Quote of the week

Oct 25, 2014


Gazing at the wonders above, 
the earth beneath my bare feet,
and a hunger within to live the life of my dreams.

These things matter.




Reconstructing Amelia ~ A Review.

Oct 24, 2014

When the clock struck 3 am, I nonchalantly rearranged my legs on the bed for extra comfort and flipped a page on my Kindle. The late or shall I say early hour meant nothing to me at that moment. I had already accepted the inevitable...I am going to look like shit today and they'll just have to deal. At 5:30 am my alarm went off and the weight of my decision to swap sleep for reading came crashing down. My day had begun. Woo-freaking-hoo! 

If you had the unfortunate experience of being in my presence today, I humbly apologize. 


Let's rewind to last week, shall we. While sitting at my desk organizing reading homework, Suzie, one of the remedial teachers, enters my classroom with a book clutched to her wing. 
"Oh my gosh, Tami...you so have to read this book!" I look up. 
"What book is that?"
"It's called Reconstructing Amelia...it's so good!"
"Okay, well I'll check it out later."

Later than evening, I headed over to Amazon, pulled up Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and purchased it. 

I started reading it on Tuesday evening and completed it in the wee hours of this morning. Allow me to point out that when I resumed reading at 6 pm yesterday, I was not yet half way through the book. I closed it around 4 am this morning. I read for ten hours straight, give or take a few minutes in between to go get a drink, bathroom etc. Now people, if a book can keep my interest for that long in one sitting...it has to be freaking spectacular! The last book that did that for me was Harry Potter!

Folks, if you do not have Reconstructing Amelia...do yourself a favour and go get it. It will take you on one wild, thrilling ride. I read Reconstructing Amelia right after Gone Girl (another insanely awesome book) and now I'm just like..."Okay...what's next?" I am so not ready for this 'high' to end. 

This is what is said about the book on the jacket...

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter's exclusive Brooklyn private school calls to tell her that Amelia - her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen year old - has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she's blindsided by far more devastating news: Amelia is dead. Despondent, she's jumped from the school's roof. At least that's what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It's what she believe, too, until she gets the anonymous text: Amelia didn't jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth - no matter where it leads. Sifting through Amelia's e-mails, text messages, and Facebook posts, Kate reconstructs the pieces of her daughter's life and the people in it, uncovering why she was on Grace Hall's roof that day - and how she died. 

That synopsis grabbed my attention immediately. I was intrigued and wanted to find out all about Amelia and Kate. I'm so glad that I did, for their story will forever be etched on my mind and carved in my heart. 





Happy Diwali

Oct 23, 2014


"Diwali, also known as Deepavali or The Festival of Lights is an ancient Hindu Festival. Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair." Wikipedia

Diwali was brought to Trinidad and Tobago in 1845 by Hindus who came as indentured labourers. It is a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.

Today, Diwali is being celebrated all over the world by Hindus. Celebrations are somewhat similar to what we do during Christmas. Hindus exchange gifts with loved ones, cook delicious meals, decorate their homes and pray. One of the things that I look forward to every year during this time is the lighting of Deyas. My family and I go to the parks to light deyas and participate in the festivities. Unfortunately, the weather today isn't conducive to outdoor activity. It has been raining non-stop. We just got home from a drive around town. We returned home disappointed. There wasn't much to see.

I was so looking forward to sharing a bit of our culture with you, but since I have no pictures or video of my own to share, I turned to You Tube for support.


Hopefully, next year I can take my own pics and video. 

Happy Diwali 2014.


Currently...

Oct 21, 2014


Reading....Reconstructing Amelia. I've just started and I'm already hooked.

Watching...Downton Abbey. Five words. Charles Blake and Lady Mary.

Eating...doubles. The most delicious thing on the planet.

Thinking about...my future.

Believing in...myself.

Tweeting...Gloria Estefan. Always.

Loving...Blogging. More and more everyday.

Discovering...my passion.

Enjoying...long afternoons and quiet evenings.

Feeling...hopeful.

Dreaming...about living in Tobago.


Wanting...to go see The Best of Me.

Wishing...to travel the world.


What are you up to currently?


 

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