Friday, April 29, 2011
Hi everyone, I’m Kelly from She Wears a Red Sox Cap and I’m guest posting here to finish up our discussion of Sammy’s Hill. Thank goodness!
When we left off last week, Bramen was taking credit for RG’s health care benefit package but also speaking out against it, which caused RG to really turn against him and endorse Wye for President. When this happens, Sammy meets Bob Espin, who she remembers from her blackberry snafu. Bob and Sammy start to date (sort of), but nothing really comes of it, and it’s clear Sammy is not all that emotionally involved. Other notable things that happen in this section include:
-Charlie writes an article bashing Bramen and Bramen drops out of the presidential race after losing several states
-the Ex-Secret Service guys question Sammy about her relationship with “Mr. Lee” who is apparently an agent of the North Korean regime
-Aaron starts working for Wye and telemarketers drive him crazy
-Sammy ends up in the hospital with IBS and Charlie stays with her (I did laugh at this whole section- as someone who suffers from this, I TOTALLY agree with her that giving it a better name would be awesome)
-Charlie broke a story that Wye’s speeches were plagiarized, by none other than Aaron (it also came out that Aaron was a compulsive gambler-WTF?)
-Wye wins the election, Charlie and Sammy get together and Sammy sends out an e-mail where she says the greater “pubic” good instead of “public”
Wow, just reading all these things I can see just how many UNBELIEVABLE and ridiculous things occurred in this book, just in this section! Here are my questions:
What changes would you make to Sammy’s character in order to make her someone that her target audience would relate to, rather than be annoyed by?
Do you feel the kind of passion towards your job/boss that Sammy does? Why or why not?
Although we don’t plan to read the sequel, what do you predict will happen next for Sammy?
What was your favorite thing about this book? (I thought I’d be positive, it’s the kindergarten teacher in me)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
As night falls, the group seeks refuge from the blizzard in the remote village of Kingdom Come, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Something terrible has happened in Kingdom Come: Meals sit untouched on tables, cars are still parked in garages. The town’s previous residents seem to have vanished into thin air, but footprints in the snow betray the presence of someone who still lurks in the cold darkness—someone who is watching Maura and her friends.
Days later, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli receives the grim news that Maura’s charred body has been found in a mountain ravine. Shocked and grieving, Jane is determined to learn what happened to her friend. The investigation plunges Jane into the twisted history of Kingdom Come, where a gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow. As horrifying revelations come to light, Jane closes in on an enemy both powerful and merciless—and the chilling truth about Maura’s fate.
My thoughts: I've noticed I really enjoy the books that focus more on Maura than I do the ones that focus on Jane. I think this is because Jane's holier than thou attitude has gotten to the point where I want to smack her. She doesn't know everything, her way is not always right and she is not the moral authority over everyone.
I also really liked this because it mentions the resemblance to the family that gets lost in Oregon and the dad wanders off after a week to try to find help. Totally true story that was featured on Dateline. The episode was called "Wrong Turn." And we may mention it on a weekly basis in our house because we are horrible people who may have made fun of the episode.
I also liked the religious sect aspect to the drama. I find it fascinating that people fall into these cults that no normal person would follow. But then again, I don't understand people who allow others to make all decisions for them.
Anywhoo, yet another installment in the Rizzoli & Isles series! I am now all caught up until the new book comes out this summer. Oh, and the show starts back up July 11th on TNT!
If you have ever made a spur of the moment trip with friends, did you let others know where you were going?
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Just wanted to let you all know today so you have time to get the book!
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Good morning & Happy Friday!
First off, for those of you reading this month’s book club selection, I offer up my sincerest apologies for suggesting such a horrendous book! If you want to ban me from suggesting books for the coming months, I completely understand. I feel like I should be punished somehow for selecting this book!
Moving on. It’s been awhile since I finished the book as I finished it on April 1st. And I can’t bear to re-read the section I am responsible for guest posting on, so pardon me for being a bit foggy on the details!
In this section, the wheels totally fall off the relationship between Sammy & Aaron (no surprise there).
Without further ado, here are some questions to ponder:
1. Did you find it odd that Aaron didn’t call Sammy on Thanksgiving? What did you think of his stand-by excuse of forgetting his cell phone charger?
