December 30, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: The Year that was 2010

It's that time of year again when best of and highlights posts start popping up all over our feedreaders. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn't have one too? But really, one of the fun things about blogging is being able to look back at the year(s) and read how I was thinking and feeling. So, here are my top posts of each month in 2010, then an extra that I loved to round it out to thirteen.



Top 13 Posts of 2010

1.January: The Second Time Around - At 22 weeks pregnant, I explore the differences between my pregnancy with Sam and the second, with Danny.

2.February: A Thousand Splendid Suns - One of the few book reviews I wrote this year, writing it and reading it now reminded me how much I like writing like that, and that I need to do it more often in the coming year.

3.March: Everything Changes, Everything Falls Apart - I write about how I feel when we experience our second layoff in less than 2 years. Bonus: read Justin's feelings on it in Being laid off sure feels a lot like being fired.

4.April: Suddenly, You're Four - My letter to Sam for his fourth birthday.

5.May: How I Had a Baby in my Bathroom OR "HeymomI'mcomingRIGHTNOW" - How could I choose anything but Danny's birth story for May? Bonus: read Sam's birth story, an oldie but goody.

6.June: The Weight - About my weight - where it's been, where it is, and how I felt after baby.

7.July: 10 Things That Are Just NOT Okay - A lot of times things are funny in my head, but I'm not sure if they will be to others. I managed to write something funny, and it's probably my most read post ever. 10 things that make my skin crawl - like pants with words across the ass. NOT okay.

8.August: The Hunger - Exploring how it feels to have a bad relationship with food, and the struggle I face every day trying to control my diet.

9.September: Pulling on the Past - After an intensely emotional dream about people I used to know, I write about how sometimes I feel haunted by my past and how hard it is sometimes to let go. Bonus: Unexpected Memories, a post about the memories that stick with me throughout my volunteer work with domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

10.October: 30 Days of Truth Day 2 - My Heart Breaks as My Blessings Abound - What I love about myself.

11.November: 30 - Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Woman - Reflections om my life and turning 30.

12.December: Baby Holding Days and Sleepless Nights - Capturing the essence of motherhood right now - a baby who doesn't want to be put down, and a whole lot of tired.

13.Bonus!: Boundless Blessings - Ending the year thinking about and revisiting the amazing blessings I've experienced just seems right. When Justin got his new job, I reflected on how lucky we really are.

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December 26, 2010

Weekly Winners: Canon Rebel XS!


Weekly Winners is the creation of the beautiful Lotus from i am lotus (aka Sarcastic Mom). It gives us a chance to share our favorite shots of the week every Sunday.


Oh my gosh, you guys. My dream, it has come true. First, here are a couple of weekly winners from my old Canon Powershot.

Delicious Potato Rainbow

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Spaceman!

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Sisters

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Then, on Christmas? I fell in love.

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My four parents got together and got me this for my b-day/Christmas.

The Canon EOS Rebel XS. 10.1 megapixels. 18-55 kit lens. I am beyond excited. I am tearing up thinking about it right now, this amazing gift they gave me.

And without further ado, my first weekly winners from my new camera.

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The Eyes Have It

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I still love him, even though he totally knew about this gift since before my birthday and didn't let on.

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I am also beyond excited that I have enough in Christmas and birthday money/gift certificates to Amazon to buy the 50mm/2.5f macro lens I am coveting. It's going to be a great year...

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December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Today, I'm spending the day with family. It's Sam's first Christmas at home and we need to check if Santa ate that yogurt we left out for him last night and what he left in our stockings. We've got a full day, and I can't wait. So, here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs I wanted to share.

This is my very favorite Christmas song, including version. It's the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan.



I LOVE this one. I chose the Dolly Parton version to share because I think she sings it so well.



And for a laugh, Bob Rivers does "I am Santa Claus."



And lastly, I always remember the reason we're celebrating. The birth of an extrordinary child who changed the world.



Merry Christmas.
God bless.

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December 24, 2010

Christmas Cookies

What better to do on Christmas Eve than make Christmas cookies?

So, we did. Using this recipe from Sarah @ Redefining Perfect. The only thing I changed is that I used 1/2 almond extract and 1/2 vanilla because I was afraid the almond would be too strong for Sam.

They are delicious.

