June in Review

June 30, 2012 Month in Review 9

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.

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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.

ALVHA 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!

Kimberly

9 Responses to “June in Review”

  1. fakesteph

    I’m sorry people are stupid and that the movie sucked. But, I love sequels… actually, I just got Pandemonium, but not sure if I’m going to read it, because I have so many arcs I want to read AND Grave Mercy. SO EXCITED for it. July is going to rock.

  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I like your shelving system! Although I think I’m sticking with all my fiction being together, alphabetically. I just don’t know that I can change it! ;)

    Don’t people know all those things about sales tax? I know them. Shouldn’t it be common sense? Or something you should have to know to graduate high school? Hmmm….

    Good luck with reading sequels in July! I’ll be starting on my YA Contemporary reading binge as soon as I finish Graceling and read Pandemonium, which will hopefully be sometime in the next week!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I struggled with changing my bookshleves a lot, but I needed more space so… but I like how it turned out.

      I’m looking forward to reading sequels! I love reading series books but lately I’ve been putting them off so it’s time to dive in.

  3. Christina

    For a moment, I was like “that’s all the books you have?” and then I realized that was just the tbr pile. Makes sense, but still yowza. It might be worse than mine. Maybe. Unless your tbr pile is all of the books you OWN and need to read. If that’s the case, mine is AWFUL.

  4. Bittner

    your June was very eventful! The part about the sales tax made me laugh!
    I work at a loan company and to borrow money on a payday loan in OK you have to pay a $.46 tax. You also have to pay $15 for every $100. So if you borrow $100 you have to pay back $115.46.
    I can not tell you how many people come in to my store, people who have been loaning with us for years! And they throw the biggest fits about “what is with the $.46? Why can’t I just pay the $115? Why does the state have to have a tax on my loan?”
    They drive me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GET OVER IT PEOPLE! SALES TAX IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT!!!!