February 23, 2011

February 23rd, 2011

Now that I have a new job, it takes me a little longer to finish a book.  But that's ok.  I would rather be working than not working, and I am very thankful that I only was unemployed for two months.  There are plenty of people who are still unemployed and looking for work.  I opted to change my career path from Radio to Pet Care.  As one of my fellow radio people said to me the other day, "Media is dying industry, it's better to get out now than later."  Kind of like it's better to have loved and lost, than not loved at all type deals.

Anyway.  I just finished reading After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart.  I thought it was a great story with a great message in it.  Yes, there is a message in this book.  Well, at least for me it seemed that way.

You follow Julia DeSmitt around her life.  First her mom rolls out on her, then her dad dies, and then she looses her best friend.  She decides she is going to change her life, and she goes to college where she meets a nice guy who happens to be the TA in one of her classes and after one night gets her pregnant.

I loved how this book ended.  How in the end despite all her trials in life, and view of herself, Julia realizes she is a new creation, which is what she always wanted.  Sure the path she took was a rough one, but she got what she wanted in the end.

So go a head and pick up this book.  I often found myself stuck to the story hours after I had put the book down to do whatever I had to do.

February 22, 2011

February 22nd, 2011

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I love watching airplanes land!

February 21, 2011

February 21st, 2011

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This picture is really blurry because I tried to take it while driving.  I know, I know!  I should not have been doing that.  But I was trying to capture the beautiful colors of the sunrise on my way to work one morning.  The fiery orange, and bright pink were just spectacular. 
Maybe next time I will get a better picture. 

February 18, 2011

February 18th, 2011



Sorry I have been so MIA. Mom was in the  hospital again, and then Peanut got sick. He got loose Monday, and possibly ate something that upset his stomach. Wed I had to take him to the vet because he was literally pooping blood, and that is not good or ok. And just to be clear on how serious it was, there was no feces, just blood. So he has a bunch of meds to take, and some special food to eat, but doesn't seem any worse for wear.  I am so glad he is feeling better!

Now onto the news of my new job.

I work at Petsmart as a bather, and when I am ready I will go to grooming school. Exciting huh?

February 12, 2011

February 12th, 2011

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That picture above is of my mom.  I took this after she bumper her head really hard and got a concussion.  She also has MS.  She shuffles about, but still gets around OK.  Well last week she had a moderate stroke, and as of last night she is home.  She now will be switched to a no fat, low calorie diet (kind like the ones for diabetics) to prevent anymore strokes.  Fingers crossed she improves and doesn’t make anymore trips to the hospital anytime soon. 

February 4, 2011

February 4th, 2011

So this week has been a little crazy and I am glad I had set up a few blog posts ahead of time.  I have been doing orientation stuff for my new job, details coming soon.  I’m glad I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on unemployment and being unemployed.  Two months unemployed is enough to drive anyone crazy. 

Well, Thursday I was supposed to finish up my orientation and take two tests.  The manager I will be working under called out sick, so I didn’t have to go in.  Interestingly enough while at home, a bird flew into and got trapped on our screened in back porch. 

Here is the super short video of the bird flying free, and you can hear Peanut barking at it all the way out the door.  Ha ha.  The video is super short, like 3 seconds long.  Enjoy!!

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February 3, 2011

February 3rd, 2011

Before Mark and I went to Mexico he was off on an adventure on the other side of the world.  He went to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  He asked me one day if I wanted anything while he was over there. 
Yes, a jade bracelet!
A few years back…. well maybe more than a few… I was in an antique shop looking around for a tooth pick holder for mom.  All the ones they had, she already had.  I made my way over to the jewelry counter and saw a beautiful jade bangle bracelet.  The shop owner wanted $100 bucks for it.  I was broke.  I had literally just changed jobs from Cashier in a Grocery Store, to a Production Assistant in Radio.  There is literally no money working in radio, so I could not buy the item.  I kicked myself for from that day on.  It’s beauty and simplicity haunted me.
So while Mark was off in Asia, where Jade is abundant, he picked me up a beautiful jade bangle.
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Jade can vary in price from $25 to $500.  I think it depends on the quality. Either way, it is a beautiful accessory, and I wear it everyday.  The Chinese wear them for luck and to keep them away from harm.  Out of all the jewelry I have, I think this bracelet will be the most worn.

February 2, 2011

February 2nd, 2011

Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble. 

I like where this title is going.  That is the only reason I selected this book to read on my kindle, and sometimes that is all you need to read a book.

Bryn is 15 years old. Bryn also has a gorgeous boyfriend, who abuses her.  After a car accident that put Bryn in the hospital, where she has to explain the bruises to the doctor, nurse, cops, and (worse of all) her father, she finds a book in the lobby.  This book is special, she just doesn't realize it. 

This book is great for teenagers! Heck, I'm 30 and still really enjoyed it.  It took me back to when I was 15, awkward, and trying to find my place in this world (minus the abuse).  And to me this book is about just that.  Dealing with life in general, and learning and growing from it.  Where would we be if we didn't experience the things we have experienced in life?  Course Bryn's case of abuse makes her life lesson a little more serious.  Not like when you stay out too late and don't call home and get grounded. 

I definitely suggest this book for you and your awkward teenage daughter to read.  You both may learn something really great from it. 

Moving on.  Bet you didn't think I would have two books here, now did you?  Ha ha

Ok.  I don't have much to say about this book.  I read the first page and it didn't interest me at all.  In fact, the word LAME went screeching across my brain.  I know that when this happens to just stop reading.  Stop right where I am, and delete from Kindle. 

If you want to give it a whirl and read it, I am open to hear what you have to say about it. 

Now onto the next book!  Happy reading.

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