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We did sprinkles for some.

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And icing for others. The little tubes of cookie icing at the grocery store? So awesome!

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Can you guess which ones Sam made?

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Apparently he is the opposite of other kids, who slather the frosting on until there is four times as much icing as cookie.

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Seriously, his cookies don't even have enough icing for me.

I prefer mine.

Here are some of my favorites.

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And a favorite my sister made.

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I also learned what happens when you forget that the sprinkles don't have a shaker top on them.

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And what happens when you laugh at yourself, so your 4 year old thinks it's funny.

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Did you do cookies this year?

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December 22, 2010

Top Gear: Three Wheelers, Great Chemistry, and the World's Fastest Car

We signed up for Netflix a couple of months ago, mainly to access the instant streaming content. It's been great to be able to watch some movies we've been wanting to see for a while and to let Sam watch some new movies we didn't really want to buy.

One of the cool things we've enjoyed now is watching some of the TV shows they have on there. Justin has become TOTALLY addicted to Top Gear. If you're not familiar with it, it's a British show about cars. Like many of the shows that Justin really likes - Mythbusters in particular - one of the best things about it is the relationship, chemistry, and back and forth banter between the hosts.

At first, I was impatient when every. single. time. I came into the room he was watching MORE TOP GEAR! But I had to admit, it was entertaining. They talk about cars, they talk about car news, they drive cars, and they have celebrity guests who do a lap on their track and try to beat the other stars that have driven it. They also do special segments based around certain cars, or types of cars, or types of driving, where they do missions and long road trips with challenges.

This morning, I got up early. Justin had Top Gear on the TV last night and had fallen asleep on the couch. Then I came downstairs with Danny, and I bet you can guess what happened then. I started watching Top Gear. Of my own accord.

I am not much of a car person. I admit I've drooled over the Mustang Shelby in Gone in 60 Seconds and been a little awestruck at seeing a Lotus driving in Seattle. But I've never been INTO cars. But the thing is, this show is pretty great.

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are quite frankly, hilarious. They obviously know they have the best jobs in the world, and they appreciate it. They manage to make talk of engines and F1 driving and fast cars interesting to me - a 30 year old stay at home Mom from the states.

Tonight we were watching an episode from Season 15, in which James May was able to drive the world's fastest car - the Bugatti Veyron - on the Volkswagen test track in Germany. 258 mph. Can you even imagine the adrenaline? Even for me, watching it was novel and exciting. Check it out.



Just look at that car. There really is something beautiful about it, isn't there? If you liked that video, check out this one of Richard Hammond racing the previous model against a European Fighter Jet.



It's not just the speed and the racing that's fun to watch. It's also hysterical at times, laugh out loud funny. Don't believe me? Check out this segment of Jeremy Clarkson trying to drive around in a Reliant Robin three wheeler. I think Justin almost had an aneurysm laughing at this.



The fourth episode of Season 15 also had a hysterical segment where the guys had to build their own RVs. It was beyond funny.

So, anyway... what is my point? You should totally watch Top Gear. Even if you don't think you will like it. Because it's awesome.

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December 20, 2010

Holiday Break Thoughts

For tonight, a 5 minute free write...

Today was the first day of Christmas break. It will be interesting having Sam home for a whole two weeks with no school. I am incredibly lucky though - I am blessed with grandparents for him who are either retired or teachers. That means that my Mom and her husband have the next two weeks off too! AND my sister is coming up on Wednesday and staying for almost a whole week, which both Sam and I are very excited about.

We didn't leave the house today. After the excitement of our annual Christmas get together with friends yesterday and a very late bedtime last night, I thought it would be fun to just hang out. I played Legos with Sam since he got some new ones last night, then played Speed Racer on the Wii for him to watch even though I'm not very good at it. Then I finally got out my Wii Fit balance board and showed him that game. He thought the hula hooping was pretty funny, and I'd forgotten how much it makes the muscles in my thighs burn. It was pretty cool because I managed to get 20 minutes of exercise that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Also funny because upon logging in, it informed me that I had not been on in over 600 days and have lost 35 lbs since last time I stepped on it.

