Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review: 11/22/63



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I actually read this book quite awhile ago and have been meaning to review for quite some time! Matter of fact, I believe I read this book back in January...wow. I can't believe it's been that long! So, today I'm going to review it and I hope you enjoy.

The synopsis from the book cover is this:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.


A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

Here's my thoughts. The book was good. Really good. I enjoyed it so much I'm writing about it several months after reading the book. The book is so very engaging and I couldn't hardly put it down! I wanted to know what was going to happen next and it was a true page turner. The yellow card man? I needed to know. What was going to happen between Sadie and Jake? I needed to know. Could Jake turn back time? I needed to know! I was slightly disappointed in the ending. I was so invested in the characters that when I didn't like how Stephen King ended their story I couldn't help but be disappointed! But, overall, I really enjoyed book and recommend you read it if you get a chance!




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday! {vol 11}

Today I'm linking up again for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday! And, this week I'm featuring some of the things I've pinned recently that make me laugh! Enjoy!!



This one seems like such a great place to start!





Oh, how I appreciate good grammar!










Queso: The State Appetizer of Texas





Source: i.imgur.com via Betty on Pinterest





This is how I feel abut anything that can potentially sting me!



Hope you enjoyed! Have a great Hump Day!!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Miscellany Monday

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With the way life is right now, I feel like blogging is going to be one long link up...but, I'm going to try to give you as much substance as I can...but I'll admit...

...There's not much substance to me right now. I study. And that's about it.

...There's only a couple of weeks of school left and I'm so excited to be through with this semester...boy has it been a challenge!

...I'm currently trying to figure out, when is it quitting? And when it is knowing you're on the wrong path?

...Recently I took some maternity pics for a friend who's been on bed rest. I had so much fun doing it and I can't wait to share the edited pictures with you soon!

...And, she's going to have the baby in about 3 weeks and I'm going to take pictures for her during the day...I'm so excited! Birth photography has been favorite that I've seen! I just love the raw emotions it has.

...I'm currently watching Country Strong with the hubs and we're discussing how Tim McGraw is a definite doppleganger for Ulysses S. Grant. Just judge for yourself.

See the resemblance?
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...I love nights when the hubs and I go to bed and 2 hours later we're still up talking about things. It's times like that when marriage seriously feels like a big slumber party and I it's WONDERFUL.

...Although, when it happens at 1:30AM on a weeknight, it's not so convenient.

...But, I still love it and enjoy it every time!

...That a typical late night craving for me is Waffle House. Their waffles are my favorite, especially when topped with the peanut butter chips!

...When I was growing up, the Waffle House near us had the "W" burnt out, so we always called it "awful house." Because of this unfortunate nickname, I didn't eat Waffle House until a couple of years ago...now, I can't help it. I LOVE it and want it all the time!

...While I'd love to go on and on it's time for me to draw this post to an end!! In just a couple of weeks though, I'm all yours!




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring is for Baseball

I'm going to admit it, I'm not a baseball fan. Not at all. It's too boring for me. But, the hubs LOVES baseball. So, I try to take him to a game at least once a year. And, here in New Orleans, that's not too expensive or difficult to do since we have a triple A team, the Zephyrs. The other day, he commented to me how much he wanted to go to opening day, so I bought 2 tickets, cancelled our date to Waffle House and surprised him by going to the game. They were even giving out mini bats on opening night!



Now, I actually managed to surprise him with my plan this time! About the only thing I surprise him with is tickets to a baseball game. Matter of fact, last time he even commented that if I say I have a surprise for him, it's always baseball game tickets and he knows that. So this time, when I surprised him, it was quite an accomplishment!

So, we headed to the Shrine on Airline and settled in for the evening. We had the amazing pig nachos (bbq pork on nachos...ah.maz.ing.) and I also had a sundae. We were even lucky enough to experience the 610 Stompers!

And just because you deserve to see them in action, here's a quick video!



It was a great bit of fun and we really enjoyed it! The weather was beautiful!!! And the game was fast! Nothing's worse to me than getting stuck in extra innings...and sadly, that happens to me frequently! But, this game, in the bottom of the 8th, the Z's didn't just take the lead, the hit a grand slam to take the lead. It was AMAZING! Seriously, seeing a grand slam in person is SO cool!



The Scoreboard!
This is the first game I've been too and been able to leave after the
top of the 9th! It was SO exciting!


We had a lot of fun. (This was probably the most fun I've ever had at a baseball game!) And I'm (a little) excited to take the hubs to another game...but just a little!



Monday, April 9, 2012

Miscellany Monday

I'm Back!

