Monday, March 28, 2011

A Crafty 200th!

I really can't believe that I've written 200 blog posts already. Well, I guess it has taken me a while to get here. But I'm here. And I am even more surprised that I have written things that have been interesting (or shitty) enough for you awesome readers to keep coming back for more of my antics. For that, a big THANK YOU is needed. Thank you for being my sounding board. Thank you for picking me up when I'm down, celebrating when the sun is shining in Rachaeland, giving me the support and ass kicking when I need it. Thank you for letting me speak what's on my mind, no matter how insane, neurotic, irrational or silly it is. I am so very thankful to have such awesome friends - even if it is only through the typed word on the internet. Much love to you all!

To keep it light and to celebrate, here are some pictures of the baby blanket I finished today. There's nothing like finishing up a project and being proud of it! It's a simple granny square pattern with a single row of single stitch crochet for the edging, measuring in at 30in sq.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Some pics before my 200th post

I don't have much to write about tonight so I thought I would share some more pictures as my last post in the 100's. That's right, the next time you read a post it will be my 200th one! So until then I give you some pictures that I have taken recently....

watch out for lurkers ;o)
stop and smell the roses...or other smelly things

eat some good noms
be goofy and have a little fun
make a few things from scratch
and then curl up and enjoy them

Happy Week to ya'll!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Weeks Recap

Well, we are home now. We got in super late, around 1:30am and we're both tired! K more so than I since I got to sleep in today. I had an eye appointment for my check up to order new contacts and yay - I'm gettting blinder and blinder by the day. Blech! Seriously. How does someone my age have such horrible eyesight? It sucks. I know at least I am not blind - oh wait, without any contacts or glasses I am legally blind so I guess I really do have bad eyes ;o)

The wake and funeral went smooth. We all knew it was coming so it wasn't a surprise but it was sad none the less. At least Grandma M is at peace now and is not suffering. I got to meet some of K's family that I have never met before so that was nice to put some faces to names. I really don't have to much to report in regards to the funeral. We all know how they are. It always makes you think about your life and if you are living it to the best of your ability.

I'm really looking forward to my trip with my mom. 3 weeks from now I will be in Jamaica already. I am so excited. I feel extremely guilty because I know that it was originally supposed to be my stepdad going with my mom and I also feel bad leaving K behind. Like, he is the one working so hard but I'm the one that gets to go sit my ass on a beach and drink mai tais? Doesn't seem fair huh? Well, shit, hasn't IF taught me anything other than life isn't fair sometimes ;o) Sometimes it's great to be an only child so you get some perks from the parents. Free trips are one of those.

Anyway, I haven't really done anything else noteworthy this week. I'm working on another crocheted blanket. I'm using up a large skein of yarn I have had for a long time and I'm just going to make it as big as the yarn will allow me to. Then it will become a gift for our 5 yr old cousin - I think.  Here is a seriously crappy picture from my blackberry (I'll take a better one when I am finished, promise) :

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I, Alex Cross

I have been a fan of the Alex Cross series from James Patterson for years (along with millions of other readers I'm sure). Sometimes Patterson loses his way with the series (Violets are Blue, Cross Country, Alex Cross's Trial anyone??) but this book has been a much better return to the character we know and care for.

The premise of the story is that Alex's niece Caroline is murdered and in a very disturbing way. Alex finds himself in the middle of a scandal that will rock Washington to the very top. Of course the cover of the book states that a beloved Cross family member has been murdered which is slightly untrue. I thought that maybe one of his children or Nana might be the victim this time but it was his niece that he hadn't seen in over twenty years. Hardly a super close family member. Nonetheless, it was still a good book to read. I'm finding it a little hard to know what to write here since it is a mystery and I'm not about to spoil it.

I still find it highly amusing with Patterson's books there is a new chapter every 3 pages or so. The best part about that for me is that it makes for easy stopping places when reading. Maybe that's the point, I'm not sure.

At any rate, I'm glad I got to read this one. It was a nice way to preoccupy my mind the last few days!

Completed So Far:

  1. New to me author - That Summer by Sarah Dessen, 10 pts
  2. Book you first heard about on NBC - Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, 15 pts
  3. Non-Fiction Science Book - The Storm by Ivor van Heerden, 25 pts
  4. Sale or Free Book - Mini-Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, 5 pts 
  5. Book about starting over, starting something new  - Breach of Faith; Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City by Jed Horne, 15 pts
  6. Book with a Pink Cover - Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, 5 pts
  7. Read a book while drinking tea or other warm beverage - Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, 5 pts.
  8. Read the book that has been on your TBR pile the longest - In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne & Sean Touhy, 15 pts 
  9. Read a banned or challenged book - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, 10 pts
  10. Read a book with 6 or more words in the title - Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City by Billy Sothern, 10 pts 
  11. Read a book with a black main character - I, Alex Cross by James Patterson, 15 pts 
Total Points: 130 pts.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yesterday was an effed up day

It had some good but most bad news/bad happenings. It all started when I got a call around 12:30pm and it was my step-dad. He and my mom had planned a 4 day short vacation to Negril, Jamaica in mid-April. He is fairly high up in Illinois road construction but this year he wasn't getting called back until late April, something he was less than pleased about (the state is broke=less major jobs this year). Anyway, he called to let me know that he was going to be called in earlier than anticipated and that he wanted to switch his ticket into my name so my mom and I could go on vacay together. Awesome right?! For the most part. Except I don't have my passport yet. I never had the need to get it and I kept putting it off. Dummy me. So I call my mom and let her know I would go to the post office and get it all sent away and expedited. The fed website says that expedited passports are only taking 2-3 weeks so it shouldn't be a big deal...right??

So I'm filling out the forms, looking for my certified copy of my birth certificate, making copies of my driver's license and I get a text from my mother in law. Grandma M passed away. :o( At least she is at peace and is not suffering anymore. Alzheimer's is such a horrible way to go. We knew it was coming but of course when it actually happens, it hurts none the less. I felt so sad for K. Like I've said before, she had a soft spot for him being the first boy that would carry on the name. K told me yesterday when he found out that he is so upset he was never able to give her that great-grandbaby M while she was still alive. I felt so bad (Fuck you infertility). What can I say to that other than I totally understand? I know how much it pains him that he couldn't give her that.

So now I'm at the post office waiting in a 30 minute line and I get to the counter. The asshole looks at me when I say, "Hi I'd like to get my passport", and he motions to the line and says "Do you not see this line?! I can't help you right now. I don't have time for that." He kept going on and on and I finally said, "I'm not arguing with you, I simply asked a question." I mean screw you buddy, it's your flipping job! So he tells me to make an appointment for Monday. Then he tells me that if I can get to the courthouse by 4 (it was 3) they do it on a walk in basis. When I asked him if he could just let me know if I had everything that I needed he rolled his eyes motioned to the line again and said, "yeah sure I guess". I mean, really fuckface, I don't want to get back here on Monday and find I didn't bring the right thing or I needed something else.

So I get in my car, go to Walgreens to get my picture done and fly to the courthouse. I finally find the room tucked away on the fourth floor and I'm walking up to the counter at 3:55. I tell the woman I'm here to get my passport and she looks at me and tells me they only do them until 4. I turn to the huge clock next to her and point and say, "well, it's not quite 4 yet." She says (and God can strike me dead) "You have GOT to be kidding me." Um, what about my fucking face says I'm kidding bitch?! She tells me I should have gone to the post office! I was seeing red at that point. I said, "I DID go to the post office and they were to busy to help me so they sent me to you. I need this expedited and it is very important." She says something about how they close at 4:30 and they have other things to do before the end of the day, you know, and that it wouldn't go out until Monday anyway so come back then.

I turned and walked away steaming. The point, you flippin beotch, is that now I have a funeral to attend. We needed to go home Sunday so I wouldn't BE in town. And I can't afford any days to lose because of how close the trip is (and please understand I'm not saying me going on a vacation is more important than the funeral, but I just want to clarify that). My mom and dad told me they would have raised hell. I told them that I was just not in the mood then. But wait until Monday and I unload on them. Because sorry for them but the more that this has been festering, the more and more I get pissed the f off about it. Simply because I have a lot of things I need to take care of for my family. How about you assholes have the common courtesy of doing your motherflippin government union Wisconsin jobs?! (Ok, I shouldn't say that except I'm irrationally rationally mad right now.) gets better. I start to drive home and get about a mile away and my truck shuts off! Not even joking in the slightest. I manage to coast it into a pulloff section (that OF COURSE is yellow curbed for the bus route and def a no parking zone) and call K. All he could do was laugh. The good thing is that he was just leaving work and I called the police to let them know I had to leave the car for a few minutes while we figured out what the eff just happened. Guess what we found? A gas gauge isn't really helpful if it doesn't really work anymore....Yeah. I ran out of gas. The silver lining is that it was ONLY gas that went wrong this time. Then the s.o.b. truck took me $60 to fill up. Damn you rising gas prices ;o)

Anyway...that's where things are with me. We will be home on Monday with visitation on Tuesday and the funeral on Wednesday. Any thoughts and prayers for my in-laws and husband are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all those that have already reached out via fb, email, text.

