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Valerie
14 October 2018 @ 06:41 pm

was this just passing time
temporary laughter
fleeting love
because this was love
shining bright and true
now it’s gone
no wait, it lingers
hurt and blindsided
so many questions
never to be answered
was this just passing time
truth would have served better
not this one-sided game of pretend
were there rules untold
until this solitary moment
anger fires
despair wrings tears
then nothing
just time passing

I’d say more about why I wrote that poem but it’s not my story to tell. Broken hearts should only happen in stories and only for a little bit of time. When they happen to people we love, well, it’s sucks. What can you say to comfort? Words just seem empty sometimes. Your mind knows the truth in the words but your heart needs to feel it all before it syncs with your mind…

New phone!

So, I’ll have a non-expert review of the iPhone Xs after I’ve had it for a week because a couple of days of using it doesn’t really make for a fair assessment. What would I say about Xs so far? Well, it’s super pretty and fast, pictures look lovely, phone quality is excellent. Set up was easy because thank goodness for back-ups.

the lovely that's inside

I’ll take notes and have a more detailed rundown next week. Joy!

Oktoberfest, Brentwood style

We walked to downtown Brentwood for the Oktoberfest. I just wanted to see the dachshund parade. I love seeing bunches of dachshunds walking around in their cute outfits.

doggie!

The beer was good and the food yummy.

Oktoberfest yummies

New hair

before & after the haircut
Before & After

The hair needed a trim so I got about four inches cut. I love going to the salon. I go to the same stylist every time because she’s just great. She always does an amazing job…

Movie/TV

First Man – I was always going to watch this movie in the theatre because I am a Ryan Gosling fan and I’ve seen almost all his movies. When I found out that my friend Greg is in it too, well, I was determined to see it opening weekend. I watched the movie in IMAX and it was just gorgeous. I enjoyed the movie very much. Ryan was amazing and he made me want to cry a couple of times. Greg played Gordon Cooper and did not have any lines so I could only enjoy seeing him without hearing him. I wonder if he actually had any lines and they were just cut. It’s a bit of a bummer if so but I loved seeing him on the big screen. He looked good!

Blindspot – Sully on my tv!!! It was a good season premiere and I wonder 1) how long Jane is going to be Remi, 2) when will the team figure it out, 3) how will Weller react? I like how the show comes up with new ways to make the show crazy even if it makes me go a bit nutters. Mostly I like seeing Sullivan Stapleton on my tv.

Frankie and his daddy Sully
Sully & his puppers Frankie

Last babble

The kids are back in school tomorrow after two weeks off. Are they ready to come back? I’m not ready for them to come back. I’m actually already looking forward to the next holiday in November. This is the fun time of year with all the holidays and breaks!

I went to the library all the days I worked last week and I wonder if I’ll still do that once school starts up and I’m in my non-athletic shoes. It’s not that long a walk so I think I can do it in dressier shoes or boots. I love the walk and sit down in the library. I have a spot!…

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Valerie
08 October 2018 @ 09:22 am

I didn’t do any prep blog writing the past week so you’re getting off the top of the head stuff and on a Monday. (The joys of fall break!) What kind of babbling I can conjure on the fly? Let’s go bullet style…

the view from my favorite spot in the library
the view from my favorite spot in the library

