Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Maternity clothes? I can still wear some regular shirts and comfy pants but it is mostly maternity.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? When I fall asleep I am dead to the world
Food cravings: Anything sweet
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? She is kicking away as I type
What I miss? I really need a margarita or a Corona
We did get our travel system, extra car seat base and our pack n play in the mail this week! My husband's parents got them for us as our shower gift. They are still in the boxes downstairs. Don't really know what to do with them yet hahaha.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A 12-year-old girl is found murdered at an archaeological site at the center of a controversial highway construction project. Katy Devlin was a popular girl who had recently been accepted to the Royal Ballet School; her father is an outspoken opponent of the new roadway. But what haunts Detective Rob Ryan about this case is its location: the quiet town of Knocknaree, Ireland -- in the very woods where he used to play as a child.
Twenty years ago, a young Rob and his two best friends went into the woods, chasing each other, playing in a castle of ruins. But they didn't return to their homes at sunset. A search party was dispatched to canvas the woods, finding only a catatonic Rob clawing at a tree, his clothing ripped, his shoes filled with blood.
Detective Ryan has always guarded this secret of his past, but the recent murder forces him to reveal it to his new partner, drawing them closer together in the search for the perpetrator. Is there a connection between Rob's childhood trauma and Katy Devlin's murder? And is Detective Ryan prepared to confront the secrets that lie deep in those woods? Suspects abound in this fast-paced mystery -- a stunning debut that examines the complexities of the human mind and the cost of discovering the truth.
I once again divided the book up into 4 sections for 4 different discussions. If while you are reading, you would wish to make a guest post about anything in the book, let me know. If you have questions/things you want included in the post on Friday, email me sometime the day before so I can add it in. I have the large print edition of In the Woods because it was the only copy left at my library, so I will be off page wise from most of you. I broke it up by the chapters. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
In the Woods Discussion 1 – Prologue through the end of Chap 6 – March 4th
In the Woods Discussion 2 – Chapter 7 through the end of Chap 11 – March 11th
In the Woods Discussion 3 – Chapter 12 through the end of Chap 19 – March 18th
In the Woods Discussion 4 – Chapter 20 through the end of the book – March 25th
I really think this will be a good read. I have heard many positive reviews of it and am interested to get reading. Hopefully, it is easy for everyone to get a copy!
Monday, February 21, 2011
• 16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
• 2 cups shredded Mild Cheddar cheese
• 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
• 3 cups milk
• 1/4 cup butter
• 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• Crushed ritz crackers
• Onion powder
• Garlic powder
First, I preheated the oven to 350 and cooked the pasta as directed.
Meanwhile, I was working on the sauce. In a saucepan, I melted the butter and then added in the flour. Stirred it really well and slowly added in the 3 cups of milk. Make sure the heat is on medium heat or it will take FOREVER to warm up. I made the mistake of lowering the temp after I melted the butter and it was driving me crazy waiting on the milk to warm up enough to melt the cheese. Speaking of the cheese... After I stirred in the milk I slowly stirred in the cheese, one cup at a time. Then I added salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika to the mix.
Then in a greased casserole pan I poured in the noodles and the sausage and mixed it up. After the mixture thickened up I stirred it in with the noodles and sausage. Then on top I crushed Ritz Crackers to form a bread crumb layer and sprinkled more cheese and some paprika on top. Then I threw it in the oven for 25 minutes and when I pulled it out it looked like this.
Verdict? It was delicious!!!!!! Very very yummy and gave us lots of leftovers. I really liked how creamy it was. Definitely would try to use different cheeses next time, but of course I just used what I had as per usual. Sharp cheddar would probably be delicious in it. Very very yummy!
What kinds of cheese do you like to put in homemade mac and cheese?
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
1 – 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp paprika
¼ tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 425.
First, I peeled and cleaned 2 sweet potatoes. This was a PERFECT amount for the two of us.Then I cut them into strips.
