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About meMy name is Jasmine but some people on here call me Cue.

I'm studying for my bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and have an associate's in Chemistry. Thanks to reading, learning is an enjoyable passion of mine and I have a great school system around me to facilitate my goals.

Newly avid at outdoor activities, I can be frequently found biking, hiking, kayaking, etc. in my free time. Biking is my favorite.

I also volunteer a good amount of my time to food gatherers and the humane society.

Feel free to contact me!

About my library"In darkness, there can be light. In misery, there can be beauty. In death, there can be life...."

My library ranges from manga to adult literature and beyond. I have independent readers, fantasy, horror, sci- fi, and all other sorts of random things. One thing about my library is that I do not own any novels that I haven't enjoyed reading.

An interesting tidbit: I do tend to judge books by their covers, when browsing. The cover art is as much an extension of the authors creative imagining as the book excerpt. I'm more likely to pick up the book if the cover creatively captures what I believe is an essential idea of the novel.

I love that LibraryThing has opened my library up to Early Reviewers so that I may be a vital part in the book creation/ publication process. My ARC collection expanded to include NetGalley reviews, thanks to ER, and it is a wonderful challenge!

In 2009, I read 59 books!
I read 26 novels in 2010

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 999 Challenge, Ancient China, Anime Group, Book Nerds, Combiners!, FantasyFans, Hogwarts Express, Manga and Anime Addictsshow all groups

Favorite authorsLloyd Alexander, Clive Barker, Holly Black, Herbie Brennan, Augusten Burroughs, Cinda Williams Chima, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Melissa Marr, Christopher Moore, Christopher Paolini, Matthew Pearl, J. K. Rowling, Laurie Faria Stolarz (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Ann Arbor, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Lafayette, Borders - Ann Arbor - Downtown, Borders - Ann Arbor - Waters Place, Borders - Canton, Borders - Toledo, Borders Books & Music - Ann Arbor - Arborland, Borders Express - Ann Arbor - Briarwood Mall, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, Labyrinth Comics & Games, Literati Bookstore, Nicola's Books, Vault of Midnight

Favorite librariesSouthfield Public Library, Tecumseh District Library

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I had a fantastic yoga instructor for ten years. She was a stickler for posture. :o) I don't know if I have a favorite pose. I like doing triangle poses after a long drive and I try to do simple sun salutations. My teacher was big on "less is more." You might spend a class on a handful of postures, but you were really sweating by the end. I still get the most from just holding and subtly perfecting a pose and breathing through it.

Suge has been around, just busy. Seems like she works all the time! She is still on FB, doesn't really come into Hogwarts as much unless we nag her!
Hi QueenAlyss,

Good to hear from you! I don't really own a lot of yoga books, I'm more into practicing than reading about it! I do own Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class, which I use for reference when I have time for it. Not much else. Sorry!

Yep, I do remember you from Hogwarts Express. Welcome back!
Oh my gosh!! I havent logged onto this website since Biochem!! I immediately thought of you of course since you introduced me to it lol. How are things going with you lately? Great hopefully :)----Katy
I never wrote reviews until this year. I got halfway through a book that was giving me major deja vu before I realized it was because I'd already read it... I have TERRIBLE book memory. Haha, which is sad because I'm only 21. Anyway, reviews became my way to remember as writing stuff down both helps me remember and I can always refresh myself.
Borders is the only chain bookstore in my state so I'm so sad to see it go. I went a few days ago and bought 15 books :)
I didn't notice any incorrect historical facts when I read Wither but I'm not a history person so I probably wouldn't anyway. Because it's a dystopia anything 'incorrect' could certainly be on purpose. I hate it when reviews are picky like that... but I guess things like that do bother some people.
I haven't read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I've been hearing so many amazing things about it though since there's a sequel coming out soon. I really want to give it a try soon though, thanks for the rec :)
Since I've started book blogging/reviewing books, I've discovered that I just don't have enough time to read books that I don't enjoy. I don't write reviews for books I don't finish and I no longer force myself to finish books that I'm not enjoying. I read for pleasure and reading books that don't make me happy just doesn't hold an interest for me, even if it would potentially help out other readers since I do review everything I finish.
Also, on my blog I include half stars but since not all review websites do (goodreads, shelfari, amazon...), I tend to round up everywhere. For example, I actually gave Wither 4.5 stars. I'm so glad you enjoyed my review of Wither, I hope you enjoy it too when you get a chance to read it! Good luck with your pile of books to read too :)
Holy crap, it has almost been that long. Shoot, you're probably halfway through school by now. How's life? :)
DUDE!! I can NOT believe you're in college!! I feel so old!! ha ha ha! I'm glad you have something fun to look forward to, summer Vaykay is the best!! hope this summer you have something really fun in store! If you have a facebook we can probably chat more often, I confess that this is my first time back on LT in like two months! I'm Gricel Sugeidy Batista, if you wanna friend me! Mua! Take care!

