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    Alex Craft 1 and 2 by Kalayna Price

    September 21st, 2011

    Grave Witch (Alex Craft, #1)  Grave Dance (Alex Craft, #2)Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

     

     

     

    In Grave witch we meet Alex Craft. As a grave witch, Alex can speak to the dead-she’s even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she’s seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she’s raising a “shade” involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn’t want her to know what the dead have to say, and she’ll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why.

    In Grave dance; after a month of down time, Alex is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery the Grave Witch ever gets to solve.

    I read both books within a few days. They grabbed me and would not let go. Alex is a tough cookie but she has her flaws too. And her uncertainties, her mistakes is what makes her “human.”  Usually the first book in a new series is the best and the second has to equal it, will the series be interesting enough to keep reading. Well I can say Kaylana Price managed to equal the second book and make it better.

    I cant wait to start reading book 3 which is due in 2012

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    Day 11 and 12

    September 8th, 2011

    Day eleven was all about putting an inspirational page into my control journal. Since I was a bit busy decluttering my closet with clothes and shoes I’ll get to that today. I did however managed to delete all the flylady mail. Which is supposed to be today’s Baby Step.

    So far I like the 31 days Baby Steps, although I must admit it is going way to slow for me. I must really hold back to not do more steps in one day.  Maybe it’s because my mind is set to decluttering and getting rid of “stuff.” I have held actions like yesterday before, actually it was the follow up on an major clean out earlier this year.

    In February or March I took everything out of my closet and hung the hangers al “backwards.” I guess you heard of the trick before: hang your cloths backwards. When you are going to wear an item,  take it out, with hanger and after the laundry you automatically hang it back the “right” way in your closet. After an amount of time: a year, 6 months, whatever, check to see what’s still hanging backwards and get rid of it. It hasn’t been out of the closet for that period and you probably wont wear it anytime soon.

    The last time dan_e and me went to IKEA we also got some white wooden clothes hangers. So yesterday I decided it was going to be D-day. First I took out my Artis sweater and fleece and put them on a white hanger. These are my volunteer job clothes and I have to wear them when I give a guided tour at our local zoo, so I keep them for sure.

    Before I go any further, let me show you what it looked like:

    Pretty messy and cramped up right? Well after my “zoo-clothes” I checked out my pants. There was stil 3 pairs I some day hoped to be able to wear again, and they were hanging backwards. So they went out. I had some more sweaters a vest and some other shirts hanging backwards and except for a little black dress they all went. I still fit in the dress and I think any woman should own a little black dress. Just in case I have to go to some fancy party.

    Then I put pretty much what I wanted to keep on the rest of the white hangers and put 3 very long dresses in clothes sleeves. These are my Viking re-enactment dresses I made myself and my wine red goth-like dress. I keep these  in case I might want go to a Castlefest again or another dressed up party. I might not be going to a Viking re-enactment event again, but I can’t part with my dresses (or my iron age leather shoes) yet so they stay.

    And this is what it looks like right now:

    Neat huh? The rest of my clothes that are still wearable and some of my shoes I wont wear anymore are ready to go to the recycling station in my neighbourhood. I am sure they find a nice new home.

    Day 13 will be: Today I want you to find one of Kelly’s Missions and go and do it. They are fast and easy! This is going to introduce you to how we break our home into zones so that we never have to spring clean again.


    Touch the dark by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer series #1)

    September 7th, 2011

    Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    I am not really sure whether I really like this book or if its just a pleasant read. At least it is not really bad and I did start reading the second one in the series, so it must have some good things.

    But lets talk about the bad things first:

    I like history and can be fascinated by certain people from the past. But if I want to read about them, I grab a history book or go to Wikipedia. So in this book the name dropping and history lessons where a bit over the top.

    Also not good: in the middle of some breathtaking action scene. I get an explanation on things which make me think: STFU! you’re throat is being ripped open, you have a knife close to your heart: tell me what happens. I don’t need an explanation on how your ward works or what it is or whatever, you can tell me all about that when you are safe.

