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this little kitten has lost her mitten

And now she’s very, very sad.

I can’t think of the last time I lost a mitten. I DON’T lose mittens. I am always surprisingly aware of where my accessories are in the winter. Sadly, I think I know exactly the span of the route I was taking that I lost it. I thought my sleeve had caught on the side velcro on my jacket, but I think it was the mitten falling from my pocket after having used a tissue. Sigh.

I only noticed the lost as I was getting on the bus to come home today from picketing. It was too long of a span to go back and look for it and I had to get home so I can let the dogs out, change into less layers and then head back out for an appointment.

These mittens were so warm -they had fleece on the inside and go with the hat (sadly the pompom didn’t make it into my shot) and a scarf (which I never wear, but think I will be wearing as the days get colder and I am outside picketing for 4 hours a day).

I am very disappointed in myself. I know it’s just a mitten, but still. I’m better than that.

driveway destruction chronicles – wait…what? again!?

I was a little concerned on Sunday morning when I woke up and saw that it looked as though my neighbours were digging a grave in their drive way. I kid you not. Look.

Those pots and all that dirt are on our property and do not belong to us. When we got home from our errands and stuff the hole was a lot bigger and slightly in our driveway. One of the men on the crew said that the pipe was going diagonal and they didn’t think they’d have to dig further, but it might mean they have to dig slightly into our driveway.

Apparently the sewage line from the neighbour’s house to the city pipes backed up and flooded their basement. Lovely. They are currently staying in a hotel. Thankfully I took the car to the autopark for the bus this morning as I headed back to the picket line. Thing is when I got home, I was greeted by this:

That tractor is in my driveway. Or, rather, what’s LEFT of my driveway. WHAT CITY RUNS THEIR PIPES ALL DIAGONAL?! Gah! I think it’s because we’re on a corner though.

So my car is on the street. I had to call the city to let them know that because this is happening I have to park on the street. As of November 1st it’s illegal to park overnight here. This is due to snow removal stuff. I don’t want a ticket! Though one of the construction guys just came and said they made room for the car, so we might be ok. They are also very apologetic. I don’t think this is a regular construction group, I think it’s friends that the neighbours hired. They have all been very nice and sorry for the inconvience.

Of course we totally understand the need for this. It was just a shock to come home and have NO DRIVEWAY yet again. heh As long as they put everything back in one piece, I’m ok with this.

I feel really bad for the neighbours, this has got to suck big time. Not to mention cost a fortune to fix. The crew found the broken/blocked pipe and were able to replace it. Looks like we might have this all paved over tomorrow. Which is good, because they are predicting snow for Wednesday.  I hope they get everything back in place before the snow and that the family can move back in soon.

I’m curious as to what our driveway is going to look like now. I mean, half of it was repaved from when the city dug it all up and now we’re going to have a diagonal hole through the old part and the new… this is so weird.

I’d like to get through a year without having to have my driveway dug up though. This theme of it happening annual

Sunday is Thankful

Why yes! I do know that it’s Monday! However I had enough to post on Sunday what with my IMM video and my blog about Prized. Even though I was the substitute for Daneille’s Sunday Interrobang YA video, I wanted to share this with all of you who might not have seen it on YouTube or Twitter or Facebook. You know.. all that jazz.

I figured what with American Thanksgiving coming up, I’d talk about YA books I was super thankful to have in my life growing up. I know us cool Canadians already did the turkey day dealio, but you don’t only need to be thankful once a year. This should be an every day thing and why not share the thanks with others as much as you can! (Now I just need to get me some turkey. Mmmm.)

Hope you watch and enjoy – if only for the special cameo appearance at the end by a special someone. 😉

The other Interrobang YA vloggers are:

Monday: April @ Good Books & Good Wine
Tuesday: Pam @ Bookalicious
Wednesday: Carla @ The Crooked Shelf
Thursday: Kristi @ The Story Siren
Friday: Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit
Saturday: Jeffrey & Jeremy @ Novel Thoughts
Sunday: Danielle (and occasionally her adorable son) @ There’s A Book 


Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
by Caragh M. O’Brien

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime.  In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole? (goodreads.com)

I am sort of embarrassed to admit I started this book and thought “Who the hell is Gaia?” For some reason I thought the main character was named something completely different. Oops. I realize this is awfully shameful when I was SO EXCITED for this book to come out. I think I was having a senior moment as I wondered if the second book in the Birthmarked series was about a different character. *blush*

Once I convinced my brain that the person I was reading about was indeed the same one we both fell in love with last December when we read Birthmarked, I eagerly carried on with my book devouring.

