Thursday, May 31, 2012

May in Review (Veggies, Books, and Lack of Blogging)

Hi friends, remember me? You might have forgotten with from the lack of decent posts. It's been a strange month. I wasn't too busy and it wasn't for a lack of thoughts that limited the writing. It just didn't happen that much. I missed the act of writing so I think I'll be back to regular blogging in June.

Veggie month was a success. Rules were followed. Veggies were eaten. I watched Food Inc. and finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I am glad for the once a year challenge but I am looking forward to eating meat again. I'm thinking about stopping at the 24hr grocery store on my ways home to pick


Book wise it was a great month. I think Veronica Roth's Divergent was my favourite reads. The characters are well developed, the world is consistent and believable, and I like the dystopian society she set up. I read it at the start of the month and I'm still pondering the five fractions and which I would join. I'm really looking forward to the sequel, Insurgent, which was release this month. I also enjoyed Death comes to Pemberley by P. D. James, Out of Sight, Out of Time and Uncommon Criminals both by Ally Carter, and Shannon Hale's Midnight in Austenland. I also was excited to finish Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. With all the reading I completed two more challenges. Here's were those stand: 

1. Name: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Level I - 5 books

Books Read: 6/5

2. Name: Finishing the Series 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Level 3 - finish three series

Series Read: 6/3

3. Name: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2012

Goal: Level 1 -read 12 books

Books Read: 8/12

4. Name: Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Goal: Pike's Peak -12 books from the TBR pile

Books Read: 10/12

5. Name: 2012 Audio Book Challenge

Goal: Going Steady -listen to 12 audio books

Books Read: 11/12

6. Name: 2012 Dystopian Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Intermediate Post World Trainee 4-6 books

Books Read: 7/4

7. Name: The Reading Challenge Addict Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Easy as Pie 1-5 Challenges completed

Completed Challenges: 6/1-5

8. Name: Speculative Fiction Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: In Nirvana - 24 novels

Books Read: 24/24


9. Name: 1st in a Series Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Series Lover -6 books

Books Read: 6/6

10. Name: 2nds Challenge

Goal: A Full Plate -12 books

Books Read: 9/12

11. Name: New Authors Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: 15 New Authors

New Authors Discovered: 20/15

12. Name: Read the Bible 2012
Books Read: 0/66 -using One Year Bible so far no books finished but keeping up with the daily reading

13. Name: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: The Mini YA Challenge -12 books

Books Read: 17/12

14. Name: What's In A Name 5

Goal: Read a title that fits all 6 categories

Books Read: 1/6

15. Name: All the Books of Pern Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Blue - 6 books

Books Read: 6/6

16. Name: Game of Thrones Reading Challenge 2012

Goal: Read the series - 5 books

Books Read: 0/5

17. Name: 2012 Women's Murder Club Reading Challenge

Goal: Level 5 books

Books Read: 4/5

18. Name: 2012 Chunkster Challenge

Goal: The Chubby Chunkster - 4 books

Books Read: 3/4

19. Name: Tea and Books Reading Challenge

Goal: Chamomile Lover - 2 books

Books Read: 0/2

20. Name: Outdo Yourself 2012

Goal: Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books

Books Read: 0/11

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 111

FOR TODAY: May 27, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...summer trees.

I am thinking...life is good.

I am thankful for...unexpected gifts.

I am wearing...pretty new clothes, a black pleated skirt and a flowered blouse. 

I am creating...a short story to share with my writing group.

I am going...to chat

I am reading...Naked Heat, Chess for Kids, Inheritance, Game of Thrones and The Glory Road.

I am hoping...for a productive week at the office.

I am looking forward to...writing group tomorrow.

I am hearing...tv.

Around the house...I'm hoping the productivity continues.

I am pondering...how we (Christians) pray and think about prayer.

One of my favorite things...the decoration in the kids ministry space. Thank you Dan and Pat for helping me to hang the "hot air balloons".

A few plans for the rest of the week:...it's my full week with writing group Monday, Tuesday night open night date with a good friend, Wednesday life group, Thursday youth group, and Friday and Saturday will be spent with the youth group and a rally.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 110

FOR TODAY: May 20, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...sunshine.

I am thinking...it's a great day.

I am thankful for...the farmers market opening.

I am wearing...blue, green and brown flower print dress and awesome shoes...some times it is all about the shoes. 

I am creating...the first strap to a felted purse. It's a big project that I expect to finish this time next year.

I am going...to the drive in!

I am reading...Plant Animal Miracle, Chess for Kids, Inheritance, Game of Thrones and The Glory Road.

I am hoping...the sun stays most of the week.

I am looking forward to...seeing friends.

I am hearing...people chatting in the next room (not eavesdropping it more conversational murmur)

Around the house...I'm cooking again.

I am pondering...how to spend my afternoon.

One of my favorite things...the decoration in the kids ministry space. Thank you Dan and Pat for helping me to hang the "hot air balloons".

A few plans for the rest of the week:...it's a quite week with the regular routine but Friday I have a shopping and lunch date!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TV Talk: Finales and Cancellations 2012

Edited Friday, May 18, 2012 two of the shows that aired their finales hadn't the episodes were just set ups for this week. I'm going to write a Finales Part 2.

The leaves are out, the weathers warming, summer plans are being made. Meanwhile back in TVLand show are wrapping up for the season....or forever. Various shows have already started airing the big finales and with networks announcing their fall line-ups most doomed shows have already learned their fate.

After watching The Finder's last episode I wondered what makes a for a good finale. Faithful fans expect so much from the last episode. We want to see the major story arches wrapped up often with couples finally getting together, characters making big decisions, questions answered, and secrets revealed. At the same time there has to be a reason to come back next season (if there is a next season). Often it means a major cliffhanger like "Who shot J.R?" (from Dallas 1980). Only it seems the longer a show has been on the more ridiculous the cliffhanger becomes. So what makes a good finale?

These are finales I've seen and how good I thought they were on a scale of 1-5.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD :

Bones = 3.6: I found the start sudden and confusing. I hadn't remembered Chris Pelant's character or crimes but I might of missed that episode. Those details made the first part of the episode frustrating. The rest was okay but like the season something was missing. It was a Wendell in the lab week but he didn't have any great scenes which felt unusual. Also that the Pelant case was something they were all working on...felt too sudden. Brennan being a suspect was neat but the ending seems out of character.

The Finder = 3.5: I really liked this show. It was fun and quirky and cancelled -for which I am disappointed. For a season finale it was okay...for a show finale it was disappointing. The side quest of the painting was fun but that wasn't what the show was about. Walter agrees to track down his mum as his dad's dying request, his mum whose in witness protection. It seemed out of the blue, the pulling in of family ties. I would have rather seen something with Leo or Willa. Walter finds her because that is what he does but it ends with him getting arrested and Isabel losing her badge. It also has Willa running away to get away from an arranged marriage. The lack of Walter and Leo's involvement in Willa's problems seemed to go against the rest of the season.

Biggest problem is I feel unsatisfied and even disappointed. There cliffhangers with no possible resolution -BOO show being cancelled. There were a few other cancellations that make me sad: Chuck, Eureka, and In Plain Sight. It also looks like Sanctuary could be cancelled.

There are a few more finales to air before dry wasteland of summer programming. Only summer TV isn't as bad as it use to be. The finial season of Eureka just started airing. I expect Warehouse 13 will return soon with Alphas, Haven, and there is always SYTYCD.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 109 -Mother's Day Edition

FOR TODAY: May 13, 2012 -Mother's Day
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the hillside forest waking up.

I am thinking...that my mummy is AWESOME!

I am thankful for...my mummy. I wuv you Mummy!!!

I am wearing...black and white flower print dress with a pink cardigan.

I am creating...the first strap to a felted purse. It's a big project that I expect to finish this time next year.

I am going...to have a great week :)

I am reading...Plant Animal Miracle, Chess for Kids, Inheritance, Game of Thrones and The Glory Road.

I am hoping...for board games some time today.

I am looking forward to...visiting the library.

I am hearing...Hawaii Five-O

Around the house...expecting the progress to continue we shall see, it's my busy week so it might just be another week of maintaining the basics (dishes washed, bed made, and clothes put away).

