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So I've been trying to look for other books to read because I definitely do not read enough. With that in mind, because I don't have a lot of space for actual books, I've been heavily leaning toward getting a Kindle or some other kind of e-reader... I swear, if we ever win the lottery, we're building our god damn castle and I'm devoting an entire room (think the library in Disney's Beauty and the Beast) to books.

Anyway. Has anyone who is currently reading my posts ever read the 50 Shades trilogy? Is it as bad as some people say it is? And by bad I mean the horrid type of fanfic that we all love to read and laugh at? I can't justify buying them because of some of the reviews I've read =P Any suggestions?
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I've just now come to a realisation that during the winter my life gets really sedentary because the weather's far too often crappy and we can't go fishing in it. Well, we could but it'd be really uncomfortable. But...I'm okay with that because I have a treadmill and a home gym and can keep myself active enough that way so that I don't get too big and fat to accidentally roll over onto my husband and kill him while sleeping. After those thoughts ran through my mind, I suddenly decided that I don't have enough musicals on my iPod. So I've gone through the Wikipedia list of musicals (not so fun) and decided that I needed a place to record all the albums I need to get my hands on somehow in the near future without killing my bank account. This will take some time. Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, West End, Film Musicals, and whatever else was on that list...there are some from all of those categories that I want to find. =( Some of them are older though and might not even be attainable anymore. More sadness.

I also don't own enough books even though it's been about a month and I still haven't managed to finish A Feast For Crows. Eventually, I will be adding to my book collection. I already have all the ASOIAF books, it's just getting to the point of reading them. I eventually need to get the Naamah trilogy that followed the Kushiel's Legacy Sagas... And after that I have no idea what to read...

Too many musicals...brain go splodey... )

And after typing all that...I've realised my typing skills are crap. Since most of my computer activities had pretty much died, there's nothing I do much anymore that requires fast typing skills and I definitely don't type as fast as I did 7 or 8 years ago. Ultra sadness. In the same vein, I'm guessing my piano playing skills have also deteriorated some since I haven't touched a key in the three years that I've been here. We don't have space for a piano, not even an upright, but if I had a digital piano or a keyboard I could plug it in anytime, stick a headphone jack in and play to my heart's content at any time, day or night, and not disturb John while he's sleeping. A while back I was looping, looping?? LOOKING at this one and I really like it I think. Yamaha's pretty good with their stuff and while it's not my baby grand *sniff* that I grew up playing on it will have to suffice until we have a bigger house and a bigger bank account to afford the piano I really want. I can totally afford this too as I've got more than double that saved up at the moment. If I needed a cheaper one I was thinking something more like this one. The big question is can I wait the 5-10 years it will take to have the bigger house/bank account to get something I can play on? I'm leaning closer to no on that one...
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I've finally started reading A Game of Thrones. I like it. It's intriguing and enjoyable and isn't difficult to read. But I'm having trouble keeping up with all the switching between characters. Does it ever stop? I was having a hard time sorting out who's who between them all until I did the stupid thing and started watching the TV show as well. That made it easier to keep up with each of the characters, making the story line as a whole more put together and fluid for me. After watching the first four episodes it made going back and continuing the book a lot easier and I also enjoy having a face to put to each of them. It's probably what makes keeping the characters straight a bit easier as well. Still haven't gotten that far though. I find that I've got too many things I'm trying to keep up with at once.

Since John bought me the Wii, I've been trying to finish each of the games. I already finished The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and that was back before Christmas. I play Mario Kart every now and then. And now I've started on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess which is my favourite Zelda story line to date. But since it was a Gamecube game to start with, the transition to the Wii isn't as...good? The sword movement kinda sucks. But I still like it. Skyward was made for the Wii so the interactive game play is great. Looking forward to going back to it. Then John went and got me a Spyro game. It looks interesting enough so I'm hoping it will be able to hold my attention. I've never played a Spyro game before. Definitely want to get the Donkey Kong Country Wii game. Is there a Wii Pokemon game out yet? That would be cool. =P After that...who knows. Maybe I'll get the WiiFit stuff.

Went to the doctor last Thursday. She confirmed my UTI and prescribed antibiotics. Then we talked about trying to get pregnant and that was all well and good. Went over my symptoms and she asked me again if I was sure I wasn't pregnant. Getting my hopes up but probably all for naught. She ordered a urine sample and blood tests. Went in for blood tests on Monday. They took 7 vials! O_O I cried like a little baby. I seriously hate needles. The worst part is that even though they always say "Just a little sting" and I know it's coming, I freaking JUMP when they prick me. I'm lucky they haven't missed when it happens. And that they didn't need more than 7 vials. And silly John. He actually stood there and watched her take the blood, watched it spurt out of my arm and into the vials. Almost fainted the poor dear. We'll go back in on Friday. I'm expecting the worst, that I've got some weird disease or diabetes or cancer and that I'm definitely not pregnant. John went and googled diabetes symptoms and says that I don't have any so I don't have diabetes. We have no reason to think it's cancer that's just me being a paranoid idiot. And as for some weird random disease, I blame that on catching up with my House episodes. I'm still only on Season 6.

