milleniumgypsy: (Hiddleston- thoughtful face)
So I didn't get to post about Valentines Day on the day, Scottie and I unfortunetly didn't feel well last night so we had a pretty quiet night. I've been really sick today, which is less than fun. I hope that I feel better tomorrow!
But the fact that I feel super crummy is not the reason I'm here! Scottie being awesome is, and other fun Valentines things. xD

So we went to the library on the day before Valentines, and we found some fun displays. Mystery dates with books!
Library display )

The books were wrapped up in paper and ribbon, with little plot details on the cover. Scottie picked one out! I was thinking about picking one up, but I have so many comics that I'm reading right now! Also I listen to audiobooks all day at work so I'm less inclined to read other books at home.
Here's what he picked up!
A mystery date with a book? )

We also went to the store to pick up groceries. We saw these cupcakes and thought they might be candidates for cakewrecks.
Because we are 5 )

This is what Scottie surprised me with on Valentines morning!
Homemade chocolates Scottie surprised me with for Valentines!
Those are homemade kit-kat bars, and little chocolate hearts that he made. <3 He is such a sweetie! They are so good too! :D He posted how he made them at his journal here if you'd like to know how to make them!
hiddles chocolate

I'm making him a comic, though I didn't quite finish it yet. Mostly because of the illness that I'm feeling atm.
I also finished painting the bluebird ornament that I made him, I need to take a picture of that now. :3 I also woke Scottie up by singing him "Your Song" from Moulin Rougue. I do have a good singing voice, but I tend to be shy so he likes when I make the effort to sing for him. n_n'
hiddles singing
This is not how brave I am with the singing~

Also, today we saw that there was new Borderlands 2 DLC, the Valentines headhunter pack Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre! I saw the name and I was like IT'S THE RED WEDDDING EHEHEHE~ Scottie hasn't read Game of Thrones yet, but I am currently just about to the Red Wedding in the books right now. So I was especially amused. xD
The headhunter packs are only $3, and we still had just over $3 left on our PSN account, so we picked that up right away! We played through that today, which was exciting. Since I've been sick all day today there wasn't that much that I could do. Games work though!
milleniumgypsy: (Neopets- faerie book)
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milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
I recommend this book to no one. You can read the other books and pretend this one doesn't exist if you like. It's one of the most awful books I have ever had the misfortune of reading. And at nearly 700 pages, there's probably better things that could be done instead. Like watching paint dry. It would be less infuriating.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I just finished this book and I have to say I was really disappointed. I started reading this series when I was only a child, and while I know I wasn't as discerning at 10 as I would be today, I am sad that the series went so far downhill. I listened to this book on audiobook and if I wasn't busy doing something else while listening I wouldn't have been able to finish it. It was just that bad.

I know Ms Auel is getting on in years, and I feel like that might have had something to do with it. I felt like I was listening to the stereotypical old person reciting stories from their youth that they forgot they told you about already. In fact, they just told you that story 5 minutes ago! Ten times!

There are quite a few things that you will be beaten over the head with in this book.

Like... Ayla has a strange accent! It tooootally shows that she's foreigner. Hey, we're meeting someone new! Did you know that Ayla had a strange accent? She must have come from far away. Did I mention she has an exotic accent?
Seriously, this happened every time she met someone new. She met a lot of people. The wording of what happened when people noticed her accent hardly changed. It also added nothing to the story as the new characters rarely commented on it.

Also, Ayla has animals! People are shocked and awed when they see them! If you ever forget, Ayla has animals! That listen to her! This surprises people! Over and over again.

The One Who is First is fat. Like, really fat. Since you're likely to forget, Auel nearly always says something like "the large woman" or "the corpulent woman" any time she's in a scene, usually multiple times. It's ok though, because she's also powerful and all knowing, which she will also tell you. Often.
I assume she's fat so that Jondalar is conveniently no longer attracted to her.
I don't have a problem with the character being overweight, but I really don't think it needs to be mentioned at all times for no real reason. Can't she just be herself without the fat label attached?

