Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Passage Triology - A Must Read

When is the last time you read a book that kept you sitting at the edge of your chair waiting to see what happens next?  The kind of book where you will stay up all night reading to find out how it ends.  Well, if your answer is it's been a while, than you really need to start reading The Passage Trilogy today!  To date two of the 3 books have been released and now the only problem is I have to wait for the last one to be published.  Anyways, I highly recommend The Passage Trilogy for fans of end of world type scenarios or if vampires intrigue you.  Or if you just like a great book.  Here are the two books available now:

The Passage (Book 1) -  An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

The Twelve (Book 2) -  In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.


 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Married to a Nurse - The Good and the Bad


My wife is a nurse. A hospice nurse. That should explain a little of it. She tends to view things a different way than I do when it comes to medical symptoms. While I tend to think nothing of minor medical symptoms her mind goes straight to the worst possible case. For instance, I could have a headache. My thoughts, maybe just stared at the computer too much today and I need to take an ibuprofen. Her take, it's probably Cancer. WHAT! Yep that's where the nurse mind goes. Hang nail = Cancer. Dry Skin = Cancer. Everything is something that could be fatal. I call this the bad.

Then there's the good. She doesn't mind cleaning up the kids puke and poop because she is use to being around it at work. Just another mess to help clean up. This is definitely a bonus for me. Blood, cuts and bruises are no trouble for her to tackle.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I'm Back! Here and a New Place


It has been a really long time since I've blogged here at Brogan's Blog. Between 2 little kids and the rest of life's offerings I just haven't made time to write. But making a commitment now to write more and that includes my blogging. So Brogan's Blog will serve as a creative outlet for me that doesn't involve my all consuming parent life right now. For the parenting side of my life I have a created a new website called Des Moines Parent. Des Moines Parent is a collection of posts and articles from myself and other parents concerning all things kids and parenting. So look for new posts here and also check out my new website at www.desmoinesparent.com.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

End of Creation - A Poem by Thomas Brogan



End of Creation
by: Thomas Brogan

There will come a day when we will all have to choose.
Some of us will win, some will lose.

The choice will be simple to decide our fate,
Will we choose to keep peace of succumb to the hate?

When the leaders come together and hear us speak,
Will they be happy, or slap us on the cheek?

There may be one final stand for human survival,
It will take on faithful person to lead the revival.

Will we overcome the power and the fear?
Can we beat the awesome odds and find a cure?

When the cities have finally fallen to the ground,
A mushroom cloud of destruction will be seen all around.

The Earth will be a dark and desolate place,
Only the true believers will be saved, as they seek His face.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Ginger - A Natural Cure for Motion Sickness



So this past weekend I took my daughter to Adventureland to ride some rides and to relive my childhood glory. One of my concerns was now that I’m older, spinning rides and I don’t get along too well. I definitely wasn’t going to take Dramamine, because the last time I took that on a Cruise Ship I was a tired walking zombie. So I decided to go a more natural route. I went with a Ginger Pill. I had read in my Natural Health Magazine* that if you take a 250mg pill at least 15 minutes before your activity you should be covered. Well the only ginger pills I had around were 550mg, so I figured the more the better.

So we got to the park and one of the first rides my daughter wanted to ride was the Teacups. If you aren’t familiar with these, it’s basically a large tea cup that spins and spins. So a good first test. The results…………. No issues at all! My daughter had a blast, I had a blast and no motion sickness or nausea. So the next time you are looking to avoid nausea from motion sickness, give Ginger a try.

*Tests conducted on the television shows Mythbusters and Food Detectives also support the theory that Ginger is an effective treatment for the nausea caused by motion sickness.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

My Des Moines Area Favorite Foods

Must be hungry today because my Des Moines area favorite foods are floating around in my head.  Here they are in no particular order:

Cuban Sandwich - Granite City
Beef Brisket - Woody's BBQ
Smoked Turkey - Bandanas BBQ
Wild Mushroom Pizza - Red Rossa
Carnitas Rice Bowl - Chipotle
Guacamole & Chips - Chipotle
Sausage & Mushroom Stromboli - Biaggi's
Maxie Burger - Maxie's

Oh yeah and throw in a Dutch letter from Pella.  Am I making you hungry yet?  What are your local favorites?



Monday, April 30, 2012

Lindsey Pavao: "Somebody I Used to Know"

Love this performance.  Check it out.  Some great talent on NBC's the Voice this year!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chick-fil-A Bites At Home - The Best Thing Ever!

I came home to a wonderful surprise Monday after work! My wife had just fried up some of the best tasting Chicken I have ever had! She found the recipe at the Iowa Girl Eats Website. The secret this wonderful dinner is letting the chicken soak in a marinade that includes pickle juice. This is essential because one of the great part of the Chick-fil-A sandwiches is the taste of pickle. So each little chicken bite tastes like sandwich with a pickle! Brilliant! Here's the Recipe, we omitted the dipping sauce used in the original recipes because they are so good that they don't even need any dip!

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt & pepper
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup pickle juice
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup peanut oil, divided (or canola or vegetable oil)


Directions:

1. Whisk together egg, milk and pickle juice, and pour into a large ziplock bag or bowl. Add chicken pieces and marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.

2. Combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag. Shake to combine. Remove chicken from the marinade and add into the bag. Shake to coat the chicken completely.

3. Heat half the oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat (6 or 7 out of 10.) Test the oil by dropping in a bit of the flour mixture. If it sizzles, the oil is ready, if it pops, lower the temperature a bit.

4. Gently place chicken pieces into the oil with tongs. Do this in 2 batches, as you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Turn the chicken over and allow to cook for 3-4 more minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Heat the remaining oil and continue with the other half of the chicken pieces.

ENJOY!


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