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I’m not sure what to do with my blog these days. I have no time to update it and although I am trying to wean myself off of facebook (all bookmarks have been deleted, so I have to physically type in the URL and log in manually) I just don’t have a lot of free time anymore. I wanted to update the blog more regularly this year, but I can’t seem to work this into my schedule. (Side note: if you want to get in touch with me, I’d suggest emailing me and not sending a FB message, because I really am trying to not log in much. I will check FB on my phone on the way home from work, but that’s about it these days…) (This is excluding the auto-updates to FB when I post a photo and such)

Anyhow, these are some things that have been going on.

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The other night we ordered pizza (we’ve been doing that too much I think, but whatever) and when Shawn greeted the delivery guy at the door and responded to his “how are you this evening” with “fine thanks, how are you?” the delivery guy went right into “Not too well, actually. I just lost my mother.” and then proceeded to talk about this the entire transaction. I was standing off to the side holding the dogs back from the door and mouthing to Shawn “What the hell?” and it was really awkward. Out of the blue all of this over share in a very weird way. You know when people ask how you’re doing, it’s sort of just a courtesy, right? I don’t get the Over Sharer and in this case it was strange, uncomfortable and odd.

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We just finished watching season two of Game of Thrones. We’re behind most of the world since we wait to buy it on DVD before watching it. Although after finishing this season I am determined to figure out a way to watch season three which starts in March. OMG THIS IS GOOD! The acting, the scenery, everything. There were less boobs this season too. I think. Or maybe I’m just becoming desensitized to it. 😉

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Speaking of March, um, it’s March on FRIDAY. Seriously? Two months of 2013 GONE already and I don’t even recall much of it passing by. I don’t like how time goes faster as you get older and you don’t spend nearly enough time of that time being happy with the way your life is going. I miss summer vacations.

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We had our broken shower replaced finally. I took a bunch of photos to post about it but never found the time to post. Maybe I’ll work on that this weekend. If I don’t, just know that our new shower is fantastic and I want to invite people over just to come take a shower. I want to charge money. It’s THAT good.

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This past weekend it snowed. Big, huge, fluffy flakes that were so beautiful I had to stop working on my school papers and go outside with the dogs.

My fancy new camera did good. I played around with the sports setting too. It takes multiple shots at once and I got some great action shots of the dogs running around in the snow. I can’t wait to make my calendar for 2014!

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My hair is still pink. It makes me happy.

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Last night I was on my way to my BodyTalk session and realized that I was outside at 6pm and I could still see some sun (as it set). It was so mild and spring-like yesterday I had this immense sense of hope and faith that you get when spring starts. Something about that change of season…excluding the part that keeps me wide awake for a week. I was just so HOPEFUL and happy about the light in February and the mild weather and then I looked at the forecast for this week. Snow storm.

This is what it looked like on my way home tonight.

Wet snow, slush, puddles, blowing in my face, slippery icy slushy sidewalks and streets. It was disgusting. Although the trees seem to look really pretty right now from where I’m sitting. The dogs are soaking wet when they go out for 3 minutes in the yard. Bleh. I am ready for winter to be over. I would like spring in March and to start working on Jinx’s garden again.

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Jinx will be 8 years old tomorrow. Eight. My puppy.

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I worry that I shouldn’t have gone back to school. I’m not freaking out as much about not being able to do it anymore, but I am wondering if it’s worth it and if anything will come from it. And also, if I can manage to not fall apart from exhaustion trying to keep up ONE course with working and all my other crap. I don’t know. I feel so tired and burnt out all the time. I’m so torn about things.

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We need to move out of this province. The thought of trying to sell my house and buy another one nearly cripples me with dread. I can’t stay here anymore though. I hate it. So much.

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I keep wanting to write a post about how lucky I am and how thankful I am to have what I have in my life right now. Love, friends, everything good. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with how lucky I am  that I can’t breathe. And it bothers me so much that things like this aren’t how others measure success. I need to keep that in mind on days I am feeling unaccomplished and like a failure. I’ll get to that post. Eventually.

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I need to go try and take photos of the trees outside right now. They are breathtakingly beautiful covered in heavy, wet snow. So, adieu for now my (3?) readers.

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PS – I love my husband more than anything in the world. He is the most amazing man ever and I am the luckiest girl alive. Just saying.

Torn

Torn
by Cat Clarke

Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.

Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…

Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.

Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever… (goodreads.com)

(Yet another book from February that I’m just getting around to writing about…sigh)

I bought this book forever ago and it took a while for me to pick it up. When I did pick it up it was a quick read and although it wasn’t as suspenseful as I’d hoped for, it wasn’t bad.

Oh, isn’t horrible that I read this so long ago, I don’t have much to say about it? Bah. What I can recall, Cass didn’t seem to be all that likable and Polly has some crackers loose and she terrified me by the end of the book.

I also found Alice to be a little crazy, but I can understand how she had so many emotions going on that she was a little bit manic in her decisions. I didn’t feel sorry for her, because I think she shouldn’t have kept so many secrets in the first place, but I could see reason for her actions more than others.

Mostly, I found this story to be a depressing example of how people can behave when it comes to bullying. Bullying went many ways in this story and although that’s probably not what I was supposed to take away from it, it’s what I felt in the end.

What a messed up bunch of people. Geez.

Since I have been taking forever to read books and get into books (I have so many started, with bookmarks in them, but nothing’s sticking…) this was an escape for a few hours, even if it didn’t really wow me, I was able to read it cover to cover. Good job, book!

Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story

Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (Gallagher Girls, #5.5; Heist Society, #2.5)
by Ally Carter

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help? (goodreads.com)

Ok, so I have read (and I LOVE) the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and I have not yet read the Heist Society books, but since this was a free eBook I thought I’d try it out.

This is a very quick read, being a novella and all. It also isn’t all that WOWing. I mean, it has all the elements you expect from the GG series, mystery, snarky dialogue, the fact that the teens figure out the situation, etc. I don’t know anything about the Heist Society characters, but I’d imagine they are similar. I couldn’t connect to Hale at all and I am sure that this is because I have no backstory on him so he was just sort of… there… to me.

I didn’t really expect much from the story because it’s hard to tell a story with twists and turns in a short format, so everything played out exactly as I thought it would. And as much as I love Macey as a character, I didn’t feel the Macey love in this story.

It was entertaining and it allowed me to read a book start to finish without putting it down, which is something I haven’t been able to do in a long time. It was what I needed at the time I read it – which was almost following the last GG book. I’m not entirely sold on wanting to try the Heist Society novels from this story. I don’t think I liked Kat all that much in the little intro to her I got. I thought that she and Hale seemed smug and not all that likeable? Is this the case?

I am glad I picked this up though and it was a pretty cute, quickie of a mystery. I think I’d have liked it more if it was a full-length mystery novel though. I like my stories to have some more depth, which you can’t really get in novella format (at least that I have experienced.)

I don’t feel like writing out all the titles of the GG  and HS series. This falls in-between those books, but there’s not much of a connection to any of the GG books themselves. I don’t think you need to read this to enjoy the full series themselves.

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