Monday, July 27, 2009

Write about what you love...

They say you should write about what you love, and one of those things for me is reading. I love getting lost in an amazing book, I've laughed and cried with people and characters, I've closed books with a sigh thankful I finally finished it, and I've closed books with a sigh longing for more of the story. I have a hard time getting rid of books, especially ones that touch someplace in my heart or mind, unfortunately having open shelving full of books is like a magnet for a toddler, so most of my books are packed away in boxes for now. But I thought I'd share with you just what is (or was) on my bookshelves.

I love memoirs, not of famous people but of regular people who have something to share about their lives. Here are some of my very favorites :

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster. This was the first of her books, others include Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Such a Pretty Fat, which I have also read. Her newest book is entitled Pretty in Plaid, unfortunately I have not had the extra money to purchase this book, but it is on my wishlist for sure! If you are looking for a book that will have your laughing until your sides hurt, you must check out Jen Lancaster. Also, check out her blog.

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. I always think that books are better than the movies, and this is certainly true of this book as well! Also check out some of his other books Dry: A Memoir , Magical Thinking:True Stories, and Possible Side Effects. His newest books is titled A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, and is sadly yet another book I have yet to read. The only thing I can really say about these books is Augusten certainly puts the FUN back in disfunctional, the man had led a very interesting life!

Any of these books would make great summer reads! I'll post more of my favorites soon, including my favorite fiction.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Fun!

On Saturday a group my husband is involved in through work had a BBQ and picnic at a park. This park just happened to be just up the street from my in-laws so they stopped by and wanted to take Amryn over to another part of the park to play in the water. I really wanted to get some pictures, so my husband and I went along too.
Amryn went crazy! She loved playing in the fountains, when one would spray her in the face she'd just turn around and run the other way. She didn't care about all the big kids or anything. One Mom there even commented that she was "fearless". She probably would have stayed in there all day, but we finally pulled her out when she started shivering despite the 88 degree heat. We are definately going to have to go back there before the summer is over!

She was so busy running around and touching the water that this is the only picture I got where you can see her face!

Here she is fearlessly running under the spray of the big flower fountain.

Over- protective Daddy keeping his eye on her, as she's off and running again!


I have been waiting none too anxiously for the day when Amryn would realize, "Hey, if I just put my leg over these bars I think I could totally get out of this crib!" Well that day happened to be yesterday. I put her down for her nap around 1:30pm, she usually sleeps on average about an hour and a half, when she was still asleep at 3:30pm, I thought it was unusual but not unheard of since she has taken two and a half hour naps before. Then I hear a doorknob start to rattle, it scared me at first because I thought someone was trying to open our front door again (that's a store for another time) until I realized that the noise was coming from down the hall. I get to Amryn's door and open it slowly to find her standing there with a big smile on her face. I have no clue how long she was awake before she tried to make her big escape, but her crib was full of books she had pulled off the shelf, so she must have been reading books for awhile before deciding to make a break for it.

Hubby now has to lower the crib again, there is one more notch on it still, I'm just hoping it will be enough! We are definately not ready for her to be in a toddler bed, but I also don't want her climbing out and hurting herself. If lowering it doesn't work then we will have to turn the crib around, since the back is higher than the front.
I fear that one of these days I'm going to lay down for a nap while Amryn is napping and awake to find her standing next to my bed! The little stinker!

Monday, July 6, 2009

What was I going to say???

Okay, I totally suck at this blogging thing. I think about things I could write about all the time, the ideas just hit me, but when it comes time to sit down and write something...all the ideas are gone. It isn't just blog ideas either, my entire short term memory is pretty shot. I swear I'm the only non-pregnant mother of a 14 1/2 month old that has pregnancy brain. I may have to resort to carrying around a notebook and a pen all the time the way my grandmother did when her memory started to go! Geesh I know I"m getting older, but memory loss at 32 is a bit much!

On another note, I think I'm going to file a workmans comp. claim with my husband for injuries aquired in the performance of my job as stay-at-home mom. lol In the past week I've dropped a can of cream of mushroom soup on my foot in the grocery store, and tryed to cut the tip of my thumb off while cutting up chicken for stir fry. I think the adequate compensation for these injuries might include a trip for a mani/pedi and a good nap. Think it will work?

Speaking of jobs, I still don't have one! I went to a job fair for a part time job at my husband's work, in home equity collections. I found out later from DH that they had over 85 people show up, the only interviewed 30 (I was one of them) and only had positions for 15 people. I guess they had quite alot of people that actually HAD collections experience. I have since applied for other full-time positions in other departments, I got a phone interview last week, but haven't heard anything more about a possible face-to-face interview. I also sent out 3 resumes for preschool teaching jobs, but heard nothing. I'm in this wonderful place where I'm overqualified for what I want to do, and underqualified for everything else. *sigh*