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17 December 2010 @ 03:48 pm
TREES! Actually, just one tree, but you get the idea.

Not a very good friend on here lately. But I did manage to send out Christmas cards to prettyblackhawk  and rarity . Merry Christmas!

And happy early Christmas to everyone else as well!!!

I don't have my big tree up yet. I'm afraid Gillian will tear it all down. Maybe Monday....maybe.

I do have my little tree up. It is sitting on a bar stool behind my couch in my upstairs living room. No work to get it going because it has lights permanantly attached and cute little berries. Also, little red bows on the little tree outside my living room window and an advent wreath on top of my entertainment unit and a wall candellabra thing...oh my goodness...I'm getting so exited. I need to take pictures!


On a side note, I moved most of my bookish talking to blogspot:

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Sometime in the future I want to be awesome and start hosting giveaways...

In the meantime I am being awesome and winning giveaways! My latest win included Nightshade, Matched, and Revolution. I'm so happy :D
 
 
04 November 2010 @ 08:37 pm
Gillian was Raggedy Anne for Halloween! Wallow in the cuteness:

PhotobucketHalloween 2010


She kept taking the Rockets out of the candy bowl and handing them to me and Alex. Then she'd ask for them back and the cycle continued. She wouldn't keep the headband on for very long but it was extremely cute.

Halloween 2010


Also, last month I got some bento supplies I ordered off the internet. I got a sandwich cutter and a food cutter. So here's my first try, with some food I gave Gillian this week. The big peices are grilled cheese sandwhiches (from top: bird, tulip, heart, fish) and the small ones are apple slices (shown are whales, boats, and fish). I'd love to get an egg mold too to make eggs look like bunnies. This is fun.

first bento
 
 
 
16 August 2010 @ 03:23 pm
I've gotten a bit behind on posting my books. For now here's a list of one's I've read since May, with my ratings beside them.

May

Catch Me If You Can. - Frank W. Abagnale - 4/5
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer - 5/5
Anthem - Ayn Rand - 3/5
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millenium #2) - Steig Larsson - 4/5
Instructions - Neil Gaiman - 3/5
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real - Neta Jackson - 3/5
The Country Nurse (Essex County #3) - Jeff Lemire - 3/5
The Promise - Chaim Potok - 4/5

Books read: 8


June

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - 5/5
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta - 3/5
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer - 4/5
Club Dead (Sookie #3) - Charlaine Harris - 3/5
1812: Jeremy and the General - John Ibbitson - 3/5
Beatrice & Virgil - Yann Martel - 4/5
Dead to the World (Sookie #4) - Charlaine Harris - 2/5
Wolfcry (The Kiesha'ra #4) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - 3/5
Kill Game (Fearless FBI #1) - Francene Pascal - 3/5
Live Bait (Fearless FBI #2) - Francene Pascal - 3/5
Wilderness Tales - Peter Christensen - 2/5
Dear John - Nicholas Sparks - 1/5

Books read: 12

July

Wyvernhail (The Kiesha'ra #5) - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - 3/5
Union Atlantic - Adam Haslett - 3/5
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 4/5
Cleaning Plain & Simple - Donna Smallin - 5/5
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millenium #3) - Steig Larsson - 4/5
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - 1/5 (because I couldn't finish it)
Earth and Ashes - Atiq Rahimi - 3/5
In the Beginning - Virginia Hamilton - 4/5
Sunburst: An Anthology of Poetry - ed. James A. MacNeill - 5/5
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie #5) - Charlaine Harris - 4/5
Agent Out (Fearless FBI #3) - Francene Pascal - 2/5
Rodin - Bernard Champigneulle - 3/5
Definitely Dead (Sookie #6) - Charlaine Harris - 3/5

Books read: 13

As for the Kiesha'ra series, even though I gave each individual book a 3/5, I would have to give the whole set at least 4/5. As a whole they are a really amazing series that I don't think will be too easy to forget.

Dear John is possibly one of the worst books I've actually finished in a long time. I'm not sure how I even managed that. I think I was starting to get headaches from the horrible-ness of it all. I definitely will not be reading any more Nicholas Sparks books.

