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I hear the clock tick ...

We don't do much in the way of celebrating Easter around our house. I mean, we do the egg hunting for the kids and usually have a big family dinner but the fact of the matter is that I have one sister who's vehemently against any type of religion, one who doesn't seem to give a fuck one way or the other and me, the practicing pagan/witch/etc (I don't know what the etc part of that statement means, but I'm going to let it stand). So, there's usually some off color jokes based around how none of us would enjoy going to church, my grandma usually grouses about how we don't know what we're talking about because we've never been to church or bothered to read the bible (which is not entirely true since I think we've all gone to at least one church service at some point in our lives, but I'm not going to argue with my gram), and then we start to pull out the big guns and the off color jokes about church turn into off color jokes about everything else (which means that lately it's all about my sister's burgeoning belly and how to induce early labor through sex).

We have some great family dinner discussions. I think we've managed to turn everything under the sun into a dirty innuendo at one point or another (Example: "HAHA! Guys, I just said that the bacon's salty AND hard! And that's what she said!").

Also, at one point the question of what Amber and Phil are going to name the soon-to-be-born kiddo came up and this is what we said ... "If you know where the baby was conceived you can skip over the agony of trying to figure out a name and just go with whatever city/county/state/etc it happened in." Their response, "Well, we did do it every night/day/evening/etc between Florida and California so that's a lot of potential names." Too much info, guys. Too much info.

I think Phil's family is alternately horrified and hysterical over some of the stuff we end up talking about. It makes family dinners a pure delight.

Okay, I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles for this part of the post ... I did read a book or two today.
Book #47 - Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry #5) by Laurell K. Hamilton - Merry's conquests among her Aunt's guards begins to bring more and more of the forgotten magic to life within the sithen but she is still without child. As the clock on her cousin's imprisonment begins to run down, she has to cement her ties to her allies while avoiding the pitfalls of court politics. I liked this book, but I always get caught in the fact that Merry's time with Mistral is so short. While her Aunt allows Merry to take him to her bed she makes it clear that Mistral is her guard and will not be allowed to join Merry's men. It's just sad. To have so much offered with one hand and then snatched away with the other. Still, I like the book as a whole and enjoy the way Merry's relationships with some of the men is evolving into more than lust.


Book #48 - A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry #6) by Laurell K. Hamilton - After Galen accidentally released all the prisoners in the Hall of Mortality in book 5, Merry and her guards are whisked back to LA and away from her cousin's insanity. Except that they're far from safe when King Taranis sets his sights on luring Merry to his court through whatever means necessary. More wild magic is released and Merry receives news that is both welcome and heartbreaking. Parts of this book killed me. Come to think of it, that's probably why I never read the latest books that came out in the series. I was dead. Knowing that that next book ties up the main story arc made the re-read on this one a little easier. One way or another Merry will have the things she needs, whether it's the Queendom of the Unseelie Court or the love of her men in exile.

Umm, this post is getting really long but I'd just like to point out that in order to hit my 100 books by the end of the year I need to have read 50 by the end of June. Do you think I can do it? I ordered the 7th and 8th in the Merry Gentry series and those should be here by Tuesday and the 3rd in Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Power series should be here by Wednesday or Thursday. The way I've been devouring these books I'm pretty sure they're all going to be read the day I get them.

*steeples fingers* Excellent.

I'm done. I have to take my dogs out in the rain one more time.