Saturday, January 24, 2009

The family that reads together-is very quiet!!

Yesterday after the kids got home from school, we all sat down in the living room for 2 hours without tv or video games. And it was so quiet tat we were getting annoyed with the geese flying overhead and making so much honking noise. We have Jeff Kinney to thank for that! This week the latest book in the “Wimpy Kid” series was released, the boy has been waiting for this. The boy has never been a great reader of books (although, he will read any sign anywhere, I think it is an attention span thing), but this past summer I picked up a “wimpy kid” book off the Costco book table and figured we would give it a try. He loved it! It is written with little cartoon drawings and some “handwritten” text, perfect to keep the boys attention. So yesterday when I was at Costco (my favorite store), I picked up the newest book “The Last Straw”, the boy was yelling “YesYesIhavebeenwantingthisthankyouthankyouthankyou!!”
How cool is that!

As for me, I had visited the library and signed up for the book club, a neighbor and I are going to try it and see how it goes. I am not sure if it is going to be one of those clubs where the women get together and just gossip and complain (I have a therapist for that) or if we will actually talk about the book. I really enjoyed the book (yes, I already finished it), it is called “Twenty Wishes” by Debbie Macomber. I really love to read and when I get my hands on a book it goes really quick, I heard someone say they inhaled books-yeah, I know what she means. Of course I have to enjoy the book and I really like for things to have a happy ending. It is an escape when I read and I don’t like to be sad (no more Nicolas Sparks), so the only non-fiction I read is cookbooks, I love mysteries and I like the sappy romance too (I can’t believe I am admitting that). I have lots of favorite authors and I love series books, Janet Evanovich, Jeffery Deaver, Nora Roberts, Tess Gerritson, Lee Child, etc. Although I have a new favorite, Jen Lancaster, she isn’t really fiction, but she so funny that I find tears running down my face from laughing so hard. A little disclaimer, she uses some language in her books, so if you don’t like hearing the f-bomb or variations of the f-bomb then maybe you should stay away.

As far as the girl is concerned, anything she can get her hands on she will read. And she will read for hours, if I don't give her a specific place to stop she will continue reading until I find her at midnight saying "Just one more chapter?". Her favorite genre is fantasy, anything with dragons and good vs. evil. One of her favorite books is "Inkheart", it was just released as a movie so we might go see that tomorrow. We'll let you know if the movie is anything like the book.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Things that make you go hmmmm!

We had a really relaxing time over the holidays. Rick had a few days off here and there and then a lot of shorter days, no more than 2 days off in a row so we weren’t able to make any trips north to see my family. If the weather is decent then I plan on taking the kids next weekend to Saratoga.

I did not have to work this past Friday because we don’t have anything to do. It is always slow in January and February, we will see if things pick up again. In the meantime I am enjoying the extra free time. So on my impromptu day off one of the ladies I work with asked if I wanted to go into Philly to the fabric district, it is no fun going alone and it is best if you go with someone else who likes fabric. We had so much fun! It only took about 45 minutes to get there and traffic wasn’t bad at all. We had lunch at a little deli and I ordered a corned beef special, there must have been a pound of meat on this thing. Needless to say I brought home leftovers.
Today we are a having a little bit of snow so the boy has been outside for 2 hours now. I gave him a spray bottle with water and food coloring and therefore we have some pictures to make you say EWWW!