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Books, Books and More Books!

June 5, 2011
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In the past 4 days I have finished 4 books! I like this, and I hope it continues! lol 🙂

I finished Brian Falkner’s Brain Jack – the ending was not really what I expected, but I really liked it.

I also read two more books by Sarah Addison Allen:

I loved the magical-realism of the book, but of the 3 books that I have read by her, this is my least favorite. But I LOVED her books, so really that doesn’t mean too much, lol.

I think this is technically a companion to Garden Spells, but really they aren’t that similar – there’s still some magical realism, but not as much as the other books I read by her. I LOVE this book though! I started it at night (bad idea) and then I was getting ready for bed, at like 1 am and I said to my self, “I’ll just read 1 or 2 chapters, then go to bed”. Well….1 or 2 chapters turned into “just one more” and you know how it goes….then it’s 4 am and I’m finished with the book and really going to bed this time.

Yesterday I finished The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans – this book is so good!!! It had a really great story and made me want to go to the Amazon and help orphans! lol (this is his goal – using writing to talk about issues in our world – so I’d say he’s pretty good at it!)

I can’t wait to read more of his books!!

Right now I’m reading Battle Dress by Amy Efaw and The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith. But I think I might have to go the library next week to get some more books by Richard Paul Evans and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. 😀

P.S. that’s 4 more books for the 20 I want to get for the year – I’m now halfway!


Freshman Year Scrapbook

June 2, 2011

I finished my first scrapbook! And I’m really happy with it 😀

My only mishap was that I had one of the pages turned….so it didn’t fit in right… :/ But I finally got around to just trimming one of the edges so that it fits the right way in the sleeve 🙂




Philly-philled Week! (part 2)

June 2, 2011

Both days I went into the city, I visited the Liberty Bell!

We also sat in George Washington’s pew in Christ Church

(sorry it’s kinda hard to read….)

We also sat in the pews of Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross. Pretty cool stuff!

We also walked past city hall, which I’d never seen before!

That’s pretty much it, as far as pictures (well, good ones anyways) go…we also went to Reading Terminal Market, Elfred’s Alley, and the LOVE statue. I’m glad that I’ve seen more of Philly and have finally had a true cheese steak! 😉

On Sunday we went back to the city to do a 5k for ovarian cancer research. It was a pretty good race – it was hot out, though! They had a lot of good food, though! lol 🙂 I was also excited because I got to drive there and back, and I can pretty much count the number of times I’ve driven on the highway on one hand, and I’ve had my licence for over 2 years….gah, it was good highway driving practice, too, since we left pretty early…. 🙂

That pretty much sums up my adventures in Philly! Though we did have a very interesting time leaving the city when I was with my friends…we accidently went over the Ben Franklin bridge….which goes to New Jersey…ya that was interesting lol! We were also driving during rush hour (*face palm*) so….we ended up being in the car for 2+ hours…. (at most that drive should have taken an hour…)

Philly-philled week! (part 1)

June 1, 2011
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I must admit that I failed to resist the urge to say “Philly-philled” lol! 😀 (I almost had “Philly-filled” but it just didn’t look as cool, lol!)

Anyways, I live near Philadelphia but never really visit the city, but my friend from college whose parents live near by was home for a week and my sister and her boyfriend came home for the weekend, so I ventured to the city a lot!

I’ve now been to Pat’s and Geno’s for cheese steaks! Yum!!! I LOVE cheese steaks!! (I always get them w/Provolone cheese and onions)

Pat’s is the more intense place to order a steak, though they are both pretty similar.

Here’s a sign that’s hanging by the order window:

And here’s my steak:

It’s funny because the first time I went to the city this week – and to get cheese steaks – I went with 2 friends and they said that they liked Pat’s better. Then on Saturday I went with my sisters and one of their bf’s and my sisters said that Geno’s was better!

So here’s what Geno’s looks like…

It is way more flashy than Pat’s, that’s for sure! haha unfortunately I have no pictures of it :/ Anyways, I decided that I should try Geno’s this time, so here’s that steak…

It was delicious, too! We were thinking that we liked the bread at Geno’s better than Pat’s but I must say I don’t really have a preference…haha that probably makes me a bad Philadelphian, whoops!

Also I kinda took lots of pictures, so there’s more to come! 🙂

Cooking up a Storm

May 31, 2011
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So one of my goals this year is to cook a meal at least once a week while I’m at home.

In my first full week home I made cashew chicken, which was half of our meal that night. That Saturday I made chili, which is really easy to make. 🙂 And is delicious. yum.

This past weekend I cooked up some potatoes for my sister to make potato salad with and also some pasta. I also made some cookies….does this count as a meal?? lol I’m kind of failing at this goal! It’s hard when my sister always wants to cook and is a much better cook than I am! Oh well, I might just try to help out with dinner a lot and hopefully learn some things in the process. 🙂

Books from the Week

May 27, 2011
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On Monday I read The Girl Who Chased the Moon

yeah…it only took me one day…haha it was that good! It was magical realism, which I love 🙂

I can’t wait to read more by her!

I’ve also been to Barnes and Noble like 2 times this week – I didn’t buy anything though…just browsing 🙂

On Tuesday I started Brain Jack by Brian Falkner:

The cover is pretty cool, it’s like green and blue and really shiny! I like the book so far, but it’s not totally sucking me in like Little Brother by Cory Doctorow did. I keep thinking I’m going to give up on it because I just want that sucked in feeling like I had with The Girl Who Chased the Moon. But I LOVE books that are about coding/hacking and dystopias. (I’m a computer science major – it’s funny because my sister was teasing me for being such a nerd about being excited for books about computers like this one, and these other 2 that I got out from the library, but then she’s like, well it’s good to be a nerd in your subject – lol, so true!)

I probably won’t get any time to read this weekend, it being Memorial Day weekend, and my sisters coming home, and we’re having family over on Monday – but I hope to finish it next week! I have so many other books that I want to read!

Busy Weekend!

May 23, 2011

On Saturday my sister and I ran a 5k! It was lots of fun, and I was sooo close to getting a PR! Also, it was Katherine’s first 5k, so that was exciting and she got 3rd in her age group 🙂

On Sunday we got up at 6am to make 200 chocolate covered strawberries. We used 90 oz of chocolate chips! :O It only took us an hour and a half, though. They were for an event at our church 🙂

Strawberries hardening in the fridge...

A pan of strawberries...

I hope you had a good weekend!