Horns

Have you heard of the book and new movie coming out Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill? I hadn’t until I saw this trailer today over on The Mary Sue.

Adding it to my reading list + movies to see list now.

And, just to blow your mind a wee bit – this is Stephen King’s kid (Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill.)

 

What I am reading now

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This weekend I unplugged (with the exception of my Kindle) and didn’t do a damn thing. I have been working almost every day, even on the weekends I power up the laptop and go through my emails and answer questions about design. But, not this weekend. This weekend I made a point to just relax and do ‘me’ stuff.

I took my daughter to the movies and we saw Lucy. Which was good, but felt more like a science lesson than a movie. Did you know we only use 10% of our brain? Or is it 35%?

Let me just say that I have been reading this series that has started pissing me off in the worst way. First of all, the author recaps all of the previous books in the current book, which wouldn’t be so bad – they all do it, but she is doing it with not just an appropriately placed paragraph here and there citing little bits of pertinent information, but with whole pages and pages of verbatim from all of the previous books. I have never skimmed so much in my life. Each new book is only 65% new and while I love the characters in the series, I think I’m quitting the nonsense. So, I’m temporarily ditching my usual supernatural genre and diving in to some of the popular books out there.

Oh, and I now quit books immediately upon reading about lip biting. Because seriously.

All right, on to the better stuff! Saturday I read The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Excellent read and perfect for the summer. The Post family takes you on vacation with them to the Balearic island of Mallorca and I just want to be there to lay out by the pool, go to the beach & small town, and eat Franny Post’s food.

Sunday I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman. And, Sunday night I downloaded the sequel Where She Went. If I Stay is a trailer we saw while waiting for the movie Lucy to start… so, being as susceptible to the power of suggestion that I am I went home and added it to my list to read. And, let me just say that I’m glad that there was a sequel because the ending was just too soon! Too soon! If I Stay is told from Mia’s point of view and Where She Went is told from Adam’s point of view – which I think is great, it’s nice to have a different perspective. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m rooting for these two.

I also downloaded Friendship: A Novel by Emily Gould and Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

What are you reading this summer?

Image via Kate Spade.

 

Just a bit

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Inspired by Design Darling’s So Tell Me About Yourself post…

Favorite season:

Summer!

Next stamp in your passport:

I don’t have a passport (yet!) but I’d really love to go to England, France & Italy.

…is always in my fridge:

Coffee creamer.

Purchase you’ll never regret:

Lasik eye surgery – best investment ever! Though I’ve outgrown the benefits, it’s been 15 years and my eyes are changing again.

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

My 21 year old self, we have a lot to talk about.

Cashew Chicken

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I’ve all but given up on making dinners for my family. I’m always home, but they aren’t – their lives are full & busy and sitting down for dinner isn’t always practical or a priority. And I don’t like to make a full dinner only to stick in in Tupperware and hope that my leftover phobic family [me included!] will eat it later.

All of us didn’t even eat this dinner all together, but it was so good everyone did eventually eat and it was gone before midnight. I know this because the Tupperware was in the sink this morning, waiting to be cleaned. [sigh.]

I made quick honey ginger pineapple summer veggie chicken stir fry with caramelized cashews that I found on the Pinterest last night for dinner – and it was as good as it looks. Well, hold that thought, it was a little salty because I couldn’t find any raw cashews at the store, my choices were salted and lightly salted, and even though I went with the lightly salted, the nuts portion was too salty. Thinking back, I should have rinsed them off before I used them (next time!) But, luckily it was broken down in to parts – nuts, chicken, vegetables & rice, so you could control how much of each you got of each.

The prep time is not so quick, what with all of the chopping, mincing, dicing and shredding, but once you got to the cooking it all went pretty quickly after that. I think the fact that I used all fresh ingredients is what made it a hit with the family.

Image via Half Baked Harvest.