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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is THE best book I have ever read in my life. Although that’s pretty much a sum of the way I feel about this book, I guess I’ll just have to explain further: A group of four children is gathered to go on a top secret, life threatening mission. Each of these witty characters contribute to the story, making the plot very dynamic. Information is constantly twisting and turning around the plot, and the nonstop adventure makes this a book you just can’t put down. I have just started the sequel, and so far it is proving to be just as great! 10 Stars and 5 thumbs up for this series!

– Middle Child

P.S. This book can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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Hey girl. I haven’t seen you in forev, except for that night we went to what felt like a baby shower. I hope you guys are doing great. My oldest is back and doing awesome except for the fact she had her wisdom teeth pulled out yesterday. It pretty much sucks, especially when she accidentally pulled out a chunk of her stitches. While we were hanging out watching the TV (no shock there) we decided to watch Weeds. OMG, I don’t know if you’ve ever watched this show but its has totally adult content. I didn’t mind watching it with her so much (18 years old) but then my 11 year old comes in and I let him watch it too. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. It was not a shining mothering moment It just seemed like too much effort to shoo him away and maybe I convinced myself that the show seemed innocent enough. Anyway, he’s supposed to keep his new knowledge to himself. We’ll see how that works out. I better run but I wanted to say hi so send me a message whenever you have the chance. MB

Hi hope you’re doing well this morning and the traffic wasn’t too bad. I’m already at work and trying to figure out what to do first. Since I don’t like to make lists, I have to sort it out in my brain. On another subject, our weekend was good. My oldest daughter came back from her freshman year in college and it’s beyond exciting for us. It’s amazing how nice and familiar it is to be with her. On the other hand, she has so many family members vying for her time and in truth, all she wants to do is sleep. Obviously we need to be more patient. We have to remember that she’ll be here for a while so it’s ok to take a step back and give her the space she needs.

On our one outing, she and I took my middle daughter to get an outfit for her middle school culmination. It was both fun and, gulp, you know…. At some point I had to run out and get a coffee to settle down. The shop was up the hill and I was surprised at how beautiful everything was. She decided on a flowing cream colored dress ending just above knee length, a black cardigan and black shiny flats with glimmering stones on the toe. The outfit is gorgeous. She also has long dark wavy hair that will look beautiful with it.

Switching the subject again, my husband and son and I have been continuing to work diligently on our Battle Star Galactica marathon, binge, or whatever you want to call it. The girls don’t seem interested but I, myself, can’t get enough of it. It has made me wish that I was (along with everything I’m doing now) a fighter pilot. I use to wish I could be a race car driver but that’s out the window now. It’s the love of speed in three dimensional space I guess, not to mention the target practice. This makes me sound more violent than I am, but the process just sounds amazing.

A downside of the show is that everyone is drinking and smoking all the time. It makes it look so cool but I know that it is not. In fact for me, those things make me feel like crap. Maybe that’s also true for being a fighter pilot. I’ll never know. Ironically, my father’s life dream was to be a fighter pilot with the air force. He went for it but they rejected him because of some issue with his eyes. I guess he was meant to do something else (if you believe in fate that is, which I know you do).

On the topic of emotions (which I admit we weren’t discussing before) I am feeling medium today. I was thinking about why and at first I thought that if all these external things in my life went the way I wanted them to, then I would be happy. Then I realized that that is not true. It can be hard to feel happy when there are a lot of challenges and uncertainties in one’s life but on the other hand, i do know down deep that happiness come from the inside. One needs to feel positive about who they are. I don’t know why it’s so difficult to feel this consistently. Maybe you have it figured out. I think I have some inner work.

But enough about me. I am so excited for your Wednesday night adventure. I’m pretty sure you’ll have a great time, but if not, it will at least be a step in the right direction in terms of doing something new. I’m excited to hear how it goes. You’ll have to tell me everything afterward.

This morning, I’m supposed to organize receipts, an activity I’ve been putting off for at least a month. To get revved up, I think I’ll make myself some “astronaut” coffee: One part brown powder, one part cream colored powder, and one half part white powder. It’s not so good, as you can imagine but it does the trick. I hope you have a great day. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
-MB

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This blog is about a belief in the importance of creative thought, actions, and materials. Check out the various categories to read about books, films, artwork, and miscellaneous thoughts on life. The contributors to this blog include myself, my three children, and my husband. We each have a different take on the world and appreciate different aspects of it. What we have in common is that we are all passionate about our interests. I hope you enjoy our thoughts and insights.

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