I am excited about the prospect of being able to get in 30 minutes a day on there, exercise that is convenient and wouldn't happen otherwise. And if I start with the hula hoops, I can get my heart rate up then keep it up with aerobics, running, yoga, and strength training. I decided that for the next two weeks, my goal is not to lose weight but just to try not to gain over the holidays. I'm trying to maintain. It's just not feasible with the parties and dinners and treats to try and push losing weight, and that way I won't beat myself up over it if I don't.

Justin got home around 5 today, which is earlier than usual. I was sort of bummed because I thought he would get to take some days off around the holidays, but it turns out it's actually a really busy time for him at work. He's got a bunch of stuff that he needs to get done before the new quarter starts in January, which means that he's not getting home until 6 most nights. Then my Mom came over, and we had a date night!

We went and ate dinner at the mall, and walked around a little bit. We were both in good moods and it was so great to spend time and just talk and joke around together. Then we went and saw Tron, which was great, and then took the long way home. It reminded me of when we were younger and kidless and used to go for long drives on the weekends sometimes.

So, that was our day today. A pretty good one if I do say so.

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December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas to the Troops


Weekly Winners is the creation of the beautiful Lotus from i am lotus (aka Sarcastic Mom). It gives us a chance to share our favorite shots of the week every Sunday.

Of course, it has to be Holiday themed this week because I am Christmas Crazy this year. Justin inexplicably found Sam a kid sized U.S. Army Airborne jumpsuit at Value Village.

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So I thought this would be a good time to send out our thoughts and prayers to all of the men and women who are serving our country. For those who are home, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your family. For those who are away, we are sending merry thoughts and best wishes.

For my brother in law, who is leaving for Afghanistan on January 7, we wish for the BEST Christmas EVER with his family.

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We salute you.

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Merry Christmas.

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December 18, 2010

Santa is Real. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Today I was out for several hours with Danny, and when I got home my relaxation was interrupted by him barfing a whole bunch. Because we decided to see what would happen if we tried regular (aka NOT $25 a can) formula and, well, it didn't really work out.

So, at 4:45 I found myself in the car again for a quick trip to Wal-Mart for the bank breaking formula. My baby eats $125 a month JUST IN FORMULA. Plus baby food. It's awesome. Anyhow, as I was checking out with my Wal Mart brand soda and Great Value "zip-lock" bags, the people in front of me had a huge cart full of toys. Overflowing, actually.

The checker asked them how many kids they had. One, they answered. Just one?! was her response. Then they said that that wasn't even all the toys! There were more in their other car! And at home! And she's going to be so excited!

As I watched my total build up with the cat food, the formula, the generic bags, the $1 cheap toy I'd bought as a stocking stuffer, I remarked to the cashier that my kid's not that lucky, I think I spent the amount they'd spent on their one cart on ALL of our holiday gifts for the year.

She said something about the kid not being able to appreciate things (because of being spoiled). And I thought, what if I DID have the money? Would I fill up 2 shopping carts each with gifts for my boys?

I don't think I would.

In fact, I know I wouldn't. I would spend more money on my best friend, my sister, and especially my Mom. I would buy Sam something more, but not by quantity. I'd get him the Lego Airport he wants, instead of cobbling gifts together from various sales over the last few months and from trips to Value Village and Big Lots.

I have spent the last three months scouring sale and clearance racks for gifts that are both awesome AND affordable. I feel good about the fact that I stayed under the budgeted amounts I arbitrarily made up.

In the end, it's not about the money. It's about spending time with my family. It's about watching Sam open his stocking in our living room for the first time. It's about making gingerbread houses with Grandma, and driving around looking at Christmas lights, and the wonder on his face. It's about his letter to Santa, written at school, away from the influence of TV commercials or catalogs. He asked for a 'fox that shoots an elf' (think potato gun except instead of a gun it's a fox and instead of a potato it's an elf) and a plate that is only for pizza. I don't really know what to do with that, but imagining him walking with his class, holding hands with his best buddy on the way to the post office to mail the letters? That made my day.

When he's a little older, we'll teach him what Christmas means. We'll explain who the baby is that laid in the manger. And one day, when he is old enough to ask me if Santa is real, I will tell him - absolutely yes, Santa is real.

