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Review Catch Up

These are going to be short reviews but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy these books. I’ve just been very busy. 

http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Grant-Madame-Jennifer-Chiaverini-ebook/dp/B00SA4ZU94/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427855209&sr=1-1&keywords=mrs.+grant+and+madame+jule

Mrs. Grant and Madame Juke by Jennifer Chiaverini was a masterfully written story. Definitely five out of five stars. 

First of all, I just loved this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, but Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule was even better. I fell in love with the characters. I like to immerse myself in the history and the time period and the author made that very easy to do. Grant is not a President I know much about. He was brought to life within the pages of this book. 

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, particularly Civil War era fiction. I can’t wait for the next book by Chiaverini. 

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Hot-Lovers-Contemporary-Top-Selling-ebook/dp/B00UBC3IBA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427855669&sr=1-1&keywords=red+hot+lovers+%28an+anthology+of

Their Second Chance by Milly Taiden was a typical romance novel with erotica thrown into the mix. I prefer not to be given every detail in sex scenes. My imagination works just fine. I gave this four stars but it may be that I don’t read books like this often. 

Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy was another typical romance, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was different even though I can’t quite put my finger on why. There was still probably more description in the sex scenes than I need. I liked that the story was told by Dr. Darion Marks and also by Tina, the art therapist. Using both points of view was used well in this story. This book got a five out of five stars. 

http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Harlan-Coben-ebook/dp/B00NMPN46W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427856525&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Stranger

I gave The Stranger five out of five stars. The book started a bit slowly at first, but once it wrapped around my mind and pulled me in, it seemed to alternately move too quickly and too slowly. I had trouble putting this book down. The twists and turns are exactly what I’ve come to expect from Coben. And I wasn’t disappointed. I lost myself in reading this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen, but then when the author revealed the next piece of the puzzle, I wished the book would slow down.  

Exciting News

I didn’t lose weight this week. But, the good news is that I didn’t gain any either. I ate out several meals last week (work related) so I expected it. As hard as I try to make good choices, it is difficult to get portion sizes correct (I use a kitchen scale at home when I cook). But I’m not too unhappy.

No, that wasn’t the exciting news. But this is!

I have been working for weeks – planning, thinking and reading for months – to create a new website for our early childhood initiative at work. I’m the CEO of a local United Way and our board has spent the last two years planning for this. We have a bold goal of 90% of all children in our county ready for kindergarten by 2020. As a point of reference, one school in 2013 was 63% ready. So, we have our work cut out for us.

We have been operating several programs for awhile now and we are pleased. But on April 10 we will be making a public announcement of our goal and the launch of a new website which we feel will be a comprehensive site for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to help them prepare their children for school.

I chose WP to build the site because I thought I knew how to use it. Boy, was I overconfident! I have spent days learning how to work with the different elements of themes. I finally settled on a theme (lifestyle) because it could offer me the complexity to build the site I wanted. While it is ready to launch (and I finally made it public tonight), there are more pages and sections that will be added as time goes on.

I am very proud of what I have accomplished. My board is pleased. In fact, they all ask who built the site and I tell them I did. Then they say things like, “no, who created the actual website.” I tell them again that I did (with the help of WP). So, here it is. Take a look and tell me what you think. Comments are turned off on the entire site, so you will have to come back here and give me your feedback.

Now, I think I will spend the rest of the evening actually reading a book instead of working on the site (which is all I have done every night for a long time now).

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Mike Pence’s Dishonesty About the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Liz Boltz Ranfeld

After he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence expressed bewilderment in an interview with the Indy Star:

“I just can’t account for the hostility that’s been directed at our state,” he said. “I’ve been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill.”

He believes that most of the hostility is a result of misinformation from the media. (He probably wishes he could have sent out some press releases from his canceled state-run media outlet!) In some ways, his surprise could be genuine. Maybe he didn’t anticipate that Indiana would become the focus of a national controversy because of this. After all, Indiana’s RFRA closely mirrors the 1993 federal version of the same law, and there are 19 other states with similar bills. Pence swears that the bill, which critics say will give Indiana…

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Weight Loss Monday

Slow and steady. That’s me. Down .6 this week. I much prefer whole pounds but they add up. I’ve lost a total of 13.4 since January 5. When I put it that way, it doesn’t seem like much. But losses are always better than gains. It’s just coming off so slowly. 

Not much else to report. I’ve been super swamped at work. I have a giant project coming together. I’ve been working on it for awhile now…but mostly just in my mind. The past couple of weeks I’ve actually been doing it. I’m very proud of it and will be happy to share soon. 

The weatherman had said it was going to snow today. He said we were forecast 1-3″ but it would likely be less than an inch. We got nearly FIVE inches from 12:30 – 4:00. Heavy wet snow. And I waded through all 5″ in my bare legs getting in and out of my car. At least I had changed shoes this morning and left the sandals at home. Roads were treacherous. I’m truly sick of winter. 

Weight Loss Monday

Not feeling very chatty tonight. I’m super stressed at work and under a big deadline. Plus dealing with the sale of dad’s house. It all makes me want to crawl into a cave and hide. Instead I ate my way through my evening. It was like I was possessed. Oh well, I will get back on the program tomorrow. 

Weigh in today was good. I lost another .6 pounds. That’s 12.8 pounds total. It’s slow. But it’s steady. 

Bad Blogger

I feel like a bad blogger. I haven’t blogged consistently for awhile now. Partly because I’ve been so busy at work and at home. Partly because I haven’t had anything to say. 

Plus my poetry blog was supposed to have a featured author/blogger post yesterday and I totally forgot about it. 

So, I’m asking you to forgive me. But I’m also asking for more patience. Hopefully my life will go back to normal, whatever that is, again soon. 

I haven’t even been reading much. In fact, that may be part of the problem. Reading is what keeps me grounded. It soothes my soul. It gives me the focus I need in my life. 

I also hope to get back to reading your blogs again too. I’ve skimmed a few, at best, lately. And rarely comment. I miss interacting with you and will try and do a better job. Both writing and reading. 

On a side note, I finally have an offer on dad’s house. It wasn’t what I wanted. And not at all what dad wanted. But sold is better than paying bills every month as far as I’m concerned. Now everything just needs to go through. I’ve made so many concessions that I won’t pay out another penny. Wish me luck telling dad tomorrow. Like I said, he won’t be happy with me. But at least I can leave him and come home. 

Open Letter to Tom Cotton and the other 47 Ronin

I am not typically political on this site. And this view is not particularly political, but common sense. I am outraged that we have elected officials who think they are King.

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