Between our week in Florida and Easter weekend I’ve gotten quite a bit of reading done lately. Just before the Florida trip I finished off the Phillip Pullman “His Dark Materials” triology, on the trip I read “The Memory Keepers Daughter”, “Marley and Me”, and finished “Bones to Ashes”. Over Easter I read “The Glass Castle”; and at home I have waiting for me “Middlesex”, “Mists of Avalon”, and “Grapes of Wrath”. Obviously, school must be getting busy so I’m procrastinating at home with all these good books 🙂

Below is my current reading list…some I’ve read before and want to re-read (yes those are Gordon Korman books, and yes he writes for kids, but I remember these books and wanted to read them again). Ones in red I’ve read since I made the list. Any other good book suggetions?

Mary Doria Russel

The Sparrow

Children of God

 Gordon Korman

Son of Interflux

6th grade nickname game 

Phillip Pullman

The Golden Compass

The Subtle Knife

The Amber Spy Glass 

Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon

Anne Holm

I am David 

Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

The Lost Boy

A man named Dave

The Privilege of Youth 

John Wyndham

Chrysalids

 John Steinbeck

The Grapes of wrath

 Marion Zimmer Bradley

The mists of Avalon

Alexander Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

 Kim EdwardsThe memory keeper’s daughter

 Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. – The indigo children: the new kids have arrived 

Autism

Nobody Nowhere – Donna Williams

Let me Hear your voice – Catherine

The Only Boy in the World –  

Random Authors

The birth house

tiny dancer

the glass castle

Les Miserables

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Ultimatum

two moons in august

Marley and me

bad dogs have more fun

Middlesex

Life of Pi

the curious incident of a dog in the night time

George and Sam

The Blue Bicycle

The Kite Runner

Atonnement

Mourning Ruby

Itsuka

Obasan

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiciton

Tweak: Growing Up on Methanphetamines

Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.

Pregnancy

 Getting pregnant / Charlish, Anne

Getting pregnant : what couples need to know right now / Lauersen, Niels H.

What to expect when you’re expecting / Eisenberg, Arlene

Babyproofing you marriage/ Cockerell, Stacie

The Offical Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth With Confidence

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Baby Sign Language

Glib Parenting Advice

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern Motherhood by Trisha Ashworth

It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons by Andrea J. Buchanan

Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It by Andrea J. Buchanan

Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting from a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids–Even When They’re Driving Him Nuts by Robert Wilder

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
by
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

Novel

1982

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

Novel

1987

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Novel

1991

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard & Glass

Novel

1997

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of The Calla

Novel

2003

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Novel

2004

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

   

Kathy Riechs (in order of publication)

Deja Dead

Death du Jour

Deadly Decisions

Fatal Voyage

Grave Secrets

Bare Bones

Monday Mourning

Cross Bones

Break no Bones

Bones to Ashes

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Grow Baby Grow

March 30, 2008

    my how time flies! These are a week late, but Easter came and went with no belly pics, so here are a couple from 29 weeks:

    Notice the disaster that was my french braid for work…the hair is getting longer but not quite long enough yet to survive all day at school and a wearing a beret on the way home. Thankfully, while at school it pretty  much stayed put…with a lot of help from bobbypins and hairspray.

     We met our dr last week. It was the first appointment Jason was able to make it too, so he got to hear the heartbeat which was cool. All looks well, the baby hasn’t turned yet, but there is still plenty of time. I have to do the glucose tolerance test sometime next week…the lovely orange drink is chilling in my fridge as we speak. Otherwise pretty (thankfully) uneventful. There is lots of movement now, and baby T can still make me laugh with a good ‘alien belly’ kick.

Poor Puppy

March 26, 2008

    This is a bit of a march challenge update (I said I’d walk an hour each day this month) but it’s mostly about my dog…so if that is not your thing, you’ve been warned. I’ve been doing pretty well with my walking I was a little side tracked on vacation and after the first late night didn’t get my walk in on Saturday, but we walked out little hearts out in the parks for the rest of the trip. When we got home I got right back on schedule (thanks to my wonderful walking partner) and I even got my walk in on Good Friday, then things went a little down hill.