  • Loving our new library! I walked over last Monday as well as this past Friday. First off all, it’s a good walk from home. Second, the library is gorgeous. Third, I might have my own “spot.” Well, I sat in the same place both days so that might make it my spot, right? I checked out a book on Monday (John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire) and I finished it this weekend. I didn’t want it to end! Now I’m wondering how long before the second book gets to the library, either the physical book or the digital edition. Anyhoo, LOVE the new library and I hope I get my butt out there at least once a week. Maybe I’ll visit during my lunch break. It’s a short walk from work.
  • Venom – I saw this movie right after work on Thursday. I liked it! Of course, I’m a total sucker for Tom Hardy so I went in with that bias. I also scoffed at the criticisms I’d skimmed before watching. I was quite entertained and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Tom was a trip in the film and I love seeing him like that. Actually, I just love watching him on the big screen.
  • The Rugby Championship – I woke up a little after 8 am on Saturday to watch the Springboks v All Blacks match. I was actually stressed throughout the match because the All Blacks trailed for most of the game. Then they decided to turn it on in the last five or ten minutes and at the end, they won. I love seeing them win! I also love watching them work for it. Sometimes it’s just too easy for them.
  • Halfworlds – We started watching this show on Hulu. It’s so interesting! I like that it’s an Asian production with an intriguing premise. It’s quite well done and gritty. We’re still in the first season (there are two so far). It’s a bloody and violent but not overtly. I’m digging the mythological elements as well as the mystery and suspense.
  • Oh social media – I think Twitter is a little stress causing for me. It might be time to do a deeper purge. Or at least a muting. You know what makes me crazy? The people who say such precious and pretentious things. Example – someone I follow RT’d another person who praised A Star Is Born. Nothing wrong with that except for the part where the person said it should have been the movie that made $80 million (as opposed to Venom). The person ended his tweet with “No spandex suit.” Now, if I were a different person, I might have fired a reply pointing out 1) Venom is rated PG-13 whereas A Star Is Born is rated R, which means no matter how awesome a movie it is, it would have had a hard time making $80 million even if Venom hadn’t opened the same weekend and 2) there were no spandex suits in Venom. It KILLS me when people feel like that while praising something they have to disparage another thing to make what they like look better. The thing is, it doesn’t make you or what you like look better. It makes you look pretentious and small minded. Also, a person in the industry might have a little more insight as to WHY Venom did better than A Star Is Born at the box office in spite of the very different reviews each movie garnered. Here’s a clue– the auditorium was mostly filled with young boys and men for the showing I attended– young boys and men who did not need to have their parents with them.  So of course, demographics played a part in the box office take. As for why I chose Venom over A Star Is Born – I never considered watching a remake of a remake on the big screen. I’m sure I’ll end up watching it at home when it hits the movie channels. I chose Venom because I’m a Tom Hardy fan and I like to be entertained by flashy action movies on the big screen. But mostly, I wanted to see Tom Hardy on the big screen.
  • National Novel Writing Month – I’m in the “should I write a prequel to my November novel” phrase. If I’m going to write it, I should probably start now so that I have some kind of story by the month’s end. It’ll help me get the groove. Maybe.

Good read!
Such a good read!

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Valerie

We went to the grand opening of our library this weekend. I’ve always had a fascination with libraries and the thought of one in walking distance is just awesome to me. We listened to the speakers and were there for the ribbon cutting (but we couldn’t see it from out vantage point). It was great to be there!

the library opening in Brentwood

I love how open it is and all the natural light. It’s welcoming and just so lovely. I look forward to spending countless hours there. I might even write some of my next National Novel Writing Month novel there. How awesome would that be? So awesome!

WRITING

I’ve begun prepping my November novel. It’s my joy. Yes, the thought of writing 1667 words a day for a whole month fills me with giddy anticipation. And I plan on writing more than 50,000 words because I’ve done it more than once in the last few years. Hopefully the story I’m planning can get to 60,000 words at least. Fingers crossed!

This year’s novel will be a romance (surprise! not) of the second chance variety. I’m even throwing in temporary amnesia. Fun times! I thought I had the male character’s name set but then I got stuck on another so I posted a poll on my twitter and the original name won! I’m going to use the other name as a last name. Maybe. We shall see.

I might do a pre-story, something not set in the story’s timeline, just to get a feel for the characters and their motivations. I haven’t figured out what the male character does for a living but the female character is a doctor. Henry Cavill plays the fella in this one. It’s his turn. Sully won’t make an appearance (as far as I know) but one of my other Listworthy will play a part…

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Valerie

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So, how excited am I to have new, recorded tunes from Tyler? SO EXCITED!!! I’m pretty much all in with all his songs. I think they’re going to be favorites forever. I have the physical CD coming my way so I’m resisting on buying the digital version of the EP. Thank goodness I can stream it on Apple Music or Spotify! I did have to give in and buy the exclusive track at Amazon because it is a MUST HAVE. His cover of “Billie Jean” is awesome! He sounds so good singing that song, it’s a real showcase of his vocals. I love how stripped down it is. Reminds me of those G Bar shows. In fact, I think we probably heard him sing it live.

t-shirt and CD

Gearing up for National Novel Writing Month

You might think it’s a little too early to start thinking about November and the novel I want to write. You might be right. 50,000 words in 30 days has become my annual time of writing frenzy and it fills me with anticipation and excitement. I wish I could maintain that kind of madness other times of the year but alas, it’s usually slower going for me outside of November.