I am pondering...the game of Chess.

One of my favorite things...awesome Sunday mornings at Kidsworld Children's Ministry. I found this neat Mother's Day card a few days ago. It worked really well this morning.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...it's my busy week: Church's annual meeting Monday. Life Group Wednesday, Youth Group Thursday, GEMS closing ceremony Friday, church plant and yard sale Saturday. Oh, and I think a friend and are are going to the city tomorrow to hunt for a formal dress....a thrift shop formal dress. The youth group's 3rd annual frenchy formal is next month.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thankful Thursday's Thousand: 32-42

It's week two into my year quest to create a list thousand things I'm thankful for. Here we go...

32. Cold and flu meds
33. The ability to write
34. 24hr Tim Hortons
35. That text communication exists
36. Google search
37. Cheap movie night
38. Justine!
39. Just Because gifts
40. Emergency comforting girls night
41. Chocolate
42. Sci-Fi novels


You can find the start of the list here: 1-31,

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 108

FOR TODAY: May 6, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the world is turning to dusk.

I am thinking...that pity parties are really no fun but knowing that and actually moving yourself out of a dark head space isn't easy.

I am thankful for...tissues.

I am wearing...dress pants, pink long sleeve shirt under my GEMS tshirt.

I am creating...the first strap to a felted purse. It's a big project that I expect to finish this time next year.

I am going...probably cry again before the nights done. It's been a rough few days but nothing is really "wrong" but everything feels wrong. I hate when bad feels feel louder than facts because the truth because knowing the truth doesn't change that I feel miserable.

I am reading...Moreta, Game of Thrones and The Glory Road.


I am hoping...to write tomorrow. I want to have a finished short story to share at writing group.

I am looking forward to...sleep.

I am hearing...the hum of the computer

Around the house...there is progress. I am sure if you came to visit you wouldn't see and change but I do there are little spots of progress. The successes are motivating me to keep at it. Motivation is helpful at this rate people will be able to visit for Christmas.

I am pondering...how to get out of a dark headspace pity party (normal Liz "find the joy" methods aren't working at the moment).

One of my favorite things...reunions and sushi fang.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...it should be a quite week. There is Best Word tomorrow then youth group Thursday. I have no plans for the rest of the nights but whenever I say that it turns out to be jam packed with more than enough. I expect this week will be no different.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A Thousand Thankfuls -The New Thankful Thursday

I love writing these weekly Thankful Thursday posts. It is been good for me. Each week am give myself a chance to reflect on the week through the intentional lens of gratitude. This weekly habit has saved from more than a few dark spots.When I first started five years ago I had no real format, sometimes I wrote a paragraph, sometimes it was just a list, and sometimes I just skipped it.

Over the years the weekly challenge has evolved and transformed to keep it from becoming a chore or boring. It's how I came to writing about the people I am thankful for and why last year. I am no where near finished the list I had planned on continuing this year. But I was inspired and am going to try something new. I recently read about someone making a list of a thousand things they were thankful for and I thought "I want to do that." So I'm going to this year. It is going to be about 20 things a week.

Only I'm going to start this week with 31 because in my attempt to find who had inspired this 1000-thankfuls idea (which I didn't discover) I found this challenge to make a list of things you are thankful for equal to the exact number of years you have been alive.

1. Functioning lungs and the ability to breath. I like breathing
2. Really having a fully mobile and fairly healthy body is great
3. My Mummy
4. My Dad
5. My sister
6. All of my extended family
7. Jesus in my life
8. Prayer
9. My church family
10. The girls
11. Best Friend
12. Favourite Atheist
13. Favourite Heretic
14. My church family
15. My life group
16. Volunteers
17. Each sunrise I witness
18. Good books
19. Good hugs
20. Smoked BBQ ribs
21. Friends who BBQ said ribs and shares them with me
22. The Saturday farmers market
23. Games nights with good friends
24. My kitty Kima
25. My kitty Inu
26. Sleeping on freshly washed bed sheets
27. When I discover real mail (not fliers or bills) in my mailbox
28. Earl grey tea
29. Bright sunshiny days
30. Best Word (my writing group)
31. Blog comments

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Survivor: One World Weeks 9, 10, & 11

Three weeks away (at least away from the Survivor) and much has changed. My Jay prediction was right. Then Leif and Trozyan were both voted off leaving one guy and six girls.

