Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Books: Better than the Movie!

This is my list of books read during 2008

What did you read this year?

Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
Batman/Superman/WonderWoman: Trinity (Graphic Novel)
Superman: Emporer Joker (Graphic Novel)
She Hulk Vol. 5: Planet Without a Hulk (Graphic Novel)
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
Teen Titans Vol. 2: Family Lost (Graphic Novel)
JLA Vol. 5: Justice for All (Graphic Novel)
JLA Vol. 8: Dived We Fall (Graphic Novel)
Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories by Chuck Palahniuk
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice (A. N. Roquelaure)
Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods
Dry by Agusten Burroughs
Duma Key by Stephen King
The University by Bentley Little
Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith
Silent Bob Speaks by Kevin Smith
Good as Lily (Graphic Novel)
Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes (Graphic Novel)
The Summoning by Bemtley Little
The Complete Perseopolis by Marjane Satrapi
Infinite Crisis (Graphic Novel)
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Take the Cannoli : Stories From the New World by Sarah Vowell
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsey
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 2 (Graphic Novel)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 3 (Graphic Novel)
52 vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)
52 vol. 2 (Graphic Novel)
Strangers in Paradise vol. 1 by Terry Moore (Graphic Novel)
The Quickie by James Patterson
Magical Thinking by Agusten Burroughs
A Child Called It by David Peltzer
And Then We Came to The End by Joshua Ferris
Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
The Tender Bar by J.R. Morehinger
The Stand by Stephen King
1776 by David McCullough
Blubber by Judy Blume (cash register book )
Geek Love by Katharine Dunn
Forrest Gump by Winston Groom (wow, soooooo dofferent from the movie lol)
Snuff by Chuck Palahaniuk
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore ( I <3 Moore)
Possible Side Effects by Agusten Burroughs
Dark Empire ( Graphic Novel)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I Was Told There Would Be Cake by Sloane Crossley
Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
52 Vol 3 (Graphic Novel)
52 Vol 4 (Graphic Novel)
Eating Steve (Graphic Novel)
Batman: The Man Who Laughs (Graphic Novel)
The Jokers Last Laugh (Graphic Novel)
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (Graphic Novel)
Batman: The Killing Joke (Graphic Novel)
Batman: A Death in the Family (Graphic Novel)
Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying (Graphic Novel)
Batman: All Star Batman and Robin Vol 1 (Graphic Novel)
Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
A Girl Named Zippy:Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel
The Dictionary of Failed Relationships edited by Meredeth Broussard
Watchmen (Graphic Novel)
StarGirl by Jerry Spinelli
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
Breaking Dawn by by Stephenie Meyer
Midnight Sun (Draft) by Stephenie Meyer
Sail by James Patterson
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
The Stand by Stephen King
That Was Then This is Now by S.E. Hinton
The Bachman Books by Stephen King
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
Zorro by Isabelle Allende
Hawkes Harbor by S. E. Hinton
1 Dead in Attic (expanded) by Chris Rose
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
Love and Capes Vol 1 (graphic novel)
Carrie by Stephen King
She-Hulk Vol 6: Jaded (graphic novel)
Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories edited by Owen King and John McNally
Superman: Up, Up, and Away (graphic novel)
Babysitters Club #1 Kristy's Great Idea (cash register book)
Babysitters Club # 61 Jessie and the Awful Secret (cash register book)
Strangers in Paradise vol. 2 by Terry Moore (Graphic Novel)
Batman: Face the Face (Graphic Novel)
Green Lantern: In Brightest Day (Graphic Novel)
Tales From The Teachers Lounge by Robert Wilder
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Babysitters Club Mystery #5 MaryAnne and the Secret in the Attic (cash register book)
World Without End by Ken Follett
Logans Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.
I,Fatty by Jerry Stahl
Infected by Scott Seigler

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas pt.3: My present to myself.

Christmas pt.2: Through the eyes of a child...

Christmas pt. 1: Loot

Blake is The Awesome

The wallet is from his mom and dad. It comes with a small digital picture frame inside.

Do you want Catch-up with them fries?

I'm back.
I knew if I bitched about my power cord that it would show up sooner.
This Christmas...Sucked.
Hard Core and Big Bad. Im glad it's over and it's just another reason for me to hate the holiday.
New Year's...Can't wait.
Heading out to Dormont to hang with Matt, Natalie Janelle and not sure who else. Going to go to the Apple Inn, then back to Nat and Matts place for fun and eventual passing out.
Sunday night we took the girls to see the windows downtown at Macy's. Pictures are forthcoming.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I'm still waiting on the new power cord from Dell for my Failtop computer.

