23 September 2010

catching up... last weekend amongst other things

I will start this post with last Saturday.

I was SO excited to be able to watch the Clemson game for the first time all season. I was on a cruise ship the first game and the second game wasn't televised. The first two games were nobody opponents, so I wasn't really sure how Clemson was going to hold up against 12th ranked Auburn. They ultimately lost in overtime, but I was very proud of their effort. They were actually up 17 to 0 at halftime, but Auburn came back in the second half. Typical Clemson... they are only good for one half. It was tied up at the end of the game and then came overtime. Clemson won the coin toss and chose to get the ball second. Auburn makes a field goal and so we had to do the same to keep us in the game. We made the kick but, of course, offsides penalty. GRRRRR... needless to say, we missed the second kick. What made it even worse... I was at a bar w/ nothing but Gamecock fans who were cheering for Auburn. I hope Auburn beats their tail this weekend so that I have some kind of satisfaction. :) *Side note - not to make excuses... but our quarterback, Kyle Parker, was hurt and in a great deal of pain the second half of the game. Just sayin'.


On a happier note, Clemson looked better than I expected. Andre Ellington is doing a good job of filling C.J. Spiller's shoes. No one, in my opinion, could ever completely fill his shoes... but Ellington is making a valiant effort. They are calling Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper 'The New Storm' referencing C.J. Spiller & James Davis--they called them Thunder & Lightening.



AND, in case you didn't know, Kyle Parker was the 9th draft pick in the MLB and turned it down to come back and play football for Clemson.


OK, OK, OK enough about Clemson football. I am sure I have already bored you to tears.
This week has been a crazy one around here.

On Tuesday, one of the co-workers in our office passed out! She had to be taken to the hospital by EMS because her heart was racing like crazy. It was sooooo scary! :( She is out of the hospital and okay now... but man that was one crazy day at work.

On top of that, "a 9th grade male, age 14, is in custody at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia while resource officer Erik Karney recovers from shrapnel wounds. Police said the student fired a shot at the officer inside the school Tuesday afternoon. Horry County police said Karney was able to disarm the student and take him into custody until other officers arrived on scene." - scnow.com


However, the boy had evidently been planning it for a while and documenting it on his twitter account. He also placed two pipe bombs in the school that were found before they went off. Here is the link to his Twitter account: bboyfresh08. There are some crazy and scary dangerous people in this world!

NOW-
TWO reviews: I recently finished reading Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain. It was better than I expected it to be... people have compared her to Jodi Picoult and she is my favorite author, so I was wary. It was surprisingly a good read though. I read it quickly and it kept my interest. Here is the synopsis from her website:

It’s often difficult for me to characterize my books, and Before the Storm is no exception. It’s part suspense, part mystery, and one hundred percent family drama. It’s about how far family members will go to protect one another. It’s about the choices people make that come back to haunt them. And it’s about the gradual unfolding of truths that keep the characters on edge and those pages turning.


Here’s what my publisher says about Before the Storm:

Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even over-protective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies and infuriates her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives...and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son...and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.
 
If you like Jodi Picoult, in my opinion, it is worth giving it a shot.

I went to the movies last night to see Easy A with a girlfriend and it was excellent!! Hilarious... had a message... not too cheesy like most 'chick flick's. Loved it!


My and Kylie are going to try to make going to the movies a regular thing. Next week: You Again

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