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This n’ That Thursday

This:  Christmas was great this year.  It was just my husband, Haley and I this year so it was very quiet.  We opened presents in the morning, I made Eggs Benedict for breakfast, and we just hung out all day.  After we put Haley to bed, Mike and I played with the Xbox Kinect for a few hours.  We’ve had the thing for over a year now and haven’t used it much, but Mike got me Just Dance 4 for Christmas so I was playing that, then we played a bowling game, then soccer, then boxing.  I haven’t laughed that much in a long time.

THAT:  Haley loved her Cozy Coupe car.  She hasn’t left it alone much in the last two days.

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She also loved the Activity Board my husband made for her.

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The lights turn on and off with the toggle switches, there are washers on the handle, and the door opens to a picture of our family.  I am so happy that he made it for her.

This:  Now that Christmas is over it’s time to decide when to undecorate the house.  I am never sure when I should start taking down all the holiday decor.  I kinda just want to get it over with, but I also don’t want to ruin the moment, you know?  When do you all take down your decorations?

THAT:  I just got some Organix Morracan Argon Oil and I am very excited to use it.  It’s supposed to be really good for your hair.  I got it at Ulta (LOVE Ulta) for like 8 bucks.   Now i think I want a new curling iron.

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This n’ That Thursdays

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And a kinda sad note, my husband had to get up at midnight last night to go to work to prepare for the snow.  He got about 4 hours of sleep last night and probably wont be home until after noon.  What a hard worker.

THAT:  I am so proud of myself.  Christmas is in less than a week and I have not given any presents.  My daughter’s cozy coupe is still sitting in the basement along with her other presents.  I think I’m going to make it!

This:  Even though I did not give any gifts, I did get one from my momma.  I got my sewing machine.  Now I just have to learn how to use it.  Spent some time threading it and “winding the bobbin” and sewed some pieces of felt together.  So if anyone has any advice or tutorials I would be very grateful.

THAT:  I finished Death Cure the other day, the last book in the Maze Runner series.  It was interesting, but I have my issues with it.  I started Kill Order,the prequel, last night.  After that I think I’m going to read The Thorn Birds again.  I caught the mini series this weekend and now I can’t get it out of my head.  I wrote about it in yesterday’s post.

Join the link up hosted by Katie and Jena.  Happy Thursday

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The Thorn Birds… sigh

There is nothing like lying in bed on a chilly Sunday drinking hot chocolate and watching The Thorn Birds.  Ok, I know it’s not Sunday anymore, but that’s when I watched the movie.  That’s also when I started writing this post, sometimes I’m a little slow.thorn birds

If you’ve never seen this you are truly missing out.  It’s a four-part mini series made in the 80s starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. It has everything an 80s drama should have: passion, feathered hair, a leading lady with a husky voice, even lovers rolling on the beach.  Seriously what more could you want?  This is like a lifetime movie, but so much better.  If you’re looking for a movie to watch while lying in bed in your pajamas, this is it.

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Rachel Ward is just gorgeous.  And she seems so strong and confident as Meggie.  I haven’t seen her in anything else, but I think she’s a     fantastic actress.

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Richard Chamberlain is great as Ralph.  I have to admit, so many times I hated him for being so cruel to Meggie and so selfish.  He would lead her on then leave her again. He would tell her that he loves her, but just not enough. That’s just mean!

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And Bryan Brown as Luke O’Neill.  Maybe it’s the Australian accent, or the abs, or that he’s the only manly man in this movie-seriously, the main thing this movie lacks is manly men, but it was the 80s– but he is definitely a hottie.  I think it’s the smirk =).  Too bad he’s such an ass, or maybe that has something to do with it too.

The synopsis on my tv says “The daughter of an Australian cattle rancher becomes romantically involved with an ambitious priest, which has tragic consequences for them both.”

Basically, this movie is about Meggie and Ralph de Bricassart.  The two of them are drawn to each other, but Ralph’s desire to become Pope takes him away from her. He tries to distance himself from her, but he keeps coming back to her as one of the few people who genuinely care about her and her happiness.  It takes place in Australia in the 1900s.  It begins with Meggie as a small child and ends with her a old-ish woman.

“But we, when we put the thorns in our breasts, we know. We understand. And still we do it. Still we do it.”  This story is about how destructive love can be.  How we know it will hurt, yet we keep coming back and letting it tear us up again.  Frank, Meggie’s older brother, has a great line.  “You still think love can save us? It’s more killing than hate. Hate is so clean, so simple. Like being in the ring. With hate, you just keep hitting. You hit until they stop hitting back. With love they never stop.” I have been lucky to find a good love in my life, but I still appreciate what Frank is saying: it’s the ones we love who have the true power to hurt us, not the ones we hate.

Since it’s an 8 hour-long mini series, it’s not very cheap to buy.  I got lucky twice, it was on Encore this last weekend and I was able to check it out from my library because my library is awesome! It’s not on Netflix or Redbox, sorry.  You can buy it on Amazon for $24.99 before S&H or tax.  But  free shipping for orders over $25, so if you buy something else for more than $.01…  Or you can buy it at Barnes and Nobel for $24.48.  I looked on B&N.com and found it at several store near my house.  Or you can buy it online and if you spend a few cents more, free shipping over $25.  I am not telling you to go buy the movie, I haven’t.  But if you wanted to, there it is.  You should however, buy and/or read the book.  As usual, it’s so much better than the movie.  So much more information.  It amazes me they made the book into an 8 hour movie, and they still had to remove so much.  Like Hal, if you don’t read the book you will never know Hal, sweet little Hal.I read the book many years ago, but watching the movie made me want to read it again. It is a very long, very sad book, but it is so, so great.

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A Blogger day of Silence

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Back at it!

After more than two years off, tonight I set foot on the soccer field.
I started playing soccer when I was 6 years old and it was my first love.  When Mike and I moved to Houston I was going to find a team to play on, but we soon decided to have a baby and there was no playing then.  After Haley was born it wasn’t a priority for me anymore and I just didn’t try to find a team.  I felt I already spent so much time away from her while at work, I didn’t want to add to it.

Now that I am not working, I don’t feel as bad spending a couple hours away from her once a week for me.

So tonight I had my come back! And man am I out of shape.  I really need to start getting Haley into that jogging stoller and hitting the pavement.  I have two weeks until our next game and I hope to not be hacking up a lung after that match.  I feel pretty good right now, just very sweaty, and tired.  We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

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Here I am in the Bulls t-shirt.  I was probably 11, maybe 12.

And here I am at 6 years old.  First team.  The Lilacs.  Don’t you love my perm?IMG_NEW

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Will you be my friend?

welcome-friendsSo how does a thirty year old woman make friends?

When I moved out of the Ventura County, I left all my friends and family there–except for my husband of course, he came with me.  It was hard making new friends, but I was working at a school with a bunch of cool people.  Making friends at work isn’t too hard.  You have lunch with people, sit next to them at meetings, someone suggests a bunch of us go out for a drink after work. Voila, friends.  I mean, I’m nice, not too weird-at first- I don’t stink, and doggone it people like me!

Well now that I am a stay at home mom, I don’t have that easy friend-making opportunity.

I don’t work-hence the “stay at home mom” part, I am new to the area so I don’t really go anywhere, and I don’t really know people who can introduce me to other people.

I meet other SAHMs at the storytimes I take Haley. Some women have been very nice. We talk, chat about our kids. But how do you approach someone you don’t know and ask them to be your friend? “Hey you seem cool, and our kids seem to get along… Will you be my friend?” It’s not really appropriate to ask someone at 10 am if she wants to go get a drink after storytime.

When Breaking Dawn Part 2 came out I really wanted to go see it, but had no one who would go with me. My husband actually asked one of his female employees to invite me along when he found out she was going. (He told her that I wanted to go and that he’d really appreciate it if she invited me).  I ended up having a good time with her and her friend, but it was slightly awkward for me.  Not really knowing if she wanted me there.  Kinda felt like the third wheel.

So I ask again, how does a thirty year old woman who spends 99% of her time with a toddler make friends?

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This ‘n That Thursday

It’s week 2 of This and That Thursdays link up with Katie and Jena.  I have had major blogger’s block and haven’t written anything since last week, I better stop slackin’.

This I finished Scorch Trials (Maze Runner book 2) by James Dashner yesterday and immediately picked up Death Cure (Book 3).  This author writes some great cliffhangers! I am worried because my mom says Death Cure wasn’t good, but I am staying optimistic.

THAT I have tried to write a review for Maze Runner.  I have started it over three times and I still don’t like it. I am going to really try to get it done this weekend.

