My Recent Reading List

A few books that I’ve read lately:

  1. My chick lit for the month was Little Pink Slips, an adorable book about a woman working in the magazine industry. Kinda like The Devil Wears Prada, but from the nice editor’s point of view. I don’t know why I devour chick lit. I finished this in two days.
  2. The Abstinence Teacher seems promising so far, much more so than the Honeywell HFD-120-q. I liked, and was slightly disturbed by Little Children, also by Tom Perrotta, so we’ll see what happens with this one. Little update: I’m enjoying it, and find it timely given the issues it deals with (morality and the religious divide faced in the U.S. right now).
  3. French by Heart was a cute, lighthearted read that I finished in a few days. Given my mini obsession with all things French and one of my dreams of being able to move there, I had to scoop this up when I saw it. I also really enjoy reading about people from the U.S. who have moved and made their life overseas. This is the story of a typical suburban American family that moves to France for four years. The best character in the book is the crotchety French neighbor Madame Mallet who shares words of “wisdom” with the Ramsey family. My favorite is when she tells them things like “Your country is young, you do not know any better.” So typically French! Hehe.
  4. More “chick lit”: The Manny. Stayed up late one night and finished this. It was cute, typical, but cute.
  5. Then We Came to the End and Use What You’ve Got are on hold right now. Actually, I just saw DH reading Use What You’ve Got, so it might be a while before I get to it.
  6. I have Eat, Pray, Love out again but am really stuck at the second part which I’m not enjoying as much as the first. Meh.
  7. I finished Because She Can. Now that’s Devil Wears Prada, but with books rather than fashion. Quick read.
  8. I also picked up The Bright Side of Disaster, but am only a chapter or two in. Maybe I can finish this one before the month is up!

Other recent reads:

  1. I was reading Eat, Pray, Love, and really enjoying it, but I didn’t get to finish it before it was due. There is a waiting list for it at the library, I think they need more copies. It’s good enough that I might actually buy it. The author is witty and so it’s not a drag like I expected it to be given its popularity.I finished
  2. Real-Life Homeschooling and meh. I didn’t get much from it. I guess because I tend to read some fabulous homeschooling blogs, this book ouldn’t really compete. I did learn one or two new things though.
  3. My chick lit this month is I Don’t Know How She Does It. It’s a fun, but typical read. Working mom guilt, mommy wars, blah, blah, blah.
  4. Next to start is Then We Came to the End which the Times hailed as one of The 10 Best Books of 2007. We’ll see. Update: I’ve started it, and find it a little slowgoing at the beginning.
  5. I really liked reading The Little Fir Tree to the kids. I found it on Soulemama’s winter reading list and promptly checked it out. A sweet story.
  6. Owl Moon, another on Soulemama’s list was a big hit here. The kids loved hooting over and over again.
  7. I saw The Little House Christmas books at the library, and figured, why not? They’re simplified versions of the Christmases in the regular series. The best thing about these is that they’re short and sweet – like the Manduka PROLite – so perfect for bedtime or for ZB to read to his siblings.
  8. We didn’t like, ok, I didn’t like The Big Snow. I found it long and boring. This book felt more like a lesson that a story. And my kids have no trouble coming to me if they want a lesson, so, meh.
  9. I found Use What You’ve Got at Dollar Tree and couldn’t not pick it up. After all, anyone that follows New York real estate even a tad (yes, I still subscribe to Brooklyn neighborhood blogs, heh) knows who Barbara Corcoran is. I’m really surprised how much I like this one, too. In fact, I may go back and buy a few copies to give as gifts. I can’t give a real review as I’m only about a third of the way through, but what sticks out for me so far is how down to earth and casual she comes across while talking about how she made her dreams come true.

Another Interesting Day

I had that meeting. It was interesting. I am thrilled about the prospect of this group, but also, a little I dunno, apprehensive?.

ZB has an asthma attack in the middle of the night Friday while using his Concept 2 Model D, so we spent Friday night and Saturday morning in the ER. The thing that pisses me off is that it could’ve totally been prevented I think. His doctor’s nurse never got back to me on Friday after several calls asking her to have the doc write him a prescription for a new mask for his nebulizer. He’s almost 100% now. The respiratory therapist that saw him recommended allergy testing which was recommended to us last year, but I’m still on the fence about that. I mean, the kid hates needles and if he turns out to be allergic to oh, I dunno, trees and grass, what am I going to do, ya know? My brother and I both have allergies, his more severe. I went with bro to get his testing done and I know exactly what they do and I really don’t think ZB could handle it without 5 or 6 people holding him down. I’m not sure that’s worth it.

Since he seemed better on Saturday night, we decided to go ahead with that day’s advent calendar activity which was attending our local Christmas parade. DH and I wore our Santa hats and the kids wore their reindeer ears ‘cuz we’re cool like that. You know you’re jealous. 😛 The kids’ favorite part is when Santa throws candy off the firetruck and it hits me on the head. Yay. LOL. Bebe loves firetrucks. What toddler doesn’t? And so I think this was the highlight of his year besides getting to go inside one a few months back.

Parade dudes

I took DH out to VA for a follow up visit for his carpal tunnel and so Bebe and I dropped him off and headed over to the new Super Target and Michael’s. I checked out all Martha’s cute stuff at Michael’s and got jealous that we have no Starbucks at our Target. *Sigh* It’s ok, in about 6 months, there’ll be a Super Target about 5 minutes away. Yay!

Oh, and how could I forget? I got a package full of books from Anna in the mail! Two knitting books for me, and a few books and stickers for the kids. Plus, a cute card. 😀 I love goodies.

A few things I ask why about:

  1. Why am I so excited about the return of American Gladiators?
  2. Why does Extreme Home Makeover make me get dust in my eyes*?
  3. Why did it take months for me (and other parents) to realize that the new school playground equipment was finished? Seriously, it’s a climbing ball that has some modern art wtf qualities.
  4. Why is it 80 degrees one day and 40 the next?
  5. Why am I just as excited as the kids that we got High School Musical 2 from Netflix?
  6. Why am I mad that my friend had the great idea to get the kids a magazine subscription for Christmas? I wish I had thought of that for her kids!
  7. Why did I really wish I lived abroad after watching Sicko? I know a lot of negative things about living in other countries like France – like not having a Honeywell HFD-010 – were glossed over, but hey, my dad, aunt, and several half siblings live in Paris, built in babysitting is a plus! 😛
  8. Why is DD like a little ghost at night -floating from room to room and turning lights on and off?
  9. Why did JcPenney send me 2 $10 off a $10 purchase coupons after I spent $10 on a new top? (Worn in the pic below)
  10. Why am I surprised by how much I like Eat, Pray, Love?