I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebeca Skloot. I'm not usually a science-y kind of person but I thought this book was fascinating. It was the perfect mix of scientific information and the story of Henrietta's family. A sliver of Henrietta's tumor was taken for research without her knowledge and later her cells were the first to ever grow in a laboratory. They have been used for all kinds of valuable medical research and are worth millions of dollars now. Henrietta's family didn't find out about her famous and valuable cells until decades later. They lived in poverty and were mostly uneducated so they struggled to understand the significance of Henrietta's cells. The book brings up very interesting issues but at the same time isn't too heavy. Truly, it was a marvelous way to start my summer reading.
Tonight I celebrated a first in my life- my first time watching and kind of caring about the NBA draft. And, guess what, it was well worth it. Because THE Jimmer Fredette is coming to MY Sacramento Kings (not exactly mine, but I have been to 2 games so they practically are mine.) I'm planning on a lot more Kings Games in my future.
Before we left, I rushed to complete lots of projects including some new hair bows for Jilly (as if she didn't already have enough...) These seemed easy and cute, so I made them with my own little twist. I made all of mine different sizes, but my favorite size (the pink one on Jilly) was 3" x 3 1/2".
Instead of sewing only around 3 sides like the tutorial says, I sewed around the whole thing except for about an inch on one side. It was still easy to pull through and then the corners looked more even.
After pulling through I topstitched over the whole bow then twisted it and used floral wire to keep it tight. I wasn't in love with the wire being visible so I cut a little strip about 1 inch wide and 2ish inches long and ironed the edges in so it looked nice. Then I hot glued the strip around the middle. (I hope that makes sense, I meant to take pictures during this step but it didn't happen, sorry.)
Jilly and I are leaving on Tuesday to be in Virginia for a month (crazy, yes, but we are so so so excited!) Bryan is going to come out eventually but we'll be away from him for two and a half weeks- so sad! This weekend we decided to enjoy all our favorite things in Sacramento.
Friday- Rivercats Baseball Game with the Yagers and the Clements
great friends, beautiful weather, yummy dollar hot dogs, bummer of a game (but who really watches the game anyway?)
Jillian is catching onto life's joys rather quickly. Her favorite thing in the house these days is our laptop. She looooooves to push the buttons and generally wreak havoc on whatever is currently on the screen. Through her efforts, I've learned all sorts of keyboard shortcuts I never knew existed.
She has mastered the army crawl, but is very particular about what is worth crawling for. Crawling to her mom? No thanks. Crawling to her dad? Nope. Crawling to her toys? No way. Crawling to the laptop? YES!! Here she is in action
Pretty soon I'll find her writing her own blog or wasting way too much time on Pinterest and facebook.
I'm not sure if it was Pinterest, Kayla's skirts, or the fact that I am in love with my sewing machine these days but I got a major itching to make a skirt this Spring. Luckily, my friend Emily is a skirt-making pro and was willing to be my patient teacher. Miranda joined in on the fun as well.
Emily had a skirt already that we liked so she just made up a pattern from that skirt (the girl is a genius.) It took a lot more time than we had planned, but we had so much fun picking fabric, measuring, cutting, stitching, ripping stitches out, and stitching again. We made them with elastic waistbands which made our lives much easier. Miranda and I weren't planning on being twinners but we both loved the fabric. Plus, we thought it would be exhilarating to wonder every time we wore the skirt if the other was going to show up in it as well.
We debuted our skirts at our Relief Society Garden Party (lovingly called "Relief Society Prom" by Miranda because of the extensive planning and decorating that went into the event.) I'm pretty sure everyone was jealous of us.
We live in feline-ville. Everyone around us has a cat. There also is a stray cat whose owners used to live in our apartment but left without him (if I was a better person I would feel sorry for him.) Ever since the day we moved in he has been trying to slip in our house or car when we are not looking. One time he made it in the house and it may have been the loudest Bryan has ever heard me scream. Another time I noticed that he had a large wound and was bleeding. I'm just a little ashamed to admit that I hoped that maybe that would be the end of our stray. The day after I noticed the injury we saw our neighbors out looking at the cat. The woman said, "I feel so bad for him! Do you know anything about cats? What can we do for him?" Without thinking I replied, "Oh yeah, I saw that he was hurt yesterday, um... I don't know anything about cats." At the time I was pregnant and I'm pretty sure my neighbors were concerned that this heartless woman was about to mother a child.
The cat spends much of the day out on our patio which doesn't thrill me, but I guess it's better than inside my apartment. Last night I looked through our sliding glass door and noticed the cat doing some sort of dance out there. I don't have a lot of cat experience but I immediately had a terrible idea of what was going on. I moved closer to confirm my nasty suspicion- the cat was tossing a dead mouse around on my patio. I may never leave my apartment ever again.
Jillian has lately developed a great love for giving kisses. We find it absolutely delightful despite the fact that her kisses involve a full on open-mouth slobber fest all over our faces.
I'm going to let you in on a secret. I love cookies (that's not the secret) and this recipe is my absolute favorite. Every time I make them people ask me for the recipe and I'm almost embarrassed to give it because it is so eeeeeeasy. This recipe is possibly my greatest contribution to mankind (besides Jilly.)
chocolate cake mix (we like chocolate fudge best, but every kind works)
1/3 cup oil
Mix together, then add chocolate chips for an extra chocolatey taste. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. We like our cookies nice and gooey so we undercook. You could probably cook them for 10 minutes and they would still be delicious, just more solid.
Super easy, but absolutely, perfectly delicious!
This weekend my old roommate Britney came to visit and we had such a great time together.