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.
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!