First, let me say that I loved this book and I adore this series. For a creepy, weird dystopian world that I wouldn’t normally be able to read about? I can’t put these books down. They freak me out and entertain me at the same time. In Prized we are taken out of the Enclave, past the Wastelands into a community known as Sylum. Gaia thinks she’s come to a better place than the one she escaped from with her baby sister, Maya, but alas, it’s just as creepy and weird as where she started.

So I thought anyhow. Gaia seemed to think it was the bee’s knees and pretty much gave in to every stupid thing there.

Here’s what I didn’t like – Gaia. Turns out my original thought that I was reading about a completely different character wasn’t all that far off. The Gaia that I loved and I felt was strong and true in the first book, was a wimpy, wussy disappointing character in this book. I wanted to smack her so many times and tell her to OPEN HER BLOODY EYES! When she started having doubts about the way her world was being run in Birthmarked I was so proud of her. I loved that about her character, she questioned beliefs she’d had since birth. Only in Sylum she doesn’t seem to want to question anything. Sure, she seems to want to rebel when she first learns the rules, but I thought her decision to cave in and follow things as is was just so… weak. Her half-assed excuses to Leon about why they should just accept and live like everyone else in Sylum were just painful to read. She was such a strong character in the first book and I would have thought she’d have done anything to stay with Maya. I don’t even see her giving in as a way to make sure her sister was safe. I think she should have just taken Maya and run.

The world in which those in Sylum lived was almost as freaky as the one manufactured by the Enclave. Both places had a different kind of ick-factor. A different way of freaking me out. I do not want the planet to turn out anything like this in the future. Nope. No way. TOO FREAKING CREEPY. Gah.

I found the story to be a little too…preachy, I guess… about abortion. It was done in a round about way, and I KNOW that it actually fit the story but I think there was a little too much emphasis on how the person wanting one would be killing a life. I get that this is likely how Gaia would think and feel, but a tiny part of me wondered if this was some sort of subtle (if subtle was being hit by a brick to the head) way of tossing in the whole Pro Life/Pro Choice debate with an emphasis on LIFE. I do think the subject fit with the plot and the advancement of the character, but it was a little TOO brightly painted for me to think this was an impartial theme. Thankfully it wasn’t harped on too much throughout the story. At the same time, I felt awkward while reading it because I did feel like I was being preached at. Maybe it’s just me, but something about it was a little too much to handle in my eyes.

This series continues to wow me, even though I might not like characters or themes as much as I did in the previous book. That alone is exciting to me because I have no idea what to expect in the third book (which doesn’t seem to have a release date or YEAR yet! GAH!). I love that even though there were aspects that bugged me, I was still freaked out and amazed by the world that the author has created. This is one hella amazing dystopian and it always leaves me breathless. MORE MORE MORE I NEED MORE!!

A million more thanks go out to my Book Elf for sending me this book. *huggles*

Birthmarked trilogy

  1. Birthmarked
  2. Prized
  3. Promised

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In My Mailbox #50 – The Thwarting my Arch Nemesis Edition!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

Welcome to my 50th In My Mailbox! I feel like this is some sort of fancy milestone and it amuses me that though I am only at 50 posts for IMM, Kristi herself is at her 100th IMM *VIDEO* and last week was her 150th IMM post. She’s a rock star, yo!

So this week was crazy fun for me and the mail! I got a book for review, books I bought and a surprise box of books from a friend. I think this week was a lovely way to end my 2 month sick leave. I’ve got a book high going on!

For Review:



Various other paper products:

I’ve already devoured Touch of FrostThe Faerie Ring and Prized. Those links will bring you to my reviews if you haven’t seen them already. (er, except for Prized, because I haven’t written it yet.) All other book-related links go to Goodreads.

I only got one bill this week, too! So I think that makes for a super excellent mailbox week – all stuff that makes me happy and nothing much that I have to dish out stupid money for. (I am so tired of the mortgage and utilities companies expecting me to pay them every month! Nags, the lot of ’em.)