Pride Over Pity: Book Review

If any of y’all know me in real life, one of my favorite shows is Teen Mom. I feel like I have seen these women and their children grow up over the years. Of course when you watch all the shows and follow their social media, its easy to think that you know them and you know what their stories are. If you keep up with any of the Teen Moms, you’ve probably heard of Kailyn’s drama in her marriage. Up until this season, I sided with her. How could you not? She worked herself up from nothing, is about to graduate college and she is a fellow milso (military significant other) since Javi is in the air force. With the news of her divorce and possibly cheating on Javi, I wanted to know more about her story. On social media Kailyn says that we don’t know her story and that we only see what MTV wants us to see. Well, what better way to see her side of the story than to read her book? … More Pride Over Pity: Book Review

Day Tripping With Mom: Azalea Festival

One of the festivals I wanted to check out while Mom was in town was the Azalea Festival in Hofu City. Back home in North Carolina, Wilmington has an Azalea Festival as well. I thought it would be cool to see how Japan does their azalea festival. I didn’t know if it would a street festival like we had been before or more of a quieter affair like the wisteria tunnels. … More Day Tripping With Mom: Azalea Festival

The HandMaid’s Tale: Book Review

I am still going strong on my New Year’s resolution to read at least 10 books in 2017. I have a feeling that I may exceed my goal a lot sooner than I was expecting. Since the beginning of the year I have finished four books. I have already done a book review for The Girl On The Train. Since then I have read The Unwanted Child by V. C. Andrews, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Pity Over Pride by Kailyn Lowery. I guess you can figure out which book I am reviewing today by the title of this post. … More The HandMaid’s Tale: Book Review

Junaluska: I Tried But Could Not

No. The title of this post isn’t gibberish. It is Tsalami Gawonihisdi or Cherokee language. Tsunulsahunski means “One who tries but fails”. I heard this phrase when looking up the history of Lake Junaluska. My dad and I were trying to figure out the lake’s name meaning while watching a Wounded Warrior Triathlon. Having a Wounded Warrior Triathlon around Lake “I tried but could not”was not a well thought out event. The phrase has stuck with me since then and felt like a fitting title for this post because I tried something but failed.
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Girl On The Train: Book Review

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburb homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life- as she sees it_ is perfect. Not unlike the life she recent lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entailed not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? … More Girl On The Train: Book Review

Quiet New Year’s With A Twist

For New Years Jeremy and I decided that we would stay in and celebrate with the cats. It had been a busy holiday for us and we wanted some down time to ourselves. For dinner Jeremy made a seafood feast of fish, shrimp, and crab. It was really delicious. I love how we have such a variety of fresh seafood out here. Jeremy has been using the opportunity to learn how to break down a fish properly. We watch shows like “Worst Cooks In America” or “Hell’s Kitchen” and he has actually learned quite a bit from the shows. I’m so proud of how far his cooking skills have come. … More Quiet New Year’s With A Twist

Lighting Up The Holidays With Katniss

Right before Christmas, Jeremy and I wanted to go back to Hiroshima to see the Dream Illumination Lights near Peace Park. We decided that we would take Katniss with us. My mom had given me a kitty stroller for Christmas and I was excited to try it. For all the outings we had done with cats, they had been close to base and only about an hour or two. Hiroshima would be an almost two hour drive one way alone but we felt that Katniss was ready for the challenge. We would have taken Bagheera too if we felt he was ready but he hasn’t been out as much as Katniss and not as comfortable with crowds yet.
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