The Tenth [Review]

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The Tenth

I am horrible about getting around to reading books, but I was determined to get some stuff done today. So, after I had dragged the boys around the house to clean the three main rooms, I sat down to take a short break and figured “Why not get started on my reading list?” So, I looked through the books and figured that I’d start with one that should be pretty easy to read. Quick, sweet, maybe entertaining, but more just something to help pass the time while I nursed little man and kept the other three quiet while Mr. slept.

I got the Kindle signed in as me and I got the book downloaded. Opened it up and started reading. The first thing I noticed was a few sentences that are just written differently than I choose to. But, it’s not bad writing, however I was quickly distracted from that as I kept reading.

This book is about a boy named Danny. He has lost some of his hair, an arm, and a leg and like a normal kid, he is trying to make sense of it. The nurses and his dad seem to be doing the best they can, but like any unexpected circumstance, it’s not an easy one to handle.

Danny and his family were caught in a suicide bombing shortly after a family outing. You are a part of the the journey that Danny goes through in order to come to grips with everything.

I don’t want to tell you everything that happens because it really is an amazing story and I can’t wait to share it with others. I will warn you, keep a box of Kleenex nearby, if you’re like me.

I found it a unique perspective–usually we only get the news side and then others calling names or saying that it had a “purpose” but, in all reality, we don’t understand how the people effected by it are feeling.

It’s an eye opening read and I am definitely going to have to reread with the boys in a few years, I think they’re a little too young to understand it right now. But, it definitely gives me a deep appreciation for my life.

I would recommend this book to everyone really. It’s powerful–very powerful!!

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Learn from My Mistake


Well, here we are… Again! Look for another steam mop. It’s been about 2 years since we bought it. Worked great… Until a couple weeks ago.

So, I have started cleaning our house with vinegar. I don’t like many chemical products and “green products” tend to give me a massive headache. I can usually tell when the other two bathrooms in the house are getting cleaned because I can smell the products and I get a massive headache. Also, when I was working for a housecleaning company–for a whole couple of weeks–after that, I started getting random bumps on my fingers and usually do after using an “green products”. Therefore, I tend to stick to vinegar, water, baking soda, dish soap, lemon juice, and whatever else I can usually find for DIY cleaners.

Well, back to the whole–broke my steam mop trying to “green clean”.

Dirt Devil Easy Steam Mop–had it for about 2 years. Got it so far?

Okay. So, last week, “genius idea” to put vinegar and dish soap in. The steam mop has been leaving nasty streaks on the wood floor since we moved in, in October, and I hate it. Also, the smell of it (yeah, it has a nasty smell) was giving me a headache too. I was hoping it was a dirty clothe or perhaps, it was the water–I don’t know. So, change the clothe and added vinegar and dish soap to the water. Not very much. Just enough to see if it would make a difference. Well, it did really well. Used it for about another week or two.

Then, I got out of the practice. Put it away and didn’t really think about it for a while. Well, last month–or the month before–my husband went to use it. Pulled it out of the closet, pulled it in, and turned it on. Notta! The water warms up. But, nothing happens to the steam head. It doesn’t get hot. It doesn’t steam–nothing! So, it’s toast.

I don’t know if it’s because of the dish soap and vinegar or if it was just  its’ “time”. But, it’s a good cleaner but, for people who are sensitive to smells and such, I wouldn’t recommend it.

So, yeah… That’s what I get to do today. Replace our steam mop. Not a Dirt Devil this time. $60 for 2 years, it isn’t bad. But, I don’t want to have to replace it every couple of years.

Think we’ll be trying out a Shark. Seems to be the most popular among my friends and family via Facebook.

What’s your favorite? Any “it’s busted” stories?