Monday, February 20, 2012

24 weeks, last week in 2nd trimester, by some counts

Here I am at 24 weeks. Finally obviously pregnant. I'm not feeling any but the occasional bout of nausea, and I have my energy back for the most part. Right now is just a waiting game. I have 16 weeks left to go, which doesn't seem like much time before  I'll be welcoming a new baby into the world. But, stated differently, I have three and a half months left to go which seems like much longer. I'm in limbo right now. So much still left to do but all happening in the future. The classes at the hospital happen in May, the baby shower is in May, my mom is coming to visit the middle of March and then in May, I ordered the crib but it still isn't here, I really am left with very little options of things to do. All the sewing projects for the nursery are on hold until the nursery furniture and my mom gets here. I have done some things.

Here is a little quilt I made once my husband, who previously had no opinions, stated his preference for sports stuff.

Recipes for week 2/20

Chicken and Parsnip Soup
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup thinly diagonally sliced parsnips (2 parsnips)
3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots (2 shallots)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp hot sauce
1 thyme sprig
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add parsnips, shallots, and garlic; saute 3 minutes. Add broth and next 7 ingredients (through thyme); bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes or until parsnips are tender. Remove from heat; stir in parsley.

Apple and Avocado Salad with Tangerine Dressing

Chicken-Apple Sausage and Pasta Soup
Grecian Green Beans


Hearty Lasagna Soup
Marinated Veggies

Mexican Zucchini Cheese Soup
Roasted Broccoli Gratin with Blue Cheese

Book I've read in February so far.

Following Christ by Stephen E. Robinson
ISBN: 9781590383230
This is a follow-up to his book Believing Christ and it is just as excellent. I love how he breaks things down and brings to light gospel principles and doctrine that there may be some confusion about within the church. Absolutely a wonderful read.

Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization by W. Hodding Carter
ISBN: 0743474090
It was an interesting read but not very good. He was a humorous author and it was interesting to learn about the history of indoor plumbing but it came off as amaturish. Not one that I will own.

Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife
ISBN: 978-0670022168

This is another one I will not own, I actually couldn't finish it. The concept and thesis was interesting, the fact that we as a people are too trusting in numbers. He mostly referred to the media and how they report. Statistics and even counting were explained to be fallible. The author however, writes so densely and it was quite boring. Having taken a statistics class, I already knew that statistics were a very easy method of data manipulation, and he did show how the media and special interest groups use them. What got me bogged down were the numerous chapters on elections. I just couldn't get through them.

the cult of the amateur: how today's internet is killing our culture by andrew keen
Yeah, I probably won't ever own this one either. I thought it might be an interesting book, nut the majority of it seemed to be written by a man who was nostalgic for days gone by, days before iTunes, blogging, and file sharing. There were some interesting points made about blogging and amateur reporting, but the entire section on digital music just seemed like ranting against the new. He did however, offer solutions to certain problems he poses in his book, which takes away from the ranting.

The Disappearing Spoon and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements by Sam Kean

I loved this book. So much history organized into a chemistry table. The author was witty and interesting and made the topic interesting. It could have very easily gotten bogged down in technical jargon that would have been understood by only a handful of people but it was very interesting.

Protecting the Gift: Keeping children and teenagers safe and parents sane by Gavin De Becker

This was a book I had high hopes for because I loved his previous book, The Gift of Fear. And the first part  of the book was great, the middle applied less to my situation because it was talking about daycares, childcare workers, nannies, etc. The last part of the book I didn't like though. From his previous book I did not get the impression he was anti-gun, as a top security consultant you would think he would have an understanding about their place in our safety. What seemed odd to me was his stance that there should be no guns in the home, not even in a safe. Now this seems at odds with all his other assertions about education. About almost every other topic he says that education is the number one thing to keep kids and people safe, talking to kids honestly about predators, learning danger signs, etc. But then when it comes to guns, instead of talking about how important gun safety education is he just says, don't have guns. This was just weird to me because it seems ignorant. If you don't have guns what about somewhere else your kid hangs out, if they have never been taught gun safety and to respect guns they are in just as much danger. So I had mixed feelings about the book.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Books I read in January

January was a month filled with gospel learning. I got tons of books from my mom for Christmas and I've been plowing through them.

Of These Emblems: Coming Closer to Christ Through the Sacrament by various authors.
ISBN: 9781598117066

This was an excellent book. It is a compilation of a few authors about getting more out of partaking of the sacrament. Not all the 'talks' spoke to me but there were a few that really brought home some interesting facts and new spiritual insights.

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Wendy Watson Nelson
ISBN: 9781590385982

I thought this book sounded really good, but when I first started reading it I was a little disappointed. The format is like a kid's textbook; with textboxes and pictures and odd formatting. The first, almost half, of the book is good but seems more geared toward someone in the position of counselor. I could see how the questions could apply to me but they really weren't anything new. Then she addresses what she thinks are the 7 most important questions and they were awesome. I loved the last half of the book. It had insight and practical challenges.

Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson
ISBN: 9780875796345

This was a great book. Much more doctrinal than the other two. He makes the distinction between believing in Christ, as in believing he was the son of God etc., to believing Christ. Believing Christ can and will do the things he said. I found it very interesting and thought provoking. 

Last week recipes in review

Well, the sweet potato burritos are always delicious and filling and the shrimp salad is delicious
The Beef Peach Pie was one that my husband was leery about but he went back for thirds. It tastes like meatloaf with peaches on top. It works. The Spinach bread was good but I don't think my bread maker is. In the  last 30 minutes the loaf caved in. So it was good but dense and caved in the middle. Grrrr, I hate making bread but I'll keep practicing.
The honey lime enchiladas are awesome and so easy to make. I buy a cooked rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and pull it apart. For this recipe I only use half the chicken, the other half I put in a ziploc and freeze it. The tomato salad was a new recipe that I tried, it was very good and I think it would be very easy to throw it on top of lettuce to make it even more healthy.
The chili chicken soup was almost consumed with no leftovers. Everyone loved it. And so easy.
I didn't end up making the flautas since I wasn't feeling good on Friday, and the Moroccan beef and sweet potato fries I'm making tonight.