Then I put them in a resealable plastic bag. Poured in the olive oil, cinnamon, paprika and salt. Then I shook it all around and made sure all the fries were coated. Then threw them on a baking sheet in a single layer. I put them in the oven and turned them every 10 minutes for a total of 30 minutes cook time.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
How far along? 27 weeks
Weight gain/loss: +5
Maternity clothes? same as before.. all pants that are worn of the house besides sweats..more maternity tops are making their appearance
Stretch marks? nope
Sleep? only comfortable on my sides but my vertigo makes side sleeping iffy and my back hurts if i lay in one position too long..fun times
Best moment this week? getting a bunch of clothes from my mom's friend and hearing that she is measuring on target and scheduling my next ultrasound
Food cravings: anything sweet
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? Yup a lot
What I miss? being comfortable and being able to walk without my innards feeling as though they may fall out
What I'm looking forward to: taking my glucose screening test and other tests to get that out of the way
Monday, February 14, 2011
2. Complaining about not having a valentine. Seriously? What I think is even stupider is referring to people as a 'my valentine.' Yeah, too corny for me.
3. "I don't want/need a holiday to show someone I love them/get them a gift." So you don't celebrate Christmas or their birthday's either???
4. The thought that someone puts their foot in their mouth when they call something trashy. Nope, just stating their opinion. Too bad you fall under that topic/judgment. Should they have to apologize for a general comment? No. Not everyone agrees, as I am sure not everyone agrees with my opinions. That is what makes the world go round.
5. The thought that someone needs to be a born again Christian when they die. Yes, because a lifetime of helping others and being a good person should just be negated because they don't fit into your born again Christian slot. Makes absolutely no fucking sense to me.
Obviously, I'm in a pissy mood today and oh wow I am one of those 'lucky' people who has a 'valentine' and am half of a couple that makes people vomit cuz ewww they love each other. Or perhaps one would say I was a hormonal pregnant lady. I just say I am having a horrible day and you should not cross my path.
What's pissing you off today?
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Books we have already read..
The Weight of Water
Water for Elephants
The Color Purple
The One That I Want
The Secret Garden
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Pride & Prejudice
I See You Everywhere
Leave a suggestion or 2 in the comments before Feb. 17th when I will add a poll for everyone to vote! Just a thought but March is Women's History Month, Dr. Seuss's birthday, St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and the start of baseball if you want to think of any books around those themes, or not! ;)
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I liked Sing You Home much better than the last of Picoult's books I've read (House Rules/ Harvesting the Heart). I put it on par with my liking of Salem Falls and Plain Truth. My faves by her are The Pact and Nineteen Minutes. It has the typical medical issues, courtroom drama and is told by different points of view.
Picoult has written Zoe Baxter as a very likable main character. She has an honorable career as a music therapist where she helps burn victims, dementia patients and many other vulnerable and hurting people. Max, her counterpart, has his moments, but he is the typical spineless character who grows up through the novel. Also, his conversion into the church is so eye-roll worthy to me and not because it is done poorly but because I just don't understand when people undergo those type of oh I almost died and have been doing terrible things like relapsing into my alcoholic stupor but yay God!
The subject matter is controversial and I would warn my friends suffering through infertility about picking up the book. Infant loss is also mentioned which can also be upsetting to some. Personally, as being pregnant those aspects of the book did not upset me.
I found the same-sex marriage issue was handled in a respectful accurate manner (from what I know). Unless, of course, you are as close minded and stupid as the Eternal Glory Church or the likes of Hannity /Rush who are mentioned in the book.
I found I laughed, I cried and I said heck yes, that guy is an idiot and you go girl. So it is a winner. This would make a fabulous book club book and invokes a LOT of questions. However, it could also make a lot of book clubs split down the middle and it could get ugly.
Some complaints, I was sad there wasn't any follow up with her elderly patient Mr. Docker. In one section Max's brother's name, Reid, is spelled differently than the rest of the book (could be an ARC thing), I couldn't stand the attorney referring to the embryos as pre-born children and I was sad that my ARC copy did not include teh CD that is supposed to accompany the novel. I am sure that will be a great addition. Also, obviously it is fiction but the issues were real, but the timeline on everything was a bit insane. I mean Zoe loses a baby, divorces and becomes a lesbian within 6 months?
