Status Update – 10/13/2015

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Hello there lovely folks and followers of mine alike.  I hope that this post reaches all of you and finds you truly well in all that you are doing!  A lot has been going on for me in my personal life which has had a huge impact on my blogging life.  I know I haven’t been posting nearly as often as before, but like I said it is because I have had so much going on.

At-Work/PROFESSIONALLY

I haven’t really talked a lot about my job (at least not that I can really remember) other than saying that I had started at the end of July and what my job entails.  Basically, I am working for a small neuropsychology practice as a transcriptionist.  My job is to transcribe (type up) all of the doctor’s dictated notes and reports.  When I was first hired on I was going to be paid hourly and work 8 hours per day, focusing specifically on transcription and occasionally helping our office manager/receptionist with other general office responsibilities.  A couple of weeks into August, my boss approached me about learning how to perform some of the neurocognitive testing and working directly with patients.  For this type of work I would be paid for it at a much higher hourly rate, but of course I would only be compensated for the time spent actually with the patient.  I accepted.  I continued my normal transcription duties during the month of August and didn’t really have much of an opportunity to work with patients as we were preparing the office for my boss’s vacation.  He took time off for the whole month of September and did a tour in Europe with his wife, very awesome sounding trip.  My boss awarded me with a raise to my normal hourly wage effective September 1st as I had been working hard, learning quickly, and would be taking on additional responsibilities for the next couple months.  During the first week of September, I was the only one in the office.  My boss was on his vacation and our office manager/receptionist took off the whole first week.  So I spent that week of September answering the phones and basically keeping the office running smoothly in addition to my normal transcription duties.  At this point, it wasn’t so difficult because I wasn’t expected to handle the grunt work of the position, rather, I was expected to take messages and answer questions regarding scheduling (if I felt I could).  I survived that week and was happy when our office manager/receptionist returned until she told me that she would be going on medical leave for four to six weeks effective the last week of September.  Since then, I have been performing her job (to the best of my ability) and working on my transcription duties between the office and at home.  I am trying to maintain a positive front and outlook about it, but I feel incredibly overwhelmed because there is just so much information surrounding her position that I don’t know.  There are so many forms, numbers, procedures, etc. which surround our office’s billing that I am scared to death of making a mistake and screwing us over.  I have reached the point where I can handle our legal cases easily, but workman’s compensation and at times even self-referrals are just so confusing.  The good news is, I am handling scheduling just fine as well as inquiries from the various doctors and lawyers we deal with.  For the most part, I am surviving but at times feel incredibly overwhelmed by my seeming lack of knowledge for all aspects of this position.  I am just going to continue doing the best I can at it and hopefully it will turn out well.

Looking forward, I have discussed with my boss the possibility of taking on some extra responsibilities starting in January involving reviewing medical records sent to our office.  My boss agreed to the idea and it seems like I will be moving from working as a transcriptionist to working more as his assistant.  Likely, once we reach January I will be working full-time on reviewing medical records and working directly with patients on the specific neurocognitive tests I have been trained to administer and score.  In other words, it looks like I will be receiving a promotion in January to this position!  I am honestly, pretty excited about this.  I never could have dreamed that I would go from not working for so long (though I was attending college), to having a full-time job which I feel pays me fairly for my work and provides me with great benefits as well.  I am honestly incredibly excited, so much so that I am looking at returning to school to acquire my degree in psychology.  I don’t yet know how far I want to go in school for psychology, but I do know that I at least want to get started, so I am going to be returning to the local junior college to get my AAT (a transferable Associate of Arts degree) in January as well.  Since I graduated from there with my AA in Business Administration I am not required to redo all of the “new student” requirements (i.e. orientations) and will be receiving my registration date later this week.  In addition, I went through the psychology AAT degree requirements and I am only required to take 4 classes in order to receive my degree!!  I am super excited and looking forward to the experience and opportunity.

Book Land

On the bookish side of life, as I said above I haven’t had nearly as much time to spend reading as I have in the past though I have been picking up some additional reading time while I am at the gym.  I got to the gym about two or three nights per week and while I am working out on the treadmill or exercise bike, I will usually read.  Here is a look at my current reading palette:

Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

I have officially completed the series and I feel…satisfied with the ending.  It most definitely wasn’t a book series with a 100% happy ending, but the ending did the story justice.  It was an excellent series overall and I am glad to have read it.  I will likely be writing a combined review of Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light (the last two books) since I read them one right after the other.  Likely, I will write up a review of the entire series in the future.

