Friday, September 30, 2011

Still Missing - Discussion 4

And the end of the month is upon us! Welcome back to the final discussion of the creepy, yet addictive novel, Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. (Every time I want to write Chevy Chase..)

I sped read through this last part because I WANTED TO KNOW like now.  Defintiely, props to the writer for keeping me in suspense and wanting to keep going, even when I was disgusted by the content. 

I do have one complaint.  The character of Luke seemed to be well-written and a good guy.  But then we get to this section and he goes from caring guy to a guy who barely cares and says some REALLY stupid stuff.  I get that she was trying to move Annie away from Luke and towards Gary, but it was almost a complete character change and some of the things Luke said just didn't seem like things he would say, ya get me? Also, the same thing with Christina.  I get that Annie needed to kind of push them to the sides to find the truth and what not, but sometimes the things they said really made me think, 'really???"

Was I also, the only one who was like NOOO DON'T DRIVE HOME IN THE DARK BY YOURSELF!!!! when Annie drove back from visiting Gary at the motel in Eagle Glen?  It's like when you are watching a scary movie and they do something that you know is dangerious.

"But I didn't know he was a killer, I never wanted her hurt -- I'm a good mother, don't you understand?" Her voice cracked on the last word. pg. 320

Seriously? You hired someone TO KIDNAP YOUR DAUGHTER.  You didn't know he was a killer? Who signs up to KIDNAP PEOPLE????

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would love to read another novel by her.  I was quickly drawn into Annie's life and wanted to know the details.  Excellent book!

1. Did you agree with Gary's strategy of not giving out info to Annie and making her keep everything to herself? Also, did you think when she was telling her therapist, NO DON'T TELL HER, she's with the bad guys???

2. Do you think Annie will ever stop counting blocks? How do you think her life will be like now?

3. What was your overall impression of the book?

4. What did you think of the mother/daughter relationship with Annie before you knew what a twat her mother was and then afterwards?

5. Were you surprised by the ending? If so, what were you expecting?

6. Do you think the author was effective in her method of having this story a one sided narration to a psychologist?

Thanks for participating in September! Hope you come back and join us in October!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wine and Love vol. 6

Linking up with Nora again this week! (Happy Birthday to her!!!)

What's biting my butt this week?

Wine: Miss I got her shots on Monday and she hasn't been herself sense then.  She's been extra fussy/clingy and it has been a joy.

My body feels weird this week.  Not sure if it's busy fighting off all the little people's germs or what.

It's cold and rainy. This makes me sad and grumpy.

My house is a disaster but I have no energy at night and in the morning if I get a nap out of my darling I like to Internet/eat/get ready for work.

People who are annoying and like to act like my child is a huge inconvenience to them.. EFF YOU and the horse you rode in on.

I got to see my best-friend this week!!! She was on a quick trip home because her grandpa is dying. ;(

What's making me smile?

Love: We have been nursing without the nipple shield since Sunday!!! Yay.  And in other news, we are still successfully breastfeeding 4 plus months in! Yay!!!

My Internet friends. SMOOCHES.

Coffee Creamer.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!!! This week is the week I have trouble cheering as my former school plays my lifetime love.  GO BUCKS! GO GREEN! ;)

Shots.  Miss I has only woken up once all week to eat and gone right back to bed.  This might also be related to the nipple shield.  Who knows.  But I have been getting more sleep which is a plus and a minus because all the sleep feels weird and by all the sleep my former non-child self would still be laughing at that poor amount.

My smiley girl cracks me up.  She is talking up a storm and I may try to post a video of her talking soon.

I got to see my best-friend this week! Love catching up with a couple of glasses of wine in the middle of the week, even if it is for a sad reason.

What's on your list this week?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October's Group Read!

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard!!

One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents’ house—or what she calls her parents’ house, even though Jay and Laurie Jo Linder have been gone almost all of Jody’s life. “What is this fearsome thing I see?” the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons—her uncles’ suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.
The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody’s father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when, as baby Jody lay asleep in her crib, her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.
Now Billy Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she’ll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family.

What she doesn’t expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other’s eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family’s tragic past.

Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, The Scent of Rain and Lightning captures the essence of small-town America—its heartfelt intimacy and its darkest secrets—where through struggle and hardship people still dare to hope for a better future. For Jody Linder, maybe even love.

I do have to apologize, for getting the poll up late and then I realized I messed up making it.  Sorry! It's been VERY hectic around these parts with working and a 4 month old.  Who woulda thunk it? Here is the line up for discussion.. Thanks to Amber for splitting it up.  My copy from Amazon won't be here til tomorrow!

Discussion 1 - pages 1-80 (chapter 1-11) October 7th
Discussion 2 - pages 81-160 (chapters 12-20) October 14th
Discussion 3 - pages 161-240 (chapters 21-32) October 21st
Discussion 4 - pages 241-319 (chapters 33-44) October 28th

If you would like to do a guest post for one of the days, just let me know!! Who is joining in this month?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Books 2000-2009

In 2009, I made a post about the top books banned from 1990-1999.  This year, I am posting the top 100 books banned in the 2000s from the ALA site.  Bolded are the ones I've read.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar (the first one)
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison

27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier 28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume 44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson 53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham 68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold 75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle 91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine 95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume 100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

So, I've read 28 of the 100.  I can't think of any reason why I would ban any of the books I read that were on the list.  Basically, I would bet that the NAME of some books gets it banned, talking about sex, or something else that heaven forbid, you just TALK TO YOUR KID ABOUT before you ban it from everybody. 

Now, some of them I'd want to ban just because they were boring as heck, not my style or just plain annoying, but I'd never do that.  Just wouldn't recommend them!

I do not plan on censoring anything from Isla.  I read what I wanted and yeah, at times it was probably over my head or more mature for my age, but did it harm me, or turn me into an evil person who didn't listen to my parents? No.  It made me question things, research and talk about what I read with my parents.  I hope for the same for my daughter.  I want her to choose what she reads, question, and discuss.  What any good reader does.  I do not understand limiting what my child hears/reads just because I DO NOT agree.  However, if she ever picked up an Ann Coulter book, I'd probably ask her if she'd gone crazy and needed to be checked into a mental hospital. ;)

What books on the list have you read? Any I haven't that you'd recommend? If you could ban a book based on being plan out boring, what would it be?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Banned Book Week!

Banned Book Week always sneaks up on me and all my great plans get foiled because I'm either so busy I don't get around to doing what I want or I just plum forget!

So to start out the week, I'm linking you to other people who are on the ball and said things I would say if I had a brain / time anymore!  Some are just good giveaways.  Enjoy!

Author: DeadWhiteGuys
Blogpost: Admit it, You Banned it because of the big words
Why: She's hilarious, extremely smart and always says things better than I could.

Author: RoofBeamReader
Blogpost: Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop
Why: Love his blog, and you can pick and win any book that he has talked about in his Saturday Uncensored posts, which are really good.  Here's an example of one from April of this year.

Author: A Little Pink in the Cornfields
Blogpost: Banned Book Week and a Giveaway
Why: Some of my favorite banned books are up for a giveaway!

Author: The New York Times
Article: 10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Book Week
Why: It has great links to some great resources!

Author: Murderati
Blogpost: Banned Books Week
Why: She shares some of my same opinions on book banning.

What's your favorite banned book? Have you read a good article/blog about book banning that you want to share? Link it in the comments! ;)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Still Missing - Discussion 3

TGIF! Let's start the weekend off discussing Sessions 16-22 from Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.

I swear, sometimes when Annie is talking to the therapist she almost sounds like a guy.  The voice of her sounds so rough/angry.  Very different from the voice other places in the book.

"But she didn't give her love for a year, and as far as I'm concerned that's just as damaging as physical blows.  Mom would never get that lack of affection is abuse." pg. 183  How interesting and what nice foreshadowing. Annie's mom should have gotten someone else to take care of her dog, since she pretty much ignored the poor thing for a year.

