May Round Up – On My/In My
It’s always fun to take a glimpse into the minds (and lives) of others. So here are the things that were On My… and In My… for the month of May. I found this idea over at In the Warm Hold of Your Loving Mind.
On the Nightstand:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
On the Shelf:
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison (The book I was supposed to read for my May book club meeting. I didn’t read it because I’ve been busy with editing 100 pages for submittal to an agent. See more below.)
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (The book I’m supposed to read for my June book club meeting. I’m hopeful I can carve out some time for it.)
At the Theater (or from the couch): I watched this from my couch. I’m a sucker for fairy tale remakes. This one had some visually stunning scenes. Overall, I can’t say that I was blown away by the characterization or story. I did love the filmmaker’s take on the seven dwarves.
Snow White and the Huntsman
On the Small Screen:
Shameless – More on this in its own post. All I can say is I love this show. I just finished watching the first and second seasons on Showtime. The show is crass and tough and has gratuitous sex and nudity, if you ask me. But I still love it. The characters are three dimensional and the situations are hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. This isn’t typically my type of show, but something keeps me coming back. I think the writing is brilliant and I love William H. Macy’s acting in the show. I can’t wait until January, 2014 for season three.
In My Ears:
“Hands Held High” by Linkin Park. This song came on during my run the other day. It’s been stuck in my head ever since:
Around the House:
Building a dog fence. We adopted a puppy from an animal rescue. Monty, our 10-week old mutt joins our 15-year old Brittany Spaniel, Bailey. Bailey isn’t sure what hit her with this new puppy begging for her attention. In order to adopt from the animal rescue organization, we needed to build a fence. It was a new adventure pitting my 5’3″ frame against a post-hole digger. Thank goodness it was a team effort with my husband or that sucker would have bounced me all over the yard.
In the Kitchen:
Smoked Salmon – I bought my husband an electric smoker last Father’s Day, and we’ve been making this killer salmon recipe at least once a week.
This is more like a brine recipe, meaning you will keep your salmon marinating in the mixture overnight.
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup veg. oil
Mix above ingredients all together in a bowl. Place the salmon skin side up in bowl and refrigerate overnight. If you have a large slice of salmon, you may need to cut it in half. Both pieces of salmon should fit on your grill when smoking (use the top grill when smoking this). When you are ready to smoke the fish the next morning, pull it out of the fridge and let it sit on the smoker rack over your sink, to drip dry, about 10- 15 minutes. When the salmon appears to be drying off, lightly sprinkle the salmon with lemon pepper and garlic powder. Place the fish top rack of your smoker and cook for 1-1/2 hours. (Cooking times may vary depending on your smoker.) We use a mix of apple and hickory chips. Yum!
In My Closet:
Nothing new here except a mess and ridiculous amounts of laundry to which I need to tend.
In My Mailbox:
Three prints from Spain. I ordered these from this Etsy.com shop. They have a Buy 2-Get 1 Free deal right now. The print quality is excellent and they arrived without a rip or bend in the package. Can’t wait to frame them for my office.
In My Cart:
My friend invented these Benbini watches. They were originally designed for new mothers, but with kids aged 8 and 5, I’m definitely not a new mother, and I love my Benbinis. I have the white and the melon colors. I’ve had the Grey/Raspberry one in my cart for a month now. I’m sure I’ll break down and add it to my collection soon enough.
On My Heart:
Thoughts of the victims of all of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Every time I pull up Google News it seems like I’m reading about another weather-related incident: wildfires in California, tornadoes in Oklahoma, flooding in Central Europe. I’m thankful that Colorado had some decent rain and snowfall in May and hopeful that we continue to get the much needed moisture to delay our own wildfire season.
On the Calendar:
Sending two sets of requested pages to a literary agent. This request was the result of a pitch session at this year’s Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference. More on this once the edits are finished and I’ve hit the “Send” key.