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You are very welcome, it helps that we live close to each other. I didn't even realize it was you I was sending the books to. I hope you enjoy them!
Cue!! Hi sweety! I miss you too! I havent been a round myself and its been a very very long time since my last check in with at the hogx =( time just gets away from me sometimes.

Bad news. if adding them from my library isn't working, i think you'll have to add he titles individually.

go to add books
add manually
enter info the best place to check is imbd, their info is usually pretty up to date.
then on a separate tab I google the name of the movie and the workd dvd and then go to the images and select the best one that matches the dvd i actually own.

thats the most painfree way i can think of doing it. its alot of work but it will pay off because your library will be so much more organized

take care hun!
I ate way too much on Thanksgiving, which I expected to do. I didn't eat the whole day before, knowing that the massive piles of food were coming. As hungry as I was, I still had too much! :)

It was kinda funny, because my aunt and I were in Barnes & Noble (where we always spend too much), and we were wandering through the manga/comics section. Vampire Hunter D just happened to catch her eye. Since that was one of the first serious anime I ever watched- and subsequently got hooked on- I figured she couldn't go too wrong with it. Et voilĂ ! Now she has the next two in the mail and she's read 23 of my thirty Berserk manga in the last three days. We watched both VHD movies in one day, and she really liked the second one. She also has the first Dark-Hunter manga, which she picked up because she's a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan. I'm thinking we'll probably be cosplaying as Dark-Hunters if she has her way. :D

I'm finishing up on my history degree, which I'll probably flesh out at the university level next. I still plan on mastering in mythological studies, so I've got a ways to go. Yeah, you do miss your high school buddies, but you'll meet a ton of knew people at college. And the Internet really helps you to keep in touch with the people you care for.

So what did you do for Thanksgiving?
That's great! I just applied for financial aid again, and I'm looking forward to starting school again in March. My school is weird that way- their fall semester starts in November and Spring starts in March. *Sigh*

I've been being lazy lately, mostly reading comics and manga with a few "serious" books thrown in just because. The upside is that I think I've converted my aunt into a manga reader, which means I might have a costume buddy for Cons this coming year. Woot!
What's up? Long time, no chat. Read anything interesting lately?
Dear QueenAlyss...

thank you so very much for getting my book and writing.

yes....except for the first and last two chapters the book is ENTIRELY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL. In fact, I wrote it from my diaries in 1976 when discharged from the service so that the memory of those crazy times would be preserved.

I am sooo glad I did! It was my first attempt as an author so it lacks sophistication in places but it is the way it was.

I truly hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for the note! Yup, I totally love listing books on LT. My family thinks I'm kind of crazy because I tell them that I can "play" with all my books on the computer. I'm constantly messing around with the tags and collections. My next project is to find all the books in my catalog that don't have covers and scan them in. Are your copies of Eragon and Eldest really signed? My son would be so jealous. He loves those books. I enjoyed Eragon and have Eldest on my 101010 Challenge list for next year.

Your cat is very dignified looking. I have three but they're all kind of dopy LOL! I can't help but love them though.

Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!
That would be awesome if you worked with me on my project! I really would love to win it for the fun but also because I guess the prize is $1,500! The only thing is I think I have 6 weeks to complete something as of now so I will really need to get a move on right away to make it good. That is only in my class too so I would be competing against 21 other people for the money. My parents said that they think I would have a really great chance of winning if I tried to do a project on something that is futuristic (ex: solar panals)or something in need presently or in progress right now with an experiment or something. I might be able to do something like that with microbiology, I am looking up general project ideas right now to see if there is anything that I could tie in with that area or just something to do with anything in our class because I think that would be so much easier and waay more fun. Plus I think it would be fun working with you and Mr. West on something possibly. Sorry this is so long, I always go on longer than I should. :-)
I haven't even glanced at the forums because i have always been focused on adding to my book collection. I will soon though.
I got the book from the library, it was just the plain hardcover book. I will eventually get this thing figured out but for now everything is in the same catagory.
I didn't really get the deluxe edition, I read just the plain BRisingr book. I didn't even know there was a deluxe edition before I saw that.
Nice page! I'm just getting started on mine!
Yes, but all the movies lack major scenes or add some random scenes. Which is why I just see it as a different take on the same story.

