Monday, May 16, 2011

Snippets + De-Lurk

-I'm kind of on a book roll. I started and finished Little Bee over the weekend, which was horrific and hard to read but also beautiful. I'll have a whole review post up sometime soon (do you guys like the book reviews?). I have a stack of library books to go through as well, and I'm hoping that I'll enjoy them as much as some of my recent reads.

-I am so wishing that the weather would warm up! I've been holding off planting our tomato plants because there's still the danger of frost. I'm definitely ready to get them in the ground! Also, everything that *is* planted already isn't doing so well--it's getting seriously wind-burnt!

-Lizzy gets up almost every single day at 6:30am on the dot. It doesn't matter what time she goes to bed, she's up by 6:30am. Except this morning...when she's apparently sleeping in. However, my body is so used to getting up at 6:30am now that I absolutely CANNOT make myself fall back asleep! How I wish I could!

-I don't know what's up with me lately, but I am seriously craving cheese. All the time. Cheddar, Gorgonzola, Blue cheese, Gouda, Havarti. Man, I love cheese. Too bad it doesn't seem to love me as much! And no, just to clear things up, I'm not pregnant, and this is not a pregnancy craving. I just like cheese.

-Our softball team is doing awesome this year! So far, we're 3-1, and the only game we've lost was a close one. The rest of the games have been called after 4 innings because we're ahead by more than 15 runs. I like to play no matter what--even last year when we only won 1 game the whole season, but there is just something really fun about when the teams wheels are clicking and everything works like it is supposed to!

-After my last post, I just wanted to clarify something--a LOT of foster parents are amazing. It wasn't my intent to convey that kids should automatically be placed with relatives because relatives won't give them back and foster parents will. I hope the last post didn't come off that way, and I apologize if it did. I was just (a) fired up that yet another set of kids had been given back after being adopted, and (b) sometimes I do think that some foster parents get really upset when child welfare initiates a relative search--almost like it's a personal insult. But really, it's a step that child welfare takes with the hopes of protecting the child. In my opinion, based on my experience, it's a good step in the process. However, it CAN also be frustrating that the "system" doesn't allow much wiggle room for looking at things on a case-by-case basis! As with anything else, there are no universals...

-Lastly, I've noticed that there are quite a few new readers/followers lately--thanks for stopping by! I'd love it if everyone, new and old, would take a few minutes to "de-lurk". In the comments, please tell me and everyone else:

1. Your name
2.One interesting fact about yourself
3. If you have a blog, tell us what it's about in 10 words or less
4. And give us your blog's url

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!


  1. Last week I ate an entire block of smoked apple gouda... oh man it was yummy.

  2. (de-lurking, I guess!)

    Name: Candice
    1 interesting fact: I run a news website in my local community with my husband!
    About my blog in 10 words or less: knitting, gardening, and whatever other random things I get into.

  3. Sara
    I'm a teacher who is actaully not looking forward to the summer...I'll miss my kiddos...(okay...only slightly, which is more than most other teachers)

  4. I'm a lurker (although, I think I've posted one comment, maybe.) Yes, I love the book reviews! Agree that Little Bee was hard to read, but so glad I did.

    1. Katie
    2.I'm an only child and only have one first cousin.
    3. My blog is about my newish house, reading, 40 Before 41 project. (Sorry -- that's 12 words)

  5. -Andrea

    -Interesting fact is that I actually WANTED to have all boy children (dream came true, score).

    -My blog is, it's a SAHM personal style blog with some mommy bits thrown in for good measure (aka, the grandma's to read).

    You should eat a laughing cow! a little taste of cheese without too much guilt.

  6. I loved Little Bee, and am loving your book reviews, especially the summation part. I've added all your "all-nighters" to my wishlist!

    1. Mary-Carolyn
    2. I wear kids' shoes.
    3. On my blog, I write too much about my kid.

  7. I'm a longtime reader/lurker. Hi!

    I'm Julie
    I didn't get my driver's license until I was 18.
    My blog is and it's quite random. I write about my life and my family.

