Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blogging For Books: NPH Choose Your Own Autobiography

True story: on my first date with Craig, I admitted to him my love of celebrity gossip. That guilty pleasure was shared, and then we decided to get married. That is our love story in a nutshell. I mean, I guess there is a little more to it.

When I heard that Neil Patrick Harris' memoir was coming out, I was interested to read it. I mean, he was a child star that really didn't go crazy. In fact, I don't really remember a lot from him other than Doogie until How I Met Your Mother came out. I have seen him dance and sing on the Tony's and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. He also is able to convincingly play a character like Barney, when he is almost the exact opposite of that in real life. When I heard it was going to be a choose your own adventure" style book, I was excited to see how it would work. I mean, an autobiography is a true story so how would it work.

So when I was browsing the Blogging For Books website, looking for my first book, and saw this own I jumped at the chance to get my own copy. There was only one copy left, and it was an e-book. Now I don't hate my Nook. I mean, I like to use it for magazine subscriptions, when I travel and it makes checking books out from the library super convenient. BUT, I still prefer hard copy books. But, I decided to go for it and request the e-book. There was a bit of a SNAFU, and with the holidays I didn't recieve my link for the download for a couple weeks, but once it was figured out, I got it safely loaded on my reader. And started reading.
I will be honest, I don't know if I read the entire book or not. I mean, I think I did. I went through it a couple times, but with the format, I still may fave missed something. Overall, it was what I expected. It was a humorous look at the life of NPH. He talked about his start in acting, how he learned magic, his dislike for Dustin Diamond, his coming out in Hollywood and more. There was also some name dropping, some "wrong turns" where the reader dies and a couple of random things (letters, a drink recipe etc.)

This was a fun read and I enjoyed it. He didn't go into depth on anything overly emotional. I think I would have liked a hard copy much better. With the e-reader it was difficult to go back and try to start over or to choose the other ending.

What are you reading right now?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. All opinions are my own!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Although things have been quiet around here, my 2014 was the most memorable, challenging, bestest year of my life.
It has also flown by.

I won't pretend that I will go back to blogging as regularly as I once did. But I do want to document what is going on so I remember. 

2014, thank you for being great. 2015, I am looking forward to our adventures!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Before and After: Beach Vacation

Besides for our all inclusive stay at Salem Hospital this summer, Craig and I did not take a vacation this summer. After looking at our schedules, we decided to rent a house on the coast for the first weekend in October. We were fully prepared for yucky weather (which would be the norm for fall at the coast), but we were blessed with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70's. Being that we live an hour away from the coast, we go quite often and stay overnight probably 5 times a year, but this time was completely different.

Before:Craig is a minimalist when it comes to packing for vacation. He is perfectly happy just bringing one towel to sit on on the beach.
Now: Grace is little, but she has a lot of stuff. For the house, we brought her pack and play, her play gym, a quilt, half a box of diapers, bobby pillow, bouncy seat, plus several changes of clothes. On the beach we carried out a sun shelter, the Ergo, her diaper bag plus three towels.

Before: In a four day trip to the coast I would have read at least 2 or 3 books.
Now: I read about 90 pages. Which is about 70 more pages than I read all summer...
Hanging out at a shipwreck, NBD

Gracie and Daddy
Before: We would have gone to several restaurants and I would have packed a nicer outfit for an evening out.
Now: We brought cereal, milk, snacks and sandwich stuff with us. We did go get dinner, but we brought it back to the house to eat. Gracie is usually okay if we go out with her, but if she is over something (like sitting in a restaurant) she lets EVERYONE know.
First time touching the sand
Clearly Grace was not impressed with the big WWII gun

Before: Naps on the beach all around.
Now: Well, one of us got a nap in on the beach.
Craig's nap did not last long

Even though things are different now, I love it! We had a fantastic first family vacation, and I can't wait to take more!
This selfie only took two tries. I feel like it should be in a selfie hall of fame. Even the baby is looking at the camera!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Day in the Life: Maternity Leave Edition

Back when I was blogging regularly I did a "day in the life" post. When I go back and look at it, that is still what my working life pretty much looked like. Erika just did a day in the life maternity leave edition and I knew it was something that I wanted to do as well. (P.S. go check out Erika's blog and her new little one!) Just like I can look back at my old day in the life post, I want to be able to look back at this time in my life and know what we did all day!

