Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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It’s finally here! A week late, but you know, better late than never!

 

Published in November 1954, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the second novel in the Lord of the Rings series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. As per the fashion of the first novel, this novel is also separated in two sections called books. Book Three focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin; while Book Four focuses on Frodo and Sam’s quest.

The book starts off with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli putting Boromir’s corpse in a boat and letting him sail on the Great River. After doing this task, they decide to follow the trail of the orcs to save Merry and Pippin. While they’re still running in Rohan, trying to catch up to the orcs, we learn how the hobbits got captured and they’re adventure with the orcs up until they managed to escape and run in Fangorn. There, they meet Treebeard and tell him of their journey and of what they know about the treachery of Saruman. Treebeard and the other Ents decide to go to war with Saruman.

Only two days behind, Aragorn and company arrive in Fangorn only to be met by Gandalf the White! Gandalf assures them the hobbits are safe and in good hands, and asks them to come with him to the Lord of the Mark. There, Gandalf delivers Théoden from the grip of the poison words of Wormtongue and convinces the Lord they need to go to war with Saruman.

While all this is happening on one side of the Great River, on the other side Frodo and Sam are having trouble finding their way to Mordor. After a few days, they get caught up by Gollum and they manage to make him lead them to the Black Gate. There, they find out there is no way they can enter Mordor by the Black Gate and Gollum tells them of another way. In Osgiliath, they are trapped by Men, but soon find out Captain Faramir is actually Boromir’s brother and they fall in his protection. After leaving him and his army, Frodo and Sam make their way to the secret passage in Mordor with Gollum still as their guide.

For the first two-three chapters I kept wondering when we would see Frodo and Sam. All they talked about was Aragorn and company. After the fourth chapter I got so into the story of Merry and Pippin and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli that I forgot about Frodo and Sam. When I got to Book Four, I started getting a bit bored. Compared to the action that Aragorn and company were living, the tale of Frodo and Sam’s journey was too slow moving. Spending more than half of the chapters of Book Four just reading about the scenery and about how they just kept on walking and sleeping and eating for days made it quite hard to finish the book. Finally, at the end, action came and the book ended in a cliff-hanger, leaving me wanting to start the last book right away and hoping it starts off with Frodo and Sam and not with the others.

 

What did you think of the book?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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C25K Week 5.5

As you know, if you read the last post, I spent last week barely being able to function because of a cold and needing to take care of my toddler while sick. Sadly, this means I didn’t have the energy to do week 6 of the C25K program. I hate myself so bad for skipping a whole week. I know I’m going to be in awful shape when I start week 6, but I couldn’t do anything about it. I did manage to go to work on Saturday, so that could count as a workout, even though I’m not registering it in the app. Wish me luck for this week!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Unexpected Week That Threw Me Off My Schedule

So this week has been a tough one for me. It was a long week-end so we went up to my in-law’s and came back Monday night. Already I was exhausted from the week-end, we went to many places and I never sleep well when I’m not in my own bed, but then I woke up Tuesday morning with a hint of a cold. I hoped it was just tiredness making me blow my nose so much, it tends to happen.

For some reason the week before I decided it would be a good idea to schedule two appointments on the same day. It was a hell of a day. Barely made it to my appointment in the morning, then came back home only to have just enough time to buy the things I learned I needed, make lunch, eat, then right back out the door for my second appointment. After that I needed to make another purchase and had to set my baby down for a nap afterwards. It was only around 3p.m. that I finally got time to breathe a little, in between loads of laundry.

Wednesday morning brought a full on cold to my face. I was barely functional all day, but still forced myself to clean a little. It was a very bad idea; tired myself so much that I fell asleep reading my book in the evening. Good thing my SO was home from work or else my baby would’ve been walking around the house without surveillance!

On Thursday, I was supposed to work from 5p.m. to 9p.m., but I called in sick because I was worse off than the day before. On top of every other symptom I already had, a stupid nausea came over me and stuck around for the rest of the day. Barely had any energy, and the few ounces I has were spent taking care of my child; which mean still barely any reading done. Besides, even if I would’ve had more time to read, I had the hardest time keeping my eyes open for more than a paragraph!

Friday brought a little glimmer of hope. The nausea left me alone and the headaches decided to start leaving as well. The nose is still clogged up and I can’t read for more than 10 minutes at a time without falling asleep, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously, since I’m posting this today, it means there won’t be a review of Two Towers this week. I’ll do my best to finish it this week-end and make next week a double review week. Wish me luck!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Dryer Vent Pumpkin

Sadly, my cold kept me from being able to read my book. I kept practically falling asleep everytime I had more than a paragraph read. So today you’ll have this week’s DIY early, and hopefully you’ll have Wednesday’s review tomorrow. Enjoy!

I adore Halloween. My two favorite holidays, without a doubt, are Halloween and Christmas. I started looking through Pinterest to see if I could find some DIY decorations for Halloween and I found this awesome idea: http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2011/09/dryer-vent-pumpkin-tutorial.html and decided I could not not do it!

Ingredients:

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  • Dryer vent, mine was too big so I had to cut it with an exacto knife and pliers (I think that’s what they’re called) to cut the wires. Which ended up giving me enough to make two pumpkins!
  • Spray paint. I chose the traditional orange pumpkin XD
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Spanish Moss
  • Hot glue gun, with glue sticks of course

Step One:

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That was probably the hardest part of the whole DIY. Using the hot glue gun to glue the two sides together so it makes a circle. It must have taken me like ten times for each pumpkin before they finally glued together. The stupid glue dries up too fast!

Step Two:

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Spray paint your pumpkin. I had to do two coats.

