Friday Things

The Finger Incident

1. I mentioned earlier this week that I had a bit of a “finger incident” on Sunday. With one ominous slip of the hand, I managed to send myself to MedExpress and left with five stitches in the middle finger of my left hand. It’s feeling much, much better than it did at the beginning of the week, and I’m anxious to get my stitches out (I have to wait until Wednesday). Thanks to everyone who has left get well wishes!

2. Over the last couple of years, I’ve really fallen away from reading books, which I used to do quite regularly. I’m trying to get back into the groove and just ordered Gone Girl since so many of you have recommended it. What books are on your summer reading list?

3. Speaking of books, I’m giving some thought to trying out an e-reader. I’ve been so hesitant to make this switch, as I really love the whole physical “turning the page” of newspapers and books. Has anyone else in the same boat made the switch? If so, what do you use as your reader? I have an iPad, but have also heard really good things about the Kindle Paperwhite, specifically that it’s really easy on the eyes. Thoughts?

4. If you “like”ย Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook (thank you!), but are missing updates, follow this super easy and quick tutorial (two clicks!) by I Am Baker to make sure all of the updates show up in your newsfeed and you don’t miss anything:ย How to See All Updates in Facebook.

5. I have a serious case over-analysis when it comes to making decisions and have lingered over a new hair dryer for months. I’ve gone back and forth between the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i and the Sedu Revolution 6000i. I ended up going with the Sedu; I just ordered it, so I’ll report back on how I like it after I’ve used it for awhile!

6. I think we all enjoy spending time in the kitchen and tackling new and interesting projects, but this roundup made me chuckle:ย 17 Cooking Projects Ain’t Nobody Got Time For.

7. I’ve been doing some Pinterest housekeeping and in the process, I created a few new boards. Be sure to check out the Oreo Desserts, S’mores Galore! and Chocolate + Peanut Butter Forever boards – I think you’re going to like them!

8. After moving, I bought a box of Golden Grahams cerealย on a whim. I don’t think I had eaten them since I was a kid, and they totally hit the spot. I can’t quit them!

9. I created a new Home & Garden section here on the site, and plan to update it with tips and projects from around the house. Right now the posts won’t show up on the home page, but will be accessible from the navigation menu at the top of the page. Also, if you subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker, you’ll see those posts in your subscription, whether it’s through RSS or email. Are there any posts you’d like to see in this new section?

10. TGIF! I hope you get to check out something new this weekend!

Einstein and his new toy


94 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Melissa T. on June 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Hi! I was sooo against e-readers for a long time. I, too, love possessing an actual paper book, and I love being able to lend the books to friends. Two years ago while on vacation, my husband let me borrow his Kindle, and I fell in love and hogged it. I don’t use bookmarks regularly and often re-read the same few pages before I realize I’ve already read it. With the Kindle, I never re-read, as it keeps track of where you left off. It’s also super light. I tend to go through 3-4 books on every vacation, so having a Kindle reduces unnecessary weight in my luggage.

    As for blowdryers, I have crazy, frizzy hair. I invested in a T3 in 2006 and paid nearly $200 for it. It died on me after owning it for 2 years. I did a ton of research and found the Revlon RV544 Tourmaline is just as good and way cheaper. I’ve had this Revlon since 2008, and the results are equally amazing. I have no doubt you’ll love the T3, as I did too, but it’s pricey, and there are cheaper options out there. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Melissa T. on June 28th, 2013 at 12:34 am

      And yes, get the Kindle Paperwhite! Don’t get the Fire! It’s heavy, and you won’t use it as a tablet if you already have an iPad. I have the original Kindle and loooove it!


  2. Holly H on June 28, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I hope your finger heals quickly and doesn’t hurt too much. I LOVE books: the feeling of holding a book, turning pages. It’s something I’ve always loved. I thought I would hate electronic books. I protested for a long time, saying that I would never give up my books. I haven’t given up my books entirely, but I actually enjoy reading on my Nexus 7. It’s so much better than lugging around a huge book with thousands of pages and I always have it with me to pass the time waiting in the doctor’s office or the like. I think you’ll enjoy it if you try it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Ellen on June 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Gone Girl is aaaaahhhhmazing! I lost sleep because of that book, I couldn’t stop reading:)


  4. Gretchen on June 28, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Glad to hear your finger is on the mend. I use my iPad to read books but I do buy some paper ones too. I think the iPad is great if your travelling as you can fit heaps of books on.


  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Love your new chocolate + PB board. Music to my ears!

    Your hand…gah! Every time I think about it I feel so badly for you. Having my own burn drama so can relate to hand injuries.