"It was better we found out early she was weak." pg. 185 OH NO HE DIDN'T.  When he said that I wanted to kill the mother-farker. I'm glad he gave her the opportunity and an extra kick in the pants to kill his sorry ass.

I felt so sorry for Annie after she killed him because it was like an instant relief and then a WTF DID I DO WHAT DO I DO NOW?HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP.

When Annie went to the police station it seemed odd to me at first, the whole first encounter with them, and then the second day played out more like I thought would happen.  It seemed like the first day people were like uhhh okay here you are and Annie was so messed up but was acting kind of normal and it just didn't seem right, but the second day when she broke down kind of seemed to me the response I was looking for from the start.

1. Was “The Freak” a believable and consistent character throughout? How could such a careful and controlling person have made the mistake that led to his undoing? (from shelfari)

2. How would you describe Annie's character...especially those qualities that enable her to survive her ordeal at the hands of The Freak? How well might you have fared? (from litlovers)

3. Pretend, you haven't finished the book yet.. what did you think she had named her baby?

4. What do you think of her current relationship with Luke?

5. What was your first impression of Gary?

Thanks for participating! Next week we will discuss the last section of the book. See you then!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Thing To Fall..

Of course, the day after I post a blog about being too busy because my child won't take a morning nap, she wakes up at 7 am and then takes a morning nap.  Woot.

Another Thing to Fall is the 10th book in the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman.

A tv show is filming in Baltimore and Tess gets hired to watch the bratty star, Selene Waites after a series of accidents/fires have happened on set. 

Tess learns some film trade secrets and becomes disillusioned by the industry, while Lloyd gets an unpaid-intern gig and falls in love with the industry.

Tess of course can't JUST watch Selene, she needs to know who / what is behind the fires on set.  There is the usual community members pissed because they aren't being utilized by the production company and the usual, get out of my neighborhood groups, but who could really not want Mann of Steel to succeed?

I of course, was a fan of yet another one of Lippman's books about Monaghan, the private investigator who started out just having a lot of dumb luck and has sense gotten better.  However, I'm not sure if I missed a few key details because I only read this while pumping or if it was supposed to be inferred or I was just not paying close enough attention because there were a few explanations at the end of the book that I was like huh? And I am not a fan of when parts of the mystery aren't shared with the reader but then the character shares stuff and that connects the dots.  If that makes sense.

I'm kind of sad that I am almost all caught up on her series.  I guess I will have to find a new one soon!!

And I do apologize.. the poll for October's Group Read is going up today through Tuesday, sorry it will be delayed this month!!

And.. what series should I pick up next?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dear Blog..

I miss you.

I promise I've not forgotten about you, but I have gotten a little busy.  Who woulda thunk that having an almost 4 month old and a part-time job would hinder your blogging time so much? Ha.

Maybe one day, when your almost 4 month old remembers how to take a morning nap, you can catch up on writing some posts.  Perhaps about the book you just finished, or posting photos of that cute almost 4 month old.

Maybe someday, I will get all caught up on reading other people's blogs and know what is going on in their lives. 

Maybe, some day, I'll sleep all night again.

Maybe, some day, pigs will fly.


P.S.  How do I have an almost 4 month old?

P.P.S. Why am I still awake at almost 11 pm?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Still Missing - Discussion 2

Welcome back to the second discussion of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. This week we are covering Sessions 9-15. Fill free to jump on in, respond to each other in the comments and ask your own questions!

My stomach turned a lot turning this section. Especially when she plays nice with him trying to find out information and it just seems like he is able to twist everything back on her and make her feel crappy. He would win an award for making people feel like crap about themselves! I really could hardly even feel bad for him when he talked about his horrid childhood.

"Most people assume the guy had me at gunpoint the whole time, and I don't tell them different. How could I explain? How can I tell them that when he told me about places in the world like the Rock of Gilbraltor, where all those monkey's are, I found him interesting and articulate? And that sometimes when he rubbed my feet, they were so damn swollen, I liked it. Or that he could be so enthusastic and funny during book-reading time, or when he was cooking- he had this one stupid dance he did every time he fliipped an egg and he'd talk in different accents --I'd see the guy who first stopped at the open house. How could I ever tell anyone he made me laugh?" pg. 99

I think that this would be the hardest part of her 'after.' The trying to explain her survival to someone who had never been in that exact situation. No one KNOWS what they would do or would be capable of until they are there. It's easy to judge/second guess when you aren't there be raped/mind-farked and beat every day in a cabin in the moutains where you are locked in with no end in sight.

