Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Things That Have Given Me Anxiety Today...

- The book I'm reading and how I can guess how it is going to play out and that just makes me anxious

- That I forgot to get the scissors out for my kid to play with this summer...

- That I do not have an associate teacher  yet....

- That I still don't know if I am 100 percent for sure 2 part day sections or just a full day...

- How I am going to do 32 home visits, get a classroom ready and lesson plan and train a new associate in two weeks time...

- How to successfully make an activity calendar for my classroom...

- If I should make more literacy bags now or if I should even continue doing them...

- What all I need to buy for my kid still for preschool....

- What I should do in regards to my Stitch Fix that I got in the mail...

- How I am going to read my two book club books before next week...

- That I should stop procrastinating all of life and do something...

- How messy my room will be after I got new flooring...

- How lunch time/breakfast time in my classroom is going to look...

Ahhhhhhhhh......

Too much stress.

I need more ice cream.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This Past Week...

I have been so busy this last week that I'm sadly STILL reading the book I was reading last weekend and haven't made much progress.  Too much other stuff that I've wanted to do.  And my TBR pile is growing as I've recieved books for fall reviews.  EEEK!

Things I Read That You Should Too....

It's Okay to Just Be Sad -  The lovely Law Momma shared this beautifully written post about depression and why it's okay to just be sad, it's not necessary to always be smiling.  If you're sad, you're sad.

Be The Light - Miranda shared this and I couldn't help sharing it also on facebook because there are a lot of people who need to read it.  I have so many loved ones who live with depression and just as many love ones who say stupid shit in the name of being helpful.  A must read if you read nothing else I link.

If you are NOT reading Law Momma's blog, you really should.  I've said it here before and I will continue saying it, she's an awesome writer.  Also, if you haven't heard about Ferguson, Missouri than you REALLY need to get start google searching because it is completely unacceptable and ridiculous!

Best Parts....

Monday - The weather was yucky but we still went to my parents and I ended up wading in the lake as Isla got to enjoy an impromptu swim in her underwear.  She thought THAT was pretty awesome.

Tuesday - A fun library trip together during the morning and then I had a lovely solo trip to our local mall and was pleasantly surprised to find two work shirts, a pair of jeans and a potential dress for some upcoming weddings!

Wednesday - We went to the local farmers market and walked around downtown.  Then we went to our local gardens for the luch time concert and ended to the childrens garden for some fun time playing with bubbles and water and craft time.

Thursday - I spent 4 hours shopping with my best-friend and ended up with new shoes, skirt, jacket and a suit jacket.  I also picked up an outfit for my child. 

Friday - A lovely out doors lunch with my mom and then a fun time at the county fair as a family.  And a chocolate malt was enjoyed and a Lemon Berry Shandy.  Was kind of disappointed overall by the fair food (typical) but my treats at home made up for it. ;)

The Not So Good...

At the park yesterday, my kid was thrown off the play structure by a child who was clearly special needs right in front of me.  It was the most terrifying moment of my life and I have so much anger about it that I won't say anything more but THANK GOODNESS she is okay and doesn't seem to be as scarred by it as I was.  And right after she had finally gotten the courage to try something new and be brave (she's super cautious).  Ugh. 

Hope you all had a great week! Were you busy? Did you read a lot? Any new book recommendations? What is your favorite fair food?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Library Haul

I'm very proud of us.  We've made it to the library almost every single week this summer minus the beginning of summer when we were a tad busy.  Each week we've colored, played trains and played with the other toys our library has out.  And each time, my little sweetheart gets to pick out books. 

Now as a big believer in let the children read what they want to read because it encourages them to like reading, it has pained me a few times with the god awful commercialized crap that gets picked out.  But, I can't really complain because most of my picks for the child have been based on covers this summer as I run by the stacks as she's grabbing books left and right.  Sometimes we learn of new favorites.  Sometimes I grin and bear it and sometimes we surprise each other.  Books and reading are two things I couldn't wait to share with a child and this summer has been so much fun.