As for Pride and Prejudice, giving up on it was more my fault of not getting the writing style/crazy classic phrases, words, etc. I only really gave up on it because I kept seeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and thinking the zombies part would make me want to read through all that stuff anyways.
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23 June 2010 @ 02:29 pm
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/23/tor-earthquake.html

Okay, we just got an earthquake here (about 45 minutes ago). I remember the rare times we've had them before, but those times I didn't actually feel anything. Today I definitely did. My couch was wobbling back and forth like there was someone on each end playing tug of war. Weird, weird, sensation. I thought it was my imagination until I went on Facebook though... seeing how my dishwasher was on and we've had some really heavy road crew trucks around here the past few weeks.

Weird. Weird. Weird.
 
 
 
19 June 2010 @ 10:27 pm
I just found out that all the books in Francene Pascal's Fearless series are available on Amazon Kindle.

My one reading regret when I was a teen was never being able to read the whole series. I just finished book one of the Fearless FBI series and have been regretting this all over again...the whole vigilante thing was pretty cool.

Unfortunately, they are almost all $9.99. It's dangerous knowing I CAN read them all if I want though...

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19 June 2010 @ 12:43 pm
Yep, I got behind on posting about all the reading I've been doing the last couple months. Here's some short reviews and my ratings for April:

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Wow. What a masterpiece. Jane Eyre is one of the most incredibly inspirational characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. There is so much to think about and so much emphasis on thinking things through and on top of that there is a beautiful love story. I am so glad someone recommended this to me and so grateful for receiving it as a gift. It's a long book but well worth it.  Worthy of multiple re-reads and I would already consider this one of my favourite books ever. 5/5

Hawksong (Kiesha'ra #1) - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
This book was a nice change from the type of paranormal fantasy that's being published lately. It's main characters are shape shifters but their world is not ours. Meaning the plot doesn't revolve around them trying to deceive humans or trying to live in peace with humans. The shape shifting thing in this case is probably a lot more well thought out. The plot revolves around two young leaders of warring tribes - the avians and the serpientes. They are both tired of seeing their loved ones die in battle for a war they cannot even remember the reasons for. So they decide to do the most drastic thing they can think of to stop the war - become each others mates. The characters are enjoyable to read about and am looking forward to see what happens next. The first installment is all about how they come to trust each other. 3/5

Snakecharm (Kiesha'ra #2) - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
This installment comes from the point of view of Zane Cobriana, the new cobra leader of the cobra-avian alliance between him and Danica. Two months later I honestly can't remember much about his one. Danica gets pregnant and they decide to try out merging the cobras and avians into one location which will be called Wyverns Court. There's something about Falcons in their but I can't remember what because the third book is all about them too. 3/5

Ludie's Life - Cynthia Rylant
It's an overarching story about Ludie, a woman who lives in rural America, told poetry style. It was the kind of story that made me force myself to stop, close my eyes, and count to five before resuming for fear I would stop breathing. Breath-taking, literally. 5/5

Aya - Marguerite Abouet
A graphic novel set in Africa. I wasn't really taken by it, but it was okay. 3/5

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) - Melissa Marr
YA Paranormal Romance. The writing and events were all engaging. It just wasn't really my kind of thing. 3/5

Western Apache Language and Culture: Essays In Linguistic Anthropology - Keith Basso
Not nearly accessible as the first of Basso's I read in the past. some chapters were very technical and I'm very very out of practice in this department. 3/5

Wild Ones vol 8 - Kiyo Fujiwara
The first half was a cute little story about Azuma and a young girl he meets at the hospital while both visiting relatives. The second half I was excited about - we finally get a glimpse of Rakuto's father and Sachie gets to see a new side of him! Unfortunately the volume ends right in the middle of this story :( 3/5

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Here and now sci-fi about Charlie who gets an operation on his brain to make him "smart". Written in journal format so we even get to see how he progresses in spelling, vocabulary, etc. But most compelling is all the memories from his childhood and his new perspective on all his relationships. There is a parallel story with Algernon, a rat, who had the same operation and Charlie's thoughts about his struggles with health and learning as well. 4/5

Slam - Cecily von Ziegesar
A compilation of slam poetry by various people. Some regular poetry thrown in there as well. Instructions for writing slam and giving slams included. YA. 3/5

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
This book was so sweet. It follows the memories of an elderly gentleman who literally ran away and joined the circus when he was younger.The present day pages were sweet because it showed just how much he wanted people to treat him with dignity and not be forgotten just because he was older. And the memory pages were sweet because it showed his love for animals and his hatred for animal cruelty and there was a love story in there too. 4/5

Falcondance (Kiesha'ra #3) - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Much better than the second. Of all five of the books in the series this is probably the one I'm going to remember most. It's from the perspective of Nicias, a falcon, who lives in Wyverns Court protecting Oliza Cobriana Shardae who is heir to the throne. The thing is, Nicias himself is the heir to the throne - of the Falcons- who just so happen to hate this new alliance between the snakes and the avians. Nicias himself has never been to the land of the Falcons and so has no reason to see things their way - until the magic inside him awakens and the only way to learn how to control it is to visit that land and meet his grandmother. I was totally enthralled with it. For now 3/5 but it's verging on a 4/5 and I might change it to that eventually.

