Friday, October 24, 2014

From Italy to France

Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy
Published
: July 3, 2012 by Touchstone
First Published: 1952
Series: Catherine de Medici #1
It's been over two years since I've last read a Jean Plaidy book, which is a little crazy knowing that ever since college I've considered her one of my favorite historical fiction authors. (Just looking at my goodreads stats gives you an idea how much since I've read 17 books by her since 2007 compared to my second most read author at 10.) There's just something about how many historical places and periods she wrote about and how many details she's able to include to I can't help but be excited about.

Funny enough, I've never read a book on Catherine De'Medici yet reading this I realize how much I actually know about her story. It seems she's been actually been the background character in several other books I've read when reading about her husband's Mistress, Diane de Poitiers, or her daughter, or Mary, Queen of Scots, her daughter-in-law, or even her perfumer. Even with this background though, there's still so much new information I found which is one reason I love Plaidy's books.

It's hard for me to really articulate just why I enjoy reading her books so much. But she's definitely an author I'm always telling people to try out, especially if they like historical fiction. They've slowly started to bring more and more of her books back in print, but it definitely is exciting to know how many of her books I've still yet to read, although a bit depressing to know how many are still out of print.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

33 Weeks Bumpdate

33 Weeks
How Far Along: 33 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A pineapple

Maternity Clothes: I think at this point the only time I'm not wearing maternity clothes is when I'm lounging around the house or working out. Other than that it's pretty much always the case.

Nursery: Are you really going to be surprised if I tell you it's the same here as it was last week?

Stretch Marks: And again here, still none.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty awesome lately. Yes, it is hard to turn over when I'm trying to fall asleep, and every once in a while I'll wake up a little stiff from sleeping on one side all night. But still it's been pretty awesome.

Movement: All the time. Yes, there are times when the baby is more active, but at this point it feel more normal to have it moving than not moving.

Cravings: I could definitely go for some candy, especially knowing Halloween is so close, but I'm still managing to keep it out of my diet.

Symptoms: I've started getting heartburn. It really isn't anything too bad, but just kind of an odd occurrence since it's not something I normally ever deal with.

What I Miss: Again I'm not really sure. Although I hate the idea this whole fall might pass without a pumpkin spice latte.

Looking Forward To: I know our nursery progress has pretty much stalled this past few weeks, but hopefully this is the weekend where we start to make progress!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday - Gifts

It's time for another week of cute baby clothes! This week all the items I'm sharing we've received as gifts. While I'm sure there's going to be quite a few more that would fit in this photo in a few weeks after my baby shower, these are some of the first few clothes we've received.
Baby Gifts
The orange onsie is from a friend who couldn't help but poke a little fun at the boy. In case it's a little hard to read it says, "Daddy knows a lot but Mommy knows everything."

The duck sleeper is from my grandmother. It's made of some of the softest material ever. My brother even felt it and said he wished they made something like it in his size! Ha!

The last is a US soccer uniform from my dad. While the baby did just miss this year's world cup, next summer is the women's world cup, so hopefully the baby is able to fit into it then.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mailbox Monday (95)

For a fun stat, this is the 3rd Mailbox Monday in a row I'm sharing 3 books. Maybe I'll have 4 books to share the next 4 weeks? Seems unlikely but you never know...
Mailbox Monday
From Goodreads
The Actress by Amy Sohn
First, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? From the look of it you'd think this was about Old Time Hollywood, except it actually takes place today. I feel like I keep seeing this book around, except don't really know what it's about. Of course if the story inside is anywhere near as awesome as the cover, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

From Paperback Swap
The Lost Daughter by Lucy Ferriss
This is our book club book of the month and will likely be the next book I'll be reading. I've heard it is kind of hard to get through, which makes sense considering the title. Although in general I tend to enjoy the experience reading somewhat hard books, so I'm thinking this will be a win for me.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Back before I really got into book blogging I'd buy every new Jennifer Weiner book as soon as it came out. Clearly it's been a while since I've done that though since this was published in 2012, and two years later I'm only now acquiring a copy. Plus given my to-read pile who knows when I'll actually get to it. But even so, I'm looking forward to it, and given how much I've loved all of Weiner's other books I'm sure I'm going to love this one as well.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Into the Woods

Mennyms in the Wilderness by Sylvia Waugh
Published
: March 1, 1996 by Avon Camelot
First Published: July 21, 1994
Series: The Mennyms #2
The Mennyms sequel takes place just after the end of the first. The Mennyms, an actual family of living rag dolls, is living as normal in their home when they find out their house is in danger of being demolished for a new road. In search of a new place to live they move to the country (hence the book's title).

It is really interesting reading these books 20 or so years after I first read them. There's one subplot I remember being so awful and a bit scary, but reading it now while I can see the danger, it isn't quite so bad. Yet there's also a love story, that I didn't quite get at 10. Except now, as an adult, I can see all the dangers is poses and how awful the outcome could be.

I still do absolutely adore this series. I wouldn't necessarily list it as my all-time favorite, but it holds a special place for me. I will say that if you never discovered this series growing up, now is a pretty perfect time to try to track them down.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

32 Weeks Bumpdate

32 Weeks
How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A jicama

Maternity Clothes: I've yet to reach the point where my maternity clothes no longer work, so I guess that's a plus right?

Nursery: Again, no more progress here.

Stretch Marks: No more progress here, but this is actually a good no progress.

Sleep: Pretty awesome lately, although last night I did have an interesting dream about the Duggars.

Movement: I finally got to push on something in my stomach (I'm pretty sure the baby's legs) and see it move away. Of course since I'm sure the baby was quite comfortable they moved back right after, but it was still a fun experience.

Cravings: Still nothing really to report here.

Symptoms: For the first time my ankles have started to swell a little. Nothing too awful, but my feet do look a little crazy when it happens.

What I Miss: Probably still desserts, although at my last doctor's appointment I was told my blood sugar numbers look pretty awesome, so at least I know the lack of desserts is making a difference.

Looking Forward To: I have my maternity photos this weekend. Yes, they're a bit of a splurge (especially from the boy's point of view) but I'm really excited for them!
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