Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday Morning Randomness

Wow. June 30th already. Where did the first half of 2012 go? Honestly!

Heidi spent the night at her friends house to celebrate her friends 7th birthday. It was her first slumber party and I woke up this morning slightly surprised that I was not called to go pick her up at 2:30. I am looking forward to picking her up in a few hours to hear all about her night.

Have you been watching the Olympic Trials?! What are your favorites? I love swimming and gymnastics. I want Heidi to learn how to do that back  handspring twist thingy but I do not want her to be in the Olympics.

Speaking of Gymnastic Trials, what was up with that girls hair last night? She totally just threw it up in a ponytail. Erin and I were texting back and forth while watching and we think she looks like she just crawled out of bed and ran out to the meet.

Two of my favorite people, Chris and Ashley, are in the process of moving back to the Twin Cities from New York and I cannot be more excited about this. They stopped by to meet Cupcake last night so we spent a few hours in the back yard visiting and playing with the puppy. I realized I have turned back into one of those people who can only talk about their dog, their cat, and their kid. Good thing Chris and Ashley have  exciting things going on so we can have a well rounded conversation because I am a bit of a mess right now!

We also had a surprise visit from another dear friend, Jimmy. I have not seen Jimmy in about a year but Shawn talks multiple times a week. Let me tell you, Jimmy has made some changes in his life and he looks amazing. I love that kid and I am so proud of him!

This afternoon we are heading out to the State Fair Grounds for Pet A Palooza. I am not 100% sure what this is but I know there will be flyball shows, adoption/foster groups, and vendors. My brother and his family are joining us and we are bringing Cupcake. It should be a good time!

I need to find a way to get more physical activity in my life. Erin tried Skyrobics this week and I was super jealous. Sounds like a blast and I hope to attend a class very soon.

See, I told you this was going to be a random post!

I will leave you to enjoy your weekend with this little video of Cupcake.

Friday, June 29, 2012

An Adoption Story

On Wednesday I told you about how I went from being set on not having a dog to us now having a puppy.  If you missed that, read it here.

Today I will tell you about the night we adopted this precious little thing and a little about how she got her name.

After I gave the green light for Shawn to go ahead and start the search for a puppy and after he researched breeders and found one with available puppies and after I finished painting for the day (oh! I almost totally forgot. I need to write a post about our house painting project. And Heidi's gymnastics show. Better write that all down).

Okay. Back to the topic at hand.

After all of that we piled in the van and headed to Wisconsin.

We live in a subarb that touchs the north borader of Minneapolis which only about 30 miles from the Wisconsin boarder. Then we went another 20 miles into WI where we met the breeder at a Holiday Station Store.

Meeting the parents was a must so when he told us we could not come to his house (fear of scammers) we insisted he bring the parents and he was totally cool with that.

We pull into the Holiday a few minutes early so Heidi and I run in to use the restroom. On our way in we see a man on the side of the building setting up those wire playyard thingies and we get really excted because we just know it is him. Hurry, hurry, hurry and run back outside to meet the puppies.

We were all very excited to meet the puppies and have a changes to play with 6 bulldog pups at one time!

The parents were super cute. You can see her dad here. His name is T-Bone Tank.

There were two litters and he only brought the mom from the older litter so in the end we didn't met our pups mom. But we did meet her Grandma, which I will get to in a minute.

After playing with the super cute, super bitty, super fun little pups we were smitten and sold. (It had been 11 years since my toes had been chewed on by a bull-pup!)

The problem was Shawn and I were smitten by a little girl who was all white with a brown tail. And Heidi was smitten by a little girl who was brindle, white, and had a patch on her eye.

My draw to the white one had to do with her color, her age (she was from an older litter who were born on April 6th.), and she was very sweet.

Heidi was drawn to her girl by her coloring.

In the end Heidi won out and we adopted this little sweetie pie.

Dave, the breeder had to run home to get the papers so he loaded up puppies and the two parents with the promise to return as quickly as he could.

We dined on gas station fare (hot dogs, breakfast sandwiches) while we waited for our little girl to return.

