Saturday, August 27, 2011


     As my own personal reading I chose the book Divergent by Veronica Roth and took a break from my book club readings of the Parasol Protectorate.  So here is the scoop on this new rising author.  Veronica Roth recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing.  Living new Chicago she has devoted her time to being a full-time writer and creating a new series of books.  Divergent being her first novel, I was highly impressed with plot.  It had similarity to the Hunger Games but is its still entirely original!
    In dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions,—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Each are dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. When a child turns 16 they are to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives on a particular day of the year. A young girl named Beatrice Prior, is faced with the decision of staying with her family and being who she really is where in this world she sadly cannot have both.

     This book was extremely easy to read and never lost my attention! I will say it is meant for younger readers like teens or young adults. Roth throws some very exciting moments that will keep you turning the pages. I give it a 5 out of 5 for being so captivating! I enjoyed every bit of it and do believe She is off to a good start with this new series. Am looking forward to Insurgent, the sequel she is working so hard on. Ok now back to reading Heartless by Gail Carriger.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

When Infatuation turns into Love

     I am a soul believer that infatuation always comes first.  There is no such thing to me as "love at first sight" but there is surely infatuation at first sight.  Love doesn't come that easy and if it did well then I do not believe there would be as many failed relationships in this world!  Even when you find love you still have to work hard to keep it.  Maybe never even really realized how much you truly love someone till things like suffering, heartache, and sacrifice happen in that relationship.  I have always known that I love my husband, even when he is being a fool and I can't stand to be around him I still love him.  Until recently I thought I knew what love was completely, but it turns out you will never stop learning about love! It is something that grows like wisdom does.  My husband has now only been apart from me for 3 weeks and I still have 1 month 2 weeks and 6 days till I get to see him again.  I am already feeling the strain and stress of our separation while he is at Army Basic Training across the country.  My love for him has definitely been proving itself to me.  I hear about the sad stories of men and women already receiving Dear John Letters in basic training.  Come on people, seriously? It is only a 10 week separation that doesn't even compare to the year separation for deployment.  The soldier who received that letter may have been deeply truly in love with that person but it is obvious that they did not have real love in their hearts and only infatuation. Cause the truth is people, infatuation cannot survive long distance!  It does not last in hardships and infatuation does not know the word sacrifice! These are ways of knowing if you are truly in love with someone!  Being apart from my husband has strengthened us.  This is a sacrifice we are both making for the greater good of our family's well being!  There is nothing or no one who can change my mind, make me weak in my marriage, or tear us apart.  It is true when they say "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" but only when true love has his hand in it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hurry Mr Postman!

   It has been two weeks since my husband has left for Army basic training.  I last heard from him exactly one week ago.  He told me that he was to be sending me a letter along with some documents which I will be needing when I go get my Military ID.  Throughout this week I have checked the mail every day as soon as it was dropped into the box.  Call me the eager beaver when I see that USPS Jeep pull up in front of my house.  I get more excited now then I did when I ordered something online for my son.  But every time I open the box nothing but bills and junk mail in it.  My heart just sinks! I do know that where he is located at the base's mail system is sorted by hand and not machines.  This means it takes twice as long just to leave the base and enter the USPS mailing system.  Luckily I have his address thanks to his Battalion's FaceBook page so I have already begun mailing him a letter once a day.  Letters are already lined up and waiting to be sent since he left only it takes them just as long to get to him as his take to get to me.  On the plus side, I only have 1 month and 4 weeks left of this then its off to see him graduate!
      I have started a 30 day challenge journal that was posted on the FaceBook page.  This will be such a surprise for him to read when he leaves again for his schooling after basic.  Every day its something new to write about my memories of him.  I have never done something like this before so it has been most exciting!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

One Year of Blogging

     It has been just a little over a year for me since I began blogging on this site.  Amazing how fast time goes.  I have read previous posts from a year ago and am amazed how much has changed.  From having a 6 month old son to now a 18 month old, who is growing oh so fast that I cannot even keep up and am trying to film everything so that his father wont miss a beat. Then there is my husband who I will be married to for 3 years on the 15th and will be together for 6.  I am sad though that he will not be around due to him being at basic training for the Army.  Though I am so proud of him in his choice to join!
     Soon my life will take another turn and will be moving once again.  We are both excited for our new move, mostly because we will be reunited there.  I am looking forward to what the next year brings.  Then to look back on this blog in even more different perspective.  Having more mature eyes with age and with experience. From now on I will be an Army wife and a mother.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Blameless Book 3 of the Parasol Protectorate

     I've been neglecting my reviews on my recent book club reads due to my husband leaving for Army basic training.  Been spending every last minute with him instead of my reading and blogging.  Now he is gone and I can get back to business, especially since I have all the time in the world now or so it seems.  
   Blameless was exceptionally different from the first two books.  I surprisingly was relating to Alexia more in this one the in Soulless or Changeless.  The maternal and marital experiences she goes through was the reasoning for my own emotional attachment to her.  Gail Carriger really did an amazing job at making this story so different and unique, giving Lady Maccon a new adventure that never seemed over the top or down right ridiculous to read.  Still keeping with her comical graces and outrageous hats that never get old, this book is by far my favorite out of the bunch.  Of course I am still in need to read the remaining of the series.  Now due to me not wanting to give ANY of the story away to those who have not read any of these books I will not be writing any details down about Blameless, don't worry folks I do not believe in "Spoilers", said in River Song's accent.  If you don't know who River Song is well then  it is time to watch some Doctor Who!
     Over all it is an obvious 5 star rating once again.  I am not always so nice with my book ratings but I just have never done a review on a book I haven't liked yet.  Give it time I am sure to read one sooner or later.  Course normally when I do read a book that is lower then a 5 rating I never finish it unless its part of my book club picks. 

Monday, August 01, 2011

Famous Last Dinner

     Yesterday was my husband Levi's last day with us for the next 10 weeks as he began his military journey early this morning.  My mom and I made him a special last family dinner with beer can chicken, german potato salad and my personal favorite bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese.  These were actually really easy to make the only hard labor of it was cutting the jalapenos in half and cleaning out the seeds.  Everything turned out wonderful! The beer we chose for the chicken was Blue Moon Honey Wheat.  It gave an amazing flavor to the chicken and kept it so nice and moist. 
     So now, after dropping Levi off at 4 am this morning, the house has been quiet with a whole lot of dishes to clean in the kitchen.  I miss him already and it hasn't even been 24 hours since he left.  He's not even out of the state yet but only a few hours away at MEPS doing his last physical and then to a hotel till he flies out tomorrow for his Basic Training.  I honestly pray that these next 10 weeks will fly by with out any stress or complications!  I will only be able to see him for two days when he graduates but will only have a few more weeks after that for me to move where he will be.  I just hate the waiting part.