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do books on my Kindle count?   2 comments

So I was wandering through my house yesterday, cleaning haphazardly, when a thought occurred to me.

I have far too many books.

“Don’t be silly,” the little angel on my left shoulder said. “You don’t have enough books.”

“No, really, there’s far too many,” the angel on my right shoulder insisted. “You should get rid of some.”

The left angel gasped in horror and nearly fell off. I caught him just in time.

But for some reason I agreed with the right angel. Far too many books, indeed.

But then I realized that TWO of them are borrowed from other people. Once I read them and return them, I will have two less.

Problem solved.

Left angel told right angel that I love him more. I love both my angels equally but differently. And I’m ignoring the fact that I bought another book yesterday.


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Posted July 28, 2014 by Fran LaPlaca in daily, stuff

a day in the (boring) life…   Leave a comment

I have such plans for today…Because you totally NEED to know what I’m doing today.

Laundry – I’ve been lazy this week, so now on my day off I’m estimating I have 8 loads to do.

Reading – I’ve been reading Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger. He’s an Oxford poet who ended up living in Japan and doing much of nothing; decided he needed to do more of something, and chose to learn aikido. Being completely out of shape, he naturally chose the most difficult course he could find – the course that the Tokyo Riot Police used for training. Angry White Pyjamas is his memoir of that year.

Mamma Mia – I had my iPod on shuffle yesterday and Dancing Queen came up. I made me realize that I haven’t watched Mamma Mia (the movie) in almost a year. That’s nearly unbelievable. I usually end up watching it every couple of months. Don’t know why, but it’s just one of my feel-good movies. So I dug it out, and plan to watch it in between folding clothes.

Writing – I’ve been slacking on that lately, (damn you, World of Warcraft!) and I have some serious work to do on a couple of files.

But…my first druid IS up to level 82….

Whatcha reading?   Leave a comment

Began: Angry White Pyjamas – Robert Twigger
Finished: The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

Playing Catch-up – a movie roundup.   Leave a comment

I haven’t really posted in a while. Have done quite a bit so far this summer, far more than I usually do. Drove to North Carolina, lots of pics to show from that.

But I’ve been going to movies. Lots of movies. There’s quite a few I wanted to see but couldn’t find the time, in fact as I write this post I realize I missed the earlier showing of Percy Jackson that I had planned to go see.

So. Let’s start with…


Tom Cruise. I haven’t seen a Tom Cruise film in a long time, not since War of the Worlds, back in 2005. Did I like Oblivion? I did. Do I recommend it? I do. Have I other comments on it? Nah, not really. (Waiting for Elysium to come out with Matt Damon.)


Last week I was grumpy, so I went to see The Heat.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I just love Sandra Bullock, always have. It was cute, I enjoyed it, and it cured my grumpiness. And the scene where Sandra Bullock’s character finally learns how to use profanity made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe.

the heat

The Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp. Oh, and that other guy, the one who plays…er…the Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer? It got such bad reviews I almost didn’t go to see it, but I did, and I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Yeah, they could have gone the dramatic, true Western route, but hey, it’s Disney. They made it kind of goofy, with a few dramatic, Western moments.

And when, seriously, was the last time you went to a movie and it got applause at the end? I think for me it would have to be The Fellowship of the Ring. I can’t remember one since then. But at the showing I went to, The Lone Ranger got an ovation. Not a standing one, granted, but the audience applauded at the end.

(Seriously, I’d never heard of Armie Hammer before….)

lone ranger

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and the movie ROCKED.


I have a crush on these silly British cheekbones. I cannot wait for season 3 of Sherlock.

pine and quinto

And don’t these two clean up nice?

Now You See Me.

Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. Lots of twists and turns, most of which I saw ahead of time, but that didn’t make them any less enjoyable. And one of the final twists I did NOT expect, and that was a plus. Very good caper flick.

now you see me

and a really nice shot of Mark Ruffalo, just because….


White House Down

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. I think these two characters should do a series of films, I really liked their chemistry. Fairly good action flick, reminded me very much of Harrison Ford’s Air Force One. (“Get – off – my – plane!”) (“Get – your – hands – off – my – Jordan’s!”) (Presidential priorities….) I’ve never seen Channing Tatum in anything before, but he wasn’t bad. And Jamie Foxx has turned into an amazing leading man.

white house down

And finally, Pacific Rim.

I’m a huge Gundam fan, so I couldn’t wait to see how this came out. I was not disappointed. The story was a little predictable, but I really had a great time. Now if only they would make a live-action Gundam movie of the same caliber.

pacific rim

and the Gundam Exia…


Suddenly I’m in the mood for popcorn….

Winter is NOT leaving   Leave a comment

April is fast approaching, and yet snow keeps falling. I know that’s no big thing for people in other areas, but for Connecticut? I do not recall ever saying this before, but I can’t wait for summer to get here.

Have been to see Zero Dark Thirty in the past few weeks, and a few days ago saw Oz The Great and Powerful. Enjoyed both of them in different ways.

But mostly what I was doing for the past few weeks, and one of the reasons I didn’t post much in those days, was because I was serving on a jury for a criminal trial.

My first time, and it was – hmmmm. Interesting. A bit frightening at times. (the crime was somewhat violent) Boring in short stretches. Painful. (the day I nearly fell out of the jury booth) It was really interesting to see the mix of people in the six-person jury. A middle-aged woman and a young woman who both, in turned out, held the same position in the same type of company, competitors who worked literally across the street from each other. A Buddhist teacher. A company owner/foreman.

It was an experience. I’m glad I agreed to do it. The judge came in to thank us for our service at the end of the trial, and he asked us if we’d do it again. All six of us said yes.

Getting a jury duty summons in the mail make most people cringe. But you know what? Go do it. I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

What’s in YOUR bathroom?   1 comment

On my Kindle: Castle in the Sky, Diana Wynne Jones

Manga: Trigun, Vol. 1

In the bathroom: Skinny Dip, Carl Hiaasen

In Hardcover: Flesh and Spirit, Carol Berg


(I’m lying, really. I’m in the middle of at least four other books in various Kindle formats, and my pile of manga, so recently brought to a¬†manageable level, will grow as soon as the two orders I put in yesterday arrive. Kind of like that movie…The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain?¬†)

Posted February 21, 2013 by Fran LaPlaca in books, daily, manga, reading, stuff