What She's Reading Now

Time for an update!

Tigers in Red Weather was a bust.

We didn't even talk about it at book club.
This month's bookclub was fun, our hostess had a bonfire and we sat around outside. Though we didn't talk about the book, we did cover a list of other worthy topics, like

Sex (morning vs. night)
Kids and toothpaste
Our moms
Getting pregnant
Banana Cream Pie
Corn yields (lots of farmers' wives in the group)

So as you can clearly see, it was a great night, even though we didn't talk about the book. 

Tigers in Red Weather was a mess of under developed stories lines.  I felt like none of the ideas ever got the full attention they deserved. A tennis match was written with more description and detail than a young girl and boy finding a dead body. It was weird. I didn't finish it. I tried to find the ending by Googling it but all I could find was that the ending was crazy. (so sounds like a fitting ending to a crazily boring book) One part I did like was the descriptions of the 50s era. The fashion, homes, cars and everything from that time always interest me.

So next up! I am reading this: 

The Dressmaker

From Goodreads: Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titaniccomes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.

Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky...

And that's where I stopped reading the desciption because I didn't want any spoilers/ideas. 

I am enjoying it so far! 

I am also listening to this in the car: 
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

It's a little different from what I normally read but I am excited to try something new! 
From Goodreads (4.27 stars!)
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What do you miss most about being a kid? Having nothing to do all day but play with my sister. Jessica and I would play "dorm" and pretend we were in college. We'd dress up in my mom's heels and play "office"...lots of pretend scenarios and rooms!  Looking back, I am impressed with our imaginations.

2. Did you have a nickname growing up? My mom called my sister and I Ralph and Randy from A Christmas Story and my dad's family called me Jenni Jo (my middle name)

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess? 
Play on the swings or monkey bars. Though I distinctly remember getting a note home in 4th grade because some friends (I am sure it was all their ideas) and I made a giant boob in the sandbox...with a pine cone for a nipple. Genius, I think. 

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? I can't remember wanting to be anything other than an author.

5. What was your favorite toy? Hands down, it was a doll I named Ashley. I got her when I was just 3 or so and I was scarily attached to her. We lost her once and my mom replaced her with a different one and when I noticed this imposter was cleaner than my Ashley, she told me she had given her a bath. I found out later she found the original and snuck her back into the rotation :) She shows up in practically any picture of me in the 90s.

Here we are circa 1990ish: 
And here is Reese, hugging Ashley. Ashley has a special place in her room :)

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about? The story that gets told again and again goes like this: My mom and aunt were trying on clothes in the dressing rooms at JC Penny (again, the 90s :) and I guess I decided to go for a run. I started on one end of the long dressing room hallway and sprinted down the hallway. I actually remember this point: I was looking at the ground the whole time I was running and when I reached the mirror, I thought it was a doorway into another hallway  and then BAAAM! Ran smack into the mirror at the end. Left a nose smudge and everything. We had to fill out an incident report and the whole bit. This story is pretty much a classic in our family. 

Cheap entertainment for the kids

What do you get when you combine a couple kids, a bathtub and a can of shaving cream?
Cheap entertainment! 
No words needed for this :)

Let them eat

There was a Facebook argument that broke out among the locals in my hometown about school lunches. And since I refuse to get caught up with them on Facebook about stuff like that, I thought I would share my thoughts with you. 

Someone complained that her kids were hungry and that maybe the school should arrange a snack program since the gov'ment has regulations on what kids can eat for lunch nowadays. That's about all she said and she quickly got over 50 comments. Half of them were parents echoing her concerns that the kids are starving, especially the ones in sports and how it didn't make sense that high schoolers had the same portions on their trays as the third graders.

I thought that was a pretty legitimate point.

Then of course there were comments from the passively aggressive parents who acted as if the lady had attacked the school board itself, which I don't think she did, I am assuming she knew that it was beyond their control and its state mandated.

Anyway, I have been thinking and thinking about this food thing and how the plan for more fruits and veggies and less carbs and all is somehow going to magically change our national obesity rates. Those kids that don't know what an apricot is? They are not going to magically like fruits just because they see them everyday on their trays. It takes more than that, including education and dedication from parents and families to introduce their kids to fruits and veggies. I just don't think cutting their food and making them eat like birds at school is going to make it better.

Those kids are just going to go home and fill up on zebra cakes and cosmic brownies anyway. (YUM)

Plus don't get me started on the fact that my pre-schooler is down right starved when he gets home every night because they feed these kids at like 10:30 a.m.

What's the answer to cutting our obesity troubles? Not starving our kids at school so they gorge when they get home. Not to mention, alot of times, those school lunches are the only decent meals some of these kids are getting all week because their parents don't have to money/means to feed them at night.

Today, this video went viral, which means I feel better because I am not the only one hung up on this food thing.

As my four year old so eloquently stated at Easter Dinner earlier this year,
"Eat your damn pie!"