The whole time I was reading her labor part / right after with the baby I about had to skip it because I was so nervous/anxious with her every time he freaking got near the baby. And then after the poor baby was dead he tried to make it better by offering extra chocolate at dessert?? OMG. I would have probably gotten myself killed at that point.

1. Do you think The Freak needed Annie's help with the deer or that was part of his mind-farking?

2. Do you think The Freak's adopted mother was in a situation like Annie's where the man was abusing her or do you think she was just sexually liberal and a freak herself?

3. At some point during captivity, Annie begins to almost like The Freak. She goes to far as to admit that "sometimes he's kinda sweet." Although identifying with a captor is a known phenomenon—referred to as the "Stockholm Syndrome" in psychiatric parlance—how do those feelings develop in Annie? (from litlovers)

4. Chevy Stevens has written her book as a flashback, the present peering back into the past. We know at the outset, therefore, that Annie escapes her ordeal. Why might the author have structured her book in such a way? (from litlovers)

5. How did you react to the gruesome/sadistic scenes that were in this section?

Next week we will talk about Sessions 16 - 22!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wine and Love vol. 5

It's that time of week again.. Unload your loves and wines of the week, and check out Nora's site and link up with others who are just as love and wine filled.

- Kids that come to school reaking of smoke.  I get really mad at parents/grandparents when darling children come to school REAKING of smoke.  Yay asthma, emphysema and other health problems put upon defenseless children. Way to go!

- I think there is something wrong with my lap top. Boo.

- When people try to hard with their writing in blogs.  Just write like you, don't go overboard trying to be something you are not.

- Isla, while sleeping a bit better, has insane trouble falling back asleep and is sooo close to rolling that it keeps her awake at night. Also, it makes her trying to nap in the swing that much more difficult as she tries to launch out of it.

this lovebug is 16 weeks now!

- People whose only advice for parenting seems to be just let your baby cry.  Yeah, cuz that'll teach her! There is a bit more to it than that, thanks!

- It's farking cold!

- Coffee.  Especially coffee with creamer.  I used to be a straight up black girl but pregnancy (ZOMG I DRANK COFFEE WHILE PREGNANT) made me into a creamer loving gal.

- Oatmeal cookies. mmmmm

- COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! So excited for MSU vs. ND and OSU vs. Miami this weekend.

- Meal planning/couponing.  The nerd in me adores it.

- Talking about planning a trip to Florida in March/April. Woot!

- My pretty girl!

What's on your lists this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Suggestions for October Group Read!

It's that time again. What shall we read in October? Shall we read another classic like Pride & Prejudice or The Color Purple? Shall we read a chick lit like Sammy's Hill or Something Borrowed? Give out your picks!

Here's what we've read in the past...

Still Missing
The Sandalwood Tree
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Something Borrowed
The Blue Orchard
Sammy's Hill
In the Woods
Shanghai Girls
The Weight of Water
Water for Elephants
The Color Purple
The One That I Want
The Secret Garden
House Rules
American Wife
Firefly Lane
The Reader
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Awakening
Pride & Prejudice
I See You Everywhere

Suggestions will be taken until September 18th and then I will add a poll up on the side bar! Hope you will join us!

Monday, September 12, 2011

I've been meaning to, but....

We all have things we keep saying we are going to do, and then we don't.  It could be just something we brush aside or think we can do later, or we say it and don't really mean it, but hey it sounds good, right?

So, I want to know.. what three authors have you been meaning to read or keep saying you are going to read, but you haven't? Why do you want to read them and why haven't you? And then I want to challenge you to READ at least one of them by December 31st! YOU CAN DO IT! ;)

Here is my list..

