Monday, January 28, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random fun!

I finally got to see my daughter this past weekend.  I hadn't seen her since Christmas.  She moved to another big metropolis here in Texas to be near her boyfriend, so she's searching for a job.
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Job hunting has sure changed since I was her age!  In some ways, I think it's easier because you can do most of it online, at home, in your pajamas.  In another way it's more difficult because there is so much competition due to the availability of qualified candidates.  We used to have to get out and pound the pavement in search of a job, and now it's all on the Internet!  Please pray she finds something soon.
I had so much fun going to Kirkland's with her and choosing some wall decor for her apartment.  My son said (via text), "Mom, you know we have one here," meaning  a Kirkland's near home.  I just told him it was more fun when there is another girl to go with!  Wouldn't you agree?  And my daughter is frugal, so everything was on clearance except for one item.  Good deals!

So... new topic, but old topic... my foot still has a small, broken, bone, and the ligaments are injured, but most important, there is fluid in the joint.  I'm on an anti-inflammatory that has some uncomfortable side effects.  I have to eat when I take it, and still, I notice some not-so-nice gastric side effects, ringing in the ears, difficulty with my sleep pattern, and I have to check my blood pressure while I'm on it.  This could last 2 to 4 more weeks.

And now, to brighter, happier, or at least funnier things:

This brings out the English teacher in me.

Double funny!

Isn't she (or he?) so pretty!?
Comics Kingdom
Have a great week!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

Out of the EasyOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have read by Ruta Sepetys, and it was wonderful! I loved this book! It was very different than the other one, Between Shades of Gray, which was also good. This one is so different. Between Shades seems to appeal to tweens and teens, but this one is definitely meant for adults.

One reason I was so interested is that I recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, and this book is set in 1950 New Orleans, mostly in the French Quarter. Clearly, Sepetys did her research so that she could weave historical details throughout the story. But New Orleans is only part of the attraction. Sepetys creates dynamic, intriguing characters that you feel like you know. You root for and against them, depending on who they are.

The heroine is 17-about-to-be-18 year old Josie Moraine. She has no father, and her mother is a woman of ill repute. Josie is caught between the literary world and the seedy underworld of NOLA. She longs to get away from New Orleans and attend college in the east. But then a murder occurs in the Quarter. Did her mother have anything to do with it? Next, a family friend passes away, which causes Josie's close friend to leave town for a while.  Below is an alternate book cover being used currently:

This book was hard to put down! It was suspenseful, intriguing, and unique.  It was a coming-of-age story with romance, mystery, and drama set against a fascinating historical background.  If you read it, I'd love to know your thoughts..

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random fun!

How is the weather where you are?  Ours is bi-polar as usual down here in Texas.  High of 72 yesterday and high of 48 tomorrow.

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Don't you hate those annoying and unwanted sales and scam phone calls?  T-Mobile has a clever way of notifying you that the call is likely going to be a nuisance.  The caller ID shows up as 'Scam Likely," so unless you know someone with that name, you might want to reject the call!  AT&T offers its customers an app that blocks robocalls.  Sprint and Verizon both have apps, but they aren't free.  I'm thinking it might be worth 2.99 to stop the onslaught of calls!  According to YouMail, there was an average of 14.3 robocalls per person during the month of December, 2018.  That's over 4 billion calls in one month!

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Speaking of phones... a Swiss study of teenager and phone use found that teenagers who hold their phones up to their right ear for long periods of time suffer memory loss on figural and verbal tests.  They blame the radiation, or technically, radio frequency electromagnetic fields given off by cell phones.  These are the same type of energy used by radios, televisions, and microwaves.  I guess holding it so close to the brain was what made the difference.  And maybe a different study will debunk this study.  Who knows?  I do know that it's not going to cause any of us to give up our cell phones!

And now, some funnies.

I love puns!

