Friday, November 24, 2017

"Alpha Female" (2009) by April Christofferson did not have much effect on me. The main premise was protecting the wolves from hunters. I don't care about wolves. I don't care about hunters, either, so I couldn't really take a side. The writing was fine, and the story would probably make a good movie, but it was fairly predictable.

Well, it's the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm supposed to be off work. Oh, I'm at home, but I just got a call from the office asking for my help. I could try to summon the Spirit of Thanksgiving and be thankful to be needed and wanted, but I am not very good at this holiday. For every thing that there is to be thankful for, I can find 5 more to complain about. I guess that means I'm only 20% thankful. Food...I have plenty of that, but I also have been given too much of it. I have plenty of clothes, but I also have an overabundance of those. I have more weight, more stress, less room... But moving on. It's time for Christmas now. And that one's not much better as far as holidays go. I suppose this time of year is hard for everyone. I don't know why God gives us cold, short, dark days. He could make everything work without the annual death. Perhaps it's part of our punishment. Was there no Winter before the Fall (of man)? Winter before Fall...ha, I made a funny! I guess Winter always comes after the Fall. Wow, that's deep...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Relentless" is your typical girl-power Western drama with a pretty good balance of still needing a man to be the hero. It was written by Bobbi Smith and published in 2010. I guess it was a pretty good story. I dunno, I actually finished it about a month ago, but I'm just now getting around to catching up some of the little things. Work has slowed down just a tad, and that is very nice. But when I think I can take a break from my work life and go back to my real life, I realize that there's not much real life there anymore. It's just work, recover, and work again. The burn-out hit throughout the summer, but it seems to be winding down now. Which is funny, because this is the time of year when most other folks are starting to hit the wall with school going strong and holidays approaching. Being normal used to be so important, but I guess I've accepted that it's not something I'll ever really be. So I guess there haven't been any major life events to report. I have about 7 vacation days left for the year. Vacation days are where work teases me and lets me pretend that I still have a real life outside of work. Ha. But I'm not working at this moment, so I'm going to try to get out and enjoy the day. Peace.

Friday, August 04, 2017

I thought that quitting Netflix for the Summer would make me get out and do stuff, but instead I'm turning the time into reading. That's not such a bad thing. It has to be better for my mind than watching zombies get killed in 5 million different ways. About this book... "His Secret Life: Colby Agency Reconnaissance Division" was written by Debra Webb in 2009. First of all, I have no idea why the dude on the cover is wearing a cowboy hat. This book is set in the Chicago, IL, area, and there are no horses, cows or anything Western in the story. Even with the false advertising, it wasn't a bad little book. I'm not sure what the point of the side story about the boss's daughter being threatened with kidnapping was. Ah, well, just another "man needs to settle down and stop running" story written by a woman.

And today is Rodeo Day in Saint Jo, Texas!! I will be wearing my cowboy hat, even though the most Western thing that I do is get on my horse for about 10 minutes and ride around the arena a couple of times. Most of my day will be spent running back and forth putting out toilet paper and making sure our workers have everything that they need.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I went through both of these books fairly quickly, so I will review them together. Although one was written in 2009 (Montana Creeds: Logan by Linda Lael Miller) and the other in 1993 (Broomstick Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle), they both tell pretty much the same story. Single cowboy comes back to his hometown. Single mother with two children could use some help. Heck, both of these books even tell of a vehicle backing-up incident with the children!! I mean, I'm not claiming copyright infringement, but it's almost eerie how similar they are. But I have to say that I enjoyed the one on the right, the older book, better. I mean, considering I start almost every romance novel with an eye-roll and come at 'em expecting to be tortured, I guess I'm really just picking the one that I thought was less torture. It's funny reading books by women where they focus on the man's point of view. Women WANT men to think the way the ones portrayed in these books think, but it's so far from reality... But I guess that's the point of reading fiction. We get to jump into a world away from our own.

