Sherlock Holmes was the one movie I saw in the theater. I enjoyed it a lot. I found it amusing and would go see the sequel. The Hurt Locker was my attempt to see some of the movies nominated during Awards Season. I liked it, but I actually liked it more the next day after I had time to digest and think about it.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (NOTE: The author website is in French. Google offered to translate for me though.)
- Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk
- Simon Says Mommy by Kay Stockham (NOTE: This book is part of the Tulanes of Tennessee series. You can find the order here. I will admit that you won't be lost if you just pick up a book as this is the only book I read in the series.)
- Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is book 3 of Victoria Dahl's contemporary series. You can find the order here.. You don't need to read the books in order, but I think it helps.)
- Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood (NOTE: This is part of the Bard Academy series. The order can be found here.)
I finished a successful mainstream fiction run this month and went back to romance. Kimberly Fisk's novel was a perfect return to the genre for me. It's been a long time since I've read a book that was just straight-up romance. It was perfectly sweet but full of unique characters that you understood and liked throughout the book even if you may not have liked them in the beginning. It's her debut novel, and I can't wait for the next book. Simon Says Mommy was really cute and a little heavier than I anticipated when I started. My only complaint is the title. Simon bonds perfectly well with the heroine. It was more of a milestone when he said "Daddy". Lead Me On was perfect for a weekend read. I really like Victoria Dahl's style of writing. It's an easy style, but she still manages to tackle serious subjects without bringing the reader down. Last, but not least, I read Wuthering High which is a Young Adult novel. It's a boarding school that is run by dead authors and has fictional characters roaming around. I definitely think I would have liked it if I was a huge Wuthering Heights fan. As it is, I had to do a little cheating and look up the novel online to truly get a lot of the references. I'm looking forward to the follow-up books. I don't foresee February being a big reading month, but we'll see. I also should get my new eReader so I'll review that next month, too.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I previously mentioned the last time I contacted a manufacturer about some bugs in my food. It was very prompt in its response and sent cash (whereas I expected just a coupon to replace the product I purchased). In addition, the grocery store in which I purchased the item also replaced the food as well. (On a sidenote, I've always received excellent customer service at our grocery store - Harris Teeter). However, I generally won't complain too much and, the times I did, received no response. Customer service, I feel is the most important yet most overlooked aspect of an organization.
Similarly, we were at the mall awhile ago and a woman was asking her what color things were. She had a blue cat. Little Miss pointed and went "blue". The woman was very impressed. She pointed to a purple goat and Little Miss pointed and went "blue". Should have stopped while she was ahead.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This article is pretty interesting, and I've read similar articles every so often. I think, in part, boys and girls are wired differently, but I do agree and never really thought about that the fact that we, as a culture and as parents, treat them differently whether we mean to or not. I was about to say earlier that boys are more rough and tumble which may be true in general, but Little Miss runs, throws, kicks and falls just as much as the next kid which goes to prove that we go into gender with a mindset. I will say that I feel like girls are slightly easier in terms of opportunity. You can give a girl a doll, a tool set or a ball. She can dance, play soccer, or draw. However, if you have a boy that dances and carries his doll around, people look at him a little sideways when it could just be a phase.
I actually think personality has to do with more than gender. Little Miss is totally stubborn and, being an only child, is used to having the world revolve around her and getting her way. So, when she hears no or we remind her that the world does not revolve around her, anything can happen. That's normal though. On the other hand, she can be a people pleaser, too. She loves positive feedback. She gets such a smile when she hears she's a good girl.
So, parents of both genders, what do you find easier or do you think it just comes down to your child's personalities?
Monday, January 25, 2010
On Sunday, I got to sleep late which was fantastic. Later, Husband went to a bar to watch the Jets game while Little Miss and I walked to the mall and went grcoery shopping. Our Jets clothes evidently didn't give them any luck as it was the end of the road for them. You can see our Jets clothes below. I should have closed the shower curtain before timing the photo. The bathroom has the best light in our apartment so lots of photos are taken in there, but I usually take photos in the opposite part of the room. Here's for a relaxing week because next weekend is busy!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Isn't it pretty?
Don't you want it?
If you do, visit Joyously Living Life. The blog is having a contest and giving a fabulous pink pie plate away. If I win, I want to make a strawberry pie when strawberries are in season. I can't bake, but I try. I'd love to at least be able to bake one thing well. Whether I win or not, I'll keep trying.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I should mention that Little Miss fell asleep with us on the couch quite awhile after (she couldn't stop playing and we made her eat a little and drink a little to see if the stomach pyrotechnics were over for the night). This morning, she seemed back to normal.
Monday, January 18, 2010
On Saturday, Little Miss slept in a bit which was very nice of her. Then, she woke up, we watched a little television, had breakfast and then she took a very short nap. I actually did clean this time. In the afternoon, she had lunch and then played while I finished cleaning. In the evening, my friends came over and had dinner with Little Miss and me. Then, we popped popcorn, chatted and watched Glee on DVD. After they left, I cleaned up again and went to bed.
On Sunday, Little Miss slept very late which was extremely nice of her. We had a light breakfast and then went to the mall to met up with Sister and Nephew for lunch. The kids played and each received a treat. Little Miss received her first tool set, and she loves it. On the way home, Little Miss fell asleep and stayed asleep for a little over 2 hours. My friends came back over. We had dinner, popped more popcorn, and watched the Golden Globes. I had just enough to drink to wish I had a little less the next morning, but it was fun. Last night, I went to bed instead of cleaning up so there is an extremely messy apartment waiting for me at home. I'll be a little whirlwind tonight and clean before Husband comes home.
The weekend was fun, but it went by quickly! Only tentative plans for next weekend so we'll see what it will bring.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I should also take this opportunity to say that this month has a theme. It was quite accidental, but it's a theme nonetheless. Last week featured someone from Supernatural, this week is The Vampire Diaries. I won't spoil the next couple of weeks, but at least one of the actors featured is from a show from either the WB or CW network.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Does this happen to anybody else or do you have something mundane over which you obsess?
Monday, January 11, 2010
On Friday, Little Miss went to bed early. I popped in a movie and settled down to enjoy my night home with complete control over the television while Husband was out of town. I ended up going to bed fairly early. Little Miss woke up on time the next morning. We had a good morning. She ate breakfast, took a nap, ate lunch. She colored. Husband came home, and she was very glad to see him. She took another nap while Husband went to watch football at a local bar. Then, Little Miss woke up, we had dinner, and then she took a bath and asked to go to bed. I finished my book club book for the month (3 weeks early!) and went to bed very early.
On Sunday, I was allowed to sleep late, but I couldn't. I woke up early anyway. I didn't do anything, but I woke up. When Little Miss went for her nap, I showered and got ready to leave. Husband watched Little Miss while I met a friend for lunch at Panera and a movie (Sherlock Holmes. Then, I came home, ate dinner, and watched tv with the boy. Very low key.
The weekend went obscenely quick, and most of the next two months is planned out already so it seems like 2010 will fly by just as quickly as 2009. Oh, well, all good, I hope.