February 14th, 2011

e on ground

Weekend Roundup...

...D's team won Friday night, so now they'll be in the tournament. They have one more 'regular' game, and if they win that one, they won't have to face the undefeated team right away. If they lose, however...well, it could be a short tournament ;)

...remember the big hail storm?

...well, after months of fighting with our insurance company, as we watched every other house on the street get a new roof, it's our turn. The insurance company came through, and there are ~6-8 men on our roof right now, scraping and yanking and tossing. The kitty's not too happy (since he has to stay inside until they're done with this part), but we're thrilled!

...we went out for Valentine's Day yesterday, to our favorite Mexican food restaurant (about three minutes away). It's called Jose O'Shea's, and I first went there when I was about D's age -- so it's been around a long time! We figured we'd rather not fight the crowds today. As we sat there and the kiddos chatted and behaved wonderfully (like they always do in public), I realized that not everyone is so fortunate. My cousin's kiddos are very high-spirited, and they've struggled getting them under control enough to ever eat out. Granted, we had a short period (when E was less than one-ish) where we couldn't eat out because she screamed all the time...but ever since then, both kids have been fine.

...because of the gorgeous weather, we had hoped to wash our cars this weekend, but the snow was piled high enough in most places (like along the sides of the street), that there's still too much slush! Hopefully, before Weds, it'll melt enough that we can have clean cars for a brief time!

...both kiddos are fighting colds right now, so we mostly vegged this weekend -- in fact, I can't think of what we did (hmmmm) on Saturday. Obviously, it was very exciting.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Book Reports (23-24)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC for 2011 (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Haven, by Kristi Cook ****+ This is a very engrossing book (especially for my type of reader). It has the boarding school; it has the strange abilities; it has a cool romance. The only thing I didn't LOVE was the vampire aspect, BUT I felt she did a nice job of adding something new to it. The story: Violet chooses a private school when her step-mom gives her the option between that and moving to live with her gran. Violet would love a new start and a chance to hide her 'freakiness', but to her surprise, the others at her new school begin asking about unusual abilities right off -- and when Violet attracts the attention of a hot boy, she learns more than she ever expected about her own abilities and the world around her. (YA paranormal/urban fantasy, releases later this month, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Darkness Becomes Her, by Kelly Keaton ** Although this wasn't to my personal taste, I wanted to mention it here, because I know many people really like this kind of book right now. First, it had a lovely dystopic feel (which I liked). Second, the characters are complex and intriguing (very intriguing); third, it's all about mythology. This has to be the most original take I've seen on a mythology story ever, and it's definitely worth taking a look! The story: Ari is told her birth mom committed suicide, but when she discovers a letter from her mom, she begins to wonder if that wasn't the case. She returns to New 2 (which used to be New Orleans) and discovers more than she ever expected -- not only about her mom, but also about herself and a family legacy (having to do with snakes, no less) which gives her an unusual and unprecedented power. (YA urban fantasy?, releases later this month, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Currently Reading: Pathfinder, Sugar on Ice, Drought