January’s Reading Review


Going To The Bad by Nora McFarland

Going To The Bad by Nora McFarland

Found this in the crap box at work, and since I liked the last Lilly Hawkins Mystery I got out of there, I figured I’d read this one to past the time. A little side note about myself, I HATE reading a series out of order. With that said, I am fairly certain that there was a book in between A Bad Day’s Work and this book. Aside from being annoyed that I wasn’t getting some of the references in the book some things I missed, it was just as good as the first book. Still no Evanovich or Harris, but McFarland kept my attention.

Our Valued Customers: Conversations from the Comic Book Store by Tim Chamberlain

Our Valued Customers: Conversations From The Comic Book Store by Tim Chamberlain

I originally got this book to give to Maile as a “Thank You!” for all the work she put into helping me host Annie’s bachelorette party. I ended up reading it myself and forgot to wrap it up. She saw it but it was too late at that point. She likes the blog, Our Valued Customers, and it is hilarious. If you like comic books and frequent the shops, you will get a laugh at the things people say in there.

Fanny Hill by John Cleland

Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland

Fanny Hill was in the “Banned Books” section on the Free Books app on my new iPad (thanks, TGF!). I like reading about ladies of pleasure so I figured I’d like this book too. It was VERY racy. I blushed a bit posting it on my blog! There are A LOT of sex scenes, but by the end of the book I was desperate for plot and over the hot and heaviness of the book. Mr. Cleland wrote it while in prison, if I remember the little blurb I read about the book via the app. I have to say, that I definitely got that this book was written by a man to be in the perspective of a woman. Just saying. Still, if you want a racy book written in fancy words, pick up Fanny Hill.

Planning in 2013

or "cursing while using glitter"

Blog Planner via Lazy Lady

Last September, I posted about my Blog Planner for 2012 (or what was left of it when I made that planner). Well I just thought I’d show you the one I made for 2013. It is mostly the same but I made some minor adjustments.

A look at the month and weekly planning.

For the weekly posts, I just made Monday thru Friday calendars for the months. I don’t often post on the weekends and this way I could make the days the same size as small Post-Its (meaning that I won’t have to trim them down anymore). That “Oops” last Thursday was because this post was meant to go up then. But I forgot to take photos and forgot the post all together. It was my birthday on the 16th, so I didn’t beat myself too much over it.

The “Ideas” pages are still around.

I still have an “Ideas” section, and moved over some ideas that I didn’t get around to in 2012.

Simplified the “To-Do” section. I rarely looked at this part in the last planner.

I got rid of the Weekly To-Dos and instead have Monthly To-Dos. What blogs need to be written, what photos need to be taken, etc.

This will be an ongoing project for me, as long as I have this (or I guess any) blog. I am sure I’ll always think of better ways to organize my blog planning. I wonder what the 2014 planner will have?

Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

open package; put in microwave; heat; eat

During the holidays, I tried out a new cookie recipe. I got the recipe from Food.com, but instead of baking them in a pan and cutting into bars, I did drop cookies with the recipe.

This was from the second batch and they look a little less like poop. But once you see it, it can’t be unseen.

These cookies are SUPER sweet and VERY rich. I didn’t use flaked coconut like the recipe has, and I used pecans as my chopped nuts. Also, the first batch I did kinda looked like poop. They were this greyish brown color and the bits of butterscotch chips reminded me of bits of corn in poop. Sorry for the unappealing mental image, but that’s what I saw. Still, everyone seemed to like them. They were too sweet for my taste though.

The Future Is Here

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

I am a little late to the “What I want to do in 2013” blogging-game, but here’s my thoughts on this year anyway.

After years of declaring myself a “not a resolution person” and yet posting resolutions on here anyway, I’ve finally given up on that label. I really consider them more like “goals” than “resolutions” though.

Before we jump into the new, let’s take a look at the old:

In 2011, I set myself up to be cleaner, more productive, more money conscious, find a therapist and work on my faith. I think I’ve been getting better and better with the cleaning; slowly but surely, at least. My productivity has gone poopy since the boyfriend, but in 2011 and 2012 I feel like I was pretty productive for a Lazy Lady. 😉 Definitely been super up on my money game. Like whoa. Never found a therapist or really do much with my faith though. Oh well.

And last year, I wanted to take more pictures–didn’t do well on this one; do more dates on the Date List–did do some of this one; update my portfolio webiste–I actually got rid of it, wasn’t worth the money as I don’t want to do freelance work right now and I’m very happy at my current job; try freezer cooking–still want to do this someday, but didn’t do it in 2012; bake my own bread–same as freezer cooking; and of course, be even cleaner, an ongoing journey.

Now it is 2013 and I have a new set of goals for myself:

  • Run a 5K I am currently training using a 0-5k app on my iPad so I can run in the Color Me Rad 5K in May. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. TGF said he’d do it with me, so at least we’ll be together.
  • Pay off my credit card  We put a lot of money on my credit card for xmas presents this year. I’d like to pay it off and leave it alone so it’s there in case of an emergency.
  • Pay off my loan to my grandmother A bit of a debt theme here, huh? Once I pay off my credit card, I’m going to put the money I was paying there towards the money I’ve been paying my grandmother. She loaned me $2000 when I moved to New Orleans over 5 years ago. I’ve been paying her back for just over a year now, but only $50 a month. I’d like to have it all paid off this year.
  • Start saving for some big changes I won’t go into too much detail here, but there are some big events coming this year (I hope) and even more after that, and I want to save up so the costs don’t hit TGF and I all at once.
  • And as ever, be cleaner!

There is so much more I want to expect of myself for this year, but I know that if I can keep it down to the major things I want to do/achieve, I’ll be less likely to end up disappointed.

What are your plans for this year?

Food Waste Friday


Well, it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve done a FWF post. And it shows. We had A LOT of food waste this past week.

Moldy meatballs.

Milk gone bad.

Hot dogs that were hidden in the back of the fridge. I honestly cannot tell you the last time we bought hot dogs. O.o

And this WAS a cucumber.

We had moldy left overs, a moldy and dry veggie tray from the bachelorette party (that I was especially sad about, but it got hidden in the fridge and forgotten), almost a whole half gallon of spoiled milk, and other various bits and pieces. 😦

I hope we’ll be better this week, now that we have cleaned out the fridge and all that good stuff.

Click on this to see other FWF posts by other authors (via Frugal Girl).

Tortilla Chips

open package; put in microwave; heat; eat

I was trying to help TGF and I eat a little healthier, and so I got us some corn tortillas to make salad wraps. Corn tortillas are supposed to be a bit better than flour ones…I think. Anyway, the ONLY corn tortillas our favorite grocery store had were…gross. They were supposed to be “extra healthy” with some crap added in them (like fiber and what not) but they just tasted gross.

So they sat in the kitchen, no one wanting to eat them.

Then one night, desperate for something salty and snacky, TGF decided he knew just what to do with these “healthy” tortillas. Fry ’em up in oil and make tortilla chips.

TGF even made little strips so we could put them on our salads we made that night. So it wasn’t ALL completely unhealthy. Maybe. Sorta.

So, there went the “healthy” attempt, but the chips were pretty good!