Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Found My Camera!


That is the link to the reviews and specs of my future camera which I will be taking to Paris. So super excited!!!

A co-worker, who was formerly a graphic artist, helped me make the final decision. She pointed some things out and basically said this was a good camera.

Now, I'm trying to find a bag that will hold the laptop and the camera. Looking for a nice simple messenger bag that is not over $100.

Here's to hoping and online shopping.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday Nothingness

I got up this morning and despite my plan for working out and what not, I did some sleeping in but did the good thing of getting in to work early to offset the long lunch I took yesterday and the one I knew I would be taking today.

Sure enough the gutter guy called when he was 30 min away took another hour to show up after I arrived home and tried to tell me that it would be $3500 to put up gutters for an 1800 sq ft house.

Dude I priced the gutters they cost $500 even with labor this shouldn't be more than $1000. Even if he started there just to bargain, that would still leave me at the $2000 mark and I only want to pay $1K.

I've moved on to another book called, In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke.

Just started reading this and it's a continuation from A Year in the Merde. It almost picks up exactly where it left off with Stephen hooking up with the half Indian girl who is a friend of the Barbadian beauty he was hooking up with.

So far the wit with everyday situations is still there. He's having adventures and describing French life so that all non-Frogs can envision themselves traisping down the Champs-Elysees. Loving this.

I'm supposed to be practicing my French daily. Not really doing it due to fear and fear. I know I'm going to France in November. I know I need to know French to get along in France in November. But I'm really feeling some serious butterflies when I think about it and I can't concentrate.

Whatever, I'll conquer this feeling like a Victorian did Everest.

Going to have a change for the blog in two forms. I'm going to start posting regularly and I'm going to talk about my eating/spending habits as well as my writing. I really want to get at least two chapters a day in and I figure with this as my tracking device that I can do that.

Here's to hoping.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Handy Man Special Day!

So KD is my local handyman. Since buying the house, I've not let the little matter of not being able to fix anything or put things together stop me.

So as I'm at work my handyman is at my house putting together the following:

  1. Exercise equipment (spinning bike, treadmill)

  2. Weed Whacker

  3. Two small 3-shelf bookcases

  4. Pumping up tires on my bike

Hopefully all will be done and dude won't have to spend too much time doing it since I'm paying for it.

What I'm Reading Now:
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

This book was awesome. The author found a contract job in Paris and had such minor little BS things happen that with his wit he blew them up into fantastic stories. The receptionist was plain faced and mean, HR was rude, blah blah blah. The thing that saves him is his boss who sets him up and causes an almost national scandal by importing mad cow beef from England into the country and illegally sublets apartments.

A fast read once I got into and very well worth a read. I only read it because I'm headed to Paris in November but I'm glad that I did.

What I'm Listening to at Work Right Now
Our Man in Jamaica

BBC Radio 7 radio play about Noel Coward as a British spy trying to take down Castro. Very funny with Noel getting tons of great lines and everyone seeming so realistic and fantastic.

What I'm Listening to in the Car Right Now
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

It's the monster's beginnings. Hannibal lived in Russian territory and his sister was cannabilized before his eyes he became a mute and went on to conquer the minds of millions.

Very slow going because the author is reading and he's not doing a good job. Forgetting to change his voice and being very monotone. The story is excellent, however, when listening to a book the voice is everything and not the author's words.

As I wrote this post, I'm at work and the weather did a massive shift. The wind has picked up and it's gotten much darker. Going to rain soon and I'm glad. Will save money on having to water my lawn.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kimani Press

I submitted a book series idea to Kimani Press (a Harlequin line) now I'm doing the months of waiting thing.

I must admit that I don't often read Kimani Press but I like the books I've read. It's just I couldn't find anything that really touched me like I have in other Harlequin lines. I decided that the best way to remedy this was to write for myself.

After all, I'm not that much of a wild card that there aren't more people like me.

Here's to hoping!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gay Paris For Me

I've got my ticket to Paris and I'm gone. After almost a year of battling the IRS, I've finally got my first-time home buyer's credit. Unfortunately, it came to late for me to do anything with the house, but I'm able to pay off debt and buy my trip to Paris cash. Won't Gail Vaz-Oxlade be proud!

I'm planning my trip everyday now and trying to learn French. I hope to get some passable phrases and be able to communicate with someone and make an internet friend.

Who knows that may be possible?

Here's to advenutre and renewing my passport.