I decided to go ahead and post about this book, because I truly want to move on from it.
Friday, September 30, 2011
I decided to go ahead and post about this book, because I truly want to move on from it.
This outfit is pretty matchy matchy for me in a sporty way. Don't think I'll ever be caught running in skirt or dress. Even though nike gear and support friend is champion after using the oh so famous kohls cash, 20% total bill coupon, and already discounted Nike gear the wallet didn't feel to unfriendly.
Also shared a pic of the nature preserve sign- great place to run if you are ever in the neighborhood.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
How it works:
Starting on August 4, 2011 we will all post once a week on our own blogs on Thursdays by using the words below (as listed by date) as inspiration for the rest of your post. Example: Your first post will be. "Mommy's Project 52:1 Teaching". From there it's all up to you how you want to interpret it... it just has to be something creative. You can post a "teaching" picture. You can tell a funny story that has something to do with teaching. Write a poem. Post a sock puppet video on U-tube. Sing a song. Draw a picture. Bake a cake. Tell a joke. Share your advice on the subject. Do a dance... whatever your little heart desires. Link up your blog below so we can all see what you come up with each week. Checking out each others blog is going to be half the fun of this project. I'm also going to link all participating blogs at the end of each project 52 post I write.
You can start anytime, I just ask that you follow the schedule below when you start so that we are all on the same theme each week.
- teaching (08/04/11)
- silly (08/11/11)
- challenging (08/18/11)
- dirty (08/25/11)
- loving (09/01/11)
- crazy (09/08/11)
- selfless (09/15/11)
- happiness (09/22/11)
- caring (09/29/11) This is where I'm joining
- cleaning (10/06/11)
- rewarding (10/13/11)
- time out (10/20/11)
- bathing (10/27/11)
- fixing (11/03/11)
- nap time (11/10/11)
- organizing (11/17/11)
- leading (11/24/11)
- styling (12/01/11)
- folding (12/08/11)
- cooking (12/15/11)
- shopping (12/22/11)
- working (12/29/11)
- dressing (01/05/12)
- playing (01/12/12)
- making (01/19/12)
- networking (01/26/12)
- saving (02/02/12)
- dancing (02/09/12)
- family (02/16/12)
- spiritual (02/23/12)
- singing (03/01/12)
- tradition (03/08/12)
- musical (03/15/12)
- outdoors (03/22/12)
- smelly (03/29/12)
- colorful (04/05/12)
- pretending (04/12/12)
- emotional (04/19/12)
- flexible (04/26/12)
- natural (05/03/12)
- entertaining (05/10/12)
- sharing (05/17/12)
- speaking (05/24/12)
- sweet (05/31/12)
- thankful (06/07/12)
- beautiful (06/14/12)
- respectful (06/21/12)
- loud (06/28/12)
- sad (07/05/12)
- forgetful (07/12/12)
- responsible (07/19/12)
- active (07/26/12)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
AnnotationAn entertaining account of a year in Provence spent in a remote 200 year old French farmhouse. Told by an escapee from the advertising world.
Well I'm not able to go to Book Club this week and how I will miss my Bookies. They always add warmth to my heart and knowledge to my brain through our discussions. This book was a book I had suggested and I'm very sad that I will be missing book club at Sherrie's this month due to the fact that she always goes over the top with yummy snacks and drinks for book club. Our last book club at her house, I believe, was The Help. She had 1960's appetizers. It was great! So I'm sad to miss out on a book discussion and the food/drink that so heavily was entangled in this book. I really enjoyed this book and found the story light, easy to read, yet entertaining. A theme of books I've read or are reading lately is haunting me: 3 of the last books I've read have either a date and year or just a year/month which breaks up the chapters of the book. This book did the same with every chapter a different month of their "year in Provence". This book also made me again want to take the plunge and travel. I've been preoccupied with France lately and it is a definite "to do" on my "bucket list". This book made me want to learn French. I don't know whether that will ever happen- listened to a Learn French Podcast the other day and was totally lost. So for now- au voir!
Friday, September 23, 2011
http://www.rebeccaplants.com/ (her own site which is full of tons of info on plants, gardening tips, activities to do outside, etc).
http://www.nwf.org/ National Wildlife federation
http://www.pocketnaturalist.com/ help you find retailer in your area that sell pocket guides for different topics (animal tracts, butterflies, flowers, weeds, animals)
http://www.moonconnection.com/ I really liked the interactive moon phase calendar.
Two books related to the sky night I hope to check out soon:
Stars: A Guide to the Constellations, Sun, Moon, Planets and Other Features of the Heavens (A Golden guide) [Paperback]Robert H. Baker (Author), Herbert Spencer Zim (Author), James Gordon Irving (Illustrator
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
First off reading four books in February has been challenging for me over the last few years, no idea why. I understand it is the shortest month of the year, but why I always gravitate towards one very long or one very short, but intense/philosophical- "have to actually pay attention when reading" book each February is beyond me. Anyways, this spiral notebook is a book which allows me to keep lists of books I want to read, kids books "wish list", music for the kids, and web sites I want to visit- normally related to some kid topic. I love adding to this list, but feel like I never really bite into the "wish list". When writing the name of the book down in my book I really do believe that I will someday read the book. Well my list is getting longer and longer and I'm not crossing too many of the books off my list. So after the marathon I plan to embark on another marathon. I have 10 books I've picked from my list that I would like to read within lets say the next 4 months. 10 over 4 months doesn't sound too bad, but the kicker is these books can't include any of my book club books- so really 13 books (we take Dec off from book club) in the next 4 months. I think this actually might be a little above me to complete in 4 months, but you know me and setting goals.
So here they are. The first one is a recent addition to my "wish list" and I highly recommend looking at this lady's blog. I first heard about her in the Sunday NY Times Art and leisure. The story really struck a chord in my heart and I find her idea of reading as therapy for the loss of her sister something I could actually see myself doing.
1. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
You know me always copying from other's here is the book description found on her http://www.readallday.org/about_tolstoy.html site.
Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. As a child, she discovered that a trip to the local bookmobile with her sisters was more exhilarating than a ride at the carnival. Books were the glue that held her immigrant family together. When Nina's eldest sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy. The second line of the first paragraph had me hooked. My mother has talked about going to the bookmobile as a child and finding reading as a way to escape.
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair also tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina's father, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life. In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina's daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives—if we only find the time.
2. My friend Wikipedia for next one- I've wanted to read this for awhile and have avoided due to page length (515), but I've decided page length sometimes means nothing if it is a great book.
Sophie's Choice is a novel by William Styron published in 1979. It concerns a young American Southerner, an aspiring writer, who befriends the Jewish Nathan Landau and his beautiful lover Sophie, a Polish (but non-Jewish) survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. An immediate bestseller and the basis of a successful film, the novel is often considered both Styron's best work and a major novel of the twentieth century. The difficult decision that shapes the character Sophie is sometimes used as an idiom. A "Sophie's Choice" is a tragic choice between two unbearable options.
Sophie's Choice won the National Book Award for fiction in 1980.
3. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss- main character writes his long-lost love a book written for the one he loves to read, but is then published without his knowledge and goes onto change the lives of others.
4. The Mercy Rule by Perri Klass
At first glance, Dr. Lucy Weiss looks like the typical high-achieving, upper-middle-class working mother who, along with her husband, is bringing up much-beloved children in a world of Saturday morning soccer, private-school teacher conferences, and hyperaggressive classroom mommies. But Lucy's own history makes her an anomaly. Having overcome a difficult childhood in foster care, she is what's called a super-survivor, a kid who grew up in the margins. Now a pediatrician, Lucy finds herself working with some of these same at-risk patients and their families.
The Mercy Rule is a novel about the all-important job of taking care of children. Lucy's work takes her back into the world of families living on the edge, where every day she must decide whether parents' actions are so incompetent--or so flaky--that their children are in danger. It's her job to make the call and to step in when she has to. As she moves between her disparate worlds--from worrying about her own brilliant but odd son being labeled with a diagnosis to worrying about parents struggling with drugs and impossible living situations--Lucy must judge herself as a parent, critique other parents, and also deal with the echoes of her childhood.
Watching Lucy try to keep the balance, enjoy her own children, and look at other families with humor and justice and mercy, readers will understand why Chris Bohjalian said of Perri Klass, "Few writers write as beautifully or as authentically about parenting."
5. Another thanks to my friend Wiki below:
The Bonesetter's Daughter, published in 2001, is Amy Tan's fourth novel. Like much of Tan's work, this novel deals with the relationship between an American-born Chinese woman and her immigrant mother.
This book is actually called The Bonecutter's Daughter because the principal was a Chinese medicine man who prescribed slivers of dragon's bone to his patients. There is no bonesetting anywhere in this novel.
The Bonesetter's Daughter is divided into two major stories. The first is about Ruth, a Chinese-American woman living in San Francisco. She worries that her elderly mother, Lu Ling, is gradually becoming more and more demented. Lu Ling seems increasingly forgetful, and makes bizarre comments about her family and her own past.