My mother never told me I couldn't read something and I have the same attitude towards my three year old.  Read and learn.  Read and discuss.  Don't hide things and don't discriminate even when you think things are god awful.  I'm looking at my husband on the subject of vegetables! ;) I want to foster a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge and an acceptance of all people regardless of their life choices.  I think we're doing a good job so far.

And listening to my child "read" to me? PRICELESS.  Listening to my child 'retell' a story? PRICELESS.   Listening to my child name off almost every single letter of the alphabet capital and lowercase? PRICELESS.  Listening to my child recognize almost every single color? PRICELESS.  Listening to my child SPELL her name? PRICELESS.

That paragraph is me just basically boasting about my child because I'm just in such awe at what she picks up and what she knows.  Thank you books.  Thank you reading.  Thank you library.  I never say no to books. ;)

 
Thoughts so far -
Dora, still cringe worthy but has taught some new vocab words in two different languages and the child loves it
The Beach book looks cool, it's written in postcard form but may be too old for most 3 year olds attention span
Doggie in the Window - ADORABLE.  Lisa, must get this book.  It has a monsieur and a mademoiselle.  A cute story.
Elephant & Piggie - We've basically checked out all the library has to offer on this subject!
Lionel book - Pretty cute.  We read it before nap time.
 
Not so bad of picks this time!
 


I finally got this book that I had on hold which happens to be our group read of the month!

What have you recently picked up from the library? Are you reading with us in August? Who have you shared a book recommendation with lately? What is a passion you hope to pass on to others?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Downtown

It was suggested to me to check out Anne Rivers Siddons because of my infatuation with the south, Dorothea Benton Frank and Pat Conroy.  I think Lisa suggested her, and if so, thank you! If not, whomever it was, thank you! I finally got around to checking out her book Downtown, one of two I checked out from the library in July.  Totally reminded me of Pat Conroy for sure.  There were bits of of pages where it got a tad wordy and a tad flowery about the south/Atlanta but the meat of the book was good!

Description:  The year is 1966, a time of innocence, possibility,and freedom. And for Atlanta, the country, and one woman making her way in a changing world, nothing will be the same . . .

After an airless childhood in Savannah, Smoky O'Donnell arrives in Atlanta, dazzled and chastened by this hectic young city on the rise. Her new job as a writer with the city's Downtown magazine introduces her to many unforgettable people and propels her into the center of momentous events that will irrevocably alter her heart, her career, and her world.


This book captured Irish Catholic Smoky O' Donnell's entrance into "liberal' Atlanta in 1966.  She comes from a small town with a drunk for a dad and a very religious mother and basically there is something wrong with her because she wants to move to Atlanta and not pop out babies.  I mean she is after all 26. 

I loved that Smoky was incredibly small town and had been raised extremely Catholic and how that shaped her actions in the beginning of her time in Atlanta.  Birth control? The HORROR.  And how awkward she was as a minority white face in a crowd full of black people whom she didn't want to think she was racist.  That scene was cracking me up with the awkward!

“I think that sometimes the great changes in our lives, the ones that divide time, happen so deep down and silently that we don't even know when they occur......It frequently happens that the seasons of the greatest change are the times that feel the most tranquil, the most suspended, the most...timeless.”  

This is a really interesting look at Atlanta in the late 1960s when civil rights and the Vietnam War are very controversial popular topics and the black panthers make an appearance and the old rich south intermingling with their more free thinking children.  Oh goodness.  It's a good one!  It also is loosely based upon her time as an editor for the Atlanta magazine. 

If you've enjoyed Pat Conroy, you will enjoy this. 

Have you read any books about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s? Do you like books that read like realistic historical fiction? Have you experienced culture shock during a move/job change?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

July Highlights

I feel like July lasted forever and I enjoyed every last drop!!! I'm sad that it is done because as a e-card I saw today said, "August is one long Sunday night for teachers."  So freaking true.  I feel like I can't really enjoy this month because I'M ALMOST back to work and there is just so much to do and honestly with all the changes coming and no real answers until MAYBE August 22nd, all I am is an anxiety mess every time I think about it, so I just don't.  Cuz, ALLL THE ANXIETY. 

