Sunday, November 27, 2011

3 Unrelated Things to Share...

THING 1: Thanksgiving!I hope that everyone reading this had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was very nice. We ended up having 6 people at our dinner: Eric, me, his mom, his dad, his nephew, and niece.

His family arrived around 4 and we ate at 4:30. This year we wanted to try making a ham, and what a success it was! There was also turkey, stuffing, mashed taters and gravy, cranberry sauce, salad, and green bean casserole. Nummy! And, of course, pie!

Everyone stayed until about 8:30 and it was nice and relaxing.

The next day, we invited Eric's nephew over for a few hours. He adores Eric and never gets enough time with him. We played UNO, made spaghetti, did karaoke, and watched Finding Nemo.

THING 2: Unbroken
I have to take a moment and give a plug for the book I'm reading--Unbroken--by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit.) Can I just say WOW, WOW, WOW.

It is the true story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini and his POW experience after being captured by the Japanese during WWII.

The book is amazing. I can certainly see why it was #1 on so many lists for so many weeks.

It is readable and just detailed enough to make you feel like you're living the experiences right along with him.

I've been wanting to read this book for months, but didn't want to buy it. Then when Kindle library loans became available I quickly put this in my queue. It took a month to become available (I think I was 36th in line) and completely worth the wait.

I don't know if it is because I'm not working and have the time and energy to devote to a book, or if it is just written better than Seabiscuit, or if it is the subject (WWII has always fascinated me,) but I'm having a hard time putting this book down.

Everyone.....EVERYONE...should put this on their list of books to read. Everything about it is so powerful.

THING 3: Black Friday

Am I the only one completely appalled at the behavior on this day? I'm all for grabbing a good bargain, but more often than not this day seems to bring out the worst in people.

I'd rather pay a little more and be able to look at myself in the mirror knowing that I didn't deck some poor old lady in the attempt to snag that last $200 laptop.

I won't say any more about Black Friday except to say that I'm a proud BF boycotter. In my mind, it just isn't worth it.

P.S. ...
Because I want to end on a positive note, not focusing on bargain-crazy shoppers, I'll finish by adding a link to the Unbroken site (which, apparently, just had the movie rights sold.) You can visit it HERE, although I don't feel like the excerpt does the book justice. But once you start the book, you will be hooked. It is a POW account like none I've ever read, and it makes the horrors of war very real (without being overly graphic, just realistic...) If the link doesn't take you directly there, click on "About Unbroken" from the top menu. I just want to tell everyone about this book, because when you come across a story that's this amazing, you want to spread the word!


Karen said...

Jason LOVED Unbroken. It's on my list to read eventually, but maybe I'll try to get to it sooner now! =)

As far as Black Friday, did you hear about the woman in CA who pepper sprayed the people around her just so she could grab a certain electronic? Truly sad...

Kristie said...

You will be amazed at the book. I hope you read it!

And, yes, I heard about the pepper spray, and the couple who were held up at gunpoint if they didn't give up their cart of items, and the man who collapsed and no one helped him.

And all to race around for "stuff." Incredible.

Sally said...

I'd heard of Unbroken before and wanted to read it, then forgot all about it. I'm so glad you mentioned it. I will look it up to see if I can borrow it on my Kindle.

I did go to Black Friday this year because I live in such a small town and figured it wouldn't be bad. And it wasn't. I only went to K Mart and they had a very nice system. Before they opened the doors a woman with "tickets" for the electronic items began at the front of the line and started asking if anyone was looking for those items. If they were she gave them the ticket and they could go to the customer service desk at any time during the sale hours to retrieve the item. So the people that put in the hours to be at the front of the line got their stuff and no one pushed and shoved, it was nice.

Anonymous said...

My attempt at leaving a reading your blog, honey. Love that Kindles now have a lending library. I totally agree with your thoughts on Black Friday! for "stuff"!!! Love reading the comments from your Slooks!