    The T3 blowdryer. I bought a T3 brand a few yrs ago and it didn’t last. I’m back to using ConAir or other cheapo kinds from Target. Keep us posted on the Sedu.

    Golden Grahams are so good. I grew up on those things and hadnt had them in years, either. Til maybe about 18 mos ago and I bought a box and made smores bars out of them!


  6. Jeremiah F on June 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Your choice of book reading device can be narrowed down by asking yourself what you are after, something to read with or something to be entertained by. The iPad is like a multi-tool in your kitchen, pretty good at a lot of things. The Kindle Paperwhite is a single function tool, and it is amazing at what it does.

    It is light and small, I carry mine in my pocket most days and am able to find time to read anywhere, in line at the grocers, walking to my car, on the treadmill or the throne. Set the brightness to 6 or so (out of 20) and the screen will look like and be as easy to read at high noon on the beach as a fresh paperback, while still being easy to read at midnight in the forest. Without changing a thing. Another way it flat out trumps the iPad is battery life. The kindle battery is good for about 1600 pages (estimating here based on reading 6-8 books per charge) and will not be dead if you put it down for a busy week and suddenly find a spare moment to read.

    So are you out to read, or be entertained? If you do choose to get a kindle stay away from any of the Fire line that is just a tablet like the iPad.


  7. Andrea Jones on June 28, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I love your Oreo pinterest board!!!


  8. Melissa on June 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I first tried out the Kindle App on my phone to see how I liked reading on a screen. When I found that I didn’t mind it, my husband bought me a Kindle for my birthday. I still get regular books, but I LOVE being able to borrow books from the library while sitting on my couch (or purchase a new one with instant gratification) — and I don’t have to worry about late fees with my Kindle library books, which is always a huge issue for me. I love my regular Kindle! I wasn’t wild about the short delay on the touch screen of the Paperwhite, and I didn’t really need a backlit screen since my husband is okay with me having the light on when I’m reading in bed and he’s sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Tieghan on June 28, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I love your new pinterest board! Sorry to hear about your finger! Hope it gets back to normal soon!


  10. Amanda on June 28, 2013 at 7:09 am

    There is no need to buy another device. Your iPad is an e-reader. You are able to read books using the Nook and Kindle apps. You can adjust the screen brightness, background color, font etc. to make it more comfortable. If you are not sure, just buy an e-book with a BN gift card (if you have one) or a cheap $2 book and try it out. I have read many books on our iPad using the Nook app and really enjoy it.


  11. Dana on June 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Eek! Sorry about your finger. Glad to hear it’s on the mend!
    I read Gone Girl and really liked it, although I didn’t care for the ending. Kind of thought-provoking though. If you haven’t read Unbroken, I definitely recommend that. I have really gotten away from reading in the past few years as well (I can barely get through all my magazine subscriptions!), but it was one of the best books I’d read in a long time. I really want to read And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini…I loved both his previous books.
    Your new Pinterest boards are killing me! There are WAY too many good recipes. If I made them all I’d be fat and broke. ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Jamie @lifelovelemons on June 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Omg is it Friday again!? Thank goodness! Gone Girl is unreal. I would also try the new David Sedaris book!


  13. Nicole on June 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I never thought I would use an e-reader, but my husband bought me the Kindle Paperwhite after seeing me tote around the most recent Game of Thrones novel. I will never go back! Its light-weight and easy to read no matter what type of lighting. I also highly recommend the case that Amazon has for the Paperwhite. It was pricey, but I like it almost as much as the Kindle itself! Best of luck!


  14. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on June 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hope your finger is feeling better! I just recently got the kindle paperwhite 3g and love it! I thought it would be hard to get used to it but its great. Great for reading at night because you do not need any lights on. Also great for travelling because you can have multiple books on one tiny device. I highly recommend it!


  15. Theresa Murphy on June 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I have had my Kindle for several years (2nd Generation Kindle) and love it! I find I am reading so much more on it than I did paper books. Amazon also offers a lot of free titles. My Kindle fits in my purse and holds 1000’s of books so is very handy for travel. Love, love, love it! Try the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The 6th book just came out this week. They are quick reads and pretty funny! There is a “talking” Irish Wolfhound in it and he is awesome!


  16. Katie S. on June 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I just finished reading Gone Girl and ohhh my goodness!!! Get ready for crazy twists and turns, it’s an amazing read! Have you read Sharp Objects? It’s by the same author and a much shorter book, I read it in a night, again crazyyyy book that you can’t stop reading! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! And, I wanted to say thank you for sharing the buzzfeed article ‘ain’t nobody got time for’….I’m still laughing from it!


    • Mary on June 28th, 2013 at 9:59 am

      I read Gone Girl last summer and just finished Sharp Objects. Almost afraid to find out where the author gets her ideas since I do believe they are not from experience.


