Share Your World | September 10, 2018

My thoughts for this week’s sparksfromacombustiablemind’s Share Your World

Are you a better listener or speaker?

I’m not a great speaker.  I’m kind of shy and find small talk to be very awkward.  I usually think faster then I speak and leave out words, so really it doesn’t make sense half the time.

I like to listen to people talk.  Especially the generations older than me.  I love listening to their stories.  Their memories.

If you were asked to designed a warning label that would be tattooed on your skin, what would it say?

I’ve had a question similar to this before.  I always quote Taylor Swift and say “I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

Pretty accurate…I am a woman after all.   The wind changes direction and so does my mood.  lol!!!

Don’t question it, just roll with it.

What are you passionate about?

Well, shoes for one!  I love them and have more pairs that any one person should own.

But in all seriousness, I am a strong believer that you live this life just once.  You need to be who you are and true to yourself.  And that we need to be more accepting of people’s life choices.  As long as its consensual there is no right or wrong.

What gave you a reason to smile this past week?

These 2 grumpy old men I follow on Twitter make me smile.  Actually they make me laugh…a lot.

Review | Katerina | James Frey

About The Book

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love 38511216and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America’s most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.

At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination

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My Thoughts

I was given an ARC copy of Katerina for my honest opinion and review.

I have read many titles by James Frey over the years and love his style of writing. I have always devoured his work.

Katerina was different from his past works.  It is a love story set in both the past and present going back and forth between Paris 1992 and Los Angeles2017.

While the book reads more like poetry, similar to a Million Little Pieces, I found it difficult to follow or to stay engaged.  The lack of punctuation actually takes away from the storyline and is very off putting. I almost didn’t finish.

So go in with eyes wide open especially if you are a fan of James Frey’s previous writings.

Overall I give Katerina 3 stars.

I feel that he had so much more to give and didn’t quite make it to the finish line.


About The Author

James Christopher Frey is an American author and entrepreneur. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the 822UK.

James Frey now lives in New York with his wife, daughter and dog. He is still writing. Most recently he has published Bright Shiny Morning, and his new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible will publish on 12 April and is available for pre-order now.

He is also one of the authors that share the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, author of the Lorien Legacies.

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Share Your World – Sept 3, 2018


Its been a bit since I posted any thing and I thought what better way than to play along with sparksfromacombustiblemind‘s Share Your World questions for this week.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?

Ummm….this one is a thinker!  Not sure.  My husband and I set up an email address for our son that we will give him the password to when he turns 18.  In it are emails with pictures and thoughts and events that have happened over the years.  Each of us writes separately but neither of us looks at what was written.

I would like to think that we would continue this with any children he may have, telling funny stories or happenings, sharing photos or memories.

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

HA!!! Can I put labour here?  I had a great labour, but I mean at the end of the day I was pushing 9lbs of human out of very tight spot.  And that kid had one hell of a big head.  But the end result was worth every ounce of pain and discomfort.

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anesthesia before surgery?

“I’m not 100% confident that this one’s going to make it”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Ah…this is easy!!!  It was Back To School!!! Oh yeah.  hahaha!!!  I mean who doesn’t love back to school after a long long summer.  Except the lunches,  I hate making school lunches.


Its Done | The Road To 2 Chesticles

Holy smokes, I can’t believe 56 days have passed and that the 8 Week Challenge is done.

At the beginning I was apprehensive.  It seem liked a long time, plus doing it over the summer, many thought I was crazy.

Yes, there were times, in the first few months that I too thought that I was insane, but then I started to see changes and I no longer craved eating those Candyland pieces.

I feel great all over all.  I ended the challenge losing 15lbs and 5 inches off my waist!

And the best part….I got 2 chesticles. IMG_4282

This challenge really motivated me to make changes to my lifestyle which I would have otherwise procrastinated against making.

So thank you Bonnie & Briar, the ladies of the 8 Week Challenge for helping me along the way!!!



Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.