Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday my friends!! Thanks for checking out another edition of What I'm Loving Wednesday! :)

I'm loving...
That I am off work all next week. A friend of mine will be in town so I took the week off work to spend time with him. 

I'm loving...
That I was able to embrace my inner 11-year-old self at the New Kids on the Block concert last week. It was a lot of fun. My friends and I had a blast! I scored tickets to be able to sit in my company's suite at the AAC, so we had a great view! And free food and drinks. :) 

The first opening act was Nelly. I'm not really a fan of his (nothing against him personally, I'm just not a big fan of that kind of music), I only knew about two songs. 
The next act was TLC- and that took me back to high school and college. I was a fan of theirs back then. They did a really good job. 
Of course, the highlight of the night was NKOTB. Oh yes, there was dancing on stage (and in the suite). They still have the moves. Okay, maybe the moves aren't as vigorous as they were 27 years ago, but they were still out there having fun and put on a good show. It made me and my friends think we were 11 and 12 years old again. :)
I'm loving...
That my library lets me renew my books online. I know, most libraries let you do that, but I still love it. Lol.

I'm loving...
That I actually got another book review published on my blog yesterday (in case you missed it, check it out here). Maybe I will eventually get caught up with them!

I'm loving...
That even when I'm in my lowest moment, a friend will say something to remind me that it's all going to be okay. They might not even realize what they said helped me out. It's just a reminder that you never know whose life you will make a difference in each day.

What are you loving today?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review 2015: The Art of Fielding

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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I read this book a few months ago (I know, I'm terrible with writing book reviews). I discovered this book by accident. I was actually looking at another book in the library and when I pulled it from the shelf, this book was next to it. The title caught my eye, so I decided to read the jacket summary. It's not a book I would normally read, but hey- it involved baseball, so of course I had to check it out and read it.

I don't know what "genre" to place this book under. If you click here you can get a summary of the book. I think if you love baseball, you will probably enjoy this book a little bit more than someone who is not a fan. There is a lot about the life of a baseball player in here (and some "baseball talk" that a non-fan might not understand). I'll be honest. If it wasn't for the baseball angle, I probably wouldn't have liked this book that much as I did.

When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The author did a great job of "reeling in" the reader into the life of Henry Skrimshander and the four other main characters. Towards the end (maybe the last third of the book or so), I felt myself not as "into it" as I was at the beginning. It wasn't that it was that bad, it just seemed that parts of the story were lagging and missing...something. I honestly think the author made the book a little bit too long, he probably could have cut about 100 pages out of the book to make it flow better (the book was over 500 pages).

I discovered after I finished the book that this was the author's first novel. For a first novel, I think he did an okay job. I would be interested in reading another work of fiction by him. I can tell that he is a good writer, and he has the ability to be a good story-teller. 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm loving...
That I got to spend Mother's Day weekend at my folks house. The Lions Club where my folks live (my mom is a member with them) was having a bake sale on Saturday at their local grocery store, so I was there helping them out. They were raising money to donate to the high school seniors and their college scholarships. It was actually a lot of fun (despite the slight sunburn I got). On Sunday my mom was able to have her three daughters with her for a Mother's Day lunch.

I'm loving...
That Thursday night I will see these guys in concert. Oh yes, 12-year-old Rachel is very excited. Don't rain on my parade. Lol. :) This will be my third time to see them in concert (sadly I didn't see them when I was younger, so I'm making up for it as an adult). I saw them in 2011 (see recap here) and in 2013 in Boston (see recap here). The best part about this concert is that I was hooked up with some free tickets. I have connections in high places. :) I'm sure I'll post pictures next week. 

I'm loving...
That I got this show on DVD last week. It aired about 10 years ago. It was only on three seasons, but I really liked it. It was based on a true story about a deaf woman who worked for the F.B.I.

I know this isn't a lot of things to love this week, but it's one of those days where I just can't seem to get motivated to blog (I'm thankful I found 3 things to love). :) Thank you to everyone who links up with us, we really appreciate it!! :)