  17. Terry on June 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I have a Kindle and iPad (both gifts) but I’m cheap! I continue to get my books free from the library. I reserve popular books months before they come out often being the first person to read them. Our library is lagging behind in the ebook category with no new selections ~ only older books.
    Reading now Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews and have Last Original Wife, Revenge Wears Prada and Tell Me waiting on the table to be read!


    • Linda C. on June 30th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Did you know you can get books for free from the library on your Kindle? That’s my favorite thing about the Kindle! So quick and easy and you can request books too!


  18. Matt on June 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I would recommend an e-ink Kindle. I was against e-readers for the longest time as well. I finally decided to give the Kindle a try. I have a 3rd gen (e-ink) Kindle. I went with the Kindle because it was suppose to be really easy on the eyes, and it is. My son has a Kindle fire that I have read books on as well. I can notice eyestrain on the fire after awhile whereas Iโ€™ve never noticed it on my 3rd gen. My son uses the fire mostly for its apps and other multi-media content.

    Iโ€™m at the point where I wonโ€™t buy actual physical books anymore because they take up too much space in my house. My wife and I have two slightly overflowing bookcases, which is takes up enough space. I ended up having to procure a second kindle for my wife after she tried mine for a few hours. She hasnโ€™t bought physical book since either.


  19. Linda Yudess on June 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

    hi michelle,
    glad you are doing better!
    you should also try to read “touch & go” by lisa gardner…i, too, loved gone girl!
    i read on my iPad but the glare @ the beach is getting to me…so i am doing research on the paperwhite (all my friends that have paperwhite truly enjoy the read).
    i think jeremiah’s comment above is spot on!
    pls let us know if you decide on the paperwhite….maybe that will help me pull the trigger!
    happy friday!!


  20. Stephanie on June 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Hey Michelle! I hope you’re feeling better. Glad to hear your finger is on the mend ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have the Kindle Paperwhite and I absolutely love it. CNET ranked it #1 for readers who love to read. I made the switch back in the middle of December and I’ve only read one paperback book since. And it was so hard switching back! Books are so bulky, awkward, and you always lose your page (I do NOT dog-ear, and I can never find my bookmarks, haha). The Paperwhite is light, slim, and it opens up exactly where you left off. (And, you NEED the hard cover that they sell that automatically shuts the kindle off. It’s awesome.) The other girls who say to get the paperwhite already made my points for me so I won’t do it twice. I highly recommend investing in one if you are a serious reader or like to do beach reading ๐Ÿ™‚
    Recommended books for the summer….. I always read Nora Robert’s “The Reef” which is awesome, “Neanderthal Seeks Human” by Penny Reid is hysterical, “Tidal” by Emily Snow takes place in Hawaii, it’s about a surfer and a movie star, but it might be a little deep for summer reading; it was a great book though!, and I love Julie James… she writes smart legal romance. All of hers are great so you can’t go wrong there ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!


  21. Kim R on June 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

    How about a post letting us know when we can expect a “Brown Eyed Baker Cookbook”? Thank you for sharing your talents with us!


  22. marie @ little kitchie on June 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love my Kindle Paperwhite! Have an iPad, but I never read books on it. It’s worth it!


  23. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on June 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Glad your finger is feeling better. I always have a book going on. It may take me months to get through it but I try to read it a little before bed. I use my iBooks on my ipad or iPhone. I love to use real books but the iBooks has free books. I am currently reading books by Jane Austin because I just love her! Number 6. Hilarious! I look at it and I have made the rainbow bread before. I used it to make Nutella sandwiches for the kids and they thought I was a rock star!!!! Have a great weekend!


  24. cde on June 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been busy reading in between blogging, and projects this summer as well. I was initially against e-readers as well but I downloaded the free kindle app to my I-phone and absolutely love it. Not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like I can read faster on the screen than actual books. I have downloaded many books, and the library even has e-books for checkout. If you have a smartphone download the app first to get a feel for e-reading books before you invest in a large device..


  25. Christy H on June 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I was in the same boat, didn’t want to get an ereader. I enjoyed borrowing books from friends and turning pages, but my husband got me a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas. Now I have no experience with any other reader, but I LOVE my Kindle! I don’t find it heavy, especially after holding big books up, but I have nothing to compare it too. I LOVE its versatility. I can read, I can watch Netflix, I can surf the web. Its a great size, has great settings to change brightness and color of the background of your pages. My favorite thing about it though, I can set it on the treadmill, bump up the font so that I can read it easier and do my walk/jog workout. You flip pages with a flick of a finger. It is by far my most favorite present my husband has ever gotten for me!


  26. Moira @ Hearth and Homefront on June 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I have a Kindle and I find I still go back and forth between physical books and ebooks. It’s nice to have the option frankly, and I love being able to get the book I want instantly. I find the kindle WAY easier to read on than any of the reading apps on my iPad (except for magazines-those are great on the iPad). Glad you’re finger is feeling better! Hope you have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. Stacy on June 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I just recently gave up my Kindle and went to a tablet. The tablet was cheaper than the Kindle Fire and it also has GPS. I loved the Kindle. I’m addicted to it. You can get free books from your library. You can get free books from Amazon. I am a “friend” of our public library and while people donate books, I feel like I’m saving a few trees by not having books lying around everywhere. It’s a 50/50. But for sure the paperwhite…it’s so nice to be able to read at night.


  28. Elizabeth on June 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Sorry about your finger. This is my first post to you but couldn’t resist talking about books, I’m obsessed with reading! I’m not much of a sci-fi fan other than Harry Potter but I started reading the Game of Thrones series and just can’t seem to stop reading them. I’m on book 3 and completely attached to all the characters. If you can dedicate yourself to the first 100 pages and trying to keep the characters straight, you’re going to fall in love with it. I too haven’t made the switch to an e-reader, still reading a traditional book. I love the smell of them bu oe day I’ll start using my iPad. Thanks for all your recipes, I follow religiously and the buckeyes prove to be a hit every family get together with my Sicilian family!


  29. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on June 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I’m glad to hear that your finger is feeling better! You can’t go wrong with a board devoted entirely to Oreo recipes!


  30. Jennifer on June 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I was a die hard paper book person, but I got a Nook for half price and thought I’d give it a try. I love Love LOVE it now!! I don’t even like reading regular books anymore!! I get free books for my Nook from my local library, and from various deals online so I don’t ever pay full price for books. It’s at the point now that I am bummed when someone gives me a paper copy of a good book that I want to read because I’d MUCH RATHER read it on my Nook!!
    I started reading the Pendragon series because my niece was reading it and I wanted to read it with her, but now I’m on book 9 and it’s really awesome!!!


  31. Mary on June 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I thought I’d never go to an e-reader but with all of us reading and the stacks of books getting higher I finally gave in. A few years ago I bought my husband a Kindle for the train ride. He likes it. With that amazon account I can download to all our phones (droids), my Mac and my son’s I-pad. My husband and I are often reading the same book and asking each other where we are in the story. My daughter (13) gets them on her phone but sometimes will say, “Mom can I get this one in book form?” The hardest part of an e-reader is not being able to easily find a spot that you want to go back to reread, I have old tired eyes and can read on my phone. It’s worth a try.


  32. Linda on June 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I’ve had a Kindle Fire since it came out. I have loved it so much. It has so many cool tools to use while reading. I like that I can pop to the internet or check my email real quick while reading without missing a step. However, I just bought an iPad mini. I put Kindle reader on it and haven’t missed a beat. I like the mini much better – it’s lighter, plus can do more things than the kindle could.

    It’s nice to have my “book” with me all the time as it fits nicely and lightly into my purse. I have a keyboard case that looks like the back of the mini so it is totally protected in there. When I have to sit and wait somewhere I can whip it out, then just stop reading and it knows where I left off. I was a die hard book reader – in fact I’ve had a hard time getting rid of my favorite authors books. It’s nice to de-clutter – but I have definitely been hanging on to old books I’ve already read. I wish there was an application that could just flatten them so I can put them away and not take up space!!


  33. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on June 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Gone Girl is great. Right now I’m in the Game of Thrones series and can’t escape it, just too addicting. I’ve been using a Kindle for years and I can’t go back to paperback, I just love the idea of having so many books in one device that hardly weighs anything. It’s comfortable in bed too.


  34. Jackie on June 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I have an iPad and spent a bit of time reading on that before I dove in and bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday last year.

    It is AMAZING. Just being able to sit on the beach or outside on my deck and read without glare makes it worth it. I can slip it in my purse and have something to do while waiting for my oil to be changed or doctor’s appointments.


  35. Christine on June 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Since you have the cutest dog, I would recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It is a beautiful book written from the point of view of a dog named Enzo. It’s a wonderful look into the world of a dog and made me appreciate my dog even more than I already did.


  36. Gretchen on June 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I agree with all the comments about the Kindle Paperwhite. I have had all versions of the Kindle and the Paperwhite is the best. It’s small and it’s backlight rocks! The reason I like the Kindle above a Kindle Fire or an iPad is it really is all about reading. I won’t be distracted by a message, email or a ” I will just go check out Facebook”. It’s small and lightweight. I can carry it in my purse when I travel. Get a Kindle and you will never regret the decision.


