Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hodge Podge Windy March

It's been quite some time since I have done Hodge Podge.  But I felt that I could do justice to these here it goes!

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far...'throw caution to the wind', 'three sheets to the wind', 'run like the wind', or 'see which way the wind blows'?

“See which way the wind blows” is definitely how this March is going!  Each day seems to bring a new adventure or situation that we have no idea what will come next!  Personally – I am looking for some smooth sailing!

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?

Wow…favorite green food?!  I like broccoli – and usually steamed with a little butter and seasoning.  But favorite broccoli dish in the past would be a good Chicken Divan with a bit of curry in the sauce!

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!

YUP!  Once, when we were locked out of our car, we went to the police station, since it was right around the corner, and they gave us a coat hanger.  I guess they figured if we can work using a coat hanger, we must really be the owners of the vehicle?!

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)...of the green characters listed, which one's your favorite and why?

Gotta go with Kermit the Frog!  He’s got a great philosophy on life!  And his quote “It isn’t easy being Green” is appropriate right now, as our garbage company is DISCONTINUING our Recycling!

5. "The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive."~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?

If you don’t have hope, why move forward?!  Yup – that sounds like a good quote!

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it's title.

Higher Love by Steve Winwood

7. What's a road trip you'd like to take?

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West-Side!  Meander all the way up the Pacific Coast, up in to Canada (British Columbia), then back through Idaho, Montana, down through the Grand Tetons in Wyoming and down through Colorado.  Leisurely!

Then, if I can have one that deals with the Eurail – I would spend a summer meandering my way across Europe!  From Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, on over to Austria, and Hungary, just to name a few!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Not a good idea to give time for Random Thoughts to someone who teaches 8th graders all day!  But right now – Corned Beef and Cabbage…. Gotta love Crockpots – through a bunch of stuff in it before you go to work, and you walk in to the house to the most incredible smell!  Can’t wait to chow down on that!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Bucket List The Bucket List

Top Ten Things on my Bookish Bucket List

The Broke and the Bookish
Wow…where to begin?!  There are so many bookish things.  If you have ever seen the movie “About Time” I would probably do something like what the dad did – travel back in time simply to have MORE time to READ!  (If you have not yet seen this movie…put it at the top of your “To Watch” list!  It is an unsuspected GEM!)


Read Possession by A.S. Byatt.  The book is daunting!  It has been on my bookshelf for five years now and I keep saying that I am going to read it.

Finish writing my cookbook for my girls (and anyone else who wants to pay me for my on-dit recipes!)  Just “Mom’s Cooking” type of recipes, but I want to finish it to help our girls in their culinary adventures!

Finish writing my Austen-esque novel that features Margaret Dashwood!

Complete some of my Bookish Challenges (like the Classics list)

Read those self-help books I have on my nightstand and journal my way through them!


Create a Time Machine that gives me MORE time in the day (week, month, year…) to be able to READ!  I love READING and with work and schtuff, I don’t always have the time to do so!

Become friends with Jane Austen.  I bet she was snarky as all get-out and would love to have her as a friend!

Fantasy-turn-to-Reality one day!

Become a famous author myself!

Have a house on the beach with a library like THIS!

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Run/Own a B&B that has an awesome library and maybe hold Bookish events!

What's on  your Bookish Bucket List?!  Do we share any?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

review: Skinny Famous and in Love

Series (if applicable):  none
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date:  April 2014
Page Count:  272
Blurb:  "Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

My Interest in this book is:  sounded like a fun read!

My Review:
Emery (named after the emery board one finds in a nail salon) has just been told that she is now considered obese by the family doctor.  Sure, she’s tried diets, but the call of “Coronary Highway” is too strong.  Who wouldn’t want to eat two double cheeseburgers, a large fry and a diet coke (It is, after all, the Standard American Diet)?  Well, everyone in Emery’s dysfunctional family doesn’t eat that way.

Her botox-injecting mom wants to sign up the family up for a reality television show that features Emery losing 50 pounds in 50 days.  Emery wants no part of this because she doesn’t mind who she is.  Her boyfriend, Ben, is a gentle giant, and they are both so not the Highland Beach norm of over-processed humans with their augmented body parts and fake faces.  However, when Emery sees that they are about to be kicked out of their house, Emery realizes that half of the prize money can save the family home.  Emery agrees to be a part of the madness of a reality tv show.

While I found Emery as somewhat vulgar, she was trying to help others at the same time.  You got to see some good insights from a 16 year-old through her vlog posts on self-acceptance. That is one aspect of this book that I quite enjoyed.  I liked how Emery talked about trying to find acceptance because of her weight.  It was empowering what Emery learned along the way about herself and how she shared it with her audience.

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