September 17, 2010

Summer Reading List

The goal with a summer reading list is, for me, to try new authors/styles/subject matter to read. With summer fast fading in to fall, I must confess I got through MOST of my list, but not all. Wanted to share what I read, what I liked, what I didn't and why.

After seeing Jonathan Safron Foer on Oprah a few months ago, I thought to myself "I would like to read his book".

Book Summary:
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own detective work, "Eating Animals" explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits--from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth--and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting.

My review:
Guess what? Could not follow along with his writing style. Was very interested in the subject matter when he was talking. He was engaging and I was interested in what he had to say. HOWEVER, he jumps around when he writes. I know that some of the info in the book is fact, other is opinion so I expected a little bit of back and forth. Honestly. What I didn't expect? His puddle jumping. Astronomically big jumps and I must confess I needed a bridging puddle to follow along........ I returned it to the library after reading 2 chapters. Sorry Jonathan.

Next up? Lottery, by Patricia Wood.

Book Summary:
Perry was raised by his grandmother and has an IQ of 76, she taught him everything he needed to know to survive and to play the lottery before her death. When he wins the Washington State Lottery he suddenly has more relatives than he knows what to do with.

My Review:
Awesome story. Sit down and read it. Add it to your Fall Reading List, better titled your Curl Up on a Sunday Afternoon on the Couch with a Cup of Coffee Reading List. You will enjoy it.

The Thirteenth Tale:

Book Summary:
A compelling emotional mystery about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling. A dying writer bids a young bookshop assistant to write her biography.

My Review:
I'm not sure what's wrong with me because I did not like her style of writing. I am sure it is a fine story and that most of you will like it. It's just not for me. Moving on......

Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Book Summary:
Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of a doctor en route to reconcile with his estranged son when his benevolent mission is sidelined upon checking into a North Carolina beach-town inn. When the doctor arrives at the inn, he enters into a passionate affair with an unhappily married woman who is currently considering divorce. ~

My Review:
I have had a hard time in the past reading some of Nicholas Sparks's books. This one? I could NOT put down. Seriously. Read it before you see the movie, if you haven't already. I am going to rent the movie now and I will tell you what I think of the film adaptation.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Book Summary:
Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.

My Review:
Once again, completely surprised by Nicholas Sparks! I loved this story, as there were some points I could relate to the main character on, especially that ever-so-lovely teenage attitude. (I had it to the max, ask my mom!) Another book that I couldn't put down. A great read and a definite tear jerker at the end. I am actually looking forward to seeing the movie. I have heard it's good.......

Now, on to the ones I currently have on hold, on my shelf at home, or am reading as we speak. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Cunt, The One That I Want and Water for Elephants. I will let you know how they turn out ok?

What have you read this summer you liked? Share......

September 16, 2010

Girl Fest

In light of the last post, I thought it was time I shared with you the F.U.N. we had a couple of weeks ago at GirlFest Seattle 2010. This was an amazing event put on by Girl Scouts of Western Washington and was ALL things G.I.R.L.

Here are some of the things that went down that day:  From rock climbing and sports to careers and science, girls and their families participate in hundreds of hands-on activities, try new things, and learn about resources and opportunities in our community. There will be hundreds of exhibits with information and opportunities to fit every girl's interests. Come discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together at this exciting event open to every girl! GirlFest admission includes all-day entertainment, featuring Disney recording artists, Josh Golden and Savannah Outen!

Doodle, CHB, PIA, HOW and I caravaned to Seattle together for this all day event. We proudly sported our wrist bands and walking shoes. PIA and HOW won backstage passes to the Radio Disney concert where they got to meet and greet Josh Golden and Savannah Outen!!!!

Making a bracelet.........

Meeting local newscaster Julie Francavilla

Doodle and I

Mmmmm, Auntia Anne's Pretzels.......

Doodle rocking the butterfly guitar!

PIA's jam session.

HOW is sooooooo cute!

We had a great time and the day ended with the Radio Disney Concert! CHB and I did not enjoy it as much as the girls......... PIA and HOW got to go to the meet and greet room and have a personalized autograph as well as a picture with Savannah Outen and Josh Golden.

Doodle and I waited at the bottom of the stairs and I bought her a CD of Savannah Outen.

We were there for 7 hours, and yes my feet gurt by the end of the day but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see some other areas represented that we don't get to see that often. We got some great ideas for the troop and for our own fmailies. There were so many vendors and we saw several people from Mtown there. It was awesome how many girls there of ALL ages!!!

