Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Review: Goodnight Nobody

Oh I don't know I just keep coming back to Jennifer Weiner. With reading I like to fluctuate between heavy and light. You know kind of like monthly menses. I have to mix it. This was a light read. I do believe Jennifer writes the same character over and over agin. But you know what? I almost always relate to her main character. I get the characters insecurities and how the she makes fun of people in her head all the time.

The main character in this novel had lost herself in motherhood. She was having a bit of an identity crisis. Left her job, became a stay at home mom and found herself in a world unfamiliar and down right scary. She didn't fit in with the other suburban housewives.

When she finds her neighbor murdered she herself uncover the mystery, but drives herself nutty in the process. We learn that the real mystery was within herself. The book ends unresolved. I know some people HATE that, but I kind of life it. It allows the reader to make up their own mind, create their own ending. This was one of Jennifer's older books and I honestly think she's getting better with time. I've said this before and I'll say it again Jennifer Weiner gets me. Jenn, how about lunch? I just know we could be best friends.

Some Writing Goals

Perhaps you are one of my lovely readers and you have come here to hear my take on what Andi Dorfman did on her first episode of the Bachelorette. If you are here for that I thank you. You are a sweetheart. I will be writing a review and will shamelessly be making fun of her last name. I will mention that I feel she is shopping around for a new last name rather than a husband. Wouldn't you be doing the same?

So here's the deal. I have written and reported on this train wreck of a show for more seasons than I care to claim. I feel it's time to get this stuff published or to move on. As my mom would say, "Pee or get off the potty."

I will be submitting my review to ksl.com. As soon as I heard they were adding a humor section to their news page I felt it was worth a try. I made a promise to myself to invest in a few writing risks in the year of 2014. This is one way in which I am being true to myself. I do not know if they will publish it I also don't know if I can keep it clean enough for ksl standards. So many unknowns.

I hope they will take the bait and if they do I will keep reviewing this show and in the process becoming dumber rose by rose all for you, all in the name of entertainment. Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: The Bedwetter

With a title like that how could I resist? My sister actually bought me this book for my Birthday. It was perfect as I had been meaning to get around to it. I've said this a time or two on this blog but I love to support women in Comedy. I've read Tina Fey's Bossy Pants and Rachel Dratch's Girl Walks into a Bar so it only seemed natural to read another autobiography by a female SNL comedian.

So I'll just say this. I loved it. I laughed out loud. I found her personal story fascinating. I enjoyed the way she spoke about her family. Family shapes us more than anything and her love for them came oozing out of this book as she softly made humorous puns at each of them. Our connection to the family we came from constantly amazes me.

One conversation she had with her dad stuck out to me. She was attending NYU during the day and trying to be comedian by night by working at a comedy club. Her dad called her up and said he would't tell this to her sisters but,  "Sarah you seem like you really know what you want to do with your life. You have my permission to quit NYU and pursue comedy full time. I will pay for your rent and utilities in Lou of your tuition because I believe in you." This sweet conversation touched me. To have a crazy dream like being a comedian and then to have someone tell you that they believe you can actually do it. Few things are as strong as real honest heart felt encouragement.

If you want a good laugh and can stomach some potty humor you should give it a read.

Cheers to Sarah Silverman!

Friday, April 18, 2014

St. George Report

Mason and I took off to Sunny St. George for our 7th anniversary. It was the perfect get away. No kids. No schedules. Warm weather. We ate way too much. Read a bit and went for a long bike ride. 

Every year on our anniversary I create a timeline highlighting a few significants the year has granted us. I hand the sheet of paper over to Mason on our Anniversary. He laughs and then we file it away. I can't wait to sit back with Mason and read 50 of these timelines. Mason it's been another memorable year. We've lived in two homes. We have two beautiful children and a life I'm astonished by. For this year's time line click on read more.

Book Review: The Kitchen House

This book follows a girl who was orphaned and then raised as an indentured slave. An interesting premise. The color of her skin eventually leads her away from the life of slavery and into a slave owner. It emphasized the stories of women. Told of their misfortunes and lack of rights. I've read quite a few fictional tales revolving around this topic but this one had an original slant.

It was a good story. A story that needed to be told, but I've got to say due to the heavy subject matter it was rough to get through. My heart was aching for what women had to go through. My gratitude heightened for living in the time that I do. It was well written. When I discovered how much research the author put into this story I appreciated it all the more. She lived in the place she wrote about, conducting interviews with the ancestors of slaves and tried her best to immerse herself in what use to be. I'm glad I read it, however I had to make my next book as light and funny as possible to recover from it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Flu of 2014

 I have to record our episode with the flu just so I remember that we actually survived it. A couple of weeks ago Milly came home with the flu. Puke, puke and more puke. Then she passed it onto Mack. Next it was me and lastly Mason. We were SO sick. I cannot remember a time when I have been subject to this kind of sickness. It was intense. Mason and I actually had a little trip planned that we had to delay. We had to call in help for our kids because we literally could not take care of them. We are better now. Thank goodness. The picture above displays just how worn out we were.
Here is Mack making us laugh and trying to keep things light. I love this little funny guy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby Animal Days 2014

 I took the kids to Baby Animal Days. Milly got to go with her preschool class. I was so grateful for this opportunity because when it was open to the public I was too sick to take them. Milly continues to amaze me with her intelligence, exuberance and social skills. She loves people. She loves animals. She loves to be on the go. She really is such a fun kid.
 I took Mack along. I thought it would be seamless and easy since as you can see Mack believes he is the same age as Milly. There he is sitting with Milly's class. The only problem was Mack did not quite understand why he was not allowed to ride the animals. It was a bit of a wrestling match between Mom and Mack. Oh boy.