Saturday, July 12, 2014

Missing You





NYPD Detective Kat Donnavan hasn't really dated since her fiancĂ©, Jeff, dumped her 18 years ago; 2 years after her father was murdered and she was consumed to solve his murder. Her friend, Stacy, signed her up for a year's subscription for a dating site. Who does Kat first stumble across?! A picture of her former fiancĂ©. 


Brandon Phelps is a teenager who believes his mom has been kidnapped, despite her texts, emails and calls confirming she is ok. Brandon contacts Kat to help find his mother, since he discovered she was going away on a weekend trip with her new online friend, Jake. Jake and Jeff are the same person.

  

Titus is a business man  who is out to earn money the easy way, by kidnapping rich people and torturing them. 


Can Kat handle the death of the man who confessed to her father's murder, flashbacks from her old relationship, and tracking down the whereabouts of Brandon's mother?? 



This is my first Harlan Coben book to read, but it definitely will not be the last. I'm a slow reader and it usually takes me more than a week to finish a book. Missing You took me 2 days. That could be record-breaking for me

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom

After reading this quick read, I thought I would give my quick review of it. 



Paige and her four girlfriends, who also happen to be neighbors, have a long friendship behind them. One day, they get the news that one of their girlfriends, Karen, died in a freak accident, alone. 


Paige decides to do some of her own investigation after Karen confided a dark secret to her only days before the accident. The local cops know that they have an open and shut case. Ruled: accident. Paige isn't so sure. 


Paige is determined to track down her best friend's killer.


This book is a very easy read, but also very boring. Paige is an extremely self-involved mother of 2 who does not take anyone else's feelings into consideration. She is strong and hard-headed. There are parts where I feel like I'm watching an episode of Desperate Housewives with the secrets and can plotting amongst some of the friends. 



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Volunteer

I may be WAY behind in meeting my 101 in 1001 goals, but it doesn't mean I have to stop because my time is up. I can cross off one more on my list: 
3. Volunteer for one organization

If you know me, you know that I’m kind of all over the place. My mind is constantly thinking and planning on something.  I plan my weekly menus. I plan our bi-weekly budget. I plan our weekend min-trips. I plan our big trips (we have yet to take one, but I have plenty planned and always planning more, for when that day comes…). I plan our future with the kids.  I plan my extra-curricular activities. I plan my books to read. I just PLAN.  I’m not sure what has happened to make this a more recent OCD that I have. The planning really only started a few years ago.  I even have an organized calendar that catalogs our bills and goals and a lot of other stuff (I just might do a ‘how to’ blog on that lol). 

I realized in recent weeks how much more I really want this have a foster home, and one day adopt. – I have become a C.A.S.A. volunteer this year. CASA is a volunteer-based program where basically when a child(ren) are removed from their home due to CPS getting involved, after lawyers and CPS discuss with a judge the next steps for the parent(s) and children that have been removed, the judge will appoint CASA to take over the child(rens) case.  CASA then appoints one of their volunteers. Last week, I went to meet a child that was removed from her home several years ago and is still in the CPS system, and absolutely fell in love with this beautiful 11 year old girl, and begged my CASA director to give her case to me.  She was secretly hoping I would want this case because she needed to get rid of some of her heavy workload anyway.  Of course, I instantly want to kidnap this girl and bring her to my home and just show her all the love she hasn't even getting from a family. 

  No mother should do what they do to cause CPS to remove their child from their home and then end up in a confusing adult-run system. 
I’m really excited to take on this case, and my husband already is prepared to watch my heart break eventually for this child. We don’t know the outcome, but I know I can’t keep her and that’s already heart-breaking. I am there for her to lead her and mentor her and speak for her to the judge on what’s in her best interest. 
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Debating on rating this a 2. Loved delirium and couldn't wait to pick this book up to see what happens next. This book did not peak my interest and seemed to drag on. Parts of it did not even make sense and I'm still very confused. I can see that the 3rd book will have a very rough, confusing love-triangle going on.
 
Lena lef her world to join the wilds with her love, Alex, only to have him killed before they made it. now, she must learn to adapt to the life of the wilds without the one person who convinced her of the deleria and to leave all she has ever known.  Eventually, Lena learns to trust those around her and adapt. 
 
After going on a mission that even she doesn't know what all it entails, she falls for Josh.  They have to fight for their lives and make it to a safe place outside. 
 
Lena learns that her mom helped rescue her, but she hasn't seen her mom since she was told she killed herself after the deleria took over her body.  She knows she's alive, but to see her... wow.  and not to realize who she was until she is long gone again?
 
Lena promises she won't leave Josh, and then she hears a voice behind her. Alex. 
 
I'm not sure I really enjoyed this as much as the first one. It didn't grab my attention and I found parts confusing. And Alex is back? but he died.  Maybe he was only injured and just held captive, but why didn't they just kill him since they know he wasn't cured?  Guess I'll read the 3rd book and find out what happens next.

Where has the time gone?

I remember when this school year started. Me and Bo had just moved in together and we were working out the kinks of co-parenting his children with their mom and stepdad. It was a little rocky at first. Rocky for me as a new "mom", rocky for him because he's lived so far away most of his children's lives that he had to adjust to seeing them often. Rocky for the kids because now they has to split their time away from their much-adoring mom and spend it with us as well. Can't say we didn't have any hiccups.

Today marks the last day of their school year. Bo will be leaving elementary school behind forever, and moving on to middle school as a 6th grader. Gabby will be leaving middle school behind forever and moving on to high school as a freshman! Wow. I don't feel old enough to have a freshman already... I had the luxury of seeing them this morning before school, and they make me laugh. They decided to dress up for their last day. 



Friday, May 30, 2014

No Facebook?!

17. Not log onto facebook or other social networks for 1 week (May 31)

Last Friday, I deactivated my facebook account.  Now it is a week later and I’m not missing it at all! I have less contact with my friends since no one talks outside of facebook anymore, and in the evenings I pick up my phone to open FB, only to realize it’s not there, then put my phone back down.  I’m not multi-tasking as much since I don’t have this meaningless app on my phone to stalk people.  Also- I’ve been spending more time reading books since I can’t read facebook statuses. Whoo hoo! Although, I’ll probably be back over this weekend. :/ it’s hard to stay away, it’s a great bathroom reading material :P


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mothers Day 2014

 

On Friday before Mother’s day, I received a card in the mail from my mom (who lives in the same town as me, who I see almost once a week at least).  I opened it, and it was a Mother’s Day Card. I’m not technically a mother, but I did inherit 3 stepkids, so I have the step “mom” title.  The card was sweet.  I thought nothing more about it.  I’m not a mom. 

 

Sunday morning (Mother’s Day), the first words out of Bo’s mouth is “Happy Mother’s Day”. He was acknowledging my hard work as the stepmom and my mother-role in our family.  It was sweet!  Not what I expected. I’m not a mom. 

 

We went out with his family to celebrate his mom, Nini, and sister as mothers.  We then went out to dinner with my parents. (We celebrated my family’s mother’s day the night before).  That evening, I get a phone call from my sweet kids who wanted to tell me Happy Mother’s Day.  Melted my heart.  They were acknowledging me as one of their moms.  I won’t compare myself to the role their actual mom has, but it’s still great to know I have been accepted and everyone knows that as a stepmom, we are still a mom/caregiver to our children.  When we went to bed that night, the last words Bo told me again was “Happy Mother’s Day”.  It’s been great! 

 

Three days later, a friend of mine had mailed something to me that also said “Happy Mother’s Day”. And he hasn’t even MET my family yet.  Made me smile again.