Things I Learned Last Week

by Marinka on December 13, 2010

1. While reading Madame Bovary for my book group, I understood why Emma was so bored. PROBABLY BECAUSE SHE WAS READING MADAME BOVARY. OMG, what a snooze-fest. I’m sorry, literature. Apparently, I need a car chase or some bodice ripping to make it interesting. Or, you know, someone doing something other than whining about how bored they are. Because I have my own kids for that.

2. While making Key Lime Pie, I noticed that my graham cracker pie crust

Don't ask where the rest of the key lime pie is. It's personal.

looks a lot like Nicki’s new litter

Now key lime free!

You’d think that it would act as an appetite suppressant, but you’d be very wrong.

3. While watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I realized that I’ve lost interest in them. I’ll be seeking out medical attention for this as soon as possible.

4. On Friday, I went to a cocktail party for a gorgeous new magazine Where Women Cook. I had a lovely time, and even got to meet blogging Wonder Woman The Pioneer Woman, my blogging heroine Bossy, and see blogging idol Finslippy, blogging goddess Mom-101, blogging phenomenon Mommy Poppins,and blogging sensation Loralee. (Is the word “blogging” starting to sound obscene to anyone else?)

I’ve rubbed elbows with royalty and I’m never washing them again. My elbows, that is. I’ll wash the royalty.

And I learned, once again, how wonderful it was to meet the bloggers that you admire in real life. Because they’re gracious and lovely, and very, very funny.

But I wasn’t just out to mingle, oh no! I got a few copies of Where Women Cook and had it autographed. It’s an awesome magazine, I’ve been salivating it all weekend (although to be fair, I do have a very active salivary gland). If you’d like to win your very own copy of this beauty (again, I’m referring to the magazine, not my salivary gland), head on over to The Mouthy Housewives. If you like food or women or both, this is for you!

What did you learn last week?

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Kirsten December 13, 2010 at 1:24 am

You may have just ruined key lime pie for me forever. But thank you since I really shouldn’t be eating key lime pie anyway.

This week I learned that the newest version of Monopoly does not use fake bills. You keep track of your pot of money electronically with a little device. Who knew?

Hey do onions have carbs?? 🙂


From Belgium December 13, 2010 at 4:11 am

I’ve learned that the swine flu I had last year gave me protection against every ittybitty germ. After a week with two sick childeren and a coughing husband I am still healthy and have yet to utter my first winter cough.


December 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

Snow days aren’t as much fun when you are the mom on a deadline.


December 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

I had to read Madame Bovary in 12th grade AP English. 25 years later, I am still damaged by that crap. Gustave was whacked – completely whacked out of his mind to write that AND make high school English teachers have their young students read it.

..and yes graham cracker crust does seem to equal kitty litter. Great diet tip.


JulieBouf December 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

Exactly how I felt when I got to meet you. 😉

I’m not even being sarcastic.


b.a. seagull
December 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

exactly how i would feel if i did meet you.

also, not being sarcastic.


elizabeth-flourish in progress
December 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

I am seriously so proud of myself right now for cheating in high school and not reading that book.

Last week I learned that even if you stuff a massive amount of dirty laundry very tightly into a laundry basket to make it look like a small load, when it’s actually time to do that shit, it’s still a lot of laundry. I’d never let it get that out-of-control before, but I decided to, you know, have a life last week. That didn’t work out so well. Just chain me to this house now.


Sarah at the Stroller Ballet December 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I learned that you can’t eat a bagel with vegetable cream cheese almost every day and expect to feel thin. Madame Bovary sounds like an ambitious read for book club. My book club is far less determined – we just finished the hunger games triology which we discussed for, oh, about 10 minutes total at our last meeting 🙂


December 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm

That I’m now hungry for key lime pie and, apparently, kitty litter. Great. Here kitty, kitty….


deborah l quinn
December 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I wonder how kitty litter would taste with lime, straight, no chaser? Hmm. Madame Bovary made me want to shoot her, her husband, her lover, and the author. I made it through Anna Karenina two winters ago and that’s pretty much covered me for all classics from now until forever. Except AK has a LOT more going on than Madame B. Want to read a classic, with a LOT of plot? Try Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Or Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights?


Rev D December 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I learned that I shouldn’t go out on a date with someone just because I THINK I should. I should go out on a date because I WANT to.

I’ve been reading Madame Bovary off and on for 10 years now. I hate that whiny bitch. I don’t suppose her poor husband shoots her in the end? (I can hope can’t I?)


Lady Jennie December 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Of everything you wrote, it was number one that had me laughing out loud.


December 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I learned last week that dropping a key lime pie on the floor will cause me to cry and possibly throw things around the kitchen (true story) and even your kitty litter revelation doesn’t make me feel better.

Those Beverly Hills Housewives are not as entertaining as other cities.


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