Series of Unfortunate Events, he and his editor decided the books should be published under the narrator's name, rather than his.
Biography of character
Like the Baudelaire children, Snicket came from a family of three children. His brother Jacques and sister Kit were also V.F.D. members and friends of the Baudelaire parents. Both Jacques and Kit appear as supporting characters in the Series of Unfortunate Events books. He also knew Count Olaf in his early life, as the two attended school together.
In his youth, Lemony Snicket attended a V.F.D.-run boarding school with several other characters from the series. He received later tuition at a V.F.D. headquarters in the Mortmain Mountains, and was employed at newspaper The Daily Punctilio after graduating.
During his early life, after meeting at school, Snicket conducted an ill-fated romance with an actress and V.F.D. member named Beatrice, revealed at the end of the series to be the mother of series protagonists Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Lemony and Beatrice were engaged to be married, but Beatrice broke off the engagement for unclear reasons (although the series heavily implies that she believed Lemony to be responsible for crimes committed by Count Olaf) and returned her ring to Lemony, along with a two-hundred page book explaining why the two could not be wed. She eventually married another man, Bertrand, and finally suffered a tragic death in the fire that destroyed the Baudelaires' mansion. Snicket frequently alludes to Beatrice in his narration and dedicates each Series of Unfortunate Events book to her. Certain dedications, however, may refer to Beatrice Snicket, his niece whose mother, Kit Snicket, died.
Friday, July 06, 2007
I still have this cold lingering, but I'm about 90% better.
We had quite a nasty storm last night... Strong winds, heavy rain, and I think a little bit of thunder and lightening too! But we actually saw some sun today, so, Kero and I decided to make the most of it and go for a nice, long walk.
Speaking of Kero, he was happy to just lay near me napping and chewing on his treat last night. However, I still had a certain someone trying to persuade me to pay attention to them instead of reading. Chance decided that he needed attention, and he kept pawing at the book and turning the page, or climbing between me and the book and laying across it to stop me reading it. I still managed to finish the book (scroll down past the 'Anne McCaffrey books' post if you want to read my opinion of it) and made a start on reading book nine.
Anyway, not much else to say, so I'm going to go make some dinner.
(Also with Margaret Ball, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, and various other authors)
Acorna: The Unicorn Girl , with Margaret Ball, Eos 1997
Acorna's People , with Elizabeth A. Scarborough, Eos 1997
The Unicorn Girl: The Illustrated Adventures , with Stories by Mickey Zucker Reichert, Jody Lynn Nye, Roman Ranieri, Eos (Illustrate Edition) 1997
Acorna's Quest , with Margaret Ball, Eos 1998
Acorna's World , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Sagebrush 1999
Acorna's Search , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Turtleback 2002
Acorna's Rebels , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Eos (1st Edition) 2003
Acorna's Triumph , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Eos 2004
Get Off The Unicorn , Severn House Publishers 1982
The Girl Who Heard Dragons , Cheap Street 1985
Alchemy & Academe , Del Rey (Reissue) 1987
A Gift of Dragons , Random House 2002
Serve it Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey , with Edited with John Gregory Betancourt, Wildside Press 2004
Brain & Brawn Ship Series:
(also with Margaret Ball, Mercedes Lackey, S.M. Stirling, and Jody Lynn Nye)
The Ship Who Sang , Walker 1969
Partnership , with Margaret Ball, Baen (Reissue) 1992
The Ship Who Searched , with Mercedes Lackey, Baen (Reissue) 1992
The City Who Fought , with S.M. Stirling, Baen 1993
The Ship Who Won , with Jody Lynn Nye, Baen 1994
The Ship Avenged , with S.M. Stirling, Baen 1997
Brain and Brawn Compilations:
Brain Ships , with Mercedes Lackey and Margaret Ball, Baen 2003
The Ship Who Saved the Worlds , with Jody Lynn Nye, Baen 2003
The City and the Ship , with S.M. Stirling, Baen 2004
Crystal Singer Series:
Crystal Singer , Del Rey (1st Edition) 1982
Killashandra , Ultramarine 1985
Crystal Line , Del Rey (1st Edition) 1992
