I have 4 classes that test me. Test my patience, test my limits, test my sense of humor, test my chosen vocation, test me as an adult… I’ve reached a point that when I come into the room, I started praying for grace and compassion and kindness and the Heavenly Father’s Wisdom and Grace. I have learned not to pray for patience. In the last 2 days, I’ve had 3 of the 4 classes and I have broken up no less than 9 fights in those 3. I blame parents. I do.

Despite all of this, this is what I love most (almost. Not including Spawn) and I’ve decided to check out the Master’s Programs at the 3 main colleges here – whether in Education or Music. I’ve come to the conclusion I’m not going to make it until I’m 78 to pull a full retirement and something has to give.

Has to.

I’m sure I have to take some sort of test and I’m going to pray I pass it. Logic, math skills etc, are not my forte. At all.

For those of you looking at computers, I heavily DO NOT SUGGEST purchasing from TigerDirect. On Saturday, I was surfing – as this thing I have now is shot to hell and back – and a friend found the perfect computer, for me at their website. Windows 7, 8G Ram, 1T harddrive. 450.00. And it was in stock!!! I whipped out my trusty Bluebird card, ordered it and received confirmation it was arriving at school tomorrow.

Yesterday morning, I decided to check and track it… see where it was. Now I should remind you, I’ve purchased 2 other laptops from them and neither one was a memorable purchase. My Asus spent more time traversing that US between me and California for 2 crapped out motherboards and a crapped out harddrive in 4 months. Asus finally replaced the machine and it was lovely – until I dropped my coke on it.

I replaced it with my current beast. It’s the one that was never taken out of the previous owners name and no one will take responsibility for it. The CD/DVD rom-player croaked 11 weeks after I purchased it and the keyboard gave out soon after. There is very little harddrive and is slower than snot. It doesn’t like to open things and won’t load most of my programs due to an antiquated graphics card.

So you think I should have known better and not been surprised to see it hadn’t shipped.

Yesterday, I spent no less than 7 hours on the phone and talked to 11 people – only one that spoke English. They gave me a crapload of reasons.

  1. My card wasn’t verified.   What??? Did it occur to you to call or email me??? I answered all of the security questions. God knows I’ve been inundated with ads and flyers in my email since I purchased. I talked to several people over a 90 minute period before I told the last lady – look, I’ve missed lunch and I have a class walking in. You have ALL of my info, the card IS verified. Fix it and make sure I get this come Thursday!
  2. At 5 PM, I get a call. Guess what? They need to verify my card. Hello? Didn’t we DO this already. I went around around and talked to several people before one put me on hold, came back after 20 minutes and said – AmEx (which is Bluebird) said they can’t verify your card and they an’t verify the amount. You have to call them to tell them to release the funds. 
  3. I called Amex, ready to ream someone a new ass, to be told – they lied to you. The funds have been approved and we’ve done our end. They need to do their end, which is fill the order and accept the funds. And if they pull that crap again, here is the reference number and the approval number. If they continue to be a butt, call us and we’ll cancel the order and refund the funds back into your main account.
  4. So I call back all gangbusters. Go through the entire, I’m an angry customer schpeel. First person – I was on hold an hour – was unhelpful. She transfers me to the verification dept who is helpful, but after I go through and she confirms that whole ‘we can’t verify your card’ was batshit, informs me there is a problem with the billing address and they can’t fix it. The order has to be cancelled and rewritten. She can’t do that. Only purchasing can, but she’ll send me an email tomorrow and expedite my order.
  5. I wait on hold for ANOTHER hour for someone to pick up. He cancels the order, writes the new one and says – oh dear, this isn’t in stock. What??? YOU SOLD MY COMPUTER??? He offers to attempt to find me a suitable replacement. Comes up with refurbished (no) Windows 10 (NO!) 4G (NONONONONO!) less harddrive. The only thing comparable is over 1000.00 and he can’t discount it enough. I”m fed up, tell him to cancel the order and release the funds back to my account. Today.
  6. Friend texts me later. That computer is STILL on the website.
  7. Get up this morning – order isn’t cancelled. Money is still being held and not available. I call back. Oh you’re going to love this.
  8. Talked to TWO people (now total of 13) over a 2 hour period. No, the order IS cancelled. Yes, the computer IS IN STOCK, but it’s at a store and not a warehouse. No they can’t ship from the store. they can only ship from a warehouse. No they can’t ship to the warehouse and they can’t ship anywhere. If I want the computer, I have to go to the store and purchase it. Computer is in Puerto Rico. I tell the last guy – you’re telling me you’d rather have an angry customer who has already filed a complaint to your customer service, as well as to your survey company and I’m going to contact the better business bureau. Your website says nothing about having to physically pick it up. Dude is unapologetic. Offers to hunt something for me. He comes up with the same excuses.
  9. My gym coach walked in on the middle of the conversation. I scared him.