My human walking partner is in Florida for the next two weeks so me and the dogs are on our own. Now for the dog part, Tia is out as well. We had both dogs kenneled while we were away in Florida at a vacation spot for dogs. This guy has 10 acres of fenced yard and lets the dogs run free (with dogs of similar size and temperment…and yes Jen believe it or not even my mean bitch Tia does alright with other dogs when there are 10 acres and no humans around to protect…I know I was shocked too!). Anyhow sometime while frolicking in the woods on vacation Tia torn one of her nails. This is not the end of the world and happens to her frequently enough that we can usually deal with it. The problem this time is that we didn’t really notice it right away so  I walked her for three days and the crack spread splitting her nail down to the quick and right up to where nail meets paw! There was no way I was cutting it myself (as we’ve done in the past) and it was Easter weekend (and to make matters worse the nail was starting smell a little funky…so we suspected infection). Thankfully the vet was open on Saturday for regular hours so they cut the nail and cauterized it and gave us some puppy pain killers and antibiotics to get rid of the infection.

one sad puppy, before we took her to the vet we had it bandaged (to keep it clean) and the sock is to keep her from licking it

Here she is sporting the cool purple bandage the vet used (they gave us a roll to use a home, this stuff is awesome! you don’t need tape as it is self adhesive, but it doesn’t stick to her fur.

   Anyhow, back to walking; without my human partner and my fabulous fur duo I shamelessly got Jason to run Bailey for the three remaining days of Easter weekend. While I was busy working on homework, I certainly could have taken Bailey for a leash walk, but the boy likes to run and I was feeling for Tia (since she knew they were going to the field to play ball) so I stayed home and tried to placate her (yeah no kids yet…I know)). Anyhow after a three day hiatus, I’m back on the horse again. I tried walking both dogs this morning but only got a third of our usual walk in before Tia started to limp, so she is off for a few more days, but I made up the lost time this evening at the gym. My goal now is to keep walking all through J-Y’s vacation so I can still keep up to him when he gets back.

We took Wednesday off from the parks and hit an outlet mall and Downtown Disney instead (this is where we actually found the book we wanted). We also had HUGE ice cream sundaes, but I don’t have the picks yet.

Thursday we went to MGM and Epcot (ah…the joys of a park hopper). Again we hit MGM right at park opening and headed straight for the Tower of Terror (my personal favorite) and Rockin’ Roller Coaster. Jason rode each one once, at my insistence, then we headed off to enjoy the slower rides in the park. I really wanted to see the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show since we missed it last time and we planned our day around hitting that (our usually ride till you’re sick strategy does not allow for taking in these timed shows that only present two to three times a day since you usually have to be there 30 – 45 min early to get a seat, and come on, that is good rollercoaster/ride time). It was cool, especially since it involved a lot of sitting and we could eat our lunch while waiting. By now, Jay and I had abandoned the camera (we’re bad for taking it and not using it) and I don’t have all of Steven’s pictures yet so none to share. We did get a picture of the mouse eared water tower on the back lot tour though (just to prove we were there…lol)

Early afternoon, we headed to Epcot. Again there are a couple ‘big’ rides I can’t do there, but Space Ship Earth was open (it was closed in Aug) and the up grades where cool and had Jay and I laughing (at the end of your tour you answer a few questions and they do a little animated story using your pictures pasted on cartoon bodies…it was fun). We also went to do Nemo Under the Seas, which we skipped last time in favour of cooler big kid rides. It too was neat, there is an interactive part at the end where you can talk to Crush the turtle, it was pretty cool. Then we headed off to the France pavilion for a quick bite as we had already devoured our packed lunches in MGM and it was getting later in the day.

On of my favorite things about the Disney parks is the atmosphere…no body does it quite like disney. My favorite in all the parks is the intricately carved and painted shrubs, here are a couple from Epcot.

Magic Kingdom

March 20, 2008

   We went to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. We didn’t realize that there was a Princess/Pirate party that night, which means that the park closes at 19h00 and you need to pay more to stay for the parade and fireworks. It actually worked out in our favour since we had park-hopper tickets it meant we could go to another park that was open later, and most people didn’t pick Tue as their magic kingdom day since it was a shorter day (the park is usually open until 23h00 with a cool fireworks display at 22h00) so there were not many crowds.

