Tuesday, September 28, 2010

REALLY late posting this!! Check it out anyway! Lol...

This is from Alaine at her Queen of Happy Endings blog. She does a competition every month, so be on the lookout for October really soon! Alaine provides awesome, truly awesome book reviews and I really encourage you to check out her lovely blog.

"There are some exciting new releases due out in the coming weeks. Of course Beautiful Creatures was a favourite book of mine so I'm very excited about the release of Beautiful Darkness early in October. I was also excited to discover the Ken Follett is doing another historical trilogy with Fall of the Giants being the first. Kate Morton is an author from my home town and I'm also looking forward to this one and have even pre ordered my own copy. So you've got a choice of 3 wonderful new books! But if for some crazy reason you don't want to read one of these books then put down for your choice an Amazon Gift Voucher and if you win you'll win a $20 voucher. So read through the synopsis for these books, select your favourite and then follow the instructions at the bottom of this post.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (Caster Chronicles #2) - Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton - Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie's mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers. Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother's riddle, she, too, is drawn to Millderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Millderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it...

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett - Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Here's how to enter:
Competition is only open to followers of this blog. (so if you're not a follower & you'd like to enter just click on the follow button on the right hand side of my blog)

Leave a comment, with an email address telling me which book you'd like to win or if you'd prefer the Amazon Voucher!

+2 entries post about this give-away on your blog & leave a link
+1 entry post the comp on sidebar of your blog
+1 entry post the comp on Twitter & leave a link

Competition is International. It ends September 30th and the winner will be announced on this blog. Good luck to everyone!"

So go check it out people!!! Click on the picture on the sidebar to head over...
Will be updating you all soon (maybe later today?) about therapy yesterday : /

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Much Needed Post - Filled with a College Update and Tour of my Campus, Medical Updates, and Some Random "Stuff"

Hello everyone who's still out there!


Anywho, I am SO sorry that I've been slightly neglecting my blog : ( As most of you should know, I currently started my "new life". I am now at Colby-Sawyer College.

It's a HUGE transition and I would certainly be lying if I didn't say it was. There are many adjustments to be made from the good ol' days at home consisting of high school, home, grandma's, the shopping center, the elementary school, piano, babysitting on Saturday. That was my life and I was happy with it. Now, everyday is a little different and very different from the life I used to live.

I currently have five classes: Intro to Psych, Individual and Community (Intro to Sociology), Intro to Religion, Writing 105, and Desire. They keep my days kind of full? However, there is so much free time! I'm finding it very easy to get my homework done, so don't worry about me not getting homework done : P

The picture above is Colgate Hall. It is the very front of our campus, the centermost part on the Colgate Loop out in front of the school. I would argue that it's the landmark of our school a little bit. Here's the back of it by the quad:

I currently have three classes in here. Last spring when I followed an upper classmen I was informed that since I'm a Childhood Development major, I will have lots of classes in here.

This is the Ivey Science Building where I have a class. It's one of the newest additions to campus, I believe.

I think that this is one of the coolest buildings on campus and I know you all will back me up because of the crowd I'm talking to! Anyway, this is the library! It used to be a working barn. So the entrance is (what used to be) the silo. I think it's pretty darn awesome. Hopefully you can see well enough on the picture!

I'm staying in a suite, so that means we have two bathrooms (each with a shower and toilet), two sink areas (each with two sinks), an extra storage area in the middle of the suite, a kitchen area with lots of cupboards, a sink, table with four chairs, and a TV (that no longer works : ( ). Then there are six bedrooms off of the "main" part. There are four of us freshman (including me) and then seven upper classmen. It's been difficult adjusting to the living arrangements, but it's okay. I think I'll be able to handle it, it's just not ideal (that would be home! Lol!).

So, that's kind of college life wrapped up pretty quickly, lol! Now for the medical update. A little over a week ago I visited my rheumatologist because it was time for a check-up. My wrists had been bothering, but especially my left one. So, he decided to give me a cortisone injection right about there:

Except on the left wrist, of course. It wasn't too, too terrible getting the shot, but since then I have been in a lot of pain! It's relentless. So, he wanted me to get x-rays, start taking prednisone, and go for physical therapy. The x-rays came back fine, the prednisone doesn't really seem to be helping, and I go for the therapy on Monday morning, 8 am! Yay...so there's new news, but not at the same time lol!

There's also been something else going on, nonerelated to the arthritis, but I have to go for a test on Thursday and I got some blood work done. So we're waiting to find out if the doctor's suspicions are right.

Yes, I'm still reading Wicked! I'm actually over halfway now, but it's been super difficult trying to find reading time here : ( I'm also participating in Joy's Christian Book Club, so this month we're reading Havah by Tosca Lee. You all should check it out (both the club and the book!)! I am also reading Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz for my Religion class. It's actually much more interesting than it sounds : )

I'm still trying to find time to finish up the Blogger Awards Banquet. Be on the lookout for it because I feel like I'm really close to finishing it! Now I just need to make sure I remember all the awards I have to include, lol!!

Okay, once again I appreciate all of you guys for your constant support and for not giving up on me. I think that once I get into the swing of things here, I can get back to posting more regularly, but I'm not exactly sure what I will be posting! Ah well, it will be figured out soon enough : )

Thanks again! I've missed you all so, so much!!!