The second major story is that of Lu Ling herself, as written for Ruth. Several years earlier, Lu Ling had written out her life story in Chinese. Ruth arranges to have the document translated, and learns the truth about her mother's life in China.
6. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck ( don't think I need to describe this one)
7. The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon
following copied from Barnes and Noble review of book
Publishers WeeklyThis brisk romantic mystery, set in post-WWI London, begins with a situation worthy of E.M. Forster as Evelyn Gifford and her family receive a visit from a nurse and a young boy who claim to be the wartime lover and child of Evelyn's late brother. Evelyn has little time to ponder the implications: a lawyer in training, she is pressed into service when her firm takes the case of a war veteran accused of murdering his wife and burying her body in the woods (along with all incriminating evidence). Evelyn believes in the man's innocence and tries to unearth new evidence that will exonerate him, but complicating her investigation are Nicholas Thorne, a handsome but engaged attorney whom Evelyn falls for, and the nurse, Meredith, who, having moved in with the Gifford family, begins to force Evelyn out of her settled existence. Despite these distractions, Evelyn doggedly follows a trail of clues leading back to a wartime coverup. In this determinedly old-fashioned novel of tangled mystery and morality, Evelyn makes for a smart and resolutely modest heroine. (Feb.)
again following copied from B&N review...
Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered life—solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow's patient.
When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.
Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (again don't think I need to describe this one)
10. Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
below taken from books by Pat Conroy site. I picked this one due to the fact that my favorite book of all time is Beach Music and yet I have only recently read one of his other books "South of Broad" which was phenomenal.
THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE is a novel about coming of age, brotherhood, betrayal, and a man's forging of his own personal code of honor. The scene is the venerable Carolina Military Institute in Charleston, in the fall of 1966. The first black cadet has been admitted to the college, and Will McLean, a senior on the cadets' honor court, is asked to keep an eye on him. There is a rumor that a secret organization, The Ten, may be trying to run the black student off campus.
An outsider by nature, Will plays basketball for a school that prizes military prowess but belittles athletics. He riles his gung-ho, conservative roommates by daring to question the escalating Vietnam war. Off campus, though, he is less sure of himself, in his tender but uncertain romance with the haunting Annie Kate Gervais, a native of the classically beautiful Charleston — with its Federal mansions and fragrant gardens — that captivates and threatens the country boy in Will.
THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE shows us cadets desperate to prove they are men in a regimented, cruel world — and one determined to be a man in is own way, whose search for the truth ultimately leads him and his beloved friends into tragic conflict with a corrupt system.
Right in humor and suspense, abounding in a rare honesty and generosity of feeling, and written with magnificent force of language, this novel established Pat Conroy as one of the strongest fictional voices in a generation.
I hope to keep you posted on my goal of reading these books within the next four months. If interested in reading along with me let me know :).
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Today was gameday in Iowa City- Hawkeye Nation. I actually love running on gamedays in Iowa City. It is another thing to keep me preoccupied with during those long runs. I also loved the weather this a.m- cool. In capris, hat, gloves, longsleeve technical with a short sleeve technical I was quite comfortable. Now it is down hill from here: a 12 miler next weekend and then an 8 miler the weekend before Chicago. My plan is to stay healthy, finish my training schedule and throw some stretching/yoga in there- felt kind of tight today. Looking forward to Chicago Oct 9th.
Friday, September 16, 2011
This book was amazing. It is great for both parents and children. It is a reminder about how we all need to take a breath every once in awhile, look around and enjoy where we are at. As the inside cover/jacket reads.... Both parent and child can learn to "experience the experience" rather than rushing from one thing to another. I plan to add this to my Books I love For Kids List and will purchase this book in the near future. The artwork was very cute too.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Rules are simple:1. Run, walk, swim, shuffle, or crawl 1,000 Miles or more+++ in 2010! Miles by the power of your feet (or full body for swimming). Maybe you do not believe you can make 1,000 miles?? That is OK, sign up anyway everyone is welcome!!! Those of you Triathletes please come up with an equivalent you are happy with for bike miles and record as you see fit.
2. Keep track of your mileage, shortly after you sign up you will get a link to the shared spreadsheet. Be sure to keep your miles updated because there will be Check In Posts on Tall Mom every quarter. Also those who are close to their Goal will get extra entries into Tall Mom Giveaways.
3. Post the Club logo (Above) with a link to this Post somewhere on your Blog. If you do not have a Blog be sure to let people know you are taking on this challenge so they WILL cheer you on as you go.