I HATE being offline, I feel out of the loop.

Ill be back soon hopefully but if Im not back before wednesday I hope you all have a safe and happy new year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,
I would like a candy cane this year. Can I please have a toy too and Mommy says I need new pajamas. I have been a very good girl, I learned to use the potty this year.
Love Elise, age 3

Dear Santa,

I would like a candy cane and a toy too please. Can I have something fun to draw with. I love to draw. Mommy says I need new pajamas too. I have been a very good girl this year, Im learning to say my words and I use the potty like a big girl too! I even stopped puling on the cats tail.
Love Lydia, age (almost) 2

(I wrote their letters for them, then they "wrote" their own)

Pirates at the Chick-fil-A and failed attempts to share!

Sit down Grammy!

Watch Lydia try to escape while Aunt Erin almost chokes on her Lemonade beacause of her laughing and failcold!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fuck you very much

So yesterday I had a note in the mail that there was a certified letter waiting for me at the post office.
The sender line simply said "tax"
I thought it would be from the IRS, since I e-filed and they had to send me something to sign and send back to them for an official signature.
I simply thought that maybe something happened and they didn't get/lost the signed letter I sent back to them.
Oh no.
It's better than that.

I had a letter waiting for me stating that the Borough of Plum is going to garnish my wages to pay for taxes dating back to 2001.
With fees, interest, the actual tax ($10.00 I think) and penalties added in this equals almost $1,700.

I have paid this tax every year since I started working.
Its one of the first things I do when tax season rolls around.
I have been on the phone, been to the Borough office, argued with five million people and almost torn all of my hair out over this.


And they won't budge on it.


I'm fucked. My bank has not gotten back to me yet. And when this all started (2001) I was with a different bank, so I don't have any record from them yet.
The letter states they have to inform me 15 days before they start garnishing my wages ( which, since I am a huge loser with no car who needs to work very close to home, are shit (seriously, my paychecks every two weeks are under $400.00 add in bills and paying my mom for stuff, that leaves me very little to play with) means I don't make much in the first place) but the letter is dated ten! days ago. So that leaves me with 5 days to come up with $1,700 in full to pay off this bullshit means I'm fucked.
So possibly there goes seeing Blake during Mardi Gras, doing anything resembling a social life, all Christmas presents, and could also ruin my plans for summer.

So thank you Borough of Plum
Thank you so very much for failing one of your citizens.

And you wonder why people keep moving to Westmorland County.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Synchronize Watches.

Corin Nemec was on CSI Miami tonight and I began to reminisce
I loved this show.
I realize now I had a thing for Jerry and oddly, Lemmer.
Time for IMDB to see where they are now

Im starting the movement for Parker Lewis to be released on DVD!!

Side Note: OMG its so dated I love it! lol

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Are you ready for some football?

Tonight I went to my first Regular Season Steelers Game
It was cold.
No wait
For reals.
But the crowd, all those towels waving, all that noise, so much black and gold everywhere.
Brought a tear to my eye and a giddy laugh to my lips it did.
3 interceptions!!
Troy! Ike Taylor! and Deshea!!!
Benny needs to stop being retarded, but once in a while that boy pulls out amazing plays...probably from his ass, but whatever works.
Heath Miller is love, and you couldnt see it under 2 layers but I was reppin' him Jersey wise

Tony Romo sucks, T.O. is crying into the mic's now, and this sums it all up.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Recap.

This was without a doubt the best ever but also most failtastic Thanksgiving EVAR!
Best ever because I got to spend it with Blake. Failtastic for almost everything else.

Sunday: Blakes flight is set to arrive @ 12:52pm. I get detoured off the parkway into the Detour From Hell at around 11:45. Keep in mind in real life Im only about half an hour from the airport at this point. I finally get to the airport to pick him up at 1:20. Yeah. Thanks PENNDOT. You fail.
But I got to come down that escelator into baggage claim and walk into him arms so instantly all anger and stress from gridlocked traffic was gone.
Finally. I had not seen him since July and I was happy.
We stopped at Uncle Sam's at The Pointe and grabbed lunch, geeked around in Half Price Books and then we hit up WallyWorld for some yogurt and drinks for the fridge in the room and went back to the hotel.

