Monday, June 25, 2007


Yay! I don't have pictures for you, but this weekend I took one step closer to my goal of having my own sewing business. It was only a little step, but I'm practicing my Grrl Genius-ness and recognizing my step. Now that I have you all confused, I'll tell you what I did.

I altered drapes. I know. Whoo-hoo and all. Like I said, it's a small step, but I got paid to do it and it only took me a couple of hours to do the calculations and do the deed. I hemmed them and added butterfly pleats. So I say a big thank you to my buddy Erik (who just left JC Penny's to start his own freelance installer business. Go Erik). One of the designers that he installs for needed a rush alteration. So he passed the alterations to me to do. I'm hoping he'll be able to pass more little jobs my way. Keep your fingers crossed!

My dream is to be a stay at home mom, and to earn my own money by doing alterations and custom sewing. I someday want to open an Etsy shop and sell handbags, softies and whatever else floats my fancy. It's not a big dream, lots of other people do it, but it's what I want.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Anansi Boys By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer. His flexibility of style is intriguing. You never know what you are getting until you read the book. After reading American Gods, I was excited to read Anansi Boys, as it is set in the same world view of man/god combinations. In this case I was disappointed. To me, it lacked the flare and drama of American Gods. I didn't get hooked by the story. I kept waiting to be enthralled and it didn't happen. It could be because I didn't like Fat Charlie, or Spider for that matter. In fact I thought they were one note characters, no depth at all. The story line should have been exciting. Fat Charlie's father dies, he meets his unknown brother and the chaos Spider causes that changes his life. All good elements that should have given the book more life. Sigh. This won't stop me from reading more of his work, as much as I've trashed this book, it was still worth reading, just not his best work, in my humble (not!) opinion.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Scattergories Meme- fun, fun

I stole this from MamaLee at Full Plate.


Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following categories. They should be real places, names, things.nothing made up! If you can’t think of anything, google it.
Copy and Paste to answer in your blog - let me know if you do this one!

Your Name: Carrie
Famous singer: Carrie Underwood (hm, I sense a theme)
4 letter word: Care
Street name: Cedar Crest Lane (where I went to high school)
Color: Crimson (such a sexy color)
Gifts/presents: Chocolate(lots and lots please! Dark Chocolate is a must!)
Vehicle: Corvette (I'd love to drive one, once. Not to own!)
Things in a Souvenir Shop: Candles (I'm a little pyro)
Boy Name: Charles
Girl Name: Charissa
Movie Title: Carrie (tee hee)
Drink: Creamsicles (yum yum!)
Occupation: Cook
Flower: Crocus
Celebrity: Carrie Fisher (princess Leia!)
Magazine: Cosmo
U.S. City: Cape Cod (never been there)
Pro Sports Teams: Cowboys
Something found in a Kitchen: Crock-pot
Reason for being late for work: Constipation
Something you throw away: corn husks
Things you shout: Crack-whore!
Cartoon Character: Calvin

Anyone else wanna play?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Catching up on my book reviews

Ok, I'm a bit behind on my book reviews for the Once Upon A Time Challenge. It's not that I'm not reading my challenge books, I'm just behind in writing the reviews. One of the best things about doing this challenge is all the new Authors that I have been introduced to, which leads to more books to read, which pushes back the review process. So I babble away about writing the reviews....instead of writing them.

I'll stop that now.

My book choices:
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I loved this book. It was dark, with vivid details that kept you hooked. I was such a different style from Stardust. I really enjoyed the duality of the god's natures. Fascinating.

1. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (I'm waiting on the Library for this one)
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (I posted a review of this one)
2. Widdershins by Charles de Lint - I substituted Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey (I posted a review)
3. Tithe by Holly Black (I posted a review of this one)
4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale I read the Princess Academy instead. It was a lovely fairytale story for younger readers. I enjoyed the simplicity of the storyline. I liked the message of believe in yourself, you can do more that you think you can. I think kids need to hear that message alot, especially girls.
5. Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan (I posted a review of this one)
1. Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip I substituted The Strange Adventures of Ranger Girl by Tim Pratt It was a Wild West elemental god vs. Coffee Shop Girl. It was quirky and fun. I really enjoyed the wild west aspects of the book. It was so different than the current trend of Fairies, vampires and werewolves in Fantasy books. The book is not a western, it just uses the west as a back drop. I'm looking forward to more book by Tim Pratt.
2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini (I posted a review of this one)
3. Greywalker by Kat Richardson Another book I really enjoyed. I've put the 2nd book on order at the library. It sort of reminds me of the Anita Blake novels, without being "naughty". There is something about the way she struggles against her fate that interests me.
4. Something Rotten by Jasper Fford I hate to say it, but I didn't care for this one very much. I've read the others in the series, but this one lacked the fun of the other book.

Tonight I am planning on digging up my old Riverside Shakespear Book, from college and rereading A Midsummers Night's Dream. I love that play. I've always wanted to perform in that play.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

....Shoot me please.

Is it possible to die from boredom? I'm not sure I can deal with much more of it. I really dislike feeling like an overpaid waste of space. It's only Tuesday and I am counting down until Friday. Hell. I'm counting the minutes until it's time to leave for the day. Sigh. I'm about ready to ask 1Peanut to pass the meds.

I have plenty to do outside of work, It's just the long, slow hours here that are driving me insane. I keep telling myself, "this too shall pass". After all, I'm in the Airplane Sales office and everyone knows that sales goes in spurts. I must say, I am glad I'm not a salesman. I get paid per hour not commission. I couldn't handle the gaps in paychecks. I love it when we are buying and selling. My job really is nessary, I'm the one that does all the paperwork, but right now all I'm doing is answering the phones. And reading blogs. Lots of blogs. I think I found the end of the internet.