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Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Review of Wirefree Cotton Leisure/Sleeping Bra by Comfort Choice®

Originally submitted at Roamans

Wirefree cotton leisure/sleeping bra is another brilliant offering from our Innovation Comfort Technology™ team. USA or imported.

  • inner cup sling
  • comfortable, breathable fabric that’s soft on the skin
  • double-lined reinforced top and side for added cup support
  • ...


The perfect Leisure Bra

By Jenn the Homey-type from Charles Town, WV on 7/22/2012

 

5out of 5

Cup Fit: Feels true to size

Band Size: Feels true to size

Pros: Comfortable, Good Coverage, Soft

Best Uses: Around The House, Sleeping

Describe Yourself: Practical, Comfort-oriented

Was this a gift?: No

I wear this around the house under my pajamas. This is the most comfortable bra I've ever worn. It has pockets for your breasts so it's not just squeezing them both in one area and the dip for cleavage is a suggestion.

It's soft, there's no strap adjusters so you don't have to worry about them gradually stretching out throughout the day and your bust sagging.

(legalese)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

Last night my sons and I, had the opportunity to go see Dreamwork's "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" event at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  I was one of the lucky winners of tickets from a blog.

The whole event was nice. Starting with meeting the PR ladies at the media desk where we picked up the tickets, and they gave my son one of the gorgeous program books, to letting us in a side entrance where we were inside and avoided the masses entering the building, to the show itself.

Having seen the movie, I was a bit leery about how they would be able to translate a computerized animation movie into a live show, but Dreamworks really did a great job.  They have one main wall that dragons and characters will come in and out of, and they project all sorts of scenes onto the wall to make the stage look a lot bigger than it is.  

The performers use harnesses, and there is one bit where the character of Hiccup has to climb on the vertical wall and make it look like he's running through the woods, jumping between rocks, and mountains.  I was quite impressed at his ability to follow it accurately, just from being hung from the ceiling!

The dinosaurs were amazing!  Our seats were very nice, but I believe that even from the top floors of the building, they'd be able to see the detail that went into the skins and movements of the dragons.  Even though they were on little platforms that rolled around the stage area, the feet moved to give the illusion of the dragon walking.

Dragons were on the "stage," as well as flying through the air, and was quite impressive.  Sitting there in that atmosphere, you could almost believe there really were dragons there.

The show stuck to the movie fairly accurately.  There were two things that immediately stuck out as not being in the movie, and  one of my sons would whisper "that's not in the movie," but like I said, I could only pick out two myself.

When I was reading reviews, I remember one woman complaining about there being a Toothless in the air as well as on the ground at the same time.  This happened when I was there, but you have to remember that this is a theatrical show, there's logistics to try to maneuver these huge things in and out of small areas without damaging them.  The boys didn't even notice it, and I only noticed because I was so busy trying to look at everything to take it in. 



If you have an opportunity to go, I would greatly urge you to go.  The show was phenomenal, and it draws you in, and even I was cheering by the end.


Disclosure:  I won these tickets via a giveaway from Jill Berry at http://www.musingsfromme.com.  No money was exchanged between me and the blog owner, nor me and the organizers of the show.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Towpath... a dog of courage

I'm not a fan of Pit Bulls.  Or Rottweilers.  I don't think I could ever own one without worrying about the boys 24/7.

But this story breaks my heart.  Why is it acceptable for animals to be cruelly treated?  To be thrown out of moving cars, to be attacked by acid, to drop cement blocks on heads of baby kittens?

How can anyone with an ounce of decency attack a poor defenseless animal?

They say that many killers get their start with killing animals.  And I have to believe there's a correlation.  I mean, if you can kill an animal, a cute, animal that licks and loves you and only wants to give you love, if you have that hard of a heart, then moving onto human beings seems the next logical step.

And this poor dog has been through so much, and continues to go through surgeries and pain. 

And Towpath's new family.  Can you imagine, finding an animal so destroyed like this and saying, I'm taking this dog, I'm taking care of it, I'll spend thousands of dollars to make him better?  These people are truly angels..  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Twilight Fan dies at Comic Con

I may sound mean, hard-hearted, or uncaring, but....


This whole Twilight fan who was killed at Comic Con today bugs the hell out of me.  Summit says they're going to do a tribute at the Twilight panel for this woman.


1. This woman was 53 years old.
2. This woman died jaywalking.


She walked out, against the light, into traffic and tripped in front of a car and got hit.  At 53, she should really know how to cross a damn street already.


