Monday, April 15, 2013

One Glorious Ambition (book review)

This book is a fictionalized account of the life of Dorthea Dix. That I think is what I didn't like about this book. I enjoy biographies and I enjoy historical fiction, but this was an interesting mix. The author had to follow Dorthea's life with little room for deviation, and just got to fill in details about conversations and such with what might have happened in her everyday life. That means that classic story telling and story movement can't be used, and Dorthea Dix's life was often sad, it made for a story that dragged in many points. This fictionalized version of her life also means that if you are reading for detail you may not be able to tell what the author added, and what is know for sure. If you are a Dorthea Dix fan or you want to know more about how she changed how we treat mental patients, you may enjoy this book,  otherwise I'm not sure I would recommend it. 

I received a copy of this book to review, my opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

30 days to clean - bathrooms

Yesterday I accomplished what I set out to do, but didn't get the pictures up. My phone and my blogging program don't like to cooperate with each other all of the time :). Need to make it to the computer to post pics, and yesterday it didn't happen. Today the bathrooms did get cleaned.  Everything got wiped down and trash got emptied. I still need to wipe down both bathtubs, but it shouldn't take long. Good luck on your continued clean :). Check out for more clean stories.

Monday, April 1, 2013

30 day house cleaning challenge - surface clean living room and kitchen

Today I'm joining in on the 30 day challenge @  This house will be spring cleaned :). Today I didn't even think to start with before pics, but suffice it to say the house needs to be picked up. We adopted a dog this week and I had forgotten how quickly dog hair can accumulate. Plan for today's challenge is simple. Unload and reload dishwasher, pickup and vacuum main living areas. I think I can handle that :). I've already vacuumed. I'll go back and finish the pick up and the kitchen. I'll try to get on the computer tonight and post the pictures when done :). Thanks for the kick in the pants Crystal.