Hubby Wednesdays: The No Good Very Bad Day

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Yesterday the cosmos were not aligned in my husbands favor.

First off, he wouldn’t get up and he woke up late for work. Poor Hubby. Then, when he was in the the kitchen trying to make himself a drink, he dumped half a bag of ice in the kitchen floor. Poor hubby. 

As if that’s not enough for just the morning he picked the one cup that I guess the dishwasher cracked and put an entire can of coke in it. Of course, he was in the truck driving down the highway when this happened. Within seconds his whole crotch was drenched. So, now he has to show up to work looking like he’s peed on himself. ( Okay that part is kind of funny)

Shortly after he gets to work I get a call. It went as follows:

Daniel: My crotch is sticky.

Me: Sorry. *giggles*

Daniel: Are you laughing? This is the worst day ever.

Me: * tries to hide giggle with cough* Uh no…I’m not laughing.

Daniel: I look like I peed myself.

Me: * guffaws*

Daniel: Oh..you think that’s funny huh? Well, I got to see your boob this morning so there.

Me: * gasp* you molested me in my sleep! The audacity!

Daniel: Psht it was all hanging out. I didn’t touch you….by the way…was your pillow wet when you woke up?

Me: Uh…yeah..why?

Daniel: Because you were drooling worse than a teething baby.

Me: I’m glad you dumped coke on your crotch.

Daniel: It’s okay because I still got to see your boob.

Guess that’s the remedy-all for a man. One boob and their whole day is fixed. I guess he could have worse issues. 

Book Review for “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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At first, I was apprehensive to read this book. My mother in law died of cancer a few years ago and it has been tough on the whole family. 

The authenticity of the feelings that Hazel experiences blew me away. The struggle she has here is so real. Dealing with these issues as a child and a teen is something I couldn’t imagine. How outcast it must make you feel. Which lets be honest…as a teen we all already feel like outcasts. 

I completely understand her worry about people getting attached to her. My mother in law often joked that she was a ticking time bomb. I can’t imagine how lonely that feeling really is. Especially for someone who hasn’t had all those years without being sick. 

Gus is such a cool guy! So much personality! He’s a whirlwind. Gus is that perfect person to help you remember that as long as your alive….you may as well live. I loved him from the moment he explained his cigarette metaphor. Clever fella.

Their love story is so special. It brings tears to my eyes to think of that grasping feeling they both must of had. That feeling the rest of us take for granted. Whereas, we have this “that’ll never happen to me” attitude…they don’t. It’s already happened.   

I learned myself years ago that funerals are for the living. The person everyone is talking about isn’t what those left behind need to heal. It’s keeping the rest of us off the cliff to oblivion. It’s reminding each of us that we are still here. So, make the best of it. Do something with it. Never take it for granted.

This book spoke to me on so many levels. 

I give it the full 5.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: The Fault In Our stars | Series: N/A  |  Author(s): John Green  |Publisher: Penguin Books / Publication Date: 4-08-2014 |Pages: 336 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0142424179 |Genre(s): Fiction / Young Adult / Cancer / Social & Family Issues|Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2015 |Source: Copy from personal collection.

 

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Summary from Goodreads:

Fobbit \’fä-bit\, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.

In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield – where people eat and sleep, and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox and watching NASCAR between missions, and a lot of the senior staff are more concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategy.

Darkly humorous and based on the author’s own experiences in Iraq, Fobbit is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind-the-scenes portrait of the real Iraq war.


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A Girl Made of Dust – Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Summary from Goodreads:

Ten-year-old Ruba lives in a village outside Beirut. From her family home, she can see the buildings shimmering on the horizon and the sea stretched out beside them. She can also hear the rumble of the shelling – this is Lebanon in the 1980s and civil war is tearing the country apart.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Juliet Carlsen is grieving the loss of her mother. Six weeks after the funeral she is about to arrive in a tiny village in northern Italy. The village, Baiardo, is home to an art school where she is to spend a month as a volunteer. Her best friend had convinced her that a change of scene would do her good but, as she nears her destination, she is not so sure: was it really necessary to travel so far out of her comfort zone?

Baiardo turns out to be her haven. The warm welcome and serene beauty work their healing magic. The attentions of a handsome local named Luca don’t hurt either. Then someone from Juliet’s past shows up and turns everything on its head.