My world is kinda funny. Of course in the romance department, there is none. But I have been asked for a phone number by a guy recently...oh, not for my number, he was wanting another gal's number. Which is funny, because just like in the books, she also has two kids... Maybe I need to warn them about making sure the kids are outta the way when they back up their vehicles... But I digress. No, my life is currently filled with Saint Jo Rodeo preparations. Only 9 days until the show! I'm a little less nervous about most of it this year since this is my 2nd presidential undertaking, but I am a little more worried about the finances this year. I was not paying attention to that stuff last year. But I know it will be fun, and I'm looking forward to it, so that's a good thing. I wish that the rodeo was the end of the stresses and responsibilities, but the three weekends after our rodeo will be filled with Forestburg then Denton then our August playday. After that we'll have to be getting ready for our chili cookoff in September, and by then the Republican Women's club will be started back up again, so I'll have that to deal with. I just watched a video talking about how God puts people in leadership positions. It was talking about government, but I thought of myself and my presidential positions. Well, if God put me there, then I guess that's how it's supposed to be. Most of the time it feels like some kind of crazy joke that I'd be intentionally put in charge of anything. Makes me want to roll my eyes just like I'm looking at some silly romance novel...LOL ;)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I just finished "Persuader: A Jack Reacher Novel" by Lee Child (2003, reprint 2013). How I'm finding any time to read is a bit of a mystery, what with all the rodeo stuff I've got going on. I think everything is mostly on time as far as sponsor support, queen contestants, ticket sales, arena repairs, media outreach, parade invitations and entries...the list goes on with so much tedious event planning. But I turned off my Netflix for the Summer, so I'm giving a little more attention to books. Yes, I did like this book. It had a little more violence than I prefer in a book, but the story flowed well.

I also recently finished "Time Bomb: An Alex Delaware Novel" by Jonathan Kellerman (1990). This was my 2nd Kellerman book, and I think I liked the other one better. There was almost too much story in this one - too much back story that didn't really help solve the initial "who-dun-it". Or maybe I was just too distracted while reading it. Two books in a row with male first-party presentations. I should probably pursue some more intellectually stimulating reading, but I have a lot of these fiction paperbacks that have been passed on to me, so I'll keep working my way through.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Who would have thought that a book with such a silly premise would be so inspiring. Oh, it's not quite inspiring enough to go down in history as a classic, but it's a really fun story that made me consider how there MIGHT be life beyond 35. Or even 100! Eeesh, I not even HALFWAY there... 0_o "The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared" (2009) was written in Swedish by Jonas Jonasson and translated to English in 2012. Nancy loaned me this one. It was made into a movie (click on the picture for the trailer), and I'd like to see it. Yessir, my own 100th birthday seems unattainable. So many long days to get through before then! And my days do pass fairly slowly. There's lots of loneliness and unhappiness, although there are plenty of people in my life, and I have pretty much everything that I want. Alan Karlsson, the main character in the book, has an unfailing positive outlook on life. When you're talking about glass-half-full kinds of people, I would be the one who says that the glass will be empty eventually, so why bother discussing the contents? Yup, that kind of thinking probably won't help me get to the year 2081. In Genesis 6:3, "Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years." So that means that 2101 should be the limit to my time here. I'm glad there's a limit. Even so, this book made me imagine for a short while that perhaps the future isn't all bleak.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hello there. It has taken me a few weeks to get around to getting this on here. Life has been BUSY!! I'm pretty sure that this book was a door prize at a CCRW meeting. "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism" by Chuck Morse reads like a college dissertation, so it's not exactly what I'd consider a pleasurable read. It often repeats facts several times in different sections as it focuses on different historical people, so that is a little annoying. However, I still found it to be a very informative book. It's written by a Jewish man from a Jewish perspective, which is obviously a little different from my own perspective on the historical happenings of WWII and the surrounding years. It almost seems that the case he is presenting is that one person, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was responsible for poisoning the entire Islamic world against the Jewish people. I am sure that Al-Hisseini, the uncle of Saddam Hussein, did have a very big influence on the hearts and minds of the Islamic people, but the premise that he's entirely responsible seems to be insular and, I think, falls flat.

Welcome to April, huh? Except that somehow the month is almost over already!?! How did that happen?! Of course I have been busy with work, but I'm also very busy with the CCRW (I'm already about a week late in getting my President's letter written for the newsletter - that's the next thing on my to-do list), and the SJRC keeps me even busier (we have a playday set for next Sunday, then a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, a trail ride on the following Sunday, and someone [me, I reckon] needs to get rodeo tickets printed before the Queen Candidates' meeting on June 17). Not to mention the slow process of getting all the paperwork organized to get our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status re-established. I wish I had time to hang out with my friends!! But I did get to see some good friends this weekend including Jamie at LeTourneau in Longview when I was in town for the Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet on Friday, and I also got to see Marcy at Goree in Huntsville and Catrina at Hobby in Marlin. So today will hopefully be my "catch up day" when I get everything caught up and organized. Ha. As always, thank you for listening to the status of my life. I hope that you're finding time to get out and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. :)