Morning folks! Just your friendly neighborhood C&M in a funk. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it largely has to do with being SO fucking sick of winter. I’m ready for some sunshine and to get my hands in the Earth, play with the dogs in the yard, maybe do some hiking and just enjoy it NOT getting dark at 6 pm.
This mood has bled into my reading. Since I’m a mood reader, if I read anything while not in the mood for that genre, you can pretty much bet I’m not going to like it. But then at the same time, I feel really weird not reading anything. So, my strategy to try to beat my funk, was to select a random book NOT on my TBR list and just give it a wing. I choose Chasing Graves. I am enjoying it, so hopefully it will turn this funk around soon.
I had a temporary reprieve from my funk when Miss Moth came and stayed the night this past Saturday. We had our lovely book club meeting, in which we tried the Impossible Burger crumbles currently being tested at Qdoba, and chatted about cannibalism over lunch. One of the many reasons I love our book club.
I’ll tell you where I’m currently NOT in a funk (for once). Writing. I decided to give trying to write another book a go. I started years ago but ultimately, dropped it when my grandfather passed away. I guess it just wasn’t the same without him cheering me on.
My 2018 bookish resolutions were to continue working on the list of series and standalones I had created two years ago. Well….I want to say I failed but that would mean that I made NO progress, which isn’t the case. I was only a small percent successful is how I’ll choose to frame it.
Series to continue: 19% progress made
Standalones: 8% progress made
ARCs read in 2018: 7
Reading and reviewing ARCs was a new adventure last year and while I enjoyed it, I think I’ll slow down with it in 2019.
This brings me to my bookish resolutions for the New Year:
READ FAT, EPIC FANTASY NOVELS
BEGIN RE-READING THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
For this reason I will be drastically scaling back on the Goodreads Yearly Reading Challenge. I missed the mark on that this past year too. So, 25 will be this year’s goal so there is hardly any pressure to read anything that isn’t a doorstop.
I don’t do resolutions outside of books because I almost never keep them BUT I am really looking forward to things we have planned in 2019. Another vacation, more home renovation. sky diving, etc.
What are your big plans for 2019?? (Book related or not.)
Oh no! The best holiday of the year has come to an end. Alas, it was a fangtastic day!
It also happens to be my husband and I’s wedding anniversary. So we went out to lunch and then last minute candy shopping for trick or treaters. I’ve actually never handed out candy before. I’m usually running around everywhere doing all the things besides handing out candy. It was a lot of fun. We give out giant handfuls of candy. We want all the kids to love Halloween as much as we do and there was nothing better than seeing the looks on their faces when we piled them up with the good stuff. We received a lot of “WOWs” and “OMGs” and every single kid said “Thank you” and “Happy Halloween” enthusiastically. It’s our goal to become a known Halloween destination every year.
Here’s a couple pics of yours truly waiting for the kids to arrive:
We finished the night with watching Hocus Pocus since it had been years since I last watched it and it’s now the 20th anniversary.
How was your Halloween?? I must scurry off to get ready for work now but I would love to hear about it!
Now not the actual flying squirrels with cute caped armpits, I’m talking about these chunky fucks:
The Fox Squirrel.
Ozzy’s arch nemesis.
Yesterday, I got home from work and promptly took the dogs outside. One of these chunky fucks was apparently surprised by our arrival even though we were not quiet about it. The dogs tree’d him in the smallest tree in the yard. Mind you, this tree is still twice my height. There was no chance that the dogs could actually get to him. Despite this, I didn’t want the dogs harassing him. So ring around the tree I go, trying to grab Ozzy because once I wrangle him, Samus will follow. Dogs are fast though so this was not working. The whole time the squirrel is chattering his fool head off.
Finally, I stop, put my hands on my hips and kindly explain to the squirrel that he needs to shut the fuck up because it’s just keeping the dogs all riled up.
MOTHER FUCKER LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT ME LIKE I’M THE NEXT AVAILABLE GODDAMN TREE.
I scream the world’s most pathetic scream, which I think caused him to realize, “OH SHIT THIS IS NOT A TREE” and he lands on my foot and scampers off up a giant maple tree.
Now I am forever scarred by the image of a fat, brown fuck with tail helicoptering coming at me from above.
Trains you in what? Pharmacy, of course you crack heads! (Speaking of crack heads, an interesting past week in the pharmacy, I caught one of our regulars stealing over the counter items. It’s a little obvious though when you swipe a whole shelf. So if you’re going to steal guys, don’t take the whole fucking shelf.)
Things are finally calming down a wee bit but the next couple of days I have to dedicate my evenings to writing a new technician training manual for the pharmacy. The new tech starts Friday. (I’ve been attempting to get this manual done since we got back from Nashville but with all the overtime since firing The Great Tampon Thief, I just couldn’t squeeze it in.) I’m going to make myself look really good as lead technician and be late that day. Samus has an appointment with a new vet we’ve seen in town for Ozzy. It’s just for her yearly things but she’s a very fearful dog so vet visits are always stressful for her and I both. The on-duty pharmacist knows of course so I’m sure it will be fine but first impressions and all.
Other than that, not a whole lot going on. I’ve finally been able to squeeze more reading in again and started Beyond Redemption which is so dark, it’s juicy. In the beginning of August, Ignited Moth and I begin a buddy read on A Plague of Giants. You’d think we did buddy reads more often but it only happens every couple of years. Probably should change that Ms. Moth. 😉
How did we get here already? And why the hell is it so fucking hot?
