My Favorite Books From the Past Month (September Edition)

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I’m a voracious reader, so I’m limiting myself to my favorite five books read in the last month and linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy . She hosts Twitterature the fifteenth of every month.

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Opal’s Jubilee – This is the third book in Leslie Lynch’s Appalachian Foothills Series, and it’s my favorite. I was fortunate enough to be in a critique group with Leslie when she started writing Opal, so it was kind of like being present when a baby is born. You have a vested interest in the details of that little creature’s existence for the rest of their life. And so it was with me and Opal. The critique group took a break and other things in my life continued the breakdown I was then experiencing, and I never found out what happened to Opal. But I thought about her a lot. When I’d wander the aisles of a fabric shop and see a particularly appealing purple heather or mossy green. When I’d shop at Goodwill. When I’d spot a woman with a beautiful, long braid of hair that I thought might match Opal’s. Then when I read the book I just wanted to crawl inside. I wanted to drink hot tea with Opal and tell her everything would be alright. I wanted to shop in the fabric store where she worked. There have been very few books that I’ve really wanted to live in, but Opal’s Jubilee is one of them. Treat yourself and read it.

OK, I know the whole point with Twitterature is to be brief, but I just couldn’t not rave about Opal. So I’ll be very brief for the rest of this post to make up for it ;)

I also enjoyed The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son – a four-book series by Lois Lowry . It’s a YA Fantasy series – one of those that makes a reader realize how much time and effort must go into creating entire worlds for fantasy novels. Their minds must just have different boundaries than mine – but I’m so glad they do! These should be required reading for middle-schoolers. And with the strange and horrific occurrences that we all see on the news every single day these books helped remind me that although we often can’t even agree on right and wrong among the citizens of our own country there are people around the world doing things we all agree are evil, but they just as firmly believe are right and just. It’s a terrifying reminder, but one I needed to gain perspective on world issues.

Completely and Totally Random

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Monday was truly the most horrific day. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t move my neck at all. Every joint in my body ached like I had the flu. My pain was so bad I was nauseated. I worried that maybe I was having some weird reaction to the yellow jacket sting I’d gotten the day before, especially since it has swollen up so much my entire calf was bright red, tight, and weeping. But no. As I discovered late that evening the problem had been that somehow, the night before, I’d gotten distracted while filling my pill-holder for the day and left out all my pain pills. Well, at least that answers the question (if anyone had one) of whether I really need pain medication around the clock.

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 I was trying to watch TV to distract myself from the pain that day, and I kept seeing that FarmersOnly.com commercial. I’m not sure if this is something they air nationally, so let me just say that it always involves a man or woman in jeans and boots walking alone through their fields while the lifestock gossip about how lonely that person is and how they should try farmersonly.com. Let me just tell you, some people enjoy their alone time and the first heifer that gossiped about my personal life would be providing prime rib for one the next day. Just sayin’

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I was also having some issues keeping FB messages, text messages, and tweets straight that day. So if I sent you anything that made no sense on Monday please ignore it. I do know that I FB messaged a complete stranger something that was supposed to go to my husband. An inside joke about “Pinky and the Brain”. She hasn’t pressed charges . . . yet.

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I’m really enjoying the whole Nerium party thing. They are usually held in a sports bar (because of the big TVs) so I can sit in a comfy booth and switch positions a lot, sometimes letting me stay for the whole presentation! The ones at people’s homes work well, too, particularly if I can nab a sofa spot and get up periodically to refill my tea glass and stretch. My own launch party is coming up on Tuesday, and if you’re a reader who lives in the Louisville area please email me for details – I’d love to have you there! So far I think it’s going to be a pretty fantastic crowd, and I’m very excited :D

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In between watching Nerium videos and listening to CDs I’ve been watching Californication. It’s new to Netflix and I’d never watched it because we’ve never had Showtime. I loved David Ducovny from the X-Files, and even though his character in Californication is someone I would despise in real life I really enjoy the show. It’s just so completely over-the-top.

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I’m going to a baby shower this weekend, and with just one car (officially a one-car family for a full year this month) it’s hard to find time to shop. So I pulled into a handicapped slot in front of Babies R Us at about ten minutes til closing, waddled painfully in (had just come from a Nerium party – needed my bed) and told the first person I saw, “I need Sophie.” Thankfully, these people know their stuff, because the nice lady lead me straight to the special Sophie-the-Giraffe display. Sophie is famous. Obviously a good choice on my part, even though I did go off-registry. This is their first baby, though. I can’t fault them for not knowing Sophie is essential.

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I’m going to try to get back into freezer-cooking mode. I need to hunt through all the recipes I’ve pinned and see what’s appropriate. A friend and I are going to get together to do it. We’ve done that once before and it makes it much more fun. Any suggestions for inexpensive meals that freeze well?

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John’s All About Internet Speed and Driving, Not Haikus

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Even though I don’t watch HGTV as often as I used to (it just makes me grumpy because I can’t actually do any of the things on the shows) I am still on their email list, so I recently entered the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes, and was doing the video tour when my son came in. I asked him how he’d like to live in this beautiful house on the river, with a two-story boathouse and speedboat. He asked, “What kind of internet connection speed do they have there?” Seriously. Offer the kid a speedboat and he wants faster internet. It’s all about priorities, I guess.

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 John is fifteen and has made sure we know that he’s in no hurry to drive. Teens can get their permit at sixteen in Kentucky, and have a graduated licensing program. He has recently changed his mind, though, and already has a “driving playlist” set up. Poor thing. I’m not going to remind him that there’s only one functional car in the driveway, and it’s such a tank it would take an Act of God to successfully parallel-park that sucker!

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I’ve had a pretty exciting week. I’ve been invited to post regularly on MomPro, a wonderful spiritual site. I rarely post any spiritual content on The Jammie Girl, so I’m looking forward to an outlet for some of my more serious posts. Check it out – I’ve found it to be an uplifting read!

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Since I’m in the process of becoming a Brand Partner with Nerium (lots of motivational and instructional stuff!) I’m also gradually changing my bios on various social media sites. It’s amazing how quickly we outgrow those things, isn’t it? I’ve also got Michael trying Nerium, and I’m looking forward to posting his one-week before and after pictures. Mine were truly shocking – huge difference in the fine lines at my eyes and wrinkles on my neck! Contact me if you want to try it!

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The other day I was driving the boys home from band practice and I asked, as I usually do, about homework. They both complained about the haikus they had to write about ancient China for World History, and I gushed, “I love writing haikus! It’s so much fun!” (Yeah, I was that kid.) So I came up with about four I thought were pretty good on the way home. Adam was in the back seat, typing them up on his phone. When we got home John asked me if he could use one of mine he’d particularly liked. I said, “No, Adam already wrote them down. He has dibs.”  “But you’re my mom!” John whined. Eventually I gave in, wrote him one, and left it on his keyboard. I was pretty into it by that time, so I said I though it would be fun if all of us communicated only via haiku for the next twenty-four hours. That one got voted down pretty quickly :(

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Anyone tried out the new series, Intruders? I don’t get it. Yes, I see the similarities to The X-Files, but it’s like they’re only showing every third episode. I hate it when shows try to be so clever that even the writers don’t “get it”.

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John has a parade on Saturday morning and a competition that’s not really a competition, but some sort of rankings thing, late Saturday. The buses won’t arrive at school until 2:15 a.m., so this means it will be after three when we get home. So no matter how long my to-do list is none of it will get done Sunday morning this weekend. Hopefully my next-door neighbor on the bedroom side won’t pick this weekend to cut firewood at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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