    Finally: the sex with Mircea. I’m having serious issues with Cassie being his since she was eleven years young. And she was sitting on his lap and braiding his hair? Eew! I also hope the series does not go any further with the free sex for all. That’s why I stopped reading Anita Blake: It was getting boring, reading the vast amount of sex scenes with a various amount of guys.

    But, there was good too:
    Cassie not being a necromancer, vampyre slayer or demon hunter. No, she is just a seer who grew up at a vampyre court and tries to stay alive. That’s refreshing. The action was – between the explanations and history lessons – really good and entertaining.

    I want to know where the story leads. What is the story with Pritkin? What is going to happen between Cassie & Mircea? And more questions come to mind. I will see what Claimed by Shadow brings. So far so good, but yet another “famous” person from history has appeared.

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    Day 7 through 10: catching up on blogging

    September 5th, 2011

    No I did not stop following the baby steps, well only a little. I was sick a few days so I forgot about the getting dressed to lace shoes. I curled up on my couch with lots of water and my e-reader. My computer decided to stop working too, so I took a little break in blogging. But I’m back: I took a shower, decided to ignore my coughing again and plugged my snotty nose. I got dressed and started to read the BigTent messages and the baby steps form last week:

    Day 7: Pick out your clothes. “Today we are going to add a new habit to our before bed routine. Tonight before you hop in bed; I want you to pick out what clothes you are going to wear tomorrow. You can lay them on a chair, on a shelf or hook in the bathroom or on a hanger on your closet door knob.” Did that when i started to get dressed every day.

    Day 8: Get a three ring binder and put paper in it: “Today I want you to find an old three ring binder and just put some paper in it. Then at the top of one page write Morning Routine and on the top of another page write Before Bed Routine all in pencil. This is a working document; do not allow your perfectionism to interfere with the process. Now you can write your simple routines on each page.” I already kinda did that on day 3 or so…

    Day 9: Declutter a few minutes at the time. “Today we are going to learn how to declutter our homes a few minutes at a time with some fun tools that I know you have been wondering about from the reminders you have been reading in our emails. Making it fun will get the job done!” Well Im decluttering already thats why I started with the FlyLady Baby Steps. So thats covered too. Plus the “Add a 5 minute room rescue to your Morning Routine” has been taken care off.

    Day 10: You can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes. “Now set your timer for 15 minutes and go gather up all the trash you can find to throw away and put it in the garbage can outside. Then set your timer for another 15 minutes and sit down and put your feet up and read a favorite magazine till the timer goes off.”  Hmm I did not use a timer but I did do a lot today, including reading my magazine.

    So here it is. My FlyLady days. I’ll start with Day 11 tomorrow: Add an Inspirational Page to your Control Journal.

    For now some pictures off my declutter action today. I took care of the left side of my computer desk:

    Before:

    Charlie likes to must inspect empty spaces:

    After:


    Day 6: Hot Spots!

    August 30th, 2011

    A hot spot is, according to the Flylady website: “A Hot Spot is an area, when left unattended will gradually take over.”

    Well I can think of a few of those places in my home, but the most important one is my desk in my bed room/art studio. I only have 1 bedroom so I keep my art supplies there, and also sleep there. Now I know all about the clutter free bedroom is clutter free sleep, but I only have 1 extra room and my living room/ dining room/ home office is full as it is. Besides I don’t want my cats to walk all over my freshly painted art journal pages. :)

    So today’s assignment is:

    “Now I want you to set your timer for 2 minutes and lets practice putting out your Hot Spot. You don’t have to work till you have finished; just do what you can in 2 minutes. Put your bills in one place. This will keep you from having to search for them.”

    This is my desk before the 2 minutes:

    And here after the 2 minutes:

    2 minutes after that it looked like this:

    So it was a less then 5 minutes effort and my desk looks ok again. We will not look at what lays on the floor and under the desk. That’s for the next 5 minutes I will spend here decluttering. :D

    As for my bills: they are stacked neatly in my ticker file. I’m a huge GTD-fan and back on that wagon too. Taking one step at the time, but my mail and ticker file are running smoothly. I even stack my “to read” magazines in it, a brilliant suggestion made by dan_e.