Monday, July 30, 2007

Stopping by before reading

Just stopping by before I see about curling up with my Harry Potter book before bed, so as to remind you to check the post with the eggs in on Wednesday. The eggs are 'meant to' hatch on Tuesday, but last time it was the day after they were meant to hatch that they hatched, so I wouldn't bother checking before Wednesday.

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*


"The Cottage" by Eleanor Farjeon

I've already done a post for today, but I saw this poem on a site I visit, and thought it was kind of cute, so I wanted to share it.

The Cottage
by Eleanor Farjeon

When I live in a Cottage
I shall keep in my cottage
Two different Dogs,
Three creamy Cows,
Four giddy Goats,
Five Pewter Pots,
Six silver Spoons,
Seven busy Beehives,
Eight ancient Appletrees,
Nine red Rosebushes,
Ten teeming Teapots,
Eleven chirping Chickens,
Twelve cosy Cats with their Kittenish Kittens, and
One Blessed Baby in a Basket.
That's what I'll have when I live in my Cottage.

Doctor's decision, at last!

I called the doctor again this morning, and I actually managed to get an answer to my question about when to take my pills. And from my own doctor too - *gasps in shock* - which, for those not familiar with the way our doctor surgery works, is something that is difficult to achieve. Anyway, my doctor said that since my gynaecologist had "not been very helpful with his letter" I should just "pick a day" and just make sure I take them for five days in a row. Then he added that if my gynaecologist says I took them wrong I should "tell him to be more helpful next time." LOL! So, I took the first one today. Now, let's all keep our fingers crossed that they'll work!

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

Summery Sunday

By the time I got up this morning, it was beautiful and sunny. It's stayed that way all day (so far) and is 'meant to' continue at least until tomorrow. Fingers crossed, eh? I took this photo a couple of hours ago, but it still looks exactly the same out there right now.

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

Weather and other things

We had a beautiful, sunny day today. Well, until a little before 6:00 pm that is. After that it started raining, and it hasn't stopped since. The weather people on the radio did say it would be raining later. I guess those weather people are getting better, eh? LOL!

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

What's been going on?

I haven't done a 'proper' blog post in a while, so I thought maybe I should do one now.

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

Lemony Snicket - The End + The Beatrice Letters

Yep, that's right, I've finished reading the final book in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I actually finished reading it yesterday, but didn't get a chance to post about it yesterday. Anyway, it was a great book. The series didn't end as I'd expected it to. I expected more of an 'everything gets all wrapped up and sorted out' sort of ending, but it wasn't like that. Although, the mysteries did get solved, and the questions did get answered, so that's good. And, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. It's definitely a set of books I'd read again.

I'm not going to put this next book in the list of books I've read, because it's more a collection of letters and such than a book. I'm talking about 'The Beatice Letters' which is a collection of letters and such to accompany the set of books that I've just finished reading. It was quite interesting actually.

So, now I'm reading the final Harry Potter book 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' by J. K. Rowling.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Why I say 'apparently'

I decided to answer ChicagoLady's comment in a post instead of as a comment, because it's a kind of long answer.

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.


Note - Added Tuesday July 24th 2007 @ 6:20 pm: After receiving the answers to my questions in a way that satisfies me, I am happy to take back my 'apparently' and agree that man did land on the moon.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lemony Snicket - The Penultimate Peril

This book, which is the 'next-to-last' book in 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events' - was filled with more twists and turns than you'd find in the most complicated of mazes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, which was very useful in helping me to achieve my goal of having it finished by today. Yes, it was a fantastic book! Not my favourite in the series, but it was pretty damn good, and very close to being my favourite. But, at the moment, the title of 'best book in the series' still belongs to book six. Anyway, it's now time for me to see what the last book in the series has in store for me! Funnily enough, the final book is called 'The End.' A very fitting title for a final book, I think. What do you think?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Watching movies and reading

That's all I've really been doing over the past couple of days... Watching some movies, and reading my book. Well, apart from the usual household chores and walking Kero, of course.

The movies I watched were:

  • You've Got Mail
  • Leroy And Stitch
  • The Little Mermaid 2
  • Charlotte's Web
They were all good movies.

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

Brand new photos

I took some new photos of the furkids (most of them anyway) so I thought that I'd take a few moments to share them all with you.

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.

For those of you who aren't familiar with my gang... The Oriental cat is Chance. The Westie is, of course, Kero. The pretty little black cat with the cream and brown patches is Megan. And the cat who's completely black is Sakura.


