Posts Tagged: musings

Jul 09
Celebrating a Life: Bas the Gator Hunter

Celebrating a Life: Bas the Gator Hunter

Seven months ago today, we lost Bas aka the Gator Hunter and my heart still aches. I didn’t do his Celebrating a Life post because it just hurt too much. It still hurts a lot, but he was so loved! He came into my life in late 2008 when my sister adopted him. I still remember going to pick him up with her. The Albuquerque City Animal Shelter has a small shop in one of the local malls and they rotate animals from the shelter to the mall location in hopes that someone will adopt them while they shop at the mall. His name was Charlie and he was a cocker spaniel mix. My sister changed his name because we already a Charlie. He had been rescued from people who… Read more »

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Nov 11
Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

On Monday, November 02, 2015 we had to put our oldest cat, Kaos to sleep. He was about 13/14 years old and came into our life as a wrecking ball. At the time, our only cat Kitty, was an outdoor cat and every evening, I’d go out to the front and call her, “Kitty! Here Kitty, kitty, kitty.” Sometimes she’d come right away and other times we’d go inside and then come back for a second round of calling. That night, my sister and I called for her and we heard meowing but she wasn’t around. Then all of sudden this little white ball of fur came running out of the bushes and we go into the house screaming! He was named after two members of boybands: Lance Bass from… Read more »

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May 03
Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Shortly after 2 am this morning, we got a phone call that the Husky’s blood pressure and sugar were falling and they were working to save her. About five minutes later, we got another call that she passed. And I am devastated. The Husky came into our life as a big fur ball. She was born on September 15, 2002 to my aunt P’s huskies and a month or so later she became a member of our family. Originally P was going to keep her and give us a cinnamon type pup but my parents fell for the Husky. I remember the first evening she was home: my parents and sister went to dinner and I stayed behind so she wouldn’t be alone. I heard some crying coming from their… Read more »

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Dec 08
Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

It’s been rather quiet around here and I wanted to explain why. Four weeks ago, we were notified that my grandmother was ill and probably wouldn’t see the end of the year. I prayed and hoped for a miracle, but someone upstairs wanted her to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with them. On Thursday, December 4th, my grandmother, Elena, died. She was born in 1927 to a family of well to do farmers. During the Great Depression, her family did not experience the hardship and hunger that many families did and in fact many neighbors often came to her father where they would barter work for food. My grandmother often told the story of her family knowing Mexican Revolutionary General, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Rumor has it; he… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed, it was easy to keep up and see what was going in the world. Now? Not so much. I feel so guilty when I miss book related events in the… Read more »

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Mar 13
Encountering Your Profession in Books

Encountering Your Profession in Books

I always find it interesting how others perceive one’s own profession and it’s even more daunting at times when reading a book that mentions it. I have a master’s in medieval history (my primary area is the legality of war and the law of arms with a focus on 14th century England) and at some point I do have plans to get a PhD (it’s more of a personal goal than a need). Lucky for me I don’t encounter very many medievalists mentions, but once in a while I do and I have to scratch my head. This one is from Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and I laughed so much because it was so odd to see a medievalist described in such away. Are we nuts?… Read more »

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Mar 05
Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

In the February wrap up post I mentioned doing a bit more personal blog posts and this is one of them. I wish I was adventurous when it comes to my palate. I’ve often thought I’d be that person who wouldn’t turn up her nose at some foreign dish, but alas I’m not. I’m not going to be that girl who announces “I’m ordering Ethiopian for lunch. Do you want anything?” You may be asking yourself what brought this on and it was yesterday’s lunch. A co-worker was saying he was craving a sandwich from this Vietnamese restaurant that another co-worker took him to. Being the admin assistant for a non-profit means I’m often stuck having someone pick up an order for me if I forget lunch or wait until… Read more »

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Feb 15
Feature & Follow #1: Letter to Favorite Character

Feature & Follow #1: Letter to Favorite Character

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers. You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a “few things”. – Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker I’ve decided on Archie Sheridan from the Archie / Gretchen series by Chelsea Cain. Dear Archie: I should be more formal since you are a detective, but like Susan, I’ve been on a few cases with you and feel… Read more »

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