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Girl Wash Your Face: Book Review


Book Number One of Twenty Five.

The first book of the new year, I’m on track for a great new goal.  That is always a good feeling.  I’m doing my best to read every day, which is helping a ton with my writing because I’ve been writing every day.  While I’m sort of harsh with this book, I did enjoy reading it. Check out my review, that is originally posted on Goodreads.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I kept seeing this book talked about, so I wanted to get into and see what the fuss was about. I was blessed enough to have received a copy from a dear friend and dived right in. I read about a chapter a day. And got through the book rather quickly.

This was my first book experience with any sort of inspiration, go-get-em, self-help category.

My first take is the writer has a very personable, relatable voice. I really did enjoy the tone of the book. I felt as if I was reading a friend’s letter vs an authoritative voice. That is always something I like in a book. Reading it as if I know the person. That is why Twilight was so amazing to me the first time I read, I related to Bella. And why I had such a hard time with The Bell Jar, I didn’t relate to the narrator. I didn’t understand the perspective. (Though I loved it that book too.)

When it comes to the content of the book, I wasn’t overly thrilled. There were ideas I just didn’t agree with. The way she used the Bible didn’t sit well with me. There are times Hollis comes off as a perfect princess and others a poor pauper. It was hard to judge exactly how she saw herself. And if I can’t understand that viewpoint, I’m not sure I can take her advice. If she’s the expect teaching how to rise above these issues but isn’t giving a solid voice it’s hard to take it at her word.

While I do find it brave to put your life story on paper and share with the world, I’m not sure all her tactics are feasible for every woman. I did take good things away too. I loved her go-get-em attitude. Her way of inspiring any reader to start going after their dream was perfect. I felt encouraged to take a step in the direction of my own dreams. That part of the book was incredibly well done. I loved her inspirational tone.

Overall, it was not a waste of my time. But I don’t recommend it.

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Beautiful Darkness: My review.

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If you know me you know I love to read but don’t always get to complete a book.  So yes, finally I finished another book.   I really liked reading this book.  So below the line is my Goodreads review.  Check it out!


Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is this the book that changes the world. No. But is this a book that will entertain you as you enter into another world that can only be found in the pages of a book. Yes.

I have to say I enjoyed reading this. There were some mundane parts. Some highly impossible moments that seemed as if the writer was taking a shortcut or two. But I liked reading it. I enjoy Ethan’s story. How he and Lena have to deal with the worlds of caster and mortal. Seeing how the song changes. How impossible and improvable intertwine with what is actually happening.

It’s a fun read. It’s a quick read, once I got past the first few chapters, I couldn’t really put it down. It kept me drawn in.

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Finished a book

I’ve been reading two books.  I jump back and forth between the two.  Today I finished one of them.  Last night the story really started moving and I was enthralled that I only had fifty pages to go when I couldn’t keep my eye open/Lucas was being a total nightmare and I had to soothe him last night.  I love it when I finish a book.  But it’s also really sad, because I like being in that world too.  It’s complicated that only fellow book lovers could understand.

so that is all.


14 days until my birthday, my excitement level = zero.


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I really just want to update my lovely readers.  There is a new house, that I love.  Phil likes it.  Haylie likes it.  It’s in the area I want to live.  The schools I want my children to go to.  I want this house.  Based only on the listing.  And what I can see online.  So it might be a complete flop.  It might be a money pit with smelly walls and gross things.  But as of now, I really like this house.  So we are trying to see it this weekend, and maybe I might be able to post that we made a bid next time I update on the house situation.


Well packing isn’t going all that well.  I did good the other day and empty a counter into three boxes.  So that was good.  I also am down to only needing to pack one book-case shelf for downstairs.  My upstairs desk (which is being given away or pitched, most likely pitched–it’s crap) is empty.  But in the scheme of things that really is nothing.  I have a two bed room apartment that is stuffed to the brim with belongings.  Four people’s stuff, dishes, food, appliances, junk, ect, ect.  It is so much stuff.  I am trying to get rid of some of the junk.  But it’s really an uphill battle.  But a battle I’m fighting.


