Gun or No Gun

Gun or no gun became Cam and Austin’s motto, their mantra, for surviving their abduction/ confinement and looking for any opportunity to take out their kidnapper. Cara Dee has written a fabulous, intriguing story in Aftermath (Aftermath #1). I confess that I read this book in one day…well, I am home sick with bronchitis, but still, I couldn’t put it down.

Ms. Dee immediately grabs the reader with her introduction of Austin Huntley.

Unable to sleep, Austin left the bed, slid on his new black-framed glasses, and trudged downstairs.

. . .  But after having spent five months in a basement against his will, nothing was going to stop him from being outside.

Ms. Dee then launches into a flashback, giving the reader insight into how Austin landed in a basement. In fact the story of their kidnapping and captivity is told through flashbacks. Nicely done! Continue reading “Gun or No Gun”

Creep Factor to the Power of Ten

My run started off pretty good tonight. Despite sore calf muscles and feeling tired, the weather was a bit cooler and it felt good to be outside. I wasn’t far along when I spotted two deer mamas and their fawns. Thankfully, they watched me before heading back into the woods (and away from a heavily traveled side road). 

My usual running/ walking route is just over two miles. I try to run everything except for the pesky uphill that happens to be right by the hospital.

I’m going to share my story to remind those out there exercising alone to be aware of your surroundings and to have a plan in place if needed. Continue reading “Creep Factor to the Power of Ten”

Labor Day Weekend

Monday night, and I’m getting ready to head back to work bright and early tomorrow morning. I figured I would share what has occupied my time this holiday weekend. Maybe you did some of these same things!

Friday night, I met my friend Dawn at the movies. We saw the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I’ve read the books and was curious about the movie. I had some concerns going into it: I wasn’t sure about some of the actors picked to play the roles. I was totally psyched about Simon, but the rest… Needless to say, I really enjoyed it. The actors pulled it off wonderfully. I think the screenplay did the book justice and kept things moving. Lots of action and great special effects. I definitely recommend seeing it. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, Cathy and I headed to Reston, Virginia. We stayed at the Hyatt and had fun shopping at the stores in the Reston Town Center. I confess that Athleta was my favorite. We even checked out some classic Porsches that were on display. That evening we headed to Wolf Trap for the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. It was a blast but really hot and humid. We left at intermission. I didn’t enjoy feeling like a sardine with little leg room and hard seats.  Continue reading “Labor Day Weekend”