Trying to Come Back

Well, needless to say, I’ve been a little overwhelmed by school of late.  Hence the months and months of no posts.  I’d like to say I’m back with a vengence, but mostly I’m burnt out on school and therefore procrastinating (oops!).  However, school is about to be done so hopefully my energy levels rise and I can began posting more frequently.

I do have some big news.  I baked my husband a cake a couple months ago.  It was chocolate.  And delicious.  But that’s not the news.  I actually (kinda) decorated it.

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Haha!  It’s true.  We’re expecting kiddo number two in September.  That puts me at 100% pregnant, or 18 weeks at this time (but seriously close to 19 weeks).

Proof?  You say you want proof?  Like a cake isn’t good enough for you?  Well here’s a picture from Easter Sunday where you can see a belly bump.  You can also see SweetPea and how she’s pretty much the coolest kid ever.

Sweet Pea

Baby Bump – 16 weeks

And I’ll be graduating August 2nd, so I should graduate just at the time I start to get unbearably uncomfortable.

We’re also moving!  Not for a while, but soon.  Why?  Because grandparents are good.  And having grandparents around will be awesome.  Oh, and my parents are awesome in general and it will be nice to be closer to two of my best friends.  Oh, and did I mention I may have grown up in one of the  most beautiful areas in the United States?  Because I did, and that’s where we’re heading.  And I couldn’t be more excited to raise my kids there.

You might be wondering just how beautiful this area is, so I gathered some proof.  Feast your eyes!

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Avalanche Lake, Glacier Park

And another!  Believe it or not, this next photo was not posed.  My dad and I are just that awesome.

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On top of the world – Glacier National Park

Somewhere not in The Park.  I can’t remember the hike though (oops!).

Hiking in Montana

Another one from The Park

Fish at Hidden Lake – Glacier National Park

Needless to say, I’m excited to be moving up there.  I’m excited to hang with  my folks.  I’m excited to play in my mountains.

I’ll try to be better about updating this thing 🙂

Liebster Blog

So, in the midst of my blogging sabbatical I received a nomination for the Liebster award.  Deni Lyn, over at The Diary of a Reluctant Mother nominated me.  If you’re a mom, or know a mom, or have at some time encountered a mom (including your own) you should probably check out her blog.  Mostly because it’s hilarious.  Case in point: “I’m being rewarded to spew snark and foul language while un-showered?  I am indeed living the dream.  This is fantastic!!”  (Her fabulous words, not mine.)

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The Liebster Rules

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Soooo…now I get to nominate some bloggers, and I’m so excited to do so.  I hope that you go check out there blogs because they are fantastic!

  1. Making Limoncello Out of Lemons
  2. Castelsarrasin
  3. Annie Cardi
  4. The Akamai Reader
  5. Misprinted Pages

Thanks again, Deni Lyn, for nominating me for this award!

I recently reblogged a post on world building.  Here’s some more insight in writing about a magical world.

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At Writers Digest, Steven Harper Piziks talks about how to write paranormal/fantasy novels. One big difference between fantasy and other kinds of fiction obviously boils down to the magical elements. Piziks says:

“The need to explain the magic [is] the biggest challenge, really. It’s so easy to use big expository lumps, but that bores the reader. “

I can definitely see this as one of the hardest parts of fantasy writing. You want to make sure your reader understands what makes this world/these characters magical, but you don’t want to bore them with an infodump. If your character is living in a magical world, wouldn’t he/she not really call attention to a lot of the magical elements? It would be like a character in a contemporary novel explaining in length what a television is or how a garage door opener works. (Although I bet Arthur Weasley would find that…

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The Versatile Blogger

Pete Denton just nominated me for a blogging award.  I’m really excited to be a part of this blogging community.  And I appreciate these awards for their recognition of such varied blogs.

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This rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along 15 or 20.

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Now, for seven random facts…(some might be repeats from The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award)

1.  I currently (and frequently) have a hankering for some green tea.  With just a splash of soy milk.  But don’t confuse me for a health nut, it’s just dang tasty!

2.  I went cliff jumping a couple summers ago.  And fell/slid down the cliff into the lake.  Not my finest moment.  But, eh, I survived without too many bruises or scrapes.

