Yesterday little man turned seven and I find it hard to believe. It really does not seem that long ago that I was bringing him home from the hospital. People often say, “Where did the time go?”. It really does fly by at points but there are times when it feels like the time passes so slowly. I remember the days of being up nights with a crying baby when minutes seemed like hours. Or the days while potty training when you feel frustrated and that they will be in diapers forever. Now when I look back it seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye and I just want it to slow down.
Here he is on his second, fifth and seventh birthdays….. makes me teary eyed.
This morning I woke up to find him putting his Lego RV together all by himself…. a job previously held by me.
It made me proud yet I could not help but think the older he gets the less he needs me for certain things. But no matter how old we are we always need our parents love and support and I will always be there to give him both.
Happy Birthday Little Man.
Well, here it is, the last of the Governor books – The Fall of the Governor – written in two parts. I am sad to see it end. I really hope Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga decide to team up again and write some more books about other characters in The Walking Dead. Maybe a book about Negan could be up next. Hint, hint Robert Kirkman.
I just received Part Two today and I cannot wait to start reading but until then I figured I would finally post a review on the first of the Fall books.
I was excited to start reading Part one of this book as I assumed at some point we would meet Rick and the prison group. Rick, Michonne and Glenn happen upon Woodbury and are invited in and shown around like guests by the Governor. If you read the comics you know what happens next but we now get a perspective of the events from the inside. The Michonne – Governor interaction is disturbing and gruesome and leaves you wondering how exactly can anyone survive such catastrophic events. You are left wondering why the Governor would feel so threatened by a few new people when he has welcomed others into their community.
The writing in this book supplements the graphic novels very well, you get an entirely new perspective of the events of Rick, Michonne and Glenn’s time in Woodbury. You see how life in Woodbury is changing very rapidly and ultimately puts in to play a series of events that will leave the community in shambles.
I will be starting the second part in the next few days. It is bittersweet, as the end is very near and I will miss reading more in depth accounts of The Walking Dead story. At least I will still have the graphic novels to keep me busy during the long breaks between seasons of the show.
I wish I had more time to read. When I start reading a good book it is hard to put down. Lately I always get interrupted or bed time comes too quickly. There are those nights I stay up much too late and pay for it the next day. I have been trying hard not to because I don’t function well the next day. It has been taking me a bit longer to finish books because of it. Is there a job I can get to just read books every day and review them? I would take it!
I have finally finished reading The Road to Woodbury, the second installment to the Governor series of The Walking Dead. I was not disappointed. At the beginning of this novel we meet Lilly Caul and her group of survivors. The group is made up of mostly families and a few other stragglers. Their camp is more about safety in numbers than being fortified.
After a particularly large attack a young girl in Lilly’s care is killed by a group of walkers. Lilly is left numb and in shock. The girls father, disturbed and lashing out, blames Lilly and attempts to take her life. A friend Josh, a large teddy bear normally, sees the attack and is unable to hold back his anger. He kills the man in defense of Lilly but the other members of the group decide he must leave. Lilly and a few others decide they are going with him. It is then, while on the road and scoring big in a food warehouse, they meet Martinez. They are brought back to Woodbury where they have the misfortune of becoming acquainted with the Governor.
As the novel progresses the Governor’s behavior becomes more and more disturbing. Lilly, Martinez and a small group decided to try and overthrow the Governor and it fails miserably. The story ends there and continues in the next installment which I have already started. The Fall of the Governor is written in two parts and will give us a more in depth look at what led to the demise of this fascinating character.
I have been having some rough days at my job lately. And when I say rough I mean the kind that gives me heart palpitations and anxiety attacks. I get the sick to my stomach feeling. When I leave work I try to drop it from my mind. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am not. Today after a particularly awful day I came to a realization, my job is taking me away from my son. I don’t mean the eight hours I am at work and my commute time. I mean, the more I stress, I feel like I am shaving days, maybe months off my life. We all know stress can be terrible for your body and mind.
I have to be conscious now, is it worth stressing over a job and getting sick over it? Or in the grand scheme of things is it unimportant? I have made a decision to go with the latter.
Don’t get me wrong I work with some wonderful people but let’s face it we all also work with those not so wonderful. There are some individuals who can be toxic to a work environment. I will no longer let those people steal my time away from my child. These toxic people will eventually face down karma, and who knows maybe they already do and I just don’t know it. In the meantime though I can learn to ignore them and be happy within myself, because I want to live a long and healthy life and see this handsome face grow up into an amazing young man.
When our son Nick was two years old he got the flu and before we also came down with it, a little stuffed fawn was purchased for him. The smile on his face despite his illness was priceless. When asked what his name was he said Bucky. He was going to grow up and be a big buck with a nice set of antlers. Nick is now six years old and Bucky is still his go to Stuffy when he is feeling sick.
Here is a picture I took of him lying on our bed cuddling up with Bucky – this is about a month before his third birthday.
Last week he got the dreaded stomach bug and Bucky wasn’t so lucky that he was in bed with him. So we washed him up and put him next to the wood stove to dry . Of course this is not the first time he has had this misfortune in the time he has spent with us. He has also been half eaten by a dog and had numerous beverages and food spilled on him. Every time we wash him and set him to dry.
I have even taken Bucky to work with me because he wanted to see where I work. So I took a picture of him having a coffee break with me and printed it to bring home. Nick thought it was awesome.
In a moment of panic after a brutal attack by the dog when we thought Bucky was a goner, a couple of back ups were purchased. We knew Nick would be devastated if he were to lose his pal. We have never had to use one of the replacements, maybe someday we will tell him about the others. But for now, our little boy loves his little buck, who has become a stuffy pet best friend.
As you know from a previous post I am addicted to all things The Walking Dead. I decided to read the Governor novels while waiting for the show to start up again in February. The first book in the trilogy is Rise of the Governor.
At the beginning of the novel you meet Philip Blake and his very small group of survivors. The group includes his daughter Penny and his brother Brian along with a couple of old school friends Nick and Bobby. Their small group is moving from place to place and you see that Philip is a natural leader. He has become accustomed to killing the biters unlike his brother who is the older of the two but definitely the weaker. Brian becomes Penny’s babysitter watching her while the other three men clear areas of threats. Right at the beginning we begin to see Philip unravel when they lose one of the group.
They encounter other survivors along the way, some friendly, others quite the opposite. We see disturbing behaviors develop in Philip when he is confronted with evil men. Holding onto safe havens becomes quite difficult and this is what ultimately leads them to Woodbury.
Woodbury is not the town we see on the TV show when Philip and his group arrive. It is not cohesive, there are various groups of survivors, keeping mostly to themselves yet sharing space. They begin building walls around the town to keep the roaming biters out. When a few members of the town are believed to have been attacked by a group of walkers the town gathers to figure out how deal with it. A former military man, with no moral compass, begins to threaten people and give orders, killing one of their own who’s only crime was wanting to leave.
What they don’t know is that Philip knows what happened to those three townspeople and what happens there is the actual shocker of the book because it is there that we first come to know the real Governor. Events that I definitely would never have foreseen begins to change Philip into the evil man we love to hate.
I have already moved on to the next book, The Road to Woodbury, where the transformation of Philip into the Governor will really become complete. It will be interesting to see the depths to which he will sink as his madness progresses.