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    ~ November 14, 2013 ~
    social media zombies...



    I have never made a secret of the fact that I hate facebook.


    I hate games requests from everyone and their brother, sister, cousin, dog, neighbor, and ex. I don't want to play games. I can waste time doing so many other things that are at least marginally productive. Or I can play games on my phone. (Yes, I know I can block games but every time I do, someone comes up with another.)


    I hate that anyone else can post photos of me, or tag me in posts, and I can't really control it no matter how stringent I try to make their 'privacy' settings. I hate feeling like a grinch if I untag myself. Like somehow deciding that *I* want to be in control of how public my life is makes *me* the one who is socially inept, untagging myself has actually made someone tell me that *I* was  being inconsiderate of *their* wishes... really? Because that is *my* face, *you* get to choose? WTF!?!


    I hate that they are always changing it and I have no choice, not really. Wanna try timeline? No. Are you sure? Yes. Because we think you'd like it. No thank you. We think you should try it anyway. No thanks. Oh, by the way, we've decided that you must use timeline even if you didn't want to, but that guy over there found a way to hack around it, so you can still not use it if you really don't want to... Thanks, I will try the hack because I don't want timeline. Oh, sorry - we voided his hack, you have to use it afterall. Gee, that sucks - fuck off, fb.


    I also hate that stupid system of them deciding which posts I will see based on who I see most often. Just because personA posts several times a day and 12 other people comment does not mean it's more relevant to me than the quiet post from personB that nobody else commented on which so quickly falls to the bottom of the page I will never see it, since I don't check it every 10 minutes all day.


    But what I hate most is missing important things because nobody thinks to tell me about it, since they told the world already. 'How did you not know? It was on facebook yesterday. Everyone knows.'


    Sorry. I was not on fb yesterday, or the day before, or probably the week or maybe even month before... Even my darling hubby is guilty of assuming I know something because he saw it on fb, despite the number of times we've discussed the fact that I hate it and never see the important things.


    I have missed a friends' baby shower, several 'we are pregnant' announcements, and even friends visiting from out of state. Things that make even me-the-introvert sad to miss.


    There's no solution. I know I can't change everyone else, but dammit, I'm not sure I can change me, either.

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    ~ October 31, 2013 ~
    Love for Anton Strout and the Spellmason Chronicles
    So I have been busy and I sadly got a late start reading the newest book in the newer antonstrout series (the Spellmason Chronicles) - Stonecast. It wasn't that I didn't want to read it - it was more that once I got started, I expected it to be almost impossible to put down.


    Without giving too much away, Anton brings back all the best characters from the previous book (and a few of the less than faves!), and introduces us to new aspects of previous characters - and one new sorta-hottie. It's easy to imagine hanging out with Alexandra, Rory and Marshall. (Honestly, I could see Marshall as part of the court over at The Board Room... he would fit right in! Sure, he's a little "cliche", but it only makes him more loveable than some of the guys you know - because making him cliche takes away some of their more annoying traits. HA!)

    Cliches aside, Anton's usual sense of humor shines through and reveals that he's just as a big a geek as the rest of us. (Honestly, humor is one of the reasons I love reading Anton's books! He has been making me laugh for years, since I first met him at GenCon, around 72 BCE.)

    So if you haven't read it, give it a try. (If you're like me, you'll want to start with Book One, because I hate starting in the middle. That would be Alchemystic. Beware, though if buying digital - his books are tagged to be non-convertible. So I now proudly own TWO copies of this book, one for iPad and another for kindle!)

    And while you're at it - check out his other series, too - the Simon Canderous novels. Same sense of humor, slightly different twist, more mentions of Lovecraft.
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    ~ September 16, 2013 ~
    proud mommy moments

    It's always good to know that whatever shortcomings I may have had as a parent, I did things right, too.


    Just had lunch with Jas and Garrett. As we all left to go our seperate ways, the boy hugged each of us and told us he loved us.


    We didn't have to ask. He didn't hesitate. You just say goodbye with hugs and make sure everyone knows you care. Period.


    He may have a few other priorities out of whack yet (he's only 19, I'd be surprised if he didn't), but the big important one - family - is on top where it should be.


    Go me.

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    ~ August 12, 2013 ~
    does festival begin when you start packing?

    Because if it does, then screw my 2 day work week! Summerland begins today!


    #woot, #muchneededvacation, #ohyestherewillbepickleshots

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    ~ March 1, 2013 ~

    I have the best psuedo-hubby ever.


    He is spending part of his afternoon off taking care of me and running me to the doc.


    He is TehAwsumm.

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