Oh - as a side note - Grandma D has been sitting up in a chair and today they had her move into a wheelchair for a few minutes! She's hardly on any oxygen anymore (just while sleeping) and she is moving in the right direction! Thank goodness!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Books ! ! !

You know...I really don't know what to write about The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Let me offer a rambling explanation. It all starts with my dislike of the classic The Catcher in the Rye. I hated the book. I know some people are moved by that book and that it offers some glimpse into the messed world of an adolescent. I was one that didn't get it. Now I think that I am an intelligent reader and I can "get" the meaning behind stories and books. Except with Catcher, I didn't see the importance of the book. So with that said and how that ties into this book...on the back cover of this book there are the typical praises for the authors. On this one there is one from USA Today that states, " A coming-of-age tale in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye....."

And that's where it falls apart for me. The tale is wrought with teenage uncertainty of life. This is a book that has been greatly challenged by schools and libraries for the content. It hits on homosexuality, abuse/molestation, sex, drugs, drinking, abortion, name it, it's there. Which is maybe why I have a hard time loving it. It felt like too much but in the sense that I didn't know where this was going. What is the point of the book? I couldn't tell you , just as I really can't tell you what the point of Catcher is. Just two different stories of a boy coming into his own, and finding out that the world is quite f**cked up.

Down in New Orleans: Reflections From a Drowned City by Billy Sothern is yet another book in my long line of Katrina books. This book has stories of the author and his wife's refugee status in Mississippi after fleeing the storm. There are stories of the poor who lost everything in the storm. There is a chapter about the famous Zeitoun. There is even a chapter about Ivor van Heerden - who also plays a big role in the book I wrote about here.

While I commend Sothern for his work as a lawyer for the death row inmates, I found it a bit distracting when he would go off on his political rants. I get it - the government failed the people. It wasn't just Bush that failed. There were a long line of people in charge that failed. New Orleans was a failing city long before Bush took office. This doesn't excuse the President from his failure to act but the blame does not sit solely on his shoulders. At least that is my opinion. It is sad that there is so much blatant racism in major cities. How are we ever going to help other countries when we can't even help ourselves? I don't know what I take from this book other than it is a way for me to not forget New Orleans and the victims of Katrina. I know that volunteering last summer down in Mississippi changed me - and I don't ever want to forget how it did.

Completed So Far:
  1. New to me author - That Summer by Sarah Dessen, 10 pts
  2. Book you first heard about on NBC - Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, 15 pts
  3. Non-Fiction Science Book - The Storm by Ivor van Heerden, 25 pts
  4. Sale or Free Book - Mini-Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, 5 pts 
  5. Book about starting over, starting something new  - Breach of Faith; Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City by Jed Horne, 15 pts
  6. Book with a Pink Cover - Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, 5 pts
  7. Read a book while drinking tea or other warm beverage - Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, 5 pts.
  8. Read the book that has been on your TBR pile the longest - In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne & Sean Touhy, 15 pts 
  9. Read a banned or challenged book - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, 10 pts
  10. Read a book with 6 or more words in the title - Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City by Billy Sothern, 10 pts
Total Points: 115 pts

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Checking In

I don't really know what to write about right this second. I don't think that I am burnt out with blogging but I also know that I have nothing of interest to post. Things are status quo with the jobs which is frustrating. I found out that the wildcard job didn't choose any of the people that interviewed. Then the higher paying job went and closed out the position(s) before I could answer. I was told to call my recruiter on Friday morning and when I did I found out that there were multiple positions and multiple agencies working on those positions and they closed them out. Nice huh? What ever. So frustrating.

K's grandma's are still in the hospital and we got to see them both this past weekend. It was good that K got to say goodbye to Grandma M. It's only a matter of time. She was in bad shape :o( Grandma D is doing so much better. She still has a long road to recovery but she could say a word or two here and there and she was very interactive compared to what she was. Thank God for that!

