Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up post.  I only had two other post this week.  I just got busy at work and didn’t have the time to write the other posts that I had planned for this week so I am hoping to get to them in next couple of weeks.  One post that I had planned was an adoption thoughts post about how I feel guilty because of my genetics and a condition that I passed on to my daughter.  I also was going to do a post totally made up of pictures of my day because I thought that would be super fun but I didn’t get around to take pictures so that post will also be coming up in the next few weeks.

  • This weeks quote is by Ellen Glasgow and it is about growth and moving forward in life.  I really loved it so if you missed it you can click here to read it and let me know what you think of it.
  • The other post this week was an MS Tuesday post where I updated on what has been going on with me lately in regards to the MS and my eye site.  If you want to check that out you can click here and check out that update.

This week I saw this picture on Facebook and I loved it:

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This is how I feel most days at work because the people I work with don’t understand MS and how it can affect me from day to day.  Next week I have 3 book reviews coming up and a few other posts.  I hope you all had a great week and I will see you back here next week.

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MS Tuesday-Update On Me

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I recently had an MRI and I also have something going on with my eyes that I wanted to document so that if I needed too I would be able to remember when it first started.  First I am going to talk about what is going on with my sight and then I will talk about what the MRI showed along with my thoughts on it all.

So I started noticing that I am getting major headaches for the past 6 months or so when I do a ton of reading.  At first I just thought that it was because I needed to start wearing my glasses again so I figured I would go to the eye doctor and get an updated prescription and that I would be back to normal after that.  When I went and saw my eye doctor he basically told me he wasn’t sure what was going on because he couldn’t get my vision to correct which is a huge change from what it used to be like.  I was referred to see an opthamologist and I still haven’t made an appointment because I am waiting to talk with my neurologist about it first.

If I am being honest I was hoping that the MRI would show that the disease was active or that it had been active because I was hoping that whatever is going on with my eyes could go back to normal.  The MRI showed that the disease is stable and that it hasn’t been active in over 6 years which I know is a great thing but I am not happy about it.  Since the MS hasn’t been active I now have to go see another doctor about my eyes because the headaches I have been getting need to go.

When I was diagnosed with MS I never thought that I could go blind.  I have come accept that I might end up not being able to walk but I am struggling with the fact that I could go blind.  For me going blind would be the worst possible thing that could happen to me because I can’t imagine not being able to read books anymore.  I know there are audio books and things like that but I love reading actual books and not being able to do that anymore makes me truly depressed.

Anyway that is the update for now.  I will have a follow up post about my eyes after I see my neurologist and make the appointment with the opthamologist.

How are things going with you guys?

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Quote Of The Week – Ellen Glasgow

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by Ellen Glasgow.

Ellen Glasgow

I loved this quote when I read it because it is so true for me.  People change all the time but that doesn’t mean that the changes are growth or that they are even good changes for that person.  I also agree with not all movement is forward because lately I feel like I am moving but I don’t feel like I am going forward.  I feel as though I am stuck right now but I am hoping to change that this year and get  back on track to where I want to go in life.  Those are just a few of my thoughts for this week.

Now I want to know what you think of this weeks quote by Ellen Glasgow? Do you agree or disagree?

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

I am going to start doing a wrap up post at the end of the week because it would be nice to be able to look back at it. It is also a great way for you to see all the posts that I posted over the week and you can check them out if you missed them. I also am going to post anything that happened during the week that I want to remember or that you might find interesting.

This week I had 4 post that went live.  This weeks quote was by Marcus Tullius and it is about being humble.  If you missed it you can click right here to check it out.  Then the next two days I had book reviews that went live.  I posted reviews for If I Say No by Brandy Jellum and Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma and I loved both of these books.  If you love historical fiction novels than I would recommend Remember The Lilies to you and if you love suspense novels than I would say check out If I Say No.  The last post from this week was about things that made me smile this week.

There are a couple of things that I want to let you know that are coming up next week.  I have and Multiple Sclerosis update coming up because I had a new MRI & I also found out something that I want to record so that I remember when it started happening.  I also have an adoption thoughts post going up next week as well because some things happened that I want to write about and get out of my head and hope that it helps me deal with it better.

