July 24, 2010 at 5:00 am 14 comments

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, and things look like they won’t slow down until the kid is back in school.

Things are in a state of flux, here at the homestead, but in a good way. After 4 months of phone calls, cleaning marathons, prospective renter walk thrus, and close calls, we’ve finally rented our house. Now for the hard part.😛

We’re taking over my guy’s childhood home, 10 minutes from where we currently live. It’s larger, has a pool, and is in our son’s school district. Packing has already begun, and this week we did a walk thru of our in-laws place, deciding which pieces of furniture we’ll keep. (They’ve already moved to a smaller home in their “active seniors” community, and have left behind some of their furniture.)

Of course, at the same time we’re moving, we need to get our townhouse ready for the renters to move in to. All those little repairs that were easy to ignore, now must be fixed, carpets need to be shampooed, and walls need to be painted. Yee hah!

Even though I get exhausted just thinking about all of this, I’m also pretty excited. I’ve been drawing out possible floor plans for the new place, trying to think of creative ways to merge our furniture with some of my in-laws more, ahem, dated pieces. I’m planning a reading nook, with a love seat and ottoman in our much roomier office. And, I’m trying to make peace with the fact that we probably won’t have time before moving in to get rid of the silver foil wall paper in the living room. Next year. Really.

Crabby Kid
The kid, doing his best imitation of a crab.

In the mean time, summer’s been rolling along. A couple of weeks ago we went to Redondo Beach pier and bought live crabs, that the market then steamed for us. We ate them on newspaper covered tables while strolling mariachis played for tips.

One of the totally cool things about Redondo is the arcade, where I played much skee ball and Sea Wolf as a kid. I didn’t see Sea Wolf this time, but we did play skee ball and air hockey. And, we also saw these “antiques”.

Classic games at Redondo
If you played any of these when they were new,
then you are probably as old as I am. *g*

This weekend, more beach time. My guy is helping throw a beach party for one of the student programs at his university. We are in charge of the fire ring. That’s sort of a bad news/good news thing for me. Bad news: heading out there early to baby sit —I mean reserve the damned fire ring. Good news: SMORES! We shall see if smore consumption is adequate consolation.

I will be taking Blaze of Memory with me. Some PsyChangeling action seems like perfect beach reading. I’m tempted to take Long Hard Ride, since that also seems like a great beach read, but I don’t think I can sit next to my guy’s co-workers and students while reading a cowboy ménage. (Where is Miss Doreen when you need her?)

Breaking the RulesLast week, I was so excited to see Lori’s post with the cover to Suzanne Brockmann’s next Troubleshooters book, Breaking the Rules. This is Izzy’s book, and I am SO looking forward to it. I might be in the minority, but I like Eden. OK, well, I guess I wouldn’t go so far as to say like. How about, I see so much great potential for her growth as a character. One of my favorite things about this series is how SB gives her characters time over many books to fuck up, grow, change, and become heroes/heroines. Robin, Sam, Ken, and, of course, Izzy are all great examples of the Suze Brockmann school for heroes. I’m really looking forward to seeing what will happen with Izzy. And Eden. Or, maybe not Eden?

I’m also currently reading Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley. I’ve been seeing this book around for a while, and finally got to it! So far, it’s really good. M/M romantic suspense. FBI agent is protecting a drug runner who is going to give evidence against his drug lord boss. Great tension and chemistry between the heroes, so far.

RevelationLast week, I went on a mini Lauren Dane binge. It all started with Revelation, book 2 in the de La Vega Cats series. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I needed to finish the Cascadia Wolves series. I blew thru TriMates and Wolf Unbound. I really like the shifter world in this series. The men are very alpha (of course), but the women too, be they witch, shifter, or human, are also very strong. And, their alpha men respect them and love them, not despite their strength, but because of it. Good stuff! I’m hoping I’ll get to the last 2 in the series in the next week or so. I’m really looking forward to Cade’s story! Then, on to the Chase Brothers.

Phew! So that’s what’s been going on with me. How about you? Read any good books lately?