This year’s story started in my head a few months ago. Of course, the story is a romance, one of those second chances kinds of stories. The main fella is played by Henry Cavill because Henry Cavill plays a lot of my story men. He shares the honor with Sullivan Stapleton. I should make a chart to see which ones plays the most in my stories. Hmmm…

I made that chart!

I was curious, so I made a chart that I will not share here. But I’ll throw out some random stats out of the 25 stories I charted:

  • 10 – National Novel Writing Month novels
    • 3 – incomplete
    • 1 – Henry Cavill starring novel
    • 3 – Sullivan Stapleton starring novels (one incomplete)
  • 10 – incomplete or in progress stories
    • 2 – Henry starring stories
    • 3 – Simon Kassianides starring stories
    • 2 – Sully starring stories
  • 4 – short stories or novellas
  • 1 – novel not written during National Novel Writing Month

I didn’t add my sci-fi/fantasy novel to this list because the characters aren’t physically based on any particular people. This chart is pretty much my romance stories and the fellas who play in them. Henry is winning in appearances in my stories with six plus he’s likely going to be the one in my November novel this year. Sully is next with five stories. I thought I’d used him more than that.

And who are the other men who’ve appeared in my stories? I’m sure you’re wondering! They are: Jensen Ackles, George Eads, Joe Manganiello, Ed Quinn, Philip Winchester, Taylor Kitsch, Sam Hunt, BT Urruela. Jensen played in two stories and the rest were one-offs. I’m still working on the one starring Sam, which is my only “trilogy.”

I’d like to turn those incomplete and in progress stories into completed stories someday though I’ll have to be in a particular mood to focus my stories on certain fellas. One of these days?

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Valerie

I wrote a whole bunch of stuff with this week but let’s go with the stuff that makes me smile…

Jordan Davis in Sacramento

I bought the VIP experience for Jordan Davis because I wanted to say hello and take a picture with him. My ticket said to arrive by 5:30 PM and that I would get a VIP laminate along with the VIP. The directions were to arrive then check in at the merchandise table where I would receive my VIP items. I guess I should have read the last email because it was in that one where it said to pick up my laminate at will-call along with further instructions. (I just looked at the email now and saw the instructions. Oh jeez. The lesson here: READ THE LAST EMAIL!!!)

So I’ll skip my self inflicted confusion before the gates opened because I wandered to the right place at the right time and eventually followed the guide to the area where we got to say hello to Jordan and take a picture with him. I had just a few people in front of me and we didn’t have to wait too long before Jordan came down to meet and greet us.

Things I remember… Jordan told someone in front of me that he’s a Jimmy G fan (yah!)… His beard was shorter but still quite luxurious… When it was my turn, he held his hand out and introduced himself and we shook hands and I told him that we had met in San Jose. He said that I looked familiar and as we had our picture taken, I mentioned that I had finally met his brother. He said, yeah, he’s a good guy and when I asked when Jacob might come out with something new, he said early next year. (Does he really know? Is he right? Was I weird to even mention his brother?) And that was the extent of my time with Jordan. The pictures turned out pretty cool. Yah!

Me & Jordan

I ended up getting my laminate afterwards then we checked out our seats then got our food. We had a good view of the stage and no one sat on my other side the whole time we were there. We didn’t stay for the whole concert, leaving after the second act. I was truly and unabashedly there for Jordan.

VIP

Jordan Davis – Songs performed: “More Than I Know,” “Tough to Tie Down,” “Hard to Handle” (snippet), “So Do I,” “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” “Slow Hands” (snippet),“Take It From Me,” “Singles You Up.”

Jordan and his band were great! I knew all the songs from Jordan’s album and sang along. I didn’t think anyone could hear but lo, I sang along in some of the videos I recorded and I could hear me singing. Oops! I’m not sorry I was singing along but if it hurt anyone’s ears, ah well! Jordan sounded amazing and he’s a natural on that stage. His voice was strong, the music rocked, and it was the best way to spend the day turning to night.

Chris Janson – WOW, he’s is sooo good!!! He’s a beam of positivity and joy and gratitude and he’s a hoot to boot. I love how goofy he is but more so I love how he’s just so in it with all his heart. I knew a few of his songs and I enjoyed all them.

We didn’t stay for Jake Owen even though he was the headliner. I’m only sorry we didn’t get to see Jordan on stage again during Jake’s set…

Tyler Rich to make his Opry debut!!!

