Friday, March 27, 2015

A Day in My Life: Wednesday

Today anyone who wants to is linking up a day in their life at Trish's blog: Love, Laughter, & Insanity. I decided to document my Wednesday, which is only a little atypical because my oldest has a shorter school day.

Here's how it all went down:

5:45 – The baby woke up to eat. She’s stuffy so I had to suction her nose. She actually doesn’t mind that.

Somewhere in here I woke up for good but I didn't write it down. Probably closer to 7:45.

8:15 - try to bribe 2 year old to go potty. Change his diaper instead. He put his Halloween shirt on over the outfit I picked out for him.

wearing the Halloween shirt
8:30 – feed the baby. Listen to some Sam Tsui, who is my new favorite YouTube singer.

8:45 – dismantle the cushion fort the boys made and pick up the living room. Remind oldest to take care of the cereal he didn’t finish and have him get dressed. Pass the basket full of clean laundry and grab 5 things to fold up and put away. I don't like to fold laundry so this is the way I trick myself into doing it.

9:00 – 2 year old has a diaper blowout. This does not normally happen. Clean him up. Clean the carpet where he was sitting. Start some laundry. Grab a new pair of pants for him out of the clean clothes basket – one less thing to fold up today.

9:16 – sorting laundry. Boys get in a fight over some legos. Remember husband was out of work socks. Briefly wonder what he ended up wearing. Remember the toast I left in the toaster.

side-eyeing her brothers

9:21 My husband Rusty calls. Ask him what socks he wore. Top the baby off while we talk.

9:31 – put the baby down for a nap. Start oldest’s homework. It's a workbook where he practices writing a letter and finding pictures of 5 things that start with that letter. The letter this week is U. Try to find pictures of unicorns, or universities, or underwear…

9:33 – Rusty calls back with a question.

9:58 – Oldest gets upset that it’s too hard to find things that start with U. It really is. Finally finds a picture of an umbrella, bringing his total of pictures found to 1. Total pictures now found: 5.

10:05 – put pbs kids on for the kids so I can shower.

10:44 – regret the Doritos I ate yesterday. Have carrots for a snack. The boys have crackers

10:55 – decide to crockpot some chicken and potatoes so I don’t have to worry about making dinner tonight. Find science in the potato bag. Accidentally drop the bottle of bbq sauce into the crock pot.

11:13 – find 2 year old’s crackers all smashed. Get the vacuum. Have oldest look through the pictures on his reading book.


11:15 – lose patience with the kid and yell. Notice the vacuum smells like burning. It wakes the baby up. Have oldest read me his book.

11:27 – change the baby’s poopy bum. Make bologna sandwiches for the boys. Realize I missed the bloggiesta chat.

11:36 – 2 year old keeps putting his bologna on his face and saying he’s a pirate. I try not to laugh but it's funny.

11:42 - yell at the kids again for making a mess with their lunch.

11:45 – get everyone ready to take oldest to school. And 2 year old is poopy again. Normally this doesn’t happen. Possibly he has that stomach bug oldest had on Sunday. (ETA: he totally did)

11:50 – now oldest has to go potty. School starts in 10 minutes. Everyone get some shoes on, I say several times.

12:08 – back home and feeding the baby. Can’t remember which side I’m on but left’s as good a guess as any.

12:17 – go over a couple letters with 2 year old . Rock out to his favorite song, Eye of the Tiger.

12:24 – baby spits up on her clothes so I change her. No big deal because she was still in jammies anyway.

dressed for the day
12:30 – 2 year old went into his room and laid on his bed. Normally this doesn’t happen but I’m ok with it. It’s early out for school anyway so we have to pick up oldest by 2:15. If he can get a little nap in there, great. Time to make myself a sandwich.

12:42 – switched the laundry and totally forgot the sandwich. Eating and rocking the baby in my lap and watching a little of Monday’s episode of The Voice.

12:57 top the baby off again before a nap.

1:07 – both kids are asleep. Time to read for a little while.

2:05 - wake the kids up so we can get oldest.

2:31 - back home again. 2 year old throws a fit because he’s still tired. Oldest throws a fit because I won’t give him candy. I hit up my stash of Doritos.

2:42 – Rusty calls to hear about oldest’s day & tell us about his class.

3 – take some medicine because I’m starting to feel bleh. Feed the baby.

3:30 – more laundry. The boys put their clothes away and play with toys.

3:53 – snack break

4:05 - realize my eyebrows are looking a little scary and try to shape them.