  37. Beckie on June 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I just use the Kindle and the Nook apps for my iPad. I’ve never had any problems with either app, and its nice when I’m on vacation I can just bring my ipad and have my whole book collection. Check your local library too, a lot of them have e-books available to borrow. For the Kindle books, you download it through amazon and at the end of the lending period, you simply cannot access the book anymore unless you borrow it again or purchase it.
    Hope your finger is better soon!


  38. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on June 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Oh no! I’m glad it wasn’t too serious. Accidents really stink when it requires a visit like that! As for e-readers. I have a nook and an ipad. You can read nook and kindle books on an ipad so if you already have an ipad, I wouldn’t bother getting something different.


  39. Marcie @ flavor the moments on June 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Gone Girl was an incredible book – dark, but very intense and full of twists. I just finished Jane Eyre for book club and loved it. Next up is To Kill A Mockingbird. I’m so glad I joined my book club, because I’d gotten away from reading for years! I tried the Kindle, and while it was nice, I like reading a book the old fashioned way, and keeping it on the bookshelf. Happy Friday!


  40. Rachel on June 28, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I have the original kindle and I LOVE it! It’s great and while I did enjoy the page turning aspect of ‘real’ books, I don’t want to read paperback books anymore. The good thing about the kindle vs. the ipad is I enjoy laying out in the summer and reading, with the kindle you don’t have to worry about a glare. It’s truly a great investment and there are plenty of offers for free or $0.99 books so you don’t spend nearly as much money on paperback books! Good luck!


  41. Elizabeth on June 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Good morning! I love reading! Have you checked out the website The site is a great way to keep track of books you want to read & to see what everyone thinks about them. My book suggestions are My Name is Memory by: Ann Brashares, The Passage by: Justin Cronin & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. ๐Ÿ™‚


  42. Kim on June 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hope you are on the mend—so sorry to hear about the kitchen accident! Ouch. Looks like Einstein is liking his new digs ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend, fell better soon!


  43. Karen on June 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    looks like someone got their summer haircut! Check out the summer reading list from Coastal Living magazine – I found all of them to sound pretty good! I have a kindle and have read the Hunger Games series on it but I really prefer a physical book. Am reading Inside a Dog and Dan Brown’s Inferno right now – both great.


  44. Katie on June 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Gone Girl is incredible- you won’t be disappointed!! “Tell The Wolves I’m Home” is a little “heavy” of a read, but it is really good. I just finished “The 5th Wave” and if you’re into dystopian fiction, I highly recommend that as well! “The Night Circus” was probably the best book I have ever read in my life- no joke.

    I use Barnes & Noble’s Simple Touch for my eReader. I always go back and forth between an eBook and a real book (ok, sometimes 2 or 3 real books). It’s affordable and gets the job done. None of that backlit nonsense that messes with your eyes and keeps you up late. I think it’s like $79 too. No games, no apps, just books.


  45. Aimee St.Germain (Cooking the Strip) on June 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Wishing you a speedy recovery with that finger! I also just ordered Gone Girl – it was my pick for a book club I’m in – I really hope everyone likes it! And you’re more than welcome to join in on our book club get-together in July! (it’s a pretty casual group and we’re not too serious about it, just use it as an excuse to get friends together for food and drinks). ๐Ÿ˜‰


  46. Lyn on June 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I also have an ipad and you can get your kinle on your ipad! For free! Just download the app! I also use book bub for free books! And on your ipad you can also borrow books from your library and that is free! How much better can ya get? Lol


  47. jyllzie on June 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I am reading Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen. It’s a hoot! Murder and mayham in the Florida Keys. He has a very sarcastic writing style that I love…
    Gotta check out Gone Girl…may even have it on my shelf patiently waiting to be read ๐Ÿ™‚


  48. jyllzie on June 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    ‘mayhem’ that is…


  49. Emily on June 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Go for the kindle. It’s not comparable to the kindle app on the iPad if you want to read without feeling like you’re using a computer. I just have an old keyboard kindle and I love it. It feels like reading a book! I may upgrade to the paper white at some point as I’ve heard good things. I also have an iPad that I love for different things, but for reading the kindle is definitely preferred. I can’t recommend it enough, honestly!


  50. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} on June 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    So random connection… When I was little, I had a “finger incident” too. I also had to get 5 stitches on my left middle finger. I hope yours heals quickly!!

    My mom protested getting an e-reader for SO long but we got her one for Mother’s Day a couple years ago and to this day she stills says how it was the most perfect and best gift she’s been given!! We both have the B&N Nook. I personally love B&N so that’s why we went with that. Also, iPads weren’t out then…. We have 1st generation. I know they have a Nook that is just for reading (similar to the Kindle paperwhite). If you already have an iPad, I agree with other comments to get just a dedicated e-reader.