Lemony Snicket - The Grim Grotto

It took me longer to read this book than it did to read the last few. I'm not sure if that was because the chapters are longer in this book (they sure seemed to be anyway) or because of the fact my sleep pattern is all over the place and I was getting tired. Regardless of that, I did enjoy it very much. This book didn't exactly answer any questions properly (or, I didn't feel it did) but it was still a great book. And, it was full of all sorts of interesting information about other things. At least, I found the information interesting. I'm now reading book twelve, which is called 'The Penultimate Peril.'

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Eggs - Will hatch on July 31st

Here are some new eggs.

Come back and check this post after July 31st and see what hatches this time!

Maybe this time there will be something that I want on the sidebar! LOL! :)


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A bad bus journey + much more

Bobby (one of the presenters who are on Real Radio on weekday mornings) said this morning that July 17th 2006 was the hottest day in 90 years (in the UK anyway). It was beautiful and sunny, and about 36 degrees Celsius, which I think he said was about 93 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, I just looked, and the main topic of my post for July 17th of last year was about how hot it was. It was even called 'Hot with a capital H.' But, it wasn't anything like that today though. Nope! Today it was about 18 degrees Celsius (so, I guess that would be about 46 degrees Fahrenheit) and it kept raining on and off all day.

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

"A Bit Of Blue Sky" / Hatchlings

Well, that "bad weather" never came to much. We had rain on and off all day and into the night, but a lot of people were phoning or texting the radio last night and asking them where this "so-called" bad weather was. And, at the moment, it's sunny here. Don't know how long it'll last though, because there's not much blue sky showing between the yucky grey clouds.

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

Books and bears

Well, I've added more books to my pile. LOL!

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 Astronomy one isn't added to the pile though, because it's an information book about various things to do with Astronomy.

'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

Chance & Kero - Photos

I took a photo of each of my boys the other day. I had the camera out because I was taking a photo of the cover of 'The Slippery Slope' for the post I did about the book earlier, and Chance jumped up on the chair I'd had the book on. So, I took his photo. Then Kero decided it was his turn and jumped up on the chair with Chance. I didn't get the time to snap a photo of both of them up there together, because Chance jumped off the chair before I had time, which is a shame. But I did get a photo of Kero up on the chair by himself. So, that's ok.


Snowball the Rabbit

Kero has a new 'friend.' His name is Snowball, and he's a little white rabbit. As you may have guessed. The photo to the left here is Snowball...

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.


Lemony Snicket - The Slippery Slope

As I mentioned yesterday (Friday), I finished reading The Slippery Slope on Wednesday night (or, Thursday Morning, depending on how you look at it). It was a really good book. Although, there was the odd time that Lemony Snicket would spend so long explaining something that I would say to myself, "I wish he'd get on with the story!" But, it didn't happen often. Some of the dozens, and dozens of questions the other books posed, have FINALLY been answered, but there are still loads more questions that need answering. And, while the ending isn't as much of a nail-bitter as some of the other endings have been, it still leaves you eager to read on. All in all, it was a good book, but not my favourite in the series. I did enjoy it though, and I would read it again. Anyway, I've made a start on book 11, which is called 'The Grim Grotto.'

Friday, July 13, 2007

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

I'm afraid my photos of actors from the Harry Potter movies are from the first movie, so the actors have grown up a bit since this photo was taken. But, anyway, here are Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) as they were during the first movie.

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

Beautiful, blue sky

We've had a beautiful, warm, sunny day today. All day!

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

Not done much...

On Saturday night (or, Sunday morning, depending on how you want to look at it) I went to join in with the Name That Tune game for the first time in about four or five months or so (as I mentioned in my post early Sunday morning) and on Sunday afternoon I went to listen to Kerry's stream (another thing I haven't done in quite some time). Other than those two things, and walking Kero, I didn't really do anything over the weekend. I've mostly just been concentrating on reading my books. I'm hoping that I can keep up the rate I'm reading at the moment so I can get the rest of the books in 'Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events' read before 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' comes out on July 21st.

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

Lemony Snicket - The Carnivorous Carnival

I swear, as I'm getting further into the series, the books are becoming harder, and harder, to put down. Not to mention the fact that they are becoming more, and more, mysterious. And, the ending of this book... Talk about making you want to read the next book!!! I ended up picking up the tenth book, which is called 'The Slippery Slope' and starting to read it as soon as I had finished the last chapter of this one. In short... 'The Carnivorous Carnival' is a fantastic book, containing yet more unanswered questions. And, trust me, it won't be the easiest of books to put down. Even if you aren't an avid reader.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

First NTT in AGES!!!

