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Cleaning Angels

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Kitty Corner

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Doing Nothing

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My Loot

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The hubby and I went shopping this past week and we both ended up with some awesome loot! This is what I walked away with (can you tell we don’t go shopping very often?):

- Two cat shirts
– Thor baseball shirt
– Rust-colored sweater
– Two pairs of jeans
– Six pairs of no-show cat socks
– Grey Vans
– Knit TOMS

All in all, I scored!!! =) Now to order a big oversized sweater to complete my fall wardrobe!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A Review

curiousThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon is about an Autistic boy named Christopher whose mother recently left his father and ran away with the neighbor’s husband. When the neighbor’s poodle ends up dead on the front lawn, Christopher takes it upon himself to be the neighborhood Sherlock Holmes and solve the mystery.

The story is less about Christopher’s autism and more about a child’s view of right and wrong. Christopher believes his mother is in the “hospital”. He insists on visiting her and his father tells him she is dead. Christopher is heartbroken and focuses all of his efforts on his crime solving novel regarding the neighbor’s poodle. He is told repeatedly to let go of the mystery of the dog’s death, but Christopher simply cannot sleep with a killer on the loose.

Christopher is enraged when he finds stacks of letters from his mother hidden under his father’s bed. All of the letters are to Christopher, telling him she’s alright and living with Mr. Shears (the neighbor’s husband). He confronts his father, who also owns up to the murder of the dog. Christopher is in a rage and runs away from home. He travels by train all alone to visit his mother and ends up sitting outside her house all day awaiting her arrival.

His mother returns and is so happy to see him! She cannot believe that Christopher’s father told him she was dead. Christopher is afraid of his father and ends up moving into an apartment with just his mother. His father is granted daily visits, but Christopher remains afraid of him.

The novel ends with Christopher’s father bringing him his very own puppy and allowing him to name it. He promises to work on mending his relationship with Christopher, no matter how long it takes.

I thought the story was interesting and new. There were slow parts where I definitely considered stopping, but I’m glad I finished the novel. The parents are trying to raise Christopher well despite their own relationship problems, but I really just did not like either of the parents. I think Christopher is the only character with his morals in the right place. Interesting novel, though not what I would call fun. Worth reading, but not a favorite!

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

do it nowAwkward:
-Someone ordering you to touch the cow. Pushy children’s book.
-Being without my work laptop for 5 whole workdays. Ouch to productivity.
-When I know more about IT than our IT help desk. UGH!
-My car needs a wash. I STILL have our Just married markings all over it, but it’s rained, so it’s… drippy. Ew.

Awesome:
-My Kanken (which I keep calling my kranken) is on it’s way here!!!! I can’t wait! It’s going to be my traveling office as I will be on the customer site writing procedures every Monday through Wednesday! =)
-Rotisserie is here. I don’t even know how to use this thing, but Mitch is happy and that makes me happy.
-Volunteering for the One Girl Conference was amazing. So cheesy, but I really love volunteering and spending time with Christian women.
-Honeymoon stage… don’t ever leave us! <3

J.K. Rowling on Benefits

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I know I don’t usually post things like this, but this is a prime example of why I think you can never go wrong helping others. I know we may get burnt sometimes and some people use the system incorrectly, but I would gladly pay for ten people if one of them could make it out of the situation into a better one because of my aid/taxes.