  51. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on June 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I’m glad you are on the mend and can get those stitches out soon! My husband just had a surfing accident while we were on vacation and got 12 stitches in his head. NO fun!


  52. Julie Cruz on June 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I have been a Kindle carrying person for years, my current one is over 5 years old and still going strong! I also have an iPad and I read on both – the Kindle is for outside and the iPad for everywhere else. They keep my page synced so I can go back and forth between the two and never get out of place. My hair dryer is the Sedu 6000i and I love it, except the crazy long cord on it! The thing must be 6′!


  53. Linda on June 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hope your finger gets better soon.

    I hated Gone Girl. Was sick of see the F word in it. I hate that word as bad as I do the N word.


  54. Anita at Hungry Couple on June 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the link to the project nobody has time for. That gave me a hell of a good laugh. In terms of an e-reader, I resisted forever and finally broke down a few years ago and got the standard Kindle. They didn’t have the fancier versions back then. I love it.


  55. Samantha on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I’m a technology librarian and deal with all sorts of eReaders and tablets. I’d see if your local library offers an eBook lending program, see what file format they offer, and buy based on that.
    While Kindle is the biggest name, it’s not necessarily the best. It won’t read ePubs, which is actually the standard format for eBooks. They use their proprietary format which pretty much means you can only get books through them. Most libraries do have Kindle eBooks to lend out if they use OverDrive and it’s pretty simple.
    Personally, I use my tablet (Samsung Galaxy 2 7″) for reading and everything (including in the kitchen). If you have an iPad you can use that, but it does get heavy. You’d want a 6-8 in tablet for reading purposes. However, I did get a Sony eReader Wifi that I really liked it eInk eReader-wise. It had Overdrive built right in.


  56. Erin B on June 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love my kindle, but nothing will replace paper books for me. I’m a take-a-luxurious-bath-with-a-book kind of girl, and I’m afraid I’d drop my kindle in the tub (i’m assuming no amount of rice will fix that). So now I have my bath books and my kindle books (there’s no way I’m buying 2 copies!)


  57. Patricia Scarpin on June 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better now! Poor you!
    Your finger will be fine in no time, I’m sure. Take care!


  58. Jenn on June 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I have the original Kindle (1st gen~ which still works amazingly) and I recently received a Kindle fire. LOVE them both. I still go back and forth between “real” books and ebooks — for me it depends on if I plan on sharing with friends/ family and price point. I have bought kindles for many of my family members who swore they would never use them and they too have fallen. You won’t be disappointed.


  59. Patty T on June 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I was against e-readers for the longest time but broke down and bought a Kindle touch last year and LOVE it. I also have an iPad but when you are reading on it for a long time it gets heavy. The Kindle is SO light you can easily hold it in one hand for an extended period of time. Also, if you have Amazon Prime you can borrow select books for free once a month.


  60. Georgina Cole on June 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I love my Paperwhite! It’s small, lightweight and I love the adjustable backlight for nighttime reading! I do have an iPad but prefer the Kindle. The drawback to an-ereader is not being able to lend most books — and I find myself spending WAY more on ebooks than regular books because it’s so easy to buy them from the Kindle. At the end of the day you can still read BOTH ๐Ÿ™‚


  61. Georgina Cole on June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    ps. I highly recommend Wild by Cheryl Strayed. And if you liked Hunger Games try The 5th Wave.


  62. Lorry on June 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I have kindle fire and love it! We can share books on the kindle also


  63. nancy k on June 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    So sorry about your finger. I hope you are on the mend.
    I am a big fan of your site and I am looking forward to the new Home & Garden section. I checked the menu and it doesn’t seem to be up yet but maybe I mis- understood and it is elsewhere on the site??
    Anyway, looking forward to seeing all your new house fun!


    • Michelle on June 28th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Nancy, It’s not there yet because I haven’t posted anything yet, but I’ll be doing so shortly!


  64. Marchelle on June 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean At the End of the Lane,” Charlie Huston’s “Skinner” and Toby Barlow’s “Sharp Teeth.” I know everyone loves their e-readers, but I actually like collecting books, especially since I practically run a lending library with them. I’m sure someday I’ll give in!


  65. Nessa on June 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    So happy that your fingers better ๐Ÿ™‚


  66. Jennifer Bunton on June 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Definitely check out “Driftless” by David Rhodes–fantastic book.


