Monthly Archives: December 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

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Radiant Shadows

So, today I finished Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr, the third book in the Wicked Lovely series (YA fiction). I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books and actually expected to be disappointed in the third because it dealt with entirely different characters. However, I was pleasantly surprised and this may have actually been one of my favorites in the series. The characters were dynamic and well-thought-out. I felt like you learned a lot about the characters, whereas in the first two you were really learning about all the characters the entire time. This book got you through a lot without being overwhelming and brought out a lot of previously minor characters. The budding romance between the two main characters of this book, Devlin and Ani, was well-done and true to the characters’ personalities. I still wish I could know more about what was going on with the main characters from the other books during this time, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read. Hopefully the fourth (and I believe final) book will fill in some gaps when it is released in February.


Quentin Helps with Christmas Baking


Saturday Surprise

So, this is the first weekend that I haven’t had to work since October. This morning my awesome hubby rolled out of bed first to head up to the post office to pick up the mail (oh, the joys of a PO box). I got up just a couple of minutes later and started the pot of coffee (because really, I can’t begin my day without a cup, let’s be honest). So Dan finally comes back from the post office and what has he brought with him? This:

There happens to be a bakery next to the post office and apparently these were just begging to be purchased for a delicious breakfast. Best hubby ever? I think so. 🙂


What I Have Learned Today About Viking Women

(1) They are tramps

(2) They are deadly

(3) You should never, EVER, slap one, no matter how much she deserves it.  You WILL end up dead.

(4) They are a LOT of fun to read about, even if you are still way, way behind on your deadline…


Always Look on the Bright Side…

So, this evening, I locked my keys in my car. Now, I have class this evening, so you would think this not a big deal. However, I locked them in the car right after I returned to work with two large containers of coffee for 100 classical musicians. All of the coffee–locked in my car–with the spare set of keys 35 minutes away in Prairie Home. 😦

However, I have the best husband on the whole planet and when I called him and said I need you to drive to Columbia NOW, please–he came to my rescue. Also, I have to look on the bright side and realize that it’s a 35 minute drive from Prairie Home to Columbia (without traffic) and I was actually running about 35 minutes early for the set-up time. So, all in all, not a disaster…but my afternoon could have been better.

One final shout out to my hubby–YOU’RE THE BEST EVER! LOVE YOU! ❤

Well, now I’m off to work a bit more and then go to class…and then work a bit more. Oh Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra…why must you require so much coffee??


Quentin Helps With Christmas Decor


Things to be Thankful For…

So I’m currently at the point in the semester (it seems to come about this time every semester) where I ask myself WHY I’m doing what I’m doing, and wondering whether it’s even remotely worth it.  Every minute of every day seems to be filled with stress and despair, but it’s funny how God can proverbially smack you up the side of the head sometimes and let you know that your priorities are perhaps not 100% in order and that perhaps your anxieties are possibly a bit petty.  For example, I’ve spent the last two days panicking about how my semester papers are going to turn out and if my beer shipment sent via FedEx to a fellow BeerAdvocate.com member is going to be seized (as apparently it’s against FedEx policy to ship liquor and the cashier seemed suspicious of my package).  Anyway, on the way into school today, the wife and I saw an Amish buggy get annihilated by an overly-hurried driver.  As in, the girl is ridiculously lucky to be alive and relatively uninjured.  Car accidents freak me out in general, but seeing this take place in real time and the destruction it caused was especially scary.  For some odd reason, I haven’t been able to shake the memory all day, and the more I think of it, the more I’m thankful to God for (1) sparing that girl’s life (she couldn’t have been more than 15-16, and with the holidays right around the corner, I can’t imagine the kind of heartache that would bring to her family) and (2) for reminding me that, no matter how bad I think things are, He’s blessed me with a wonderful wife, a beautiful home, and great family and friends, even if they are seemingly so far-removed from us.  Life’s precious, and we should treat it as such.


Kittens are Friends (When It’s Cold)


Not Your Average Pumpkin Bread

Beacuse it has Nutella in it! No, seriously, this was delicious. The Nutella honestly doesn’t add a whole lot of flavor, in case that freaks you out or something, but it was so moist and delicious!

I can’t take ANY credit for coming up with this recipe, however much I may like to. I have to give all of the credit to Kelly of No Empty Chairs (see blog for recipe). She came up with this delightful recipe! The only thing that my hubby and I noticed (and continue to notice as we eat the frozen mini-loaves)–it’s overly oily. We’re talking grease on the paper towel kind of oily. I’m not sure exactly what we want to change next time we make it, but we’d like to use significantly less oil–maybe even substitute applesauce. Seeing all that oil just makes it seem so…unhealthy! (which, let’s be honest, the recipe used a whole container of Nutella–it wasn’t healthy to begin with!)

Also, Quentin = big kitchen “helper” 🙂

Well…that’s all for now. I do have a couple of other pictures and recipes to share, but for now…I think it’s simply time to hit the hay! Job interview tomorrow! Wish me luck!