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
A cute story. Cute wordplay. Makes no sense unless you are on crack but fun all the same. 3/5

Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
I remember watching the movie and liking it so I decided to give the book a shot. Well worth reading. There are some present day scenes in there I don't remember being in the movie at all and they add a lot to the story. 4/5

Fantomas - Pierre Souvestre
 Wow. This book is really quite impressive. It was published in 1911 and I say it still holds up very well today. Not a single paragraph of "fluff" and I still found myself enthralled with the characters and mysteries enough to call it a "page-turner". Fantomas is a detective/crime/mystery novel set in France. It opens with several mysterious deaths, leading into the introduction of Juve, our main detective, and later goes into accusations and trials. The mystery of Fantomas identity is enough to captivate the reader. But even after his identity was revealed there was still so much left to keep me on my toes. Would he be caught? If he was caught, would he escape? And if he would escape, how would he do it? I personally really liked the ending. It was worth the read in itself. 5/5

Essex County Vol 1: Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire
A short graphic novel taking place in the distant future (What I would say is probably the time of my dad's childhood - around the 60's and 70's). I picked it up because it takes place not too far away from where I live in Ontario. Not too bad. 3/5

Wild Ones vol 9 - Kiyo Fujiwara
Sachie tries to mend the bond between Rakuto and his dad. Meanwhile Azuma challenges Rakuto to "get serious" about Sachie and finally tell her that he likes her. At the end Rakuto figures out what he has to do in order to "get serious" but it's actually quite a surprise. Can't wait 'til the library gets the next volume! I hate waiting :( 4/5


Books Read in April: 17
 
 
11 June 2010 @ 04:12 pm
Is it just me or is it just hilarious that someone made a Wikipedia page for baked potatoes?

I mean, I understand people who've never heard of them might want to find out, but this one reads a bit more like a cooking book than a cultural lesson in a thing...like someone really wanted people to start baking more potatoes!

Oh yeah...and I love the picture..."A baked potato with butter" Mmmm....now I'm hungry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baked_potato
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* Just made an awesome looking dessert for supper. Makes me feel so happy when I can make something awesome without a recipe. This is why I need to watch more "chef at home" shows. They inspire me to greatness (and sometimes they just inspire fun). So...cooked some cubed apples in sugar and lemon juice. Made puff pastry, put apples in large ramekins topped with more sugar and cinnamon, topped with puff pastry and a dab of milk. Can't wait for supper now so I can try.

* But then the real reason for making that was: PIE DOUGH COOKIES! mmmmmmm.... doesn't taste the same as mom's dough but then I didn't exactly roll the dough thin enough for these either. Still...PIE DOUGH COOKIES!

* Cooked Gillian some apples too. She's NOT going to have apple sauce this time - just nice soft apples that she can hold in her hands if she wants to. She's been loving fresh strawberries and bananas lately too :D

* Booksale at the library a couple weeks ago. So exciting !!! I got:

The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
Pick Your Poison -Leann Sweeny
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
The Last Best Hope - Ed McBain
Shark River - Randy Wayne White
Wish Upon A Star - Mary Sheldon
Rachel & Leah - Orson Scott Card
Enchantment - Orson Scott Card
Beast - Donna Jo Napoli
April Lady - Georgette Heyer
The Complete Short Stories - Flannery O'Conner
The Name of the Rose -
Along Came A Spider - James Patterson
The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
Summer Sisters - Judy Blume
Basket Case - Carl Hiaasen
 
Plus coffee table books, National Geographics, and baby books. A

Oh man...this icon is too much...makes me dance back and forth with it now...I think I've gone coocoo
 
 
A few months ago I went to a worship event with Alex and a group of "church friends". There were a few surprise dances from some teens and this totally blew me away. I was trying to find a video from the same kids that did the sketch but since I stumbled upon this excellent one and it's exactly the same (except for outfits!) I'll share. If you watch it, make sure you get to the end of the video. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Plus, I know at least one of my LJ friends will appreciate the Lifehouse music :)




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