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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Musing Mondays / What Are You Reading?

Today's Musing Mondays asks "Do you keep a book wishlist, either on paper, Amazon/etc, or via a book database site (Shelfari, GoodReads, LibraryThing)? If yes, do you share this list with others (especially coming up to Christmas)?"

I'm old-fashioned when it comes to my wishlist. Even though I belong to GoodReads (where I only keep books read), I keep my wishlist in a notebook. When I go to a bookstore I write down titles on a small notebook I keep in my purse and then transfer them to a bigger notebook at home. I cross them off when I either buy them or get them from the library. I don't share my wishlist with family members, but I always make known my desire for bookstore gift cards!

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J. Kaye hosts What Are You Reading on Mondays.

Last week I read:

To Kill A Mockingbird
Redeeming Love

I'm currently reading:

Memoirs of a Geisha

This week I plan to read:

Pride and Prejudice

And because my friend Megan is coming here from California for a visit, I don't plan on reading too much more than that!

What about you? What are you reading?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sunday Salon / Me With Celebrities

Today I'm reading Memoirs of a Geisha (I've been on an Asian kick lately - Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls). I'll also be starting Pride and Prejudice, my first Jane Austen book. I don't know what's taken me so long, but I've heard great things.
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Kelly's Korner is a popular, young version Martha Stewart-ish blog. Her baby girl Harper is darling and Kelly always puts her in some adorable outfit with huge matching hair bow. She also posts recipes and craft ideas. Anyhoo, she hosts a weekly event called Show Us Your Life Fridays, names a topic and other bloggers send in their recipe, pictures of their wedding or pictures of their house decorated for the holidays, or whatever the topic is, and everyone can see everyone else's posts. It's all done through a gadget called Mr. Linky.

One day she asked people to write suggestions for a topic. I told her it would be fun to have a Show Us Your Life - With Celebrities and have people post pictures of themselves with a celebrity or famous person. The other day she posted that in a few weeks she is going to take a blogger up on their suggestion. It would be great if it was mine, but I thought I'd post my pictures here anyway. If Kelly doesn't do it, I may just do my own little Mr. Linky here and see what people come up with. Kelly's blog is so popular, though, and would get waaaay more photo submissions, so I really, really hope she does it.

In the meantime, enjoy :)

Melissa Gilbert, Rob Lowe, and Me (so ugly...eww). This is when they were dating so it was a long time ago.


Me with Steve Garvey in England.


Mel Gibson, Me and Brad Pitt



Just kidding. That was at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, in London. LOL

I mention in my "100 Things About Me" post (button on right sidebar) that Sheryl Crowe lived with me when she first moved to L.A., but I don't have a picture of us together. Too bad!

And my dad will say, "What am I, chopped liver?" because I didn't post a picture of him and I together, especially since I have one with Steve Garvey (they both played for the Dodgers).

Here's Dad...



Here's me in my Dodger cheerleading outfit my mom made for us...



And another one...



And I guess because I was always behind the camera I don't have very many pictures of just my dad and I, so here is one of Dad and E. I love this picture of them.



Click here to see a picture of me in the newspaper when I was born. Not sure if they put that in there because I was so huge or because my dad was a baseball player. Hmmm....

My friend Megan sent me hers too.


Megan (left) with Rod Stewart





Megan with Halle Berry (top)
with Steve Young - quarterback (middle)
with someone from Baywatch (bottom)

Megan with Rick Springfield



Got any pics to share?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Finds / Home Projects

ALL THINGS BOOKS


Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading where we list books we've heard about and want to read, and share those new "finds" with others.







I found an interesting book called Ordinary Greatness: It's Where You Least Expect It...Everywhere, a non-fiction book by Brian Jones and Pam Bilbrey where they talk about "simple habits that can lead to extraordinary things."

Some of their tips?

Walk your talk
Do sweat the small stuff
If you make a promise, keep it
Align yourself with "greats" in your life
Know when to ask for help
Surround youself with people who don't think like you

I haven't been reading non-fiction lately, and I like to once in awhile. Looks like a good one.

What books have YOU heard about that you'd like to read?

