Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ten of Cups

Card: Ten of Cups, Minor Arcana

Description: A family stands under a rainbow of ten cups rejoying.

My thoughts: goals achived, happiness, content, fulfillment, a time for rejoying

Traditional meaning: Contentment, perfection of human love and friendship
Reversed: false heart, indignation, violence

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

First Look - Barnes & Noble

As if I didn't already have small mountain range of TBRs -- I was lucky enough to sign up in time to be a "First Look" reader over on the Barnes & Noble's Book Club website. I got a free advanced readers copy of "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff in the mail today!

Annotation - From back of book
One dark summer dawn, at the exact moment that an enormous monster dies in Lake Glimmerglass, twenty-eight-year-old Willie (nee Wilhemina) Upton returns to her hometown of Templeton, NY in disgrace. She expects to be able to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations, but Willie then learns that the story her mom, Vi, had always told her about her father has all been a lie. He wasn't the one-night stand Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town.

As Willie digs for the truth about her lineage, voices from the town's past — both sinister and disturbing — rise up around her to tell their sides of the story. In the end, dark secrets come to light, past and present blur, old mysteries are finally put to rest, and the surprising truth about more than one monster is revealed.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Harry Potter AlterEgo

You scored as Severus Snape, Well you're a tricky one aren't you? Nobody quite has you figured out and you'd probably prefer it stayed that way. That said you are a formidable force by anyone's reckoning, but there is certainly more to you than a frosty exterior and a bitter temper.

Severus Snape


Harry Potter


Ginny Weasley


Remus Lupin


Hermione Granger


Sirius Black


Ron Weasley


Albus Dumbledore


Draco Malfoy


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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I'm a Vampire!

You scored as Vampire, your a Vampire. A blood thirsty creature of the night and you probably hate mortals. The suns burns you get are a bit more severe then those mortals and those holy items dont much help things either.

















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Friday, September 14, 2007


Rune: Raido (rye-though) #5: The god Thor belonging to the goddess Freya.

Thor was the son of Odin and Jord. He is the patron god of farmers and peasants. His mighty hammer Mjollnir represented the power of regeneration and ferility on earth. He was said to have a fiery temper and a soft heart. He was the god of peasants and the working class and was probably more widely worshipped than Odin.

Symbol: Hammer
Animal: Goat
Tree: Oak
Color: Blue

Meaning: A journey, travel.
Reversed: Obstructed plans or a lack of direction.

Friday, September 7, 2007


Rune: Wunjo (woon-yo) #8. The Valkyries belonging to the goddess Freya.

The Valkyries rode onto the battlefield and selected the bravest of the warriors that had been slain. In some stories they rode white winged steeds, in others they rode packs of wild, vicious wolves. They carried the heroes to an afterlife in the halls of Valhalla. Odin presided over Valhalla and the slain heroes were given mead poured into drinkhorns and served by the thirteen Valkyries. The Valkyries were said to be the most beautiful of women. When not eating and drinking and being served by the lovely maidens, the heroes would spend their time in mock battles, training for the final conflict of Ragnarok.

Object: The Drinkhorn
Color: Indigo

Meaning: joy, comfort, bliss, devotion and yearning
Reversed: Be wary in business matters. Impatience and uncertainly. Guard against strong impulses.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

Arielle Montero never knew her mother. She disappeared shortly after Ari was born and never returned to the house in New York. Ari is home schooled and rarely ever is allowed to leave her house. Shortly after she makes friends with the housekeepers daughter, she begins to notice how different she is from others and how different is her household. Her face is always blurred in pictures and in one taken of her father, he doesn't show up at all. She begins to suspect her father is a vampire. After her best friend, Kathleen, is savagely murdered, she demands that her father tell her why they are different and where is her mother. He doesn't know where her mother is and yes, he is a vampire. Is Ari a vampire also? What happens when a mortal and a vampire have a child together?

This is an amazing book. I did not expect to be this good!

Seven Deadly Sins

Find out which of the 7 deadly sins is your downfall:

Mine was sloth, which is probably true. I do as little as possible most of the time.

Sunday, September 2, 2007


Oh dear! I've been tagged by Amberkatze. This next paragraph is from her blog about tagging. Guess these are the offical rules.

Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 weird, random things, facts, habits, or goals about yourself. At the end choose 10 people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. Don't forget to leave them a comment (you're it) and to read your blog. You can't tag the person who tagged you. Since you can't tag me back, let me know when you've posted your blog so I can see your answers.

1. I have lived in Texas my whole life and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I love it here, especially the heat and Tex-Mex cooking. Even though I have lived here all my life, I have not owned a cowboy hat or boots since around age 5.