I most definitely recommend this book, it is fairly predictable with a few surprises. Overall, it is a fascinating look into the same-sex marriage debate and why the heck anyone cares who others sleep with. (But heck we do love our gossip mags, so I suppose that helps answer why some people think a person's personal sex life is important to anyone NOT in the relationship. But really who cares??) Sorry, I could rant all day.
In other words, check it out when it comes out March 1st. ;)
I received an ARC copy from Crazy Book Tours all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
How far along? 26 weeks
Weight gain/loss: plus 3
Maternity clothes? still can wear a few reg shirts.
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? is fabulous
Best moment this week? setting up the crib and glider and buying a canvas wall hanging for her room!
Food cravings: i am not discriminating this week
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? not being ruled by hormones
What I'm looking forward to: going to BRU and Target to register this week..
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
1. Negative Wind-Chill/Snow – Seriously? It should not be allowed to be BELOW zero nor should snow still be gracing my front yard/porch/roof/driveway. I am a Christmas Day loving snow girl only.
2. Decaf Coffee – What is the point? This is like non-alcoholic beer or wine.
3. People who go on and on about not doing a popular thing – Be this reading Harry Potter / Twilight, watching the Super Bowl (really you only need to tell twitter/fb ONCE you aren’t watching you don’t get 23432434 bonus points for every gosh darn status/tweet update, not watching the President speak (way to promote not being involved in government) or whatever it seriously drives me bananas. Do you want an effin’ cookie?
4. The Bachelor – Really? Just stop. Real relationships take more work, honesty and a lot less drama.
5. Junk Mail – It just goes straight to the garbage, why bother wasting the time/paper? I don’t even read/open it!
6. People who can’t just answer a question without imputing unneeded information – Gee thanks, NEVER thought of those NEW ideas myself. :::eyeroll:::
7. Wet Socks – I dread them in the winter. I usually do pretty good hopping around and avoiding it, but when I get wet socks, I am not happy.
8. Static-y Hair – Ughh…
9. Dry skin – I hate the feeling of my hands, feet, arms, legs. There is just not enough lotion in the world.
10. Cleaning the House – I would so hire a maid in 2 seconds if I had a full-time job. I hate cleaning. Dusting? Ugh. Cleaning the toilet? Ugh. Washing the mirror 24332 times a week because my husband spits his toothpaste on it? AHHHHHHH….
What can you do without?
Monday, February 7, 2011
the bus Rosa Parks made famous and I SAT ON IT!!!!!!! ahhh... serious i was in history nerd heaven!
i mainly took this picture of an old song book because it made me think of my sweet grandma who would have loved this museum as much as I did.. this was near the Lincoln chair
even more powerful.. feminist me would not have survived!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Pearl and May are two very spoiled Chinese sisters who have grown up in a very privileged setting in 1920-1930s Shanghai. The beginning of the book is set in 1937 and while we are reading the Japanese have attacked the Chinese. Pearl and May's world is turned upside down when they find out their weasel of a father has gambled away all of their money and they are to marry the sons of a rich Chinese American man to make up for it. Basically, they get married but then rebel and all hell breaks loose.
pg. 19 "We pay him, cross the street, step around a dead baby left on the sidewalk, find another rickshaw puller who has a license for the French Concession ..."
Uh what excuse me? DEAD BABY ON THE SIDEWALK????
furthermore... later on they discuss more dead babies being left on the sidewalk by the poor refuges.. I can't handle the complete lack of care/respect to newborns that they show. No wonder some kill daughters to try again for a son. ughh.
pg. 51 "Finally, its time for us to retire to our respective bridal chambers. My father whispers in my ear, "You know what you need to do. Once it's done, all this will be over."
