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Wordy Wednesday – a day late August 23, 2012

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I’ve seen quite a few blogs that have a Wordless Wednesday. They’ll post a pic with no words for whatever reason or another. I thought I would try a Wordy Wednesday where I’ll post a new word I learned. Yes, today is actually Thursday but I was travelling all day yesterday so it’s a day late. Today I found my word at

The word of the day is: Malleate– to beat into shape with a hammer. My husband malleates the chicken when he makes Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwiches. But, he doesn’t use a hammer, he uses a mallet or meat tenderizer. 😉 << Easy way to remember the word! (I’ll have to post that recipe some time.)

Apparently spell check does not know this word, because it keeps underlining it. I’d like to find an app for my phone so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to leave them here! Or maybe I’ll just ask my friend, Clark, every Wednesday for a new word. I’m always having to look up words that he uses. 😉 Also, have you ever noticed that sometimes when you learn a new word you will keep hearing it around? I wonder if that will happen with malleate? We’ll see!

Have you learned any new words lately?


Book Signing August 18, 2012

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I’ve never really been the person to go out and get a book signed. That’s probably because the only books I really read before I got pregnant was Dean Koontz books. Nowadays I’m doing a lot more reading and it’s kind of exciting because I’ve had 3 books signed in the past 4 months!

The first was Ina May Gaskin. She brought midwifery back to the United States in the 1970s. She is also the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. The only book I have had a chance to read is “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”, which I thought was fantastic. You can read more about Ina May, here. My friend, Sam, and the new IBCLC at Aviano, Molly, took a little trip to Croatia to see Ina May speak for the weekend back in April. “Your body is not a lemon!”, is one of her famous quotes.

Sam, Molly, and I in Croatia at Ina May’s conference.

Look! There’s a Singer store in Croatia! I’m a Viking girl, myself, but I still thought it was cool.

Then, just last week I finally got to meet up with Robyn Roche-Paull of “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots“. We have been chatting for the past few years over Facebook. I thought we were finally going to get to meet when she came to Aviano to give some speeches for World Breastfeeding Week but, we left Aviano two weeks before to move to Washington. She already had plans to speak at Madigan/Ft Lewis the very next week. We finally met up in downtown Seattle and spent the day exploring the city and hanging out. Then, of course, she signed my book before she left. Thanks!! If you are serving in the military or know someone who is and they are pregnant or breastfeeding send them to her website or Facebook page.

Robyn and I at the Chihuly exhibit in front of the Space Needle.

And, then last night my friend, Stephanie, and I went to a book signing in downtown Seattle at the Elliot Bay Book Company. We saw Jenny Lawson from When I read on her blog that she was going to be in Seattle I just HAD to go. She just released her first book called “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A mostly true memoir“. Let me just tell you that it is hilarious! She read a chapter of her book to us called, “The Psychopath on the Other Side of the Bathroom Door”, and everyone was cracking up. It’s been on the New York Times best sellers list for 15 weeks. (I think that’s what she said last night).It was definitely a good way to de-stress, and not just because they sold wine at the book store. On another note I am definitely not used to paying $7.50 for a glass of wine! It was a big glass but Italy definitely spoiled me.

Enjoying a glass of wine at the book store.

Waiting for The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson, to come out and read a chapter in her book.

Look at this long line of people waiting to get their book signed! Good thing we were in the front.

Have you ever been to a book signing or had someone sign a book for you? Tell me about it!

PS, I know these pics aren’t that great but they were taken with my phone. All I have is a point and shoot camera so until I can invest in a nicer one we’ll have to deal with not so great pics. Eh, it’s better than nothing!


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