Quentin: 25 Weeks

 

No big update for today. Still catching up on things after being sick all last week. But I do have some good pictures and a little update. We’ve continued on the baby led weaning journey. In the past week Q has had puffs, pasta, sweet potatoes, grapes, bananas, rice husks, and broccoli. Broccoli was his favorite. He’s definitely my child.

watching big brother

Arthur showing Quentin the babydoll

Mean mugging on Saint Patrick’s Day

Precious baby toes

Brothers

They kept looking at each other and laughing

Yummy rice husk

Photo bomb from Arthur

This kid loves broccoli!

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Life Right Now #7

As I look outside my window: Watching the birds fly back and forth between the trees.
Right now I am: Relaxing between Coffee and Cards this morning and household chores this afternoon.
Thinking and pondering: What should we do tomorrow? We were stuck in the house almost all last week because of sickness. I need to figure out somewhere to go tomorrow but many of our usual spots are closed on Mondays…
On my bedside table: Shitty Mom; Dead Feminists; Everyday Sexism
On my tv this week: We’re into Season 5 of 30 Rock and continuing some of our regular shows. We also finished Workaholics last night. And I finally got to watch the finale of The Bachelor. So glad Nick picked Vanessa. She was one of my three picks from the beginning. My other two were Rachel and Danielle M.
Listening to: Still listening to Bastille’s new album, but also the new Of Monsters and Men album.
On the menu for this week:

  • Monday – Chicken and Noodles
  • Tuesday – Spinach, Potato and Sausage Soup
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday – Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Sweet and Spicy Sausage
  • Friday – Tacos
  • Saturday – Pork and Green Chili Stew
  • Sunday – Peach and Prosciutto Pizza

On my to do list: Too much to list, but I have some leftover tasks from being sick last week. Most of the tasks are little things, but they still take up some time.
Happening this week: Tuesday I’m hosting my second FB party for my crafty celebration. Thursday we’re going to try and visit Happy Hollow. Had to cancel last week due to sickness. I also am teaching a card class on Thursday night and I have crop day on Saturday.
What I am creating: Trying to catch up on my Project Life albums. Still stuck in January.
My simple pleasures: Pie! We celebrated Pi Day with a key lime pie and then again on Friday with a chocolate cream pie. So much pie!
Looking around the house: I just vacuumed on Thursday and it looks like I need to do it again…

The Complete Love Hurts by Kim Andersson

Title: The Complete Love Hurts

Author: Kim W. Andersson

Publisher: Dark Horse 2015

Genre: Comics

Pages: 240

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel

In this massive tomb of romance comics with brutal, terrible twists, Swedish comics creator Kim W. Andersson–making his U.S. debut–delivers a shocking series of short stories about love gone horribly wrong! Featuring lovelorn supervillains, psychopathic online daters, murderous reality TV show stars, and heartbroken cowboys, samurais, and astronauts, Love Hurts showcases that no matter who you are or what you do, love can be one deadly bitch!

Hmmm… a mixed bag this collection was! There were some super fun stories mixed in with some disturbing stories. The fun stories often involved a horror element. The disturbing stories focused more on relationships and a few left a bad taste in my mouth. Don’t think I’ll be recommending this one to friends.

Monstress Volume 1

Title: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening

Author: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Publisher: Image 2016

Genre: Comics

Pages: 192

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: New to Me; Graphic Novel; I Love Libraries

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Entertainment Weekly praised MONSTRESS as “one of Image Comics’ most imaginative and daring new series” and dubbed it the “Best New Original Series” in their year-end “Best Comics of 2015” list. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6

Picked this one up from the library after hearing great things from other bloggers. I was very impressed by the story and the art. The cells are all very dark, but each one has such detail. I loved the look of the world as well as the costumes on the characters. The intricate costumes are amazing. Very well drawn! As for the storyline, I loved the twist on history and mythology. It took me a minute to get my bearings on time and and place, but it’s not a negative. I just like to place all the stories I read in history. Maika is great main character with a mysterious past and motivations. I can’t wait to find Volume 2 and continue the story.

Winter 2017 Clothing Summary

Starting anew for 2017. My goal is to keep my quarter clothes budget to $200. I’ve still got some weight loss goals to achieve, but I need to do a bit of fill-in in the meantime.

Target $31.58

A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a B1G50% deal on sneakers and flip-flops. My favorite white and black striped slip-ons are too big (stretched out) after pregnancy, so i needed something new. I grabbed this pair of Vans-espue slip-ons and a pair of denim (Keds-esque) sneakers. The denim ones are actually slipons with fake laces!

Old Navy $85.34

After my birthday day in San Francisco, I stopped into Old Navy to take advantage of their 30% sale and find pants! I grabbed this great stretchy black pencil skirt (longer than the one I currently own) and coral tank top. The top is thin but not see through. Love some hot weather options as summer is coming soon.

I grabbed this coral tank top on clearance! Perfect for a layering piece. And I finally found some pants that fit! I bought these gray chino Pixie pants. They are ankle length and fairly lightweight, perfect for spring and summer here in California.

Finally I grabbed a graphic tee. Most of my tees are gross. I need a couple of good semi-fitted tees to throw on with jeans and shorts. Loving this one!

2017 Total: $116.92

 

The Lunar Chronicles Stores – Part 2

Title: Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5); After Sunshine Passes By; The Princess and the Guard; Something Old Something New

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Felwel andFriends 2016

Genre: YA Scifi

Pages: 39; 21; 61; 56

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Fairytale Retelling

The enchantment continues. . . .
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With six stories – two of which have never before been published – and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

“Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky” — A cute little story featuring Thorne’s childhood. I loved reading about the expansion of a story Cress learned in her research.

