Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


I really need to learn how to abandon books that are bad.  Finally done.  Don't torture yourself this one.  Not good.  That's all I even want to say about it, because I don't want it to take up anymore of my time.  Glad to be finished!!!  Now, on to find my next great read!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fun Show

 Saturday was the final horse show of the season and they had what they call a "Fun Show"...not for points for competition and just fun events.  I took Bubba Bear for a much needed socialization trip.  He was so scared of the horses at first that he just trembled all over.  But, he got brave pretty fast.  In true Bubba bull-headed form! ha!  I had fun taking pictures with the new ios7 update!!  It lets you zoom and take action shots without blurring and rapid succession shots.  LOVED it!  I took about 50...LOL! here are just a few! :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Battle Scars

You know those scars left behind from the "battles" you've faced in life.  The ones that made you into who you are.  The scars that are still visible because the cut was so deep.  I have felt one of those scars a few times lately.  Don't get me wrong.  I am FINALLY on the "other side" of infertility.  Whatever that is - the other side.  I just know I am not depressed anymore and feel like life has resumed to a normal state.  But there are times, when it sneaks up and makes my heart hurt.  Times like holding a kindergartners hand to help them walk down the hall quietly.  That little hand in mine quietly breaks my heart just a little.  Times like at Awana when one of the girls hands me their vest and asks me to put their pins on for them.  A total mom job that I am blessed to be able to do, but it quietly breaks my heart just a little.  I think it is a hurt I will always carry.  One I will never fully understand.  But, I know God has a reason and I trust in that.  I just never expected working with the younger kids to be a little bittersweet.

Monday, September 16, 2013

September Camping

Our first camping trip since school started and it couldn't have come at a better time.  We had both had a busy and long week and this was the perfect way to end it.  We changed plans on location literally as we were pulling out of the driveway and decided to head back to Shouse Ford on DeGray Lake since we liked it so much last time.  The weather had been hot and miserable but Friday turned into fall all the sudden.  It was GREAT!!!
I love that my Big Bear loves to cook!  So, as I sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the view.  He cooked us some yummy steaks and grilled corn. 
 Now, in the fall, I admit, we tend to plan our trips around the Razorback football schedule.  Well, we discovered in this camper, we may not have to do that as much.  It was just like watching the game at home - only we were camping on the lake with an awesome view and a nice breeze coming through the windows.  Even Rex relaxed and called the hogs! :)

 We even had a little game day spread!!  WPS!  And, the Hogs WON!  It was a great day! ha!
 Sunday morning was a little chilly and Rex was shivering outside as we got ready for breakfast, so we "dressed" him up! LOL!
 Our campsite:
 We got a little fishing in on Sunday morning, but mostly it was a relax, eat, nap, football kind of trip. :)  I caught one croppie - a baby.  We did see a big beaver as we walked down and it swam off.  At first I thought it was a small dog.  Those things are BiG! 

Shouse Ford - site 67 - September 13-15

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson


READ IT!!!  I took it camping with us and started it on Saturday morning and finished it about midnight Saturday night.  Suspense. Intriguing. I wondered how in the beginning the author was going to keep it entertaining when the main character couldn't remember anything from one day to the next.  That's like writing about the same day over and over.  NOT!  Just read it, you will see!  You better hurry too.  It's about to be made into a movie with Nicole Kidman.

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Craft Time

You need wooden letters from Hobby Lobby (about $3.50 each).  Scrapbook paper of your choice, ink pad, mod podge, brush for applying mod podge, twine, and staple gun.  Randomly rip paper and ink edges.  Apply mod podge to wooden letter.  Then, put paper down.  Prepare for messy hands. :)

 After all the paper is down on the letter, go over with mod podge on top of paper.  Go in one direction.  Let it dry for about 15 min.  Then, go over again in opposite direction to create a linen type effect.
 If you want them to hang all together, after drying, turn upside down, lay twine across the back and staple to back of letters.
 And, this is what you get:  It was almost a craft fail, so a big thanks to the scrapbook/craft crew for ideas on how to make it better from the get-go! :)
Another "touch" to my office.  It's coming together! :)

Beautiful Disaster by McGuire


A good read.  Nothing life shattering.  In my opinion, you can skip this book and life will be just fine.  But, others have it as a must read.  Everyone has opinions.  It wasn't bad, just not deep or one to make you "think" or be on the edge of your seat.  Pretty predictable actually.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Shame Bubba Shame!!

