Friday, 3 December 2010


Here's my November reading - hardly finished anything this month - I've got another 4 or 5 books I started in November, but I got sidetracked. I thought I'd put all my reviews in with this post so sorry it's all a bit random :)

111. The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest by Stieg Larsson

Wow, I’ve finally finished the Millennium Trilogy. The start was a bit slow in this book, but goodness the story really revved up from the middleish onwards. My fave character was Lisbeth, so I was glad when the story focused on her moreso. I was continually getting confused with characters names - which was frustrating, but I don't think took away from my enjoyment. Despite Mikke’s apparent ‘animal magnetism’ to the ladies *snigger* -- I found his jumping into bed with another lady a bit tiresome, (he's journalisms answer to James Bond) and I'm sure a throw back to Larssons inner 14 year old boy - who wouldn't want 'teh ladies' falling all over them. From now on Mikke shall be called LL Cool M. I'm glad I read the series, even with all the hype, I enjoyed them regardless of what everybody thought. Did I think they were the greatest thing ever - no, and I'll probably not read them again, but I did have lots of fun reading them.

112. The Elusive Bride by Stephanie Laurens

This is the 2nd book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I quite enjoyed this, although I'm reading it out of order it hasn't been hard to follow the story, when I'd finished The Brazen Bride, I remember reading somewhere that there was too much smexy time in it, but this kinda seemed to have the same amount - the difference being, I think, is that in this story the lady isn't so forward about her liking for the horizontal mambo. As with the third book, there isn't a lot of explanation of who the bad guys are, or what it is they've done, just that they're evil, nefarious and wear lots of black - oohh, maybe they're models! But I did enjoy the action, lots of swashbuckling fun and games.

113. Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts

Laine and Jenny reminded me of Sookie and Loralai from Gilmore Girls and the banter bwtween Laine and Max was well written. This was a good fun read. I'm enjoying going through Roberts' stand alone titles, I've read a few of her older titles, they're light and fluffy and perfect for decompressing my brain between uni reading. It’s somehow part of the In Death series with Det. Eve Dallas – which I don’t quite get since that’s set in the future. Apparently this was previously published as Remember When, Part 1. I did try to work it all out but I was in danger of my head exploding.

114. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The first in the Alex Rider series, I've read the Spy High series, but this was much more enjoyable. Both in plot and character. Obviously there is total suspension of reality - metal eating paste disguised as acne cream - but it was lots of fun to read. I still hold out hope that they’ll make the rest into movies. Either way, I'll happily be finishing the rest of the series!


Monday, 15 November 2010

Let's do the mash! The monster mash!

I've been busy busy lately, trying to finish all my categories for the 1010 and 100 in 2010 on LibraryThing, that I haven't posted any reviews. So I thought I'd have at it and whack a couple on the old blog. Here goes lovelies, gird things and whatnot it's a monster mashup!! Linkage isn't working, cause I'm lazy - also why there are no photo's of covers <--- It actually is, totally using LibraryThing from now on, I don't have to separately add links. Huzzah!

First up is:

65. Love in a Time of Zombies by Paul Gude

I got this for a couple of dollars through my kindle app. A bargain! And well worth it, it was a lot of fun.

Sex and zombies. That's all you really need to know. (That's the very helpful product description on Amazon).

I love this book, so far it's been my favourite zombie book to date. I know the above Sex and Zombies sounds kinda eww, and while there is some boomchica it's mostly between the non infected. (Y'all can rest easy now ;D).

I don't know if it was supposed to be as funny as it was. At the time I was reading this I was playing Zombie Farm on my iPhone a lot. When the zombies are running round the farm they yell out "brains? brains?" All in a tiny high pitched voice. So that's the voice that all the zombies in the book had while I was reading it - the zombies in the book all run around asking "Brains". They stop at crossings, drive cars, anwser the phone and in general - just want hugs! Not quite the usual zombie, but still just as creepy.

The story centers around Roy and Kim, exes who are trying to get outta Seattle without getting dead. They do this with lots of sarcasm, witty banter, smexy flirting, violence and some shop lifting. I think it also helps that they're both a little crazy. In fact, most of the characters that you meet along the way are a little skewed.

The whole infection part of the story is kinda hazy, it's explained a little, but not in any depth. I think this part of the story could've been expanded and the correlation between the infestation and Roy's dreams.

But overall, this was fun, perfect for some breezy holiday reading. And really - who doesn't love some crazy zombie capers.

Next it's a back to Portland...

101. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

I actually really enjoyed this novella, I felt that it was slightly better written and I liked the Bree character, I enjoyed her more than some of the other characters introduced in Breaking Dawn, it's a pity that she gets dead as I think she would've added a nice dynamic to the last book. And although they barely take off, I enjoyed her relationships with both male vampires that befriend her.

This is written as one long chapter, which made for easy reading and gave a nice insight into the newborns and how they were manipulated, it further touched on the dynamics of their group, that you only saw glimpses of in Eclipse. For those that liked the Riley character, it also has a tiny bit more about his relationship with Victoria, (although the character is only referred to as 'She' throught the novella). Although I felt like he was manipulated by Victoria in Eclipse, in the novella it seemed like he knew more about what was happening, so it made me like the character less.

The alternate story unfolding around the events in Eclipse flesh out the original story and compliment it well. Although there is nothing to say this couldn't be read as a stand alone if you didn't want to read the rest of the series.

Obviously, if you like the original series, you'll end up reading this, if you don't continue to feel free to hate on it. I know that this series is wildly popular in both love and hate camps. But when all's said and done, I enjoyed this just like the others, not as anything literary or spectacularly written, just as another wee slice of fun and frivolity and for a change there's no mooning, brooding, creepy stalking and sadly no smexy abs *sigh* (Okay maybe a little brooding, but it wouldn't be Twilighty goodness without it!)

And lastly, but certainly not least - Whedonverse :)

102. Spike: After the Fall by Brian Lynch; art by Franco Urru

It was great to be able to see what had happened to the rest of the gang, post apocalyptic Angel & Co. Vs Wolfram & Hart fight to the death. This takes off after the fight, LA has been transported to Hell, Wesley is dead, Spike and Fred/Illyria have teamed up and are fighting the big bad in Hell, there are cameos from Gunn and Connor/Stephen (I always wondered if the name was picked intentionally with the ‘I know my first name is Stephen’ movie in mind - sorry, tangent!). Angel doesn’t appear (he’s got his own After the Fall series). But I’m assuming that there will be crossover. I don’t love the illustrations, but it was great to see Spike back to his tally ho bad guys days and I like the Fred/Illyria characters slipping between each other. It adds a nice dynamic to the character. And what’s this – could there be romance budding between our two heroes?? Which could be kinda cool, but I don’t know 100% about that yet, cause even though he's dead I'm still a fan of the Fredly combo. I read this over the weekend and was then 'forced' to watch the last episode of Angel, the one where Fred gets infected by Illyria and the puppet episode (just for giggles). Needless I was all a bit crying at the end, remembering the good old days, both Buffy and Angel are still favourites of mine and it’s nice to visit Whedonverse
every now and again. I've been constantly impressed with the Buffy/Angel comics, they don't let fans down, IMO.

Enjoy. I know I did. And HELLO! I've made it to the grand old total of 111 read so far, 3 more than last year and am partway through books, 112, 113, & 114 :) I'm so awesome, I'm kicking my own arse!


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Dragon Prime by Lora Leigh

He is a Prime Warrior of the Dragon Clan. An alien on Earth. Fighting a battle that could tip the balance between two separate worlds. But now his greatest mission isn’t the battle, or the blood of the enemy. It’s the love of one woman’s heart. One he’s lost once already and vows he will not lose again.

This is another book I've read for my Erotica Romance Reading Challenge 2010. While I do love me some Lora Leigh, this was definately not my fave. This was a little more science fictioney than her breeds series, (don't ask me the difference between shagging an alien or a man/lion hybrid - I know both options aren't a reality, I can't explain it!).

There are the standard - alpha hero that won't let anything stand in the way of getting the woman and the feisty lady who has been running from him. But for some reason this wasn't doing it for me this time. Maybe if I'd read the Wizard Twins books (which are loosely connected0, I may have liked this more. But over all, while this still had Lora's smexy romps and her witty one liners there was no happy ending for moi - unlike our hero & heroine, they go off like nobodies bid'ness!

I would recommend instead you check out her Breeds series if you like your erotica with a science fictioney edge, or her contempory 'Nauti' series. Which is one of her best in my opinion. Her 'Bound Hearts' is another excellent series, although I would say don't read the last two they were nowhere near as good a the earlier ones written for Ellora's Cave.

Happy endings to one and all!


Saturday, 4 September 2010

The Friday 56

Well, it's technically Saturday now, but I was busy out getting my drink on last night, so I didn't get around to doing this, so it's catchup time.

This weeks is taken from 'The Digging-est Dog' by Al Perkins. Some little library goer left it behind :(

"They dragged me up out of the pit."

About the Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
  • Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Unbroken by Maya Banks

Well I know you've all been waiting, full of excitement, for my very first post from my Erotic Romance Reading Challenge 2010. I started things off with a bang - thanks to Maya Banks!

I gotta say I do love Maya's writing, she has the perfect mix of funny, sexy, with great stories and characters I actually like reading about. Unbroken is three novellas, with the central characters all living in the same town.


Jake made the ultimate mistake - falling in love with Ellie, his best friends wife. Distance was the only solution, but it prevented him from seeing what a bastard his friend turned out to be. Now Ellie is free from the bondage of her past, and Jake waits. Needing, wanting, and ready for her when she spreads her wings.


Gracie is tired of the men in her life never fulfilling her vivid sexual fantasies. When Luke overhears her talking about what she really wants, he's stunned - and very turned on. So Gracie thinks no man can satisfy her? He aims to prove her wrong.


Payton is the last woman Wes ever expected or wanted to see again. He's come a long way since their awkward teenage encounter, and his ego needs no reminder. Payton harbours no such reservations about catching up on old times, if she could just get him over his mental block. But that's nothing a blindfold and a little mad seduction scheme can't fix...

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, mad seduction schemes, drop dead sexy hunks, and a menage a trois.

How can you say no? I happily said yes, yes, oh yes!

One thing I love about Maya's characters is that the women are nice and sassy, they're not afraid to go after what they want. While there is swooning, they're not weak. And they make me laugh. A lot. I'm often surprised I don't wake anyone else with all my snorting. The other thing I love about Maya's books is they're so easy to reread. Which is pretty much what I did when I came to the end of Unbroken.

Although that did have something to do with the fact that I felt obligated to read both my ebook and print versions, (yes in all my excitement I bought both versions without knowing it), as you get to know me you'll realise impulse control isn't my strong point when it comes to books. Proof in the pudding - I just bought 11 new books, halfway through writing this post - it was all the Maya Banks talk. I HAD to buy her new Kelly Group International series and it snowballed from there. But I digress...

And of course, there's the smexy bits! Maya has a knack for writing HOT sexy scenes, they don't seem over the top or fake, (or course since it's a book we're reading, the boys are always hung and the girls always come :P Maybe not what always happens in reality, but I'm not complaning!).

If you like your sexy books with some smoking hot lovin' and a healthy dose of laughs, I totally recommend this.

And check out the cover - that's some hot manflesh right there!


Saturday, 21 August 2010

Oh yes...cause I need me another reading challenge.

I was playing about on the net tonight and discovered the Erotica Romance Reading Challenge 2010. So I of course thought to myself, 'Self, you don't have enough reading challenges, you're only doing like 5 - what's one more?' So I decided to add another one. Wait I'm not finished, I went a little challenge crazy and found another one - Contempory Romance Reading Challenge 2010.

In all honesty, they would probably be the two easiest of my challenges to complete, I tend to read within this genre the most. Plus I'm thinking it'll be the kick in the arse that I need to finish a few of the books I've bought over the past year - the majority I haven't read yet. When it comes to books, my impulse control is seriously lacking!!

I'm all cited to start and have chosen to read Maya Banks' Sweet Surrender to begin, (thought I'd better get my butt into gear and read the first four before the next one comes out!!).


Friday, 20 August 2010

Friday 56

Thought I'd try something new - The Friday 56 - tonight ima give gonna give you a little snippet from Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston, my very handy mouse mat of the moment!

He stared down at her and she stared up at him. She kept smiling even when he didn't. Finally, he asked, "What time did we agree on?"

About the Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
  • Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
Well that's it folks, my first Friday 56. Le Awesome. Enjoy your weekend kids.


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Before I went away I was lucky enough to receive a proof of one Stephanie Laurens new titles from the lovely people at HarperCollins, yay twitter!! So here's my review - late as usual, but that's just how I roll.

The Brazen Bride (Black Cobra Quartet, book three). 432 pgs of swashbucking adventure, saucy excapades and smexy behaviour!

This was released in July, so Laurens readers would most likely have already read this, but if you're one of the uninitiated - I definately recommend giving this book and the rest of the series a closer look. As per my usual lazy self I've used the blurb from the HarperCollins website

They're bold, courageous, resolute . . . ex-officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known only as the Black Cobra.

Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission—only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he.

Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she rescues a warrior—only to find her heart under siege.

Bound by passion, linked by need, together they must brave the enemy's gauntlet to win all their hearts' desire.

I haven't read many of Stephanie's books, but I liked this. I hadn't read the first two books in the series, but I was mostly able to follow what was happening with the plot and storylines. Linnet Trevission is not the typical romance heroine. She's Captain of the Esperance, sometimes in the employ of the English Navy. She is living at Mon Coeur, with her rag tag family when the lucious Logan Monteith is literally swept onto her doorstep.

And so begins the next chapter in the Black Cobra quartet, with Linnet's help, Logan may just manage to to complete his part of the mission to bring down the Black Cobra. Sounds dramatic, I know, but it is rather. There's lots of action, with sea battles and sword fights in dark alleys with nasty assassins. All in all it's lots of fun. One thing I didn't like about the story, (without going into too much detail), was how easily Linnet changed her mind at the end. She's all whiny about her independence and not needing a man. Which will totes make sense when you read the book for yourself!! The other thing I'm still not sure about is the relationship between Alex and Daniel (the bad guys), half brothers, lovers??? Far be it from me to deny anyone some bum fun, but I'm not sure what it has to do with the story and it's a bit incesty, which gives it an ick factor. Maybe it makes more sense having read the first two books in the series.

Overall, an awesome time was had by me, it was the perfect way to start my holiday reading. It was a nice change of pace from the other books I'd been reading. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series.


Monday, 19 July 2010

This is the worst holiday blog in the history of holiday blogs...I get a prize for that right???

In case you can't count this is only the second post I've done since starting my trip, my access to the interwebs has been sadly lacking. On the upside, I've been having a grand old time galavanting around the country side. While I didn't get to Monet's Gardens, we did have two days at Disneyland, after Versailles. Which turned out to be perfect as we got to go to both parks, I discovered a fave new ride (and have the photo to prove it!). It was a keister load busier this time around and would probably not go during June-July again. Although if you do stay at one of their hotels, you get two hours in the park before it opens to the plebs...unless of course you run into evil worker William, who won't let you in 'cause you don't have the other pass, 'cause that's with your cuj, who's already in the park, and besides *I* wanted to sit on a park bench for an hour anyway >.< rarrgh!!! Apart from that and a little incident where Jake and I got stuck on a ride it was awesome! I think I also own half of Disney's stores now, can't help myself, it's all so cute.

After Paris, we had a couple of days in London to rest up and visit some more family, which was lovely, both as we hadn't seen Uncle Bill for ages and I got to meet family I'd never met before and because we got to see some English countryside, we even went over the hill that is in the opening credits of Vicar of Dibley. After a quick rest it was off to Dublin. We stayed at Trinity College, which is brilliant, I got to see part of the Book of Kells, which is housed there. Words can't really describe it, that there is something that old, still in relatively good condition, the colours are still so vibrant and just imagining how difficult it would've been to get all the different coloured paints, (crushed beetles, copper, lapis luzuli, from Persia, the Mediterranean and Afghanistan). It would've been great to have seen more, but they only display one page of illuminations and one of text. With the other two books in a separate part of the student library.

I also got to walk through the old library, apparently it's the longest building of it's kind 65 yards(?) long. I was itching to get in there though as none of it's alphabetised, they're on the shelf big to little in genres and much of it's in Latin, so really, I wouldv'e been in a bit of a pickle - so good thing Wombat & I went to the Guinness factory instead! More on that later, I'm bushed and I've got to get some beauty sleep so I can convincingly sound like I know what the hell I'm talking about when we visit the Tates tomorrow.

Until next time auf wiedersehen lovelies.


Friday, 2 July 2010

Bon Jour!

Well this is the first chance I've had to sit down and write a blog post, little or no interwebs makes Cathy a cranky girl. But I can't complain too much, I'm sitting in a Maccas in Versaille! We had a lovely day walking around the palace, we had lunch in the gardens, then hopped onto a mini train thingy to have a look at the gardens further out and at Marie-Antoinette's 'mini' house. Very stately and not quite so ever the top as the palace.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Louvre, which was quite busy, as it's school holidays in Paris atm, but I mananged to see a tiny bit of it! There was the bone crushing visit to see Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. I only managed to walk through the galleries with the Spanish and Italian paintings, I saw a little bit of Egyptian statues, but the exhibit I wanted to see didn't start until the next day. I've got some great photos, but I'll have to wait to post them, as I need to buy a card reader, but trust me - there shall be photo's, oh yes there shall.

The night before that we visited Le Tour Eiffel, which I'm with SJP on this one, looks lovely lit up and we managed to time it right so we saw it all sparkly (nobody told me it was a Cullen!), but it was good to see it at night, as last year Asha and I saw it during the day.

Hopefully we get to visit Monet's gardens tomorrow, and if we have time pick up some tappas!! Fingers crossed it won't be too long before I get to post again, but until then stay classy Australia :)


Monday, 31 May 2010

Cathy & Julia Part Duex

Well, Saturday nights French extravaganza didn't go quite according to plan, prtly because I was feeling lazy, but mostly as I've been sick. So I'm shooting for next weekend, as I feel marginally better.

Can I say I suck, I've just found this draft, which I started on 31st May last year, it's now 7th Dec 2011 and I don't think I made anything French - I didn't end up have the delcious french dinner.  On the plus side, perhaps since I now own both volumes of the cook book in question, I will actually get off my arse and make something from them once I move into my new place.


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

No Longer Mine by Shiloh Walker

I was happily playing on the net on Sunday night, catching up on new book titles coming out and I found a most wonderful blog Leontine's Book Realm lots of lovely reviews and it was here that I found her review of No Longer Mine. So of course in this age of instant gratification I bought it from Amazon and in the twitch of a whisker there it was on my iPhone - imagine my delight! This was at 2 in the morning, I of course was going to be on my best behaviour and only read the first couple of chapters. That was before I started the story, once I started I didn't want to stop - I did at 5:30 in the morning, after I'd read the whole thing. Here's what all my fuss is about!

As usual, I've used the blurb from Amazon, cause Ima lazy biatch. This was purchased in ebook format, at the very affordable price of US $6.40.

One woman, one man, and a love that won't let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki's heart comes back into her life she doesn't know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he's made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he's done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he's prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he'll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can't destroy.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

****Here Be Spoilers and my review :)****

What can I say, this book had me as soon as I started reading it, from the first chapter I was hooked. I think I spent the majority of the book with my hand on my chest, having a little cry every now and then, it's just that kinda book, a little bit dramatic I know, but the story got to me. In most romance stories, the main characters don't have quite so much angst to deal with. This story seems to be heavier in subject matter than usual, I know that you need something that needs to be resolved for the characters to move on and I think anyone reading this would be hard pressed to not be moved by the story.

Walker does this without being too sentimental, it's written with honesty and feeling. It's heartbreaking without being too superficial or sentimental. I was wondering what it would be like as Walker herself had said it wasn't her finest writing, but to be honest I didn't even notice and normally shit like that annoys me, but I was too busy loving it.

There were a few times when the characters made me cranky, I was wanting to slap Wade upside the head Gibbs style. The scene with Wade and Leanne at dinner when Wade hears about Jason's death was particulary difficult to read and I found it hard to like him at that point. And while Nikki's stubborness was frustrating at times, it was refreshing that she wasn't just another character that just 'gives in', which often happens in these types of stories.