Step Three/Final Product:

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the spanish moss and the cinnamon sticks. There’s obviously going to be some moss that falls off, unless you’re an expert with hot glue guns unlike me, but it should mostly stick there.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Kingdom Hearts, Part 10

Usualy on Wednesday I put up a review of a book or a movie, and I was supposed to post a review of the book LotR: The Two Towers, but life got in the way and I didn’t have time to finish reading it in time. So this week, we’ll switch things up a bit. Today I’m posting my gaming videos that I would usualy post on Thursday, and tomorrow I’ll post the review if I managed to finish the book. If I don’t finish the book in time for tomorrow, I’ll post Friday’s post tomorrow and the review on Friday. Hopefully it won’t get that far, but I sadly caught a cold in addition to everything going on in my life right now. I’ll explain why this week is so hectic next Tuesday. In the mean time, here’s part 10 of Kingdom Hearts where we start the search of proof to free Alice in Wonderland!

 

And as usual, here are the other videos I posted this week:

Memoria: http://youtu.be/byQciA2RvV0

Minecraft: http://youtu.be/e7gE8UcoS6w

 

What did you think of the videos?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Love at First Sight

Love at first sight is something I’ve always wanted to believe in. It was a feeling I always hoped I would experience if it existed, but never did. At least, not in the way I thought it was supposed to be.

The first time I saw my SO, I’m ashamed to say I thought he was stuck up, pretty much only because of how he was dressed and how he talked. Then I started talking to him (we would cross paths at a club in college) and I learned he wasn’t stuck up. He was actually quite a funny guy. But I only thought of him as a friend, since at the time I was going out with another guy. When I became single again, me and my SO started talking more often and made plans to hang out during the summer. Back then he was four hours away for an internship, but we didn’t last until summer before seeing each other. He came down about halfway through his internship to spend a weekend with me and that’s when we officially became a couple.

Obviously, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t feel the “love at first sight” phenomenon, but I much more liked having my SO be a friend before a lover. It made it so much easier being myself around him since he already knew how I was naturally. Lucky for me, I still got to experience love at first sight three years into the relationship.

We had a baby. There is no feeling comparable to what you feel when you see your baby for the first time. It’s such an overwhelming feeling, very hard to describe. Of course you start loving your baby way before you give birth to him, but it’s not quite the same love. When you’re baby is not yet born, you love the idea of him. Once he is in your arms and you hear him screaming and the idea of a baby becomes so real, this little being suddenly holds all your heart; and you don’t even know him yet!

I have never felt love at first sight towards my SO, but right now I feel like nobody has experienced true love at first sight until they’ve held their baby in their arms for the first time. There’s no better feeling in the world, and I get to feel it all over again every time I look at my son.

 

Did you experience the “love at first sight” phenomenon with your SO and/or your baby?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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C25K Week 5

Day 1: Monday

Today went well. A bit of pain in the legs and a lot of sweating, but I wasn’t too exhausted after the workout. I feel like I’m starting to get back in shape even though I don’t always feel like doing the workouts. I just need to put it in my weekly routine and I will eventually stop having to kick myself in the butt to get up and jog.

Day 2: Wednesday

A bit brutal, lots of pain in the back of my ankles but maybe that’s because of how I jog. Not sure. The jogging periods felt endless, though they only lasted 8 minutes with 5 minute walks in between. I’m proud of myself for going through it. I wasn’t sure I would. At the second jogging period, I was ready to give up, but I pushed myself and made it. I’m dreading the next workout though. It’s going to be the first workout without any walking intervals. Friday I will jog for 20 minutes; no stopping.

Day 3: Friday

The 20 minutes jog without stopping. Huge challenge for me, but I made it through. Strangely enough, I wasn’t as breathless as I thought I would be at the end; it’s more my legs that didn’t like me at all. They were killing me so bad at the end! When I finally sat down, I felt the throbbing ten times more than during the cool down. I’m extremely proud of myself though for finishing it. Next Friday, we had two minutes; it’s going to be a 22 minutes jog without intervals.

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Loot Crate, September

I know I said last month would be the last Loot Crate, but when I signed up for Arcade Block it signed me up for the October loot since September was full and Loot Crate’s loot for September sounded awesome so I couldn’t resist. I should have though.

Here’s this months theme:

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I was told there would be Star Wars and Firefly loot in there. Who could resist that?! I should have.

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First up is a Tribble from Star Trek, made by Quantum Mechanix, which is basicly just a ball of fur… I guess it could be considered awesome for Trekkies, but I’m not one so this was a huge waste (except for the fact that my son enjoyed it for 2 minutes)

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Next up is an Alien re-action figure, made by Funko & 20th Century Fox. What in the world am I supposed to do with that?

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Then there’s some Firefly money (yay?) made by Quantum Mechanix, a Star Wars retro arcade magnet (…seriously?) by Loot Crate Labs & Lucasfilm ltd., Halo Escalation #1-3 digital editions from Dark Horse Comics and some Pop Rocks.

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Finally something slightly exciting! A 9×27″ Star Wars Poster of Han Solo in carbonite. Where in the world am I going to put this though?

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The last slightly exciting thing is this Vinyl Mal action figure which is 3″ tall… and of course we have the collectible pin.

 

I was yet again quite disappointed with this months loot. When I heard there would be Star Wars and Firefly content in there, I was so excited. But yet again they didn’t take advantage of the potential of their theme and we ended up with almost crap. October’s theme is Fear, which I would be very excited about since we are the month of Halloween and I’ve heard great things about last year’s October loot, but with how disappointing they’ve been this last couple of months, I don’t think they’ll be doing something incredible this year. Besides, I already payed for the October’s Arcade block, so I can’t subscribe to Loot Crate this month.

 

What did you think of this months loot?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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