Boy, how have I missed this place! There is so much to catch you up on and I plan to do that starting....now! I've started my Dance It Out playlist and I'm ready to go! But first, a quick picture (because every blog post is better with a photo!)
Me & The Niece for Day #6 of #photoadayApril
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  • Last week was spring break from school. Aww man was that amazing! I have needed that for like...a month. I feel so refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester. Seriously, major homework time after this blog post!
  • I still don't understand why UNO made our Spring Break in APRIL! I was ready for it first of March. Waiting until mid-March (When I think it should be) would have been torture enough. I barely had the patience to make it until April!
  • I've recently gotten like 9 new Scentsy Bars. My collection is finally starting to hold it's own! I have more I want, but that will wait awhile! Now, because I'm such a nerd, I think I'm going to "review" my scents soon. I know I'm frequently trying to find new scents and seeing what other people think can help sometimes...
  • I spent a couple of days of spring break reading The Hunger Games. Oh.Em.Gee. Seriously, LOVED it! I'm thinking about rereading it just because I know was reading so fast that I missed stuff...
  • I also saw the Hunger Games movie. And hubs gladly went with me. Was I late jumping on the bandwagon? Sure. Am I ok with that? Most definitely. I never deny myself the chance to read amazing books!
  • Random thought: Living with the in-laws has improved my laundry skills. I am the type who will wait until I have nothing left to wear and then wash clothes. But, their dryer doesn't work so well, so I find that I'm keeping up with the laundry more. If I don't, clothes won't be dry when I need them!
  • Tonight, I'm going to go with the hubs and see Titanic in 3D! Titanic is one of my most favorite movies. When it first came out, I was not allowed to see it in theaters (I was only like 10 or 11. I was in 5th grade.) So, it's been a missing part of my life. Now, I finally get to see it on the big screen! I'm SOOOO excited!
  • I finally bought a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Seriously, this stuff is life changing! I haven't ruined a manicure since I've bought it!
  • I read about 200 blog posts this weekend and was STILL behind. I finally marked anything older than March 15th read. It was that or never read a blog again. (Ok, not really, but it was a little overwhelming.) 
  • I haven't seen my sister in quite awhile which means I'm missing about 100 songs I love on my iPod. I hate buying them because I know she has them, but geezums...Youtube on my phone SUCKS. 
  • I've seriously thought about telling my sister we should just share an iTunes account and let both of our computers use it. It would seriously make both of our lives easier...
  • I LOVE Instagram! I'm so glad they finally made it for Android! But, I'm kind of flustered with how it works on my phone. It seems like it's a real mess despite all of the bug fixes they've done. And it won't save the photos to my phone for anything. They say there's a delay. But they NEVER show up. (Well, the last 6 or 7 haven't ever shown up.) So, I can't use it with any other apps because it's too much of a hassle. I have to open the photo up in the web browser, then save it to my phone, then open it up in the second app. I'm not happy about this. iPhone instagram users, does it save to your phone easily? By the amount of multi-app Instagram photos I've seen, I want to think that it does, but I could be wrong...
  • I need to make an eye doctor appointment. I need new contacts soon and I'm pretty sure I need a new prescription. I definitely do for my glasses, but probably for my contacts too. Once I go to the eye doctor, I'm seriously getting a new pair of glasses. The ones I currently have are so bad I can't drive with them! It's unbelievable! If something happened, I couldn't rely on my glasses as back up...

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Ok, I think that that says a lot of what you need to know to be caught up. And I'm linking this up to Miscellany Monday because seriously, this is pretty darn random! Have a great Monday y'all and I can't wait to share more with you this week! I'm back! (I've even got post ideas for almost 2 weeks written out in my Erin Condren planner! I can't wait to share so much with you again!)






Sunday, April 8, 2012

Book Review: Saving Grace

I've told you before that I joined Blogging For Books. I've finished reading Saving Grace, a book written by Annie Jones. When I was picking a book this time, I wanted something a little bit longer the the last book I read. And the synopsis caught my eye.

Saving Grace is actually the second book in a series (The Prayer Tree Series) but I didn't catch that when I chose the book. Lucky for me, this didn't make a difference. While some references were made to the first book, overall the book is separate enough from the first book that I was able to enjoy it! This book follows 4 women (Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle and Lucy) as they are trying to rekindle their friendship while helping an "eccentric old woman," Grace. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle and Lucy became friends as part of the Prayer Tree in their small town, New Bethany. At the annual Splendor Belle Gala talk returns to Grace, the old woman who every year sits out on her porch in her debutante gown drinking a cup of tea. This year, Grace becomes their project. Many things happen, but in the end their friendship strengthens, love is found, and Grace's story is told.

First, I enjoyed the book overall. But, I have one complaint. I was highly frustrated the entire time by the fact that the book was published and the apostrophe was in the wrong spot in y'all every time. They put the apostrophe after the "a" when it should have been after the "y." This is me nitpicking I guess, but it really messed up the flow of the book for me!

But, I still enjoyed the story. I enjoyed following along learning about the women and seeing how they interacted with each other. I liked seeing how their friendship developed and how despite their differences they were able to build a friendship.

What I really enjoyed was watching the love stories develop. Some of the women were married, others dating. My favorite of the love stories was Lucy's! I liked watching how she came to love and trust Ben. In my opinion, it took the author way too long to introduce this story. I really would have preferred this story to be introduced sooner and developed throughout more of the story. It was my FAVORITE of the love stories and the book just seemed to move better once this storyline was added. But, it also seemed to develop a bit too quickly at the end. But, it was still my favorite!

So, this book was good and I am glad I read it. I'm also interested now in reading the first book in the series! If you get a chance to read this, I definitely recommend it!




 
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