Whoa, for graduation we need 2 of years science (biology and natural science, although you can take chemistry instead for college), 3 of years history (world history, US history, gov/econ), 1 year of fine arts or foreign language (Spanish or French), 2 years of math, 2 years of physical education, .5 years of health, and 4 years of language arts. How do you have 5-6 years of math? And why would you want to? Lol. Really? We do a lot of essays. We have 11th and 12th AP language arts and no honors so I have to take AP. Yeah, I'm just a procrastinator and a perfectionist...

I love the flute. Haha nice, I know a few notes on the guitar but not much.

Yep it's so hard to remember ALL the books I've read. That would take too long and I don't think I have the patience. But I love the new collections!
That's a very good point you made about examining things from the American perspective. It's one thing for us to give lip service to MLK, Jr. on his day and briefly go over segregation in history class- it's another thing entirely to examine how racism (and classism, ageism, sexism) still plays a very integral part of societal life. Looking at how things stand currently in Africa only clues us in to the bigger world picture- it doesn't teach us introspection.

The Wal-Mart life is... lame. We're starting to gear up for the holidays. The Christmas music will start playing in another month or so unfortunately. We got really lame stuff for our Halloween section this year, with the exception of a set of Mario & Luigi costumes and the Burger King king guy from the commercials. I bought a couple of really awesome skulls (they're all covered in sequins) which I'm planning to decorate with veves when I find the time. When I do Halloween, I do it right. :P

Read anything good lately? I keep getting stuck with duds.
You just added a whole bunch of good books. Loved Great Gatsby, 1984 was good but not as good as Brave New World, Alan Moore can do no wrong, and Steinbeck is classic. Good stuff, good stuff.
My brother in community college is thinking about the same university my middle brother is going to. Good luck to that, I say. That's one expensive ass school. I pay for my own school because 1.) It's only about two thousand a semester, 2.) The 'rents can't afford to pay for my brothers' school, much less mine, so I don't even bother asking, and 3.) I have some guilt over all the money they spent keeping me alive when I was a really sick kid, so I kind of see it as my way of paying them back. Plus, it's a really awesome feeling knowing that you're paying your own way and don't have to rely on someone else. It's the whole independent feminist thing kicking in, I guess.

I took AP Gov, AP Econ, and AP English. Well worth it and not really much harder than the normal classes. The AP tests were a breeze, too, if I remember correctly. I can't imagine doing AP Calc, but then again, I'm lucky to have gotten to Algebra II. :D

B&N does sell used online, but who shops there when Amazon has got them beat in every way? :)

My senior year of high school was super easy. I still had to take a couple AP classes, but my teachers were all so awesome that what should have been super stressful was actually pretty easy. Plus, top dog on campus and all that. We were the only ones allowed to go off campus to eat lunch and if any teachers took their breaks at the same time as us we could use their classrooms to hang out in.

That new Disney movie The Princess and the Frog comes out this winter. I'm really excited for it because it's supposed to be animated in the old school way, rather than the cheap way they've been doing movies since the mid-nineties. It looks like it will be good and with that little touch of voodoo thrown in there, I might just have to go see it. I agree with you on the Disney love. I have most of my favorites on DVD right now.

I wish I had more options as far as B&Ns go, but since South Dakota is kinda the sticks, the one here in Sioux Falls is kinda what I'm stuck with. I've never heard of one that sells used books, though. That sounds pretty awesome. I'll definitely have to investigate when I make it up to Minneapolis.

Lol, my mom did the same thing when we were scouting for colleges for me. She was totally psyched about Sac State and I think she might have gone there herself if she had the time.

Hopefully you get the scholarship. Those can make a really big difference, especially if you're footing the college bill. I pay for my own college, but both of my brothers are lucky enough to have the parents pay for them. My middle brother has a scholarship that pays for half of his tuition every year (good thing too, because his schooling is about fifty grand every year). The youngest brother pretty much pays as he goes because he's attending a community college and they're really affordable.
LOL, well the Swedish healthplan works very well as long as you understand the underlying philosophy of socialized healthcare... :) But the US system is just as frustrating, so I'll prefer the "greater good" version regardless.