At this minute, that order is still open on the site. The computer is STILL showing available and ready for purchase and my money is still being held. I’m pretty disgusted.

So right now I’m on hold with Amex and I’m cancelling the order so WE can take money back and then tomorrow I’m going back to Wally World to talk about the lovely PURPLE Hp with 6 G and 500 Harddrive. Cheaper. Purple. Did I tell you it was purple. And pray it’s in stock. It has Windows 8.1. I’m unhappy about that, but the Asus and this POS has 7 and I wasn’t thrilled about going to 7. I”d much rather have the harddrive, fan, and keyboard fixed on my OLD Dell and return to XP.

I have embraced my grumpiness.

Sigh.

And now it is time for ZEE READS!!!!

It’s actually been somewhat of a productive month for me reading. First up…

claiming their royal mate a

I’m naughty, okay? This is one of those shifter things and apparently ‘the king of the jungle’ doesn’t want to be tied down, just wants kittens. And as he’s the king, he has to have the purrrrfect princess… who has been raised in the real world and has no idea she’s… well… needed for breeding purposes. The King sends his 1st and best bud to watch over her until she goes into heat the first time… and well…

Thing is, this is a 3 parter and it left on a rather badly written cliffie. Also there are vampires. The writing isn’t bad, but the plot… I’m not sure I want to PAY for the rest of the books, but I am interested and curious. I’d like to know she told the king to go sit on his crown and No I’m not interested in you borrowing me when I’m in heat! And No I won’t do a threesome!

You get what you pay for.

Yes it was free. ONWARD!!!!

master No

I love Lexi. This was one of her better written ones, but it was one of the hardest ones to read. Ranks in hardship with On Her Master’s Secret Service. I’m feeling the need to reread the series, but I’ve got stuff to read. Maybe when I finish this darned challenge.

Little Women

A book you loved as a child. I recall being given a very edited edition when I was 9. They completely cut out the chapter where Beth died. I obtain an abridged edition a few years later and then received the original while in middle school. I also received 8 cousins when I was 10. I’m aware the prose is flowery and sugar sweet, but I loved them growing up. When I was in my 20’s, I found a rather old entire set. I paid a buck apiece for them. I have no clue if they are worth anything, but they are mine.

Next: MacBeth. No cover. Just an annoying blue ereader thingy. You know… I have problems with the KJ version of the Bible. I don’t like Shakespeare. Sue me. I read this and it was like… I’m reading the words but I have no clue what they say. Really. Blah blah blah. Made my brain bleed.

To kill a Mockingbird

A Pulitzer Prize winning book. I know. I DID read this with an English Lit class last winter. I fear they didn’t get a lot of it. The subject matter is foreign. It’s funny, I got the followup – Go Set a Watchman – reading it next month, but when I googled Pulitzer Prize winners, this came up. I read it again. I’m rather wary of reading Go Set a Watchman, to be honest. I”ve heard… things…

Last week, I teased about a book I’ve been reading – the prequel of a series. I believe she’s currently working on #9, I have 7. It caught my eye for various reasons.

  1. It’s about a medieval knight. I LOVE medieval knights. Chivalry and all that. Chain malle and braies. whoo hooo.
  2. The medieval knight has been disgraced. His title stripped from him, his lands taken away, his betrothed, whom he loved and adored, given to another 2 weeks after he was disgraced.
  3. The disgraced knight is now living in the poor section of London, working as a tracker. He finds lost things. He drinks a lot. He still lives by his code of knightly honor, despite the fact he’s no longer a knight and refuses to answer to his former title. And in this particular installment, he finds a lost orphan, who is cutting purse strings and rescues him. He also finds a dead man who has been poisoned at the table beside him. All hell breaks loose.

This is a man who lives by his honor, his firm beliefs, even though those beliefs that he held fast to caused him to lose everything dear. What really caught my eye however, was the cover – I thought he looked similar to a dark broody knight who I adore.

And then I caught his name.

Crispin. Crispin Guest and I snatched what I could find, without reading them.

Cup of Blood

I love a mystery. I love a medieval mystery. There’s sex, but it’s the door closed that night and the next morning she’s left, kind of sex.

I have a hard time believing that the author has never watched Robin Hood and I’m sure she’s in love with Sir Guy as well. I could see our darling here. Clearly. VERY clearly. I was in tears for him at the end. There were several parallels that can’t be coughed off.

The Muse is worried. I told him he shouldn’t be.

I’m looking at my pile of to be read when I finish this challenge. This series, along with the last ancient Britain series, sits at the top. There are only 5 left. I think they will be the hardest.

I should post a load of Richard for you, but I’m rather tired. I’m exhausted. Really exhausted.

  1. A book you own but haven’t read
      1. The Husband’s Secret
      2. Urban and the Shed Crew
      3. Loose Ends
      4. Maids of Misfortune
      5. Ted Saves the World
      6. The winter witch
      7. Uneasy Spirits
      8. Animal Farm
      9. Warrior’s Game

I think it’s safe to say, I own ALL the books listed – except the one I get from the library!!!

  1. A book was made into a movie
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Red Dragon
    3. 50 Shades of Grey
    4. Divergent
    5. Insurgent
  1. A book you picked solely because of the cover
    1. Warrior’s Game
  1. A book your friend loves
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book published this year
    1. You only love twice
    2. Sweet Child o’mine
    3. Luscious
    4. Adored
    5. Master No
  1. A book by an author you’ve never read before
    1. Bernard Hare – Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Loose Ends Terri Reid
    3. Maids of Misfortune – Louisa Locke
    4. Ted Saves the World – Bryan Cohen
    5. Warrior’s Game – Denise Domning
    6. Shadows of the Night – Jane Finnis
    7. One Knight – Samantha Holt
    8. Veronica Roth
    9. Barbara House – A good nanny
  1. A book by an author you love
    1. All of the Lexi Blakes!
  1. A book with a color in the title
    1. 50 Shades of Silver Hair
    2. 50 Shades of Red Riding Hood
    3. Red Dragon
  1. A book at the bottom of you’re to be read pile
    1. Warrior’s Game
  1. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
    1. Dungeon Games. It’s based in London, although a lot of it takes place in Europe as well
    2. Warrior’s Game – England
    3. Spirit of the night
    4. Death In Venice
  1. A book you started but never finished

1. 50 Shades of Grey

  1. A book with a lion, a witch or a wardrobe

    1. The Winter Witch

  1. A book with a female heroine
    1. Good Tidings
    2. Loose Ends
    3. Maids of Misfortune
    4. Uneasy Spirits
    5. The Winter Witch
    6. Warrior’s Game
    7. Shadows in the night
    8. Summer
    9. Divergent/Insurgent/Allegent
  2. A book set in the summer
    1. Maids of Misfortune
    2. Shadows in the night
    3. Summer
  1. A book of poems
    1. Letter to a girl from her own self
  1. A book you learned about because of this challenge
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book that will make you smarter
    1. We are absolutely not okay
    2. urban and the shed crew
  1. A book with a Blue cover

1. Divergent

  1. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
    1. Animal Farm
    2. MacBeth
  1. A book everyone but you has read
    1. Pride and Prejudice
  1. A book with a great first line

