Whatcha Readin’?

As an English major, I’m kind of embarrassed I haven’t read twice as many books as I have so far this year. I will have to rectify that in the second half of 2010. Anyway, so far, my 2010 list:

Snuff – Chuck Palahniuk
The 158-pound Marriage – John Irving
Insomnia – Stephen King (reread)
I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society – Amy Alkon
Stop in the Name of Pants! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson) – Louise Rennison
The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Seven) – Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Eight) – Lemony Snicket
Conspiracies – F. Paul Wilson
Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk
Cirque du Freak – A Living Nightmare (Book 1) – Darren Shan
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
The Dracula Tape – Fred Saberhagen
Berlin Diaries 1940-1945 – Marie Vassiltchikov

Oh, and just because I can:

2009 List:

The Double Bind – Chris Bohjalian
Four Past Midnight – Stephen King (reread)
Coraline – Neil Gaiman (reread)
Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo – Margot Mifflin
Gerald’s Game – Stephen King (reread)
We’re All in this Together – Owen King
Pawn of Prophecy – David Eddings
The Tomb – F. Paul Wilson
World War Z – Max Brooks
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snickett
Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King (reread)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room – Lemony Snickett
The Fourth Hand – John Irving
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
The Green Mile – Stephen King (reread)
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health – Gary Taubes
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Diary – Chuck Palahniuk
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Giver – Lois Lowry (reread)
Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry (reread)
Messenger – Lois Lowry
Just After Sunset – Stephen King
Taste of Tenderloin – Gene O’Neil
A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket
Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket
Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King (reread)
Legacies – F. Paul Wilson
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead – Max Brooks
A Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy – Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events #6: The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket

2008 List:

Christine – Stephen King (reread)
Water for Elephants – Susan Gruen
Lost Boy Lost Girl – Peter Straub
A Widow for One Year – John Irving
Blaze – Stephen King
Cujo – Stephen King (reread)
Danse Macabre – Stephen King (finally finished!)
The Dark Half – Stephen King (reread)
The Memory of Running – Ron McLarty
The Dead Zone – Stephen King (reread)
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Jane Austen’s Letters
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Desperation – Stephen King (reread)
The Regulators – Stephen King (reread)
The Magdalen – Marita Conlon-McKenna
Different Seasons – Stephen King (reread)
Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk
Dolores Claiborne – Stephen King (reread)
The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving
Dreamcatcher – Stephen King (reread)
Selected Poems – W. H. Auden
Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
Everything’s Eventual – Stephen King (reread)
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison
On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God – Louise Rennison
The Listeners and Other Poems – Walter de la Mare
Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas – Louise Rennison
Dancing in My Nuddy Pants – Louise Rennison
Collected Poems – Philip Larkin
Away Laughing on a Fast Camel – Louise Rennison
Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers – Louise Rennison
Startled By His Furry Shorts – Louise Rennison
Love is a Many Trousered Thing – Louise Rennison
Eyes of the Dragon – Stephen King (reread)
20th Century Ghosts – Joe Hill
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Firestarter – Stephen King (reread)
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
Duma Key – Stephen King
We Survived: Fourteen Histories of the Hidden and Hunted in Nazi Germany – Eric H. Boehm

What are YOU reading?

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WTF is Up With the Hiking Trails?

There’s been a few reports in the last several weeks of people getting accosted on the hiking trails in this area.

WTF? HIKING TRAILS??? Are the criminals getting more desperate, or more stupid?

Today Keith looked at me and said, “Do I need to start hiking with a gun?”

Indeed.

And it’s not just some guy trying to pull a lone woman off the trail. One guy went after a pair of women, and in this latest incident some guy went after a man and woman.

Again, desperation or stupidity, or both? I’ve lived here 17 years and have never heard of this kind of crazy. Generally I hike in a group of 5-10 people, but still. This is craziness.

What has the world come to, when you can’t even go for a hike without being armed?

I weep for the future. I truly do.

