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It’s been a while!! Work, VIPKID, Vacay!!

I have had a few people asking when I was going to blog again…well here it is! I was going through the application process with VIPKID, a company in Beijing that hires American teachers to teach young children English through an online service.  Drum roll please…. and I got word while I was on vacation that I got the job! I am super excited. It is everything I love about teaching, without some of the things that are so aggravating about teaching.

It is one on one, done at home, at hours that are convenient for me, no direct communication  with the parents, and only requires a few of my favorite teaching props.  It seems like it will be a good fit, and I just uploaded my intro video, which is what the parents use to pick out their teachers. I should start opening my schedule this week, and should get a few classes. I also want to work on my “classroom”, which really consists of organizing everything around my laptop stand so that I can easily get to everything while in “class”.

I won’t be doing much reading for now, but I do plan on writing more about the day to day happenings. I will also post updates on my classes, as more start filling. I hope everyone has a great week, I promise to write soon! image1

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Finally made it through #6

Three weeks…three weeks is what it took for me to read this book! I found Under the wide and starry sky by Nancy Horan in a small book shop minutes from the Ga Fl line. It looked promising in the description and reviews. It takes place in the late 1800’s, following Franny and her family all over the world.

The book was was rather painful to read. The chapters would end, and the next would start in a new location and a different scenario. Randoms things like pets, were mentioned once and never brought back up. Franny leaves her cheating husband and ends up falling in love with a writer, Louis. 

Louis is super sick and they travel all over the world to keep his lungs healthy, and to help him write. Through all this Franny loses a son to taberculosis, her daughter runs off and gets married, and she ships her other son off to school (this one remains the most faithful and sticks with her).

Other troubles include his family, who has money but doesn’t approve of his choice to be a writer (after they put him through legal school), book writing issues, and dramatic back stabbing friends. While writing they end up on an island, where franny acts like a dementia patient for a while (still don’t really understand this). 

All in all, after making it through everything and focusing on louis’ health….he in the end just up and dies from a brain hemorrhage while he is talking to Franny…..like seriously…I suffered through this whole book and that’s my reward? 
This book gets one glass of wine….others may think it is an amazing piece of work…I just think it took too much work to get through. 🍷

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More energy with #5

I’ve been stuck in a longer book the last couple of weeks, so it’s taking a little longer than the rest. However, I have been reading a book that is part of our awesome work book club. We just finished The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, and it is absolutely a life changer.

The book follows George who has a super miserable life, and Joy who seems to have everything put together. George ends up on Joy’s bus when he gets a flat tire. Through a series of rules and examples, Joy manages to turn grumpy George into Energized positive George.

This is a great book for companies and any group that needs to work as a team. It has made me more aware and conscious about how I’m effecting others and how each moment should be lived with purpose. Obstacles should be used as tools to achieve goals instead of being hindrances. 

I give this book 5/5 wine glasses. It was easy, and made an impact on every aspect of my life. 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

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#4= strange 

I knew I was going a large book store this weekend, so when I finished #3 I decided to pick out a short quick book to tied me over. The result was a very strange experience.

When my 9 year old lab mix was a puppy I got on a dog themed book kick. I read heart warming tear jerkers about pups that made big impacts, dogs that survived bad odds, and books about raising strong willed puppies into productive adults. The result of all that reading is a nine year old lab who still chews everything, but follows instructions well enough have survived this long. I assumed that Nose down, eyes up by Merrill Markoe would be one if these sappy reads…I was wrong…very…

The book is about Gil who is in his late forties and, due to a bad divorce, is living like a twenty year old. He works as a maintenance man at a family vacation home, where he lives with his four dogs until they decide to use it. Only one dog, Jimmy,  is really his. The others are rescues that his hippy girlfriend has dumped on him.
Through a series of events, he ends up doing a job for his ex wife’s new husband and living in their guest house. During all this Gil discovers his dogs talking to eachother, and starts having conversations with them. He tries to make money by blogging about it and selling tshirts, but this flops because Jimmy goes through a period of reconnecting with his family.

Gil ends up having an affair with his ex wife which messes with his job and relationship with the hippy. He ends up at his mother’s house, while fighting his own identity issues. He ends up having to rush back to his “home” where wildfires threaten Jimmy’s life, and all the houses that he’s involved with have burnt down. It all ends up being ok in the end, however Gil ends up living in a tent. 

