June 14th, 2010
Lets see, where did I leave off-
9. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell- I really enjoyed this one. Extensive use of F*ck. Loved that the author did the reading for the audio book. Not inspired to take up French cooking anytime soon, but it was a fun read. Watched the movie afterward and thought it was pretty cute and well done. Still would recommend reading the book first.
10. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer- Yes I know.... Stephanie Meyer finally caught me in her web. As much as I resisted, I actually did end up liking the series. This one was probably my least favorite of the set though.
11. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer- As bizarre as things turned out, I think Meyer did a pretty good job of wrapping everything up. There were a few different ways I thought she was going to go with things, but all in all a great series. I even got the hubby addicted and he finished it in book form not long after I finished the audios.
12. The Host by Stephanie Meyer I was excited to see how Meyer was going to handle an adult book. I've finished the first 4 hours or so. Very interesting concept, I'm just not sure if I'll be able to hang with it for another 14 hours though. May pick it up again in a few weeks. Til then, it's chilling on my iPod
14. Dead in the Family by Charlene Harris- Love love love this series, not so much this book though. I've waited since October for the next Sookie Stackhouse book and it's been so slow moving it's just not keeping my interest. I'm about half way through and others have said it picks up soon, so we'll see.
13. Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler- Pretty funny stories. I really enjoy Chelsea Lately and thought this would be good. Chelsea reading the audio helps a lot. Unfortunately this one only played on my computer, so it expired before I was able to finish it. Planning to finish it up soon.
14. Spook: Science Tackles the After Life by Mary Roach- Very interesting journalistic investigation. I really like Roach's style even if I don't agree with conclusions on somethings. I'll probably check out some of her other works.
15. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver- I don't know what it is with my fascination with books of cooking and year long eating challenges, but this book has been very enlightening. I was sucked in by the fact that her family does this experiment near my old hometown in Virginia. It has inspired me to go to local farmers market this summer and make an effort to eat locally and support our farmers.
Key- BOLD have not completed at this time
BLUE actual book, not audio
May 9th, 2010
Yes, I know, I've disappeared, but not really. I still check in here every few days and read everyone's posts. I just don't post myself. I've gotten tied up in the Facebook universe and don't venture away much any more.
I started a new job two months ago. It's in downtown Greensboro which is about a 40 minute drive. Having never commuted more than 15 minutes to a job and my last job being only 5 minutes from home, this has taken some getting used to.
I have never been much of a reader and my hubby used to pick on me about my lack reading, especially when it comes to some of the classics. I did read more books in one given period than I think I ever had last fall when I discovered the Sookie Stackhouse series. I managed to burn through 9 books in less than 3 weeks. Even after I finished those I continued reading and made it through several others before the end of the year.
After about a week of driving to work and listening to the stupidity of morning radio, I decided to start listening to audio books on my way to and from work. I went to library and checked out a couple of things on CD. I quickly found that people treat borrowed disks from the library with just as much care as they do the physical books, which results in "dog eared" disks with many pages "missing". It always seems like the scratches feel right on the juiciest places. Go figure.
Luckily, I soon discovered that our county library is part of a new audio book project though the North Carolina Digital Library. Anyone with a library card in about 20 counties can download up to 4 audio books a week for use on their iPod or computer. This has made my life so much easier.
So far I've been averaging a book a week. My tastes have varied quite a bit and I am constantly looking for new things to check out. I've listened to romances, non-fiction, biographies, classics, and admittedly- the latest popular vampire smut. I'm trying to keep track of exactly which books I've read/listened to this year to see exactly how many I can consume, so I thought I'd start a list here. I am also reading physical books during my non-car hours, so I'll be adding those as well. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me!
2010 Audio Book List
1. The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks
2. Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4. Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire by Diana Preston
5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace one School at a Time by Greg Moternson and David Relin
7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
8. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
9. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (starting tomorrow)
February 11th, 2009
I am officially 28 now and I have to say that so far it has been pretty awesome. My birthday actually was today, but I've been celebrating for several days and it's not over yet....
