Monday, August 3, 2015

Castle Made Me Do It

I had been watching an older episode of “Castle” and this movie was mentioned several times within the episode. A movie that was considered a classic sci-fi flick. That movie was “Forbidden Planet.” Okay, that intrigued me. Especially when I discovered it was a REAL movie.

What???

So I bought the DVD.

Guess what I watched last night? We didn’t think there would be many special features, either. Boy, were we wrong. We’re still not finished watching them.

But man, what a great movie.

I loved seeing the influences to “Star Trek” and “Star Wars.” Probably “Lost in Space,” too. I’m sure Robby the Robot was an influence for the Robot on that show (I loved that robot!).

I’m glad I bought the movie. And to think I owe it all to “Castle.”

I hope to finish watching those special features tonight.

Can’t totally blame the movie for this short post, but I will. J

So… Have you ever seen this movie? What did you think of it?
 
Stacy

Friday, July 31, 2015

I’ve Had Enough!

It’s official. I’m going to stop taking my allergy medicine.

I took it Tuesday night and could barely stay awake on Wednesday. I wrote all of 110 words.

I didn’t take it that night and Thursday I felt great. Wrote 723 words. So what if I’m blowing my nose more. So what if I’m clearing my throat. It’s not bothering ME! But that nodding off during the day…? Well, that WAS bothering me.

Besides, it’s not like I need the medicine to survive. Now, if I was having trouble SLEEPING, I’ll know exactly what medicine to take. J

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Yesterday I walked a LOT. Probably too much. My feet pretty much told me to cut it out!

So how much is a lot? In the morning I walked 4.22 miles. And it was a beautiful morning, too. Low humidity, comfortable temps. Really great. But later I walked 5.22 miles (to and from dinner—we met some friends). Yeah, that one was a bit much. Maybe if I hadn’t walked in the morning I would have been okay. Maybe.

But I did it and now I know not to do it again. Next Saturday hubby and I are going to a concert (which is next door to the restaurant we went to last night) to see Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick. I thought it would be nice to walk. Yeah, that ain’t happening. Driving in the convertible will be much more fun (especially if the top is down).

As for that restaurant… We will not be going there again when a concert is scheduled (which is why we met our friends there—they were going to see Dancing With the Stars). What a mad house! First they tried to sit us outside—in the sun—after my husband specifically asked for an inside seat. Then they took forever to take our food order. And then the food came out colder than we all expected. Once the concert crowd left, the place sure quieted down (our friends had to rush through their meal so they wouldn’t be late for their event), so the place is probably okay on a non-concert night. Hubby and I decided we’ll eat someplace else next Saturday, though.

So… Do you think I’m nuts stopping my medication? Or would you have done the same thing?

Have a great weekend!

Stacy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Reads and I Hate Allergies!

I’ve been taking Zyrtec and Flonase since April (I think). I asked my physician assistant how long I had to take it. He told me until there was snow on the ground. Well, I didn’t believe him and stopped taking them Sunday. My throat clearing came back. Damn it. Guess I have to start taking them again. I hate taking medications, though.

I had been taking Melatonin with those two (at night, of course), to help with my hot flashes (and to help me get some sleep), but I started having problems staying awake during the day. That wasn’t good. Really cut my writing outflow. Since I stopped taking it, my writing has picked back up, in fact I almost see the end in sight for this puppy!! Anyway, here’s what I read this week:

Jul 27: “What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz, a horror at 442 pages long. Blurb from book: In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parent and sister were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer. As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return. It has been awhile since I became engrossed in a Dean Koontz book. This was one spooky story. Just the way a horror story should be. The only issue I had with the whole thing was the back and forth from past tense to present tense. Why the monster’s activities had to be told in present tense didn’t make any sense to me. In fact, it tended to pull me OUT of the story at times (then again, I’m not a huge fan of present tense stories). Other than that, I liked the story a lot. A very suspenseful ending.

Ghostly Liaison e-book is currently free. Sale runs through Sep 4th. So if you don’t have a copy yet, or you know someone who would be interested, now is the time to buy it!

So… What are you reading? I know I ask this question a lot, but I certainly HOPE you’re not reading the same book. J

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cleaned Up in Rewards

Back with I joined the rewards program with Ulta, I could get free salon services with my points (which I get 1 point per dollar spent). Well, after about 500 points they changed the rules. Points could no longer be used in the salon.

Well, I’m not much of a cosmetics kind of person, so I just kept collecting the points. At 2000 points I earned $125 worth of merchandise (the most I can get per point). Sunday I decided to cash in.

My blow dryer was probably created in the 90s and my travel blow dryer broke years ago (the folding handle wouldn’t lock in place any longer), so I picked out two new ones (and they’re purple—pretty!). One of my brushes had lost most of the little nubs on the end of the bristles, so I got a new one. My hair dresser (and friend) told me the big bottles of shampoo and condition were on sale, so I got one of each. A pretty good steal, huh, and it only cost me about six bucks (since I went over my allotment just a little bit).

I don’t know what I’ll get the next time I reach 2000 points (which will take a little over two years to reach). Maybe I’ll get some fun stuff for a raffle basket or something. I doubt my blow dryers will need to be replaced by then. J

Hubby and I also cleaned up in some of our restaurant rewards this weekend (mainly Max & Erma’s and TGI Fridays). I love free food!

So… What reward programs do you participate in? Do you cash in?

Stacy

Friday, July 24, 2015

And Then I Found This…

I subscribe to the In’DTale magazine. The July/August issue had been sitting in my e-mail box since July10th, unopened. I just got busy with being in Wisconsin, then hosting Sizzle and Sass, and, oh yeah, my birthday, that I didn’t have time to actually READ it. I finally opened it this week.

Well, lo and behold, there, in the review section, was Blind Temptation! I had submitted it for review back in April and had no idea they finally finished reading it (it was still showing up in Goodreads as being currently read). Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing what they had to say (and yes, it’s good or I wouldn’t bother telling you about it) here’s the link to the magazine: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/July-August-summer-issue-of-InD-tale-magazine.html?soid=1110058879188&aid=uo9SwFBsAPE. My book’s review is on page 95/96. J

Well, for those of you who didn’t read the comments on Wednesday’s blog (and why didn’t you?), I do not have a hernia. Whew! I just strained one of my abdominal muscles. Now, the doctor also told me if I came down with a fever or nausea, I was to hightail it to the emergency room. Seems the muscle I pulled is in the area of the appendix. Figures, huh? Like I don’t have enough to be paranoid about. Well, the pain is subsiding, so there’s that. I’m hoping I can get back to my regular exercise routine (minus those stomach crunches—must find a new exercise, I think) next week. I don’t need an excuse not to go to the fitness center. I can usually come up with something frivolous all by myself. J

After a busy weekend last weekend, this one looks to be a lot quieter. I’m okay with that. I deserve to be lazy on some weekends.

Then again, don’t we all?

So… What’s your favorite weekend pastime? Mine would be to go to the beach (the kind with the ocean, not the lake), but the beach is too far away. Guess I’ll just have to figure out something else to do.

Stacy