This has really been an action packed weekend!
Last night we went over to my inlaws’ for a belated birthday dinner as I ran out of free time on my actual birthday weekend. They made turkey and all the trimmings, I guess since we didn’t have it at Christmas? Either way it was delicious. And then the big surprise! A birthday cupcake tree!
I was so excited! The cupcakes were vanilla with colour sprinkles in them. Yum! I am a sucker for bright colours – which you can’t really see here since Shawn’s iPhone doesn’t have a flash and I didn’t bring my own camera. And never mind the wall in the background. My father-in-law has a project going on which seems to involve the taking down of the wood panelling that was there, painting, putting up raised panel and cutting a hole through the wall to the outside. Yep. My FiL is AMBITIOUS!
Today, Sunday, Shawn and I headed out for a lunch and museum adventure. We went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see the Waterhouse exhibition. (Since the exhibit ends on February 6th, I don’t know how long that link will work!). The museum was so crowded with stupid pushy people that it made for poor viewing of the paintings. I was rather disappointed by that. I had thought that before noon most people would be at church or having brunch. Guess not. I did score some cool things from the shop on the way out. My favourite of which is this leather bound, empty book with dried flower petals inside of it. I just adore it. What I’m going to put in it I haven’t a clue right now, and where it’ll go? Beats me. But I don’t care. I love it.
Look how beautiful that book is!
I bought postcards of my favourite paintings in the exhibit. They had them on these neat little class easel things too, but those were $16.95 EACH! So I spent my $1.50 and $2.00 on these post cards and will try and find some easel frames at the dollar or craft store.
After this we went to Hurley’s Irish Pub for some pub grub for lunch. I had a great Beef Guinness Stew and Shawn had this delicious St Ambrose chicken thing. We drove home, by way of Zellers to pick up dog food and I was suddenly feeling very off. My nose and eyes were watering like crazy and my neck was stiff, so at 4PM I went to take a nap.
Now I’m about to watch Legend of the Seeker and then try and get in a half hour of Wit Fit Kung-Fu because I love it so much!
Hope you all had a great weekend, too!!
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4)
by Rick Riordan
Good lords, I started this post a week ago today and never got past the title, image and series info (below). It feels like it has been forever since I have finished this book. When it really has only been a week.
My thoughts on this fourth instalment of the Percy Jackson series: rushed and had problems with continuity. I was exited to read the book because I love stories about labyrinths and puzzles, but it was almost as though the labyrinth wasn’t even there. For all the fear they tried to instill into the reader and characters about how dangerous and scary this maze was, it really didn’t seem like they had any trouble with it at all. Every turn they ended up somewhere else and although they might have had a challenge to get back to the maze, it went very smoothly for the most part.
One of my biggest frustrations was the fact that time in the labyrinth was supposed to be off from that of the mortal world. For instance when Percy and Annabeth fall into it the first time they are told they were gone for an hour when really it was only 5 or so minutes to them. So all this time they are spending in the labyrinth for the rest of the book? Shouldn’t days have gone by on the “outside”? When this is all over and done with they still have July and August to spend at the camp. I honestly thought that they would have returned to camp at the end of summer based on the way time was supposed to go. But no. I didn’t like that at all. Why even bother with all the warnings and make a big deal of mentioning the time thing only to just forget about it for the next 2/3s of the story?
Although I did enjoy reading this book I did not like it nearly as much as I liked the first three in the series. Part of me wants to rush out and get that final book while it is still in hard cover to have some sort of closure, but the other part wasn’t nearly as desperate for the next book once this one was over and might just be able to wait until August. My husband was going to get Book 5 with his gift card from Christmas only he forgot. Which is what I discovered when we came home one night to a parcel at the front door with a shiny new DnD encyclopedia thing and a book from Jim Burke. When I asked him about the fifth book he replied, “Oh, crap! I forgot!” So you know what? I’m very happy waiting until August because not only will the book not match the rest of my series, it’s also $18. I don’t feel like spending that right now.
My husband and I have differing opinions on characters, too. He dislikes Tyson and Rachel Elizabeth Dare but loves Annabeth. I however love Tyson and Rachel Elizabeth Dare and do not care much for Annabeth. We both hate Grover and are of varying opinions about Percy. It’s been fun reading this series with him and then finding out what we did and did not like. Normally we’re very similar in our tastes, but these books are proving us wrong!
