May 31, 2010

same kind of different as me: a review.

Why did I read it? It was my Book Club's choice for the month. I had also heard very good things about this book and was very excited to see what all the hype was about.


First Impressions: I don't know why I thought this book was about a boy with autism. So not the case! Upon reading the first chapters, I was sucked right in! It hooked me instantly.

Upon reading the first few chapters: I immediately fell in love with one of the main characters, Denver. I loved reading about his stories growing up in the South. I loved his language and observations. I was anxious to see how the lives of Ron and Denver would finally fuse.

I enjoyed: The back-stories of our characters most of all.

I did NOT enjoy: How heavy this book was! What a twist! You go into this book thinking it's going to be about the relationship between two men from two different walks of life and then BAM! Out of nowhere you are struck by a albeit mesmerizing, but gut-wrenching, turn of events. I had no idea I was in store for such a dramatic story. A warning would have been nice! ;) I also felt like the book proselytized a bit. The commentaries on God and faith could have been left out. What meant more to me in terms of the importance of faith and the wonders of God was hearing it from Denver, not Ron.

Read this book if: You enjoy heart-warming stories about two strangers who form the most unlikely bond. It is a wonderful (and true) story, but warning: It will rip your heart out. Very few books have ever made me cry real tears. This is one of them.

Rating: 4 hot lattes out of five.

P.S. My review of Sarah Palin's autobiography cometh!

May 23, 2010

yup. there's really a baby in there!

We had our first baby appointment on Friday morning. Our doctor is fabulous and the appointment went incredibly well. It was kept pretty short and sweet, as I am scheduled to go back in a month for all the "fun stuff" like blood tests, diabetes test, etc. And then two weeks after that appointment, we will get our official sonogram that will tell us if this baby is a boy or a girl. Craziness!!

I said I would never be one of those women who posts ultrasound pictures, but I get it now. Check out baby Webb!

Standing on its head, waving hello with its right arm, facing upward.

More head-stands! Left arm is in front of face, right arm sticking out a little, facing you!

Big alien head, facing downward and pushing against the membrane bubble thingie. Crazy that this baby already has a skull and a spinal cord and little teeth!

So there you have it! I wasn't making this up! ;)

This is all so surreal. I thought I would cry and be all emotional when I saw the baby. Nope. I think I was just more in shock. Because I don't necessarily LOOK pregnant, it doesn't feel real yet. But clearly, it is. Before the appointment, I was worried that 1.) There would be more than one baby in there. Nightmare!!! And 2.) Something would be wrong. All those fears disappeared when we saw just one little baby and the doctor said, "There's its heartbeat. There's your perfectly normal, healthy baby." What a relief. I think that made me more emotional than anything. We are so, so fortunate to be having an easy pregnancy so far. All I want for this child is to be healthy and to have a penis. I am so thankful that so far, so good. And yes, we kind of sort of want a boy. But if we get a girl, we're not going to send her back ;)

P.S. This baby likes to move! Of course, I can't feel any of that movement yet, but I have a feeling I am in for a doozy with our little mover and shaker!

Life is good!

May 17, 2010

still here, i promise.

I've been reading your blogs, I just haven't been writing on my own. I sit at a computer all day and WRITE, so the last thing I want to do when I get home is...sit at a computer and WRITE.

I do have a book review to do, though. I am still sitting on Sarah Palin's book - I am trudging through the last chapter, but I have read another book since then. And I loved it!! I'll write about it later. I promise.

I am headed to work now. Oh, in case you were wondering, Mondays are still crappy.

May 9, 2010

cute, cute, and cute!

Mommy's with daughters - how do you do it?! Little girls are so adorable, I can't stand it! Especially this one! What a natural! Her mom said she is four going on fifteen. She was so much fun!!

May 6, 2010


I am sorry for my lack of posting lately. I've been sort of busy. Ha!

During my work today, researching information for a letter I'll write for our magazine, I came across some AMAZING quotes, that I will love forever and ever. I will share those with you now.

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." -- Stacia Tauscher

Uhm, wow.

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future." -- Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

"If you haven't time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded." -- Robert Brault

That last one made me tear up, boy!

Work has been good, for those wondering. I won't go into detail here. I learned my lesson about blogging about work :)

The pregnancy is going well, too. I can't believe I'm almost done with my first trimester. This child is going to be here before we know it! I see the doctor (for the first time!!!) on May 21. I can't wait!!!!

Those two things pretty much control my every thought and action these days. I wish I had something more interesting to write about, but frankly, I spend all day on the computer writing and just don't have the mojo to continue the same in the evenings.

Aaron has been in Alabama since mid-April, so that's making things quite dull around here, as well. He gets home next weekend, though. Praise the Lord!

I hope my next post will not be a snooze-fest like this one!

May 2, 2010

so about that novel...

Yeah, it didn't quite happen the way I planned.

I did give it a fair shake, but it was just going nowhere. It was just awful!

And then, of course, came pregnancy news and the new job, which sort of shook up these last two months entirely. Excuses, excuses!

I think I'll give it another try when things aren't as crazy around here. When that will be, I have no idea.

Writing 1,667 words a day didn't sound that hard. But oh my! It is! I had a very hard time turning off my inner-editor and was expecting everything to be perfect on the first draft, which, of course, is totally impossible.

I hate to say I'm a quitter, but I am. I understand if you think I'm lame. In the words of Pioneer Woman, "goodbye forever."

But not really.

P.S. Why do the weekends always go by so quickly when you work a full-time job?! It's totally crazy. I can't believe I have to get my clothes and lunch together tonight and hit the sack at a reasonable time. Have I lost my mind?!
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