I am really enjoying Lea Michele's Louder. The CD is mainly ballads but she does a great job singing ballads. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I am participating with Ricki Jill's from Art @ Home , weekly party Literary Friday. You should go over to her blog and check out all of the other book reviews. I know it is Saturday but I am still going to link up.
I received this book from Beth from A Living Goddess Life, when I participated with my first Books n' Blogger Swap. You can read about it here. I loved this book. Thank you Beth! My husband enjoyed it too. We definitely wanted to read the book before the movie came out. The book had the same feeling as Hunger Games. I hope the movie does it justice as well.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first in a three book series. The main character is Beatrice Prior and the setting is Chicago. This world is so much different than now, their society is divided into five factions; each faction is strong with one virtue. The is Candor (the honest virtue), Abnegation (the selfless virtue), Dauntless (the brave virtue), Amity (the peaceful virtue), and Erudite (the intelligent virtue). Beatrice was raised as in the Abnegation faction. Once a year, (Choosing Day) all sixteen year old must select the faction to which they will be part of the rest of their lives. If they chose a different faction, they must leave their family and never interact with them again. Prior to the Choosing Day the sixteen year old has to participate in an aptitude test. The sixteen year old is hooked to a machine which helps determine the strongest virtue this younger person holds with this information it is supposed to help the teenager make the right choice for their life. When it came time for Beatrice to take her test she knew something was wrong. They lady who gave it to her unhooked everything and told her to never tell her results because she was Divergent and that was dangerous because no one can control Divergent people. Her life will be in danger if anyone finds out. She was advised to chose a faction and hide within it. Beatrice had no clue what Divergent meant and did not share it with anyone. All she knew was she was more confused than before. She was torn because she wanted to stay with her family but she was drawn to the Dauntless faction. Her brother's Choosing day is the same as Beatrice due to the way their birthdays and the Choosing Day fell. He was called first to make his decision. Beatrice just knew he would stay but was very surprised he chose another faction, Erudite. Beatrice watched the disappointment in her father's face. When it came for Beatrice to chose it was difficult but she chose Dauntless which surprised everyone.
After the Choosing Ceremony is complete each child goes with the faction they chose and have to go through initiation. Anyone who does not make it through initiation is factionless and that is not a good thing. They are outcast and do not belong any where. During this highly competitive initiation Beatrice renames herself as Tris. They Dauntless group must go through an extreme physical competition and very intense psychological one as well. Only a ten will make it and those who do not will live factionless. Tris discovers so much more about her society than she ever imagined and realizes a war is about to begin and she has to stop it or it might destroy her family as well as her.
This book is full of adventure and has a surprising end of book one. I cannot wait to read books two and three.
I am so excited to see the movie. I am only hoping it is as good as the book or close to as good as the book and I am not disappointed with it.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
SNOW...SNOW...SNOW!!! This Winter has brought a lot of snow and especially freezing temperatures. The snowfall reminded me back when I only had three children. This picture takes us back to January 1997.
We had a blizzard which dumped nearly a foot of snow on top of our current nearly foot of snow. Ethan was only 1. Matthew (The taller one wearing a coat.) was 7 and Joshua was 4. My ex-husband and the older two went out to make a snowman. All three came back inside very excited. My ex-husband was actually a man child and he loved playing with the boys in the snow. The excitement was spewing from them as they talked about the giant snowman they just built. My ex was around 5' 11'' and the snowman was nearly a foot taller than he was. As you can tell, we still had a lot of snow on the ground after making that snowman, which took a lot of snow. The boys talked for several Winters about that snowman. Joshua actually cried when he melted. I just took out our book of Frosty the Snowman and read to him and then reminded him his friend will be back as new snowflakes. They never built a huge snowman ever again, many smaller versions but they did build a lot of snow forts over the years.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
WOO HOO!!!! It is Wednesday. The week is half over and I have Friday off! I tried to get tomorrow off too but we already had one person who requested it from my team, oh well 3 day weekend will be exactly what Dr. Jolene prescribed.
WOO HOO!!! I have been partnered up for the Mug o' Comfort Swap. I checked her blog out last night. We both have 4 children and 2 step children. I cannot wait to email her tonight to start to get to know her.
WOO HOO!!! MY CLOSET IS CLEANED! All I need to do is gather all of my shoes and place them back in the shoe rack at the back of my closet, now that I can walk to the back of my closet. That will be done on Friday. Seriously, we need to find a new place for Christmas presents to be placed and the wrappings. We already have a small pile beginning for next Christmas.
I also completed my goal for the kitchen. The cupboards are done and I am very happy with it. My cupboard with my spices, I printed a conversion chart which has the temperatures meat should be cooked and tacked the chart on the inside of my cupboard. I also plan on tacking my chart of foods and how many carbohydrates are in them list as well. This will be a big tool with controlling Todd's diabetes and my pre-diabetes.
Monday, we had Taj for a few hours. We had not seen him for a week and I needed a dose of Taj to pick me up out of the slump I was in. It worked. That kid is my instant happy pill. He is so adorable and funny. How could I not be happy when I walked inside the door and he was in the living room with Noah and his friends. He gave me a huge smile and said, "NANA!" He then hopped down off of one of the boy's lap turned to him and pointed at me, "That's my Nana!" and then ran to me open armed with a warm smile and gave me the biggest hug and kiss without asking. God has blessed our family with this little boy. I just love being his Nana. The biggest WOO HOO EVER, or to infinity and beyond as Taj would say.
I signed up for a couple of Brush and Barrel classes this month. I am very excited for these paintings. I also splurged and picked up some drawing pencils and charcoal along with a sketch pad. I am going to get back into drawing as well.
Well my dear friends, the last Woo Hoo is you. Thank you for being my friend and follower. Thank you for your comments and private messages. It really touches me.
What do you have to Woo Hoo about this week?
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Miss Angie, Karen, and Jenne host the party.
It is a blog hop, so click on the Monthly Goal button and you will see those who play along post as well.
RECAP OF FEBRUARY GOALS
- Work out every day, regardless of reason and time. FAILED: Although I failed I did work out more than I had the month prior. Less classes but more weight machines.
Complete two books. The Boy on the Wooden Box , Twelve Years a Slave, The Quilter's Son and The Quilter's Son: Book Two: Lydia's Heart Complete one Christmas project.Yes, and I love it. I have it scheduled to release in July. I plan to have a Christmas in July series.
- Work on decorations for a tea party. FAILED
- Finish Grandparent wall in the main living room. FAILED
- Complete cleaning my bedroom closet. FAILED
- Clean and organize Kitchen cupboards. FAILED
- Work out 6 of the 7 days each week.
- Complete Samantha Jillian Bayaar books I have.
- Complete two other books.
- Complete one Christmas project.
- Finish tea party decorations.
- Finish Grandparent wall in the main living room.
- Complete cleaning my bedroom closet.
- Finish the Kitchen cupboards.
- *BONUS* If I can manage to find the time, Spring Clean the house.
Do you have any goals this month? What are they?