Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eragon by Paolini

Lots of mixed reviews out there for this series.  One of my nephews LOVED it and the other couldn't even finish it.  I am somewhere in the middle.  I thought it was a good read.  It could have been cut down, some parts dragged, but I am going to give the second one a chance.  It is aimed toward young adults and is an enjoyable story.  I hear the movie is awful though and everyone seems to agree on that.  If you like fantasy, give it a try.  Some say the first book in the series is the only good one.  I'll let you know. :)

 One boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.(less)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's all about the fur kids!

 Went and got a new bedspread on Monday to prepare for the cold weather...yes, almost same as our last one!  Last one was brown, this one is black.  It's a bargain at $60 for a King size especially when you know the dogs are just going to ruin it eventually! ha!  It came with pillows and pillow shams too, but it's pointless.  Big Bear doesn't believe in making the bed.  Why make it when you are just going to mess it back up is his philosphy.
 And surprise, surprise, the first one to LAY on the bedspread...Rex!  Although, why he finds the footboard a good pillow, I'll never know!
I couldn't resist this awesome SOFT blanket for me and Nala on the couch while I read!!  So SOFT! And, yes, another bargain! :)
 And, if you can't find Rex...look no further...
 Nala has claimed the blanket when not in use by the both of us!
 Snuggled in for winter hibernation!
 **Yes, I know Stella is not in any of the pictures.  I am a bad fur kid mom!  (She's just not always photogenic! LOL!)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Razorback Roadtrip!!

 It all started when a friend said, "We have tickets to the Ole Miss game that we aren't going to use.  Do you want them?"  We thought about it for about 15 minutes or so and decided a roadtrip with a pit stop in Memphis would be good for the soul. :)
So, we hit the road EARLY Saturday morning to make it to Oxford for the 11:20 am game.  In Benson fashion, we took back roads the whole way.  And just enjoyed the scenery.

 The Hogs are going through a transition year, and we lost.  It's hard to watch at times, BUT they played better this week and last week than they have been.  A true Hog fan can see the difference.  I think Bielema can make us a good team.  It just takes time, some good recruits and a decent quarterback. :)
 Ok, we are horrible at "selfies"...enough said.  A little Benson trivia you may not know...Kevin's freshman year, he actually went to Ole Miss and was a walk-on for the golf team.  Funny that he started at Ole Miss and dislikes them so much now!  Sophomore year, he was in Fayetteville where he belonged with Razorback blood running through his veins! ha!
After a disappointing game, we headed to Memphis to spend the night and eat some yummy food!!  Kevin is the bomb at finding us good rates on downtown hotels.  So, we checked in and then took the Main Street trolley to Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.  OH MY GOODNESS!  I saw it on tv and wanted to go since and it did NOT disappoint.  BEST fried chicken EVER!  

 We walked about halfway back down the streets of Memphis and enjoyed the atmosphere and weather.  Then, headed in to watch the Alabama/LSU game.  We were so exhausted that I think it was the 3rd quarter when we were both snoring! LOL!
But, we got up the next day after sleeping like rocks and headed to Central BBQ.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  The only thing I really like about Memphis is the FOOD!  YUM! :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sunday's Hike

 On Sunday, I took Bubba Bear with me to pick up the Big Bear and Stella and we all walked the full Huckleberry Trail.  All 3 1/2 miles of it and we did pretty good considering ALL of us (dogs included) are out of shape! Ha!  I love being in the woods in fall.  So pretty everywhere!!
The trail started off nice and wide because it was the actual old road that used to be traveled.  Just imagine horses and wagons traveling through there.  What a thought!

Woolly Hollow State Park

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Halloween!

 What did we do?  Snuck off to the woods!  Lovin' this camper!!  As soon as Big Bear got up the next morning, all 3 jumped in the bed with me! Ha!  It was the FIRST and LAST time we took all 3 for a good long while!!  It was an experiment.  And, I think it is too much until Bubba calms down and is a little older.  Momma rules. :-)
 It was Kevin's weekend to camp with this friends from high school and we just went a day early and camped the two of us.  We went to a new place only an hour from home and I really liked it (except that it was $32 a night!...but that was FULL hookup - sewer and all.)  Woolly Hollow right past Greenbrier.  I have a feeling we will go back at least once next camping season.
 Our view right outside the camper for a fall camping trip couldn't be beat!  It was like being in the middle of the woods without anyone else around!!  We even heard coyotes at night!! 
 We got up Friday morning and did a little exploring.  Gorgeous views and trails. 

Woolly Hollow State Park - site 28

Saturday, November 2, 2013

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Add this one to your book pile!  Not as good as The Kite Runner, but it is a different too.  This author just has a way with words and is able to spin a story in a way that keeps you hooked.  This book doesn't build to a climax.  It is just the story of how decisions affect lives and the domino effect of those decisions and how lives intersect.  I cannot do it justice, but I came home each day wanting to read more.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page