Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
There is some ongoing controversy in the book world. Liar is about a black girl who is a liar, but the cover of the book features a white girl since the industry says that covers of black people won't sell. I don't know about that, but I do think that the cover should reflect the book. To read more about it, here is Justine's original post with her objection. Here's Publisher Weekly's article. There are a lot more blogs, etc. who have written about it.
And for fun, I decided to do Libba Bray's new book, Going Bovine. It's cute, I'd say.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Well, not really...I got this meme from Amanda at The ramblings of a hopeful artist to create your own book cover. Here it is. I like it looks really cool and is a good word for that picture.
CREATE YOUR DEBUT YA COVER
1 – Go to “Random Name Generator” or click http://www.behindthename.com/random/
The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click http://watchout4snakes.com/creativitytools/RandomWord/RandomWord.aspx
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php
Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.
5 – Post it to your site along with this text.This was really easy to put together on Picnik, and the flickrcc website where you chose your picture links right to it.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
BT had an phone interview with a large coffee company on Monday and will be having a face-to-face soon. It should pay more money which is good since this current job pays significantly less than his last one. And we cannot afford that. Also now we have to buy him a car. At least mine will be paid off next month, thank God for small favors.
Monday, July 27, 2009
What would you see?
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
BT thought of the name "Magnolia" for the next baby (girl) but I don't know about that. It's pretty but not my taste. I thought of Bennett (boy), but it's too close to BT's name and there would be some confusion, I'm sure. I also like Darcy (girl) but that will probably be a no too. (Can you tell I'm reading Pride & Prejudice?)
The crazy people here are extra crazy, like they swam around in the crazy sauce before they came to work. I won't get into it, but I've never seen anything like it and my last job had some serious wackiness.
Java seems to be feeling better. He had an ear infection, but he is doing better now.
We are still working on Bub's room. We'll be done soon.
That's about it. I'm falling asleep typing this so I'd better go walk around or something.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is my list.
1. Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
2. Pride and Prejudice (BBC mini-series)
3. Pride and Prejudice (2005 movie)
4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Grahame-Smith)
5. Bride and Prejudice
6. Bridget Jones' Diary OR Pride and Prejudice:A Latter-Day Comedy(2003 movie) OR Pride and Prejudice (1940 movie)
I decided to start with the original so that I can compare the rest to it. I can't wait to read P&P&Z since I've heard great things although I'm not big on zombies. The only thing is I can't decide for #6. I'd like to watch the Latter-Day Comedy since I think that would be interesting, a very different take of P&P. And I LOVE Bride and Prejudice. It's the Bollywood version and it is really good by the same lady who did Bend It Like Beckham.
So anyway, that's what I'm reading right now.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The chalkboard wall should be ready today. I need to stop and get some chalk and see if it works but I think Bubs will love it.
They have started putting him on the potty at daycare and we've been talking about it a lot at our house. He will sit on it, but he still isn't aware of when he needs to. I don't think he is ready but I'm going to start with pull-ups anyway. They are easier to change standing up. Luckily my favorite brand of diapers, Seventh Generation, makes training pants so I ordered some of those along with some regular diapers but next time I think I might only get pull-ups. The only problem is that they are not good for naps or night-time so I'm still going to have to invest in some night-time diapers or something. But they are the chlorine free, hypoallergenic, environment-friendlier brand that I've been using on him so I'm going to continue that. This other brand, Nature Babycare, also makes training pants but I didn't like the diapers so I don't know about those. I should have ordered some flushable wipes. Seventh Generation doesn't make any so I'll have to get another brand.
So this turned into a post on diapers. Scintillating I'm sure.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Harry and Hermione's friendship needed to be reaffirmed for the next movie and I couldn't tell you about Ron, honestly. I do wish that they had kept him in the final "we're going with you" conversation but maybe the point was to say that of course he will go there is no real need to say it aloud.
The girl who played Lavender did an excellent job and so do Luna and Ginny. I didn't understand the point of the Burrow scene and wasn't too fond of the H/G kiss. It is really better in the book. I wanted more H/G scenes.
I cried at the end, of course, but I wished there had been a funeral scene. I wish the twins hadn't talked in unison. They usually finish each other's sentences and it was lazy of the someone to make them talk together.
It was such a pretty movie. I love the look of the cave and how Hogwarts looked. Michael Gambon and Tom Felton gave really great performances, very nuanced and subtle. This is the first time I liked Gambon's Dumbledore. Also it was nice that Ron said more than "Bloody Hell" in this movie.
I think I need to see it again.
Friday, July 17, 2009
We are redoing Bubs' room with more of a little boy theme. Right now he has puppies which is fine, but we are going to do transportation (trucks, cars, etc.). Although he is so into dinosaurs that I should have done that, but I think the cars will last a long time and he likes those too.
I got the paint yesterday and bought too much. I got 2 gallons of the main color which is fine since he has really high walls (cathedral ceilings) but we are painting color blocks along the middle and putting the adhesive wall stickers in the middle to create a border and break up the blue and make his room really fun and bright. But I ended up buying 1 gallon of each color since I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough with a quart of each. Oops! It might be too much. But even though I don't like yellow that much we might use the yellow to paint the spare bedroom and that would be okay. I was looking at comforters this morning and I'd like to do something really fun and bright in there, but cheap since I'm hoping to have another kid within a year or two.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In other news, I'm still considering changing the blog name.
In other other news, I painted the hall bathroom "Antique Silver" which is really a blue gray this past weekend even though I was sick. It look good and brings out the shower curtain. We are painting the little man's room "Costa Rica Blue" this weekend and doing a transportation theme. I'm also going to paint one of the short walls with chalkboard paint so that will be fun.
I've been sick and feel guilty since I've been in and out of the office for the last couple of months with different things. And then this week the weirdness of certain people became amazingly apparent and then it got really crazy. But I try to stay out of things.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Bless their hearts, but they have no idea how to schedule time when they have a toddler with them and boo on BT and me for not saying so. When we got to New Orleans Kia was hungry so we walked down to the Riverwalk to eat, which was our first mistake. It was hot in there and I forget that the food is not the best. Bubs is already freaking out since we didn't stop to see the dinosaur outside the aquarium and he is tired, hot, and unhappy. Then we walked back to the aquarium and waited in line to get tickets and Bubs is still trying to see the dinosaur and we don't let him. Then inside he is happy running around going Fish! Fish! and all is okay. But he is still stuck on the dinosaur and wants me to hold him the whole time. But I'm hot and aggravated and I think he needs to walk some or get in the stroller. And then...
he see the white alligator but BT wants him to go to the touching room first and thus begins a total meltdown. Alligator, I see alligator and BT is trying to get him to play, but there will be none of that. So finally I said let's just see the damn alligator and Kia & David are lagging behind since I don't think they wanted to be in our little group by then (not that I blame them, I didn't either). So we see the alligator, which is HUGE, and we are happy.
Then we went and walked down the Quarter and showed David some of New Orleans, of which he didn't seem impressed, and that was about it. We walked to Bourbon and BT (& David) got a hand grenade for BT's birthday and Bubs slept in his stroller and that was fine. The car ride home was long and tiring and Bubs got a little stir-crazy and we of the backseat fell asleep and I have little fingernails indentations in my skin from the little man and I learned never to wear a long dress to walk around New Orleans. Oh and I'm not going back until it cools off. I'm done with New Orleans for now and that's that. It's too damn hot.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
ETA: So after I wrote this blog, I made a new background and header. Yes, I made it so I could have something I liked. We'll see how long this last, but I think it came out pretty good.