Our First Anniversary of Living in Bellevue, WA and Loving it.

Last weekend was our first anniversary of living in Bellevue, WA and I still remember how excited I was when my husband told me that he was offered a job position here.

In reason of the anniversary I decided to write about the good and also the not so good things, about our Moving to this City.

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First, some of the good things (what I love):

  1. The Quality of Living. This is one of those places where you can feel safe, the people here is nice (at least in my experience) and is a beautiful city.
  2. Before our Moving, when I mentioned Seattle (people usually identify more Seattle than Bellevue), I listened to the same answer almost all the time “is always raining”, well in my experience the weather in the Spring and Summer is good (there are some beautiful sunny days) and at least for me it wasn’t so bad during Winter and Autumn (yes, it rains, but not all day or all the time and, actually, I learned to enjoy the rainy days).
  3. If we need to buy any groceries or things like a Magazine, there’s a Store a few steps from our Building.
  4. Half block from our home there’s a Mall (I love shopping).
  5. If I want go buy book (or just see what’s new), there’s also a Barnes and Noble a few blocks from our home.
  6. There’s a beautiful Park across the street, perfect for a walk or just to sit in a bench and read a book.
  7. Bellevue has an amazing Library with a great selection of Books, DVDs, Audiobooks and as is at a walking distance from our home I can go whenever I want.

Now, for the not so good, right now I can only think about two things:

  1. The Cost of Living, Bellevue is more expensive than others cities, specially the Rents.
  2. Our families live really far away and we can’t see them so often as we would like, but thank God for the Facetime that allow us to make Video Calls with them 🙂  .

To finish this post, I want to share one last good thing that it came from us moving to Bellevue and is that it made me start this Blog as a way to express myself and write about my hobbies (reading books, photography, movies, music, cooking) and my life here and so far I’m loving it.  🙂

Book Recommendation: “Heart: A School-boy’s Journal” by Edmundo de Amicis

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The first time I read this book I think I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember the beautiful hardcover edition my parents bought me (that I re-read several times).
To this day this book keeps a special place in my heart.

Here’s the book description for the English version (as appears in Amazon):

Written following the Italian war for independence by a sub-lieutenant who had fought in the siege of Rome in 1870, Heart is the fictional diary of a boy’s third year in a Turin municipal school. It was written to foster juvenile appreciation of the new found Italian national unity, which the author had fought for in the recent war. The book is often highly emotional, even sentimental, but gives a vivid picture of urban Italian life at that time. A master, introducing a new pupil, tells the class, “Remember well what I am going to say. That this fact might come to pass–that a Calabrian boy might find himself at home in Turin, and that a boy of Turin might be in his own home in Calabria, our country has struggled for fifty years, and thirty thousand Italians have died.”
The novel became internationally popular, and has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. Edmundo de Amicis (1846-1908) established a reputation as a writer in various genres after his experience as a soldier.

This is a book I absolutely love (with amazing characters and beautifully written) that, if you haven’t read yet, I recommend adding to your Reading List.

Note: Is important to mention that the author’s name can be found also written as “Edmondo” (depending on the language).

Books with romance and sports – Review for Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description:

“Whoever said football and girls don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Book review:

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love” 
Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”

Jordan is a girl, but she’s also the quarterback of her High School Football team, she’s used to be focused 100% on the game, until Ty Green appears in the picture and suddenly things change…

This is a sweet story about dealing with your feelings while you are growing up and deciding what to do with your future. Is about love, friendship, dreams, and also about the importance of stand for what you really want and be open to different options in life.

Jordan is talented and strong and I liked her since the beginning. The rest of the characters were really fun to read and my favorites were Henry (Jordan’s best friend and one of her teammates) and Mike (Jordan’s brother, the older brother I would have loved to have).

One of the things that I liked about the story is the great relationship between Jordan and her teammates (all of them were very protective and supportive), also the evolution in the relationship between Jordan and her Dad.

This was an enjoyable book and I would love to see a continuation for Jordan’s story, but for now I look forward to reading the newer book from Miranda Kenneally, “Things I Can’t Forget” that takes place in a Summer Camp.

Book Review: More than a Shadow by Tony Rakestraw

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Book Description from Amazon:

Carrie Mitchell is the perfect size zero. Her life should be perfect, right? Not quite. Carrie has problems accepting her looks like so many others. Will she figure out a way to come out of the shadows and accept herself?

 

My review:

Have you ever found yourself looking at one of those size zero models or that girl super skinny in the mall thinking “I wish I had her body” “Her life must be so perfect” “She’s so lucky”, well Carrie is one of those skinny girls (one of those who are not models) and she doesn’t feel that lucky.

This short story gives us a glimpse into the life of Carrie, her perception of herself and how she deals with it.

From the first pages I felt sympathy for Carrie, and it hurt me as I realized how things were not easy for her,  I was really engaged to her story.

The only thing I would have preferred is that the story was longer, it would had been nice learn more about Carrie’s life (more depth in the “before” and “after”).

As this is a very short story I don’t want to give any spoilers, but overall I think it is worth reading it.

 

At the time this review was posted, More than a Shadow by Tony Rakestraw was free on the US Amazon Kindle Store, but as you may know prices in Amazon constantly change and may vary based on the territory, for that reason is important that you confirm the price before buy it.

Book Review: Falling for you by Lisa Schroeder

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Book description (from Goodreads):

“Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give. 

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. 

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.”

 

My Book review:

I really liked this book and it was impossible for me to put it down until I finished (that was around 3 or 4 am).

The story was really heartbreaking at times, this book is so full of emotions and I found myself so immerse that in some moments I was sad, but in others I was angry because just couldn’t understand why some characters acted the way they did, I think this is what happens when the characters are well written and you can relate to them (is easy identify who are good people and who are not).

For some people this may no be an easy read, it’s not your typical love story, it’s dark at times and addresses some hard topics, but I think the author developed the story really well and everything fitted into place.

I think this book did a good job of showing that in difficult and hard times, we have to keep strong and hold on to the good stuff, even when sometimes may seem impossible.

The poetry in the book was good and the idea of share your feelings through the writing made me remember the time I got my first journal (diary) and I used to write in it all the time.

Overall I really recommend this book.