Football is Back!!

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How excited are you that football season is back!? I know, EXCITED!!! The NFL season started this past weekend and not without drama, and also, Week 2 of college football.

I was fairly satisfied with the Texans play on Week 1 against the Redskins. Of course, I haven’t seen the whole game yet, because, you know, Kansas City. But, I did see lots of highlights and read up on the stats.

Here are my takeaways from Week 1 for my Houston Texans:

1. I was really interested on the quarterback play, because all of them looked bad in preseason, and I am happy with the way Fitzpatrick looked on paper: NO INT. Before Week 1, the only thing I like about him was his beard. Just kidding.

2. Hopkins and Andre looks solid on paper.

3. The defense was great, especially on paper. Robert Griffin III got destroyed a lot of times, it gave me flash backs of David Carr. JJ Watts, Brooks Reed, DJ Swearinger, and Joseph, all played pretty well, but more importantly: Redskins 6 points.

4. The down side, of course, was losing Jadeveon Clowney for 6 weeks with a torn meniscus. If the Texans win more than 2 games this season, I am a happy fan.

5.And lastly, I can’t believe that Bullock is still on the team, even if he did go 3/3.

Other notables, the Seahawks looks scary good. But, I need to see them play again before I pick them to win it all again. What I like about the NFL is that any team can surprise you, i.e the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs.

Now on to the drama: Ray Rice. I saw the video. And damn. If you haven’t seen it, I am not wasting web space by providing a link. As a mother of (3) daughters, as a sister to (2) sisters, and as a woman, that was pretty disturbing to see. The hit was bad enough, but the action afterwards was even more disturbing. I am not going to go into a tirade, as I am not here to judge anyone. But, I definitely would not want Ray Rice to wear a Texans jersey, if he were in Houston. Domestic violence is senseless and intolerable. Violence against women is unjustifiable and cowardice. That is all.

Extra: I’m glad that the University of Houston Cougars bounced back on Week 2, even if it was just against Grambling State. They play BYU next week, who destroyed the Longhorns this weekend. SIGH. Go COOOOOGS!!

 

Hidden by Helen Frost

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About/Review: Wren is an 8 year old girl, who becomes friends with Darra in a weird way. Darra’s dad steals Wren’s mom’s car with her in it, drives it to his house, and kidnaps Wren without knowing. Wren becomes captured in Darra’s garage, and Darra realizes that there is a girl in the stolen car. Wren and Darra become friends without ever seeing other, and Darra does nice things for Wren, like leaving her food. Wren escapes after a while with the help of Darra’s cat.

This part of the book was had lots of suspense and got my attention right away. I couldn’t put the book down as soon as Wren got kidnapped by Darra’s dad. I also like how the author had animal characters that were very important to the story, like Archie, the cat.

Years and years go by, Wren and Darra are now 14. Wren and Darra meet each other in a summer camp. At first they don’t talk to each other, then they found out they are in the same cabin. Wren notices that Darra is treated differently because she is poor. So, after a while, they become friends, they talk about what happened back in Darra’s garage, and at the end Darra introduces Wren to her mother.

I liked this part because I wanted to know how Wren and Darra felt about what happened and about each other. I liked how Wren forgave Darra’s dad and I liked how Darra forgave Wren for all of the bad things that she created for her family, like getting her dad sent to prison. I didn’t like how Darra’s went prison, cause he was just trying to get money for his family and no one accepted him. But, I didn’t like how he hit his wife and Darra. This book was very interesting and I like how it was written from Wren and Darra’s sides.

Favorite Character: Wren, because she sees the best in people.

Favorite Theme: Lend a helping, Friendship, Forgiveness, Love

Favorite Part: When Darra introduces Wren to her mom.

Least Favorite/Dislike: When Darra’s dad hit his wife and Darra.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

PS: Bluefish was boring and I didn’t like it, so I took it back to the library, and read this one instead. Sorry, mom.

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