3. While she was there to wait in line for the Twilight panel, she wasn't IN the line when it happened.  


Why the heck do they have to do a tribute to her at the panel?  An old lady who routinely spends days standing in lines to get pictures with the Twilight cast, running out in the middle of traffic.


I feel bad for her family, but maybe if she spent five minutes waiting for the light to turn before hurling herself into traffic to get a space in a line for 4 days from now, she'd still be alive.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 2012 - Three years later

I can already feel the uncomfortable-ness setting in.  She's been popping up in my dreams the last couple of nights.


Three years ago tomorrow (approx 3AM 07/09/09), my world turned upside down.  I woke up, got ready for work, and mom didn't show up.  I tried calling, nothing.  Then my mom's number called the house.  I picked up, expecting her to say she over-slept, and instead heard from my mom's husband that she was cold and he couldn't wake her up.


The next few hours consisted of getting someone to watch the boys, getting hubby to come home, driving the longest drive of my life to her house, arriving to find her dead.  Watching "him" walk out crying, saying she's gone, blowing past him to run up the stairs and seeing her on the floor.  


Touching her, her feeling warm body (from liquids paramedics put into her), saying "no, stop messing around mom, wake up!"


Realizing she wasn't going to wake up. That this house, usually full of my mother's overwhelming presence, her laugh, her treading on the floors, wasn't going to happen again.


Trying to figure out what to do about the kids, helping "him" make funeral arrangements, writing the funeral service. Trying to figure out how I was going to live without her.  


Three years later, it's easier.  


I can think about her, without turning into a blubbery mess.  I can think about the fun I had with her, think about how much she loved her grandsons, think about how much I loved her and she loved us.  


I realized, finally, that family is the most important thing in the world.  That taking care of my kids are more important than my job.  That the career I thought was so important to me, was crap compared to life without my family.


Tomorrow I wake up, trying not to think about the timeline of events that morning.  Get the boys ready, and take them to see their grandmother at her grave.  We'll see how it goes for the boys, how they'll cope.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Anniversaries

On Monday, July 9, it will be the three year "anniversary" of my mom's death.  Three years since the scariest morning of my life, three years since my world was turned upside down.

During the last three years, I go visit mom on her birthday, Mother's Day, the anniversary of her death, and Xmas Eve at the very least.

During that time, the boys haven't been to her grave.  They both went a few times, but didn't get out of the car.  When we had a family memorial when her gravestone was finally put in place, Iain got out, put a rose and got in the car.  Jamie flat-out refused to get out of the car.  He hated going to the cemetery because it's the "flower place that makes mommy cry," and he wasn't having any of it.

In the last year or so, we've talked with the boys, especially Jamie about grandma's death.  We've talked about it at naseum.  Jamie needs to suss it out in his head, so he keeps asking, and I answer as honestly as I can that he'd be able to understand.

This year, Jamie wants to go.  I'm not sure what he's thinking, how he's processing it, what will happen, but I'm taking the boys with me on Monday.  I do take heart that he asked on his own to go, as I usually go and leave hubby to watch the boys.

Book Review: ReVamped by Ada Adams

Title: ReVamped
Author: Ada Adams
Publication Date: March 2012
Author Website:  http://www.revampedbook.com/
  

Book Description: 
A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

 Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this novel.  The characters were very interesting, and it was a nice change to get a background for ALL the characters, not just the "main ones."  Usually authors use this as a way to write future novels and flesh them out, but it leaves you incomplete while trying to read the current book. The secondary characters still need a more thorough fleshing out, but hopefully that will come in subsequent books.

The story kept moving at a brisk pace, so there wasn't much time to get bored with events going on for many more pages than are really necessary. But in order for the brisk pace to continue, the book seems more like a series of scenes, instead of a full novel. 

The action in the "action scenes" was well written and quite inventive, but things didn't get connected very well, or connections were made via another character telling the main character what happened.

I really enjoyed the twist in the plot, and wished the author could have spent more time on that twist and the implications in the past and the present.  The author sort of threw the twist out there as a plot device, and really could have explored it more.  That whole part of the book is well-deserving of an entire book in itself.

Overall, this book was lots of fun to read, but I couldn't give it a 4 out of 5 because I felt a bit unfulfilled at the end of the book.  However, I will be reading Ms. Adam's second novel ReAwakened, when it is released.  I can't wait to see how her writing grows with each book.


Disclosure:  I received this book from Ms. Adams via a contest on her blog that I won.  I did not receive any compensation for my review, and this review is unsolicited.
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