02 September 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 18

The eighteenth book I read for the 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge was number 18 on the list - a Pulitzer Prize winning book. 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison was the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner.

I'm not sure what I expected from reading this book, but I got way more crazy than anything else. It was the kind of crazy that sucked you in, because the narrators were in it. My heart was broken right along with Sethe's as I tried to understand the reasons behind her actions, and the neverending results.

And although it's only been a couple days, so far the book is staying with me. I need to find something light, fun, and quick to read to leave the despair in Beloved behind. I keep trying to remember the triumph of Denver. Hopefully the crazy has stopped.

What's the last book you read that was light, fun, and engaging? I want to laugh out loud again, but I don't know that Sethe ever did...

01 September 2015

Marvel Universe Live! Ticket Giveaway

Marvel Universe Live! is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills this month! September 25 - 27, you can watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more), and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza.

I've heard great things about this show for all superhero fans, and anyone who loves a good live show! We can't wait to see it!

Show Times Schedule:
Date Morning Late Afternoon Evening
Friday, September 25 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 26 11:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 27 11:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:30 PM

Ticketing Information:

Price Level Price
Gold Circle $150.00
VIP $75.00
3rd $45.00
4th $25.00

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65562/1936934

I also have the opportunity to give away a four-pack of tickets to the opening show on Friday night. To enter, please leave your contact email and what YOU would like as a super-power!

I'll be drawing on Sunday, September 13 at 6PM ET. If the winner does not respond to my email within 24 hours, I'll draw again.

I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts/opinions are my own.

21 August 2015

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. I'm such a wuss sometimes. I see moms on my timeline posting about missing their kids at camp for a week. My daughter is going horseback riding for an afternoon with her grandma, and I'm a little edgy ;) I'm sure she'll be fine and I know she'll have SO much fun, but I really feel best when my kids are with me.
  2. The weather is starting to feel fall-ish in the mornings already. Which drives me nuts. While I love fall, I hate shaving my legs when it's cool out, just because it actually is going to warm up later.
  3. This weekend is the Kenny Chesney concert in Detroit! I got my tickets way back at the pre-sale, and now they're barely legible! But all I've got is what I've got. Hope the ticket checker has better eyesight than me!
  4. Anybody need some Posh? I'm getting closer to my goal this month! I'd love your support, and trust me, you would LOVE Perfectly Posh!
  5. I still need to pick a day to go to the Detroit Zoo next week! We've got tickets for both the zoo and the Dinosauria special attraction, but they're just good til September 7. In the interest of avoiding the weekend crowds, I think it'll just be me and the two kids next week. :)
  6. I'm not sure if the beginning of the summer was boring, but right now I feel like we're BUSY! We have the library party and I have the concert tomorrow, then next week we're looking at the zoo, Day Out with Thomas, a party at a friend's, and then Cedar Point! So much for making bedtime earlier to get ready for school starting a week or so after that ;)
  7. And the week after school starts is when my BFF comes to visit so we can drive to a conference together! Things are really sneaking up on me!
  8. Check out this fabulous fall craft roundup. So many cute ideas, and it also makes me glad I spend a lot of time on sites beside Pinterest - I might never make it out alive! LOL
  9. Hubby and I finished our latest TV series last week. It took us most of summer to watch House of Cards from the beginning til the end of season three. We've already watched Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, and Deadwood. What would you recommend next?
  10. Go out and make it a beautiful day!

19 August 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 17

As I stated in my last 'reading challenge' update, I definitely wanted to read the follow-up to the last book I'd read. Book 16 was 'Wish You Were Here' by Stewart O'Nan, and I mostly read it because Emily, Alone had caught my attention, but was a sequel to the first one.

So I read and finished the first one (which became my 'book from an author you love that you haven't read yet'), and went on to enjoy the second one in much the same way. Except I can't find a category for it. I would expect to be more bothered by this, but really?, there's no way I'll get all 50 on the list done, so if I passed a few hours enjoying a book that doesn't 'count,' I'm still okay with it.

Emily, Alone is about another year or so in the life of Emily Maxwell. We'd already met her children and their families, as well as her sister-in-law Arlene, in the first book, so this was really just keeping up with them. Emily and Arlene may not have chosen each other as friends if they weren't related, but once Emily married Arlene's brother Henry, they ended up being either other's go-to companions. They are two old women passing time together. They do brunch on Tuesdays, and the Club for special occasions, as well as other events in Pittsburgh that catch their fancy. But being two old women, it isn't all fun and games. They and the friends they've known forever face health challenges. Funerals are part of their social event calendar, and we're privy to Emily's pragmatic thoughts about it all.