Of course, she will also remind you every ten seconds that Ayla and Jondalar are like, totally hawt.
We get reminded that Jondalar is 10 feet tall with eyes so blue they'll melt the panties right off of you and that he has a schlong the size of a mammoth at every conceivable (and inconceivable?) moment. Apparently the fact that Jondalar is more handsome than a sparkling vampire gives him a free pass in life. I don't really remember this as being a big issue in previous books, but it was continually brought up in this book.

Seriously though, every good guy in this book is insanely handsome and like 7 feet tall. It's kind of ridiculous.

Auel will also really get into the realism of the scene by mentioning that people need to go "pass water", and will make sure that you follow them on their harrowing adventure to find a bush to pee behind. I'm not going to go count the number of times she felt the need to let me know when the characters needed to relieve themselves, but it was far too many considering I never needed to know in the first place.

Introductions were also long and tedious and there for no apparent reason. I feel like the introduction tedium was less than the previous book, but I don't really need to hear the thoughts of Ayla as she wrestles with how formal her introduction needs to be either.

We also hear The Mother's Song again! A lot. After the first couple of times I started to fast forward through it. Sure, I can fast forward through it and I could skip over it in print... but if I'm not going to ever read it why waste the paper? Is she being paid by the word?

Also, did you know how to count? If you don't, we're going to sit through a lecture on how to count. If you count on all ten fingers and put one down one as a placeholder, you can count past ten! ZOMG. I realize this was a novel concept but I don't want to listen to a 10 minute lecture on HOW TO COUNT. Or another lecture on colors!

The first third of the book was filled with rehashing of stories from previous books, which is unnecessarily repetitive. I read those books already, I know what happened.

The middle of the book follows Ayla as she explores caves for her training. I felt that I was following the author as she went one some tours of painted caves. There's painting of a horse! Look, there's a painting of a mammoth! There's some hand prints! There's dots! There's another horse!
It would be potentially more interesting if there was speculation on how or why the paintings were made, but all of these paintings were made by "the ancients", so the ancients we are following have no idea what any of the caves mean.
It was a slide show without slides. That was all.

Then we get to the end. There is the Great Reveal! Which is that when a man and a woman get it on they make babies. Oh dear. This was not the great reveal I would have wanted for the finale of a book series.

I don't know what really happens to Ayla in the future. Does she become a religious leader? It seems like the First has been pushing her into this since the last book, and that's actually annoying because Ayla doesn't even want to be really. She wants to be a wife and a mother, and a healer. WHICH SHE ALREADY WAS. It's like, somebody wants to be a doctor, and they have all the training and they are THE BEST DOCTOR EVER, like the House of her time, but someone says 'Well, you need to get a law degree first! Say goodbye to your husband and child because you're not going to see them much!'

I am fine with a mother wanting a career, that's a good thing. I'm not fine with someone being pushed into a career that they don't necessarily even want. I've been annoyed with the First since the last book because she's scheming to make Ayla into what she wants her to be, damn what Ayla actually wants.

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milleniumgypsy: (Disney- Belle book hug)
Today I went to the library book sale. We're pretty short on funds so we almost didn't go, but we decided that at the very least it would be good to get out of the house. We also had books to return to the library, so all the more reason to go. The library book sale goes Sat-Sun, so it was already picked over by today. Still tons of books though! I ended up getting one book, I stopped by the science/biology table and there was an older hardcover illitrated animal biology book. I really like it for some reason so I picked it up. It was only $1.50 after the discount for half price day so not too bad.

We didn't play Pathfinder today because we've both been kind of out of sorts. I didn't write an update though from last weekend! We're almost all the way through the second book in the path now. :) Lots of adventuring was to be had, the his kingdom continues to grow, and he's collecting more allies. He had his first winter, and he spent most of that in his kingdom just growing it instead of trudging through the wilderness in the snow. We start next weekend at the beginning of spring and he's going to go and probably clear a nearby island of will-o-wisps. Also, he's been hearing rumors of trolls. n_n

This was a lot of enemies )
Here's a picture of him investigating the lonley barrow. Most of the characters on the board are enemies. They did fine though, and I was amused by controlling the horde of enemies.
milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
So today I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy. Mockingjay was actually harder for me to get through than the Hunger Games was in ways. I haven't written a review yet, partly because I don't know what to say. It certainly ended on a better note than I was expecting, much like Les Mis where my expectations based on what others had said was that everyone was going to die and everything was going to fail and nothing happy would ever happen.

