This week in fab.

Let’s see if I can manage to post once a week. I like the idea of a Sunday weekly recap.

This week in life.

I have been trying to exercise somewhat regularly for the past two weeks. I’ve worked up to running 2 miles continuously. I had been doing Couch to 5K to get back into running after baby, but that ended up being a waste of time because I can run 2 miles (as exhibited on Friday) with no problem, even though I haven’t been running. I find myself getting really stressed and squirmy when I don’t get to run so I’m trying to make it a priority as much as I can.

This week in BabyFab.

BabyFab seems to be getting ready to walk a little. She stands independently, and is starting to stretch to cruise between some pretty wide gaps. Tonight at my cousins’ house for Hanukkah, she was doing some major independent standing and almost walking. I am not sure if this is an entirely good thing. Early crawling did not make our lives easier so I don’t expect the progression to walking to be any better. It will be fun at least!

Her "Nothing can stop me" shirt is appropriate to this toy. @citizengeek

Nothing can stop me.

We’re starting to give her more table foods as well. I made Pasta Fagioli this week since the noodles and beans get really soft in the soup. The first night I just fed it to her whole and let her pick some up off the high chair tray, but she gets tired of the effort so I’ve been giving some to her that way for practice and doing a quick blend (not a thin puree) with the stick blender so she can actually eat enough food before she gives up.

Pasta Fagioli for parents and baby.

Pasta Fagioli for parents and baby.


Get in my belly!

This week in books.

I’m currently reading The Cider House Rules by John Irving, and it is nothing short of amazing. Due to the length and my limited reading time, I’ll probably still be reading this when Margaret is 2 years old. I had gone too far in this life without reading anything by Irving, and now I can’t wait to read his other work as well.

I’m listening to The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. It is a really interesting memoir about a big city girl moving to upstate NY to start a farm/CSA with her fiance.

This week in media.

We had our annual viewing of Love, Actually last night. Seriously, how can one movie be so full of awesome?! I watch this throughout the year but have to get one holiday season viewing in.

I’m pretty much down to How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory for new TV. HIMYM is getting pretty tired. It’s the last season so I want to watch it to the end, but it has lost something. Big Bang Theory is still consistently enjoyable. This week’s episode was hilarious, and Raj has had some hilarious lines lately. Amy sometimes annoys me, but “You want to spank me?” this week was perfect.

I have been watching Frasier on Netflix, and it is so much funnier now than when I used to watch it. I always enjoyed the sitcom, but some of the jokes are more humorous from an adult’s perspective.

What have you been up to this week?

The Future of Bookishly Fabulous

I think it is quite obvious that I have abandonded this blog over the past few years. I would like to revitalize it rather than let it sink into the dregs of the intertubes. As Twitter became more popular, I became less and less likely to post here. However, the main reason the posts here have dwindled is that book blogging is no longer a “fun” pursuit for me. My work involves quite a bit of writing about books so, even though I enjoy this writing, I don’t want to go home and do it in my limited free time. So, while I plan to post about books that I find extremely notable, I am discontinuing the reviews of every book I read. For that, you can visit my Goodreads page.

The focus of this blog (as much as there has ever been one) will change just a bit. Rather than being a book blog where I occasionally post about other things, it will become a lifestyle blog, for lack of a better word. I plan to blog about my life and being a new mom, but I don’t want this to just be a mommy blog anymore than I want to just be a mommy. So stay tuned, I plan to actually use this space!

I was tempted to start fresh with a whole new site, but I think I’ll stay here in my old home and make some renovations. I’m going to start small and try to post twice a week.

And now for a random picture of BabyFab:

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

I was at a friend’s house for book club, and he had a copy of The Pilot’s Wife on his shelf. I decided to borrow it and see what all the fuss is about. Apparently, all the fuss is about a fantastic book! Shreve has a very readable writing style, with just the right amount of dialog and exposition. The story itself was very gripping from the first page. I always have trouble concentrating on the books I bring to the beach, but The Pilot’s Wife had no trouble holding my interest among the hustle and bustle of the bay on July 4th weekend. (That’s how behind I am on book reviews.)

In case you are the other person who hasn’t read this book, it is about a woman who finds out that her husband’s plane has gone down. As the investigation into the crash goes further and further, she finds out that she didn’t know him as well as she thought she did. A very shocking secret is slowly revealed, and you can really feel the disorientation of the main character as she adjusts to this new picture of her late husband. This book already led me to read another Shreve book that I’ll review soon, and I look forward to reading more from her.

Highly recommended!

Mixed Bag

1. Via Roger Ebert’s twitter feed, I found this blog post on The Fine Cut about the decline of the moviegoing experience due to rude audience members. I heartily agree with the writer, and I very rarely see movies in the theater these days unless there’s something I’ve been waiting for.  I’m also tired of the increasing length of movies.  Not everything needs to be an epic event that takes up half of your day.

