Relish by Daphne Oz and Oh no, she didn’t by Clinton Kelly

More books not on my list to read, but I read them all the same.

I checked out Relish and Oh No She Didn’t from the library. I am an unabashed watcher of the Chew. I found that show after I started staying home with my children, so of course I have to read these books. 🙂

I read Oh No She Didn’t in one evening. It was a really fast read. I have to say that the fashion crime that I commit the most is wearing too many solids and solids all the time. Some of the anecdotes were hilarious. I laughed out loud so many times.

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I absolutely loved this book. It is so helpful that I’m considering buying a copy for reference. She goes through recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails which I’ll definitely try. She goes through her weight struggle, which I identify with, in being overweight my entire life, and only now have I lost almost 50 pounds, with another 35 to go. There are tips for buying groceries that are healthy, fitness tips, tips to take care of your body (think hair, skin, etc.). There’s a chapter with explanations of how you should arrange and decorate your home, which I found quite helpful. One I found really awesome was the “Stress-Free Hostess” chapter. She includes a chapter on how to interact with family and friends: big emphasis on standards vs. expectations in there, many good points.

Other current reading: Treasure Island

 

Reminiscing: Old photographs

Mom wouldnt let me read it, so I made a graven image.

Mom wouldn't let me read it, so I made a graven image.

I used this picture in hopes of warding off unwanted male pursuers.

I used this picture in hopes of warding off unwanted male pursuers.

Reformed smore fire

Reformed s'more fire

Oh my Calvinist zeal... *shakes head*

Oh my Calvinist zeal... *shakes head*

Oh, the literature that you are sent when your grandparents feel like you are sliding into wrong belief.

Oh, the literature that you are sent when your grandparents feel like you are sliding into wrong belief.

I posted this picture on my once-a-long-time-ago blog and met a wonderful Orthodox convert who showed me the way to the true Faith.

I posted this picture on my once-a-long-time-ago blog and met a wonderful Orthodox convert who showed me the way to the true Faith.

Tumbleweeds on the way to Colorado

Tumbleweeds on the way to Colorado

My desk has not moved off the floor yet.

My desk has not moved off the floor yet.

Im so nerdy I wore this civil war era dress that my mom and I made at home to the prom.

I'm so nerdy I wore this civil war era dress that my mom and I made at home to the prom.

My view in the opera pit for The Marriage of Figaro.

My view in the opera pit for "The Marriage of Figaro."

Oh, my obsession with tulips, for a season.

Oh, my obsession with tulips, for a season.

Hangin with my brother, Brett.

Hangin' with my brother, Brett.

Band.

Band.

Honors Recital

Honor's Recital

The first things I ever knit.

The first things I ever knit.

practice

practice

Practice... alternative.

Practice... alternative.

Oh, what reed to use?

Oh, what reed to use?

Shawnee Lake

Shawnee Lake

Family.

Family.

President Bush

President Bush

Bigger Family.

Bigger Family.

I got saved out of this book in kindergarten.

I "got saved" out of this book in kindergarten.

Conclusion: Willing One Thing

Father in Heaven! What is a man without Thee! What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know Thee! What is all his striving, could it even encompass the world, but a half-finished work if he does not know Thee: Thee the One, who art one thing and who art all! So may Thou give to the intellect, wisdom to comprehend that one thing; to the heart, sincerity to receive this understanding; to the will, purity that wills only one thing. In prosperity may Thou grant perseverance to will one thing; amid distractions, collectedness to will one thing; in suffering, patience to will one thing. Oh, Thou that giveth both the beginning and the completion, may Thou early, at the dawn of day, give to the young man the resolution to will one thing. As the day wanes, may Thou give to the old man a renewed remembrance of his first resolution, that the first may be like the last, the last like the first, in possession of a life that has willed only one thing. Alas, but this has indeed not come to pass. Something has come in between. The separation of sin lies in between. Each day, and day after day something is being placed in between: delay, blockage, interruption, delusion, corruption. So in this time of repentance may Thou give the courage once again to will one thing. True, it is an interruption of our daily tasks; we do lay down our work as though it were a day of rest, when the penitent (and it is only in a time of repentance that the heavy-laden worker may be quiet in the confession of sin) is alone before Thee in self-accusation. This is indeed an interruption. But it is an interruption that searches back into its very beginnings that it might bind up anew that which sin has separated, that in its grief it might atone for lost time, that in its anxiety it might bring to completion that which lies before it.. Oh, Thou that givest both the beginning and the completion, give Thou victory in the day of need so that what neither a man’s burning wish nor his determined resolution may attain to, may be granted unto him in the sorrowing of repentance: to will only one thing.

– The last little section in Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing, Kierkegaard

Life Goals: Begin with God

In your occupation, what is your attitude of mind? And how do you carry out your occupation? Have you made up your own mind that your occupation is your real calling so that you do not have to make explanation hinge on the result, maintaining that it was not your real calling if the results are not favorable, if your efforts do not succeed? Alas, such fickleness weakens a man immeasurably. Therefore persevere. By God’s help and by your own faithfulness something good will come from the unpromising beginning. For there are beginnings everywhere, and there are good beginnings, where you begin with God; and no day is the wrong one to begin upon – not even an unpromising one, if you begin with God.

– Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing

It’s been a while

               

I have been using this way too much and neglecting my bag full of homework. 

 

 

 And here is the coffee table that Erik helped me move.  It was free.  Oh yeah, I’m that good.

 I bought this book to get patterns and tips for knitting for men.  But this really does have a purpose. 

 

 

 

 

I bought this yarn (on the left) online for a sweater, but I didn’t realize it’s only 2-ply, so it’s totally not going to work, which is why I bought the yarn on the right. This is the pattern in the book that I’m using.  However, I’m going to only use one color and not use the anchor design.  It’s going to be plain, and I’m going to put sleeves on it.

 

 

 

 

 

In other news, this is my first sweater. I hope to be finished with it soon. 

  This is a scarf for my mommy for Christmas.  It’s Chenille yarn from Lion-Brand.  It feels wonderful.  Oh and in case you’re wondering, it’s a 2×2 rib.