Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Cars

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What automobile was voted "the worst car of the millennium" by listeners of National Public Radio's popular Car Talk show?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nugget (Month 1)

Dear Willa,

It was only a month ago we were in the hospital with you, the brand newest member of our family. 


This first month has passed in a blur of diaper changes, feedings and late night lullabies. Last night you went six hours between feedings. You've been stretching the time between feedings for a week now, and I feel like I won the mommy lottery with you already sleeping for longer periods at night.

During the day you are spending more time awake than you were that first week home. When you do sleep, it's on my chest, and if I try to move you or put you down, you wake up shortly after and start crying again so that I have to pick you up and lull you back to sleep.

Don't get me wrong. I love our time spent cuddling. It's hard not to think I should be doing something around the house though. I am trying to remember that this time we have together will not last long and I should enjoy it while I can. But if you could start staying asleep when I put you down during the day, that would be great.

There are times when you will take a pacifier, but mostly you don't seem that keen on it. Your father and I wish you would.

You turned our world upside down, baby girl. We couldn't imagine life without you.

Love,
Momma

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quick Hello Then It's Back to Serving Dinner

I know. I popped in a few weeks ago to announce that Nugget was here and then disappeared. I have a valid excuse... life with a newborn. When I'm not busy nursing, rocking, soothing or changing diapers, the thing at the top of my to do list is definitely not blogging.

There is much to say, and I promise we will get to all of it. I haven't been able to bring myself to write up the birth story yet. Every time I think about it I tear up. I'll get there eventually.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at one of my favorite shots from Willa's newborn shoot.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hump Day Humor: Genie on Hard Times


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Presidents


Which U.S. president left a will that was only one sentence long?

Famously taciturn Calvin Coolidge, the 30th presidents (1923-29). The single sentence - in which he mentioned his son but left his entire estate to his wife - was 40 words long.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which U.S. president left a will that was only one sentence long?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What percentage of the human brain comprises fat?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is not an ordinary circus. Sure there are tents with various attractions, but unlike other circuses The Night Circus is only open at night and appears in town without any announcements. Attendees walk along the circus grounds choosing which black-and-white striped tent to enter and witness the amazement that is within. Behind the splendor of the circus is a battle between two magicians that will leave only one standing. Except the two magicians fall in love, and the future of the circus and its performers are dependent on the outcome of the duel.

I found this book to be vivid and rich with detail. It painted a world of magic that I retreated to as often as I could to read as the two magicians Celia and Marco wove their magic into the fabric of the circus and my imagination. Morgenstern was magnificent in her descriptions of the circus and its attractions. It was not difficult to picture myself walking the circus grounds deciding which tent to enter.

The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, but because the circus itself, the central character of the book anyway, was so distinct and memorable I didn't care that the other characters could have been a bit more three-dimensional. One could argue that the characters needed to be held back a little in order to maintain their mystery, which added to the allure of this book for me. You're not given all the information in the beginning. Even the two magicians are given limited information, and you figure out the rules of the duel along with them.

Though the love story between Celia and Marco was the driver of the main plot, it did not consume the book. It simmered on the back burner throughout much of the book instead of burning too hot and being too much in the reader's face, which is my preferred type of love story. Romantic without being sickly sweet or annoyingly intense and exhausting.

This was fun to read, and I will be keeping this book on my shelves so I can come back to it from time to time and experience The Night Circus again and again. Definitely recommend this book.

Next month - Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill

Disclosure - No one paid me in any way, form, or fashion for this review.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Nugget's Here!

I haven't blogged in a while. (I know; I'm Captain Obvious.)

Well, I have a good excuse. And she's cute.


Willa Myra Schroeder was born Wednesday, March 27th at 11:26 a.m. She clocked in at 8 lbs 1 oz and 19 inches.

There is much to say. Unfortunately, my time is not my own anymore. So I'll be back when I can. While you wait, here's another picture:



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hump Day Humor: Chris Brown's Publicist

Slightly NSFW due to language.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: World War II


Which World War II enemies never signed a formal peace treaty ending the conflict between their two nations?

Japan and Russia, because of a dispute over the Kuril Islands. The 55-island chain was ceded to Russia as part of the 1945 Yalta Agreement, but Japan claims it has a historic right to the four southernmost islands.

Congratulations to Jeremy for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: World War II

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which World War II enemies never signed a formal peace treaty ending the conflict between their two nations?