June 2008

Earworm alert!

I’ve had Cloud Cult’s “Everybody Here Is a Cloud” stuck in my head for weeks now. Ack! Actually, several Cloud Cult songs seem to be vying for ascendency – “Pretty Voice“, “When Water Comes to Life“, “Hurricane and Fire Survival Guide”… 

Moving right along – I have fallen behind in my reading updates, haven’t I?!

Reading Update
To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning. The second of the Highlander series, but the last one I read – my, but it’s humbling having one’s dirty little reading secrets out here for the world to see…
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning. Bit of a send up of the time traveling Highlander romance genre.
Staying Dead (Retrievers, Book 1) Laura Anne Gilman. I much enjoyed this urban fantasy and am already looking forward to reading the next few books – but I sure hope they were printed in a serif font. I hate reading books sans serif…
Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, Book 1) by Nora Roberts. Maggie’s an independent glass artist who tangles with Rogan, a Dublin gallery owner. Rogan might’ve been a predecessor to the ever yummy Roarke.
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts. Normal decent Nora Roberts fare, set in Alaska.
Night Shift, Night Shadow, Nightshade, Night Smoke, Night Shield, and Night Moves (Night Tales) by Nora Roberts. The first five books are all related in some way, which makes Night Moves rather puzzling. I could definitely tell that one of the characters was a step leading to Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
Blackout by Annie Solomon. Nicely done suspenseful romantic fiction about a woman whose memory is missing… is she a murderer? Or not?
Tempting Danger and Mortal Danger (The Lupi, Books 1 & 2) by Eileen Wilks. An intense and enjoyable paranormal romance series set in San Diego, featuring Detective Lily Yu.
Black Magic Woman (Quincy Morris Supernatural Investigation, Book 1) by Justin Gustainis. If you’re a fan of the Harry Dresden series, you might want to give this new series a try – it’s very compelling and well-written (and Jim Butcher helped the author get started).
The Touch of Twilight (The Third Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson. Abandoned before Chapter 5 – I can’t remember enough about the first two books for this to make any sense! Obviously I need to wait until all 12 signs are out and then read the series…
Night Shift (Jill Kissmet, Book 1) by Lilith Saintcrow. This is the first book in a brand-new paranormal series by Saintcrow, whose Dante Valentine series was impossible to put down. If the next book is as intense and well-written as Night Shift, I’ll be very happy indeed!

You might’ve notice that enjoy reading a series more so than standalone books. I think it’s because I enjoy getting to know a set of characters and following their lives.


Am I the only one who discovers cat toys in her bag when she gets to work? Are they sending me presents, or sending forth their toys to gather interesting new smells?


“I don’t care what Mom keeps singing. I’m not a cloud and I’m not going to evaporate. And you better bring my toys home with you, Mom!” -Mayhem

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Maybe my new rule should be

…if you’re going to be on the table, you’ll have to wear a bib. 🙂

“I do not like this rule.” -Mayhem

“I do not like this rule at all.” -Mayhem

“Have I mentioned how much I do not like this rule?” -Mayhem

“Really, this rule is too cruel.” -Mayhem

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Sometimes I think

…that I’m losing ground on my “no cats on the table” rule.

What cats? I don’t see any cats!” -Chaos

“What table? I don’t see any table!” -Mayhem

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Geographimetrical

If you can guess how many ounces of caffeine were consumed by KitKatKnit and friends on their roadtrip last weekend, you could win a goodie bag! Leave your guesses by midnight PDT, June 26.


I’m sure we all have little oddities that amuse us, right? One of mine is the congruence of geometry and geography. Sometimes they’re obvious…

And other times, maybe not so much.

“Oh, Mom – Euclidean geometry is so yesterday.” -Mayhem

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Some things that make me happy

  • Family and good friends (most definitely including you, my lovely blogfriends)
  • Walking around Lake of the Isles on a sunny summer day

  • Living in Minneapolis…

  • Which has nifty things like hybrid electric buses…

  • And quirky lawn art

  • And, of course, my silly kitties!

“Are you sure you want to call me silly, Mom? Absolutely, positively sure?” -Chaos

“Silly! Well, I never.” -Mayhem

Thanks, everyone, for your kind thoughts and words yesterday. I think getting out in the sunshine with my camera did help a bit.

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