I've kept to the coasts in my travels within the US (except for the occasional trip to Vegas, but that city an exception from any rule...), so I have very little experience. We'll see when I have the courage to travel "inland." :)
Thank you for ur advice. Now, I have added some books into my library
LOL - my "badges" are mainly for combining authors and works and that came about because I added a lot of non-English books and then had to combine with the exisiting English versions on the site - and then a "healthy" dose of OCD made me go through all the books and combine. :) It is a great site, though, as I'm sure you know!

Yeah, my changed 999 category was a combination of the 999 and the Orbis Terrarum challenge.

Great to hear about Barker's new books - I was wondering if he was going to maybe just paint instead of write...

Yeah, Sweden is very liberal (politically we're social democrats) and the healthcare system works similar to Canada's, i.e. socialized healthcare where you don't have to have any personal healthinsurance. You do pay a lot more tax than you do in the US, though.

I do miss the ease of traveling over there, but the company I work at has employees from about 30 different countries, so at least I get some of my "needs" satisfied over here. But that's Los Angeles too - I'm not sure I'd do as well in other parts of the US.... :)

Michigan sounds like Sweden weatherwise. So you'll feel right at home! :)
Oops, looks like touchstones don't work in comments... :)
I think you're doing pretty well in the 999! I like it because everyone can make it as complicated or easy as they want. A lot of people just start it to be in on the discussions and that's just as fun. I've had to revise one category, because I read a bunch of books that didn't fit, so I just made that a whole category, so that was 9 down pretty easy.

Yeah, I heard [Abarat] was going to be a long series, but I got the feeling after the second that he ran out of steam a bit, so I think it'll be a while before he continues it. I'd like him to continue, obviously, but I also don't want him to do it just for the sake of doing it - I'd like the books to be good! :)

Well, growing up in Sweden, I've pretty much overdosed on grey weather, so the hot-hot weather suits me fine! :) Swedish is pretty hard to learn and even people who are completely obsessed with it can't do it well, unless they live there. Anyone who immigrates, though, will be assigned to Swedish-classes, so once you're "in" so to speak, you're set. :) And, yes, we're very progressive when it comes to "green" engineering, so if you're interested in that, Sweden would be good!

That's the really fun thing about Europe - you don't have to go very far to get into another country. Basically, if you are at the southern tip of Sweden and start driving south, you can pass through quite a few countries (with their own language, food, and custom) in a day. If I drive a day from here, I'll still be in an English-speaking (unless I go south, obviously), fairly similar environment. Going from Holland to France for example is quite a short drive, but (can be) miles apart when in comes to national identity and culture.

I haven't been to Asia myself, but one of my brothers just moved to Thailand, so I might go there. And, I have plans to go to Israel in January to visit friends. First trip will be Sweden this October, though - my mum started hinting a while back that I haven't been for a while, so I'm going for her birthday. Looking forward to the food!! :)
Haha! That got a bit complicated, didn't it! I tried to find a picture of the scene you described, but could only find this:
It catches the sentiment very well, though, I think. :)

Yeah, I'm originally from Sweden, moved out to California in 1994, meant to stay a year or so, but I'm still here. The weather is just so nice, it's hard to leave! :)

Traveling is always good - wherever you go! I've lived in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Holland (basically anywhere I could get away with speaking English) and it really makes you wiser to other peoples' way of thinking.

In Sweden, if you want to live there, you need to be able to speak Swedish, but for visiting, English is definitely enough - it's pretty rare to find someone who doesn't at least speak some English, unless they're very old.

Glad you have an interst in traveling internationally, a lot of Americans tend to stay in the US (which is totally understandable, since it's a HUGE country with lots to see), but for us "foreigners," it's always nice to meet people who have an interest in things not American. :)
The trip was great. I got to see a lot of my family, eat smores, play in the river, and just generally be lazy (which is always fun). It did rain quite a bit, but fortunately we had a couple of really nice days. And not too hot!

I went to the library yesterday--I usually end up going on Mondays--so I now have a lovely little stack of Bleach to read. Oh, and thanks for all the interesting theories on why it's called Bleach! Have you ever heard of a series called R.O.D. or Read or Die? I picked up the first volume while I was there, but don't know much about it yet.

