Friday, June 23, 2017


I've been sort of slumping the past couple weeks. Starting books and not really finishing anything, just starting another. But .... I'm apparently on a superhero kick. And ....

Don't fight a reading binge.

Started yesterday and finished today, AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn.

It's not easy being a superhero's daughter....
Carrie Vaughn has captured legions of fans with her wildly popular Kitty Norville novels. Now she uses her extraordinary wit and imagination to tell a sensational new story about superhuman heroes-and the people who have to live with them. Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world's greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she's ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she's the favorite hostage of every crime boss and supervillain in Commerce City. She doesn't have a code name, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder. Rejecting her famous family and its legacy, Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes, becoming a skilled forensic accountant. But when her parents' archenemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the "Trial of the Century," Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus-and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever.

Published in 2011, 304 pages. There is a second book but in the meantime....

Currently reading SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS by Lexie Dunne. 1st of 3 in series.

Everybody in Chicago has a "superhero sighting" story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she's rescued by superhero Blaze, it's a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again. Now the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just her boyfriend, Jeremy, in disguise. Gail's not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she's probably doomed. Who will save her now? Yet, miraculously, the villains lose interest. Gail is able to return to her life … until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn't read the news. After escaping—now more than human herself—she's drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She'll have to come to terms with her powers (and weaknesses) to make it in the new society, and it's not easy. After all, there's a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.

Published 2014; 339 pages. Continuing my superhero binge. Different author, same girl-keeps-getting-taken-hostage-by-supervillain hook.

Circle tonight; class on Sunday. Stuff in between like naps, reading, cleaning, surfing, etc.

Have a good weekend

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some days.....

I made a great salad last night, sort of a play on the one I had at Old Chicago. It had kale, spinach, chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and blueberries, feta, and a balsamic dressing.

I've got a meditation class this evening.

I'll make some dinner for Steve beforehand and then jump on the phone for it. Which reminds me, I need to make sure my cell is supercharged.

I'm finding I'm missing the feeling of meditation when I'm not doing it. It feels so good while doing it, raising your vibration.

And then clunking back down into everyone's negative vibrations. Blech.

 Otherwise, not much else doing on today. Have a good Thursday

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One of those days

Longest day of the year/shortest night of the year.

Steve has shooting tonight. I've got nada on TV so I'll meditate, hang with the boys. I don't know yet what to have for dinner. 

And either play on the computer or read.

That's it; it's a slow day.

Have a good rest of the day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No pressure

I don't have anything interesting to report today.

I told you the book that I was reading yesterday; still reading it today. I've got a library I'm compiling in my mind of books that should be required reading to better understand the world. I would put this one I'm reading in it, THE DICTATOR'S HANDBOOK. I would also include:

THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet

WHY NATIONS FAIL: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

They should be required reading in school.

Hot, hot, hot today. 90s.

Nothing on TV again tonight. I went to bed early last night which was good as I was up about 4-4:30 because the boys were barking their heads off at a loose dog running around.

Have a good Tuesday. See ya later

Much love
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, June 19, 2017

No, Monday, I didn't.

The weekend was good. Had circle, went to Mom and Dad's on Saturday to deliver a lemon meringue pie for Dad for Fathers' Day and had class last night. The instructor had me take a leadership role, saying I was ready -- we're only at week 9 of 32 weeks. I did fine but holy schmoley.

There's been a bit of drama there. A student got asked to leave. Started with seven, two left immediately deciding apparently it wasn't for them, and not this. We're down to four. 

Just sayin' ... 

I'm currently reading THE DICTATOR'S HANDBOOK: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. Nonfiction.

For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the “national interest”—or even their subjects—unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance.
Published 2011; 354 pages. 

Nothing on TV for me tonight. I need to meditate, deal with dinner, hang with the boys, read and go to bed.

Have a good one ... see you tomorrow....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend .... I can ... almost ... touch it ...

TGIF! Here we are.

I've got circle tonight and class on Sunday.

Tomorrow I need to do some cleaning.

But will it really happen? 

I know, I know. I just need, like, a hurricane to whip through my house but leave the books I want to keep.


I've got a fantastic money-making idea! A version of a maid service only it's like Hooters for women. A team of men.... good looking.... and cleaning your house ....

THAT would make millions.

No other plans this weekend as far as I know.

Have a good weekend

Much love
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New glasses

I finally got my new glasses yesterday. At first I thought "Were these the ones I picked?" The frames seemed thicker and the glasses themselves bigger. But I like them.

But the first non-glasses-store person to see them, our receptionist, was probably not the best choice:

"Well, they're not BAD ... " And she was being serious.

And then Steve last night when he saw them for the first time:

"They're DIFFERENT ...."

But then this morning he says:

"They're BOLD." Which I've decided that I'm taking for a good thing.

Mom liked them a lot this morning. The checkout chick at Albertson's last night liked them and said they made me look younger which is what the ladies at the glasses store said, too.

I'm thinking now of Felicity from my favorite show (Arrow) though I didn't even think of that until now looking at gifs of people with glasses.

Currently also reading THE COMPANY WE KEEP: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer. Nonfiction, stand alone.

Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up such an impressive list of accomplishments that he was eventually awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.  But if his career was everything a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Bob had few enduring non-work friendships, only contacts and acquaintances. His prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Sworn to secrecy and constantly driven by ulterior motives, he was a man apart wherever he went. Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl -- admittedly one born into a comfortable lifestyle.  But she was always looking to get closer to the edge.  When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but the attractive Berkeley graduate quickly distinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field, and she was eventually assigned to “Protective Operations” training where she learned to handle weapons and explosives and conduct high-speed escape and evasion. Tapped to serve in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she'd never known -- but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll.  Her marriage crumbled, her parents grew distant, and she lost touch with friends who'd once meant everything to her. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn't love at first sight. They were both too jaded for that. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency I.D. cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.  The fact was, their clandestine relationships remained.  Living as “civilians” in conflict-ridden Beirut, they fielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws – and came perilously close to dying.  But even then they couldn’t know that their most formidable challenge lay ahead. Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole – one that shows how the “game” actually works, including the compromises it asks of those who play by its rules -- and a portrait of two people trying to regain a normal life, The Company We Keep is a masterly depiction of the real world of shadows.
Published in 2012, 320 pages.

I seem to starting a lot of books, but not finishing. That's a problem.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster