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This week in…: Volume 20

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This week in reading…Finished Dept. of Speculation, started Forever, Interrupted, and still trying to work through Alex Woods. I want to like it but I think it might wind up as a DNF for me. And thank you to the 30+ bloggers who participated in this month’s Show Us Your Books linkup and the next one is July 14. Mark your calendars now! 

This week in TV…Orange is the New Black season 3!!! That is all.

This week in confessions…Last Friday was my birthday and, as you know, people come out of the Facebook woodwork to say happy birthday. That is, of course, you’re related to me, in which case you completely ignore the fact that I’m celebrating my birthday. I might not know which of my friends said it but family? I totally keep track. 

This week in things that I did…A few months ago, I was interviewed for Media Shower’s blog about all kinds of things like blogging and saving money. You can check out the interview here. I also finally got myself a bit organized with my library book due dates (no more fines for me) and the Interview with a Bookworm series? I have plans for a spin-off. Details coming soon. 

This week in cooking…I made easy homemade macaroni and cheese. No one in my family likes it so that means it’s all for me. Fat girl win!tumblr_mt804y2frY1rqfhi2o1_250

This week in things that are awesome…and also why animals are better than people. Did you read the story about the service dog who JUMPED IN FRONT OF A BUS to protect his blind owner? I can think of  one person I’d do that for and she came out of my body. 

This week in internet reads…Scary Mommy was on point with the posts about the struggle of the introverted mother and why I use the f word. Then I read this post on Thought Catalog about 17 things that happen when you’re extremely motivated but also extremely lazy. And there was this post about the effects of fiction on the brain which cited all kinds of studies but really left me wondering how I get a job as a test subject for a study of people reading. And because dogs, especially Bichons because, you know, I have two, I loved this senior dog’s advice to younger dogs

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Have a great and wonderful and fun weekend! If you’re watching OITNB, let me know so we can discuss! If you actually have a life and don’t care about OITNB or don’t feel the need to watch every single episode in 2 days then I’m a little jealous of you. See you on Monday!

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This week in…Birthday edition!

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It’s my birthday, bitches!!! Today I turn 38 which is all kinds of crazy because on a good day I feel 12, maybe 13 except I have a child and a mortgage and spend a ridiculous amount of time feeding other people/animals or worrying about what to feed them so I guess that actually makes me a grown up. I’m excited for today and all the freebies I will be accumulating and the fact that we’re going to The Everett Theater (featured prominently in Dead Poets Society, specifically the theater where Neil performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to see The Goonies! Birthday win!

And now let’s do a quick recap of the rest of birthday week:

This week in reading…Finished Wonder, working through Alex Woods, finished a book written by my friend Nick (I’ll be sharing more about this in a few weeks), and started Big Little Lies. Picked up Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town. Show Us Your Books is this Tuesday, June 9 and Alyssa and I will be announcing a yearlong reading challenge this summer so brace yourselves for that. I love how much of my week is devoted to books or thinking about books. 

This week in TV…Maybe you know this, maybe you don’t, but I believe that Wentworth Miller is one of the best looking men on the planet. He’s been on TV recently in The Flash and there’s some other superhero show starting next year that he’ll be on, too but the big news is that FOX IS CONSIDERING BRINGING BACK PRISON BREAK!!! #sorrynotsorry for the shouting but I just about lost my shit when I read that. It’ll be an “event series” like they did with 24 but I don’t care. Give me all the Prison Break and give me all the Wentworth Miller. Thank you, Fox, for this gift.wentworth miller

This week in cooking…My husband’s favorite meal that I make is stuffed shells. I don’t make them often because they are a huge pain in the ass. But this time I got smart. This time I made 2 pans of them, one to eat this week for dinner and lunches and one to freeze for the next time he wants them. I wish I had a recipe to share but I don’t because I make them differently every single time. I also used homemade marinara sauce for this batch and holy shit, did it taste even better.

This week in things that are awesome…I know people are split on their opinions of The Big Bang Theory as a show but if you don’t think the fact that the show’s creator established a scholarship fund at UCLA for low income science students with the stars of the show contributing money towards the initial $4M endowment is awesome, you need to rethink your definition of awesome.

