Review – 2012 Audi Q5

In 2011, I was looking for a new car. I’d had a BMW that I’d loved (nearly to death), had replaced it with a Lexus that had a surprisingly small cabin. After I had a baby, I could barely wedge the carseat in the Lexus. Nor could I fit the stroller.

So car shopping for a small SUV, I went. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so the BMW X5 was off my list (plus there weren’t any in stock in L.A.). I test drove a Lexus RX, a Mercedes, etc., etc., and I liked this one’s pickup. It handled like the cars of my youth, and that I liked about it.

So, the car drives well. That’s all I can say. I HATE the interior and MMI. My iPhone works sporadically. It started great, loading my contacts, making hands free calls, then it stopped working. My dealer has no idea how to fix it. My new iPhone works even less often. Dearler doesn’t have a clue. They told me to call Audi. So I did. Audi tells me, the MMI has problems. Years of problems of the type I’ve experienced. But hey, the car starts.

I live in LA and sit in a LOT of traffic. I don’t listen to radio, either terrestrial or satellite, but I love audiobooks and podcasts. It’s why I have the iPhone. I’d like to be able to use it.

So, you say, why not upload my tunes with the SDI card. Because I’ve never driven the car long enough for that to work. I have no idea how long the car would have to be on, but it’s never worked for me. Every time I turned on the car, it started at ground zero to load up the content. L.A. may be big, but it’s a bunch of quick short trips and it’s never loaded. I finally gave up, because, iPhone.

And the navigation. Seriously? It has worse navigation than other cars I’ve had. Have they considered borrowing a system from someone who knows what they’re doing. My previous car only uploaded California and Nevada in the navigation. This one cylcles through USA and Canada and Puerto Rico.

I promise you, I’m never driving that far — not in L.A. traffic.

I could go on with the MMI issues, but they sink the car for me.

But hey, remember it starts.

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Quick Review – Plain Jayne – Laura Drewry

Plain JaynePlain Jayne by Laura Drewry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can I give this book two ratings?

On the one hand, it was the cutest friends-to-lovers book I’ve read in a while. I love the trope and the author did it pretty well. I even thought the hero having a girlfriend more than three-quarters of the book was a very interesting choice. It was, realistic, in my opinion. Of course, that eliminated any sex in the book, but even I can enjoy sweet romance once in a while. For that, 4.5 stars. Totally.

On the other hand, the portrayal of women had me grinding my teeth. Can not a single woman in the book stand up for themselves? The heroine is walked all over by first her grandmother, then a cheating, crappy ex-boyfriend. And then another woman in the book is cheated on. And her idea of standing up for herself?? Doing a Lifetime Movie/Waiting to Exhale move. Not cool.

Crappy-ho? Really, must we? The other women were bitchy to say the least. The hero can pick ‘em – perfect hair, perfect bodies, but bitchy personalities. And I’m supposed to trust his feelings about the heroine? For the anti-feminism messages. 2.5 stars.

Depending on what you’re looking for, this may totally rock for you, or totally suck it. Who can say?

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Quick Review – Sophomore Switch – Abby McDonald

Sophomore SwitchSophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

YA, I know. But it was a little thin on characterization for me. A lot of description of Oxford and Santa Barbara, but not enough about the women who were (theoretically) experiencing profound change in their lives, or the idea of feminism narrowing choices rather than expanding them.

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Our Short Lived Political Cartoon Career

In 2006, DH and I were having fun writing and drawing our own political cartoons. Oldies but goodies.

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Villaraigosa

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Alito Ascends

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Judiciary not Papacy

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Harry Potter 24 Mashup

Quick Review – One Final Step – Stephanie Doyle

One Final Step (Tyler Group, #1)One Final Step by Stephanie Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the premise, quite fascinating – Monica Lewinsky (like character) meets ex-con (with issues) made good. I wasn’t a fan of the hero (too Alpha male has to have heroine no matter how many times she says no), or the heroine (who always said no). But if you want interesting and different squeezed into a Harlequin category romance – then, I’d say this is for you.

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