This is my new watch:

wpid-IMAG1041.jpgI got it at New York and Co for about $15 (now it’s buy one get one online here).  I really like it.  I figured it’ll hold me until I can convince my husband to get me the Real Thing, the Michael Kors Mini-Size Blair Multi-Function Glitz Watch, Rose Golden (so pretty!).

Now I want some earrings to match, some rose gold hoops sound about right.

THAT:  I hate my dishwasher.  It pretty much defeats the purpose when I have to rewash all the dishes before I put them away.  It’s basically a dirty dishes storage that rinses, a bit.

This: I made Haley a felt tree last Friday.  I got the felt pretty cheap at Wal-Mart and I used some old Christmas cookie cutters to outline the shapes.

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I think I am way more interested in it than she is.  This is what happens after a few minutes.

wpid-IMAG1027.jpgShe pulls if off the wall and finds something else to do.  On the other hand, she does leave the real tree alone, so that’s good.

THAT I love Caribou Coffee.  When I lived California I would go to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf all the time, I mean All THE TIME!  There aren’t many outside of Southern CA.  None in Houston TX, and none here in KC.  But there is Caribou Coffee, which is almost as good.  Their Berry White Mocha with milk chocolate (I guess that makes it just a berry mocha, but that’s the name on the menu)  is so good.  I have been there every day this week.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. 

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This and That Thursdays

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This and that Thursdays

My new favorite blogger, Katie from Katie Did What has invited us all to participate in This and That Thursdays with her and Jena from Recently Roached.  So here’s my This and That.

“The rules are very simple.  You basically write whatever’s on your mind from the week so far.  It can be as random and silly as you like, but just have fun with it!” -Katie

THIS: Today I bought my daughter her Christmas gift.  It’s the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe.  I got it on sale at Target for $39.99(on sale until Friday). Now the hard part is waiting until Christmas to give it to her.  My husband and I are notoriously bad at waiting to give presents and I know she’s going to love this gift.

THAT: I have been having a hard time getting into the book I’ve been reading The Rapture by Lauren Kate.  I think I’m going to put it down for now and pick up Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Book 2) by James Dashner.  I get a little stressed out with the library due date looming over my head.

THIS: I love that Haley and I get to have lunch with my husband at his work twice a week.

THAT: I miss playing soccer so much.  I used to play multiple times a week and I haven’t played in over two years.

THIS: I want to make Haley a felt Christmas tree.  Now all I need to do is get the felt, and cut it out, and figure out how to make it.

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THAT: I think I want a sewing machine. I want to make some baby leg warmers for Haley and sewing them by hand is just too hard.  I tried last week.  I got half way around one leg before I became very bored, and it wasn’t very straight at all.  (My husband is very impressed with my DIY skills, or at least my desire to attempt.)

I bought these, LOVE THEM! But at 7+ bucks a pop…

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The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cassselection

ISBN13: 9780062059932

Hardcover from library

Genre: Dystopian Society, Fantasy, Young Adult

I was interested in this book right away because it seemed like The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, which is weird because I don’t ever watch The Bachelor.  35 girls from the different sections of Illèa (what used to be the USA) are chosen and go to the palace and compete for Prince Maxon’s heart and to be Princess.

Before I read the book, I was under the assumption that the girls were forced to compete, this is not the case.  The contest is completely optional and they may leave at any time.  Also, the summary makes it seem like there is a ton of action in this book, which there is not.  It’s actually very uneventful.  And I don’t even think it has a climax. Well, if it did, I missed it.  Maybe with all the dystopian books I have been reading, I have come to expect much more fighting and action.  This story is not like that.  It’s more of a love story.  America Singer, our narrator, was in love with Aspen, a boy from her hometown who is in a caste below her.  Oh yeah, they have castes in this society, 1-8.  America is a five, the artist caste.  She is a singer and musician.  Aspen is a six, basically a servant.  He pushes her to enter her name in the drawing so as not to hold her back.  He then breaks up with her because he feels that he can never give her the life she deserves.  She is devestated, and when her name is called she is looking forward to being as far from Aspen as possible.   She doesn’t think she can love the Prince.

