Monday, 30 September 2013

Book review - Trapped by Irene Hannon

Publisher's Blurb: A runaway teen, a desperate sister, and an intrepid PI determined to discover the truth

When Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways--just forty-eight hours can mean the difference between recovery and ruin.

But the deeper he and Laura dig, the more Dev begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And in the icy winter weather, the trail is going cold . . .

In her latest thrilling read, queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon outdoes herself with a fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.

My review: When I read the summary of this book, I thought I would really like it - it read like an episode of Criminal Minds, which I love. However, I didn't find the book as good as the summary. I never connected with the characters, they seemed too flat and emotionless to me. I found the story overly predictable and at some parts, unlikely. I would not recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book review - Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

Publisher's blurb: She's dedicated her life to ending violence. But has she moved too deep into a treacherous world?

When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a magnolia tattoo on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. As they venture deep into a sinister criminal world, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts.

My review: I wasn't all that fond of this book. I found the female lead very unsure of herself and openly so. I didn't connect with the characters - they didn't have substance. The plot was good but I found the story lacking. The story overall was forgettable. Would not recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Sunday, 15 September 2013

New Stuff for Craft Shows

I am hoping to do at least two craft shows this fall, one in November & one in December.
So I have been busy making things to sell - here are some of those things.

Altered shabby chic wooden boxes

Large Mini album

Small 4x4 mini album

 4x6 mini album

6x6 mini album

3x3 mini albums

3x3 accordion mini album

I put photos in this one as a sample so people know 
what to do with them - they are adhered with temp glue

One night J came and cuddled Peanut in her bed, then he fell asleep, 
hubs came and took Peanut to bed with him, leaving J asleep in Peanut's bed :P

Peanut in her usual comfy position :)

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

A Day in The Life of Me

So I finally decided to get my hair cut yesterday. I was long overdue for a cut as it had been at least a year since my last cut. I tried a new place just around the corner from home.

When I called to ask about prices, the person answering the phone didn't know the answer and just yelled it out to someone in the salon. I was told it cost $25-30 for a wash, cut & style for long hair. That should have been my first clue, as that is pretty low. But I needed it done and really didn't want to pay a lot anyhow.

So I show up there yesterday and there is only one other client there. I get my hair washed with slightly too cool water. She never asked if the temp was ok or not as most stylists do.  Then, they have no capes, they are all in the dryer, remember, there is only one other client there. So they give me an ill fitting robe, I am a large woman, so this thing didn't close int he front, so I got covered in hair.

Also, most stylists will ask how you want your hair cut while it is still dry, this one didn't. I told her I wanted it cut shoulder length, and the sides layers to brush back. I also said I wanted it long enough to still put into a ponytail. As soon as she cut the sides, I could see she had cut off too much - not much point of mentioning it then, the deed was done. I guess she didn't consider hair shrinks up as it dries.

So she cut the length & texturized all the ends - but never put any layers into my hair. I ended up with a bob at about chin level - I hate it!

They charged me $28.50 for it. The only good news is that there is much less to colour.

During my time there, the owner was working on the other client. Another client came in to ask a question about eyebrow threading. The owner just said, "I'm busy & I don't work tomorrow, call some other time."
Really? How unprofessional? How about setting up an appointment for another day she is in? That is what the receptionist, who was just sitting around should be doing.

So now I am hoping my hair grows quickly & I'll have to find a different salon in the next year.

I called hubs who was on vacation that day, to come and meet me for lunch at the pub next door.
I had finally got back to eating lowcarb the previous day. So I figured a grilled chicken breast on a greek salad would be safe. Wrong, after I poured the small container of dressing over my salad, I tasted a drop from the lid - it was SWEET! I had given up sugar! Now the whole salad tasted bad & I knew it would mess with my progress. I put some vinegar on it to try to cut the sweetness some.

Yesterday just was not my day *sigh*

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Back to school time YES!

1st day of grade 11 for my kiddo. Ain't he cute? :)

And they gave him homework, so right off the bat we are arguing to get it done! It is gonna be a long year!

Not a lot else happening at the moment. No job prospects. I submit to at least one job per week, but hear nothing from them.

I have signed up for one craft sale in Dec and will possible sign up for another two, one in early Nov & the late Nov.

So I have been busy making stuff for the sale(s). I think I also have to order some plastic bags, so that I am not putting sold stuff into recycled Walmart or Shoppers bags, which kinda looks tacky. They don't cost too much on Etsy for a 50 count. I am also thinking to order a banner for the front of my table that says Kim's Creations. Again, not expensive via VistaPrint, about $10 I think. I have been making my own business cards, so that is covered.

I have posted a couple items on my Etsy store LaLaLaLovelies and hope to post more after the sales, whatever doesn't sell I guess.