Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Adventures of Captain Destructo and The Annihilator: #12

My twin boys turned one year-old about two weeks ago and are two very active little characters! This weekend gave us reason to give them new nicknames: Captain Destructo and The Annihilator.

My husband and I first thought of theses names after surveying our living room on Saturday night. Wooden ark animals, blocks, and balls were strewn from one end of the house to the other. My coffee table bore the scars of being rammed with a fire engine. Even their father and I could count a new scratch or two thanks to their amazingly fast growing finger nails. Thus, Captain Destructo (Charlie) and The Annihilator (Weston) came to live at my house.

The specific adventure I want to discuss today took place at the lovely neighborhood grocery market. Riding along in their side-by-side stroller, Captain Destructo and The Annihilator began taking turns putting their index fingers into each others mouth. Hehehe, hahaha, so funny.

Until The Annihilator used his four baby-sized chompers to bite down, and hold on, to Captain Destructo's finger.

Then came the tears...and the whining...and the shrinking away into the corner of the stroller to try and get away. We couldn't get through the "speedy" 20 items only checkout fast enough.

Despite all this, I love my boys. Before I was ever pregnant, I always thought it would be fun to have two boys who would be brothers as well as great friends. I can already see that happening, despite occasional appearances of Captain Destructo and The Annihilator.

I look forward to all of their future adventures.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blog to Browse: Steph Cooks

Hi ya'll. Happy Sunday. If you're at all interested in home grown, home cooked food, check out this blog by my colleague Stephanie:


It's all about Stephanie and her family as she documents recipes she creates. At the same time, she writes a blog for Greenling, a local organic food delivery service in the Austin/San Antonio area. In exchange, Greenling gives Stephanie a free Local Box each week, containing a collection of fresh, seasonal, local produce.

Pretty cool, huh? My fave recipe so far is for chicken-orzo soup. Doesn't this photo just make you want to grab a spoon?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book Review: Girl Sleuth - Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

I read this book several years ago but last week, I was hunting Etsy for some curious find or another and I came across a host of clothing designed to pay homage to the beloved girl detective, Nancy Drew.

As a kid, I read many vintage book series' such as The Hardy Boys and The Bobbsey Twins, but Nancy was always my favorite. In her book all about the history of Nancy, Melanie Rehak describes the publishing process by which many of these young adult series' came to be written. Her account also includes details about how one woman named Carolyn Keene could have possibly written all those harrowing tales about Nancy and her troupe of mystery-solving friends. (Hint: this would be a HUGE spoiler-alert if I continued further.)

What I always loved about Nancy's stories were the tight spots she managed to find herself in and how, seemingly inevitably, she could escape unharmed within the last 10 pages. She was spunky, drove a blue roadster, had true friends, and only wanted to help people. My favorite of the series was The Quest of the Missing Map partly because my American Girl doll Molly also had a teeny, tiny cop of the missing map tome AND also because Nancy's boyfriend had a larger than normal supporting role. The image of Nancy's beau, Ned Nickerson, in polo shirt and penny loafers gave me hope to find a chivalrous gentleman all my own. Luckily, I found one. ;-)

So, if you're looking for a good mystery, Rehak's well-researched book will send you in search of your old Nancy Drews. But, thanks to Rehak's account of how Nancy Drew's world was actually created, you'll never read them the same way again.

PS: I created an Etsy treasury all about Nancy. Check it out here.


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