Saturday, May 23, 2015

I'm not sure what I did to win this book - attendance maybe? Anyway, I won "Good Deal: More Satisfying Meals for Le$$ Money" in a drawing at a Weight Watchers meeting a while back. Yes, it's a cookbook, and yes, I read it cover to cover. No, I did not try any of the recipes, but I do think I learned some things and got some good ideas. It was just published in 2014, so it's pretty new. I celebrated the end of my 2nd year of Weight-Watcher-ing on April 29, and I have lost 90.4 pounds since I started back in 2013. I have about 30 to go, but I'm very unsure about what that will look like. I mean, I know I CAN do it, but I just don't have the motivation at the moment. I'm still plugging along, but there's not much "umph" behind my efforts. Hitting the 100 lb. mark scares me a little, too. My aim is to be at my goal weight by the end of this 3rd year - April 2016. It seems impossible right now. But maybe if I look at it financially... WW is $42.95 a month, so that's about $516.00 a year. So I have already spent $1,032.00 on this weight loss endeavor in the first 2 years. Every month that I'm lazy and unmotivated I'm just throwing $43.00 away, so I need to keep after it and finish sooner than later. And when I do get there... Well, maybe we'll be crossing that bridge in a year or so.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This Sunday I went to Friendship Church in St. Jo. I will probably go back again at some point. Anyway, they were giving out copies of the pastor's book (although I got my copy from the Hunts on Friday when I stayed over to avoid the flood waters), and I read it pretty quickly. "The Deep: Keys to Dynamic Faith" was written by Curt Simmons in 2012. I'd say it's an encouraging little book with some good insights. If you were interested in the church, it would help you get to know the pastor's thoughts, so that could be handy. Friendship Church may not exactly be my style, but I'm glad that St. Jo has it as an option.

So I noticed that I've said "life is tame" in both of my last two posts. I did that without even reading the older post, so that is kinda weird, I think. I suppose we like tame things...

How do you catch a unique rabbit?

"You 'neak" up on it!

How do you catch a tame rabbit?

Tame way, you 'neak up on it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I have fallen a little behind in my book reviews, but I will fix that now. I'm pretty sure that the only book I read over the winter months was "The Summons" by John Grisham. I suppose it was a good story, but I've noticed lately how all of our entertainment...stories, TV, media...is so full of LIES. I mean, this is a fiction story, so of course it's not true, but there would be no story if the two brothers hadn't started out lying to each other from the beginning. Or maybe they were just keeping things from each other - lying by omission. Either way, it's the lies that make it interesting. Or... Would it be interesting without the lies? I'd like to turn on a TV show just once that didn't feature a lie as the main driver of the plot. I'm tired of 'em. So this was my 2nd Grisham book, and I'm pretty sure that I liked "The Street Lawyer" better.

So life is fairly tame these days. Work was slow for awhile, but now it's not again, so I guess that's nice? I have been without Internet in my house for almost a week, I assume because of the storms, and so that has given me a little extra incentive to read. So hopefully I'll have another review ready for you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello again. This week I finished reading "The Visitation" (1999) by Frank Peretti. It's a weird one, but it makes sense. Like all of his books, it does make you think. I guess I've read a couple of his other books back during my college days. I got this book at ABBA's Second Chance Resale store in Gainesville. One of my volleyball friends, Carol, volunteers there at the store, and last week she found a just-like-new pair of shoes for me, and she brought them to volleyball last week. I guess she got tired of looking at my socks through the holes in all of my shoes! I'm grateful, and the shoes work really well and look good, too! So the ABBA (All Babies Born Alive) store is pretty cool.