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan’s Curse
- The Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Last Olympian
This week was brutal. Work was really busy, I ended up going to Curves 3 days this week, got my WiiFit in and did two nights of working out that way (about an hour each time), plus 40 minutes this morning! I also went to my very first Opera at work (school).
Both my body and my mind feel quite exercised this week. My thighs in particular from all sorts of lunges and wall chairs (aka air chair). I feel good about things. Better than I have in a long time.
Sure, I don’t particularly care for opera, and having seen this production sort of confirmed that (although I do love watching live performances. I just don’t like female soloists.) but I loved watching students that I know perform and seeing why scholarship recipients are worthy of their scholarship (one guy in particular was just fantastic!).
I would have gone to Curves more than 3 times this week but one day I was in desperate need to find pants that weren’t torn, which mine were. I didn’t have any luck but at least I got out at lunch.
The one frustrating thing I discovered this morning while paying bills is that Curves seems to have made a huge mistake and are debiting my credit card TWICE A MONTH! Argh! No wonder my spending has gone up more than I thought. I didn’t catch it in December because I had a bunch of online gifts on the statement, but I caught it with this new bill. I will be going there on Monday (maybe to work out, maybe not) and asking them to reimburse me the 2 extra charges or stop my billing 2 months earlier (personally, I’d like the money back to bring my balance down). I need to make sure this gets fixed before the end of next week because I’m supposed to be billed the 3rd of each month so I’d like only ONE charge to go through in February.
Monday I am going to my very first Highland Dance class. I am nervous, but my friends teach it and another friend goes while her kids are being taught as well. So I thought for $8 why not check it out? Now that I am in NO pain from these wonder drugs my Rheumatologist gave me in November I am feeling the need to be much more active. Mondays are also my piano day, so when I have piano I won’t go. If I like it I’ll go on non-piano days. 😉
I do have great feelings about 2010, I just hope they last!
One thing about all this activity and work stuff is that I am online a lot less when I am home. I think that’s a good thing for me because I need to spend less time puttering away on the computer and interact with life in a face-to-face sort of way. I really want this year to be my Year of Doing Things. I am going to make a very good effort to not party poop too much.
Due to my book buying addiction I started this feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way. So here’s what I bought this week!
Previous OoMP posts can be found here!
The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined–the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series. (goodreads.com)
This has such a pretty cover and it falls into my Debut Author Challenge list! You know, this cover reminds me of the one for Merlin’s Harp (another book that I want to get).
I haven’t bought that many books this year (2010). In fact, I have only bought 4 including this one below, and these were all with gift cards! I still have $8 left on one of those cards. Go me! I have a feeling this will not be as much of a book buying year as last year. Which is good because I would really like to get through all the books I bought last year and never read!
Well, I’m 34 now. It’s a weird number. I’m out of the “early 30s” and into the “mid 30s”. Something about that bothers me for some reason. I feel like I am losing my youth and the right to be cute. I know that sounds odd and I can’t think of a better way to phrase it. Although people seem to be younger these days than they were say when my parents were my age. Does that make sense? Am I too old for my punky coloured hair and various piercings? I don’t think so, but I feel like mid 30s should be more adult or something. I did mention this before on my blog but I feel like people are actually a decade behind where they really are. 30 is the new 20. 40 is the new 30. Etc. And as long as I feel young then I guess it’s a matter of how a person feels, then? Yes?
I don’ t know. What I DO know is that for the first time in the past 2 years I have actually felt renewed this January. It has nothing to do with birthdays, but the year I think. Last year was miserable for so many people and 2008 wasn’t all that peachy either. But this year? This year I feel like there’s promise. Of what? I don’t know. But I have this enthusiastic energy about me and around me that I think that’s a good thing.
Considering that on my birthday last year I was here:
This year was pretty awesome. Not to mention mild (for January). I even had sidewalks showing!
I spent my birthday festivities with family and terrific friends and have never felt more loved. I have a bunch of photos but I just don’t have the energy to edit them all right now. If you’re on facebook I have uploaded a bunch already. I don’t have to resize those ones. 😉
Thanks to everyone in my life, either close by or far away. I appreciate and love each and every one of you!