Dinosaur Planet Compilations:
Dinosaur Planet Series:
(With Jody Lynn Nye and Elizabeth Moon)
Dinosaur Planet Survivors , Del Rey (Reissue) 1984
Dinosaur Planet , Del Rey (Reissue) 1984
Sassinak , with Elizabeth Moon, Baen 1990
The Death of Sleep , with Jody Lynn Nye, Baen (Reprint) 1990
Generation Warriors , with Elizabeth Moon, Baen (Reissue) 1991
The Planet Pirates , with Elizabeth Moon, Jody Lynn Nye, Audio Literature 1995
The Mystery of Ireta , Del Rey 2003
Doona , with Jody Lynn Nye, Ace Trade 2004
(Also with Jody Lynn Nye)
Decision at Doona , Corgi Adult 1971
Crisis On Doona , with Jody Lynn Nye, Time Warner Books Uk 1993
Treaty at Doona (Originally Treaty Planet) , with Jody Lynn Nye, Ace 1994
Freedom's Landing , Bookcassette 1995
Freedom's Choice, aka Catteni's Choice , Bookcassette 1997
Freedom's Challenge , Bookcassette Sales 1998
Freedom's Ransom , Bantam Press 2002
Individual Pern Novels:
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Del Rey (Reprint) 1984
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall , Ballentine Books 1985
Nerilka's Story , Ballentine Books 1986
Dragonsdawn , Ultramarine Publishing Co. 1988
The Renegades of Pern , Ultramarine 1989
All The Weyrs Of Pern , DelRey 1991
The Dolphins of Pern , Del Rey 1994
Dragonseye , Del Rey (1st Edition) 1997
The Masterharper of Pern , Del Rey (1st Edition) 1998
The Skies of Pern , Ballantine 2001
Dragon's Kin , with Todd J. McCaffrey, Ballantine 2003
Once-Off, Non Series:
Restoree , Corgi Adult 1970
No One Noticed the Cat , Roc 1996
A Diversity of Dragons , with Richard Woods, illustrated by John Howe, Eos 1997
Black Horses for the King , Del Rey 1998
If Wishes Were Horses , Roc 1998
PERN - The Dragonriders of Pern:
Dragonflight , Rapp & Whiting 1969
The White Dragon , Ballantine (Reissue) 1981
Dragonquest , Corgi Adult 1982
PERN - The Harper Hall Trilogy:
Dragonsong , Atheneum (1st Edition) 1976
Dragonsinger , Atheneum 1977
Dragondrums , Atheneum (1st Edition) 1979
Dragonriders of Pern , Del Rey (Reprint) 1988
On Dragonwings , Del Rey (1st Edition) 2003
Power Play , Del Rey 1992
Powers that Be , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Del Rey 1993
Power Lines , with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Del Rey 1994
Related Pern Works:
The Atlas of Pern , with Karen Wynn Fonstad, Del Rey 1984
The People of Pern (aka Pern Portrait Gallery) , with Robin Wood, Artist, Walsworth Publishing 1988
The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern , with Jody Lynn Nye, Del Rey (2nd edition) 1997
Three Women (aka Three Gothic Novels) , Tor (Reprint) 1992
Ring of Fear , Wildside Press 1971
The Kilternan Legacy , Underwood 1984
Stitch in Snow , Tor Books 1985
The Year of the Lucy , Tor Books 1986
The Lady (UK: The Carradyne Touch) , Ultramarine 1987
The Mark of Merlin , Wildside Press 2002
To Ride Pegasus , Dent 1974
Pegasus in Flight , Del Rey 1990
Pegasus in Space , Del Rey (1st Edition) 2000
The Coelura Series:
The Coelura , Underwood-Miller 0000
Nimisha's Ship , Del Rey 1999
Tower and Hive Series:
The Rowan (aka A Meeting of the Minds) , Penguin Putnam 1990
Damia , Putnam Publishing Group 1992
Damia's Children , Putnam Publishing Group 1993
Lyon's Pride , Ace (1st Edition) 1994
The Tower and the Hive , Bookcassette Sales 1999
An Exchange of Gifts , Wildside (1st Edition) 1995
Crystal Singer Trilogy , Del Rey (Reissue) 1996
Anne McCaffrey Pern Collection , Brilliance Audio 2002
Brain Ships , Baen 2003
Dragonsblood , Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD 2005
First Warning: Acorna's Children , Eos 2005
Changelings , Random House 2005
Dragon's Fire , Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD 2006
Thursday, July 05, 2007
There are two reasons why I posted that. The first is simply that I wanted something interesting to start my post with, the second is that I wanted to show my Grandma an example of something I was telling her about the way Lemony Snicket writes, without giving away any of the story. The quote comes from the description that Play gives for a book called 'The Puzzling Puzzles' by Lemony Snicket. I saw it on Play when I was looking to see if they have the series on Audio CD (which they do) and figured I'd order it, just so I can say I have it. Plus, I'm interested in knowing what kind of puzzling puzzles are inside. I also preordered 'The Coming Of Saska' by Doreen Tovey, which is apparently going to be available from Play as from the start of August.
