Saturday, October 27, 2007


We had some fun times today celebrating Halloween. The pictures say it all.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Book Review

So I have a lot of extra time while nursing Brooklyn,so I thought I'd share my thoughts on some excellent and crappy books I've read. Please let me know if there is any good books you've read- because I always looking for more!!!

Scoring System
****** What are you waiting for? Go get it today!
**** Recommended
*** OK
** Could be missed
* Don't even bother wasting time to read the title!

****Fablehaven- Rise of the Evening Star
2nd book in the series- better then the first. Juv. Fiction. Kids stubble into a world of Fairies and Magical Creatures- very fun and short.

***** Thirteenth Tale
One of the best books I've read for a long time. Amazing, Go get it today.

**** Other Side of Heaven
Re-read this. Enjoyed as much as the first time. Memoirs of Elder Grogberg's mission to Tonga. It's makes you feel all spiritual and stuff.

****The Bartimus Triolgy
Only read first two. Harry Potter meets Aladdin. Juv Fic. Very Fun.

***Shopaholic meets Manhattan
Chick Lit, (Book version of Chick Flick). It's "Devil wears Prada" meets "Bridget Jones Diary". Not for boys.

***** Glass Castle
Wow! Memoir of a White Trash Family. Couldn't stop thinking about it for days.

**** Teacher Man
By same guy who wrote Angela's Ashes. Memoir of him teaching high school in New York. Really Funny! Anyone who has ever taught teenagers at one time or another, it's a must read.

**Peace like a River
Too Sad

*Widow of the South
Boring!!!!! Couldn't actually get past the first 30 pages.

***** Twilight/New Moon/Eclipse
LOOOOOved it!!! For all you ladies out there, Go get these books right now! If you haven't heard about the Vampire craze, you are missing out. I know it sounds silly, but you won't regret it. Please I'm begging you, it's for your own good.

**Mutant Down Under
Lady takes a walk with Aborigines. Makes you grateful for food.

****A Great and Terrible Beauty
A Victorian Girl School with Mystical things going on.

******Harry Potter 7
Don't need to say anything.

****For One More Day
Touching story about a suicidal son remembering his mother. For anyone with a mother.

** The Keep
Erie castle story with too many F words.

**** Persuasion
Typical Jane Austen book, not as good as others but still romantic.

*** Memory Keeper's Daughter
About a Father who gives away his down syndrome daughter after birth without the mother knowing.

**** Water for Elephants
Interesting Circus Love story with a twist and an awesome elephant. Watch out,there are some dirty parts.

Brads Book Reviews. (Notice how he is a much more detail oriented person then I am.)

**** The Club Dumas
A thriller where a book hunter finds himself in the middle of a novel by Dumas. Meanwhile, people around him are dying. What is the link between Dumas and the occult? Read this book to find out.

**** His Majesty's Dragon
Are you tired of the Eragon syndrome of most dragon novels? Fantastic realms, magic and the like? Welcome to Britain in the nineteenth century. Napoleon wages war with all of Europe. Only the British Navy and the Aerial Corps can stand against him. In this fantasy series, the author introduces a fantastical element to regular British history. Along with the uncanny excellence of the British Navy, lies the Corps: an air force division made up of dragons and their crew. This book takes a new look at the concept of dragons that you will enjoy. I particularly enjoyed it after watching Horatio Hornblower. You really get a feel for the Naval life in that era.

** 1421: The Year China Discovered America
This book is one man's hypothesis at rewriting history. It is a very interesting read if you enjoy non-fiction. His theory is quite compelling, although it is widely controversial.

Again, always looking for more suggestions.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"O the weather outside is frightful"

September flew by and we're in the gut of October already. Things have been super busy at the Baillio residence this month. When things get hectic, and you're burned out from taking care of kids, or studying all day long, there's nothing more soothing than a mind-numbing trip to TV-land. We found a great new show that we enjoy watching after the day is done. It's not super-addicting, or crazy violent, or intensely passionate....unless you call a love of math intense passion.
Numb3rs is the show, and it's really fun to watch (especially for me, the nerdy engineer). It's about this family where one brother is an FBI agent, and the other is a genius applied mathematics professor who consults for the FBI. So they work together on all these cases, and the math is the star of the show. It's great!

Brooklyn has been a treat this month. She's 5 months old now and so we decided to start her on rice cereal. She loves the experience of eating like Mom and Dad, but I don't think she fancies the rice cereal. I'll tell you what she LOVES though, is an apple. Celeste eats an apple, and then lets Brooklyn suck all the extra juice out of it. It's hilarious to watch her. She adores apples now. I think that's what made her dislike the rice just can't compete to fruit.

I have had a crazy October. It's the month of midterms and I'm feeling it. I've never been busier trying to balance research, grading papers, doing homework and being a good father and husband. But I am surviving. I have two exciting things happening right now. I got new glasses this weekend! I'm so excited. The frames I've been using are about 8-9 years old. I don't even know how reliable the lenses are anymore. So it was definitely time to get new ones. I was able to use my vision insurance through the school, so that helped with the cost. (I have EyeMed and went to Sears Optical...sorry Dad, :( I know they're the enemy). But at least I'm gonna look good in my new specs. Celeste hates my current frames, so needless to say, she's ecstatic about the change. The other cool thing is that Geir (my research advisor) is trying to connect me with a good internship this summer. He has vested interest in this company called Kiva Systems. It's a cool robotic company that specializes in warehouse management. It's in Boston, which would be a fun adventure. So we'll see if that happens.

Celeste has been taking her new career as homemaker seriously and has gotten tons of ideas on how to make our home that much awesomer. She got a new rug for the living room, and she also painted a power-wall in our kitchen. It's wonderful.
She even busted out our china and is putting it to good wall ornaments! One day we'll get around to eating off it, but for now I'd much rather have it out and looking good, than crammed in a box in storage.

You may have noticed the random mummy hands on the table. Celeste is anticipating the upcoming holiday with lots of decoration and craftiness. We're excited about Halloween! We bought this really cute lady-bug costume for Brooklyn, and so we're gonna try to dress theme. I'll be a spider (that's an obvious choice...) and Celeste is gonna be a butterfly. So it'll be fun. I'm pretty sure we're going to a Halloween party, and there's the ward Trunk-or-Treat...not to mention Halloween night! So we're enjoying the crisp fall weather, and anticipating the frightful holiday night just a few weeks away!