Santa is the spirit of the Holidays. He is in all of us. He is in the thought put into that perfect gift. He is in the food delivered to the food bank. He is in the posts of bloggers who have collected gift cards for people who could not afford their own Christmas. He is in the overflowing coat drive and Toys for Tots bins. He is in the giving tree, in every person who chooses a child they don't know, and makes Christmas happen for them. He is in the hugs from family we don't see that often, in the sleepovers with Grandma, and the sleigh rides with the Aunt you adore.

Santa is real. He is knowing that this is going to be a fabulous holiday, even if I couldn't afford a cart of gifts or a $100 Lego set. He's in me.

Money or no money, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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December 17, 2010

It's a Christmas Miracle

I don't do Christmas Cards halfway. If I'm doing it, I'm DOING it.

There are spreadsheets.

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And there are records.

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And some of the time, I felt like this.

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But inside each envelope is one of these.

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And some combination of these.

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And tomorrow, these will meet a mailbox.

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A full week before Christmas.

I think it's a Christmas Miracle.

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December 16, 2010

Top Chef All Stars Episode 3: The frozen melon was her downfall

Recap: Jen went balls to the wall defending her dish last week and got sent home anyway.

Quickfire Challenge

David Chang is the guest this week. Marcel is impressed.

The chefs split into four teams of four based on how they are standing.

Fabio says Angelo wears too-tight pants.

Spike is happy to work with Richard.

As a team, simultaneously prep 3 ingredients. Each team must make one dish using all of the ingredients they prepped. Within 15 minutes from when the first team finishes their prep.

This is a high stakes quickfire, each member of the winning team gets $5000.

The chefs are excited about the money. Of course!

The green team of Mike, Angelo, Tiffany and Fabio seem to be off to a good start. The blue team is Tre, Richard, Stephen and Spike and Tre isn't used to butchering, because at home he has someone to do that for him. The white team is Marcel, Tiffani with an i, short Dale and Carla. Red team is tall Dale, Antonia, Casey and Jamie.

Fabio is not impressed by Antonia's garlic peeling. He slams a cutting board down on the garlic all at once and whips it out like a freakin' maniac. AWESOME. The green team finishes their meat and is kicking ass. They finishes first and hits the red button, meaning everyone has 15 minutes to finish prepping AND make their dish.

Spike's garlic is not fine enough. But the blue team is still second to finish.

The white team is still not done with prep with 10 minutes left. The red team decides to make lamb carpaccio, thereby avoiding cooking the lamb. The white team also goes for lamb carpaccio once they're finally done. Angelo is confident (surprise!).

The white team is up first. Their dish is a lamb carpaccio with artichoke chips, artichoke salad and garlic oil. The blue team prepared a lamb chop with artichoke 3 ways - crispy, braised and pureed. The red team made a lamb carpaccio with capers, garlic, reggiano and salad with artichoke. The green team made lamb with garlic, tandori spiced yogurt, slivers of artichoke and dill salad. The yogurt is a strange salmon color and looks funky.

David Chang's least favorites were the red team - the Parmesan and parsley were overwhelming - and the green teams dish - the thyme and dill were overpowering. They were the first team done, but did not deliver. Marcel is like "yessss."

The winning team is BLUE - Spike, Richard, Tre and Stephen.

Elimination Challenge

Each group will dine at one of New York's finest restaurants then prepare a dish for that restaurant.

Padma explains that they will be working as individuals, their teammates will be their competition. Casey is intimidated by tall Dale because his style matches the style of the restaurant. And...

DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

The green team will be dining at Ma Peche, one of David Chang's restaurants, which features French/Vietnamese food. As they dine, Tiffany is annoyed by Angelo's blah blah blahing over the food. I think she just wants to enjoy her dinner. Fabio is not confident about cooking French and Vietnamese foods.

The blue team dines at Marea, where Michael White is the chef. The food is Coastal Italian. Spike says they just need to do a "God damn good dish." Stephen apparently eats at Marea quite often. Tre thinks Stephen is arrogant and wants to use his own pallet. Richard is a little worried and knows he needs to use restraint.

The white team gets to eat at WD-50, and taste some of Wylie Dufresne's food. He uses modern techniques and molecular gastronomy. Carla wants to marry classic and modern. They eat aerated foi gras. Marcel is inspired, and feels comfortable in this zone. Short Dale wants to make eggs because it's Wylie's favorite. Carla is becoming nervous as they eat.