Quick side story - how our girl got her name:
For years Heidi has wanted bulldog puppy but since we already had 2 dogs we were not going to get another one. To deal with this she created an imaginary bulldog puppy named Frank (she also had an imaginary goat named Sir Goatingham).  Frank went with us on car rides often and we learned that Frank had a trigger word. If he heard the word Cupcake he would attack the person who said it with neck bites and kisses.

At some point Heidi decided that once we did get a bulldog puppy she would be naming him Frank Cupcake. When we decided we were getting a girl she just droped the Frank and went with Cupcake. We added Princess to make Cupcake Princess because I like my pets to have a middle name.

Okay, back to the Holiday Station Store. It's now about 8:30 pm when Dave returns with Cupcake and the papers for her adoption. We make the exchange and snap off a few pictures.

Then, out of the back of his car, he produces this large girl and I am instantly in love. Her name is Bunny and she is Cupcake's grandmother. You can see her here.

He goes on to tell us that Bunny is going to have her last litter soon and then she will be spayed and will need a new home. I cannot even begin to tell you how badly I want that new home to be my new home! Dave was totally feeling us out to see if we would be interested so I made it painfully clear that I am very interested.

We loaded Cupcake in the van and make the treck back to our house.

But first we had to make a pitstop to let her meet the Kuykendall's!

The kids just loved her. But we knew they would.

Heidi really enjoyed showing off her little girl. But then the bugs got bad, it was now after 10 pm, and we still had to get the crate ready for bed time so we drove the short block home.

Welcome to our family Cupcake! I think you are going to like it here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Blogger: Book Review of Dark Lover

Today I will be turning the blog over to my friend who would like to share a book review! She is my first guest blogger so please give her a big welcome!

Turn Me Gingerly
a book review by GingerSnap

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series profile

Book 1: Dark Lover

If you are unfamiliar with the series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and you are into dark, steamy, vampire genre books, I highly encourage you to give JR Ward’s series a chance.  I started reading this series, and this is my review. 
Oh my JR Ward.... where do I begin.! That was a breathy little, "yowsa". The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series introduces us to the vampire warriors that make up the band of brothers: Darius, Wrath, Rhage, Tohrment, Zsadist & Phury. Dark Lover is Wrath's story. 

At first I wasn't sure what to make of Wrath. Brooding, angry and shutting out the world, he is a force to be reckoned with. When tasked with the responsibility of helping a fallen brothers half-breed daughter transition, Wrath's world is turned upside down. Convinced he is a one man show, he has spent centuries ignoring who he is destined to be. His mission has always been vengeance for those slayed; his parents & fellow fallen brothers. But now, Darius has bequeathed to him his final wishes - take care of Beth and help her. What I loved most about this book was the chemistry, lust and love story that develops, unfolds and consumes you. In the midst of helping Beth transition to the world of vampires, there is also the looming force of the Lessening Society always around a dark corner. A war is raging between the Lessers and the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Wrath is leading the fight. Caught up in his overpowering love for Beth, Wrath is torn between fighting with his brothers and protecting his one true love, his leelan, his shellan. After years of running, fighting, shutting the world out, Beth breaks barriers and brings Wrath to new levels of intoxication he never knew. Finally, a rightful King ascends to his intended throne. 

This first story, was an excellent mix of love story, war, mystery and campy, hilarious candor. “Dark Lover” introduces other background characters that help keep this booking clipping along at a pace I had a hard time keeping up with. Butch: a strung out homicide cop on a mission to protect Beth from what he assumes is a pack of drug lords on steroids. Fritz, the ever doting-pleasing doggen, and Marissa, the scorned ex-shellan of Wrath. 

I laughed, I gasped and sweated reading every last page of this book. As another reviewer said, "The Black Dagger Brotherhood owns me...". Dark, magical, full of lust, love and action, this book will possess you. Well, well JR Ward... don’t mind if I do.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Best Intended Cupcake...

Sometime even my best intended plans find a way of changing themselves on me.

This is the story of how a bulldog shaped hole and a lonely seven year old caused my well thought out, I Am Standing By This No Matter What plans to change in a matter of a week.

Back in December, we quickly and tragically lost our Pig.

In February I started to worry about how quickly things would go once we had a dog free house. Shawn wanted a summer pup since he is home in the summer. I wanted a winter pup since that is what Pig and Daisy were and I found it to be wildly successful.