2. Liza calls Sammy out as being obsessed with Aaron and Sammy vehemently denies this and tries to defend their relationship. Have your friends ever disapproved of the person you dated – and told you? Have you ever voiced concerns over a person a friend was/is dating?
3. What did you think of Sammy ability to hack into Aaron’s voice mail? What did you think of the 2-on-1 New Years Eve between Aaron, Darlene, and Sammy?
I have to close by saying that I heard there was a sequel to this book called Sammy’s House. What. The. Eff. How the heck did she get another book published????? \
Don't forget to vote in the poll to pick a read for May! Selection will be announced tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Weight gain/loss: up 13 pounds
Maternity clothes? for things that i venture out of the house in yes.. i am starting to HAVE to put a tank on under some of my shirts so they are long enough..
Stretch marks? just the same two that have been chilling there the last 2 weeks..
Sleep? I have been waking every hour/ every 2 to pee, but I mostly get back to bed right away..
Best moment this week? Baby shower and realizing all the great stuff we got for our darling daughter.. and I can't wait to have her in her room and wearing all her cute stuff!
Food cravings: eh, I am eating to eat at this point but ice cream is always a winner.
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? all the time.
What I miss? being able to go long periods of time without peeing!
What I'm looking forward to: meeting my daughter!
Monday, April 18, 2011
* I may have also eaten just the frosting off of the delicious cupcakes my cousin's girlfriend made for my shower.
* I have not uploaded any shower photos because after I saw the hideous ones my mother-in-law posted on facebook, I am afraid to see how I look in them.
* My house has exploded into pale pink ridiculousness and I am scared.
* All I want to do today is sleep, eat and pee. Well not so much WANT to pee, but my bladder has become reduced to the size of a peanut, I swear. I don't drink ALL that much but I'd have to say for every 12 ounces I drink I pee like 4 times. Well, maybe not 4 but I HAAATE that I go and it's like drip drip and back I go in about 30-90 minutes later. And I normally can hold the urge for awhile, but the size has been diminished. Touche, baby, touche.
* I was supposed to start writing my thank yous and organize the bags my husband brought upstairs for me to go through today. I have not really gotten off the couch. But at 3pm, I WILL put away the baby gifts. So my husband doesn't think I am completely nutso. I have so much baby laundry to do but I am not done sorting everything yet!
* As much as I dislike waking up to pee all the time, I really don't have any urge to hurry this child along. You will know I hit my breaking point when I start obsessing over Old Wives Tales.
* Easter dinner sounds delicious, but the thought of making a dish to pass and socializing makes me tired thinking about it already.
* I wish my husband's new grill came this weekend so that he could grill tomorrow's dinner instead of me making something. Speaking of, what the heck SHOULD I make for dinner tomorrow?
* I have not packed my hospital bag because I can't even fathom life with a baby yet.
* I also haven't read in any of my pregnancy/labor/infant care/breastfeeding books for awhile. I really need to catch myself up on some stuff and make sure I am organized for when baby arrives. But, I am kind of in denial that I am due ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. HOLY SHIZ BALLS.
* My husband is so good to me and I'm glad that I have realized this more and more throughout this pregnancy, even when he irritates the crap out of me over small things. Like, WHAT THE HECK ARE WE GOING TO NAME OUR DAUGHTER.
* My mom is starting to annoy me with constantly asking if we have a name for the child and are just keeping it from them. No I assure you all, WE DO NOT HAVE A NAME. But even if I did, I wouldn't be telling her bwahahaha. Also, her judging my food choices is starting to annoy me too. I have only gained 15 freaking pounds and I will eat what I want. Thank you very much. I know my body image will be horrendous this summer and yeah, she can be helpful and supportive of healthy eating choices then, but now. I am enjoying the last hurrah of chocolate/ice cream/frosting before I self impose myself to a lifetime of veggies and fruits. And who am I kidding? I can never give up ice cream.
* I have so many great ideas but I never put them into fruition. But this week? I must get all the next few months birthday cards/shopping done. So I do not have to worry about it again.
What would you like to confess today?
