June 19, 2008

What's on your mind?

Correction: Folks, I had some serious typos in my last post. I went to BlogHer 05 and 06. I was not at 07. Oops. However. It still stands that if I do not update my wardrobe, I will have to wear the same damned clothes that I wore to 06. Am I being too vain about this? Does it matter?

Anyway.....still distracting myself around here folks. I am looking for any good links, books or whatnot you have been reading lately. Lay it on me.

Me? Not up to much.....
  1. I am reading Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee and frankly, I am having a hard time with it. There is something about the protagonist that irritates me and I am finding it difficult to be sympathetic towards her, much less actually rooting for her. She could be reduced to food stamps for all I care about her. I am totally slogging through this thing - I have only read 170 pages, but feel as if I have been reading it forever. I am not ready to abandon it, though.
  2. Since I am struggling with the book, I have turned to magazines lately since I MUST READ OR DIE (or something like that. But less dramatic, I suppose.) Hands down, my favorite magazine has to be Brain, Child. Sadly, I HATE the title of the magazine because I think it is misleading. This is NOT a magazine about raising a child who will be accepted into a gifted program. Instead, this is a magazine for thinking mothers who don't give a shit about the newest trend in sippy cups. This is the place for mothers to read balanced articles on politics and a variety of parenting concerns such as raising a mixed-race child, raising a disabled child, deciding on vaccinations, etc. I really appreciate that this magazine speaks to mothers from all walks of life - be it working moms, stay at home moms, crunchy granolas, conservatives, liberals, whatever you may be. I love this magazine so much, that I have ordered some of their bundles of old issues.
  3. TV-wise, I have been digging Bravo lately - Kathy Griffin's Life on the D-List definitely perks me up and even the trainwreck that is Denise Richards makes me smile. I actually feel a bit sorry for Denise because truthfully? She is a pretty face, but there isn't much else going on. She has very little charisma or screen presence and should stick to modeling. I am so desperate for brain candy these days that I have even added the Real Housewives of the OC and NYC to the DVR. Oh, yes. YES, I DID. *gulp*
For obvious reasons, I have had some awesome Life Perspective lately and the Double A's have risen to the challenge quite nicely. Damn, they are so much fun these days. Anjali is actually beginning to use words (go, more, duck, quack-quack) which is just insanity to us since Arun was such a late talker. And Arun? His latest thing is playing games. So, we "play chess", "play checkers". He can play memory (with 4 sets, not much more) and I did buy a little counting game for him, but I am definitely in the market for other simple games, if anyone has ideas. And despite Anjali's propensity for creating train wrecks throughout the house, Arun is still quite smitten with her. When she is sleeping, he is always concerned about her. I realized yesterday that when she and I go to BlogHer, I should be more worried about Arun missing her, rather than him missing me.

This weekend is X's and my 5th wedding anniversary. FIVE YEARS. The last year has been really hard, we have had a lot of challenges to face in our life. It has only served to remind me that I am so grateful I married a man of such great character. A kind, gentle, compassionate man who is such a patient, devoted father. Not only do I love him, I respect him.

Now, if I can only convince him that a Wii is the traditional gift for the 5th anniversary.

10 comments:

Stephanie said...

Happy anniversary to you and X! Go for the Wii! :-)

flybunny said...

Tyler's new words are doggy, hi and woof woof (using her whole little body to bark). This is such a fun age! We need to get them together and kill the internet with big blue eyes.

Happy Anniversay and yes, a Wii is a traditional gift for any anniversay or occasion such as I just want one day, that is how we got ours and you are more than welcome to come over and play...

Dee said...

I think the Wii is a perfectly acceptable 5th anniversary gift! We love ours and actually spend more time together because of it.

Happy Anniversary!

CPA Mom said...

Irony? I just came over here to wish you a happy anniversary after spotting the big day in my calendar. so...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Also ironic? I JUST STARTED READING BRAIN,CHILD after starting a subscription when they interviewed our leader over at The Soccer Mom Vote. I am devouring the issues I have and had no idea I could get bundles of back issues. Thanks for that!

Read the Maternal is Political. I guarantee you will like it. The Brain, Child founders have essays in it.

I reviewed it and you can see all the reviews at Mother-Talk.

Average Jane said...

Wow, five years already! I think I'm due for another trip to the East Coast sometime since that was my last trip there.

Tell X that the Wii (with Guitar Hero, naturally) is the traditional Web 2.0 5th anniversary gift.

lorib said...

Happy anniversary! Five years is wonderful. Anniversaries have become really precious to me over the last couple years as I've watched couples around us struggle in their relationships and sometimes fail.

Andrew is using words too and melting my heart with mama, dada, dah (dog) and daduh (which I'm pretty sure means Duncan).

Bethany said...

Happy Anniversary! Mine is Monday. Seven years, where does the time go?

The best book I've read lately is "The American Resting Place" by Marilyn Yalom. It is a history of cemeteries in the United States. It may sound morbid but it really isn't. Her son took the photos for the book and they are quite interesting.

Everything else I've read has just been ok, nothing mind blowing. I am going to check out Brain, Child.

Anjali said...

Congrats on the 5 years!

Christine said...

Happy Anniversary!

Best place for games:
http://www.funagain.com/control/storelanding/~productCategoryId=STORE_KIDS/

We have a lot of Gamewright (we just got this cute one involving little mice and a bowl), some Haba games, and Max loves to "play" with the adult games as well. We are game freaks.

So, Julia said her first word the other day. Max's first word: cat. Julia's first word: Tika (one of the dogs). We're well aware of where we, as the parents, rate in this house.

Mojavi said...

happy anniversary chica...

go get some LOL...