Monday: DeLuca's for breffast!! Chocolate Chip Pancakes FTW! I also took him to Eide's and The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company (omg yum) Then out to McKnight Rd for some shopping and finally we hit up the Waterfront Lowes for Twilight (check out the Week in Geek movie review we did )
After that I took him to Monroeville Mall so he could check out Toy Galaxy, one of my new fave, collectibles, comis, and TONS OF ZOMBIE STUFF!!! He loved it, like I knew he would, and I picked up my Monroeville Zombies hoodie :)

Tuesday: Tuesday was cold and snowy, it became the unofficial stay in bed and watch movies day. We watched a few movies, ordered some pizza in and watched Casino Royale so we could later that night head out to see Quantum of Solace.Dinner at the Rivertowne Pourhouse and some of the last of their Pumpkin Spice Beer made the night complete. Did I mention it snowed... Blake loved the snow. Im sure if he moved here that would change after a while, but for now...he loves it.

Wednesday: OMG DIRECTION FAIL. lol
Blake wanted to head out to New Dimension Comics in McMurray and I love to drive so I had no problem with this plan. Till I realized I went the wrong way on 79 (the directions did not specify north or south) Once I figured this out I eventually got us where we needed to go, and NDC was a really nice shop. We also hit up Phantom of the Attic in Monroeville before we headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings for the Penguins game. My friends Janelle, Jon, Lindsey and Brian were there, and my brother and his wife showed up too. The Pens kicked ass and we had a great night.

Thursday: Turkey Day! Woke up early and watched the Macy's parade. I mocked Matt Lauer mercilessly while Blake laughed.
After another direction fail courtesy of my brother we headed out to the Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding where my SIL and her mom were helping out with a community lunch dinner thing. It was really nice and the food was good and I got to see my girls.
After we ate my brother told us to come over to his house so we did. Lydia was asleep when we got there and my brother looked tired as hell so I told him to go take a nap and Blake and I would watch Elise.
I taught her how to make turkeys with her hand and we colored and watched Mickey Mouse and made fun of Blakes snoring when he succumed to his own turkey coma on the couch (ME: He snores just like your daddy dosent he? ELISE: He growls!) Pretty soon Lydia started crying so I had both girls to look after, which of course meant at some point it turned into 2 small girls tackling and jumping on Aunt Erin while Blake watched and laughed.
After that we went back to the hotel for the T-giving buffet. Blake, myself, my mom, brother, sister in law and the 2 girls. The food was really really good and its something I would definately do again if I didnt want to cook.
Poor Blake was left to deal with a screaming Lydia when Aunt Erin had to take Neice Elise to the bathroom last minute. Lydia stated screaming the moment I was out of her sight because Momma and Daddy and Grammy were all getting food and she had no flippin idea who this weird guy sitting next to her. Poor guy, he tried to comfort her but she was not having any of it. Dinner was great and we hit the room stuffed untill Blake realized he felt kind of crappy. Last minute run to WallyWorld again for cold meds and more drinks for the rooms mini fridge. Back to the hotel, again. Sleep followed quickly. Maybe not sleep, more like Turkey induced comas.

Black Friday sucked ass.
I had to work 8a-230p. Blake was supposed to take me in so he could meet some people at work but he felt crappy so I drove to work, missed him terribly, drove straight back to the hotel and threw myself into his arms as soon as I could. We had a date to meet his Uncle Scott at Center Ice in Delmont. Coinkydink time folks...Blakes Uncle lives in Cincy, Blake has not seen him since his sisters wedding 2 years ago and here he was, with his son Ryan, no more than 15 min away. We hit Center Ice and watched Ryans team, The Queen City Steam take down the Allegheny Badgers 1-0. And! it was Blakes cousin Ryan who scored the only goal. Plus we offically became the first ones in his family to see Ryan in a game so double cool.

Saturday, how I hate saturday. Blake had to leave me on saturday and I miss him so much. So so so so so much.
Spending time with him always makes me realize how much more myself I feel around him. I can act normal, more normal than I act even with my friends. I love him, more and more everytime we are together. Ill be joining him in Feburary for Mardi Gras, and I cant wait for the time we will be able to spend more than just a stolen week here and there together.

Not many pictures were taken this time around. sorry guys.

Prop 8 The Musical.

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

And for the record. I think Prop 8 passing was a travesty. And California should be ashamed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

NaBloPoMo Done!

I have to admit I did backdate one entry. Im pretty sure it was the night Blake and I went out to watch the Penguins Game...