By 9 am yesterday, I had a destroyed couch (in the craft room...thank goodness I never liked it and it was cheap or he'd be DEAD!) and a dead rabbit on my hands.  All because I wanted to sleep in.  Saturday, he woke me up at the crack of dawn, so when he tried it on Sunday, I locked him out.  This is what I got in return. He was reminded what the inside of a kennel looks like.

He has caught a chicken (it came over the fence and was saved from death before he could kill it).
Killed a rabbit that was living under the deck (bad choice on the rabbits part).
DESTROYED our ottoman.
Eaten the sofa in the craft room.
Chases the lawn mower, tries to bite the tires and barks the entire time mowing.
Chases the vacuum, tries to bite it and barks at it the entire time I vacuum.
Chases the broom while we sweep.
Refuses to sleep in his bed all night, so waits until we are asleep and sneaks into the bed with us.
So....basically, I have created a monster.  Because through it all, somehow, yes, I still think he is adorable! :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

More Before and After...

This was a crazy busy week with Open House one night, Awana's one night, and a high school friend's 40th birthday one night.  I just wanted to sleep all day Saturday, but that's never an option! 
I am LOVING the library. LOVING it!  But, there is a lot to do still and it is coming together slowly but surely.  I have lots of happy places now, where before everywhere I looked, I just saw WORK.  
Here we go on a little before and after..
Entry before (just too cluttered for me):
Entry after - less is more! :)
 Computer area before:
 Computer area after:
 Standing at end of entry looking into library before:
(yes, it is a HUGE space!!)

 After (the two cube shelves held brand new books to showcase):
Circulation area before:
Circulation area after (with my awesome media clerk!!)  Still working on this area a bit:
 Just some more after shots. It's such a BIG space, it's hard to see all the little parts that make it up. :)
Below, there was a big dry erase board on wheels that sat behind those two showcases and blocked the doors.  I like it open to see outside.  I don't know where I'm going to store that big board, but it HAS to go!

 That's probably all the cleaning and organizing that will happen until AFTER the book fair and then LOOK OUT! :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

With my new job as an official elementary school librarian, I will be reading chapter books for kiddo's a lot more.  This one took me about a day and a half.  Andrew Clements is one of my favorite kid authors.  This was a good read with a first chapter that will grab the kids attention because he uses the word jackass.  Now, IF you have a little Troublemaker, the story will take a turn and show them how it is ok to change and changing that behavior can be a good thing.  Well done!  I will definitely do a book talk on this one!

Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker? A reputation proves challenging to change in this “rock-solid school story” (Publishers Weekly) from Andrew Clements.Clayton Hensley is accustomed to trouble: There’s a folder of incident reports in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phonebook and growing daily. Most recently, Clay’s art teacher told the class to spend the period drawing anything they wanted, and Clay decided to be extra “creative” by drawing a spot-on portrait of Principal Kelling…as a donkey.
It’s a pretty funny joke, but Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways…but he can’t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.

From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior—and how everyday choices can close or open doors.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

It's not what you might think from the title.  This is a good, quick read to add to your list of "must reads".  I had no clue where it was going until the end.  And, then it wasn't what I was expecting.  I say go for it!

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home. As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemptio

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Opening Game!

We had drama all week trying to get cable in time for game day...and then, literally as the cable man is on the way to the house on Friday, I get a call to see if we are interested in free tickets!  Yippee!  I wanted to go so badly, but I knew it was going to be a heat index of something like 110.  It felt like 150!!!  We were on the west side so we got shade after about an hour and a half of being there, but never stopped sweating!  Urgh!  It was AWESOME though!!  LOVED IT!!  Nothing like being there for the atmosphere of the game.  A BIG thanks for thinking of us (you know who you are!)
Ignore the hand in the picture...this is only our second "selfie"...we need practice! ha!  We got there about an hour early to sit in the HEAT, but I love people watching, so it's ok.  Some of the girls in their outfits were killing me.  Really with the scarves wrapped around your neck?!?  Did you get the weather memo?!?
I loved watching #3 (takes me forever to learn their names) & I LOVED the opening drive.  They were moving down the field like it was easy. 
I recorded the Hogs entering the field...this year, they will start coming in to the Hog call instead of music.  Call them and they will come! :)