This is my new favorite braid.

It’s an upside down braid so you tuck each strand under the others as you braid and you only braid in the top and not the bottom. So the hair closest to my forehead isn’t being brought in, only hair from the top is. Does that make sense? It’s like a half french braid. Anyways, I am loving the look because it’s different from the standard and it’s gotten easier and easier each time I’ve done it. Go try it.

After finishing the first Hunger Games I raved about it so much I begged and pleaded with AJ to read it. And he did. In one day. He stayed up all night finishing it. I was so surprised. It’s seriously that good. So if you haven’t read it yet, run your little legs over to the library and grab it. Everybody’s doing it.

Quote of the Day:

Me: “I had a dream last night that I had a baby.”
AJ: “What color was it?”

What’d you do over the weekend?

I read. I read every day all day. That’s all I did.
I went to the store and read down the aisles, through the crowds, and waiting in line.
I went to the mall and read it between the clothes, along the sidewalks, and at the cash register.
I read while laying in bed, sitting on the couch, and during husbands movie.

Just kidding. But really, I read a lot. I heard the Hunger Games was a good book and let me tell you. That is the understatement of the century. The Twilight nonsense can’t even light a flame to this book. Not sure what that means but I’ve heard it before.

Team Jacob or Team Edward? No, no, no, Team Peeta. This book was thrilling, amusing, charming, suspenseful, engaging, comical, exciting; full of adventure. I laughed, cried, and cheered my way through this book. I couldn’t put it down. I was so anxious to read what was going to happen but not wanting it to end at the same time. I didn’t just read my entire way through the weekend but when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about how much I wanted to keep reading. As soon as I finished it, I screamed in angst wanting to know more! I immediately had to have the second book and even now can’t wait to keep reading. I am such a nerd. That’s what my old roommate would be saying.

Side story:
Once I was talking to said roommate about either an accounting or marketing textbook that I had been reading and I was telling her how much I had enjoyed reading it and then I said to her as that thought came to my head I began thinking “I’m a nerd, I’m a nerd, I’m a nerd.”

Going on then. I bought some gourds. Yes gourds. No I didn’t know that was a word either. But that’s what the receipt said. Gourds. I gorged on gourds this weekend. Bought some, decorated with them, took some pictures of them. Good times.

We also did some family pics. Loving them. They turned out great. Coming from a family of ten it was strange to look at our family pictures and see just two adults. Just two. Plus a dog. That wouldn’t look at the camera. Too preoccupied by the kids playing. *sigh.

Lastly, I finally got a car. I’ve never owned a car that was this expensive and as a result had extreme anxiety every time I drove it. I was so afraid I was going to crash it or wreck it or damage it. It’s subsided a bit and now it’s just a car. Mostly, I love the automatic transmission and the automatic windows and the fact that it tells me the time and the temperature. Ha, just shows how old my other car was.

How was your weekend?

These were so fun to make and so good to eat!

I love baking ten times more than I enjoy cooking. I could bake sweet treats all day long. Everything doesn’t always work out but these were one of the few things that did and they were beautiful.
They didn’t get cooked too long and were the perfect texture. I’ll be honest. The first time I ever tried a pumpkin cookie I was 21 years old. Basically I didn’t eat any kind of dessert that had the words zucchini, carrot, or pumpkin in them. Those foods had no right being in any kind of dessert in my book. But, here were two of my cute roommates cooking up a batch of pumpkin cookies *gasp! so I thought if they liked them then they couldn’t be that bad. So right. These are one my favorite cookies now and I always look forward to them when Fall rolls around.  
1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Here is the headbraid as promised!

I hope you find it useful and it makes sense :)
Apparently I’m a big talker because I talked my whole way through this tutorial. So in an effort to cut off 4 whole minutes! my cute super hot husband did the honors of editing it. He wanted to add a little extra so that explains all the awesome music, title, and fast forwarding. Thanks husby! [oh and don’t worry about what you’re missing when it’s fast forwarding, I’m just jabbering about nonsense]