Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Review - The Fault In Our Stars

January's bookclub selection was:

 The Fault In Our Stars 
                                                             by John Green

Summary from the back of the book:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything by terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. 

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. 

SO! Here is what I thought. 

I thought that it was REALLY beautifully written in terms of picturesque illustration. I mean, I 
really want to go have dinner in Amsterdam now. :) 
(you'll understand if you read the story, and if not, you'll have to read it 
to find out what I mean) 
I thought that it was enlightening to help understand how a very intelligent teen with a long term fatal disease might handle life, family and love. 

BUT that is just about all the good I could find.
There were a lot of medical inconsistencies,  also a lot of things that just didn't make
logical sense in terms of their travel arrangements. 

But the biggest annoyance was the general overall attitude toward people that believe 
in God or an afterlife. There were mocking tones and down right blasphemous illustrations
about "the literal heart of Jesus"  over and over. The only believers in the story
were made out to be out-of-touch, uninformed losers. 

For example, here's a quote from Hazel (main character) after Gus (her true love) tells her that he absolutely believes in an after life. Or,  at least "Something" after life. 

"Really" I asked. I was surprised. I'd always associated belief in heaven with, frankly, a kind 
of intellectual disengagement. But Gus wasn't dumb."

I get it. We, the believing, are old-school and a dying breed... but really?

I don't know. I just couldn't get over it. 

Tell me. Did you LOVE this best selling block buster? 
It left me wanting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monday's Manicure.... a little late

Hi my polished friends!

Just popping in to show you this weeks mani. 
Sorry to be so late! eeeek! Is it Wednesday already?
Where does the week go?

This weeks color is by OPI ...Incognito In Sausalito 
It is from the San Francisco collection a couple of years ago.
It looks black, but its actually a very, very, very, dark navy blue. 

While I like it.... I'm not looking forward to the removal. 
These types of colors have a tendency to stain. Yuck! 

Any helpful types out there?

So I hope you have a great week. 
I'm working on a couple of book reviews and another craft project.

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Fun Little Crochet Coin Purse

Hi ya!
Just popping in to show you this little project that I finished.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. 
But it sure is cute. 

The written instructions that I used are here.
There is also a video that makes the project very easy. 
That is here.

Love the vintage-esk clasp. They have a lovely variety at Hobby Lobby. 

I love the little shells to. 

Anyway! That's all I have for you today. 
Have a great week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

... grass withers and flowers fade

You all know that I love flowers. 
No, I really, really love them!
And, I think that you have probably figured out that I love 
to photograph them.
They are simple, humble, romantic, and beautiful.

Something placed here just for our enjoyment. 
God did that, you know? Just for you and me.

I just kept thinking about that. 

And then when I was editing my photos from my last 
flower/photo shoot, I just kept thinking of the same 
verse in the bible over and over.

Isaiah 40:8 esv
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our
God with stand forever.

I couldn't help but think that His word is so much more beautiful, romantic, poetic, complicated,
simple and, more importantly, available than our blogs, phones, iPad's, T.V.'s and computers.

It is a program that never needs an update, upgrade or reboot, even though we might.
Think about it.

I'm just saying...
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Thanks for popping in to see Monday's Manicure.
Today's color... Sound The Alarm by JulieG.

LOVE this polish! 
The color is the perfect tomato red for my coloring.

I ask you my friends... 
Is there anything more classic than a red manicure?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hello Loves!
Are you having a good week so far?
I do hope so!

I was feeling a little wild this weekend when I was
doing my nails.... Can you tell?
Don't these look so impressive? But they were so easy! 
Here is the link for the YouTube tutorial.
Seriously, easy peasy!

So yes! I do think that you can be 50 and wear fun nails.

Both of these colors you've seen before. 
Gold is Got my Grove back by Ginger + Liz
The wine color is Romeo & Joliet by OPI  
This one is a frosted dup for Pantone's color of the Year Marsala.

You will being seeing this color again... and again .... and again.....    :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tulips on Saturday

So ... on Wednesday I bought some lovely tulips at Safeway. Here it is Saturday
and I'm still loving having them on the dinning room table. 
So happy that I bought two bunches!

As you can see all of Christmas is put away and we are in full gear
for the new year. I'm always sad to see it go. Christmas is my Favorite!

I'm not making any great New Year resolutions. I've thought about it, a lot,
and I'm just really wanting to be a better wife, mom, daughter and sister.
I don't exactly want to be so much thinner as more healthy. 
I don't really want to read the bible in a year, but actually work on
my relationship with my Savior.  
I think if I can accomplish that, I'll be happy!

I have a few projects that I am working on. Mostly small, easy, quick projects. 
You know I love the easy stuff.
We have some HUGE projects to do on the house. 
Paint (exterior)
Roof repair (hopefully not a new roof)
What about you? 
Any big plans?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Good Morning Thursday!

Good morning Thursday! I love you! 
Almost as much as Friday ..... which is second only to Saturday! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hey hey! 
How you guys doing?

This weeks mani is a dotticure. 
Isn't that fun?

Easily achieved with dotting tools. There are lots of tutorials on 
Youtube. Very easy and fun.

base color - Parka Perfect by Essie
blue dots - Mint Candy Apple by Essie
white dots - My Vampire is Buff by OPI
silver dots - Silver Glitter Nail Art Paint by Kiss

So that's it. 
I hope you are having a wonderful week!