Then again, I could handle Walker drawing out the teasey bits as it made it all the sweeter when they finally get together, even if it's not 100% outta love on both sides. And as sexy bits go it was rather sexy, although slightly tamer than what I've been reading lately. But it read real to me, it wasn't over the top, just two people rediscovering, in all their hot nekkid glory, what they've lost and could have again if they can forgive each other. (As an aside, what's up with all the car sex?? It's all up in my shit lately, I think the last 3 or 4 books I've read have had some auto loving - not in the creepy "Mmm hello exhaust pipe" kinda way, but in the "Lets christen the car"!!).

I do wish that there was more, I would've loved to have been able to explore Nikki and Wade's world more. To see where they went after the final chapter. One can dream, I would also love to see a story between Dylan (Nikki's older brother) and Kris (her editor), as there seemed to be a story there.

Overall, this book is of teh awesome, I've actually read it through again, twice. I love it when you find a book like that. It's only made me want to read more of Walker's books, which are on my ever increasing Mt. TBR, which is threatening to topple and crush me in my sleep. Bring it on for Fragile and Broken, I wants to read them. Now.


P.S: FYI, I asked Walker if she was considering a sequel, with Dylan and Kris' story. And it's already out (and I had bought it the same night as NLM), colour me stupid!! So expect a review on Always Yours once I'm done. And yay! I don't have to wait to read it.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Cathy & Julia

Earlier on in the year I watched Julie & Julia, which I loved. For those living under a rock it's the story of Julie Powell who decides to cook all 536 recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the art of French Cooking, while blogging about it. On the flip side it tells the story of Julia Child's life at the beginning of her culinary career and throughout the creation and publication of her cookbook.

It was a fun movie, I thought Meryl Streep did a fantastic job and the delicious Stanley Tucci who played her husband. Amy Adams was great as Julie Powell. I loved her in Sunshine Cleaning also. I loved the scenes with Julie creating the recipes, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the Julia part of the movie more than the Julie. i haven't read the book (or much of the blog, I did have a play after I saw the movie, but Julie hasn't really added anything for a few years).

So all enthused, I've borrowed Volumes 1 & 2 of Mastering the art of French Cooking (no I'm NOT goind to be cooking every recipe), what I will be doing is have a French night, which I haven't done for ages. But I'll choose starters, main, dessert - the whole hog, just not turbacyducken style, there be slightly more class. While I'm attempting the madness, I'll try and take photos and post the recipes that I choose.


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

I need minions and lots of them.

Well the shiny has officially worn off of uni. Now I'm all just hurry up and finish the semester already. Not that I'm not enjoying my subjects, I just shouldn't have chosen two. The good thing is that there's not a management text in sight! Joy :)
Apart from that I've been lazy, I need to post a gazillion book reviews, I've already read some great stuff this year, and happily only a couple of crap books. I've discoveredthe wonderful world of Kindle, with an iPhone app. It's great to be able to go anywhere and know that I've got a half dozen books to choose from. So much easier that carrying a bag full of books. But I gotta say, I still prefer having an actual book in my hands :) But what do you expect - I'm surrounded by books everyday.

It's been a busy couple of months, Sloppy nearly lost her other eye, (instead she got an eye lift!), which was way better than the alternative. I don't know what I'd do without my bundle of purr. So now she actually looks like her eye is open, which is kinda funny after 8 years of squinty face.

And because after all that stress, I'm giving myself some holidays! It's off to Europe again, this time with the family. This time I'll be spending more time in London, I'll also get to visit Ireland and the Oxygen Festival with Jake. I'm also looking forward to a week in Paris and where ever else my fancy feet feel like taking me. Looking forward to it.

Well that's it for tonight, You stay classy, San Diego.


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Hippy New Year (March is the new January!)

It's been awhile folks, how was the end of '09 for you? It's been that long I can hardly remember! Christmas was good, rather quiet, I stayed in Mildura, as the boys were over from the UK and it was Holly's Christening. Apart from that and eating WAY to much crap, not much happened - good Christmas all in all. New Year was celebrated with copious amounts of bubbles, a heart attack (Rustyn was introduced to sparklers - NEVER AGAIN!! Or at least until he is old and I can't see him playing with them), Scary!! He of course thought it was hilarious to chase everyone around with said sparkler.

But now I'm off to Office Works, gotta buy stuff for Uni, looking forward to this semester, I'm doing electives Children's Services and Marketing so it'll make a nice change to more Management subjects.


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