Feb 28, 2010

Books I read in February

  1. The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson - possibly Jack's strangest fix it jobs ever. Jack becomes friends with Charlie & Lyle when he agrees to find a way to keep Madame Pomerol from killing them. But that is the least of Charlie and Lyle's problems their house is haunted by a ghost that wants something from Gia and will kill to get it. Jack's other fix it seems like a piece of cake the mysterious Edward hires Jack to keep an eye on his brother, Eli. But then Eli snatches a kid and the fix it gets complicated. 
  2. Gateways by F. Paul Wilson - Jack takes a trip to Florida when The Clan try to sacrifice his Father to the Everglades. With the help of the mysterious Anya and Carl (the gardener at his Father's retirement home who was born into The Clan but left it) Jack is able to defeat Semelee, but at a very high cost. 
  3. Starless Night by R. A. Salvatore - Fearing the dark elves will attack his friends Drizzt determines to leave Mithril Hall alone and return to Menzoberranzan.  Learning of his decision from Regis,  Catti-brie with Guenhwyvar by her side follows Drizzt into the Underdark. Drizzt is taken prisoner by Matron Baenre who plans to torture him for information concerning Mithril Hall, before she sacrifices him to the Spider Queen. Unbeknown to Matron Baenre Jarlaxle takes Catti-brie prisoner, he then taunts Artemis Entreri with the fact that Drizzt was the only one who could lead him back to the surface.
  4. The Jury by Fern Michaels - Nikki and Jack patch things up. The sisterhood takes on a wife beater high up in the government and Jack gets even with the Gold Shields.
  5. Side Effects by Michael Palmer - Women are being used as guinea pigs in an experiment on population control.
  6. Extreme Measures by Michael Palmer - while working undercover Scot Enders is injured and taken to White Memorial Hospital. Dr. Eric Najarian pronounces him dead but when Scot's sister comes looking for him several strange facts come to light, including the fact that Scot may still be alive.
  7. Crisscross by F. Paul Wilson - A mysterious woman with a dog hires Jack to get a message to her son who is part of the Dormentalist cult, and a Nun hires Jack to find her blackmailer and put a stop to the blackmail.
  8. Pet Food Politics The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine by Marion Nestle
  9. Sweet Revenge by Fern Michaels - Isabelle Flanders gets even with the witch (Rosemary Hershey) who stole her life.
  10. Lethal Justice by Fern Michaels - Alexis gets even with Arden Gillespie and Roland Sullivan the criminals who framed her for fraud. Anna Ryland de Silva joins the sisterhood.

Feb 26, 2010

American Lube Fast Ripped Us Off

I really hate it when mechanics or other service technicians take advantage of people. American Lube Fast Store #0147 on Washington Avenue pulled a fast one on my youngest son.

The oil in the car our 18 year old son drives needed changing. He took it by American Lube Fast for us and the technicians insisted he also needed to get the Transmission Fluid Exchanged ($109.99) & the Engine Flushed ($59.99). Even though according to the maintenance manual for the car it was NO where near time for the Transmission Fluid to be changed. According to the Honda Accord Manuel the Transmission fluid doesn't need to be replaced until 8 years or 120,000 miles. Our car is barely 5 years old and only has 55,042 miles on it. We did NOT WANT the Transmission Fluid Exchanged or the Engine Flushed. We only wanted the oil changed ($31.99). They did it anyway costing us an additional $169.98 We will NOT be back to American Lube Fast after being ripped off like this.

My husband went down there to complain but of course since they bullied an 18 year old into signing off on it there was nothing we could do.

Feb 20, 2010

Little Changes Make A Big Difference

We needed a new bedspread and I kinda wanted to change things up. But I wanted to keep the border I used with my last bedspread so Hubby wouldn't have to paint. Don't think I am being sweet and considerate I want him to make me some more raised flower beds. First I got new sheets with a nice floral print.

They look really nice with my new comforter and curtains.

Notice the pink butterfly amongst the pink and blue flowers.

I love the embroidered pink roses on the sides.

The matching curtains.

I love they way the comforter and curtains look but I'll NEVER get 100% cotton again. I hate to iron. Mainly because I am so bad at it. I burnt my hand ironing the bed-skirt.

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Feb 14, 2010

Dining with Alasandra ~ Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine

For my birthday Bo and the boys took me out to dine at Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine. The service was excellent and the food was magnificent.