1. Hemingway - I have checked out multiple books of his from the library and have never read them.  I think I'm scared that I won't like it, but I really really want to like it.  I want to read Hemingway because I feel like I should at least read one of his books, and he reminds me of my grandpa! ;) Real, good reasons I know.

2. Charlaine Harris - Yeah, we just jumped from Hemingway to vampires.  I bought the first book in the Sookie series 2 years ago and have not read it.  I think I'm afraid I'll hate it, even though I love the tv show when I remember to read it.  I also think I haven't read it because I think, vampires? Come ON.  I want to read it because it would be another mindless series to get started on, since I am 1 1/2 books away from catching up on the Tess Monaghan series.

3.  Agatha Christie - This is one that I am utterly shocked I have not tried yet.  I mean she is referenced in so many books I like and yet, I have never picked anything up.  Overwhelming? Afraid, I'll think it's stupid? Who knows, but I would probably enjoy one or two!

So, who is on your list?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Still Missing - Discussion 1

Still Missing is our September Group Read.  Feel free to join in in our first discussion over Sessions 1 - Sessions 8.  Next Friday, we will talk about Sessions 9 - 15.

Okay, so this book is freaky.  It gave me two nights of nightmares where I woke up sweating.  I blame this on Annie's pregnancy and how he treats her/the baby.  I can't imagine being in that situation.  How strong you must be to try to rationalize everything to stay somewhat sane yourself and at the same time not risk your life.  I also don't know how you wouldn't go INSANE in a house where you could never see outside. 

What a total mind-fark that guy played on her too... "But, what if The Freak wasn't lying?  What if they really weren't looking for me anymore? What if they'd all moved on?" pg. 86

The last sentence in this section got me too. "I hoped they put Bubbles to sleep before he finally figured out no one was coming for him." pg. 87. Yikes.

To me it also seems like Annie has almost a split personality when she is talking to the therapist she sounds super pissed off at the world, mean and angry, and who would blame her? In her every day life and her remembering of her time with The Freak, she sounds pretty normal, if not a little anxious and OCD.

1. Do you think it was a coincidence or a calculated move that The Freak told Annie his name was David? (the same name as her dad)

2. Why do you think The Freak is so rigid on the schedule and times for certain things?

3. Why do you think The Freak has Annie read to him?

4.  Are the early parts of the novel, the sex scenes, too lurid for your taste—do you consider them sensational. Or are they an integral part of the plot, necessary for us to grasp Annie's tormented state? (from litlovers)

5.  How do you think you would react if you were in Annie's position?

Thanks for participating! See you back next Friday to talk about Sessions 9-15!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wine and Love vol. 4

Joining up with Nora again to share this week's wines and loves!

I will forewarn you I have a lot of wine this week.

- People who act like they know more about my kid than me or try to 'fix' our problems by doing things we've obviously tried already.  I'm not an idiot.

- The word dapple.  It annoys the crap out of me.

- The phrase like a champ.  "She eats like a champ." "He sleeps like a champ." REALLY? And how exactly do champs eat and sleep? Nails on a chalkboard.

- Letting your kid sleep in a few extra days before they go back to school.  YOU HAVE HAD 3 FULL MONTHS OFF. ALL OF JUNE, ALL OF JULY AND ALL OF AUGUST.  You should be caught up by now.

- My baby has decided that she likes to wake up frequently at night again and nurse a bit but then wakes up instantly when you set her down.  She also likes to party at 5 am.  She gets to go hang out in her swing when she does that.  Mama can not survive on hourly wake ups.

- The weather is freaking cold.  I AM NOT A FAN OF COLD. My toes are numb.  It is not time to retire my flip flops yet.  I haven't bought fall shoes yet!

- My house needs someone to clean it.

- Oh yeah.. also the phrase "dear readers" sooo annoying.

The sad thing is, I think I have more, but I forgot them.  I had a running list in my head yesterday.


- My class is filling up and I have a lot of cute/fun characters.  It's going to be a fun year.

- Planning for the first week of school.  Love looking at teaching blogs and getting ideas.  Even if my art abilities are sorely lacking.  Love preschool/kindergarten ideas!! My current search is on circle time ideas.