4. Make it to your goal by January 1, 2012 and you will get recognition on Tall Mom with extra incentives as we go..
A little intimidated??Break it down in simple Math
1,000/12 months in a year= 83.33 Miles per month
1,000/52 weeks in a year= 19.23 Miles per week
1,000/365 days in a year= 2.74 Miles per day
**Maybe your goal is not 1,000, it may be less or more.. The Math is the same, just insert your number and calculate. It is VERY IMPORTANT to know your weekly/monthly mileage Goal to stay on track.
YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
So I think this may be on my "bucket list" for 2012. DailyMile will be a great tool to help me track my mileage. Again if anyone is interested in joining this endeavor with me let me know. I'm assuming she will continue to do this yearly- she did it on her own in 2009,. then opened it up to public 2010 and 2011 is currently going. Happy running!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Since I was chit chatting I listened to a podcast for another mother runner. The first one I listened to was focused on running challenges such as humidity, getting motivated to get out of bed and moving, and mental challenges during races. It was interesting how each of these women dealt with these topics. One is very competitive and the other is not. The one who is competitive seemed to verbalize that mental fatigue during race as just another hill to conquer. The less competitive one finds mental fatigue as basically the tallest hill ever to climb. She has no problem walking if needed during race or just daily run. The other sounded as if walking for her was ultimate defeat. I myself have walked more this summer in training than I have in previous summers of training. My justification is I really am amazed with the fact that despite missing month of June from running due to fish tank fall I've been able to train and get ready for Chicago.
At the end of my run today I thought of what my running buddy and I say a lot after,especially, long runs. Running is the cheapest therapy around. When I run with her we discuss life dreams,goals,disappointments, and frustrations. Even today without her listening to my podcast with these two women talking about running it just reconfirmed how running really makes me better in health, fitness and mental well being.
No I'm not getting any kick back from Dimity or Sara- authors of "run like a mother",but if you have time and want to listen to great discussion about running I highly recommend downloading these free podcasts. iTunes is where I found them by typing another mother runner into search. Happy running and listening.
Friday, September 2, 2011
This part II is about how I love nights like last night for drinks and food. Wish I would have taken a picture of the appetizer I made. It was so yummy and easy I'm going to share the recipe despite no picture to back up it's goodness. I hate when cookbooks don't have pictures to compliment recipe ( Joy of Cooking not for me).
Baked Brie Pizza
premade pizza dough in refrigerator section (comes in can and u roll out :)
Brie cheese ( I used 7 oz)- sliced in 1/4 inch- 1/2 in sections
Pears (2 -skinned and in thin slices)
Small bag (1/4 cup) slivered almonds
Cook pizza dough- rolled out of course- at 425 for 7 min
Take out of oven and layer with Brie, pears on top of Brie and sprinkle with almonds. Increase oven to 450 and back into oven 7-10 min or until cheese melted.
Serve- so yummy! Going to be one of my new "go to" recipes.
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I also am amazed when you reconnect with friends you haven't seen in a long time, but yet you start back up like not a minute has passed between your last conversation and the present.
Last night I got together with four friends who have seen me through laughter, crying, sickness, frustration, low times, high times, birth of my kids, and still want to hang around me despite my not so great "foot in the mouth" episodes. I had one of those "foot in the mouth" = "oh my god did that comment come out of my mouth"- "really you said WHAT" events last night. I won't share the comment, because that isn't what is important, but I felt bad after I said what I said and if you know me, you know that I stew and stew over my stupidity and therefore when I woke up this morning still feeling embarrassed about my remarks I decided instead of lingering in my worried state I would just stop by this friend's house and apologize about my remark. (side note- I think that is a truly run-on sentence: my "editor" would probably say be more concise :)).
You know friendship is an amazing thing. I hadn't seen this friend (the one I felt I hurt with my comment) in forever, and kind of thought we were bound for "the land of no return" with our relationship ( i unfortunately have extremely high expectation of friendship and friends and if I get disappointed or hurt I tend to distance myself from that friend/situation because I think they don't need me in their life)- however, after my apology, her great hug and forgiveness and really basically saying she didn't think twice about what I said- I realized that I need to do more of this in my life- meaning- I need to just accept when I make mistakes, apologize for them and move forward. I also need to be around people who give me good energy, want to be around me and I need to stop analyzing my importance in their life. I guess what I'm trying to say at the end of this post is as long as I'm happy and feel good around someone shouldn't that be enough and leave the expectations at the door.
Two of the four friends I was with last night have told me that expectations are pretty much disappointments waiting to happen. They are right! So with that I will try harder to be happy with the great friends/relationships I have and try, try, try to enjoy life and leave the analyzing of relationships at the door.
Thanks to the great 4 I spent the night with last night!