Some thoughts about the book, not terribly spoilery.

Peeta reminded me of Harvey Dent- the charasmatic good guy that the other characters felt was the best of the group. Joanna reminded me of Tamsien from Lost Girl. I think Joanna was a brunette but in my mind she was the blonde Valkarie in my mind. lol

The reason I had more problems with this book than the others I think is it's starting to deal with the characters facing all the broken parts inside of them. It made me think of all the broken parts inside of myself. There are times that I look at myself and think, where is that girl that I was and how far am I from her now?
milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not sure if I should give this book a 2 or a 3. I feel like I should give it a 2.5.

I know a LOT of people love this book, and because of that I wanted to give it a try even after watching and hating the movie. Now, I had some personal reasons for hating the movie that aren't entirely relevant (if you're about to head into remote wilderness for weeks to do something that you're afraid is going to get you killed this time, the Hunger Games is not the right movie to watch right before). But I didn't want to let a bad movie adaptation make it so that I didn't read the book, assuming that there was something in the book that I was missing that made it so wonderful.

And I did like the book way more than the movie. I think in the movie we were missing a lot of important context. The knowledge of how the world worked made me only want to destroy the Capitol instead of the entire world. It was important to know what was going on in Katniss's head to really portray what was going on between characters.

I liked Katniss. I could identify with her. I also liked that she didn't seem to make arbitrarily stupid decisions just to advance plot.

The action was fast paced the story kept me engaged and interested in what was going to happen. Even if at times I wasn't sure I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I was relatively ok with the level of violence (I can't go into a story like this envisioning rainbows after all) until the very end. The last scene in the arena was too much and in a way ruined the book for me. (Note: I had a spoiler bit here, but I can't get it to lj cut for some reason and the spoiler link didn't work from the html given on goodreads. Too tired to figure that out so I just took it out).

I'm unsure of what it says about society that the series (and movie) are so popular. I'd hope that people are waiting for the Capital to be overthrown, but there's just something about so much excitement about a story of a bunch of teenagers killing each other for the entertainment of others that bothers me.

I'm not really sure how this is all supposed to play out. I'd hope that somehow in the end they change the world for the better but that seems unrealistic. If they aren't able to do something with the world in the next couple of books, it will just be depressing.

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milleniumgypsy: (sneaky Ed)
It came in! I am so excited!
Scottie is reading it first of course, and I'm going to finish reading Speaker for the Dead before I start on HP. (I need to read fast... lol)

And for now I will morn that I do not have any HP icons on my computer (they are on the home computer too, drat!) and that I will not even try and look for icons or pictures or anything pertaining to HP until I have read the book to avoid being spoiled. :P
milleniumgypsy: (dandelion lights)
I seem like I'm always lately missing out on writing entries that I may have otherwise written because I get backlogged on things that I want to write. That seems silly, doesn't it? The longer I wait to write more things the more things I have to write about. At that rate, I will never get anywhere.

Today I went swimming. I've been swimming a lot, it is the best stress reliever and it is something that I love to do. Since I live about a five or so minute walk away from the lake, it is silly to not take advantage of that, right? It's beautiful, I have across the lake a lovely view of the mountain range, and forest behind the shore.

After I went swimming when I was walking back up the trail I heard a rustling in the trees to my left. I looked and saw about 5-10 feet away two mule deer fawns. They looked at me, and since I was still and they were unsure if I was a threat, they watched me for a bit and then began to eat again. I watched them for a little bit, then the mother came into view. She looked at me, and the fawns bounded off behind the mother, then came back to where they had been. They didn't seem to be bothered by me, usually the deer around here aren't all that bothered by people. They started walking towards me so I moved further uphill down the trail. They crossed near where I had been standing and continued on their way across. Nothing terribly exciting, but they were cute.
This was a much nicer experience than last summer when I saw a bear in a similar area when walking down to swim. Everyone gets so excited about bears but I would much rather see deer than a bear, thank you very much.