Survivor Thoughts:
  • I was wrong. The first weeks of the show I expected the girls tribe to implode and a few to hobble along to the merge and then be voted out but the stronger guys alliance. I was wrong. Things went totally opposite. Some was luck and game changers like the early tribe switch up and Colton's medical exit. Still some of the girls made strong and big plays.
  • The next few weeks are going to be interesting. The girls have stayed strong while eliminating the guys but with most of the guys gone who are they going to vote off. Girls are going to feel hurt and betrayed and I expect there will be cat fights.
  • Troyzan maybe the last guy standing but even if he makes it to the end I can't seem him winning. He's missed the social game and hasn't made any strong plays. He's survived because he's beatable.
Predictions for May 2:
With one guy left, Tarzan, I think we'll start to see the girl's alliance break or rather see the smaller alliance surface. The previews made it seem like Kat or Sabrina but my prediction is that Christian is going home. As always it comes down to who wins immunity.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Veggie Month and Food Rules

Today mark's the start of another month long adventure in being a vegetarian. My reason for altering my eating habits is it makes the perfect gift for my very dear vegan friend. This is going to be my third time taking on a month long veggie-challenge.The first time was a few years ago, my friend asked me to join her in a 30-day Vegetarian challenge. At the end of the month she was a vegan and I thought "never again." Then last year I couldn't think what to get my friend and decided this was the best possible gift. The experience was better, I was more prepared. And so when I asked the question "what do I get her for her birthday?" another veggie month seemed like a good idea.

I've thought about why I'm doing this and what I want to get out of the challenge and based on those reason have come up with some personal food rules for the month and educational goals:

1) Luke 10:8b -a few years ago I was part of a study going through the book of Luke. One of the verses that stuck out to me was Luke 10:8b "...eat what ever is set before you." The background is Jesus is sending out the 72 to teach and share that the Kingdom of God is near. The group decided this was a perfect verse for missionaries who encounter new and "different" foods. This verse also fits for my challenge.

Over the next 31 days I am choosing to shop, cook and eat like a vegetarian but I will also be visiting friends and church families. I am not going to ask them to cater to me especially since this is a short term experiment.


2) No Vegan Powers* -for me the challenge is a gift and an interesting experience. I will be eating like a vegetarian for the month but I am allowing myself eggs and dairy and meat if I am at someones house. I don't want Vegan Police* to show up at meal times because accidentally had half & half or I forgot that Chicken Parmesan wasn't vegan*.

3) When Possible Eat Local -I feel like a horrible person saying this but the political and even environmental reasons for becoming a vegetarian have never motivated me to change my eating habits. While I become emotional at the stories of mass feeds lots they have never had any long term effect on my personal love of bacon, steak, fried chicken, or bacon (sorry Jess).

However, over the last few years the topic of what I eat and why I eat what I eat has become a growing interest of mine. As I discover the economic, social, environmental, and health benefits of eating locally grown food I am more interested in becoming a localvore than a vegetarian. I'm not really there yet. I still like my bananas and avocados and chocolate. This month not only will I be buying no meat I want to activity seek out local food options. Thankfully, I am very fortunate to live in a great area with wonderful farmers markets available, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

4) Educate Myself -May is a great month for me to continue to think about food issues and my growing questions. I finished In Defense of Food last month and I picked back up Plant, Animal, Miracle last night. I'd also like to start The Omnivore's Dilemma. I was going to make this rule "read" but I'm going to try and sit through the Food Inc. documentary. I want to be able to sum my what the important issues are for me and have some type of reasonable, article opinion on those issues. A month won't be the end of the questioning but it is a good time to think about the topic.

And that is the start and rules for my veggie month. It should be interesting.

Happy Birthday to my dear and Favourite Vegan!

*Scott Pilgrim vs. The World reference