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Thoughts and My Summer Reading List September 28, 2010


It is nearly the mid-way point to this week and the weather is just not being very positive. Here in Ohio it has turned rather cold, only reaching 56 degrees and it is still September. I doubt if I could remember a September as odd as this one. I will say that I rather be cold than hot. Luckily here we can just crank the thermostat or throw on a sweater. I chose a sweater for today. I hope you are all enjoying the weather. I’ve been searching for a good book to read after a whirlwind of summer reading, I seem to be all out of books, novel anyways, to read. I have so many school books to read right now anyhow, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a good novel. I’ve been on a kick about books that are about the end of the world “as we know it.”

To begin the summer with Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “Moon Crash Trilogy,” Life As We Knew It (2006). The book follows a young girl and her family’s ability to cope with the disasters that followed a Meteor hitting the moon knocking it into a closer and more destructive orbit with the Earth. This is an amazing tale of survival for young teens and as an “adult,” I found this most interesting and appealing. Then I read the next book in the series The Dead and the Gone, which deals with the same situation only centering on a teen boy in inner-city New York and his ability to deal with the disaster when his family is broken and he becomes the guardian figure of his two younger sisters. This was an inspiring and a little more graphic than I expected for a teen book about the trials and realities of a disaster hitting close to home. The final book of the series was next on my list called, This World We Live In, this was an exciting young-romantic book that brought the two stories from the previous books together. I will say nothing more because I highly recommend this series! This series was a totally understandable and easy read to say the least, but nevertheless a very emotional and climatic book that kept me turning the pages one after another.

Then I found another series by critically acclaimed sci-fi writer Stephen Baxter. This was another disaster series of course (my theme for the summer). The first book is called Flood. You guessed it a flood grips the entire world, brought about by Earth’s internal oceans seeping into the oceans around the world raising the Sea Level by thousands of feet. The world is gripped by gigantic floods that ultimately spread across the entire planet. The wealthy and somewhat smart idealistic men that the book and series ultimately center around conceive of a plan to save humanity, though it is not fully realized until the second edition of the book in Ark. These books are incredible, but really dense. The books travel through important events that can at times be separated by more than five years, setting the stage for the ultimate end of the world as we know it today. I found it challenging, but interesting and a valid idea. Baxter certainly did his research and in so doing provided many credible story lines followed by information describing the new technology to the point that makes you feel like the whole story is true and realistic. Again, I highly reccommend these books to your collection. They were great to read, but very long for most readers, it took me nearly a month to read it through due to the density of the book and the content therein.

All of these books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, or Borders bookstores…and no, I was not paid to say that. I’m just trying to help my readers find these books:D

So what is next on my book shelf?

Currently I am reading Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf, an novel about the Holocaust; and I am also attempting read George Orwell’s 1984, but I’ll have to let you know how these turn out. So far so good. Any ideas on further readings? Drop me a line! Well that is all for tonight. I’m off to dream land and hopefully a nicer day tomorrow! Take care and have a lovely evening!

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Sunday’s Sun turns to Saggy Smiles, here comes Monday Morning Moans! September 26, 2010

Filed under: Living,Thoughts — AMW @ 11:16 PM

Well it just seems like the weekend flies by and all your thinking is, only five more days! This weekend was so much fun and I really felt like a vacation. My husband and I were invited by two of our friends to go spend the weekend in Belpre, Ohio where they have a family vacation house. It was so relaxing, it was such a quaint little house that was perfectly clean and comfortable. The house stood just about a football field away from the Ohio River and the views were amazing. We spent the weekend sight seeing at a two mile island, going shopping at Parkersburg Mall, and just hanging out playing cards. We learned this new game called Sixty-six, which was rather complicated but so much fun. Our hostess and host were so sweet, we had a great time! We even had our own out door movie theater thanks to modern technology and a white garage wall. What could be better than sitting outside next to a fire, watching a comedy, eating S’mores, Hot Dogs, and good friends all around?  Now tomorrow is Monday and we are off on the next week of wonderful school work, some cleaning, and hopefully some news on a house we are thinking about purchasing. I hope you all have a lovely week and stop by to read the blog. I hope to post some pictures of our weekend and perhaps a new idea for my Baking Adventures!!! Later!

