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10 years. That’s how long it’s been. That’s how long it’s been since Claudia was free.

10 years ago, Claudia’s life changed. No, 10 years ago, Claudia’s life unravelled.  Funny thing is, it’s only now that it’s beginning to show……

10 years ago, a school bus was stopped at a railroad crossing, and the lives of the people on the bus- mostly highschoolers- were changed forever. BJ, the young cheerleading coach and best friend to Claudia, was murdered.

Football star Casio was shot in the arm. Principal’s daughter Georgie gave CPR while waiting for the paramedics who were stranded on the other side of the train tracks by the long freight train. Cheerleader Claudia held BJ, sobbing and willing her to live.

10 years later, Claudia’s husband, Victor, is the Assistant District Attorney. He sets out to try to solve this cold case, hoping to bring closure to the community and help ease Claudia’s escalating panic attacks. It’s a race against the clock as Claudia’s emotional state and their marriage begin to collapse.

Written from a variety of perspectives (including the dying BJ), this book definitely keeps you guessing. In addition to the main story line, sub-plots totally, delightfully entangled all of these characters. Serita Jakes is absolutely one of my new favorite authors. I will definitely be looking for more of her books and recommending her to my friends!!

Because there were a few things that were a little bit confusing, I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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I know y’all are gasping and picking yourselves up off the floor, you know, from the shock of that admission. 😆

I’m coming clean- I am picky. Most of the time, I’m pretty laid back and easy-going; however, in some particular regards, I am way too picky. That means that I like what I like, and I don’t what I don’t, for those needing clarification.

Today, I once again faced my nemesis and ended up wasting an entire afternoon. I am pretty sure, though, that victory is mine. (muwah ha ha ha)

Yesterday was a bad electronics day. Firstly, the left side of my headphones stopped working. Then my iopd went all wonky; skipping, repeating, randomly shuffling through settings (including the radio and basically refusing to cooperate.) This was after mile 3, and I wasn’t going any faster at that point than I had been. So, I commandeered my oldest dds ipod, and had the same result. ????

By this time, Iwas past mile 4 and steam was coming out of my ears, I was so ticked. I really need to listen to something while I’m running! I settled for listening to the random, thankful that the voice-over lady hadn’t turned on……

Anyhow. My task for this afternoon was to stop at Target on my way home and replace my headphones. This should have been a no-brainer. For years, I suffered with ill-fitting headphones; headphones that would come flying out once they got sweaty; headphones that would come falling off repeatedly. I have heard of those who use sports tape to tape them in- I’m allergic to the tape.

Several years ago, hunny was tired of my constant complaining secretly went on a headphone search for me, and found me an awesome pair for my birthday. They were *exactly* what I was looking for- lightweight; sweat/water-resistant; and over the ear adjustable. I had gone through numerous clip-on (over the ear) headphones and never had any real luck with getting them to fit right, which then left me annoyed.

He found a set Target and picked them up. Granted,  if it was me shopping, I would have not spent that amount on myself, but wouldn’t have batted an eye at spending it on him. (This reminds me of that part of Ron White’s standup where he’s talking about diamonds. “Diamonds.  That’ll shut her up.” :lol:)

My plan for this afternoon was to swing by Target on my way home and get a new set. That’ll teach me to plan!

Do you think they had them? Nope. “No problem,” I thought, “they are Nike’s, so I’m sure the sporting goods store will have them.”

Nope. So I thought, “Well, I guess I’ll check Radio Shack, then.”

Nope. So then I thought, “Oooook, I guess that leaves the sporting good store in the mall (yes, I know, we actually DO have a mall, although our only local Hallmark store is now out of business, and we don’t have the leather store in there anymore, either….) as a last-ditch effort.

Nope. So I wandered down to Foot Locker, thinking certainly they wouldn’t have them, and I wasn’t disappointed.

That’s what I get for thinking! “Easy enough,” I thought again (even though we know how that turned out just a bit ago- apparently, it takes a bit for me to learn….), I’ll just go home and find them on the internet.”

Two hours later, I had emailed hunny to ask him if he could remember what he paid and which ones they are. Even once he got home, I was still debating which ones to get. His response was to say, “Christmas is coming.  They always have stuff like that at Christmas…..”

“But that’s eons away!  I can’t suffer with regular ear buds until then!  I’ll go crazy!” {and mumble mumble, we could count them as my birthday present, she says quietly}

After hemming and hawing, I finally went for the ones that I am pretty sure are the same ones I already have.

Here’s my gripe: PEOPLE. LISTEN UP!  If you have a product that you LIKE, please leave a review online. Because otherwise, people like me will waste spend hours of their lives, swinging back and forth between cost and the one product they think they had success with, only to find there is no review for that one at all, and so now it’s like a shot in the dark, for all practical purposes.

*Sigh*

My Nike Vapors are totally adjustable. These are the ONLY pair of headphones I’ve found that I like. They fit well. They sound good. They are water/sweat resistant.

My headphones should be here in a week or so.  I hope I survive. 😆

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Have you been waiting with bated breath?  I know I sure have! 😉

Results via the paper today- time was 1:09:38.  That gives me a time of 11:13 per, which is still better than I thought. What’s interesting is that the gentleman whose Iphone time I was going off of is listed as having a time of 9 minutes behind me. Seeing as I passed him around mile out from the finish and wasn’t going that much faster (I didn’t think) this strikes me as odd.