I haven't finished any new books yet, although I am hoping to finish one tonight. I only have a couple weeks left for the winter book challenge and I want to finish strong.

Let's see what else...??? Not much. I'm sorry, my life is pretty boring and uneventful right now. Which in a way is a good thing. I wish I were cycling right now but I'm not nor do I know when we will. I haven't had AF yet even though I took my 10 days of Provera. Looks like we might have to do another dose. She is such a bitch, lol. Anyway...hope all is well with ya'll ;o) I'll try to get some book, craft and food posts up asap!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My elbow hurts

Maybe it's tendinitis? I don't know. All I know is that it's been annoying bitch the last few days. And yeah, a very random start of this entry ;o)

I sat down today to work on my granny square crocheted blanket and I ended up having to rip the work I did today because I realized that I was working with the wrong color yarn for that turn. Sonofabitch. So I froggy-d it (rip rip rip) and now I have lost the motivation for the evening to work on it. I am so close to finishing it up - only one more turn of each color (4) and then a border. Instead I am sitting here typing this.

I still haven't heard anything back on the wildcard job which is annoying to say the least. I tried calling the recruiter and he never got back to me. Annoying. I did, however, get a call from a home renovation store here in town (think big box) about a job I applied for a few weeks ago. They want me to come in for an interview tomorrow morning! I'm not sure what I'll do with the job if they offer me something but I have really been thinking about having two jobs for the time being and trying to boost our situation back to the level we used to be at. We could pay off some things, save for the house and truck we will have to buy soon....Just a thought you know?

Other than that...not too much to report. We're heading home for the weekend to celebrate St. Patty's Day. I can't wait. Chicago takes great pride in their SPD celebrations. Plus K really needs to see his grandmas. One will be to say goodbye most likely :o( She is in hospice and has been for a few weeks now so I would imagine that it won't be that much longer.

So....have a great weekend all! I'm outtie!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cleaning up my job situation

You know what's interesting? I have been so stressed about finding a job but now I have the stress of making the right decision about the jobS that I have found. Remember how I had all those interviews not long ago? Well, some tie-ups happened in those companies so they had to delay making their decision for one reason or the other. Well, I am still waiting on the decision from one and hopefully they should give me an answer this week. So there are three jobs I'm trying to decide on.

Job #1 - super close to home. Like 7 minutes door to door in a snow storm. Lowest pay of all jobs. Lower than what I made 5 yrs ago low. Decent benefits but not overwhelmingly so. Job duties are more basic that what I have done but there might be a good possibility to eventually move into new positions/higher pay in the future. Boss/Owner seems...rough around the edges shall we say? Very gruff and seems like he wants to control employees as much as possible including saying that they can't have second jobs (which, I've already applied at the Coach outlet that's coming to town soon so...) and if you do, you have to get permission because they sometimes understand that you have to work more.

Job #2 - Highest pay, to the tune of $6200 more a year than job #1 BUT it is the furthest from home, about 50 miles round trip per day. More customer interaction in this position then I've done but it sounds good. The job is technically through one of my recruiters and is listed as temp to hire. That means that they can't guarantee that it will become permanent. It could be as little as a month of working with them. That scares me a LOT. The company has been around forever and I guarantee that the majority of companies out there use something this company does.

Job #3 - the wildcard. It's sort of a hybrid between the other two. It's in the middle of the others in terms of commute and pay. There will be a looot more responsibility but also I think that I will learn those missing pieces of my resume at this job. The company is stable and is debt free. The caveat....they haven't made their decision yet. This is the one I'm still waiting on an answer.

So...that's where I'm at in the job world. It's a good position to be in...unless you are like me and completely over-think everything and are terrified that you are making the wrong decision. And seeing as though Job #1 wants me to start yesterday, I have no idea what to do.

So what am I doing in the meantime? Cleaning. Eating. Cooking. Bowling. Stressing.

Here is a sneak peek of my little project I am working on right now to preoccupy my mind. Of course I had planned on getting to the home improvement store today to get a few things I need to finish it up but we got more snow today and I don't think that I'll be going anywhere.
Yup...that's an ugly-ass utility closet. Overflowing, hodge podgy, just yuck. Our steam mop, broom, wet jet floor cleaner and small vacuum live in there and I hate having to fight to get them free. So...That's my project right now. I also am working on cleaning up the linen closet. I forgot to take a before picture but I'm far from done so I'll have to post those soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun Pics!

