Monday, November 30, 2015

Random Tuesday and Coffee Chat

Time to link up with Stacy for some randomness!

How was Thanksgiving?  Mine was quiet, just the way I like it.  I went to visit my mom.  We had Thanksgiving lunch at the community center in her town then went to see Love the Coopers.  I enjoyed spending time with Mom.

We also did a little bit of online shopping.  No more black Friday shopping for us.  We haven't gone in years.  It gets too crazy, and unless you need a big ticket item like a computer, game system, or large flat screen HDTV, the deals really aren't worth the hassle.  It seems like everyone is having sales now too, and I've gotten quite a few coupons in the mail to use in addition to the sales at Penneys, Kohls, Michaels, and Amazon.  I've still got plenty of shopping to do!
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I haven't put my tree up yet.  I always want to have it up on the weekend after Thanskgiving, but this year... I got sick.  You know I'm sick if I'm not in the mood to put Christmas decorations out.  Haha!  I finally went to the doctor yesterday - got a shot and several prescriptions.  I'll be good as new soon!

And now, Coffee Chat with Rory.

She asks, "Will you be participating in Giving Tuesday?"

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

This is the first time I've heard of Giving Tuesday, but it makes perfect sense!  I don't plan to limit myself just to today, though.

Last night, I took a meal to a friend whose husband just had surgery and can't walk.  Yes, she can cook, but it gave her more time to be with her family instead of in the kitchen.

My school is doing a collection of new books and blankets for a local homeless shelter.

I have plans to purchase items for the Angel Tree at church.  The gifts go to children of prisoners.

There are many ways I can give, but it's not for my glory; it is for God's.

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As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:9

Giving to the poor, needy, widows, is a constant theme from Old Testament to New Testament of the Bible.  This verse puts it in a nutshell.  My translation is, "Give all that you can to the poor because it is the right thing to do."
Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday Thirteen

What better day than Thanksgiving to reflect on the simple, often overlooked, things for which we are thankful.
Comfortable home
Stable job
Fresh water
Entertainment (TV, computer, games)
My Cat!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

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It's Just My Opinion

Rogue LawyerRogue Lawyer by John Grisham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disappointing. I've read most of Grisham's books, and I am a huge fan, but I like this one the least. His latest books have taken longer to get into, but this one's plot is so choppy, it never reached the point where I really cared about the characters.

The main character is Sebastian Rudd, defense attorney. He represents the criminals no one else will. Everyone deserves a good defense, no matter their crime. He works out of his office, a bulletproof van equipped with a bar and WiFi (a la Lincoln Lawyer). Rudd occasionally has fatherly duties when his ex-wife and her new wife allow it. He doesn't seem fond of his own son or seem to take his parental job seriously.

The first half of the book reads like a series of short stories. There is no continuity, each chapter a different case. The second half of the book follows an actual plot line, albeit preposterous. The ending leaves the reader unsatisfied because, although the conflict is resolved for the secondary characters, the situation with the main character is in suspension, likely leaving things open for a sequel.

The cases are definitely interesting: an innocent man accused of murder; a cage fighter claiming insanity in an aggressive, senseless killing; a mob boss on death row whose appeals have run out. Grisham touches on topics such as kidnapping, prison escape, jury tampering, and sex trafficking. All of the elements of a good legal thriller are present, but they just don't integrate into the kind of novel for which Grisham is known.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thankful Thursday Thirteen

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

 Life is not perfect; it never will be. But I realize that I have so much for which to be grateful.

 1. I'm thankful to live in the United States.
2. I'm thankful for entertainment: Movies, theater, music, television.
3. I'm thankful my mother is still alive to celebrate thanksgiving with me. She has been through three successful cancer surgeries, a knee replacement, a nasty broken wrist, and a hard fall on the concrete that damaged her teeth and mouth. All this within the last seven years. Thank you, God, for giving me such a strong woman with a fighting spirit.
4. I am thankful for church and the freedom to choose where (or if) I worship.
5. I'm thankful for the memories I have of my dad. I miss him so much.
6. I'm thankful for a week off from school.  Maybe I can go see the new Peanuts movie!
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7. I'm thankful for my children. They are turning out to be such awesome young adults!
8. I'm thankful for the Internet. Yes, it takes my time, but that is my choice, so...
9. I am thankful I can CHOOSE (lots of things, how to spend my time, what career I want, where to live, and so on.)
10. I'm thankful for friends who enjoy spending time together, socializing, having fun.
11. I am thankful for my cat.  All my fur-baby has to do is purr, and my spirits are instantly lifted.
12. I'm thankful I have a good job, a car, and a home.
13. Most of all, I am thankful that God loves me. I'm grateful to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That is the biggest blessing of all.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brought to you by the Letter S

S is for Sacrifice.


noun sac·ri·fice \ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs, also -fəs or -ˌfīz\
: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

A parent sacrifices so much for his/her child/ren.  What have you sacrificed?
Having more stuff?
A bigger house?
Better car?
Gourmet meals?
Your figure?
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The list probably goes on and on.  But what you realize is that you would sacrifice anything for your child.  So these things don't seem like sacrifices at all...

Especially when I remember that Jesus made the biggest sacrifice, his life, in order to redeem us of our sins.  I am humbled.


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