Should have been an easier book to read. I get the large print books a lot of time as they are easier to get sometimes and usually quicker to read. I had heard a lot about this series and it was a good book. I kind of guessed the ending pretty early, but I am going on to the next one in the series. Waiting for that one to come in.
Good morning and I hope that you are having an amazing Wednesday already! I know that I am! I am down another 1.5lbs and just under 193 lbs though I’m going to call it 192 because that sounds better! I am 6-7lbs away from where I was the last time I lost weight and 22-23lbs from my first goal of 170lbs! I am super excited and can’t wait to be there. I am already feeling amazing right now and I can’t wait to feel even better!
Happy birthday to Lucas! I can’t believe he is already three years old! He’s growing in to such a little man and though it was loud and crazy at the house, it was a great time!
Another great book! This is a book about a 14 year old girl who runs away from home the night before her 15th birthday. Her mother sits down and writes her a letter about her own life. She had always wanted to share with her the story of when she was a kid. She and her mother had a very strained relationship and she always swore that her and her daughter would be the best of friends and she would not have the same issues with her as she had with her own mother. Years later, life happened and she found she was a lot like her mother. Haven’t we all wanted to have it different with our kids, even if our mothers were the greatest person in our lives (I love you Mom!). I know that I promised myself that my relationship with Brittany would be different than it is and though we don’t have a bad relationship, I miss being her friend. The book goes back to the times of Vietnam and it’s a quick read, only like 148 pages. Makes me want to share with Brittany that same way, though I don’t know that I could be as candid with her as she was in the book. Another great read though.
Just a quick thing…I am down to 194! Not a huge thing, but something and I am pretty excited about it! I was getting kind of upset because I haven’t really been losing anything but Eric says you can tell I’m losing weight because I’m losing inches. He even found this article for me that I read. I can see the weight loss in certain things I wear, and I love it! I love the fact that my aero yoga pants don’t look like a butt in the front anymore. Don’t get me wrong, there is still more there than I would like, but it doesn’t look as much like a butt anymore. Go me!
As if my fear of the dentist wasn’t bad enough, what a cluster its been getting to the point of having this root canal. First, I got the original call from the dentist that the insurance wasn’t active because the information they gave us for the “generic” cards that we have yet to receive was wrong. After that got fixed, today I’m spending my time trying to get the Benny Card, or FSA card, that I am having money taken out of my check every pay day for the $2500 that I deposited on it, but that card isn’t in. My appointment tomorrow is going to cost me $1500 out of pocket that I don’t have if I can’t have the dentist be able to call and get the funds okayed tomorrow. This is crazy! I really am deathly afraid of the dentist and this isn’t helping the cause.
Today’s ten on Tuesday is going to be about things that I need/want around the house that I just can’t afford right now…
1. I need a new refrigerator. The one we have is old and missing the bottom shelf and missing the slats that go on the doors to hold things in. It’s time for a new one.
2. I need a new mattress/box spring. The one we have we have had since we got married, so going on 12 years. It’s old. It’s lumpy and it’s just a mess. Time for a new one.
3. I would love a new kitchen table, but I want to build this one myself. I want one similar to Mom and Dad’s with the drawer in it, but I would like two drawers I think…
4. I would love a new bedroom set. It would be nice if it all matched for once in my life. I am an adult. Shouldn’t it match??
5. A new living room set would be nice. The one we have is gross. Maybe just cleaning it would be good.
6. If it was a cleaning thing, then I would love a recliner in the living room, though I don’t think it would fit in there comfortably.
7. I would love a nice new TV. Something bigger, with HD (we have that already) and maybe a plasma. Something I could hang on the wall maybe.
8. To go under that TV, I would love one of those faux fireplaces. I love those!
9. I would love a new washer and dryer. Both are hand me downs and I would love a nice new set.
10. A real dishwasher. One that goes on the floor and you can fit a full day’s worth of dirty dishes in it as opposed to just part of dinner.
All dreams, though the fridge and mattress will probably be taken care of before the end of the year. Those two are kind of a must do.
This was a great book that I read pretty quickly! I had a weekend off from both Super Dog and BBW and sat and read most of it over the weekend! It’s a book that made me worry about Brittany more than I already do and I actually have her reading it now. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did! It’s crazy how a small town like that, with people who have crossed paths for years, can have the events take place the way they did! I would recommend this to anyone!
So before posting my 2011 resolutions, I’m going to borrow from Morning Memo that we get at work everyday…
About those New Year’s Resolutions…
Most people make New Year’s resolutions, even if halfheartedly. There’s just something about the beginning of a new year – it’s a perfect time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. But many people lose their motivation to keep resolutions. If that’s you, here are a few tips to help keep you on track:
1. Be realistic – Give careful thought to your resolutions and why you want to change. Are your goals within reach? How badly do you want to change? Change occurs fastest when you truly desire the change.
2. Write down the pros and cons of each goal and come up with a plan to achieve it. Plan ahead so you know how you will handle obstacles to your success.
3. Talk about your resolutions with friends and family – talking about it makes it “real.” Garnering support from loved ones will help you stay on track as well. Better yet, find a friend who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
4. Set milestones and when you reach them, reward yourself! (But not with something that conflicts with your resolution!).
5. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up. Track your progress so if you do have an occasional slip, you can look back over your progress and put it all in perspective.
6. Remember: research shows that it takes at least 21 days for a behavior to become a habit. So stick to it!
So with that in mind, here are my 2011 New Years Resolutions…
1. Obviously the lose weight thing. I am super excited that on the very 1st day of 2011 that I was able to fit in a 14! Last year on the same day, I was fluctuating between an 18W or 20W. That’s a plus size! And though they make the W in the 14′s, there is no W on the jeans I am wearing today. That feels good and I would like to make that feel better! This all starts tomorrow, as date night is tonight and I am giving myself one last day/night.
2. I want to get my bills back on track. I may have said this same thing last year and I did get some fixed, but I need to fix more. That’s one of my plans.
3. I would like to get my house more organized, enough said.
4. I want to find time to be crafty again. Eric got me a Learn to Crochet kit, which I hope to learn how to do by the end of January. I also want to scrapbook and maybe learn to quilt. Have to start that one soon, as the first one I am making is for Lucas and his birthday is this month.
If that thing above is correct, then I have until the 25th of January to get this stuff going and make it a habit. Wish me luck as here goes…
I loved this book! It’s been a long time since I have read a book where I felt part of it, but this one I did! I could picture the day that Natalie got her GED and felt as proud of her as Piper may have! I was sad to see Yoga Janet leave. I felt the heat when she saw Nora for the first time after leaving Danbury. I could feel the tension she got from working in the Electric shop with the CO who was in charge (I’m writing from memory at work and unfortunately I don’t remember his name). This was such a great book. It makes me see what life is like in prison and though not all roses and chocolate, they are making the best of it. Not a place I hope to visit anytime soon, but I would love to meet these people. I would love to get to know them and be able to sit with Pop at movie night. I would not want to rub her feet though. That’s a little farther than I would go, but thank you Piper Kerman for that book!!