Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Go Buy a Book

I just finished reading this very interesting blog article on the publishing industry, which apparently had a HARD October. http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2008/11/crash-flow-or-what-went-wrong-in.html

So, those who are still looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for person on your Christmas list, here's a novel idea. :) Buy a book. A comic book, a cookbook, a novel, a gaming book. And don't tell me your person (or yourself) is not a reader. Everyone is. You just may not have found the right book, but watch out when you do. lol.

Here's a small list of my favorites:

-Anything by Shannon Hale, including Goose Girl (and the whole Bayern books), Princess Academy, Austenland, Repunzel's Revenge

-Twilight saga (duh)

-Marley and Me by Josh Grogan

-The Hobbit

-The Uglies (and related novels) by Scott Westerfeld

-A Girl of the Limberlost

-Jane Eyre

-Sundays at Tiffany's By James patterson

-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

As I am a girl, most of these would appeal more to the female persuasion, but a few like The Hobbit (if you haven't read this, go get it NOW!), The Book Thief and Marley and me are all around good reads for anyone.

If you need something more to get you excited, watch this (always worked for me):

I think it's time for a trip to Barns and Noble myself......

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bite Me

....no really. It might help me keep my eyes open. I am SO tired, but it was SOOO worth it. Here's what happens when mom's, unaccustomed to leaving the house at 10 pm or so (let along even being awake at these late hours), do with some free time and no kids:
We started out fairly normal (although it was strange to be showering and getting ready at 9 p.m.).

Tiffany, Angie, Cami, and Rachel (who I just met and love!)

Me and Tiff and then Me and Cami all anxiously awaiting the midnight hour while enjoying bags of candy, chips, bottled water and free pizza

Did I mention the treat bags came with fangs?
And what would anything Twilight be without Edward?
(That was a dare of sorts by the way)
There are more pictures, but not on my camera. :) The movie started and it was like one big giant sleepover. Everyone cheered when each new character was introduced. We all laughed at things that were probably not that funny but it was midnight. There were lots of pleasant surprises. It was what I thought it would be, but then again different. I absolutely LOVED the cinematography, though. Will I see it again? Yes. In fact, I want to see it with a group of normal people at a normal time. I liked it.
We had cheese fries (well, I did) at denny's afterwards and recapped the movie and procrastinated going home as long as possible. (The poor host/server guy was a little overwhelmed by Twihards that kept popping in. Hey-at least he's making some extra $$, right? ) I love a good girls night and this had to be one of the best.
**If any of this sounds incoherent, well, let's face it. It probably is. I am very tired. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Twilighting!!

While most of you are sleeping, I will (along with my BF and other good friends) will be viewing the midnight premiere of TWILIGHT. Sweet dreams, everyone.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dancing with the Sophie

So, tonight I was watching Dancing with the Stars while folding laundry. Sophie wandered down and started watching with me. All of a sudden she blurted out, "she doesn't have a shirt!" I almost laughed because it's true. Those women are barely covered. But, it wasn't much longer before she was captivated by the dancing and asking for some dancing clothes (not that I think she wanted to wear what they were). Thanks to Lyndsi, we have plenty of "dancing clothes" which Sophie wore and almost slept in. Here's my little "star"
She also has discovered her "piggy bank." She wants to carry it around whenever she sees it and has also discovered the joy of dropping those shiny silver coins in there.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Digital Scrapping

A little while back I decided I want to try a little digital scrapbooking. I've been looking around for some free software and found some at http://www.scrapbookflair.com/. It doesn't come with much and what it does come with isn't that great. I did figure out how to use my cute kits from over at Shabby Princess, though. That was helpful. I'm still figuring out if I can layer paper with this software.

Anyway. Here are my first two attempts at digital scrapbooking (and yes I realize McKay is sideways):

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I NEED dessert!

1. dessert, 2. Untitled, 3. Love at First Bite Cupcakes, 4. macaroons., 5. gelato., 6. tarte aux pommes りんごのタルト, 7. Bear with me, I’m resting, 8. Moelleaux, a chocolate treat in Avignon, France, 9. My blueberry crêpe

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tag Nab It!

I got tagged twice. Good thing I like these things. Here goes:

Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? mexico
3. Your hair color? Auburn
4. Your mother? Fun
5. Your father? Funny
6. Your favorite thing? people
7. Your dream last night? crazy
8. Your dream/goal? organization
9. The room you're in? calm
10. Your hobby? making
11. Your fear? sadness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? vacationing
15. One of your wish-list items? vacation
16. Where you grew up? west-side
17. The last thing you did? read
18. What are you wearing? clothes
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? dog
21. Your computer? helpful
22. Your mood? blah
23. Missing someone? yes
24. Your car? Minivan
25. Something you're not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? warm
28. Love someone? Jeff
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

Now tagging: Emily Y., Emily C., Hannah, anyone else.

Here's the second tag:

Where did you meet your husband? My apartment
How long did you date before you got married? 6 months
How long have you been married? 8.5 years.
What does he do to surprise you? sends flowers
What is your favorite feature of his? His tropical sea colored eyese. Very unexpected for his dark complexion and hair.
What is your favorite quality? He's a thinker and makes me think, too.
Does he have a nickname for you? Hon. I remember having to ask him to call me Angie or Ang on occasion just because I wasn't sure he remembered my name.
What is his favorite food? Mexican.
What is his favorite sport? Baseball
When and where did you first kiss? Ranae's apartment lawn.
What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Road tripping. We always have our best converstaions while driving.
Do you have children? Two girls, one boy.
Does he have any hidden talents? He says he can play the piano. I don't believe him. I've never heard it. ;)
How old is he? 32
Who said I Love you first? He did.
What is his favorite music? Jars of Clay and Collective Soul
What do you admire most about him? He is a hard worker.
What is his favorite color? Green
Will he read this? Of course
People I tag: Cami, Ranae, Lisa

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A few fun things

First, I saw a fun article on the Twilight movie here: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20238689,00.html (sorry-can't get my link thing to work). Here's a new mag cover (much nicer than the famous Edward/Bella one that nobody likes):

Second, McKay heard Josh Groban singing a Christmas carol on the radio and asked me, "mommy, is this an angel?" I told him yes because let's face it, that sound is heavenly. He is becoming a big Groban fan now. ;) (He actually asks for his CD at nighttime.)

Third, I along with a couple of friends have something exciting in the works and I'm excited to share it with everyone. Just a few more things to work out and I'll let everyone know!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Hey, it's better late than never, right? :)

For Halloween, we mostly did the usual-pumpkins, pizza, and trick-or-treating. We did hit the "Boo at the Zoo" and a bit of candy-grabbing at the mall. Jeff's brother and his cute little family came down to hang out with us, which was fun. Not too much happening this year, but it was a nice, relaxing, and VERY enjoyable Halloween this year!

Our little pumpkins-McKay drew his own face and dad cut it out. Lyndsi requested her face have a crown to be a princess. Sophie had just one thing on her mind-MICKEY!

And the cute little monkeys in costume. I can't tell you how much they each loved their costumes. I never fought once with them (at least in the month of October) to try on or wear their costumes. It was great!

And the grand finale! Jack and Elizabeth. I think Jack wins. :)