14/02 was uneventful as usual. John keeps saying that I'll cave one year and we'll celebrate it. I don't understand it. It's a needless, consumer-driven day. People choose other days of the year to show loved ones that they love them. Anniversaries, birthdays, other holidays... why do we need this extra special day to buy things for people? It should happen every day, or on some spur of the moment, not because it's dictated by whoever decided to make it a holiday. I barely see happy people celebrating it anymore, it's all about singles bashing it now. Don't just take the man out of romantic, just take the romance out all together and let's do some holiday bashing (and not the good kind either) while we're at it.

Okay okay, no more V-day ranting. The day is over. On to bigger and better things. February is almost over and March will be upon us. March is one of the big birthday months of my year. Lots of birthdays, my own included. I'll be 29 this year. One more year til 30. I'm hoping by this time next year I'll have a little bubby. We'll see.
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So LiveJournal is starting to get really annoying. I don't think it likes me anymore. It will load the home page. It will load the post an entry page. It will load to the custom friends page list. It will not load my friends pages whatsoever.

In other news, I bought a new book this weekend! The last new book I bought or even read--and Never Throw Rice At A Pisces doesn't count--was the last of the Kushiel books and that was whenever that one first came out...so it's been a little while. I haven't even visitted a library to get new reads. It's sad that my life used to revolve so much around reading when I was younger, but once I hit a certain age I stopped reading as much. I just lost interest, or couldn't find things that captured my interest anymore. But my new book is The Firebrand, one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's. I bought it simply on the fact that I enjoyed The Mists of Avalon and that, in the same style as Mists, it encompasses another story from the female viewpoint. The story of The Iliad in her writing style is interesting, though not as engaging to me as Mists was but I'm still enjoying it if not as much. There are a few things that are confusing to me, as there are things I wasn't expecting included in the story. There is a strong emphasis on an overall mother goddess, which struck me as odd because I was expecting a full Greek panthon of gods to emerge, but so far the only Greek names that have been mentioned are the majority of the Mt. Olympus gods. The usual, Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Poseidon, I think Hermes was mentioned, Pallas Athene, Apollo... then there is a minor River God called Scamander. The Greeks are referred to as Akhaians, yet Sparta is still Sparta, what I have known as Mycenae is Mykenae, and there are various other names and spellings that differ. Many c's have become k's and h's added in certain places, Kassandra and Akhilles as example. It's all so different and new... Funtimes. I need to start trying to get back into books. I think lately I haven't been buying things because John and I are trying to save money... Meh. Bradley wrote some following books to the Mists story though, so I think those will be next on my list...
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So! In 11 days my hubby and I will be winging our way to the California coast...to get married...again. =) Does that not sound just a little funny? I'm kinda excited... I mean, as much as I whined and complained about certain aspects I'm getting excited now about the whole big white wedding thing. John and I wrote our own vows. They're short, and pretty plain as far as vows go, but they're sweet and from the heart. I'm so going to cry. =P And I'm definitely looking forward to seeing everyone. I haven't seen any of them in person since January. I need to get used to not seeing them a lot...being an ocean away will do that to a family. And the food!! I get Mexican food! Good Mexican food!!! Oh how I miss it. John says he's going to try and really taste the sauces and flavours and stuff to try and duplicate some of the restaurant food that we wouldn't otherwise be able to get recipes for. What a good man... And then who knows what else? =) But he wanted to go to San Diego again instead of travelling to other parts of California, or other states for that matter. I swear, one of these years I'ma get that boy to the east coast. He at least needs to visit a friend in New York whom he promised he would visit. And while he's doing that...I dunno... But I've a feeling that I won't be welcome while he goes, and that's okay with me because otherwise the visit would just get really awkward and uncomfortable, more on that later! Maybe.

I hope I'm not still coughing my lungs out or they're not going to let me on the plane! =(

But on to the memeage! Which I won't catch up on the days for cuz that would just clutter...I'll just hope that I keep up on them from now on! =P


30 Days of Disney!

Day #2: Your favorite princess

I would have to say Mulan, even though I don't really agree with the whole her being a princess thing, though she's officially listed on the Disney Princess line-up. She's just badass. I mean, she stays true to herself, learns a helluvalot along the way, and saves the freaking country. The movie has some great music as well. If I had to choose and official, I might choose Pocahontas... I'm really not huge on the whole Princess thing... That said, I'm despising the fact that a character voiced by Mandy Moore is going to be an official Princess eventually... *sigh* THOUGH! I am looking forward to the potential princess addition in 2012, even though she's not going to be a singing princess from what I can tell. Brave I'm counting on you!!