I think the solution to this is going to be to ask at the actual finish (look on the sticker) and compare to a stop watch. That’s more stuff to have to go out and find, but I guess that’s the only way I’ll be comfortable. Or I could diddle with my ipod (nano), but I think the watch will be easier.

I wasn’t last, either, which is surprising, because I didn’t think there were that many people (including several men) behind me.  I must have really been zoned out.

So there we have it in print.  I finished and didn’t die.  😆

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.  :mrgreen:

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Yep. That’s me. I’m a problem solver. It’s part of my job. Much of the time, it’s about taking one for the team, to solve the problem. I’m not picky about teams. Most of the time, it’s my immediate family. Some of the time, it’s the community at large.

Problem: Too much Halloween candy.

Solution: Mama eats it.  😆

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Problem: The ration of brown to green/blue eggs is going to be too high.

Solution: Get more chickens that will lay blue/green eggs.

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Problem: Too many chickens for the chicken tractor.

Solution: Build a bigger coop and run.

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See how this works? Indeed, I am more than willing to take one for the team.

Here’s another example (text message to Hunny): If you happen to see wild ice cream running around wreaking havoc, please know that I am willing to take on the responsibility of eating if, if you happen to catch any- you know, to help solve the problem.”

I was reminded of this position today, as I made the off comment of “Is it wrong to want some chocolate?”  😀

When I took this stance a few weeks ago, I solved the problem and helped out not just my community, but Ben and Jerry as well, I am sure. The day is young, and I have no idea what it will hold.  It may well be that my super-ice cream-eating-powers will yet be unleashed.

Stay tuned!  😆

 

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Nope. I’m not. I didn’t die. I didn’t crash and burn. Actually, I finished way sooner than I had anticipated. What’s up with that?!

Today was the day of the 10k. For those of us not on the metric system, that translates into 6.21371 miles. But who’s counting?  😀

I don’t know what my official time was, but the guy who finished a bit behind me went to his car and did some stretching before turning off his timer, at 1:07. So, I’m going with 1:06. According to my pace chart, that means my mile pace was 10:36, with a kilometer pace of 6:36  I like that one better.  😆

By the time my daughter and my friend got there, I had been done for about 15 minutes. (Really, there is not much to see during a race until people start crossing the finish line- and since I’m not real fast, it’s like, what are they going to do while I’m out there running? Sit in the cold and freeze?) I am still not convinced they didn’t start us early.  😀

Not knowing what to expect, I didn’t push it. I took most of week off, doing 7 on Thursday and only 3.5 yesterday.  I was thinking about not running at all yesterday, but didn’t want my monthly mileage to totally tank, so I did 1/2.

I also knew that if I came home injured, Hunny was going to read me the riot act and would really pitch a fit if I wanted to enter another race. Plus, I haven’t been outside on concrete since my hip stuff a few weeks ago.

While I didn’t push it, I do remember getting to the 2 k turn-around and thinking it would be nice to be done. 😆

The wind *totally* killed me. It was blowing solidly around 20 mph, gusts were I’m thinking at least 35 mph. Did I mention those were sustained winds??  At times it felt like I was crawling and heading into a hurricane. I had the tailwind for a little- it wasn’t blowing that hard when we started, and when we got out into the open, the blowing sand was the pits.

And it was cold. I could have easily done another layer; wish I would have had some gloves. My ears were not too bad, although even after standing in the hot shower for eons, they are still ringing.

There were at least 2 miles plus that were straight headwind and of course, this was the only hilly part of the course. Once we turned, it was back into the wind for the remainder of the race, but at least there were some trees here and there to act as a wind-break. I remember thinking more than once that I need to do some more strength training. I probably should, but thinking about right now just makes me tired. 😀

I didn’t need to worry about the sweat running down my face- it was so windy it was blowing off (and blowing the stuff out of my nose- had no idea that would happen, but thank goodness I packed a ton of tissues!) The coldest part was right before (of course) and then even at the end, when it’s blowing that hard, it feels like it’s 30 degrees. Definitely need some gloves and a hat if I’m running in the real cold next month.

I will be interested on times and stuff. They had me registered and tagged as a guy and we changed it on my tag this morning. No idea how they did the times, but I wonder if they had me grouped in with the men because of what was on their original registration forms. No, it is not unusual for people to think my name belongs to a Mr.

I think they need to make more age groups. And probably one for chronically ill people. And all of those people in that category should automatically get medals just for showing up. Just sayin’. 😉

Much to my relief, I did not get lost. Things were pretty clearly marked. Because it was so cold, I didn’t need any hydration. I considered it on the way back, but there wasn’t anything ready and waiting, (and no garbage cans??) so I passed. No biggy.

Next time, I am starting further ahead. I started back with the 2 k people (including the walkers) and had to pass them all. I am absolutely certain I was bringing up the rear once we went past the 2k turn-around. Although, there were people who finished later than I did on the 10 course, so I’ll have to mull that one over.

No idea how many went at this time- my guess would be somewhere around 50??  I’ll be interested to see final numbers.

There was a single other lady wearing VFFs- she was a 10 k walker.  I didn’t talk to her and ask her which ones she had, but they were blue.  I totally ♥ed the feeling of the road, fwiw. I saw a single person I knew (and it wasn’t the lady with the VFFs); dunno, seemed like there was some cliquey stuff going on.  🙄

So, that’s my race report. I didn’t die. I don’t feel injured. I ran/jogged the whole way. And I didn’t die (that’s especially important to me).  😆

Now I’m hungry, so I’ll eat and read until I fall asleep. That’s my exciting race day. 😎

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