March 28, 2017

Recent Reads

After the End by Bonnie Dee (2010).  A group of strangers fight to survive the zombie apocalypse, which hits while they're riding the NYC subway.  Told through the eyes of Ari, home on leave after Army basic training, and Lila, a college student and pacifist.  See what happens as they experience the very earliest days of fighting to survive, loss, and adding others to the group.

Swapped by Brynn Paulin (2015).  Mallory and her husband Tom attend a party held by Jayson, Tom's boss.  Mallory thinks this is the usual career networking, support her spouse situation.  Imagine her surprise not only to find a spouse swap party in full effect, but also to learn that Tom brought her there for Jayson.  Graphic scenes, yet also surprisingly romantic.

Powers of Darkness:  The Lost Version of Dracula by Bram Stoker and Valdimar Asmundsson (1901 in Iceland, 2017 English translation).  A shorter, more graphic version of the Dracula tale that I highly recommend for anyone who appreciates vampire stories.

Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam (2007).  Maya read this book at school, and she said she thought I would "like" (in the creepy, fascinating sense) it, too.  Yep!  Three British teens are the only survivors when their plane crashes on an island during their journey to Ecuador.  Unfortunately, this is Dr. Franklin's island, and he's only too thrilled to use healthy teens in his genetic engineering experiments.  Think The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, and you have a good idea of what happens.


March 27, 2017


I've purchased a variety of items online from Papaya! over the years, including an address book, accessory pouches, a bucket tote, legal pads, greeting cards, and spiral notebooks.  They have a wide variety of colorful designs, and they new designs and new products fairly often.  There's also a physical store in Ashland, Oregon, that I hope to visit one day.

Here are direct links for some of their stationery products I use regularly:

Lovely Legal Pads

Greetings Cards  (always lots of options here)

Address Books

Happy shopping!

March 16, 2017

Outgoing Mail--March 1-15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Cards--Mom in Nebraska, Liz in Iowa, Wanda in Canada, Jenn in Texas, Keli in Nebraska, Andrew in Iowa, Liz in Virginia, Trysha in Alabama, Penny in Canada, Valerie in Iowa, and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

St. Patrick's Day Cards and Letters--Becky in Oregon, Michele in New Mexico, Kate in Iowa, Barbara in South Carolina, and Laura in Iowa.

Letters and Cards to Karen in Denmark, Wanda in Canada, Liz in Virginia, Michele in New Mexico, Trysha in Alabama, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Penny in Canada, Jenn in Texas, and Claudia in California.

Cards to Amanda in New Mexico, Sawyer in Iowa, Billy in Wisconsin, Terri in California, Sue in North Carolina, and Garrett in New Mexico.

Postcards to Fish in Taiwan, Sharon in Alabama, and Joel in Arizona.