Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's National Coffee Day! Hooray!

The US celebrates National Coffee Day every year on Sept. 29! Be sure to enjoy a cup (or 5) to celebrate this fabulous holiday!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Crummy Church Sign- They may need a few more titles

Thanks to Miki for sending this one...on my birthday! Who doesn't want to get a Crummy Church sign pic for their birthday?!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Favorite Things Friday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is in the air which means the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte is back!!! I always add caramel syrup to mine to make it a Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you've never had one you MUST try it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tales from the 1st Grade: English

This was the first official week of homework in 1st grade. I was explaining that Thursday's homework is to take a practice spelling test. Knowing that I have several Hispanic students whose parents don't read or speak English I said, "If your parents don't speak English then you can practice writing your words instead." Two of my English speaking students spoke up and told me that their parents don't speak English so they aren't going to do their homework! I asked one of them, "If your mom doesn't speak English what does she speak?!". Her reply, "American"!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

I'm going to try to make this a regular feature on this blog. Every Friday...or every other Friday...or every once in a while on Friday... I will feature one of my "favorite things". It may be a kitchen gadget, fashion tip, song, etc. So on with this Friday's installment:

Ya'll I LOVE these things! No more scrubbing baked on BBQ sauce off the sides of my crock pot. I just lift the bag out, tie it up, and toss it in the trash! These will make you want to use your slow cooker all winter long!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Review: The Canary List

A teacher falsely accused, spiritual warfare, conspiracy, and secrets within the Catholic Church. This book has it all.

On the anniversary of his daughter's death, teacher Crockett Grey is home drowning his sorrow in a bottle of liquor when 12-year old Jamie Piper shows up at his house asking to stay the night. Jamie is a troubled foster child who's terrified to return to her foster home and looking for a safe place to go. Grey is reluctant to help at first does offer help. He is careful to protect himself and Jamie by asking his elderly neighbor to allow Jamie to stay with her for the night while they sort things out. By the next morning, Jamie's foster parents' house will be burned down, Grey's friendly neighbor is missing, Jamie is taken and put in the custody of a child psychiatrist, and Grey is put in jail on charges of pedophilia.

The plot has many twists and turns as Grey tries to clear his name, find his missing neighbor, and help Jamie. Grey's character is complex and well developed.However, the plot gets a little bogged down with the intertwining story lines of his daughter's death, his troubled relationship with his wife, his desperate attempts to stay connected to his son, and his journey to save Jamie. Eventually, the story takes you to The Vatican City where there there deception, witchcraft, anda fight for the papacy make Jamie a pawn in a very dark battle of good vs evil.

The book had a good start but I got bogged down in the middle. After pressing through I found myself caught up in the story again. I'd rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.