May 16, 2011

Eating, Reading, Watching

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. Uggggggh. I got up with my husband, packed his lunch and made coffee and sent him off to work. Then I went back to bed.

My alarm went off again at 7:00. I felt yucky. My arms and legs were made of lead. I couldn't lift my head. (*snort* that rhymed) None of the kids were up yet, so I stayed in bed. (hehe, more rhyming)

At 9:30 Shane finally woke up. The boys and I slept in until 9:30. In all honesty, Caedon was running a slight fever but probably not enough for him to stay home. I was too tired and sick to get up and get them to school today. So I pulled the parent card and decided that everyone was staying home. I confess, I kept the older two home to help me with Shane.

I've been keeping busy with my photography, and I have been amazed at how much it's grown over the last month. I've been burning the midnight oil getting sessions edited and I think that kinda led to today's overall ickyness.

So moving on: Eating, Reading, Watching

Eating: nothing exciting. Mostly a lot of beans, salads and roasted chicken. (I honestly think I roasted 4 chickens in one week.) Brisket one night. Nothing to write home blog about.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I remember reading this a long time ago at my grandma's house. I found that the Disney movie followed the book better than the new version.

A Lucky Child. You want a good historical memoir, this is a good one.

Water for Elephants. I'm a little late to the party on this one. It was good, I didn't like some of the character flaws (but then again, I guess that's why they are flaws.) It was a good distraction from the other book I was reading. I'll get to that in a minute.

Heaven is for Real. Yes, Yes, Yes! Go read this book. It's short, it's a fast read and I dare you to not fall in love with the Burpo family. This book came at a good time for me. I've been having some...religion issues. Not Faith. Those two things are very separate in my mind. I'm working on it.

I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo between A Lucky Child and Water for Elephants. I'm having a hard time getting into it. It just doesn't read as quickly as I like to. I'm working on it. I'm determined to finish it.

We picked up Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. I'm really excited to start that one.

Netflix is back. We had Netflix when we lived in Phoenix. Before they had the streaming option. The service hub was in Phoenix, so a disc shipped out would easily arrive the next day. We could receive, watch and return several movies a week. When we moved to Las Cruces, not so much. It sucked. The mail service was slow and there were times that we didn't receive our movies. I cancelled it shortly after we moved.

I finally bit the bullet and went back. We have a Wii and we browse the Internet on it (it's awesome for showing the boys cool stuff on the net. Waffleizer was a huge hit.)

Since I signed us up on Saturday we've watched:
almost all of Avatar: The Last Airbender series
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Happily N'ever After 2
Camp Leatherneck
God Grew Tired of Us
Easy A 
resumed Nip/Tuck where we left off.

And now a public service announcement: Just because your Blu-Ray is "wireless capable" does not mean it is "wireless ready." We found this out when I tried to connect one of the BR's to our network and it would not connect. I read the manual and found out that we needed a LAN Wireless Adapter. So I went and got one. Simple right? Wrong. Evidently I needed a Samsung specific LAN Wireless Adapter. That would be an additional $80. The reviews and comments on Amazon basically summed it up: Great product, happy with the Blu-Ray. Unhappy about the additional cost for a wireless adapter.

So now that I'm back on Netflix, any good stuff I need to watch? We are geeking out over all the documentaries. Any good books to distract me as I read through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

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