Fire, exclamation mark.

And that will only be hilarious to people that have seen the IT Crowd. Best. episode. ever.

But back to the actual point. I was cruising along at work on my last 12 hr shift (midnight to midday) and decided I’d like something to eat. It was about 3:30am which seem as good a time as any but it wasn’t to be because as I was about to do it the fire alarm went off! Fortunately, my security pass has the instructions on what to do in this case. Although, I think they were the instructions for business hours not weekends at 3am. So I sit and wonder if it will turn off or if the beep, beep, beep will continue forever. It didn’t, it became the scary wooop, wooop of “get the hell out! We’re on fire!” and then a strange english man recording came on the PA and told me to calmly evacuate and go to the designated evacuation point.

So I calmly packed my stuff and walked out but didn’t know where the evacuation point was. I was told it is actually a block away! There was no way I was walking down there at 3:30am. So I waited outside for the fire brigade to come and fortunately, our technically minded people had been working down at the data centre (about 5mins drive away from the office) and had just finished up when this all occurred. So they also turned up and kept me company as the firemen went through and pretended to inspect the building.

I say pretend because they didn’t actually have full access to the building, including the floor they believed the issue to be on! They also didn’t talk to us or tell us what was going on. The simply, turned the alarm off and left. We assumed it was safe to enter. Which, 6hrs later, it appears it was.

I will say, that I was afraid to turn the sandwich press on for fear of sparking the smoke detectors and having the issue happen again. Stupid? Sure, but you never know.

Reviewed: Bright Young Things

Bright Young ThingsBright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was so excited to begin reading this book. It was a return to my guilty pleasure; YA fiction which was a nice change from all of the classics I’ve been reading.

Unfortunately, Bright Young Things is written in the new YA style, that is the bad style or as I like to call it the “Stephanie Meyer style”. It is quite sad these days to go to the bookstore and check out the YA shelf to find that most of the new titles are about vampires and guardian angels and werewolves and everything supernatural. I yearn for the days of coming of age titles where there was no mystery or murder and no one had any super powers. I blame Twilight for this! Curse you Stephanie Meyer!

Fortunately for me, Bright Young Things didn’t include too many Topaz eyes or irresistible scents and had something that resembled a plot so I was able to finish it and not feel like I had wasted my time.

Bright Young Things is set in 1929 and is the story of Cordelia and Letty who have run away from hicksville (Union, Ohio) to the Big smoke (Manhattan) to become famous! For me, everything falls into place far to easily. The girls barely have to try to get settled even though they had never seen anything like Manhattan before.

For me, Cordelia’s chapters are the hardest too take. I really couldn’t stand the character or the decisions she made and I found myself wishing for a Letty or Astrid bit with every new paragraph. I was really cheering on Letty though and hoping everything would work out for her.

I loved the setting. 1920’s America has always held a bit of a fascination for me and I think I’d love to go back in time and be a Flapper. It seemed like such a good age to be alive… until the depression that is. But, luckily for me, Bright Young Things doesn’t go there and keeps us in the Roaring Twenties… for now anyway. I kind of can’t wait for the sequel!

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Reviewed: Sense and Sensibility

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think is my favourite Austen title I have read to date. The language wasn’t as hard and he characters were likeable.

Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters whose situation changes drastically at the beginning of the book. As with most Austen it is about exploring their character flaws but overcoming them in the name of love.

Initially, I found Elinor a bit dull but as her narrative continued I found myself liking her the most. She was caring and sensible and tried her hardest to make Marianne see a bit more than what was directly in front of her. I liked that she could change her first impressions.

Generally, I struggle to read Austen for long periods but Sense and Sensibility pulled me in and I just wanted and needed to know how it ended and was there a happy ending for our lovely sisters.

This one will definitely go onto the bookshelf.

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A Time for Glee

Dear Glee Writers,

I have, just now, become up to date with Glee Season 2 and I was wondering if you realised that the Gleeks (and everyone in Lima) appear to live in this alternative universe where time doesn’t matter? Also, how is it that New Directions can be so good without ever having to rehearse?

Being that I am now re-acquainted with Glee means I have been introduced to the newest cast member, Blaine and also Dalton Academy. I’m wondering if the Dalton Academy boys are so brainwashed that they wear their ugly blazers and grey pants all day, every day? I’d really like to see a bit of skin if you wouldn’t mind. Or even if they could try taking off the tie. Baby steps after all.

A big gripe I have with this season is the RHPS episode. Where was Puck? I know he was meant to be in Juvie but why was he written out of this episode? I had such high hopes of seeing him as Frank N Furter! I think a piece of me died when Mercedes ended up doing it – fortunately Sam got to be Rocky. I’ll admit he was kind of perfect for that.

I’m not sure you’re aware of this but have you noticed that Rachel and Finn are kind of the Kate and jack (Lost) of this show? Basically, what I’m getting at is that no one actually like their characters! I tend to fast forward or mute anything that either of them has to say and if I could wipe the image of Finn’s terrible zombie impersonation (which I wouldn’t have thought would be a huge stretch for Finn) from my mind I would.

But seriously, you need to explore your other characters a bit more. What about the gorgeous Puck (and not his ‘thug’ scenes don’t count) and Santana? How about a bit more Tina? Really, anything to have a bit less Rachel.

You really have a lot of work ahead of you to come back to the standards of Season 1. I recommend having Puck and Blaine walk around with no shirts to begin with. I’m sure you can work it out from there.

Yours Sincerely,

Kalliste

Easier to handle

If you’re keeping up with my blog you will have noticed that my last 2 posts were book reviews. You might also have noticed I have rarely done this in the past. Well, last year I attempted my 210 in 2010 which I believe I probably completed but I ended up getting too lazy to update my list. So this year I am just going to review each book I read instead.

All my recent reads are listed under “The Montage” in my sidebar. There is also a link to my Goodreads profile if anyone wants to add me ๐Ÿ™‚

Basically, Goodreads is making everything somewhat easier for me this year. I have also joined their book challenge with a more modest 70 book goal, although it can always be updated. You should join it! It list all books that you have read for the challenge. More info is below:

2011 Reading Challenge

Kalliste has

read 2 books toward her goal of 70 books.

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One thing I find though, is it is a bit buggy. You’ll set a book as read but it won’t show up on your Challenge list until you go into the book again and re-set the read date. Not a huge deal, considering how I was doing it before ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know if you’re liking the reviews and how they’re formatting. Oh and how the Montage looks for you!