September 25th, Tyler Rich will step into that iconic circle on that Opry stage. I AM SO HAPPY FOR HIM!!! I wish I could be there. It would be so amazing to witness his first time at the Opry. My heart is so full for Tyler. He’s living his dream and it’s been such a joy being a fan watching this. He’s so talented and amazing on stage but even more he’s a wonderful person with a good heart.

But before that, on Friday, September 21st, Tyler’s self-titled EP will be released. NEW MUSIC!!! I pre-ordered the CD, which is bundled with a t-shirt as well as an autograph. I hope it arrives by Friday!

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Valerie

So I’ve decided that I’m going to write during the week and see what sticks to me for the weekend post. Here’s what I wrote this week…

Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher

Full disclosure– I am a big Henry Cavill fan. Wait, that’s not quite a surprise, is it? No, I think not. Still, I think it bears mentioning as I plod along with my thoughts on his casting as Geralt in The Witcher series coming to Netflix. I adore Henry Cavill. I believe he is a good actor. He’s made me laugh, he’s made me cry, and he’s made me want to just drink in his presence at every opportunity. He sounds like he could be a Listworthy, right? He’s too popular to be one of my Listworthy fellas but he’s pretty much in league with them affection-wise. He’s been in my head since he was in Man of Steel. And he’s been the man in plenty of my stories since then.

So second full disclosure– I knew nothing about The Witcher books or video games. Now I know a little (yah for Wikipedia!). I am going to read the books (I’m not much of a gamer) just so that I can know about this world of The Witcher. Will I imagine a version of Henry Cavill as the character? Probably. Or not. I’ve seen enough pictures of what the character looks like to keep Henry out of it. I’ve already read a sample and I want to read more.

From the little I’ve read online, I know fans of The Witcher are divided on this casting. People have an image in their heads of Geralt and they can’t fit Henry into that image. I totally understand. Some people question his acting ability. Some think he’s too “bulky.” Others just flat out don’t want Henry as Geralt. I haven’t really followed who was a frontrunner in the minds of fans but Henry apparently wasn’t it. Will the fans of the books and games give this series a chance? I hope they do. If they want to disparage it at least they can do it after experiencing it. Will Henry’s casting draw in new fans to The Witcher? In my case, yes.

Maybe after I read the books, I’ll wonder if Henry was the right call for Geralt. Even though I adore him, I have thoughts on what kind of characters I’d like to see him play. Maybe I’ll think he’s not right for the character. But knowing he’s a fan of that world means that he will do his very best to bring Geralt to life. And yes, I’ll be there to watch…

a pretty filtered picture of me?

Stepping Away from Social Media

Oh no, not me. I like my Instagram and Twitter too much to deactivate and Facebook is the way I keep track of family. I have no plans to deactivate my social media but I absolutely understand why some people have given up on any or all social media.

Twitter is probably the most toxic of all the social media. It allows people to be absolute scum of the earth even as it allows others to shine. The problem these days is that people tweet things and for some reason some of it becomes “news” with little fact checking and the like. The bright lights and laughter are so easily drowned out by the deluge of utter crap. And lo if you are actually the target of all that crap. How soul sucking it must be? And what about the people actually spewing the crap. How bad is their life that they’ll direct their hate towards someone they don’t know?

So I get why some people have left Twitter. It’s easy for me to float along. I don’t have a huge followers list. The people I follow are mostly easy to read. Some of them get carried away spreading the horror and I’ve taken steps to keep my twitter sanity by doing the following:

  1. Turn off Retweets – This is the first thing I do when I notice that someone I follow seems to RT stuff I don’t want to read. If I wanted to read the stuff they constantly RT, then I’ll follow the people/brands/news that report on such stuff. I don’t mind the occasional RT that actually educates but when it starts to get out of control, I’ll turn off retweets.
  2. Mute the profile – When I mute a profile, it’s really the first step towards getting unfollowed by me. It’s the easy way to stay on their followers count without actually unfollowing. Maybe I’ll unmute the profile later. Or maybe I’ll look at my following count and start to unfollow from the muted ones if I haven’t cared enough to check them out on my own.
  3. Mute Words – Maybe someone keeps on mentioning something or someone I want to avoid (spoilers of shows, celebs I don’t like). I’ve just recently started using this method to avoid reading about a particular country singer I don’t like. (I just don’t see the appeal of this particular singer and seeing his face or name in my timeline because I follow other country artists just irritates me.)
  4. Unfollow – I’ve unfollowed people for a couple of reasons— they’re no longer tweeting, I don’t find them interesting anymore (sometimes I’ll watch a show and follow a lot of the people in the show then the show ends and I’m not too interested in the actors). I’m trying to keeping my following list under 1000 accounts followed. I’m currently just under 900 and would love to delete more.
  5. Block – I mostly block fake accounts, way too political accounts (both left and right), and people who’ve blocked me. I don’t like to block accounts and it has in recent days become an irritant because some people I follow quote tweet people I block. It’s maddening! Oh well.

