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text 2019-02-20 22:15

Late post, as usual.  So I had an excellent week as I became, "The answer to life, the universe and everything."

 

It started early with a brunch date with the hubby who wanted to celebrate with me before leaving for work for the week.  Burgers at Bobby's Burger Palace, a trip to the local used book store where I only made it up one side of one aisle, but I did get books and I saw the adorable bookstore cat who spoke to me and rubbed on my legs before returning to their bookstore cat duties.  There were also a couple of cupcakes.

 

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Then hubby and kids surprised me with more (early) b-day cupcakes and an early valentine.

 

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And then a homemade card and cutesy prezzie from my kiddles on my actual birthday.

 

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Then a date with my Mama which included a trip to the hair salon [photos redacted], a small brecky at DDs with prezzies, a trip to the bookstore, which I got to look at more than one aisle, and dinner.

 

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All-in-all I've had a great week-ish,

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review 2019-01-22 16:17
A Look At Three Women's Lives Over Six Months
The Happiness Project - Pippa James

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

I have to say that I dithered on a rating for this one. I think it would have been five stars if we actually followed the three women (Alison, Frankie, and Kate) for the whole year. They make resolutions for New Year and we stop in March/April timeframe. Also Alison's storyline felt like something was missing. She never talks to her husband about how she feels and about missing his mother. I thought her being the best mother ever thing was laughable since it seems she can't really cook and her kid is a nightmare. Frankie's storyline was very interesting with her trying to keep a job she was good at and moving her relationship along. I was disappointed with Kate's storyline though. Why the author didn't have Kate push back at her "friend" who criticized her choices when it came to motherhood was surprising. 

 

The Happiness Project is a weird title for this book I thought. It seemed to me that none of the women really got happy until the very end of the book. There seemed to be a lot of things left unsaid and misunderstandings. I also thought that there should have been more scenes between the three women. Most of the time James just follows the three women separately with one of them wondering about the other one. I didn't get that they were best friends most of the time. 

 

Alison is dealing with the loss of her mother in law that she was really close to. She decides that the New Year she will change things up to be better about and asks her two best friends (Kate and Frankie) to make resolutions too.

 

I thought it weird Alison didn't discuss her mother in law much with her husband. And her husband was just a jerk for most of the book telling that she really hasn't gotten out of her comfort zone and being condescending about everything she was doing. They don't have a real conversation it seems to me.

 

Kate is dealing with her third pregnancy and missing her husband who isn't around much. Throughout her story though she compares him to everyone around them, she realizes she's lucky. It's odd though we don't see her with her two kids besides a couple of scenes here and there. And then the plot has her meeting up with an old friend who mommy shames her. 


Frankie is trying to find and keep a job. She's also doing her best to raise her 4 year old son without leaning on her mom or her ex much. A new relationship has her dealing with her boyfriend's vindictive ex though. 

 

I thought the writing was good, but the flow wasn't. The three storylines at times seem totally separate from each other. I also thought that Alison and Frankie's tension wasn't that believable. I realize this is a sequel to the first book where the three women meet each other, but there doesn't seem to be much friendship here. Just a lot of people not speaking up to each other.

 

The ending was jut okay, not really earth-shattering or anything. 

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text 2019-01-20 23:37
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Happiness Project - Pippa James

Three friends (Alison, Kate, and Frankie) do resolutions for the New Year with the idea that they will be happier this year. Alison is going to get in shape, get her family to eat healthier, and just generally try new things like her mother in law did. Frankie is going to stick with a job. Kate is going to be more zen in her third pregnancy. 

 

I enjoyed this one though I think that's Kate's story could have been stronger. Her judgey friend got a bit old after a while. And I thought that James could have had them actually have a conversation about what a jerk her friend was being instead of her ignoring it. 

 

I liked Frankie's story-line at her job and even Alison, but thought the book ended a bit abruptly. I thought it would go and follow the three women for a whole year, instead it just kind of stops in March/April. 

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Eusociality, from Greek εὖ eu "good", is the highest level of organization of animal sociality, found in bees and ants, and include care of offspring from society, or a division of work into reproductive and non-reproductive tasks. This division of labor within the animal world our biologists call “castes”. An interesting behavior characteristics of caste members is that a member of one caste loses the ability to perform the task of another.

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Honey bees, super sisters’ bees and their Eusociality has developed over the 1,000s of years of evolution and has always fascinated people with its efficiency and complexities. In haplodiploid species, bees included, females develop from fertilized eggs and males from unfertilized ones. A queen only mates during one brief period in her early life, over the course of a small number of mating flights. About 10-20 drones (males) will mate with the queen during her mating flights. 

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