Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Author of the Gods of Myth series. 
"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."

What's new, Chubbycat? 7/22/18

It was a good SDCC weekend! Not that I got to go. But they debuted the Godzilla trailer, announced my hero Shiro really is gay (and the Voltron fandom rejoiced) and a whole lot of other amazing things i am still weeding through. 


This week my awesome art print arrived. I don't buy a lot of prints because frames are so expensive and I'm an artist myself. I tend to replicate most of what i want. But this was just too awesome for me to even attempt.



Check out UsagiArtcafe on Etsy for this and more great art. I can't  wait to order that matching Keith and get frames.


I have also been making headway on my cross stitch.



Again, an Etsy purchase. ValintiCrossStitch


I have had a migraine again, so it's been slow moving. I work for a couple of hours then need a break because my eyes start to hurt too badly to keep working. And the eye doctor said I don't need reading glasses yet so it's just my condition flaring.


We got some great SDCC exclusive pops. Ghus from Saga, Black Lady from Sailor Moon, and a Ron Swanson corrupted by Tammy 2. Bryan got sleeping ("dead") Yamcha from DBZ. In the process of looking through the pops, I found something I didn't even know I needed.



Shut up and take my money!!!!!


I tried to get the Funko skateboard of the Golden Girls but it was a Target exclusive. I missed it by minutes. I love my girls. If they made a GG toilet seat I would buy it.


Also, send positive thoughts to my loving little Fluff Fluff kitty. She has double ear infections. She's always had allergies and skin issues, but lately she scratched her ears to bleeding. So today she saw the vet and they found yeast and bacteria in both her ears. She's on an ear flush, drops and a new allergy liquid. Bless her heart. She's my husband's baby, and he was so worried. She should be better soon, but positive vibes are always welcome.



Reading progress update: I've listened 700 out of 1080 minutes.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

The Dragon is a nasty fellow and Nieshka is as stupid as they come.


Voltron officials confirm Shiro (Takahashi Shirogane) is gay

Voltron officials at the SDCC panel confirmed that Shiro is gay. And today is a good day for millions of us Sheith fans. 


I don't know what is happening with my blog but it deleted my first post. :( 


Anyway, I'm so fucking excited!


Reading progress update: I've listened 60 out of 1080 minutes.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

I guess while I was enjoying a mini staycation here at home with a friend from Florida, my copy of the audiobook for Stars Above returned to the library. Even though I was checking them to make sure they didn't expire. Oh well. But this one I caught literally 36 minutes before return and renewed it. Now that my friend has gone on her way I'm back to working on my cross stitch and listening. 




Everyone looks super tan next to me, the vampire queen. Lol


I'm also in the middle.of my Smart Pill study, so I'm wearing this clunky device on a lanyard or in my hoodie pocket and every time I use the bathroom or eat I have to hit the "event" button and record what i did in a journal. It's....interesting. But now we have a new running joke in the house. "Get out of the bathroom! I need it! There's about to be an event!"


It's also 106 degrees here. Who left the gates of Hell open? You're in so much trouble.

Reading progress update: I've listened 90 out of 600 minutes.
STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

First story finished. On to the second. So far this is just like all other Meyer books, where I love it from go.

2 Stars
And I Darken (and snore): DNF at 50%
And I Darken - Kiersten White

I have been listening to this for almost 7 hours and absolutely nothing has happened. Nothing. A lot of Lada being an absolute bitch to anyone and everyone and her brother being an obviously homosexual wannabe Muslim and everyone else is out to kill them. I am so over this mess. I hate Lada. She is nasty and vindictive and rude. Everything she does "out of love" is manipulative. I kept on listening, praying for this to pick up, but it never did. All battles were skipped, which is such a Twilight move. Any time a fight scene might come up, the chapter ends, the next begins and everything is over. It's just lazy writing. A lot of fluff and filler. Boring. 


Reading progress update: I've listened 120 out of 780 minutes.
And I Darken - Kiersten White

Interesting so far. It got my attention at Vlad Dracula's name. I'm all about Vlad the Impaler. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 60 out of 550 minutes.
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins

Paladins. She's a paladin. I would like to go on record saying there are only 5 paladins I care for, 2 more than the rest.




Shiro is my heart and soul. Let's just be honest about that. But I also love Keith. And I ship Keith/Shiro/Sheith big time. 


Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled program. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 5 out of 550 minutes.
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins

I completed my scifi summer checklist!!! So now I'm going to knock a few more books off my TBR pile that I was supposed to read LAST year but never did. Audiobooks will help me since I'm busy with cross stitching.



And my current project is a floral kitty




Now, this book. I have already pictured Harper as Captain America. She lectured her boyfriend on saying the f word.



2 Stars
Aliens Omnibus 3: DNF at 35%
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three (Rogue, Labyrinth) - Stephani Danelle Perry, Sandy Schofield

Cliches by the truckload, let me count the ways....


1. Strong female pilot that tries really hard to be Ripley


2. Fat co-pilot


3. Rich corporate assholes


4. Evil company 


5. Mad scientist that wants to tame/create aliens 


6. The good guys using ventilation systems to outsmart the bad guys


7. Creations turning on their masters and for some "shocking" reason, the master being surprised. 


I'm out. The first omnibus was great. The second was bad. This was boring and poorly written. 

Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three (Rogue, Labyrinth) - Stephani Danelle Perry, Sandy Schofield

So many errors. Do they not know what a fucking copy editor is?!


I am probably only reading the first in this volume because of the copious missing punctuation and the fact the second book is said to be a mirror of the first with different names. Always a crazy mad scientist and an evil corporation. 

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three (Rogue, Labyrinth) - Stephani Danelle Perry, Sandy Schofield

Only 10% into this volume and I count 3 missing periods, 1 missing comma and one misspelled name. I just do not get it with these Alien omnibus volumes. The next time I am at the book store I'm going to take a list of the pages missing periods with me and check it against a hardcopy and see if it is just an ebook thing. I paid $7.99 for this book, I expect better.

2 Stars
AVP: War
Aliens vs. Predator: War - Chris Warner, Randy Stradley

I was happy to get back to the Perry's. But this book was a total letdown. The first 50 pages were a rehash of a flashback scene from the second book, but details were changed to completely distort the outlook. Several plot points were changed which made the second book pretty much impossible. It makes me wonder if this book is supposed to be canon or not. It also doesn't make any sense to me why you write 2 books in chronological order then go back and write a book that falls in the middle but is full of continuity issues. I don't get it. At least Noguchi was still a bad ass.

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 200 pages.
Aliens vs. Predator: War - Chris Warner, Randy Stradley

Why are we just rehashing the Naguchi story from the last book? This is not what I was looking forward to. The last two books had so much awesome momentum and this one is just like a screeching halt into a brick wall so far.


I'm also cranky as fuck because I had a root canal today. It didn't hurt, but now my TMJ is all angry and I have sore spots where I was given shots. At least now I can eat and drink without shooting pain.

What's new, Chubbycat? 6/26/18

I'm just going to start using dates to tell these posts apart. 


Anyway, I haven't said much lately because my hubby got back from over seas, there was Father's Day, I'm still having stomach problems, and I'm not sleeping much. Just a lot of little things adding up. 


But here's what all had happened:



Bryan had been wanting a nice grill for years, so while he was away overseas, I had one delivered and I assembled it. He cooked for us on Father's Day. That thing was a beast to wrangle out of the box but I managed. He's so happy to have a nice grill instead of cheap charcoal one that keeps rusting out.



Danny always appreciates good food. 



I finally completed my first bullet journal. It was started 2 years ago. Look how fat it is. It won't close. I'm going to have to tie it shut before it goes into my cedar chest.



Hubs got me this awesome book in Germany. I only have a vague idea what it says but I wanted a book in a foreign language and he delivered.



We did the floors not long ago, but we didn't have the money to get the transitions. So we had to leave a naked concrete gap. It was tacky but the transitions were $30 per 72 inch section. That's a lot of money.



But we finished it Sunday night! And isn't it great? My husband can math! I would have never been able to cut those angles.


I have a long-time friend coming into town in 2 weeks so we're knocking things off our to do list before she gets here. The flooring was the major task. But I also got new curtains: 



I saw them and they matched my living room perfectly. The old ones blended into the wall too much.


I've so ordered new dishes. And I got a steam mop that cut through the crud on my floor better than my old Swiffer. I finished painting the trim today. I have a running list of tasks on my phone to accomplish before July 14th. Mostly organizing, deep cleaning and yard work. I haven't seen this person since she was stationed in Florida back in 2013. She left a few days after I bought my van, I specifically remember this. She was my next door neighbor when we lived in our base duplex. She was and is one of my very best friends. I want my house to be perfect. Having animals also makes me worry about smell. But since we got rid of most of our carpet it isn't such an issue. 



For now let's just enjoy my accidental sunflowers. All because birdseed got dropped in my yard by my porch. 


Wish me luck. In the morning I see my dentist for my TMJ and a couple of cavities. I hate the dentist. Not my dentist. But just going to one in general. Mine is awesome. I have just had horrible experiences in the past so now I get really anxious when i have to go.

Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 309 pages.
The Devil's Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - Carmen Carter

Goodness, I love Worf. But to play poker against him? I would fold every time. He would make me want to pee myself. He doesn't strike me an easy loser.

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