I made the declaration that under no circumstances were they to ask me for a puppy until next spring when we return from Hawaii. They could have a puppy waiting on the front steps on our arrival home for all I care but until then, I would not be having that conversation.

In April, after a very long and horribly difficult battle with cancer, we lost our Daisy. It was tragic.

We spent a few months without any dogs around. It was interesting seeing how the cats, Eddie and Pete, acted when they were the only pets in the house. That's a post for another day.

We also spent those few months trying to deal with the gravity of the situation.

Who are the Kuykendall's without a dog? Was that an answer I really needed to find before we should bring another puppy in the house?

My friends made me a necklace to help me deal with the pain of this loss.

I was healing. It is a very slow process and I am not completely there yet.

While Heidi seemed to deal with everything very well about a month after Daisy was gone she started to get really scared. She was having a very hard time going to sleep and said she was worried about what would happen to our house without a dog in it. She worried about this all the time and the only time she found relief from these fears was when other dogs would come visit.

In the meantime, it was very, very clear, even though Shawn respected my decision to not get a dog until next year, that he had a very large Bulldog shape hole in his heart. And it would only be filled with a puppy.

All of this got me thinking long and hard about how people grieve and how people move on. In this area Shawn and I are very different.

I sat with this for about a week, asking my mom (that's what I do instead of pray) to send me signs showing me what to do.

After a few days I had three signs that said to move forward with a puppy but to be cautious.

Later that evening, I told Shawn that he could get a puppy but only if the puppy could be here by the middle of July. With Shawn moving schools this year I did not want a puppy when the school year was starting. Even though I am the one who wanted a winter dog, after really thinking about that I realize that Shawn would be doing most of the training and he had a real point about a summer puppy.

Over the week he researched breeders, reached out to a friend who recently adopted a bulldog puppy, and eventually found a breeder with a litter just over in Wisconsin.  After talking to this breeder for a few days and learning about the parents and the litter, we drove out to Wisconsin to meet the pups.

I will tell the story about the meeting in a few days. I think you all know how this ends.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our new Bulldog Puppy, 9 week old, 11.5 pound, Cupcake Princess.

Monday, June 25, 2012

What's Cooking? Rojo y Verde Pollo Enchiladas

Last week I am reviewing all these emails that come to my gmail account pumped full of recipes when I came across this recipe for Verde Chicken Enchiladas. I was in the mood for Mexican, I love Verde sauce, and it sounded pretty good so I added it to the menu.

With a few alterations, such as the addition of the Rojo, man did this end up being a good dinner!

Here is what you need for 16 enchiladas:
16 ounce jar of Pace Salsa Verde
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup sour cream
1 14 ounce can enchilada sauce
3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, cheddar jack, or Mexican blend, whatever you prefer or have on hand)
16 6 inch flour tortillas

To get the shredded chicken - either go to the grocery store later in the evening and pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli. They are often marked down after 7pm and will yield about 4 cups of chicken. Otherwise you can boil a package of frier chicken until it is cooked through and then shred the chicken.

Okay, here we go!

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix chicken, salsa Verde, one cup cheese, and sour cream until evenly coated.

Spread the chicken mix down the middle of a tortilla shell, roll, and place in a baking dish with the seam down to keep the enchilada from opening up. Repeat with the rest of the enchiladas. I can only fit about 10 in my baking dish so I often use two.

Pour the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas so they are all evenly coated but not soaked. You may not use the entire can and this is fine!

Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. There is nothing raw here so you are really just warming everything up.

Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Not only where these amazing the night we had them for dinner, they reheated for lunch the next day and were maybe even a little better!

These will be a part of my regular rotation from now on.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Sarah's Daisy Dash

Just over a year ago, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to run in a 5k. It was a fundraiser for a woman named Sarah.

Sarah was a mother, sister, friend, daughter.

Sarah was tragically killed in January 2010.

Her friends have come together three times over the last two and a half years to organize and participate in a 5k to raise money for Sarah's causes. The first run was to put together a safety net for her son. This year the funds went to support Feed My Starving Children.

The run it's self is called Sarah's Daisy Dash.

While I turned down the offer last year, this year I was all in. And boy was I glad I made the trip out to Hugo to run this event.

Walking around the morning of the run I was stuck by the love these friends have for not only Sarah but for each other. All over the park there were people in volunteer shirts hugging each other. It touched my heart to be a part of this, what I can only imagine to be, an emotional event.

Then I learned that Sarah wrote a book for children dealing with the loss of a parent. I nearly lost it when I saw the beautifully bound book with Sarah's name on it. That was a book I longed for as a young teen and now, thanks to Sarah, other kids in my shoes will have a resource available to them. Then I realized that Sarah wrote a book her son would need and that was it. I had to move on.

Shortly before the run began we lined up and stretched a little bit. I was already feeling a bit emotional so I was worried about my run time.

It was nice to run in a race with less than 175 participants! We were over the start line very quickly and then we were off. About half a kilometer before the mid way point there was a bad accident on the side of the road. It really shook me and my already emotional day was turned upside down. I was completely on edge and it got in my head.

I tried the best I could to shake it but the ladies running on my heals just kept talking about the accident and I could not get past it.

With about 2 kilometers left I told Shawn to finish without me. "Just go and wait for me at the finish line. You can cheer me in!" I told him.

After making sure I was serious he took off. He finished at 35:15. I know he would break 30 if he would just run without me!

When Shawn crossed the finish line he told my friend, Erin, that I was coming and she walked back out to the course to find me.

I could feel all my emotions rising up but when I saw her come out on to the course to get me I was able to pull it together and get it done. With Erin at my side (finishing for the second time) I crossed the line at 37:57. My best official time yet!!

I was so excited and proud of myself!  And to make things even better, for the first time, I got to cross the finish line not only with my good friend at my side, but with my husband and daughter waiting and cheering for me on the other side. Heidi even handed me a water. This made my running career!

After I caught my breath and ran out to the car to get the camera, the kids participated in the Kids Fun Run, a 1k for the kids to run.

 Erin's oldest, Sophia, crossed the 1k finish first (she takes after her mom!). Sophia is the one with the 894 on her bib.

Heidi had never run anything like this before. She was beyond excited for this event and gave it a great effort - Run Heidi!!

Erin's youngest, Piper, crossed with her mom and Nana. Way to finish strong Piper!

They had so much fun running their 1k and they were all so proud of their accomplishment, which they should be. I hope this was the first of many runs we can run together.

Even though this morning was more emotional than I had ever expected I was very honored to be included in the day. I feel like my life has now been touched by Sarah even though we have never met. Her legacy lives on and I to believe this is what her friends and family were working towards when they put all their blood, sweat, and tears into this amazing event.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What's Cooking? Pork Mozzarella

This is a very quick and very easy pork recipe that can be served over a bed of pasta like Chicken Parmesan or with a side dish and a vegetable.

Here is what you need:
1 envelope (about 1 ounce) dry onion soup and dip mix
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs or panko
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
2 eggs
2 tbsp water
6 to 8 boneless pork chops about 3/4 inch thick
1 1/2 c Traditional Italian Sauce (I had a jar of Prego Garden Vegie on hand so that is what I used)
1 c shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Start by crushing the soup mix in the envelope with a rolling pin.

Stir the soup mix, bread crumbs, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. I like to use a pie plate for this task. 

In a shallow dish, beat the egg and water with a fork.

Dip the pork in the egg mix then in the crumb mix. Place pork in a baking dish.  If you do make 8 pork chops you may find you need to make more crumb mix so either plan ahead or have extra crumb mix on hand.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the pork, sprinkle with the cheese, and bake again for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pork is cooked through.

This went over pretty well in my house, I hope you like it as well!

**Recipe adapted from here**

Monday, June 18, 2012

You Have To Do More Than Just Pack the Right Clothes...

This past week I was in Atlanta for work. Most of my team is there and the rest is in South Florida so I go visit them about every six or so weeks. When I travel I have to eat every meal out.

Some times I will stay in a hotel where I have a full kitchen but since I am required to pick hotels within a certain price range sometimes the ones with full kitchens are not available to me.

However, I always have access to a fitness center because the office in Atlanta has a decent fitness center in the basement. When I travel and am forced to eat out all week I do my best to at least burn what I eat every day.