Friday, April 15, 2011
So, Aaron seems sketchier and sketchier. The plot seems more and more predictable and Sammy sounds like a girl I'd like to throttle.
Just one shining example of Aaron's jerkiness..
" However, when he'd complained about y going away with RG and I'd pointed out that he'd just gone to New Hampshire with Bramen, Aaron suggested that Bramen's trips were more important." pg. 111
SERIOUSLY???? And how about ignoring her when she got puked on at a bar? Dismissive of her roles. Ugh Ugh. And it is so nauseating to hear her talk about their future daughter and everything. Though, the few moments of her sanity when she mentions, how their future is somewhat cloudy, I'm like YES. And why won't her friends just tell her he is fucking around?
1.) Have you ever had an embarassingly blackberry/email whoops like Sammy does with her whipped cream summit message? Speaking of, what did you think of the article Charlie wrote about it and Aaron's reaction to the article?
2.) What was your reaction to Bramen's comment about RG and his staff not doing anything to help the bill they wrote? What do you think of Bramen? Do you agree with Sammy's assessment?
3.) Would you continually keep getting the same animal if you kept kiling it/it kept dying on you?
4.) When do you think Sammy will finally talk to Charlie about whatever he wants to talk to her about?
5.) Do you think Sammy's character is growing and maturing or do you think she is staying stagnant so far?
Next week we will discuss from Faded Luster to Breathe in Deep, It's all Fresh Air (pg. 299). Lisa will be providing the post for us and I can't wait to hear what she has to say! Don't forget to vote on a selection for the May Group Read. I will be putting the poll up on April 17th! If you would be willing to guest post in May let me know, and if a particular date works better for you let me know that as well!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I basically get my haircut when it starts to annoy me. I grow my hair out long and then the ends get yucky and I hack it off up to my shoulders.. repeat.. so sometimes once or twice a year.. my BFF is a hair dresser and since she moved I don't really have anyone I love or trust..
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Weight gain/loss: up 13 pounds...
Stretch marks? 2 that i've found..
Food cravings: ive enjoyed some salt and vinegar pringles this week!
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? Yup, mostly late at night and after i eat
What I miss? not having restrictinos on my movement/flexibility but umm did i ever have control over that before?
What I'm looking forward to: my baby shower on saturday!
Milestones: 35/35 wooo wooo
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Here are books we have already read....
In the Woods
The Weight of Water
Water for Elephants
The Color Purple
The One That I Want
The Secret Garden
The Reader The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Pride & Prejudice
I See You Everywhere
Some random holiday's/celebrations in May that may spark a reading ideas:
Nurse's Week, National Police Week, Mother Goose Day, National Teacher's Day, Beverage Day, International Museum Day and Mother's Day.
Also, it was nice to have some fresh voices providing us our main post this month. For May, would anyone be interested in guest posting for the Discussion #3 on May 20th and Discussion #4 on May 27th? I am due May 18th and have already started writing some posts for May so it isn't complete radio silence around the time I have the baby. I don't foresee myself going early but ya never know. If you would like to guest post for either of those dates, I would need your post the Wednesday of that week to ensure that it will be posted on time. Thanks for all your help and for those of you who loyally participate even when the choices end up falling flat! I love talking books with you all! Suggestions will be open until April 17th and then I will add the poll!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Slows was featured on Man vs. Food back in 2009 which first sparked our interest. It is located in a pretty rough looking neighborhood in Detroit. The two buildings it took over have been around since the 1800s. There is a sign out front, but the door can be easily missed as part of the wall, and is part of the charm.
Heck, the bathroom even was pretty cool. I really liked how they reused a lot of things to make it usable now.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Okay, so this is a painful read. How stupid can one supposedly smart girl be? It hurts me to keep reading. I mean really. She is a fanatic about health care, yet is one big hypochondriac. She is a domestic policy advisor, yet is incapable of normal functioning half the time. And has a HORRIBLE taste in men. A disastrous approach to dating and I am sure if I thought some more I could keep 'em coming. I think this is going to be a hard book to read for me because of how badly I want to wring her neck.
In theory, I love reading books about Washington and politics but this is just rough. I want a smart girl, who makes smart decisions and kicks ass. Not a klutzy, irresponsible, neurotic.
