Jul 31, 2016

NYPD Red 2 (NYPD Red, #2)

NYPD Red 2 (NYPD Red, #2)NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When teenage Dave and Gideon killed Enzo Salvi (after he raped Dave's sister) I couldn't really fault them. As the son of the local mob boss he would have never been punished. Surprisingly they got away with the murder, now they are both working as police officers, Gideon is dating Dave's sister and she works for the DA.

Kylie and Jordan have been called in to solve the Hazmat Murders after Evelyn Parker-Steele becomes his latest victim. Politics is making their lives miserable not to mention Kylie's husband is using again. Jordan is afraid that Cheryl is interested in one of their co-workers and everybody wants the case solved yesterday. When the accused Child-Killer Rachel is kidnapped soon after being found not guilty everyone fears the Hazmat Killer has struck again. But now Kylie and Jordan have a suspect they believe 2 cops are the killers and they ask Gideon and Dave to tail them.

But Gideon and Dave have problems of their own, Gideon's Mom found Enzo Salvi's diary in her son's old bedroom when she was cleaning it out and she returned it to Enzo's Mother. Now Papa Joe Salvi is ready to take Gideon and Dave down. The only question is will Kylie and Jordan get to Dave and Gideon before Papa Joe finishes his son's killers off. And will they be in time to save Rachel, who really was innocent of her daughter's death.

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Election Fraud Will Take Hillary Down


Jul 30, 2016

Master Bathroom Updates

 I saw this when I was looking for counter tops and thought it was neat.

 Everything in the Master bathroom is getting an overhaul.



 I decoupaged some knobs.




 This is the tile I picked out.

And this is my new tub. I have gotten to take a bath in it and it is so comfortable. I am really enjoying it.

Jul 25, 2016

The Democrats Last Chance to Fix Things

Dear #DNC, if you decide that Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee then don't wast our time or money with a primary. Just announce that Hillary was promised way back when she stood by her man that she would get her own shot at the White House. Explain how after she "graciously" stepped aside for then Senator Obama she was promised that this would be her year so there is no need for a primary. Don't rig the primary...........................

And if you do rig the primary don't get caught. Now that you are caught the only thing you can do to fix things is ask Hillary to step aside once again and nominate Bernie Sanders anything else is going to end party unity for the foreseeable future.

Bernie can endorse Clinton till his face turns blue and the cows come home many of us will exit the Democratic Party if you stick with Hillary. It goes against our basic sense of fairness to let someone who cheated reap the benefits of their cheating. And the more you bully us with the threat of Trump, the more we remember how cozy the Clintons and Trumps once were.

The look of adoration on Hillary's face as she gazes at Trump should be enough to give anyone pause.

There are more reasons I will never vote for Hillary the majority of them have already been outlined here, The Deeper Reason Many Intelligent Progressives and Independents Will Not Support Hillary Clinton
 Young DNC data director Seth Rich, who was managing Democratic Party voter records and had a passion for election integrity, was murdered via four shots to the back in Washington DC; and John Ashe, former UN President who was about to testify in a corruption case surrounding a Chinese businessman with connections to the Clintons, died in New York apparently from a dumbbell falling on his neck.
If Clinton becomes the nominee, this mistrust does not bode well for party unity, and it might prove foolish to expect the “lesser of evils” argument to work in November, even against Donald Trump. Many progressives and independents will vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein, write in Bernie Sanders on their ballots, or simply stay home.
If the Democratic Party delegates, on the other hand, vote to award Bernie Sanders the nomination at the convention in Philadelphia, they will nominate a candidate not only more trustworthy than Donald Trump, but a historically honest, trustworthy, and scandal-free candidate. Bernie Sanders will likely appeal to progressives and independents across the spectrum, unite the entirety of the Democratic party, and defeat Donald Trump in a November landslide.
I still have a slim hope the DNC will wake up and cast Hillary aside especially after she stupidly hired Debbie Wasserman Schultz who played a key role in rigging the primary. That was like a giant finger to Bernie Supporters and those who believe in honest and fair elections. If they don't like so many others I will engage in #DemExit and vote for Jill Stein in November. 

Jul 24, 2016

Tray

 I decided to decoupage the tray I got at Michaels.

 I think it turned out rather nice.


 I also tried my hand at decoupaging the knobs for the cabinets in the Master Bath.

 This one turned out rather nicely.

Unfortunately I messed up 3 of them and it is way to hot to attempt to redo them. I may try again this fall. ~Alasandra

Jul 23, 2016

The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) Spoilers

The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone except Greer believes that Amy and Alicia are dead at the beginning of the book, they also believe that all the virals were killed during the battle in the stadium at The Homeland "The Twelve" and that it is now safe for the humans to come out from behind their walls and create settlements. Peter's adopted son Caleb (Theo and Mausami's son) and his wife Pim (Hollis and Sara's adopted daughter) set out to homestead with their young son Theo.

