Sunday, December 26, 2010

Books Read in 2010

 I have to say that I am sad that I only got to 11 books this year.  These are the actual books that I completed.  There were many more that I started and did not finish for one reason or another.  At least I can say that the majority of the books that I read were really worth my time.  I also got an e-reader to use in 2010 and read 9 out of 11 books on it.  I don't mind the e-reader except that I wish I had a electric plug to charge it rather than having to use my computer all the time.  The books with the stars are my favorites and ones that I highly recommend.
In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy & Sean Tuohy With Sally Jenkins
*The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Between the Sheets by Robin Wells
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
Sweet Devotion by Felicia Mason
*The Help by Kathryn Stockett
*Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
The Bride's Baby by Liz Fielding
Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
*Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shutterfly is a Gift Giver's Best Friend

As I was contemplating what type of photo card I would like to do for Christmas this year, I got the Shutterfly 2010 Holiday Cards and Gifts catalog in the mail.  In the past I have done 4x8 photo cards and used 4x6 pictures in the cards where you can insert pictures.  This year the card that caught my eye was the Top Ten Moments Christmas card.  I liked this card because it was flat.  I also liked the newsletter format of the card where I could highlight certain aspects of our year.  What really caught my attention was, in the example, the #1 moment was celebrating our 10 year anniversary, and my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary also this year.  I really like how my card turned out and enjoyed thinking about our year and trying to determine what events were the best ones to add to our card.

I have used many shutterfly products in the past, but this is the first Christmas card that I have done.  I make a yearly photo book for my children that is the same on the inside, but I am able to customize the covers to match their personalities and their favorite colors.  Recently, I tried another photo site because shutterfly did not have the size photo book I wanted for that particular project.  Never again will I stray from shutterfly!  The quality was not as good as I am use to with shutterfly, and my pictures that I thought were cropped correctly when I made the book were cut off when I received the book.

I started making a calendar for my father in law many years ago and it has now become a Christmas tradition.  Thankfully, all of the relatives help out and send me their pictures to be included in the calendar.

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Christmas Card 2010

Top Ten Moments Christmas Card
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Becoming a Runner, NOT!

Last year, when Ron's annual office 5K came around in August, I decided that we were going to participate rather than just donate to the cause. Without any preparation we got up on Saturday morning, took our double stroller and our two kids and went downtown for the walk. It was only 3.1 miles, a breeze, I thought. Well, I was wrong! It was tough, and I was not even pushing the stroller! We finished close to last and were very tired!

This year, Ron is involved with Central Ohio Men Against Prostate Cancer and as their fund raising director decided to host an inaugural 5K to raise money. I decided to run in the event, but also decided to train this year. I started a couch to 5K type program and got to the point that I was running between 2-3 minutes and walking 7-8 minutes when I developed shin splints. I didn't know that they were shin splints, but they felt like my shin was cracked. I tried to run through them, but it did not work. I just decided to give up running and continued walking three times a week.

The most noticeable difference was that this year, the 5Ks were not as difficult. In the Bull Run I walked the whole race in about 50 minutes and did not feel like I needed to rest and could go on with my day. In the Race for a Pro-State of Mind, I finished in about an hour while pulling a wagon with my daughter in it and encouraging my son to finish walking. I felt good about finishing both races and was very proud of my son for walking a 5K at seven years of age and my husband, who ran a wonderful race and finished with a personal best time for this year.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Recap of 2009 Books Read

I am proud of myself for reading all of these books this year. My favorites for this year were: Sarah's Key and Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige.

Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge
a most uncommon degree of popularity by kathleen gilles seidel
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
The Diary by Eileen Goudge
Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
They Did It with Love by Kate Morgenroth
Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I Love You Now Get into Bed and Go to Sleep by Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D.
The Fold by An Na
SPAM The Cookbook by Marguerite Patten
Beach Road by James Patterson
Wait for Me by An Na
A Step from Heaven by An Na
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall
Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls