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January 4, 2012

So this was a truly boring day. I woke up not feeling well. However, I did wake up to make breakfast and then went back upstairs. I took a pain reliever with nighttime sleep aid, which Jas had bought at Dollar Tree, so I thought it wasn’t going to work. But it took my toothache away almost immediately. A side effect, it knocked me out immediately, too. I was asleep most of the afternoon. Then I woke up and I had a headache. The only thing that takes these headaches away, I’ve found, is Wal*Mart’s generic Headache Relief medicine. They work  really good. .

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to finish my book, Whisper Falls by Toni Blake.  I loved this book, but not as much as book two of the series. I think that was so because book two had more laugh outloud moments. It was an enjoyable moment and a fast read. One of the best things about this book was that nobody was really against the relationship, which happens in other books. But here, whenever someone met Lucky, they all saw beyond the tattoos and the long hair. I loved that they made him all sensitive and sort of shy. He was a very likable character and was easy to fall in love with. As well, what I enjoy about Toni Blake’s books is that she slowly introduces the history of each character. She never just spills it all in the beginning. She’ll hint that there was a past about lucky, which he wasn’t proud of, but as a reader, we didn’t know about it until Tessa was told, so her shock was also the readers’ shock. Anywho, I hope to enjoy the third book.

 

 
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January 3, 2012

Although I didn’t think it was going to be, but it did turn out to be a busy day….sort of. Work up in the morning and went to Walmart to pick up some breakfast items. Eggs, bacon, bagels, stuff like that. After that I came home and cooked breakfast for everyone. I had some errands to run in the afternoon, so I went out with my oldest, A J. I had to go return a book I had rented, so my first stop was to Kinko’s/Fed Ex Office. However, before that I made a detour and headed to Starbucks, where I got a Venti Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. I always forget that I am suppose to start keeping track of what I eat and eat smart. Oh well, it was free because Starbucks had sent me card for a free drink of my choice as part of the rewards program they have. A J got a tall Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, which he loved as well.

Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our drinks, we headed to pick up the printed label for the UPS package I needed to return to the book rental place. I had to have FedEx printed because I don’t have a working printer at home, which I really really hate. Anywho, after FedEx Kinko’s I headed to the UPS Store, but we stopped at West Coast Customs. I’ve been wanting to pass by and take a picture for a while, so I finally got to do that. It’s cool to see some of the cars that they’ve worked on just sitting there in the parking lot. A J was excited to see the place and kept asking where the cameras were.

 

After West Coast Customs we finally went to the UPS Store, which was sort of ghetto. I expected a better place, but it was like any old mom & pop mailbox place. Anywho, I bought the envelope for the book, stuck it in and slapped the label on the front. I walked next door to the cookie store to get something for Jas, but, alas, they were closed until the following day. Oh well.

The next stop was to El Tapatio supermarket, which I’d never been to before, but I’d read reviews on it on yelp!. I wanted to check out their bakery and their prepared food section. OMG, it did not disappoint. Their shrimp cocktail was soooo yummy. I bought a pound of that, a pound of carnitas, and a dozen tortillas. I bought it all to eat at home. Oh, I also bought three tamales. The boys, Jas, and I shared it all. The tamales were a little hard, but still sort of good. But that shrimp cocktail….oh, I can’t stop thinking about it. I want to go back and get some more. Jas got the carnitas, which were okay, and a slice of tres leches cake. I am usually, not a big fan of the tres leches cake, but it was okay. Nothing spectacular. Did I mention that the shrimp cocktail was delicious?  I’m going to have to learn to make it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was about it for my day. I didn’t get to read as much as usual, but I did read about half of my current book, which is the third book in the Destiny Series by Toni Blake. The third book is titled “Whisper Falls.” 

Tessa Sheridan came crawling back home to Destiny after her big city interior design career crumbled. Now not only must she struggle to make ends meet, she has to contend with a biker next door and the roar of Harleys shattering the serenity of her cabin in the woods. Worse still, her sexy bad boy neighbor makes her feel breathless and weak—and shy, petite Tessa knows what a major mistake it would be to get involved with someone so…dangerous.

They say that former teen rebel Lucky Romo has a dark, secret past—that he’s trouble with a capital “T.” Still, Tessa feels all tingly when she sees how well he fills out a pair of tight jeans. And when Lucky invites her into his world, she knows the intense heat sparking between them could lead her somewhere wild and wonderful…and, yes, dangerous!

I’ve read about half of it, which is really good. I think I still enjoyed the second book a little more just because of Edna. But this still a very good and entertaining book. Lucky seems like a sensitive fellow and knows what he wants. He’s taken in by Tessa easily and she by him. It seems that Tessa wants herself some Lucky and is set on getting Lucky.