I am looking forward to reading all of these. My local librarian recommended two of them to me. She has done a dang good job of picking books for me in the past. Here’s to hoping she’s still got it!

Keep an eye out for reviews!

Mason Mondays – I Shall Mark My Daddy

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I tried to warn you people in advance that my son is not for the faint of heart. In this weeks post… you will see that I wasn’t kidding.

The Marking of Daddy

So, the hubs usually takes care of the nightly bathing of our little beast. A few days ago my hubs got Mason undressed and sat him on the potty. Usually, he will at the very least pee when you put him on there. Usually…….. This particular night Mason was saving his pee for a very important use.

Now, we have a pile of animals. Three dogs and two cats. My son has witnessed our animals marking various objects in our yard with urine. I’m sure he has even witnessed my husband peeing on something outside. It appears I’m the only civilized person in my house who pees in…shocker…..the bathroom. From all this, I think he gathered that peeing on something was a way to make it yours.

Back to the bathroom…

As my husband was getting the shower temperature ready, Mason started collecting his daddy’s clothes into a pile in the floor.

Then…..he stood right in the middle….and peed. He made sure to move around a little so that the whole pile got some pee on it. Then he looked at my husband and very forcefully said….” My Daddy”.

You’re damn right son. By all the rights and laws of nature…he is now yours.

As for me, apparently I am not in need of marking. ( I’m very okay with this)

Book Review for “Passing Notes” D. G. Driver

 

Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him.

How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?

And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?

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This was such a refreshing read for me. Somewhat like a palette cleanser……. if you will. I like all manner of books but, sometimes it’s really nice to just sit and read a sweet story about a sweet subject. This is a great book for that.

Mark is such a sweet kid. In this age of everything electronic, it’s easy for young people to forget the impact a simple letter written on actual paper….sent through the actual mail can really have. 

Honestly, stop and think about it? How much joy would something like that give you? Wouldn’t it bring all the warm fuzzies right to the forefront of your mind and heart? Wouldn’t it make you feel special in a way that an e-mail or a text doesn’t?

I love who the ghost turns out to be. It ties the story together so sweetly that I outwardly sighed. Don’t blame a pregnant lady for tearing up a little here. It hit me right in the feels.

I love this author. She has such a great voice for teenagers. It’s not the easiest voice to portray. 

I give this story the full 5 stars. ( I have a feeling this is going to be a trend with this author)

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The Technical Data:

Title: Passing Notes | Series: N/A  |  Author(s): D. G. Driver  |Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books  / Publication Date: 1-29-2015 |Pages: 61 (Print) | ISBN: B00RMZBLJK  |Genre(s): Young Adult  |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2015 |Source: Copy from author.

 

Right in the Feels Friday

Everyone experiences some sort of heart ache in their lives. Those experiences leave what I like to refer to as “holes”  in our “hearts”. Some of my particular holes come from having such a crappy childhood as well as teenage years.

As a child, when our needs ( emotional, physical or material ) aren’t met, it leaves us with this feeling of insecurity.

I’ll tell you something that has helped me fill up these holes. It’s doing things for my kid ( and the one i’m pregnant with ). Every time I fill one of his needs, those holes I have start to go away.

Today for example, the husband and I went to pick out and buy paint to do our soon to be daughters room. We put so much thought and love into the raising of our kids. Knowing that my children will never be afraid to ask me for things fills up so many of the holes I have inside. Knowing that I am creating a relationship with them where they can truly be themselves means so much to me. I couldn’t be myself.

I want my kids to feel like I nurtured their curiosity…….not crushed it. I want them to know that even if they mess up…it’s ok. I’m here no matter what. I want my kids asking questions. I want them to shine as bright as they can.

Book Review “Cry of the Sea” D. G. Driver

 

Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation from West Olympia High School next year. She wants to go to San Diego to be far away from her environmental activist parents. They expect her to think the way they do, but having to be constantly fighting causes makes it difficult to be an average seventeen-year-old high school student. Why do her parents have to be so “out there?” Her feelings on the subject are changed when she and her father rush to the beach after a reported oil spill. As they document the damage, June discovers three humans washed up on the beach, struggling to breathe through the oil coating their skin. At first she thinks they must be surfers, but as she gets closer, she finds out that these aren’t humans at all. They’re mermaids! Now begins a complex story of intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation as June, her parents, a marine biologist and his handsome young intern, her best friend, the popular clique at school and the oil company fight over the fate of the mermaids.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret about me…..I LOVE MERMAIDS! I hope beyond all hope that some where out there they really do exist. I will straight up devour any story about mermaids. So, naturally the realistic descriptions of the mermaids in this book had me foaming at the mouth.