So... July, things I did a lot of...

 Read...

8 books!

  1. Say Goodbye – Lisa Gardner (July 6th) - Pretty gruesome
  2.  Takedown Twenty – Janet Evanovich (July 8th) - Funny
  3. Top Secret Twenty-One – Janet Evanovich (July 10th) - Best Stephanie Plum in awhile..
  4. Postmortem – Patricia Cornwall (July 13th) - Hooked me into a new series...
  5. Endangered – Jean Cush Love (July 15th) - Thought provoking..
  6. Double Whammy – Gretchen Archer (July 21st) - Hilarious.  Great beach read.
  7. Double Dip – Gretchen Archer (July 24th) - Also hilarious.
  8. The Virgin of Small Plains – Nancy Pickard (July 27th) - Fell kinda flat.
Witnessed a lot of sunsets... A lot happened while watching from our front porch and aren't spectacular, but we've spent a lot of time out there this past month.  Be it late night drinks with my husband and I, breakfast with the three year old, block playing, music listening, or just hanging out, we've used it a lot!  Anyway, back to sunsets.  I got to see a ton of great ones when we were in Caseville camping.  We really enjoyed our time at Sleeper State Park, even if our bathroom accommodations weren't as up to par as we are used too! But they have nicer bathrooms on the other side.  Beautiful beach!
 





 

We also went to the library once a week.  Isla completed her third year in the reading program.  Woohoo. ;)  We hit the park at least once a week if not more.  We went swimming.  We went boating.  We went camping. The adults saw James Taylor.  It was fabulous!!




Our garden also started producing and we have zucchini coming out of our ears! We've made zucchini tots, zucchini pizzas, zucchini boats, grilled zucchini... Just call us the Forrest Gump of zucchini! My favorite has been the zucchini tots.

 
Zucchini pizza


 
This is a yummy sweet potato hash with an egg on top with one of the zucchini boats!
 
The only thing I would have changed is to make sure I walked, ran or rode my bike more.  I think I only really did it once or twice a week if that.  I mean I was moving, but not working out.  I spent more time reading and getting stuff organized to sell and clean up the spare room.    Blech.   Here's to a better moving August!

Did you see a lot of sunsets in July? Take any vacations? Have any new recipes from the garden? What topped your list in July?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Backseat Saints

I won't lie, I honestly thought about throwing the towel in on this one because it started out a bit slow, but I LOVED gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson and wanted to know more behind the character of Rose Mae Lolley so I kept plugging.  What happened? I finished the book the same day.  I would definitely recommend this book if you liked Black & Blue by Anna Quindlin but also suggest that you don't read it if domestic abuse is a trigger.

Description:  Rose Mae Lolley's mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's living the very life her mother abandoned. She's all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it's time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Starring a minor character from Jackson's bestselling gods in Alabama, BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with its stunning portrayal of the measures a mother will take to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will travel to satisfy the demands of forgiveness.


Rose Mae does appear in gods in Alabama, but you wouldn't necessarily need to read that first.  It would be helpful and explain her search for Jim Beverly a bit, but it happens a little before and a little after the time frame of gods in Alabama.  But, I do suggest you check out gods in Alabama. ;)

Ro Grandee used to be Rose Mae.  Rose Mae is deep in Ro and she comes out every so often and she infuriates Ro's husband Thom, who then beats her.  This story has so much sadness to it.  Generations of people hurting each other.  Rose's daddy used to hit her mom until her mom left and then he hit her.  Then she married Thom who hurt her, who if he wasn't physically abused by his dad as a child he is being emotionally and verbally abused by him as an adult.  And so is his Thom's mother.

But a chance meeting with a gypsy in an airport has Rose Mae pushing through and ready to ditch Ro for life.  The fight for her life and her strength is what made this book so captivating.

