Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011 = Awesomesauce

We had a great 5 year anniversary (Friday before Christmas) and a really good Christmas. :) Already decided upon making red velvet cheesecake supreme for my mother-in-law for her birthday this Friday...but we still don't know what to get her for her birthday. Hmm.

The kids with Santa :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011: Wrap Up

Today is the wrap up for the Fall Into Reading 2011 challenge that ran from Sept 23 to Dec 21. This was my first reading challenge to participate in outside of the awesome ones we did in elementary school.

I should've known I wouldn't finish all the books, I finished 4 out of 20. I did read 2 book club books in the middle of that - they were separate off the list. I haven't been reading hardly at all though. My husband got home from deployment on the 6th of October and everything for me that I was used to doing to kill the alone time I had after the kids went to bed was put on the back burner. Then the holidays and planning the holidays got the best of me. I have already signed up for at least 2 challenges for 2012 (2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge & 2012 YA Reading Challenge) and I have an actual reading schedule typed up so that I am actually reading a bunch of books I want to read. I'm nearly at 900 books on my to-read list.

I read:
My book club books were:
I'm currently reading
  • Lemon Meringue Pie by Joanne Fluke
  • The True Story of Hansel & Gretel by Louise Murphy (book club pick)

I've actually loved all the books I've read, especially the murder mystery books, which is a new genre for me. My book club books were ones I normally wouldn't read and they turned out to be great. I'm really excited to get in a reading frenzy in 2012! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday

So I meant to do this last Monday but we had just settled in and I didn't feel like it. I love being home home. Tennessee is the best! :)

Me and lil one are sick though :( Cami got all pukey and feverish this morning. I just hope she feels better before Christmas.

Hubs and I went out last night to finish up Christmas shopping and we even wrapped a bunch of presents. I'm really excited for this Christmas. The kids are 3 & 4 and Nick is home for Christmas and I just know it's going to be a GOOD one.

AND this year - on the 23rd - is our 5 year wedding anniversary. ;) I can't believe it's already 5 years...I guess time flies when you're having fun..or when your marriage has mostly consisted of deployments :( I'm so thankful Nick is HOME for this anni. It's our first big milestone, I think. ALSO, yesterday was my 5 year out of school anni. I am stunned that I've been out of high school for 5 years. When did that happen? I still feel like I'm 17!

On to some picatures now :)
Most of these are cat pictures.

Muffin was canoodleing with my foot.

The first time I fixed my short hair. :)

This happened on our way down to TN.

Faith came down in the middle of the night with his blankie still on him. haha.

The kids always sleep so funny when they come to Mimi's house.

Tut (in laws' kitty) & Muffin are BFFs

My gorgeous Berraberra...I seriously love her. She's so pretty!

Tut is a special kind of kitty. Emma (Sister-in-law) looks like she's about to eat him. hehe

I married Spidey, be jelly :)


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Books or Bust #2

Waiting on forwarded mail stinks! I'm impatiently awaiting some things right now and also very excited about the idea of perhaps getting books for Christmas :)

This week, I received Casserole Queens {via} winning a giveaway at A Well-Seasoned Life!

And {via} Kindle...
All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

All These Things I've Done ~ Gabrielle Zevin
Anna Dressed in Blood ~ Kendare Blake

Friday, December 16, 2011


I decided to start doing this sah-weet new link up with Jenn over at Perfectly Imperfect...it's awesome. So I'm jumping on that bandwagon.

So currently...

current book(s):
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

current playlist:
I'll do a top 10 here...
  1. Fall For You ~ Secondhand Seranade
  2. Daddy's Money ~ Richochet
  3. Good Time ~ Leroy
  4. I Write Sins Not Tragedies ~ Panic! At the Disco
  5. Kryptonite ~ 3 Doors Down
  6. Happy Working Song ~ Enchanted Soundtrack
  7. Bottoms Up ~ Trey Songz
  8. Nightmare ~ A7X
  9. Wasteland ~ Ten Years
  10. Scheibe ~ Lady Gaga

current color:
 I have OPI Elephantastic Pink with a coat of OPI Turquoise Shatter on top.
          {via}                                                             {via}                     
P.S. These aren't my nails.

current food:


current favorite show(s):
Fox New Girl

current needs:
To read the crackpipe out of some books! Seriously, I'm so behind!

current triumph(s):
I'm sitting at 199 on my food blog followers and I won a giveaway from Erin over at Spiffy Cookie yesterday!

current bane(s) of my existence:

current celebrity crush:

current #1 blessing:
Made it to Tennessee all in one piece - we are able to spend one month with family and I couldn't be any more happy about that :) Hubby is home this Christmas!

current indulgence:
Ice Cream nutrition data at Calorie Count

current outfit:
A white A7X tee that was Nick's...and my Halloween orange black kitty pj bottoms.

current excitement:

current mood:
Superly content.

current favorite holiday decoration:
My mother-in-law has fake pine garland around her door frames that I just love, along with holly berry bead strings!

current #1 item on your wishlist:

OOAK Dark red goth wire wrapped heart pendant

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Life is Good.

