memes & carnivals

Friday’s Fave Five: June 12th

This is my first time participating in the Friday’s Fave Five meme hosted by Living To Tell The Story, but the basic concept is pretty easy – list five favorite moments from the week, things that made you smile, things that were gooooood. A little power of positive thinking, anybody? Here are mine:

  1. Getting my latest ultrasound yesterday was awesome, if only because now I now that despite my total lack of weight gain, BB is apparently a little fatty at just over 5 pounds and all is well!
  2. The maintenance guy came and fixed our dryer today! I’m looking forward to normal dry cycles for next week’s laundry!
  3. My spaghetti bolognese came out awesome on Tuesday – it’s all about cooking the onions until they are golden brown so they are sweet and do their thing without being all in your face and oniony.
  4. The rousing success of teaching MM song and dance numbers like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and the Hokey Pokey – we also all played hide and seek yesterday after dinner which was too much freaking fun and involved a lot of time being silly with cardboard boxes! 🙂
  5. Meeting my new OB on Tuesday and scheduling the birth of little Baby Blueberry (July 21) could not be more exciting! And it’s such a relief to know where the new doctor’s office is, how to get there (I even went there without my GPS on Thursday!) and that the nurses and my new OB are really nice and helpful (not to mention that apparently my new health insurance just rocks) is all told, probably the best thing ever.

You know what’s really awesome? I could go on! But now it’s your turn – what were the best moments of your week?

family fun

Weekend Diversions: The Video Edition

I have four fun videos for your divertive pleasure this weekend! (I know I could talk about how I haven’t posted a weekend diversions in like over a month, but *yawn* who cares? Let’s just get to the good stuff:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

This one is cool – I found it on VSL, “a Dutch art student named Evelien Lohbeck transforms an ordinary notebook into a notebook computer.”


This next one you are just going to have to click over to enjoy – it involves ice cream, Gone With the Wind and Jane Krakowski. There’s also another one involving King Kong if that’s more your style. Whatevs. I found it on People Magazine.


I found this video at – it combines 100 of the best movie lines in 200 seconds.


Alright, this last one was recommended by my dad! Apparently Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to be the next spokesperson for Healthy Choice whether she likes it or not! Again you are going to have to click over – there are 3 videos so far with four more coming this year. So that’s like an entire year of diversions in one bite – awesome!

That’s all for this week – next week I’ll be posting some cool new divertive blogs I’ve stumbled across (think Cake Wrecks, LOLcats – that genre). If you have any favorites you’d like to recommend – please mention them in the comments below!

family fun

Aloha Friday: You Put Your Right Arm In…

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Lately MM has been very grumpy, irritable, restless. Despite his mother’s contentment with being a homebody, this kid is booooored. He’s bored with the routine and he wants to do something else now – he needs constant distractions. It’s made Dan and I grumpy, irritable and restless, too. The other day I was trying to keep MM preoccupied before bedtime while we waited for Dan – we like to do this bedtime routine together as a family – new diapers, pajamas, a story, all that – I don’t remember what was taking him so long but I do remember that MM was ready to jump ship and do this whole “bedtime thing” another day instead – what kid isn’t? So I’m trying to calm him down, distract him and convince him that bedtime isn’t the devil, when out of nowhere I start doing the hokey pokey. Just because.

I must be a genius or something because MM was immediately enthralled – he wanted to hokey pokey over and over. After about our 4th round of hokey pokey, I switched things up and we did head, shoulders, knees and toes. Another big hit – and I’m left thinking, “Why haven’t we sung these to him yet?” and “What other awesome distraction / song / dances am I forgetting?” Because this stuff is like activity gold – I don’t need to buy anything, grab any tools, or anything – I just have to remember all the dorky song and dance numbers from my youthful past.

So my Aloha Friday questions for you this week are:

  1. (If you are a parent or care provider for a little one) what songs, nursery rhymes etc. do you like to do together?
  2. What is your child’s favorite? What is yours? Feel free to include the words, etc. in case I don’t know them.
  3. Any other distraction tips for my grumpy, irritable, restless little one? I know, I know – I need to take him out more – did I mention I’m hugely 34 weeks pregnant and live on the third floor? I’m trying people!
books & reading memes & carnivals

Friday Finds: June 12th

FF2_MdFriday Finds asks:

“What great books did you hear about / discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!”

I’ve stumbled across three prospective books this week, a nice and short list, which is good because my TBR pile on currently has 483 books and I know it’s probably incomplete. Anyhow, here are my three finds from this week:

  1. Haunting Bombay by Shipla Agarwal – Yet another book that I stumbled across at Scrap Girl’s blog Serendipity. She and I seem to have fairly similar book interests because 9 out of 10 times if she likes it, it sounds good to me, too. So not helping the TBR pile but I can’t say I’m complaining (oh by the way – she’s giving away a copy of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen right now – if you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time!). Anyway, about Haunting Bombay – here’s a little description: “In her stunning debut novel Shilpa Agarwal takes on the ghosts that bedevil young Pinky Mittal’s extended family and dispatches them with rambunctious wit and affection. The result is like finely wrought mirror work, a glittering tapestry of vibrant contradictions, characters, and mysteries. Haunting Bombay flirts deliciously with the true spirit of India.”—Aimee Liu, author of Flash House
  2. The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry – This was Jennifer at Snapshot‘s pick for this week’s Children’s Book Carnival on Poetry at 5 Minutes For Books. With over 200 poems by authors like Bill Martin, Jr., Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Margaret Wise Brown, Mother Goose, Jack Prelutsky and Judith Viorst – it just sounds like a wonderful compilation of children’s poetry and Jennifer’s son Kyle loves it – I really want to pick this up to read to MM. The collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Martin Jr’s best-known collaborators. This essential compilation also features original illustrations by award-winning artists, including Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, Steven Kellogg, Chris Raschka, Dan Yaccarino, Nancy Tafuri, and Derek Anderson.
  3. Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love by Patrice Hannon – This was the book Naida at Bookworm quoted in this week’s Teaser Tuesday. “Women have looked to Jane Austen’s heroines as models of appropriate behavior for nearly two centuries. Who better to understand the heart of a heroine than Austen? In this delightful epistolary “what if,” Austen serves as a “Dear Abby” of sorts, using examples from her novels and her life to counsel modern-day heroines in trouble, she also shares with readers a compelling drama playing out in her own drawing room. Witty and wise—and perfectly capturing the tone of the author of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice—Dear Jane Austen is as satisfying as sitting down to tea with the novelist herself.” – book description on

That’s all for this week – what new books did you find for your TBR pile this week?