 

Updates September 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AMW @ 9:00 AM

I have recently updated some of the other pages, baking adventures, links, and rowing machine! Enjoy

 

The Ups! September 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AMW @ 9:25 PM

Let’s just say that last week was a roller coaster of emotion and ended on a high note. Thanks to my friends for coming and cheering me up. Life is great when you are able to stop and realize how lucky you are to have the family and friends God has blessed you with. This week is another crazy busy week. I need to finish a paper by Thursday night, then heading for a weekend with our Bible Study Buddies out of town. I hope you all are having a lovely week. I would write more, but I need to go figure out what exactally I need for this paper due Thursday! Take care and have a great week!

 

Chai Anyone? September 14, 2010

Filed under: Choice,Living,Thoughts — AMW @ 10:10 AM
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Today is just one of those days you wake up and you look at your life and feel a bit pathetic. I think I need a job, but honestly I have a  lot of responsibilities, with school and the household, I don’t know. I need a pick-me-up. Perhaps I’ll make some Chai today. I suppose it is the climate we live in that values the life you live by the work you have done. I’ve done a lot of work over the past few weeks in school, but since it is online no one but myself and my professors see that work, and thus there is nothing for others to judge. I just keep telling myself that I need to first love myself and be proud of all the work I am doing. But you know, it is hard when people jokingly tease you about unemployment, when you know you have spent countless hours filling out job applications and sending resume’s out with no response to speak of. What is even harder about the lack of employment is the fact that I do not leave the house very often, which does not help with my shyness. Last week I left the house twice, once for a long walk with my dog (which was in invigorating) and once to go to the grocery store. It’s only Tuesday of this week and I have not left house except to again walk the dog. I’ve had a lot of school work to do, which has required me to sit at my computer and I’m just annoyed with that aspect of things. I suppose the most annoying thing of it is that I miss the socializing. Once a week we host a Bible study at our house and so I get to speak to some adults and not the dog which is nice; but not to sound horrible, but the rest of the week the only person I really speak to is my Husband. My husband is wonderful and so kind, but I lead a boring life and he just rather switch me lives, so the conversations get a little dry. We just need to switch lives and both of us will be very very happy. Nevertheless, there are things to do and more things to finish. I hope you all are having a lovely day. I’m going to try and make my day a lovely one too!

 

9/11/2001 A Nation Remembers September 11, 2010


A Nation Remembers… Nine years ago our nation and the world changed forever. I think it is important today to stop and remember the sacrifices made on that day and since, to be thankful for the freedoms and liberties we share in the United States, and always remember the price freedom has cost. God Bless America!

Thank you to our men and women in service around the world protecting our world as we know it from harm, and trying to give that since of safety to other nations around the world. God Bless our World!

 

Cool Days and Big Dreams September 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AMW @ 10:51 AM

On days like today I really miss the beach. I just took Katey out for her morning walk and boy was it cold! It is only 55’F here and it is only September 9th! I just find myself longing for the beach, constantly looking at beach houses, and obsessively watching the beach webcams. My family and I absolutely love the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I wish I was there now, though I am really looking forward to the leaves changing here in Ohio and making a trip down to the Hocking Hills for a camping trip or two. So far for the Fall season we are planning on two trips, one to see if Katey can handle it, and the second trip with friends and family. Hopefully these trips will be with good weather. As a kid we went on several camping trips where all it did was rain and rain. It was horrible. But we also were able to spend a lot of quality time with the family, hang out and play games. So really not horrible, just not something you were expecting.

Well Here are the links to the webcams I love:

http://www.co.dare.nc.us/webcam/mirlo.php

http://beachcam.kdhnc.com/view/index.shtml