September 15, 2010

Hans Zeiger, come on down; cause this birdie is for you!

If you haven't already heard about this idiot, click here to read more.

Of course, since my panties are now in a bunch, I have decided to make it my PERSONAL agenda until this election happens to tell EVERYONE I KNOW NOT TO VOTE FOR HIM.

Here is what I sent to his email:

Let me first start off by saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion, thank you to the 1st Amendment. That being said, I am shocked by your lack of filter when speaking publicly about something you obviously know VERY LITTLE about.

I am very proud to be a member of the Girl Scout Organization. Not only was I a girl member, my mother worked for the Girl Scouts here in Washington when I was younger AND now I am the proud leader of MY DAUGHTER’S Girl Scout troop.

As a leader, the one thing I am most proud of, and marvel at all the time, is how much the girls in my troop learn about being a leader, problem solving, budgeting skills, fundraising, community service, goal setting and math and science exploration. Don’t even get me started on what a joy it is to watch them figure out that there is no mountain to high, no task to hard, no goal that can’t be reached…….

It’s ok not to like our cookies Hans. It’s ok not to agree with our organization allowing lesbian women in. It’s ok not to agree with our members being pro-abortion. But guess what Hans? ALL of the women in our organization to have the right to feel how they want, believe in what they want to and support what they want to, just like you.

These girls are incredibly goal oriented, build strong partnerships in their school/home/work life, work extremely hard at what they do, and speaking for my troop of girls, are extremely well rounded members of our community. Talk to any leader and I am sure you will hear sentiments that mimic mine.

If you would like to learn more about Girl Scouts, or you would like to spend some time with these FINE YOUNG WOMEN, please contact me. I would be happy to enlighten you on why we do what we do.

If you would like to send Hans Zeiger a comment and/or observation yourself, please click here. Thanks!

September 9, 2010

Lil C Birthday Wishes

While at the campsite this past weekend, Dear Miss Em and her hubby Stands With Wood, or Woody for short, brought a little something for Lil C.

Miss Em always remembers every kid in the neighborhood for their birthday which is SUPER sweet. :)

This couple is truly in love with each other!

Here they are handing Lil C his card....

Lil C and Miss Em

Lil C and Woody

What better gift to give to a teenager than a gift card????? I am sure he will find exactly what he wants. Thank you Miss Em and Woody for thinking of the boy child.

***On a side note: I am so thankful to have children who are able to be polite and thankful to others when presented with a gift. At least I dont have one of those kids that is super ungrateful. We have all seen those before. Not fun.

Labor Day Weekend

For the last weekend of summer, we decided to go camping. It was supposed to be our annual trip: CHB, Buchwacker, Moxie Crimefighter, Miss Em and her hubby Stands With Wood, Spice Rack and Corn Hustler. However, due to unforseen complications, this trip that should have taken place the first week of August, was post poned until Labor Day and 1/2 the crew would not be able to make it.

This was also a weekend I would not have the kids. Doodle and Lil C were headed to spend the weekend with the grandparents, as they do every year. They were gonna drive up to camp with me, spend the day, then I would take them to the grandparents.

I run around like a chicken with my head cut the entire day before we leave. Not only is there a car full of gear to pack but there is also open house for BOTH kids that we have to attend before we leave.

We hit the road Friday morning to camp. I am running on a caffeine high (2 triple mochas downed in less than 90 minutes) and we arrive at the campground at 10:30am. We are unloaded and set up within an hour. We make sandwhiches and head down to the beach.

Stands With Wood erected a tarp wall, see it there? It afforded us some privacy from the campsite next to us as well as shielding some of the wind that kicked up at night.

We head down to the beach, definately the favorite spot at camp. Since the tide was in, we were not able to go out on the rocks but the kids still had a good time. 


Lil C, Doodle and I on the path down to the water.

Here is the view from the shoreline:

The water looked like it was made of glass......... we took some group photos before we headed back to the campsite.

The kids played for a while longer and then I took them to their Nana and Poppa. I was glad they could come for a little while.

Caffeine high plus smore's time? This is what I look like:
Be afraid: very, very afraid.......

What camping trip would be complete without the morning coffee photo with my partner? The only thing this trip was missing, OTHER than my peeps was the coffee pic with Bushwacker......... All in all was a good camping trip. Sad that CHB was not there. Hopefully next year we can get the ENTIRE crew together.