Haylie is in her final full week of school.  Today she started Camp-Learn-A-Lot.  So she gets to camp out in the class room and review everything that they have learned over the year.  It’s insane to me that after May 23rd she will be a 2nd grader. That can’t be right.  I was just hanging out with her and feeding her bottles yesterday, right?  Is she really this old?  It isn’t right.  She’s my baby.  But next Thursday is her last day of 1st day.  Insane. Anyway, she isn’t happy about school ending.  She loves school.  She loves her teacher, her friends, the routine of it all. She isn’t happy either because she knows when school is out, and we will be moving.  A fact she isn’t looking forward too.  She wants to stay in BG, with her life here.  I understand it, she will be losing the most.  Most of my friends are gone already.  This isn’t mine and Phil’s home.  But this is her home.  She’s been here the longest of anywhere she has lived, I get it.  And I also know she’s brilliant in any form of that word and will fit in after we move.  She’ll be fine, I know.  But I feel bad for her.
Lucas is in the early stages of toddler. Again that can’t be right, can it?  He’ll be a year in 12 days.  Insane.  I was just waddling around campus wishing to not be pregnant right? No that was a year ago.  Craziness.  He’s walking, talking (some, not a whole lot), climbing, opening anything his hands can touch, tearing, pushing, and pinching my skin.  He’s really good, so is Haylie.  They are both happy, healthy, good kids.  I just am overwhelmed that they are so big so soon.  I dislike that fact.  PS NEVER tell a parent to enjoy this time, we get it.  I totally get that this time is flying by, so don’t rub it in.


He’s good.  He is finished with his first college semester and I’m super proud of him.  He had great grades. He handled the stress of it great, as well as the balance of school and full-time job.  He, however, is about ready to leave me.   His job is transferring already.  Our doing, so basically he can be up there to look at the houses quicker, and without the insane hassle of packing up all of us to see something that we don’t like.  If he likes something and things it’s great then I will pack us all up and go look at it.  Also so he can go ahead and get settled into his new job location and so he can get all his school stuff set up, up there and deal with getting all the VA stuff transferred.   Another benefit of him being up there, is when we do close on a house, he will be there if it gets rescheduled or anything.  He is thankfully taking the mutts, so I will finally have my kitchen back.  Which right now is much-needed space to stack boxes.

Me a job:

Still on the back burner.  Even though I’m toying with finding a telecommute writing job.  I just don’t know if I can commit time to anything.  Or if I should.

Random Uncategorized Stuff:

I need to finally go see the Backstreet Boys live.  I never saw them perform when I was a teenager and they have made a comeback.  I need to go see them.  I just don’t know when.  Or who would go with me. They are rocking it out on GMA right now.  Basically I’m fan girling in the biggest way.  I will say this, and you can fight me all you want, but I feel so freaking sorry for the youth who have the One Direction crap and even worse Justin Bieber.  They need to be introduced to boy bands of my age, which yes boybands are silly, but at least BSB did it to find chicks and now that they all have families they are back to be the dream boats that you can’t touch.  Yea. I said it.   I’m totally eating pretzels for breakfast. They are so good.  It’s mostly because they are on my desk and ‘m too lazy to go to the kitchen.

My dogs are making me crazy.  Their new past time is tear up and destroy their pee mats.  Leaving my kitchen floor so gross.  I can’t wait until we own a home and I can leave them outside.  They will not be indoor dogs after the move.  And NO OTHER PET will allowed in my home. I’m selfish.  Because I like to breathe.  Allergies are bad enough this year, adding pet crap indoors isn’t smart.  Dog are gonna be outside.  *insert happy dance*  *insert more happy dance*

I have Lucas’ party all planned out.  And by all planned out I mean I have the date and time set.  May 25th at 6 pm at Sherman Full Gospel’s Fellowship Hall.  Don’t know what food, decor, or anything else. But I got a date and place.  That was the hardest part. So yay me.   If you are reading this and know me in real life, feel free to show up, just let me know.  I learn my lesson I don’t have a specific list of only invite anymore.  That backfired.  I, of course, at the time didn’t care, but I’m not as immature anymore.  Or at least I hope I’m not. So yeah, he has a party scheduled.

