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My Week = Lots of Food and Cat Pictures

  image On Monday, I met my mom, uncle, and grandparents for lunch. Mom suggested pie!  image We shared savory macaroni and cheese pies, chicken pot pies and BBQ pork pies. (They are all the size of a large cupcake!) image We also had a chocolate creme pie, a blueberry and mango pie and another one called “berry awesome”. Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with work but I did take a cute picture of Lily image and wild roses near my house image and picked up Father’s day cards!image Last night, we met my family for a late dinner (so Mr. F made a light dinner of poached eggs, wilted garlic and mushrooms at 5.) image  We were celebrating Janie, who just got back from Equador! The whole family was happy she made it back safe and sound! IMG_2153 By the way, my grandmother is the cutest. She brought us Vega chocolates and bags from her recent trip to Palm Springs. IMG_2161 She also posed for hilarious pictures with a pigs in a blanket! IMG_2169 I love my sissies!IMG_2184

Today, all the neighbor cats must have known how much I love them, because three kitties came up to me and asked to be petted! image This kitty comes to our backyard almost daily and today it was sleeping in our grass! imageimage On my lunch break, I went to yoga and saw another neighborhood kitty. It came up to me meowing and saying ‘hi’!  image I also had a delicious spicy lamb sausage for lunch with fries on top at the local deli next to my yoga studio. They had so many cool pates that I can’t wait to go back there soon. It also turns out my dad’s godson grew up with the owner too!imageOn my way home, I saw this cute cat imageimage and these beautiful flowers! imageimage We don’t have many weekend plans yet but I’m really looking forward to more yoga, watching True Blood and the Borgias and hopefully having my parents over for dinner too.

Rock and Roll Half Marathon Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Mr. F’s and my first half marathon. We’re running the Rock n’ Roll half marathon in Seattle starting at 7 am tomorrow. Yikes! I’ve been looking at motivational quotes for some inspiration. Wish me look tomorrow!  [source]

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Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder:“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”

Tonight we enjoyed a big, fresh pasta dinner of chicken alfredo and squash ravioli. After watching some of True Blood, season 2, we’ll go to bed early! Cheers!

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Books I Want to Read in 2009

Busy Bookworm Challenge

My Life in France by Julia Child


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (I loved the movie and only found out it was a book when I blogged about this movie!)

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell (This the author of Julie and Julia! She’s written a second book and it’s coming out November 30, 2009)

Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster (The only Jen Lancaster book I have yet to read!!!)


The 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel, perhaps not published until early 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (I thought the first book of this series was too graphic and dark, but I couldn’t put it down. He writes in a haunting and intriguing manner that’s fascinating.)

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (Why not?)

It’s raining, it’s pouring…It’s National Read A Book Day!

Did you know today, September 6th is National Read a Book Day? It’s wonderful coincidence since the weather, at least in Seattle, is pretty dismal. (This is not to be confused with Drop Everything And Read Day, or D.E.A.R., which is April 12th! I read there’s also a National Comic Book Day coming up soon on September 25th! March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the annual Read Across America event too.)

I love the rain especially listening to it on the roof, but it’s been very wet outside. We had a yummy Puerto Rican breakfast at the 5 Spot on Queen Anne and just got soaked. I’m not sure we’ll be as enthusiastic to go wine tasting this afternoon if it’s still pouring. (I could be tempted to go back for the Chupacabra Crab Cakes at the 5 Spot though…) I think it’s the perfect Sunday for reading in a comfy chair. I’m thoroughly addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse series and am about to crack open the fourth charmer, “Dead to the World“. The title is pretty fitting considering the weather outside!

My cousin gets into town this evening, so perhaps I’ll be persuaded to try Owen Roe’s second wine label, Corvidae at Portalis or maybe try the cupcake of the month flavor at Cupcake Royale. I saw online that it’s Blue Mountain Huckleberry!! Holy cow that sounds amazing!

Sookie Stackhouse is calling me away! You should open a book too!

Favorite books turned into movies

Watching a movie, if you haven’t read the book that it’s based on, can be very confusing. I generally prefer to read the book before it is made into a movie. I enjoy picking up subtle references, nuances and fully understanding the plot if it’s become disjointed. The Harry Potter movies are a prime example of the movie not able to capture all tiny details because it would make a more than two and half hour movie. Likewise, the recent Watchmen movie cut the secondary plot from the original graphic novel and made it into a second straight-to-DVD movie. Streamlining the plot is essential in a movie, but I always enjoy knowing more of the back story.


However, you do not always get the luxury of reading beforehand, or even knowing that it was based on a book. When I started watching the HBO series, True Blood, I neglected to notice that it was based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries, otherwise known as the Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris. After several recent glowing recommendations, I’ve ordered the series on Amazon. I’m very excited for the series to arrive in the mail in the next week.

Here are a few notable recommendations:

The James Bond Series by Ian Fleming are rather fun and easy reads. They are quite fast paced and intriguing too. From Russia, With Love was my favorite book and the Sean Connery version is awesome too.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman was my first graphic novel and it was made into a stunning movie. The characters were portrayed beautifully, especially Claire Danes as Yvaine. Robert De Niro’s character Captain Shakespeare was a scene stealer in the book and movie too.

I’m hoping that the Time Traveler’s Wife coming out soon will make a good movie. Rachel McAdams is even more beautiful than I imagined the main character and she’s totally sweet and innocent just like Clare Abshire.

Ultimately, I’m very curious about Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand being made into a movie. There’s rumors on imdb.com that it’ll coming out in 2011. The main character, Dagny Taggart, is such a strong and powerful, independant woman, driven and forthright. Ayn Rand and Dagny Taggart introduced me to “rational selfishness”. How could any mortal play this dynamic woman?