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

As we have rolled into the supposedly cooler months of the year, it is time to get creepy and I am doing that with Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot.  I have discussed it before, I am a huge fan of King’s Dark Tower Series as well as 11/22/63: A Novel, but haven’t read much of his other works.  I am going to be reading a total of three of his books this month.  Hopefully this will inspire me to read more of his books in the future.

Wonderland, Intergalactic Fairy Tales, Book 1 by Robert McKay

I was recently contacted by author Robert McKay regarding his book and was offered a free copy of it in exchange for an honest review to be posted later this month!  I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, so I am incredibly excited at the idea of a retelling of an iconic fairy tale such as Alice in Wonderland which occurs within the realm of outer space.  It just seems like an incredibly fun and interesting spin to the classic story.

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

October being the month where we celebrate all things scary in the world, including vampires, I have been considering looking into re-reading Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles.   Considering that she released a new book in the series last year and has stated that there is another book to be released, I would love to catch up and see what sort of trouble Lestat, the Brat Prince has gotten himself into this time.

Personal Life

To start off, I found out my father passed away last month on September 20th.  Admittedly my father and I weren’t all that close, in fact, my father and I had been basically estranged for going on two years.  It is incredibly obvious to those involved in my father’s life that I wasn’t a part of it though I don’t know how he explained it and I have never cared to.  I have spoken before of my experiences with abuse (physical, mental, emotional) and I eventually reached a point with him where enough was enough and I did what was right for me.  This isn’t to say that I hate my father, I don’t hate him and I never will, but I am not willing to so simply forgive or forget just over 25 years worth of hurt.  I know people will continue to question me, I know that there will be people who won’t believe me and see what my father wanted them to see.  Alternatively, my father knew of his health issues and had for a number of years but he refused to take care of himself and has now paid the ultimate price.  I can only hope that he found it worth it, be thankful that he is no longer suffering from the pains of his decisions, and hope that he is at peace.

On the brighter sides of personal life.  Annalyse received Student of the Month for the month of September, picture day was last week, and she just finished the last book in the Harry Potter Series and has started reading Artemis Fowl.  Pretty much, she is an amazing kid.

Boyfriend and I are preparing to make a trip to southern California for Blizzcon the first weekend in November.  I will be taking a total of five days off from work and we will be spending an entire week down there with two of our friends from the east coast.  We will be doing Blizzcon, Disneyland, and basically playing tourist.  I am super excited and will likely have a lot of pictures and stories to share!

In the mean time, I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and hopefully once things slow down at work I will be able to pick up a bit on my reading and blogging lifestyle.

As always, I send you my fondest well wishes and miss you all!

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(Re)Read Throne of Glass Event!

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Starting today – July 6th, 2015, a Reading/Re-Reading of the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas is going on over on Twitter starting with The Assassin’s Blades!  Even though I haven’t read the series before, I am going to be participating this week and will be tweeting my thoughts/updates of my reading progress.  Feel free to follow me on Twitter  to check out my updates!  If you want to follow along with other people taking part in the (re)read, click the banner above to go directly to the #ReadThroneofGlass on Twitter!

Are any of my fellow book bloggers taking part in this?  If so, leave me a comment because I would love to follow along with you!

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Reading Update – 1/9/2015

What I’ve Finished

I am incredibly excited about this reading update because I can finally say that I have read the entire Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown!  After having read the first two books after the release of The Da Vinci Code and then taking a long time between the last two, I am incredibly happy to say that I am done with it.  Will I read a new novel featuring Robert Langdon?  I’m not entirely sure.  More than likely, I will read it just to see the progression of Langdon’s story line but I don’t think it will be any sort of priority for me.  It will likely be a book that I would pick up when I am in between more interesting reads.

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What I am Currently Reading

This month, I was extended the opportunity to receive an ARC copy of A. Roy King’s The Child-Stealers, episode 1 in his The Cursed Ground series which is scheduled for release on January 20th.  My review is scheduled to be published on Friday the 16th, so don’t miss out!  For more information on King and the book, follow the links below:

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What I am Starting

That’s right fellow readers, I am going to begin my read through of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.  I previously wrote about reading this series in a Want to Read Wednesday post a while back and now that I have finished reading some of the other items on my list, I felt it would be a good time to start this massive undertaking.  It is a new year so may as well start it off with something new to read!

What about you my lovely followers, what did you finish?  What are you currently reading?  And what do you plan to start?