Have a great week!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

Under Their Skin (Under Their Skin, #1)Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nick and Eryn are 12 year old twins who alternate living with Mom a week and Dad a week, but now, Mom is getting remarried. They will be moving in with their new step-dad who also has a son and daughter about the same age who live with him on alternating weeks. However, the kids will never meet. They will only be with their father while Nick and Eryn are with their father. Besides, Mom says they aren't ever going to meet.

Nick and Eryn are more curious than ever now. One day, they break into their step-siblings' bedrooms and find that they are almost identical to their own. The mystery continues to haunt them so that they finally devise a plan to find and meet their step-siblings. They are in for quite a surprise when they find them!

Margaret Peterson Haddix takes a bit longer to get into her science fiction elements in this book than she usually does, and I will say that it was also somewhat predictable. But Haddix knows how to build suspense. The main thing I didn't like is that the ending is a complete cliffhanger, so I will have to read the second in this 2 book series In Over Their Heads.

This book is perfect for tweens.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Photo Day

These are my grandpups.  We babysat them for a week when our daughter had to go out of town for business.

Molly is a 2 year old Chow who has had difficulty with her heart and her knee.  Our daughter and son-in-law got her from a shelter after their other little dog passed away.  I've never known anyone who had a red chow, only black, and those dogs were all a little scary and mean.  But Molly, not at all!  She is the sweetest thing!  And very well-trained.

Luna is a 7 month old Corgi.  She's adorable, but she's still a puppy, so she's very active and likes to chew on things.  She's working on potty-training, and she's making progress, but she isn't completely there yet.  But isn't she precious?

I'm linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Image-in-ing for the photo fun!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Random Tuesday

Hello!  How are all of you fine people?
I took my mom to see Cirque du Soleil Luzia over the weekend.  I got her the tickets for Christmas/birthday.  It was a fantastic show.  A couple of years ago, I took her to see something similar, and it wasn't that great, especially since I've seen two of the Vegas performances Ka and The Beatles Love, both of which were amazing.  I was so happy it was a good show!  I was really impressed with the combination of music, singing, humor, acrobatics, lights, and daredevilish feats of amazement!  Here is the trailer for a sneak peek at the show.

Have you been watching the old Geico commercials?  You can vote for your favorite!  The one I like the best is  "Collect Call."  Wehadababyitsaboy!  After that, it's "Spy."  Are you taking a zumba class? Cracks me up!  And the caveman isn't bad, either.  Two that I don't like are "Hump Day" and "Maxwell the Pig."  I think those two are so annoying. Which one do you like best?  You can watch them all at the Geico voting site and on YouTube (plus a few extras).

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How's this for tragedy?  A chocolate spill!

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This happened at a factory in Werl, Western Germany in December.  Liquid chocolate leaked from a tank onto the street.  I wonder if they were able to make enough chocolate before Christmas to stock the stores.

I'm going tomorrow to have my foot checked again to see if I can come out of the boot or not.  I have a feeling he is going to request an MRI, which I really can't afford right now, but... My foot is better, but not completely healed, so I just have that feeling.  And now my other foot is starting to hurt, probably because I "favor" it when I walk.

And now...

I am silently correcting grammar on Facebook!

Yes, this is for me when I pass on.

You've probably seen this on Facebook, but who can get enough of this cuteness?

Who could resist this face?
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Photo Day!

My beautiful Lacy!

And our daughter's Corgi puppy that we are babysitting.  She's ACTIVE!
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Monday, January 07, 2019

Random Tuesday

Hello everyone!  It's back to work and back to routine around here.  My first day back in the boot felt long, but at least we did not have students.  I did a lot of standing, though.  Today were are back with the students. Tomorrow may be difficult because I will have to make half a dozen trips to and from the library with my students.  I can get around fine; I'm just a little slower.  And uneven!  Ten more days before I see the doctor again.

Other than the boot and returning to work, not much is happening around here, so I'll just get to some funnies.

This cracks me up!

This was me yesterday morning:

They couldn't even spell birthday right, much less the name!

And last, but not least...

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