Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thank You Auntie Peggy!!!

For the delicious Meat Sticks!!!
We enjoyed them very much!!
Love Barley & Betsy

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Barley Turns 1!!

My Party Puppy was 1 yesterday.. so to celebrate, I bought him a doggy cake.

The cake:

Singing "Happy Birthday"

The Lick:
The Grab:

The Chomp:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Build A Bear Photo Shoot :)

Miss T and I went to Build-A-Bear last weekend.. and then had a photo shoot :)

Introducing: Willow & Green...

Build-A- Bear BBQ



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pizza... again.

Yes. It's true. We love pizza.

J's pizza.

Mine. I bought some goat cheese the other day. FREAKING AWESOME.

J's Birthday Dinner

Zia Laura helped me learn some of J's childhood favourites!!!



And of course- the always popular chocolate fountain!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

J. told me not to post this...Part II

So apparently J. has made a habit of napping with his pets. Kathy sent me these lovely shots of him. I seriously love this man!!!

J. bought me flowers

Who am I kidding?
I bought them for myself. But I am making him give me $20 :D

My New Toy!!!

So I have wanted an eReader FOREVER... seemed like the perfect toy for someone like myself who is:
a) obsessed with reading
b) obsessed with J, who is obsessed with computers (which means a good chunk of our dialog is about computers and electronic nic-nacs)

So.. I did some research (and made J. do even more research) and came up with the "Best" eReader on the market. It was $1000. Ya, no.
As is typical of us we did a cost-benefit analysis and came up with the best product for the cost.

It just happened to be the cheapest of the bunch- the kobo!

So I rushed to my computer and ordered one.

The verdict- I LOVE IT!!

The kobo desktop software its crappy- but I found a program called calibre which is free and much more user friendly.

It is hard to read PDF files- luckily calibre converts these to ePUBS with one easy click!

It is the newest eReader on the market so it is hard to find accessories. The only official cover you can buy is from chapters and it sucks. Luckily I found some spiffy ones on etsy and in the meantime.... I made my own :)

There aren't that many places to find free books online yet- but I have hope these will increase soon. In the meantime I have found several reliable torrent download sites. I can now pretty much also convert any file format to ePUB so that has become a non-issue. Oh and the library has lots of ebooks now too!!!


e-ink which reads like a regular book- eliminating the glare/ light like from a computer screen, taking it easy on my eyes.

cost- $150... really not much.

it's SO light and small compared to a regular book. I thought this would mean the type is too small... but that too can be adjusted to 6 different sizes!!!

I LOVE my kobo. She's purdy <3

50 Books in 2010: May Update

Wow... I've been a BAD blogger....

But here are my most recent reads....

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
5. Hard Core Logo by Michael Turner
6. Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
7. What the Dog Did: tales from a formerly reluctant dog owner by Emily Yoffe
8. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by: Christopher Moore
9. You Suck: A Love Story by: Christoper Moore
10. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
11. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
12. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O"Neil
13. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
14. A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
15. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
16. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
17. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
19. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
20. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
21. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
22. Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
23. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
24. Practical Demon-Keeping: A Comedy of Horrors by Christopher Moore
25. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
26. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
27. The Birth House by Amy McKay
28. Fluke: Or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore.
29. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton
30. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
31. Olivia Joules And The Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
32. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
33. Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
34. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
35. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
36. Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada by Will Ferguson
37. Nikolski by Nicholas Dickner
38. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
39. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
40. Dead in the Family by Chalaine Harris

The Book I enjoyed the most this month..... Nikolski, the winner of the latest Canada Reads
I am going to aim to be a reading machine this month... see if I can hit 50 @ the 6 month mark!!!!!!