My Confession

So, in this post, I am going to divulge some personal things about my life. No, not any of those “Stop there, TMI” personal things, but just like, “Hey World, this is who I am” things.

So, to get the ball rolling, I am going to confess to being a Football Fanatic. No, not American Football, I am talking about Real Football… Soccer. Yes, I am an American, but I blog and read articles in a “world” that calls it Football. I am a Fan of German Soccer. My favorite club is Bayern Munich and the German National Team is my favorite National Team. So, Kate, what does this have to do with books and blogging, you might be asking yourself. Well, I will tell you. When I say I am fanatic, I mean I am addicted. Like if I don’t get a fix almost every night, I go insane. Even as I am writing this, I have a game going in the background.

(Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger)

Now, if you follow German Soccer at all, you might know that the season is over. But I am an addict… I already admitted that, and there is this hand/evil website called ESPN 3… they have games. They have old games. And you can watch them for free.I am watching Bayern vs Bremen right now, first game of the season. So even though the summer is here and there are no games that my team are playing, I can not even turn it off to pick up a book and read. I am not one of those people who is adverse to rewatching a match. I have rewatched every Germany World Cup match at least 20 times since the World Cup. I know the plays and who scores what and when, but it is so comforting to me, and with each rewatch, I get to know the players style a little more. Feel free to call me pathetic. But when I have a bad day and I don’t know if how to deal (currently unemployed and this economy is not making it easy to find a job) putting on one of those World Cup matches is the one thing that will always lift my spirit. I used to turn to books, but I am in kind of a slump right now.

(two of my favorite players: Benedikt Höwedes and Manuel Neuer)

I have another addiction that is not book or Bundesliga related also. Cross stitching. Now, really, I can blend this addiction with either of the other addictions (football and books). I can listen to an audiobook and stitch or I can watch a game and stitch. However, I tend to get annoyed with audiobooks, so usually it ends up being the game.

(One of my current projects that I am working on for my soon to be 10 year old sister. Called Passion Flower Angel from Dimensions)

Now, this isn’t going to become one of those blogs where everything under the sun is talked about and the posts with book updates become few and far between… I just thought that I would let you know why there has not been an update in a while. I am about halfway done with People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and I am doing a different style review then normal. I will see how that works, and based on feedback will decide from there.

Sorry for any of you who found this update boring or whatever. I appreciate it if you made it all the way through.

Lack of Updates…

Sorry about the lack of updates. I have been reading, but there was this one book I read that I just never wanted to leave that land and to write a review, I would have to do that… I really loved the book and the story so I didn’t review it. In addition, I was out of the country with no internet connection these last two weeks. I had a splendid Christmas with my family and paternal grandparents. I miss my family a lot when I am away from them. Growing up as the eldest of four girls, I was always really close to my younger sisters and every time I have to leave them, I get sad. Anyway, I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! In the next few days, I will be posting reviews to many of the books that I have read. I need to go back and look and see how many books I let lapse. I will probably combine several books in a review and then post three or four big reviews. Like I said, I am far behind in my  reviewing. If you had an interesting holiday, please tell me about it. I love to hear what other people do for the holidays. What are some of your family traditions? In my family, when have this thing called “The Mouse”. It is an advent that pretty much controls our lived so the month of December. When we were kids, we thought that the mouse was writing us little messages, but now we all know it is my mother… however, it is something we still do! In addition, on the night before Christmas, we all get to open one present, which always happens to be a new pair of pajamas. Then we change into our new pjs and my mother reads us The Night Before Christmas. Afterwards we put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. The other thing that we do is “grow” candy canes. What you do is you put a bowl of peppermints under the christmas tree and they “magically” grow progressively larger as the month goes along. It is a lot of fun, especially for young children who still believe. So how about you guys???