Last Day Before Vaca!

Posted: July 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

This is my last day before vaca and I can’t wait for 4:30pm to come. Drop the mic cause I’m out!

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You might think this would be a post about Game of Thrones, which was AMAZING, by the way. But no, I thought I’d let that sit for a few days and just take in all the greatness of a show that really knows how to open a season.

But I digress…

Have you heard about this couple that is “unhappy” with Chip and Joanna Gains from Fixer Upper? This is one of the most ridiculous things I think I’ve ever read. I’ve linked an article above in case you’re interested. They are blaming Magnolia Real Estate for “deceiving” them and the city of Waco. Cause it’s Waco’s fault you moved into the house you did…

What it comes down to is that they’re upset because they bought a house in a bad neighborhood.

  1. People are unhappy with them because their taxes are going up due to the house being in their neighborhood at all (cause now it’s jacking with the property values of houses that aren’t worth a whole helluva lot and owe more in taxes).
  2. The home owners are angry about the noisy bar ACROSS the street.  It’s across the damned street. You knew it was there. Bars are loud. They’re bars.
  3. And now a drunk driver – probably from the bar – drove into their house.

Let’s talk about how this isn’t anyone’s fault but their own. Chip and Joanna Gains didn’t blind fold you when you drove up to the house. You saw what the neighborhood was like. In fact, I remember, very distinctly watching the show and saying “Don’t buy this house. This is a bad decision.” Having lived in a house that sat on the border of a depressed neighborhood, I can tell you, you know it going in. It’s not a surprise, or at least it shouldn’t be. There’s a reason the house was only like $25,000 and it wasn’t just because it was a shit hole.

What’s the first three rules of real estate? Location. Location. Location.

No one made you buy this house. You made that decision and you are completely responsible for it. My real estate agent showed me a ton of houses that were horrible, not what I wanted, and/or not in the right neighborhood. That was on me to make that decision. You’re unhappy with the choice you made. I get it. Sometimes that happens. But at the end of the day, you are an adult and YOU – not anyone else – are responsible for the decisions you made. Not Chip and Joanna Gains. And definitely not the city of Waco.

Suck it up, buttercup. This one’s on you.

 

Winter is Almost Here!

Posted: July 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

This post contains spoilers and some nudity! Be Advised.

So, let’s be honest. This Sunday is a day that I’ve been waiting more than a year for and so have many of you. IT’S GAME OF THRONES DAY!!! #GOT Baby

In honor of the premier of season 7, I’ve added some clips of my favorite GOT scenes.

Cause Drogo is still one of my favorites. I miss him so much!

Cause Daenerys is a badass!

Cause this is just an awesome conversation!

“I drink and I know things.” That’s all you need to know.

Cause Lyanna Mormont is AMAZING!

And just to bring your spirits back up I have something below that may make you pee your pants.

I’ve been reading a lot of erotica lately. I get on kicks and right now, this is where I am. Let me just say, not all erotica is the same. And anyone who starts throwing up Fifty Shades of Gray as a viable option, just stop reading right now. That is not good erotica and on a baser level, not good writing.

I read a couple of Maya Banks books which have a sweeter edge to them.

 

I’d previously read a few of her more BDSM oriented books,

 

so I knew I liked her writing style and voice. But even these had a charming kind of quality. Sometimes I can go for that but I tend to lean toward the hardcore, BDSM erotica. Those are the books that I find satisfying. In my quest for more, I thought I’d try a little Sylvia Day. That was a mistake. I took on Pleasures of the Night. Below is the book cover and the blurb from her website.

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In the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, a battle rages between Dream Guardians and Nightmares. Captain Aidan Crossis a legend, as skilled in fulfilling erotic dreams as he is with the glaive that kills his enemies. Women see Aidan as part of their fantasies . . . except Lyssa Bates. Exquisite, desirable, enigmatic Lyssa perplexes this immortal seducer because she sees him as he really is. And as he attempts to unravel her secrets the unthinkable occurs: Aidan Cross falls in love.

Lyssa has been having the most incredible dreams about a man whose blue eyes hold the promise of decadent pleasures and tempting intimacies. And then he appears on her doorstep! This intoxicating stranger is just as irresistible as the man of her dreams . . . but with her surrender there is also grave danger . . .

Because Aidan is on a mission, and the passion that consumes them body and soul could have dire consequences. Loving the mortal woman prophesied to destroy Aidan’s world is not only impossible . . it is forbidden.

This was not good. And I hate saying that because I know how hard it is to put an entire book together, pour your heart and soul into it, and just have it ripped apart. That’s one of the main reasons that I don’t review books on this site. But this was BAAAADDDD. The writing was sub-par. The sentence structure was repetitive and unimaginative. The guy kept calling her “Hot Stuff” which unless it’s 1952, and you’re in a gang that sings and dances to keep your territory, you shouldn’t use that phrase in the modern era. I wasn’t even sure what the hell was going on and then it turns that the dude’s an alien which came out of nowhere. Everyone had an Irish accent and I’m not sure why if they were aliens. There’s a second book in this series but I just don’t care. So, unless someone can really justify Sylvia Day’s other series to me, I think I might be done.

In order to cleanse my palate, I went back to a tried and true author. God help me, I love Kresley Cole and I just know she is a dirty bitch. I Heart_corazón.svg her more for it.

These are scorching hot. There’s a hard edge to the BDSM that I really enjoy. Her characters are well developed, the writing flows in a seamless manner, and her dudes are HOT! Not only that, her guys are particularly dominate, which I adore.

So, now I’m looking for suggestions. I’m not that knowledgeable about the erotica genre in general so if anyone knows of any good books, I’d like to hear it.

 

Vacation Stress

Posted: July 10, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Scarlett is two and deciding where to go on vacation has been an ongoing conversation. Not only in the near future, but in the coming year. Ross and I both have a “use it or loose it” type situation with our vacation time; him more so. I can bank up to so many hours and I’m running up against that hard limit, pretty much every year now.

This summer, we’re just taking some day trips with her around the state. But planning something a little more involved raises questions.

  1. Is she tall enough to really participate?
  2. Will she be stimulated enough to not become a little terror?
  3. Will she have fun?
  4. Will Ross and I survive the fun without killing each other? That’s a real concern.

All of these are valid questions that neither one of us has the answer to. The overall vacation time issues are solved for us. One week of my vacation will be spent at RT in Reno in 2018. BY. MY. SELF.

Then, next summer, we’re spending my 40th birthday in Europe. An epic #TreatYoSelf. So, that’s two weeks down for me. Plus, Ross has an unusually high number of black out periods which makes scheduling anything a nightmare. And let’s be honest here, I don’t do heat or sun. I’m basically transparent and begin to sweat with a temperature higher than 72 degrees.

So, that’s what we’ve got. We need to spend two weeks of vacation, sometime between April-May or August-October (and that October is iffy since his week-long manager’s conference takes place in either September or October), that isn’t hot or sunny, and that a two year old would enjoy. Suggestions????

Stress Relief

Posted: July 7, 2017 in Uncategorized
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So, working in a bureaucracy can be . . . horrible. Things that make perfect sense to you, things that are reasonable, and should be clear cut become convoluted and complicated. That’s why, being the wonderful and benevolent boss that I am, I bought Nerf guns.

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I bought one for everyone in the office. Ross says this is not really a good idea in the work place but, honestly, they feel better. It makes the people come into my office who are angry feel better. Shooting off a few NERF darts at a white board, relieves quite a bit of stress. My employees get two 15 minute breaks. If they want to spend it in my office, playing with the NERF gun and reducing their blood pressure, I’m not going to argue.

I even bought one for my boss. He didn’t give it back.