A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t

The 30-Day Writing Challenge asks “A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t”.

A story I enjoyed (and the one that made me read) was “Her Royal Destiny” by Carol Maxwell Eady.  It’s a historical romance regarding Queen Katherine Parr who outlived King Henry VIII.  I read this tale when I was in middle school.  It caused me to become absorbed in in the life of Henry VIII and I imagine myself somewhat of an authority on his spouses.

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The novel I didn’t care for was a more recent read called “Baltimore Blues” by Laura Lippman.  So terribly penned, I couldn’t give a damn for any of the characters.  I’m astonished that the author turned out twelve books for the series.  I pray she delved more into the construction of her characters in her recent books and devoted less time on the “fine art of rowing”.

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

30-Day Bloggers Group:  December is an Unofficial Blogging Month

 

Yesterday my babies turned fifteen years old.  It’s so hard to believe that they are in high school and about to get drivers’ permits and are actually old enough to work with work permits.  Where has the time gone?

I remember when they were both so small they could almost both fit into one hand.  They used to fall asleep on our shoulders with their little bottom’s scrunched up into a ball.  It seems like only yesterday.  Sometimes I wish it were only yesterday.

Time sneaks up on us and we realize sometimes too late that there isn’t much time left.  In only a few short years my babies will be off in college and starting lives of their own without me.  I guess I just need to trust in the job I did in raising them.  I need to hope that they learned all the lessons that I have tried to instill in them.

 

Happy Birthday, my angels!  I love you!

Sad News Spreads Fast

30-Day Bloggers Group:  December is an Unofficial Blogging Month

It seems that everyone is talking about the death of Paul Walker the past couple of days.  I know that there was some initial confusion as to the legitimacy of the reports of his death.  I can understand why there would be some questions.  I mean, it is slightly ironic that the star of the Fast and Furious franchise dies in a horrible automobile accident.  But, besides that, there is some discrepancy as to the date of his death.  Original reports that it was a hoax came out on Friday, but his actual date of death was on Saturday.  My best guess as to the discrepancy is that the story about the hoax came from another part of the world where it was still Friday.  That’s why I believe it is important to note the date and place of death when reporting such news.  It also didn’t help that TMZ was the first to report the story.  Nothing personal against TMZ, but it’s not what is considered a reliable news source.

Regardless, it is terribly sad news that Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed in such a horrific accident.  I believe that the world has lost two incredibly amazing human beings.

Week In Review

It’s been a weird kind of week for me.  My daughter was really sick so I had to shell out some serious cash to take her to the doctor and get her some medicine.  It wasn’t strep throat, but was definitely bacterial of some sort.  She is much better now, but we were unable to go with my son and my parents to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  (I hope they saved me some leftovers.)  She’s all better now and just as annoying as always.  🙂

I went on several interviews for a job and finally was hired on Friday.  However, the manager has been trying to e-mail me the paperwork to get me started, but it still hasn’t come through.  I’m going to have to call him again tomorrow and figure out what the problem is.  I’m thinking he is typing the email address wrong or I wrote it down wrong for some weird reason.  Hopefully we will get that all figured out tomorrow and I can get started to work as soon as possible.

The end of NaBloPoMo was yesterday.  It was an interesting experience for me.  It’s not that easy to write everyday and I did miss two days because of my daughter being sick.  But it was definitely rewarding in so many ways.  I got to experience many blogs that I otherwise would have missed out on.  I think I will definitely participate again next year.

The start of the Christmas season is upon us and I am definitely hoping to get more into the spirit this year, as the past couple of years haven’t been exactly good years.  Last year was especially difficult because my cat was attacked by some animal on Christmas Eve and had part of his paw ripped off.  It was not a good experience all around.  I’ll be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Contest and am definitely looking forward to it.  It begins today.  Wish me luck!

I think that’s about it.  I hope everyone else’s week was a good one.

The Future of What?