It's never too late to check out PopSugar's 2015 Reading Challenge List. I've sought out a few books to fit different categories that I normally wouldn't have read. While I can't imagine actually reading all 50 this year, it's something to plug away at and get some enjoyment from accomplishing a little at a time when the short terrorists I live with aren't making their demands ;)

06 August 2015

Thankful Thursday

Wow. I've got to say, I just started re-listening to Dana Wilde's Train Your Brain audios again this week, and they are as inspiring every time I review them. I'm feeling really thankful and positive.

I'm thankful for my beautiful, almost finished basement. We had a flood early last month, and we've now been through the drying (including removing several patches of drywall and most of the carpet padding), ANOTHER drying (when it was discovered the fridge was also leaking into the basement), replacing the carpet padding, repairing the drywall, and painting (including redoing most of the trim). All that's left is cleaning the carpet, and that should be on the schedule next week! It's also helping me go through a lot of stuff in the storage area of the basement and get it OUT!

I'm grateful to my husband for his dedication to supporting our family and showing us a good time. This weekend we get to go hang out with his 30+ cousins at a family reunion for his mom's side of the family, and we're staying with his dad to be close to the festivities! The kids are gonna have a blast. And hubby has the luxury of telecommuting on Monday so we don't have to ride home in crazy traffic Sunday night.

I appreciate my daughter's help with all of it so, so much. She is a super fun and perky kid, who is growing into a helpful and positive human. I love her more than words can say!

Last but not least, I'm really enjoying finally having hot summer weather! Poor Michigan made it through June and most of July feeling like spring. Wha?!? Welcome summer! I'm loving it and trying to store up these warm fuzzies for our long winter ;)

03 August 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 16

My sixteenth book for the reading challenge actually satisfied the sixteenth category - 'book from an author you love that you haven't read yet.'

I've read several of Stewart O'Nan's books and always enjoyed them. For this, I almost picked up Emily, Alone, but then I realized that was a second book to follow Wish You Were Here. I considered stopping reading this book early on. It was well-written and exactly as I'd expect from Stewart O'Nan, but a lot of it focused on sibling relationships, which made me very sad since losing touch with my only brother. But I pressed on.

As with most of the books I've read from Stewart O'Nan, Wish You Were Here was not a remarkable book as far as its subject matter, but it was real life. We spend our time in this story with a few branches of the Maxwell family, as they close down the family cottage for the last time. There's Emily Maxwell (whose husband Henry died the previous year), Arlene (Henry's sister), and Ken and Margaret (Emily and Henry's two children). Rounding out the family are Lise (Ken's wife) with Ella and Sam (their children) and Margaret's children Sarah and Sam. Margaret's divorce is a new family development, so her now-ex (who is also the children's father) is only there on a few phone calls.

Sorry - I'm getting carried away! Obviously the book and its characters engaged me, and I did read til the end wanting to know everything that would happen with each of their story lines. I am looking forward to trying to reserve the follow-up book now as well.

Do you have a favorite author who isn't necessarily a household name, but you still search out their books? Or if you already know Stewart O'Nan, which of his books is your favorite. Mine is Prayer for the Dying. I'd recommend that as well as Wish You Were Here, but I'll warn you that my favorite is a little dark.

22 July 2015

Going Up!

Well, isn't that just the slickest thing?

I remember when we were first looking for the house we've now lived in for four years. Hubby's biggest requirement was that it must have a three-car-garage. I don't even know when the plan entered his mind to turn our three-car-garage into a FOUR-car-garage.

I can only imagine how many motorcycles would fit, if we had http://www.bestbuyautoequipment.com/Motorcycle-Lifts-s/292.htm like our car lift currently in the third garage bay. Do people even 'collect' motorcycles like they do cars? I'm sure they do. LOL

Do motorcycle lifts have the same options as car lifts? When hubby got our lift, he discussed whether to get the permanent lift or the portable one. I believe we got the portable one, but it still bolts into the concrete of the garage floor. Hope he never asks me to try and move that!

As similar in function as a motorcycle lift appears to a car lift, I bet it has to be more secured onto the lift. From the picture, it looks like that's what the thing around the front wheel is doing. It also appears that most of them don't need to lift as high. Not having seen someone working on a motorcycle, I picture it as being a little more from the side than straight underneath. The spare car in our garage is lifted til the top is at the ceiling - with the convertible top of the car down.

Boys and their toys ;) And amazingly, how much knowledge is picked up from being around them, but not even trying to learn about their hobbies...