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Monday, June 29, 2015

Father's Day Interview

For the past few years,
Ethan and I celebrate 
Father's Day
with an interview.
Ethan gets asked a bunch of questions
about his dad
and we share it.

This year,
we headed to Orlando
on Father's Day,
which made getting this post up,
a little harder.

But,
better late than never,
I suppose.

What is something Daddy always says to you?
He always says, "Listen to mommy."
(This "listen" thing seems to be a theme.
Same thing last year!)

What makes Daddy happy?
If I listen.
(Obviously he still isn't listening,
if Daddy is still saying this!)

What makes him sad?
If I'm being mean.

What does he do that makes you laugh?
He makes funny jokes and voices. 

What was he like as a child?
I don't know!
Tall?
Like me?

How old is Daddy?
42? 41? I don't know.
C'mon!

How tall is he?
Ummm....
61 inches?
(HA!!! Daddy's shorter than me!!!!)

What is his favourite thing to do?
Yell at people!!
People on the computer and in real life!

What does he do when you're not around?
Work.
(That's pretty consistent!)

If Daddy was famous, what would it be for?
His work.

What is he really good at?
Yelling at people.
(Yikes, Daddy's not doing very well this year.)

What is he not really good at?
Not yelling at people!
I'm just joking!
He's not really good at...
I don't know.
He's pretty much good at everything.

What does he do for his job?
He makes trucks...
ships trucks.

What is Daddy's favourite food?
Chicken. Beef. Ham. Bacon.
These meats!

What makes you proud of him?
How happy he makes me feel.

If Daddy was a cartoon character, who would he be?
Bugs Bunny.
He always talks in silly voices,
and Bugs Bunny talks in a silly voice.

What do you and Daddy do together?
We play card games.

How are you and Daddy the same?
He's a man, and I'm a man.
And we're both good at swimming.

How are you different?
He's better at card games than I am.
He's better at baseball than I am.
He's pretty much better.

How do you know he loves you?
He gives me hugs,

Where is Daddy's favourite place to go?
Disney!
I mean Universal.
I don't know!

Obviously the last answer is based on our last week.
Thanks for a great vacation.
Thanks for being an amazing dad.
Love you.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan

It is time to save the world!!!

Members of the Greek,
Camp Half-Blood,
and the Roman,
Camp Jupiter
must come together on a quest
to stop the rise of Gaea.

But things don't go as planned.
Annabeth, Jason, Piper and Leo 
arrive at Camp Jupiter.
They are not trusted,
and things go from bad to worse
when Leo is taken over by an Idolan
and attacks the camp.
Percy, Hazel and Frank,
join them as they escape and head to Rome,
to try and stop Gaea. 

And this is not an easy task.

They need to save Nico
who is held captive.
And Annabeth
has a side quest of her own.
She has been given the task
to follow the Mark of Athena
and find something that was stolen
when the Romans conquered the Greeks.
This will,
apparently,
help unite both sides. 

But can the seven
do all this in time?









Thursday, June 11, 2015

Writer's Workshop - Disney Princess

If you had to choose a Disney princess 
to live the rest of your life as....
which princess would you choose
and why?

I love Disney.
I love Disney princesses.
I have a boy, 
so I'm one of those moms 
that doesn't get upset
that the princesses are princesses.
Yes, 
I love the fractured fairy tales
where the princess is tough.
But I do love a good fairy tale too.

I have a slight Cinderella obsession.
I collect Cinderella books.
I have a whole lot!

So,
when I saw this prompt,
I immediately thought
Cinderella!
I mean,
isn't she the Queen of Princesses?
If you've read
series
Cinderella is awesome,
yet boring.
Kind of. 
Red Riding Hood is more interesting.

And then I thought;
Do I want to be a princess who sits around
all day in fancy gowns?
Ummm... no!

But then,
every once in awhile,
I get a picture of a Rebel Princess
show up on my Facebook page.
Have you seen them?


My main issue with the Disney princesses
is I don't fit in.
I have a mouth.
And an attitude.
So these non-traditional princesses
suit me better.

So, let's re-visit today's prompt.
Which princess would I be?
I decided to go with Belle.
Come on...
she lives in a huge house filled with
BOOKS!!!

Plus,
I came across this picture...

Who can resist Sheldon?
And this....



Doesn't she look awesome?

So,
good looks + attitude + books = Belle!




Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I've read a lot of reviews,
comparing this book to
Gone Girl.
People who loved the latter
are recommending this one.

Well...
I'm someone who wasn't crazy about
Gone Girl
but I loved this one!

