Friday, February 26, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday


The weather is starting to change. While our nights have still been either cold or freezing, the days are sunnier and warmer.

I know I seem inordinately concerned about the weather, but these 3 months are some of the longest for me. This winter has been particularly cold and cloudy.


I read The Apothecary's Daughter this week. Maria recommended it. I am recommending it myself now. It was just a lovely book. Very Jane Austen-y. I couldn't put it down. If you need something to transport you to another place in time, this is a good fix for you.


Our laptop is dead. I really think it is the switch. It was giving us trouble and only coming on occasionally. I got to where I just left it on all the time. Every now and again it would get tired and turn itself off. The last time it did that it just never came back on. I am mourning it's loss. One of my favorite things to do is curl up in bed and surf the net. It can't really do that with my pc. : (


This week was my baby sister's birthday. She and my brother are 2 weeks shy of being a year apart. February is a busy month for us. I felt like such a dork. She lives and dies by texting, so I sent her a happy birthday text and told her I would call her later. Well, later never came. I ended up sending her an e-mail in the middle of the night. The next morning I looked at my phone and had a message. (I don't spend a lot of time on my cell. I usually just keep it in my purse unless it is being charged.) It was from a friend of mine who apparently I wished a happy birthday the day before. Awesome. Not only am I so lame I couldn't get around to calling my sister on her birthday, I couldn't even text her.


The book I'm supposedly reading now is called The Shack by William Young. It's actually been on my bedside table since early last summer. I pulled it out when I finished my last book. I'm stuck. I know what is supposed to happen next and I'm not sure if I want to read it. The youngest daughter of the man in the book is about to be kidnapped and murdered. I don't know if I am up to reading it. I have a young daughter. I'm not sure if I want those images in my head, no matter how the story ends. I have enough disturbing information from the news and life in a big city. Has anyone read it? Do you have any advice or opinions on the book?


I know this will probably surprise you, but apparently I frustrate my 14-year-old son on a regular basis.


Bible study got canceled this week because we had a possibility of icy conditions. As sad as I was to miss, I was secretly a little excited that I may have a chance of getting caught up on my homework.

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Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I love Jane Austen, so I may check out The Apothecary's Daughter--thanks for the recommendation!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

I've never read The Shack but I understand what you are saying.

Young Mom said...

The shack is a tough read in some places, and if you are going to get anything out of it you have to read it all the way through. It has some god insights on the love of God though. I've found that the people that seem to like it the most are people who have always struggled to see God as a loving God.

Ms. Blue said...

Hi, there!!! Thanks for the shout out. Next I recommend Rainwater -- especially because it's a "Texas" book.

I tried The Shack. Twice. And I just couldn't get through it. Oddly enough, it wasn't so much the part about the daughter as it was the really weird portrayal of God/Jesus. I know some people connected with it, but the whole thing just felt like I was looking into someone's acid trip or something. I've heard some people say it was really comforting to them, but I got nothing out of it. I'm interested to hear what you think.

P.S. I'm sorry, but I can't sympathize with you on the hard winter thing, honey. You have no idea...



(Oh, and ignore the "Ms. Blue" thing on my profile. I'm playing around with my Blogger account.)

Mama Bean said...

1) really want to read the apothecary's daughter. read the first chapter in the bookstore, but couldn't afford it at the time. will have to check at library
2) there aren't a ton of gruesome details in the shack (altho it's our imaginations that really get the worst of us, anyway, isn't it?) and then it gets on with the weird god/jesus allegory part. i got stuck there, and still haven't gotten past chapter 6 or something.

AZGypsie said...

I have read the shack and its not terribly gruesome, but you imagination will fill in the blanks. As for the weird allegories, the message is that God comes to each of us in a way that we can understand him if we just open our hearts to him. Hardly acid trippy!