This weekend me and Scottie saw a few movies. On Friday we were in Jackson and we watched Live Free or Die Hard. We hadn't realized that Harry Potter was opening that night until we had bought our tickets and saw the poster in the theater. We thought HP was opening on the 17th, but that is the book release date. Oops. Not that we'd want to go opening night! As much as we wanted to see the movie, opening night for HP? That would be way too insane. So we saw that movie, which was entertaining. We noticed that there was a midnight showing of Ghostbusters that very night. So we went to see that too. That was fun!

Sunday we went into Jackson again with the idea to get some chinese food and watch Harry Potter. Still opening weekend, but we wanted to see it. So we did. Theater was sold out and we ended up in the front row because that was where there was two free seats together. Walking in I saw 2 empty seats in separate parts of the theater. I have never been in a sold out theater before!

I loved the movie! I know that they had to leave out stuff from the book, there was no way to fit it all in and there were things that were left out of the previous movie so of course they couldn't be in this one, but still, it was good. I remember that OoTP was I think my least favorite book out of the series. I'm not saying it was bad, I did like it. But that was the most angsty book and sometimes that would wear on me. I don't feel like doing a full review so I'm not going to be giving away any spoilers. hehe

Me and Scottie are eagerly awaiting the last book, which we preordered from B&N. I'm excited!

Well, I think that I will give a quick rundown of movies we have seen so far this summer. Transformers (shiny and fun, lots of action and a couple of cute girls hehe), Spider-Man 3 (shiny of course, though we think that it would have been better as 2 movies), Evan Almighty (that was quite funny!), Pirates of the Carribean 3 (that was awesome!), Fantastic Four- Rise of the Silver Surfer (good, especially considering I have not seen the first one, though Scottie gave me the run-down of their story, not that complicated lol)... and I'm not sure if I've missed any. But I just felt like writing what I've seen so far. hehe

I've been reading a lot. I just read Fudoki, a story about a cat that becomes a woman in feudal Japan- written by a dying Empress. Both the fictional empress and cat-womans stories intertwine. It is very interesting. There is another book by Kij Johnson called The Fox Woman, and I really want to read that too. I've read Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and am currently reading Speaker for the Dead. I started to read Asimov's Foundation trilogy, I just need to get Second Foundation (the third book) from the library. I've read other things, but those are the most recent books.
I've also been listening to audiobooks at work. I've listened to The Hours and Dragonflight. I started listening to Les Miserables and Flight of the Phoenix, but neither of them want to work all the way thru on the cd player I have there. Frustrating really. I also got Darwins Origin of Species.

Well, that's all for now.
milleniumgypsy: (Ed-exasperated)
I saw this on childfree, and the post is here. In the post there is a link to the article as well as the text of the article.

The post is on a book called The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennets. It is a book of research this woman has done on stay at home moms- and the conclusion that it isn't a good idea. The book is based on a lot of research, it's not a book about her personal opinions. While I'm sure that her opinion was that it was bad to for woman to be giving up their careers to become homemakers, she went out and did research to get the facts to back her up. She wanted to give SAHMs or potential SAHMs the information that they should have so that they could make sound decisions about their future. Unfortunetly this woman wasn't prepared for the Mommy Brigade who were outraged at the fact that she wrote the book and dismissed it merely as opinion. From what she said in the article, most people who were throwing fits about the book didn't READ the book, but they apparently know what's in it anyway.

Now, she should have been more prepared for the reaction, but I think she was a bit too optomistic on the audience she was trying to reach.

I suppose it's not that surprising. If SAHMs have made a decision and have realized it was bad (which is the case of some of the woman, one of them saying 'I don't want to feel more guilty about my life than I already am' (close to that anyway). Since they made the decision to become SAHMs they won't want to hear that it was a bad idea. Especially if this might have already occured to them. People that she interviewed that were or would be SAHMs didn't want to think about things that might affect them in the future like death or unemployment or divorce- that is something that would happen to other people but not them.

Anyway, I think that this book sounds interesting and I would like to read it. Now, I never have any intention of becoming a stay at home mom- I am childfree and want to be sterilized for one thing. I have an education that I have every intention of continuing and using. So I'm not exactly the audience that she was hoping to reach but still.

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