The Girl on the Train
is a psychological thriller
told in the POV of the three leading female characters.

Rachel is an alcoholic.
Her marriage fell apart
when she became depressed that she could not conceive.
She turned to alcohol for comfort
and her husband turned to someone else.
Now, 
she's bitter, divorced and
unemployed.
Yet everyday,
she rides the commuter train to London
where she watches the houses as they go buy
and imagines the life of the people in them.

Megan has a loving husband.
But she has secrets
which causes anxiety.
She seeks the help of a psychologist
and starts to feel better.

Anna seemingly lives a perfect life.
She fell in love with a married man,
but he left his wife for her.
Now they have a beautiful daughter.
But his ex-wife keeps calling
and harassing them.

One day, 
while on the train,
Rachel sees something shocking.
It shatters her image of the people in the houses.
Then a girl goes missing
and Rachel believes she has important information.

Suddenly the lives of these three women
have become intertwined
and what happens next
is shocking!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Never Never - Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

A few friends have mentioned 
having read 
Never Never
and loving it.
So of course,
I had to add it to my TBR list. 
And I'm solo glad
I did!

Charlie and Silas
are at school.
When suddenly,
they realise they have no idea
where they are,
or who they are.
They have no memories at all.

Eventually they realise,
they are both in the same position.
They learn they have been dating for the last 4 years.
They learn their relationship has been rocky 
recently.
But they still have no idea who they are
or what has happened to them.

Never Never follows their journey
to learn what has happened to them.
It covers 48 hours in their life,
then,
it suddenly ends,
making you wait for.....


Did you ever see that
Friends episode
where Joey is reading
Little Women and it gets sad
so he puts the book in the freezer
to "cool off" a little?

Well,
that's what 
Never Never Part Two
did to me.

Every couple of chapters,
I had to put the iPad down
and calm myself down a little. 

Silas suddenly finds himself in his car.
He has no memory of how he got there.
In fact,
he has no memory of who he is.
He finds papers and letters all around him
saying that this has happened before.
For the past week,
every 48 hours,
at 11:00 am,
he looses his memory.

Charlie has gone missing.
And it's up to Silas to find her.
But with no memory of who they are
how can he do this?

So now...
I wait...
for Part Three to come out.
Soon. 
I hope.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Eighth Grave After Dark - Darynda Jones

Charley's back!!!
I love her.
If she were not a fictional character
we'd be buds!
She's crazy, sarcastic
and loves coffee.

Although in this 8th installment
she's pregnant and off the 
caffeine.

Charley and her husband,
Reyes,
also known as Satan's son,
have taken refuge in an old convent.
The 12 Hellhounds
are after her
and her unborn baby.
This is the one place
they are all safe,
on sacred grounds.

But this is Charley.
You know she'll find trouble,
or does it find her?
Her step-mother,
who always mistreated her,
suddenly wants to make amends.
Reyes seems to be getting sick
and weak.
And then, 
she's given a case.
A teen has gone missing.

And all this happens, 
just as she's about to pop!




Writer's Workshop - A Visit with the Principal

Tell us about a time you were sent to the Principal's
office.


It was the third grade.
I was a fairly quiet one.
I think.
I was a pretty decent kid.
I think.

But that was all about to change.

One winter day,
I took the school bus home.
We had those bus patrols.
You know,
those sixth graders,
who wore a bright orange sash,
and were allowed to walk
and stand on the bus,
while everyone had to be seated.
Someone behind me
wrote in the frost on the window.
I turned to my friend,
sitting next to me,
to see if she could figure out what was written.
I recall me just turning my head.
But maybe,
and I highly doubt it cos I was a good kid,
I stood up.
All I remember
is one of the bus patrols
coming up to my friend and I
pointing into our faces and yelling
"I'm reporting you!"

Remember,
I was a good kid.
Being reported on was a big deal.
What it entailed?
Darn if I know.
I just remember being terrified.

So the next day,
I quietly get on the bus.
I don't look up, side, or back.
I get to school,
terrified.
And then it happens.
I'm saved
(or so I think).

My friend's older sister
didn't do her homework
or something
and doesn't want to get in trouble.
So she comes up with a brilliant plan.
And I mean brilliant.

We skip school!
We walk home
(it's bloody winter)
and hang out in her backyard
(did I mention it's winter?)

After what seems like hours,
we hear a car,
and there is my friend's parents.

Turns out,
a friend of mine
saw me on the bus,
saw me leave
and told on me.
The school called my mum
and my friend's mum
who then came to get us.

We were dragged to school
where
you guessed it
we went straight to the
Principal's office!