Why My Next Living Space Will Have Central Air

I’ll admit, I did not think it would be a big deal to buy a condo with out air conditioning. I’ve been forced to reconsider that thought.

Holy crap, could it BE hotter right now? Even the cat is laying on the patio going, “Well, it’s five degrees cooler out here.”

I have fans in every window and it’s STILL 90+ in here.

Next living space – CENTRAL AIR. Seriously.

Kill me. Kill me now.

Corporate Planning Epic FAIL

Okay, so we FINALLY got the visit from Corporate HR to tell us what our severance would be.

Frankly, mine is nice, especially if I can manage to get a job that starts right after our closing date and collect it as a lump sum.

The problem is, they don’t know what date that is.

Seriously, I’m starting to think this is intentional. You REALLY can’t pick a date? I REALLY have to wait two more weeks?

Yeah, I get you want me to panic, take a job and forfeit my severance, but oh, hell no. I’ll wait. I just won’t be happy about it.

And no, I don’t believe for a second you don’t already have a date picked out.

The Great Unknown

So, Tuesday corporate HR is supposed to come and “answer our questions”. The only one I have is the need to know my ballpark figure on my severance.

Knowing our corporate HR chick like I do, I suspect I will not get a satisfactory (or accurate) answer.

So, my decision is this: if corporate HR cannot tell me what I can expect in the way of severance, I’m going to start applying for jobs NOW.

I have discovered that it’s likely that I will have to move closer to Denver, as that seems to be where the jobs are.

This is going to mean I’m going to have to try and sell my condo in a depressed real estate market. Awesome.

On an up note, I’d love to be closer to Denver, but the whole condo sale thing is going to suck it hardcore.

Oh well, what can you do?

I can’t wait to see how all this plays out.

Yeah, Still Venting About the Recent Turn of Events…

I have hit full-blown depression mode on my recent near-layoff. Here’s a copy of a post I made on another site I visit, and it’s very true:

I’m *really* depressed right now. If it were just the job, I’m pretty sure I’d move on.

This, however, is like losing your entire family in a bus accident. My coworkers are AWESOME, I love them all (with one or two exceptions, but overall, yanno) and it hurts on a personal level that makes me wish I hated my job.

I didn’t. I LOVED my job.

I can’t explain how hurt I am right now. And, I am doubly hurt by the knowledge that most of the people I worked with on the shop floor are totally screwed, because they’re hourly and have no real job skills.

These are the people who, twelve years ago when my husband committed suicide, passed the hat and gave me over $200, when I knew they *barely* had $10 to spare.

The people who ALWAYS came through for each other, because we were all “family” and we all looked after our own. We ALWAYS “passed the hat” when someone fell on hard times, and everyone ALWAYS gave what they had. ALWAYS.

This is what hurts the most, right now. We’re a small plant; we all know each other – it’s like losing family.

That is what is killing me right now. I know I can do what I need to do to survive, but I know I’m at an advantage because I’ve got two Bachelor’s Degrees, and they don’t. That sucks.

I know I just heard about this today, but I’m fully in the grief cycle right now and I’d just like to wallow in self-pity for a day or two.

DBF called this evening to see how I was, and I let it go to voice mail. I can’t talk about it right now. Bless his heart for trying, but I. just. can’t.

And, it pisses me off that I can’t just be all strong and confident and move on.

Fucking bloody hell.

Joining the Ranks of the Unemployed

Well, the economy has claimed another victim. They’re closing our plant in about 60 days, and I’ll be out of a job. I won’t know until next week what the severance package is (I guess I should be happy I’m even getting one) so I’m kind of in limbo right now, which those of you who know me know is probably the worst part of the whole thing. Once I know what the deal is I can make plans, but right now I have no idea what’s going on and that drives me absolutely crazy.

I’m really quite sad about this. I loved my job, I’ve been there fifteen years, and I really, really like my coworkers.

I feel like I just lost my family in a bus accident.