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22 January 2008

I was trying to get a photo of Sophie’s smile.  I’m still working on that.  When I lay on the floor to take photos, she and Smokey wind up on top of me.

When I looked through today’s photos, my favorite one was this one.  I like the  bookshelves in the background and the shine on the wood floor.  I liked seeing those two things for some reason.

a book review

Last week, I received a book in the mail to review from Turner Publishing Company.

Historic Photos of Oklahoma City
by Larry Johnson.

I grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma, Broken Bow to be exact, and moved to the Oklahoma City area in my early 20’s. I had not seen photos of the area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as the city was being built. It was interesting to see what has changed and which landmarks are still standing. I enjoyed seeing the clothes that people wore in the photos and kept thinking of how hot the women must have been in humid, hot Oklahoma during the summers in their long dresses with petticoats, boots and hats.

The photos of horse carriages parked along side cars in the street of downtown Oklahoma City, the buildings and the trolley are some of my favorites. I also appreciated the photos of slogans and advertisements on storefronts.

One thing that really stood out to me were the photos of Native Americans. Seeing the photos, knowing that their land was taken, that they were driven from their homes, and that some of them are my ancestors was sobering.

Historic Photos of Oklahoma City is a beautiful book that I would recommend.

Larry Johnson will be signing copies of his book at the Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City on October 25, 2007 at 6:30pm. He will also be at the Oklahoma City University Library on November 3, 2007 at 1:00pm.

If you are in the Oklahoma City area, why not stop in, say hello, and pick up a copy of the book? You’ll be glad that you did.

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You’re all…. Galinda-fied!

Last night, Mom, Chrissie, Shannon & I saw Wicked. It was amazing.
I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, since I knew the musical was changed up a bit from the book and I really liked the book.

The actors were incredible and had such strong voices. The stage, props, costumes, orchestra – all of it. Just wonderful.

If you get a chance, it’s definitely a great show to see!

tonight’s bedtime story is

Smokey’s favorite book, Skippyjon Jones.

Bridge to Terabithia

Have you seen it? Did you read the book? What did you think?

I took my daughers & niece to see it this afternoon. We loved it. I’ve not read the book in ages, DD13 loves the book and now DD10 wants to read it.

The book is written at about a 5th grade reading level. It deals with a couple of topics that parents might not want kids under that age to see yet.

I listened to an interview from NPR with the author, Katherine Paterson, and her son David (who wrote the screen play for the movie). It was a great interview. Here’s the link if you’re interested in giving it a listen.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I listened to an interview with author Brian Selznick about his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

I cannot wait to read this book.

You can read or listen to the interview here.


I’ve recently begun reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
From the first sentence, I have been entranced. I tend to get lost in it and am amazed to find that lots of time has passed by the time I notice.

Look here to read the reviews listed at amazon.com.

When I learned that Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, had purchased the rights to Shantaram and that Johnny Depp will star as the Australian adventurer, Lin, I immediately put the book on my reading list.

Now that I have begun reading it, I can understand why J. Depp wanted to purchase the film rights after reading the book, as well as why he would want to play the role of Lin.

The author is an amazing character. His writing is compelling. I’m currently at page 250 (of 933 pages) and I must say that if the rest of the book is as page-turning, thrilling and nearly addictive as the first quarter of the book has been, I will be sad when I complete the book.

With the stress of life that we all tend to have at one time or another, it’s been nice to have a different world available, so vividly described that I feel I have escaped for a mini vacation when I resurface from these well-written pages.

Banned Books Week Sept. 23-30, 2006

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Today marks the beginning of the 25th Anniversary Banned Books Week. It’s September 23-30, 2006.

From the American Library Association’s website:

Robie Harris’ “It’s Perfectly Normal” was the most challenged book of last year.

Rounding out the top five most challenged books in 2005 were:

· “Forever” by Judy Blume
· “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
· “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier
· “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher

Support intellectual freedom – read a banned book this week!

which love language best fits you?

My sister recommended the love languages for children book to me. It’s helped me a lot in relating to my children.

Have you ever read any of the love languages books? What’s your opinion?

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Quality Time
with a secondary love language being
Acts of Service.

Complete set of results

Quality Time: 8
Acts of Service: 6
Physical Touch: 6
Words of Affirmation: 6
Receiving Gifts: 4


Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don’t understand our partner’s requirements, or even our own. We all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

Take the quiz

dating advice

Youngest daughter has decided that she wants me to get remarried. She wants to call her stepdad “Dad.” I told her that this might hurt her dad’s feelings, but she thinks it will be ok since he’s not around very much. I told her that it would be up to her and that I’d never force her to call anyone dad besides her father.

Since I am not dating anyone right now, she has taken it upon herself to give me advice on how to meet guys.

Here are her “how to meet a guy” tips:

1. If you see a cute guy, just walk up beside him and
then “accidentally” bump into him. But not hard enough
to knock him down because that would be weird.

2. If you see a cute guy & you are carrying books, drop
them & let him help you pick them up. If he doesn’t help
you pick them up, then it’s probably a good thing you did
not meet him anyway.

3. If you see a cute guy & you happen to have a cinderblock
handy, drop it on his foot. Then you can get to know him as
you drive him to the hospital & wait in the ER for him to
have his foot x-rayed.

4. If you “happen” to spill coffee on a cute guy, then run and
get a napkin, hand it to the guy & start visiting with him.
(Forget that he has a scalding burn on himself & is writhing
in pain. You know… just chat him up!)

More tips to come later.

Dark Lord

For a couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for a book that the library says I have. It’s called Dark Lord and is listed on the library site at $26.95 to replace.

