It’s been an odd week, due to a small (and I really do mean small) influx of cash and a few annoyances at work I decided to treat myself to some cheap rubbish that promised to be fleetingly entertaining.
Which is how I ended up buy the sequel to a book that I wasn’t even sure I was ever going to reread – Keith Melton’s ‘The Zero Dog War’ was ok once so I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to by ‘Dark Ride Dogs’.
The book is irreverent and mildly amusing, but the team’s constant bickering is slightly grating – I didn’t need reminding quite so many times that the Andrea is holding together a team of misfits who don’t play well with themselves or anyone else.
The sex crazed goblins were more creepy pervy than serious villain material and the ghost clowns were under used.
It was distracting and mildly amusing – which was the aim of buying it, but it did demonstrate how much the original book relied on sheer novelty value to hang together.
Even at the bargain basement price of £2.50 I feel slightly cheated.
When someone says “I’ve sent you 100 snowdrop bulbs” I was a) vey surprised as that seems pretty random and b) expecting dry bulbs.
What I got was “in green” snowdrops, i.e. snowdrops that someone else planted, saw flower, dug up and shoved in the post with the expectation that I would plant them. There was probably also the expectation that the plants would live… but that might have been too much to hope for.
Apparently what you *should* plant “in green” snowdrops do that only the green is showing. 40 minutes of searching on the internet did NOT tell me this but I really wish it had.
Let’s just say my snowdrops are showing some white stalk above ground…but they are also lying limp and dead looking so it might be a mute point.
On the plus side the Forythia, Buddleja or Japanese Cherry don’t seem to obviously hate me right now… there is no sign they like me but it could happen!
Work is weird, technically I’ve moved departments but you wouldn’t realise it.
My little team sit on a different floor to the new department and have minimal interactions with them. Which was starting to make me feel a bit isolated and underappreciated.
The other day the inept people in Building Management managed to put a hole in the celling and flooded our desks. In search of somewhere dry I went and sat upstairs with my new department – only to find that their idea of a hard day at work was to throw paper planes around and discuss their favourite episode of ‘Fireman Sam’.
My husband likes tanks so it was only a matter of time before ‘Fury’ was purchased and viewed.
Personally I wasn’t overly interested in a film with a plot line portraying a US tank crew deep in Nazi Germany towards the end of the Second World War and I didn’t really get in to the film despite feeling that it was done rather well.
It was very slow and more realistic than I expected from a writer who decided that the US captured the Enigma machine.
If a slow war film is your sort of thing then this might do the trick, personally it isn’t my cup of tea but I didn’t detest it.
‘The Zero Dogs War’ had been on my watch list for well over a year, I presume that it was recommended by someone. I knew that it was meant to be funny and silly, I also knew that the book version as £14 but the kindle version was £4.50 – a year ago it was £3.50 so I wasn’t rushing into buying it.
But then I had an iffy week coincide with payday and decided that a potentially amusing book for under a fiver was worth a punt.
The Zero Dogs are a mercenary team lead by Andrea Walker – who is a pyromancer, her team are an eclectic combination of people who I can’t summarise without spoiling some of the fun!.
The plot is also hard to sum up, but I will say that it features zombies, gelatine and lots of sarcasm.
The horrible stint with flu the other month has made me slightly paranoid about consuming my multivitamin tablets, I’m aware there is a school of thought that says too many vitamins are bad for you and that any kind of vitamin tablet is bad – however I absolutely know that flu is bad and needs to be avoided so that currently trumps all comers.
Which is how I came to try Tropicana Essentials Multivitamins – that and it was free…
The blurb premise is “A delicious & nutritious blend of 12 different fruits with the great taste you’d expect from Tropicana”. Personally I don’t expect much from Tropicana, their orange juice is ok in moderation and I’m suspicious about food products that are ‘enhanced’ with additional vitamins (or fibre).
In addition to the enhancements there is also the following fruit juices and purees: