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2011 Mommytography 365 Project Sunday Assignment

Weekly Review

Outside My Window… I have an uptown Houston city view from my third floor hotel window, a mix of sky scrapers, restaurants, businesses, clubs, and housing.  If you want it, it’s probably here somewhere.
I am thinking… that I will have a pretty nice two-week stay here.   Our suite has lots of room, including an office area, space for food (fridge, etc.) and a jacuzzi.  I plan to enjoy it.
I am thankful for…  the warmer temperature that comes with being 300 miles farther southeast, nearer to the Gulf Coast.
From the kitchen… no kitchen sounds, as there’s no kitchen!
I am hoping… that I can be productive these next two weeks, and also take some time to visit a museum or the zoo or something fun.
I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge) – but this was left home, so I won’t be reading it for a couple of weeks.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson, which is the first of a trilogy.  Since Book 3 is the next book in our  100 Book List reading challenge, I want to read the first two in the trilogy.  I don’t like reading books out of order.
I am busy creating… a counted cross stitch Santa piece.
I am hearing… the TV in the background, along with the room a/c unit.
Around the house & garden… Christmas décor is still up and looking nice. David is in charge of the house while we’re gone.  The garden has been froze hard several times now, so I don’t know how much will come back in the spring.  I’m not worrying about it now.
In other news…  Bill’s cold is finally better.  He was still complaining all weekend about his brain being foggy and he’s still coughing and sneezing occasionally (and complaining of sore ribs), but today he was up early and read to get to work.  I’ve noticed improvements in his health each day over the last three days, even if he didn’t see it.  So far, I’m not showing any signs of coming down with it (knock on wood).
One of my favorite things… exploring new area.  I spent a couple of hours this noontime, found Whole Foods, scoped out a couple of restaurants, and just generally got my bearings.  I know now the major cross streets within a 2-3 miles area and can find my way back to the hotel without needing the GPS.
Our Weekly Overview… 
Monday: Bill working with the Houston client.  I’m hanging out at the hotel – ran to Whole Foods for lunch and lunch supplies for the coming week.  Later I’ll drive to the Galleria, meet Bill at the food court, and figure out where we’ll be eating supper.  That’ll be how every late afternoon is spent for me.  David is working today.
Tuesday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, hopefully get in a walk, write a book review, and begin to work on blogs.  David is off work, but scheduled to go in for the Manager’s meeting that he was invited (requested) to attend.  I’ll be interested to hear his report from that meeting.
Wednesday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, hopefully get in a walk and work on updating blogs and setting up new blogs.  David is off work.
Thursday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, walk, and continue working on blogs – unless I decide to take this day to explore further, have some fun.  A lot will depend upon how the work is going on the blogs and how much paid work pops up during the week.  David has work today.
Friday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, walk, and continue working on blogs.  David has work.
Saturday Sunday:  David works.  Bill & I will do so sightseeing.  Options are:  Galveston Beach, downtown Galveston, and Houston Space Center.
Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Elephant origami display on the side of the jacuzzi in our room.

Just a Moment – Thirty-Three

I’ve been super busy this week, trying to get things done so I can spend two weeks away from home. I just realized I had not posted much, so here’s a Just a Moment.

Miss Wiggles modeling one of the Granny Slouch Hats I made for her.  They match the Little Sophia poncho I made for her for Christmas.



I’m glad they fit.  It’s always a toss-up whether I’m making the right size without being able to measure the head.

Thanks to for the Child Size Granny Slouch Hat pattern.

The Last Child Book Review

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The Last Child, by John Hunt, is the fifth book we have read for the 100 Bestsellers List reading challenge.  Like Shutter Island, the first book we read, The Last Child is a Mystery / Thriller, but that’s where the similarity ends.   In the first book, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, is sent to Shutter Island, a hospital for the criminally insane, to locate a lost inmate.  By the end of the book, though, we come away uncertain about who Teddy really is – the strong, capable law enforcement agent or an inmate himself who created his own reality as a way to deflect dealing with a tragedy in his life.

In The Last Child, Johnny Merrimon is a thirteen-year-old boy who has endured unimaginable losses and pain over the past year – his twin sister, Alyssa, was kidnapped and never found; his father, unable to handle the grief, ran off; his mother, Katherine, has withdrawn into a haze of drugs and alcohol; and his mother’s boyfriend physically and emotionally abuses both Katherine and Johnny. And yet, through it all, Johnny exhibits perseverance, dogged determination, and an inner strength that seems to elude most of the adults in his life. Johnny believes that his twin is still alive, and when a second girl is kidnapped, Johnny redoubles his search for her. This search unearths dark secrets in this small North Carolinian town, secrets others are willing to kill to keep.

Author John Hunt covers a number of adult topics through the character of young Johnny – grief, abuse, sex predators, family love, hope, faith, friendship, sin, courage – topics we don’t want to think that a thirteen-year-old should have to deal with….

Read the rest of my review over at It’s A Mystery Blog.