Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Thin Ice"- {a review}


This new novel by Irene Hannon was a great way to start my new year reading! 

Christy watches her sister's house burn with her sister inside shortly after her parents are killed in an accident. Or so she thought. When it seems Ginny may still be alive but held captive by someone, Chrissy turns to Speciel Agent Lance McGregor for help. Together they work through a bigger mystery than either of them bargained for. 

I love Irene Hannon and her writing style! This book kept me captivated throughout and surprised me several times. I highly recommend any book by Hannon but this has been my favorite to date. 

Definitely add this one to your 2016 reading list! 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

Every year I do this resolution thing and this one word thing. Well this year I'm not. I am setting a goal. One. Because every other year I feel like I set myself up for failure with all these big "resolutions" that are honestly just unrealistic for me. 
So I am setting one goal that basically covers every aspect of my life and doesn't bring a lot of stress and pressure with it. 
So my one goal for 2016 is to get healthy. 
I'm not going into how that covers so much or going into details but it's a goal. And it's obtainable. (It only took me 8 days to decide on it too.) 

So here's to 2016 and all the possibilities that come with it.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Schools today

Since changing jobs this summer, I am finding that since I am not as active in homework that a lot is slipping through the cracks. But I am also noticing a trend with teachers. They are giving homework assignments through text messages and emails after school hours and it is stuff that one teacher "forgot" to mention in class and is due the next day. Well my child does not have a cell phone and unless he asks he does not have access to internet and email in the evenings. And it is putting him at a disadvantage. But no matter what I say to his teacher or to him, it is not something that looks like it will be fixed. I have a huge problem with this. Not every child has a cell phone and some of us as parents find that giving their children too much internet access is not the responsible thing to do. Technology is great. I know that I need it for this blog as well as several other aspects in my life. But I don't think that a school should be allowed to solely base homework on texts and emails. If you have an assignment that needs to be printed out- print it and hand it to the kids. I don't care that they are in high school. My high schooler does not have a "family" computer to use and will not have a cell phone so you are excluding him from a required grade.

And I am certainly not putting all the blame on the teacher. My child needs to be more responsible and speak up about not being able to receive an assignment if it is sent out via text or email at night. But if a class is going to make this a requirement then the schools need to make sure that every child has the same thing at home in order to receive it. 

And now I am getting off my soap box.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And then it became a we

Road Dog Creations started as A hobby for John. Well now it has become a family business. There is just something distressing about stringing all those beads. We have our last live event for 2015 this weekend and I have already announced Christmas deadlines. It's a great problem to have. I joke that this side business has taken over our house and our lives but I honestly don't mind. Well except the fact that the workers at Michaels know me by name and I get texts when certain items come back in stock. Apparently that is a little strange. So I am introducing a new line at Road Dog Creations today. Here is just a small sampling of Hentown Mama for Road Dog Creations (creative title, I know). And in celebration, I am hosting a giveaway! All you have to do is like the Hentown Mama and Road Dog Creations Facebook pages. There is a button in the side board for Hentown Mama for you to click and like my page and for the moment (I am on my phone) you will have to search for Road Dog Creations. One winner will win a pair of our original bullet rim earrings with your choice of birthstones as well as an original beaded necklace. 

 I am also working on updating the look of the blog and adding a link to our shop, it's just seems to be taking me longer than I planned.
I am enjoying this new adventure and also the fact that I can make all of this sitting in my recliner or at my dining room table. It is the perfect hobby for me right now. So for now- go like our pages on Facebook and enter to win unique Christmas gifts for yourself or a friend. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October Favorites


Normally this is my favorite time of year. October brings pumpkin everything, cooler weather, changing leaves, and Allume. Except this year I didn't get to go to Allume. And as much as I missed it, I needed to be at home this year. I normally have my whole house decorated for fall by now too. This year there are some pumpkin candles lit and that is about it. For some reason, my favorite time of year is just not this year. It may be the broken tooth, or even the deer. Or it could be that I am dealing with another kidney stone and just not in the mood to enjoy it. 

However, since I tell all of my patients that they have to find at least one positive thing in everyday, I am going to do the same thing. I do have some new favorite things this month. 

Reading:

 I am reading "The Ragamuffin Gospel" right now. It has been on my to read list for a while but I finally bought it. It is so good. I am devouring it and that is saying a lot because between 3 jobs I don't have a lot of reading time. But this is definitely a book I needed right now. 

Listening:
I don't know why but this song has just grown on me this month and now I love it. 



Wearing:
Well since I now get custom jewelry from Road Dog Creations, I have to say that I am loving these earring that I designed and John made. 
I also have a whole new appreciation for legging but that is another story. 


Watching:

Okay, so I am a little late on this since the show actually finished last year BUT- I am watching Season 1 of the "Parenthood" and wondering why I did not watch this show before. It is so good. I guess I was under a rock somewhere. I also watched the last season of "Outlander" on DVD and it was okay. Definitely not the book. We are apparently on a steady stream of "Jurassic World" and "Avengers 2" with the boys. I am a little tired of both. Yes, I am tired of watching Thor which will surprise some people. 

So while there have been some interestingly negative things going on this month, there are also a few positives. Like starting a new business and doing festivals, etc. We are actually going to have a booth this weekend at an Easton Corbin concert. I have several new books sitting on my to read shelf that I am ready to have time to read and let you know about too. So maybe November will be better than October has been health and busy wise. 



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Deer, broken teeth, and dentists

Yesterday, on my way to work, I hit a deer. A baby deer that still had spots on him. So there was no damage done to my van. But my nerves were shot for the rest of the day. So when my tooth broke at lunch, I just wanted to sit there and cry. (I didn't but I wanted to.) 

Instead, I went and saw 10 more patients and worked late. Now I am sitting at the dentist office. I really dislike the dentist office. I don't like people messing around in my mouth and I certainly don't like the headache I always get after visiting the dentist. But today I will take the headache over the pain from this tooth. Even knowing they are probably going to have to pull the tooth (I am so thankful it is the one in the very back.) I am just hoping it won't be that bad because I have to be at work in a couple of hours. And work late again today to be able to come here. 
So I am spending my wait time writing this and if the wait goes too much longer I will be reading a new book. I have a feeling that I am not going to get back there on time even coming early. It's just how my "luck" is running right now. That is how I am spending my day. I really hope it goes smoother than yesterday.