Monday, September 20, 2010

The White Mare (Dalriada Trilogy, #1)The White Mare by Jules Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while and about 70odd pages to get into this, but once I was I really enjoyed it.  The story of what is now Scotland, Priestesses and Druids set amongst the ever growing threat of Roman invasion, I think Watson has created a hero in Eremon (a man from across the sea - Ireland)that people will love (I know one reader who certainly does!).


I've recently been reading (and watching) a fair bit centered around the Roman Empire and it was so nice to read about the same period of time but have it set somewhere other than Rome = Watson managed to make the threat of the Romans very real without needing to devote much time to them.


This is the first in a trilogy and I will certainly be looking out for the next 2.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

The dreaded ankle............

I was at the docs on Weds for the results of my MRI.  I"m not sure how I feel about them, as there was nothing more sinister than confirming that I sprained it (both inside & outside the ankle) and the damage is consistent with that.  That's great, but it makes formulating a healing plan difficult.  If I had a hairline fracture (or something along those lines) it would make it easier to deal with as there would be a clear picture of where we go next.

I was also feeling abit frustrated with my Doc as he didn't really seem to be getting that I was frustrated and he didn't seem to have any real ideas about what to do.  Essentially, I need to stay off it as much as I can, and it seems that the act of moving the foot is what is causing the pain (I think this is part of the healing process and the ligaments are protesting when I walk).  He mentioned crutches - which I have said no to in the past - and this time I said I may be willing to consider them, but then he said I could have a walking boot (like a cast, but velcro so it can be taken off as needed) which would immobilise the foot totally.  So off I went  to the orthopedic brace shop where they had me in and out in 10 mins, and this is what I have:


I should be in line for some physio as well which if nothing else should help me with getting the last bit of mobility back...........Luke thinks the boot is brilliant............I just think it's a pain!

Fingers crossed.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Labo(u)r day Weekend

So Labo(u)r Day has been and gone so apparently summer is over - but as it's still 35deg C outside, I refuse to believe it!

We headed up to Waco (3 hours North of us) for the weekend, taking advantage of the day off school and work for the boys.  I don't think it's a place we would have headed too if we didn't have friends who are from a town just South of there so have told us abit about it.  All I knew in advance was that it had a small zoo (which my friend Heather raves about!), was home to Baylor University and that it had the oldest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi


So, my ankle wasn't great but we made the most of it - we ate good Mexican and Italian, spent plenty of time in the hotel pool and the boys visited the Mayborn Museum - it's part of the Baylor campus and has plenty of hands-on discovery type things, and is currently home to a Lego exhibit, which Luke was very excited about - and best of all, when they got there on the Sunday afternoon - it was free.  Result!

Turns out Waco is also where Dr Pepper was invented (who knew!) and they have a little museum dedicated to the fizzy drink.





It wasn't very big, but it was worth a visit, if only to visit the old-fashioned soda fountain and have an ice-cream float!

And then the zoo - what a little gem!  It's small - but brilliant.  We didn't see everything as my foot was protesting towards the end, but we did get to see (in no particular order) lions, giraffes, hippos, snakes (urgh!), meerkats (simples!) and many others.  Now, I HATE snakes, but Luke insisted I come into the reptile house with them - Chris has taken some photos but I refuse to look at them and be reminded of the huge horrid things.  I've been shuddering while typing!!!!

The zoo also had lots of little areas for the kids to play in - one area had things to jump on and they made cymbal type noises.  In the playground there was a little splash area which (as we were leaving) we let Luke go in and boy, did he make the most of it!  Absolutely wet through - but totally content!

Before we came home on the Monday (I wanted to go via Ikea but knew it wouldn't be a popular idea!) the boys took me to a bakery they'd been to the day before.  It was gorgeous and I plan on going back to buy some of their fruit cakes to take home to my parents and Nana for Christmas.  Unfortunately, I was having a really cra**y day and didn't enjoy it the way I should have done - the ankle is getting me down and some days are better than others, but that's a story for another post!

