The Twelve
The Twelve by Justin Cronin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I liked this book better than the first book! Not that I didn't like the first one, but this one seemed to move a little faster, felt a little more adventurous. I didn't feel like I was reading some of the same things over and over.

The Twelve is a great follow up to The Passage. I'm a stickler for not giving out spoilers because frankly, our taste in books are as varied as our taste in clothes, so who am I to sway someone from reading it or vice versa only because of my thoughts.

Read the book... after reading The Passage of course.. I don't think you'll be disappointed. In fact, I am eagerly awaiting the 3rd book in the series (from what I understand is to be a trilogy). I just hope that the 3rd book doesn't disappoint as it seems to be the trend in trilogy's lately.

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I have a friend, her name is Lori. She hates pictures of herself typically, so I'm pretty sure she would kill me if I posted any that I had - otherwise I'd have her picture plastered up here.

We aren't as close as we once used to be - and by saying that - basically I mean we don't work side by side and we don't hang out like we used to... but she will FOREVER be a best friend to me. And I hope she knows that I'm always here for her as well.

She was there for me when I lost my daughter. She was there for me when Nikkos was born premature. She was there for me when I couldn't give Nikkos his first suppository medicine at  only a few weeks old. Now THAT my friends is how true friends are proved.

Lori has a wonderful family which include 2 beautiful boys of her own. I met her first son when he was just a toddler and I held her second son after he was born.

Lori is one of those people who you instantly love. She's full of wit and snark and southern charm. She'd give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it all the while making sure her kids made their baseball and football practices and while getting to work on time. Ok... maybe not on time.. hah!

When Lori was first diagnosed with breast cancer, it took everyone by surprise. She went through so much and she did it with a smile. Yes, it was hard and she cried and I'm sure I didn't see her at her lowest moments. But when she got through it, she would come out smiling and making jokes.

When she was diagnosed again after being in remission for quite a while, it was like being socked in the face. It's not fair. Not that someone like her, with so much going on in her life, to have to go through this again. But she faced it again. And she won.

And she's going through it again. In some ways I find her trials of cancer to be both a huge faith builder and a faith tester. I ask God, how He could let her have to face this again. But then again, it's through Him and those miraculous doctors that she's here with us to fight again.

So, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to do something... any thing I could to show my support. Just like when I lost my daughter, Lori was there, showing her support with me for the March of Dimes. I know adding pink to my hair is so micro cosmically small and may not have any huge effect toward the fight against Breast Cancer. But I do know this. Every time I see that little pink in my hair, I think of Lori.

Lori, I love you. You are the most incredible person I know. You fight such a huge fight and you do it with such little complaint or anger. As my husband would say, you just pull up your boot straps and get to work. I admire you. I admire your family. I hope you know what an inspiration to me and so many others you are. I am so honored and proud to call you my friend.

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Some times I just run into things that kick my dumb-o-meter in full gear. Here's this weeks....

Laundry Tycoon: Seriously, why on earth would I want to play this game on my phone when I can do it in real life... every. single. day.

Government shutdown. I posted a comment on Facebook about my thoughts on the government shutdown and it kicked up a firestorm of conversation. I obviously love having friends of varying ideas and beliefs.

I don't get all political very often anymore because I've come to the conclusion that people who have certain beliefs aren't going to change those over one argument with one person on the internet. So, I typically keep my politics to myself and I speak through my vote.

My only gripe is when people feel that my view is not acceptable. Because everyone has their opinion, none of them are "wrong", they just may not be what you like to hear.

But I'm okay with all that, I just say my peace and keep out of the argument and laugh.

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Aw yeah! Got my Colgate SlimSoft VoxBox from Influenster last week and heads up... it's awesome.

My box arrived with a Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. I'm all about the oral hygiene so to say I was excited, was slightly an understatement.

Let me get this out of the way... I received this box of goodies from Influenster for free. What I write about it are my opinion and, as most people know, my opinion isn't influenced by the fact that I got it for free.

I'm really particular about my toothbrushes, see I have a problem where part of my gum has receded from my tooth in the back, which makes it really sensitive for brushing. Also, my mouth is really small (contrary to popular belief) so getting some toothbrushes into the back of my mouth to hit all my teeth can sometimes prove challenging.

But I unwrapped my SlimSoft toothbrush and instantly saw the difference. Slim for sure. Much slimmer than my regular toothbrush. The bristles are really soft and they are different than normal bristles, they are slightly angled. Not sure how that helps but hey.. cool.

I'm not going to like. I brushed my teeth one time with this toothbrush and immediately threw my old one away. This is hands down the softest, lightest and nicest brushing toothbrushes ever. EVER. It's light, like seriously light in your hand. It's flexible so you can't really apply a ton of pressure to your teeth (which is how I got the receding gum issue to begin with!) and holy cow did it just fit everywhere in my mouth! I didn't have open and close and slide my jaw all around to get around to my back teeth!

I'm loving it. I'm sold. I'm so sold I told my hubby I'd pick him up one. I even told my Mom about it, I mean she's where I got the whole teeth kick thing anyway...

So if you get a chance to pick one up, I'm totally two thumbs up about it!

Catch ya on the flip...

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