Monday, February 28, 2011


I've read quite a few books lately and haven't written any reviews or mentioned them here, so in the coming days/weeks you'll have to put up with hearing about what I've been reading. Sorry if you don't like books reviews, you can just by pass those days.

Today we'll start with the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

As with all of my reviews, I'm going to be a little vague (nothing more revealed than what is on the book jacket). That way if you choose to read the book I won't give it all away.

Room is written from the viewpoint of a 5 year old boy, Jack, who has never been outside an 11' x 11' room, he's locked in there with his mother, who gave birth to him in that room. At first it takes a little bit to get the cadence of the way the book is written. It would be like going and talking to a 5 year old that you don't know. It takes a little bit, but after awhile you understand his manner of speech. The book is full of great desperation and great hope. While we think the outcome is wonderful and inspiring, Jack is still sad and longs for all he knows as home. While the situation is tragic and horrible to us, to Jack it's the only life he's ever know.

The book is full of the conflict of human emotion. What would you do? How would you feel? How do you help your child recover and cope when the very thing that he is longing for is the one thing you despise?

I kind of had wished that the book had a different ending. There wasn't much resolve and if there was it was left up to the reader. I wouldn't say I enjoyed the book. I found it very depressing and that of many of the life situations presented there was no good answer. I will say that it was thought provoking, but I still found the underlying depressive mood of the book to be a bit overwhelming. There was just so much going on that it seemed like the book needed to be a little longer to address some of the issues. The author did a great job of attaching the reader to the characters, that's why I felt there needed to be more. More answers, more resolve.

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars. I'd give it about a 3.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Who's Cryin' Now?


Plus this...(that's my car with it's 30 gallon tank).

Makes me feel like this.
You do the math.

But it's Friday...yay! Happy Weekend!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Alive and Kickin'

I'm alive and well...nothing's wrong with me.

My wireless router, however, is not alive and well. It is sick and puny and is getting ready to go to the Great Router Place in the the sky.

That my friends is why I have not been posting anything lately. My Macbook, iPad, etc. has very spotty connection and blogging just isn't possible. Unless I get on this Ethernet connected PC that I can hardly remember how to use (why is the red "x" on the right's supposed to be on the left)! But none of my photos or anything else is on this computer. So you get nothing.

BUT...hopefully on Wednesday afternoon we'll be back in business. That's when the tech is coming out to replace it and see what's going on (after 2 failed attempts to do it via chat--which I much appreciated).

So...happy Monday.

I'll be back soon.

Hopefully locked and loaded with some good posts. But, who knows, now that I'm out of the "blogging vice" I'm kind of liking my new found freedom. We'll see what transpires. Just check back.

Oh--and do you want any Girl Scout cookies? I have 'em!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Beyond Our Control

I've never done a Wordless Wednesday before...but here you go. This is a screen shot of the delivery info on a pair of pants I ordered for WM. Wonder if I'm ever going to get them or if it's "beyond UPS's control." Bless their brown hearts.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wish You Were Here

Out on a Lam is closed right now. We are here.... Okies have fun with your snow. I'm going to go catch a few more rays and order another pina colada.

Wha? Who? Huh?

Dang it!!! Who woke me up from my dream????

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

McLinky Monday on a Wednesday.

Well, we're on Day #2 of being snowed in here in OOOOOOOOOOO-klahoma (where a blizzard came sweeping down the plains), anywhoo, since I've literally been stuck in my house for the past 2 days (and probably the next several) I've lost my mind a lot little bit and can't think of anything brilliant to blog about that doesn't concern snow (I'm going to do my snow blogs in July, because I'm crazy like that) I've decided to be two days late on the RHOK McLink-o-rama. I'm not super crazy about this one because I don't like to talk about myself, but right now my brain is only capable of answering questions, not coming up with something quirky and fun. So here ya go, this week's McLinky...go over to the RHOK to see more.

Hot diggity dog this is a long we go:



•Name - Alyssa

•Nicknames - mommy, Lys, Lyssie (by my nieces and nephews)

•Any birth marks - Yes

•Hair color - Blonde

•Natural hair color - Light brown

•Eye color - Green

•Height - 5’10"

•Mood - Good

•Favorite color - Pink

•One Place You Want to Visit - Australia


•Love or lust - love

•Cats or dogs – both

•A few best friends or many regular friends - a few besties

•Television or internet - I really can’t choose.

•Chinese or Indian food - Chinese

•Wild night out or romantic night in - Neither. Just hangin' with the fam in.

•Money or Happiness - Happiness

•Night or day - day

•MSN or phone - Huh? Is that really a question?


•Ever performed in front of a large crowd - Yes

•Ever done drugs - Heck NO!

•Ever consumed alcohol- Heck YES

•Ever Been on a dance team - yep--even paid for part of my college

•Ever been on a sports team - yes

•Ever been in a drama play/production - yep

•Ever owned a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Escalade, Hummer or Bentley? - Yep, my 1st car was a white BMW I shared with my sister. Yeah, we fought over who would drive. She's older--she always won.

•Ever been in a rap video? -


•Last phone call you made - My hubs

•Last person you hung out with - My hubs and 3 kiddos

•Last person you tackled - My 5 year old son, we play this tackling game before bed.

•Last person you IM’d - Texted? My friend the beautiful Jen Wong!

•Last person(s) you went to the movies with - My 7 year old daughter

•Last thing you missed - The news

•Last thing you ate - Wheat thins


•Pierce your nose or tongue? - Ewww, neither

•Be serious or be funny? - funny

•Drink whole or skim milk? - skim

•Spend time with your parents or enemies? - parents--really, who wants to spend time with their enemies?


•Simple or complicated? - simple


•Flowers or candy? - flowers

•Gray or black? - Black

•Color or Black and white photos? - B&W

•Sunrise or sunset? - Sunset

•Staying up late or waking up early? - up late


•Sun or moon? - sun

•Left or right? - Right

•Sun or rain? - sun

•Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? - vanilla

•Vodka or Jack Daniels? - ick, neither.

•Nervous Habits? fidgeting with my clothes

•Are you double jointed? - no

•Can you twist your tongue around and roll it? - yes

•Can you raise one eyebrow? - no

•Can you cross your eyes? - yes

•Do you make your bed daily? - yes!


•Which shoe goes on first? - good grief, I don't think I've ever paid that close attention.

•Ever thrown something at someone? - yes

•On average, how much money do you carry with you? $10-$20

•What jewelry do you wear? - wedding ring and earrings

•Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? - twirl

•Have you ever eaten Spam? - yes

•Favorite ice cream? - pecan, pralines and cream

•How many kinds of cereal are in your cabinet? 6+

•What’s your favorite beverage? water or Starbucks Venti decaf Mocha

•Do you cook? yep


•Last Alcoholic Drink: Wine

•Last Car ride: To my daughter's dance class--an hour later "Snowmageddon" arrived and no driving since.

•Last Movie watched: In theater? Tangled On TV? Dare Devil (I don't know, something WM has on).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Snow Day!

The Three Little Lams!

More pics coming tomorrow. Mommy wasn't dressed properly and got too cold to be out taking pics. Enjoy your snow day! Unless you live in CA or FL--in that case, enjoy your sun!