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Reading Rainbow

9 Jun

I’m an avid reader. Call me a book nerd if you want, but I just can’t get enough of the written word. Maybe it is because I love to write so much, maybe it is because I love finding a typo or grammar mistake in something published, or maybe I just can’t get enough of really interesting stories. Books keep my brain active and make me see things in a new way.

I had seen eReaders come out that allow you to read a book digital. At first, I was completely against this. “Nothing can replace the feeling you get when you have a book in your hand,” I thought to myself. I loved the way you flip the pages and the smell a book gets when you have had it a long time … don’t judge me.

But that all changed last Christmas when PoppaNut gave me a Sony Reader. This thing is amazing. You can download books, newspapers, magazines, audio books and more. It has a dictionary built in, so you can look up unknown words as you read, a feature this book nerd happens to appreciate. You can place notes in it or bookmark a page. It’s like a normal book on steroids!

And the best part: NO GLARE! I can read on the beach with no problem at all. In fact, I have taken it with me to the beach and read while PoppaNut took out the Jet ski. I’m obsessed!

The first book I downloaded was called “Barefoot.” I had never heard of the book before, but Sony graciously suggested it to me when I was on the downloading site. Brilliant, Sony. You are right. I do love this book. How do you know me so well?

Next, it was on to Bethenny Frankel’s “Place of Yes” book. Now, when I downloaded this one, I had no idea that it was a self-help book. After reading my comment about loving the smell of old books, you probably think I need a self-help book, but I beg to differ. Anyway, I love watching Bethenny Frankel on “Bethenny Ever After” and “Bethenny Gets Married” on Bravo, so I gave it a read. I loved this book too! She was funny while offering some advice. And I love that she didn’t pretend that she had everything figured out, something you know about her if you watch the show.

Next up: Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” Now, funny is not even the word for this book. I could literally pee my pants reading this one, and you know that can happen in my family. It is about Tina’s life growing up and how she made it to SNL as a writer. I’m only about half way through so I don’t know how it ends … well, I know she becomes wildly famous, because it is based on her life … but I don’t know the rest of the stories she reveals. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

I’ve already downloaded the next book I’ll be reading. It is Shirley MacLaine’s “I’m Over All That.” I caught Shirley talking about her book on Oprah, and it sounds like she had one wild ride in Hollywood. I can’t wait to read that one. I also recently saw James Frey on Oprah (when Oprah was still on). He is the author of “A Million Little Pieces” who was put through media scrutiny when it came out that his book was not a true story as he had promoted it as. With all the press attention around that book, I have always wanted to read it to make up my own mind about it. Perhaps I’ll read that one after Shirley’s book.

And that’s life in a nutshell … curling up with a digital eReader is even more amazing than those smelly library books. You should try it too!


Chef PoppaNut

23 May

So, I’m the queen of taking on way too many things and then freaking out because I have taken on way too many things. People are always joking that PoppaNut and I literally take on everything all the time. We are running here and there all the time that we never have time to slow down and relax. I pack my lunch hour with errands and chores, just so we can fit everything into our week that we need to.

Having said that, PoppaNut (Bless his heart!) knows that I’m like that, and he is always there to help me out when I’m ready to wave the white flag. Case in point: Sunday morning. PoppaNut was ready to help with whatever I needed. Instead, I told him I didn’t need any help and I proceeded to do the dishes, load the dishwater, finish the laundry, put the laundry away, go to the grocery store, clean the fridge, cook breakfast and lunch, bathe the dogs and paint my nails. Then, I had the nerve to complain that I had a busy day.

Meanwhile, PoppaNut could tell I was headed for a Sunday breakdown, even though I had done this all to myself. Why do I do that? Why can’t I just accept help the first time? Why do I say that I don’t need help and then get mad that I’m not getting help even though I know he is more than happy to help me?

Well, I have figured out the reason. I think I’m Superwoman. Instead of MommaNut, I’m SuperMommaNut in my home, and I think I can do everything. And the second reason is that I’m insane.

So, when PoppaNut saw me close to the edge, he sprang right into action. He ORDERED me to sit on the couch and watch countless hours of trashy girly reality-TV shows while he cooked a homemade dinner. How lucky am I? Nothing like Oprah, a bottle of wine and the view of my hubby cooking in the kitchen that makes a Sunday turn amazing!

So, I sat back, watched Oprah, Mob Wives, The Real Housewives of Every County and whatever else I had recorded from the week, and relaxed. It was wonderful. And it reminds me how well PoppaNut really knows me. He knows when I say one thing and mean another. He can tell when I’m saying I don’t need any help, but I really do want some help. He knows when I need some pampering and he jumps into action.

I’m sharing the amazing meal he made me: Bourbon Chicken with White Rice. It was so delicious! And it was so thoughtful and wonderful! I hope you make this at home for your loved one.






    • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
    • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 cup apple juice
    • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove chicken.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium Heat until well mixed and dissolved.
  5. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve over hot rice and ENJOY.

And that’s life in a nutshell … learning when the other person is waving the white flag, and being that knight in shining amour to the rescue (with a bottle of wine in hand).


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