Saturday, August 31, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty-Four
If These Dolls Could Talk

Spencer is sleeping on someone's couch, and ALISON is digging around the ground next to her, looking for the duffel bag!

This has got to be a dream!  She's apologizing to Spencer for not telling her about Jason being her brother, but she's being real cryptic about the bag clues, so thanks for nothing.

Spencer must be pretty drugged on pain pills.  The back door has been open all night and her pill bottle is still open.

Wait, what's Melissa doing here?  She feels safe enough to sleep there now?

Things I Learned Last Week

1.  You should probably measure your bookshelves before you commit to arranging them in a certain way around the room you've designated as your library.  Otherwise, you may discover that they don't fit that way, and you might freak out.

2.  If I start freaking out over a furniture issue, taking a break to eat dinner before going back into that room is a good way to calm down and regroup.

3.  My bookshelves look better now that I have grouped them in a different way.

4.  I'd forgotten how much of a time-saver it is to take all my laundry to the laundromat!  It almost makes me want to take all the money we're saving for a new washer and dryer and just go wild at Target.  But then I step in a small puddle of mystery water at the laundromat and change my mind again.

5.  Pizza is always wonderful.  Always.

6.  There are some great music apps out there.  Everybody download Songza immediately.  Somewhere out there is a group of magical geniuses who create playlists for every mood and situation.  Plus, it's free.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty-Three
Eye of the Beholder

Aria told that guy at the end of last episode that she was a friend of Vivian's and that she hadn't seen her since Vivian gave her the coat.  The guy (Duncan) gave her his number.  Now what?

Jenna shows up in a chauffered car, holding Toby's hand.  She had the operation already on at least one eye, because it's bandaged up.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty-Two
Father Knows Best

So I guess Maya ran away and Emily got called into the police station so they could see if she knows where she is.

Hanna is trying to be nice about the whole thing, but I don't think Emily wants to talk about it.

Melissa is telling Spencer that she's been talking to Garrett because she needed someone to talk to about Ian.  She's still confused about how the man she loved could have been a murderer.  Now she thinks that she may have told Garrett too much.  Duh.

She's always crinkling her forehead.

And she also says that she thinks that Mr. Hastings reaction to Ali going missing was very strange, and that all the fighting their parents were doing around that time stopped as soon as she disappeared.  So what is Melissa saying?  That Mr. Hastings has something to do with Alison's death?

Melissa may have texted Ali a few times telling her to stop flirting with Ian.  She confessed doing so to Mr. Hastings.

Neither Melissa or Spencer really believe that their dad wasn't being blackmailed by Alison.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty-One
Breaking The Code

Spencer won't tell the girls exactly who gave her the money and the girls are just going to let that go?  I guess they just really want to know who A is.

Mona is pissed now because she was supposed to go shopping with Hanna and she's bailing.

And Mona just got a creepy text.  From A!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty
Ctrl: A

I guess this is Emily's first swim meet since being back on the team.  And Maya made her a poster!

And Caleb has his laptop back?  I wonder how that happened.

Sounds like Spencer has been staying at Aria's.

Did the cops come to watch the swim meet too?

No, they're here to confiscate Caleb's laptop.  What the hell?  Can that just happen.  Caleb needs to get a lawyer.  Spencer better start talking to her mom again.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Nineteen
The Naked Truth

So, here we all are in the principal's office.  Fun.

That coat of Vivian's looks like it belongs to Carmen SanDiego.  I love it. 

Oooo!  There's a note in the pocket!  How come they hadn't already checked them?  It's the first thing I would have done.  It's a phone number.  They leave whoever it is a voice mail, saying they are friends of Vivian.

Now the moms are fighting in the principal's office.  Classy.  The principal says the school has a no tolerance policy regarding bullying.  And yet, the punishment he's assigned is for all four of them to participate in some workshop.  Not that I want Hanna to be punished for something she didn't do, but HELLO!  Way to not protect your students, lame principal.

What a terrible pout face.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Things I Learned Last Week

1.  If you spill uncooked couscous on your kitchen floor, you will never be able to sweep it all up, and it will hurt your feet.

2. There's really no nice way of saying, "I didn't laugh at your joke because it wasn't funny."

3.  It's not the children that are annoying, it's their PARENTS.

4.  None of the stain-fighting techniques I know will get the paint off of my yoga pants.

5.  My new favorite breakfast is a cup of tea with Nutella on toast.

6.  A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup can fix anything.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Eighteen
A Kiss Before Lying

Caleb is showing the girls the latest video footage, but he wants them to back up because he can smell Spencer's cheeseburger breath.

Why does Alison have a whole set of jacks in her secrets box?

Hanna's calling.  Everyone shut up!

Oh, great you guys.  She can totally hear all of you talking to each other.  Now she's upset.

Okay, there's a photo ID in the screenshot.  It's Ali, but it's a different fake ID.  One with brown hair.

You guys, I'm starting to feel like Ali has a twin.  I'm scared deep down in my heart.  My husband, Edward, thinks it might be "fifthlets."  Or, as the rest of the world calls them, "quintuplets."

Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Seventeen
The Blonde Leading the Blind

Starting off the episode with coffee.  It looks like Caleb finished hacking into A's phone and everything he found is on the flashdrive that Spencer is plugging into her computer.

There's more video footage.  Taking place in Ali's bedroom.  Ewww, Ian is setting up a hidden camera in there.  And Garrett and Jenna just showed up.  Apparently Jason isn't present because he passed out.

Jenna and Garrett are blaming Ian for Alison not giving up the videos they've been making of everybody.