1:20 am Someone is ready to eat. Here's a hint, it's not me.
5:20 Gracie is up wanting a diaper change and a snack but she goes back to sleep after both. I also go back to sleep.
7:15 I hear Grace in the monitor. She isn't crying, more like yelling "why isn't anyone paying attention to me?" Craig goes and changes her diaper and I come in to nurse her. Craig leaves for work around 7:30. Grace is done eating, and she does her morning poop right as Craig walks out the front door. After I change her we come out to the living room and play on one of her many quilts. I am trying to practice rolling over with her. She has fun with it, but she is more interested in grabbing her feet than rolling on her own. We do a bit of tummy time, that makes her yell some more. Then a story on childhood cancer comes on the Today show and I am sitting there crying and holding her a little too tight, and she yells again "Gosh Mom! Let me grab my feet!"

8:40 Grace starts to rub her eyes so I give her a pacifier and put her in her swing for her morning nap. During her nap I take a shower, start her laundry and empty and load the dishwasher.

9:45 And she's up! After a diaper change, I get her dressed for the day and then she eats. We practice standing and then she plays on her play mat for a bit while I put her laundry in the dryer.
11:05 She is worn out from playing and is getting fussy. I nurse her again and then she falls asleep on my lap. After about 20 minutes, when I know she is down for good, I slowly move her off my lap and onto the couch next to me. This creates a small problem. Now that she moves around quite a bit, I can't leave her alone on the couch so I am also stuck here. (At least nap #1 was productive!) I do manage to sneak into the kitchen and make a quick lunch. Other than that, I read a few blogs, play on the internet etc.

1:15 She wakes up in a pretty good mood so I know there is only one thing that we need to do: baby craft time! I get all the supplies ready, get Grace down to her diaper and get started with part one of our newest Halloween decoration.

After Gracie gets a little foot/leg bath in the sink and I finish cleaning up. She is now pretty fussy so I nurse her and then get her dressed again. We go outside and get the mail and take a small walk around the yard, but its too sunny and bright out to spend to much time with out a hat. We just started using the exersaucer yesterday. I put her in it and go grab her laundry out of the dryer. This gives me just enough time to get her laundry folded and put away before she is over it.

2:30 She starts rubbing her eyes so I give her a pacifier and put her in her swing. I put away the quilt and her toys and wash her one bottle and my pump supplies. I call a friend of mine and chat for a bit about poop. (Her kid's poop, not mine)
3:00 This was a quick nap because she is awake and no one is changing her mind about that. She nurses again and then we head into her room and play in there until Craig gets home from work.
4:05 Craig walks in the door. He's later than usual. I like to go to Zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays but unfortunately I won't have time today. Boo. He take Gracie so I can go run a couple errands. (I have been using Vinted to clean out my closet and I sold another piece so I am off to the post office. Plus we need milk and a few other things from the grocery store.)
When I get back Grace is ready for another snack.
5:00 she goes into her swing for another nap and I make an easy dinner and we are able to both eat at the same time (pasta and bread sticks.)
6:00 She's awake again. Craig feeds her a bottle of pumped milk that we had defrosted for our vacation and didn't use. I go and pump, because momma can't miss a feeding. When she's done, Craig gives her back to me and we hang out until its time to start our bedtime routine.
7:15 We head to Grace's room where she gets a diaper change and into her night gown. We read a couple of good night books, she nurses one last time and then I swaddle her legs (girlfriend loves to have her arms by her head when she sleeps), she gets her paci and I turn on her sound machine. (Ocean noises it what is currently playing.)

For the rest of the night Craig and I hang out. It's Monday so I watch The Voice and eventually do my nightly pumping session before I turn off the lights around 10 ish.

If you made it through that whole thing congrats! If you just looked at the cute baby pictures, I don't blame you! What does your typical day look like? Have you ever done one of these posts?