books & reading op ed

I Might Be The Worst Twilight Fan Ever

So since my foot is sprained and I’m afraid to get up to find a snack or read a book (and definitely cannot work out) I figured I’d poke the angry bear of my life with a stick and make a confession. I’m not going to buy the Twilight DVD. I’m not even sure I want to watch it again. Sure the baseball scene was amazing. Yes I love Twilight. But let’s all be honest here for a minute – the movie wasn’t very good. Do I plan to see New Moon? Hell yes – especially since they have a new director AND Dakota Fanning will be in the movie! And honestly, any Twilight fix is better than no twilight fix. But if I really do get all Twilight-cravy, I have Netlfix and can rent it. I’m not spending my (teeny tiny amount of) money to buy it.

While I’m being all sacrilegious I’ll continue…

  • I do not love Edward.
  • I do not wish my husband was more like Edward.
  • To be honest, I’d never ever want to date Edward. He’d annoy me. He’s perfect for Bella. But (although we’re similar) I’m not her.
  • I will probably never reread the books. Don’t get me wrong – I loooooooved every single one of them – but I don’t reread books. So it probably won’t happen.
  • I think Robert Pattinson is uggggly and looks nothing like Edward in My Mind. Also he annoys me. A lot. I really think he thinks this whole thing is just a joke. He takes this movie about as seriously as if he were acting in Superbad. He probably wishes he were.
  • Kristen Stewart isn’t much better. Both of them need to clean up their acts because they’ve been found guilty of sucking. These books are incredible and I really think they are making a mockery of them. I hope New Moon proves me wrong and is awesome and they are awesome because I miss squeeing.
  • I think my real favorite scene in the movie was when “Edward” makes that nasty disgusted face because he smells Bella for the first time and she smells her BO. That was pretty great. But so not worthy of being a favorite scene. Thank god for vampire baseball.

Some positive notes:

  • Ashely Greene (Alice) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) were fantastic. They are my favorite characters in the movie (and sometimes the books, although for me the books are all about Bella – hence my angst with Kristen Stewart).
  • Did I mention I am a fan? I swear I do love the books. In fact, if I didn’t love them, the disappointment of the movie wouldn’t bother me at all, would it?
  • You should take pity on me at least a little bit because I’m a pregnant woman with a sprained foot and I really want a snack. Send cookies.
dieting & exercise

KMBFBAG: Week Five

I think I’m up a pound or two? I don’t know, I’m not great at keeping track and I’m weighing myself in two different places – my bathroom scale and my WiiFit. At Saturdays weigh in, WiiFit told me I was at 207 and I was all, “Seriously, I need to gain weight at some point. How am I losing still?” I started my pregnancy at 207. I think I hit 209 at some point? Now I’m wondering if that was a fluke. This morning I was going to weigh myself one more time and do a body test before I wrote this but then the mailman came and I sprained my foot answering the door. Seriously. I’m having a stellar day. So I’m sitting here icing my foot thinking, “Damn, what now?” Clearly a workout is out of the question.

And I don’t feel like turning on the wii and dragging out the balance board just to weigh myself. So I hobbled into the bathroom and tried that scale which pronounced me 210. I’m going to have to start comparing what the bathroom scale tells me and what the WiiFit tells me just for curiosities sake. 210 actually made me happy. I know, I’m the weirdest woman ever. But according to normal women have gained about 10 pounds by now. So I figure a calorie counting keeping track of shit, over weight woman should have gained at least a pound or two right?

Anyway up until yesterday I worked out on the WiiFit every day. I had an 8 day streak and I was so proud but then I somehow missed getting in a workout yesterday in between eating my third slice of UnBirthday cake this week and other delicious indulgences. And then today I sprained my foot. So that might ruin my workout plans for the week. We’ll see. I am doing good with the water and for the most part I’m still rocking the calorie count. I’ve done pretty good about adding vegetables into my diet but somehow find myself slacking on fruits which is weird. My goals are just to maintain my status quo and try not to injure myself anymore this week.

How are your diets going?


Recipe: Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This is another recipe adopted from one found at You can find the original recipe here.

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Total Time: 30 minutes   Makes: 6 servings


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes (I used 2 large potatoes, cooked and mashed them, adding no ingredients yet)
  • 4 oz (1/2 of an 8 oz package) Neufchatel cheese (less fat and calories than cream cheese)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like, really)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups frozen corn, thawed (you can substitute for vegetable of your choice)
  • 1 cup beef gravy


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Brown meat in large skillet; drain.
  3. Mix potatoes (cooked and mashed) with Neufchatel, 1/2 cup of cheese, and garlic, until well blended.
  4. Combine meat, vegetables and gravy; Spoon into 9 inch square baking dish.
  5. Cover with potato mixture and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
books & reading contests & giveaways motherhood

Are You Preventing Your Baby From Sleeping Through The Night? (Contest!)

“Here’s something that may really surprise you: As much as we may want our babies to sleep through the night, our own subconscious emotions sometimes hold us back from encouraging change in our babies’ sleeping habits. You yourself may be the very obstacle preventing you from changing a routine that disrupts your life.”

from The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

I can tell you that, looking back now, this was certainly my problem in getting MM to sleep through the night as a baby. We finally got there around 8 months – but armed with the right kind of information, I think we’d have gotten him sleeping through the night a lot sooner. I’m a big fan of Pantley’s No-Cry Solutions series. So I was eager to enter this contest to win TWO autographed No-Cry Solution books. Five winners will be chosen to win two books and all you have to do to enter is:

  • Choose a line or two from any of the books. (See Pantley’s website for book list and excerpts.)
  • Quote it on your blog or website.
  • Include the title and author.
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That’s all ~ you’re entered!

Winners will be chosen at random on April 15, 2009.
A good day to give a surprise to 5 people!