  8. Hi,


    I'm a wife and mother of four, the oldest is almost 21, the youngest is 12 and has epilepsy, ASD, learning delay and behavioural problems.

    I write about all that and whatever pops in to my head.

  9. I eat cheese everyday. In my fridge right now we have white cheddar, yellow cheddar, pepperjack, colby, america and gorgonzola!!!!

    2.I have really big feet, like 11-11.5!!!
    3.My blog is
    4.It's about being a SAHM, sewer, baker, picture taker...yada yada yada :)

  10. I wish you could sleep in and cheese is GOOD! :)

    1. Leah - Hi, you know me. :)
    2. I once used to have a life that didn't revolve around a little man named Isaac. It's fascinating really.
    3. Me, my husband, my boy(s), my faith, my life.

    ps:: I also don't always follow directions. :)

  11. You're in my reader and have been for a while. I believe I found you from some other nestie related folks... but YEARS ago.

    Anyway... on with the questions...

    1. Jill or Mrs. Hope or Happy Hopefuls...

    2. I've been married for 7 years!

    3. Blog, yes. It's Happy Hopefuls and in about 10 words or less... After 4 years of trying, fertility treaments and misc things, we're expecting and due with our first on June 4!

    4. My URL:

  12. Stephanie
    I Live in Alaska and I have been in college for 10 years...for the same's a long story!
    Mostly about my daughter but there is a little about us in there too (OK, that's 14 words)

  13. OMG i love cheese.. i could live on just cheese. i am so glad i am not alone. john thinks it is so weird that I will just grab a slice of american or a cheddar stick for a snack.. and i looove brie. i could go for some now on a cracker actually..

    -i had open heart surgery when i was 5 months old and have 7 heart defects. my life expectancy was 12 years old w/o the surgery.
    - <<not much of anything anymore.

  14. Bring On the book reviews Meredith. :)

    1. Laura
    2.I have a strange obsession with fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.
    3.My blog is about my life,Inspirations,my son Braxton.

  15. *emily ...

    *i had our angel baby 6 weeks ago after years of trying to conceive ... =)

    * my blog ... about my life: homeschooling, cooking, loving my man, having a baby, the ways that GOD is blessing and leading, etc etc. =)


  16. 1. Megan :)
    2. I hate cotton balls, cannot touch them.
    3. I talk waaaay too much about my boys, try and post things that non-moms care about too but I'm not always successful there. (whoops, too many words.) :)

  17. Hi!

    I'm running a marathon in July
    My blog is just a project 365 that I started in Feb and I really need to update it!

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  19. I'm Carrie.
    I was 15 when I started dating my husband!
    I blog about our son Collin.

  20. Yea I'm a lurker...

    I'm a band geek - color guard even. Captain of my college guard (Mizzou), and I miss it SO much.
    My blog is
    My husband and I moved to KC for his school, and we're 230 miles away from our families. It's our life blog - keeping us in touch with family and friends (and making new ones!)

  21. Hey! I'll stop lurking. Lol. I stumbled across your blog after a friend was following it, and you totally make me laugh ;-) Anyway...
    1. Jessie Doran
    2. I have three kittens, that are basically my children--mostly because I bottle fed them from two days old. Hey, kittens can be children too... right?
    3. I do have a blog. It's mostly my ranting about book/movie reviews...

  22. Hi!
    I think I might have commented before.
    I'm Katelyn (or Kate)
    I have a daughter (Hailey) who is a bit younger than Lizzy- born Jan 23 and I'm pregnant due in July.
    I write a blog with my sisters, we don't post as often as we used to but I try to update.

  23. I'm a lurker too, and I normally don't comment, but I don't want you to stop writing, so I figure I should do my part to motivate you :) I eat approximately eleven pounds of cheese a week, pregnant or not. It's just the best. Why can't fat free cheese be good? And not melt all weird?
    My name is Jenn.
    I live on a (practically) deserted island in the middle of the pacific ocean with my submariner husband and four kid. Seven more months (not that I'm counting) and we're heading for the (relatively) more civilized island of Hawaii. I wanted Bangor WA if that gives you any indication of how I feel towards island living.
    I blog about: life on this crappy little island that I sort of secretly love.