Saturday evening was spent at our friends, Mike & Dawn's house. The weather was beautiful all day and the temperature got up around 67. It was perfect weather for a bonfire. Their friend Jason had a birthday on Friday so it was a double celebration with s'mores, Wii, and Robot Chicken. It was a little windy out and some if the marshmallow ended up in my hair. Our firend Joe played guitar out by the fire. His playing is amazing. That was probably one of the highlights of the evening for me.
Sunday night we had a party at Sushi Thai. Stacey, a fellow bellydancer had a birthday on Saturday, so again we doubled up on the celebrations. 27 PEOPLE showed up! 27! I have never had that many people at a birthday party. It was pretty awesome that I had that many friends show up. The sushi was very yummie and the fried ice cream dessert they brought out was was pretty awesome as well. Afterward we headed over to Stacey and Steve's house for home made cookies. He had made a bonfire for us on his patio so we were able to enjoy the unseasonal warm weather.
Today had some ups and downs at work, but ended on a high note. John came and took me to lunch at West End Cafe. We had a little bit of time to chat once I got home from work before we both had to head off to our respective classes. I went to bellydance class and got to see all my "Belly Bitches" as my friend Kristie has dubed us. Afterward, I met John at our favorite wine bar downtown. We both had a glass of Shelton Riesling and then got an nice little intimate table in the back. We had a nice long talk while we waited on our dinner. The main topic of our conversation revolved around contentment. I think that has been the main thing I have found in the last year. While things have had their ups and downs, I'm very happy with my job, we have a great house, our relationship is wonderful, I have an amazing group of friends, and there's not a thing more that I could ask for. It's a wonderful thing to have at the age of 28. Dinner was followed up with a Star Anise flavored creme brulee with a candle. I don't recall having anything with a Star Anise flavor before, but it was very yummy.
When we got home I found a bouquet of flowers attached to our door with a card. It seems John's dad dropped them off while we were out. All in all it had been a great day. Did I mention it was 68 degrees today? I don't remember ever having a birthday that warm. I'm used to getting snow and ice.
There is a lot more that I could say about turning 28, but I'm pretty tired. (Oh no! I am getting old!) Perhaps I can write more about it later this week.
Thanks for everyone's birthday wishes and especially to those who have celebrated with me the last few days. Here's looking at another great year!
January 27th, 2009
The first three (maybe up to five depending on the response) people to respond to this post will get something made by me!
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year. No guarantees when, it will be a total surprise!
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to repost this, and repost right away.
We can all make stuff and make someone's day a little bit brighter!
Don't respond if you aren't going to offer the same thing.
(If I mail it, I will ask for your address upon completion.)
January 4th, 2009
Your result for The Elemental Balance Test...
~ 59% Water ~ 44% Wind ~ 67% Earth ~ 52% Fire ~
I have tripped into a valley
that is blue 'til you can see
Lets see... your personality reminds me of the...
...warm Citrine that stands for abundance, protection and stability. Your colour is a dark yellow or orange.
Out of the seven chakras, the Creative Chakra, which is associated with the element of earth and represents our need to preserve and grow, seems to be predominant in you. Though this guarantees you success in your job and in managing home and family, it may result in a materialistic outlook or becoming a workaholic.
You can balance it by wearing an Amethyst; its illuminating attributes that activate the Crown Chakra help us recognise the big picture and gain a spiritual outlook on life.
A Tarot references concerning your predominant element:
If you are a young lass or lad and still unmarried your card is the Page of Pentacles. Young women, especially married ones, identify with the Queen of Pentacles, also known as the Queen of Diamonds. If you are a young, unmarried man, you are the Knight of Pentacles, and married or mature males are identified with the King of Pentacles, commonly known as the King of Diamonds. Ladies and gentlemen, here is your reliable man youve been looking for.
