Monthly Archives:April 2014

Alphabet Backwards

April 24, 2014

What happens when; you are home.. you are unemployed.. and you are bored? I discovered that the World Record holder can recite the alphabet backwards in just over 2 seconds, so I figured, why not try it myself! I cheated, I have it written in front of me.. and I still can’t do it that fast!!

Take a look:



Time to move on to more productive things.. like finding work!

Book Review Times Two!

April 22, 2014

It took me FOREVER to finish this book.



It’s embarrassing because most people just LOVED it! People I consider “well read” declared it brilliant and people who rarely pick up a book found it fascinating! At first brush I loved the concept:

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel  about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.  

Basically a mathematician discovers a formula that is the answer to everything. Aliens determine that we are not ready for the responsibility this knowledge holds and  send someone to make sure no one finds out about it. I thought this would open the door to a thoughtful book that would also contain wit and adventure. It did have it moments, but for the most part;  I was bored silly.

Based on the reviews you will enjoy this book… everyone else did.

Here is a book I finished in an afternoon!

The Memory Child - SHolmes


I read this book because it was on a kindle “best of” list, it wasn’t expensive and after a quick read of the what it was about I thought it was going to be somewhat a scify/fantasy” read or at least have a few of those elements. Truthfully I obviously didn’t read the overview well at all, because it wasn’t like that AT ALL.  Here is what it said:

When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal—Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.

Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.

Turns out this book was an excellent page turner that explored postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. I had figured out what was happening by about the half way point of this book, but I was enjoying the twists and turns so much that it was still a joy to read just to discover how in the world the author was going to bring it all together. Steena Holmes didn’t disappoint!  

As a bonus: Steena Holmes is a Calgary author! Always nice to support someone local 🙂

Add The Memory Child to your summer reading list for sure!


Let them eat SOUP!

April 14, 2014

Some days you just know that you have flat out over indulged. You want to keep things in check… but you also know it’s important to eat and let’s face it; even if you stuffed your self at lunch chances are good around dinner you are still thinking about eating.

My friend Karla sent me this great recipe for a Garden Vegetable Soup!

Garden Vegetable Soup

Makes 6 servings


1/2 cup carrots, sliced

1/4 cup onions, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fat-free beef, chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup green cabbage, diced

1 cup spinach, chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup zucchini, diced 


Spray a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray, and heat.

Place carrot, onion and garlic in saucepan. Sauté vegetables over low heat for 5 minutes, until softened.

Add broth, cabbage, spinach, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt. Bring saucepan to a boil.

Garden Vegetable Soup!


Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in zucchini, and cook 3-4 minutes.

Just to give it some extra kick I added in chili flakes 🙂

I also added No Yolk egg noodles and chicken (as per a Karla suggestions) You can play with this recipe and add various vegetables or protein, it’s just an awesome base.  More good news: It freezes really well so you can just stock up the fridge and have it handy for emergency. I love having something warm and filling on hand that won’t bust the nutrition plan!

P.S. If you are doing Weight Watchers it is only 1 point.