  67. Kimberly on June 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Happy to hear that your finger is on the mend! Ouch…be careful!
    “17 Cooking Projects Ainโ€™t Nobody Got Time For” had me laughing! Some people may have the luxury of time, but not this working girl!
    Have a great weekend! House hunting here…again. I think this is now round 7 and 45 houses down. ARGH!


  68. Martha in KS on June 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I thought “Gone Girl” was poorly written & didn’t enjoy it- and I read it for free from the library. The #6 Projects link reminded me of when an old BF got me a subscription to Martha Stewart magazine (since we share a name). I’ve never felt so inadequate as when I looked at her monthly calendar. When he renewed it, I called & cancelled. Too much pressure!


  69. Emily on June 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I was anti e-reader for a long time, and got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. I LOVE IT! I have read so many more books this year than I normally would have. My husband was jealous so I just got him one for his birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s easy to use, easy to hold with one hand while you’re snuggled under your covers, and although it’s not cheap, I don’t mind taking it to the beach and pool like I would an iPad.


  70. Lauren Ann on June 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I have a kindle paperwhite and I love it. I was skeptical at first because like yourself, I like having an actual book, but it is so convenient! Being able to transport a whole library and buy books any time of the day or night (so at 3am when you finish a book, you can get your hands on the sequel in seconds!). The paperwhite is great because there are no glare issues and it’s not as hard on your eyes as an ipad. I do however, find it annoying that I cannot lend a book to someone, or donate it if I don’t want to keep it.


  71. Marla C on June 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Really enjoying your blog, the Friday Things makes your blog really approachable….hope the finger heals well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wanted to comment on the e-reader….I have an original style wifi Kindle & I love it. If you read outside, Kindle does not have glare/reflection like the ipad does. It’s also great for travel, as you can load up on books without the weight. I have both a kindle & ipad and much prefer to read on the Kindle. I still pick up paper novels now & then, but the convenience out weighs the electronic ‘pages’. Take care!


  72. Heather {Dietetic Sinners} on June 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Hope your finger heals up nicely! I used to work at a fudge/ice cream shop and sliced my finger up good…with a spatula! I guess it hit a nut while I was cutting a piece for a customer. Everyone thought I cut it off. Got a nice scar and a numb spot now right on the very tip of my finger. Took forever to stop bleeding. Gave the ER folks a good laugh when I described my accident. They fixed me right up and sent me home.

    I wasn’t sure about digital reading but now I can’t get enough of our tablet and I’m constantly checking out ebooks from our library. I’m reading the Host by Stephanie Myers right now and so far it’s pretty good.


  73. Pat T on June 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I have an older kindle and an IPad. I love my kindle and won’t hesitate to get the paper white one when mine wears out!


  74. Marysue on June 29, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Hi Michelle, I just loved the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” post…lordy, where DO these ideas come from?!!? About your reader quandary, I have two iPads: a First Gen and a 3 (gave my sister my first one) and LOVE them! I can read in iBooks or Kindle. I can brighten or dim the lighting, change the font, change the size, change the page color…I don’t know what else there could possibly be that my “Sage” (yeah, I’m one of those that names everything!) doesn’t have. Hope this helps! No glad your finger is getting better…you never realize how one part of your body affects just about everything else!


  75. Sarah shoo on June 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I have to add to the voices loving the Kindle. I’m an avid reader, and I’m such a huge bibliophile that I was very hesitant to go to an eReader. My husband first bought me a Nook, but it was too heavy for me to enjoy reading with it. So, we returned it and got a Kindle. I can’t even tell you how much I love it! It’s light and portable, and I don’t need an entire suitcase devoted to books when I go on vacation.
    If you enjoy Gone Girl, I highly recommend Gillian Flynn’s other novels; I liked them even better than GG. I also recommend Tana French, who writes murder mysteries. The first in her series The Dublin Murder Squad is Into the Woods. Anything by Kate Morton is phenomenal. And The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.


  76. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on June 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    So sorry about your finger! Hope it gets better soon!


  77. Tresa on June 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    LOVE your site!!!
    Gone Girl…could NOT put it down! Can’t wait for the next one!
    Readers…had an Ipad…found it to heavy to hold for an extended amount of time…so I purchased a NOOK HD and LOVE love love it! It is easier to tote around, I don’t think you could go wrong with either NOOK or Kindle! I just like best!


  78. Karen on June 30, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Sorry to hear about your finger ๐Ÿ™


  79. Linda K. on June 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I am so sorry about your finger! I’m glad that it is starting to feel better though! It will be even better once you get the stitches out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gone Girl was a good book, but I am still unsure about how I feel about the ending. As for the e-reader, I am in the same exact situation as you! I don’t know if I really want to make the switch because I love having the actual book in my hands. However, from what I saw when I went to the store the Kindle paperwhite was definitely the best one in my opinion. It didn’t make you feel like you were staring at a computer screen and you could change the light setting on it to make it more realistic.


