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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Tidbits

Rory's declaration of the day: "I am officially a country Lewis Korean." Okay, then.

I think I've mentioned before how much we love our new library. Not only is it open 7 days a week, but the book series are kept in numerical order. This is a big deal when your 9 year old reads books from a series that has 50+ books. Maybe this is typical of where you live, but we have certainly not experienced this attention to detail. Of course, there's a price to pay for such good service - the late fees are insane, and after one day past due date, all your online services are canceled. Yes, I did find this out the hard way.

One other issue I have with the library is that they don't seem to get new books into circulation until a couple months after release date. I read the first two books in the Lauren Oliver trilogy and LOVED them. As in, loved them as much as The Hunger Games so that's saying something. But after finishing up book 2 with a serious cliffhanger, the library doesn't have the final book available yet even though it was released in early March. I just might have to break down and buy it because I don't know how much longer I can wait!

"After this little fella finishes up, it's going to be Camden's turn." Rory, at the ball park.

Saturday is National Digital Scrapbooking Day, so I'm spending my week furiously scrapping with all the new releases The Lilypad will have available Friday and Saturday in between laundry and house chores. So much fun! Becky and I tried to figure out a way to throw caution to the wind, skip all responsibilities and spend Saturday together, but it's just not meant to be.

If you're interested, I wrote a blog spot tackling some white balance options here.

I made homemade tortillas last week. I know. I can hardly believe it myself. It's one of those things that I kept saying I'd never do, but I kept feeling guilty about buying the processed tortillas. And then I found this recipe that seemed easy, did not use shortening, and didn't involve frying. They were a big hit, and best of all - they were as easy as the recipe said. 

Spring fever must have kicked in because Camden, who is generally pretty responsible, suddenly is so flighty he wouldn't remember his own head if it weren't attached. In the last 48 hours, he's forgotten his baseball glove (to a game), lunchbox, jacket, SHOES, etc.

Today finishes up a 30-day smoothie challenge we participated in. I think we only missed 3 days, and I'm planning to continue 4-5 days/week. My favorite smoothie was today's which included unsweetened almond milk, spinach, bananas, cacao powder, and unsweetened peanut butter. It was also the smoothie that used the least amount of fruits/veggies, which is probably why it was my favorite. It was so delicious that I would actually choose to eat it again for a treat. While I learned to tolerate the smoothies (and the texture), I haven't quite embraced the taste (or texture). This one, however, was smooth and VERY good. Eating 2+ cups of greens, plus fruits all in one cup is a very good thing.

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I finally figured out why I'm not taking as many pictures this spring. It's the first time we've lived in a suburb, and while I definitely enjoy being close to shopping and eating, we do not have good filtered light. Everything is direct sunlight and instead of beautiful trees and green grass, my backgrounds all include pavement, cars, and other houses. It's very uninspiring from a photography standpoint, so I need to figure out how to work around it because we're not moving!

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3 comments:

Lindsey Carney said...

That recipe does look easy, I'm going to try it next week! Is it from pinterest?

Christine said...

You are seriously inspiring me in the kitchen!!! AND... I'm totally starting that smoothie challenge idea here. I need a kick in the pants.

Suburbia is hard... but I bet if you took a little drive around you would find some awesome open shade spots. Trust me, I know. ;-)

Amy said...

Putting those tortillas on my list to try. Trying to convince M to do the challenge with me. L and I have a smoothie almost every morning but they are not M's favorite.