My First Drink A Long

I have done plenty of read alongs in my day. I have never done a drink a long. I does sounds interesting. I do live in Wisconsin and it seems that we have every excuse to drink.  Over at Snobbery, she has been hosting Drink A Longs for a while...I guess. I thought I would get it a try. I have the movie the upcoming event.

The flick is the Labyrinth on the 19- April. It starts at 945 pm CT

Here are the "rules" 

We all meet up on twitter on the night of the drinkalong, use the same hashtag, press play at the same time and eventually forget that there are even any rules because we’re just talking and drinking.  It’s a lot of fun and anyone can participate.  You don’t need booze, just a twitter account. 
I also depends if the little geekling decides to make an entrance into the world on that day as well.
If not I will be giving this a shot. Shounds like fun. What does everyone else think.?


Not Even Cool

I saw this “story” on Wampa News the other day. I know it is FAKE, but the thought of it even being legit has kind of scarred me. Talk about a downfall of the Star Wars Franchise if Disney would even think about doing this.
Sources inside Lucasfilm have informed us that Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular “Twilight” series of novels, and E.L. James, author of the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy, have been brought in to re-write the script for Star Wars Episode VII. The duo was reportedly brought in at the request of director Disney executives who felt that the script director JJ Abrams and "The Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan had written was lacking when it came to the romance.
Our sources say that, upon reading Abrams and Kasdan's draft of the script, Disney execs wanted the love story, which was a sub-plot in the Abrams/Kasdan script, to be brought to the forefront to appeal to a broader audience. There are reportedly four romantic subplots in the Meyer/James script, compared to the just one in the Kasdan/Abrams script.
According to our source, the relationships are: Han and Leia's daughter Jaina (reportedly played by Taylor Swift) having a fling with an imperial officer (reportedly played by Justin Beiber), Han and Leia's marital difficulties caused by Jaina's fling, Luke's struggles learning to love again following the death of his wife Mara Jade (portrayed in flashbacks by Kristen Stewart), and Luke's son (reportedly played by Zac Efron) and his struggles with coming out of the closet to his father about his relationship with another Jedi (reportedly played by Michael Cera).
Fans can expect lots of drama and lots of heat as the love stories play out over the film and set the stage for the relationships in Episode VIII, which will introduce new players into the relationships and cause love triangles for characters you might not expect (think Han and Leia).
Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters December 18, 2015 and stars Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Zac Efron, Justin Beiber, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift, and Michael Cera.
What are your thoughts??


Spring Is Here!!!

I just cannot believe that the season of spring is FINALLY here. After the PROLONGED winter that we(Wisconsin) has this year it was crazy.Damn you Polar Vortex or whatever you are called. It was pretty much from hunting season(October) to until last week of March that we had immense amounts of snow on the ground. 

I took a lookie at flower bed today and YES we have rhubarb sproating up. My thoughts wre sweet. I canot wait for the sauces and the bars, etc that we make with the plants of of the good stuff that is sprouting in the backyard right now.

I guess my wife and I better get the seeds started...oh wait I think we better order the seeds as well. his season we are taking it easy with the little one that is about the be welcomed to the world any day now.


Current State

Time and Place // 9:11AM at the Northwoods home base of WI

Eating and Drinking //Coffee..my usual life line and I did eat oatmeal with rasberries and blueberries(from last season)

Reading //I am currently reading Moneyball and Trappers Bible. With Moneyball it is the season for baseball, so I figured I would read this one. I sure an enjoying this book thus far. Trappers Bible I am learning more doing my offseason for sets and techniques for my targeted animals
Watching //  I have been watching this series on Sundays called Crisis. It is one of the show I try to watch now.

Listening // Slugging my way through The Outsiders. It is a good book thus far....mot sure what is taking me.

Hating // The feelig you get when you have not had dep fried in AGES. Uggh...that this mean I am getting old.

Loving// How much my daughter has blossomed this year in 3K. She can write her name and recognize all her letters.

Avoiding // Finalizing the pool that I ran for March Madness. I think I will divey up the winnings tomorrow.

Anticipating //This baby to FINALLY arrive we the people are getting anxious. My daughter dance recital that is a little bit over a month.
. What are you reading today?


Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is FatDad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is hilarious. I think that I am going to get this book for every soon to be parent from on. I know I can be evil sometimes...teehee.
 To me this was one of those book that were unputtdownable.This was a great book for my wife and I to read before we add another one to our crazy lives.