I really liked Waco - like a lot of towns, there's alot of empty lots and buildings and could do with some regeneration.  However, there is also lots to do and lots of really nice places to eat...........I think that it's great that the University is there as that generates alot of traffic through the town.  If you're ever nearby, it's definitely worth a stop.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cleopatra's DaughterCleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.  I was unsure what I would think about reading about this particular period of history and wondered if I would compare it unfavourably to the Tudor era which I love!  Of course, that's daft as you can't compare the two.......and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Moran did a great job with her characters - especially Selene and I was really rooting for her throughout.  Through most of the book I forgot how young she was at that time and what an awful time it must have been for her and her brother.


Well done Michelle Moran - I shall read more of yours!


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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Life Is Good Blog Award!

Many thanks to Carol at Dizzy C's Little Book Blog  and Rachel at Thoughts from a Compulsive Reader for this award. One nod would have been nice, so 2 is very much appreciated - especially at a time when the ongoing saga of my ankle is getting me down a little bit.  Thanks ladies.



Life is Good Award!


Now for the criteria:


To accept the award you must link back and thank the person who gave you the Life is Good award and answer the 10 questions and pass it along to 6 other blogs :) 

1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?

I'm not anonymous - I limit the personal info I share on the web - I like people to know who's saying what!

2.Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side
Just one?!  I don't think my stubborn side is "inner" - it's out there for everyone to see.  My refusal to budge on discipline with our son sometimes leads to some issues!
3.What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
The same person I saw when I was 18 - just a little rounder and with more lines!  Like Carol - I see alot of my mum in that mirror too!

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
Diet Dr Pepper, or if it's alcoholic, pimms or a nice cold beer

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Play online, read or have a nice bath......which is where I'm heading shortly!

6.Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
Finish my degree, then I'll reassess as there is lots I want to do!

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?
I was the "nothing" student - I wasn't funny, I wasn't a genius, I wasn't shy and I wasn't a slacker........

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see? 
Probably when my son was born.  Finally meeting that little human being after carrying "it" around for so long and discovering he was a boy was a wonderful moment.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
Like I said before, I limit the personal info that I share, but I like to think that what I write is pretty true to myself.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why? 
Oh read!  The phone drives me nuts!


Ok, so I'm passing this onto:

Hazel & Bobby's American Adventure (congrats on the new arrival!)
Kendal (For being such a good blogger on her dads behalf!)

Monday, September 06, 2010

Shoes for my birthday.......yes please!

I don't know if Chris reads this blog.........but just in case he does...........I REALLY like these:





And I REALLY REALLY like these:


Or there's these...........


Will I get any of them? Watch this space!

Testing testing..........

I've long been frustrated by the inability to put photos exactly where I want them in my posts. However - I've just done a search of the help topics and think I may have solved the problem, so this is a test run, with a pic from our weekend trip to Waco............(more of which to follow later!)


So, it seems to have worked!  And one more for the turtle lovers amongst you!:

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Tales of the Otherworld (Otherworld)Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong




Loved loved loved this. It's definitely a book for Otherworld fans - if you're new to the series don't jump in here, it won't do anything for you other than be a collection of interesting short stories. If, like me, however you are a diehard Otherworld fan then this is a brilliant insight into the background of alot of the well known characters from the main series. My particular favourite was "Beginnings" - when Elena met Clay, and also Eve and Kristoffs backstory.



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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Goodreads........

I'm finally trying to get my TBR (to be read) pile organised and I'm joining my fellow bookies over at www.goodreads.com ......it's a work in progress but I think it'll be worth it. Not that I need it but I reckon the aforementioned TBR will be growing even more!

I'm currently reading The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley which I think I'm really going to enjoy. I also picked up 2 wishlist books from the library today which I'm quite giddy about, and the Richard and Judy list is out with a couple that I really want to get my hands on (Operation Mincemeat especially!)

On a social note - the Lackland Officers Spouses Club reconvened for the 2010/2011 year today and I'm really looking forward to getting book club back up and running, playing bunco, and having lunch with new (and old) friends!