The red team eats at David Burke's Townhouse, which features avant garde American cuisine. Jamie has a fish in her glass. Casey says "What the fuck is going on?" She is totally intimidated by the level the fish glass has taken things to. Jamie calls the food whimsical and playful. Tall Dale loves the food and the playfulness of it. Antonia is overwhelmed.

The chefs finish their dinners and head back to the house to think and plan.

Stephen is confident. "Marea is fine dining, suit and tie, and that's what I'm all about. Fashion has become a major obsession of mine. Could be worse. Could be cocaine or heroine." Mmm hmm.

The chefs are cooking in the kitchens at the restaurants they ate at. They have 2 hours to prepare their dishes. Tiffany is not ready to go home, but knows the guys on her team are strong competitors.

Michael thinks Tiffany's dish is only going to take her 8 minutes. Antonia wants to make peas and carrots, but have it be gourmet. Richard thinks Stephen is out of place. Then there is a hilarious shot of Stephen fighting with a blender.

Bourdain is back judging. Kate Krader from Food and Wine magazine is also there. At each restaurant, the chef/owner from that restaurant will be judging the food and providing input as to which dishes they would not feel embarrassed having on their menu.

At Marea, Tre made Swordfish. Spike made branzino. Richard made Spanish mackerel. Stephen made Coho salmon. Padma likes the skin on Spike's dish. They like Richards dish. Bourdain thinks Stephen's salmon tastes like a head shop. They are also fans of Tre's panna cotta.

Next, the chefs head to Ma Peche. Bourdain admits he would not want to be thrown into any of these kitchens. Angelo is putting white chocolate with meat and fish, which will either be a huge success or a colossal fail. Fabio made roasted lamb. Tiffany made flounder crudo. Michael made sockeye salmon. Angelo made tumeric fish. With white chocolate Bourdain thinks Angelo's dish is creative and tasty. Chang likes the style and innovation. Tom can't figure out Fabio's dish. Bourdain thinks he was lost, which I'm pretty sure he was. They do not think Tiffany's dish is original enough.

Their third stop is Townhouse. Tall Dale wants Casey to taste all his elements. She is concerned that there are so many. Tall Dale made a roasted veal loin with peanuts, popcorn, french toast, corn, and thyme caramel. DUDE. Antonia made a pea puree and a carrot puree with seared scallops. Casey made coconut halibut with tapioca "caviar." Jamie made smoked tomato and bacon soup with tomato salad. Bourdain wonders if the smokiness in Jamie's dish adds anything. Burke doesn't see a wow factor there. Padma thinks Dale has a sweet dish that just has veal on it. Burke thinks the french toast was too sweet. They all like Casey's dish. Tom thinks Antonia used too much salt, Burke likes her dish and it's playfulness.

Lastly, the chefs head to WD-50. Apparently one of Wylie's sous chefs accused him of culinary plagiarism at some point, so he thinks it's funny he's cooking at WD-50. "You can't even write this sort of stuff." Short Dale doesn't know Wylie's techniques, so he is trying to be inspired by Whylie but stay true to his techniques. Tiffani says she probably should not have frozen her melons. Marcel thinks she is using technique just to do it and not thinking about the diner. Short Dale made a sunny side up egg dumpling with braised pork belly. Tiffani made powdered ham and cheese something. Carla made poached shrimp grits. Marcel made lamb with anti flatbread. Bourdain thinks the melon was an intruder at the party. They like short Dale's dish. They also like Carla's, though Wylie thinks it's a little safe. Bourdain thought Marcel's dish was timid and Tom thought his cucumber was bland.

Judge's Table

"You should have seen me using the circulator y'all" says Carla in the stew room.

Short Dale, Angelo, Antonia and Tre are the top dishes for their teams. The winner will get a 6 night trip to New Zealand. None of my favorite chefs made the top, so I am rooting for Tre. Dale's risk on cooking eggs was a good one. The winner is Dale.

Stephen, Tiffani, Fabio and tall Dale are the bottom 4. I really want it to be Stephen sent home, tall Dale is one of my favorites and I just don't want to say goodbye to Fabio's awesome quotes. I can't believe 2 of them are going home.