Have you read a book by an author who expands on another character from another one of their books?  Do you get on author kicks and read a bunch by the the same author right in a row?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On the Island - Discussion

I am so sorry that this is so late! I had meant to have it up early Friday because I was going to be out of town all day and then that didn't happen and then the weekend did and it got crazy!

1. The first sentence of the book tells you there is going to be a plane crash, and yet the author builds tension even before the crash. Anna buys two bottles of water and tells T.J. to put one in his backpack, and as readers, we are probably aware that Mick will have a heart attack even before Anna does. Why do you think the author structured it this way? How did it enhance the read?

2. What were your first impressions of Anna and T.J.? And how did they change? At what point do you think Anna started seeing T.J. as an adult? When did you see him as an adult?

3. Anna wishes desperately that the bag containing all the summer reading she packed for her trip would wash ashore. Of all the trappings of civilization she yearns for, it’s reading and books that she seems to miss the most. What five books would you pack if you knew you were facing years alone on a desert island?

This is so tough.  I think I would want to pick light and funny reads if I was stuck on an island because I think the thriller/murder books I enjoy would push me into crazy land!

1. A Stephanie Plum novel to make me laugh
2. The Great Gatsby because I love it and could read it again
3. The Help
4 & 5 two picks I'd never read before ha..

4. Anna and T.J. face a number of hardships on the island and talk about their greatest fears. Which would you fear the most? Losing the one person you are stranded with? Dying of rabies or dehydration or an allergic reaction? Running out of water?

5. Do you think it was realistic that Anna and T.J. waited so long to be together? Would you have waited that long?

6. After three and a half years of only talking to one other person, imagine how overwhelming it would be to try and fit back into society. What do you think would be the most difficult thing to get used to?

7. The age difference between T.J. and Anna is 14 years. How would you feel about dating someone 14 years older or younger than you? How do you think your friends and family and the general public would react to that situation?
Do you think Anna made the right decision in breaking things off with T.J.? Do you think she made the right decision to follow her heart and marry him?


8.  What major emotion or emotions did the story evoke in you as a reader?

Thanks for participating! August's selection is The Pearl Who Broke it's Shell!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Virgin of Small Plains

One snowy night in January changes the lives of three close knit families.  Fast forward to present day and once again their small Kansas town is blasted by a cold winter storm and the three families lives are altered once again.

I love unreliable narrators.  You're just reading along and all of a sudden you're like, what? So and so didn't mention THAT? How did that situation happen again? I also love mysteries and I also tend to lean towards more realistic fiction/mystery than the absurd.  The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard was my kind of book, until the last little bit.  Then it took a turn into a ridiculous land and irritated me.

Description: Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl–the “Virgin of Small Plains”–inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.

But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virgin’s body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the town’s three most powerful men–Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquist–all seem to be hiding the details of that night?

Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abby–never having resolved her feelings for Mitch–is now determined to uncover exactly what happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart.

Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the ever-unfolding consequences in award-winning author Nancy Pickard’s remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence . . . and the possibility of redemption.


The book switches narrators between Abby, Rex, Patrick, Verna, etc.. and gives you glimpses into the different views about that night in 1987 when everything changed.  This is nice because things pop up that the last narrator neglected to share or the lies that others told each other were slowly revealed.

“It had come as a relief when she had been forced to go into the hospital in Emporia, where she could be given drugs that made her sleep, sleep through an investigation that did not include her sons, sleep through the quiet departure of her older boy to another town, another college, and sleep through the funeral and burial of a beautiful girl who'd had a name, who'd had a family, who'd had a life.”  

Needless to stay, it was a bit of a letdown after having enjoyed The Scent of Rain and Lightning!

