Saturday, February 27, 2010

92. Salem Falls

I hesitate to say that I didn't like this book...because I did. But it definitely did not live up to her other books in any way. It did fit her typical writing pattern, and it is well written. It just seemed too predictable for me right from the start. I don't want to give anything away, so it's hard to do it justice. Lets just say for a tuned-in reader there are a couple of clues along the way that make the ending too predictable.

All in all, it was a good book, it just wasn't up to par with her others.

I think it's time for a break away from Jodi Picoult books though. I find when I read them back-to-back I get a little bored with them (but she's still one of my favorite authors). Do I sound like a walking contradiction?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Walgreens money maker!

Walgreens has a Register Reward on Excedrin Menstrual relief for $2.

It's also on sale this week for $2.50 (2/$5, but you only have to buy one). Print out this $2 off 1 coupon and you're only paying $0.50 + tax out of pocket. Then you get the $2 register reward for use on a future purchase.

Maine has 5% sales tax so I spent $0.63 out of pocket a few minutes ago and I have the register reward for use on other great bargains coming up!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

92. Another book down

At the library on Saturday I found myself wandering around without a plan. This usually isn't a good thing for me because I'm not very creative with my book choices.

Case in point...last week I read Jodi Picoult and Anita Diamant. What did I check out this week? Another book from each author.

הוסף לסל את Good Harbor: A Novel / Anita Diamant

What a wonderful book this is! I haven't had a book suck me in like this in a long time. I started reading it last night and I finished it this afternoon. Such a wonderful story of friendship and being a woman.

This is a story of friendship, motherhood, being a wife, love and loss. It's just wonderful and I'd recommend this to any woman!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

92. Two books down!

Nineteen Minutes
I have read quite a few of Jodi Picoult's books and I'm generally a huge fan. However, her books have a predictable pattern. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just you know there's going to be some sort of unexpected twist at the end.

That being said, I did enjoy this book. As I do all of her books. It wasn't my favorite of hers (I think The Pact holds that honor), but still I enjoyed it. It's about a school shooting in a small town in New Hampshire and the aftermath. Very moving and thought provoking, which is one thing I love about her books.

I always recommend Jodi Picoult's books very highly.

The Red Tent: A Novel
The Red Tent was actually recommended to me by my boss and I was skeptical. However, it turned out to be a very enjoyable read and one that I would never have picked up on my own.

This is a historical novel of Dinah, the only daughter of Leah and Jacob in the Bible. This is the woman's perspective of that time and a story that hasn't been told. While we don't know how it "really" was, this book paints a believable picture.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

One movie down!

We seriously almost never go to the movie theater. I had no intentions of seeing Avatar because I really didn't get what the hype was all about. Then my parents went. I think the last movie they saw in a theater was Home Alone in 1990. I'm not kidding.

Once we heard their glowing review we had to go see it. We weren't sorry. Although I think the price tag on movies is pretty ridiculous, seeing Avatar in 3D was worth it.

Pat already wants to go see it again at the IMAX. I can't do IMAX because I have such bad motion sickness. In all reality, the 3D was kind of pushing it and I still have a slight headache.

Well I'm not going to review it. If you don't know what it's about by now you must have been living under the same rock I was.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

101 things to do in 1,001 days

I have always loved lists and goals. That is not to say that I have always completed them, but I love them. I first saw this 'project' last year on a blog I read, Heather Drive and I was recently reminded of it on Megan's blog (a fellow nestie).

The project originates from Day Zero Project and the premise is simple enough. Choose 101 things to complete in 1,001 days. The items must be specific with a result that is measurable or clearly defined.

I am putting my list out here in order to be accountable to it and hopefully accomplish all of it!

