Showing posts from April, 2012


Are you as ready for the weekend as I am??  Some weeks at work just seem longer than others.  Sigh.

Maya has today off from school, so she headed to Iowa with my mom to visit my sister for the weekend.  Maya is quite happy to be away because, she "needs a break from school and my parents."  Yes, I think there's definitely a teenage attitude lurking inside my seven-year-old's body.

I'm looking forward to some free time this weekend, though.  So far, my plans include another trip to Target for more organizing supplies, getting the kitchen pantry in order, going through Maya's books for an upcoming used book sale at my hospital, a movie with Herb, writing letters, possibly coffee with a friend, and SLEEP.  Yes, I'm *so* ready for the weekend.

Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  Be good to yourself.

This and That

Muffin, Maya with a couple of stuffed animal friends, and Allie hanging out at the house on Sunday, April 22. 

I'm officially going back to wearing just glasses.  I think.  Unless I change my mind.  I started wearing glasses in the fourth grade (age 10), and I moved to contacts in the seventh grade (age 13).  Although I don't know the cause--the aging process/hormones, allergies, or something else entirely--my eyes just haven't been happy with contacts lately.  Having your eyes feel gritty and watery is pretty distracting and makes for a long day.

I have a new (inanimate) friend.  All of the photocopiers at the hospital where I work are being upgraded over the next couple of months.  Lucky me to have the library included on day two of the installation process.  The new copier/printer/scanner/fax is so much better than the old (and I do mean *old*) machine.  Happy dance!

I also enjoyed the Month of Letters challenge so much that I decided to unofficially, and flexibly, tr…

When Life Gives You Weeds to Handle

When life gives you weeds to handle, I hope they come with some butterflies.

Happy Birthday, Shon!

[Maya and Shon being cheesy at lunch on Saturday, April 21, at Olive Garden.]

Happy 21st birthday to my beautiful, lively, fun, Disney Princess goddaughter, Shon.  Maya and I are so glad to have her in our lives.

And watch out, Vegas, because Shon's visiting this week.

Sheltered by Charlotte Stein

Charlotte Stein's Sheltered (2012) has sweet, smart, brave Evie, exciting, sweet, smart Van, and incredibly hot sex scenes.  This is an easy addition to my list of favorite books.

This is Evie's story.  She's living in an abusive household under the threat that her father will kill her mother if Evie ever leaves.  Her life seems to revolve around her dysfunctional home and classes that hold no interest or challenge for her at a Bible college.

Then she meets Van, the tattooed, pierced, motorcycle-riding guy who buys marijuana at the house next door.  He also happens to be an art student, extremely perceptive, and someone who left his own abusive parents far behind.

From the scene where Van makes his interest in Evie clear:

[Van] "See--this is the problem. You don't even get where this is going. You can't just ask me to come in, or kiss me, or tell me you want to know what smoking pot feels like. When I'm close to you I feel crazy, okay? When you say my nam…

This and That

This is a photo of the entry for Maya's church taken during last Saturday's choir practice.  Despite having my share of issues with organized religion, I really like the saying above the door:  "Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."

Do any of you have an interest in the Titantic, sunk 100 years ago this week (April 15, 1912)?  A librarian at Southeastern Oklahoma State University created a wonderful site due to his interest in the subject.  Plan to get lost there for a bit if you decide to take a look.

I saw blog postings in the past at Lucas Writes, Save Snail Mail (Dana), and Confessions of a Pen Thief (Misty) about FRCS (Foxborough Regioinal Charter School) Holocaust Stamp Project, and I decided to have my first mention on this blog today to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The students hope to collect 11 million cancelled stamps to create 18 mosaics in honor of those who died during the Holocaust.  Please check th…

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster (2011) is also receiving a lot of attention from the fans of romance novels with obsessed, domineering, damaged male leads and female leads with seemingly no sense of self-preservation and a serious lack of life experience.

From the book description:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must rema…

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James

E L James' Fifty Shades trilogy (2011)--Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed--seems to be literally everywhere at the moment.  Originally started as a Twilight fan fiction, James' series is even set to head to the big screen.  Nothing screams Hollywood like an unhealthy relationship, eh?

From James' site in reference to Fifty Shades of Grey, though the second and third installments are just a continuation of the same:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—hi…

This and That

Happy Friday the 13th!

In the photos of Maya and Oliver, my favorite is the first photo, where Maya's facing the camera, and her favorite is the second photo. Just an FYI, and thanks to everyone who voted in the poll!

Herb's now wondering if I intentionally tossed my phone in the toilet because I ordered an iPhone 4S as my replacement phone.  I'm having a lot of fun with my new toy!!  The camera and Web browsing speed are awesome.  Although I don't quite get the appeal of Siri, Maya loves being able to call her dad with little effort.  She also chats with Siri just to see what kind of responses she gets.  Their conversations are funny. 

Any special plans for the weekend?  I'm looking forward to coffee with a friend on Sunday and shopping at Target tonight while Maya goes to a play with her Brownies troop.  I'm in the mood to work on some organizing at home, so I must buy bins and tubs and such and get moving while I still want to do this.  Target is one of my …

Puppy Love & Photo Poll

Photo 1--Maya and Oliver, April 8, 2012.

Photo 2--Maya and Oliver, April 8, 2012.

My friend and her daughter, Keli and Shon, added a new member to their family on Easter.  Oliver is the adorable seven-week-old yellow Lab puppy in the photos with Maya.  Of course, Maya didn't want to let him out of her arms for our entire visit.

Maya and I have different favorite selections for the two photos.  What do you think?  Please vote for your favorite in the poll at the side of the blog.

Weekend Movies

For this Passover, Maya and I watched The Ten Commandments, the grand epic classic from 1956 with Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, and assorted other stars, for the first time. Herb watched with us on Saturday night, but he also remembers seeing the movie before.

Although I never saw the movie when I was younger, the overall story of Moses and the exodus bothered me as a child for two reasons--the final plauge resulting in the deaths of the Egyptians' first-born children and Moses not getting to live in the Promised Land. That just seemed terribly unfair to me, and, honestly, I still don't think the situations portray a very attractive image of a Divine Being.

Anyway, I waited with interest for Maya's response to the scene when the Pharaoh's son dies. Her take on the situation: "God wouldn't do that."

We often go to movies as a family on holidays, and we continued our tradition by catching Mirror, Mirror, starring Lily Collins and Julia Rober…

Zoo Visit--April 6, 2012

Lucky Maya has a four-day weekend from school, so she visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, with my mom today. Looks like I missed a fun trip!