    1. The Winter Witch (Does the spider consider herself beautiful?)

  1. A book with pictures or a graphic novel
      1. Wandering Koala challenges the Scientific Method
      2. Wandering Koala rides the Phantom Coach part 1
  1. a book from the library
    1. The Red Dragon
  1. A book you loved… read it again!
    1. The Dom Who Loved Me
    2. A Dom is Forever – and the rest of the Lexi Blake books
    3. God on A Harley
    4. Dungeon Royale
    5. The Kadin
  1. A book that is more than 10 years old
    1. God On a Harley
    2. Animal Farm
    3. Urban and the Shed Crew
    4. Red Dragon
    5. Death In Venice
  1. A book based on a true story
    1. Urban and the Shed crew
    2. No, we are NOT okay!
  1. A book you’ve been meaning to read
    1. Pride and Prejudice
  1. A book in a genre you don’t typically read
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. The Koala graphic novels
    3. Death in Venice
  1. A book from your childhood
    1. Little Women
  1. A book your mom loves
  1. A book that was originally written in a different language
    1. Death In Venice
  1. A book recommended by someone with great taste
    1. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
  1. A book that’s currently on the bestseller list
    1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  1. A classic romance
    1. Pride and Prejudice
  1. A book with a number in the title
      1. 50 Shades of Silver Hair
      2. 50 Shades of Little Red Riding Hood
  1. A book written by someone under 30

1. veronica Roth – Divergent

  1. A book with non human characters
    1. Animal farm
  1. a funny book
    1. Animal Farm
  1. a book by a female author
    1. Lexi Blake – Masters and Mercenary Series
    2. Louisa Locke – Uneasy Spirits, Maids of Misfortune
    3. Teri Reid – The Mary O’Reilly Series
    4. Paula Brackston – The Winter Witch
    5. Denise Domning – The Warrior’s Game
    6. Kimberly Dean – Courting Jealousy
    7. Jane Finnis – Shadows in the Night
      1. Veronica Roth – Divergent trilogy
      2. Barbara house – A Good Nanny
  1. a mystery or thriller
    1. Uneasy Spirits
    2. Maids of Misfortune
    3. Loose Ends
    4. Final Call
    5. Good Tidings
    6. Shadows in the night
  2. a book with a one-word title
      1. Sanctum
      2. UnConditional
      3. Cherished
      4. Luscious
      5. Divergent
      6. Insurgent
      7. Allegiant
      8. Adored
      9. MacBeth
  1. a book of short stories
    1. We are absolutely not okay
  1. A book set in a different country
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. Animal Farm
    3. Dungeon Games
    4. Warrior’s Game
    5. The Winter Witch
    6. The Warrior’s game
    7. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
    8. Shadows in the night
    9. The Kadin
  1. a nonfiction book
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. We are absolutely not okay
  1. a popular author’s first book
    1. The Kadin
  1. a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
      1. You only love twice
      2. Master No
  1. a pulitzer prize-winning book
    1. To Kill a MockingBird
  1. a book based on a true story
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
  1. a book that scares you
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
    2. The Red Dragon
    3. Divergent Trilogy (I can so see this happening)
  1. a book more than 100 years old
    1. Death in venice
    2. Pride and Prejudice
    3. MacBeth
  2. A memoir
    1. Urban and the Shed Crew
  1. a book you can finish in a day
    1. 50 Shades of Silver Hair
    2. 50 Shades of Red Riding Hood
    3. Animal Farm
    4. Sanctum
    5. Unconditional
    6. Ted Saves the World
    7. Sleeping chez Sade
    8. Cherished
    9. Sweet Child O Mine
    10. One knight
    11. Courting Jealousy
  1. a book with antonyms in the title
  2. A book that came out the year you were born
  3. a book with bad reviews

1. 50 Shades of Gray

  1. a trilogy
    1. The Divergent Trilogy
  2. A book with a love triangle
    1. The Men with the Golden Cuffs
    2. Etta and Otto and Russell and James
    3. Claiming their Royal Mate
  3. A book set in high school
    1. Ted saves the world
    2. We are absolutely NOT okay
  4. A book that made you cry
    1. Sleeping chez Shade – Cleo Peitsche
    2. Emma and Otto and Russell and James
    3. The Red Dragon
    4. Allegiance
  1. A book with magic
      1. The Winter Witch
  1. A book that takes place in your hometown
  2. A book written by an author with your same initials
      1. Wandering Koala challenges the Scientific Method – by Jeff Thomason
      2. Wandering Koala rides the Phantom Coach part 1 – by Jeff Thomason
  3. A book set during Christmas
    1. A Bitter Chill
  4. A play
    1. MacBeth
  5. A banned book
    1. Animal Farm
  6. A book based on or turned into a TV Show
    1. The Red Dragon (Hannibal)