I actually liked this book, but I can’t exactly tell you why.  I mean, it’s not a secret, I don’t really know why I liked it.  Like I said before, it was uneventful.  I think it was because a friend of mine told me it wasn’t very good.  So even though I was looking forward to reading it, I was expecting it to be a bad book.  So it’s not great, but not bad.  I liked America Singer–hated the name though. She goes into the contest wanting to be herself.  She is kind, witty, and tough.  She also doesn’t think she’s anything exceptional, so she’s humble.  I would recommend this book, but I would tell people that if they’re expecting The Hunger Games or something action packed, this is not the book for you.  But if you liked Before I Fall or Pride and Prejudice this may be something you like.  DISCLAIMER:  I am not saying this book is as good as a classic like Pride and Prejudice, it’s not.  But it is a romantic love story more than an action book so it falls into the same genre.

The second book, The Elite, is coming out April 23 of 2013 (it’s on my “Can’t wait for books of 2013“)

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2013 “can’t wait to be published” list

Wow, 2012 is almost over.

I made a goal this year to read 100 books, as of today (12/02) I have read 37.  I never counted how many books I read in a year, so I had no idea how high of a goal to set.  However, even though I didn’t even reach half my goal, I am still pretty happy with my number.  My new goal is to read at least 3 this month and get over 40 before the end of the year.  Shouldn’t be too hard.

This is my 2012 Read list.  I didn’t count books I read to my daughter or books I read to my class when I was teaching.  I just counted books I read for me.

I will probably set my goal for 2013 at 60.  While there are already so many books out that I want to read, here is a list of books scheduled to publish this year that I am super excited about.  They are organized by expected release date.  Most of the dates come from Amazon.com, some from Goodreads or the author’s webpages.  If anything is wrong, please let me know.

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Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead February 2

YA, Paranormal Romance, Vampires,

I loved Vampire Academy so I was stoked when I heard Richelle Mead was writing another series based around Sydney.  The first two in this series were very good.  Sydney is sweet, naive yet strong and great as a leading character.  I can’t wait to see what unfolds for her.  While it’s not absolutely neccessary for you to read Vampire Academy before Bloodlines, Bloodlines will spoil the end of Vampire Academy.  So if you want to read Vampire Academy, read that series first.

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Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells Release Date February 26

YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Partials ended pretty intriguingly(is that a word?), so I can’t wait to read more about Kira and Samm.

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Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver Release Date March 5

YA, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

It’s been awhile since I read Pandemonuim, so I’ll  have to reread or skim that book before I read this one.  I like this series even though it can be a bit predictable.  It’s about a society where they consider love a disease and have developed a cure.

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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare Release Date March 19

YA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

This is another “spinoff” series.  Clare wrote the first three of The Mortal Instruments, then began writing this series which is set in London in the 1800s.  It’s a precursor to Mortal Instruments with some of the same characters and a few of the Mortal Instrument’s characters’ ancestors.

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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare Also says March so we’ll see

YA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

The movie based on the first book,City of Bones, is coming out August 2013 as well.  Should be good. See the trailer here.  Busy year for Clare.

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The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass Release date April 23

YA, Dystopian, Romance

I can’t really explain why I am excited about this book.  The Selection was good, but pretty uneventful.  This is a dystopian society book, it focuses more on the love stories than overthrowing the government, so far.

dance of red deathThe Dance of Red Death (Masque of Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin April-

YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Steampunk (whatever that is)

Technically, I haven’t read book 1 yet, so not sure if I am excited about this book coming out.  I love Edgar Allan Poe, so I loved the title of book 1, and if it’s even “okay”, I’ll probably be reading the whole series.  It has good reviews so I am optimistic.

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Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre no date yet

YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic

I am a totally wimp when it comes to being scared.  I almost never watch scary movies. Seriously, Saw made me cry! So I am surprised how much I like the Razorland series.  This series is a little creepy because it has these zombieish things–they remind me of the things in the movie I Am Legend–anyway, I try not to read these books to late at night because then I have a hard time getting to sleep.  It was really bad when my husband was out of town and I decided to read book 2, Outpost.  Slept with the lights on.  Aside from that, it’s a pretty good series about people trying to survive being killed off my these frightening creatures.

Untitled (Possibly Convergent?? We’ll see…) Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth expected date September 26th, but what was I expecting? It doesn’t even have a title.  There is no link to this one because Goodreads has no information on the page.

YA, Dystopian Society, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

UnSouled (UnWind #3)- by Neal Shusterman– no release date, just Fall of 2013.  Also no info on Goodreads.

YA, Dystopian Society, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

As you can probably tell, I definitely have a genre of books that I love, but I am always looking for more books to read. So if you have any recommendations I’m all ears.

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