I only finished (actually am still technically working on) three out of the four books I planned to read in June. Life just won’t slow down right now. We fired one of the technicians at work so it’s been busier, mostly because one of the pharmacists has also been on vacation since this happened. We were going to hire another technician anyway but now we just need to do it a little sooner.
What did previous technician get fired for your wondering? Well, among many things over the years, the final straw was stealing over the counter stuff. Tampons, sunscreen, sun tanning lotion. Stupid shit. Now they’ve earned the monikor, The Great Tampon Thief.
You might be wondering, Were they poor? Could they really not afford these things? The answer is no. Financially, they were just fine. Either it was the thrill or they thought the company owned them these things or a combination of the two.
Besides being extra busy, the atmosphere in the pharmacy is much better. They brought a black cloud to hang over the workplace every day. They will not be missed.
So what can we expect from C&M in July?
Not much of fucking anything. Maybe cleaning up some reading and hopefully going to back to being free to read whatever I want. I feel like reading some non-fiction here soon. My brain craves knowledge.
Oh I might bake something this week. Doesn’t happen enough anymore so that’s exciting.
Being a homeowner is awesome. But some days, you have to do less awesome things. Tonight, we have the exterminator coming to give us a quote on spraying for wasps.
While it’s money I really don’t want to spend, my husband is deathly allergic. One got into the house last night and was on the curtains a foot above his head. He almost died of panic attack AND bee sting.
Besides that though, I’m hoping to get a lot done around the house and TO the house this three day weekend coming. Along with a potential trip to the bookstore. *SQUEELS*
I survived! Despite being sick, we were able to rock the party until 2:30 am. (My boss and his girlfriend are party monsters and close out every one of our parties.) Hosting a party is a lot of work and can get expensive quick, but it’s almost always worth the hassle. It was a great party, lots of fun was had and new friends were made. Special thanks to Ignited Moth for riding in on her white horse to help save the day! (Meaning she helped me whip together the food before people started to arrive.)
The dessert: Lemon Cupcakes
Recipe Here. (Now obviously, I did not do the raspberry frosting. Instead, we went with a mousse that Ignited Moth taught me to make years ago. Of which, she whipped up personally for me. I think I’ve posted it before but I’ll post it again.)
Lemon Mousse: 1 package lemon instant pudding, 1 tub cool whip and milk. Add just enough milk to pudding mix to make a cake batter like consistency, then fold in cool whip. Fold until blended. Do not over blend.)
The rest of the things I made I did not get pictures of but I’m going to post links to some of the recipes as they turned out really well. Besides these few things, I threw together chicken salad and egg salad croissant sandwiches, pin wheel ham & cheese sandwiches, fruit bowl and spinach artichoke dip with crackers and bread. (All of which were store bought besides the egg salad.)
Remember folks, it’s important to feed people when you have them over drinking. It’s so easy to get trashed on an empty stomach. If you want them to be able to drive home sober, feed and water them. Also, be willing to take their keys and have them stay the night. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.
Damn the person that spread this sickness to me! Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I currently have the head cold of the century (or at least it feels that way) and it’s seriously cramping my style. I have had so much do this past week and the bare minimum has been done. I did happen to knock out some comics though thanks to having zero initiative to read anything that requires more focus.
Tomorrow we’re throwing a 30th birthday party for my husband’s best friend and there is still so much to do. I love hosting parties though since we bought our house. (It’s already been almost a year since we closed, crazy!) I’ve probably pinned half a million party ideas on Pinterest and look forward to implementing so many of them. But, the next 36 hours is going to require so much more energy than I have. Time to drown myself in caffeine and PCP. (I kid.)
It’s 8:30 am and I’ve just finished boiling rice for a pup with an upset stomach. (Rice + pumpkin = upset tummy relief.) He’s still acting a little lethargic but otherwise, everything else is fine. If he doesn’t perk up today though, a vet visit is in his near future. (He was just there two weeks ago for a check up and diagnosis of a bump on his leg, hystiocytoma. A tumor that is benign and resolves itself in a couple of weeks time.)
Anywho, this post is mostly to complain about my self control that is slowly slipping away. For so long while we were saving for the house, I barely bought any books. Every extra cent was literally going into purchasing our new mini-kingdom. I don’t have to do that anymore. So the thing that’s eating away at me? The need to buy a boatload of books.
Now you might say, I don’t see the problem here Cupcakes! Friend, you would be right. Mostly. The problem is that I already have approximately 100 books waiting to be read around my house. I haven’t counted in a couple years so that is just an educated guess.
The second problem, that it conflicts with one of my New Year’s resolutions. To read as much from the library as possible before my access to the good library expires in December. Making next year’s resolution to knock a huge chunk out of my personal TBR piles at home.
Plus, I have a business trip out of state in June and a big family vacation in December that I should be saving for too.
See? So many complications.
I do have a $20 giftcard to Barnes and Noble from my birthday that I still need to use. I’m hoping it helps quench that thirst but the fact that someone showed me Bookoutlet.com is probably what’s causing the real problem. Do you know how many books you could get at the website for the $35 minimum for free shipping? A fucking lot!