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ALL THINGS PERSONAL






Now that his condos are completed (and three rented...do I hear a woot! woot!), hubs has no projects planned, so what does he do but head down to the dungeon basement to "clean up." I'm telling you, if you have a project to be done, hubs is the man. There is no messing around. He gets something in his head and moves full steam ahead. I know, you ladies are jealous, aren't ya? We took a car load of stuff to Goodwill, which included at least 1,000 VHS movies, had about 15 bags of trash for pick up, loaded a worker's van full of trash to go to a dumpster, and I have 8 items to put on Craigslist (my project), from floormats to tires to an elliptical machine. And then I need to pick out some new carpet!







Post clean up







Need a project done? Hubs needs to keep busy. Wife needs hubs to keep busy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Booking Through Thursday / Basketball Invite

ALL THINGS BOOKS

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb . Today's question is "What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?"

I love sad books for some reason. They don't make me depressed; I'm able to separate my real life from the books I read, so I don't STAY sad. I recently read Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Even though it was funny at times, his upbringing was so pathetic and dysfunctional; it breaks my heart to know that such mentally ill parents have children. This book is along the lines of A Boy Called It. The other sad book I read was The Book Thief, which was amazing, by the way.


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ALL THINGS PERSONAL

Just wanted to tell you some cool news about E.

He got invited along with 2 other sophomores to attend the Varsity basketball conditioning program at school. The head coach sent him an email saying there will be a meeting this Friday about it and for him to come. I'm not sure what, if anything, it means but it's neat that he got singled out. His friend Mike, whom he has played basketball with since 3rd grade, also got an email. So we'll see what becomes of it and I'll let you know. I'm sure the coach sees this 6'7" sophomore walking up and down the halls and just wants to get him prepared for when he does move up.


This Sunday night E will start open gym scrimmages through Gameface (a bball program here) and will also join their team, which consists of high school kids throughout the area. That will be either Wednesday or Thursday nights. So it'll be good for him to start getting ready for tryouts in early November. I'm ready for some basketball!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Into Reading 2009 Challenge


I'm joining in on the fun at the Fall Into Reading 2009 Challenge hosted by Callapidder Days

This is a no pressure challenge where we just make a list of books we plan to read from 9/22 through 12/23.








Here's my LIST:

To Kill a Mockingbird
Memoirs of a Geisha
Bel Canto
The Dogs Who Found Me
Drowning Ruth
The Good Good Pig
Running to the Mountain
Open House
Secrets She Left Behind
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Darkest Evening of the Year
A Year by the Sea
The Sun Also Rises
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Big Little Life
A Girl Named Zippy
The Education of Little Tree
Undaunted Courage
The Weight of Silence
Prince of Tides
Little Bird of Heaven
Homer's Odyssey
Olive Kitteridge
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This list is made up of books from my library hold list, books to read for other challenges, books recommended by friends, and books in my TBR pile next to my bed. These are the books I'd like to get read before the end of the year!

Monday, September 21, 2009

What Are You Reading? / Playdate Pics

ALL THINGS BOOKS:



Hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog - we're to list the books we've read, what we are currently reading and what we plan to read this week.

Read:

1776 ~ David McCullough
Running with Scissors ~ Augusten Burroughs. My Review

Currently reading:

To Kill A Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee

Plan to read:

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen
Redeeming Love ~ Francine Rivers
Little Bird of Heaven ~ Joyce Carol Oates

ALL THINGS PERSONAL:

Yesterday I took the "girls" to a playdate at Happy Dog Spot. KC was so funny. She would go find a toy, set it in the middle of the tunnel, find another one, and just kept doing that. It's like, "maybe if I put them here no one else can find them."

KC! You're supposed to go through the tunnel, not under it!


What's the hold up here?


Okay, just give me the treat...I'm not going over this fence.


Hmm...can someone get that ball for me?





Sports/Eric Stuff: The other day we went to Taylor's football game. The principal of the high school AND the superintendant came over to Eric and said something about wanting him to go to school there. I don't know if they realize we moved and that Eric goes to a private school because of that, or what. The new principal doesn't even know Eric, but I was told he is a huge sports fan and probably saw how tall Eric is and asked about him. Then to make matters worse, the basketball coach came up to Eric and begged him to come back and play for him. Apparently they only have 5 returning players and they are especially desperate for height. The coach sat by me the entire football game and talked about how we could get Eric to go there. I feel bad for him, but it's not about sports. (It isn't?) Just kidding. Not only is Eric getting a great education at his school, but he will get so much more exposure, basketball-wise, where he is because it's such a big school and extremely competitive in sports.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Salon and Doggie Playdates

ALL THINGS BOOKS:



Today I'm reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Why? Because I'm pretty sure I read it in high school, but because I was too busy socializing I don't know for sure. I'm not very far into it since I just started it yesterday, but I'm enjoying it so far.

