So I once again had a very interesting shopping experience at the commissary. This little boy in need of some serious behavior therapy was running up and down the isles, and his parents, in need of some serious parental training, were saying "come here, little Delorian" (probably big fans of Back to the Future), but they weren't grabbing him and making him stay put. This sort of thing drives me insane! Anyhow, they were extremely loud, so it was almost as if they were asking for someone to step in and help..I was very tempted, but I didn't intervene. A few minutes later, I see the little boy in the shopping cart, and he is crying. His mom is practically yelling, "well you can't blame me, Delorain! It is your own fault that you got hurt!" Then he says something like, "but I don't want to be in time out!" and then the mom says...this is the best/worst part, "you aren't in time out...you are in the cart b/c I ran you over with it!" WTF?!! Some people should never, ever, be allowed to have children, in my humble opinion.
Also, just wanted to say a few things about The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I just finished the 3rd book today, and it was great. The whole series is extremely well-written, suspenseful, and intense...and also very violent. I'm not sure if I'll be able to read it again any time soon; it seems so real, even though it is set in the future, and our country is pretty much unrecognizable as the United States that we all know and love. I have heard a lot of comparisons between this series and the Twilight series, and besides the main character being an adolescent female in both series, I don't see many similarities. I know Stephenie Meyer gets criticized often for her writing style, but I have yet to find a series of books that I absolutely cannot put down (to the point of crazed reading through the night when I had a final the next day). I can't wait to see the movie version of The Hunger Games, though, which I think is in pre-production now. I think it is going to be huge, but I'm not sure if it will reach Twilight fame. I think most girls and women can relate to Bella Swan in ways that they probably can't to Katniss Everdeen. Plus, besides Mr. Darcy, there isn't a better fictional male character than Edward Cullen :) I would highly recommend reading The Hunger Games series, though...it is truly fantastic story telling, and I'm still thinking about the ending.
I'm going to start re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tonight so that I can be ready for the movie next week! I've lost count of how many times that I've read this one, but I won't forget the first time...I stayed up so late reading it, even though Kenny and I had pre-marital counseling the next day at 8AM. Sometimes my lack of self-control when it comes to being able to put down a book is verging on the ridiculous! I'm going to the midnight showing of the movie, though, and I'm so excited! I'm so lucky to have a friend who loves the books as much as I do and wants to go that late. I really miss Kenny, as I do every day, most of the day, but I know he would like to go to the HP movie, and I hate that he's missing it. I haven't heard from him in a couple of days...it always makes my day better when I get to talk to him. I'm very blessed in so many ways, including having such a great guy for a husband and best friend. I miss him so much! I hope that May 1st comes up very quickly this year..that is the date he is suppposed to start his R&R. The last couple months have absolutely flown by, so hopefully the rest of year will as well. E