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Every Intention

I have every intention of finishing my 30 day project.

I have every intention of summing up 2010.

I have every intention of blogging more often.

But today…I write book reviews.

I bought a Kindle for myself before sister and I went to Hawaii.  I read 2 books on that trip which is intense for me. (I never really read before) Since October I’ve read a total of 6 books.  Since I like my opinion (and if you read my blog, I feel you might as well) I thought I’d review them.

Compromising Positions was suggested to me by the glorious Amazon.com.  I have no idea why.  It was the first romance-y novel I’ve read and well…it was awkward. I’m not sure I’d read another one.  The story is cute (a sorta Yoga teacher falls for the strapping womanizer who doesn’t want to be a womanizer anymore) but the “scenes” were a little much for this TMI-afraid chick.  The story itself kept me interested, so that’s good, I guess.

A Scattered Life was one of those “well that looks interesting and it’s only $1.99…” purchases. This book I adored simply because it was, well…scattered.  Story mostly has to do with Skyla, a wanderer who settles down and isn’t quite used to it and how her life is shaped by her mother in law, daughter and a new neighbor.  It made me laugh, made me cry and kept me reading.  Might be a favorite that I’ve read so far.

I am actually ashamed to admit that I spent $4.99 plus tax on Cirque Du Salahi.  After watching Real Housewives of DC and just thinking the Salahis were fascinatingly delusional, I bought it.  Reading it from the understanding that they are, in fact, delusional, it was actually kinda funny.  If you take them seriously…you shouldn’t get your book reviews from me.  Waste of time and money, but I’m still amused that I read it. ; )

I honestly couldn’t tell you why I bought Unbearable Lightness (autobiography of Portia De Rossi about her struggle with eating disorders) but WOW. This book is INTENSE.  There are parts that are SO hard to read (as someone that hasn’t struggled with that you can’t fathom the train of thought she has about some things) and the pictures (there are only 4) are alarming, but altogether it was interesting.  I’ll voice what some of the reviews on the site said: this is NOT for those recovering from an eating disorder (!!!!) but more a glimpse into her life and the struggles she faced.  Not sure I’d recommend just off hand, but if you’re interested, go for it.

Again, I’m not sure what made me buy Room, (probably the fact I was seeing it everywhere) but it was pretty good. I read it during one of the busiests weeks this year and still felt it was a quick read.  The book cover/summary tells you that it’s about a 5 year old boy and his 26 year old mom who are living in an 11×11 room.  The story is told by Jack, the 5 year old, and the sentance structure takes a second to get used to, but it’s really a good guess at what a 5 year old would think!!! The book has lots more to it than just the room, but I don’t want to ruin it.  I would recommend it for some light reading.

That’s all I’ve done so far (not bad for 2 months when I think I’d read 2 books before I got my Kindle all year) but now I’m stuck!! What should I read next? Any suggestions??

Day 15 – Something you want to do before you die.

I’m totally cheating and posting 3 things. Cause I’m like that, you know.

1. See the Aurora Borealis. 

2.  See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. (and visit London)

3.  Participate in one of these suckers.  Maybe just do a 1/2, but I want to!

something fun that I want to note – I’ve accomplished some of my bucket list already!!   I got LASIK, saw Jerry Seinfeld do stand-up and am on my way to having a deck of cards from every state. :)

Tough day

Today’s a rough day.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but my entire job is dealing with employees leaving the company.  We have a LARGE company and I deal with anyone leaving either voluntarily or involuntarily nationwide – whether they are warehouse associates on up to Sr. VPs, I do something with it.  Well, me or one of 2 other people who I work with doing this. 

Yes, it’s a full-time job for 3 people to deal with this.

People said it can get depressing, but mostly people do things to lead up to them leaving. (I have some great stories of ways people get themselves fired.) It hasn’t really been depressing for me except for when some people I knew got fired for misconduct (that warranted firing, but still..sad.) but today is tough.

Today is the 4th time in 2 weeks I’ve had to deal with an employee of the company dying.  (They aren’t dying AT work, but still…) It’s just really sad! With the holidays and everything…I’m just sad today. And a little overwhelmed.

: (

Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

This is an easy one:

My dad is seriously my rock.  There are huge moments in life where I look back and am baffled as to what I would do if I didn’t have my dad to call/talk to.  There have been times I’ve been balled up on the floor of my parents house sobbing (not my finest moment) and just knowing he was down the hall made everything seem okay. 

My dad has taught me so much about life – about giving until it hurt (even if you give after it hurts – keep giving), that being there for people is sometimes the most help you can offer, that “why wouldn’t I?” can speak volumes, and that Sundays are for football. (hey, it’s true).  He’s been a leader, a teacher, a friend and my source of strength for so long…I love my daddy.

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.

I can’t stand when people are late. Especially myself. Drives me crazy.  (My biggest pet peeve is seeing chewed gum, but I hate it so much I don’t want a picture of it on my blog…hahaha.)

Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the craziest things with.

Wow, this is another tough one…but I’m gonna give it to these two…

30 Day Project – Day 9

Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

This is another easy one.  My Courtney has been there for me through SO MUCH.  Sometimes when I have weird ideas about the future (aka Panic Attacks) she calms me down just by being the person I would tell if that stuff WOULD really happen. Love her.

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