Saturday, July 19, 2014

I'm Still Here!!!

It's been a while since my blog has gotten some love, but I'm still here. Right now, I'm having some major issues with my internet service. As of now, it's off. It's been about two weeks. Updating my blog through an app on my phone, like I am now, is too hard. So I'm taking a bit of a breather. But, what I also am experiencing is feeling refreshed from being unplugged. I'm reading more and catching up with friends more ... I might be a little addicted to the net. So I am dragging my feet in going back online. But I will be back! I love NESS and I think about all the love she's not getting... Makes me sad.

Also, I am focusing on making positive changes for me. I've been on the larger side of the scale for most of my life and I'm done with that! Since May 9th, I've joined Weight Watchers, changed my eating habits and incorporated exercise. As of yesterday, I've lost 23.4 lbs, a dress size and my chubby cheeks! And I won't be blogging about that journey here; I do that on the WW site. If any of you out there are on it and wanna be WW friends, shoot me an email!

Anyway, I wanted to send this out before you all start unfollowing me. I'll be back, for sure!!! :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

"Book Beginnings" is a weekly event that shares the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. "The Friday 56" is also a weekly event, sharing a sentence from page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)

My Pick This Week: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano 
Most scientific laws can be boiled down to a simple mathematical if-then equation. If you follow the rules, then you get the desired result. If you deviate, then there is a consequence. The rules of law don’t concern themselves with why.

My mother really only had three rules: A) no bad grades, B) no trouble, and C) no touching. A + B + C = admission to a good college. In her mind, this was an incontrovertible direct mathematical proof. It wasn’t a theory. It was the only possible outcome.

I used to believe that too. But that was before I started to wonder why. Sometimes, the only way to find a solution is to break the rules.
~ p. 1 
Oleksa’s clear gray eyes revealed nothing as he glanced at their faces, then at the cash. “Deal,” he said. He didn’t move. Simply inclined his head and gestured with a quick curl of his long fingers. “Give to me.”

Eric withdrew a Rubik’s cube from the pockets of his baggy shorts. He grinned, twisting the sides of the puzzle until it was a jumble of random colors. Another boy drew up a sleeve and poised his watch in the air, fingers twitching over the stop mechanism. Oleksa’s eyes met theirs. He didn’t blink.

“Ten seconds,” the timer said, shuffling from foot to foot. “Starting . . . now!”

Oleksa caught the cube and his fingers flashed over the surface in quick successive turns, each pass aligning the colors with increasing accuracy. My heart sped up as I counted down in my head.

“There’s no way . . .” Eric clenched his hands, glancing at his money. “The world record is just under seven.” I rocked forward, inching up on my toes for a better look. The timer looked from Oleksa to his watch. “Five . . . four . . . three . . .”

Oleksa gave the cube a final turn and slammed it down on the desk between them.

“I win,” he said. 
~ p. 56