I moved!

March 9, 2018

Effective January 31, 2010 – My new website is leahsaylorabney.com

I hope to see you over there!


I’ve Lost My Week. Have You Seen It?

January 21, 2010

I can’t believe it’s Thursday! Where the heck did the week go? Oh, that’s right, to the 40 or so hours I’ve put in for my clients. The first of the year is an extremely busy time between tax preparation and clients going full speed at their New Year’s “To Do” lists, so when I woke up this morning, feeling a little burnt out, I knew I needed to get my self-talk under control and give my motivation a boost before I tackled the tasks on today’s plate.

Here’s a quote I read that really speaks to the power of positive thinking and a good attitude:

I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. – Martha Washington

You might snicker at the thought that I can control my happiness by the way I think about my life, …continue reading

The Strangers (2008) – Horror Movie Review

January 19, 2010

I still remember my reaction the first time I saw the trailer for The Strangers (2008): Whoa. No way is that movie going to be as good as the trailer makes it out to be.

The reason I reacted that way has everything to do with the tendency for trailers to show all of the good parts, so you’re left with little to no surprises when you see the film in its entirety.

Welp, I can say with 100% certainty, this film is better than its trailer.

4 stars out of 5

I watched The Strangers, written and directed by Bryan Bertino, the Friday afternoon of its nationwide release at an AMC theater with my sister and brother-in-law, who, by the way, are not horror fans, and I had to beg and plead to get them to go with me. …continue reading

If Only We All Had a Dream…

January 18, 2010

Today’s post is inspired by one of the biggest dreamers in American history: Martin Luther King, Jr., who reminds me how much is accomplished when our dreams become goals fueled by hope, passion and persistence.

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
– Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963

If only we all had a dream about which we felt so passionate we would do, and sacrifice, anything to see it become reality. That sort of passion evokes change. Would you die to protect your stuff? Then why do you work yourself to death in the pursuit of acquiring it?

Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., “The Measures of Man,” 1959

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Note to Self: Broken by Kelley Armstrong

January 17, 2010

Broken by Kelley Armstrong was recommended by someone from the Think Sideways forums. After reading 200 pages of the 480-page novel, I had to put it down for good. Why?

I just wasn’t feelin’ it.

Elena seemed like an interesting woman, being a pregnant werewolf and all, but I wasn’t able to connect with her. It felt like something was missing or that I missed something. Her relationships, all new to me, were written as if they’d been around for 15 years or more. Secondary characters were, again, brand new to me, but written as long-time acquaintances of Elena and the Pack. “Mutts” were never defined so I was forced to draw my own conclusion.

After doing a little research on the book, …continue reading

My 100th Post Is a Charitable Donation

January 15, 2010

This morning I realized today would mark a milestone in my journey as a blogger: my 100th post. So I spent most of the day going back and forth between two topics I wanted to discuss, but then I found a web site – actually a press release on Facebook, which lead me to a blog – that changed my mind. Therefore, I’d like to donate my 100th post to one of my favorite charities: Ohio Basset Rescue.

I selected OBR because it’s local; it’s small; and they really need foster homes or donations. They work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to rescue, foster and adopt basset hounds, and they do it all out of the goodness of their hearts and their own pocketbooks.

OBR needs your support!

Here’s a little more information: …continue reading

The Echo (2008) – Horror Movie Review

January 14, 2010

Supernatural elements? Check.  An attractive, vulnerable but not totally helpless, somewhat damaged protagonist? Check.  A formidable antagonist with a penchant for violence? Check.  Spooky setting? Check. A well-written story? Check.

What more could a fan of scary movies ask for?

4 stars out of 5

I rented The Echo (2008) from Netflix on 11/28/2009 and watched it at 1 AM, which I only advise if you can handle being disturbed late at night. Personally, I wouldn’t watch it again any later than 11 PM. …continue reading