I liked Juniper from the beginning. Her character is very believable. Can you imagine living in the shadow of such brilliant parents? I can fully understand her desire to make her own path and try to detach her name and future from her parents. Don’t we all want to forge our own path? Don’t we all want to make our own mark on the world?

I love stories set in the northwest. I get lost in the beauty of the forests and the oceans. The author does a great job of describing what I would imagine a “native” of the area would see. I love the transformation of Juniper. She goes from wanting nothing more then to just get away from all the rain and the gloomy beaches. But, then she sees the beauty in not only her own native heritage but the beauty in the native creatures as well.

This book also brings up some serious philosophical questions as well. Would we as a species do more to protect our oceans from pollution if we believed that human like creatures resided there? Would we just brush them off as a lesser species?

All in all I loved the book. I hope beyond hope that it inspires young adults to care more about the oceans of this planet. I hope that it incites a curiosity that allows people to look at other species as something to protect and learn from. I hope this book creates a whole pile of brand new activists. And, most of all, I hope there really is a whole group of mermaids some where out there just waiting to be discovered.

This book gets the full five stars.

5 stars

 

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DID YOU KNOW: Cry of the Sea is one of the Fort Bookworm double-dips? Both Lilyn from scifi and scary and myself have reviewed it. Click HERE to see Lilyn’s review!

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The Technical Data:

Title: Cry of the Sea | Author(s): D. G. Driver |

Publisher: Melange Books / Publication Date: 2-23-2014 |Pages: 208 (paperback) |
ISBN: 9781612357867 | Genre(s): Young Adult Fantasy | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 9-23-2015 | Source: Copy From Author

Book Review for “Halloween Night” by Arden Druce

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This book has all the elements you would expect for Halloween. Witches, spiders, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and of course many more. My son really enjoyed the illustrations. There is a ton to look at on each page. I think they are well done for even small kids like mine. Not too creepy, but still scary enough to illustrate the spooky aspect of Halloween.

The rhyming phrases are always a hit with small kids. To be honest, I really enjoy them as well. It makes the story fun to read.  It’s definitely a book I would recommend adding to your Halloween holiday reading.

The only thing I didn’t like is that it didn’t have that originality I really love in a book. However, my son begs to differ. He thoroughly enjoys reading it. Since it’s tailored to kids, I can’t argue with results.

In conclusion, this book gets 5 stars. It is officially Mason approved.

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Local News Thursdays

I originally saw this news story on one of my local news stations. The link to the full story.

Let me start out by saying that I’m pretty sure no one likes a thief. Let alone one who steals from a man clinging to life after a horrific vehicle accident. I just can’t imagine how anyone can justify that….at all.

How does a person literally rifle through someones pockets as they lay bleeding on the ground? How can a person be so callous?

How can you look upon your fellow human and think only ” what can I steal from him?”

We as a species should be doing better than that. Have we no compassion? Have we no morals? Have we no remorse? Have we no bloody feelings?

I really enjoy living in Oklahoma most of the time. It’s not a bad place to be. But, something like this comes along and makes me shake my head at my fellow Oklahomans. Lets get it together people and draw the line some where.

I hope who ever did this gets busted. Big time busted. I hope this man’s family can some how get this money back. They are dealing with enough.

Book Review for “Little Goblins Ten” by Pamela Jane

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This story has it all! Goblins, monsters, bats, dragons, mummies and more! This would be a great addition to any child’s library. My two year old son loved helping me count all the characters. He even bobbed his head to the rhyming phrases as if it were a song!

If you are looking for a book to add to your Halloween holiday reading……this is it!

As an adult I have found a lot of the children’s books boring. My husband and I both fight over who gets to read this to our son for bed. It’s such an adorable story! We will definitely check out more from this author!

This book gets the full five stars from me.

5 stars