Why do I keep my social media profiles? Well, the best reason is I’ve been lucky enough to get my first and second profile name choices (kiari on Instagram and Facebook, walelia on Twitter). I don’t want anyone else to have those names. I’m not a celebrity or a brand so for the most part, I’m not bothered by trolls and the like. I can go along and just be myself, which includes refraining from posting without much thought. I post to express myself, to share bits of my life. I also post to record moments in my life for me to glance back upon in later days. As much as I like the replies and likes, it’s not the main reason I tweet or post pictures or post updates. I understand the toxicity of social media but I work on keeping my timelines interesting and tailored to my interests. It’s not say that I don’t appreciate differing opinions because I do. But when it gets too far right or too far left and for far too long, I start to prune the timeline. And on my end, I try to post things brighter than not because if anyone actually reads my stuff, I want them to smile than not…

Oh dexter, sorry for your Netflix fail

I have more than my fair share of email addresses. I’m weird like that. And I use a lot of them (and some I don’t) for various things, like buying stuff or personal stuff or “professional” stuff or secret stuff. Sometimes people use my email address to sign up for stuff and the most recent one was someone called “dexter” using my email address for his Netflix account.

At first I didn’t care. I get a lot of junk mail in that account and who cares if someone used my email address to start their Netflix membership? Then I started to try and clean up that particular email account and the emails from Netflix began to irritate me. Who was this “dexter” and why was he using my email address?! Everytime dexter made a change to his account (like setting up profiles for children), I’d get an email. It finally got to me so here’s what happened:

  1. I changed the password
  2. I logged into the account
  3. I checked out the account information
  4. I clicked on the deactive link
  5. The account will deactivate at the end of the billing cycle on September 29

Sucks to be dexter!

And no, I’m not sorry in the least bit…

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Ryan in First Man

I was checking out the IMDB for William Gregory Lee and lo, he’s in First Man?! I think he’s in the screencapture. I hope he has a scene with Ryan so I can think to myself, “Ha! I’ve met both of them!”

I saw Crazy Rich Asians again because why the heck not? Still so good! I still teared up at the same spots. It’s such a good movie. Go watch it!

Now that we’re in September, I hope the days turn cooler. Sometime soon?

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The temperatures have slightly cooled to the more tolerable (to me) 80s or so. THANK GOODNESS. I am absolutely ready for days cool enough for hoodies in the morning at the very least. I seriously do not care for temperatures in the upper 90s. Not at all…

MOVIES

Crazy Rich Asians – Such a good movie! I loved it. It really was wonderful watching a movie filled with Asians telling a story anyone could understand. Could I relate to the wealthy stuff? Umm, no. But I could definitely relate to the different aspects of family and how complicated those relationships are. It’s a fun movie with laughs and love and drama. I would definitely recommend it. Go watch!

Out and about in the jersey

After the movie, we headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch and football. I wore my new 49er jersey! Kinda love it a lot. OF COURSE someone had to make a comment as they walked by me while we were at the restaurant. I get it, you might not be a 49er fan but why would you make what amounts to a stupid comment in support of a team that wasn’t even playing at the moment? Snicker to yourself or whatever but why be snide when no one was talking to you or even cared about your preference? Some people are just asses…

I had a dream that I was hanging out with Tyler Rich and I wanted to show him the picture of me in my jersey and I couldn’t find the pictures on my phone. So maddening! It felt real and not finding the pictures frustrated me…

And speaking of Tyler, his self-titled EP is set to drop on September 21st! I’m so excited!!!

