Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sabotaged - new book by Dani Pettrey

I've read the whole series and enjoyed every book!  Sabotaged is the fifth book in the Alaskan Courage series.  It was great to see Reef get his own book!!  I was surprised by a few basic grammatical errors, not a big deal, but hopefully these will be corrected before the final publish.  I like how Dani Pettrey writes with a mix of romance and suspense, she has kept it up through the whole series.

I recommend starting at the beginning of the series rather than jumping into this book.  There isn't much "catch-up" or summarizing of the characters so you might be lost if you haven't read at least one of the previous books.  In Sabotaged, there is an update on all of the characters so read to find out who might or might not be engaged/pregnant.

Do you know what the Iditarod is?  If not, you'll be lost.  "The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome.  Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9-15 days or more." - Wikipedia

Slight spoiler alert, but from the Acknowledgments page it looks like the Alaskan Courage series is now complete.  Hopefully, Dani Pettrey's next book (and new series) will be out soon!

My previous reviews for this series are Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced.

Thanks to Bethany House for giving me this ebook (not final text) to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Um, I really haven't forgotten that I have a blog but other things have been happening in my life.  I wanted to post and say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year but that didn't happen, sorry.  So, Happy Valentine's Day!

I had my endo appointment today and my a1C was surprisingly the same as last time.  I don't know how b/c my blood sugar numbers have been high lately due to traveling and guess bolusing and temperature changes and blah blah blah.  But soon it will be Valentine's Day!  Then I get to work on my diet and exercise to work on losing weight, ugh!

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's here! Diabetes Day is here!

We're celebrating by counting carbs and dosing insulin.  So pretty much like every day around here.  :)  Something new was changing the cartridge on my daughter's insulin pen.  This is our newest insulin-taker, my 2nd oldest (note to self - need nicknames on here) was prescribed a refillable half unit dosing insulin pen (forgive me for not knowing the exact name, there are 2 brands that I'm aware of).  It's a little intimidating, but also very nice to be able to turn the dial forwards and backwards and dose in half units! 

I would love a cure.  I am in awe of the early researchers of insulin, they gave all diabetics the chance at wellness and continued life.  My oldest daughter's diagnosis was scary, and I can't imagine taking her to the hospital where there was no insulin, no treatment, only wasting away and death. 

I am thankful for necessary-don't-judge-me-for-taking-insulin-I'm-diabetic.  I am thankful for improving treatments.  I am thankful we're all here today.  I am thankful, but I am waiting - waiting for that cure.
Thanks to Kerri for the above ear worm.  :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Diabetes Awareness month - Daily Life

Well, here we go again, another November has rolled around and it's Diabetes Awareness Month!  I'm not going to make any big promises to blog every day because I'm already two days behind.  Ha ha.

With all of the shots, insulin cartridges, needles, lancets, etc that are used on a daily basis we need somewhere to dispose of these items properly.  For my state, we can use laundry detergent bottles.  So, if I come asking you for any clean and empty laundry detergent bottles, you'll understand.  These empty insulin pens have to go somewhere!  :)

No one in my house likes the smell of insulin, so these pens had to be emptied when no one else was home which is almost never!

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Why is she crying?"

My oldest says about my 2nd oldest, "Why is she crying?"

"Because it hurt, and she's bleeding," I say.  We've crossed over, our 2nd oldest daughter started insulin last week.  We all want to cry, or make funny faces to distract my daughter at shot times.  It's a family affair around here, always has been.

But I really want to post some pictures of the odd places I've been finding my oldest daughter's test strips.  Please do not skip ahead, take these pictures one at a time!  :)

In the popcorn bowl:

and here's a close-up

How about my youngest daughter's belongings?  I found this in her swim bag.

The next one is reconstructed, but it is honestly how I found it!!

Would you like a test strip with your marshmallow treats??

*Note: do not start at the bottom of this post but please start at the top and read down!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review Visible Threat

Visible Threat by Janice Cantore was good and suspenseful.  I think Janice Cantore does a good job of balancing writing from a cop's perspective (since she is a retired cop) and not bogging the reader down in police details, like the perp is in violation of code blah blah blah.  Human trafficking is a horrible horrendous thing and the author did a good job of describing it and its seedy underworld.  This is the second book to feature Brinna Caruso, so I would recommend reading Critical Pursuit first. 

Book Review Every Waking Moment

Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry was different than any book I've read before.  I was amazed at how quickly I cared about Treha and what happened to her.  Not only did she have an unusual name but she also has an amazing gift and a mysterious medical condition.  I think the author Chris Fabry did a better job this time, compared to one of his past books, writing female characters.  Check out Every Waking Moment and be immersed in the mystery of Treha and her world!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oh the blood!

Oh the blood!
(Think Scarlett O'Hara with her hand across her brow)

It showed up on my toothpaste lid
from a blood sugar check I did
it's everywhere, it's everywhere!
even on the waistband of my underwear.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When I Fall in Love book review

I must say that I fell in love a long time ago to my husband!  When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren is the third book in the Christiansen Family series.  Who wouldn't want to go to Hawaii?  Well, apparently Grace Christiansen is thrown for a loop when her family gets her a special trip to participate in a cooking program in Hawaii.  She's never really been out of Deep Haven, except camp, and please don't bring camp up with her!  But Grace needs a break and finds Hawaii might be the best place to hang out as long as she doesn't really have to see her brother's teammate Maxwell Sharpe.

I love the descriptions of Max as he turns into different personas depending on the situation.  Also the storyline of Raina is heartbreaking.  I was hoping the next book would be coming out sooner, but it sounds like I'll have to wait until February 2015 for Always on My Mind.  But there will be a Christmas novella, Evergreen in September 2014.

Firewall book review

I've read some other books by DiAnn Mills, but I think I liked Firewall the best.  There's a very tight storyline in Firewall, due to a deadline that is quickly approaching.  I think the author did a great job in sticking to and following the dates and times in the book, sort of like a season of 24 but instead of one day it lasted less than a week.  I feel so sorry for Taryn, the story starts as she's about to go on her honeymoon but there's an airport bombing and her brand new husband is gone!  She barely survives and now has to deal with who and what her husband might be.

Moment of nitpickiness: the cover picture doesn't match Taryn's description - she has red hair and green eyes.  :)