Sunday, March 31, 2013


Happy Easter!

OK, OK, I know I'm very behind.  So I've at least uploaded everything, I'll make this a quick one, and maybe there is a chance that I'll get some posts out this week.  We had a wonderful time with lots of family visiting (separate post) and my parents have been in town helping out, since Robby's daycare was closed on Good Friday, and we're going crazy prepping the house for sale.  

Robby really was angelic today.  He woke up, found his basket, and ate WAY too much candy.

My mother spent the morning hemming the pants on an Easter outfit she had found for Robby.  I feel like a bit of a failure, as so many things just aren't on my radar right now.  I'm hoping that one of these days I start to feel a bit more accustomed to the routine.

At church, he got very nervous, and cuddled for a good 1/2 of the service before he ever needed books, food, or walks outside.  I count that as a win.

After church, we headed straight to brunch, which was delicious, and he ate his own omelet.  The rest of us over-indulged, as well.

Robby did a surprisingly good job with the Easter bunny, happily getting a piece of chocolate, and giving a high five.  No freak outs.  Of course, we didn't attempt a better picture than this:

We got home, Robby actually napped, my husband and father seemed to do a bit better with their respective illnesses, and we got a few crazy chores (like cleaning out the attic) crossed off the list.

Successful day!  See Robby's newest truck from his grandparents below.  He's fairly obsessed and is walking around mumbling "logging truck" pretty much 24/7 at the moment. 

 And one last moment of cutest before I run.  I'll be back!  I promise!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

She was CRAZY

Ok, no she wasn't.  Kat was exactly the person I thought she was, which is a very good thing!  It only even took her about 5 minutes to send a text to her husband telling him I wasn't a serial killer, either.  Glad I make a good first impression, but really?  I could've faked it for 5 minutes, right?  (Note: I'm NOT a serial killer.)

I took zero pictures, so that's not going to help you at all, but we went to a delicious wine bar/tapas place that seems a bit like a speak-easy because the door is impossible to find.  We shared 4, would've had more, but had to run to "catch" my train.  Which I missed.  So I bought another ticket for a local train which ended up putting me on with a fairly scary homeless man who kept yelling at all of us that got back to NYC at 11:00 pm.  I then had to catch a subway to get me closer to my hotel, then walk about 6 blocks by myself at night.  The good news is that serial killers generally didn't seem to be roaming the streets yesterday, and I made it home just fine.  Obviously, there is much more to say, but...shock of all shocks, I don't have time.  I just wanted to reassure everyone I was alive and well.   

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Send Out the Search Team

Just in case something happens, I thought I'd put out an all points bulletin.  Tonight I'm meeting up with the one and only Kat from Living Like the Kings.  You'd think we'd have met previously, since we've stalked each other for years, but...nope.  Did you know she knew I was pregnant 10 minutes after I told my husband?  Yup.  First non-husband person.  And now I get to find out if she's really a serial killer.  So, y'know, just saying.  If you don't hear from me for weeks...wait, no, that'd be normal. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Books Read in January

Progress toward my 20-book goal was much stronger than I anticipated.  By January 10th, I was through 3.5 books, though I'm not sure I'm counting Hunger Games, as I had read it before.  By the end of the month, I had read 6.  I may have to up the goal!  Here's what I thought of them.

Rating: ***

I know, I know, it's a classic.  And most people read it in high school, but I never did.  I picked it up off of my parents' bookshelves over Thanksgiving, and started it shortly before Christmas.  So, this may be cheating a little bit.  I FLEW through the first half of the book.  I absolutely loved it.  Recommended it to too many people.  Then, I hit the second half.

The premise is fairly popular at the moment.  It's a distopian society of the "future" (it was written in 1949) where people's lives are controlled to an unbelievable extent.  In fact, the term "Big Brother" was originated in the book.  The premise, character development, and initial pace drew me in.  However, the second half becomes very philosophical and preachy.  Those last 100 pages or so absolutely dragged.  If you can let yourself read 1/2 a book, do so.  I'm not one of those people.  It ends exactly the way you expect it to by the time the lecturing starts.  Do yourself a favor and stop then.


OK, I liked this book way too much, and I never would have picked it up myself.  My husband gave it to me for Christmas.  You know what the best indicator is?  I want to go find an actual biography of Abraham Lincoln to figure out exactly how much of it was true.  It seemingly is incredibly well researched, and then twisted.  This is by the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I may have to now find and read.  This is an entertaining, fast read.  Though, now my grasp on reality will forever be a little off.  


I gave this book 4 stars, but I'm honestly a little torn.  I thought it was heavy handed and sacrilegious.  But, of course, I think it was intended to be exactly that.  In THIS distopian society (you may notice a theme in what I read yet), criminals are punished through "melachroming" or the tinting of their skin according to their particular crime.  As this is a modern take on The Scarlet Letter (which, now I need to re-read), the protagonist, Hannah, is guilty of adultery and having an abortion.  Essentially, this is supposedly the near future where the far-right has taken control and implemented stringent religious controls on the population.  The author quite clearly does not share those views.  For the most part, what was intriguing was the character's inner torment, but I thought that the need to eventually quickly trample through every moral premise became tiresome and unnecessary.  Be forewarned that there are graphic scenes in the book.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I actually re-read all three of these.  I like them a lot, but I fly through them.

Which, means my total as of the end of January was 6.  I slowed down after that and am currently in the middle of 3.  (19Q4, The Alchemest [re-reading], and Portrait of a Lady)  The only one I read in February was Catherine the Great.  I think.  Honestly don't remember.  That one was fantastic, though.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Working in Another State

At work in NYC I have this picture directly under my computer monitor, and will often stop, sigh, maybe grin.  It's been hard to be away, but I also have to admit that it's been a bit of a vacation.  Generally, my head is in such a better place, that life is good.  I really enjoy the challenge of my new job.  It is the first time in years I've felt intelligent, and capable, and useful.  It's amazing what being busy and having a lot of challenging dilemmas presented to you can do for your self-perception. I had felt much too stagnant for much too long.

Beyond just finally liking the work, I love my new co-workers.  I have already made some very good friends, and generally like most everyone.  Even if part of my job is to be a PITA, and people don't always take that well. ;). Also, being away from my family, it gives me more time to socialize with all of them.  We go out to dinner together most nights, and often hit the gym together (ok, not that often) or end up in each others' rooms until all hours of the night.  My schedule is so screwy.  But I'm still getting more sleep than I ever could have dreamed of since having children.  Six or seven hours most nights.  I know!  Not only that, I don't have to cook clean, or even do laundry.  It's quite blissful.

I don't know how it will work once I get home.  I am replacing multiple people because they still need to hire more, so I have a lot on my plate.  That's not so hard when alone in a hotel, but we shall see in the future.  I'm also worried about the longer commute.  But it'll be ok.

Robby's doing well with it.  Apparently he usually cries for around 15 minutes when I leave, and will ask about me every hour or so, but he likes getting to see the trains.  He at least was still my cuddly little man when I got home last weekend.  Though he did try and misbehave a lot more than usual for me.

Generally, I couldn't ask for more.  I like my job.  I finally feel more like the social person I used to know.  My husband is doing a wonderful job holding down the fort.  I can't really edit this on the train, so you get to see TONS of typos and a picture turned the wrong way,but I've got to put it up, or it will never happen.  I'm almost home!!!!  YAY!