Monday, November 25, 2013

maternity leave

This will be my last post till after mog comes. actually it will probably be my last post for the year.  So here is a minor update of a little bit of everything.

Mog: I'm so tired,  heartburn, nausea, and what i think might be pre labor contractions. (they don't hurt all that much, just uncomfortable.) yeah I'm ready to have this baby on the outside of my body. my mom will be here soon to start off the long line of family that will be coming to visit us in light of our new little child, the first child, the first grandchild, and the first niece or nephew.

Reading: if you follow me on goodreads or facebook you know i've been on a bit of a bing reading kick. I've read Catching Fire (dystopia), White Oleander (fiction), Blood Ties (urban Fantasy), and Evade (paranormal romance).   Each of these books I pretty much read in a single sitting. It is nice to be reading like this again. my next couple of books are The Republic of Thieves (heroic fantasy), which I am over halfway done with, and Chimes at Midnight (urban fantasy). I look forward to finishing both these books, of course once i'm done reading them I have to wait for the authors to publish the next book. luckily I have a long list of books to be read.

writing: well I think I will write up a post for ISWG, so this may not be the last post. for now I'll just say that Nanowrimo is almost over, those of you dear readers who are participating in this endeavor you can do it! just keep writing!

knitting: I'm behind. I'll probably finish the blanket today or tomorrow, but my socks won't be done, neither will my shawl. it makes me fairly sad but that is what happens when i don't knit except at knit night.

I think that is everything, till next time God Speed and Open Roads.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I am doing something different. I am going to give you a recipe to make chocolate chocolate cookies. I love making cookies and baking and last night I took some of my cookies to knit night. I was told I should just put the recipe out there for everyone. so here it is:

3/4 a cup brown sugar
3/4 a cup white sugar
1 cup butter
     (cream the butter and sugar together before moving on.)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1~1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla (I don't ever measure vanilla I just pour a bit in and call it good.)
6 Tablespoons of cocoa.
     (optional a dash of ancho chili powder)
     (mix everything together)
2 3/4 cups of flour (stir in one cup at a time)
add about half a bag of chocolate chips (or butterscotch were pretty well too)
bake for 10 min at 350 let cool on cookie sheet

there you go that is my chocolate Chocolate chip

Monday, November 18, 2013

week 37

Mog is growing, that is pretty much all there is to this update. we are getting close to the end which is good. but everything is looking average. I'm am going to admit that I'm really sorry I haven't been keeping up here on the blog. I mean I missed IWSG again. I didn't mean to but as we get closer to the coming of baby, there are things that are taking precedence over other things. I mean there are several things I want to get done before the baby comes. four of them are knitting projects. and the other is editing my story but hopefully I will talk about all those things latter this week.

the good news is that we have now gone a week without  throwing up. Which it is pretty nice. however it seems like there is still so much to do. get the car seats in the cars, wash the liners of everything, make sure I have all the parts, pack the bag for the hospital, refill the first aid kit, get nursing gear all set up. it is a never ending list that always seems to be missing something.

oh well it will all work out eventually.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 36

Now we are coming down to the end of this thing called pregnancy, and a lot of people talk about how this time takes forever to get to the actual labor. right now I feel like this baby might be coming a little quicker than I'm ready for. yes I'm ready to be done with the heartburn, the spewing, the pain in the abdomen, and the alien independent movements in my belly. But I'm not sure if I'm ready to have a baby in the house. It's kinda scary to think that very soon, in as little as three weeks, there will be a little human larva in need of a place to sleep, something to eat, a safe place to be in the car, a pediatrician... yeah I woke yesterday terrified about the coming changes in the house.

However it is exciting. a little boy or girl is about to enter the world. I'm going to be a mom, exciting and terrifying.

till next time God Speed and Open Roads.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Evade (Ever book 2)

I received the advanced reader copy of Evade from Jessa. 

Last year when I read Ever I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. Here was a YA book that was Paranormal Romance that I enjoyed. The heroine is likeable and relatable. The romantic triangle is well managed and the supernatural elements intrigued me. All that is to say that when I finished Ever I was truly looking forward to Evade. 

Jessa Russo did not disappoint. There are two big things I enjoyed about this book, the way she handled the romantic tension and the way she opened up her world to her readers. I am generally fairly critical of Romances, particularly the trend where readers choose teams for the two guys that the heroine can't decide on. I don't want to go into too much detail about how this is worked out but I found it refreshing. 

As for the way she opened up her world she makes use of the classic fish out of water. Ever has been through into a world that she doesn't understand and is forced to learn the rules of or she is going to get herself killed a lot sooner than her ticking clock predicted. It of course doesn't help that like most girls caught up in the supernatural world everyone is too busy protecting her to tell tell her what's going on, at least until everything hits too close for comfort. 

perhaps my only critic of the book is that there is not enough Jessica. yeah she is my favorite character in these books, But really is that much of a critic? 

Author bio: An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone. When not writing or reading--or raising the coolest kid ever--Jessa enjoys making memories with her amazingly supportive family and friends, while secretly planning her next trip to New Orleans. She will always call Southern California home, where she lives with her husband and daughter, and a Great Dane who thinks he's the same size as his cranky sister, the Chihuahua.

Jessa Russo's links: Website, Twitter, Facebook: To Friend, To Like/ Follow

So till next time God Speed and Open Roads. 

Monday, November 04, 2013

week 35 update

Baby Mog is now the size of a coconut, which translates to 17-18 inches long and 4.2-5.8 lbs. and dancing like his/her nick-name-sake. he/she likes to start up dancing around 9pm and continues till after I have fallen asleep. Of course he/she is active most the day, I know that babies supposedly sleep at some point, but most the time it seems like baby Mog is a very happy and healthy baby who likes to move. It probably means I'm going to spin a lot of time chasing this little guy or girl around once he/she enters to the world.

Let's see, I have finally reached the point where I am  sore from being pregnant, I can't see my toes, and I'm having a hard time putting on my socks and shoes. oh and I'm still throwing up about once a week, yeah.

I have had my last ballet class till after I have recovered from labor. which is very sad about that because ballet has been a bright spot of my week for some time. I will miss it but hopefully I will be back at it very very soon. I mean I've only got 5 weeks left of pregnancy and then hopefully I will not have anything major to recover from. But there is no way to know what that will look like.

I did finally watch a birthing video. I don't know why these women agreed to let the whole world see their ho-hos, it was a bit traumatic. my first thought after seeing what labor would be like was "um, maybe a C-section wouldn't be that bad.  I guess only time will tell.

As the date comes closer second by second there is still much to do. the crib needs to be emptied-I've been lazy and instead of putting my linens in the crib rather then putting it in the up high shelf in the closet. we need to put the car seats in the cars,  I need to go through the bags of clothing a friend gave me and start washing everything. not to mention I should probably wipe down the walls with bleach to make sure I don't have any more mold growing in the nursery/office/art studio. Then I should probably take stock of things I don't have and yet still might or might not need. cause lets face it is difficult to know what is actually going to be helpful when the baby comes.

I think that is all of the pregnancy updates to share, so till next time: God Speed and Open Roads!