These are the results you will get if you score highly on...
None of the four elements: Balance Wind: Gust Fire: Blaze Water: River Earth: Valley Wind & Fire: Thunder Wind & Water: Clouds Wind & Earth: Canyon Fire & Earth: Lava Fire & Water: Tornado Water & Earth: Trees Wind, Fire & Earth: Storm Wind, Fire & Water: Stars Wind, Water & Earth: Forest Fire, Water & Earth: Avalanche All four elements: Harmony
Take The Elemental Balance Test at HelloQuizzy
December 13th, 2008
Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 8oz. cream cheese, softened
16 oz. jar Alfredo sauce (I usually get it with garlic)
1 c. grated parmesan cheese
12 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained & diced
8-12 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
Mix all ingredients together, reserving ¼ c. parmesan cheese. Spread into 13”x9” casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with corn chips or pita bread.
December 11th, 2008
Mac & Cheese
Okay, So I’ve been MIA on the recipes for several days (6-10 if you were counting), but I intend to go back and make them up. Today was the first day someone finally emailed me and asked if I was going to start back or not, so I figured I should. We have a our annual Holiday Open House coming up on Sunday so I’m trying to get things ready for that. I usually do a lot of these thing for that and over the next couple days that’s probably what you will get, but for tonight I thought I’d give you one of my favorite potluck side dish recipes that came from my cousin Jane. I ended up making two dishes of this for Thanksgiving this year.
One box Macaroni- boil for 7 min.
1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
½ c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 large can evaporated milk
1 stick butter, melted
Salt & pepper to taste
Drain macaroni. Mix together other ingredients. Pour over macaroni and mix together until coated. Pour into large buttered greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
December 10th, 2008
Final Day- We had a an LL Bean box outside our door today and my hubby asked if it was safe to open. While we occasionally get catalogs from them I don't think I've ever ordered anything from them. Turns out the box contained a nice canvas bag filled with treats and our our last name embroidered on it. I discovered on the shipping info that it had been sent by one of John's step sisters as an early Christmas gift. It was a nice little treat. A coworker and I also managed to escape the office a half hour early since the bosses disappeared, so that was nice too.
December 8th, 2008
So I'm really behind on everything thanks to this horrific cold. Honestly I don't remember having a cold this bad in years. It's made my teeth itch. The pressure in my head made me nauseated at times. It's played games with my mind. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. And now my poor hubby has it. Even worse, he has a black belt test on Saturday! Please, please, please let him be better by then.
Even with being sick, there were silver linings-
Friday- My hubby took care of me since I was sick and went out and got me a chocolate banana milkshake. This isn't something I get often, but I thought it would be a nice pick me up and it did help my sore throat.
Saturday- I accurately predicted snow by smell, even with a cold. It wasn't in the forecast, but as I was walking in my friend’s house after helping her pick out some new finishes for her kitchen, I caught a smell I remembered from childhood. I commented to her then, "It smells like snow." I looked up at the sky and the clouds were indeed the right shade of grey. I told John about it when I got home and checked the weather, but no mention of snow. As we drove to his martial arts holiday dinner gathering he laughed and said, "Well, that’s pretty good that you can still smell snow even with a cold," and pointed up at the flakes melting on the windshield. A mountain girl's snow instinct never fails.
Sunday- I wrote about that dream yesterday. While bitter sweet, I still think it was a happy moment. It brought up a lot of other happy memories about my parents.
Monday- I think I made a new friend today with the girlfriend of one of my husband's martial arts friends. We've meet a few times before, but we chatted at length online this evening. I feel like I'm making some lead way with several of my female friendships lately and I'm really happy about that. It's always been difficult for me to make and keep close female friends so there have only been a couple I have kept in touch with throughout my life. I've really increased the number of female friends I have through belly dance and I'm glad that I'm now starting to deepen those friendships a bit more. I think it's important that women have other women they can depend on.