Until next time!

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Special Post – Wednesday Vacation Wrap Up

Yes, it is that most inevitable moment where we start preparing for the return to reality after what feels like a very brief vacation.  Granted, I don’t know if I would call what I went on a vacation but it was definitely a break from the norm which was nice.  Here is a break down of how I spent my vacation time!

Christmas Day

My boyfriend, daughter, and I got up on Christmas morning and we exchanged/opened gifts with his family.  It wasn’t anything amazing or crazy, all of us have been hit with money issues so there was very little to give and receive.  The gifts I did receive were really nice and were very thoughtful which matters more to me than anything big or expensive.  I was given a gift card for a department store and a San Francisco Giants high heel shoe ornament – the ornament is amazing, I have a huge collection of all of the Christmas ornaments that have ever been purchased for me (1-2 a year since I was born) so it will fit right in.

After Christmas morning at home, the three of us drove up to visit my mother and grandmother as well as my sister and her boyfriend who flew up from San Diego to spend part of the holiday here.  Annalyse didn’t realize that my sister and her boyfriend were going to be visiting and was so surprised to see them when we got there!  It was absolutely perfect and it was so hard to keep it a secret from her because I had known for a couple of months that it was going to happen – I think I found out around Halloween.  After initial shock from surprise wore off, we did our gift exchanges and OMG did Annalyse get spoiled!  She got lots of clothes, shoes, books, nail polish, a bracelet making kit, and other things that I just can’t even remember.  There was a lot of exchanging of various gift cards, some for restaurants and Starbucks and Jamba Juice and clothing stores plus video game purchases.  We then spent the rest of the day at home and did our traditional lasagna dinner (which we usually do on Christmas Eve), it was pretty awesome.

Day After Christmas

You see, my family is filled with people who don’t really like to stay home and so we decided to spend the day running around and wound up enjoying the after Christmas sales.  We had lunch at Dicky’s (it was the first time the three of us had been there), went to Target, and then we went to the outlets in Vacaville where we shopped at Old Navy where I picked up some camisoles and skinny jeans.  My mom met all of us at the outlets and we went to Panera for dinner that evening.  At dinner, I was talking about how my contract with Verizon had ended a week and a half ago and was waiting to get the money together to pay the activation and taxes on the upgrade I wanted when my grandmother said she would give me the money for it as an additional Christmas gift.  That was how I ended up with the LG G3 and LG G8.3 Tablet combo – I am absolutely in love with the devices and am so happy with them.  They meet my needs and I can use the tablet for reading and other activities as well, a need which wasn’t as well met by my first generation Kindle Fire which I utilized for almost 3 years now.  It honestly served me really well in that time and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for it, but I think I am ready for a multi-functional tablet.

Days in Between

My sister and her boyfriend decided to go and spend the night in San Francisco to celebrate their anniversary, I believe they have been dating for three years now.  My boyfriend, Annalyse, and I spent the time with my mother and grandmother.  On Saturday (the 27th), we took a trip over to Davis and had lunch at Wok of Flame and their food was just absolutely amazing.  I had a combination plate with hot and sour soup, cream cheese wonton, vegetable chow mein, and eggplant with szechuan sauce – it was seriously some of the best Chinese food I have ever had and I have been eating Chinese food since I was a kid.  Yeah, I now wish I lived closer to Davis because I would be visiting that restaurant all of the time!

The rest of our time was then spent mostly either hanging out and playing Mario Kart on my sister’s Wii U or the new Super Smash Brothers, which I have found out that I am absolutely terrible at Smash Brothers but I can hold my own in Mario Kart still.  Annalyse has a Wii U at her dad’s house that she gets to play on, I didn’t realize how good she is at Mario Kart until we raced with her.  She didn’t like the 150CC, but did great on 50CC and okay on 100CC – regardless, the important part was that she had fun playing.

New Years Eve Eve and Beyond

On the 30th, my mother, grandmother, sister, and her boyfriend left to go to southern California.  My mother and grandmother had their English Setter puppy, Patch, entered in a 4 day dog show in Indio and decided they would also drive my sister and her boyfriend most of the way home so that they didn’t have to fly back, since my sister had to return to work.  Since my mother and grandmother were only taking one dog with them, the three of us stayed at the house and acted as dog-sitters to the other 3 monster dogs.  Our dog sitting adventures weren’t all that exciting really, nothing too crazy happened other than Riley (their Irish Setter) wanting to play with a bird which had landed on their enclosure, but he accidentally killed it by knocking it off the top of the fence.  He pretty much whined and cried because he couldn’t understand what had happened to his feathered friend while Pepper (my sister’s tweenie dachshund) stood there barking at it because he thought it was lunch.  Yes, dogs are silly creatures.  Overall, Foster, Pepper, and Riley were all well behaved and made dog sitting relatively easy work.  Jonathan and I spent the majority of the time enjoying Criminal Minds on Netflix, finishing off season 6 which…ugh, that season was an emotional roller coaster from hell.