Hanna is super freaked out about the idea of Caleb being targeted by A because of his help in all this and I don't blame her.  A has already tried to kill two of them and robbed Ezra's house.

Garrett is looking through the box that Ali hides all her stuff in.  Where were Ali and Jason's parents when all of this is happening?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Sixteen
Let The Water Hold Me Down

Hanna is warming up in front of the fire.  Are they still at the lake house?  I guess so.  The cops are going to drag the lake first thing in the morning, because nobody has seen Lucas come up to shore.  Hanna confesses that she knew Lucas was the one who destroyed that memorial bench they built for Ali.  Hanna grabs a water bottle from Emily's purse to take some aspirin, only to find it's full of lake water.

Gross!  She gets a text from A, who must have stuck the water bottle into Emily's purse while it was still in the car.  I hope she doesn't get ringworm.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This Month in Fiction

Didn't get much fiction in this month.  Blame my new house for taking up all my attention. 

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

I was actually pretty scared to read this; I don't do open water.  I couldn't go see the movie, because I probably would have just cried and thrown up the whole time.  Since I'd heard such wonderful things about the story, I decided to give the book a go.

I'm so glad I did, because I really enjoyed this novel.  There's probably very few of us who can say they've had to survive an extended period of time on a lifeboat (thank God), so we don't have any experiences to compare Pi's struggle with.  But Martel answers all your questions about living on the ocean, including ones you didn't think to ask.  Like, what happens when Pi has to poop?  I mean, he can probably just go in the water, right?  What about when the tiger poops?

I thought this story was beautiful, and I'd love to read more from Martel. 

Awesome Quotes

It was a huge zoo, spread over numberless acres, big enough to require a train to explore it, though it seemed to get smaller as I grew older, train included.  Now it's so small it fits in my head.

The world soul cannot die, even in one contained part of it.

It was not wide, just one man's voice, but it was as deep as the universe.

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

I also reread Pride and Prejudice.  Ugh, is there anyone in the world more annoying than Lydia Bennet?  I'd like to kick her right in the boob.

Wickham is over it.

This Month in Non-Fiction

Ugh, you guys.  July has been all over the place.  I'm behind on my laundry, I'm behind on my reading, I'm behind on this blog.  You should know that I'm already on episode eight of season three of Pretty Little Liars.  I'm going to try to catch my posts up; bear with me. 

On The Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta
by Jen Lin-Liu

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I love noodles, so this book seemed right up my alley.  And I would say it lived up to my expectations.  I learned a hell of a lot about the cuisine of the countries represented, and I have a few extra places to add to my "Future Travels" list.  Turkey in particular surprised me, because it's a country I've really never thought about before. 

One of the things that I really appreciated about this book was the way that Jen Lin-Liu approaches the idea of marriage.  Her plans to travel the silk road in search of the history of noodles means separating from her husband for months at a time while they are still in their newlywed stage.  She questions what exactly it means to be a spouse and an individual at the same time.  That's something I think every couple questions at some point, especially if they haven't had children yet, and I like that it became an important part of her journey.

The book comes with recipes at the end of each country's section, and I'm excited to try some of them.  I can see myself rereading this once or twice.

Delicious Sounding Meals
  • a paste of crushed rose petals and sugar, along with another sugary, mint paste that she mixed with tea that she got from a pharmacy in China
  • black tea with sugar syrup, served with dried dates, rosewater pudding with crushed pistachios and cookies flavored with cardamom and nutmeg in Iran
  • eggplants, tomatoes and pumpkins dried and candied and formed into balls before being topped with clotted cream in Turkey
  • thin phyllo rolled around a cheese and leek mixture, sealed with egg white and coiled into rose shapes before being deep fried and served with honey in Turkey
  • tomatoes on top of thick bread, sliced into slivers and topped with salt and olive oil as a snack in Italy

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My Korean Deli: Risking it All for a Convenience Store
by Ben Ryder Howe

This book has been on my TBR for what seems like forever.  I can't even remember how I first heard about it.

Ben and his wife move in with her parents in order to save money.  While there, they decide to purchase a deli for her parents to run so that they can make a better living.

It was an interesting enough memoir, although very depressing.  The process of buying and running the deli seemed so stressful, that reading about it made me really anxious.  Everyone suffers from declining health due to all the hours they work, Ben's mother-in-law most of all.  This is not a book I would suggest reading if you are thinking of starting your own business, unless you need some advice on what NOT to do, or you're looking for a reason to avoid the whole business thing in the first place.

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 Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (And Dark Chocolate)
by Amy Thomas

This is a pretty fun, light read; perfect for summer vacation.  Amy Thomas gets offered a position with her advertising agency that involves transferring to Paris for a year.  Luckily, Amy is already obsessed with Paris.  She's also obsessed with sweets, which are abundant in Paris and NYC, where she lived before she transferred.

This book made me so hungry.  I don't understand how Amy managed to survive a year of the best cakes/macarons/crumbles/crepes in the world and only gain five extra pounds.  Must be all the biking she did.  I was a little worried during the first half of the book that the whole thing was going to be a bit too cheesy.  Everything about her life in Paris was so perfect and sunshine and roses.  But the realistic parts of living in a foreign country away from your friends and family eventually showed up.  I'd never given any thought before to how difficult it would be to date in a place where you're not entirely sure of the language and the culture is so cliquish. 

Definitely read this if you're into dessert.  DO NOT read this if you are on a diet!  It will only make you depressed.  If you're not on a diet, you will probably wind up eating Nutella straight from the jar.  Don't judge me.

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