Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ahhh... It's Over!

Well Christmas has come and gone, and I survived it. I hope all of you did too. This year was so much better than last year. Last year, my husband almost died from appendicitis and had to have major surgery so he was in the hospital for 10 days during Christmas.

More importantly, the kids had a better Christmas. They had both their parents and they got to do a lot of fun stuff. Last year everything was put on hold because Chris was sick, so they missed out. This year we got to go to the parade and the Festival of Trees which is always a fun time.

Now we're off to the New Year! So many things are going to be happening. I'm going back to school and have decided to change my major to Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Forensics. Also on January 11th I'll be turning 33! I'm super excited, and welcome the changes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

B2B Book Review: Sleeper's Run by Henry Mosquera

Betrayal, the CIA, political thrills- this book has it all, even a little romance. Sleeper's Run is the Jason Bourne series meets The Manchurian Candidate. Fast paced and action packed this political thriller is hard to put down. This is a direct reading from the back cover:

'War on Terror veteran, Eric Caine, is found
wandering the streets of Miami with no memory
of the car accident that left him there. Alone and 
suffering from PTSD, Eric is on a one-way road to
self-destruction. Then a chance meeting at a bar begins
a series of events that helps Eric start anew. When his new
job relocates him to Venezuela- the land of his childhood-
things, however, take an ominous turn as a catastrophic
event threatens the stability of the country. Now Eric must
escape an elite team of CIA assassins as he tries to uncover
an international conspiracy in which nothing is what it seems.'

I have to say this isn't a genre that I normally read, but I really liked it. I will definitely look for future books by Henry Mosquera. For his first novel, he's off to a great start! Others agree as he received at 4.11/5 stars at Goodreads.com.

* I was provided a book to review and keep as well as financial compensation. All views are strictly my opinion and unbiased.*

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Friday, December 2, 2011


My daughter, Stella, has been sick all week with a really bad cough. After missing her fourth day of school and as usual unable to get into the doctor's office, I ended up taking her to Urgent Care. After waiting three hours in the waiting room we finally made it back to an exam room where we had to wait almost another hour for the doctor to come in. To me, that is completely ridiculous. There were people who didn't even look sick getting seen before her and there was no mistaking that she was sick by looking at her. After waiting FOREVER, the doctor in less than five minutes, said she had Croup.

Flash forward to today. My son was fine all day today, and then he laid down to take a nap. He slept for almost two hours and when he woke up he was barking like a seal and had a 101.5 fever. This time we went to the emergency room since Urgent Care was already closed. We sat in the waiting room for maybe 15 minutes and then went back to a room where the doctor was already waiting for him. Diagnosis: CROUP! Freakin' Crouptastic!!

It really boggles my mind how we were in and out in under a half hour at the ER and had to wait at Urgent Care for the better part of a lifetime. Alek's prescription took longer to be filled than his visit to the ER! It's not that it makes me mad per say, it's just that they don't understand how difficult it is to have a very sick kid waiting for that long while having to wear one of those stupid face masks. If they were that afraid she was like Typhoid Mary then why didn't they get us back to a room right away? It was especially awesome when the receptionist decided to tell me that I really needed to make Stella keep the mask on. Really lady? Why don't you wear one for four hours and see how you like it! Hopefully this doesn't last long considering they are both on several medications.