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Weekend Getaway

30th December 2010

Weekend Getaway

My husband was born and raised in Kansas City. He is very much a die hard Kansas City Chiefs football fan and rarely ever has missed watching one of their games. Of course, since he moved away from KC many, many years ago, he’s had to settle for watching the games on television. We’ve lived all over the country so sometimes it was difficult to find the game being televised which is why we have subscribed to NFL Sunday Ticket for the last 11 years! Now he can rest assured he will see the game and even be able to TIVO it.

Well, this year, I was able to get tickets to this Sunday’s game, Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, a long time rivalry and the final game of the regular season. I surprised my husband and gave him the tickets as a Christmas gift. He is so thrilled and chomping at the bit to get to the game! So, we are leaving tomorrow to head on up to Kansas City. We’re going up early so we can spend some time visiting The Plaza, a favorite shopping and dining area in Kansas City. Amazingly, after all the bad weather of the last week, this weekend’s temperatures are supposed to be in the low 40′s and sunny, so we are looking forward to the experience!

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and spend your weekend doing something you consider special. :-D

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28th December 2010

Special Prayer Request

I have a very dear friend who has been battling cancer for the past 10+ years.  On Monday, her doctor ordered hospice care for her.

I am asking any of you who can to please pray for  her.  I pray that God grant her strength to fight if it is not yet her time to go, and I pray for her to find peace if it is.  She is a very special lady who holds a very special place in my heart.  She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and a very dear friend.

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27th December 2010

After Holiday Sales

Did anyone go out shopping yesterday to hit the after Christmas sales?  My daughter and I did go out about 9:30 and went to Macy’s and a few other stores that were open in the mall.  We were able to take advantage of sales and email coupons so I felt pretty good.  We were home by 1 so I didn’t feel worn out from shopping!  My daughter picked up a pair of jeans she’d been wanting and used her gift card.  I found a nice down coat that I will need for this upcoming weekend when we head up north to Kansas City.  Also used a coupon on that so got it at a very good price.

Today I think I am going to surprise my daughter by taking her to Best Buy to get her a new phone.  Her cell phone broke a couple of months ago and so she is using my very old phone.  I think it’s on its last leg, some of the buttons don’t even work!  I promised her a new phone for her birthday which is the beginning of March, but Best Buy has the phone she wants at an excellent price with no activation fee.  So, I think I’ll go ahead and take advantage of that now.  I will be working until noon and then I think we will go have some lunch and go get her a new phone.

What are you up to today?  Did you have to work or are you going shopping?

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24th December 2010

Holiday Wishes!

Christmas 2010

This is a photo of our new tree. It’s the first new tree we’ve had in about 15 years! Don’t worry, I donated our previous 10′ tree to a local charity, it didn’t go to waste. I wanted to share this photo, along with my best wishes to all of you for a very merry holiday and a Happy New Year! May you all find warmth and comfort with family and friends, where ever you may be this holiday season.

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20th December 2010

Book Review: Aurora Fee

Thanks to Parent Reviewers and New Year Publishing, I was given the opportunity to read the book Aurora Fee, by Megan Barnes. I received the book directly from the publisher and received no other compensation for this, my personal review.

I was intrigued by this book from the moment I took it out of the mailing envelope. The cover depicts a rather striking young lady who has a face very much like a cat, yes, even a soft, furry nose. But the eyes, mouth and hair on the top of her head were definitely human. I sat down in a favorite reading spot and began to read with anticipation, Aurora Fee, the story of a female high school student who is, to say the least, quite unique.

Right away, I discovered that Aurora is really quite different from any other teenager you might imagine. You see, although she was born human, her life changed forever when she turned 16. I don’t want to give away the story, but let’s just say, Aurora is able to change from her human form to a cat, and back again. There are times that she has control of when she changes, and other times, much to her dismay, she has no control. Her emotions, when not kept in check, control which parts of her human body change into a cat. Sounds a bit complicated and I did have trouble remembering which emotion caused what part to change, but it really wasn’t a necessary fact in following the story of Aurora.

While Aurora has to contend with her shape shifting, she also contends with typical teenage issues, school, friends, and even love. All of these things cause angst and can peak emotions particularly in a teenager, so it’s even more of a challenge for someone who doesn’t want their cat ears giving them away! As the parent of a teenager, I found it easy to relate to the teenage issues in the book. I found some of the story to be a bit far fetched and naive, but overall, it is a very enjoyable book. I am very impressed that the author, Megan Barnes, was just 17 when she wrote the story and had it published. On that alone I recommend the book! I admire anyone that follows their dreams, but to do so at such a young age is absolutely a triumph!

I give it a thumbs up and recommend this book to tweens- young teens.  :-D

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