Sunday, January 30, 2011

Two

Okay, I'm starting with the pictures this time, because they make me giggle.
Picture(s) of the Week:
Check out that static cling!!

It's a vortex, it's sucking me innn......

Who can resist a baby hand? Seriously, so fat, it dimples IN at the knuckles. Must kiss it.

Okay, now books.  This is the pile of books, I gathered from around the house to read as part of the 52 Book Nerd Alert Challenge.
They're not all for me! I convinced David to do it with me.  But, he says that 52 books is unreasonable, so he's doing 26 books in a year. Which makes him a nerd in moderation.

This is his stack: 

This is mine:

This is the ceramic dog on my dresser:

Now you're wondering how many other ceramic animals I have, right?
I'm not telling. I like to keep you guys guessing.

So, I've got a pretty good stack, (of books, not ceramic animals) but I'm trying to get a good mix of fiction, non-fiction, and some YA novels as well. Which means, I really am looking for recommendations!!! If you've read anything good lately let me know. Especially if you want to let me borrow your copy. Because, uh,  I can't afford to buy 52 books this year. Shocker, I know.

Book Two: It's Not About Me, by Max Lucado.
  David's brother & sister-in-law gave him (us) this book for Christmas. David's cousin Jonathan passed away from cancer recently, at the extremely young age of 32.  This was his favorite book, and was talked about a lot at his memorial service, so I was looking forward to reading it.

LIKE: Sounds silly, but I really liked the subtitle, "Rescue from the life we thought would make us happy." Zinger, eh?  I really enjoyed his focus on how accepting our place in the world (i.e. accepting that we're not the center of it) gives a sense of peace and joy, even in difficult circumstances.

NO LIKE: Lucado is a little... well... wordy, I guess. He uses a lot of stories and illustrations, some of which are helpful in illustrating his point, some that aren't that helpful, but most of which are just distracting to me.  Honestly, though, thats really just a preference thing. I like my religious non-fiction to have more of a textbook feel than a conversational feel. Have I mentioned I'm nerdy?

FAV QUOTES:
"The brevity of life grants power to abide, not an excuse to bail."

"Your pain has purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate towards one end- the glory of God."

All in all, a good and quick read. Not my favorite, but still a good one.
Book 3 is a BIG one, but I'm hoping to finish it by Thursday. I know, you can hardly wait. :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One

Book 1 of 52. Go me!

This week I read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.  I bought it about 6 months ago off a 50% off table at B&N, but then it just sort of sat on my bookshelf.  This is a bad habit of mine.  In fact, when I first decided to do this 52 book thing, I spent 20 minutes wandering around the house pulling books off of the shelves that I've always meant to read, but just never got around to.  I stacked up about 12, mostly non-fiction.  I want to get a good mix of fiction, non-fiction, some young adult literature, and maybe a couple biographies. Oh man. This is going to be so fun!

Okay, okay, COLD MOUNTAIN!

It was so good. So, so good. A great way to kick off the book program.  I think that I (and probably ya'll too) will get bored if I try to summarize all these books, so instead, I'll just tell you what I liked, what I didn't and maybe my fav. quote. (or two. or three. or...)

LIKE: I don't know if C.F. is a Christian, but he totally should be. This book is an absolutely beautiful representation of what it is to live in a broken and futile world. What it is to strive and fail, to love and lose, to live and die. It's absolutely heart wrenching and heartbreaking, but in the most lovely, poignant way. I kept dog-earing pages that had quotes that I wanted to read to David, and I'm not kidding you, there are like 25 pages turned down. I think I'm just going to have to make him read it.  I also loved the main female character, Ada. She's a winner.

NO LIKE: The end. NOT because it was a bad ending. It wasn't. I just didn't like it because... just because... because it was... it was... dang it, it was a perfect ending. I just hated it anyway. Read it, you'll see. Then we can commiserate. :)

FAV QUOTES:
"Simply living had never struck Ada as such a tiresome business. After breakfast was done, they worked constantly. On days when there was not one big thing to do, they did many small ones, choring around as needed... Now, with Ruby, all the actual facts and processes connected with food and clothing and shelter were unpleasantly concrete, falling immediately and directly to hand, and every one of them calling for exertion... The rudeness of eating, of living, that's where Ruby seemed to aim Ada every day that first month."

"To Ada though, it seemed akin to a miracle that Stobrod, of all people, should offer himself up as proof positive that no matter what a waste one has made of one's life, it is ever possible to find some path to redemption, however partial."

"Inman had put what nuts he could find in his haversack, but had never got around to eating them, for the more he thought the more he reckoned that the work it would take to break them open would overbalance the sustenance he would get from them, each one holding no more meat than would be around the end joint of your forefinger. Yet, he didn't throw them out, for he worried that if you put all of life to such a test, it would not seem worth living."

"They were both at such an age that they stood on a cusp. The could think in one part of their minds that their whole lives stretched out before them without boundary or limit. At the same time another part guessed that youth was about over for them and what lay ahead was another country entirely, wherein the possibilities narrowed down moment by moment."

I know, right?!?!? You can totally borrow my copy.

AND, here is my picture for the week. Freakishly appropriate, I know. :)







Sunday, January 23, 2011

Did you miss me?

Whats a few months among friends, eh?

Hi, hi, hi, hi, hi! Let's just get this out of the way. Here are my excuses for not posting since September:
1. Three children.
2. I am a little bit lazy.
3. I was trying to elevate procrastination to an art form.

But I really want to get better!  So, here are a few quick updates, and a blogger goal.

Updates:
1. We're great! David's job is going well, I've adjusted to life with 3 munchkins, and Henry is cuter than ever.
2. Henry is 11 months old now (holy crap) and can crawl, pull up, cruise, climb, and he comes with a built-in radar that focuses on the most dangerous, disgusting, or messy possibility in a room and crawls over to it with the speed of a baby cheetah. It's alternately terrifying and hilarious. Just to give you a general idea of what I'm speaking of, in the past week alone he's pooped on the floor, given himself a bloody nose, thrown his toys in the toilet, and made Sweet Potato's life a living hell of pets, pats, and tugs. He seriously loves that dog.
3. I have a new project! And it involves you guys! Last weekend we had some friends over for the weekend, and my friend Amanda told me that last year she made it a goal to read 52 books in a year. Guys, my nerdy little heart just went pitter-pat, pitter-pat. So, obviously, I want to do it too. I'm a few weeks behind, but I think I can catch up.

SO, this leads me to my blogger goal. It's a two-parter. One: each week, I'm going to post the last book I finished, with a few fun tidbits from it. Second: I got a new camera for Christmas from my parents. It's a verrrrrrrrry nice one and I'm trying to learn how to use it well enough to do it justice. Its a fun new hobby, and I'm really enjoying it, SO I'm also going to post the best picture I took that past week. Now, don't make fun of me. I'm no professional. But, it will be fun, and hopefully it will get me back into the habit of blogging, which I do miss.

Now, here's a little snapshot of Henry to encourage you to come back for more next week...
I know, right?!?! Okay, okay, you don't have to beg, I'll give you one more.
 Look, he's a Newsie!!
 A baby mouse-angel!
 A truck driver!
He's even cute with his mouth full!!

Was that too much? Nahhh.