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September 19th, 2013 by Annette

Thursday Thirteen – What I’m Watching This Fall

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Thirteen 🙂

I love Fall.  Cooler weather, school starting, Halloween and the holidays fast approaching …. and new TV shows to be discovered.

I vividly recall waiting anxiously for each network’s special programs teasing new Saturday morning offerings when I was a kid.  I remember begging to watch them on the Thursday and Friday nights before the debut on Saturday.  And gleefully marking up the Saturday page in the TV Guide to plan my precious morning hours of cartoon watching.  Oh, the agony when things were scheduled at the same time!

Thankfully, the invention of the DVR, streaming services and all the other technological wonders of our time make it possible to keep up with three (or four) shows on at the same time 😉  Woot!

Here’s what we (kids and I primarily) will be watching this fall… both old favorites and new discoveries (hopefully worth the time) in no particular order:

1 – Sleepy Hollow  We watched the first episode already this week.  I rather like the twists and turns and incorporating a few unexpected elements (Four Horsemen, anyone?).  Of course, I also have an overwhelming desire to start Glendon Place’s Sleepy Hollow design for stitching while watching… think the show will be on long enough to finish it if I work on it an hour at a time?

2 – Haven  One word: Duke.  Yum.

3 – Castle Two words: Nathan Fillion Oh, yeah.

4 – Arrow We tried the first couple episodes when the series started last year.  It kept falling down the priority list and we abandoned the show.  But then they added John Barrowman and, by all accounts, it found its stride and got much better.  This will need a catch up and we should be up to date by the end of the year.

5 – Dracula I can’t resist a sexy vampire and Jonathan Rhys Myers should make a good one.

6 – Once Upon a Time Last year, we were in catch up mode ahead of the start of season two.  We are now fully invested and ready for the return!

7 – Once Upon a Time Wonderland Seems like a no-brainer to give this a try.

8 – Grimm Part of the reason we didn’t start Once Upon a Time from the beginning was the similarity to Grimm (yes, I know, they aren’t alike at all….mea culpa).  The cries of “Oh no! Monroe!” will be heard again at the Acre this fall.

9 – Supernatural One of our “catch up” shows from a couple years ago.  I just want to bake Dean a pie and give Sam a hug.  Oh, and I miss Bobby 🙁

10 – Dancing with the Stars Still undecided on the changes made for this season… but the cast is pretty entertaining!

11 – Almost Human Another show that captured my attention due to its star… hello Karl Urban!

12 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Coulson Lives!!

13 – Ironside I watched the original Ironside, so I have to check out the reboot 🙂

I foresee quite a bit of stitching time in the coming weeks….we’ll see how many are still around at the end of the year.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!

September 5th, 2013 by Annette

Thursday Thirteen: Surprise!

Yes, it’s a new post.

I know, surprising given it’s been four months since the last one.

But, as I was perusing the blogs, I follow, I found a Thursday Thirteen on Measi’s blog and it seemed like the perfect way to catch up and kick start the blog again.

Assuming there’s anyone left reading…. for anyone still here, thank you, and if not, that’s ok.

Onward and upward.. here we go:

Thursday Thirteen: The Last Four Months

1 – New job is going well.  It’s different, but I’m adapting.  Well, working on adapting.

2 – Have I mentioned how much I hate starting a new job?  Yeah, I still do.

3 – K graduated from ASU in May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cell, Developmental and Genetics).  Next step: lab certification to work in Arizona (yeah, she got that a touch backwards, but we love her anyway)

4 – Two trips to Virginia to meet my team.  The very best part of my new job – the team, not the travel.

5 – Also one trip to Tennessee for an amazingly, awesome, low-key, relaxing weekend.  Fabric and other stash was acquired.

6 – Enablement opportunities abounded.  I use my powers for good hexes. 🙂

7 – My mother-in-law is visiting (she came home with me from Tennessee) and I’m thinking we’ll have a new Arizona resident sometime next year.  Yay!

8 – The new banner (and new Facebook icon) is the latest K creation

9 – I had to beg.  She has a new beau who has been taking a lot of her time.  But, we like him, so I try not to complain.  Much.

10 – Attended my first Comic-con.  Memorial Day weekend here in Phoenix.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Spent four days at the Phoenix convention center.  A mere 4 hours on Thursday and 12-14 hours Friday thru Sunday (each day).  As a volunteer, I counted people, answered questions, fixed YouTube links in presentations and organized prizes.  I’ve never had more fun working so hard as I did that weekend.  I *cannot* wait until next year!!

