October 30, 2013

What I'm Into: the New Baby / Mermaid Edition


Well, technically Juliet is the one who's into nursing. But it means I spend a lot of time sitting around. For the first ten days of her life I just watched tv; but I'm easing back into reading finally. And seriously, this kid is a champ at nursing. She was back at birth weight when she was 3 days old, and she's already outgrown several pairs of newborn sized jammies. Sniffle. Thus I am also drinking GALLONS of water to keep up with her.


I read all of Allegiant (Loved it - I think?) Vaguely spoilerish mini-review ahead in white: highlight if you want to read it.  I liked that Tris finally grew up and quit whining all the time, and that Four figured some things out about himself and his past, and that their relationship matured. And I have to admire Veronica Roth's guts with the ending -- I don't think many authors would've done that. But geez, it made me BAWL MY EYES OUT.

I've also read about 100 pages of One Summer: America, 1927 ; and naturally I'm loving it. I have such a crush on Bill Bryson it's ridiculous. And I'm really enjoying A Rule Against Murder on audio. Louise Penny's books are set in Quebec, so it's fun to hear the French and English accents.


We cancelled Netflix for a few months, and got Hulu+ instead. So we're watching all. the. new. shows. Together Noel and I are watching Blacklist, Trophy Wife, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. (We have very different drama tastes; so we kind of meet in the middle on comedies). He's watching Sleepy Hollow, which I tried, but it kept giving me nightmares. I'm watching Castle, Biggest Loser, Once Upon a Time, and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. I was debating OUaT in Wonderland... but I'll have to cut Shield I think, or else I'll never get any reading done! Anyone else a fan of OUaTiW? (That's not an awkward acronym at all...)


Eleanor and I have done some Halloween/ autumnal crafting and baking. We made some seriously amazing applesauce the other day (I roasted the apples in the oven a la this recipe before pureeing them, and adding a little sprinkle of sugar and a bit of vanilla. YUM!). And we made fudge and some Halloween cookies, with a friend's help. Eleanor insisted this pumpkin only have one eye, because "It's Mike Wazouski dressed up as a pumpkin for Halloween." Ha!


Juliet's progressed to roughly 2.5 hour chunks of sleep at night; so I've been getting a total of 7ish hours at night usually. And then if Eleanor cooperates by being quiet, sometimes I even get a nap! So I'm started to feel a little more human... although I'm normally one of those people who need 8-9 hours a night.



Eleanor got a hand-me-down Ariel dress from a friend, so I couldn't resist the hilariously huge wig to go with it. And then another friend made Juliet a mermaid tail to match! Hooray for the cuteness! Happy (early) Halloween to you!

What are YOU into?
How much do YOU sleep?

P.S. Planning to link up with Leigh Kramer for What I'm Into! There are a few affiliate links in this post, thanks for supporting Quirky Bookworm.

P.P.S. I'm LOVING all the suggestions for classics that ought to be made into board books. Come leave your suggestion soon -- the giveaway ends tonight!