Here is a taste of some of the fun I've been having with my new camera. More to come!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fun W/E & Opinions Needed (NIFR)

I am so glad my in-laws came up this weekend. My "Viola" needed this break. As much as she felt guilty for not being home and at the hospital with Grandma D, she was overdue for a reprieve. She has such a big heart and is the glue that holds the family together. Words can't say how much I love my mother in law. Good karma was also with her on Saturday. We went to the outlet mall in town and headed into Vanity Fair. There was a table set up with some teenage girls, a mom and a bake sale to benefit homeless in the area. The prices for delightful baked goods was a mere .50 cents. She scooped up a bunch, about $4 worth and handed them a $20 and told them to add it to their pot. Well...later that night we went up to the casino in Green Bay and she hit on the slots! She hit a $300 progressive jackpot! Good things come to good people with pure intentions.  And for the record...I walked away (after we played bingo and the slots again) dead even. Hey, I'll take it. Not losing is winning when it comes to gambling, lol!

On Friday before they got here they did a campus tour and meeting with the head football coach with UW-Platteville. I can't believe that our little brother is going to be a freshman in college next year. I just can't get over it. He is such the baby of the family and we all spoil him but he's the best. He's hilarious. He's got a great head on his shoulder. I have no doubts that he will succeed in whatever he does. I'm so proud to be his big sister.

What else...we all rode the snowmobile around the backyard again - even mom and dad. That was pretty funny. I think that we all have the bug for it now :o) I really have to stop procrastinating and upload pictures asap. I have so many pictures on my camera. It's really sad. I'm obsessed with it. Hey at least it's not just sitting around collecting dust.

I have more books that I am reading right now. I'm sorry if the posts bore you! I really just don't have too much else to write about at the moment. They really have become my escape. Right now I am reading Ken Follet's "Fall of Giants" and it will be the longest book I think I have ever read. It is 15 pages shy of 1000. I wish that there were 1000 pages actually. That would make me feel like it was a bigger accomplishment ;o) lol. I wonder if it will count on the WBC category "read a book 1000 pages or longer"...I hope so!

I have some tasty recipes about to be posted over on my food blog just in case you are looking for some new things to make. Among them: chocolate chip banana bread, my mom's meatloaf, pesto potatoes, roasted tomato & pesto tilapia and hopefully, if tomorrow goes to plan, a creamy tomato basil soup recipe! Yum!!!! I promise to get those all up by the middle of the week.

Ok...that was the update part of this post. Now comes the part where I need your help. Big time!

Spring is around the corner, well some of you have already been enjoying spring temps for weeks now but good old Wisconsin is still clinging to winter. This year a lot of our focus is going to be on the outside of the house, primarily the grading and landscaping. There is sooo much to be done. Last year it was all about getting the inside habitable. Now we have to make the rest of our property look just as nice. The problem that I am running into is inspiration for our backyard. We don't have a fence, our lot is irregular (sort of wedge shaped), very large (1.5 acres), and it's very flat. There is no way to add some awesome boulders without it looking out of place, in my opinion. The back of our house stays shaded in the summer because we have 4 large (oak?) trees. The rest of the back/side yard is sunny. The front of the house faces north and thus gets the morning sun.

I need help. Throw me ideas if you have them...or websites...or books....or magazines. I'm going to head to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to check out some magazines so maybe I'll find something there. As always, budget is a huge concern and we will be doing all the work ourselves unless we have some friends over to help. Here are a couple pictures of what I am dealing with:

- We have a fire pit that is staying (picture 2) but I want to put some sort of stone thing around it and some rocks down to have chairs or benches around it.

- There is a horseshoe pit (picture 3) that we want to keep but could possibly relocate. It has a lot of rotting boards as is so at the very least we have to fix it up.

- The last 2 pictures show all the hedges that I worked to tame last year. They were monstrous when we got the keys to the place. The only bush I am willing to possibly keep is the one to the far left, towards the driveway, because it has a nice red color to it. Everything else is coming out. I hate it all. They don't flower and most are either the nasty evergreen stuff or bushes with thorns. Wrigley gets them caught in his paw and so all things with thorns must come out.