- Isla is smiling and laughing and talking up a storm.  Sadly, she likes to really do this at 5 am.  Girl needs to learn how to sleep in.

- I don't have to be at work until noon most days.  Wooot.

- Chili.  We've had it two weeks in a row and hmmmm I love it.

- Pinterest.  Getting so many ideas for the house/dinner.  I am going to start some decorating this fall.  Only took me 5 years in this house!

- College football.  LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that it is back.

What's on your lists this week?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to School..

In honor of the first day of school around these parts, I came up with some back to school questions and hope you will play along as well!

senior pic..

1. What was your favorite grade and why?
I would say junior year because I had the BEST schedule ever, easy classes, awesome grades and basically no homework and hung out with my friends all the time.

2. Who was your favorite teacher?
My life science/anatomy physiology/ physics teacher.  She was amazing.

3. What subject was your favorite?
English and Social Studies.  But I had some pretty bad social studies teachers in high school.

4. What was your best summer and what did you do?
hmm.. probably the summer between high school and college.  I worked a ton but I also played a ton. ;)

5. If you could have studied anything with no worries of a future job, what would it have been?
I would have taken tons of English and History and Law classes.

6. Did you prefer assigned seats or picking your seats?
Depended.  If it was in high school and I had friends in the class, picking.  If it was college and in my major, picking, but if it was outside my major, I hated the uhhh where do I sit.  Especially when I got stuck in a class with tons of sorority girls.

7. What was your most awkward year of school?
Probably 7th grade.

8. Did you have classes with many of your friends?
In high school, almost all of them.  In college, not until I got into my major.  Before then, I was a lone duck in most of them at MSU.

9.  Did you have a job in high school?
I always babysat, but I also worked at Sears and at an after school program.

10. What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?
I was a big ole nerd. Student Council (secretary), National Honor Society (prezzzz), softball, basketball, track, Quiz Bowl, Foreign Language Club and lots of other random crap.

some friends and i dressed as teachers for Halloween senior year..

Hope you will play along!

Friday, September 2, 2011

August at a Glance...

Books Read

36. The Sandalwood Tree – Elle Newmark (August 18th)
37. Smokin’ Seventeen – Janet Evanovich (August 21st)
38. No Good Deeds – Laura Lippman (August 30th)

I think my favorite was Smokin' Seventeen mainly because it was freaking hilarious and I flew through it.  The other books were good too. ;)

Currently Reading: Still Missing - Chevy Stevens.. which is the book club pick of the month! Join us!

Fave Recipes Posted:
Beef and Rice Enchiladas
Nacho Chicken Enchilada Casserole

And two others I haven't posted about were Chipotle Burrito Bowl and this Mexican Black Bean Casserole that I got from Amber that I made unhealthy ha.

Movies Watched
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Social Network
The Help

They were all fabulous!

Fave Photos

What were your favorites in August?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wine and Love vol. 3

Joining in with Nora again for Wine and Love this week.  What's getting your knickers in a bunch and what's putting the smile on your face?

- My daughter and daycare seem to not agree with each other.  Lots of deep breathes and hoping it gets better.
- I wish my daughter wasn't as stubborn as parents and would just give in ,when it comes to the bottle and naps.
- I'm eating my feelings again.
- I stopped running because I need new shoes and have no plans on when I'm getting new ones. eeek.
- I got my hair cut this week and it is once again shorter than I wanted.  I need a new hair person.
- My toes need a pedicure.
- I'm sad that the month of August just has not been as hot as July and I haven't been in my pool once.
- I bought a size of pants that I never ever ever ever ever thought, I'd see.
- I am having uber anxiety and it's freaking me out.

- The belly laugh I got out of my sweetie this week.
- That my daughter is a fighter and won't take crap from anyone.
- My husband got me a new MP3 player and it's orange.
- I got 2 shirts, a pair of dress shorts and a pair of pants for 3.68 after using coupons and merchandise credit.
- Making dinner.
- Feeling like I am doing something positive.
- That my Buckeyes are on THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

What's on your list this week?