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Journal entry #7: 2017… MERCI BEAUCOUP!


31st December 2017

We’ve come to the end of a tremendous year and I thank God for bringing me through it.

While 2017 had its ups and downs, I chose to focus on the positive. I picked back up a few skills I had neglected (except art), started studying a new language, read multiple genres in books, and met my new best friend Margaret from The Word.

One of my favorite highlights of the year was celebrating my birthday in the company of friends. ❤

Another delightful highlight was Tammy joining this warm and welcoming blogging community. ❤

Personal wise, there were some issues I had to deal with, but God saw me through all of them every time. I have those days where I struggle, but His Word is my strength and I can always depend on it.

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Thank you, God, for 2017! It’s been a blessing and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me.

Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

31 days of lists challenge: days 22-31

The last hurray! Thank you for sticking around. 🙂

Day 22: Favorite Bible verses

I have many favorites, but when I need comfort…

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…and when I wake up to face the day…

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Day 23: People I want to meet

Jesus Christ. ❤ 

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Day 24: Favorite patterns

I love houndstooth.

Day 25: Food that I dislike

I am not an adventurous eater and I won’t ever try things like seafood, but I tried bacon once and disliked it.

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Day 26: Words that I hate

I’m a logophile, so it’s kind of hard for me to hate words. I do dislike the word ‘hate’ though.

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Day 27: Stuff I'm allergic to

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Day 28: Obsessions

God and His Word. ❤ French history and tiramisu.

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Day 29: Favorite plants

I like many plants including orchids, perennials, and palm trees.

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Day 30: Things I'm looking forward to

An epic adventure in 2018 God’s willing!

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Day 31: Highlights of the month

Making it through half of December with little sleep.

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365 Days of Writing

December 31st: A brand new you, effective tomorrow!


Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I wish to be myself for I can’t be anyone else. I am going to strive to be a better me in 2018 God’s willing as I continue to live for Him.

Thank goodness we’ve come to the end of this challenge! It started off well, but then I lost interest somewhere in the middle when the prompts became repetitive. Nevertheless, I thank you for sticking around and even joining me during some of the prompts.

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A to Z

Phobia Challenge: K

Look at that. It’s Friday again. I miss you guys, but I’ll be back soon to catch up on all the posts I’ve missed! I trust that all is well. 🙂

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GIF via KidsHealth

Kainotophobia – Fear of novelty/anything new

Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure or defeat

Katagelophobia – Fear of ridicule

Kathisophobia – Fear of sitting down

Keraunophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning

Kinesophobia – Fear of movement/notion

Kleptophobia – Fear of theft/stealing

Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms

Koniophobia/Amathophobia – Fear of dust

Kopophobia – Fear of fatigue

Kyphophobia – Fear of stooping


Books & Reviews 📚

Reading Diaries: Book wishlist 2018!

Because I can never have enough books.

Not the best photo I’ve taken, but I like it & it works for now. Tammy, if you read this post, you’ll recognize the mug. ❤

Dear Diary,

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but oh, how wrong were they! Technically, money can buy happiness… in the forms of books!

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Anyway, it’s that time again. That time to list the books that I’m hotly anticipating in 2018 God’s willing, although I am weeks late with this post. Like, wayyyy late! But like they say, it’s…

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If you know me (but you don’t know me, yet you’re about to), I am a verified book hoarder, but I prefer the term book collector. I recently tried to do an unhaul, but I was unwilling to part with some of the books I am yet to read, although some of them have been sitting on the shelf for about 5 years now. I donated two books to my library, but I am optimistic (and determined) on reading the remaining books!

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That out of the way, I am not one to anticipate books, therefore my list is never exciting, given that I don’t run behind the popular authors. I buy books based on the synopsis. If I’m in a good mood, I buy it based on the cover which brings me to…

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

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I spend a lot of time on Amazon lately sourcing books for my personal library collection and the work library. When I came across this cover, I was sold. I don’t like the fonts and I am not interested in looking at the synopsis because I don’t want to know anything about this book until I am reading it. It’s a YA and the release date is on June 19, so I have a long wait. I’ve never read anything from this author before, but if this one is good, I’ll get ‘The Wedding Guests” or ‘The Singles”.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Another book I chose based solely on the cover. It looks hilarious and if the story is to go anything by the cover, then it’ll be humorous. It’s not a book I’ll usually go for, but sometimes I like to blindly buy things. This contemporary will be out on June 5th, and again, it’s going to be my first time reading this author, although I know a few of her books including ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. I remember wanting that book back then, but never got around to purchasing it.

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

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Six university students from Oxford is having the perfect summer getaway, a beautiful French girl joins the friends causing the non-French girl Kate green with envy, an altercation takes place, the French girl is good as dead, but this case does not stay buried as it’s reopened a decade later and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO FRENCHIE! I am counting on this thriller to thrill me when it comes out on February 20. And if it thrills me, then I’ll keep this author in mind for future thrills!

Bones Don’t Lie by Melinda Leigh

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I think I love this cover. This book is part of a series which I’ve never read before, but it doesn’t matter. Twenty-three years ago, Lance Kruger’s father vanished without a trace. Now a private investigator, Kruger thinks he’ll finally get closure when his father’s car is dredged up from the bottom of a lake and a skeleton is found in the trunk. The gears in my head are already turning and I think I know what happened to Kruger’s father, but I’ll wait to prove my theory until I put my hands on this book. I love stories where we have to go back to the past in order to right the present and on our trip there we discover family secrets. Hence the reason I like Riverdale so much.

This mystery would be released on March 13

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This thriller comes out on January 9th and it’s billed as…

I call it the most hyped thriller of 2018. There is always that one book that is all hyped up and you expect to love it because of a teaser like this:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. 
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

I’ll try to read between the lies, but most of all, I hope that this book lives up the hype.

Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson

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Base on my book reviews, you know I am JP’s girl and this list would’ve been incomplete without him. Every year, I look forward to his books the most. He is a marketing and brand genius, yes, but no other author can hold a candle to him. Well, for me.

Murder is Forever is a new true-crime thriller series and this book is the first. It tells the story of the filthy rich, cheating financier Frank Howard who wants his wife dead; and single mother Dee Dee Blancharde who is praised for caring for her ill daughter until Gypsy Rose finds out that the daughter is not actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years. I remember watching this one on the news.

The book would be available from January 02nd just in time for the TV series Murder is Forever premiering on the Discovery channel. Another book in the series – Home Sweet Murder – also comes out on that same day. Two new JP books on one day? Yes, please! 

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Meanwhile, Murder Beyond the Grave would be out on February 06th.

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I am a sucker for true crime.

The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

I talked about this book earlier this year and it’s a book I’ve been anticipating ever since. It’ll be available from June 08th and I can’t wait to grab a copy.

365 Days of Writing

December 29th: Brainwave


What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Regale us with every detail of the idea — the idea itself, where it came to you, and the problem it solved.

The only thing that comes to mind right now was an idea I had for a library display project which did not involve problem-solving. I know I answer these prompts half-heartedly, but I don’t like starting something and not finishing it, even if my heart isn’t in it anymore.

Entertainment, Thursday Ten

Thursday Ten: Home Alone sins

*Shrugging* What can I say? I enjoy taking things apart in my spare time.

When I was younger, I used to enjoy Home Alone. I was a child then, so I didn’t care for weak plots and storyline. I just wanted to laugh at the wicked stuff those burglars had to endure because they had it coming. I’m older (and wiser) now and I can’t watch most movies any more without picking apart the watered-down storyline/plot, the violence, the characters and why half the things don’t make sense. Also, I’m a writer with a wild imagination, so I tend to see things differently. Oh, and sometimes I can be a bit of a theorist. 😛

These are 10 things that always bothered me about Home Alone:

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1. The McCallister family is trash and a bunch of psychos. Especially that nutter Uncle Frank, who for some reason enjoys picking on an 8-year-old. There is the moment in the kitchen where everyone is eating pizza, and they forget about Kevin who makes his presence known by shoving the bullying Buzz. Uncle Frank grumpily chastised Kevin in front of everyone: “Look what you did, you little jerk!” You’ll think Kevin’s parents would do something, but they stupidly looked on. I mean, come on! The entire family bullies the child and the parents stand there like idiots? Especially the mom. What kind of mother are you, woman? Right, the kind who puts the blame on an 8-year-old to appease a relative, starve the child and banish him to the attic bedroom. 

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2. The mother doesn’t work, and we’re not sure what the father does, so how can a family of 40 afford a trip to the City of Romance?

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3. The police officers should be fired. When the family of psychos arrives in France and realizes that Kevin was missing, Kate calls the police back in the States to explain that a child has been left at home unattended. The cop who took the call thinks this McCallister woman is being ridiculous. There is no Kevin at home. They send a lone cop out to the house, and he doesn’t even go in because everything seemed normal.

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4. The pizza boy is incredibly stupid. He runs off scared by the thought of being killed by a gun, but he fails to call the police. I mean, WHAT? You just got ‘shot at’ and you go off to deliver pizzas as if nothing happened? Was everyone in this town taking drugs?

5. I liked Kevin, but I thought Marv was a cutie. I mean, look at the handsome thieving bastard with the beautiful eyes!

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It’s too bad he was a pervert (Wet Bandits anyone?) and Harry was his partner! The subtlety is not so subtle.

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6. Kate accepts an uncomfortable ride in the back of a van with seven strange men. Eh! That’s what happens when you sell your soul. 

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7. Kevin got overwhelmed when told to pack his suitcase, yet, the nutcase in the making eagerly set evil bobby traps for the burglars without complaining?

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8. There is no way on this green earth that Marv and Harry could’ve survived those tortures to return for Home Alone 2. They should’ve been long dead. And torturing people for fun isn’t funny. Kevin has probably joined some sort of terrorist organization by now if he’s not busy trying to be the next Ted Bundy.

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9. The movie is incredibly stupid when you take away Kevin’s so-call genius. His family is actually some of the worst actors I’ve ever seen in my entire life! 

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Me too, Kev. Me too.

10. Or maybe, Kevin doesn’t exist and the mother was having a mental breakdown. This would explain the reason why he’s always being ignored, why the father threw his ticket in the trash, why we never saw his bedroom, why he doesn’t get any pizza, why he is banished to the attic room, why the cops didn’t care to take the mother seriously, why the mom left her family in Paris to go on a trip with the devil because she wanted to see him one last time, and she’ll do anything hence selling her soul. Right, theorists?

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Maybe being home alone existed in Kevin’s mind. I mean, he has friends (it was mentioned), so why couldn’t the stupid mom call one of their friend/neighbor to watch him? Maybe Illinois is a state of mind. Maybe Kevin is in fact, a child murderer who killed his entire family (“I made my family disappear.”) and invented the whole home alone thing because he was getting lonely. Eh! Plenty of reasons to kill them after all. I mean, they were mean to him, they bullied him, and Uncle Frank probably sexually abused him. The creepy old bastard! Teasing the child about his private part (“he says if I see him naked, I’ll grow up never feeling like a real man.”) and no one bats an eyelid. No one? Really?

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Theories aside, I thought Macauley was brilliant as a child serial killer in the making. I give this movie a 2/5 rating.

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