26 Jan 2012

Readin' Good in the Neighborhood

Fact: I hated reading as a child. I'm actually somewhat jealous of all the people I meet who have fond childhood memories of pouring over books for hours and hours. I never found anything that really appealed to me. I was discriminatory against books, see. I had a very strict, non-sensical criteria for what I would read which left me not reading that much. The banned books included things like The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter which I didn't read until I was in high school. Oh, the horror!

Even in high school, I didn't read much beyond the requirements for class. I remember my dad coming home in the summer and I'd be watching MTV in my pajamas and just beg me to take up reading. Well, that clearly made me want to be all crazy and rebellious and not read. Ha! I showed him, alright.

Then I graduated college and I was bored as all get out. I moved to D.C. and neither Andy or barely any of my friends had moved here yet. I lived in the basement of family members and their basement also turned out to be their library. My cousin is a professor and he loves books and he wants you to love books, too. Although he was pushing 70 I felt uncool if I didn't read the books he suggested. Ah, peer pressure. How it never dies...

Today I am proudly becoming a little book worm (so cheesy. I'm sorry.) I've got my little book club, even, where we *gasp* discuss books between sips of wine and bites of cupcakes. Here's what I've been working on the past month:

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott -  it's an oldie but a goody!

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella (This is fun, beach reading. Not fine literature. You've been warned)

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding

The Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell - by far the best book of the month. I'm excited to read his other books.

If anyone reading this is also on GoodReads, check out the button on the left of the page! I'd love to see what you're reading!

24 Jan 2012

My Attempt At Spontaneity

We do not have a large apartment. I like to tell people it's cozy. Lately it's been feeling even smaller than usual. Maybe that's because I'm married to a 6'7" man. Maybe it's because we constantly are accumulating more stuff. No matter, it was feeling claustrophobic. Something about our living room was just eating at me. On a whim/late work night, I decided Andy and I could definitely re-arrange the apartment.

Before:

This was waaay before but you get an idea of the lay out of the furniture.

More recently

After:

 

I love the changes we made. It feel so much more open and much less...college?

23 Jan 2012

Butter-holics Anonymous

Hi, I'm Hillary and I love butter. If butter is a main ingredient to something I will probably eat it. Scones would be in that group. Sunday morning Andy and I started our day off right with these delicious blueberry scones with a lemon glaze.

Recipe from Tyler Florence

 

  1. Croissants
  2. Donuts
  3. Royal icing on cookies
  4. Bagels
  5. Baguettes
  6. Focaccia
  7. Cannoli
  8. Lattice topped pie
  9. Ravioli - completed 1/10/2012
  10. Pierogi
  11. Pot stickers/dumplings
  12. Fruit based scone - completed 1/22/2011
  13. Ice Cream
  14. Fried chicken
  15. Whoopie Pies
  16. Truffles or cookie balls
  17. Eggs benedict
  18. Pretzels
  19. Chicken cordon bleu
  20. Graham crackers
  21. Homemade oreos
  22. Cheddar crackers
  23. Gnocchi - completed 1/7/2012
  24. Tomato sauce 100% from scratch
  25. Flour tortillas (added 1/23/2012)