My mother and grandmother got home late on Sunday, so we helped them unload their trailer and get things somewhat settled in the house again.  From what I understand, Patch did very well at the show and my mother was pleased with him.  He took second place 3 out of the 4 days, and received one third place being beaten out by his brother each and every time.  Overall, that is a very good showing in my book and they don’t have a reason to worry about rushing to finish him – he will be turning a year old this year, so he has a good amount of show time left in him.

Home Again, Home Again

The three of us came home Monday afternoon and I had a good amount of mail waiting for me – it almost felt like Christmas all over again!  Since the G8.3 tablet was sold out in store, they had it mailed to me so it was waiting here.  I spent a good amount of time getting it all set up to my specifications, i.e. setting up my homescreens, getting the applications I wanted, ensuring all of my books were in Google, etc.  It was so worth it, I was happy when I was done working on it and was just able to lay down and read for a little bit – best feeling in the world.

 

 

 

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This darling little plushie was also waiting for me.  My long time dear friend Kyle bought me an Espeon plushie for Christmas – my favorite of the Eeveelutions.  This is even more special to me because it is the first Pokemon plushie I have ever owned, so I am super excited about it.

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I also purchased on Amazon with the remaining balance from an old gift card a wallet case for my new phone and a pen/stylus combo for my tablet.  I am absolutely in love with the two items and they have been great additions to my new technology.

My 2015 Reading Goal

2015 Reading Challenge

I made mention in some of my previous posts that I was less than thrilled with my reading performance for 2014, I had originally set a goal of 75 books after having read 50 in 2013.  My goal was too lofty and I was barely even able to make it to 30 books.  I have decided that this year my goal is to read 36 books, an average of 3 books per month.  This isn’t to say that I won’t read more should the opportunity and time present myself, but I am also not going to rush myself for the sake of a number.  I think that given my current situation, finishing 3 books per month is something that I can easily do but I will always hope that I can read more – isn’t that what any bibliophile should do?

Currently Reading

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I have been privileged enough to receive an ARC of A. Roy King’s The Cursed Ground 1 – The Child-Stealers in exchange for an honest review, which I will be posting on January 16th.  The book is set to be released on January 20th, you can find it on Amazon!

I am also completing my read-through of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series with my reading of Inferno, I am hoping that I will finish by the end of this week because after this I will be delving into the world of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after having put it off for a number of years.  We will see though, I am not in any type of rush – there is always time for books.

So…What about writing?

I have decided that I want to complete the first draft of my novella by the end of this year.  I don’t know how viable that is, but I think that if I spend a little time working on the outlining every day and then start writing in June – I think that I can finish the draft by the end of the year.  We will see how it actually works out, but I really want to try and do this.  I need to do this novella before I do the book itself just because of all of the history and world building that the novella covers – I am very excited for the story, I honestly can’t wait to finish it and tell it to the world.

So what type of reading goals do you have for this year my lovely followers?  What about writing goals?  Any fun new gadgetry?  I would love to hear about your holidays!

With love,

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Currently Reading – The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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TITLE:  The Lost Symbol

SERIES:  The Robert Langdon Series, Book 3

AUTHOR:  Dan Brown

FORMAT:  Kindle version

PAGES/LOCATIONS:  670 pages/10,354 locations

CURRENT LOCATION:  ~p. 348/loc. 5446/Ch. 73

GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING:  3.60 out of 5 stars; 290,445 ratings

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Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn–Brown’s most exciting novel yet.

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IMPRESSIONS SO FAR:

My thoughts regarding The Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown have definitely changed a lot over the course of my reading it – some feelings negative while others have been positive.  As I have read The Lost Symbol, I have found myself having a much more positive experience.  I am not sure if this can be attributed to it being a better story or if it is just because this is my initial read through of the novel and the newness of it is still impacting my overall thoughts.  Regardless of the reason, I am just happy to be having a positive reading experience with the novel.

I have found that what amazes me about this novel’s story is how all of the events are connected to each other.  What is typical with the subject matter found within these novels is their inherent focus on history and creating an amazing story based upon interpretation of various historical facts, myths, and theories – yet, Brown does this in another way through the back story of Peter Solomon and his family.  I won’t say that I was completely surprised to find out that the antagonist/Mal’akh was someone from Solomon’s past, but learning the extent of their history did catch me off guard.  I wasn’t expecting there to be such a haunting relationship between them which encompassed not just Peter but also the entirety of his family – his son, his mother, and his sister.  To survive the tragedies experienced by the Solomon family at the hands of Mal’akh shows an incredible strength of character and will, but being inside his head and getting an understanding of just how determined he is to have one of the greatest kept secrets of the Freemasons is truly scary.  I am interested in further development of his character, I want to know more about his motivations and why he feels the need to destroy such a wealth of knowledge.

Langdon is also proving to be a more believable character, so far, over the course of this novel.  He has retained an academic skepticism regarding the secrets of the Freemasons, whereas in previous books it felt as if he was all too quick and willing to believe everything he was being told.  What is interesting is that this very same characteristic, this willingness to believe, is what gets him into trouble in this novel because it leads him to Washington D.C. and initiates this series of events.  Yet, I am thrown for a loop when it comes to Director Sato and her part to play.  I find her to be a disturbing character only because I don’t understand her, I don’t understand what is motivating her to work against Langdon.  I mean, I can understand that from her perspective Langdon is hiding something which makes him suspicious but at the same time it begs the question, why is she so focused on Langdon?  I am beginning to suspect that Mal’akh is possibly manipulating Sato somehow, but I am having difficulty guessing how and to what end.  See, I just can’t enjoy a good novel without over thinking it!

Anyways, I am looking forward to continuing my read through and hope to finish it next week so I can then start my read through of Inferno!  Until then<3

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Status Update – 12/5/2014

On November 17th I took the time to write a status update, giving you a look into what had been going on in my life at that point and I am sadly doing that again rather than writing anything overly original.  I spent a lot of time sick with that cold and stomach flu combo and it just drained me of a lot of my energy, I couldn’t bring myself to do much of anything over the course of about 3 weeks – I literally didn’t want to do anything.  I ended up letting #BookBlogWriMo and NaNoWriMo pass me by, while reading very little.  I just didn’t have the energy or the strength to do anything and for that my blogging suffered.  I constantly checked in, but I didn’t do much in the way of communicating with other bloggers as I had.  Overall, I am just disappointed in myself because I really wanted to follow through on these things and I didn’t.  I also feel as if I have let down my followers by not being around very much during all of this sickness stuff, and for that I apologize to all of you and promise I will do better to at least regularly check in when sick like I was at least once a week.  On that note, let me share what I have been up to for the past few weeks.

CURRENTLY READING:  The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, book 3 in The Robert Langdon Series.

Yep, I am still plucking away at this novel.  I have read the first fifty chapters of the novel, roughly 39% of the book.  What is different about this novel in the series is that we see Robert Langdon differently, we see him in a different light that showcases him as a normal and flawed human being – all because this novel starts out with him making a mistake, a simple and human mistake.  It just felt refreshing, to me, to see a more human side of Langdon – to see him mess up, and then go about doing everything within his power to ensure that his mistake is rectified.

CURRENTLY PLAYING:  World of Warcraft:  Warlords of Draenor and The Sims 4

This week was a big week in the World of Warcraft community because Blizzard released the normal and heroic difficulties of Highmaul, the first raid instance of the expansion.  I haven’t had the opportunity to attempt the content myself, but I did watch one of my best friends and his guildmates do so.  I look forward to putting in my own attempts once the raid finder version is released on Tuesday and will hopefully be putting in some attempts at normal and/or heroic with my boyfriend and some of our other WoW friends in the future.