3.  I’m trying to get into nursing school.  And the waiting to find out if I’m in is killing me.

4.  I hope my daughter has red hair.  My fiancé has red hair …so our fingers are crossed.  (She’s currently still bald, hence our lack of knowledge on her hair color.)

5.  Both my fiancé and I drive white subaru outbacks.  Yes, we’re that couple.  But in our defense we got the cars when we weren’t dating each other.  That makes it ok, right?

6.  I just started listening to the Disney Pandora station.  It is my absolute favorite station to rock to with my daughter.  I try not to listen to it too much when anyone but my daughter is around, no one wants to hear my attempt at singing Ariel’s songs, no one.

7.  I love food.  I like cooking it.  Eating it.  Reading recipes (I’m addicted to Pinterest for this very reason).  Going grocery shopping.  I. Like. Food.

All right, now for the nominations (I’m so excited about this).

Em over at Fictional Impulse

Doug at Ironwoodwind

Quill  Shiv

Man Behind the Curtain

Attending Travels

L.S. Engler

Reel Girl

Sarky Tartlet

The Good, The Bad, and The Saggy

The Color Lime

Naturale Chronicles

Boob Juice

Baby Banana Bread

I found a nice little (no sugar added) recipe for banana bread.  I immediately (no really, within ten minutes of finding the recipe was making it) started baking.  And an hour later I had a beautiful, golden loaf of banana bread.

Once it cooled I gave some to my daughter.  She promptly stuffed her mouth with it.  Apparently she loved chewing on it.  Swallowing is a different matter, when I took her out of her high chair there was a pile of chewed on bread on both sides of her. So maybe she didn’t eat much bread, but she sure as heck chewed on a lot of it, and she seemed mighty happy while doing it.

Of course, I too ate some bread.  In fact, something I have recently discovered is banana bread and blogging go hand in hand (although typing does get trickier with only one hand 🙂 )

If you’re interested in the recipe, you can find it here.

For All The Girls and Boys

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I’ve been following a really great blog about gender equality (or lack thereof) in the media.  If you’re interested go check out Reel Girl.  It really is fabulous and points out all sorts of gender inequalities that we are all inundated with every day.  From there I found two more blogs that I also love.  Both Rebecca Hains and Peggy Orenstein write a lot about gender inequality.

I’ve found all three sites to be very insightful and useful.  And while yes, from what I’ve read, they focus on girls being boxed in by society, they never ever ever spout any anti-male propaganda.  And personally, I think that is very important.  I know it’s cliche, but they’re not blowing out others’ candles just to make theirs shine brighter.  I salute them for that.

If you are concerned or curious about gender inequality I absolutely think you should check out these sites.  And I hope that parents of both girls and boys read their posts.  Please don’t avoid gender inequality issues because you or your kids are male.  Instead of teaching boys to grow up to be men and girls to grow up to be women, let’s teach kids to grow up to be human beings.

It all starts with education, so get yourself and your kids informed.  Open dialogues about why certain movies, books, toys, or clothes are specific to one gender and what problems that may cause.  Seek out movies, books, toys, and clothes that market to all kids and promote development of people not just princesses or superheroes.

And if I don’t sound particularly articulate in my argument, all the more reason to check out these other blogs.  Trust me, these women know what they are talking about and they present the issues in a very easily understood manner.

Stupifying kids?

I think this is true not only for babies but for everyone. As I commented on the post, people meet expectations, so raise the expectations and watch them rise to the challenge. Let’s continually challenge ourselves, our kids, our friends, our colleagues, and anyone else who happens to be around 🙂

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As I was walking my dog today, I passed a man and his two kids. Having left my headset at home, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation:

“Look, dear, a woofwoof*” the man said to the kid walking closest to him. He spoke to her in a pretty high-pitched and childish way, although the girl must have been around five years or so.
“Daddy” she said, seemingly a tad annoyed. “It’s not called a woofwoof, it’s called a dog.” Upon hearing that last sentence, I couldn’t help but smirk a little, remembering mine and my mom’s equal opinion on “baby-language”.

I won’t assert that I know so much about raising children, as I still am a child, but I don’t like when people speak to their kids in such a way. To me, that sort of talk should be thrown in a steel box and tossed into the ocean after…

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