Today's Give Away!

>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So I recently came across this blog and I LOVE it! So much fun. They are always highlighting great blogs, with awesome products. Plus you can win daily giveaways.

How Fun Is That?

Today's Give Away is this adorable pouch

I don't win things often, probably because I don't enter things often... But hopefully with Today's Give Away now added to my daily list of blogs I check, I will be inspired to enter more often.

Stop on over and check them out... You may even win something!




Clean House Day!

>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I find myself in a wonderful position today. A free day off! Normally to get a day off in the middle of the week, I have been on call for the previous weekend. But... 4 times a year I cover Saturday clinic only without all the blasted call, and I STILL GET THE DAY OFF! This is bonus in my world. So I usually lay around, cook and read, but today I am going to be productive. It is clean house day!

I have a mission.

1. Clean the fridge. I am not sure how the shelves get so gross. I don't put leaky gross stuff in my fridge. I will blame it on my husband. And the dirty fridge fairies.

2. Laundry. This is usually done every week, however for the last 5 weeks in a row, my step son has visited from college, along with a lot of dirty laundry. Thus allowing my laundry to pile up.

3. Bug Bombs. I live in the country, in an old house, in Iowa. That is the perfect recipe for a bug infested house in the fall. Asian lady beetles and flies, enjoy your last few breaths cause you are going to be gone in a few hours...

4. Vacuum. Gotta pick up those bugs.

5. Get Rid of the Crap. I have to go to town anyways. I will bring a load to the local free store.

6. Clean the Desk. Geez, there is a lot of stuff in piles here.

Should be enough to get through my free day off.

What is high on your to do list. Ever get Free Days? What do you do with them?


Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

>> Monday, October 26, 2009

NPR's Robert Krulwich explains how the flu is spread, and epidemics develop.
When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR's Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.


Deweys 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Final Report

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009

Well I made it through, about 12 hours of reading in total.  Completed one book: The Banquet Bug

I enjoyed it.  I thought about posting on the Feed Me Seymour

mini-challenge.  This book was all about food.  But, I couldn't find pictures of Frog Uterus, which is what they where eating at the time of the challenge.  This book was about Socialism in China, through the eyes of Dan Dong, a poor factory worker who has been underemployed and living on the factories roof with the other employees.  He decided that he needs to get another job, and accidentally finds himself at a lavish banquet, meant for reporters.  These banquets are common to entice favorable stories, and include "money for your trouble"  Dan finds himself sucked into the life of pretending to be a reporter, for the food and money.  But he ends up getting tangled in the lives of those he meets at the banquets.
I found it interesting that the author Geling Yan, has written several other books, but this was the first she has written in English.  She left China in the 1970's and is now currently living in Abuja, Nigeria, a place that I was lucky enough to visit last November.  Good solid book, I would reccomend it.

I made it almost all the way through, The Indian in the Cupboard.  What a joy to re-read a childhood favorite.  I put it on my bedside, and even read a few pages when I could not sleep in the middle of the night.  I should finish it no problem this morning with my coffee.

I read about 300 pages of The Pretties.  It has just been okay.  It is the second in a series.  I read the first book The Ulgies 2 or 3 years ago, and I just don't remember enough of the plot to fully enjoy the book.  But it to was great light reading.

I didn't get to commit myself as fully as I would have like to reading, because of the distractions at home.  Iowa football (Go Hawks!), my husband wanted me to cut his hair, I had to make dinner, etc. etc. etc.

Next year, I think I will plan to go somewhere for the majority of the read.  Even just to the library...  Too many distractions at home.  I also wish I had some easier books, so that I could have the sense of accomplishment of finishing several books during the read-a-thon.

All in all great experience.  Thanks Dewey.  Thanks Cheerleaders.  It was exciting to have so many people check out my blog.  It is usually a pretty low traffic place.  Oh the excitment of people commenting!  I think I will have to publicize more...

Gotta go, my unfinished books are calling me.


Deweys 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

Going well!

Time reading:  4 hours
Pages read:  286 minutes: 49

Almost done with The Banquet Bug, 1/2 way through The Pretties.  Enjoying this immensly.


Deweys 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Snacks!

Here is the recipe for Cranberry Orange Fruit roll ups.

1 bag of cranberries, rinsed
1 whole orange, peels and all
1 cup of sugar

Chop up the whole orange, rind and all and throw it in your blender, along with the cranberries, and sugar.  Blend until it is one big liquid mess.  If it seems a bit dry, toss in some orange juice or water to help liquify it.  Pour them out onto drying surface in 1/2 cup circles.   I dry mine in my food dehydrator, or you could use a cookie sheet lightly greased in your oven on its lowest setting.  The fruit rolls are done when they are slightly sticky, and still pliable.  I dust mine with powdered sugar so they don't stick together when I store them.



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