Have you read The Virgin of Small Plains? Have you read any other books by Nancy Pickard? Do you like books by unreliable narrators? Which was the last good one you read?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Double Whammy & Double Dip

I love having this blog.  If it weren't for this blog I would not have had the opportunity to learn of some pretty fantastic authors.  Gretchen Archer is no exception.  It's been documented that I'm not huge on chick lit and I tend to read heavier books or gory murder books.  I also have that series obsession problem.  I am SO glad I was contacted about the Davis Way Crime Caper Series! I mean my love, Janet Evanovich, is quoted on the cover, and the descriptions are HILARIOUS, so of course, SIGN ME UP!

You guys, I want to be Gretchen Archer's BFF.  She is hilarious.  I like the character of Davis and might I say, I may like this series almost a bit better than the Stephanie Plum series? I have to say I've been leery of the 'cozy mystery' genre, but I may have to check out the series that were in the back of  Double Dip, because if they are half as funny as this one, I may need to get on it!

Davis is smart, funny, has man issues but actually uses her brains to solve her crimes.  And it is so freaking funny!

Double Whammy is the first book and I took it camping with me last weekend and devoured it.

Description:  Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey.

Buried under a mistaken identity, unable to seek help from her family, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! DOUBLE WHAMMY is the first book in the Davis Way humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.


The ex-ex- husband storyline makes for some hilarious stories and her job at the casino is quite intense but very interesting.  I'd love to have it myself! Also, let's all laugh at me for a moment.  Davis is from a town called Pine Apple, Alabama.  I paid little to no attention until the end of the book until I was like OMG PINEAPPLE. HAHAHAHAH.  Yeah, not one of my finer moments.

My only complaint with this book was that the ending felt super rushed and the Bradley Cole love affair was ridiculous and made me question if she should be in a looney bin.  But, that's part of the hilariousness I suppose.

Double Dip I read this week in a day as well.  I liked this one better than the first! Sometimes the second book in a series is a letdown and the third one is better, but it will take a lot to beat this one! It's hilarious! I laughed out loud multiple times and wanted to share it with someone, but I we as all alone because I stayed up until 1 am to finish!

Description: It's Davis Way's first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last.

Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal.

She's on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three's a crowd.

The worst? Davis doesn't feel so hot. Maybe it's the banana pudding, or maybe it's a little bundle of something else.

DOUBLE DIP. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can't find the brakes.


This book had a little foot shooting, duct taping big large men named Baylor, crashing cars, a poisoning and lots of laughs!  If you are looking for a laugh, I do highly recommend this series.  There is a bit of mystery and a lot of laughs.  I can't wait to read Double Strike, which comes out in October!

Definitely recommend if you are looking for a beach read!

What was the last laugh out loud book you read? Can you imagine marrying the same person twice? Do you like going to casinos? Are you friends with funny people?

I received this book to review but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A day in the life: Summer Edition

7:17 - Mama.. mama... I need Mama...  We ge up and go to the bathroom and a certain three year old asks if she can get Daddy's remote so she can watch Dora.  I say yes and stumble out to make coffee while she gets the remote.

7:30 - 9ish We watch Dora and Olivia.  Our new favorites in this house.  I think Olivia may be a bad idea but so far no negative effects of that one.  I made Isla her usual breakfast which is two waffles and a side of fruit.  This morning the fruit consists of green grapes she picked out as her 'treat' at the grocery store this week and some pineapple leftover from dinner.  I had a cup of coffee.  We get dressed, play a memory game and I mess around on the Internet.



9ish - We go on a walk and we were going to stop at the park next to our house but they were mowing the lawn and my child HATES lawn mowers so she decided we should go home and play.  We played on her swing for approximately 5 minutes until I talked about checking the garden and she wanted to do that too, right then.  So we picked 2 zucchini and 2 sugar snap peas to snack on until they started mowing by our yard and she freaked out and we had to go play inside.  We played one more memory game and then she watched a Dora while I got ready to go story time at Barnes  & Noble.