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Every time I sit down to write my blog, I don’t remember what I might want to write for the week. It’s just all a blur. So let’s go random babblings…

Batman has his eye on me

Flashpoint – We’ve been re-watching this show. It is SO GOOD. And even though I remember a lot of the episodes, I’ve forgotten a lot of details so it’s like watching a new show. It’s on Hulu and I definitely recommend it. It has action and heart and it’ll make you almost cry sometimes…

Deadpool 2 – Super Duper Cut – We received our 4K disc and watched the digital version last night. The extra fifteen minutes fit seamlessly into the movie and even though I noticed some new bits, they did not detract from the film or change the tone at all. And the movie is still pretty good…

Me, a little moody

I like when my selfies turn out nicely. It’s obviously about angles and filters. And apparently a bit of moodiness? I posted a version of the one above on Instagram and it got some likes, which is always nice…

The minivan is out of the garage, battery charged, and washed. We took it to the Prime Shine in Tracy. I love taking the vehicles through the Prime Shine. Why don’t we have any around here?…

Tyler did a couple of shows north of here and we didn’t get to go to any of them. I love seeing all the pictures and videos. I especially loved the videos and pictures of Tyler getting his latest tattoo! Can’t wait to see a proper picture of it. Of course it made me want my next tattoo. I just don’t know where or what my next tattoo will be…

Oh, and my All Blacks won their first game of The Rugby Championship! I woke up at almost 3 am to watch the match against the Wallabies. I love my rugby!

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Valerie

One of my favorite places to shop online is 1888design.com. The pieces are unique and intriguing and more often than not are affordable (especially when deals are abound). I have several pieces now and not a week goes by that I don’t wear one or two or three. I try not to check out the site too often because I am easily tempted.

1888 Design piece “Immortal Wisdom”
“Immortal Wisdom”

When I saw this piece, I was immediately drawn to it. I hedged for a couple of weeks or so but last week decided to pull the trigger. I had a discount code that gave me 50% off so I was set. It was mailed the next day and the tracking number indicated a Thursday delivery.

It’s always great knowing something is coming in the mail. In this day and age of instant gratification, I still enjoy the anticipation of getting mail. Thursday rolled around and I received a notification that my mail was delivered then a moment later was the Ring notification that showed the mail carrier deliver our mail. I somehow managed to keep my impatience at bay until we got home after work.

No mail from 1888 Design.

Our Ring works decently enough so I knew someone didn’t just take that piece of mail (and leave the other delivered envelopes). The mail carrier was too quick for me to figure out in the video if he had actually dropped my envelope in the box. So did the mail carrier scan my envelope and forget to drop it in our box? Did he mis-deliver it to our neighbor? Did someone sneak onto our porch and take just that envelope?

I immediately wanted to report lost mail but USPS makes you wait seven days. I emailed 1888 Design just to update them even though it was absolutely NOT their fault. I thought maybe it would show up the next day, that perhaps the mail carrier had scanned it and forgotten to actually deliver it.

It didn’t show up the next day.

I still had this weird hope that it would show up. This piece, “Immortal Wisdom,” had called to me and I knew deep down that it would somehow get to me. If I had to knock on my neighbor’s door for it, I would. If I had to submit a claim, I would. If all I needed was to be patient, I could do that.

Saturday we went to Livermore for a BBQ at our friends’ house. We had a great time and I didn’t think too much about the mail though when the Ring notification came, I did check out the video to see if I could see anything. Other than that, I didn’t think of it until I parked the truck in the driveway and saw a large envelope in our mailbox.

My 1888 Design piece had arrived!

My “Immortal Wisdom” piece from 1888 Design

It seemed mostly intact except for a slight rip at the top of the envelope, as if someone had thought of opening it. The box inside the envelope had been untouched (it was taped, which was something new to me but much appreciated). And my latest piece from 1888 Design was safe and snug and ready for me.

I’m not really sure what happened. I’ll probably never know what happened. All I know is that this piece was meant for me and it found its way to me. Now I have a story to go with it…

Trying on my latest piece from 1888 Design

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05 August 2018 @ 10:11 pm

The kids out this way started school this week. We had convocation on Tuesday, the day before the first day of school. It’s always fun seeing everyone in the school district in one place.

Convocation crowd

It was a busy week full of phone calls, parent visits, making appointments for my boss. Outside the skies were smokey from the fires burning in places far from us. I was grateful for the air conditioning and the workload.

Henry Cavill

My Henry Cavill thing continues. It’s very odd to suddenly have him be my fangirl focus yet here I am. He and Sully seem to fight over being the fellas in my stories and right now Henry is winning. Maybe it’s because he’s just so easy to imagine as different kinds of men.