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July 2010 Book Releases, part 2 Just finished reading . . . Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

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  • 1. Chris  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Congrats on renting your townhouse!!

    Cute picture of the crab boy there.:)

    Hmm. Where IS Miss Doreen?

    I have Shades of Gray on my reader, but the length keeps scaring me away…

    • 2. Renee  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm


      Yeah, he’s so timid and shy. lol

      I’ve missed seeing her around! Maybe she found a couple of cowboys…

      Yeah, it’s longer than usual, but reads pretty fast. I’m about 2/3 through, and it’s really good!

  • 3. Tracy  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Oh congrats on the finality of it all. I know it’s been something that’s been weighing on your mind. I sounds as if it’s all coming together nicely. I can’t wait to see the new place!

    On the other hand – moving sucks! lol Hang in there.

    And WOOHOO on that new Troubleshooters book. Can’t wait!

    • 4. Renee  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks! This has been going on forever, so I’m glad we’ve got some hard and fast dates, now, for the move. The new place is quite roomy, and great for entertaining. Like for a So Cal blogger shindig…

      Yeah, our first 7 years of marriage, we moved 5 times. (All due to my guy’s job.) So, it feels all too familiar. We have our own tape gun and everything.😉

      Yes! Was so stoked to see that at Lori’s!

  • 5. Lori  |  July 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    So glad that there’s finally a plan in place and it’s moving along. Like Tracy said, I know you’ve been worrying about it.

    So take Long, Hard Ride and if anyone asks what you’re reading, just casually say, “Oh, it’s a cowboy menage story. One girl, 2 guys, and the guys get it on, too. Hot stuff :)” Heh. Love to see the reaction to that one!

    • 6. Renee  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      What a load off of my mind. Now, if I can just survive the next month!

      LOL. Actually, I got very little reading done. But there was a woman there who had this throw blanket with scantily clad men all over it. Her friend made it for her 50th bday. I think she might have appreciated some Lorelei James!

  • 7. Hilcia  |  July 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Oooh, lots of changes, but great ones, Renee! Congrats on renting the condo and on the new space too!

    Where IS Miss Doreen? Take a Long Hard Ride… (pun intended), it’s a great relaxing read. ;P I’ll be looking for your thoughts on Blaze of Memory. Ugh, and when WILL I get to Suzanne Brockman? One of these days, soon I hope.😀

    • 8. Renee  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks! We’ll be getting about double the square footage (if not more) , but I’m sure we’ll find ways to fill it up quickly!:-)

      OMG, I totally devoured LHR! Didn’t take it to the beach, but it kept me company the rest of the weekend.

      The upside of Suzanne Brockmann is her very long backlist. I know you’ll love the Troubleshooters!

      Still working on Blaze of Memory. Will finish it soon.

  • 9. Wendy  |  July 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    WooHoo! Glad to hear that all the moving hullabulloo is finally set in stone.

    And OMG – Pong! And Space Invaders! I suddenly feel very, very old…..

    • 10. Renee  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm


      Yes, they positively looked like antiques!

      Me, too. sigh.

  • 11. orannia  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Congrats on renting your house and all the best with the packing and the move!

    And ‘Mr Crab’ is gorgeous!

    And I’m just about to start reading a book you might know…the second Nightrunner book!!!

    I too have Shades of Grey on my iPhone, but…it’s finding the time!

    • 12. Renee  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks, orannia!

      LOL, I think so, too.😉

      Yay! Hope you enjoy it. You’ll get much more about Alec and Seregil, I think.

      Shades of Grey, too. BOTH, great reads.

  • 13. Erotic Horizon  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats on the hoyse – I can imagine that a load off your shoulders….

    The kidlet is having a whale of a time….. cute…

    So glad you are catching up on the Casadia Wolves…I LOVE THEM…


  • 14. Carolyn Crane  |  July 27, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Look at all this crazy wild action over here! And what a cute pic of the kidlet!!

    Oh, moving is really stressful – good luck. And you know, foil wallpaper could be coming back in, right? So funny about Long Hard Ride. Not many people you can read that one in front of. Miss Doreen does not approve!!


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