The book has a lot of crude humor, cussing, and some talk about sex (thankfully it doesn’t really describe it). This didn’t really bother me, and didn’t add or take anything away from the story. What I did have a problem with, was trying to figure out if the dogs were really talking to him or if he was going crazy. Gil was also too nonchalant about finding a pack of talking dogs, and likewise the dogs seemed too natural with it.
I give it three out of five wine glasses. It was a good quick read, but was a tad awkward. 🍷🍷🍷

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Then there were three…

When I  chose my 3rd book I had no clue of the significance of the timing. I went to pick a new book with a goal of finding something in a different genre. I came across this narrative about the Boston bombing. Long mile home:Boston under attack, the city’s courageous recovery, and the epic hunt for justice by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, was an eye opening window into the tragedy. And, I just realized today that I finished it on the anniversary of finding the 2nd brother.

The book follows a handful of people minute by minute, throughout the whole day and months after the bombing. It shows how normal everyone’s morning was, as they unknowingly made their way to the race. The people followed include the race director, the three who didn’t survive, several amputees, rescue workers, a surgeon, a shop owner, and the bombers, among others.

You are taken behind the scenes of the race, through the course, and right into the explosions. Everyone’s veiw point during the chaos is shown, and several people’s stories (and lives for that matter) become intertwined. Victims are spread between several hospitals, where their lives are changed forever.

The book covers the search for the bombers’ identities, as well as the man hunt that was all over the news. You get to fill in details that weren’t seen on tv, and piece together the puzzle.  It’s like watching it all over again.

The conclusion talks about the aftermath, how the attack upset the city mentally, and how people that were followed throughout the book cope. There was much more than physical damage, and the book touches on how the victims, famlies, rescue workers, and whole city regain their lives in the aftermath. 

The book was easy to read, however at times it was hard to follow the constant switch between people. There were a few filler moments that I found myself just grazing over, but for the most part it was engaging.  It was a beautiful depiction of a sad tragedy. I am giving it 4/5 wine glasses. 🍷🍷🍷🍷

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Adventure #2

My fave  book so far! Mr. Churhill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal, takes place in London in 1940. It is a page turner, to say the least!

This book was an amazing find! I was drawn to the cover first because of the red hair (I’m partial) but the description was intriguing. It’s about Maggie who gets hired to work in the office of newly sworn in  prime minister Winston Churchill. From beginning to end Maggie encounters multiple obstacles that help her discover how strong she is, and what her role in the war is. She also helps prove that women can do more for the war than just type in an office.

There are several story lines to follow, all from different veiws of the war but still intertwined with each other. The book illustrates a realistic picture of daily life dealing with air raids, with sad but beautiful details. None of the characters can be trusted and you end up hating and loving the wrong people. Once you feel like you have a grasp of what’s going on or that everyone is finally safe, the story takes a sharp turn toward the unexpected. Even when it all comes together in the end, the author has one more surprise. 

It’s hard to describe too much, without giving away the secrets. However, if you need a fast paced book that’ll keep you on your toes, this is it! I give it 5/5 wine glasses 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 

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First book post!! 

My first post yeah!! This whole thing started when a book caught my eye the other day. It was The Red Queen dies, by Frankie Y Bailey. It was written in 2013 and is set in 2019. 

The book is an easy to read mystery, that had no problem keeping my attention. There is a serial killer on the loose with three victims that don’t seem to fit together. Hints from Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of  are spread through out the book.  Even after finding the common link I had still not settled on who I thought the killer was. In the end it takes a slightly unexpected turn, and leaves you with a small “ah-ha” moment. 

Over all it was a great book, that I was able to relax and somewhat mindlessly read. The beginning throws you off with an alien attack that doesn’t seem to fit, and isn’t mentioned but maybe one or two more times and is irrelevant. Another thing that bothered me, because I thought that I had missed the explanation, were the ORBS. These I’m guessing are cell phone like projectors of the new age. I wanted to know if they were “orbs” or O.R.B’s. After some googling I found that I was not the only one who felt like they needed further explanation.  Often the futuristic parts seemed awkwardly placed in, but I don’t feel like it made the book less enjoyable. 
I give this book 4/5 glasses of wine.                🍷🍷🍷🍷