This week in internet interestings…My husband, in addition to his full-time job, is a part-time adjunct instructor at a university so this article in The Atlantic (shared on FB by a friend who is a full-time professor) about how poorly adjuncts are paid and the effect on their performance and ability to serve students hit home. Jennifer Weiner knocked it out of the park again with her post for The New York Times on the pressure to look good. Then there was this post from Buzzfeed about how someone impersonated the reporter to trick a sexual assault victim into giving up her real name but the most interesting takeaway for me was learning about some guy named Chuck Johnson. I was blissfully unaware of him until that post, and he is the reason the internet can be a dangerous place (confession: I fell into the “I must learn all about him” rabbit hole at one point). The contempt I have for him is on par with the contempt I feel towards the Duggar parents after watching their “interview” on Wednesday night.

This week in birthday funnies…birthday cake


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Have a great weekend, y’all! See you back on Monday with a post topic TBD. 


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This week in…: Volume 19

Weekly recap. Let’s get to it for this very slow, boring, uneventful week.

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This week in reading…In the middle of Wonder and The Leisure Seeker. Alex Woods, Some Luck, and Big Little Lies are next. Also, this is your friendly reminder for the next Show Us Your Books linkup which happens on June 9.

This week in cooking…I made the easiest dinner the other night, one pot pasta with vegetables. Here’s what you do: Mix 2 cups of sauce (I make my own but you can use jarred as well) with two cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add roughly 8 oz of pasta (or, if you’re like me, just dump in a bunch of noodles until you think it’s enough) and a bag of frozen vegetables. Cook until the pasta is done. Add cheese if you want. 

This week in TV watching…Thanks to Kathy, I plan to check out Bosch because you can never have too many gritty cop shows in your life. I also decided that I’m finally going to watch How To Get Away with Murder because I meant to watch it when it aired (and by watch, I mean DVR) and never did. Summer TV sucks so I figure it’s a good time to catch up.

This week in gardening…The husband one again created a huge garden in the backyard. Some plants are doing well (corn, pumpkins), and others (peppers, cucumbers), not so much. He did bring volunteers (I call them tributes) home from my in-laws’ and they seem to be surviving thus far. Our garden is officially the hunger games. 

This week in what the fuck…So where I live has two main residents groups. One is public, anyone can join and the other is a private/secret/whatever group. I was a member of both. I’m not very active on Facebook at all so I didn’t visit or post in the secret group with any sort of regularity. I was removed from the group as a result. I know they do that, cull people who they think are lurkers or spies from the public residents group (I know) but seriously, what the fuck?

This week in WHY???…Another installment of The Human Centipede is on its way. I can’t even. If you aren’t familiar with The Human Centipede, please look it up. It is the most disturbing, fucked up thing in the history of everything and I don’t want to describe it or even link to it.

This week in things that are awesome…Did you guys read that Jon Stewart bought a farm in NJ to use as an animal sanctuary for homeless animals? Could he be any more fantastic?

This week in internet reads…Loved this post from The Accidental Missionary (not a blog I read regularly but someone I follow posted a link to this post) about how moms need to stop being overachievers. This post on Social Media Week calls those of us born in the late 70s/early 80s The Oregon Trail Generation since we never really feel like Gen X or Millennials, and how we’re different and why we don’t identify fully with either group. Then there was this list of 14 Things Every Fat Girl Needs to Hear (although I feel like we can take out the word “fat” because every girl needs to hear these). And finally, this interview with Amy Schumer, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, Lena Dunham, Gina Rodriguez, and Tracee Ellis Ross in The Hollywood Reporter. Ladies are fucking funny, yo.

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That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, y’all! See you back on Monday!

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This week in…:Volume 18

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This week in reading…Finished True Story: Murder, Memoir and Mea Culpa and Saving Francesca. Working on The Storied Life of AJ Firky and What Alice Forgot. Picked up Forever, Interrupted, Wonder, Big Little Lies, and The Long Home. Full recap of everything during the next Show Us Your Books linkup on June 9.

This week in disappointment…If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that we rescued 3 baby birds living in my daughter’s bathroom vent. We tried as hard as we could but all 3 babies died. And the mother attacked my husband while he was trying to get her out of the attic. So there was that.

This week in dumbassery…I locked myself out of my own blog because I clearly can’t type in my password properly. Then I almost forgot to unlock myself before I wrote Thursday’s post and had to stop at the library because free wifi and I had books on hold anyway.

This week in being social…Despite my general malaise over everything life, I managed to out on pants and engage with people three times this week. And I had a conversation with 2 of my neighbors. Not bad for a hermit with depression.