Greer who knows Amy is alive has been feeding Amy & Carter every month, they are living on a ship in hiding from Zero. Alicia has gone to New York to be with Zero who has promised her he will leave the people in Kerrville alone if she comes to him. When she finds out he lied to her Alicia leaves for Kerrville to warn them and try to protect them from Zero's many. While Alicia is in New York with Zero (Fanning) tells how as a young college student he meet Jonas Lear and his girlfriend Liz. How he fell in love with Liz and she fell in love with him, but that she accepted Jonas' proposal and married Jonas. How Fanning became successful in the world of academia and how near the end of Liz's life when she was dying and Jonas was off in Bolivia she reached out to Fanning and they planned to run away with one another. How he waited for her at Grand Central Station but she never came. And that thinking she has once again chosen Jonas he got drunk and accidentally killed a young woman who picked him up and took him to her home and then changed her mind. How when the police started to suspect him he accepted Jonas' offer to go to Bolivia with him and how he and several others were attacked by bats, but only Fanning survived. How he was taken back to America and experimented on in a military compound and the 12 plus Amy were created.

Kate's husband dies owing gambling debts, so Sara and Hollis send their daughter and her children to visit Caleb and Pim where they believe she will be safe. Kate is bitten by a viral and chooses to kill herself rather than turn into a viral. Sara and Hollis show up at the homestead shortly after her death and help get Caleb, Pim, Theo and Kate's daughters to Kerrville.

Michael (Sara's brother) knows the virals are still alive and has been working to get a large boat sea worthy so that some of humanity will be able to escape the next time they attack. He goes to Peter (who is now President of Kerrville) and tries to get him to come up with a plan for evacuating some of the citizens of Kerrville. Peter refuses to take the small number the boat can carry and sacrifice the rest and tries to defend Kerrville.

Michael and Lucius Greer help Amy drown herself so she can return to human form, they then rush to Kerrville to try to help. They get there shortly before the virals attack, Alicia shows up but Peter refuses to believe she is there to help and throws her in prison. Kerrville survives the first attack and Peter still refuses to leave, so Michael leaves and goes back to his boat where Lore (Michaels ex girlfriend) is getting everything ready. Amy helps Alicia escape and they try to stop the virals but Zero set a trap, his virals tunneled under the walls. Alicia tries to warn the humans but they severally injure her. Only a few children and adults survive. The survivors go to the boat.

Once Peter and Michael get everyone safely on the boat they set out for New York with Alicia and Amy in Michaels small sailboat. They plan to kill Zero. Peter is mortally wounded before they are able to kill Zero. Unwilling to let Peter go Amy turns him into a viral, but doesn't tell Michael who she believes in the only other survivor. Michael eventually sets out in his sailboat to see what else is out there (we don't really know what happened to him). Amy and Peter go to the cabin where they live for a number of years until Peter dies. She buries him and then returns to California, where she is eventually found by the decedents from the boat.

Sara, Hollis, Pim, Caleb, Theo, Lore, and Greer reach the Holy Island. Greer dies shortly after reaching the island, Pim gives birth to twins and the colony on the Island thrives. Years later one of Caleb and Pim's descendants will find the book Pim wrote.

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Jul 20, 2016

Revisted A Song of Ice & Fire (Book Series) - A Game of Thrones (TV series)

Other serious discrepancy, in the TV series.
In the books Sansa is happily plotting with Lord Petyr Baelish who plans for her to marry Harrold Hardyng (the Arryn heir), and reclaim Winterfell in her name by conquest.

An imposter Jeyne Poole "Bolton" (the False Arya) who is posing as Arya Stark is married off to Ramsay Bolton, by the Lannisters. Since Jeyne Poole is the daughter of the steward of Winterfell, Vayon Poole. and is the best friend of Sansa Stark, she is able to answer questions about the Stark family and Winterfell in order to pass muster with those who did not know Arya Stark personally.

In the TV show Petyr Baelish marries Sansa off to Ramsay Bolton.

In the books Ser Barristan Selmy is alive and well. In the TV show they had him killed off by a band of cowards who wore mask when he came to the aid of the Unsullied they had ambushed. I think this was a huge mistake as Ser Barristan Selmy gave Daenerys' claim to the throne legitimacy and after she exiled Jorah Mormont he was the only one who really knows Westeros.