We're currently in Tennessee, enjoying a month at home for Christmas.

Since we've been home, I have started my morph into a crazy cat lady. I fell asleep with 3 cats laying on me last night. I've also started using Twitter more because apparently all my siblings-in-law...aka the cool kids...are using Twitter. You can find me here: @DerpalinaE.

Hubby has discovered Skyrim and I am going to get to play here soon. I'm excited because it looks rad.

I need to get pictures off my cell phone...they are mostly cat pictures...and one of the pig in his blankie. No, not referring to a person. I'm referring to an actual pig. My in laws have two actually. I'm not particularly fond of them, but they can make for a good laugh when they aren't peeing/pooping all over the place, making constant noise, and getting into anything and everything and destroying it.

I'm also probably making a post later proclaiming my love for Ghiradelli's Peppermint Bark chocolate.
Well, probably not, I just wanted to put that out there.

But I will be making a post about my Christmas wishlist and talk about how much of penny pincher I am when it comes to buying things for myself.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blueberry Muffin Murder

Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen #3)

384 pages (Ebook)
Published 1 March 2002

Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival - and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honour of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac - a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show - sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's 'cooking sweetheart' is a bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp - and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven - and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business - by finding the killer herself

My Thoughts
I'm not sure if it's the character development with each story, but I definitely loved this one more than the last one. I'm still loving the competition between Mike & Norman. I'm rooting for Norman though - there are times I like Mike, but Norman seems like the right choice. I love how Fluke is able to hold out and keep you guessing until the very end. She's a brilliant author.

Also...I love Moishe. Have I mentioned that before? Yes? I LOVE MOISHE!

Recipes in this book include: Best Blueberry Muffins, Grilled Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Lisa's White Chocolate Supremes, Little Snowballs, Multiple-Choice Bar Cookies, Short Stack Cookies, Twin Chocolate Delights, and Peanut Butter Melts.

Previous Review
Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swenson #2) by Joanne Fluke [here]

Currently Reading
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swenson #4) by Joanne Fluke

Thursday, December 8, 2011

So I did it...

I grew a pair of balls and chopped off all my hair. I didn't get exactly what I wanted...but yesterday when I went to fix my hair for the first time since Saturday...I got it to work the way I wanted it to :) It's really cutesy. My husband finally got used to it, I think, or at least he hates it less now.

BEFORE (In Sept.)

Straight from the "salon"

^^I styled it with a headband-o. I unfortunately can't get a super awesome picture of its cuteness.

I'm not completely in love with it, but I did want to cut it SUPER short, just one time, to say I've done it and kill the mystery of if I'd love it or could pull it off. Now I'll be patiently waiting for it to grow out. I think it should take another 6 months to get shoulder length. I'm okay with that.

Oh and I knew I should've waited to get it cut by my favorite hairdresser and not just any old one, when the girl said "Oh, you're going to like this [after your long hair], you won't have to do much to it" - hahahaha. Bullshit. Shorter hair is actually more time-consuming to style. With my long hair, I would throw it up in a bun until it dried and then it was good to go.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday

Don't get too freaked out - but I'm totally making 2 posts in ONE DAY! Eep!

Muffin has Inception Kitty eyes. It cracks me up.

She's kind of weird. This week she stole a roll of toilet paper from our bathroom.

Broke out some LEFSE last night! NOM NOM NOM NOM.

I was excited to unwrap my first "present" - it was my ornaments from the Clammie ornament exchange.

Jeanne made all the ornaments! POKEBALLS for the whole family! :)
Nick's Ultraball...

Cami's Masterball.

Matthew's Great Ball

And my awesome Pokeball.

We opened presents early from my family because we didn't want to bring them all to Tennessee and then bring them back. The kids got outfits. They loved them!

And were pretty dang happy last night during dinner! :)

Books or Bust #1

So I've been seeing this for a couple months...I've been seeing it a lot more since I started following a bunch of book blogs. I know I'm not primarily book blogging...in fact, I'm slacking in the reading department...unless you include how I finished a book yesterday and got 15% through another within a couple hours. I'm actually looking forward to the long road trip this Friday night - Upstate NY to East TN :)

I've decided to do a weekly round up of books that have come into my possession :)

So last week, I bought...
 The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Good Eats 3: The Later YearsWhere the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and DrawingsClockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Good Eats 3 by Alton Brown
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

On my Kindle...
 11/22/6313 to Life (13 to Life #1)
11/22/63 by Stephen King
13 to Life by Shannon Delany