Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I am so annoyed.  I just got home from a delightful afternoon of errand-running and frozen yogurt-eating (the fro-yo was awesome, of course).  So I bought a book about the first year of a baby's life with all the milestones and all that baby info that is probably pretty important to know as a first-time mom.  But when I got home, I checked Amazon to see what the reviews of the book I'd just bought said and, guess what?  The reviews are horrible!!  Like almost half of the people who bought this book say it was filled with misinformation and ridiculous advice.  I guess I could've googled it from my iPhone but nooooooo.  Didn't do that.  Great.  Awesome.  Wonderful!

So I guess I'll be taking the book back later this week.  I don't think I have ever returned a book, though.  For some reason, it just feels weird.  Like maybe I'm a super fast reader and I already read the entire thing and now I'm pulling a fast one on the bookstore by returning it!!  Nope.  Not the case.  I am just taking the advice of a bunch of random women who took the time to review this not-so-stellar book.  And thanks, by the way, for the review.  I just wish I would've been SMRT enough to look at the reviews before I went to buy this book.  Duh.   

And I am making a craaaazy dinner tonight from a recipe I saw in the Wall Street Journal this week called Velvet Chicken.  I am a little nervous about the preparation process, though.  Here's the gist.  You wash and dry a whole chicken.  You tie it's little legs together.  You put it in a pot filled with cold water and a bunch of salt.  You turn on the stove and let it come to a boil (about 25 minutes).  And then you turn off the stove and leave it alone for 3 hours.  I am not supposed to lift the lid off the pot even ONCE for three whole hours while the chicken cooks.  Geez.  This recipe will totally be a test of my patience.  For sure.

I'll let you know how it turns out.  Hopefully we don't get food-poisoning from this wacky chicken preparation.

Have you ever returned a book?  Maybe it isn't as big a deal as I am making it in my head.  For some reason, I just feel like books and magazines are things you generally shouldn't return.  But I'll be returning this one!


  1. Get the mobile Amazon app. Super handy. Then you can check review while you're in the store! :)

  2. You can't go too wrong with What To Expect When You're Expecting, talk to other moms you know, read parenting blogs, and even then you still won't be 100% ready. Motherhood is a trial and error kind of thing, and everyone experiences it differently. Best adivce? To relax and really enjoy your baby. Expect that everything won't be perfect, expect that you won't sleep normally for several months, expect the unexpected. Savor every minute of baby love you can.

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  3. That is so frustrating - especially when you consider how expensive books can be given how much information is available online for free. The only books I can recall returning have been when I've accidentally been given doubles as gifts or double ordered textbooks. I wouldn't feel guilty about it, though I can definitely see where you're coming from - Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where George's bathroom book get's flagged all across the city? :) I swear, there's a Seinfeld for everything.


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