This week in things that are delicious…My homemade brownies, thanks to this amazing recipe from Hershey’s (note: I don’t use Hershey’s products when I make them. Still full of chocolatey goodness). I do halve the recipe and forgo the walnuts. I’ve also never made the frosting because honestly, the brownies are phenomenal and addictive enough on their own.

This week in listening…I don’t know what I was listening to that made it play, but I heard this song, “You Are My Las Vegas” by Red Wanting Blue, and it’s an adorable song with an even more adorable video. Watch now.

This week in how the hell did I get so old…May 26 marks 25 years since my bat mitzvah. TWENTY FIVE FREAKING YEARS. What the hell? Perhaps I should have saved this for next week’s edition but I’m old and will probably forget so I have to say it now. While I remember. #oldpeopleproblems

This week in talking to my husband…He was pontificating about something space related because he’s reading a book written by an astronaut and I tuned him out because that shit bores me but whatever he said made this happen–

 Me: You know that book is not a passport, right?

Husband: Yes it is. It’s a passport to knowledge.

This week in my cat’s body count…She’s killed at least 2 bunnies. Not sure what else. I don’t think I want to know. I don’t know how something so cute can be such a vicious murderer. I think people said the same thing about Ted Bundy. 

This week in funnies…

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Have a great weekend, y’all! I have yet to be determined plans and I’ll be back on either Monday or Tuesday, depending on how the weekend goes. 

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This week in…:Volume 17

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This week in adulting…I left my full-time job just about 3 years ago. I finally, just this week, got around to calling the pension office to find out my options regarding my contributions. Still no will but one step at a time, amirite?

This week in cooking…I made whole wheat peanut butter bread. YOU GUYS. It is unbelievably delicious and next time, you can bet I’ll be adding handful or more of chocolate chips. It was crazy easy, too. Peanut butter, flour, baking powder, some sugar, and milk. All things I always have on hand. My daughter had hers with some honey on it. You can also add jam, jelly, Nutella, anything else you feel might work. This is the recipe I used if you want to make it for yourself. 

This week in reading…In addition to True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, I started Saving Francesca plus Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Some Luck by Jane Smiley were procured. I have a hell of a reading month ahead of me, especially when you add in all the books I already have). I also think my reading is contagious because the even the husband has two books on his nightstand. 

This week in TV…THE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE NEW MUPPETS SHOW WAS RELEASED!!! Yes, I’m screaming, and I’m only slightly sorry about it. For those who are new or who might not know, I am a Muppets fanatic (seriously. Last year, for our 10th wedding anniversary, the husband got me a vintage Muppets lunchbox and it was better than jewelry) so the announcement that ABC was considering an new Muppets show made me giddy. Then they said it was definite and I finally have a show to look forward to this fall (it’ll air Tuesdays at 8PM).  

This week in things I don’t give a shit about…American Idol being canceled. I think it’s way overdue, tbh. Anything related to The Bachelor/Bachelorette. There’s something else, too, but I care so little about it I can’t even remember what it was.

This week in things that are awesome…Even though I’m a Mets fan, I can still appreciate when another team does something amazing. It’s why I fell in love with Hank the Ballpark Dog last year and this week, I learned that the San Diego Padres, every year, renew the minor league contract of a brain injured player so he can qualify for health insurance. We hear so much about the crappy actions of athletes and teams, we should pass it on when they do something like this.

This week in internet reads…Did you guys read Alyssa’s post on why blogging is stupid? No? Go read it now then come back. It’s okay. I’ll wait. Now that you’re back, you need to check out both parts to the NYT investigative piece, The Price of Nice Nails (the second half examines the health and medical issues faced by manicurists). It’s extremely eye opening and I read a follow up piece that Governor Cuomo has ordered emergency measures to combat the poor wages and conditions in nail salons in NY. As someone just like this, Elite Daily’s piece, 10 Things People Tough on the Outside but Soft on the Inside Wish You Knew resonated with me. Oh, and in case you missed it, check out my guest post for Erin that’s all about the supreme badassery of Dolly Parton

This week in funnies…not paying bills slinkies smiling
Have a great weekend everyone! I think I’m going to a local orchard’s strawberry festival on Saturday and then visiting with our old neighbors (we finally get to meet their baby!) on Sunday. It’s a whole lot of plans for a homebody like me but it should be fun. Looking forward to seeing you guys back here on Monday with a topic TBD.


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