June has been such an up and down month for me. It started off great (BEA & NYC) and I was feeling sooo good when I came home that I was a lean mean working machine. There was almost no procrastination! However this last week sucked something fierce. Hopefully July will not continue the downward trend.
Here’s what went down in July
I did something new… and I kind of like it.
I’m pretty OCD, especially about my books. Last month my bookshelf reached it’s limit (the way it was organized) and I had to do something about it. So I cleared of a bookcase of stuff to put my TBR books on, but that wasn’t enough. Since there was no power this morning I decided to tackle the shelves and I’m pleased with the results.
I had an old picture but I can’t find it. I used to have all mass market paperbacks on the top 2 shelves, trade papers backs on the shelf below, hard cover on the next 2 and TBR books on the bottom.
Now it’s YA on the top 2, adult on the next 2, and mass market paperbacks on the bottom 2. Still alphabetical of course. Some things won’t ever change.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Enough so that I don’t think I’ll be changing it.
Personally, I don’t even think it should have the same title.
A couple people and I went to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the other day. Three of us had read the book, the other had not. You know it’s a really bad sign when you’re watching a movie made from a book and you have to keep asking yourself “Where was this in the book?” or “Did I miss that part?” Throughout the entire second half of the movie I kept wondering if I’d read the same book as the screenwriter did. Then I learned that Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay and I am completely dumbfounded by this.
I thought the vampires were scary and there were many parts that I couldn’t watch (I know I am a wimp!) because they were so creepy and scary looking. Definitely not your True Blood or Twilight vampires. It was also very cheesy. Like we should have brought some wine to the theatre there was so much cheese.
Hey! Who turned out the lights?
We had a crazy wicked storm Friday night. I knew it was supposed to rain but this was ridiculous! There were up to 80 mph winds well before it even started to rain. My power got knocked out before I went to bed so it was hard to sleep because A: I kept hearing all the branches hit my roof and the howling wind and B: It’s hot outside!
My power came back on around noon but I know there are a lot of other people who weren’t so lucky and it is seriously HOT!! My yard looks almost as bad as it did after the hurricane last year (Apology to all my neighbors: I know my yard looks real bad right now, but it’s too hot to clean it up. Sorry!)
Sales tax. What you need to know.
This comes up repeatedly at work and it drives me nuts! Taxes are set by the government (federal, state or local). Businesses do not have control over how much they charge you in taxes. I’m sorry that you think that tax amount is too high, but I can’t do anything about it.
- I cannot just forgive you “this one time”.
- I cannot let you pay a lower tax because you know that on the other side of the river tax is less.
- I’m not “ripping you off” by charging you so much tax.
- I’m not “being greedy” by charging you so much tax.
- Despite what you think, we do not keep the tax money that is collected. We have to give that money to the government, because it’s not really our money. We are just a “collector” or “facilitator”.
I don’t understand when people do this. Let’s say the total is $10 and tax is 11% so their total is $11.11. Then the get all upset about the tax, because they know it’s only 9% across the river so they decide to leave and go to a location across the river to save money. Do they realize that they just spent the difference and more in gas just to get there? Plus their time?
I feel the same way when people leave Target to buy something at Wal-Mart that is $1 or $2 cheaper. I’m sorry but it’s not worth my time and effort just to save $2.
Plans for July
I have a lot of series books that I haven’t read so I’m planning on tackling those this month. Be prepared for a lot of sequels!