I've just been to my first 'Name That Tune' game in AGES! Marvin was hosting, and AliceKay was keeping score. Anyway, I won! First time I've played in MONTHS and I win! YAY ME!!!

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
I got 40 points. I was able to name the theme quite easily, but missed one of the artists' names. It didn't matter though... I still won!

*Smiles proudly*

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970), is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. He is best known for his work under his pen name, Lemony Snicket.

Personal life

Handler was born in San Francisco, California, and is an alumnus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and graduate of Lowell High School and Herbert Hoover Middle School. Handler graduated from Wesleyan University in 1992.

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.

In the June 10, 2007 edition of the New York Times Magazine Handler reveals ambivalence toward his wealth, and the expectations it creates. He states he is often asked for money for charitable causes and often gives.

His professional work

Handler has pursued careers in books, music, and film.


Three of his novels have been published under his name. His first, The Basic Eight, was rejected by many publishers for its subject matter and tone (a dark view of a teenage girl's life). Handler claims that the novel was rejected thirty-seven times before finally being published. The book's tone served as an impetus of sorts for the Lemony Snicket works, the sad A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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".

Lemony Snicket

Handler began writing A Series of Unfortunate Events under the Snicket pseudonym in 1999. The books concern three orphaned children who have progressively more terrible things happen to them, and Snicket acts as the narrator and biographer of the fictional orphans.

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.
Handler has also written some short fiction under the Lemony Snicket pseudonym.


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.

On October 10, 2006, an album with all 13 songs from the 13 audiobooks in A Series of Unfortunate Events was released. The album includes two additional songs, one about the band attributed to producing the album--The Gothic Archies.

Handler also wrote the lyrics to the song "Radio," performed by One Ring Zero


Handler has also had some success in film work. He produced the screenplay for Rick, which was based on the Verdi opera Rigoletto, as well as Kill the Poor, which was based on the novel by Joel Rose.

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

This is a partial list of works Handler has created or been involved with. For more information regarding his works as Lemony Snicket, see Lemony Snicket.

  • 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


Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is a pseudonym used by author Daniel Handler in his book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well as a character in that series. An autobiography was published, entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography with an introduction from Handler. A pamphlet, 13 Shocking Secrets You'll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicket, was released in promotion of The End.

Handler has also written some other books and short fiction under the Lemony Snicket name.

Name origin

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

Early life

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.

Snicket was believed to be dead by the Baudelaire parents, as their book on Olaf-Land states that, following with the tradition of naming children after someone who has died, Violet was to be named Lemony if she was a boy. However, it can be assumed that since Klaus, the next born, was not named Lemony, the Baudelaire parents found out that Lemony was in fact alive, possibly because of a telegram Lemony sent to them (which appears in The Beatrice Letters).

Snicket is also known to have been close friends with a woman called "R.", who was the Duchess of Winnipeg.

Lemony Snicket is a former theater critic for the fictional Daily Punctilio who has charged himself with the task of researching and writing the sad story of the Baudelaire orphans for "various personal and legal reasons." [3] He traced their movements and collects evidence relating to their adventures, but it is possible that he never met Violet, Klaus, or Sunny in person, though fans often identify him as a taxi driver who appeared briefly in The Penultimate Peril. As the series progresses it becomes increasingly clear that Snicket knew the late Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire well for many years through their connections to the secret organization "V.F.D.". However, as mentioned in The Hostile Hospital and The End, despite all of Lemony's research and hard work, he still does not know the current location, position and status of the Baudelaire children. Lemony was recruited by V.F.D. as a child, according to the Little Snicket Lad song. In The Beatrice Letters his niece, the daughter of Kit Snicket, who is also named Beatrice, mentions that she believes he is a detective of some sort, a reference to his investigations into the case of the Baudelaire children.

Snicket is frequently disparaging of himself; he has described himself as a coward, and at various points in his novels comments that he would not have been as brave as the Baudelaire children had he been in their situation. He also confesses that he has done things that were not noble, most notably the theft of the sugar bowl from Esmé Squalor. He has also implied that he had a part in the murder of the parents of the main antagonist of the series, Count Olaf.

In the narration of the books, Snicket describes doing many unusual things in his free time, including: hiding all traces of his actions, locating new hiding places, considering suspicious dishes, and researching the perilous lives of the Baudelaires. He claims to often write himself a thank-you note in an attempt to cheer himself up, but these attempts are always in vain. In The Grim Grotto, Captain Widdershins states that "Jacques's brother", obviously Lemony, was once part of his crew on the Queequeg. He is also implied to have been a member of the crew on one cruise of the ship Prospero.