With the help of my bodybugg I carefully track what I have eaten and then watch my calorie burn. This helps me come home maintaining my weight.

In the years prior to my actively trying to lose weight I would gain at least two pounds every time I went on a work trip. I would pack my workout clothes but to be honest they never made it out of the suitcase.

Okay, that's not true. I unpack everything. So they would make it into the drawer but they would go right back into the suit case, clean as can be, then make the trip to the wash with the rest of the emptied suitcase when I got home. Those workout clothes were washed very often, but they were never actually worn.

On this weeks trip I was not able to stay in a place with a kitchen so I opted for the Embassy Suites instead. This hotel has a larger refrigerator in the room, a bigger pool, and a nice fitness center.

While I still had to eat out every meal, this hotel serves a hot breakfast every day so I was able to make choices such as Oatmeal and a banana or yogurt and a pile of fresh fruit instead of McDonald's drive thru.

I made sure I got to the fitness center every day for at least 20 minutes on the treadmill.

This week I took advantage of the pool for the first time. I swam some laps! I really enjoyed this very much and ended up swimming laps each day. I was shocked to see how difficult this was for me. There was a time in my life when I could swim across the lake, no problem. And then we would have to swim back again! We swim at the community pool often as well but I do some water exercises I learned from watching my dad, I tread water and try to not let my feet touch bottom (ever), and I make sure I am always moving, but I haven't been swimming laps.

Now I am pretty excited to start swimming so I want to get that worked into my life in the near future.

The best part is my friend had the same revolution this week as well so maybe I can swim with her. I was please to come home and find I had maintained. I may have lost a few ounces even.

I have come a long way from the days of thinking that packing for the fitness center would be enough!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Last Day of School Fun!

My daughters school holds an event on the last day of school called Healthy Send Off. The PTO organizes it down to the second and they do a great job.

The kids are sent outside with their class during their appointed time and rotate from station to station ending with a cold bottle of water and a Popsicle.

Each event gets them moving in a fun way and the kids just love it.

I was able to volunteer this year and help the kids have a memorable last day of school.

There is a hula hoop competition and then one of my favorites, the parachute.

There was a huge obstacle course bouncy house but it was deflated by the time I got a chance to take a photo.

And this traditional house. This is where I worked along with three other mom's. We kept track of the time, made sure the kids didn't hurt each other, and provided basic crowd control.

The kids love this giant slide!

But the all around favorite was the dunk tanks. The fifth graders take turns sitting in the dunk tanks and the kids get to throw softballs to try to dunk them.  How can you not love that?

I just cannot figure out why that water is so dirty.  Well, I guess I can figure it out but, oh man! Yuck!

I was able to snap a few pictures while on duty.  Here's Piper!

And Sophia!

Gabby is having a blast!

And the very last event is Ice Cold Water! Which the kids loved. It was hot and sunny and they were all running around like crazy so after 50 minutes they were ready for cold water, Popsicles, and air conditioning.

Thanks PTO, you did a great job and every kid I encountered had a wonderful time!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Daisies Are Now Brownies!

About a year ago I embarked on a journey with a new friend and 12 little girls.

We set out to teach these 12 girls how to be strong, caring, helpful, considerate women.

After many meetings and field trips.

After hours upon hours of laughter.

After millions of hugs and back rubs.

We did it! We lead these girls through the Girl Scout Law and taught them all of the lessons they need to have a strong foundation as they live the GS Law for the rest of their lives.

The Law Reads as follows:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

I truly believe we did our very best to instill this in our girls.

Last night we celebrated this as they bridged from being Blue Vest wearing Daisies in to Brown Vest sporting Brownies and it was a blast!

I am limited on my pictures right now because we had an awesome photographer on hand so I walked away with a total of five pictures. I grabbed some of these from my wonderful troop parents via facebook.

This cake pretty much sums up the evening - Congratulations Troop 15218!  The girls were so excited to try to figure out which Daisy was supposed to be her. I am amazed the cake was 100% fingerprint free when I cut it!

The evening started out with a grill out at Brookview Park in Golden Valley. The girls all ran around in their typical buck wild state until the food was served.

