Sunday Meditations

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I feel that many time throughout a life you spend long parts just waiting. Waiting for the alarm, waiting for work to end… just waiting. These periods of time can become tedious. It’s hard, these moments of waiting. I find they sneak up on me and then pounce and leave me mired in the mud. These are the moments we need to take the time to enjoy the wait. Enjoy the sunrise. Enjoy the quiet moments. For only too quickly we will be swept away with the speed of life. Keep that in mind when you are feeling low and slow. And encourage others when you notice their slow moments.

Winnipeg, Canada

I finally had a couple days off (I work 8 on 2 off/ 8 on 4 off). My schedule is horrible. No one is able to work that many days in a row and keep their sanity. I have been struggling but fighting back. I hope to get a transfer this year. Wish me luck ‘cause I am going to need it. Well anyways I had a long weekend and my roomie and I decided to visit Winnipeg, Canada.  We had been talking about it for some time and actually had days of together so we headed north. I have finally purchased my new truck and I wanted to take it to see if she was worthy of the purchase. She, Beatrice, did not disappoint. The drive was about 3 hours and I have to say there isn’t much in Canada. We drove through swampland and country side until about 40 minutes outside of Winnipeg where there was another small town. I understand that Canada’s roads are crap, I hear it all the time, but seeing is believing. They are really bad. I lost traction doing 30 on a dry road, that’s how bad. However, we carefully made it to our hotel in downtown Winnipeg. We were not able to get our keys but could park and then walk to get some food.  We chose downtown because of a place called the Forks. It is a little artisans place with a bunch of handicraft shops and ethnic food. For our breakfast we had Caribbean and maybe a few local beers. Afterward we were feed and watered we took note of the other food places we would want to eat at and wandered through the stores. Then we worked back to the hotel to get our keys and unpack a bit. Maybe a nap. The room was large and very comfortable.  On the way back to the hotel from the Forks we saw a sign for a Cirque du Solei show in the area.  Tickets were the right price and we booked for the next night. We had a few recommendations for places to eat for dinner and went out for Tapas and drinks. Food was exotic and good and a pitcher of sangria made us quiet happy.

The next day we awoke early and went to our continental breakfast. I have to say that these other guest were the most rude people ever. Cutting in front of you to grab a fork or piece of toast. There was very limited places to sit and many people, having finished their meals, were sitting reading the paper.  Super rude and inconsiderate. The food itself wasn’t anything to write home about. So we ate quick and made our way to the Winnipeg Zoo. Both of us are big zoo and aquarium fans and we stop at any that we can. This once was a little poorly designed and many of the exhibits were under construction. We still saw many animals such as, polar bears, camels, wild horses, tigers, and many smaller mammals and birds. It was a great way to spend the morning.  We returned to the room and walked around down town looking for used book stores. We found a few and wandered. We found a place that was selling shawarma meals, which is a North African dish. You must try it.  We found an Ethiopian place near there and we figured that would be perfect for dinner. Naps were in order to prepare for a long evening of entertainment and good food. This du Solei was called Kurios and was in an actual big top tent. Like the real circus are in. So cool. Our meal at the Ethiopian place ran long and we were a bit rushed to get to the show on time. We were about 3 minutes late and only missed the announcements about no cameras or recording. The next two hours went by way too fast. There was great music, outstanding acrobats, and fabulous tricks. It was beyond imagination and was the perfect way to spend a few hours. After the show and still floating on a cloud we parked at the hotel and walked to a restaurant bar that was open really late. Beers and munchies were delicious and carried us happily to bed.

The next day we needed to be back in the states to meet a friend who has a food wagon. For breakfast we went to the Forks (better than the hotels) and had good ol’ eggs and sausage, deli quiche, and porgies. All very good! We walked around the park and were trying to kill time to stop in a local brewery before we went south. Happily packed with beer and food we started back south. We stopped at the “middle of Canada” and made it in time to meet my friend to pick up some more food. All in all it was fantastic break from the dull grind of work. However, I am back to that dull grind and hoping for a break again… My mom is on her way up… gulp

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Sunday Mediations

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I have had a rough go of things lately. Even though I try I do take things personally. I think we are all the same in that. It’s hard not to get frustrated with the injustice of the world. However, it won’t do us any good if we focus on these unchangeable things. So to counteract the negative we must be extra positive. Bring good things into our lives isn’t easy. So stop and smell the roses, or any flower you see. Take in the shapes of the clouds and ripples on the water. Be awed by the different shades of colors on the cars in your gridlock. Just look positively and it will change your whole day. I know it is a struggle for me so we must be supportive of each other!

 

Book Reviews: June

The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton Another amazing Crichton book. All his stories push the bounds of imagination and this is more of the same. What would happen when we implant computers into our bodies? Do we become more machine?

Scourge by Gail Martin Ghouls are on the prowl killing anyone who gets in their way. Their attacks are on the rise and the governing body are more worried about their coffers then public safety. That leave three brothers to take up the attack and push the evil away! They have their own losses to deal with and this job isn’t getting any easier. Will they be able to find the cause of this turmoil? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley At the turn of the century, Adventure calls to Merrick. Nearly crippled and still mending he will do anything to get away from his family home. Now he goes in search of the cure– to malaria and, quite possibly, for himself. Not stop action will have you on the edge of our seat! You will not be able to stop reading.  (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla The end of the world is close and you can either lay down and wait or leave everyone behind and travel to the stars. But for Zat so much more is at stake. His dreams connects him will a woman from the very distant past. Can he make it to her? Babe, forever alone, has moved with her family once again. No friends in this new place she clings tightly to the strange dreams she has been having. Can they come together with all these years between them? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

The First Day by Phil Harrison No one is above love and lust, least of all a married pastor who meets a beautiful woman. While their love of Christ draws them together they are unable to stop the passion that fills both of them. Now a baby is on the way and the scandal is known. What can a poor pastor do?

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman In London, Richard thinks his world is moving along just fine. His lovely girlfriend makes sure he is dressed in the proper clothes, sees the proper sights, and when it is proper to propose to her. However, on that very night the bloodied body of a young girl changes everything. Forsaking his previous life Richard goes on a journey to help that poor girl change the London he never knew about.

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver This is another one of those talented authors that can split themselves into different personalities. I imagine it must be a special ability to write so convincingly in different ages and personalities. This book gives you an insight into the Congo in the 60s and a missionary family left to fend for themselves. It is a fantastic story told from a Preacher’s Wife and their 4 daughters. Totally a must read.

Long weekend

I have been meaning to write all weekend and then things go sideways. Thing never go as I planned. Especially when my mom is involved. I keep thinking that things will change with her. But, alas it never does. I always set myself up for failure. I need to just understand that things won’t ever get better.

It goes without saying that the weekend wasn’t as good as it could have been. There was good things though. I got to see Shamu at Seaworld. Such wonderful creatures. The park was great and we saw walruses, penguins, and seals. I haven’t been to SeaWorld for years and it was great to see the sights. This is the last generation of Orca that SeaWorld will have and I was glad to see them before they leave. The penguins were in like 40*F snowy room. It was such a shock from 90*F outside. We also went to Epcot and walked around. It was interesting to see what they think are the highlights of the countries they have on display. Still way too hot.

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Seems like I should have been more productive over the week I was gone. I don’t know where the time went. I do know that we went to Lowes 4 times and Walmart 5 times. What black holes those places are. Now back at home I feel like it’s time to play catch-up. So much outdoor stuff to do and I leave again in 2 weeks for a work detail. However, on a good note, there is a work opportunity that should open up soon and get me out of Minnesota. I can’t wait! I have been here too long.

I will get caught up more with you all as I get some more free time. I have been thinking of where I want to travel to next. I am thinking of India and Nepal. Any suggestions or ideas?

Sunday Meditations

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My heart just breaks for London this week. I feel for those people who must feel lost. I wish I could have talked with the attacker before the incident and understood what really drives them. You have to have such strong beliefs to take other peoples lives away. I hope through this all we learn how to understand. Really that is what the world needs right now. Understanding. Not blind acceptance or prejudges. Just an open heart and a willingness to learn. Send these poor misguided people love. Send the whole world love and wisdom!

Book Reviews: May

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The Ninth Circle by R. A. Harland Fantastic women’s version of The Dresden Files. Two sisters in search of their third. Powerful and strong women that will let nothing get in their way. Harland does a fantastic job building these characters and you can really feel their bond of kinship. Story flows well and goes by way too quickly. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger This was a delightfully fun book. A simple, but classy, country girl goes off to finishing school. However, it isn’t a finishing school of the normal sense but instead, the school teaches you how to “finish” or kill a person. Great fun! The story is super fun and bright. The characters are lovely and well thought out. If you really like this one there is more in the series.

Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum  The suspense is killing me! This story is placed in Western Washington in a little town that only the locals might know. Makes the book even more special to Washingtonians. That aside this is a all around fantastic story. Very well devolved involving a tangled web around the Royal Casino. From the first bet placed you are hooked. The author does a fantastic job including explanations of the different type of games and casino life without boring the avid card play or insult the ignorant.  You might even learn a new card trick or two. You will have a hard time putting this book down.    I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr. Wow this is a interesting book. Just a little out there and unfortunately it drags toward the end. Great story about the end of the world as we know it. It is a little tongue in cheek. If you want an idea about what could happen after all the world leaders nuke each other this is the book for you.

Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law Fantastic story of courage and friendship. Asher has always been shunned because he might have been the reason for his mothers death. After learning about a prophecy he find the truth is much more complicated. Together with his friends Asher goes on an amazing adventure to save the universe!!!

Take it to the Grave: Part One by Zoe Carter Hooked from the word go!!! Your heart goes out to new mother Sarah. She tries to be the perfect mother but with a flirtatious husband and a judgmental mother-in-law its hard. Sarah’s sister Maisey is a nurse without borders and is working hard to keep their childhood at bay. There is a huge past hanging over these girls but what can they do overcome it?

 

Other books Read

Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Terminal Man by Michael Crichon

Sherlock Mars