Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Site to See (My mom will LOVE this Punny title)

I realize I complain of having no computer time. That's a lie. I have plenty of time, during the hours I spend with Miss Lazy Nurser, to look at the computer. I just don't seem to have any time to actually type on the computer. Although I do hunt and peck with one finger very effectively if I'm using the Boppy pillow. (Talk about multi-tasking).


Anyway.


These are some websites we've been enjoying around here:


So, this is what you do: You go to this site, you type in your favorite band or song or type of music and then they play a bunch of stuff that sounds like it. And you can put a thumbs up on the screen if you like it and a thumbs down if you don't and they start making a "station" that's totally tailored to you. Which is why I have Erasure on the picture above. I typed them in and it just basically plays my high school soundtrack (Depeche Mode, New Order, Yaz, Erasure) over and over. Bliss.


So, in case you haven't noticed the blubberiness of every picture of me...I have a few pregnancy pounds to lose. I got a trainer for Christmas (his name's Jacques, which couldn't be more awesome) and he gave me this 35% fat/45%carb/20%protein diet to do. So after I eat anything, I head over to CalorieKing and put in whatever I ate and up pops all nutrition stats. Totally free and it has tons of brand names and restaurants.

Which is why the weight is just falling off of my body.




Okay this one everyone knows, I think. But just in case, this is my favorite website ever...um, I mean, after YOUR blog, of course.

In case you didn't know, I'm kind of a voracious reader. I used to have slips of paper all over my house with lists of books to read. No more. Now I have GoodReads and I have all these friends that are on there and they read a book, review it and then it comes up on my screen and if they liked it and it looks good, I push the little button that says: "Add to my To-Read shelf" and I have it saved forever. I read and review it and then, if YOU are on GoodReads you can add it too. So great. I get reviews from people whose standards and educational levels I trust and it's all so organized. I read everything in order (cause I'm like that) and so I read a total variety of books. Get on there and then invite me to be your friend.




My favorite recipe website ever. I barely use cookbooks anymore, especially if I'm looking for a new recipe. I love it because it has reviews. (Don't ever pick one that has less than 4.5 stars!) You find a high rated recipe, you look at it, you read some of the reviews below so you know to add extra salt, or whatever, and then you make it. And it turns out great 99% of the time. This is why I'm a good cook: I have good recipes and I follow them.
This you like because your kids will LOVE it. It's basically just a site where they can virtually cut out snowflakes. For hours. With no white stuff all over your floor. The only downside? They will ask you to come look at their awesome snowflake every 2 seconds. It's still worth it.
If I'm not posting...you know where I've been.

22 comments:

Mahina said...

my first was a lazy nurser! we're talking 1 hour each time i fed her! but that was okay because she was the only one that was dependent upon me. i totally understand the multitasking of nursing! if you've got a lazy nurser, the only way to get things accomplished is by multitasking! i'll have to check out these websites, especially the calorieking one after this baby is born, soon, i hope!!

andrea said...

i would say you should get out more, but um, got those five kids and all...

plus, we all know we take our therapy where we can get it.

i wonder how much longer until recipe books become obsolete. save a tree, right?

Jeanelle said...

I like All Recipes except I hate how everyone changes the dang recipes. Their comment will say, "I gave this 5 stars except I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup, left out the milk and added an extra teaspoon of vanilla." I want to know why they gave it 5 stars when they obviously didn't like the recipe as is and felt the need to completely change it!?!?! And I've never gone on Good Reads. I'm going to have to check it out. I've not been a good reader lately -- too much computer time. Pandora is fun!! And that's as long a comment as I can come up with (I figure you need long comments to help make the time pass as your nursing that darling little girl.)

Brooke Romney said...

Thanks for all the suggestions. I LOVE goodreads, and my "to read" list is basically all your 4 and 5 star books. I love all recipes too. BTW, how do you read so much! I'm jealous!

Lauren in GA said...

Those are some mighty great suggestions! Thank you.

So, uh...I made some snowflakes just now...I totally enjoyed myself...my kids are going to love it.

By the way...I love your high school soundtrack.

Meg said...

Those are great tips....I think I need to check out CalorieKing.

rubberbandgirl said...

Great post!
Great minds have favorite sites alike!
Ok, that was dumb to say, but I LOVE goodreads as you know and I love allrecipies and pandora.
May be I'll share a pandora station with you sometime.

Abbie said...

I love Pandora! One of my favorites. Goodreads? What's that? Aww, just kiddin'. Thanks for the Calorieking - that looks fantastic. Have you had time to read about politics?

Ilene said...

So Jaques is his name? Is he there to *clap* PUMP YOU UP!?

The calorieking site scares me. Ignorance is bliss for me. Well, not complete bliss as these last 15pounds are anything but blissful. Perhaps I should check out that site.

Good Reads is genius. I'm always adding the books you read to my list. I've been reading a lot of fluffy novels lately because my attention span is at zero with this baby around the house.

buddens said...

Here's one more good one! (Okay, I'm a tad biased because I'm a part of it) but anyway, it's www.storeandstyle.com. There's even an awesome giveaway right now for a Franklin Planner! Tell your friends!

Sally said...

For crying out loud, Jessica! Come on! I already waste enough time on the computer. WHY did you link to the snowflake site? uuuuuuughh. That was the sound of me counting the many many millions of minutes I wasted today making freakin awesome snowflakes.

Thanks a lot.

Jacki said...

!LOVE! Pandora. Can't live without All Recipes. Might get around to Calorie King. Probably will never go to Make a Flake (Thanks though). But I am SO EXCITED for Good Reads. I have never heard of it, but I am signing up right now. I was looking for a site like this!

Christie said...

I love that you have a trainer! I do, too, and it is my favorite indulgence (although he destroys me). I figure it's an investment in myself. I'm worth it!

Hazen5 said...

Love Pandora! My husband introduced me. It's nice to know that you have the exact high school soundtrack as me!!!

Anna said...

Great post! I'm a fan of Goodreads and Pandora. Thanks for the tips on the others. Before you know it Faith will be walking and getting into everything. That's when the fun begins!! :)

Bridget said...

I LOVE getting all your goodreads updates.

I must check out Calorieking. Thanks for the tip. I am afraid the half pan of Rice Krispy treats I consumed today wouldn't make me too happy if I knew how many calories it had.

I love that your trainer is named Jacques. Can you please post a picture of him so I can see if my mental image of him is close to his actual appearance?

Meghann said...

I love that your trainer's name is Jacques.

I am totally checking out the snowflake website. Jack and Owen will LOVE it.

AMY said...

I definitely need to try allrecipes.com Thanks for the star advice.

Erika said...

you're the queen of cool. books, music, life skills... you should write a book. I'd buy that one in hardback.

stephi k said...

I LOVE three of those sites--I'll have to check out the others. You have been reading voraciously.
Thanks for tipping me off on Allrecipes, like, seven years ago!

Lisa-Marie said...

Hey, I think you've helped me find something else to do besides nap and watch t.v. I really would like to check out that reading site. I too have lists and lists but can never find one on my way out the door to the library.

I thought your post about Ryan was very honest and funny! Hang in there. BTW, what did HE think of it?!?!?

rachel said...

Laughing out loud at the comment about the kids wanting to show you their snowflakes every 2 seconds!!! SO VERY MUCH THE TRUTH!