Wanting to find it and avoid paying the $26.95, I asked the library to do a book trace, as I was certain I did not have the book in my home any longer. And, I didn’t want to pay $26.95 if I could get the same exact book at a bookstore for around $5.00… as it is a paperback, afterall! BTW, I keep my library books in a bag when they’re not being read so they don’t get misplaced.. have learned that lesson the hard way, believe me.

So, last night I decided I was tired of messing around with this book. I am ready to have it off of my account at the library. I looked at amazon.com to see how much I can find a book called Dark Lord for & vow to have it shipped & take a copy in to the library as a replacement.. and save $20.00 in the process.

Christine Feehan has no books called Dark Lord… only Dark Prince.

I look at the library website at my account to verify that the book’s title is really Dark Lord. Maybe I have it mixed up and it’s Dark Prince. The author’s name listed for the book is not Feehan, but Luceno.

What?? What is this? Not Feehan? Have I been looking for the wrong book all this time?

For the past week or so, I’ve been moving furniture, looking under my bed, in dresser drawers (not sure why a book would be in there.. but you never know with kids where things will turn up), in closets, in kitchen cabinets, to no avail.

I go to at amazon.com again, search for a book called Dark Lord by Luceno.
Guess what? It’s not the book I thought it was. It really is a hardback book worth over $25.00. It’s a stinking Star Wars book that my son finds in 5 seconds on his bookshelf.

It’s going back to the library.. TODAY! I’ll have to pay a $3.00 late fee, since it’s really overdue.. but I’ll be saving $22.00 over the price to replace it!

UGH! I really hate when I do things like this.. and it seems to be happening more & more lately.. as Rachel can verify. Must be the fact that it’s really hot outside.. and that summer has been going on for endless ages. Perhaps my brain is just tired.

I’ve seen 60 of these movies… what about you?

Saw this on teflonjedi’s blog & thought I’d give it a go.

Supposedly if you’ve seen over 84 movies on this list, you have no life. There are 164 movies total. Mark each you have seen and then repost with how many you’ve seen as the subject:

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total: 2

( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total: 4

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total: 0

(x) Harry Potter
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil I
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
( ) Leroy & Stitch
Total: 7

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total: 5

( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total: 6

(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(x) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
(x) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
Total: 6

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
Total: 2

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
(x) The Mask
( ) Son of the Mask
total: 4

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Surpremacy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Total: 8

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss’ Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
( ) Frailty
( ) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total: 3

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
(x) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total: 8

( ) X-Men
( ) X2
( ) X3
(x) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Others
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of fire
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total: 6

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old-virgin
total: 0

Grand total: 60

On the movie meter, I guess I have a life. 🙂

Silly me, thinking I don’t have a life b/c I’m always with
the kids, doing kid things and watching kid shows/movies.

treasures found

I’ve been listing stuff to sell on eBay the past couple of days. Yesterday afternoon, I came across a cookbook that was Meema’s. It was in a box of books that Mom gave to me to sell. When I flipped through the pages to check for handwriting or damage, I noticed some handwritten papers. Two or three were recipes written by my aunts.

I came across a handwritten list of books that Meema wanted to read. Seeing her handwriting again after such a long time had a profound effect on me. I couldn’t breathe for a moment.

I found lots of newspaper clippings in the cookbook.. recipes, articles about people she knew, an article about Aunt M. running for re-election, and a clipping with a photo of me after winning a state vocal competition in high school. (I’m the one with blonde hair)

I always knew that Meema kept clippings of us and that she knew what was going on in our daily lives. I knew that she prayed for us when she knew we had a test in school that day. Seeing that clipping was a potent reminder.

I miss Meema. A lot. I’m so thankful to have had her in my life.


A few days ago, I got the July issue of Family Circle magazine in the mail. There’s an article in the health section about forgiveness. I’ve been mulling it over ever since I read it.

Several authors who have written books about forgiveness are quoted and the steps of forgiveness, as well as benefits of the act, are discussed.

Fred Luskin, Ph. D., co-founder and director of Stanford University’s Forgiveness Project talks about the steps of forgiveness. He says that first, we should be clear about why we’re hurt. Then identify your feelings (are you remorseful, angry, sad). Last, confide in someone that you trust.. someone who will listen without judgement.

Ways of healing are also discussed. Among those are (paraphrasing): let it go (take a break from the hurtful person), trade places (empathize), focus on the positive, have realistic expectations (let go of perfectionist ideals), be thankful for the good things in your life, and give it time.

I find it interesting that many of the things they discussed.. findings from the studies of the effects of forgiveness, health benefits, levels of happiness, how it’s more for the “forgiver” & not necessarily about the “forgiv-ee,” are things that I have found to be true in my own path to forgiving my ex-husband & putting the past behind & moving on with my life.

If you come across the magazine, it’s a good article. I recommend reading it.

The authors/books mentioned are:

The Power of Forgiveness by Everett Worthington, Ph. D.

Forgive for Good by Fred Luskin, Ph. D.

How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To
by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph. D.

Forgiveness is a Choice by Dr. Enright

What was your favorite childhood book?

Mine was The Velveteen Rabbit.

I loved that the rabbit became real because of the boy’s love.

One of my most treasured possessions is a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that my grandmother gave me for high school graduation.

I have had my Snuffles bear (GUND) for years.

He’s been on numerous vacations and has lived in every state I’ve lived in. He went to South Padre, TX with me when I was 15. When my nose peeled from my sunburn, his did too.

When I got my drivers license, he was in the back seat (yes, strapped into a seat belt).

When I went to college, Snuffles went too.
Even now, Snuffles is in my bedroom.

If any stuffed animal were to ever become real, it would be Snuffles.