The judges say Fabio was not able to figure out how to cook the right style. He knew that was why. He takes it pretty well. Stephen feels frustrated. He considers himself an expert in Italian food and wine and says he blew it. He thinks his dish could have won if he had been more restrained. Bourdain says it was way too fragrant. Dale says town house is food with jazz hands. Tom says David usually starts with a classic dish and riffs on it. Tom says he gave them a breakfast dish with veal on it.

Tension.

Bourdain says Dale's dish just didn't taste good. Kate says Stephen was over-excited. Bourdain calls it unpleasant to eat. Bourdain says Fabio lacked confidence and didn't taste his dish enough. Tom says he had too much going on. Bourdain says Tiffani with an i crossed the fine line between homage and parody. Tom says the frozen melon was her downfall.

Stephen thinks he should have done well because he eats at the restaurant he cooked at often. Tom says "I have great knowledge of Led Zeppelin, it doesn't make me Jimmy Page" to Stephen. Even if this week hadn't been light on the good quotes, Tom wins for best quote of the week.

In the end, Stephen and tall Dale are sent home.

I am sad to see tall Dale go, but not surprised Stephen is going. Stephen admits he wasn't up to par, and hasn't' been cooking as much. Dale still loves Top Chef.

At least I still have my Fabio.

Next week: U.S. Open! Cut finger! Angelo! Upset Spike! Gail says flaccid!

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December 15, 2010

What Will You Read Next?

It's that time of year again! It's December 15 and I am fairly far from reaching my ongoing goal of reading 52 books a year. As of today, I'm up to 36 (one less than I managed last year) but I may still manage another one or two before the end of the year. I've started a list of books I want to read next year. I've also posted my "Read It Someday" list, and I chose some books from there for this list. As always, I am happy to get suggestions! This year I read The Hunger Games series and The Help on recommendations, and I loved both.

  • Non-fiction books are in blue.
  • Books I'll be reading for book club are in italics or purple italics (2 book clubs)

  • Books to Read in 2011

    1. The Zookeepers Wife - Diane Ackerman
    2. The Lemon Tree - Sandy Tolan
    3. Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
    4. Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
    5. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    6. The Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
    7. Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton
    8. The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers
    9. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
    10. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
    11. Icy Sparks - Gwen Hyman Rubio
    12. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
    13. Snoop - Sam Gosling
    14. Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives - P. Grim
    15. The Real Grey's Anatomy - Andrew Holtz
    16. Room - Emma Donoghue
    17. 13 Bullets - David Wellington
    18. Thirst - Christopher Pike
    19. Runemarks - Joanne Harris
    20. Hit List - Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Series)
    21. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Series Book 10)
    22. Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Series Book 11)
    23. Awakened - PC Cast & Kristin Cast (House of Night Series)
    24. Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods Series Book 5)
    25. Bloody Valentine - Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods Series Book 6)
    26. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - Stieg Larsson
    What are you looking forward to reading next?
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    December 14, 2010

    Sad Face - Nablopomo fail

    Yeah, so I didn't post anything yesterday.

    While Sam was at school, I went shopping. Not fun, Christmasy shopping. Costco for an hour and the grocery store for an hour. A sickening amount of money later, we have food in our house, stamps for the Christmas cards, diapers, and the liquid gold that is Danny's formula.

    I've been posting at night most days, want to know why I didn't get to it last night? Sam was up PAST MIDNIGHT. That's right. For some reason, that kid doesn't go to sleep. I was upstairs with him when I looked at the clock, saw 12:01, and suddenly realized OH CRAP. NABLOPOMO FAIL!

    Today I will be sitting down and creating a schedule for Sam, including a nice bedtime routine - new and improved with bath! I didn't manage to truly do Nablopomo, but I'm going to continue with it anyhow because it's been good. And hopefully starting tonight, we'll have a kid in bed by 8:30.

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    December 12, 2010

    Weekly Winners: Monkey Baby


    Weekly Winners is the creation of the beautiful Lotus from i am lotus (aka Sarcastic Mom). It gives us a chance to share our favorite shots of the week every Sunday.

    Didn't take many this week, but caught a few non-smiling shots of Danny, which is a rarity. As soon as he sees the light on the camera, he grins.

    He sits up!

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    His usual camera face...

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    Wha???

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    No, I'm not so sure about that.

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    Okay.

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