My life has been pretty tame lately, I guess. I just got back from a quick trip to Utah to be with Felicia during the loss of her husband. Work has been pretty slow for a month or so, but I'm not complaining - yet. I need to make more money, but I've made the step of asking for massage therapy equipment for Christmas/birthday this year, and hopefully I'll be brave enough to start taking a few clients. I'm not sure where I'll be able to do it or even how I will find the time, but I do know that it could be a very nice change of pace for me. I'm feeling a little more confident about making it work now that I've lost 65 lbs. in the last year-and-a-half. Yup, the Weight Watcher-ing is definitely paying off, as you can see:

I still have a long way to go - I'm just past the halfway point (my personal goal is 175, but my WW goal is 164) - but I'm feeling fairly confident that I will keep making progress. You know, part of the WW plan includes exercise, and doing the massage thing will be an excellent way to get more active, too! So that's where things stand for me. I hope all is well with you. If you need/want to see a massage therapist after New Years, just let me know! Hmm...maybe I should start selling gift cards now. There's a thought!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Greetings and salutations. I finished "Left Behind: a Novel of the Earth's Last Days" a couple of days ago. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in 1995. Of course there was a movie made in 2000 based on the book, and apparently another one is coming out on October 3. Huh - that's just one month from today! Anyway, the book tells an interesting story, but it's really not that well-written. The conversations are just flat, which makes for sort of flat characters. If it wasn't for the movie that I've seen several times, I wouldn't really know the characters at all. It's also possible that I should have read the book first, and I'm pretty sure doing that would have made me hate the movie 'cause not much of the book is even in the movie. So it's an easy-to-read book, but I wasn't too impressed. It'll be interesting to see how the new movie with Nicolas Cage handles the presentation of the Gospel. If they get that part right, maybe I can ignore the feeling that the new movie looks like it's going to be based on the old movie and not really on the book. Oh well. Maybe it's all good as long as it makes people think about God and the coming judgment. Heaven is for real...but so is hell...

So things around here are fairly calm. We're supposed to sort of be getting a new horse on Saturday. She's an Arabian/Saddlebred named "Sweet Seduction" a/k/a "Tootsie". I haven't even seen her yet, and we're just gonna get her 'cause she's free and 'cause mom can't say "no". So that should make for an interesting weekend. This morning I hafta take "Scraggle Cat" in to be fixed. This is my "Scraggle Cat".

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So I dun did figure out which book I neglected to review. "Catching Fire" a/k/a "Hunger Games II" was written by Suzanne Collins. I got this book up in Lawton, OK, when we were up there for mom's birthday trip back in November last year. I guess we went to see the movie that same weekend. So once again I watched the movie before reading the book...probably...I can't remember!! While the first movie installment stuck pretty closely to the book, this one didn't as much. But I do think my opinion has changed some to where I am more into the whole thing than I was back in 2012 when the first one came out. Not that I can do a very good review 8 months after the fact... But I feel like the hole has been closed - the mystery has been solved - I haven't let down my readers after all! And, since I'm basically the only reader at this point, I do know how much they [the reader(s)] care ;)

So it's just another day at work...pretty slow. The W.W. meeting told me I gained 2.2 lbs yesterday, so that's not-so-very encouraging. It was also not-so-very encouraging when I did the math - I have lost 51.6 lbs but am still 56.4 lbs away from my goal. Which means I'm not even halfway there. SIGH. But I guess that's the next little goal on the way to the big goal - 4.8 lbs until the half-way point. Yes, 4.8 seems a lot more do-able than 50+ more.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I am pretty sure that I skipped a book review prior to this one, but I guess I sort of thought I'd never have time to read again, and somehow I have found a little. So I borrowed "The Help" from Nancy when I was taking care of her killer cat, Dixie. Of course I saw the movie when it came out a couple of years ago, so I was already very familiar with the story. And my opinion is that the movie was better; however, it's a close call. The funny thing about the book is that I found myself thinking and speaking in Ebonics because of the way it is written! As far as racism goes and the issues presented in the book, the book beats the movie on that count because I had more time to really get a feel for the characters instead of just being entertained by the humor on the screen.

It's been close to a year since I've posted here. Yup, my 9 year anniversary at Padic will be here in... well, on September 25. So that's still a ways away. I can't say that much else has changed in my life since the last posting. Oh, wait... I have lost 25.4 lbs since the last time that I posted! That should count for something. Is that because I haven't been reading any books and have been out walking instead?? It's the magazines that keep me from reading the books, and I don't like it AT ALL. Who needs all that Current Events crap? I will try to do better. Be more balanced. Balancing is easier when you are 25 lbs lighter.