Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘Smokin’ Seventeen’

Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17)Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gave me a chance to laugh out loud a number of times! Not a bad thing–I’m battling a cold this week, and determined not to miss any work.

I figured out “who done it” early in the story, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Exiting stage left

For a day or so.

It’s been one pip of a week.

Back Sunday night.

64% less cranky tonight

My Facebook pals are coming through, as always, as they pass on ways around the new changes Facebook has initiated.

And I’ve “unfriended” most of my Facebook gaming friends–I no longer play any Zynga games, many of these friends I’ve had no contact with for months, since I stopped playing games.

So no more big busted women on my Facebook home page!

And tomorrow is Friday, which is a blessing!

So I’m at peace right now, tired, but 64% less cranky than last night!

Peace out.

Do you think I’m stupid, Facebook?



What follows is a rant.

I’ve been using Facebook for a few years now.

It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues, college chums, etc.

I’ve hung in there with lots of Facebook changes over the years, but this latest batch of “improvements” has me really irked.

There’s this new feature on Facebook where you can subscribe to random Facebook-ers, not your friends.

And other people can subscribe to your posts.

Facebook is really pushing this feature, how great it will be to connect with journalists and other like-minded intellectuals.


So every Time I log onto Facebook, on the right hand side of my home page, why do I see pictures of big-busted, very young bikini-clad women?

Don’t get me wrong, folks, I agree that anyone can be a journalist, an intellectual, etc., but hey, if you wanted me to subscribe to a journalist’s posts, why not show a sample of their latest blog post, newspaper or journal article?

I’m the first one to admit that hot young women can be brilliant also, but come on, do you think I’m stupid, Facebook? I’m a sixty-two year old grandmother–what in the Sam Hill do I care about a Facebook poster named Fatima who’s got a doctorate in the art of love? Or my favorite potential subscriber, “Princess _, MD at I’m the boss?” Good for her and all her 9,999 subscribers!

Come on, Facebook!

Here’s the deal, friends and neighbors, I’m going to concentrate on Google + for awhile, instead of Facebook.

And if Google+ starts recommending I subscribe to the types of posts I wrote about above, then I’ll consider starting my own social media website, without the cheesecake pics.


Rant over.






“The Pig With the Froggy Tattoo Teaser Trailer”

This is the Henson studio’s answer to the trailer for the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

I love me some Muppets, especially Ms. Piggy.

Laughter is good, and Henson’s Muppets are the best!

The American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens December 21.

Here’s that trailer:

I plan on seeing this movie when it opens, because I enjoyed the book so much! And, well, Daniel Craig is a major hottie, even for an old dame like me!

Christmas lights and falling leaves

Coldmageddon, day four.

I just got back from a Target Kleenex run, and decided to check out the Halloween aisles (candy, costumes, decorations).

Target’s got oodles of fun stuff for Halloween, in addition to Christmas lights.


Does anyone else remember the days when Christmas decorations didn’t show up on store shelves until the day after Thanksgiving?

Hey, I realize that I was a kid so many years ago that dinosaurs roamed the earth (I’m proud of it!), but it’s too early for Christmas stuff to be out (Christmas tree stands are also available).

Anyhoo, fall has come to Seattle (yeah).

It’s raining, and the wind blew so hard this morning that patio furniture was flying around the courtyard.

I snapped this picture of my favorite tree (I like that it leans a bit to the side, ’cause so do I); I swear the leaves were green last week!

I think that’s all the grumbling I can manage for now; hope you are all enjoying your Saturday.

And if you stop by a Target, check out those Christmas lights and Halloween goodies!

Webcam 101 for Seniors

This is a riot, and very sweet.

Thanks to Lilly at Lilly’s Life for this video of an older couple trying to figure out technology!

Does Google+ blow your hair back?

Are you on Google+?

Do you post on Google+?

I must admit, I haven’t posted on Google+ since August 28.

Just can’t get into it, for some reason.

Of course, it took me forever to get used to Facebook and Twitter.

But I’m not sure that I want to get all wrapped up in another “online sharing experience.”

How about you?

Are you on Google+?

Does Google+ blow your hair back, i.e., excite you about connecting with other people?

Just wondering.

4th Season of Fringe in one week!

One week until the 4th season premiere of Fringe.

Fringe fans (including moi) are all wondering, Where in the Sam Hill is Peter Bishop?

I’ve watched Fringe long enough to realize that we won’t get our answer right away; we’ll have to wait, and watch, and speculate, scratch out heads, maybe say “huh?” a few times, before we get our answer.

But it will always be fun.

Time off is schweet

Even if you have a cold.

I slept in this morning, watched a movie (the Jane Eyre 2011 edition), watching the Castle marathon on TNT, drinking tea with lemon, and playing on my ‘puter a bit.

Here’s what Castle is about:

I’ve also had time to check out what’s going on in the world:

Interesting article at CNN Money about Netflix stock taking a dive. This is a surprise?I didn’t give up my Netflix account because of the price–I’ve not been happy with DVD delivery, mainly because any mail service blows these days. So I signed up for the Netflix streaming account. Except the streaming choices were crap all of a sudden. Not a good deal for me! So I beefed up my cable television services and divorced Netflix.

And, if you happen to meet Henry Winkler (aka “The Fonz”) congratulate him on being awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth. Henry’s been traveling around the U.K., educating folks about learning disabilities.

Tacoma, Washington teachers, ordered back to work via a court order, just said no and continued their strike..


More tomorrow, I’m sure.

I’ve got to sign off and continue to savor the sweetness of being off work for a few days.

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