Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dates



I'm not talking about going out on dates -- I'm talking dates on a calendar. For some odd reason, I've always been really good at remembering dates. Its almost as if dates stay with me forever and in some cases haunt me.

Its very interesting that today I'm writing about dates, as tomorrow is one of those dates that I do not want to remember, but absolutely cannot shake. January 25 is the day that I called off my engagement. Tomorrow I will not dwell on this fact, but it still will cross my mind once or twice.

Its not only bad dates that I remember -- if you were to ask me when something happened, more than likely, I will be able to spout off the date without thinking twice. I realize that this may not be something spectacular to most people. A lot of people remember dates -- I just wish that some of them I could forget.

And to think that the reason I never was officially "Academically Gifted" was my memory skills...


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review -- "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier" by Celia Rivenbark


When Stacey tweeted that she had just read a book called "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier," I replied back, I need to read that. She said the book was hilarious and that I could borrow it. After doing a little research, I found out that Celia Rivenbark is a NC Native, and grew up in Duplin County. If you haven't figured it out yet, I love local authors, so I was excited to find another one to add to the list.

The book, subtitled "Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle," is a collection of hilarious essays about everyday life from the prospective of a Southern woman. Just reading the table of contents, I found myself laughing out loud at the chapter titles. Once I started reading, I was not disappointed. Any book that compares Southern women to collard greens in the introduction is a winner in my mind.

This was a quick read, probably because I didn't want to stop reading. Because it is written as essays, it is easy to read for a while, put down and pick back up. Even though Rivenbark is Southern (and it certainly comes out in her writing) the topics discussed in the book will appeal to women everywhere. You just might have to get a Southerner to translate parts for you. I would definitely recommend this book. Rivenbark has published a total of 5 books, and I can't wait to read the other 4.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book Review -- "The Hero of Hampton Hills" by John Alan Perry


A few months ago, I read and wrote a review for "Southern Fried Reunion" by local author John Alan Perry. Because I loved it, I decided to go ahead and read his first book "The Hero of Hampton Hills."

This book follows High School Senior Tyce Morgan, an All American Quarterback with a bright future a head of him. Colleges from all around the country try to recruit Morgan to be apart of their team. When Tyce's long time friend (and his crush) Amanda, has to move to another town because of her father's job promotion, his world is turned upside down. Another family moves into the neighborhood, bringing unexpected trouble with them.

Throughout the book, Tyce faces several internal struggles. Should he share information that would cause harm to ones he loves? What does his future hold (with Amanda? with college?) He questions the meaning of "forever." With all that Tyce goes through, his friends are there. A close knit group of boys, all fellow football players, surround Tyce, and ultimately show that true friends will be there, no matter how hard the situation is.

I don't want to give away too much of the book, but the issues that it tackles are complex, and definitely not what I expected when I started reading. The last two chapters, were a complete surprise for me, and they had me bawling! One of my complaints with the book is that it had long chapters... and I didn't want to stop reading. I was determined that I was going to finish the book, so there I sat in my bed at 5am reading, literally crying my eyes out. (Thanks a lot John!)

There were are few questions in the end, with some of the secondary characters. Perry definitely keeps you interested, and I kept thinking that I could see this being a great Made for TV movie. If you happen to run across the book (because several websites are sold out) it is a good read.

John Alan Perry should be having another book be published this year, and it will definitely be on my list of books to read. I can only expect that it will be as good, if not better than the first two.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Goals

So, we are already 9 days into the new year, and the new decade... (when did that happen anyway?) I've been thinking a lot over the past few days about things that I want to accomplish this year. Here are a list of Goals for 2010. Hopefully, I will be able to check all of them off at the end of the year.

  1. Read More - My goal is to read 50 books by the end of the year. That averages out to about 1 per week. So far, I'm on track... I finished the first one last night, and started a second.
  2. Blog more - I kind of let the blog slide last year, and while I'm sure no one reads it, I like doing it. This year, I will finish the Alphabet Series that I started last year. I'll also write reviews for the books I read... and hopefully, I'll have some interesting things happen to write about in between.
  3. Get organized - Honestly, my house is a mess! I need to clean it and get everything organized. A lot of this starts with getting rid of things that I just don't need anymore.
  4. Kick the Tupperware business into another gear - Last year I was promoted to Manager, but my personal business and our team's sales need to be more consistent. Hopefully, Star Manager is in my future. I've learned a lot over the last year, and now its time to implement all of those things to make this business be as successful as it can be.
  5. Throw my sister an awesome Baby Shower.
  6. Be a great Aunt, and spoil my Niece or Nephew. I'm sure this will be the easiest goal to accomplish this year!
  7. Pay off all credit cards and stop using them.
  8. Here's the BIG one - Go back to school. I've been out of school now for 3 years. Its time to go back and finish the teaching degree that I have always wanted. I'm sure this will be my focus at the end of the year. I know that I can do it... the hardest part is going to be the follow through.
There you have it. 8 things that I want to accomplish the year. Some will be easier than others, but I hope that when the time comes to write my 2010 Year in Review, I can say that I was successful with all of them.

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