Great Expectations Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. It is such a great story with great characters! I love Dickens subtle humor and moral lessons. Listened to this on my commute back and forth every day and it made the drive enjoyable!

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It’s a new year, a new decade.  You’d think I’d come up with some good resolutions or something wouldn’t you?  Like being a better blogger who actually posts once a week.  I am always thinking of stuff to post, but then I procrastinate.  Procrastination….I am an expert at that!  If I could change one thing about myself it would be that.  Getting rid of that alone would move me forward to meeting a lot of my goals, dreams, ideas, unfinished projects, losing weight, etc., etc.  I always have such good intentions, but then that procrastination thing ruins them.  I am always feeling like I live my life half finished all the time!   I remember telling Dave’s mom once that I do a lot of things, but I don’t do any of them really well.  I’m not sure if I’m just lazy or a perfectionist who knows it won’t be perfect so I get discouraged before I even try.  Hmmmm…. maybe a little of both :). 

Anyway, here’s a couple of books that I finished reading.  Feels good to say that “finished”.  See I do finish some things!  Although it’s taking me longer to read books as I just have to snatch a minute or two here and there.  And I have this annoying habit of reading more than one book at a time.  Here’s a couple I have actually finished:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book! Charming, witty, funny, and I loved the way it is written as letters back and forth between different characters.  Takes place just after WWII and the German occupation of the island of Guernsey off the coast of England.  A fictional story with a historical fiction setting.

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My Antonia (Bantam Classic) My Antonia by Willa Cather
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think what I loved most about this book was the lovely descriptions of nature and the awareness of the main character. I also liked the whole growing up story of Jim and his recollections and memories of things later in life as he looks back to tell the story.

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I’ve also been listening to some books on tape in the car driving to work. I sure does help the time pass faster. There are actually quite a few free ones if they are public domain books. Right now I am listening to Charles Dickens Great Expectations. My awesome hubby got me a FM transmitter that works with my Blackberry and my Ipod so I can listen to either one. So cool!

Just a quick little update. I’ll be posting more soon about our Christmas and other things we have going on.

Wow!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted!  I didn’t realize it had been about 6 weeks or so.  Crazy life I guess.  I feel like I have just spent a lot of time in my car.  Getting used to the 40 minute commute every morning and afternoon has been interesting especially when you add that I am running kids around to everything they do at least 3 days a week.  Then there is the usual grocery shopping, errands, etc, that you add in too.  Whew!  I get tired sometimes even just thinking about it. 

I am enjoying working in the company’s Idaho Falls office.  The Rexburg office was so quiet and I was there a lot of times by myself which got really boring.  I have a lot more to do now and it makes the days go by much faster, and there are people to talk to and it’s much more interesting.  So, I guess it’s a trade off.  I’m enjoying my job better I just have to driver farther to do it!  Working from home on Fridays is wonderful!  I really look forward to it a lot and it keeps me going throughout the week knowing that’s how I can end it.

The kids are just going along with school and the usual.  Sydnie is working hard and improving her grades.  She always really struggles the 1st few months of school and then finally finds her groove and starts to do a lot better.  She loves Jr. High and all the new, exciting happenings there.  She’s had a couple of dances and is having fun with those.  Hayley just finished her regular basketball season and then got asked to be on a team that will play in the Idaho Falls leagues in January and February.  (Just what I needed…another trip to Idaho Falls during the week!)  She is excited and we are enjoying watching her play and improve!  Dillan just finished wrestling.  He had fun but we didn’t do any tournaments or anything.  He just liked learning some moves – probably so he could try them on his sisters!

We were moved into a new ward with some rearranging here in our little community.  We are enjoying it!  We have some good friends here already and excited to make some new ones too!  The 2nd Sunday we were there I had to stand in Sacrament Meeting to be confirmed for my new callings.  My little Dillan was trying to figure out when he should raise his hand in support, and I was trying to help him.  He was being a little silly and kept trying to raise his hand in opposition.  Well, I stood up for my sustaining and of course you can imagine what happened.  He raised his hand in opposition to my calling of being ward camp director.  Everyone had a good laugh about that!