Want to join in the Sunday Salon fun? click here

ALL THINGS PERSONAL:

What do you think about my new makeover? It's like botox for your blog...a blog-lift, a blog-tuck, a refreshing new look! Much cheaper than the face or body version, though. Erin over at Designer Blogs did it for me. She was great, by the way, and so easy to work with.

The girls (dogs) and I are heading over to Happy Dog Spot for a playdate, and this afternoon Larry and I are going to the Symphony. Larry to the Symphony? I know, someone gave us tickets.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Finds


It's FRIDAY! Miz B's at Should Be Reading hosts this weekly meme where we post about books we've recently discovered.

I read about a book called The Kids Are All Right by the Welch Family (4 siblings).




Here's the Synopsis:

“Perfect is boring.”

Well, 1983 certainly wasn’t boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father’s mysterious death, their glamorous soap-opera-star mother’s cancer diagnosis, and a phalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy proceedings, the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune in the same way they dealt with the unexpected arrival of the forgotten-about Chilean exchange student–together.

All that changed with the death of their mother. While nineteen-year-old Amanda was legally on her own, the three younger siblings–Liz, sixteen; Dan, fourteen; and Diana, eight–were each dispatched to a different set of family friends. Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, Amanda headed for college in New York City and immersed herself in an ’80s world of alternative music and drugs. Liz, living with the couple for whom she babysat, followed in Amanda’s footsteps until high school graduation when she took a job in Norway as a nanny. Mischievous, rebellious Dan, bounced from guardian to boarding school and back again, getting deeper into trouble and drugs. And Diana, the red-haired baby of the family, was given a new life and identity and told to forget her past. But Diana’s siblings refused to forget her–or let her go.

Told in the alternating voices of the four siblings, their poignant, harrowing story of un­breakable bonds unfolds with ferocious emotion. Despite the Welch children’s wrenching loss and subsequent separation, they retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with–growing up as lost souls,taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up. The kids are not only all right; they’re back together.

Doesn't that sound good?!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Winners of Book Giveaway!

HERE WE GO!!!!


And the winners are....


Erin for The Weight of Silence




and


Laura for The Help



CONGRATULATIONS to the winners. I'll be contacting you by email so I can get your books to you ASAP.

Thank you everyone for entering! So glad ya'll stopped by. If you didn't win this time, stay tuned for more giveaways soon!

Also, come back soon to check out my new blog makeover. Erin (not the same Erin who won) from Designer Blogs is working on it now. She is awesome. Check out her website here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY 9/10 - 9/17

I'm giving away two books this week -- The Help and The Weight of Silence


The Help (hard cover) - Synopsis:


Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.


(I read this and loved it.)



The Weight of Silence (paperback) Synopsis :

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

(This book was highly touted by Borders and on other blogs I've read.)


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HOW TO WIN?

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Comment on my blog , letting me know which book you would like to win (sorry, only one) as well as your email address so I can contact you.

2. Follow me (click on Followers on my blog and add yourself. If you are already a follower, let me know that in your comment.

That's it! But if you want to increase your chance of winning by entering your name twice:

3. If you have a blog, put a link to my blog on yours, mentioning this giveaway. Be sure to leave your URL in the comment.

Pretty simple, eh? I'll contact the winners and announce them on my blog a week from today - Thursday Sept. 17th. Contest ends at midnight (CST) on Wednesday Sept. 16th.

Sorry, will ship to U.S. and Canada only.

Good luck and happy reading!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sorry

Sorry for not calling people back who wanted to know how Eric's appointment went.



We were busy



celebrating our anniversary



and



Eric's



really



really



really



good news!!!



His aorta hasn't grown since his visit five months ago!



But HE has!



Another inch.



I practically danced out of the office and into my car.



Thank you, God :)



The doctor said



she'll see him



in



a year!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And They Said It Wouldn't Last...HA!

Happy 2-year Anniversary! And they said it wouldn't last...ha!

Our story was published in St. Louis' Best Bridal magazine:





Click on this image to read our story (but no mention of how we met on a blind date set up by mutual friends):



Us about 10 years ago:



and on our wedding day



Me with my siblings and my niece and nephew

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