In order to organize my list, I have broken it down into a few different categories. So, without further ado, here is my list:

1. Make my own salsa
2. Bake homemade bread
3. Make ice cream
4. Make a turkey dinner
5. Make baklava
6. Bake a pumpkin pie
7. Make 5 different chili recipes (0/5)
8. Make a lasagna with Mom
9. Make homemade enchiladas
10. Make girl scout cookies
11. Make a new recipe once a week for a month (0/4)
12. Try making 3 different Chinese dishes (0/3)

Day Trips:
13. Go apple picking
14. Play a round of golf
15. Go on a picnic
16. Go strawberry picking
17. Take a random road trip
18. Go to the Boston Aquarium
19. Visit the Maine Wildlife Park
20. Go for a boat ride
21. Go on a duck tour (Portland or Boston)
22. Go to the Portland Art Museum
23. Go to the Boston Science Museum
24. Fly a kite at Portland Headlight & spend the day there

Family & Friends:
25. Host a game night
26. Send Amy 10 cards
27. Take Mom out to breakfast at least twice
28. Have lunch with Deb at least 10 times
29. Send a nestie a care package
30. Send 10 people "just because" cards
31. Bring breakfast in for the office
32. Schedule a massage for Pat

33. Pay off debt
34. Prepare wills
35. Contribute to a ROTH IRA

For Me/Creativity:
36. Get a massage
37. Get a pedicure
38. Create our wedding scrapbook
39. Create a photographic journal for 1 week & blog it
40. Send out homemade Christmas cards
41. Get a professional color & highlight
42. Redeem MyPoints for something fun

43. No fast food for one month
44. See a dermatologist
45. Eat vegetarian for a week
46. Give up soda for one month
47. Lose at least 30 pounds
48. Take FOCUSfactor every day for one month (0/30)
49. Take 101 walks (0/101)

50. Paint the basement
51. Get a new bedroom set
52. Install a new front door or door seal
53. Plan, design & price out a front porch
54. Donate clothes to Goodwill
55. Make homemade laundry soap
56. Paint a canvas for my craft room
57. Organize master bedroom closet (buy shelving/storage)
58. Paint craft room
59. Buy a new bedding set
60. Replace two toilets
61. Finish snowman cross stitch
62. Attempt to grow tomatoes
63. Organize the garage with Pat.

64. Feed the ducks with Pat
65. Shop at a farmer's market
66. Get a passport
67. Take pictures in a photo booth
68. Make a new 101 list
69. Go to a comedy show
70. Do a puzzle
71. Make a travel map
72. Get pictures/videos off old laptop
73. Go bowling
74. Play mini golf
75. Go to 5 local sporting events (0/5)
76. Eat dinner away from the tv for a week
77. Go to the drive-in 5 times (0/5)
78. Blog at least twice a month
79. Blog about everything on this list (0/101)
80. Try 5 new local restaurants (5/5)
81. Give blood 5 times (0/5)
82. Go to 5 movies *gasp* in a theater (1/5) {Avatar, 2/7}
83. Update/organize address book
84. Play Bingo
85. Do a photo shoot of Stryker
86. Play in an arcade
87. Attend a local play
88. Upload CDs into itunes
89. Get a chocolate website up

Personal growth:
90. Become CPR certified
91. Read a biography
92. Read 50 books (18/50)
93. Pass at least 2 sections of the CPA exam (0/2)
94. Read "Smart Parenting"
95. Go to church 15 times (0/15)
96. Read a travel book about a future vacation spot
97. Read a photography book

98. Go to NYC
99. Go to Canada
100. Go on another cruise
101. Visit the in-laws in northern Maine

I'd love to have a link to your list if you're doing one and if you find that I'm not completing anything here feel free to remind me!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cake balls for sale

I hesitate so much to even price these because I feel so uncomfortable selling them, but I know a few people are interested. I don't know why this bugs me...some mental hang-up I have.

So here's what I'm offering for cake flavors (what I find makes a good flavor combination):
Chocolate cake w/ chocolate frosting
Vanilla cake w/ vanilla frosting
Spice cake w/ cream cheese frosting
Red Velvet cake w/ cream cheese frosting
Strawberry cake w/ strawberry or cream cheese frosting

I will also take any special requests. I will sell in quantities of 6 and in any quantity above 6 you can mix and match your flavors (all in quantities of 6).

I have a pricing set in my head, but I don't want to post it. If you are interested in ordering some custom made cake balls, please email me at I will be creating these this weekend and shipping on Monday (February 8th) to ensure arrival for Valentine's day. I am open to all suggestions on decorating in addition to my standard ways.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.