Also fast approaching where the books end. I think it is outrageous that we are still waiting on Book #6 while the TV series continues on. This is a slap in the face to all of Martin's readers who made him famous. Once I finish this series I will not read more of his books, as he is unreliable about finishing them.

Glad to see Jon Snow proclaimed King of the North. Sansa looked rather sour about it though. So sad they killed Rickon off, I really think it was him. I saw some speculation that it wasn't but surely Sansa and Jon would have recognized their brother. And Osha  was certainly the one with the boy when he arrived and was killed by Ramsay Bolton.  Loved when Arya got revenge on the Frey's I will be happy to see her back at Winterfell with her family and it looks as if Brandon is on his way back too. Terribly sad that Hodor sacrificed himself so they could escape though. Wish there could have been another way and how tragic that somehow as a young boy ( Walder, in the book Willis TV show) he saw his death holding the door and became Hodor (Hold Door, what he was repeating as he died).

Now if only Martin will finish the next BOOK.


 A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) 
Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) 

Jul 15, 2016

15th Affair (Women's Murder Club #15)

15th Affair (Women's Murder Club #15)15th Affair by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lindsey's marriage to Joe is severely tested when she discovers in the worst way possible that he has been keeping a HUGE secret from her.

The book begins with the murder of Michael Chan and from the beginning everything seems off. Not only is Michael Chan murdered, but so are the two young people in the room next door who were spying on him and the only clue is a mysterious blond who was in his room just before he was shot. Then Michael Chan's wife is executed and the case gets even more bizarre when Lindsey spots Joe on the surveillance tape.

But before Lindsey and Richie can solve the case they are sidetracked by the crash of flight 888, who had a Michael Chan as a passenger. When the body from the crash goes missing Lindsey becomes convinced the two cases are connected.

With a missing husband and a young daughter to care for the last thing Lindsey needs is to become a target of the five Chinese hitmen who are determined to take her out.

Desperate to find answers Lindsey digs into Joe's past and discovers that he is working for the CIA.

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Jul 13, 2016

The Dalai Lama's Cat

The Dalai Lama's CatThe Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very inspiring book, the story is told by the Dalai Lama's Cat, HHC (His Holiness' Cat). It begins with HHC being abducted from her Mother by young boys who wish to sell the Himalayan kittens for profit. HHC the smallest of the litter is injured and near death when the Dalai Lama sees the kittens plight and instructs his driver to give the boys 2 American dollars for the kitten.

HHC goes on to tell about the many interesting people she meets, the lessons she learns and how the boys become monks and regret stealing the kittens when they were young.

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Jul 12, 2016

A Song of Ice & Fire (Book Series) - A Game of Thrones (TV series)

I am very disappointed that the TV series isn't more faithful to the book series.

The biggest problem so far is Robb's marriage. In the book series Robb is tricked into marrying Jeyne Westerling when he is recovering from a wound in her families home after she seduces him into taking her maiden head. Having acted dishonorably by deflowering a girl while a guest in her family's home he tries to rectify the situation by marrying her.  In the process breaking his oath to marry the Frey girl. We learn that Tywin Lannister orchestrated the entire thing and that Jeyne used herbs to keep from becoming pregnant in order to make a good match after Robb is killed. She is safe with her family when Robb is killed at the Red Wedding.

In the TV series Robb breaks his oath to marry the Frey girl for love and Talisa Maegyr (his pregnant wife in the TV series) is killed at the Red Wedding. I find it hard to believe that Eddard Stark's son would abandon honor and duty for love.  Especially when you contrast it to Jon Snow (Eddard Stark's bastard son) putting his duty to his Brothers on the Wall and the oath he took before his love for Ygritte.

TV Series: Seasons 1- 4

Books: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)  and A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

Jul 8, 2016

Born of Legend (The League, #9)

Born of Legend (The League, #9)Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would have probably rated it higher but it's getting rather annoying reading the same story again just from someone else's point of view. Why she couldn't write the books in chronological order and tell everyone's story at the same time is beyond me. So for a large majority of the book you know what is gong to happen before it does because you already read it in the previous book, Born of Betrayal.

This is Prince Jullien eton Anatole book. No real surprises, he had a shitty childhood. And even though he was instrumental in overthrowing Queen Eriadne (his Grandmother) by passing information to WAR, his family disowned him and allowed the thrill kill warrant Eriadne placed on him to stand. In fact the majority of them are so stupid they are laboring under the assumption that he is in league with Eriadne.