Do you read many American comics/graphic novels? That's where I really started out; I've only recently really been getting into manga, but it's been fun!
Aaaaand I'm back!

I took the first volume of Bleach with me. I really enjoyed the story and liked the art pretty well, too. I've already reserved the next five books at the library. :-D Do you know why it's called Bleach, btw? I also took some Ranma 1/2 with me to try--an absolutely ridiculous series, so, so silly, but I found it to be a lot of fun. I think it was created by the same person who did Inuyasha (which I haven't read).

Oh, now that you mention it, I do remember Sailor Moon! There was one time I was at home sick and there was a marathon on. I did nothing by lay in bed and watch Sailor Moon the entire day. Other than being sick, it was pretty great. There was also a show called Cardcaptors that I liked to watch when I would get home from school. That seems so long ago though that I don't remember if it was actually any good or not. :-) I think it's really interesting that there are so many manga that have anime and vice versa--it doesn't seem to be that common for American comics to have a show made.
Hehe...sometimes I forget about the main branch since I almost never go there. It is a really nice building--I think they built it in 2002. I haven't needed to use the after hours pickup, so I'm not sure how that works, But I think it's a great idea. I didn't see the Bodies exhibit when it was in Southfield, but I did see it a few years back when it was in Cleveland. (My Anatomy & Physiology class took a field trip.) It was pretty incredible, and seemed so unreal! Kinda creepy, too.

You know, even though I had heard of Bleach, I didn't actually realize what it was about until I picked it up yesterday. I think I'm going to like it and look forward to reading it! I also discovered that my library has some of the anime, too, so that's great. What other anime programs do you like? My first introduction to anime was Cowboy Bebop which I still really like. Also, Samurai Champloo which is made by the same people.

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to vacation and seeing everyone in my family that I've not seen in awhile. (Most of my family lives in Ohio.) We're going to a state park about three hours or so southeast-ish of Michigan--still north of Columbus. Talk to ya later!
I don't really consider the Ypsi library to be huge, but it has a surprisingly good collection for its size--especially at the branch I usually go to. And you're right about the new Southfield library! I've only visited once, but I was definitely impressed. I'm not very picky at all about drawing style, but I get really annoyed if the art isn't consistent throughout. If you like realistic drawing, I think that you would probably like Blade of the Immortal; it's very violent, but I think the art is gorgeous. I've never heard of Code Geass before--something else for me to look into, I guess. :-) The first volume of Bleach is ready for me to pick up at the library today, just in time to take with me on vacation later this week, hooray! (I'm going camping with my family in Ohio.)
Lucky! My cousin saw a midnight showing of HBP. I didn't see it until Thursday afternoon. I really liked the movie.

You don't have to take English your senior year? It's required at my school to take 4 years of language arts. And I'm taking honors or AP for all of them which means summer assignments. I managed to finish Fahrenheit 451 but only about a week before school started. And then I finished the journal the night before! :-/ I'm hoping this year won't be a repeat performance.

Band camp is okay. I love band and most people in it, but it's gets hot and sweaty when we practice. Plus the basics are pretty boring (what we do at first for newbies). Drill is a lot more fun. Sadly, the AC in the band room wasn't working (again!) for the week we had so it was soooo hot inside and felt much better outside. For the last two weeks I just hope it works. It will get up to over 100 so that will be torture. I play the flute and I love it. :) Do you play any instruments?

I notice you rated Junie B. Jones books. I used to love those when I was younger.
Long time, no talk!

How are things?
I don't have a lot of manga that I personally own--fortunately my public library has a pretty good collection which I make sure to take advantage of. Another series that I really like is Blade of the Immortal, but it definitely has some weird/creepy/strange bits to it. I also enjoy Fruits Basket which is completely at the other end of the spectrum and rather funny. :-D (It was the first "girl" manga that I tried.) I definitely know people who assume something is bad just because a bunch of people like it. Sometimes they're right (the Twilight books for example, though it might have a few redeeming qualities...just a few, though), but usually I think they're just being dumb. I have watched a couple DVDs of the Deathnote anime and thought they did a great job with it. Have you seen any of the Bleach anime? (Oh! I reserved a copy of the first book at the library--I'll let you know what I think about it once I get it.)
Oh wow, that's awesome! I hope you are having fun together! It's cool to meet up with friends who have moved away.

