Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Obsessions: ZOMBIE TAG, Sleeping at Last, Vegetable Barley Soup

Hey Everyone!  Seeing as how tomorrow is the last day of 2011 and all, I *was* going to do a big ol' year-long obsessions post summing up everything I was obsessed with all year. But then Nesyah got banished from preschool for alleged pinkeye (no, she does NOT have pinkeye. Ugh.) and so we're having a ladies' day at home today, and SO....this one's gonna be quick.  Here we go!

Everything I was obsessed with this week.
Because I know you want to know.

1. ZOMBIE TAG by Hannah Moskowitz. It's no secret that I love Hannah's YA stuff - BREAK was an obsession of mine a couple of months ago. Last Tuesday, her first MG novel came out, and my goodness is it ever awesome. You know how sometimes people write books for little-ish kids, but really they're equally amazing for adults? Like A WRINKLE IN TIME and THE GIVER? Yeah. ZOMBIE TAG is like that. It's sweet and a little sad and absolutely beautiful, just like we've come to expect from Ms. Moskowitz. So go buy it. Now.

Of course, my boys were only interested in the rules for the game Zombie Tag, which, for their 3- and 4-year old brains, consist of hitting each other with spatulas. Which is also awesome.


2. Page 28 by Sleeping at Last
Sleeping at Last rules. They can make the cheesiest of cheesy lyrics sound amazing and powerful. There aren't that many in this song, but it's about writing and love and...guuuuuh. Just listen to it.

3. Vegetable Barley Soup
Writers! Do you have pages to draft or revisions to make or crit to get done but somehow other people in your household expect you to do things like cook dinner and speak to them? I know. It's ridiculous.

Well, I'm gonna help you out with the cooking part, at least. It's cold, right? Everyone loves a hearty soup, right? Okay. So do this:

 Get a can of crushed tomatoes, a bag of frozen veggies, a can of beans, and whatever other odds and ends are in your fridge about to start stinking. Throw all of that in a crockpot or a big pot on the stove with some water and a couple little handfuls of barley, some salt and pepper and garlic, and then leave it alone for a few hours.

 (If you want, you can take your laptop in the kitchen with you, pretend you're schvitzing over dinner, and get like an hour's worth of work done instead.)

It's dinner! It's homemade! It took you two seconds! Now get back to writing.

Okay my loves, it's your turn! 
What were you obsessed with this week?


  1. That is such an adorable picture of your boys. I love Hannah Moskowitz, too. Yay, thanks for the reminder that Zombie Tag is out and awesome. Great idea for the soup, too.

  2. That pic of the boys is the cutest! And the soup looks SO yum. What a good idea! (Must break out the crockpot...)

  3. Aww, that picture of your boys is too cute!

    I need to get Zombie Tag. I've heard it's great and I have a new e-reader that needs some books loaded on it:)

  4. Ooh, I like the sound of Zombie Tag. It's now on my TBR list. Thank you! I've been obsessed with milkshakes this week. Don't know why. Just have to have them!

  5. I just died at that picture. Died. *Squeezes my honorary nephews*


  6. Oh, my gosh, your boys are ADORABLE! Freaking adorable!

    We're totally gonna have to check out Zombie Tag.

    Hm. I was obsessed with moving a kid and all his stuff from one bedroom to another, helping my brother and his fam with going through the contents of their entire house that caught on fire, and reading a crit partner's awesome book.

  7. Wow, you WIN the cutest babies award! Love that one of them is brandishing a spatula! LOL

    This week I've been obsessed with editing and eggnog lattes. Lots to do and lots of eggnog to get rid of before it goes bad. Works out well, actually :)

  8. Okay, I have to try that soup! Oh, and your boys are absolutely adorable. :)