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm loving how awesomely Fall-ish my house is smelling right now
Loving that this machine will soon be in my kitchen
Thanks to Kate at Sweet Southern Sunshine for sealing the deal when she told me you could do iced drinks!

I love Winey Wednesday Twitter parties. They're so fun this week they got moved to Tuesday!
Follow along with me @JenOHerron
Bring your drinking hat and let's go!
Love loving this little beauty who will be making her appearance on my doorstep in 3-7 business days. (happy dance)

LOVE that my blog will soon be getting Whitty With It!
(Come back soon to check out the facelift!)
Soap.com and it's sisters, Beauty Bar, Casa, Diapers and Vine.
An online shopping mecca that ensures I won't ever be truly alone :)

Last but not least I am loving all the new followers and friends I've met through my 100 follower celebration. 
Go check it out now!


I'm crazy and I know it

So I mentioned in another post that I think I have misophonia. 
I really think I do.

Misophonia – literally the hatred of sound -can be defined as a hypersensitivity to background sounds or visual stimuli that are generally ignored by other people. More importantly than the individuals inability to block out the offending stimuli or “trigger” is the acute negative emotional response experienced as a direct result of being in contact with a trigger.

I can't even remember when it started but it's been going on for a while.
My mother and sister started telling everyone
"Be careful, Jen doesn't have any filters"
And it was all fun and games
Until somebody got hurt.
And in this case, it was me.
I think saying I don't have any filters is a pretty good description. 
Has someone ever sounded a blow horn in your ear? 
Sounds are like that to me, ALL the time. 

Not just when they are in close proximity.

I don't know which sends me into a sad state faster

(by sad state, I mean imagine me with my hands over my ears, slowing rocking back and forth, back and forth, with my eyes squeezed shut)
and other times I just get crazy mad. Like the most ANNOYING thing has just happened to me.
Sometimes it's brought on when my kids scream really loud
and other times it's because of the woman in my office who 
wears jingle bell jewelry for the holidays.
She starts the day after Thanksgiving and wears it all the way through Christmas
Jingle bells earrings. Jingle bell necklace and a bracelets with a gazillion jingle bells attached to match. 
If you need me, I will be under my desk with earphones on
quietly humming Silent Night. 

My most dreaded places include:

My office (other people talking, clipping their finger nails and jingle bell jewelry)
basketball games (the buzzer, the squeaking shoes)
Live bands (enough said)
Board games with my family where everyone is yelling (I once dropped the f bomb during Taboo)
Loud music in the car, mixed with screaming children.

Other sounds:
A clicking from a ceiling fan 
Chains clinking together
High pitched screams
Bracelets clinking  together

I am going to stop before I have myself convinced I am a nutcase.

All in all, it's nothing that a quick trip
to a quiet room or closing my office door can't fix.
(and a readily available prescription of Xanaz) 

Anyone else ever heard or known of someone having this? 

Kelly Ripa has talked about it on Live! so that made me feel better! :) 


100 Follower Happiness

So, member that time I started a blog
and within 2 months, I had met lots of new friends
and 101 people decided they liked me enough to
"follow me?"
And then member that time I felt like 3rd grader when I got all excited and started saying
"Member that time..."

Dorky giddiness aside, I just wanted to celebrate this new found hobby of mine. Because not only is it a hobby, it's an outlet and way for me to connect to others.
What better way to celebrate than to give things away?
(Hello, Oprah's favorite things?!)
So I called on some of my favorite girls to help me out and they totally delivered! 
I also asked them 3 questions I always ask people win I meet 
them to get to know them better!
Have fun and celebrate away!






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Sunday Social

Sunday Social
This Weeks Questions:

 1. What is something you have wanted to do but are afraid of?
I really want to write. Write more diaries, write short stories, write a novel, write a blog (hey I am on my way :) It's not that I am scared to do any of these things, but more so, I am scared to share them.  I don't share my blog with anyone I know except my close friends and relatives. I don't plan on ever sharing it on Facebook.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
I see myself still in the same town hopefully living in a newly renovated home or a new one all together! 
 I'd like to see myself with more projects, with more "going on" (like selling handmade cards and wreaths more often)
I also hope my kids are having fun in lots of activities, so I can cheer them on!

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012? 
The holidays are my favorite! I love finding fun news toys for the kids and shopping for others. Our families are so huge and fun, there are always great get-togethers. 

4. What are your hopes for your blog? 
I hope that I can use it as a way to exercise my creativity and share it with others but I also want to use it as a "diary" of sorts so that I have an outlet. I want it to be a place where women can come and relate and find new things (books, movies, crafts) and thoughts to connect with!

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
Yes, it is where my husband's farm is and we will always be here. I hope to make more of it as the years go by. I am still learning the ins and outs of small town life but ultimately, I know it's a great place to raise a family. There's limitations (no Starbucks!) but there's nothing I can't live without and that's not just an hour away. 
I'll make the best of it! 