I have been able to read a lot over the summer. Of course, not the book I'm supposed to read for school... That happened last summer too. I read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn in the time in took to read Fahrenheit 451 which is way shorter. Haha oh well, I'll get it done somehow.

My plans for the summer are probably going to Raging Waters a couple times before my pass expires in September. I'm going to spend a week at my aunt's like we do every summer and that's always pretty fun. I'll be going on day trips and outings with my friends but no big vacation. And then the last two weeks are band camp. :P
Sorry for being so late to comment back...
But that's cool! I love bowling but I'm not really good haha. I've had school, lots of school. Too much homework...but now it's summer! I'm so happy! I still have a dialectical journal to do on Good Earth though. I'm hoping to make the most of my summer so we'll see how it goes.

Do you have anything planned for the summer?
The Crucible did really suck, didn't it? I remember having to read it for Senior year in high school and being thoroughly unimpressed.
I do still have neighbors with waaay too many noisy kids. The neighbors right next door have a seventeen year old son who loves his dirt bikes, loud rap music, and rice rocket cars. And all his friends, who come over at all hours of the day and night, love the same things. I can't wait until he moves off for college. The kids across the street have friends who throw trash in our yard, which pisses me off. It is beautiful every season, though. There are actually four seasons, unlike California, which is just Fall and Summer. The fireflies finally started coming out, which made me all excited last night when I saw them fluttering around outside, their little butts blinking.

It's hard to tell the squirrels apart by color or markings, but very easy to do by personality. We have a female squirrel who only eats pecans out of all the nuts we put out. So we named her Pecan. There's a squirrel named Sweater, who lost all the fur around his chest and back because a bird grabbed him and dropped him. He had a nice, sweater-shaped bald spot for two months there. :) The babies are Squicky, Squishy (after the baby jellyfish on Finding Nemo), and Sticker, who is the son of Stick, the craziest squirrel in the neighborhood.

Our kitties are both indoors always because they have FIV and they could catch something really easy and die if they were outside cats. My cat at home is the same way. We caught her outside, but she's lived indoors ever since and she refuses to go out.

The Humane Society lured me in because they have a position specifically called Kitty Cuddler. I can't think of a better occupation, except maybe Professional Reader. :)

I don't get out to the movies too much. It's expensive, for one thing. And I do Netflix, which is a lot cheaper in the long run and offers a lot of stuff that most rental places and theaters don't offer. If you check out the Chasing the Frog link under the Connections on my bio page, you'll see the kinds of movies that I'm into.

How 'bout you? What do you watch?
Fun things to do in South Dakota, fun things to do in South Dakota... hmmm.

I guess there's a reason why my library has started to grow exponentially since I moved out here. :)

Actually, we live almost on the very edge of town (only the Wal-Mart that I work at is any further out), so we have nice big fields right outside our windows. There's a ton of wildlife to watch, especially in the early morning. I lived in the country in California before, but there was never as much wildlife as what we have out here. We have cats, coyotes, foxes, bats, deer, possums, raccoons, owls, hawks, bunnies, ducks, all kinds of little birds, and all kinds of interesting bugs (it's almost firefly and ladybug season, which makes me all excited!). We have a whole three families of squirrels that we've given names to. My aunt feeds them every morning and they come right up to the glass door on the patio and watch us eat breakfast. Right now there are three babies, and they're adorable to watch play. Our two indoor cats go crazy trying to get to them.

There are several museums, a butterfly house, art galleries, and lots of shopping downtown. Also, I think we're going to start volunteering on the weekends at the local humane society.

That about makes up what I do away from working and sleeping. Not terribly exciting, but then I didn't move out here to live an exciting life.
Oh, and the books that I have are Clockwork Orange, both Brave New Worlds, and Practical Demonkeeping. I'd let you borrow You Suck, but I'm reading it right now. :)
Well, if you ever change your mind, just let me know! ;-) I find it extraordinarily interesting and have a lot of fun with it.
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Hi, Cue! I hardly find time to LT anymore. I actually haven't been adding DVD's. I've been updating their info in my library. He he he. I have a few things to catalog at home, but I can't be bothered to do it. sigh. eventually I'll get around to it. I have new books I got in London.... Cd's..... and maybe a DVD or two. I don't know, I'll have to round the stragglers up someday. sooooo much work!!!!

