Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Help

I just finished reading the most amazing book.  I read “the Help” and I loved it.  What an amazing book that touches upon all of life’s emotions.   I felt like I went through every emotion in this book.  I was angry and sad.  I wanted to kick some characters and hug others.  It really is very good.  I felt like I was on the same journey towards self discovery that all the characters in the book were on.
 I loved the character of Skeeter.  I was reminded of what it’s like to be single when all my girlfriends were married and how dating can be such a crazy mess.  I also had a special place in my heart for Celia Foote.  I felt such a kinship with her struggle to have a family.  I cried at a truly touching emotional scene between her and her husband.   I also loved the characters of Aibileen and Minny. I loved that they were two strong, loving and hard working women. They were women who did the right thing regardless of the consequences.  I also liked the sense of hope in these stories regardless of the challenges.  The messages in this book are so strong and though provoking.
I recommend reading this book.  I can’t wait to see the movie.  If it’s half as good as the book then I am sure I will love it. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011


We have decided to try something new.  I am changing our eating habits.  We are going to look into eating more organically.  I must admit that I am the one with the bad diet.  My family teases me that I have the taste buds of a 14 year old boy.  I love snack foods.   I have decided that I want to be and eat healthier.   My husband, Steve, however is really good about what he eats and is encouraging me in this new endeavor.  I just feel better when I eat better and exercise.  I think that when I feel good then so does everyone else around me.  It’s a whole “if Momma ain’t happy, then ain’t nobody’s happy!” thing.  I have been doing a lot of research on how to eat organically.  I am looking into doing it on a budget because eating organically can be very expensive.   I had sticker shock when I say some of the prices at the local grocery store.
Luckily, we have started a little bit of the process.    I was really excited to discover that there are coupons for health food stores.  I love coupons. We have been doing a garden which is a great way to eat organically without breaking the bank.  We are also going to work on cutting back on processed foods.  (So, goodbye Hostess and Little Debbie snack cakes.  These are my weakness). We aren’t going to drastically change our eating and living situation.  We are just going to start making better and more informed choices.  I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of results that this change with bring.  I would be excited just to have lots of energy.