April Showers

The weather was beautiful today and I spent it inside the house, hanging out with Evan, tidying up and just being a complete lazy ass.  The plan tomorrow is to get the lawn raked and take stock of the landscaping (or lack thereof).  Aside from a couple of trees that were here before the house was, there is nothing to our front lawn.  I would like to get a couple of cedars and plant them right by the porch and then maybe do a small hedge along the walkway.  *something*  The front is so blah.  I’ll take a picture, you’ll see….

It was Marks birthday this past Thursday, he has finally caught up to me (41).  We spent a quiet evening at home complete with a few presents and chocolate cake.  Mark’s got a funny look on his face because he *loves* those chips.  They are the “Blair’s Death Rain Habanero Chips”.  I think the other bag is “Blair’s Death Rain Buffalo Wings”, not as hot but very tasty.  Anyhow, back to the funny look on Mark’s face.  He loves those chips but he *knows* that he will suffer for it with the burning ring of fire.. ha ha ha….

I have decided to participate in a book reading challenge through Bookish Ardour.  It is a Dystopia Challenge and I have chosen the Contagion Level (15 books) which means that between now and the end of December I have to read at least 15 dystopian books, luckily there is some crossover allowed so Post-Apocalypse and Ecotopia are allowed as well.  If you have never read any books from the dystopian genre, here is some basic info:

The roots of the word dystopia–dys- and -topia–are from the Ancient Greek for “bad” and “place,” and so we use the term to describe an unfavorable society in which to live. “Dystopia” is not a synonym for “post-apocalyptic”; it is also not a synonym for a bleak, or darkly imagined future. In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person’s sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance.

The first book I read was called “Divergent”.   Here’s the Amazon book description:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Let’s be honest, this book will likely never win any literary awards but I must admit, I liked the story.  It was an easy read, the story was interesting and kept me entertained.  I didn’t mind that some parts of the story seemed a little implausible.  Bottom line, I’ll be buying the next book in the series and once it is available I will park my ass in a chair and just enjoy the story.

And finally, I am hoping to get some sewing done this weekend. I would *love* to make something for Mother’s Day, maybe a wallet or a mug-rug.  Guess I better take a look at what fabric I have on hand and go from there.  Keep your fingers crossed.



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