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review 2018-09-24 19:06
Secrets of a Dysfunctional Family
Secrets of a Happy Marriage - Cathy Kelly

I honestly like most of Cathy Kelly books, but this is my least favorite book that she has published. The main problem is that no one feels very developed. Usually Kelly does a great job juggling multiple characters in a book, but too much was going on with anyone for you to even get settled with anyone. Also, two of the three "leads" sucked. I didn't like the characters of Bess or Jojo. Also Kelly's ultimate message that a widowed man needs to remarry (quite quickly) when he loses his wife since apparently they need a woman to take care of them just made me want to tear my hair out. Apparently women are fine after their husbands die (HUGE FREAKING EYEROLL). Also one wonders if this applies to gay men or just a man and woman? This whole book was problematic as hell.


"Secrets of a Happy Marriage" divulged very little secrets. Instead if just acted like it had these huge eye opening moments about marriages such as men need to be married after losing a wife cause they can't get by without some woman taking care of them. I don't know. I was pretty rageful while reading this book.


This book revolves around three characters. Bess, newly married to widowed Edward. Bess is so happy with Edward and doesn't get why her new stepdaughter (JoJo) hates her. It's not her fault her mother died and her father remarried less than two years after she passed. Bess proceeds to act entitled and whiny through this whole freaking book, so enjoy that. I think my last little bit of patience with her was when she literally cursed out Jojo and acted as if she was a monster that should not darken their doors again. Edward rightfully found his spine. However, these two never discuss anything and it was just frustrating to read. 


Jojo is reeling from her mother's death, her father's fast second marriage, and also her suffering multiple miscarriages. She is pulling away from family and friends and can't seem to get a handle on her grief. I at times thought that Jojo was acting impossible with regards to Bess, but I get why she was so angry. I can't imagine my mom or dad getting married a year plus after the other one died and being okay with it. I was also sick of people acting like Jojo just didn't get that men need to move on after losing a spouse. It just made it seem as if her father was heartless and clueless.

Cari had the best storyline. She was jilted at the altar and since has thrown herself into work and avoiding men. After getting shafted at her job (she's an editor) she meets a new guy who seems to be everything she has wanted and avoided. Cari and her mom and dad were the best. Plus I loved her whole work storyline and how that was resolved. Kelly paints Cari as competent at her job and happy with her house though at times wanting more. If we had just stayed with her, things would have been better.

The book also includes perspectives from Edward, Edward's son (and Jojo's brother) and Bess's daughter. They honestly were not needed and took me out of the book a bit. There was no need to cram so many characters in.


The writing was not very tight in this one. I found some typos in my Kindle copy of this book and also a few times wondered if I had misread something. Seems to be an issue based on comments in other reviews I have seen.

The flow was awful too. The book drags until the end and then we spring forward to an ending. 

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review 2018-09-18 20:05
A year later...
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

So according to BL, I started reading this December 16, 2017. That means it took me 9 months to finish this wonderful book. Since Jenny Lawson discusses her struggle with depression and anxiety disorders at length (in the best, funniest way possible) I had to take several long breaks when my anxiety and depression were not putting me in the right head space to enjoy reading it. But really, this book is hilarious and just what I needed during these past two weeks of total chaos in my life. 


I am not exaggerating when I say my "vacation" was surrounded with nothing but Murphy's law. Car accident, cancelled concerts, delayed flights, stomach flu, etc, etc. All unrelated to this review, but whatever, I'll do what I want. Furiously Happy does remind us to laugh at the absurdity of our lives and most of all, to remember that the lows eventually get better. 

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text 2018-09-15 14:50
The Beginner’s Guide to Sushi

Sushi is a Japanese dish that is prepared with vinegared rice (often containing some sugar or salt), and a variety of other ingredients such as seafood and vegetables. Sushi styles and presentations vary depending on the ingredients used and the establishment you’re dining in. Sushi is typically served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce to further enhance its taste and deliciousness, as well as help cleanse the palate.

Types of Sushi to Look for at a Sushi Restaurant

Sushi styles and tastes are determined by the ingredients and presentations the sushi chefs incorporate into the roll or dish. Sushi restaurants are specialized and experienced in preparing the best types of sushi that are suitable for everyone’s taste. If you’re looking to enjoy sushi in Meridian Idaho, below are some types of sushi you’ll want to consider trying.

Specialty Rolls

Specialty rolls are often more elaborate sushi dishes that may come topped with or contain extra-creative ingredients or sauces. For example, the specialty roll section of the sushi menu at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian contains creative rolls like the Karma-kaze and The Baconator. The Karma-kaze includes tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and strawberries inside the roll and comes topped with seared tuna, ponzu, eel sauce, tobiko, and Thai basil. While the Karma-kaze has some flavors that might be considered sweet, The Baconator offers savory and spicy flavors. This specialty roll starts with Applewood bacon that is rolled with cucumber and avocado, from there the dish is topped with fresh ahi, tempura flakes, spicy mayo, and eel sauce. A garnish of cilantro completes this roll and helps tie the flavors together. Look for creative specialty rolls such as the ones listed above the next time you want to enjoy a special sushi experience.