My mother’s day was really nice.  It had a really rough start, Haylie woke me up at 6:30 am on a weekend, (eye roll) because she was excited to give me my gift.  I loved my gifts, and card and once I got a another hour or so of sleep the day was much better.  Phil grilled me an amazing lunch.  We went to Lowe’s to get house ideas, Barnes and Nobles and I finally bought a book that I’ve been wanting for ever (Pat Conroy’s, The Great Santini).  I read his The Water is Wide, probably in Mrs. Locklear’s English class in high school and then saw him speak at a conference my freshman year of college.  Where he spoke about this book, so I’ve wanted to read it ever since.  So I own it now.  Then Phil took me to Chaney’s Dairy Farm for supper.  Good food, good times, good ice cream.   All in all, a great mother’s day.  Very thankful for my children.  In case you didn’t know.

I can’t think of anything else that is new, or needing an update.  Other than So You Think You Can Dance started last night, and I”m so excited.   I love that show.   Favorite reality competition show ever!!!!  Now I really am out of updates that I know of.  If I missed something you were dying to know about, ask me in the comment box.  Hope you all are having a great day.

that is all.  


Wednesday morning I made a status update that said, “O, Today, you are so……normal”  I will never count another day normal so early again.


The day was good, well it started out good.  Haylie, Luke and I went to kroger, kmart, then the dollar store.  I cleaned in my house some, things were good.  Seanna and Kevin came over and we had a great visit…But somewhere in the visit things began to get really hot.

Seriously. My air conditioner stopped putting out cool air.  Now I pause this story to backtrack.  Back in January we got a puppy.  Details are in these blog post:

She is a dog.  Dogs destroy things. Dogs dig.  Dogs do a million things.  Every body I know, knows this.

Except for our landlord.

Back when we got her, we were waiting on our tax return to pay our pet deposit.  Well when Phil went to talk to our landlord, he (the ll) demanded that all correspondence go through his daughter, that his daughter was the manager of the property and we should talk to her.  She is in charge.

So when Lucy dug a few holes and the mower guy complained to me.  Phil talked to the manager daughter and she laughed it off.  Calling the mower guy basically crazy and not to worry about it.

So on August 1st when I go to pay rent, the landlord is there, and ask me about my dog.

convo went something like this

him: do you all have the dalmatian

me: yes

him: well my landscaper tells me that she is digging a bunch of holes

me: well I know there are at least two holes, but we are going to fill them in, we just haven’t had a chance yet

him: o well he’s a old army guy, complains and exacerbates on everything, he said that a bunch of mexicans that in building c leave smashed glass bottles everywhere around the apt, but i’ve known them for fifteen years, and they don’t do that.  so just fill them in, take care of it.

me: okay, no problem.

yes that is not a quote by quote, but a general idea of how it went, like it was no big deal.

Now back to Wednesday, the air conditioner was putting out air, cool air even, but it wasn’t being pushed through the house.  Like if you touched the vent it was cool, but that was as far as it went.  By seven when I was cooking for the family and our friends who were still here, bless their hearts because it was really hot, I called the only numbers I had, and only got answering machines. No real people.  I leave messages.  And almost just have to sigh because I know no one will check these messages until the return to the office on Thursday morning.  So, now not only am I hot, and my kids are hot, and my friends are hot, and my poor husband who worked in the unbearable heat all day, will be coming home to this inferno of a house.   But, I’m getting cranky because I know there will be no relief.

After supper, and after Kevin and Seanna had to go.  (Which by the way, outside of the heat, I had a great time with them.  It’s always fun to visit, and play halo with your friends)  Phil tries to call again and by a miracle the landlord answers his phone.

Phil talks to him about the air conditioner, saying we have a infant baby and this heat isn’t good for him. Well what does the landlord bring up.  The stupid holes.  Phil understandably is annoyed. Landlord says he will call his daughter and the maintenance man to get this taken care of.

Phil is not easy to push to anger, but he was on Wednesday night.  So he goes to the store buys a shovel, and at some point while he was gone, Landlord called back and I don’t know what was said but it was enough to really make Phil angry.  He comes home and goes get dirt and starts filling in the holes.  Apparently the landlord made some sort of threat like statement saying he would come out tomorrow and get to the bottom of all this bs.

By this point it is a good ten thirty at night.  We are both hot, Haylie is refusing to go to bed, because it is too hot.  Luke is happily sleeping away on the couch after eating a bottle about an hour past the time he should  have had it.  I see that there is two missed calls on my phone.  I listen to the voice mail, it is the landlord saying the maintenance man  tried to call, but we didn’t answer so he went to a different job and it was going to take him some time.  I’m annoyed, to say the least.

So I call the maintenance man back, and he directs me to take the filter out of the ac unit.  Side note, I’m not the owner of this apartment, I should not have to do any sort of maintenance.  But I do it.  Run the fan only for an hour, and then turn the air back on.

And glorious, sweet glorious cool air comes rushing out of the vents.  Within an hour the house is back to the normal coolness that I prefer.

Phil filled in all the holes in the back yard.  And then did some other general outdoor clean up, like all his nasty cigarette buds. By the time the holes are filled, the air working properly and everyone is calmed down it is almost one.

The maintenance man did come out Thursday around five to look at the ac and then put a new filter in it.  So I suppose that is something. But….

Fiasco about cover that I think.

Needless to say Thursday he and I were both exhausted.

Yet, it was Haylie’s first day of first grade and she and I had to be up at 6:30.  Surprising enough, when my alarm went off I was really alert and helped her get ready and whatnot to go to school.  She had a good day. She came home all bubbly.  Her bus didn’t drop her off until 4:30pm which I don’t understand because she got out of school at 3:10.  That is a long time.  Last year she was home by ten till four, so she was really late yesterday.  The part that made sitting out there awful was the fact I now have Lucas with me.  The heat for him.  Being in the sun.  Last year when I was preggers, it was awful sitting out there, but in a way it was just me.  But she went on about how much fun she had.

Currently it is Friday morning, I’ve gotten Haylie off to school. Phil off to work (granted I really don’t do anything there) Lucas up fed, dressed, diapered, and back to sleep. Now I’m working on this blog.   Then I will be doing my devotion blog.  That I’m behind in again.  There is no excuse.  I know though I should do it at the start of the day, not the end of the day since at the end of the day I’m too tired and it just doesn’t get done. So that routine and habit has to change.

I have discovered that I have a kindle application of my phone. So I’ve downloaded a few free books and am reading.  YAY!!!! I love to read. I hate that I don’t have time like I want to.  I was reading yesterday while I waited forever.  I do want a kindle, preferably the kindle fire, but I shall wait for that.  Also under the category of reading I finished The Hunger Games by S. Collins.  It was a great book too. I like the voice in the book, the writing style, the tone.  The images, the details without being ridiculous, like in Eragon where there were pages upon pages of details of a tree.  Overkill!  But I liked the book a lot.  I am now waiting on my friend to mail me my copy of catching fire, so I can start that.  I updated the pages on my book section of my blog,  ( so you should check that out.  Because it does my heart so much good to see my views of the blog go up , and to see things crossed off my list.

I don’t think there are any other things that I need to talk about. Since right now my life consist of cleaning, kids, and reading.  I’ve covered all that.

Leave me some comments on the page if you have any.  Hope you all have a great day.


And if you have read all the way to this point.  Thank you. It has been a long blog.  You deserve a gold star.

well that is all.