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 29-30, 2013 Serial Prompt:  Part Two:  What are you thankful for? On the first day (yesterday), give me an overview of everything you were thankful for at the age of 10, and everything you are thankful for in your life currently. Feel free to make two lists. How have your lists changed? On the second day (today), think about your future self and make a list of what you will be thankful for in the future. Please be inventive with this. Make a life for yourself and imagine what the world may be like 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. years in the future.

 

I don’t know if I really want to think as far ahead in my life as 20 years or more.  More than likely one or both of my parents will be gone by then and that is a thought I do not want to contend with at the moment.

Besides that I worry about the state of the United States government and where it will be in twenty years.  I picture a world much like the mini-series “The Last Enemy”.  If you think we are far from that world, just remember what is happening right now with Snowden and Assange.  We aren’t that far from it.

In an ideal world, in twenty years I will have all of my family with me.  The government will be healthy and strong and the democracy it was designed to be.  I will be employed with a chance of a healthy retirement in the future.  My children will have received whatever education they desired and they will also be gainfully employed.  Maybe even one of them will have given me grandchildren if I’m lucky.  (Marriage first though, so no rush there.)

Thankful: Part One

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 29-30, 2013 Serial Prompt:  Part One:  What are you thankful for? On the first day (today), give me an overview of everything you were thankful for at the age of 10, and everything you are thankful for in your life currently. Feel free to make two lists. How have your lists changed? On the second day (tomorrow), think about your future self and make a list of what you will be thankful for in the future. Please be inventive with this. Make a life for yourself and imagine what the world may be like 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. years in the future.

 

When I was ten, I was probably thankful for things like my family, my cat, my stereo, my friends, and so on.  Today, I am thankful for my family, my children, and the fact that I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach.

I think our perspectives change as we become responsible for people outside of ourselves.  I think that’s a good thing.  “No man is an isle unto himself.”

A Feast for Everyone!

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 28, 2013 Prompt:  Thanksgiving. Do you live in the US and celebrate it? What does it represent to you today versus what it might have represented in the Holiday’s infancy? Do you live outside the US and don’t care about Thanksgiving? Give us your thoughts.

I do live in the US and normally we celebrate Thanksgiving, though my daughter and I were unable to attend this year due to her being sick and me waiting for my third interview.  (I really hope he didn’t forget about me, I expected him to call…)  Anyway, it definitely holds a different meaning than it did in 1621 when the pilgrims who were simply grateful for their first harvest first celebrated it.

Today we celebrate and gorge ourselves on food.  In theory we are supposed to be giving thanks for things that we might not otherwise have, but, in reality, most of us just use it as an excuse to have an extremely large meal and to perhaps watch football.  (I’m certain my brother is going to drive my mother crazy with that.)

My Ultimate Sacrifice

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 27, 2013 Prompt:  There’s something you want very badly but can’t have it. Your only way of obtaining it is to sacrifice something else of true importance. What do you want and what would you give up to get it?

 

I’m sorry, my love, but you see, David Tennant will only agree to be with me if it’s exclusive.  He wants me all to himself and refuses to share.  I love you.  Really I do.  But it has always been a dream of mine to be David’s wife.  I hope you will understand and you will find it in your heart to forgive me.  I love you.

I Would Die For U

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 26, 2013 Prompt:  Have you ever risked your life to save the life of someone else? Would you if the situation arose? Who would you risk your life for? (If you would prefer to answer a slightly tamer version of this question, replace the word “life” with reputation.)

 

 

 

Any mother would respond to this question with “my children”.  If they don’t respond with that answer, then they don’t belong being a mother.  I would walk through fire and across knives for them.  There is absolutely nothing on this earth that would stop me from at least trying to protect my children.

How Soon We Forget

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 25, 2013 Prompt:  What is your first reaction when you forget something? Take us through your initial terror and following thoughts. Anecdotes are helpful!

 

I’m always forgetting things.  Like where I put my keys, what day is it, did I shut off the stove?  Those kinds of things.  My usual reaction lately is “Oh, well”.  I don’t over-stress when I forget something anymore.  It happens too often lately to worry about those things.  I get more upset when I forget important things, like paying bills or doctor appointments.