Friday, January 30, 2009

This weekend

This weekend I am off to Kansas City to spend the weekend with my 4 great college girlfriends! I am sooooo stoked. I love David so much, but sometimes you just need some girl time. We plan on going out to great restaurants, maybe head out to Power and Light, and just have fun being with each other. I hope you have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yay for David!

This is kind of old news, but David passed another actuary exam! Yay for him! A lot of people don't know what he does for a living and ask me about it, and I don't quite know what to say. So here is a link to the Wikipedia article about actuaries and what they do.

Here is a Wikipedia article about his actuary exams.

We had two great weekends with both sides of the family coming each weekend: the first weekend, David's family came to celebrate his passing his exams and his brother Peter's birthday. The second weekend my family came to celebrate my grandpa's birthday and my uncle's birthday. I love having our families over to our house. It is fun to entertain.

I better get back to my schoolwork! Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book Review: Baby Proof and Something Borrowed


Editor's Note: My poor mother-in-law told me this weekend that she read one of the previous books I reviewed: Diary of a Mad Bride. She stated that they were enjoyable but somewhat racy at points (which is true, the bride-to-be discusses her past sex life in great detail in the books). I thought that this may be an issue for some people reading that I didn't even really consider when writing reviews. I will try to bear that in mind when writing from now on. These books that I am reviewing today do include discussions about sex and sexual references.

This break I read six books and am excited to review them for you. Something Borrowed and Baby Proof, written by Emily Giffin, were definitely entertaining and another "easy" read for my vacations. However, they were not as good as my favorite "fun" books (i.e. the Bridget Jones series and the Shopaholic series), and many people would find the subject matter incredibly offensive.

In Something Borrowed, the protagonist has an affair with her best friend's fiance. During the course of the book, the affair turns into love. The reader ends up sympathizing with the protagonist who had the affair(her best friend is not a very sympathetic character and she is). So, by the end of the book, I was baffled to find out that I felt sorry for the girl who had the affair. This twist in my usual sympathies made this book interesting. I think that Giffin intended to comment on how even the seemingly most deplorable characters can be lovable.

The other book, Baby Proof, is definitely less "shocking". The protagonist is married and does not want children. Her husband had previously agreed to that but changes his mind and they get a divorce. The majority of the book is spent exploring relationships and how sometimes people have to give up some of their own desires to be with someone they love. This book had more subplots, as the protagonist also had two sisters with somewhat interesting lives.

Overall, the books were entertaining enough, and I want to read the sequel to Something Borrowed, but I probably won't read many other Emily Giffin books in the near future. While she is a good writer and I enjoyed the stories, it just seems like there are probably more fun and better books out there to enjoy. So, I gave these books:
2.25 cats, as they were more entertaining than the Diary of a Mad...series.

Another side note: Something Borrowed featured a lawyer, and Giffin used to be an attorney in New York City, so it was interesting to hear of the main character's experiences in a huge New York law firm.

Additional side note: the book pictures are found here and here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happenings

A cat exploring a dishwasher: can it get any cuter? Seriously?

Oh no! Why is David mad at me now (this half-grin is his "mad face")?
Oops. It looks like I turned on the bathwater and left it running for at least twenty minutes. That wasn't a good plan.
When I remembered, I ran into the bathroom, expecting to find the water overflowing and making a HUGE mess. Luckily, the little emergency drain thing right under our faucet was working and let out the water as it kept filling up the tub. We try to conserve water around here, but we better cut back a lot to make up for this mess.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Inauguration Day!

Happy Inauguration Day to everybody! I love reading about all of the festivities in Washington. It makes me want to be interning there again...

Enjoy reading the news and watching the speeches! I will be back tomorrow.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy MLK day!!

Happy Martin Luther King Day to everybody! If you are off of work (like David!), enjoy your day off! If you are not, have a great beginning of the week.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Almost back

I have to start school again on Thursday. My vacation has been so much fun that I am kind of sad to go back. However, I am officially halfway finished with law school, which makes going back a little more exciting.

Tonight I made some delicious lettuce wraps. The recipe was absolutely delicious. I'm trying not to eat so many noodle and rice dishes for the new year.

Tomorrow I have to read for school. Sigh.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday

I slept until 9.

We have chili in the crock pot simmering for later.

We have already ran 3 miles for the day.

We're heading to the Home Depot for shelves and plan to take down the Christmas tree.

I have no homework.

This is shaping up to be a good Sunday.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Great Article

I loved Mark Bittman's "Fresh Start for a New Year? Let’s Begin in the Kitchen" that appeared in the New York Times this week. Since being married, I have become much more of a cook. I truly love trying new dishes, using fresh ingredients, and creating things for my husband and I to try. My family laughs at me because every time they ask what is for dinner in our household, I reply that it either involves rice, noodles, or is Asian in general. ("Asian" being a VERY loose term here, let me add.) I've blogged before about the problem this presents in a marriage (is it really fair for one person to always cook even if they enjoy it?) and David has done a pretty good job of learning how to cook small things (like eggs, etc.).

But anyway, this article made me happy because we already do most of the things on this list. For instance, I try to use chicken stock made from my own chickens, we have made bread crumbs from real bread, and I don't generally use bottled salad dressing. We use all frozen or fresh vegetables, we try to use dried beans, and I have graduated to fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro. However, I'm not sure that I will ever throw out the imitation vanilla, my tomato paste in a can (I use the rest of it, I promise!), and our spices are definitely older than one year.

What of these on the list do you already do in your kitchen?

Monday, January 05, 2009

Book Review: Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be and Diary of a Mad Bride


Over break I have been reading a lot of books. I really enjoy reading silly books that are purely entertaining, so I kept my ears and eyes out for some silly chick-flick-y books. These two books are definitely more for fun, entertaining reads, not for any sort of intellectual stimulation, but I enjoyed these books.

Diary of a Mad Bride (by Laura Wolf) is obviously about a woman planning her wedding and Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be is obviously about a woman experiencing pregnancy. These two books were good reads, but not that memorable. Therefore, I am giving both books two cats.


If you want to read a book that is easy and fun, these books are for you (they are companions and easy to read together).

Images found on amazon.com

Vacation


We just returned home from our wonderful vacation to Keystone, Colorado. David really wanted to go on a skiing trip to Colorado this year because he loves skiing and wanted to experience skiing in the Rockies again (he's been a few times before). It was a ton of fun! I feel so relaxed now and loved skiing. I will have more pictures and fun stories this week about our little vacation. For now, I better get out of bed and start unpacking the mound of stuff we acquired on the trip!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Christmas again, with Cindy

Last Tuesday our family friend Cindy came over with my cousin Pat to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Above is Pat with Thorina, our kitty. Here is a picture of my brother's girlfriend, David, me, and my brother:
And us with Cindy:
And Pat, my mom, Ryan, and me:
We had so much fun chatting and just catching up! I really don't get to see people as often as I would like during the school year, so I try to catch up with people during the holidays and my summer vacations. We had a wonderful time.