Basically, this is book of “bits” about Jim’s experiences becoming and being a father.Jim and his wife currently have five children and they live in a two-bedroom apartment in NYC. Yes, you do the math. The “bit” about how they have to put the kids to bed each night is like one of those logic problems from the SAT (Dan has to sit next to Jane and Sue, but he can’t sit next to Carl or . . . you get the idea).
Gaffigan manages to mix the right amount of snark and heart into these stories and most of them made me laugh out loud (yes, in the bathroom) at least once. Some of my favorites include the discussion of how naps are “pay day loans” or why parents give in to McDonalds. The chapter, “Are You Done Yet?” where he discusses the growing dismay of his friends and family as he and his wife exceed the normal couple allotment of two children is brilliant.
Though Gaffigan mines his home life for comic gold, some things are clear. He loves his wife, he loves his kids, and he loves his life—even though it is chaotic, sometimes impossible, and exhausting. This book made me wonder how much fun it would be to grow up in the Gaffigan household—I suspect that the next generation of standup comics is in the making.


Hugo Did You Say

I just cannot believe that the Hugo List is out. Where does that time go.  I am hoping that one day I will be somewhere as a nominee. I also think that it is sweet that I know some of the nominees and they are kick ass(pardon my German). I hope that you people read through and let me know what you thoughts are on the list.

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the categories and the nominees I chose in each category. Following that I have a few notes. If you’ve voted, and/or if you have an opinion about any of my nominees, I do hope you’ll share.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot)
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh (Orbit)
The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (Del Rey)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)
Abbadon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
“The Other Gun” by Neal Asher (Asimov’s, April/May 2013)
“Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, September 2013)
Over There” by Will McIntosh (Asimov’s, January 2013)
Hotel” by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, January 2013)
The Fountain” by G. David Nordley (Asimov’s, June 2013)
“Warlord” by Tom Purdom (Asimov’s, April/May 2013)
All the Snake Handlers I Know are Dead” by Dennis Danvers (Tor.com, July 2013)
Short Story:
About the Mirror and its Pieces” by Carrie Cuinn (Woman and Other Constructs)
The Urashima Effect” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld, June 2013)
Dignity” by Jay O’Connell (Asimov’s, December 2013)
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat” by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed, February 2013)
The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed, January 2013)
Best Related Work:
John Picacio 2014 Calendar
Writing Excuses Podcast, Season 8
Spectrum 20: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art
Mark Schultz: Carbon

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Neverwhere: Full Cast Recording
Oblivion (motion picture: Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt, Joseph Kosinski)
Gravity (motion picture: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron, George Clooney)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
A Calendar of Tales Audio: narrated by Neil Gaiman
Fortunately, The Milk Audio: narrated by Neil Gaiman
Best Editor (Short Form):
Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld)
Jonathan Strahan (Solaris, Night Shade)
John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed)
Sheila Williams (Asimov’s)
Ellen Datlow (Tor.com)

Best Semiprozine:
Apex Magazine
Best Fanzine:
A Dribble of Ink (Aidan Moher)
Little Red Reviewer (Andrea Johnson)
Bookworm Blues (Sarah Chorn)
SF Signal (John DeNardo) recused
Best Fancast:
The Coode Street Podcast (Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe)
The SF Signal Podcast (Patrick Hester)
Sword and Laser Podcast (Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt)
SF Squeecast (Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne Valente) recused
Functional Nerds (John Anealio, Patrick Hester)
Best Fan Writer:
Paul Weimer (blog,)
Carrie Cuinn (blog)
Sarah Chorn (blog)

Also on a side note:  I am going to be here on this location to stay. So please disregard my post from last week. Sorry for being scatter-brained I am not that sure what came over me.


Crazy Week

I cannot believe that in about a month that our family will be welcoming our new edition into the world. I for one am not that sure where ALL that time goes. It just seems like yesterday that we found out that we were FINALLY pregnant.With all that appointments with the fertility clinic(which we are lucky to have great insurance) and failed tests. It came true…perfect timing.

This week we have been busy making freezer meals for when the baby come and we are more prepared compared to where we were when our daughter came into the world. I think that we are set for almost 2 months of meals. 

At the mid point of the week, we had a growth ultrasound and the baby is still growing. Still not sure hope the baby can take being so squished in there. Right now the baby is measuring at 7 lbs 9 oz, still on pace to hit 10 lbs. WOW

Of course we did get more snow and made a mess. It snowed 3 inches this week then melted with how high the temps where this past week(40-50). Fun fun in the flood zone.

We will see if the baby comes early…I am hoping so for the sake of my wife.It seems like we are in a rat race right now. I am hoping that everything is worth it and think that it will be.