11 – John Barrowman?  Best.  Hugger.  Ever. (Picture of a picture…that is now framed on my desk at home.  I hope he’s there next year so I can get it signed!)

12 – A wool applique finish – a little candlemat from Lumenaris

13- A stitching finish – Cackle by Raise the Roof Designs (along with new scissors and fob from my stitching weekend)

That’s the highlights for the last four months.  Hopefully it won’t be another four months before the next post 🙂

February 19th, 2013 by Annette

48 Questions

Stolen shamelessly from Vicky

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes.  Cheryl and Annette from The Mickey Mouse Club (the original one).

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
last night – Downton Abbey Season 3 finale (sniff)

3 DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yes.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Ham

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Two – Kylie, 22 and Zachary, 14

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes, definitely!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Oh my, yes.  It’s the primary language in our house.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Not the originals.  But I have it on good authority I have grown a new set 😉

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Nope

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Quaker Life

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Rarely

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically?  No.  Emotionally or mentally?  Yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Blue Bunny Super Chunky Cookie Dough or Haagen Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond (depends on the mood)

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their smile

15. RED OR PINK?
Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Sometimes I’m overly optimistic…

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My Granny

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Developing healthy skepticism

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
None!  I rarely wear shoes when I’m at home.  I do have blue fuzzy socks on.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Toasted homemade bread with a bit of butter

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Radio and hold music (conference call waiting to start)

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Red

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Lilacs, fresh baked bread and vanilla (not together)

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
They are mine but I don’t feel the need to share them with the world

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway – preferably with a roaring fireplace

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Baseball

27. HAIR COLOR?
Equal parts brunette and grey

28. EYE COLOR?
Blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Not anymore… too much of a pain!

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
My homemade macaroni and cheese

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy Endings, please

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Theatre:  The Hobbit;  Home: Demolition Man

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
White

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Cheesecake

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Uhhh….walking, which I think is considered cardio.

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Both

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Yikes… this is an oldie.  I have no mousepad!

40. FAVORITE SOUND?
Laughter

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
Pop – 80s, preferred (“Oldies” per my children)

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Toronto, Canada

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Being me…. which only I can do 😉

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Michigan City, Indiana, USA

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Mesa, Arizona, USA

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Grey.  For now….

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Red Pearl

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
I would like to see others’ answers, too!

May 10th, 2011 by Annette

10 on the 10th

Hey, it’s my meme, I can skip a month if I want to 😉

A few weeks ago my personal Blackberry died an untimely death.  I had been planning to get an iPhone this summer when the new models arrive (and my upgrade triggered) but evidently The Universe decided I needed one sooner.

I bought an iPhone 4 (that I will upgrade to a 5 when they are available).  Holy cow, I love this little thing.  For at least…. ten reasons:

10 Reasons I Adore my iPhone

  • The screen is gorgeous!  Pictures, books, games, they all are sharp and clear and easy to read.
  • I can make my own ringtones!!  Kylie calls?  I hear “Jessie’s Girl” (her best friend is named Jessica and she claimed this song for her own years ago).  DH calls?  True Companion plays.  Anyone else? Owl City’s Fireflies plays.  All with a little free app.
  • Flying on Southwest?  Easy check in on my phone.  And I fly SW most of the time.
  • Simple syncing with my laptop…. and all my music!  I have only moved over a small selection of my very favorite songs, but I will keep adding.
  • One charger in my travel bag for both my iPod and iPhone! Though I may leave the iPod home on the next trip….
  • Much nicer interfaces for Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, SpringPad and GetGlue.
  • Angry Birds…. what more do I need to say?  🙂
  • I can silence the ringer with a little slider on the side.  Great for night time and business meetings.
  • I usually play a game or two on my laptop in the evening… now I can play my favorites on my phone!  Plants vs. Zombies and PuzzleQuest 2.  I don’t get sucked in to hours online, but still give the brain a rest after a long day.
  • And the last reason…. Words With Friends!!  (AZAnnette414)  OMG!  What a great game!  I used to play Scrabble with my Granny regularly and my memory of two letter words and q-words-without-a-u are slowly coming back to me. LOL  I spent time this past weekend stitching on Greek Mandala between WWF moves and didn’t even turn on the laptop…. I can’t tell you the last time I was offline (at least off PC) all weekend.

And now…. I think it’s my move…

February 10th, 2011 by Annette

10 on the 10th – February

I’m in New York this week for business (thus the silence here and elsewhere online).

It’s my second trip to NYC and both times have been for work, sadly leaving very little time for experiencing the city.  I expect I’ll be returning later this year and maybe I can work in some time for roaming.

