the barrons

the barrons

about us

We're from the Syracuse, NY, area and started dating when we went to BYU-Idaho for college. We were married December 2008 and have a daughter, Sophie. We will be welcoming a new baby in November 2013! We currently live in Mason, Ohio, near lots of family! Drew is working at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an Auto Claims Adjuster. Carissa is now a stay-at-home wife and momma! We know there's more in store for us in our future, and we say, "Come what may and love it!"
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19 October 2010

BYU-Idaho, here I come!

I have just received my acceptance email saying I have been accepted to BYU-Idaho! I'm a college student again!! I am still waiting to hear what track I'll be on: Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, or Spring/Fall. Hopefully it's Winter/Spring!
It's been awhile since I've been to school, so I'm a bit nervous. I've never known how to study... I didn't forget, I just never learned a studying style for me, so I guess it'll be a good opportunity to get to know myself as a student.
I hope I will keep in mind, as I attend school, the importance of education and how I have been longing to learn more. I love learning, but I don't always want to do the work. Thankfully, I have a built-in reminder whom I like to keep around (his name is Drew) and whom I know will keep me on task. Thank you in advance, hub!
On another note, here is my latest "recently read" book list:
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Catching Fire
- Mockingjay
- The Great and Terrible Volume 1: Prologue: The Brothers

I'm jumping straight into another series! Thanks to Aunt Amy, Mom in Kansas City, and Drew, I am now reading The Great and Terrible, a series by Chris Stewart, published by Deseret Book. I'll let you know how it's going once I'm into the series a little more...

Have an absolutely splendid day!

04 October 2010

I've joined the world of readers

Thank you, thank you. I know, it's quite an accomplishment; something most did in elementary school.
But what I really mean is that I have fallen in love with reading. And I now rely on books to keep me entertained almost as much as I do food to keep me alive. Almost.
When Drew and I made the decision to rid of our cable TV, we went out and got library cards. It started out slowly because of our crazy work schedules, but soon we found ourselves settling in for the night with a book in each of our hands and reading together instead of wasting our time watching nasty, useless, mind-rotting cable. (You can tell I really like TV, huh?)
Ever since our TV-to-book switch, I've found myself wanting to venture into new genres of books. So far, I haven't, but I want to!
Here's my most recent "books read" list (I think it's even in order):
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
- Twilight
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse
- New Moon
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Eclipse (part of it... until I got bored)
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- The Hunger Games

Can you tell that I'm TOTALLY into the fads of the day? Well, I am. And I love fantasy. And some science fiction. And if either of those genres is in a series, then I'm sold.
As for these series books...
I think I've read the Harry Potter books at least 4 times but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 comes out in the movie theater next month and I want to get all the details down before I see it. I probably shouldn't refresh my memory, though, because I normally get so annoyed with the movie versions that I can't appreciate the [normally] very well-made movie for what it's worth until much later. Nevertheless, Drew is picking up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from the library for me as we speak... or as I type.
The Twilight "Saga," as they're calling it, I have read through once or twice, but I am very fond of the story line. I need to finish Eclipse, start up on Breaking Dawn, and read the bit of Midnight Sun that's available online. Love it.
Some people may ask why I even bother reading certain books or series more than once. I will simply say: I love the worlds into which I can delve through books; I love every little detail and like to keep my memory sharp.
Percy Jackson is hilarious. My hat's off to Rick Riordan for channeling the 12-year-old boy in himself and writing such adventurous and witty books. If you haven't read them, don't write them off until you've read at least the first book in the series.
I just started The Hunger Games trilogy, obviously beginning with the first book. It took me about 20 almost-straight hours to read the first installment of that riveting trilogy. AMAZING. I'm going to give a suggestion I so often heard growing up: "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it." Really. Read them.
I may keep an updated list of "books read" every now and then. I also need to venture into some new genres. Any suggestions?