10:50 We get there a little early so of course we have to play at the train set.  And then she found all the Dora stuff so we had to look at all of those books.  I can't stand Barnes & Nobles blatant commercial marketing at the train table area.  They put all the crap books aka character books and toys right there, almost forcing toddlers into tantrums and meltdowns on the daily.  Boo to you Barnes & Noble and also boo to you about your seriously overpriced books.  Anywho, at 11:00 we had a minor meltdown when I told her it was time to go to story time and promised we would be back after story time and reminded her that we came BECAUSE of story time.  Now, I haven't been to story time there in about a year (last August) because of work.  We used to love it.  They had great interactive books and a craft or a coloring sheet and a snack for the kids.  Well they had a new girl doing it and she read a Batman book.  And she read a Batman book HORRIBLY.  I was so annoyed.  One, Batman is not great literature and if you ARE going to read a violent Batman book to a bunch of toddlers at least DO IT RIGHT and good.  I told my husband later that she was trying to beat him out on the worst read aloud reader ever.  The point of read alouds are hooking kids.  That did not hook anyone.  Not even kids who liked Batman.  Another thing that irritated me was that apparently now they want to take kids pictures and put them on their facebook page.  Yeah, no.  I did not sign a consent that went around and got us out of there before they had some Batman costumes for kids to try on. I saw a sign about video taping in that area and basically it said that you consented to being video taped if you were in that area.  I didn't read it too closely and don't know if it meant that story time is recorded or what, but that may very well be the last time I go to Barnes & Noble story time.  /endrant


picture of a book I sent to my friend while at Barnes& Noble
 

11:20 - Isla read all the Dora books and then had to read allllll the Elmo books while I checked out some books that I want for my classroom (Llama, Llama misses Mama (can't remember if I have that), Don't Push the Button, Dragons Love Tacos...) we miraculously left without purchasing a book and no tantrums.  Stupid character books.

12:00 We arrived at our local gardens just in time for their lunch time music.  Sadly, we missed out on the free hot dogs that they were apparently giving away for national hot dog day. (They ran out as we walked in).  But Isla doesn't really like hot dogs and I didn't want one, so I guess it wasn't all that sad. ;) The guy singing was decent and played a lot of songs from the 60s/tv jingles and popular oldies so that was nice.  Isla enjoyed a PBJ, cheese stick, grapes/raspberries, fruit snack and teddy grahams and I munched on a cheese stick, grapes/raspberries and some broccoli salad.




1:00 He went on intermission and I convinced Isla he was done and it was time to go home for a nap.  One memory game and some library books later she was down for a nap around 1:45.

1:45 - Zucchini is coming out of our ears so I cut one  up and put some spaghetti sauce on top and then some pizza toppings and covered with mozzarella cheese and popped in the oven.  It was delicious!  Then I watched a Rizzoli & Isles episode, caught up on some Internet, started a Pretty Little Liars episode and just about the time I went to start reading a book she woke up because she rolled over and bonked her head in bed.


4:00 Cuddled with Isla and watched an episode of Olivia.  Then we turned on music and colored some Mickey Mouse pictures and Isla played with playdough while I read my book.  Then Isla had a snack of green pepper and grapes.



5:00 I started making baked chicken fingers, so I got to cut up chicken breasts and put the breading on them.  Then I decided to try out the zucchini tots recipe I found and got those ready to go.  With my multiple interruptions from my 'helper' I had it in the oven about 5:50.

6:10sh We ate the baked chicken fingers, zucchini tots, broccoli and cottage cheese for dinner.

7-7:30 We played memory again, Isla did playdough again and we read library books.

7:30 I went on a bike ride and did about 2ish miles but it was breezy and I got chilly so I headed home.  I saw two rabbits and about 5 HUGE turkeys.

8 -We played Doggy Doggy Where's Your Bone and Isla did more playdough and I read my book.



8:30 Isla got her pjs on and we each read books and then she went to the bathroom and went to bed.

9 - 9:30 I played around on my phone while I half watched an episode of Graceland with my husband.

9:30 - 1030 I read Double Dip by Gretchen Arched on the couch.

10:30 - 11:30 I read in my bed.

11:30 Lights out.