Oh my good lord. What an asshole of a father!!!!!
Zelfgezien submitted the following to our discussion
What stuck me in this first part was the relation between Pearl and her parents. In the first chapter she describes how they’re placed around the square table in a way that both Baba and Ma are as close as possible to May, while a little before that she tells us that normally families have a round table “so they’ll always be whole and connected”. During these first hundred pages, details remind me of this weird relationship between parents and children in a negative way, until the raping scene.
I want to talk about this little part: “I reach out and grab her hand. How can I describe the look that passes between us? We’re a mother and a daughter being raped repeatedly, for all we know until we both die. I see in her eyes my birth, the endless tragedies of mother love, a total absence of hope, and than somewhere deep, deep in those liquid pools a fierceness I’ve never seen before.”
Personally, when I first read this little paragraph, I immediately forgave Ma for the faults and wrong decisions she made. For, in some way, I already knew Ma would die and Pearl would live, and that this was somehow there last chance to forgive each other. The problem is that this ‘forgiving Ma’ was just my direct response to the story, but it’s not literally said in the text that Pearl forgives her. So I was wondering what the other opinions are about this idea of forgiving & about this little paragraph.
I also think the family relationship is very weird and if Pearl can be a reliable narrator because it is obvious she feels slighted and that the world revolves around her younger sister. I think the mother did redeem herself there a bit toward the end but it was all very weird.
So, far I am liking the book but the descriptions of Shanghai are making me skim some paragraphs.
Question from me
1. What do you think of Pearl's "feelings" and her relationship with Z.G.?
Discussion Questions from BookBrowse
1. Pearl is a Dragon and May is a Sheep. Do you think the two sisters are true to their birth signs in their actions in Shanghai Girls? (I know it is just the beginning but what have you noticed so far? I think it will be interesting to keep these definitions in mind throughout the book)
What do you guys think? Love it? Hate it? Thoughts? Next Friday we will discuss Eating Wind and Tasting Leaves through the end of Scents of Home.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 can (4.5 ounces) green chilies
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 can nacho cheese soup (Campbell's)
- 1/2 cup salsa
- chili powder
- 1/2 of a small onion
- 6 tortilla shells
- shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
First, mix the soup and the milk together in a small bowl.
Then I put some of the soup mixture on the bottom of the pan. Note, this WAS NOT ENOUGH. I would either grease and put soup on the bottom or put a lot more soup on the bottom then I did.
Oh sooo pretty.
Even prettier!!! Dump the soup mixture on top and spread it around. Then put it in the oven COVERED with foil for about 25 minutes and then take it out and sprinkle some more shredded cheese, put it back in the oven until it is melted.
Yummmmmmm.. Deliciousness!!! The shells were sooo juicy and soft and yum yum yum. The only down fall was the fact that I really need more sauce on the bottom so getting them out was not so fun, but delicious all the same.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Weight gain/loss: today I weighed exactly the same as the day I found out i was pregnant.. I have no idea how this is possible because of the amount of food that I have been piling in this week.. I am CONSTANTLY hungry.
Maternity clothes? all pants that go out of the house and most shirts that go out of the house but i can still wear a few of my long sleeve shirts but they are creeping up.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? I woke up with vertigo on Monday so sleep has been slightly uncomfortable this week. I can only really comfortably sleep wedged on my left side with my head only tilted a little bit or the world really feels like it is spinning out of control. Though I have been less tired this week so that has been nice.
Best moment this week? I love watching her move my belly. It is hilarious.
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? Pretty much anytime I am sitting she is a wiggling!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
1. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan (Jan. 2nd)
2. The Weight of Water – Anita Shreve (Jan. 17th)
3. Sizzling Sixteen – Janet Evanovich (Jan. 18th)
4. Absolute Power – David Baldacci (Jan. 25th)
This is also from the Henry Ford Museum and this is the chair that President Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot. How freaking awesome is that? (Yes, I am a history nerd). I can't believe that you can see the blood stains!!!
What were your favorite parts of January?