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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lunches Y'All


From my bookstore freezer.ean Cuisine Chicken Enchilada Suiza. Yum. Low calorie. 

This is from a vegetarian food truck. Very yummy and expensive at almost 14 bucks. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In Search of DJ

Kois at San Francisco Japanese Garden
For Spring Break, I spent my week doing pro bono in San Antonio.  One of the girls from my university was also arranging her September wedding while we were there.  Every day, she would have appointments for all sort of things having to do with weddings.   For Monday, I think she met with different caterers.  For Tuesday, she met with photographers.  For Wednesday, it was make-up artist, I think. For Thursday afternoon, she was meeting with three different DJs for her wedding.  I imagine that hers would at least have a qx1002usb mixer.  Just to be assured of a perfect sound.  I think September wedding in Texas would be perfect. The weather would be nice and cooler by then, and there is less likely chance of thunderstorm.  I just know that she would make for a most beautiful bride.  For Friday, she found her perfect wedding gown made of Spanish lace.  It is just the sort of efficient things that reminds me just how efficient I was for my wedding, too.

Friday, March 14, 2014

What I Did Thursday


J Alexander's Ahi Tuna for $27.00

Quarry Market Shopping Center
I was wondering why I did not have enough time to read my textbook when I was in San Antonio for Spring Break.  Sure, I was working at the Legal Clinic and I have to leave my hotel at 830am and we do not get out of the clinic until 500pm.  After work, I would stop by shopping center and I do not make it back to my hotel until 9pm.

After showering and getting ready to sleep, I have like 2 hours before I get sleepy.  I did managed to review for my MPRE, read MPRE materials.  So, for about 10-14 hours of "free time", I spent about 6 listening to lectures and the rest reading and taking practice test.

Put that way, I do not feel so back about not being able to read my textbooks.

The two pictures above is taken from March 13.  I went to Quarry Market, but it is difficult to shop. It is a giant outdoors mall.  I had dinner at J Alexanders. Spent 27 dollars on Ahi Tuna steak.  It is the most over priced dinner I had ever paid.


Monday, March 10, 2014

The Elite by Kiera CassS

Second Book of The Selection

I listened to this book to the end, but it elicited such  strong emotions with me.  I believe that when a person is considering a serious relationship, it should not be approached like an elimination rounds of The Bachelor.  However, if you must put up with that kind of selection, then, be up front about it.  

My beef with the story {and what got me screaming my head off for America to get over it, in addition to endangering my iPhone with its Overdrive apps from being tossed out the window) was the fact that America did not disclose to Prince Maxon that the boy she was pining for was in fact in the palace.  The she is "going on" with this boy right under Maxon's nose.  How is she getting away with this?  I get riled up when she would emotionally push and pull the Prince because she has options.

In any relationship, any time one person has other options, it makes it difficult to commit.  Just like loving two pairs of shoes and only having enough money to get one, it is a difficult decision to make.  Unlike a pair of shoes which you can put on a layaway, in relationship, it does not quite work the same way.  

I dislike America's blatant disregard for the rules.  She had seen that another contestant and the guard in  dalliance were caned.  Yet, here is America making out with Aspen every chance she got, and she has the nerve to be put out that Prince Maxon is feeling her indecision.  America is bordering on the class of heroin that is not agreeable.  The TSTL category. Too Stupid To Live and please just let an ugly gargoyle drop on her head!  I can understand if she stumble a few times because she is only a teenager after all, but here, it seems like she wanted to keep both men, but only keep the Prince in the dark.

I dislike America.  I do not want her to be a princess.  I want romance, which means America must be in love with the Prince.  Yet, I do not get that.  At most, all she feels is a tepid emotion.  I think she cared more for her pile of pennies than she did the Prince.  It is hard for me to feel that she really cares for the prince because she's making out with Aspen every chance she gets.  Towards the end of the second story, I really just wanted to get America killed.  She got my my nerves so much.

I guess it is good that the book is getting this much reaction from me, but on the other hand, I wanted a great love story.  Even Bella was not this indecisive about Edward.  (See Twilight series).  She only went out with Jacob when Edward left.  Here, we have basically a slutty girl vying for the crown.  

