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suits

Someone recommended the TV show “Suits” and I had no interest at first because it was about two male lawyers. Sounded so boring. But when I started to watch I had to admit it was good and it looked good. The name of the show is quite fitting.

The wardrobe makes a huge statement for each character. The female characters wear amazing dresses and they look so good while not being glamorous. Yet you know nobody dresses like that in real life…or do they?

Anyway, it’s a good show and worth watching. It’s a real drama in the sense there’s no smiling, all the characters are dealing with multiple fires at once, they appear to never sleep, and the whole season is to arrive near the end with a few smiles and laughs after overcoming the huge obstacles in the way, while the last few episodes set up the next season’s dramatic problems for the main characters.

free Kindle e-book promo

My latest poetry book, The Warrior Destiny, is available for FREE for the next five days, from TODAY to June 28.

Enjoy.

random June thoughts

In LA there’s a “season” called June gloom, which is basically cloudy days with cool temperatures. For locals the lack of constant sun can turn someone into a depressed person, as if they are severely deficient in Vitamin D and moping about as if the world is ending.

Personally, I love the June gloom. The temps are comfortable enough to leave windows open and the clouds keep the sun from frying my skin. The sun in SoCal is rather intense.

Yet, like the rest of this year, it’s been abnormal weather, for good (with the extra rain) and maybe bad (a sunny, hot June). Perhaps this year will simply not be normal.

This makes me want to go to a cloudy and cool place. Maybe Portland? It’s on my list of places to go.

I also randomly want to eat a lot of wheat products like ramen noodles, croissants, and bread. I also want to go to Paris but I think it’s actually hot there too.

But honestly, I am in the best place to be right now. I love LA.

I watched the rest of the first season of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. When the show originally premiered I watched the first couple episodes and thought it was terrible, which is terrible to say about these three brilliant car freaks. I stopped watching.

Then, after I saw a news story of one of the hosts getting into a serious but non life-threatening accident, I decided to watch another episode. Turns out the show gets better towards the end. It’s still got parts I really don’t care for or are completely stupid, but overall I’m a fan again.

Kindle promo sale starts today

Starting today and for the next week all my poetry books in Kindle format are on sale!

The Warrior Destiny (my latest book) for $0.99. The shortest collection.

The Warrior Journey (second in series) for $0.99 It’s the in-between in collection size.

The Warrior Heart (first book) for $1.99. Also the largest collection.

Happy World Poetry Day

In honor of World Poetry Day, I’m putting all three of my poetry books (Kindle version) on sale. However, for some reason Amazon won’t let me start the sale until next week! Bummer.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t buy the paperbacks or e-books today!

popcorn

I’ve been wondering why people are buying bags of popcorn at the grocery stores. Popcorn is only for the movies, and when you watch a movie at home you buy the microwave bags and eat that. Why eat popcorn outside of a movie watching setting? Why are there so many brands of popcorn? They all have the same flavors! They all have a cheesy one, the salt and pepper one, the caramel one, the so-and-so one. And you get so little for the money. Potato chips are a better deal since it’s easy to make popcorn at home and not so easy to make potato chips.

Then, one day I ate some kettle corn. That bag was empty real fast. But why the craze?

I realized it’s because it’s seen as a healthier snack than potato chips because it’s so airy and not greasy. And you can put the “gluten-free” label on it. And charge a lot for what you get in a bag.

I started buying some kettle corn bags, but I didn’t like paying three bucks or whatever for a bag that was literally just popcorn, salt, and sugar. I can make this at home!

So while you can make popcorn in a pot, you can also get a gadget. Who wouldn’t like a gadget?

It’s cool to turn a wooden handle and hear the kernels pop. I feel so vintage and analog, old-school and old-timey. It’s hard not to when the thing is called a Whirley-Pop.

And it’s over in a few minutes. The kernels pop so fast it’s like firecrackers. Then pour steaming hot popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle or pour the seasonings and toppings. And all for cents, not dollars. And it’s organic. And it’s still gluten-free.

deluge

Previously: snow. Today: rain.

The California drought is over. Everyone thought El Nino would take care of that last year, but it ended up being just like another dry winter.

Then, this year is the year of the deluge of rain. So much rain it reminded me of Paris, where the winter rains are so freaking dreary, cold, and miserable. It’s better to have cold snowy weather instead of cold rainy weather.

But so much rain has come, with days of very heavy rain, that I think every house in the state has shifted a little with the drenched earth affecting foundations. And roof leaks. I had rainwater leaking from my AC vent onto my bed. It was great to wake up at 3am to a wet bed and floor. Luckily it wasn’t over my head but at the foot of the bed and the bed wasn’t drenched yet. Soon afterwards I bought a waterproof mattress cover because even if the handyman fixed the leak, it wasn’t guaranteed.

And then it rained hard again. And I was okay. How nice to be dry, warm, and snug in bed on a cold rainy day!

Then the leak came back. The rain was too much. At least I was ready and the mattress was dry. The bed frame was also dry because I wrapped it in plastic wrap, so no danger of warping wood or rusting metal.

Then the leak was fixed again, but there hasn’t been heavy rain since the second leak, only showers that seem like wimpy showers compared to the leak-inducing downpours of this year.

I thought the rain would finally let up and any rain now would be the quiet, peaceful showers of drought years past. But then I saw the forecast and it’s going to rain again. It might be the heavy stuff again.

Again, I’ll be ready with plastic-wrapped bed, large bucket, and plastic sheeting.

Just FYI, I do some light editing of my posts, but I’m not going to try that hard. So sorry if tenses are mixed or there’s repeat words that indicate I need a thesaurus, or I don’t use my commas right, or whatever.

kettle

My last post talked about Kettle chips. Today I’ll talk about electric kettles.

A couple years ago I got really sick and had to drink a boatload of tea. I had a kettle but it took forever to heat up the water. The whistling also irritated me. Who likes hearing a screaming whistle when you’re feeling crappy? And to keep reheating the kettle for the second cup an hour later seemed like a waste of time and natural gas.

I was in the grocery store and they had electric kettles on sale for $15 and I picked one up, thinking that if the British use electric kettles (and of course they’re tea experts) then I could try this too and see how it compared.

It ended up being my favorite thing for the winter and in times of illness. If I lived in a country with miserable weather like England, I would drink a lot of tea too. But I don’t, yay!

Then this year I got a little sick again and reached for the kettle. Things were normal until one day I noticed the water tasted funny and thought it was because of leftover dish soap residue. Then after washing the cup, washing the kettle, and the taste still being weird, I finally figured out it was the kettle itself.

The kettle is made from plastic and I guess time and usage had started to wear out the plastic. The funny taste was that of disintegrating plastic. I was eating plastic. I was eating petroleum products. I was eating crude oil. I was eating fossilized dinosaur bones. I ate a dinosaur.

After getting rid of my favorite appliance turned secret poisoning agent, I had to find a new kettle. It took time, but I eventually got this one from Amazon:

It doesn’t have the glamour of clear glass and blue lighting, but it’s all stainless steel on the inside, which means no plastic disintegration after many uses. I am not eating dinosaurs anymore.

I also learned that the kettle is great for making instant oatmeal very quickly without a microwave. Mmm…oatmeal…

the poetry you are looking for

Just saying, I’ve got two poetry books available on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle versions!

my latest poetry book 

The Warrior Journey: another poetry collection

and my first poetry book

The Warrior Heart: a poetry collection

I’m also thinking about publishing a poetry/coloring book for a story about knights.