Of course, the fact that it’s like 20F outside is in no way influencing my decision to forgo wandering the city in my off hours, such as they are.

Nope, not at all.

In honor of my time here…. Ten Observations of My Trip:

1 – When airports lose power, the after effects last for hours.

My plane landed in Newark about 20 minutes after the power came back on in the terminal.  The security lines, the baggage piles…. oh my.  All because of a 90 minute power outage.

2 – The Holland Tunnel is very small.

I’ve seen it in movies and on TV, but I had no idea how small the Holland Tunnel truly is.  Two lanes (same direction) and I don’t imagine there was much clearance between the top of the tunnel and a semi-trailer.  Really close.

3 – The site of the World Trade Center is inspiring.

My hotel room overlooks the site.  I’m on the 23rd floor so I have a view of all the work going on.  And it’s going on 24 hours/day.  The hotel offers ear plugs or white noise machines, but I am finding the noise of the equipment to be somewhat comforting.  The work goes on…..

4 – Utz potato chips are a real brand!

Yes, I know that I should have realized the brand from Mad Men was as real as all the others they use (American Airlines, Lucky Strike, etc) but I’d never heard or seen them before!

5 – No canned chicken noodle soup compares to that made in a New York deli.

Tonight’s dinner was from Stage Door deli.  It includes not only a cup of sublime chicken noodle soup, but a piece of New York style cheesecake 😉

6 – After walking on the streets here can be akin to swimming upstream. 

Holy moly.  The number of people!  The first day I walked to my office (about 4 blocks), I simply followed the sea of humanity.  I knew the general direction (one block up and three blocks over) but it was a little disconcerting to be in such a *crowd* of people.  At the end of the day,  after about a block (the point of a train station), I’m walking against a mass of people….. I feel like a salmon.

7 – Cold doesn’t bother me.  The wind on the other hand…..

19F today with a -10 windchill.  Brrrr….

8 – The Statue of Liberty is not nearly as tall as I thought she’d be.

I can see her from my office building. 

9 – New York business hours are very night-owl friendly.

Meetings don’t start until 9.  Dinner hour is 7/8ish.  I could totally get used to this!  If it weren’t for the cold…. and the snow…. and all the people….

Maybe I’ll stick to my early desert hours.

10 – No matter how nice the city, I’m always glad to go home.  Or I will be on Friday morning 🙂

January 12th, 2011 by Annette

ABCs of Me!

Making the blog rounds lately….

A – Age: 45
B – Bed size: Queen
C – Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom… ugh
D – Dog’s name: Greta, Nero and Duchess.
E – Essential start of the day item: three pills and a large glass of water 😉
F – Favorite color: Red
G – Gold or Silver: Both 😀
H – Height: 5 foot, 4.5 inches
I – Instruments you play: guitar
J – Job: Technical Architect (as of today… ask me again next week at this time)
K – Kids: Kylie (20) and Zachary (12)
L – Living arrangements: Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona along with my dear husband, kids and three dogs
M – Music you love: 80’s pop/rock
N – Nicknames: Mom, The Nette
O – Overnight hospital stay at hospital: tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, two children, blood clot and one other surgery….whew!
P – Pet Peeve: the phrase “at the end of the day”
Q – Quote from a movie: “I will kill you with my teacup” (The Chronicles of Riddick)
R – Right handed or left: Right
S – Siblings: One younger brother.  Nine years younger and about nine inches taller!
T – Time you wake up: 6:19am during the week and 9ish on the weekend
U – Underwear: yes
V – Vegetable you dislike: green beans
W – Workout Style: uhhh… yeah….. pass.
X – X-rays you’ve had: chest (pneumonia)
Y – Yummy food you make: stuffed shells and garlic breadsticks
Z – The best place to visit: San Diego or my in-laws in Georgia

January 10th, 2011 by Annette

10 on the 10th

Welcome to another edition of 10 on the 10th!  This month I’m going to continue the reading them…

Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2011 (no particular order):

1 – Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – I can hardly wait for this sequel to The Name of the Wind! Happily, it’s due in March and I’ve already gotten my pre-order in, so I’m ready!

2 – Ghost Story by Jim Butcher – Harry Dresden is my literary crush.  I was not happy with the cliffhanger in Changes.  Must know the resolution!  How soon will April get here?

3 – Lover Unleashed by JR Ward – Payne and Manny’s story arrives the end of March.  I always look forward to another reason to visit the BDB world.

4 – River Marked by Patricia Briggs – The latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series is another March release.