That same Sunday he wanted to bear his testimony.  This is the 1st time he’s ever done that!  Anyway… he goes up and gives his testimony and then when he sits down he looks up at me and says, “now I don’t have a testimony anymore!”  I said why not, you always have a testimony in your heart and head.  He said he didn’t because he buried it!  He thought that’s what people were doing when they got up.  They were “burying” their testimony!  So funny!  What a goof!   (He must have had too much sugar for breakfast that morning or something).

The Lovely Bones I knew this was coming out as a movie this winter so I decided to read it.  Don’t know if I will watch the movie.  Kind of ruins it for me because they don’t usually do books justice with movies.  They miss a lot of the depth.  This wasn’t always easy to read, especially if you have kids.  You read it and just hope and pray nothing like this would ever happen, but then the book moves on from the murder and actually is the story of Susie watching her family from heaven and trying to help and be there and her family struggles with her death. 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was totally caught up in the story of this book and the lives of the family and friends Susie Salmon leaves behind when she is murdered. Also caught up in Susie’s watching and “haunting” of those family and friends and her murderer. It’s interesting to read a story about how a violent death of someone affects the people around them and how they cope, or don’t, and how it changes them all. View all my reviews >>

Halloween 2009

November 1, 2009

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Pirate Girl, Batman and Twister Girl

For some reason this Halloween didn’t seem quite as hectic as usual – nice! The Sunday before Halloween we went to Steve & Vick’s house for the annual Halloween Feast of Blood and Guts Casserole (Lasagne), witch’s broomsticks (breadsticks), sea monster salad with purple sea monster goo dressing (ranch with purple food coloring), and some cute spider cupcakes and yumming pumpkin cake. BUT – I forgot my camera! Dang it all! I’ll have to see if Steve got some pics he can send me.

On Friday the kids wore their costumes to school and had the usual parties and stuff. Syd had her 1st Jr. High dance, which she ending up enjoying more than she thought. She was really worried it would be really boring with no one dancing. Friday night was the annual Halloween Carnival at the school. We got there pretty late, but it was actually nice and didn’t seem as crowded then. (Maybe I’ll do that again next year!) The kids had fun playing games and parading around in their costumes.

Saturday morning we carved pumpkins and made roasted pumpkins from the seeds. Saturday afternoon the sun came out and we went to the straw maze. The weather was nice, which was good, since it took us over an hour to get to the end. I must just not be a logical enough thinker to figure out a maze or something. We were watching some people go through in like 10 or 15 minutes, and we finally had to ask some people coming through for the second time how the heck to get out! I couldn’t even go back in there and tell you how we got through. It all looked the same to me! Dill kept getting worried that we were going to be lost forever. We thought about going back to the entrance and just being done since we were getting tired of walking, but I was being stubborn and determined that a smart grown person could figure this out. Ha ha! A little lesson in humility for me I guess :)!

We went to the trunk or treat at the church after that, went to visit with Great Grandma McBride, and then came back to our house with family for some chili cheese baked potatoes. All in all a great day! (Except for the straw maze – hee, hee – next year it’s Dad’s turn to take them!)

Hope everyone else had a Happy Halloween!

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Dillan working hard on his pumpkin

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Hayley and her scarey pumpkin

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Sydnie getting a little help with her pumpkin

The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1) The Briar King by Greg Keyes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this fantasy read. It was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next to each of the characters. Some new and different things here from most of the fantasy I read which is a nice change of pace. Lots of flipping around to follow the differently characters, but I liked them all well enough that I didn’t mind. I will be ordering the rest of the series to read for sure.

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Someday

October 16, 2009

Shared this on Facebook too, but just had to put it on my blog. It reminds me not to procrastinate what’s important. It also reminds me about what we choose, and what I need to choose more often.