    Meredith, as long as I'm commenting, I wanted to say how much I admired when you posted your before and after fitness type photos. Since I just had my LAST baby, I'm finally getting serious about getting my body back, and the blog world is full of these silly perfect women who take silly perfect pictures of their silly perfect 'before' bodies so that we can all gush and tell them how perfect they are, so it was refreshed to see something real.
    And I LOVE your book reviews. Although I tried to read that outlander business last year and I just can't figure out what all the hype is about. However, I am a DIE HARD HUNGER GAMES fan. I seriously think those are some of the best books ever written.

    And because I would feel guilty if I didn't, I have to tell you to read The Passage by Justin Cronin. It is AMAZING. If you look it up and something tells you it's about vampires and you want to throw something at me-it is NOT about vampires. It's just not. Trust me on this.

    Anyway. Keep writing, you really are an amazingly talented woman. Like my opinion really matters.

  24. I'm very much a lurker! My name is Emily and I'm a serial hobbyist! I've always got something new that I'm into. My blog started as a way to keep up with family, then turned into a crafty blog, then I got into photography, and I document my adventures being a new mommy.

    My blog is

  25. Hi! I'm one of your new readers, I was planning to remain unseen, but hey-- you asked!

    My name is Ana.
    English is not my first language.
    My (new) blog is about life with a baby in Argentina.

    I'll be back! :)

  26. 1. Ethan
    2. On Sunday, I will officially have an MA in history.
    3. I had one, dedicated to documenting whatever word vomit came out of my head, but it had to die, that I might get a job.
    4. It will be missed.

  27. 1. Your name: Marie.
    2. One interesting fact about yourself: Morning is my favorite part of the day.
    3. If you have a blog, tell us what it's about in 10 words or less: I have a blog which is mostly about books.
    4. And give us your blog's url:

  28. Not sure I count as a lurker since I've commented before, but whatever!

    1. Erin
    2.I know all the words to the songs "It's the End of the world as we know it" by REM and "Ice, ice baby" :)
    3. It's just about my life and mostly my daughter now!

  29. Hi Meredith,
    I'm a lurker...about to go on a roadtrip out west to Utah's national parks with my husband for our spring vacation...I've started a blog but I'm a blogging baby and majorly lacking inspiration, but it's:
    Thanks for sharing the book reviews! Keep 'em coming!

  30. I've commented a couple of times but here I go:
    1. Marie
    2. Turning 31 in less than two months and still think I am in my mid 20's:)
    3. I blog about my hand-sewn blossom creations and personal awareness issues

  31. 1. Rachel Anne
    2. I love color organizing things in rainbow, ROY G BIV order.
    3. family, baby, money, biz-nas, Him, the mister, me, curls, + laughs
    4. Http://

  32. Oh man, do you remember that youth trip to Seattle and that inside joke about cheese? And hummers?
    1. "Mawa Booky" is what David's little sister calls me, so lets go with that.
    2. I'm currently procrastinating a huge order of DNA prints :D
    3. my blog has pictures I've drawn.

  33. My name is Valerie
    I'm not a lurker necessarily. I check blogs via google reader on my phone where I can't comment. :(
    I'm a classic car enthusiast. My husband may or may not have landed our first date soley on the fact that he has a 69 chevelle. :/
    My blog is about my son (10 mos), my new house, dogs, crafts, photography, and a general high-on-life attitude! (wow, I suck at word limits)

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  35. Ok, I'm so glad you did this but after adding all of these new subscriptions to google reader to check out, my list went from 108 unread posts to 312. Crap...

    I need a clone just to keep up with the blogs I follow.

  36. I'm Dawna =)

    I hate ketchup.

    I have a blog that's about nutrition, fitness, food, and life.

    I love reading your blog!

  37. I have a little granddaughter the same age as your darling daughter. And I have a much-neglected blog I will share later when I catch it up!

    Just starting Little Bee with my book club, glad you liked it.


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