Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was one of the Plantagenet/Tudor novels that I would skip. I'm so glad I didn't. I loved it, just as I have loved all of Philippa Gregory's novels that I have read so far.

This is the story of three very different women whose stories overlap. First, there is Anne of Cleves. Historically, not much is known about her except that she left her home country to marry Henry VIII, and even after their marriage was over, she stayed in England and loved the country she eventually called home. She is characterized as the sister of a Duke who was overbearing and a mother who cared little for her. On her first day at Henry's court, a fateful incident takes place that sets the tone for her entire, though short, marriage to Henry. Does she have misgivings on her way to meet the King of England, the one who disowned one wife, beheaded another, and lost one during childbirth? Perhaps, but she is the essence of propriety and regalia.

Next is Katherine Howard whose story begins when she is a maid-in-waiting for Anne's court. Vain, beautiful, spoiled, and lusty, Katherine catches King Henry's eyes immediately, and he sets his sights on having her for his wife. She loves all the gifts, the attention, the treatment, but she doesn't love Henry. Instead, she falls for a young man in Henry's court, much like her cousin Anne Boleyn who lost her head on the chopping block.

A woman who is part of both Anne's and Katherine's courts, as well as the court when her sister-in-law was Queen, Lady Rochford, also called Jane Boleyn. Jane was married to Anne Boleyn's brother and gave testimony against them both that led to their demise. Back at court after Jane Seymour's death, Lady Jane has her sights set on wealth and a title. She acted as a spy when Anne of Cleves was Queen, at the ready to give testimony against her if necessary. And during Katherine's time as Queen, she assisted Katherine in treasonous affairs against the King.

This book is versatile. There is happiness and sadness, anger and lust, power and betrayal, shame, heartache, temptation, and triumph. I just wish Gregory would stop using the phrase, "It's early days." But seriously, her writing is so easy to read and so addicting. This book is hard to put down!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Below are some important events from the year of my birth:  1965.

1. On January 16, the TV show "Outer Limits" ended.

2. The Byrds recorded the song "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man" on January 20.

3. On February 1, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 fellow activists were arrested in Selma, Alabama.

4.  The Sound of Music was released on March 2.  It starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for best picture the following year.  It's still one of my favorites.

5. On March 15, the first TGI Fridays restaurant opened in New York City.

6. The first baseball game at the Astrodome (The 8th Wonder of the World) was held April 9.  Houston beat the Yankees 2-1 even though Mickey Mantle had his first indoor home run.

7. On May 16th, SpaghettiOs came out.

8. The Rolling Stones released "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on June 6.  It hits #1 on the charts July 10.

9. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States signed the Voting Rights Act on August 6.  The Act prohibited voting discrimination against minorities.

10.On September 13, the "Today Show" was broadcast in color for the first time.

11.The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri was completed on October 28.  It stands 630 feet tall.

12.On November 8, "Days of Our Lives" premiered on television.

13.December 9, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beautiful Moon

I'm linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Image-in-ing.
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This photo was captured by my husband at Goose Island State Park
near Rockport-Fulton, Texas in March of this year.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Random Thoughts

I'm linking up with Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts.
I'm so proud of our Houston Astros for choosing to accept the invitation to visit the White House.  Regardless of who is in office, it is an honor and a privilege to visit our nation's capitol and meet with the President of the United States.
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The president of business operations had this to say when the Astros received the invitation:

“This is a tradition and an honor. For many people, this might be their only time to ever be invited to the White House,” Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “And as the representatives of baseball and the World Series champs, when the White House calls and invites you to come up, it’s something that as an organization we felt both a responsibility and an obligation to be part of.” (Source)
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Putting politics aside to be honored for your outstanding performance is a characteristic of a true champion.
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And in other sports news... Our Houston Rockets are number one in the league right now!  I would be so thrilled if the Rockets won the championship, too!
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And on another note... This animated Uncle Ben's commercial seems to come on frequently, and every time it does, it creeps me out.
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Why, you ask?  It's the song.  A little kid is singing Peter Frampton's "Show Me the Way."  I was a teenager when that song was popular.  It became a hit after it was released on Frampton Comes Alive in 1976.  Some of the original lyrics: 

 I watch you when you're sleeping
And then I want to take your love
Oh won't you show me the way
I want you day after day

So when I hear a little kids singing some of these words (albeit not all of them), it seems creepy to me.

And this is creepy...

Did Amazon ever figure out what was causing the creepy laugh?  Was it a hoax?  Or was it genuinely a glitch that has been fixed?  I never really heard the outcome.

And this- this is definitely NOT creepy!  It makes me laugh every time, no matter how many times I've seen it!