Jullien is using the name Dagger Ixur (the name he used to pass information to WAR) when he is fatally wounded and dying in a bar. Some slavers come in with a young Andarion Fyreblood boy (Vasili), and Dagger uses the last of his strength to rescue the boy. He gives him all the cash he has, his royal ring and his spare weapon and tells him to run. Vasili refuses to leave him and they are both rescued by the boys Mother (Ushara). Ushara takes Dagger under her protection over the objections of her family (because Dagger is a Darkheart Andarion) and quickly falls in love with him. He also has the friendship and support of the Tavali High Admiral and Leader of the Gorturnum Trajen.

When Ushara marries Dagger, her Father arranges for her cousins to take him on their ship and get rid of him. The cousins sell him into slavery. When Ushara finds out what happened to him she goes with Trajen to rescue him. It is also discovered that Dagger (Jullien) is actually a Fyreblood and one of the last descendants of Edon Samari. It was one of the reasons Eriadne was so anxious to get rid of Nykyrian, she was afraid his blond hair would clue someone in to the fact she had an affair with Edon Samari (Famous Fyreblood Warrior). Jullien is stralen for Ushara and is also able to breath fire. Unira Samari adopts Jullien/Dagger as her son.

Trajen takes Dagger to Thraix who gives him Trisani powers. Dagger also finds his human cousin Bastien and helps him. Bastien's entire family was slaughtered by his Uncle and Bastien is blamed for it, so he is on the run. We also discover that Bastien always liked Jullien but since he was 7 years younger there wasn't much he could do to help him and that Jullien intimidated him.

Recap of the stuff that happened in Born of Betrayal. Then we learn that Ushara leads a number of people to rescue Jullien before Eriadne has him executed. Jullien kills Eriadne and everyone returns to the Tavali Base where Jullien is hailed as a hero. Eventually Jullien and his family are able to reunite.

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Jul 4, 2016

Feeling Crafty

 I was feeling crafty, it didn't last long.

 I got the idea of decoupaging the cabinet knobs after I saw some on Etsy.

 I did this jar years ago.

 When I was at the local craft store I also found some cute boxes.

 And I decoupaged one of them..

 Next I got to work on the knobs, it turned out pretty well.


 Unfortunately the weather got hot before I finished all 6. Really need somewhere that I can spray them without the wind blowing and where I can leave them. I used the greenhouse when it was cooler, but ti was too hot to get in there by the time I finished. So I wound up messing up the knobs, I decided to use the plain white knobs for now and when it is cooler I may finish the knobs.

 The box turned out nice and it makes a good place to store the decoupage stuff. If you want to know how to Decoupage check this page out.

 For the box I used paper I got at the craft store.

 But the knob was made out of paper napkins I got at the Dollar Store.



~Alasandra

Jul 2, 2016

The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)

The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rand sets out for Tear on his on to claim Callandor and fulfill the prophecy.

Moiraine, Lan, Loial and Perrin follow hoping to be of help to him. A young girl who calls herself Faile (Falcon) attaches herself to the group.

Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve take Mat to Tar Valon to be healed. Once he is healed the Amyrlin refuses to let him leave Tar Valon since he was the one who blew the Horn of Valere. When the Amyrlin task Egwene and Nynaeve with finding the Black Ajah she gives them letters signed by her that allows the bearer to do whatever they wish. Elayne is determined to go with her friends but wants to let her Mother (Queen Morgase) know what she is doing, so they ask Mat to carry a letter from Elayne to the Queen and give him one of the Amyrlin's letters so he can leave Tar Valon. Before he leaves he meets Thom and Thom accompanies him. While Matt is in Caemlyn delivering the letter to the Queen, he overhears one of the Queen's advisors plotting to kill Elayne and the two women with her. Mat and Thom set out for Tear to save them from the assassins. Once they get to Tear they hunt for Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve but can not find them until Thom's cough gets worse and Mat insist he go to the Wisdom. Mat discovers the women had been staying there but shortly before Mat and Thom arrived the Black Ajah's took them prisoner and took them to The Stone Keep. Mat determines to break into the fortress to rescue them but realizing how sick Thom is he insist he stay with the Wisdom.

Faile springs a trap meant for Moiraine and falls into a coma. Moiraine refuses to waste time on helping Faile and leaves for the stone keep with Lan. Perrin determines to save Faile no matter the risk and enters the dreamworld with Hopper as his guide. After numerous attempts and much danger he succeeds in rescuing Faile, but is seriously wounded in the process.

Egwene is able to use the Power in the dreamworld and she subdues the guard outside their cell, but she can't unlock the cell door. Luckily Mat comes along and unlocks the door for them. Once the three of them are able to use the power Nynaeve heals Egwene and Elayne and they set out to find all the Black Ajah. Unfortunately they are only able to capture the two Egwene subdued while in the dreamworld as the rest flee.

Rand claims Callandor and defeats Ba'alzamon again.

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