Friday, February 22, 2013

Saturday Snapshot- Rainbow Cake!

I have seen so many recipes for cute rainbow layer cakes, but I don't have enough of any one size pan to make the layers at the same time and I don't really have space for more pans, so this afternoon we decided to try to do it all in one pan.  It turned out okay, now I know some things to do differently next time, but my children thought it was fun.  We made the cake in celebration that two of them have decided to run in our local Color Me Rad race with me in a couple of months.  They were even more excited when we heard today that the race had already sold out three days after registration opened!  I can't wait to have pictures of that to post!
This is hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Baby Proof by Emily Griffin

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?
Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she's also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she's never wanted to become a mother—which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, committed to one another and their life of adventure and discovery. All's well until one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things and there is no compromise. It's about deciding what is most important in life and wagering everything to get it. And most of all, it's about the things we will—and won't—do for love.

My thoughts:
I wanted something easy to listen to that wasn't too long and this fit the bill perfectly.  I borrowed it from the library and listened to it over the course of a few days while getting things done around the house.  Lately I am in a bit of a reading slump.  I am reading of course, but not finishing books very fast.  I've read magazines quite a bit, the newspaper and things for work.  I've also found that if I want to work on getting back to speed with my running I need to switch from audio books to music to get my pace up.  Everything balances out eventually.

Claudia and her husband Ben are very  happy until one of them decides that, contrary to what they decided before they got married about not wanting children, wants to have a baby.  Compromise is hard and compromise on something this big seems to be impossible.  They both struggle to find how to proceed with their lives and if they can proceed with them together. 

It brought up thoughts about how we handle it someone we love changes their mind about something and how flexible or inflexible we should be and it all boils down to whether or not you can imagine your life without that person in it.  If the contested point is really big, and there is no gray area involved in it, you must decide if you are more willing to compromise or go your separate ways, which is what Ben and Claudia must do.

I've never read Emily Griffin before, but I have seen the movie version of Something Borrowed.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427212177
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin is the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two sons.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Snapshot- Baby Goats!

The first two baby goats were born almost two weeks ago.  The mother had some issues so they needed to be bottle fed.
They are both male and my children decided to call them Thor and Loki.
They started as the size of small dogs.  It will be interesting to see how fast they get to their adult size.
Luckily they were able to go back to the barn after about a week or so.
Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's Monday, What are you reading?

All sorts of things happened last week, but the end result is that I didn't get a whole lot of reading in unless you count magazines.  I did manage to read a bunch of those!  I also managed to do Zumba every day and use the treadmill that was finally fixed on Thursday.  Here is my past week.
I finished reading:
Baby Proof by Emily Griffin (audio)
One Word by Debbie Macomber
I'm still reading:
A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth
Reread/ listen of Catching Fire with my kids
Happy Endings by Jane Lynch
I tried to start a new audio book, but as I want to work back up to my old running speed I think I am going to be using music, not audio books, while running which means I am not going to get as much reading done.  Longer runs I think I'll use audio books, but shorter ones I am going to use music as that is what I plan to listen to for races.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eternal by H.G. Nadel

Book descrition from
Julia Jones is an eighteen-year-old science prodigy with a big secret. After landing a prestigious internship with brilliant but eccentric Dr. Caleb Bertel, she is finally ready to move on from her mother’s death. But after Julia revives Dr. Bertel from a near-fatal electrocution, strange things start to happen.

Without warning, Dr. Bertel disappears. Then Julia receives threatening notes on her car, and someone has her followed. The young police officer assigned to the case, Austin Moore, believes the events are connected and asks her to help him solve the mystery of Bertel’s disappearance. Instantly attracted to him, Julia agrees. Still, she knows that she has seen Austin somewhere before, if only she could put her finger on it.

Will Julia uncover the mystery of Bertel’s disappearance before it’s too late, and does she dare trust Austin with her heart?

My thoughts:
I received this book for review purposes from TLC Book Tours.  I have really cut back on how many books I accept for review purposes, but this one looked interesting so I was glad to have the opportunity to participate.

I loved how Nadel worked in science, relationships, existence of souls, and past lives into one storyline and plot.  Julia is still dealing with the death of her mother from cancer and is living on her own while working an internship for an eccentric scientist.  One day he accidentally electrocutes himself and she has to revive him with a defibrillator.  After that strange things start to happen.  He acts erratically and disappears for them the hospital, Julia is attacked when she goes to see her mothers grave at night, she starts to have dreams featuring Austin, the detective assigned to the case, but not as himself but as a French Philosopher many years ago.  Her boyfriend Tyler and her best friend Nadia start acting strangely towards her and blame Austin for the changes.  No one seems to grasp the magnitude of what is going on.

I wasn't sure how Nagel was going to handle the past lives and present lives and the intersection of the past and present, but she pulled it off in a very satisfying way.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Sourced Media Books (September 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937458199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937458195

  • About the Author

    H. G. Nadel was born in Paris and has spent most of her adult life in the United States. She began her professional career as a SAG/AFTRA agent and later started a successful acting school in Orange County, California. Nadel has written numerous screenplays, but her first love is novel writing. Her expertise in young adult drama has allowed her to write captivating coming-of-age stories in both English and French.

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    It's Monday! What are you reading?

    This was a very slow blogging week, I haven't posted anything since last Monday.  I guess some weeks are like that.  It wasn't exactly a stellar reading week either, but I got some reading in here or there among birthday parties, karate, scouts, Zumba and snow.  Here is my last week:

    Finished reading:
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Avalon High:  Coronation:  The Merlin Prophesy by Meg Cabot

    Still reading:
    Baby Proof by Emily Griffin (audio)
    A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth
    Reread/ listen of Catching Fire with my kids
    One Word by Debbie Macomber

    I hope to get some reviews written and scheduled this week as well as a bit more actual reading.