I try to avoid the collections page at all costs. When it comes to books I'm a "glass (or library) half empty" kind of gal. All I see is all the books I'm missing and then that makes me want to buy more and more books. Its a disease.
I once had a teacher challenge my sixth grade class that for every thousand pages we read during the year, she would buy us a book. I read, I think, some twenty thousand or so pages (this was during the time when Animorphs was all the rage, so it was relatively easy), but I let her off the hook after only a couple of books. Bad enough that my reading habits break my bank- it would be utter scandal for them to demolish someone else's hard earned money. :P

In response to your other question, I make a point to study all religions and major belief systems. With the exception of Mormonism (my apologies if you're of that religion), I believe that all religions have something beneficial to offer humanity, if we make the effort to study it long enough. Right now I'm studying Satanism, which is actually not the worship of the devil, like I had always thought, but the worship of self. I'm discovering that a lot of religions that have been vilified over the years just aren't understood well enough. It's actually pretty fascinating.

Wicca is on my list but I haven't quite reached it yet. I have a lot of Wiccan and Neo-Pagan friends, though. Also, you tend to come into contact with a lot of the types when you attend Ren Faires (admittedly, most of these people only have a very rudimentary understanding of Paganism and Witchcraft) which is fairly educational.

I was raised Church of Christ, but I've slowly become Agnostic (maybe even slightly Gnostic) over the years, with slight touches of Taoism. Of all the beliefs that I've formed over the years, the biggest one is that I don't know enough to commit myself to any one belief system yet.

How 'bout you? Wiccan? Pagan?
I don't know that I could figure out every book I've ever read. That would be literally thousands!

I may add my Amazon wishlist, though. I probably have as many books on there as what I own.
I work nights, or I would. Have fun, though!
Wal-Mart on the holidays is like... well, the aftermath of a bombed out Hiroshima.
Wal-Mart actually pays me pretty damn good and they have good benefits. I make twice what the minimum wage is out here, which is nothing to sneeze at when working retail. It's really the customers that I can't stand. They walk all over you just because they assume that if you work at Wal-Mart you must be brain dead.

I'm trying to convince my pops to leave his job too. Unfortunately, I think he's set on sticking it out.
You could always move to South Dakota. Tons of teens get jobs here because of the lower legal age limit. :P In fact, we're trying to get my cousin to move out here. She just turned sixteen and she knows it's going to be next to impossible to find a job out there in California. Ditto with my youngest brother: he's eighteen and been graduated for a year and he can't find a job either. It's just a really tough economy out there right now.

I may have my job back but that's not keeping me from looking for a new one. I applied for another one yesterday that looks real promising. It's nothing exciting, just a clerical job, but it beats the hell out of working for Wal-Mart, which just about drives me crazy.
I just finished and reviewed Practical Demon Keeping, actually. It was pretty awesome.

And yeah, Rainbow Fish is classic.

The good news is that my job finally accepted my paperwork, so I can go back tomorrow. Yay!
So who's your favorite heavy metal artist and classical composer?

I'm more into progressive metal, so I'd have to say Jorn Lande or Kamelot. As for the classicals, it's a tie between Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Job hunting!

I injured my back a month ago, fixed it, and my employer still won't let me come back. So I'm looking for another job. Have to keep earning money so I can keep buying books, right?

How are you?
Yeah, the horse was in California. I bought a new one and tried to convince him to move with me, but he didn't want to ride in a U-Haul. :P

Oregon is like California but cheaper. It has everything California does except a desert and San Francisco.
Oh, and I moved to South Dakota because it's cheaper. I don't intend to live here the rest of my life (I miss the culture of California), but I don't know if I'll ever move back to Cali, even though all my family live there. I'm more likely to move to Oregon or Washington.

As regards the governor... He gives interesting press conferences. :P
I just had my dog, Sunny, put to sleep. She was the sweetest thing ever, but she got to where she just couldn't get up and that's not fair to keep an animal alive when it's suffering. I had to make the same decision for my horse when he got real old (38 years- almost twice as old as me when I had to do it!). I guess I have a thing for old animals. :) I have a cat named The Snootch, who we rescued as a kitten. Unfortunately, she lives with my parents in California, because our landlord will only allow us two kitties and my aunt brought hers. They're good cats, but I do miss The Snootch. She liked to lay beside me while I read.

