Monday, September 28, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Yeah, free stuff! I also got a Bear Naked granola bar but I had that for lunch :) I think I'm going to stash the EOS lip'll make a great stocking stuffer!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Great Escape

Okay my friend Sunshine, I'm sharing the love and if I win and you don't I WILL give it to you :)

This is contest entry for those crazy folks at TodaysMama and Cricut. Be sure to check out Cricut's cool new cartridges and the chance at $30,000 in travel for you and your friends at the Great Gypsy Escape site!

Great Escape Meme
1. If you could escape to anywhere in the world where would it be?

Definitely New Zealand. I read once about an island within sight of Auckland that looked like heaven!

2. What song do you play when you are by yourself in the car?

Wet and Rusting by Menomena! Oh, yeah!

3. If you had a night to yourself, and money was no object, what would you do?

Go get some boring documentaries that no one but me wants to watch, some chocolate, potato chips, my pillow, a blanket and the couch all to myself.

4. What is your guilty pleasure?

70% Cocoa dark chocolate, crappy magazines, french almond macaroons...I so sneak one when I make them so that I get more than anyone else in the house does!lol

5. What is the farthest place you have traveled away from your home?

Technically Korea, not that I remember it, other than that Canada.

6. Last book that you couldn't put down?

Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess

7. When you want to escape into another time, what movie do you watch?

Moulin Rouge

8. What is your favorite local escape?


9. How do you escape on a budget?

Go to St. Louis. It doesn't take that long to get there and there are a ton of free places to visit. I also like to make a lunch and head to the park or library with the kids.

10. Best food you've ever had while on vacation.

There was a place in Eureka Springs I had salmon in dill sauce it was scrumptious!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess

Me, oh my! I did not want to like this book. The first quarter, maybe even the first half of it, I really disliked Burgess but by the end of the story I was bawling and I dare anyone who has every loved to read this book and not end up staining its pages with tears.

The problem with biographies are that they are peoples lives and who are we to judge and criticize? Then again, a person's gotta be honest. When I first received Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess I read the back cover and literally said, "Ugh, love." I'm of a cynical sort that just finds that blatant blabbering boring. I was, however, intrigued by the story of Ken Grunzwieg. The back of the book made it seem like Ken had all these 'demons from the past' or 'skeletons in his closet' that had to be dealt with; but don't be fooled this is an autobiography.

We meet Glenda and Ken at the beginning of their relationship and follow them through the years and through the issues. This is where I'm going to get snarky. Ken seemed like a truly lovable and all-around great person. Glenda however reminds me of one of those women who at 35 have never really lived outside their little bubble. They can't except that their loved ones can have pasts that include living, breathing people they will never stop loving. She exhibits no tolerance for anything or any living person connected to Ken's life before her. I don't want to give away too much of the story but take for example Ken's relationship with Abby and Jordan. Here were two women Ken loved dearly. Here were also two women that Glenda dubbed as stand-offish, yet admittedly made no attempt to get to know or love on her own until forced to by her husband's illness. "He was asking the impossible of me a second time...I knew this request came from a special place inside him." (page 215) You're right it was a special place, like a father talking to a child it was the 'please be a grown-up and stop being so petty I'm dying for goodness sake' place. I know a woman with this unfathomable selfishness...I don't get it, give the man a break.

Okay now that I've gotten that little gripe off my chest there is only one other tick I had about this book and that was the obscure mention of recipes, ingredients, traveling stories that went no where (i.e. didn't fit in with the title of the book) and just...well...a feeling of pretentiousness.

Now for the good part. What you didn't think I liked the book? I read this one in a day, a clear sign it's still a winner. The description of Ken's love and their family touched my heart. The chapters filled with only one highlight of a life together and a sentence that covered years. That is life. The years seem to meld together into a routine that becomes so second nature and comfortable simple words describe it. Moments that are lived in seconds but feel like eternities.

I don't want to go into details about the second half of the book, just know it gets good. In a Terms of Endearment but with a husband and wife kinda way. I leave you with this final thought, " In so many ways I had learned that the geography of human caring was far more complex than the simple topography of the family or love affair. And one gesture's reach, far greater than any of us could imagine." (page 236)

A New Place to Call My Own

So after talking with Rach I decided to go ahead and create another blog here at so that I can separate more 'business' related topics from the familial topics. Get ready to hear my opinion! Bwa, ha, ha!