Saturday, October 27, 2007

In Which I Ramble...

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while. ~Kin Hubbard

Welcome to stream of consciousness writing. I don't have anything specific to say, so you get to hear whatever comes to mind as I write.

It's raining. UGH. I supposed it's better than snow, and I suppose we need it, but why did it have to rain on a Saturday? This means my DH is trapped inside the house and he doesn't do well on these types of days. Bother.

One set of neighbors with ATVs that they ride behind their house, on the road or pretty much anywhere they like at any hour -- has moved! Yay! And, though I certainly wouldn't wish foreclosure on anyone, my next door motorcycle riding (at 2 a.m. -- vroom, vroom), drug dealing, heavy drinking, acid rock listening (at top volume) loose dog owning neighbor's house is going up for auction in the next few days. Please, please, please let us get some quiet, sweet neighbors in. Please?

I did better on my diet yesterday. The first couple of days were tough because I'm a snacker, and I like to snack on things like peanuts, triscuits, etc. And I couldn't. So I did a lot of pacing and looking at the pantry door with deep longing. Yesterday, though, I pretty much forgot about snacking. And I wasn't as hungry. A breakthrough (break-through?)!

I hate hyphens. Typing the one before this reminded me how much. Ha. There has been talk around the blogosphere about them as well. Nice Mommy~Evil Editor had something to say about them last week. I curse them quiet regularly in my mind. Hyphens should be outlawed (NOT out-lawed).

My neighbor's daughter (not the neighbor I referenced, above) had a science project to do: find and murder forty perfectly innocent bugs for a pin board. She asked me for help. I told her I didn't believe murder was acceptable, but if I came across one already dead, but in reasonable condition, I would get it for her. I ended up providing her with a monarch corpse -- one of the bugs from last year that DD had gotten attached to and named "Mr. Butterfly". His wing was deformed and he couldn't fly, so we fed him and kept him alive for a while, and then put him in a little box to bury outside. But, we decided that his life would have some meaning if he helped another, healthy butterfly not die in the name of science. And we donated his corpse. In my opinion, having children kill bugs is inhumane. If my DD was in school and asked to do that, I would have complained and refused.

Next week is Halloween week at LASR. Check out the romance reviews blog on Monday for a review and giveaway of a Halloween romance. An author spotlight with a paranormal author -- and a free download of one of her books. And lots more fun. We don't have candy for the Trick-or-Treaters (ACK! hyphens!!), but we do have books. And that's even better (though, I do love candy corn).

My DD discovered the joy of "Calvin and Hobbes" this week. She found a book chock full of the comic at the library and has been tee-heeing (HYPHEN! EEK!) all week. I loved "C&H"...

Gah... I could ramble for days. I'm worse in person. Blah, blah, blah. So I'll stop! Have a great day. I'll be building an ark.


You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

That's very true... I am downright nasty when I'm cold. I HATE cold weather. Grr...



Edited to add:

I'm part of the Sweeter Romantic Notions authors and we're having a Scavenger Hunt this week! Here are the details:

SRN is throwing a Halloween party! Join us on a scavenger hunt. All the answers can be found through our main site:

It kicks off on Friday October 26th and will end on Halloween!!

There will prizes, books and goodies, and maybe some chocolate too!

Here are the rules:

Answer the following questions and email the answers to with "contest" in the subject line.

The winner will be announced on the Group Loop October 31st and in the First Friday News Blast!

So, let's get scavanging!!

1) In the October News Blast what was the title of Edita Patrick's release from New Concepts Publishing?

2) Who has the picture of a dog on their cover art?
Elle Fredrix?
Kim Watters?
Adelle Laudan?
What is the title of that book?

3) What branch of the military is Sela Carson's husband retired from?

4) Cindy Green is published by By Grace Publshing?
True or false?

5) Diane Craver has three titles listed on her author page at SRN?
True or false?


Dru said...

::Sending you good neighbor vibes::

re: quiz, I am Apple Cider.

Have a good Saturday.

Tori Lennox said...

Our seemingly never-ending (ack! hyphen!) rain finally stopped and it's bright and sunny today. Yay!!!

I hope you get lovely quiet neighbors!

I got:

You Are Changing Leaves

Pretty, but soon dead.

Oh, well, THAT'S cheerful. NOT!

Avery Gray said...

I'm changing leaves, too. Don't know what it's supposed to mean, but those things are never wrong. I better get my affairs in order. ;o)

Good luck on the dieting! I'll eat a celery stick in your honor!

Allie Boniface said...

Drink a lot of water. Seriously. I know it's raining, and the last thing you want to do is even think about more water, but if you drink lots of it, you'll fill up and not think so much about snacking. It's the one standby diet trick I use all the time.

Brandy said...

I like the rain and the cold, so we are opposites there.
Good luck with the dieting, I'm a snacker too, but I usually grab a handful of almonds or walnuts. *g*
On the quiz I was apple cider as well, and I PROMISE, I don't get nasty when I get cold! *G*

Have a good weekend.

Is there a movie or something your DH would like to watch on a rainy day?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I hope your weekend is going well! DS had to do the bug project last year (although just collect 15) for our homeschooling co-op. We opted for corpses.

groovyoldlady said...

I am "Changing leaves. Pretty, but soon dead."

I'd better try that scavanger hunt before I kick the bucket.