Archive | November, 2012

Friday links

30 Nov

Have a wonderful weekend my friends. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am heading to the Packer game on Sunday and I’m pretty excited ’bout it. I’ll also be celebrating my dear friend Ashley’s golden birthday in Milwaukee on Friday. Happy birthday Ash!

San Francisco’s micro apartments

Is there anything better than mac n cheese? I just don’t think so.

Get a North Pole postmark

Um, duh.

Best Christmas card ever?

Lemon-Basil Ricotta Stuffed Shells in a Champagne Cream Sauce

Currently reading

DIY modern magnets

Great shoes from Target

I can’t wait to see Les Misérables

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This weekend…

29 Nov

…I will be here.

It’s ok. Those feelings of jealousy are perfectly natural.

Wednesday links

21 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since today is basically Friday, I thought I’d give you all a little link love 2 days early.

What are your holiday plans? This is the first year Tyler and I are doing holidays together, so we will be spending tomorrow at his Dad’s house. Green bean casserole ingredients, 2 bottles of wine, and cranberry sauce in the can (Tyler wouldn’t have it any other way) are packed, along with my walking shoes for the Berbee Derby.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Holiday how-to: the red lip

Bicycle taxidermy

Cute calendars from Minted

Currently reading

50 best date movies

Free iPhone wallpapers

Leftover turkey noodle soup

30 days of Pinspiration

Friday links

16 Nov

*Update:What the heck? Sorry about the worst Friday links ever. I wrote and published this on the train last night from my WordPress app, which evidently decided to go with a previous draft rather than the full one I intended.

Best way to roast a turkey

A very realistic-looking bacon scarf

The skinniest house in the world

Brussels sprouts + beer + bacon

The Accidental Christian Book Club

14 Nov

Both of my book clubs kicked off recently, and as you may remember, I promised to review each book.

In my first club, Libby hosted a Southern themed get-together, complete with fried chicken, sweet tea (vodka) and sugary pecans to discuss The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere.

Here’s a synopsis of the book (courtesy of Amazon):

1950 Tennessee, a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early thirties) and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But her mother’s death hit her harder than anyone suspects and Ivorie wonders if she will be alone forever.
When she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden—a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills—something about him haunts Ivorie. She can’t imagine what would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden. But what she truly can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town—a community that would rather let secrets stay secret.

My take on the novel

In a word: forgettable

It’s not that I hated this book. The story was fine and I breezed through it in a day, but it was basically a poor-man’s The Help with less developed/interesting characters. And for a topic that is pretty intense (the boy has been sexually abused, neglected, and can’t speak because he has a cleft palate) everything gets unrealistically wrapped up neatly with a little bow by the end.

I think I would have preferred this book if the author had gone a less safe/comfortable route in approaching the boy’s struggles and recovery (in the book he is fine and dandy in a few months time). But given that before this novel she wrote Christmas stories, I get the feeling that happy endings are more her style. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good happy ending (I do read a lot of young adult fiction). But in this case it just felt like a cop out.

It also dawned on all of us as we were discussing the book that, duh!, Donna VanLiere is a Christian writer…at which point we decided to dub this monthly meeting of the minds The Accidental Christian Book Club. 

Coming soon…my review of Divergent

Friday links

9 Nov

…And I’m back. Sorry for the lack of posts in the past week or so, but the good news is, we’re all moved in, have started our new jobs, and officially have internet! Today begins our first weekend as Chicago residents. Activities will include a Badger game at Will’s Northwoods Inn, a mid-season Fantasy Football “Foot Ball,” a trip to IKEA, and drinks with a friend from Oregon. Big city life sure is busy.

On to the links. There are a few extra to make up for last week. Have a jolly weekend!

Mushroom kale lasagna rolls

Macaron coin purse

This 6 year old is ridic

8 non-pumpkin holiday pies

A liberal’s letter to conservatives

Tebow’s email gets hacked

Winter dinner party playlist

Thanksgiving recipe roundup

How cute are these flats?

Love these pom pom bookmarks

The most liked Facebook photo of all time

Fall recipes for bacon lovers

One day I will own a set of these chairs

Want to see: Anna Karenina

The Rory Gilmore reading challenge

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Currently reading

5 Nov

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