“After Sunshine Passes By” — More insight into the history of the various characters. This time we get to learn more about Cress and her childhood. Sibyl Mira is as scary as ever in this story…

“The Princess and the Guard” — My favorite story of the entire book. I loved learning more about the relationship between Winter and Jacin. The story shows us the depth of their relationship and sheds some light onto where their character’s are at when we meet Jacin aboard Sibyl Mira’s ships. A great short story!

“Something Old Something New” — A nice epilogue story for the series. It was great seeing all the main characters again. Plus we get some development in their stories. My only disappointment was not enough Winter and Jacin in this story. They were my favorites!

The Lunar Chronicles

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel andFriends 2015

Genre: YA Scifi

Pages: 827

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Fairytale Retelling; I Love Libraries

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

A fitting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles. While I really enjoyed the previous books, this one really caught my attention. I was drawn into the story on page one. Winter is hands down my favorite character of the entire series. I loved the chapters that were from her point of view. The other chapters were good, but Winter stole the show. I was on pins and needles waiting to see if Winter survived and if she and Jacin finally got together. I was riveted by the build up to the confrontation between CInder and Levana. Oh my it was so stressful! But it was such a great ending. While the last chapter was a bit rushed, I still really really enjoyed it.

The Lunar Chronicles

Top Ten Tuesday — Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

  1. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett — I need to get back on the Discworld train.
  2. A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor — Really loving the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. I have the next book, just need to start it.
  3. The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean — As part of the Read Your Book Shelf Challenge. I started strong, but haven’t began March’s selection.
  4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah — Our May book club selection. I’m really excited to read (or perhaps listen) to this one.
  5. 1984 by George Orwell — Feeling like it’s time for a reread.
  6. Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan — I can’t believe I have never read this one.
  7. One Woman, One Vote by Marjorie Wheeler — I need to read about a successful social movement.
  8. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Another classical reread that I need to get to soon.
  9. Another Comic — I got off my track with this challenge. Need more comics in my life.
  10. A Classic — I haven’t even started this reading challenge. I need to get it going.

Quentin: 23-24 Weeks

Curiouser and curiouser

Likes: Snuggles, Arthur, his toys (especially taggie monster and Sophie), eating his toes, avocado!

Silly baby trying to take a selfie

Dislikes: Loud noises, being left alone (or at least not being able to see mom), water splashed in his face (Arthur got a little over zealous in the tub), rain

Rare daytime nap. He looks so sweet here

Sleeping: Hit or miss. He was sleeping from 8pm to 7am straight, but lately he’s been waking up once or twice a night. Usually he just wants his paci, but sometimes he wants a bottle. Daytime naps are really miss most days. Apparently I just have a kid that doesn’t nap! Occasionally he takes a decent 1:00 – 1:30 nap, but that’s so so rare. Usually his nap is like 15-20 minutes two times a day.

That expression though!

Eating: Last night I introduced Q to his first food: avocado! I was planning on started sometime this week, but last night’s dinner involved an avocado and we didn’t use all of it. Perfect. We stuck him in the booster chair and I put some on his tray. He didn’t get the feeding himself part, so I would let him eat the avocado bits off my finger. He was actually swallowing most of it after squishing it around his mouth. He kept coming back for more, so I kept giving it. He ended up eating about a 1/3 of an avocado. Then he tried to eat my popcorn, but we wisely moved the bowl. Tuesday we’re having sweet potatoes, so we’ll try those.

Contemplation

Interest

Playing: Q’s really taken a shine to his toys lately. He loves messing with his taggie blankets and Sophie. But he’s also a fan of the wire ball and links. We’ve also been utilizing the jumper for a few minutes here and there. Mostly when I need to cook dinner and he’s very insistent on me holding him. So doesn’t work! At least in the jumper he can play and see me at the same time.

Charm

Milestones: Almost sitting up by himself. He can tripod for a decent amount of time before flopping over. He also discovered his toes a while back. His new trick is trying to take off his socks and chew on his toes. He gets so excited when he actually gets them in his mouth. Q’s also been “talking” a lot more. He’s extremely loud some days.

Introducing avocado

He made that face with every bite

Out and About: Arthur’s been sick, so we haven’t been out and about as much these past two weeks. We did hit up CuriOdyssey (small zoo and science center) and the nearby playground. Yesterday the boys joined me at book club and on a Target run. And… that’s about it.

And this one

But then, yum!

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Life Right Now #6

As I look outside my window: Being blinded by the sunlight coming through the windows. Love the sunshine, but main it’s bright in here!
Right now I am: Prepping to head out to book club with the toddler and baby in tow.
On my bedside table: Hamilton Revolution (so incredibly excited about this one), Dead Feminists, and Shitty Mom
On my tv this week: Catching up on a ton of currently airing shows.
Listening to: Bastille’s new album on repeat
On the menu for this week:

  • Monday – Chili and cornbread
  • Tuesday – BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf
  • Wednesday – Apple Bacon Sweet Potatoes
  • Thursday – Leftovers
  • Friday – Chicken and Noodles
  • Saturday – ???
  • Sunday – ???

On my to do list: Lots of random weird tasks. Too many to list…
Happening this week: There’s nothing on the schedule until Thursday when we’re going to Happy Hollow in the morning and I’m hosting stamp club after dinner. For the weekend, I’m hosting two different crafting events. Otherwise, I have nothing set. I imagine we’ll hit the library, the grocery store, Target, and a park.
What I am creating: I really need to get started on 2017’s Project Life albums. I haven’t even cracked them open yet. Don’t want to get too far behind.
My simple pleasures: My pillow
From the camera: Check out those eyebrows!