Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

Crazy LoveCrazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a true story. Leslie had everything going for her.. a prestigious degree, intelligence, good work ethic, a job at Seventeen magazine, looks, and great friends. She met a man on the Subway, who later won her heart. Everything seemed perfect, until it wasn't. The day before Conor and Leslie were to be married, Conor hit her for the first time. They had argued before, and he had pushed her before but this time he went too far. Was the wedding called off? No. She went through with the wedding in spite of the feeling that it wasn't a great idea.

Conor, the insecure husband, took a new job in Connecticut meaning Leslie would have to quit her job and move out to a house far from her friends and family. Doesn't that always seem like the first step of an abuser? To remove them from having a support system in place. Over the years, Conor pushed her down a flight of stairs, threatened her with a gun, because jealous at the mention of any male other than himself that Leslie talked to, an ugly fights that often turned physical. Leslie couldn't leave him. She loved him so much, but will he end up killing her?

The writing of this book was mediocre. I felt like some parts dragged on too much. It does send a message about the motives for domestic violence, so that's good. I would have liked to hear what happened later on down the road.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

It's been a while!  So much is going on.

First, the good stuff.
Las Vegas!  My husband and I went for four days - not our first time - but our first time to stay downtown.  We loved it!  We usually stay on the strip, but now that Tilman Fertita owns the Rockets, we decided to stay at the Golden Nugget.
  It has changed so much since I was in there last.  In a good way.  I had never been in the Plaza, so we stayed one night there.
We had an awesome view of Fremont Street from our room!  Plus, I found a slot machine that was pretty good to me.

We went to a show, played blackjack, bingo, slots.  DH played some poker.  The live music on Fremont was pretty good, too.  All in all, a super fun trip!

Second, one of our daughters got married... in Hawaii!  No, we didn't go.  They wanted to elope, and they did, and we couldn't be happier for them!  Aren't they adorable?
I had no idea there are 65 wedding PER DAY on Maui.  As they said, they just got Maui'd!
So happy for this gorgeous girl!

Not so good news - My mom is having a diagnostic flouroscopy today.  She will need to be lightly sedated, and she doesn't do well with sedation.  If you're a praying person, please add her to your list.

And now...

Here's a knock-knock joke for you:
Knock knock. Who’s there? Hawaii. Hawaii who? I’m fine, Hawaii you?
Not funny, right?  

My cat does this!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Twooooo Weeks?

I haven't posted for two weeks?  I guess I've been busy!  My birthday, a quick trip to Las Vegas, work, work, and more work, granddogs visiting for a week while their momma and daddy were in Hawaii getting married.  But I'll be back soon!  For real!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy today.
Short post coming up!  I worked both jobs yesterday, and I'm exhausted!  AND it was my birthday!  My son and daughter came to see me for my birthday.  Well, my son is here on most weekends, but since my daughter moved away, I don't see her often.  It's been 3 months.  We had some girl time.  So fun!  My husband , mom, and the kids took me to lunch Saturday, and DH is taking me to dinner tomorrow and to Las Vegas on Saturday. So 54 doesn't feel too bad.  Well, not any worse than 53!  Ha!

I'll get right to this...

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anderson paints an extremely realistic view of high school from the young protagonist's point of view. The main character is depressed. She was at an end-of-summer party which became rather wild, and she was sexually assaulted. She called 911, and as a result, many of her friends were arrested. Now she is an outcast. And she hasn't spoken about her rape. The book is about her journey to "find her voice" again. The author's use of literary devices, figurative language, and symbolism that a young adult can relate to creates a well-written novel. There is a touch of humor, mostly in the narrator's descriptions of events in the school cafeteria or biology class, and this keeps the novel from getting too "heavy" due to the subject matter. I highly recommend this book.

P. S.  I didn't plan to have two books in a row that were about rape, although one was fiction and one was not.  They were also both set in Syracuse. 

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