 
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January 2, 2012

So….it was my 38th birthday. I may not have gotten any physical presents, but I did get my favorite things. I didn’t have to cook or wash dishes. What I did get to do was nap and read in peace. These are precious things that I enjoy most. My sister, Mar, will be taking me to my birthday dinner on Friday. She’s also mentioned something about giving me my gift then, which I’m hoping is her taking me to see Wicked!!  I’m going to be sort of disappointed if this is not what it is. However, the other day she mentioned something about craving pizza from Mario Batali’s restaurant in L.A., so that might be the surprise. Either way, I’m grateful for whatever it is. My sisters really spoil me.

So for breakfast/lunch I went to get us In N Out. On the way to pick up the take away, I was thinking that I should start off the year with good eating habits. I thought to myself, “Maybe I’ll get a Double Double with grilled onions, but no tomato, no spread, and no cheese. Instead of a soda, I will stick to water and no fries.”  Well, that thought only lasted for a bit before I had a second thought. It was my birthday and my last chance to indulge so forget foregoing any yumminess. Therefore, I got the Double Double with grilled onions, with no tomatoes, fries, and a large root beer. I’m happy to report, though, that I couldn’t finish the whole burger and the fries were shared with the kids.

And for dinner…..Domino’s pizza. I got pepperoni and sausage on mine with ranch and jalapeños on the side. Oh, and to drink….Coke. So much yumminess in one day!

In between those two meals, I read. I laid in bed while there was chaos all around me. All four boys were sitting/standing right behind Jas to see him playing his video game. I just laid down and started to read, but only a few pages into it….I fell asleep. After an hour or two I woke up and we ordered the pizza. We ate, then I read some more and watched TV with Jas. I must clarify that the book I was reading had nothing to do with me falling asleep. Meaning that I didn’t asleep because the book was boring. Quite the contrary. This is one of the books that I’ve really enjoyed and laughed out loud with.

The book I’m referring to is Toni Blake’s Sugar Creek, which is book two in Blake’s Destiny series. This is one of the few books that I’ve really enjoyed. I literally laughed out loud at a few places in the book. Rachel’s Grandmother, Edna, was super hilarious. One of my favorite things about this book was the interaction between Rachel and Mike. As well, the family feud wasn’t all that important to anyone….his nor her family seemed to care. As well, I liked that the two main characters didn’t have too much of a hard time giving in to their chemistry and didn’t put up much of a front to hide it from everyone. All in all, I really enjoyed this book.

I’m on this small town kick, so this is one of my favorite one’s so far.

Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family’s apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he’s not backing down. Even when shapely trouble shows up in a pair of designer blue jeans. However, neither the hunky cop nor the sexy prodigal hometown girl can anticipate the electricity that heats things up whenever they’re together—adding new sizzle to an ongoing feud that’s raged for generations, and soon putting both their hearts at risk.

 
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January 1, 2012

So, the first day of the year has come and gone. Nothing too exciting happened over here. The most exciting event was when I had to clear out our closet because there was a trail of ants that was coming from somewhere in there. If it wasn’t for those ants I’d still have old paperwork and a mess in there. So, in some way, I suppose I’m grateful. What I was not grateful for was the smell of the Raid spray that lingered for a while after. Just when I thought everything was put away and all the ants had met their demise, there was an ant that had gone rogue.

Rogue Ant

So that was how my first day of 2012 ended. As for my reading, well I did manage to finish the book I was reading, which was Stacy Connelly’s Her Fill-In Fiance.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t very entertaining. It was a bit dry and I was just pushing through to finish it. Sophia, the main character, kept talking about how she was an outcast and she never wanted to move back to her hometown. However, she was easily convinced at the end to stay and keep running the Hope Chest. Oh well, NEXT!

 

This is the summary according to Amazon.com:

Sophia Pirelli had long ago turned her back on small-town life—until a stint in the big city left her unemployed and pregnant! Facing her family might be the hardest thing she’s ever done…next to facing the man who’d betrayed her all over again.

TO PERFECT MATCH?

At first, Jake Cameron’s fling with Sophia had been strictly business—investigating the pretty housekeeper’s background for her wealthy employer was as routine as it got. But business turned deliciously personal—and incredibly complicated. Now he was determined to win back Sophia’s heart, even if it meant helping her reunite with her family by pretending to be her fiancé! Soon the pretend engagement had Jake wondering if he had what it took to become a family man after all….

Stacy Connelly's Her Fill-In Fiance

 
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