Snicket's enemies are constantly behind him and often attempt to very forcefully denounce him, and a frequent topic in Snicket's narration are the various traps set by his enemies and the actions he has undertaken to escape them. He is often said to be the victim of a world-wide conspiracy, possibly a reference to his enemies in V.F.D. This subject is often extended to Snicket's author blurbs and other publisher material not written by Snicket.

Other work

Daniel Handler has also written or contributed to other works under the Lemony Snicket persona that are not related to A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has stated, "There's a chance some other matters may take up Mr Snicket's attention, that he may research and publish, but I'm always weary of making such promises."

The first of these was a secular Nativity story entitled "The Baby in the Manger" that caused controversy for its supposed anti-family views. Another Christmas story, entitled "The Lump of Coal," was published in USA Weekend in 2004. As Snicket, Handler wrote an introduction and endnotes for The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, his favourite children's book, that referenced A Series of Unfortunate Events. A book of humorous quotes partly drawn from A Series of Unfortunate Events was published as Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid.

Upcoming books written under the Lemony Snicket name are The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, which describes itself as a Christmas story, and The Composer is Dead, a murder mystery designed to introduce young readers to the instruments of the orchestra; it was previously produced as an orchestral work by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Handler narrating as Snicket, and a recording of the performance is to be included with every copy of the expanded book.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Pets, weather and colds

Chance's paws seem to be just fine. He's running around like he has done since the day he realised that Kero was more scared of him than he was of Kero. LOL! When he knows we're watching though, he steps gingerly on his back, right paw. But, when he doesn't think we're watching he uses it just fine. I think he just wants attention. Although, it does still look like it could be a little sore. Either way, I'm pleased to report that he hasn't been up on the work top or cooker again. So, maybe he has actually learned his lesson?

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.


Anne McCaffrey books

Acorna Series:
(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 Compilations:
Doona , with Jody Lynn Nye, Ace Trade 2004

Doona Series:
(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 Series:
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

Pern Compilations:
Dragonriders of Pern , Del Rey (Reprint) 1988
On Dragonwings , Del Rey (1st Edition) 2003

Petaybee Series:
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

Romance Compilations:
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

Talent Series:
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

Non-Series Books:
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

Lemony Snicket - The Hostile Hospital

I have recently resumed my childhood habit of reading a little bit each night before settling to sleep. I hadn't done this for some time, because I was so busy playing on World Of Warcraft that most nights I was too tired to even pick up a book. But, since I stopped playing the game, I've resumed the habit of reading a chapter or so before deciding it's time to put away my book and settle for sleep. Over the past few days, however, it has taken more than 'a chapter or so' before I'm able to put the book down and settle for sleep. This is a mixed blessing, a phrase which here means "a good thing because it means it took me only three days to read book eight of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, but a bad thing because it meant I was going to sleep later than I should have been so ended up getting up later than I should have been as well." Sorry, I couldn't resist doing that bit like Lemony Snicket would. LOL! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As I am getting further into the series, the unanswered questions, close calls, and nail-biting moments of suspense, appear to be multiplying. And, it's becoming more and more difficult to put the book down before the point when I am so tired I can barely focus on the book, let alone read the words on it's pages. I'm already an entire chapter in to book nine, which is called 'The Carnivorous Carnival.'

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Books and pets

"Like school, prison or an enormous cake with a spyglass baked into it, this collection of puzzles and games will keep you `out of trouble', a phrase which here means `far away from distressing books and movies'."

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.

I don't know what was wrong with Kero last night, but he kept pushing himself between me and my book, wanting to give me kisses, and wanting to be hugged and petted. He did this every few minutes for about an hour, then curled up beside me and went to sleep. It was strange, because usually when I'm reading, he either just curls up near me and goes to sleep, or, he fetches whatever treat he happens to be working on at the time, then he lays near me and chews on it. He learned when he was a tiny puppy that reading time is quiet time, and that people who are reading don't tend to appreciate a dog's nose pushing itself between them and their book. The last time he bugged me when I was reading, he was about five or six months old. I checked all the obvious things that might have been wrong with him (needing to 'go' outside, needing food or water, etc) but he didn't need or want any of those things.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th July!

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.



OK, I've finished making the pages of what will be our new web site. So, I thought I'd take a moment to explain them all to you...

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.

By the way, the names of the pages in this post are made into links so you can actually use this post to access them if you want.

To all my crackpot frineds...

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house. Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them."

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!