2. I enjoyed this post from the LA Times Showtracker blog reviewing all of the Madonna performances on the last episode of Glee.  I especially agreed with this quote:

While Sue taking on “Vogue” was sure to be the moment fans were certain to talk about for days, Fox completely ruined the surprise by showing it a week early, leaving nothing for the episode. You can tell producers wanted this to be the highlight for viewers as it has the most lavish treatment, and it is one of those moments that you hear the judges talk about on “American Idol.” It fits so well in the episode, but I still can’t get over Fox letting this air earlier. Doesn’t change the fact that Sue absolutely went to work on this number – Kurt and Mercedes, I see you in the background getting your shine.

When I was watching the episode last week, I thought, “That would have been awesome if it was a surprise.”  You can tell it was meant to be by the writers.  Also, shame on Fox for moving Glee to follow American Idol.  It doesn’t need the help with ratings, and now the last few minutes get cut off my TiVo when AI runs over (how about we just cut off the end of that tired and burnt out show).  Now I know to add a few minutes to the scheduled Glee recordings on my TiVo.

3.  Another TV related link, this time from the NY Times about the resurgence of the popularity of sitcoms.  I love How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Accidentally on Purpose, and the New Adventures of Old Christine.  I got tired of drama so now the only hour-long shows I watch are Glee and Chuck, both comedies.  I’d rather read drama than watch it.

4.  Linda Holmes posts on the Monkey See blog about the History Channel’s “America: the Story of Us.”  I don’t get the History Channel anymore so I haven’t seen it, but I found her point interesting. 

But when you put out the first hour of a splashy new series that presumes to call itself “The Story Of Us,” and when nobody apparently even notices that you have included thirteen men and one woman in this hour of television, you have shot yourself in the foot before you even begin.

5.  Well, there is no 5.  This post sat for too long unposted, and I don’t have anything else to add.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This is a good review I’m surprised to be writing.  I am not a fan of epic fantasy.  I just barely made it through Fellowship of the Ring and have no plans to finish that trilogy, and I tried to read The Mists of Avalon without success.  A few weeks ago, I got an email from the person who organizes my book club that Patrick Rothfuss was going to speak at a local bookstore on the night of our book club.  We decided to attend the signing as a group and have dinner afterwards to discuss the book for this month.  Because Dan promised me that I would like The Name of the Wind even though epic fantasy puts me to sleep, I gave it a shot.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

The main character of The Name of the Wind is Kvothe, who is an infamous hero and villain.  He is approached by a man named Chronicler, who asks him to tell his life story.  The book is the first in a trilogy where each book is one day of Kvothe telling his life story.  Once Kvothe started telling his story, I was hooked.  Kvothe is interested in finding out about the Chandrian, who the rest of the world believe to be the stuff of fairy tales, and the art of naming (hence the title). 

Rothfuss definitely writes a novel that fantasy lovers will enjoy.  He includes a rich mythology for the world he creates and is adept at description.  What hooked me was the focus on character development.  I don’t really care about reading a book that describes a fantasy world in detail.  An author has to give me a character to care about, and Kvothe is a great one.  I would recommend The Name of the Wind if you loved Harry Potter and would like to move up to an adult fantasy series or if you love fantasy and haven’t read this fantastic book yet.

Also, you should check out Patrick Rothfuss’s blog.  He’s hilarious.  If you get a chance to see him speak, make sure to take advantage of it.

Men at work.

I’m transferring my old reading posts over from Vox today.  It turns out that I forgot to change the post date (or I accidentally typed 2080 instead of 2008 – oops) for one or two so if you see some weird posts in your feed reader, they are old ones.

Please excuse the mess.

I am going to be copying over posts from my Vox blog sporadically so if you see something in your RSS Reader that seems old, it’s because it is.  I’ll try to do just a few at a time, but I’ll turn off my Twitterfeed until then so I won’t be spamming my followers.


Hello Vox!  I've missed the neighborhood feel of Vox over on my WordPress blog, but keeping up with you all in my Google Reader is working quite well.  In case you are interested, here's what I've been up to and what you're missing since I'm posting at now.  If you missed my last post about moving over there, add me to your Google Reader (or whatever RSS reader you use) if you miss me. 🙂

I've started running, and I'm planning to run a 10K on Thanksgiving Day.  I ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last Saturday in my grandmother's memory.

I've posted book reviews of:

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

And I gushed about the movie Bright Star.

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October is here!

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Like Mad Tante, my favorite season is Autumn. Further, my favorite month is October. My birthday, wedding anniversary, and Halloween are all in October! It is definitely the best month.

Now that I live in Virginia Beach, the change to Fall is a little bittersweet since it means my beach bum days are over, but the days of big pots of soup, baking, and ghouls are here.

This October is particularly special because I am turning 30 on the 11th, and I’m running my first 5K on the 17th. What a great month! I also have lots of fun outings planned, like a trip to see a ghost tour of Colonial Williamsburg.

I hope you enjoy this month as much as I do!