Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

6 out of 12

The Month of June...

Playing Lego's with the Cleggs

First Friday Art Stroll in Ogden...

Hiking with friends...

Weekly Temple Visits..

Celebrated my friend's restaurant's 10 year anniversary..
it's kinda a big deal. Karaoke, cookies, and melon lemonade.
I was a happy Nugget.

Enjoy these ridiculous photos of Ragnar & Gambit...

Ellie was trying to feed Ragnar a leaf.

The "Roaming" exhibit at the Brigham City Museum gave me wanderlust...

Tawnya & Shane company stopped by on their way from Louisiana to Yellowstone
 Tawnya subbed on the soccer team.. she was awesome!

Shaunee's Oil
~"There is no sin or transgression, pain or sorrow, which is outside of the healing power of His Atonement.  when we sin, Satan tells us we are lost.  In contrast, our Redeemer offers redemption to all - no matter what we have done wrong- even to you and me."
The Miracle of the Atonement, C. Scott Grow, April 2011

~"You are loved.  You are dear to your heavenly parents.  The infinite and eternal Creator of light and life knows you! He is mindful of you. Yes, God loves you this very day and always.  He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits.  He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles.  He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer.  He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed- even in the midst of growing darkness.  He knows of your sufferings.  He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed.  And still He loves you."
Living the Gospel Joyful, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2014

~"Now, this is the truth.  We humble people, we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good-for-nothing, we are not so worthless as we think.  There is not one of us but what God's love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed.  There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save.  There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning.  We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God and that He has actually given His angels- invisible beings of power and might- charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us, in their keeping."
George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, Vol. 1, p. 2

The Inconvenient Messiah, Jeffrey R. Holland, Feb 1982 BYU Speeches.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Friday, July 10, 2015


Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini
Pgs. 503
When I read some reviews of this series, a lot of people kept whining that Paolini ripped off of Lord Of The Rings.  I had a hard time trying to make the connection that they did other than both stories have humans, magic-ish, elves, and dwarfs, as well as great responsibility thrust onto a young person to help destroy something evil (Spider-Man had that too though). In The Hobbit there was a dragon, but he was a bad guy... I haven't read any of Mr. Tolkien's books other than the first few chapters of The Hobbit, so I guess I can't really make any connections or non-connections to his stories. I guess technically you can pick apart any fantasy book & say that they're ripping off of Tolkien...

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini
Pgs. 668
I liked this book more than the first, even though Eragon was a tad too whiny this time around.  It spends 2/3 of the book talking about Eragon's training, which I'm sure is super needed to defeat the bad guy, but was rather dull.  His cousin, Roran, leads his village to the Varden so there's where all the battle action is. LOTR comparison: granted I'm comparing to the movie version of The Two Towers, but, you've got a human pining after an elf, a human leading a village to another spot for safety, and a male still on a quest to defeat evil (although very slowly in the book's case since Eragon is basically training and Frodo kinds just took off & walked a lot...

Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History by Patrick Hunt
Pgs. 240
Little bit hard to read in the sense that the discoveries are widely known discoveries.  I did find myself looking up YouTube documentaries on the discoveries. I picked this up at the library sale last year and it's not breaking my heart to put in my donation pile.  Quick read, not well written, and not a keeper.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Pgs. 374
I really enjoyed this book.  Had nothing to do with dragons, elves, or that kind of fantasy besides the fact that it's an online game-verse where people's avatars could be such things.  But those were never given much attention.  It was suspenseful even though you could predict the outcome.  Very heavy on the 80's that I even had to look up such things to see if it was legit 80's or not.  Little guy conquers the evil giant and wins the girl in the end, good stuff.

The Calling (A Hunter's Oath #1) by Brittany Vandehei
Pgs. 171
So one of my friends wrote this book & I'm all about supporting my friends so I bought a copy and just now finally got around to reading.  The story has a lot of potential, just poorly carried out and thrown together. Sorry Britt, but this book was really, really, rough.

He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
Pgs. 165
Another book from last year's library sale I picked up at the $1 bag sale. I figured I enjoyed the movie, might as well see if the book was just as funny. And it was funny, for the first few pages, and then it just got repetitive. 

15,129 + 2,121= 17,250 Total Pages/30,000
42 + 6 = 48 Total Books
57.49% Complete