I could teach, but I think teaching's boring. I think I may end up working for the government as a historian. Good pay, good benefits. We never know till we get there, though.
By the way, what's the cat's name?
Sounds like you have it pretty well thought out. I still have no idea what I'm going to do with either degree once I've got them, though I've vague plans of attending grad school afterward. A masters in mythology seems pretty useless, but a lot of fun in the earning and learning.

I've previewed a little Bleach on It seems like it will be an interesting read. I wish we did have some good comicons around here or even a decent manga store. That's one thing I miss about living in California- I had a store I could go to where they new what I liked, held stuff for me without me ever even asking for it, and let me preview stuff without buying. Out here, in the boondocks, I'm lucky to even have a comic book store with a couple shelves of manga (though they do have an awesome Star Wars section, which sorta kinda redeems them in my eyes). Amazon is okay (I love their prices!), but I miss previewing stuff before I buy it.

You'd be surprised how many people come here to hunt and buy lotto tickets. So while our population may be small (our entire population of the state could probably fit in Sacramento and its suburbs), I still have a good chance of winning a nice pot. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, anyway. :P
I hear you on the eco-thing. It's always been my dream to get an old Craftsman home and remodel it so that it was completely green. 'Course, I'm going to have to win the lottery first, because it's not going to happen on my paltry student's income. :)

I'm taking my grandmother to New Zealand and Australia in another two years. She's always wanted to go there, and I thought I'd take her as a treat. My real dream has always been to see Rome and Greece, though. I'm a huge history buff, so it's always appealed to me to see the things I've read about. If I did win the lottery (always a possibility in this state- South Dakota population: 5), I'd travel the entire world and take my time doing it.

Actually it was a couple of professional book reviewers that made the comparison. That was what surprised me. If it had just been fans I could've let it go. But reviewers? :)

Don't worry too much about not being smart. Sounds like you've got it altogether from your bio. If I knew five, almost six years ago what I wanted with my life, I would've had it by now. You've got the jump on most people already with your plans being made and all that. *sigh* I sound like an old lady.

So Bleach is good, huh? I keeo resisting it because manga costs so freakin' much. I might have to give it a shot though.
No, not as much as I would love to. I usaually sneek in at work (like right now lol), but I'm usually too busy.
Thank you! I just got really tired of people always telling me that Meyer was the next Rowling, so I had to give it a go. Now I'm glad I did, for no other reason than that I've learned what not to do when writing a book. :)

I'm jealous of your visit to China, that sounds like it would have been a lot of fun. Hopefully you get to travel a lot more in the years to come. If you do make a chemical engineer, you should have lots of money to spend on traveling- and more books!
I was having that problem earlier today, so it's not just you -- it seems to have cleared up now, though.

Thanks! The dog in my profile actually died a year ago. I have a new puppy now, and should really change the profile pic, but I like the one that's there, so I leave it up.

Good to see you around again!
Thanks for letting me know, I wasn't aware it was the first of a trilogy. Not sure if I will commit to buying the next two books and I still think he could have worked harder at the ending to the first book even if it isn't the end of the story (or made it clear there was more to come) but at least there is a chance of a decent explanation.

That's a beautiful dog in your profile picture. Have you thought of joining the LTers With Dogs group? It's a nice group to show off your pet in.
Wonderful words, objectives
I never want to miss a moment out of my life and I hope that as I grow older, I will continue to improve in this area. I fear that I waste so much time each day worrying about the wrong thing and not apreciating the important things. I want to love my life and the people I have allowed in it, completely and truly
btw your dog is adorable!
You're the sweetest girl ever! Thanks for saying such nice things to me!

I agree about the DVD feature. It's not hard (once you get used to the process), but it is annoying. A lot of people will balk if we were to suggest a DVD feature. I learned the hard way not to post on the "recommended site improvements" group.

Wow! I can't bowl at all. I am the queen of the gutter ball so when I bowl I just end up getting really drunk (the places I've been to in NY all have bars btw). But its really fun.

My library is a disaster! I have a lot of stuff that I have to catalog, and most of them are DVD's (we both know what a pain they are). And it is possible that I might never finish tagging. At first I didn't use tags, but then I started to so there are a lot of untagged books in my catalog. I hate doing reviews. Its hard for me to keep a balance between discussing the plot and not spoiling.

gosh I have to go! I'm supposed to be working but my mind is more on diner and the movie I'm seeing later tonight (Fast and furious)(not my pick) lol. I miss you too! Take care!
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