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One of the best books I have read in a long time!

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi KingdomIn the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I guess you either love this book or hate it. I loved it. It was one of the best books I have read in a while. I love all the detail and I didn’t feel like it dragged on and on about the same thing. I was fascinated with every single part of the culture in Saudi Arabia. I loved reading about all of her adventures with the Saudi people. I would highly recommend this book.

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Hoopin’ It Up!

I am going to try to blog more often – like a lot more often. Maybe even more than once a day! ┬áI intend for most of my posts to be set up ahead of time so I am not actually blogging several times a day. I am really a very busy woman. With that said – most people are busy. I make time to blog and play on Facebook because I enjoy it. I am a full-time college student, a mom to three high energy, high needs children, wife to a high energy working husband, I take care of a 1-year-old Monday-Friday, and I still have to find some time for me. Believe me I am busy.

I am trying to get healthier in the way I eat and in my activity level. I have tried running but it was extremely painful for me. I know it always is but I did stick with it for quite some time and it got past the point of good hurting. It was miserable. I have tried exercising but I just don’t like to exercise. I had heard about hooping but I couldn’t hoop. Not even as a child with those silly plastic hoops. Then I just decided I was going to give it an honest try to make my own hoops. Well guess what folks – I can hoop. And I am getting pretty good at it . I have fun hooping. My abs burn like no other but it’s a good deep muscle ache. I love it!

Christine from Welcome To My Brain┬áissued a challenge to hoop for 30 minutes a day for the 30 days in September. Well I joined the bandwagon. So far so good. I am one day into it. It’s good, clean, healthy, and it’s fun. My kids are getting into it with my and Javien was really hooping right along with me – we laughed until we dropped our hoops and then we laughed some more. With the way things have going I can just say we – he AND I – together – needed this laughter. We needed something that we could laugh at together and it felt aaaa-mazing! I am waiting to hoop today when he gets home from school because it is so much fun to hoop with him!

I call this picture: “Peace, Love, Hoopin”

Sapphire Mining

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While I was away I had the chance to go Sapphire Mining with my mom, auntie, grandma, and great-aunt. It was a lot of fun! We found some really cool sapphires and garnets.In the picture above I started out by showing you a photo of the bag of gravel I purchased. When you come in you get to choose out of a display which bag you want and this one sort of jumped out at me!

The “Miner” of the day opens your bag and rinse the gravel in a large bowl of water using box with a screen to clean out the clay and sand. Then she slams it on the table top and the sapphires are usually right on top (the bigger ones)!

My Auntie Becky and Grandma Bea were finding the big lunkers!

My mom holds up one of her finds!

You will notice they don’t sparkle or shine quite the way they do when you see them in a ring or other piece of jewelry. The Sapphires are rough stones that do have a sparkle to them. In order to make them “gem material” they are heated with pressure and then cut or faceted.

In this next set of pictures you can see the pile of stones on the table. Some of those are quartz or pretty rocks and some of them are sapphires. At first it is hard to tell the difference but once you get them in a pile it’s easy to spot the posers. (Isn’t that always the truth?)

The next photo is my grandma searching through her rocks to find sparklies!

A photo of me holding one of my larger sapphires, a light blue color that was nearly crystal clear. This one weighed in at 1.81 carats! Once it is heated and cut it will be significantly smaller than that but it is a nice sized sapphire!!

The final step is to take our finds to the specialist. She puts on her super cool x-ray vision (or not) goggles and looks at each stone to be sure it is in fact sapphire or garnet or something else nice and not the posers. Then she weighs them and separates the stones into larger and smaller piles and then weighs them. She gave us each a sheet explaining what we could do with the bigger ones.

If you made it this far then I want you to personally email, text, or Facebook message my husband and kindly request or strongly suggest that he make me something beautiful for Christmas with my stones (a ring and I want it round bevel cut). Excellent! That’s all for now! I thank you in advance!

Book Review: The Help

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The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic book. I actually felt like I was there with the women. It is shocking how things were not that long ago in the deep South.

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Book 5 of May! Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

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Diary of a Mad Fat GirlDiary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was just ok. I thought it was going to be hysterical and it was funny but kind of a let down. I still read it pretty quickly and never really would have been able to put it down and not come back. Overall – I would recommend it as a filler if you just can’t find something else to read. Might be a good no brainer airplane read.

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4th Book of May – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fantastic book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Collins was clearly trying to keep this book going with the same kind of momentum as the first two and she succeeded -until- the end but it had to end somewhere right? I appreciated the afterthought of the future at the end because I was going to have to do some serious imagining.

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Book 2 of May: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This book was seriously one of the best books I have ever read. The descriptive writing, the captivating moments…everything about this book sucked me in and I could not put it down! I am anxious to read the next.

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