Sunday, February 28, 2010

What I Read #16

Trust Fund by Stephen Frey. I went back and started reading some of Frey's earlier books. This is one of them. I was confused through part of it. Maybe because I don't understand big business, and maybe because there were just too many characters and sub plots to keep track of. It wasn't as exciting as others by him, and it moved a lot slower. But, it was good all the same. And had a fantastic ending.
Happy reading,

Saturday, February 27, 2010

What I Read #15

The Protege by Stephen Frey: This book was sensational. Another Big business novel. With many of the same characters as The Chairman. But with a good twist. I got really ticked off at Frey for killing off one of my favorite characters, but found out in the end why it was important for him to die. The rest is for me to know and you to find out. I've already checked out four more Frey books from my local "readery!"
Happy Reading,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What I Read #14

Kisser by Stuart Woods: Stuart, ol'man, you wrote this one in a hurry. It was "fluff" and was really a fast, predictable read. Even Stone Barrington wasn't believable in this one. No guy his age has that much stamina. Characters were thin and unbelievable. Definitely NOT Woods best work. Don't buy it new. Just wait and get it at your local garage or rummage sale in the spring. I'm sure it will appear at one.
Read on,

What I Read #13

The Chairman by Stephen Frey: Sensational "big business" thriller. These guys handle the big bucks...I mean trillions of dollars and are ruthless in their dealings. I recommend it highly.
Happy reading,

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Happy List

I am supposed to make a "Happy List" with 10 things that make me happy to go with this award from Maggie. Here it is:

1. Spending time in my favorite brown recliner makes me happy. Kiddo beware!!!

2. Being with my granddaughter, the divine Miss K and seeing that precious smile of hers makes me happy.

3. Seeing one of my learning challenged students have an "ah-ha!" moment makes me happy.

4. Beer and chocolate together make me happy.

5. My family makes me happy.

6. Being with Curley and laughing up a storm makes me happy.

7. Singing makes me happy.

8. The anticipation of retiring makes me extremely happy.

9. Playing around with my new Cricut has its own kind of happiness.

10. Drinking Margaritas after a long day makes me happy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cricut Mania!

Ever since the Cricut Personal Cutter has come out, I have wanted one. No, I don't really need one, but you know how it is. Some things are just there in front of you and you think of many different ways you could use it. Well, I was at Hobby Lobby last spring with Curley and Prof and there was a lady demonstrating a Cricut machine as we walked in. For those of you who are scratching your heads and wondering, "what the hell is a Cricut" let me fill you in. The Cricut is an ingenious machine into which pre-programmed cartridges are inserted, different shapes or designs are selected on a digital screen a button is pushed and the device automatically cuts the design out of paper which is inserted into the Cricut. This machine is used primarily by scrapbookers, but it is also used in any kind of paper crafting. (Let it be known that I DO NOT no have I ever, scrapbooked.) I do, however design and make all my own greeting cards. In the past, I have made my cards laboriously one at a time. A Cricut cutter would make my card making so much easier, fun and offer so much more variety. But they are very expensive. An initial outlay of $200.00 for the machine and one cartridge, then additional cartridges (and there are a plethora of them) running from $40 to $80 apiece.
Well, after seeing the Cricut machine in action, and watching the infomercial several times on the TV, I started thinking seriously about buying one. Prof and Curley were encouraging me to go for it, but also know how tight I am with my money. So Prof suggested that I surf eBay or Amazon to see if there were any for sale. Guess what! I found a used one for $55.00 plus postage. It was offered on Amazon by a four star dealer. Prof emailed her and she wrote back and said that it was in good shape and had barely been used. So I bought it. I got it. It came with a cartridge that comes with the machine, plus the previous owner sent another cartridge that she had purchased, along with the manual, tools and the instructional DVD. I was excited to try it out. Believe it or not, I did sit and read the instructions before I started. I had a ball. I cut letters, shapes and played with it until the wee hours of the morning.
I wanted more cartridges now. Hobby Lobby just happened to run a "2 for 1 sale" on them a couple weeks ago, so I bought two. Curley found one on eBay that I wanted, so she ordered it for me. (I don't have an eBay account; I wouldn't dare) and I found one for a bargain on Amazon just last night.
I made several Valentine's Day cards and have created three "baby" cards for friends that have recently had little ones, and I made my brother the coolest birthday card which he will get next month.
I plan on doing more creating on this gadget after I retire and have more time. Several people who have received my cards through the years have suggested I make and sell them. I just might!
I did make a rush trip to Hobby Lobby in Northern Civilization on Monday to hit another sale of Cricut supplies. The first day of the sale, and they were completely gone. There really must be Cricut "mania" going on out there.

What I read #12

The Last Patriot by Brad Thor. Whew! What a ride. Just when I thought Brad couldn't possibly come up with another political thriller, he did! And what a thriller it is. I learned a lot about Islam that I didn't know before, and also a lot about Thomas Jefferson. What a guy! We can be glad our nation had him on our side at the get-go. Funny coincidence, though. We have just been studying the Barbary Pirates with my eighth graders, and this novel really went into depth about them and how Thomas Jefferson dealt with them during his presidency.
Again (and again) I will tell you readers that if you like fast moving, thrilling political novels, this is another one you won't want to miss.
Happy reading,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What I Read #11

Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor. Another fine read by Brad Thor. This happens to be his first novel. The President of the U.S. has been kidnapped and it falls on Secret Serviceman Scot Harvath to get him back. What an imagination Brad Thor has to be able to write like this. I can hardly wait to read the next book. I have it laying right here waiting on me. In fact, I have already read the prologue.
Happy reading,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What I Read #10

True Blue by David Baldacci. What a great read! As usual, Baldacci grabs hold of the reader on page 1 and doesn't let go until the final page. It's a good thing we had a couple of snow days, or I might have had to just skip school and stayed home and read. That's how good this book is. Another fine work by Baldacci.
Happy reading,

Sunday, February 07, 2010

What I Read #9

Blowback by Brad Thor. Another good read by my latest discovery, Brad Thor. Why haven't I read him before? I don't know, but I am going back to his first books and starting in at the beginning. This was just about as good as the last one of his I read.
Happy Reading

Saturday, February 06, 2010

What I Read #8

First Commandment by Brad Thor. Brad Thor has rapidly become my favorite author. I am finding that once I start one of his books, I don't want to put it down. The hero or protagonist (a literary term meaning "good guy" for those of you who aren't grammarians,) is Scot Harvath. He is the know-all,be-all CIA, SEAL, Secret Service, and all that other tough guy stuff. If you don't read anything else this century, you gotta read this. If you do, and are a thriller, suspense fan, I can guarantee you that you will be hooked on the amazing works of Brad Thor.
Happy Reading,