Sunday, March 30, 2014

Third Grave Dead Ahead - Darynda Jones

I think I know what I want to be
when I grow up.
Or rather, 
who I want to be.
I want to be Charley Davidson.
I'm not the Grimm Reaper,
but I just love her!!!

In Third Grave Dead Ahead
Charley has way too many men to deal with.
First there's Reyes.
She bound the son of Satan
to his body and he is pissed.
Every time she falls asleep,
he comes to her.
And he's not happy with this.
So Charley does what anyone would do.
She doesn't sleep.
At all.
Remember, she is the Grimm Reaper.
Technically she doesn't need as much sleep as us
mere mortals.

Then there's her dad.
After setting her up as bait
he now feels guilty and has decided
the best way to keep her safe
is to demand she quit the PI business.
And he does so in a sneaky way.

Then there's Dr Yost.
He wants to hire Charley to find his missing wife.
But he's not quite right.
He oozes guilt.
Was he behind his wife's disappearance?

Next comes Garrett.
Oh Garrett.
What can I say?

And then there's Donovan.
Oh, how I do hope we see more of you
in the next books.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Days: 21-30

I am loving this challenge.
And I love seeing friends join
Happy Days too.
The last 10 days have been great.

Day 21- Scott's birthday

Day 22 - Waking up at the Hyatt

Day 23 - lunch with Bal

Day 24 - Watching Ethan's swim gala

Day 25 - A fantastic massage

Day 26 - Ethan's Student Led Conference

Day 27 - Ethan performs his hip hop routine

Day 28 - Girl Scout Cookies!

Day 29 - Chinese take away

Day 30 - Apple/ginger/mint juice

What made you happy?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Snacks

Write a list of your 10 favourite snacks growing up.

Snack Haiku
Smarties Oreos Twix
Mars Bar Pringles Barbecue Chips
Chipwich Pizza Fudgesicle

Ok, so that's only 9,
but I think I deserve extra credit
for turning them into a haiku!

And now I'm hungry.
Off to find a snack!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Birthday Tradition

It was Scott's birthday this past weekend.
Happy Birthday Babes!
For the last eight years
for Scott's birthday,
he and Ethan get matching shirts.
It began with kanga shirts.
But we've moved on since then.
And since this year was a
winter Olympics year,
and since Scott and Ethan 
enjoyed watching different events,
I thought getting them matching
Team Canada shirts
was the way to go.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Days: 11-20

It's been another lovely 10 days.
What I enjoy the most about this project
is ensuring that even on my down days
I see the silver lining,
I find something that makes me happy.

Here are the past 10 days.

Day 11 - Cappucino and tiramisu

Day 12 - My get well bracelet from Ethan

Day 13 - Cooking class

Day 14 - Settling in for the evening

Day 15 - Mum's chicken biriyani

Day 16 - Lunch with mates

Day 17 - Pancake Day!

Day 18 - My new iPhone cover

Day 19 - Aunty Mel comes for a visit

Day 20 - My ice cream date

What made you happy?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Landry Park - Bethany Hagen

Landry Park was the book I choose
for my February 
Yound Adult Debut Author.

The US has been divided into sections
and classes 
and is ruled by the rich gentry. 
Here we meet 17 year old
Madeline Landry
who dreams of going to university.
But as the eldest, 
and only child,
it is her duty to marry
and continue the Landry lifeline. 

In comes David Dana.
Handsome and charming.
He makes Madeline think about
how her life is.
How those who are not gentry are treated.
He makes her question all that she knows is true.

This is a little different than recent dystopia books.
Madeline is strong
but her strength comes through in her character
and not her muscles.
She sees the Rootless
and how they are treated
and knows she must do something.
She's one of those characters 
you love
even when you think she needs a smack!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cooking with Swarn

Our last
Cooking with Swarn class
was a vegetarian one.
I loved it!
The menu consisted of a dal,
cabbage and peas
and roti.

To begin the class,
Swarn showed us a variety of lentils
and told us the difference between them.

Did you know there were so many different types?
We used the green ones

With tomatoes, garlic, spices

Cooking it down

With some coriander and onions
The roti is a lot thinner
than the chapati.
I loved how it puffed up
when you cook it.

The cabbage and peas may have been simple
but oh so good.

Peas with spices

Add cabbage

Oh, how could I forget.
We also made raita.

Yogurt with tomatoes

And onions

What a lovely dinner.