4:12 – top the baby off then put her down for another nap.

4:24 – 2 year old was coloring a picture, then his face.

washable markers
4:36 – had to stop a fight between the boys.

4:49 – so tired. This is the longest/hardest part of the day. I give up and put on a movie.

5:15 – unload the dishwasher, switch the laundry, change the towels in the boys’ bathroom

5:37 – husband is home!

5:45 – the boys set the table. Oldest announces he won’t eat anything I’ve made. I let Rusty deal with that.

5:56 – change 2 year old’s diaper

6:15 – dinner: bbq crockpot chicken and potatoes, cous cous, raw carrots, and peaches. It was so good.

We're really into couscous lately

6:25– We send the boys outside to play. Oldest starts hitting. Normally he doesn't do that. Gets time out.

6:47 – the baby wakes up from her nap. I change her bum.

7:05 – I put dinner away. Rusty gets 2 year old to go potty.

7:15 – suction the baby’s nose while 2 year old cleans up toys. Oldest throws fit. Weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth. Earns one way ticket to early bed time. He just did not have a good day on Wednesday.

7:25 – feed the baby

7:45 – put 2 year old to bed and wash the dinner dishes.

8:15 – veg with Rusty

8:40 – feed the baby one last time.

8:50 – put baby down for the night.

9 – writing group chat

11 – go to bed

Exciting, right? :) Not every day is quite that crazy, but I'm sure anyone with little kids can relate.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bloggiesta - It's Not Too Late!

Bloggiesta's been going all week and I have a little time today to work on it. So here I am, signing up!

My goals are:
Update my review archive. Probably letters Q through Z.
Visit 5 new blogs.
Write up a review of Wonder by RJ Palacio

Small goals are better than none, right? Happy Bloggiesta everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Read This: The Winner's Crime

The Winner's Crime
by Marie Rutkoski

The Goodreads Summary Says:   
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

I Say:
4 stars
Oh, The Winner's Crime, you've broken my heart.

The Winner's Crime opens up the world that's created in The Winner's Curse, adding new villains, allies and dangers. Kestrel lives in the imperial city, engaged to the prince, and she's in way over her head. The court is made for gossip and spies. And being stabbed in the back. There's so much intrigue and intensity, it all makes for a very fast-paced read. I also liked the views of "the east," the enemies of Valoria that Kestrel's general dad is fighting. I'm sure there will be more of that in the final book. The writing is just as beautiful as the first book, too.

But the characters are everything in this series. They're well rounded and full of flaws. And their flaws cause major problems. Kestrel continues to think she knows what's best for everyone, including Arin. She's afraid of his rashness and lies to keep him from doing anything stupid. But her keeping him in the dark basically guarantees him doing stupid things. Lies, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings mar their relationship throughout the book. There were a few moments where I wanted to shake them and have them (finally) come clean to each other. It's a little frustrating when a simple conversation would fix some of the main problems in a story. But not all their problems are easily solved, especially as they both begin to trust people they shouldn't. Their relationship gets knotted up in all the deceit going on in the rest of the story.

Usually the second book in a series is my favorite (I know, I'm weird). I love watching everything go to pot and seeing characters gear up for the big show down that inevitably comes in the last book of a trilogy. And if The Winner's Crime does anything, it's make everything go to pot. It was such a heart crusher I just kind of wanted it to end. I don't think there's enough hope/possibility that things could get better. So I'm left with some doubts about whether the series will wrap up in a way that's satisfying for me, but I guess we'll see.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorites

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is all time favorite books. Link up here!

I've been blogging for 4 years (this month!) and these are favorites I've read during that time.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
To paraphrase Kanye, this is the best lighthearted contemporary romance of all time. All time.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Issues plus contemporary romance plus college = love

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Issues but not really romance but still so good.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Some issues, some hopping through history, a whole lot of swoon.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This is also some really good issues plus romance. Apparently these are things I really like.

Everything else... way more fantasy than I expected.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson
Spanish-influenced world with a chubby protagonist and multiple love interests without a love triangle. Basically all the good things.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Some people say this book is slow. I say, Sean Kendrick.

The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater
The characters and friendships are the most developed of any series I've read.

Matched by Ally Condie
I stayed up all night reading this and was a zombie the next day. But it was totally worth it. Also this the first/only book where I liked the love triangle loser the best.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Yeah, I looked up a bunch of spoilers for the sequel (finally out today!) because I love pretty much everything about this book.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorites?