Miss Cina's Adventures

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery MedalFour mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.(via Amazon)

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. 
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
(via Amazon)

Zucchini bread recipe one
Classic Zucchini Bread 
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (i think i did closer to 2 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. sugar
1 c. shredded, unpeeled zucchini
1/4 c. oil
1 egg
1/4 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. grease a loaf pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. sift together first 6 ingredients; set aside.
2. combine sugar, zucchini, oil, egg, and lemon zest; mix well.
3. add dry mixture to zucchini mixture and stir just until moistened. batter should be lumpy.
4. spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to cool on wire rack. wrap in foil to store. freezes well.
My current read
"Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”"

My current read

"Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”"

Sleepy puppy…again. This time, with the base of the lamp.

Sleepy puppy…again. This time, with the base of the lamp.

Struedel sack!

Struedel sack!

Sleepy girl

Sleepy girl

Agility training at The Zoom Room.
I highly recommend this place to anyone with a puppy that wants any kind of training. Amazing facility and staff!

http://www.zoomroomonline.com/portland-dog-training.html

Vancouver, WA

Vancouver, WA

Struedel was so hot and tired, she fell asleep with her raccoon in her mouth.

Struedel was so hot and tired, she fell asleep with her raccoon in her mouth.