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Is this photo a day thing becoming a bit tiresome for you? Me too. I am glad I only committed to a month instead of a whole year. I would never make it!

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2012 Books 6-10

The Friday Night Knitting ClubThe Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In fairness, my enthusiasm behind this rating might have a lot to do with the fact that this book totally came out of the blue for me. I had often picked it up at bookstores, read the back, put it down, and politely walked away. But this time, I needed an audio book and there were slim pick'ens at my library. So, I downloaded it and became completely and utterly engulfed in the lives of the women at this knitting shop. Not to mention, the book made me want to knit everyday when I came home from work (well, crochet, I don't know how to knit). I loved this book so much, and when I got to the ending I cried like a baby and had to reapply my make-up in the parking lot at work. I totally didn't see it coming. And much to my surprise there is a Knit 2 and a Knit 3! Which means I will be enjoying these stories for at least another two books.


My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night StandsMy Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Um, guys? I hated this book. And I was sure I wasn't alone until I logged on to Goodreads to write this review and saw that a lot of people gave it five stars. This book might be another casualty of a bad audiobook reader...but let me put it this way. My doggie daycare comes to the car and gets my dog in the morning and I would turn down the volume because if they overheard I am sure they would have thought I was listening to erotica radio or something. It's my own fault, the book is called My Horizontal Life after all...but I just wish I would have laughed more and blushed less.


Nice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways To Win The Respect You Deserve, The Success You've Earned, And The Life You WantNice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways To Win The Respect You Deserve, The Success You've Earned, And The Life You Want by Lois P. Frankel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book gives 99 tips to being more assertive, and about halfway through I realized that I am not as "nice" as I thought.  Some of the tips made me think, "Really? You need to tell somebody that?" But what I DID take away from this book and why I would recommend is because of one message it really drove home: Make it work for you.

I can, at times, be a bit of a martyr. I'll take on too many projects, I'll go out of my way to do things that just don't "work" for me i.e. both inconvenience me and make me grumpy.  This book really emphasized either (1) saying no to things you can't do or more importantly (2) being brave enough to ask for modifications so that things are easier on you. 

Also, one of the last tips really struck home for me: live your values.  When forced to pick my top values (happiness in my work and financial security). I realized that I am not actively working toward making these things happen.  At least not with enough vigor that I should.

I listened to this book via audio book, so I can't say what it is like to read on paper, but I think it was a nice way to start my morning and if you can download it you should.


The Story of Beautiful GirlThe Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a pick for my book club and it was so different then I thought it was going to be.  The story is about a girl and a man who are living in a mental health "facility" and escape so that the girl can give birth and potentially give her daughter a better a life.  The couple meet an old woman, give here the baby, and are soon ripped apart.  The story chronicles their separate lives over the course of a lifetime.  I really enjoyed both Lenny and Martha's stories, but I found Homan's story to be a bit boring.  There were parts of the book that moved quickly, and other parts that drug on.  I didn't love the ending- not because substantively it wasn't good, but it just seemed a bit too "perfect".   

****The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your MateThe Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to give this book to every person I know.  The concept is fabulous - we all speak our own love languages.  Some people (like me) express love through quality time.  Others (like my husband) express love through acts of service.  There are three others: physical touch, words of affirmation, and receiving gifts.  Instead of speaking our own love languages to our partners, we must learn to identify and speak their love language in an effort to more effectively tell them that we love them.  I think Chapman's analysis is spot on.  I borrowed this audiobook from the library but am going to buy my own copy because it was just that powerful.  A must read for everybody!


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February Movies


Dan and I were gone a lot in February, but we somehow managed to watch three movies together (some of which you all suggested): 

Safe House
We went and saw this in the theater because both Dan and I are big Denzel Washington fans.  Overall?  It was a lot of action and not a lot of plot.  I was impressed with Ryan Reynolds in an action role, but don't waste you money and see it in the theater.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
(Well this one certainly wins for corniest movie poster.)

I liked this movie way more then I thought I would.  First, the animation of the monkey was impressive. Second, the plot was way more endearing then I was suspecting it would be.  On a side note, this movie did confirm my general distaste for James Franco.  I can't stand that guy.

I heard mixed reviews about this movie.  Some people thought it was funny, others thought the subject matter was inappropriate for a comedy.  Personally, I enjoyed it.  While it had its light moments, it also had its serious moments that I think paid homage to the seriousness of the disease.  The only part of this movie I didn't like was the therapist storyline.  Really?  

Friends with Benefits
I watched this movie when Dan was out of town so I am not going to include it in our overall totals.  This movie was dumb, but not as dumb as I thought it was going to be.  It had some good one liners but once again confirmed my belief that Justin Timberlake cannot act and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GET BACK IN THE STUDIO. 

Melissa's February Rankings
(1) Planet of the Apes 
(2) 50/50
(3) Safe House
(4) Friends With Benefits

Dan's February Rankings:
(1) Planet of the Apes 
(2) 50/50
(3) Safe House 

And we agree on something! 

Any suggestions for March Movies? 

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Welcome March!

Oh March, welcome! You are going to be the best month ever for so many reasons:

(1) The West Coast Conference Championships and March Madness, Christmas for basketball fans!

(2) My birthday month. Pisces in the house!

(3) A much anticipated girls trip to Denver with some of my college roommates that I haven’t seen in far too long.

(4) A long awaited visit from my high school bestie.

My February goal was a big fat fail. Who has time to write creatively for fifteen minutes EVERY DAY? Not this girl, apparently. But March’s goal is going to be to partake in the photo a day March Challenge (above). Anybody else do these?



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