After dinner we held the Bridging Ceremony where each girl came up to the leaders with their parents. They recited the Girl Scout Promise to us, we snapped a picture, and they were presented with their Brown vests and a certificate.  I was beyond impressed with how perfect each girl was able to recite the promise! They all had it down despite the nerves from public speaking.

After the Ceremony the parents had a surprise for us so I provided some time filling entertainment while they prepared.

Well, you know what they say, Dance like no one is watching!

Our fantastic Troop Parents presented us with beautiful bouquets of flowers and Caribou Coffee gift cards! I look back on the year and think of how many times a parent arrived with coffee prior to a troop meeting and it melts my heart. Our parents are so thoughtful and I am forever grateful for their support throughout the year.

These are my girls and words do not express how much I have come to love each and every one of them as this year has progressed. They added a lot of laughter, fun, and light to my life this year and I am so excited to jump into Brownies with them.

Can't you tell how excited we are?!

One last time, my Oscar Speech:

I want to thank the girls of Troop 15218. You buck wild girls are everything I hoped you would be.

Thank you to the families who supported us with our many, many emails, location changes, fundraisers, field trips, and snacks. Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.

I need to thank the best husband in the world, Shawn, for reading my agendas and helping me understand when I was expecting to much from our 5, 6, and 7 year old girls. For being a sounding board for some tough decisions. For being a hauler, cooker, loader, kid wrangler any time I asked. And especially when I forgot to ask and just told you 5 minutes before it had to happen. But most of all for just being you.

To Jessica who came in mid way but jumped in like you had been there all along. You were more help then you will ever know and I owe you HUGE!

To Erin. My co-leader. My Friend. My Mary. We started out just getting to know each other and now we have a life long bond. Nothing like leading a troop of 12 girls to really learn about each other, huh? I loved every minute we spent together and look forward to every minute to come!

Congratulations to Troop 15218! I look forward to bringing you through your next Girl Scout Adventures as Brownies. I am excited to teach you new things and watch you grow! I love you all!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Eddie the Cat

This is Eddie. He thinks he does not get enough time on the blog.

I tell him it is because he bites to much.

I tell him it is because he is a jerk.

I tell him it is because he is so demanding.

But I really have no reason at all. He is my Eddie and I love him.

We got Eddie when a cat my mother in law was taking care of had a litter of kittens. We were able to take him home the weekend we moved into our first apartment.

This was some 13 years ago.

And he has been a biting, demanding, jerk since the day we brought him home.

It might be because the first day he was home he was so smelly I gave him a bath and then sprayed a little Fabreeze on his back.

But honestly. Does it take 13 years to get over a little bath?

Love you Eddie. (There. I put you in the blog. Will you not bite me for at least a day?)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

I have walked past displays of The Time Traveler’s Wife, hardly giving it a second though for a few years until one day I found it on the sale rack at the discount book store. I didn’t buy it but I felt compelled to read it so I borrowed a copy from a friend and set in to read a book everyone else has already read.

Within the first six pages I was smitten by the love story tangled in a bit of Sci-Fi. Niffenegger has a way making something that is so completely impossible seem like something that could be happening right now without our knowing. She explains away the time traveling as something similar to epilepsy, a chromosomal disorder that has yet to be discovered.

The story is not given to the reader in a chronological order because that is not how Henry lives his life. This gave me a feel for how Henry must have felt his entire live. Waiting for his future to unfold like a mystery, reliving painful events over and over again, knowing the future but not being able to divulge it to the people closest to him.

Niffenegger foreshadows discreetly and obviously at the same time. At times I was very confused about how something happened only to realize a few chapters later we had not been told how it happened yet. All open loops are eventually closed but the excitement of the book is waiting for something to unravel in an often out of order sequence only to be tied in a bow before the end of the novel.

The way she moves from Henry’s voice to Clare’s voice and back to Henry is a beautiful dance. Giving each their own spotlight and allow the reader to see not only the Time Traveler’s Wife’s story but also the Time Traveler himself.

I have heard criticism regarding the length at which Niffenegger will describe a scene such as a game of pool or the art of paper making. I do not agree with this criticism. I felt the book often read like a dance, the detail added to that movement which added to my enjoyment of this novel.

I was moved by this unconventional love story and refreshed to read something original. I give this book 4 stars.