Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
May 10th, 2011

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…

January 10th, 2011

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

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

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

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 🙂

September 10th, 2010

Ten on the Tenth – September

This month’s 10 on the 10th is inspired by the upcoming start of the fall television season!  We’re watching the last episodes of our summer favorites and looking forward to our regular season series. 

10 Shows on my DVR Scheduler

Note:  There are actually way more than 10 set to record…I’d have to wait another two weeks to do the full list 😉

In no particular order:

  1. Bones – We “found” Bones about a year ago and quickly found ourselves catching up the episodes on DVD and looking forward to Thursday night.  Great stories and characters and the geek in me loves all the science!  Of course, David Boreanaz is awfully easy on the eyes 😉
  2. Castle – Given my avowed love of Captain Tightpants, I’m sure it’s no surprise that we’ve been watching Castle since Episode 1.  Helps that it’s a great show.
  3. Dancing with the Stars – An interesting season ahead.  I’ve watched *most* of them, missing some of the early seasons as House was higher on the priority list.  If only I’d discovered the joys of the DVR earlier! 
  4. Fringe – I <3 Walter.  Another joy for my inner geek…..
  5. Ghost Hunters – The original is still the best with Grant, Jason, Steve and Tango!  It’s reality TV with quite a bit of unreality….do you believe in ghosts? 😀
  6. Sanctuary – Most of our serial/fictional SyFy shows are summer ones (Eureka, Haven) but this is our fall series.  It’s filmed entirely in front of a green screen, which makes for interesting backdrops.  Most of the time you forget what you are seeing isn’t “real” but the stories and characters are truly the forefront of the show.
  7. Glee – I own all the Glee CDs.  I went to the live concert earlier this year.  I have seen all episodes at least twice… yeah, I’m a fan.  LOL
  8. American Chopper: Senior vs Junior – We watched some of the early shows, and as much as I love seeing the bike builds, the constant yelling and drama was a little much for regular viewing.  This season, even with the acrimony between father and son, the respective shops are much easier to take.  The drama is still there, but it’s a bit less….chaotic.
  9. Say Yes to the Dress – Kylie has decided that she *must* go to Kleinfeld’s (the store in the show) for her wedding dress and she wants Randy (the store fashion director) to select it for her.  I’ve suggested she might start with a date…..  Until then, we’ll watch other brides and their perfect dresses 🙂
  10. Whose Line is it Anyway? – I think we’ve seen every episode at least 2-3 times, but there’s always a laugh!  We will skim thru the episodes with chicks and stick to the favorites Greg, Brad and Chip.  Favorite bits:  Wayne’s thong, Meow, Tapioca and Nice Pants 😀

It’s still the 10th here in Arizona!

June 10th, 2010

Ten on the Tenth

I had a bright idea a couple weeks ago to create my own meme-style post monthly.

Reason #1 – It means at least one post per month.  Given how much I’ve been posting lately, every little bit helps.

Reason #2 – See Reason #1.  It’s a shameless attempt to post more but not have to resort to self-psycho-analysis or endless babbling.  Which would drastically reduce the number of people who read this…. from like 3 to 0.  😉

Here’s the thought – on the 10th of each month, I’ll post a list of ten things.  This could be anything from Ten Books I Want to Read to Ten Smart Decisions I’ve Made or even Ten Things That Drive Me Crazy.  Whatever strikes my fancy that month.

For this month: 

Ten Things About Me 

(note I didn’t say “interesting” things…. no unrealistic expectations 😉 )

  1. I don’t like scary movies – suspense, sure… but scary, gory Nightmare on Elm Street-type movies, nope.  My husband and my daughter, however, love them.  They have mini-marathons watching in our bedroom, while I’m safely either out of the house or in another room.
  2. I read fiction 99% of the time. I live in the real world, don’t need to read about it 🙂 
  3. Mars Galaxy bars from England and See’s Dark Chocolate Molasses Chips – most perfect chocolate ever
  4. I would totally love to attend GhostHunter Academy 😀  I’m interested in paranormal (and have had some interesting experiences) but am very much a realist.
  5. I love to sing. In the car.  In the shower.  Walking with my iPod.  Whenever I’m listening to music.  My family doesn’t ask me to stop, so evidently I don’t sound *too* bad.
  6. In the same vein, I have a very hard time recognizing and remembering song titles and artists.  I’ll know the song playing on the radio, and can even sing along, but don’t ask me the name or the artist.  Most of the time…. I won’t know LOL
  7. I love brussel sprouts, spinach, kippers and pickled herring.  However, you can keep peas, green beans and meatloaf 😉
  8. My brand new ringtone for my brand new phone is based on this song
  9. I have an excellent visual memory.  For things I’ve read, I can tell you where on the page it was located.    
  10. I love to bake, but being recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy, I haven’t done as much in the last year.