Jun 28, 2011
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Jun 26, 2011
We made these dishes:
Spicy Peanut Soup - Makes WAY more than four servings!
PB&J Wings - can't find recipe but seriously good
Prosecco Jelly with Nectarines & Blueberries
Deep-fried rolos - the next great fair food?
We also did loads of beer tasting, and two of my new faves are Wells Banana Bread Beer and Rogue John John Ale. Love our potlucks!
Jun 25, 2011
This article was one of those dips into a world I don't know much about but completely loved learning about.
Jun 20, 2011
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Jun 15, 2011
I fear that I've become spoiled. Halfway into Cod, I put it down and never re-opened it. I like history when its told from an odd angle. However, I like to interested and entertained. I blame Mary Roach, Sarah Vowell, and Bill Bryson.
Life is too short to soldier on through a book that doesn't interest me. 2/10.
Jun 14, 2011
Bad Monkeys is kind of a wild ride. It's told as an interview of a woman who is either crazy or the member of a super secret organization. She says that her job is to take out criminals aka "bad monkeys".
The tale rips along despite being told as a series of questions and answers. There are some unexpected turns throughout, and overall its a pretty fun read. I particularly loved the various department names - all as clever as the Bad Monkey Dept. 6/10.
Jun 13, 2011
Over the weekend, my niece looked askance when I had her get out the eggs for breakfast. "I don't eat those kind of eggs!" Those kind being brown.
She also gravely informed me that she didn't drink cow's milk.
Poor child. We ended up eating brown eggs and drinking cow's milk and all sorts of stuff that she was sure wasn't gonna be good.
Picky eaters confound me. Luckily, she survived.
Gorgeous and thoughtful.
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Downton Abbey is wicked smart and fun. I adore upstairs / downstairs dynamics and this does not disappoint. Julian Fellowes created the series, and I am a big fan of his work.
Maggie Smith is fantastic as wickedly funny and frequently awful mother-in-law. Watch it! 8.5/10.
Jun 4, 2011
Jun 3, 2011
Mr. Peanut is not a book that gives you warm and fuzzy feelings about marriage. It delves into three unhappy, complicated relationships. It starts with a man accused of murdering his wife, and then it delves into both of the detectives lives.
I thought all three stories were interesting although some felt skimped on and others drug on and on in spots. I liked the concept of the book but wish the stories had been layered a bit differently. It just felt a bit clunky in how it meshed (or didn't really mesh at times). 5.5/10.
Jun 2, 2011
After a wee bit of a reading slump, I picked up The Magicians which I loved loved loved. Even the author doesn't shy away from comparisons to Harry Potter and Narnia - he references both in this novel about a teenager who is accepted to a secret school for magicians. What this book does differently is that it welcomes the messiness and all out angst of teenage life. These students are disaffected youth. They rage at their parents, do stupid hurtful things, and hate their lives. This sort of thing drives me mad in a lot of literary fiction when its attached to adults. However, I give a lot of leeway to fictional angry teens. 8.5/10.
And happy news - the author has a sequel due out this fall. Yay!
Jun 1, 2011
This novel combines the life of a dog and his family with the story of a race car driver. Dogs - I love. Race cars - I could give a crap about. Still this was inventive and interesting. In fact, the dog is the story's narrator which was an extra point of interest.
I read this book in practically one sitting. It's really hard to put down. 6/10.