Sunday, March 30, 2014

Laurealism Library: Volume 1

I've set a goal to read at least thirty-six books this year, and I'm well on my way. Here's a quick update on what I've been reading in the last couple of months (in order from least enjoyed, to most enjoyed.)
The House GirlTara Conklin
Pick this up if: You're looking for a quick, easy read and enjoy historical fiction. Similar to: Anything by Phillipa Gregory
My rating: 3/5

Notes: While this book did keep me interested, I found myself liking the historical parts much better than the mystery. I tend to like books that really speak to me, are full of a great writing, or are completely different than anything I've read. I'm not sure that this book falls into any of those categories.

Burial RitesHannah Kent
Pick this up if: You're into history or have a strong opinion (either way) in regards to capital punishment.
My Rating: 3/5

Notes: I'll warn you this is a pretty depressing book. But it does make you think, and may change your opnions.

Pick this up if: You want an afternoon read, or need a little inspiration.
My Rating: 4/5

Notes: Packed with analogies, this little number will really make you think. You'll come out of it with a little pep in your step.

The Bell JarSylvia Plath
Pick this up if: Well, just pick it up if you haven't yet.
Similar to: Girl, Interrupted
My Rating: 4/5

Notes: This was published in 1963, and still managed to speak to me. When an author can connect to readers who won't be born for decades... well, those are the truly talented ones, aren't they?

11/22/63Stephen King
Pick this up if: You love The Kennedy's, history, or are just looking for a long, easy read to curl up with.
Similar to: The Time Traveler's Wife
My Rating: 4/5

Notes: Historical-Science Fiction? And there's romance? There may not be another book that falls into so many different categories. But then again, it is Stephen King.

It's Kind of a Funny StoryNed Vizzini
Pick this up if: You want to learn something about yourself.
Similar to: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
My Rating: 5/5

Notes: This one definitely spoke to me. Which is weird because it's a story about what happens when a depressed teen is checked into an adult psych ward. But you'll just adore the main character. Definitely worth reading.

What have you been reading? Is it something that belongs on my to-read list?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fairy Tales

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spelling B-E-E

You know how there was always that kid in the back of all of your high school classes, asking the teacher, "But when will we use this in real life?"

And the teacher may have gone on to explain a real world application or, if there really was no practical reasoning the answer was, "Consider this a brain exercise."

Maybe I've used mathematic principles in my way of thinking along the way. But I literally have never had to use the quadratic formula in real life. Though, I certainly sing it to myself every time I'm watching a Notre Dame game (thanks, Wheeler High School!)

And in my current, primary line of work, which I consider to be motherhood, I've yet to use the formula Distance = Rate x Time. Which is what my genius (and awesome) college roommate convinced me was really the only thing I ever needed to know when it came to math. Especially in the courses I was taking (helloooo, liberal arts major.)

She's also cringing somewhere at my overuse of parentheses in this post. Hi, Lainey!

But you know what you really do need to learn?

How to spell.

And not just for the reasons you'd think, like looking semi-educated on Facebook, for instance. Or more practically, on a job application.

No, no, no. The REAL reason you learn how to spell is because someday, you will have a toddler who will understand all of the words that are coming out of your mouth. Even the ones not directed at him.

"I'm going to run upstairs to take a shower. I'll be back in a minute."
Bath? Meeeeee bath? Bath! Bath! Yay, Bath!

"Guess what!? Girl Scout cookies came today!"
COOKIES!? Meeeee cookies? Peeeassse, Mom? Cookies, peas? Two, cookies?

"After lunch I'm going to try and get him down for a quick nap."
Noooooo nap, Mom! Back hurts. Nooo... [Unitelligible through tears and snot.]

And before you know it you are silently thanking a higher being for your ability to spell. And for your husband's ability to spell.

And sure you may sound a little ridiculous:

"I have to drop him off at S-C-H-O-O-L and run to the S-T-O-R-E, but would you like me to pick you up anything at D-U-N-K-I-N?"

But for now at least, you don't have to reason with a toddler in regards to why donuts aren't a healthy choice. And why he can't come with you to the store. And why we aren't going out the door for school this exact instant.

You see, toddlers live in the moment. There is no future, there is no past. There is only now. Which sounds like an enviable trait, until you are explaining to your kid for the sixth day in a row that you aren't going on that A-I-R-P-L-A-N-E today, but the day after the day after the day after tomorrow (translation: a couple months.)

So, I'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone who had a hand in teaching me how to spell. Though, goodness knows what I'll do the day Henry learns. Insert the circle of life comment here.

Which words do you spell in your household?

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


To be honest, as the mom of two little boys, I really didn't think I'd have to deal with any dramatic antics. Dramatics if you will. Yes, I think I just invented a fabulous word so go with it.

Newsflash: Kids are dramatic.

Occasionally it's annoying, but most of the time it's hysterical.

Here's what I'm currently dealing with:

1. If Henry sneezes and I don't say, BLESS YOU! right away, he continues to fake sneeze until I do.

2. This is the scene if Henry runs into Mark or I, or if we accidentally bump him:

Whoa, whoa, whoa! (Sends himself flying to the floor.)

I barely touched you, I'll tell him.

Ouch. Mommy hurt Hank, he'll whisper... with big, sad eyes. This will eventually turn into an awkward and embarrassing situation out in public, I'm sure of it.

3. One day last week, Mark's back was bothering him. He literally told Henry ONCE that he couldn't pick him up because his "back hurts." Well that quickly became Henry's favorite reason to avoid anything he doesn't want to do. A very good reminder that we must severely watch what we say.

Could you help Mommy and let the dogs in?
Back hurts, Mom.

Can you show me how you can count?
Back hurts, Mom.

Can you help me pick up these puzzle pieces that you just threw while madly running around the room?
Back hurts, Mom.

Time for nap!
NO! Back hurts, Mom!

Oh, the dramantics, I tell ya. And I can't be the only one, can I? Let's hear it: What are your children's current dramantics?

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