Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Body Language

Body Language Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Quick, light read. Not a lot to concentrate on, mindless reading but still enjoyable. I still prefer Suzanne's Troubleshooters and Team Sixteen books much better, but this wasn't half bad. I was able to finish this one in one day and not spend the whole day reading either.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Still Seriously Slacking

I don't know where this month has gone. It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of the month, but it is. Last post I had said that I had pictures I wanted to post, so I am going to make this a picture heavy post as a recap to the month.

Melodye has become quite a chalk artist.

While working on this she had a one track mind. We were getting ready to leave, but we waited for her to finish because she had begged.

The finished product are Daisy and Peach from Mario Bros. We have a definite Mario Bros. obsession going on in this house.
Sunday I made new curtains for the kitchen. Tommy doesn't really like them, but I really do I think they are quite fun. I used kitchen towels from Target to make these. I also bought this set to make a tote bag someday.

This weekend Jeff, Kelly, and Ethan came over.  I think you can guess what we did  looking at these pictures.
That is the highlights of this month in pictures. And I also finished this book.
Dark of Night (Troubleshooters #14) Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann


My review

  rating: 5 of 5 stars
This one was amazing. I really think that I enjoyed this one because I had just read the previous one just a day before. I really do wish that Suzanne would put these books out more often. The characters are completely believable and likeable. Once you really want to know about a character, Suzanne just mentions that character in the next book. But at the same time introduces other characters that you start liking just as much.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Seriously Slacking!

Sorry I fell off the face of the earth there for awhile. Just like my blog title there is just Not Enough Time In My Day. During the last few weeks I have found myself actually uttering that pharase out loud, but to myself. Yes I do talk to myself out loud!

I will be blogging more, I hope! Right now I have to get report cards finished. I have parent-teacher conferences Friday and the report cards are not finished. I have seriously been slacking. I don't know what my problem is this year. Usually I have the report cards done over a week before the conferences, but not this year. But I WILL have them finished by tomorrow. That's me thinking positive!

So please hold on. I really do have a couple of pictures I want to share, but I haven't downloaded them from the camera. I know, seriously slacking. But hey 8 more school days and I am on spring break. YEA!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Awesome Deal

Meijer has an awesome deal. Buy 2 Itunes Gift Cards you get 1 Itunes Gift Card free.

So I bought 2 $50 Gift Cards and got 1 $50 Gift Card Free. I have never seen a deal like this before. I thought for sure that Meijer would be sold out, but there would still lots and lots of Gift Cards left. You can do this deal with any of the Gift Card denominations.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Into the Fire

Into the Fire (Troubleshooters, #13) Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann


My review

  rating: 4 of 5 stars
It has been awhile since I read a Troubleshooters book. Because of this I had a little trouble keeping track of the characters in the beginning. But Suzanne does a wonderful job describing the characters and including snippets of the back story to help new or just confused like me readers keep track of the characters. When I finished this book, I couldn't wait for the next one, which I happen to have from the library. I am so excited that there will definitely be another book about Izzy. The only other character I really want to read about is Jay Lopez.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Run For Your Life

Run for Your Life Run for Your Life by James Patterson


My review

  rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. I hate to say it, but it was nice to read a book that wasn't about Alex Cross. Mike Bennett is a very likeable character. After reading this, I couldn't help but think that there definitely will be further Mike Bennett books. This was a very interesting read unless you stopped to think about it happening in real life.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cooper's Flock

I found this blog today. It was a wonderful time to find it. This post especially. Yesterday was my mother-in-law, Toni's funeral. I never posted it, but a week ago we attended another funeral for an absolutely wonderful little girl, Maggie. This was a shock to everyone. Right now Brooke is having a hard time processing and understanding the situation with both funerals so close together and both people she loves dearly. I am going to be knitting some birds for Cooper's Flock to honor Toni and Maggie. I am going to have Brooke help me pick out the yarn. I am also going to let her hug and kiss on them first so that the recipient will really feel the love that has been put into them.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lie To Me

Lie to Me Lie to Me by Starr Ambrose


My review

  rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an enjoyable book. I became attached to the characters, even the minor characters. I am hoping that there is another book that continues these characters. This book starts right away with attraction and mystery. The main characters end up in the library during a large party. One of the characters had broken into the library. Neither wants to be found, So of course when someone peeks into the library, the are forced to kiss. And what a kiss it was. A great way to start this book. What were they both looking for and how will they end up together?

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Remembering Toni

This post is going to be a little rambling, but I need it to be. Yesterday my mother-in-law passed away. She was an amazing woman, always giving and never demanding. I really wish my daughters could have known her and she could have known them the way she would have wanted. 

Toni had a brain anuerysm almost eleven years ago. After that she was in a nursing home. When we would visit when Melodye was younger, she called Toni "Grandma in the hospital." After Brooke was born, Toni's name was changed to Grandma Toni and Brooke has been told many many times that part of her name comes from her Grandma Toni because we love her so much.

At the same time of this being a sad time for the family, it is also a happy time. Toni is now in heaven and not restricted by anything like she had been for the last decade. She is able to move and talk. She is with her mom and dad. She is able to check in on all of us. It is a blessing because we know she is in heaven without a doubt.

Last night I stayed up looking for pictures of Toni. (On a sidenote I am so grateful that I signed up for Library of Memories. Looking for her pictures reinforced that I need to follow the Library of Memories example. It would have been much easier to go straight to a drawer to find the pictures filed under Toni's name.) I found more pictures than I thought I would, but at the same time I made a realization. Toni took many pictures. She would always say "I am going to take 2." But the pictures were always of other people. She was usually behind the camera. I told Tommy that we need to make sure that we are included in the pictures so that the girls won't ever have the problem of finding enough pictures that have their parents in them singularily, as a couple, or as a family.

I really loved Toni and I am going to miss her deeply.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Naughty Neighbor

Naughty Neighbor Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich


My review

  rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book was a disappointment. It was a complete fluff read. The book was too short. There wasn't even time to become attached to the characters. This could be because it was one of Janet Evanovich's earlier works. But I would not have chosen this as a book to be rereleased. There just wasn't much to like.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Recipe Organization

Laura at Organizing Junkie had the theme of Recipe Organization for February. Let me tell you, I really needed this theme. I have been planning what I wanted to do with my recipes for years, but never got around to it. I wanted these beautiful scrapbooked recipes with pictures of the food I had prepared. But I think I have reached a compromise and I actually did finish.

The before shelf. This shelf is above the stove and microwave. Lots of recipes, but never really used.

The first thing I did was find the actual recipes that we regularly used. I was able to find a very cute recipe binder at Hallmark. And to make it even better, it was marked down 50% because there was a tiny bit of glue on the front cover. I didn't even notice it until the cashier pointed it out.

I used the recipe cards the binder came with. And yes I do believe that they are just as cute as the binder.

Next I went through and found all of the recipes that I wanted to try. I put all of them in a binder. But that wasn't enough for me. So I scrapbooked the front of the binder.

The recipes inside the Recipes To Try binder are just hole punched and put in. I didn't want to use page protectors. I figure once the recipes are tried and liked they will be written on the recipe cards and added to the Tried and True Recipe binder.

The binder is organized by Side Dishes which also includes appetizers and anything even close to a side dish.

The next section of the binder is the Main Dishes.

Lastly we have the Desserts section.

This pile is the recipes that I went through and am ready to depart with, but Tommy has to go through them first to see if there is anything he would like us to try.

This the Recipe Shelf After Shot.

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