6. What is your morning routine?
I wake up about 6:15 and shower
Then make coffee and read bloggers, browse internet
Get my hair and makeup done
Then by that time the kids are up, so I get them breakfast and dressed
Then I take R2 to daycare and Big R takes R1 to pre-school.
Some days I stop and get a 44oz fountain Diet Pepsi and Casey's and other days I just make an iced coffee and work. 

Friday = Magazine Love

I love Fridays for many reasons. 

For the obvs: No work for 2 days, naptime/craftime and I get to finally seen my floor once I've picked up the house a bit. 

Another reason? My magazines. I like them, love them, gotta have them. 

Entertainment Weekly comes on Fridays and so does People, which my mother in law subscribes to, does the crossword then gives to me. I also get Parents, Parenting, Everyday Rachel Ray, Redbook, Family Circle, Marie Claire and Glamour.

Now that I type them all it looks like I have a problem.  But then I see Big R's pile of Outdoor Life, Bow Hunting, Missouri Game and Fish, etc and I don't feel bad. He even has hardback copies of the Cabela's catalogs  And keeps them.

Back to my favorites. I automatically read the Bullseye section of Entertainment Weekly, the "pop culture news that was right on target this week and the events the missed the mark."

This week's bullseye is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, which pretty much happens every time he's in a movie. Man's a genius.

The misses of the week:  Chris Brown's tattoo of Rhianna on his neck. Did it hurt as much to get that tattoo as it is for me to look at it?

My second section in EW is the book section (mmm duh) This week's pics: 
Sutton by J.R. Moehringer- A crime thriller set in 1969 that follows the life story of a notorious bank robber. Looks like it has crime, romance and New York City. Sounds like a winner! On to my Goodreads pile it goes! This book also showed up in People's "Fall's Hot Titles" this week. 

Another book I took note of was The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore. It's about an Irish teenager living in the throes of WWII in Berlin. It sounds like it would be popular with my Book Club girls. 

Another book People that caught my eye: 

Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg: Edie Middlestiens can't stop eating and her husband is losing patience. A tragicomedy about a family's unraveling. 

One of my favorite sections in People include the first 16 pages of celebrities doing mundane things (pics of Lady Gaga dressed in men's clothes, grabbing her crotch, the ushe) and wearing weird clothes, then the "Scoop" which this week claims Rob and Kristen are back together. Why do I care? I don't know, I just do! 

Okay, enough typing, my mags are calling my name! 


I believe in...

I am going to dedicated this first "I believe" to my kiddos 

I believe that you were meant to be my children before I ever knew I wanted kids.
I believe that you saved me.
I believe in Band-Aids curing any boo boo.
I believe that you have taught me way more than I can ever teach you.
I believe that you don't really mean to damage my ear drums.
I believe that you can make feel me like a better person with just a hug at the end of the day.
I believe in the importance of laughing at tiny little things, like when your juice box squirts juice up your nose and when you accidentally toot in front of the grocery store worker.
I believe that it is totally okay to let you watch cartoons while I finally clean the house.
I believe you will turn out just fine if I feed you preserved foods and high fructose corn syrup. 
I believe you won't remember accidentally seeing mommy and daddy "naked wrestling"
at least I hope not. 
I believe that you have the most startling blue eyes that I have ever seen.

And most of all, I can't believe how lucky I am to be your mom.



It's Okay Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
It's okay to get up early and not get anyone else up so that you can read your blogger reading list 
It's okay to take your shoes off under your desk at work
It's okay to be yourself even though people might think you're weird or not get your jokes
It's okay that your hubs makes fun of you when you call the girls you've met on the blogs your friends.
It's okay to feel like you're in a music video when you have the windows down in your car and your hair is blowing around your face
It's okay that your grandma posted a cartoon of a vibrator on Facebook and instead of telling her take it down you just laugh. (your ass off)
It's okay to like that it gets darker earlier so you can tell your kids it's bedtime at 7:45
It's okay to not wash your hair for one more day if it doesn't look greasy
It's okay to drink wine on a Wednesday, especially if you do it with friends
It's okay to watch the videos of Dina Lohan with Dr. Phil and then feel better about yourself.
It's okay to judge a book by it's cover. It's all okay, so just relax :)


What She's Reading Now

Short and Sweet: What She's Reading Now

For Book Club: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel
2 women in the 1950s, struggling in their roles as housewives and mothers. Lots of descriptions about the fashion and lifestyle of that era, which I love. Lots of love, relationships, struggles. Good so far! 
Average 3.5 star rating on Good Reads.

In the car: 
Heartbroken By Lisa Unger
Description: Heartbroken is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle.  Wonderfully suspenseful, exquisitely crafted, and written with raw, emotional power, this is Lisa Unger at her very best. Average 3.5 rating on Good Reads.

Next Up:
Another Piece of My  Heart
By: Jane Green
Another Piece of My Heart
From Good Reads: From the New York Times bestselling author of JEMIMA J, and THE BEACH HOUSE, comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood. 
Average 3.65 rating on Good Reads
Why I chose it: Jane Green is like Jennifer Weiner to me, they are great go to authors that I know I will enjoy without even reading the back cover. 

What are you reading right now ?