Classic Rolls

Classic rolls are just that, classics that offer a dependable and familiar flavor. These popular rolls are often more simple than specialty rolls and feature fewer ingredients but commonly include seafood and an array of vegetables. Familiar classic rolls that you’ll often find on many sushi menus are the California Roll, which often contains a mix of crab, cucumber, and avocado, and the Philadelphia Roll, which typically contains smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.


When you mainly just want to taste the flavor of the raw fish in your sushi, nigiri is what you should order. Nigiri refers to thin slices of raw fish that are served on top of a small ball of rice. It’s not uncommon for the rice to have some wasabi sauce either on it or served alongside it. Common seafood found under the nigiri section of a sushi menu are salmon, shrimp, and a variety of tuna.

Sumo Rolls

A sumo roll is a hybrid of a traditional sushi roll and a burrito. It often contains seafood such as shrimp or ahi and vegetables such as spinach, jalapeno, or avocado, and is wrapped up with seasoned rice and soy paper and served with an array of sauces or glazes. Sumo rolls are delicious and tantalizing sushi varieties, especially if enjoyed with some traditional sake or Japanese whisky. Consider ordering a sumo roll the next time you’re enjoying sushi in Eagle Idaho or an area nearby.

A happy hour in Meridian is a great place to try out different kinds of sushi, especially if the happy hour you’re attending has specials on food such as classic sushi rolls. When out enjoying different types of sushi, consider pairing your dish with a traditional or flavored sake to further enhance the experience.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

Make a reservation at Lingandlouies.com

Original Source: https://goo.gl/dJPTYf

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text 2018-09-14 14:13
The Best Ways to Unwind in the Treasure Valley

Located in the Western United States, primarily in southwestern Idaho, the Treasure Valley is a hub for fun activities indoors and out and a great place to unwind. Both locals and visitors alike can benefit from this guide to relaxing activities in the Treasure Valley.

Below are some of the best, most calming ways to spend your time in the Treasure Valley. Whether you want to enjoy a happy hour in Meridian or float the Boise River, this list of fun activities will help you unwind.

Walk or Ride on the Boise River Greenbelt

Take a walk or ride your bike on the 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt. This two-lane, paved pedestrian and cycling path provides stunning views of the Boise River as well as several parks. Among the parks you will come across as you ride or walk along the Boise River are Julia Davis Park, Boise River Park, and Ann Morrison Memorial Park. As you travel along the tree-lined path, consider stopping at some point to have a picnic at a local park alongside the Boise River.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal in Meridian

There are a lot of options to choose from when considering places to eat in Meridian, as the city features a variety of restaurants and an array of different cuisines. But since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax, why not treat yourself to some delicious sushi and flavorful drinks? Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, in particular, is a delectable spot where you can order creative sushi, such as a sumo roll, which is basically a hybrid of a sushi roll and a burrito in the best way. This establishment also offers a wide array of flavored and traditional sake as well as Japanese whisky. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere is a perfect place to unwind while enjoying good food and great drinks.

Float the Boise River

If you’re in the Treasure Valley in the summer months, it’s really worth your time to float on the Boise River. You can either rent or bring your own inflatable tube or raft to enjoy floating the 6-mile stretch of the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. This relaxing activity can take about 2-3 hours and promises beautiful views of both the Boise River and the surrounding area.

Sip Delicious, Local Drinks

Whether you’re enjoying a happy hour in Eagle ID or the surrounding area, the Treasure Valley never disappoints when it comes to local wines, beers, and more. Since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax and unwind, look for a happy hour at an area establishment that serves local beverages, so you can benefit from drink specials and sip local brews. Some recommended local beers include the Sockeye Brewing ‘Hell-Diver’ Pale Ale, the Powderhaus ‘Haus’ Session Ale, and the Payette Brewing Co. ‘Mutton Buster’ Brown Ale, which are all made in Idaho.

Whether you enjoy some (or all!) of the activities above, you’re sure to be relaxed during your time in the Treasure Valley. Plan ahead to make the most of your relaxing time in this region, be it if you’re visiting for a weekend or get to live here year-round.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

Make a reservation at Lingandlouies.com

Original Source: https://goo.gl/rbLg9P

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review 2018-09-07 18:31
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Grade K (copyright 1993) - Jean Marzollo

This book discusses the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he fought for the freedom of African Americans. It starts off with his day of birth and then goes through his life detailing, in kid friendly text, how "Martin Luther King Day" came about and why we have a day to celebrate him.

With this book, students could write "I have a dream" speeches and read them aloud to the class and display them in the hall. Teachers could also read this book close to Martin Luther King Jr. Day to inform students about why we celebrate him.

Lexile: 800L

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