The rest of the 30 Days of Disney )


30 Days of Harry Potter

02. Your favorite book

Oh the books... It took me a really long time to read the books after I actually was introduced to the world of Harry Potter. In saying that, I also never read the second book all the way through until...last year? I think the book that moved me the most was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Oh good god I actually had to go look up the title because I couldn't remember what it was... =( How sad of me. That was also before she threw Harry into the whole lovey dovey gf/bf crap which I don't think was really necessary at all. hrmph.

The rest of the 30 Days of Harry Potter )
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50 Books Update

1) Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
2) Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
3) Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
4) A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
5) A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton
6) Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton
7) A Stroke of Midnightby Laurell K. Hamilton
8) Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton
9) A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton

Hey look...

Feb. 4th, 2008 02:05 am
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It's a real post from Lita. Whee.

So, first off...

50 Books
1) Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
2) Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
3) Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
4) A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton


Haha. Yeah. I've read one book since the beginning of January.


Next! I have, after reading about them for so long, ordered a six-pack of imp's ears from BPAL. I'm not sure what to expect, as I'm really looking at them only as scents and not what they're made for. But they sound like they'll smell lovely and I can't wait. If anyone has any commentary for me, I've ordered Szepasszony, Hi'iaka, Persephone, Black Pearl, Lightning and Tempest. I've read through all the other scents and I think I'm going to order three more sample packs, providing I haven't missed something and the scents I choose can't come in smaller sizes.

BPAL Lists )


Not much else going on in my life right now. Work's getting busy and I've finally been promoted to full management. Sales are going on right now so they don't want to pull me out of the store during February, but once March hits I'm in salary land. Yearly is 36k, so it's not too bad to start out with, and if we do well we get to jump around in bonus land. Yay for that. I've managed to not lose my W-2s yet, so I should probably get around to filing my taxes...


There are a lot of movies out right now that I want to see! Too many to list, I think...


I want to teach myself how to paint. I've sketched things as most of my art, but I want to add colour in ways other than coloured pencils. I just can't seem to be able to create with paint. =( Sadness.


My roomie bought the Sweeney Todd Soundtrack. It's shiny. After listening to it, I've decided that while HBC is fabulous, I don't like her voice in this part so much. JD is great, but again, don't like his voice in the part. It's too Captain Sparrow-y for me to find ST in it.


What else? I've half a mind to sell everything that I own so I can buy a plane ticket to Australia? I just want to get away... it's really not a good thing. If I were that kind of Gryffindor I'd have gone by now. But I'm not. So I'm saving money like a good girl to vacation there eventually. But first, I have to buy a new car. *sigh*


Oh yeah. I've stepped down as a prefect at Lumos. I'm also going on an indefinite hiatus. I'm getting busier at work and I never seem to be on when any of my house mates are on. I never talk to anyone outside of commenting here or there. I hate rating and it takes me constantly reminding myself to sort last minute. I've also fallen away from the fandom, which I'm not sure is a good thing or not.


Life is changing around me. It's not a bad thing, and I don't mind, but I want to find my niche, and I'm beginning to feel it's not in California. Sadly, I don't have the luxury of just up and doing whatever I want. No money = no travel. And as much as I would love to just get out there and travel, I can't. Not yet anyway. But I will. Someday I will.
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Foreigner. Yeah man.

Anyway. I completely suck at the Blog 365 thing. But then again I tend to suck at blogging in general. Posting is not my forte. Or something. Writing really isn't either, yet I still make attempts at doing that. But I am going to make better attempts at reading more this year, even if it's ridiculous and poorly written. Reading more is always a good thing. So I'm going to try and start the 50 Books thing that so many people on the F-list have been doing over the years. And to start it off, the first few that I've already read in the eleven days of this fabulous new year:

50 Books
1) Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
2) Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
3) Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Hopefully by the end of the year I'll have added Phillip Pullman's HDM, some classics that I've never taken the time to read, some Shakespeare...and some new authors to expand my literary horizons...
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I don't know what's in store for Kushiel's Chosen or Kushiel's Avatar, but once I got into it Kushiel's Dart is a really intricately written story that is rather amazing. =)


And Phedre/Joscelin is now and forever my OTP. And don't tell me that the Tsingano is going to ruin it because I don't care. I have so much love for Joscelin it's not even funny.


*wants belt daggers and a sword...*


Oh, and Carey's illustrators don't do her character any justice. =(

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