I think this quote from the NY times sums up how I am feeling...
This flighty bumptiousness makes ''Sammy's Hill'' a painfully frustrating read. Wacky behavior makes a poor substitute for comedy and strange tics for character; the many humiliations the author rains upon Sammy don't make her seem adorable, just slightly deranged. Sammy's little experiment in imaginary amputation, for example, results in her boarding the subway wearing nonmatching shoes -- and not just any nonmatching shoes ''but a tan sandal and a bright red sneaker.'' This is probably supposed to be a hilarious exaggeration of a mistake anyone might make, but the specifics here betray the other trait that undermines the whole book: Gore's maddeningly careless writing. I was more puzzled than amused that anyone able to dress herself could confuse tying a shoe and buckling a sandal. - Ana Marie Cox
1.) What do you think of Sammy's late night phone conversations with telemarketers? Have you or anyone you know started conversations with them? Or called them?
2.) What is your opinion of Aaron?
3.) Do you find it refreshing or heart-breakingly naive of Sammy to have such a positive/sunny view of her boss? How do you think she is going to recover from his 'betrayal' on the health care bill?
4.) Do you think that Sammy's quirks are funny and make her character or do you think there are too many quirks/weirdness that make her character unbelievable?
5.) What are your feelings on the current health care situation in America?
Next week's discussion covers Roadshow through Faded Luster (pg. 204) next Friday, April 15th.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
here is one that he took that he has cropped down a lot.. we had a lot of fun and got some great shots with the DSLR
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
How far along? 34 weeks
Weight gain/loss: 11 pounds.. that was quite the growth this last week!
Maternity clothes? in today's photo my top is a size larger shirt with a maternity tank underneath and maternity pants.
Stretch marks? 1 stinking stretch mark underneath my belly button
Sleep? horrid. the last week has been bad. up ridiculous amounts to pee and then usually around 3:30 i am up and cannot fall asleep... i get maybe an hour or so when my husband gets up but then i am EXHAUSTED by mid afternoon.
Best moment this week? having the weekend trip with the hubby!
Food cravings: anything sweet
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? all the time.. if i am sitting/standing/laying in a way she doesn't like she lets me know
What I miss? energy
What I'm looking forward to: getting some stuff around the house organized, a shelving unit set up in her room this weekend and then my shower is coming up in 2 weeks! \
Milestones: We started childbirth classes last night. Wasn't as graphic as I had been led to believe by my friend and I think it was a different one than she watched cuz ours as badly filmed as it was, was not from the 70s and hers was. I would put ours at early 2000s or late 90s.
Okay, and if the format on this is off.. I quit.. I swear to god blogger and I are fighting.
And we are no closer to a name this week than last! haha..
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
31 week bump shot.. I love it.. ;)
Kinda like February, March was sort of a fail on my part for cooking. I just think my extreme laziness and desire to just eat things that are already prepared have taken over. I will say we went out to eat A LOT towards the end of the month and that was mostly due to my birthday / family birthday's and hopefully won't be as bad this month. I need to get back into planning weekly menus.
What were your highlights of March?
Monday, April 4, 2011
Dr. Josephine Pulcillo is an Egyptologist (I didn't know such thing existed) who was hired by the Crispin Museum to help with the finding of Madam X, a supposed ancient mummy whose paperwork was nowhere to be found at the very old and neglected museum. Josephine is the focus of this mystery when after finding her missing keys, a dead body appears in her possession.
More and more details emerge about her and her past that have Rizzoli and Frost scrambling to figure out who the mummy is and why Josephine is in danger. I like that Gerritsen's books always have some kind of focus away from the mystery. This time archeology plays a large role and it is interesting learning about how mummy's were preserved and about other archaeological terms that I would not know about otherwise.
Have you ever read a book that included aspects of archeology? Besides of course In the Woods hahaha. I remember some book I read a looooong looong time ago about the hidden city of something but that was a long long time ago!
And for those of you that are sick of the Rizzoli & Isles updates, have no fear. I have one book left in the series but have to put it down for awhile to read our April Group Read, Sammy's Hill!