5 – Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake – The cover caught my eye and then the synopsis kept my attention.  A September release.

6 – Envy by JR Ward – The next adventure of Ward’s Fallen Angels.  October release date.

7 – Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione – A new series in Ione’s popular Demonica world which I am definitely a fan of.  End of March release (anyone else seeing a pattern here??)

8 – Deeper than Midnight by Lara Adrian – Book 9 in the Midnight Breed series is due out in June. 

9 – Spellbound by Blake Charlton – I found a lot of promise in the first book in this series (Spellwright) and I’m looking forward to the next installment with a more mature hero.  August release.

10 – Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook – Of all the books trying to find a place in the “steampunk” genre, only two that I’ve read come anywhere close.  One of those is The Iron Duke and why I’m ready for the sequel.  Sadly, I’ve got to wait until November!

December 10th, 2010 by Annette

10 on the Tenth

While I haven’t come close to my book reading goal for 2010 (100 books read), I have read some great ones.  This month, along with some lovely ladies from a certain book review blog, I’m posting a few of them.

 Top 10 Books Read in 2010

1 – Lover Mine by JR Ward (this surprises anyone?)

2 – Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop

3 – Changes by Jim Butcher

4 – Never the Bride by Paul Magrs

5 – The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

6 – Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

7 – My Life in France by Julia Child

8 – Johannes Cabal, Necromancer by Jonathan Howard

9 – Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

10 – The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

And an Honorable Mention (because I haven’t actually finished it yet but it is great!)

11 – The Devil in White City by Erik Larson

These are the ten I picked last night and to be honest, today I may have changed a couple.  There’s something for everyone on this list 🙂

November 10th, 2010 by Annette

10 on the 10th

For this month, ten items from the “Stitching Bucket List.”

Essentially, charts I have in my stash that I truly believe I will start and *finish* someday.

The key word being “someday.”

In no particular order:

1 – Carriage House Sampling’s Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow

2 – Glendon Place’s Sleepy Hollow

3 – Legends of the Spellcaster (TW/Dragon Dreams/Black Swan)

4 – Leon Conrad’s Queene Besse Chesse Boarde

5 – Chatelaine’s Water Garden

6 – Mirabilia Shakespeare’s Fairies

7 – CHS Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow

8 – Chatelaine Taj Mahal

9 – Mirabilia Royal Holiday

10 – TW’s The Minstrel

October 10th, 2010 by Annette

Ten on the Tenth – October

I came way too close to forgetting to do my own meme!! LOL

I’m going to do something easy this month.  I’m obviously having no lack of posting in October…

Ten Favorite Novel Series  (no particular order)

Links are to the first book in the series.

The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop) – dark fantasy.  I adore Daemon…and Lucivar…and Saetan…and Surreal…

The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) – urban fantasy.  The ride starts with Storm Front and it’s a fun one.  This is the wizard a certain other Harry wants to grow up to be 😉

Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) – time travel/historical fantasy.  Every volume is thick and meaty and there is so so much going on.  I admit, it took me two attempts to finally get hooked (::cough:: Erin ::cough::) but when I did, there was no turning back!  The Kindle version is currently free, so if you want to give it a try, download the Kindle app for your PC/Mac/iPhone and get reading!

Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward) – paranormal romance.  The series starts with Dark Lover, but even if you find the first book so-so, keep reading.  The second book, Lover Eternal, is where the story grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Johannes Cabal (Jonathan Howard) – mystery/historical with just a hint of steampunk. The first installment has Faustian roots and the second would do Sherlock Holmes proud.  Love love love this!

Man of His Word (Dave Duncan) – epic fantasy.  This series starts the The Magic Casement and is one of the first series I read many many years ago. 

Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss) – epic fantasy.  First book: The Name of the Wind.  Yeah, I know the second book isn’t out yet, but if it’s *half* as good as the first one, this is one of the most amazing series ever…

Midnight Breed (Lara Adrian) – paranormal romance.  Start with Kiss of Midnight.  Is it similar to my beloved BDB?  Well, yes, there are vampires.  And they are warriors.  And it is set on the east coast.  Beyond that?  The stories and the style are different. 

The Hollows (Kim Harrison) – urban fantasy.  Get to know witch Rachel Morgan and her company, Vampiric Charms, starting with Dead Witch Walking.  Great characters, great stories and tons of surprises.

Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters) – mystery.  I love Egyptian history.  Crocodile on the Sandbank starts the adventures of Amelia solving mysteries with the wonders of Egypt or her English home as the background.  Great stuff.

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these and what you think 🙂