- See those planter boxes on the house? What should I do with them, at least temporarily? They will eventually come out when we switch out windows and siding in the front because the house inspector said that the manner in which they were attached could lead to seepage down the front wall of the house. they are also causing the bricks to pull away from the front slightly. We are going to fix some flashing and that should help. Could I still plant some flowers in there? Not with only dirt but that birds nest-y stuff and then a layer of dirt? Do you know what I mean? I don't want to go this route:
you know...the fake flowers in an outside planter box...unless you all think it isn't 100% tacky. I know, I know, it is tacky. But what are my other options? I don't want the boxes to be empty all year like they have been. It just looks blah to me. Should I paint them? They are just wood so it would be easy enough. I don't want to remove them yet, not until we are ready to replace all the siding. I like the way this looks but how do I do it?

So...if you have any ideas - send them my way! I need all the help I can get with this! Please and thanks :o)

Friday, March 4, 2011

In a Heartbeat

This book has been on my To Be Read (TBR) pile for so, so long. There were over 100 holds placed in front of me for it at my library! I placed the hold almost a year ago!!! I finally got the notice that it was available for pick up a little over a week ago and to say I was excited is an understatement. I loved the movie The Blind Side but the book that inspired the movie was written by a close friend of the Tuohy's. This was written by Sean and Leigh Anne and I wanted to read their perspective on their life and the story behind the movie.

I really enjoyed the book. There were times that I really did "lol" at the passages. It is very heartwarming to see that there are people out there that do make a huge difference in people's lives. There were some eye rolling things in the book too. I can't believe that when they were building their house there were no plans for a kitchen and Sean had to convince her to put in a teeny tiny galley version of one. All because she won't cook. She refuses to cook. At all. All that eating out! It almost makes me mad that they can be so wasteful with that aspect of money. They are well off and already give so much time and money to their causes but still...that has to be some serious dough spent on, well dough eating outside the home.

There were times that it seemed a tiny bit redundant with their mentioning their money. I don't think it was intentional in the way it came across. They were just trying to show how they had money and could give it away. Let's be real for a second, if they weren't rich, would Michael Oher have had the opportunity to get private tutoring and have the extra help of BYU offering him extra classes so he could be eligible for the NCAA? I'm not sure. Over and over again both Leigh Anne and Michael said that he had a drive that was innate. He didn't succumb to the ghetto because he knew his life was going to mean something. That's well and fine but I do have the slightest feeling that being in the right place at the right time with the right people in your corner had a lot to do with things. Isn't that life though? Fate, circumstance and hard work? So it's easy for me to be skeptical and yet inspired and moved at the same time.

I also found it quite hilarious about all the talking around "how Leigh Anne just is." There's so much run around her fanaticism. From the spotless, OCD-ness of her cleaning to her control over her kids in every.single.aspect of their lives. I know that the kids said that they might have felt pressure growing up but that was just how life is but I felt so sorry for them in certain ways. On one hand they seem to be very giving and loving people. They don't seem to have taken their wealth for granted. But on the other hand, they never really lived. They were overscheduled (by Leigh Anne's admitting) in their activities so that they never had a moment to rest. They had no privacy - Leigh Anne said that kids don't get privacy and what was their's was really hers. To a point I understand that. But she seems total overkill at times. In the south they might just be PC about things...but us big city northerners call some women like her capital Bs. To say she is over the top with everything in her life is to put it mildly. With that being said, her heart is just as over the top. The entire family's giving attitude is wonderful to see/read about.

I think that what they have accomplished is very commendable. I think that they do show that there are people out there that give without expecting to be rewarded. That is the main point I take away from the book. It is about helping others and doing the right thing. It is about being selfless and learning to see the world through others eyes. I truely believe that they don't see black and white and brown. They just see a human being.

There are two quotes from the book that stuck with me.

From 2 Corinthians: 
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

From Leigh Anne's grandmother 
"Don't talk about it, sister, live it."

Competed so far:

  1. New to me author - That Summer by Sarah Dessen, 10 pts
  2. Book you first heard about on NBC - Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, 15 pts
  3. Non-Fiction Science Book - The Storm by Ivor van Heerden, 25 pts
  4. Sale or Free Book - Mini-Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, 5 pts 
  5. Book about starting over, starting something new  - Breach of Faith; Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City by Jed Horne, 15 pts
  6. Book with a Pink Cover - Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, 5 pts
  7. Read a book while drinking tea or other warm beverage - Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, 5 pts.
  8. Read the book that has been on your TBR pile the longest - In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne & Sean Touhy, 15 pts
Total Points: 95 pts