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Happy New Years! Top Ten Tuesday

So, it has been quite a while since I have blogged! Needless to say, being a new mommy and having a new job has made me quite busy! Well, I watched Mother’s Day Out, and that movie actually inspired me to blog again. By the way, that is an awesome movie that you should put on your TBW for 2015 if you haven’t watched it already. I am not much for chick flicks, but it made me laugh, cry, and now I want to get a Donny Osmond tattoo. We will end 2014 and start 2015 with the familiar Top Ten Tuesday! (Shhh… don’t tell anybody it is Wednesday already)

Top Ten Books/Goals 2015

  1. To read….. I am ashamed to say I haven’t read an entire book in 2014.
  2. To read half of a book…..then maybe ¾ of a book….and then maybe a whole book!
  3. Finish The Hunger Games series.
  4. Start Divergent.
  5. Begin another painfully similar but awesome YA dystopian series.
  6. Read some new recipes, and follow through by making said recipes
  7. Pick something up that is not something I would normally read, and then read it (i.e. not a teen dystopian book)…(or rereading Harry Potter)
  8. Reread a favorite book series (i.e. Harry Potter).
  9. Read a new book….so I can then feel good about rereading a favorite book series.
  10. Read more books to my 11 month old and convince her at the tender young age of 11 months that reading is awesome!

Check out The Broke and the Bookish for information on how to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday!

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Jedi Academy

TLA releases a Maverick list, which lists some of the what they feel are the best graphic novels released this year. I have been trying to read through some of these, because as a new mommy graphic novels are perfect because they are quick to read but many still withhold a great story. One that I read recently that I loved is Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. It’s basically written diary style by a young Padawon who is beginning Jedi school. It’s aimed towards younger audiences, but anyone who loves Star Wars and humor would love this book!



May the 6th be with you!

Ok, so I kind of missed my Star Wars post on Star Wars day. However, I just read the date out loud and it sounds like May the Sith…. So it still works…. and I had an inadvertent clever moment which always makes me happy!

We did watch A New Hope on Sunday, and it is still pretty awesome. Especially since it always seems like I don’t remember any if the movie! The best part, was after watching it so many times, we discovered that a storm trooper totally bonks his head on the door during the scene where the garbage compacter is going to squish Luke into Jedi goo. Seriously, go watch the scene. Rewind, laugh, repeat……rewind , laugh, repeat.

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According to Wikipedia, a rutabaga is:

“swede (from Swedish turnip),[1] turnip, yellow turnip, or neep (Brassica napobrassica, or Brassica napus var. napobrassica, or Brassica napus subsp. rapifera) is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip; see Triangle of U. The roots are prepared for food in a variety of ways, and its leaves can also be eaten as a leaf vegetable.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutabaga

Yeah, I know, right? You totally woke up this morning wondering what this was. Consider your world officially rocked.

Actually, the purpose of this recent research was the fact that I looked up how big my unborn baby is. I am at approximately 25 weeks, and yesterday I officially SAW my baby kick me. My belly literally bounced up and down. It was kind of bizarre, but incredibly awesome. I was curious to how big my sweet girl was, and the answer I found was the size of a rutabaga. I realize some people may eat these, but I just found it interesting that this would be the vegetable or fruit of choice to compare an unborn child to. Maybe something more common, like a potato…cantaloupe? I have also read that this is about one and half pounds.

I always knew that babies kicked, but I never realized how much you saw and felt them move. It is pretty incredible. We found out a few weeks ago that we were having a girl, which is amazing! I would have been happy either way, but I have been surrounded by boys since I was a teenager, and I am pretty excited to have another girl on my team. We are going to have some pretty amazing tea party and princess parties. I am not big on princesses, but our princesses will be strong respectable women that are not only revered for our looks, but our kindness towards others and intelligence. It is kind of a relief to not have to teach a little boy how to respect women, but a whole other ball game to teach a little girl to respect herself when the world tells us we need to prance around half naked in order to get attention from anybody.

Wow, this post took a strange turn. We went from rutabagas to respecting women. I hope you learned something. I am going to go look for some rutabaga recipes now.


It’s In! Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. (Image and summary pulled from http://www.goodreads.com. For full summary go to https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16071745-someday-someday-maybe?from_search=true)

I have a lot of books on my fall TBR list, but honestly the one I was most excited about is Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. I know this might be silly, because it isn’t one of those big name novels you hear everybody raving about, and Lauren Graham is an actress, but I really wanted to read it. It finally came in last night, and I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. From the first page, it really did seem like I was reading something Lorelai Gilmore wrote, snarky thoughts and all. (I thought this was kind of funny, because I realize Lauren Graham is not the one who actually writes the snarky banter in Gilmore Girls.) So far, I would say I am impressed with her talents as an author. She is able to describe characters and situations and make them dimensional, without rambling, which can be really difficult to do. Hopefully, later this week, I will have a review up about how I feel about this book in its entirety.

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Web Comic Fun

Image from Librarything.com.

Hopefully I will come up with a better title for this post later and change it, but I am pretty brain dead, and I can’t figure out a witty way to signify this post is about a web comic.

I really enjoy web comics. They are easy to catch up on, and many of them go on forever. However, they are really great quick reads for when you only have a few minutes, and there are web comics that gear towards everyone.

I recently found one that I think is hilarious. It is called Shortpacked! by David Willis. It’s basically about a group of people who work at a Toy Store, and the humor is just so random. They also make little inside jokes about 80’s and geek culture. I have a good sense of humor, but many times it is hard to make me laugh out loud through reading. However, this web comic cracks me up.

Shortpacked! also seems to be available in print if you don’t prefer reading off of your computer. However, I will point out that reading it on your computer costs the low, low price of free! Well…besides, the cost of the computer…and your internet. Ok, never mind. Either way, check this one out!

You can find the web comic at http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1

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Pregnancy Brain

Hey, so I haven’t had a lot of motivation to write, so I thought I would jot down some fun things that I have done, tried to do, forgotten, etc. now that I am pregnant. Pregnancy brain is actually a real thing, apparently.

* Almost put soap on my toothbrush. Hey, it would make them clean, right?

* Walked around work for two hours with my shirt inside out.

* Forgot how to use a machine at work that I literally use every day.

* Forgot how to print something in landscape. Still trying to figure this one out. I have only known how to do this since I was 12…..

* Walked around the store for an hour looking for Parmesan Cheese. I never found it. Can you not put it with the normal cheeses for goodness sake?

*Left my purse at Starbucks for about 20 minutes before I realized that something just wasn’t right….

Though not directly related to my brain, I did eat an entire jar of pickled corn the other day.