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.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I watched The Bible on the History Channel on Sunday, and I didn't totally hate it. However, I think I have more complaints than I have praises for the show due to the fact that the things it got wrong were so vital to the story. It bothered me that they never mentioned that the angels in Sodom were running away from men who wanted to sexually violate them. And they didn't mention that Lot didn't just take in the angels to protect them from the mob - he also offered his own daughters in their place. I'm not sure why he would do that anyway, but that's how the story goes. Although entertaining on screen, there's nothing in the Bible about the angels going ninja on the Sodomites.

But the biggest complaint I have about the show was the part about Abraham's almost-sacrifice of Isaac. I really though the Abraham actor played the part well, but the writing of the scene was a little off. They get up there on the mountain, and Isaac notices that they don't have an animal for the sacrifice. When he asks his father about it, Abraham says, "My son, God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering." (NAB) or "God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son." (Douay-Rheims) or "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering" (NKJV). The translation I've always heard, however, was that "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." (RSV) Based on that translation, folks have said that Abraham was speaking prophetically about God providing Himself as the sacrifice when He sent his son, Jesus. In any case, we know that the whole event points to Christ and his sacrificial death. The TV version didn't use any of those translations, and it just seemed a little loose to me.

Then comes the part where God does provide the animal for sacrifice. Another thing I'd been taught about this is that Abraham mentioned a lamb, but God provided a ram. The text specifically says that a ram was caught by its horns in a thicket. In the TV version, it was a lamb caught by it's hind leg. Why does this matter? Well, God did not provide a lamb at that time. He provided a ram. He didn't provide a lamb until He gave his Son for the sacrifice. He promised a lamb, and He didn't give a lamb on that particular day. Words matter.

So, anyway, I'm sure I'm just being too finicky, and I'll prolly watch some more of The Bible series. Wish they hadn't skipped over the rest of Isaac's life and the entire lives of Jacob and Joseph....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why does blogger have to keep changing, anyway? Okay, I think I have it figured out now. Perhaps when computers are hundreds of years old, then everything will start being more uniform. As if we can survive hundreds of years with this things...

So, "Monster" was written by Jonathan Kellerman in 1999. I found this book at the Bowie 2nd Monday Trade Days. My impression is that it's definitely a man book. I don't mean it's necessarily for men only - I just mean that it's obviously written from a man's perspective. It was a fun book and a nice escape from reality.

Reality lately has meant plenty of work which has been accompanied by another changing of the guard. I have two new co-workers who both started only a couple of weeks ago. Training takes long enough when I have the time to put into it, but right now, I just don't have the time. Sigh. Right now we're working on a project that was due LAST Thursday, and I'm trying not to panic. Ugh. Okay, I'd better stop this and get back to work. Not that I'll ever get caught up or anything...