Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Final hiatus post: birthday two, electric boogaloo

Well, the month of August would not be complete without wrapping up with our favorite youngest birthday guy.

Our double-brother-deluxe-birthday was scheduled for Sunday, as in hurricane Sunday. So, that didn't happen at all. We're on the agenda for tonight for a make-up party before school starts.

Here are some photos of our number one little brother.
 Always in favor of a nap.

 Day out with mom at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam

 Hiking in Connecticut.

Taking a ride.

 Clowning with everybody's favorite big brother.

The Hiatus ends this week-- starting next week I will return, posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on writing, books, and bugs!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hiatus status check

In the midst of some natural disasters, I'm managing to get the kids ready for school, get myself ready for teaching, and finish up some research articles.

Somehow I've been lucky to squeeze in writing and reading, too.

The only downside: previewing films for my Food and Sustainability course. It will be a rockin' class, but the movies about slaughterhouses are a real downer. Trust me on this one.

I'll be back on a regular basis soon!

Thought I'd share what's inspiring me right now.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Transmissions from the Hiatus

Only a quick break in hiatus programming to wish a happy 6th birthday to my favorite oldest son, James.

I just spent an hour reading our old family blog and remembering his early days. To say it has been a blur would be an understatement. It has been a fun but hard, sleep-deprived, bank-account-reducing, incredible adventure.

 Riding with mom to a new baby checkup in the Netherlands

Early days

 Helping Dad with a remodeling project.

 Sledding with BFF!
 With your number-one-little-brother-fan.

 With cousin B outside Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

As Thomas the Train

I love you buddy, and I wouldn't change a thing.

Monday, August 8, 2011


I'll be taking a wee break for the next weeks, as I prepare for the coming school year, and try to get as much work as possible done.

I'll still be reading your blogs, even though I will not be posting here very often.

See you soon!

Friday, August 5, 2011

From Friday Five

Inspiration for THIRST
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance, by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Tiny synopsis: Heartthrobs Charlie and Fielding  play Jenna and Jonah on TV. They are the stars of a hit tween TV series about neighbor-rockstars who have fallen in love. Off screen, Charlie and Fielding have been dating for years-- to the delight of their many fans. The paparazzi fill tabloids with the pair vacationing in Tahiti, visiting the farmer's market, and enjoying romantic dinners.

Here's the problem: they hate each other. Their off-screen romance began as a publicity stunt but has taken over their lives. When they are forced to spend time alone together, they find themselves getting to know each other for real. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

I loved this book, which I won in Alicia's Brendan Halpin fest!

I must admit, I can be a little bit of a doubter when it comes to Hollywood romances. Who doesn't enjoy the party game of trying to figure out which big-name couples are real, and which are merely going through the motions as a career move?

Everyone does this, right?

So, the premise hooked me right away.

The book delivered, but in unexpected ways. Yes, there was insider Hollywood fun, like the stars bemoaning the contracts and clauses that kept them on such tight leashes. But there was so much more.

The romance between the two characters was real, multi-layered, and interesting to watch unfold. They are after all, very mature in some ways, and totally typical kids in others. The fact that they are actors, and the way they use those skills to shield themselves from real emotions and opening up to each other kept me guessing whether they would ever make a deep connection.

Loved it! I highly recommend it.

And the house.... oh, the house where they're forced into hiding had me salivating. Does this place exist? It was the most luscious setting. Loved it.