TV

Kim’s Convenience – We started watching this show on Netflix. It’s so funny! I love that it’s about an Asian family and that they’re Canadian. I’m enjoying it. It’s super weird to think the one who plays the father is actually a year younger than me. Oy!

Sharp Objects – We’re watching this mini-series because of Amy Adams. It’s dark and strange and intriguing. It’s not an easy watch but it’s so well done.

WRITING

I’m currently trying to write a second chance story. The couple were together and break up and are in the maybe getting back together stage. I’m trying to figure out what would make them break up. It’s a misunderstanding of sorts but I don’t have anything specific yet…

LAST BABBLE

I’m for cooler weather even though I know it won’t be here for a couple of months… I ordered another piece from 1888 Design because it was calling to me… The Crusaders won the Super Rugby championship! Loved being able to watch it and cheer on the boys. Now I must wait almost two weeks for The Rugby Championship…

Waiting for my latest piece from 1888 Design

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Valerie

Movie time!

Mission: Impossible Fallout – Truth – I watched this movie in the theatre because Henry Cavill is in it. I’ve seen every Mission Impossible movie but I can’t remember if I saw any of them in the theatre. Maybe the first one? Who knows! But this one I made sure to watch opening weekend because 1) Henry Cavill and 2) we had discount movie tickets (thank you, T-Mobile Tuesday).

I’ve learned from re-watching the Mission Impossible movies that they’re action packed and super stressful to watch and Fallout was no different. It was an adrenaline rush with quiet moments of heart. A lot of the plot was not surprising but it was still fun to watch. The stunts were amazing, the locales breathtaking, the acting respectable. It was great seeing Henry as a different kind of character. He looked good and he played his part well.

If you’ve seen the other Mission Impossible movies, this one is definitely one to watch.

Beer at Imperiale Beer Care

This week was the last full week of summer break. The kids out this way go back to school on Wednesday. Time just flies. And yet it’s still summer according to the calendar. Joyful!

Concerts in the Park

We went to the Concerts in the Park on Friday night. It was fun! The band, Nova, was super energetic, making the crowd quite lively. Twas nice being outside listening to live music even though it was pretty warm even after the sun went down. I think the next time I want to go is when it’s country music…

A good week to all!

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Valerie

Work was busy this week. The school sites had their days of walk-thru, which meant calls from the school sites and parents and all kinds of stuff. Add the fact that the weather was grossly warm and you have a long week.

our Instant Pot

We bought an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Day! Couldn’t resist and we’ve already used it. We made our usual crock pot roast and it turned out great in a fraction of the time. Glorious!

the first Instant Pot meal

It’s Sunday night and nearly past my bedtime. I could write about my disappointment in Disney’s firing of James Gunn (WTF are they thinking?!) or how I wish we had been in San Francisco this weekend for the Rugby Sevens World Cup (go All Blacks!) or work (adjusting to new people, etc) but now I have no time because I must go to bed.

How about a picture of wine called Writer’s Block? It’s so good!

Writer's Block Syrah

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Valerie

It was a hot summer day on Saturday and we headed out to McClellan for the 101.9 The Wolf COUNTRY JAM at the Jackson Sports Academy. Craig Campbell was the headliner, along with Ashley Barron, Jimmie Allen, Josh Gracin but we were going for Tyler Rich.

Let me start with the not so cool part– the venue was indoors. Now on a hot summer’s day this should have been good news because the thought would be there’s some kind of air conditioning. Well, no air conditioning. It was definitely in the 90s. I was so sweaty for most of our time in there and my only comfort was that everyone else was suffering the same way. Goodness!

Now for the good stuff!

the good times with good people
good times with such good people

I got to see my friends! It was great catching up with everyone and spending time with them even though it was hot as balls in that place. Seeing Joanne, Kiersten, Megan, and Hayley, meeting Jessica, hanging with Vince, chatting with Ivan– all good times! We saw Sabina early on and got a quick group picture together then I didn’t see her again until after Tyler’s set. We saw Tyler during Jimmie Allen’s set and I had a chance to chat a little with him. We also took a picture together and he didn’t have a hat on! I also gave him my usual envelope which made his face light up.

with a hatless Tyler
capless Tyler & me

A rundown on the artists in order of appearance:

Ashley Barron – She was energetic and lively. I didn’t know any of her songs but she had the crowd going.

Jimmie Allen – WOW! He is so good! He sounded great, he had great stage presence. I am definitely going to buy his album when it comes out.

Josh Gracin – Tyler wrote a song with Gracin when he first arrived in Nashville (I don’t think it was ever released) but I remember one of his songs from several years ago.

Tyler – As always, he was amazing! Songs he played: “Where I Want to Be” (title?), “Turn It Up,” “California Grown,” “I Can Teach Ya,” “Adrenaline,” and “The Difference.” (I think that was all of them but not in order.) As always, it’s a treat watching Tyler live and I’m glad to have finally witnessed “The Difference” live and in person. So good!

Craig Campbell – We didn’t stay for his whole set. He sounded good but I don’t think I knew any of the songs we heard.

I bought a meet and greet for Tyler because I wasn’t sure I’d get a chance to catch him before or after his set in a more casual setting. I went to the line after his set and waited with the other fans. Sabina came out at some point while we were all waiting but I didn’t want to get out of line to say hello again to her. I figured that I’d see her again when I was finished with the meet and greet. I had something for her too so I knew I’d have to see her. She actually ended up coming into the room during the meet and greet.

with Tyler
my meet and greet shot with Tyler

It was lovely getting an “official” shot with Tyler. It was my second one with him. I think it turned out rather nice, eh? My friend took video and it should be a fun watch.

After a quick chat with my friends, I headed over to Sabina and she was just soooo sweet. I seriously love that lady. We hugged, I gave her a card, we chatted a little, we took some pictures together. I love her new jean jacket. It’s a custom one. Oh, and I saw her beautiful ring.

with Sabina
seriously, I adore this one

I left the room soon after and we headed home after a couple of Craig Campbell songs. All in all, a good time in spite of all the heat. Was the sweat worth it? Yes, for me it was…

Tyler on stage

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Valerie

My week off from work was gloriously LAZY. I meant to write a short story or novella but my creative juices weren’t having it. I probably should have read a book or two but I didn’t. So lazy!

4th of July – We walked downtown early in the morning, found our spot at Crown and Crow, then I watched the parade. I took so many pictures! I love our parades. Afterwards, we headed to the city park for hot dogs and a bit of music. It was really a lovely day, not too hot but definitely bright.

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July
love the sound of these guys…

MOVIES

Ant-Man and the Wasp – As much of a Marvel movie watcher that I am, I super hedged on watching Ant-Man. I just wasn’t into him for some reason but after watching Avengers: Infinity War and seeing the fun trailers for Ant-Man and the Wasp, I knew I had to see Ant-Man so as to have a better feel for the sequel. And I’m glad that I did watch it. I enjoyed the humor and the lightness of it and the sequel had a lot of the same and I definitely liked it. I most definitely loved that The Wasp had a bigger role in this movie. She was awesome! And yes, I do like how the movie tied to the events of Infinity War.

I saw the movie on Friday and this led to me watching four more Marvel movies at home that day. We had watched the first two Thor movies as well as the first two Iron Mans a couple of weeks ago so I decided on all the Captain America movies with Age of Ultron between the last two Captain America movies. Then this weekend I also watched the third Iron Man and Thor movies as well as Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh, and breaking from the whole Marvel thing, I also watched all three of the last Star Trek movies.

Captain America: First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War – I love Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America but for awhile I found the character to be too goody-goody. It was almost annoying. But watching all three movies and seeing how much he changed and grew, I have a new appreciation for him. He always wants to do the right thing, even when it means going against what people SAY is the right thing. He always goes with his heart and how can you not appreciate that about him? Well, it took time, but now I do. The last movie was such a jumping point for the movies that came after it.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Oddly enough, another movie that is such a jumping point for the movies after it, and it was one that I’d only seen once or twice. When I watched it, I felt like it was such a comedown from the first Avengers movie (which is still one of my very favorites) and perhaps that’s why I didn’t give it a chance. Watching it this time around, I was surprised by how much I missed (like how this was the first time we see Ulysses Klaue). It’s still not one of my favorites but it has its moments and I’m sure I’ll watch it again.

Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond – I still love these movies very much.

LAST BABBLE

I suppose I’m ready to go back to work. I’m glad that I’m only going to work three days this week then one more long weekend which includes seeing Tyler Rich! It’s been WAY TOO LONG since we’ve seen Tyler. I miss him. I hope we get to see Sabina too. I’m going to take lots of pictures.

Speaking of Tyler, have you heard “11:11” yet? Give it a listen!

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