Sunday, November 15, 2015

I borrowed this book from my mother quite a while ago - maybe at the beginning of Summer - and it has taken me a long time to finish. "The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help Is Not Enough" was written by Sharon A. Hersh in 2008. The main premise is that the last addiction is our thought that we can fix it ourselves. The book is written with a Christian perspective, but it doesn't stay in the spiritual realm the entire time. I did like this book, and the author's own story of her battle with an alcohol addiction is quite interesting. Folks probably would assume that I have no addictions since I seem to be functioning relatively well in my little world, but I would consider #1 my struggle with eating more than I should. #2 would be an addiction to a particular way of thinking in my mind - the despair and hopelessness. Even this book that covers a wide range of different addictions doesn't consider how depression is simply a series of bad mental habits. At least that's how I see depression. It's an addiction to a certain way of thinking. But I am going deeper here than I intended. I am happy that I have finally finished another book and that it only took me about a week to get around to writing my review this time. I also finished another book - something about Minnie Mouse and waiting for puppies to be born - but I can't quite remember the title. It was just as good as this addiction book, so that's my double review for you. Two for the price of one.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nope, I was not impressed with this "book". I won it as a door prize at a CCRW (Cooke County Republican Women) meeting. "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans" by Ann Coulter (2007) is really just a collection of her meanest quotes about people. The zingers, the ones that have made "the news" for being so insensitive. Sure, most of her views are on the Right side of wrong, but... I mean, I even kinda like Ann Coulter, but I don't like the Ann that comes across in this book. I do NOT recommend it. Zero stars.

I am about to head down to Tolar, TX, today for a Yosten family reunion. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all of you out there. I may have to work a little bit tomorrow, so it's mostly a regular weekend for me. I wish I had some life updates to give you, but there's not much new in my life. I'm just staying very busy and am trying to keep my sanity, although I'm not sure why. Thanks for visiting this site - please come visit me in person when you get a chance!

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, 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".