I had the Crab Stuffed Red Snapper with a delicious sauce, I can't remember the name of. Hubby had the Pecan Crusted Mahi-mahi with Strawberry & Kiwi sauce, Youngest Son had Surf & Turf ( the shrimp were delicious he shared one with me) and Eldest Son had Pan-fried Rainbow Trout. All the meals came with French Onion Soup (the best I have ever had) and a salad. I had the Greek Salad, the boys both choose Cesar Salads and Hubby had a Spinach Salad.

I was too full for desert but everyone allowed me to taste theirs and they were delicious. Youngest Son had Raspberry Creme Brulee, Eldest Son had Cheesecake with Chocolate Sauce and Hubby had Bread Pudding with Ice Cream.

Feb 5, 2010

Dining with Alasandra

Wednesday I meet my friend for lunch at the Porter Avenue Bistro.  It was to cold to sit on the deck but the bar area where we sat was nice. The menu has a wide selection of food. I tried the Piece in the Middle East pizza and it was delicious.

Feb 2, 2010

Books read in January

  1. All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson ~ Dragovic gets more then he bargained for when Jack is accidentally dosed with a new designer street drug made from the last surviving rakosh. And Jack discovers the rakosh, Scar-lip, may have a streak of humanity in him after all.
  2. Rough Country ~ Flowers is losing his touch he didn't get a single girl in this book, but he did solve the murders.
  3. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson - someone rich, powerful and with connections to the White House is savagely torturing young women & boys and having them disposed of in a wood chipper. Alex's niece is one of the victims, can Alex bring her killer to justice or will the "government" protect the killer.
  4. Hosts by F. Paul Wilson ~ Jack is reunited with is sister. Unfortunately she has been infected with  a virus that takes over your brain and turns you into a Host with a hive mentality.  
  5. The Halfling's Gem by R. A. Salvatore - believing Bruenor to be dead Drizzt and Wulfgar set out to rescue Regis and Guenhwyvar from Artemis. On the way Drizzt plunders a magical mask from a banshee that allows him to pass as a surface elf.  Realizing that Artemis has set out to sea with his captives Drizzt and Wulfgar follow him on the Sea Sprite with Captain Deudermont. Pook has his pirate allies attack the Sea Sprite and all appears to be lost until Bruenor and Catti-brie show up in a flaming chariot. After defeating the pirates the Sea Sprite has to put into the nearest port for repairs and the friends are forced to cross the desert. Meanwhile Pook summons Guenhwyvar and orders the cat to kill Regis, instead Guenhwyvar takes Regis to safety. Pook then orders his wizard to use the Taros Hoop to retrieve Regis.  Finding Pook's strong hold the friends brave the sewers and fight off Rassiter and his wererats. When they reach Pook they are thrown through the Taros Hoop into Tarterus. Regis manages to retrieve the scepter that controls the portal and the statuette of Guenhwyvar from Pook's pocket and follows his friends into Tarterus. Attempting to throw the scepter to his friends so they can escape it falls short and Catti-brie jumps after it. She catches the scepter and throws it to her friends supposedly falling to her death. Drizzt uses the scepter to get Bruenor and Wulfgar back to Pook's then rescues Catti-brie. Guenhwyvar takes Regis to safety and they return to Pook's with some of Guenhwyvar's cat friends.  Pook is defeated and Regis takes his place as Guildmaster. Regis then pays for Captain Deudermont to take his friends home on the Sea Sprite so that Bruenor can lead the war to regain his kingdom.  Supposedly learning of Catti-brie and Wulfgar's wedding Regis shows up at Mithril Hall unexpectedly.  
  6.  The Legacy by R. A. Salvatore - Regis sows discord among the friends and Drizzt is disturbed by Regis' new found prowess with weapons. Bruenor sends Drizzt and Regis to look for some dwarfs who are missing. Only after they are gone does Bruenor realize that Regis used the ruby pendant to get him to send him with Drizzt, and sets off to find the pair. Drizzt realizes that Regis is really Artemis using the magical mask and that he has teamed with Drizzt's kin folk.  Drizzt escapes the trap and finds the real Regis (badly battered) eventually he and Artemis duel. The drow attack Bruenor and his party and one of the friends is killed.  
  7. The Time Traveler's Wife - very romantic and sad. I didn't like the casual drug & alcohol abuse throughout the book. I also found Henry's attitude that breaking the law while Time Traveling was OK, disturbing.
  8. Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels ~ The Sisterhood gets even with the three men who raped Katherine while her disabled husband watched.
  9. Payback by Fern Michaels ~ The Sisterhood gets even with Senator Watson for giving his wife Aids as well as with the owners of an HMO who rake in record profits by denying life saving services to their subscribers.
  10. The First Patient by Michael Palmer - President Stoddard has two secrets that could cost him the election, and both involve his personal physician.