Daily Birthday Treat Ideas

  1. Alpaca farm
  2. Drive in movie
  3. Parachute robe
  4. Dyson cool link
  5. Cake
  6. Springs preserve
  7. Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary (make Saturday Appt)
  8. Ethel M chocolates
  9. Neon museum
  10. Drag queen bingo
  11. Desert National Wildlife refuge
  12. Day completely to myself
  13. Volunteer at Horses4Heroes
  14. Rent a boat at Lake Las Vegas
  15. Ice cream
  16. Sleepover
  17. Go to monta ramen
  18. Donuts
  19. Sushi Koma
  20. Whole day alone
  21. Nora’s
  22. Vlog my day
  23. Go karting
  24. Peruvian food
  25. Hotwire hotel and room service
  26. Make a list of everything I like about myself
  27. Bath with bath bombs
  28. Pajamas
  29. Ring
  30. Bathtub tray
  31. Eyeliner tool thing I keep getting ads for
  32. Wear an all new outfit
  33. Bracelet
  34. Get someone to mount my big picture
  35. Flowers
  36. Go to the park
  37. Go for a sunset walK
  38. Hadley and Bennett apron
  39. Cooking class
  40. E-bird feeder
  41. Reformer class
  42. Solo hike at Mt Charleston
  43. Wear my gay glasses
  44. Wear my gay shoes
  45. Get the pura and a few great scents
  46. Eat rice pudding
  47. Make yourself a t-shirt
  48. Buy yourself something from qvc
  49. Bamboo fitted sheet
  50. Dress up
  51. Get a free birthday Jamba Juice
  52. Get free birthday Yogurtland
  53. Get free birthday Starbucks
  54. Make a vision board
  55. Do calligraphy
  56. Go try out white office chairs
  57. Do one of the activities in the anxiety book
  58. Hip bag
  59. Buy something from Etsy
  60. Do a face mask
  61. Float in the pool at night
  62. Buy something from your wish list
  63. Have a shopping spree at the LV outlets
  64. Watch qvc all day long
  65. Wear new shoes
  66. Go to home goods and buy whatever I want
  67. Do the rail road trial in Henderson
  68. Atomic testing museum
  69. Museum of natural history
  70. Mob museum
  71. Burlesque hall of fame
  72. Buy myself a big birthday balloon (June 1)
  73. Write a letter to tell someone I love them

List of Read Books: 2020

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  2. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
  3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  5. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  6. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  7. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  8. The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  9. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  10. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
  11. The Last Hero by “
  12. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  13. The Broken Kingdoms by “
  14. The Kingdom of Gods by “
  15. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  16. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  17. The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith
  18. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
  19. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchet
  20. Night Watch by “
  21. The Wee Free Men by “
  22. Monstrous Regiment by “
  23. A Hat Full of Sky by “
  24. Going Postal by “
  25. Thud! by “
  26. Wintersmith by “
  27. Making Money by “
  28. Unseen Academicals by “
  29. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  30. Lost in a Good Book by “
  31. The Well of Lost Plots by “
  32. Something Rotten by “
  33. First Among Sequels by “
  34. Death of a Gossip by MC Beaton
  35. Death of a Cad by “
  36. Death of an Outsider by “
  37. Death of a Perfect Wife by “
  38. Death of a Hussy by “
  39. Death of a Snob by “

Running List of Read Books 2019

  1. One Thing or Your Mother by Kirsten Beyer
  2. Blooded by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
  3. Child of the Hunt by Christopher Golden
  4. Last Act in Palmyra by Lindsey Davis
  5. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  6. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
  7. Equal Rites by “
  8. Mort by “
  9. Sourcery by “
  10. Wyrd Sisters by “
  11. Pyramids by “
  12. Guards! Guards! by “
  13. Eric by “
  14. Moving Pictures by “
  15. Reaper Man by “
  16. Interesting Times by “
  17. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  18. Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
  19. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  20. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  21. Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu
  22. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  23. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  24. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  25. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  26. Artemis by Andy Weir
  27. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  28. Lords and Ladies by “
  29. Men at Arms by “
  30. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  31. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  32. Maskerade by “
  33. Smoke Gets In Your Eye by Caitlin Doughty
  34. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  35. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  36. Hogfather by “
  37. Jingo by “
  38. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  39. The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
  40. The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton

Running List of Read Books: 2018

  1. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  4. Rocannon’s World by Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  6. Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
  7. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. The Dry by Jane Harper
  11. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (I hated this one and do not recommend)
  12. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  13. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
  14. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
  15. Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
  16. Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. Crazy Rish Asians by Kevin Kwan
  18. The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
  19. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Didn’t hate but DNR)
  20. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton
  21. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
  22. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener
  23. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley
  24. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
  25. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist
  26. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death
  27. Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham
  28. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden
  29. Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam
  30. Imajica by Clive Barker
  31. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  32. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  33. Children of Dune
  34. God Emperor of Dune
  35. Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis
  36. Venus in Copper
  37. The Iron Hand of Mars
  38. Poseidon’s Gold
  39. Coyote Moon by John Vornholt
  40. Night of the Living Rerun by Arthur Cover
  41. Portal Through Time by Alice Henderson
  42. Halloween Rain by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
  43. Bad Bargain by Diana Gallagher
  44. Afterimage by Pierce Askegren
  45. Carnival of Souls by Nancy Holder

Running List of Read Books: 2016

  1. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  2. Nemesis by “
  3. Caves of Steel by “
  4. Naked Sun by “
  5. Robots of Dawn by “
  6. Robots and Empire by “
  7. The Stars Like Dust by “
  8. The Currents of Space by “
  9. Pebble in the Sky by “
  10. Prelude to Foundation by “
  11. Forward the Foundation by “
  12. Foundation’s Edge by “
  13. Foundation and Earth by “
  14. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  15. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  16. The Painted Man by Peter Brett
  17. Books of Blood Vol. 1 by Clive Barker
  18. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. Weaveworld by Cliver Barker
  20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  21. Prince Caspian by CS Lewis
  22. Witches of America by Alex Mar

 

 

Running List of Read Books: 2015

  1. By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  5. Curtain by Agatha Christie
  6. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
  7. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
  8. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. Nemesis by Agatha Christie
  10. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
  11. Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
  12. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  13. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  16. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  17. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  18. Sum by David Eagleman
  19. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
  20. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
  21. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  22. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  23. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  24. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  25. A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
  26. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  27. Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card
  28. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
  29. Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card
  30. Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
  31. First Meetings in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card
  32. Dune by Frank Herbert
  33. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  34. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  35. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  36. Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
  37. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  38. The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
  39. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

Running List of Read Books: 2014

  1. Harrington on Hold ‘Em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments Vol. 1 by Dan Harrington
  2. Harrington on Hold ‘Em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments Vol. 2 by Dan Harrington
  3. A Path of Shadows by Lauren Haney
  4. Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
  5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  6. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  7. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  8. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  9. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
  10. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  11. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
  12. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  13. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
  14. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
  15. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
  16. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  17. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
  18. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  19. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  20. Breakthrough Advertising by Gene Schwartz
  21. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
  22. Murder in Mesopotamia by “
  23. Cards on the Table by “
  24. Dumb Witness by “
  25. Death on the Nile by “
  26. Appointment with Death by “
  27. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by “
  28. Murder is Easy by “
  29. And Then There Were None by “
  30. Sad Cypress by “
  31. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by “
  32. Evil Under the Sun by “
  33. N or M? by “
  34. The Body in the Library by “
  35. Five Little Pigs by “
  36. The Moving Finger by “
  37. Towards Zero by “
  38. Death Comes as the End by “
  39. Sparkling Cyanide by “
  40. The Hollow by “
  41. Taken at the Flood by “
  42. Crooked House by “
  43. A Murder is Announced by “
  44. They Came to Baghdad by “
  45. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by “
  46. They Do It with Mirrors by “
  47. After the Funeral by “
  48. A Pocket Full of Rye by “
  49. Destination Unknown by “
  50. Hickory Dickory Dock by “
  51. Dead Man’s Folly by “
  52. 4.50 from Paddington by “
  53. Ordeal by Innocence by “
  54. Cat Among the Pigeons by “
  55. The Pale Horse by “
  56. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by “
  57. The Clocks by “
  58. A Caribbean Mystery by “
  59. At Bertram’s Hotel by “
  60. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  61. Third Girl by Agatha Christie
  62. Endless Night by “

 

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The “facts” of a work of fiction are fluid, they’re part of the world building done by the author. If an author decides he or she wants to make something up, they’re completely in their rights. Continue reading

My “First” Time – Poker Edition

I learned how to play poker in January of 2012. By the time I joined the party, online poker had long seen its blackest day. It was a very confusing time for me, because I was too shy to go into a casino and sit at a table, and all the poker sites would tell me I could only play for fake money since I was located in the US.

It was only after some roundabout research that I realized there was a huge crack down the year before and I was going to be stuck playing Zynga Poker until I got up the guts to play live. Continue reading