Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A New Home...

Hi gang!  My Honu Blog has moved to a new home.
You can find me directly at www.myhonublog.com.

Please come by and give the new home some love.  Leave a post.  Share the link.  Keep in touch!  :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [SPOILERS]

I watched the movie over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I liked the casting over all and it stayed well to the story.

 [Spoilers ahead] I'm one of the few people who couldn't finish the series. At first it was because I didn't like that Gale was 'left behind' but as I marinated in the story for awhile, the story was too tragic for me. Gale, for me, was the guy that was forgotten...left behind with heartbreak and the ongoing harsh reality. He was the one that stayed by her side, looked out for her and her family for a countless number of years.  While Peeta was baking bread, Gale was the one hunting with Katniss and surviving with her.  He could do nothing as she was taken away. Throughout the first 2 books, I always sympathized with what he must be seeing and feeling as he stayed by her family's side in District 12.

Over time, I've realized it was never about the triangle in this book. It makes sense that Peeta and Katniss would be together. To go through what they've gone through, how could they not?  And ultimately, the reality was so much more different for Gale. What he saw on screen and what he went through in District 12 affected his choices. He was going through a different kind of tragedy at home. The lose of life and the chance for freedom transcends anything else.

The point was driven home when watching the movie. Katniss was never a favorite heroine of mine. But I can't help but sympathize for her. Heaven forbid I ever go through anything as tragic as she has. And that was the point for me. There was so much lost for her. Lose of life. Lose of love. Lose of friendship. Lose of stability. Lose of a reality and normalcy - regardless of how hard it was before the Games. Even in her oppression, there was comfort in its routine.  I think I finally got it when I watched this installment.

I think I may finally pick up the last book after all.  I suppose reading the story through wikipedia is not the best way to finish it up.  :) 

What are your thoughts on the series?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2 Year Check-up

My daughter had her 2 year check-up today with her pediatrician.  She held my hand as we walked into the office, and I smiled a little when she let go and ventured into the toy section of the waiting area.  It makes me happy when she displays acts of independence.  I sat down, filling out a form and let out a little laugh as she piled all of "her" books in the chair next to me, sat on the floor and read You Are My Sunshine as we waited.  She doesn't quite have the sharing concept down quite yet, even though the only other kid in sight was a 6 month old.  Those books are still hers.  :)

The appointment itself went well and I was impressed with how she handled herself.  She let Kathy take her measurements, looking up at me and asking for my hand whenever she got nervous.  When the doctor came in, she sat in my lap, asked for my hand and obligingly followed all of his instructions.  She didn't slap him this time!  YAY!

Her shots were saved for last....and I found myself nervous as we laid her down on the table.  She sensed something different this time.  But again, she just asked me to hold her hands, looked up at me with all the trust in the world, then waited.  She felt the first sting, and as the second one came, I saw the quiver come to her bottom lip. 

Then it was done.  And she was just on the verge of tears when she got her bandage.  Then all was well in the world again. 

I have to admit...I got teary-eyed.  Her wellness checks are done.  She now only goes to see her doctor on an annual basis.  It almost feels like it's an end of an era.  My little girl is 2 and amazingly grown up.  I love seeing her be brave, secure in the knowledge that she's got her mommy nearby.  And as she picked out a toy from the toy chest (she chose a flashlight) and walked away with a stack of new stickers, I wiped away a couple tears.  Each milestone breaks and warms my heart at the same time.  She's growing up so fast. 

Lucky "7" Run, Davis California #luckyrun

I did it! I ran my first race of the season.  My body has changed tremendously since having children but I'm determined to get it in tip-top shape...or at the very least, get used to it again.

My first run after having Maxim was the Nike Women's Half in 2013.  My average pace was 18:00 per mile.  Yes, awful from what it was.  But I can only improve from there, right?

5 months later, my average pace for the Lucky Run was 15:44.  Still slow, but a vast improvement indeed!  I'm happy to be moving.  I'm determined to get stronger and faster in 2014!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Book Selection: Life After Life

Join My Book Buddies for the March Book of the Month selection - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.