Monday, March 21, 2011

Finally a Christmas gift post!

So my siblings and I (there are 4 of us total, plus 2 in-laws and now a niece!) worked together to make a Christmas gift for my dad's new office. I don't think when we thought of this we knew he was going to have a new office - but it worked out for us because it has LOTS more wall space than the last office! It's taken me awhile to post this because - frankly - I forgot to take a picture of it at Christmas (so shout out to my mother who shot this for me).

I got the idea while watching Teen Mom (the show kinda fascinates me). The shows version of this was sitting in someone's office and I just happened to catch a glimpse of it.

So we all figured out who would be what word and unleashed the creativity.

It spells out "Wii Love You Dad/Grandpa"

G wins for having the best sculpture in a picture. J&D win for being the most creative. And the H fam win for having the cutest kid!

Somehow we ended up with an additional square, so my sister put embarrassing childhood photos in that spot!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mistress of Nothing

This book starts in England (mid-19th century) and is the story of a Lady's maid servant. We quickly learn in the story that the Lady is often sick with a cough. My mom could tell you historically what this probably was, but the author does not share. This has allowed the maid servant to go all over the world with her as she seeks warmer climates.

The adventure in this book is in Egypt - where Sally has always wanted to travel.

The author does a great job in describing how Egypt looks through Sally's eyes. Both the land and it's cultures. I was happy with Sally, sad with Sally and scared with Sally. The book is full of love and heartache. You really feel for Lady Duff Gordon as she misses her children and her husband and as she finds herself as a member of a male society.

But for some reason - I don't want to recommend this book. Maybe because at first I really thought it would be a book my mother enjoy - and by the end I knew it wouldn't be? Maybe because the story left me hanging. It didn't wrap it up and tie a pretty bow. And maybe because I wanted more history - a story I could really believe and not just be like, "I wonder if this is really how that happened?" By the way - Lady Duff Gordon is a real person. It is known that she traveled to Egypt with a maid, but that is all.

If Egypt or hierarchical societies interest you - check this book out!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fat Tuesday Celebration!

About 3 weeks ago I got a box in the mail. Inside was all the stuffs needed to kick of Mardi Gras! Zatarains sent all kinds of fun stuff and so I invited my community group over to help eat it up!

Setting the mood

Smothered Okra (with corn & tomatoes)

Starting the jambalaya!

Ending the night with a root beer cheesecake King Cake!

We also had corn bread. Yummy food and fun times!

Sunday, March 13, 2011