I counted the books in the pile by my bed last night (just because I could) and I counted 58 books, including the one I'm reading at the moment, which I've almost finished reading (only three more chapters to read). Plus, there are two books that my Mam is reading that will need to be added to the pile of books when I get them back off her. I also have two new books - 'The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket' and 'Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey' - that I ordered from Play a couple of days ago. And, of course, I'll have two more books - "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' and 'The Coming Of Saska' - to add to the pile when they arrive. The Harry Potter one should be here in a little over two weeks.
Chance is doing better today. He's being a bit carefuller than normal on his back right leg. But he's jumping, and doing all of the other things he does just fine. For now, he seems to have decided that jumping on the work tops isn't such a good idea after all, but I can't help doubting that the lesson will stick with him. We shall see. I hope it does stick with him though, as I'd hate for it to happen again.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
It's still raining a fair bit here, and I've not really done much today. I got up late, because I went to bed late (I was reading my book... I'm about half way through it already) and about all I've done today is; posted a couple of things on here, fiddled with some bits on some of the pages of our site, and watched some TV.
Chance's paws are sore. He jumped up on the cooker (where he's not meant to be, and he knows it) right after we'd had the cooker on to make dinner. Of course, the silly little bugger ended up burning his paws on the ring that had 'just' been turned off. I've told him before that one day he would burn his paws from jumping up there, but I guess he didn't believe me. Anyway, I cooled his paws with damp tissue, and now he's curled up beside me on his bed, fast asleep. He should be fine by the morning.
Homepage - This sort of speaks for itself. It's going to be the homepage of our new web site. However, it's still under construction at the moment, so you can't actually use it to link back to the other pages. I'll tell you when it is finished.
Kelly's Blog Spot - This is Kelly's personal blog page. He doesn't post on it often, but you might want to check it for posts from time to time (there are some new posts on it today).
Kelly's Photo Albums - This is where Kelly sometimes posts the photos or clip art that he wants to share.
Our Important Dates Page - This page contains all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates that are important to us.
Our Online Recipe Book - This page contains various recipes I've found in books, or on web sites, that I want like the sound of and want to keep handy for future use. Feel free to use any of them you want to.
Our Pets' Page - This is a page where you can read about our pets. There's a post called 'Other Pets' where you can read about pets we had when we were younger that we can't give much info on, and there's a post for each of the pets we've had that we have photos of. Including those who we only had for a short time. If I have been able to find the origins and meanings of their names, I have added them to a list on the sidebar.
Our Video Clips Section - This is the section where you can watch all the video clips I've done. Some of them are quite recent, but there are actually a few you may not have seen from a couple of years ago.
The Family Page - This is where you can read a bit about Kelly and myself. I've even put our names and their origins and meanings on the sidebar.
The Fantasy Names List - This is just a list of name ideas for fantasy characters and such. The bulk of the list came from my Dad, but we've added a few ourselves.
The Links Page - This is a page full of all the web sites (and blogs) we like to visit.
Tori's Blog Spot - This is where you are now. You wont find this link on the sidebar of this page, because I haven't put the links for the page you are on in the list. Anyway, it's my spot where I post all kinds of news and nonsense. But, you probably already know that. LOL!
Tori's Photo Albums - This section is FULL of photos. I take a lot of photos (mostly of our pets or scenery) and add each and every one of them to my photo albums. There are a few bits of clip art and such in there too.
Tori's Poetry Spot - This is where I post the poems I write.
Tori's Short Story Spot - This is a spot where I will be posting short stories that I write. There's only one story on it at the moment, but I'm hoping to add some more soon. You'll only be able to view one story at a time, but I will be linking the stories by title on the sidebar. So, when there are more stories, you can pick a title to read the story you want to read.