Wednesday, 30 January 2013

I didn't fall off the face of the earth

I just got busy with life and lazy - yes I am very lazy. Plus there didn't seem to be much happening that was blog worthy.

So we had a nice Christmas at home, just the 3 of us. Boxing day we had good friends & family over. And New Years was just hubs & I, as the kid was away at his cousin's.

I conversed with a company about a job before Christmas but wasn't able to get in for an interview until after New Years due to a nasty stomach bug I caught. In early January I had my interview, which I thought went very well. Once home, I sent them my references. The HR woman relied to my email immediately that she was pleased with the interview and would get back to me shortly. I never heard from them again. I emailed her the next day but got no reply. Weird huh? No professional courtesy at all! There is nothing wrong with a simple email saying "Thanks, but no thanks".

I have been successfully lowcarbing for 24 days now and am feeling great and have lost 9lbs so far. I have no more sugar cravings and my energy is much higher. Onward & downward!

While hubs was away on a biz trip a couple weeks ago, his dog Kodi was really pining for him. He knew when he was due home from work and when he didn't come home, Kodi started to whine and look for him. Kodi is not allowed upstairs and really doesn't even like the stairs. But all of a sudden I heard a noise behind me while in my office (upstairs bedroom) and there was Kodi! He had never been in there so it was a blast for him running & exploring! He ran and slid into the bathroom - right into the back wall! We finally managed to get him back downstairs, but all that night I kept expecting to wake up to find him in my room. When hubs did get home, Kodi followed him back upstairs and waited outside the washroom until he was done. He hasn't been upstairs since, but hubs just left for another biz trip this morning so who knows what will happen tonight.

Kodi running around my sewing/office/craftroom

I also got around to reorganizing my craft space so that I actually had some table space to craft.

And sorting things into nice little boxes and stored neatly....for now :)

And finally I'll leave you with what greeted me when I went to bed the other night - hubs had gone in early and apparently Peanut joined him - on MY side of the bed! Doesn't she look comfy? :)

Book Review - The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

Publisher's blurb: Molly Fisk Needs the Courage to Face Her Fears.
What She Finds Instead is a Most Unexpected Friendship.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. For so long she has run away from a moment long in the past, but she's not running anymore, she's hiding. Ruled by anxiety, she can only stare out the window of the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother call home, longing to go outside--to maybe take a walk with the cute boy who works in the pizza place across the street.

Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew years ago changes everything.

Back then, Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she struck up with a little girl--a silent girl who'd only talk to Claire--did she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanished, their house left abandoned.

What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding life anew?

My review: I liked this book. The characters are likable and you end up wanting Molly to get better - you feel for her. It goes to show you there is so much more going on behind the scenes of everyday life. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - Vanished by Irene Hannon

Pulisher's blurb: A tenacious reporter. A skeptical PI. And a secret that will shatter lives.

Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a lone figure suddenly appears in the beam of her headlights, Moira slams on her brakes-but it’s too late. She feels the solid thump against the side of her car before crashing into a tree on the far side of the road.

A man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then the world fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on that face in the instant before her headlights swung away. And she can’t get anyone to believe her story-except maybe a handsome ex–homicide detective turned private eye, who reluctantly agrees to take on the case.

As clues begin to surface, it becomes obvious that someone doesn’t want this mystery solved-and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret.

My review: I found this book to be just ok - it won't be a story I will remember in six month's time. Some of it was a little far fetched to be believable to me. It was fast moving and didn't have a lot of boring detailed. The characters were believable & likable  I would probably still recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Publisher's blurb: Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
 When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor's Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast--a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions--where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits. 

My review: I enjoyed this book. I did find it a little far fetched in a few instances but it flowed well and held my interest. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

  "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".