Thursday, September 18, 2014

A hymn of glory let us sing.

I bet you thought I was going to go all spiritual on you for this post, didn't you?

I'm just here to say that at church on Sunday we sang a hymn (same tune, but different hymn) that reminded me of this...

Now on with your day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday's Miscellany

Today I am 29 and 1 month old.

I had a baby doc appointment this a.m.  Toodle's is doing well and kicking away (at my bladder). 

Monkey has named the baby Toodles.  Toodles is also her name suggestion for her new, life-sized stuffed sea turtle.

She thinks Toodles is a boy.  But she also thinks she and her doll, Maddie, are boys.  I haven't asked her what she thinks C is... Also, in her world green means stop and red means go.  We have a bit of confusion going on.

As much as I want the warm weather and pool days back, this cooler weather is making me want to cook (something I didn't want to do before because I'd rather be outside).

On my way back into town I stopped for a mocha because 1) it was cooler out and 2) I haven't had one in over 5 months and 3) I just haven't been hungry (or is it thirsty?) for them since being preggo.  So I gave it a shot.  Turns out I just can't get excited about them. Maybe come January I'll have a different outlook.

Even though I can't get into "Love, Nina" I also can't bring myself to return it (read: I'm lazy).  I just renewed it (with no intention of reading it) for the second time.

The Mindy Project is back tomorrow night!! I'm too excited to sleep!!

Great, now I want to go to Disney World.  (I always want to go to Disney World, just now more than normal.)

We've continued our re-watching of The West Wing.  Last night was 18th and Potomac.  My pregnant self can't handle losing Ms. Landingham.

Have I mentioned before my healthy woman crush on P!nk? There isn't a song of her's that I don't love.

That's all for now folks. Toodles!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Beach (by the numbers)

10 - Glorious days spent in the sand

8 - Days it took Monkey to jump into the pool (to my arms) sans floaty

12 - Golf cart rides taken

1 - Personalized monogrammed necklace purchased (a post in and of itself)

329 - Pictures taken that need uploaded from the camera to the computer

3 - Days it took Monkey to warm up to the ocean

0 - Other people at the beach

47 - Sea shells found by Monkey

8 - Alligator sightings

6.5 - Paige Toon books read

4.5 - Paige Toon books purchased for my nook because you can't find the paperbacks in the US

4 - Delicious Meals out (Fig, Frank's Outback, Quigleys, Creek Ratz)

1 - Newly acquired pregnancy related shellfish

Monday, September 8, 2014

Love, Nina I did not.

It's been a month and eight days. 

That's a long time not to blog.  It's also a long time not to finish a book.  That's what I get for waxing poetic about a book I thought I'd like.

Serves you right, Rachel.

Serves. You. Right.

I'm roughly 120 pages into Love, Nina and just cannot get into it.  It's not that I haven't read lately.  I managed to read 6 1/3 books at the beach (one was a short story).  All the while, not touching Love, Nina.  So it's returning to the library.  Unfinished.

I do, however, love Paige Toon.

Friday, August 1, 2014

My hopes are so high for this book that I'm writing about it before I read it.

I've managed to get in a lot of reading this summer. I think I've completed seven books since July.

As I've told you before, I very rarely read serious books for fun and save my serious reading for wikipedia (there's a lot of information there on history and medical conditions and stuff). This summer's reading has mainly been British chick lit (Paige Toon...saving the rest of her books for the beach) as well as Anita Hughes' books (I won Lake Como from a facebook giveaway and just hadn't gotten around to it until this summer).  Paige is very similar to Jill Mansell and Anita Hughes, while her three stories have very similar plots (rich divorcee in San Fransisco) they are good for an easy two day read.

But this new book, Love, Nina, is different.  For starters, People magazine told me to get it. So I put it on hold at the library thinking it'd be like The Nanny Diaries.

Last night I sat down to start to read it (never did actually start it) and here's the thoughts and convos I had as a result of it.

Sitting at the pool, I open the book.

Oh, that's neat, there's a picture of an English Post Box in the inside. That's also weird since this takes place in New York.

Maybe it takes place in London.

(read "About the Author")

So the author is from England.

(read the cover flap)

Oh, this does take place in London. The pictures make more sense now.

(read the introduction)

So this books sounds pretty cool. 

(check to make sure this is a memoir)

Are the names the real names of the family she lived with?

(finish reading the introduction and wiki Mary-Kay Wilmers and Alan Bennett)

These are their real names.  Hey, Mary-Kay Wilmers is the editor of the London Book Review.

"C, didn't you just subscribe to the London Book Review"

C: "Yes"

"Well, this book is written by the editor's nanny. Have you ever heard of Alan Bennett?"

C: "Yes"

"He's in it too!"

I wonder if I should save this book for the beach. But I do need a book to read now. And I did just order more Paige Toon books from England, so maybe I should change things up and just read this.

Great, Monkey is running away, I better catch her.

So I didn't get the book started, but I fully intend to tonight. And I'm going to go out on a limb and say I liked it and go ahead and recommend it to you too.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Easy-Peasy Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Chops

There is nothing better than BBQ.  Am I right?

This here recipe is the easiest BBQ pork recipe you will eve try and the delicious factor is HUGE.

I love the Crock-Pot.  Oh, and recipes that call for cooking prior to putting items in the Crock-Pot are not true Crock-Pot recipes.

Can I get an "Amen"?

I apologize for the lack of picture. Last time I make this I was in a rush to get to VBS.

Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Chops

Pork Chops (we usually do 3-4)
1 cup Coca-Cola (Dr. Pepper also works.  Diet too, but you need the sugar content)
1 cup BBQ Sauce (I love me so Sweet Baby Rays)
1 Crock-Pot

In the Crock-Pot combine pork chops, BBQ sauce, and coke.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or in my case, "when you get home from work).