As per the Disney strategy discussed yesterday we raced to Big Thunder mountain for fast passing, then headed off to Pirates of the Caribbean. After a few rides we coupled off so that Steven and Melanie could go hit the roller coasters and Jason and I could amble around the park. We got to do It’s a Small World (which was closed the last three times I’ve been to a Disney park (either land or world)), and the haunted mansion which was closed when Jay and I were down in Aug. As we wandered through the park we saw a Character who I swear did one of the best Jack Sparrow impressionations I’ve ever seen, he even had the movements right.

We met up with Mel and Steven mid day and did a few more rides together and got some good pics in front of the castle

                      

then we went our own way again and Jason and I hung out on Main Street for a bit

We were pretty good about not going too crazy shopping for baby (at one point in the trip planning Jason had his heart set on a huge stuffed mickey; we decided it would be more fun in a few years to let Baby T pick his/her own stuffie). We did get two Disney anthologies with most of the old stories Jason and I remember and some on the newer ones too. We also got one outfit, the first piece of new clothing we’ve bought for this munchkin.

Animal Kingdom

March 19, 2008

We decided that everyone starts their Disney vacation in the Magic Kingdom so strategy dictated that we start at Animal Kingdom (usually one of the quieter parks) to avoid the crowds. As per our usual Disney strategy we were there for shortly after park opening and raced to the coolest ride in the park to get a fast pass and get one ride in the standby line before the wait got too long. Of course at six months pregnant I could not do any of the coolest rides in the park, but I lead the charge to the new roller coaster Everest since I had the park tickets needed to gain our fast passes. This was our general strategy, we’d hit the ‘big’ rides first things and I’d wait while Jason, Steven and Melanie did the ride (this gave me time to rest, eat and pee) then we’d head off to the tamer rides that I could participate in. Since Jason and I were just at Disney in August I didn’t mind too much that I couldn’t go on the roller coasters, if I hadn’t gotten to do Everest at least once before it would have hurt, ’cause boy that is one cool roller coaster. Here are some shots Steven took on one of their rides.

The only ride that I ignored the ‘Not recommended for expecting mothers’ warning on was the Safari in Animal Kingdom, as I said we’ve been on it before I could not for the life of me figure out why it was not recommended, you are in a ‘jeep’ the whole ride and just drive around looking at animals. Here are some shots we got:

We also did a walking trial the Jay and I must have missed in the heat of summer and got some awesome views of tigers.

This is one of Jason and I on said trail

We also goofed around in the souvenir shop and got some nice tourist to take this shot for us:

The tree lady we saw this summer was still there. She walks around on stilts and moves like a member of Cirque du Soleil; in fact after Jason and I saw her in the summer we decided we had to check to see if Cirque was performing in Orlando and of course they were (they have a permanent show in Downtown Disney). It was an awesome show (although so far nothing has compared to Varekai, but I think that is because it was our first Cirque experience and just getting there was impromptu and a lot of fun). Can you see her face?

And finally, no trip to Animal Kingdom is complete without a picture of the Tree of Life which is in the center of the park:

Note to self….

March 17, 2008

…. As a Canadian service member I am NOT entitled access to an American base. We left last Friday for Florida in the late afternoon, the plan was to push to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland…it made for a long day, but then the weekend wouldn’t be so bad and we would get in early sunday afternoon. Well push we did and we made it to Andrews by around 12h30 on Saturday morning, since we’d made reservations I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, I thought (like in Canada) I could flash my military id, get on base and get some sleep. Boy was I wrong! They collected all of our IDs and the passport of the civilian who was traveling with us. We were then detained (in our car) for the next two hours while they decided whether they should let us on base or not. After about an hour we thought we’d ask for our IDs back and hit the nearest hotel; “Sorry” the Sgt said, “I’ve been told not to let you leave”. An hour later he gave us back our IDs and apologized, he couldn’t let us on base, he felt awful for keeping us there until close to 3h00 in the morning. The only saving grace was that all of the american MPs that we dealt with (at one point they had the car surrounded and were gathering our ‘field information’…tattoos, markings, birth date, SIN, etc.) were good guys who where not being jerks. Even the Sgt (which isn’t like a sgt in the Canadian forces, he had no authority and little experience less than five years), who was back from Iraq for only two months and just found out that evening he was going back in the next two, was polite. In fact he recommended a great hotel about 15 miles down the road (and apparently in a safer part of town), it was one of the best (albeit short) sleeps we had on the drive. I have tonnes of pictures to share, but don’t want to bog down one entery so here is a parting shot of the four of us (self portrait) in Animal Kingdom on Monday.