My other video game addiction is newly added to my video game library this week, The Sims 4.  I am a huge fan of The Sims franchise, having played since the release of The Sims in 2000 and owning pretty much every expansion for each version of the game.  One of my favorite things to do is create a household based off of book/movie/television characters and play out their lives in The Sims world.  My largest project of this type was having a household based on the characters from Sailor Moon, specifically:  Usagi/Sailor Moon, Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask, Ami/Sailor Mercury, Rei/Sailor Mars, Makoto/Sailor Jupiter, Minako/Sailor Venus, Chibiusa, Luna, and Artemis (yes, I even included the two cats).  Since I just got the game this week I’ve been learning the nuances of it and the upgraded features of it, so I have been playing a character which is loosely based on myself.  It is kind of silly, but fun at the same time – this game just seriously feeds into my own God-complex =P

CURRENTLY WATCHING:  Criminal Minds

I am a huge fan of the police procedural genre, seriously, I have watched a lot of them.  I ended up getting into the genre through my mother, who still remains an avid fan of them today.  I can remember us watching:  The Pretender, The Profiler, CSI/CSI: Miami/CSI: NY, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, Bones, Cold Case, Law & Order/Law & Order: SVU/Law & Order: Criminal Intent, etc.  A typical evening in my four generation household consisted of all of us having dinner at the table together and then afterwards I would watch Jeopardy with my great grandfather (whom I was very close to and am named after), then the SF Giants baseball game with him, if there was no baseball game then it was crime shows with my mom.  I would sprawl out on the water bed in her room, sometimes with my homework if it wasn’t done, and we would just watch the shows and talk about them, trying to figure it out with the characters.  These are definitely some of the happier memories of my childhood.  Fast forward to the present, I just recently finished watching Leverage (I ship Hardison and Parker so hard) and now the boyfriend and I are watching Criminal Minds together.  I love the show, I have watched a majority of the episodes on television over the years either when they were new or as repeats and yet I still find myself in love with the show and its characters.  Honestly, I am absolutely in love with Dr. Spencer Reid.

I just can’t help but find myself attracted to him and not just physically, but mentally.  His intelligence just draws me in…I mean, I can’t even imagine the depth and types of conversations I could have with him because while I think myself intelligent it isn’t anywhere close to his level, yet I am fascinated to know his thoughts on so many different subjects.  We just watched the episode this gif is from last night and I found myself empathizing with Reid’s character because I know and understand what it means to be afraid of your own mind as well due to my past dealings with depression…some of the thoughts that I experienced were truly scary and I am glad that my depression has become more manageable in the years since.  Anyways, yay Criminal Minds!

CURRENT GOING ON’S:  IEM San Jose

Yep, the boyfriend and I are going to be attending IEM San Jose this weekend!  I am definitely excited because this is going to be the second gaming convention I have attended, my first being Blizzcon 2013 in Anaheim.  My boyfriend plays a lot of League of Legends and I admit, at first it wasn’t really my thing…I tried to play, but I was just completely terrible at the game.  It was over a year ago that I had first attempted to play and in order to still share in the game with him, I started to follow the professional teams in the North American LCS.  It is funny because he is a fan of TSM – Team SoloMid and I wound up a fan of CLG – Counter Logic Gaming, rival teams.  This year, we watched all of the matches together through both splits, then worlds, and have been checking in on the expansion tournament as well.  When we found out that there was going to be a League of Legends event here in Northern California, we knew that we had to take the opportunity and go, especially since most events of this type occur in Southern California.  It is also important to point out that his favorite team is going to be playing at this event, so we will both be cheering for TSM this weekend.

Life is basically the same otherwise and I am so happy to be feeling better and working towards getting back into the swing of things.  I look forward to getting the blog back on its normal schedule, likely it will be back to normal around here starting on Wednesday.  Til then, I look forward to catching back up with all of you and having an exciting weekend.  I wish you all the same!

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After slowly getting reoriented with my every day routine this week after spending all of the previous week moving my family, I was able to finally sit down and plow through and finish reading Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, the first novel in the Robert Langdon series.  Sadly, this means I am going to be changing up my posting schedule just a little bit.  I was originally planning on watching, writing about, and posting my initial Book to Movie Monday post based on this book turned movie tomorrow; however, upon further thought I am thinking that I am going to wait and post it next Monday the 13th.  The reason I want to do this is because I will be posting my book review for this novel on Friday the 10th, once that post is complete I can then refer back to it in my Book to Movie Monday post and also I will be better equipped to write a clearheaded post entirely based on the book without any movie bleed through occurring for the book review if I do it this way.

I am sorry to disappoint any of you who have been looking forward to reading this, but at the same time I hope you can understand the logic behind this decision.  I am only doing what I feel will give my readers the best experience, and I feel that by completing my book review on Friday before writing the Book to Movie Monday post will ultimately give you, the reader, the best experience when it comes to reading my thoughts and opinions on Angels and Demons.

I wish all of you the best and look forward to this coming week with all of you!

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