2. I love country music and going to concerts. This is something I inherited from my dad (even though he never went to many live shows) My father loved music and on Saturdays nights when I was growing up, he would turn the television on to channel 11 and from around 6:00 to 10:00, we would watch one country music show after another. (Those were the days of one TV households)

3. I love cats. I have 7 right now, 2 I inherited from my mom, 3 brought home as strays by my children and 2 the orginial two that I was responsible for bringing into the house. Of course as my children move out, they have not taken their strays with them (indeed one is my little shadow and he would probably morn my loss if my son were to take him now). They are all getting pretty geriatric. Occassionally my daughter brings her kitten home for me to kittensit and he drives them all crazy chasing them around and wanting to play.

4. I have been married for 30 years and I have 5 children -- 3 boys, 2 girls. I have two in-law children (one of each), and one grandbaby boy who just turned one in July. My children were born boy, girl, boy, girl, boy and I've always regretted not going ahead and having one more. Surely it would have been another girl.

5. I decided the first time I went to storytime at the downtown Dallas library (probably at around age 6), that I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I always pictured myself at a public library doing storytime. I'm not quite sure how I wound up as a university medical school reference librarian. Do you think the med students would like to hear me read "Charlotte's Web" sometime?

6. I love to travel. My parents always took one to two week long vacations every summer. One summer we drove to Tennessee, another all the way to Montana, but most of the time, we went to Colorado. My dad loved Colorado. One summer, we were in Missouri and he got bored and we drove accross Kansas to get to Colorado. One summer, as we were backing out of the driveway headed for Galveston and the Texas coast, he decided we'd go to Colorado instead. One thing about our trips, if you didn't leave home with it, you didn't buy it, you did without. We have pictures of me playing in the snow dressed for the beach in shorts and flip-flops.

7. My dream is to someday travel to England and Wales. I have always regretted not being more adventurous when I was younger and just going. Now, I send my children to Europe between their junior and senior year of college, but still have not gone myself. Perhaps when the youngest graduates, I'll finally make it. I've always been fascinated by the British monarchy and there are so many historical sites and museums there that I want to see.

8. When I was in high school, my mother bought me a set of tarot cards. I still have the deck and have since bought several more. I packed them away when the kids were little and have just recently picked them back up again. I was online one day and noticed the "Barnes & Nobles University". They were offering a class in tarot and I signed up for it. I LOVED BNU. Every month I would look forward to seeing what would be offered the next month and signed up for at least 2 each time. I was so upset when they discontinued it. I can't stand the way they have it now. They aren't really classes anymore, it's just a big message board. I very rarely ever go over there.

9. I bought a set of rune stones a few months ago and have enjoyed studying about them. I have always loved Greek, Roman & Egyptian mythology. The Norse myths were new to me and I've learned so much from reading about them while I study the runes.

10. Last one -- geez it was hard coming up with 10 things and I'm not sure I know 10 people with blogs. I have been fascinated by computers since the first time my husband & I bought one (an old dos prompt with amber print). I like MSN groups and it is still my preferred way of storing things, pictures, stories, lists, etc. I recently started this blog and I like it ok, but still prefer my groups. There is a lot more freedom to choose how they look and what I can do with them. Other people do all kinds of things with blogs, but I'm not that good with them yet. The groups are more like mini-websites.

I think I will have to do more research on finding 10 people with blogs. I could only think of one person while I was sitting here that wasn't on Amberkatze's list, lol. I will do that part of this exercise though and report back when the list is complete.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

A young man is missing and an old friend of Gabriel Blackstone calls in a favor. “Frankie” Whittington asks Gabriel to help her husband find his missing son, Robbie. Gabriel has a talent few others have, remote vision. He can enter someone’s mind, see what they see, hear what they hear, and experience what they experience. Using his talent, he discovers that the young man is dead and has most likely been killed by one of two very extraordinary sisters, Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk. Hacking into their computer, he reads a diary. He also discovers that one of the sisters has his same ability, only she is much stronger. He falls in love with the writer of the diary. He fears the sister with remote vision. Which sister is which?

This was a really good book. I was almost not able to put it down once I started reading it.

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What Kind of Witch Are You?

What kind of witch are you?


You are a Light Witch! You are more powerful than witches of the Four Material Elements, but at first glance, its hard to tell. Ever calm and innocent, your soul shines bright and pure, and even the humans can see it. Though many may mistake you as a goody goody, you know otherwise. You fight to maintain the balance of nature, that above all else. Honor and duty are your driving force, and if that means you have to kill a thousand men, well... looks like you'll be leaving a lot of lonely women in your wake.Common Powers: Telekinesis- the ability to move objects with ones mind Invisibility- the ability to be unseenTelepathy- the ability to read thoughts, and plant them.Premonition- the ability to see the past or future.Light weaving- the ability to conjure and control light creatures, objects, and spells that nothing can destroy or kill but the user.
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