  80. Courtney@BakeMeBetter on June 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Gone Girl was a really good book! I was dead set against e-readers until my husband gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I love, love, love it! It is so easy to buy a book, read it, and not have to worry about it taking up space on the shelf or returning it to the library. I still enjoy going to a book store and browsing, but then I go home and order the book. You can borrow books from the library on your Kindle too, but the wait lists can sometimes be long. My local library lends out e-readers so you might be able to test one before you buy if your library does sometime similar.


  81. Laura Dembowski on June 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I read Gone Girl and liked it but not as much as everyone else. I can’t wait to start reading the Interestings. I recently rediscovered Golden Grahams too. All those old cereals bring me back to childhood.


  82. gloria on July 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I read Gone Girl and it was just terrible!!! I hated the book and I don’t hate many books that I’ve read. The first half was good and drew me in, but the rest just went down hill. And it was so long and I’d invested so much time into getting that far, that I had to finish it. But I was disappointed that I’d wasted so much time on it. 2 of my friends read it as well and agreed.
    I saw someone mention The Art of Racing in the Rain. FABulous book. Absolutely loved it, esp because I have a big dog too. They are actually in the process of starting to make it into a movie with McSteamy playing the lead!
    I have a Kindle that I received as a gift and I really like it. It takes some getting used to and I keep finding myself trying to “turn” the page lol But it’s convenient to take to work or around with me. I am such a bookwork that I recently was reading 3 books at the same time (and one was on my Kindle)! I’ve gotten some good free books from Amazon on it too and found a new mystery author that I love (Paul Plinkington). If you hear of a new book that you’d like to check out, look on Amazon and you can usually read the first chapter. Also, look at the library and see if it’s available.
    Last NYE resolution was to read at least 12 books and listen to 5 audio books. This year’s resolution is to out-do that one and I’ve already done it! I keep a list in a Word doc and also keep track of my “to-read” list.


  83. Valerie on July 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Kindle Paperwhite is the way to go. No. Doubt. About It! iPad’s are awesome, but the backlight screen is hard to read for hours when you’re into a good book. Paperwhite is backlit so you can easily lay in bed and read with the lights off, but it’s totally easy eyes. Lightweight, easy to hold. Can’t say enough good things about it.

    If at first you’re not into Gone Girl, keep reading. It took me a hot minute, but then I couldn’t put it down.


  84. Valerie on July 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    P.S. Golden Grahams, Popcorn, Mini Marshmallows, drizzled chocolate chips.. Yeah, S’more popcorn is what I’m talking about it. Family favorite!


  85. Burt L. Zimmerman on July 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Oh I just adore Dorie Greenspan. She is a true home baker at heart, and her cookbooks emit that feeling to anyone who has ever leafed through them. The Tuesdays With Dorie groups bakes one recipe per week from Dorie Greenspanโ€™s โ€œBaking: From My Home to Yoursโ€ cookbook. Keeping up can sometimes be difficult, and I can be found guilty of slacking from time to time, but I always turn to that book when Iโ€™m looking for something new to bake.


  86. julimonster on July 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    So sorry about your finger! ARGH!
    Thank you for the book idea – PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE post more reading ideas! It sounds like good grounds for a loosely-based book club! Count me in if you do!


  87. pamelapet on July 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I’ve been reading your blog awhile and it cracks me up how much we have in common sometimes! No finger slices for me, but I just finished Gone Girl last week (in 2 days no less) on my Kindle touch. I loved that book.

    On the eReader subject – get a Kindle or a Nook, they aren’t much different, and both allow you to borrow from the library for completely free. The reason I’d get a dedicated eReader instead of using your iPad is for the eInk. It’s VERY easy on the eyes and you can read in full sunlight (my husband says it has less glare than a real book).

    Totally off topic, but your Irish Carbomb cupcakes and the Strawberry cupcakes have my coworkers drooling every time I make them. Thanks for great ideas!


    • pamelapet on July 3rd, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Oh, and one other thing. If you or any of your readers are slow readers and discouraged from library borrowing… Once you borrow your book (or books), turn off the wireless on your device. The book will stay as long as you want (or until you turn on the wireless again).


  88. Jennifer on July 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I have a kindle and I’ve found myself just using it to read ebooks, of which there are a gazillion. For novels, I really prefer a book in my hand, but then I’m a big reader.
    My summer reading list includes Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. My friends say it’s really, really funny.


  89. Jackie on August 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    My Kindle is starting to go and when it finally dies I’m getting the Kindle Paperwhite.


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