That is everything that I wanted to update you on for this week.

What did you love about this week?

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week

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This week for the writers workshop I am going to write about number 2 which is something that made me smile this week.  Instead of just writing about one thing I am going to list several things that made me smile so far this week.

  • The first thing that has made me smile is this stray cat that I feed at work.  He eats funny and always makes me smile when I watch him.  I am going to include a video & picture so you can see what I am talking about.

Stray Work Kitty

  • The second thing that has made me smile this week is my own cats.  They are always doing something silly and they always make the days  better because even if I have had a super bad day when I go home they don’t judge or care what happened to me.  They always love me no matter what which is nice.
  • The third thing that has made me happy this week was getting my nails done yesterday.  I always love getting my nails done because the lady that does my nails has become one of my best friends so it is always a good time. Nails
  • The fourth thing that has made me smile is thinking back to Saturday when we were watching my nephew and all the crazy things that he does.  It is so fun to interact with him now but it is a lot more work and if I am being honest I don’t have the energy to really keep up with him anymore.  I play with him for a little bit and then I go lay down.  I just keep seeing over and over that I don’t have the energy to be a mom (I will have an MS update coming up sometime next week).
  • The final thing that made me smile this week was paying off all of my credit card debt!!!!  I am going to wait a few months to see what happens at work but I am hoping since it is all paid off that I will be able to afford to get an iMac by the summer time.  Those of you who know me know I love Apple products so I want an iMac so bad it isn’t funny.

Anyway those are the things that made me smile this week.  What made you smile this week?

Here are rest of the prompts for this week incase you want to join in:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous February and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Something that made you smile this week.
3. Write about something mean you did to a sibling growing up.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: red.
5. List 10 things you never knew until you were a mom.
6. Write a 26-line poem using all the letters of the alphabet, where the first line starts with the letter “A,” the second “B,” the third “C,” etc., culminating with the final line starting with “Z.”

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Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma

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Remember The Lilies by Liz Tolsma was a great book.  This is the third book in the series.  I have read the first two and if you missed my reviews you can click here and here to check them out.  Even though this is the third book in the series you don’t have to read the other two in order to know what is going on in this book.  Even though these books are in the same series they don’t have over lapping characters so it doesn’t really matter if you have read the other books.  This book takes place in the Philippines  during WWII.  As some of you know I love WWII and this is actually the first book I have read that takes place during WWII in the Philippines.  Even though this book is fiction I did learn a few things about the time period and what the war was like there.  I love this authors writing and how she can make me feel like I am their with the characters.  I loved all the characters in this book and was sad when it was done because I always wonder what happened to characters for the rest of their lives even though I know they aren’t real people.  If you love historical fiction that takes place during WWII than I know you will love this book.  If you check it out make sure you come back and let me know what you think of it.

Remember the Lilies

About The Book

Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

Liz Tolsma

About The Author

New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author ofDaisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.
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If I Say No by Brandy Jellum

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If I Say No by Brandy Jellum was a great book.  This is the second book in this series and I did read and review the first one so if you missed that review you can click here and check that one out.  I have to say that I liked this book more than I like the first one and I am not sure why.  One thing about this book that was different for me is the fact that I loved Reid this time and didn’t like Eli at all.  There were things in this book that took me by surprise which is why I think I like this book more than the first one.  If you love mystery/thriller type books than I would for sure tell you check this one out.  If you have read it what did you think of the book?

If I Say No

About The Book

Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.

Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.

Brandy Jellum

About The Author

Brandy’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).

At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.

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Website: http://brandyjellumbooks.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandyJellum
Twitter: @Brandy_Jellum

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quotes is by Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

When I read this one I thought of celebrities and how they need to be good role models because kids and even adults look up to them because of how they are in the public eye all the time.  I also have seen people in my real life who change once they get money or a great job and that makes me sad.  I hope that I never become one of them because that is not who I want to be like.  I just want to continue to be the person I am now and not let anything go to my head.  I am always going to try and stay humble because you never know when it will be all taken away from you.

What do you think of this weeks quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero?

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Thomas Merton-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by Thomas Merton.

