September 24, 2008

Two time takers

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I currently have two things taking up all my free time.  The first is this:Sorry the picture turned out so dark.  The colors are very bright and cheerful so the picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s very large and I’m hand quilting it so it will be awhile before it’s done.  I can’t wait to take a better picture for you to see just how “happy” it looks.

The second is this:  I’m not quite finished with it but I have to say I am so blown away!  The things people will do in the name of religion.  I am going to save all my thoughts and opinions until I am totally done reading so stay tuned lol.

June 17, 2008

Back in the saddle again

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So my lovely, wonderful, relaxing vacation is over and we are back to the normal routine.  To start things off with a bang, I had one little kidlet bite another one in the face yesterday.  Isn’t that just lovely?  Thank heavens I was close enough to immediately pull them apart but unfortunately, there is a bruise anyway.  Sigh.  Just when you think that phase has passed, it begins again. 

My quilt is coming along nicely and when it gets closer to completion I will post pictures.  I usually use fusible batting (because I’m lazy like that) but my quilts don’t seem to have much weight to them.  With this quilt I’m working on, I am using a non fusible, high loft batting and I am really liking the weight of this one.   I can’t wait to see what it feels like when I am done.

I dropped my oldest daughter off for dance camp this morning.  I still can’t believe this child will be a senior this fall!  Where did the time go? 

I have a book recommendation for you this morning.  “Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler” by Wade Rouse.  Judging the book by it’s cover, I thought I was picking up a light hearted slamming of the uber rich.  My previous three books had been super heavy material and I thought this would be a good break from that.  I was wrong, but in a good way.  This is a wonderful memoir of time spent working in an elite private school and how he fit (or didn’t) into their world. 

That’s about it for this morning.  My kidlets should be arriving any moment now so I’m off to do my day.  We’ve got to get outside and play before it’s a bazillion degrees out there.

June 3, 2008

Two books and two flicks

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I’ve been trying to find time to sit down and write this and it looks like today is my lucky day…for now anyway.  I’m sure you know by now that my reading tastes usually tend to be more biographical than anything.  I think everyone has a story and it’s fascinating to me to find out what it is so the last two books (as well as the one I am reading now) fall into that category.

The first book is “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff.  This book is about a father’s journey through his son’s addiction and gives great insight into what parents and other family members deal with when a loved one is addicted. 

The second book is “Leaving Dirty Jersey” by James Salant.  This book is about a year that a young man spent in California addicted to crystal meth. 

Of the two books, I identified of course with the father, not because I have a child addicted to drugs, but just the pain and heartbreak only a parent can experience when it comes to your child.  The second book gave great insight into what addiction makes you do….the lows you will stoop to to continue using.  As a parent I think I need to know every angle, every sign of what to look for just in case.   Knowledge is power.  Both young men in these books came from upper middle class, educated families, driving home the fact that addiction can happen to anyone, from all walks of life. 

Over the week-end myself, Danny and the twins went to see the new scary movie, “The Strangers”.  It was ok, I really thought it would be scarier than it was and wondered why it got an R rating.  I’ve truly seen worse on prime time television.  It flashes up on the screen at the beginning of the movie that this inspired by true events so of course, I Google it when I get home.   When the writer was a child, an empty house in his neighborhood was broken into and from THAT, he came up with this story?  Talk about a stretch of the imagination!  That was all I could find, if there is more to it then I apologize lol.

Hubby and I have been on a good roll renting movies.  We have rented some real stinkers over the years but in the last couple of months the renting gods have smiled on us.  Last night we rented “The Cleaner” with Samuel L. Jackson and it was good, definitely worth watching. 

That’s my reviews, such as they are.  Now I’m in full on, getting ready for vacation mode. 

December 31, 2007

“Enrique’s Journey”

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I finished this book over the week-end.  Wow…..this book is a must read.   I have to confess that even after reading it, I don’t know how to feel about immigration.  I totally see both sides of the issue.  Ok, let me correct that.  I know how “I” feel about it but I don’t know how to put it in words.  It doesn’t bother me that so many are here.  I’m sorry that they have to go to the lengths that they do to get here and I wish things were easier for them and that it was “ok” for them to be here.  They come here and they work and work harder, longer and for less money than most citizens here.  If I lived in the conditions they lived in, I would want to come here too.  But I also see the flip side of the illegals being here too.   They usually are paid under the table and don’t pay taxes and use government services but lots of Americans do that too so I guess that brings me back to square one, doesn’t it? 

This week-end Danny and I went “Trader’s Village” which is a huge outdoor flea market.  The majority of the vendors and customers are mexican and I wanted to ask all of them, “how did you get here…what did you go through to come here….did you have to leave your children behind when you came”.  Yeah, that wouldn’t have been too awkward at all! 

I don’t know how this issue will be solved or if it can even BE solved.  I do know that my heart just breaks knowing that thousands of people are going to lose their life, some as young as 11 years old, to come here.

December 28, 2007

What’s Your “It”

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Think it

feel it

own it

deep in your heart, where only you know it.

Now, re think it

re feel it

re own it

deep in your heart where only you know it.

Whisper it

sing it

SHOUT IT

Shout

Shout

Shout

 

I am currently reading a book, “Enrique’s Journey”, and I have to tell you that it’s been a very long time since something touched me so much.   No matter how you feel about immigration, you should read this book for a glimpse of the best, and worst, of the human spirit. 

December 1, 2007

Things I’ve been meaning to blog about

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There’s been several topics this week that I’ve thought, “oh I should blog about that” but when I sit down to the computer, those thought fly completely out of my head.   Excuse the fact that I’m not going to dwell too much on any one thing but I wanted to get them out while I was thinking about it.

-The MySpace suicide

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the specifics but the question now is, should that Mother face any kind of charges because the little girl killed herself?  First of all, she is a sick, demented person to do that, especially to a child, and her children should be removed until she receives some intensive counseling.  Who does that???  She has some serious mental issues and should not be responsible for the emotional and psychological welfare of any child.  Secondly, while I don’t think she should be charged with murder, she should definitely be charged with something.  Of course, if it were my child that commited suicide, I would probably want to see her charged for the murder but realistically that would never stick.  Where in her mind did this seem like the right thing to do? 

-“The Wind Done Gone”

This is the book I mentioned a few weeks ago that is an “unauthorized parody” of “Gone With the Wind”.  OMG!!  I am not even halfway through this (and not sure I will finish) but let me tell you what I have learned so far.  The main character, Cindy, is the child of Mammy (Scarlett’s nanny), and Scarlett’s father.  The marriage between Scarlett’s parents was set up by the slaves, Mammy, and Scarlett’s Father’s valet (don’t remember his name but in this book he is “Garlic”).  They both knew this arrangement would make them as free as they could possibly be, as they would be the main caretakers of Tara (also called something else in this book) because Scarlett’s father was drunk most of the time.  When Lady gave birth to sons, Mammy killed them because they (Mammy and Garlic) didn’t want a sober man to end up running things years down the road.  Now, can you even imagine Mammy killing newborn babies????  I wish that I had read GWTW again before starting this book so I could be up to snuff with all the details of the original book but like I said, I don’t even know if I will finish this or not. 

I’m sure there were a few other things I was going to mention but I rambled on about these two so I’ll stop for now.  I have a fabulous week-end of absolutely nothing planned and I am looking forward to getting started on that.  Actually, I will be working on a quilt and trying out a couple of new dessert recipes but other than that, nothing.  I’m going to start off by sleeping late in the morning and go from there 🙂