to this beauty.
Top of my list for Irene preparations was buying Mockingjay. I’m half way through Catching Fire and fully anticipate finishing the book in about an hour come Sunday morning when I’m trapped inside with no other distractions. The quest for the book started at Sam’s Club along with every other person in the world stocking up on water like they’ll never see the light of day again. They were there to buy survival necessities in preparation for a hurricane, I was there to buy a book. I guess I’d rather be well read than hydrated in an emergency.
I found Hunger Games at Sam’s Club for $5+ a couple of weeks ago and after Ulysses paid $18 for Catching Fire at Barnes and Noble last week, I was hoping to avoid going there. Unfortunately, Sam’s Club was chock full of trashy romance novels and completely devoid of anything that could actually be deemed “literature” so, off to Barnes and Noble we went.
I’ll be the first to admit that I was soooo against the e-reader obsession. “I like the feel and smell of an actual book,” “I don’t want book stores to go out of business,” “It’s just another gadget.” Yeah, I said it all.
And you know what?
I take it back. All of it.
After spending $18 on a book I’m going to devour in 3 hours, I’ll happily take the $9.99 (or less!) version and have it at my fingertips instantly. I’ll also take the ability to check books out from the library without getting in the car. Oh, and how about the fact that the nook is 8 ounces. That’s a lot lighter than lugging around a hardcover in my already stuffed computer bag with a roller board and purse through an airport. And, let’s not mention that now I can be like all the other cool people on the airplane because I was seriously starting to feel left out without an e-reader or an iPad. I was like the technology adverse grandparent with my actual hard copy book.
So, now I’m caught up with the times and Mockingjay is downloaded and waiting patiently for Sunday. Can’t wait!
Before our book hunting adventures, we did have to eat dinner. Considering I’ve been home all of 2 days in the past 14, the fridge was pretty bare so it was the perfect night to try out one of the Bird’s Eye Voila! meals that I received as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program.
The prep was easy, just a half a cup of water + heating up a skillet + 7 minutes and dinner was ready. The mix I chose, three cheese chicken, actually had a decent amount of veggies mixed in it but I added some broccoli I had on hand as well to bulk it up a bit.
And more cheese on top. Because, everything’s better with more cheese right?
The verdict? I was pretty impressed with the taste. It didn’t have that typical “frozen food taste” which I can’t even describe but I’m sure you know what I mean. The only thing I wasn’t so impressed with was the ingredient list.
It was long and there were quite a few things that I couldn’t even pronounce. I prefer to keep my food simple and recognizable but, on nights when you need dinner in a pinch I can definitely see using these meals again. Ulysses loved it that’s for sure. Perhaps he’ll eat more than cereal or oatmeal when I’m gone now?
And of course what meal is complete without dessert?
Gotta get my ice cream cone fix while I can before hibernation fall/winter get here!
Do you have a Nook or Kindle or are you a hard copy book person?
Anyone have any good cover recommendations for the Nook? I figured I could find something cheaper than the ones in the store.