Thomas Merton

I chose this one because it is a sweet quote but is is also something that I don’t know if I believe or not.   I think this week I am going to leave it up to you to tell me what you think about it.  What do you think of this weeks quote by Thomas Merton?

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Authentic Arts: Venice Travel Guide

Authentic Arts Series

About The Books

VENICE A Travel Guide

Book Description for Authentic Arts: Venice Travel Guide

Every traveler to Venice wants to go home with a special souvenir–a carnival mask, a piece of Murano glass, a handcrafted piece of lace. But selecting which mask or which goblet to buy can be an intimidating experience. How do you know if you’re buying something authentic, something made in Venice, something made in a traditional way? How do you gauge how much you should pay, and how do you know if you’re being ripped off? How do you determine if you have fallen prey to one of the city’s many tourist traps?

Laura Morelli, an art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you to the best of the city’s most traditional arts: Murano glass, carnival masks, gondolas, lace, paper, and more. This indispensable guide includes practical tips for locating the most authentic goods in one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. Packed with useful information on pricing, quality, and value, and with a comprehensive resource guide, Laura Morelli’s Authentic Arts: Venice is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to bring home the unique traditions of Venice.

Artisans of Venice is the companion to Laura Morelli’s Authentic Arts: Venice, A Travel Guide to Murano Glass, Carnival Masks, Gondolas, Lace, Paper, & More. Put both books together and you’ll be the most knowledgeable traveler in Venice!
Artisans of Venice

Book Description for Artisans of Venice: Companion to the Travel Guide

Going to Venice? Don’t buy anything in Venice until you read this book!

Buyer Beware: Venice is full of tourist traps and mass-produced souvenirs passed off as authentic. Do you know how to tell the treasures from the trash?

In Venice, it’s not easy to tell the treasures from the trash. This is true now more than ever before, as increasing numbers of carnival masks, glass, and other souvenirs flood into Venice, imported from overseas and passed off as authentic. There is no substitute for an educated buyer. Laura Morelli helps you locate the city’s most authentic artisans–those practicing centuries-old trades of mask making, glass blowing, wood turning, silk spinning, and other traditions. Wouldn’t you rather support authentic Venetian master artisans than importers looking to turn a quick profit without any connection to Venice at all?

Venice boasts some of the most accomplished master artisans in the world. Here’s how you can find them.

Laura Morelli leads you beyond the souvenir shops for an immersive cultural experience that you won’t find in any other guidebook. Artisans of Venice brings you inside the workshops of the most accomplished makers of Venetian fabrics, Murano glass and millefiori, carnival masks and masquerade costumes, gondolas, Burano lace, mirrors, marbleized paper, hand-carved frames, and other treasures. This book leads you to the multi-generational studios of some 75 authentic master artisans. If you’re reading on your Kindle device, tablet, or smartphone, you can click directly on their street addresses for an interactive map, and link to their web sites and email addresses directly from the guide. A cross-referenced resource guide also offers listings by neighborhood.

Laura Morelli, an art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you to the best of Venice’s most traditional arts. Laura Morelli’s Authentic Arts series is the only travel guide series on the market that takes you beyond the museums and tourist traps to make you an educated buyer–maybe even a connoisseur–of Florentine leather, ceramics of the Amalfi Coast, Parisian hats, Venetian glass, the handmade quilts of Provence, and more treasures.

Bring Laura Morelli’s guides to Venice with you, and you’ll be sure to come home with the best of Venice in your suitcase.

Laura Morelli

About The Author

Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and contributes pieces about authentic travel to national magazines and newspapers. Laura has been featured on CNN Radio, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, House & Garden Magazine, Traditional Home, the Denver Post, Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, and other media. Recently her art history lesson, “What’s the difference between art and craft?” was produced and distributed by TED-Ed.

Laura has taught college-level art history at Trinity College in Rome, as well as at Northeastern University, Merrimack College, St. Joseph College, and the College of Coastal Georgia. Laura has lived in five countries, including four years in Italy and four years in France.

Laura Morelli is the author of the guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, all published by Rizzoli / Universe. The Gondola Maker, a historical coming-of-age story about the heir to a gondola boatyard in 16th-century Venice, is her first work of fiction.

Connect with Laura: Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  about.me

 

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