And that's all I have for today!  Have a happy week!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

Nineteen MinutesNineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book eight years ago, and it was published eleven years ago, but in light of recent events in the United States, I feel it is appropriate to re-read this novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned with school safety, peer pressure, or bullying. And everyone knows that Picoult not only writes well, but her novels usually mirror issues in popular culture.

An idyllic small town in New Hampshire is rocked by a school shooting. Josie Cormier was a witness to the tragedy, but she can't remember what happened. And, by the way, her mother is the presiding judge on the case against the shooter, Peter Houghton. Something of note is that Peter is an avid violent-video-gamer.  On the other hand, you may actually feel sorry for Peter when reading about what led him to commit this horrific act. And in true Picoult style, there is a surprise at the end.

Picoult deserves praise for tackling such a tough topic and showing, not just the points of view of the victims, but the perpetrator's views as well, who himself is a victim first. Using flashbacks and various perspectives, she presents multiple sides to a tragic situation.  It will definitely make you think.

Nineteen minutes is not just about a school shooting, though. Nineteen Minutes is about the complexities of families, friends, relationships, anger, vengeance, and forgiveness. It is raw. It is emotional. And it is not easy to put down.

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Thursday, March 08, 2018


Yesterday at work (I work in a school), I walked into the ladies' restroom in the office because, well, because I needed to go.  Duh!  When I opened the door, there was one of our substitute teachers, an older (age 65 or 70)  woman of Indian or Middle Eastern descent washing her foot in the sink.  She was wearing rubber Crocs with the back bent in so they were almost like slides. One of them was sitting on the floor since her foot was in the sink.

Anyway, I just thought it was bizarre!  Would you wash your foot in the sink of a public bathroom in front of other people?  She tried to explain to me what she was doing and why, but I couldn't get out of there fast enough.  No, I didn't go to the bathroom or use that sink again.  I couldn't get the image out of my head.  Luckily, we have several teacher bathrooms.

Then, I see on our great WWW that putting your foot in the sink and taking a selfie is actually a thing.  WHAT?  WHY?

Then, I see on our great WWW that Muslims wash their feet before prayer.  Maybe that was the real reason instead of the fake "My toe was bleeding" excuse she gave me.

Am I being dramatic, or is that really unacceptable to wash your feet in the sink at your workplace?  Is it a cultural thing?  I don't know.  It just gave me the heebeejeebees.

That is all.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Random Tuesday

Hey!  Ready to get random with Stacy?

So... you've read about my fall, I suppose, and how I was getting better - am getting better, but... I still have a few lingering issues.  First, my foot has been hurting.  There are no more bruises on it, and it's not swollen, but it hurts, especially when I walk.  Yesterday I could barely walk because my back is hurting so much.  I'm going to the chiropractor today and hoping he can shed some light on my back and foot.  Fingers crossed! (and toes, too)

Otherwise, all's well.  We went camping this weekend.  The only state park that had an opening was Goose Creek Island State Park near Rockport/Fulton.   It just reopened March 1 after being closed for six months. You might remember hearing how devastated the area was following Hurricane Harvey.  They are still rebuilding in some places, still debris in places, but they are very much coming back!  We had so much fun!
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We supported some local restaurants like The Groove, 495 Chesapeake Eats, and Dairy Queen (Had to have a blizzard!😉)  And we saw a few birds and deer.

We shopped at the quaint boutiques.  There were things I would have bought had I been able to do so financially, such as some adorable teapots, Coca-Cola glasses, crystal, shirts, and so on.  Saw this flock of pelicans.
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.We spent some time at the 39th Annual Fulton Oysterfest.  Great fun!
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Tried some raw oysters and supported the local economy. (Probably never will eat them again, but I did it!  I prefer them grilled or fried, but when in Rome, or in this case, Fulton, do as the Fultons do).  We didn't go to the carnival, but we went to the area where all the shopping was.  I was interested in the natural bath products, home made salsas and jellies, tee shirts, and jewelry.  Then we listened to some great live music.  And to top it off, we got to see an actual, real-live oyster-eating contest.  A FIRST for me!
This man put down 139 large oysters in five minutes.
His prize?  $200, a trophy, bragging rights, and most likely, a belly ache!
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We also went to visit "The Big Tree."  It is a 1,000 year old coastal live oak tree near Goose Island.  It is 11 feet across the trunk, 35 feet around the trunk, 44 feet tall, and 89 feet across the crown.  Wow!
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We spent some time at Legends Music Venue.  Really enjoyed that, and they even put their TV's on the Rockets game for us!  It only became a little bizarre near the end of the evening when this wacko accused us of stealing his phone.  The bouncer must have apologized to us fifteen times.  Overall, a good camping weekend.

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