Daily Archives: December 11, 2012

What Alice Forgot Book Review…and Rudolph Bottles

Yesterday when I posted the link to the chimichanga recipe that Marlene sent me, I didn’t realize that the recipe is the actually Marlene’s winning bake-off recipe that Pillsbury now uses. I guess I am a little slow at putting two and two together. Sorry for not giving you more credit, Marlene! It’s funny because I remember when I was younger, I used to look at the picture of that award-winning chimichanga hanging in her kitchen all the time :)

Breakfast

Clementines found their way back into my life. I ate bags and bags of these over the summer. When I saw them looking pretty decent at the grocery store, I grabbed a bag. It seems like the only fruit that I have been eating lately is apples, so I was happy to welcome back clementines. I also had a bowl of Special K protein cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.32 miles – walked on treadmill
  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

Butts and Guts class was especially tough this morning because I lifted a little more weight during BodyPump yesterday, and I am really feeling it today.

I just have to share these water bottles that Jaden and I made for his holiday party at school.

They are Rudolph water bottles! I saw the idea on Pinterest a while ago, and finally bought the supplies to make them. They were so simple to make and turned out so cute.

Book Review

This post is a little all over the place today, but I wanted to add a quick book review. I recently finished reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty for Julie’s book club.

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About the book:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
 
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…
My Thoughts:
I have to start off my saying that I really enjoyed this book and recommend reading it. It’s a light, quick read, but it really makes you think.
The story is told through the eyes of three different people: Alice (the main character), Elisabeth (Alice’s sister), and Frannie (Alice’s honorary grandma). It took me awhile to get used to the switching off between characters because Elisabeth and Frannie’s story is told through letters.
I liked both of Alice’s characters – young Alice and current Alice. I wasn’t expecting to like the current Alice because she seemed like such a different person than she was 10 years ago. But once you read the whole book and read Alice’s memories as she regains them, you understand the reasons for her actions.
I loved the end of this book. I was really worried that Alice was going to end up with Dominick and when she didn’t I was so happy. I think the author gave it a really satisfying ending which was nice for a change. Sometimes, you want to read a book with a happy ending, not a crazy ending (hello, Gone Girl).
This book really made me think about the person I was ten years ago. I was a lot different from the person I am today. And while, I liked young Alice’s character, I understand that people change. Time and life changes people, they mature, and situations are different. And ten years from now, I will be a different person than I am today.
I also like reading Elisabeth and Frannie’s stories. The book is about the decisions we make in life. You can’t dwell on what you can’t change and you should work on achieving what makes you happy.
Questions of the day:
  • What’s the last fruit that you ate?
  • Do you make any holiday decorations or gifts?
  • Have you read What Alice Forgot? Thoughts?

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