So excited about Meryl Davis and Charlie White winning the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing! I was sitting on pins and needles during the finals yesterday! I enjoyed watching their performance so much - but at the same time I wanted it to end, because I was afraid of one of them falling or something happening - and I just wanted them to wrap up the gold medal! Well, I had nothing to fear, as they did a skate of their lifetimes. It was just perfect!
Out of all the four skating disciples - ice dancing, men’s figure skating, women’s figure skating, and pairs figure skating - I have to say that ice dancing is now my new favorite! :) All the ice dance skaters are amazing to watch, and Meryl and Charlie are just exceptionally amazing. Way to go for bringing home the first ice dancing gold for the USA!!!
I recently finished using my Crabtree & Evelyn Cocoa Butter, Nutmeg, and Cardamom Botanical Body Butter. I’ve had it for about five years, and used it as slowly as possible because it’s discontinued and I love the scent so much. It just smells soooo good! Why do they discontinue items like this???? Crabtree & Evelyn, you should bring back this product!
Just finished watching The Book and the Rose on Amazon Instant Video. This is based on Max Lucado’s version of Appointment with Love by S.I. Kishor. (Apparently Lucado published his version without credit to Kishor - according to Snopes. Shame on Lucado!) I have to say that the costumes/clothing definitely did not look like 1940s attire, and the acting didn’t seem like it was set in the World War II era either. I like the Appointment with Love version of the story better, but this was an enjoyable 30 minutes film to watch while eating supper. :) If you have Amazon Prime, I’d recommend watching it because it’s free. If you have to pay for it, don’t bother. :)
Just stumbled upon this post by author Cindy Thomson! I had no idea that she’d read my review. Thanks Cindy! I’m looking forward to the next book!
I recently finished reading the second book in the Christiansen Family series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Take a Chance on Me, but I absolutely LOVED It Had to Be You. Author Susan May Warren has written an even better novel in this one. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Eden Christiansen struggles with feeling as if she’s the untalented, boring sibling in the Christiansen family. For years she has been the cheerleader for her younger brother Owen, who is a star NHL hockey player. She dreams of becoming a reporter, but has been sidelined to the obits department at the newspaper.
As Owen starts to spiral out of control with his newfound money and fame, Eden tries desperately to keep him on the right track – placing her in the path of Owen’s teammates, including notorious bad boy Jace Jacobsen. But as Eden forges an at-first shaky friendship with Jace, she learns that there is more to him that what the media portrays. Jace, who comes from a broken home and has been betrayed in the past, has a difficult time trusting anyone. Jace has been suffering concussions sustained from fights on the ice, which are a regular occurrence for him as an enforcer. He realizes that he may be at the end of his career because of migraines and the physical deterioration of his health due to repeated concussions.
As Eden and Jace grow closer, they begin to fall in love – but after Owen is in what looks to be like a career-ending accident, Jace takes over Owen’s position on the team and his career has a massive jump-start. A story about his concussions is published in the media, and Jace suspects that Eden leaked the story so she can in turn jump-start her career as a real reporter.
Will Jace finally learn to trust? Will Eden work through her self-esteem issues and learn what her real passion is in life? Read It Had to Be You to find out!
This book was amazing, and I did not want it to end! I can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out. I also appreciated that the author discussed the ongoing issue of concussions in professional sports.
There is a special bonus at the end of It Had to Be You, a prequel about the love story of the Christiansen parents, Ingrid and John. I Really Do Miss Your Smile is only 64 pages, but it’s a sweet and enjoyable novella.
The Olympics have begun!!!! Watching slopestyle qualifiers live!! :D
Really cool that they have a Matryoshka dollar (Russian nested doll) on the slopestyle course. :)
Tried the Japanese milk soft drink Calpico for the first time last week. It was actually really good. I’m not much into soda (other than root beer, from time to time - like during a football game!)…but Calpico is more like a “soft” soft drink, with milk. Hard to describe, because we don’t really have anything like it in the U.S. So you’ll just have to try it yourself. :)
Btw, my friend told me that the original Japanese name is Calpis, and sure enough, it’s still printed in small font on the side of the bottle. :)
Short track speed skating is one of my most favorite Olympic sports to watch! Not gonna be the same without Apolo Ohno…can’t remember when he wasn’t in this sport. :( Go JR Celski and Team USA!
Love speed skating! Can’t wait to watch this sport!