Sunday, February 26, 2012
This brilliantly told story goes back and forth between Sarah in 1942 and Julia in Paris, France 2002. As the French police bang on Sarah's family's apartment door to gather them up she locks her young brother into a secret cupboard to keep him safe for now, to be retrieved shortly. What follows is a heartbreaking story of losses that are too enormous to even comprehend.
The story of Julia, an American living in Paris with her husband and daughter takes place in 2002. She is a journalist assigned to cover the story of the 60th Anniversary of the Vel'd'Hiv roundup where she learns of Sarah and their connection. One that will change her life forever.
I really could not put this book down and will always remember and pray for these innocents, most of them were children.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The IHS band is really huge. Billy is in back with the percussion section.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
It is set here in King County, Washington with lots of shots of Seattle, which made it more enjoyable for me. Three teens come across an alien object that transmits some unique abilities to them. It had the feel of Greek mythology set in present day, of mortals trying to harness a power that is far greater than they can handle well. It definitely held your interest throughout and the kind of movie that is much better seen on the large screen.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Several months ago I picked up the first in the series and read a chapter and said Huh? This is just too weird. I tried again a couple months later and was hooked after a few chapters. The story takes place in a future post-nuclear world where the population is divided into Districts with very specific rules and functions all headed by The Capitol. Each year a male and female from each District are chosen to participate in The Hunger Games where they fight to the death until only one remains. The story is told by Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers in her sister's place.
I loved the first two books much more than the third. Mockingjay went on just a little too long and the gruesome details began to be a bit much by the end of it all.
Highly recommended, 4-5 (out of 5) stars.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Everyday is Valentine's Day for our family but I think tonight I will prepare some ribeye steaks or filet mignon for a nice dinner in since our dinner out at Palomino was an epic fail. Maybe something decadent and chocolate-y for dessert.
Fun fact: My grandmother's maiden name was Valentine!
Hope you all enjoy your day and tell those around you just how much you love them today and every day.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I love our King County library system, it is truly amazing. I love the little audio players that they carry, a perfect way to listen to books while I am doing my chores. Our library was voted Busiest and Best in the US last year by the Library Journal. The King County library system was a big selling point in getting me out here to Washington from NJ initially :)
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
What a glorious, warm, and sunshine filled day! We headed down to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.