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.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Melissa gave me this cute little book. The Parental Advisory warning is pretty unnecessary, although there is a little adult humor inside. It's funny 'cause she gave me this, but then the other day we watched "The Campaign" with Will Farrell, and she fast-forwarded through all the "bad" parts. I guess the movie was a tad raunchier...
And this one came from Momma G. It says that it was a discard from White Oak High School. My thought was, "Why is a romance novel in a high school library anyway??" but it turns out that it's more of a murder mystery...thing. I actually liked it quite a bit...I guess...well, it was a good read. Tough to explain without giving away the whole story!

So I know it's been quite awhile since I've put anything on here, and I'm sure no one comes around here anymore. I'm sure of that because I never go to anyone else's blogs anymore, either! It's quite tragic. Life has been pretty busy and crazy lately. I flew past my 8-year anniversary of being at Padic, and year #9 has started out alright. Chester, my cat, he's been throwing up a lot, but the vet might have fixed him this time. It's been about 2 days since I've had to clean up any urp, so that is nice. I guess there's not a whole lot else going on in my life. I mostly read magazines now, so I don't get many book review opportunities. I like books better, but my pile of magazines is bigger.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Someone actually asked me today if I still blog. I guess I'm here now, so I guess I kinda do.

So I guess I got this book at the Bowie Trades Days awhile back. "The Empty Chair" was written by Jeffery Deaver in 2000. It's kinda disturbing, not horrible. I dunno. The plot twists were unexpected, and I was surprised that it had a mostly happy ending. I wasn't extremely impressed with it as a whole, though.

I wish I could tell you about things going on in my life these days. I mean, technically I'm just going to work and hanging out with friends. So I guess that's all you really need to know. I used to have so much to say! In three months from today, I'll be 32. I'm kinda feeling younger every day. Weird.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Momma G sent me this book in the mail. I never get anything good in the mail, much less something FUN!! She said that "Don't Make Me Choose between You and My Shoes" reminded her of me since it's about a couple of private investigators having adventures. It was written by Dixie Cash - a couple of sisters from Texas - in 2008. I thought it was a very entertaining story. It even has a Hess in it, although you don't find that out until page 286. I don't think I've had any significant adventures in my line of work lately. Speaking of work, I should probably get going now. Thank you, Momma G! I definitely enjoyed it.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

My book reviews used to be a fun way to acknowledge an accomplishment. They don't feel that way anymore.  Ahh, but enough about me.  Danielle Steel wrote Palomino back in 1981.  It was made into a movie in 1991. The story wasn't terrible, but the details were quite a stretch. It's not like I've ever lived on a ranch, but the ranch in the book's descriptions is just too far-fetched for me. I guess the most glaring incongruity is that Sam arrives in December and proceeds to spend 12 hours in the saddle in the rain. In December. Winter, you know, that time when there just aren't 12 hours of daylight. And you can't exactly fix fence from on a horse. Anyway...I was not nearly as impressed with this book as I was with The Ring.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I tried. I really did. But I could not finish the book. I made it to page 406 of 746 a few months ago, and I haven't been able to pick it up again. Sure, it's not really the kind of book that is meant to be read page-by-page, but neither is a dictionary, and I'm pretty sure I'd have better luck with that. The first few pages or chapters talk about godly things and doctrine, but after that, it is all about the politics of the United Methodist Church - who answers to who, who's responsible for what, how much do we pay them. "The Book of Discipline, 2004" is my boss's book, and it's not at all what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting something more like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I guess Methodism is all about...methods. I wish I could have finished it, but there's just been nothing about Jesus in hundreds of pages...not even any Bible verses to point out why they have the hierarchy and methods that they do. Oh, I'm not shocked; I've always know the Methodist folks are a little odd, but I'm more sad than I was. I'm sorry this is only a half-way review, but it's all I've got.