I am rooting for anyone to end up with the Prince except America.  I want a girl to love the Prince with a great love story.  At this point, America is not it.  

America had better than be canoodling with Aspen more than she does the Prince on the third book because it would feel too much like the whole Selection series is missing a heroin to root for.  

Goodread summary:
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Neighboring Room Occupants from Hell



Holiday Inn at Caesar Chavez Blvd San Antonio is a decent hotel. However, the staff are not competent enough to keep noisy, drunken guests quiet. It is three AM and they are loud. 

I'm not getting any sleep. These obnoxious guest have no regard for other human beings needing sleep. It is 3am! I could forgive a crying child. But I'm fresh out of patience with drunken louts. Pox to the lot of them! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Selection by Kiera Cass


 

My mother was pushing for me to listen to this book. I had just introduced her to overdrive app.  These two were available and she borrowed both The Selection and The Elite.  She was finished listening to it in three days!  I could not listen to it until now because I had school and many things to read.  Then, there's MPRE hanging over my head!

I found myself enjoying this book.  It feels a bit like The Hunger Games except here, we deal with caste system.  Also, not one of the 35 is trying to kill the others.  I think 1 for royalty and all the way to 7.  America Singer is 5, they are musicians and artists.  America also has a boyfriend named Aspen.  No premarital sex in society.  It is a crime punishable by death.  As a consequence, many couples marry young.  The lower caste also tend to have more children because birth control is evidently reserved for the higher caste. 
Prince Maxon is looking for a bride, so the way this society do it is have the eligible women, 18-25, I think, enter a contest where someone would choose thirty-five girls out of the lot.  America makes the cut and she's at the palace.  She told the prince she was already in love with someone else and is not interested in falling in love with the prince.

America and Maxon become friends of sorts.  And this makes the story very good. In some way, it is better than The Hunger Games because there is no high body count.  It is like The Bachelor meets Hunger Games.  One of the young adult books I enjoy. Thanks to my mother who recommend.  She has already per-ordered The One coming out in May 2014.

Summary:
For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want, and living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself - and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Party

The Hunter and the Hare, 2010 by Aleksandr Krasnov ( a postcard I received from Russia)

Do you have a once in a lifetime event? Do you plan to have unique and fun party? Have you even been to a party where after a few minutes you just want to go home?  Well, I think one of the fix is a dj like this charleston dj. I personally would rather be in a party where the music is loud, the fun is endless and a good time with friends.  By the way, it is Spring Break. Hmm, I wonder if that should be capitalized.  Is it a  proper noun? I will have to out.  In the mean time, have fun and party safe and loud.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When a Lord Needs a Lady by Jane Goodger


 Lord Graham Spencer needs a wife.

But not just any girl will do. She must have the money to save his dilapidated estate and desperate tenants. So when he meets a charming American lady’s maid on the beach at Brighton, the last thing he ought to do is kiss her.

Katherine Wright is hunting a titled husband.

Or at least her mother is. But Katherine can’t get the memory of a most inappropriate kiss out of her mind. The handsome stranger who took her in his arms in Brighton was only a valet, but even if she is an heiress, she’d rather spend her life with him than some stiff British aristocrat.

Can true love survive two false identities, two scheming mamas, and two lavish house parties where all is revealed?

My take:  I love this story. It's a roller coaster of emotion. Just the kind of book I need after a long week of law school. If you are a romance lover, do not miss this book or the author. I love her unconventional heroines. 

I read it all afternoon of Sunday. I was rather sad when it ended because I wanted to read something similar with just as strong an emotion as this.  

There's a touch of Shakespeare's As You Like It, except it is only one instead of two couple.  I like how imperfect they both are, and that makes the story perfect.

If you have not read a Goodger book, now is the time.  She is really a treat!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Not so Fun Part



When postcards failed to appear. FTA postcards. The OCD in me compels me to send at least one more card.

Okay, I think I need sleep now. I just had a glimpse of my schedule and I'm suddenly tired. 

On the other hand, I get these beautiful cards and it makes it worthwhile. 

This is from Russia. I love cute cartoons. 

These two below are from Netherlands. The same artist known for his broad or easy brush strokes. 


I just started noticing stamps, thanks to little sis.