Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Currently

Since it's been about 5 weeks since I posted one of these, I thought it was time to try it again!

Reading: Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg.  I read another book of hers awhile ago and liked it, and got this from the used book sale many moons ago.  It's a story about a bunch of townspeople in Elmwood Springs, Missouri and it begins in the 1940s.  So interesting, but not much plot! Also, this is the 2nd book in a 4 part series.  I've only read this one and the first book I read was book 4.  So, in my opinion you don't really need to read them in order.  But this is my experience with just these two books!

Loving:  my kid.  She cracks me up.  She has such a great sense of humor and doesn't fully get it yet, but man does she crack me up!


Feeling: ready for summer! Not so ready for my kids bday.  She turns 8 soon, and I do not have any idea of what to get her for her bday.  She literally has everything she wants which is made evident every year when people ask her what she wants for her bday/Christmas and she has zero ideas.  Yeah... so far I have a book that I bought months ago, and pjs that were on sale months ago.  Thinking about getting her some softball stuff she doesn't have yet.  But also looking at the local theatre to see if they have any shows she and I could maybe attend this summer.

Anticipating: my 20 week ultrasound.  I'm nervous.  We know it's a girl already because of genetic testing.  We also know that all those tests were negative.  But it wasn't for everything.  And, I just feel like I need some more reassurance.  The news with the daily taking away of women's control of their bodies everywhere doesn't help, when I'm worried about what I may or may not find out.  Let me tell you, I've always been pro-choice, but going through pregnancy/having a child has made me more adamant.  This will be my last pregnancy regardless, so I best be getting on the sterilization train, before even more of my freaking rights get taken away by people who just want to control a woman.  

Grateful: that I have such a sweet child.  She made me a book for Mother's Day at school that is just so sweet.  It made me tear up, because even at my worst, she sees my best.



Working: on clearing more space on my bookshelf.  I moved the one I'm keeping for myself downstairs, but I have more books than what the bookshelf holds.  So my 'job' has been reading books I know I won't want to keep after I read.  Most I got at 'fill a bag' day at the library over the last few years.   I also have to finish reorganizing the office, but I've been at a standstill for a bit because the daunting task of emptying my desk just isn't appealing ha!

Listening: to lots of podcasts! I've recently listened to the first season of Up and Vanished that I liked and Over My Dead Body.  I'm on waaay long back episodes of Matrimoney and The Girl Next Door Podcast. 
Watching: the last few episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Code.  I'm excited for new Southern Charm!!

Wishing: a meal planning/making fairy

What are you reading and listening to currently?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Library Haul Kid Edition

While, I am on a self imposed library break, as I finish off the books on my bookshelf to clear room for the new child's books, I keep hitting it up for the child.  She has really become reading obsessed this year and I'm loving it.  We are keep tracking of her books on goodreads and of the books we can remember she's read, she's already completed 69! Of course some of these are super short, but whatever, she's reading every single day and loving it.  I also like that she lets me bring home books from the library and she'll give them a shot.  She's like me, in the sense that she likes series, so I just keep picking up the next in the series of the books she likes.  I am always looking for new series for her, so if you have any suggestions I'm all ears!

Series that she's read or is currently reading and enjoying - The Little House Series, Tales from Maple Ridge, Dear America, Elephant & Piggie, Mercy Watson, The American Girl books,  Lola Levine, Blast from the Past, Sophie Mouse, Dog Man, Captain Underpants, and Amelia Bedelia. 

Here is what I grabbed for her yesterday.


She also LOVES unicorns.  However, she hasn't gotten super into any of the unicorn series I've tried so far, so if you know a good one let me know!

Her interests include history, strong leaders, and anything about Martin Luther King Jr., that she can read.  My mom got her the illustrated version from Usborne of Anne of Green Gables and I am hoping that I can entice her with that this summer.  I own that whole series, but I think it may still be a bit too hard for her if she attempted it on her own.  I realllllly want her to be interested in Harry Potter with me, but when we tried 2 years ago she wasn't a fan, and she claims she doesn't really care.  Argh!

What books are you reading from the library? Any series that you loved as a child?

Friday, May 10, 2019

TGIF!


All week long, I have felt that it was a day ahead.  Needless to say this week has been busy, filled with activities and exhausting.  The weekend is also full of plans.  I'm hoping that my pregnant tired old lady self can handle it.

My favorite picture from the week:  


I accompanied the kiddo on a field trip on Monday.  We learned about plants and the different ecosystems.

The high of my week was the kiddo's softball game.  She got 3 hits! And what she was especially excited about was that she did not get out any times! She also did a great job fielding.  She has been steadily getting better at batting and I'm proud of her.  She enjoys playing.  She's not in loooove with it, but I'm glad it's a team sport she can enjoy.  

The low of my week was exhaustion.  I'm good for about half day adventures or things and that's about it.  I think part of it is that the weather is poopy and that contributes to my let's just lay under this blanket and read.

The book I’m reading is I just started Standing in the Rainbow  by Flannie Flagg.  Her books always crack me up.  I'm only on page 11 and don't have much to say about it yet, because when I tried starting it last night I started falling asleep! I read The Girls of August by Anne River Siddons in one day yesterday.  It was a good beach read.  The end was a bit hurried.  

 The best money I spent was at Posh Peanut! They are having a sale and markdown this weekend and I got a crib sheet, swaddle, and headband.  Now I need to stay away because I also want a nightgown but I think that I went crazy enough!

My plans this weekend include going down state for a cousin's wedding.  Hoping to have a good sober time.  I'm sure I will end up annoyed at everyone.  Then spending Mothers Day annoyed and disappointed like all other holidays/birthdays.  Woo woo. ;)

What was the high of your week? What are you reading?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Baby's Bookshelf

I have a well documented book hoarding problem.  I love books.  I love having them in my house.  I love buying, borrowing, talking, looking, dreaming about books.  In the process of making room for our new child, I've had to combine two bookshelves.  This was a tragic undertaking.  I had to completely empty one bookshelf and merge in into an already full bookshelf.  So I've been utilizing operation read the book and donate.  I'm still over capacity currently.  I'll get there.

Yesterday, I finally had cleared the bookshelf I'm going to use in the child's room.  Sorry second child but you are starting out with a smaller bookcase than your older sister and it's a hand me down from my childhood. 

The seven year old and I had gone through her books a few weeks ago because I also had her on operation downgrade the books because I needed more room in her extra closet her in her room.  We pulled out all the board books that I had not donated, sold, or given away. 


A picture of the top shelf so far..

There are a few more I want to add in or replace copies of our old ones that had to be eliminated.

Here are a few that I want to get the child...

Hello Animals!  This looks like a cute board book and we do not have any black and white books.










Hello, Farm!  We do not have any of the indestructible books and I think we got rid of all of our farm books!  This one looks cute.










Dream Big, Little One I really want to add this to her collection! It contains a plethora of African American women role models.  I love strong women books for my little women!










The Going To bed Book! I love Sandra Boynton books! I thought we had this one but it may have been destroyed! My seven year olds absolute favorite was But Not the Hippopotamus









Little Blue Truck This is another that I thought we had already, but we apparently no longer do.  I have fond memories of reading this when I was a nanny to the kids over and over again.  They loved it.







There are obviously oodles more that I want to add but these are just a few that I think would be great additions to to our shelf.

What are some must haves on your children's bookshelves? Favorites to read over and over again? Favorite to gift?


Friday, May 3, 2019

TGIF!

I swear weeks fly by me! I can't believe we are headed into another weekend.  We ended up with no softball this week besides Saturday due to weather, but we have practice this weekend and two games next week.  I've double checked my calendar today, because there was nothing written in it and I was for sure I was forgetting something!

My favorite picture from the week:


Check out that pre-game swagger ! We also went through various layers on Saturday at the ball field.


The high of my week was getting a dress in mail for a wedding I have next weekend and it fitting.  I just need a pair of shoes now, which is turning into a difficult challenge.  I do not want buckles and I want a tan color with hardly any heel.  This is apparently almost impossible to find.

The low of my week was stupid cancer in the lives of two of my people.

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday - I went out for book club and my family had leftover pizza
Tuesday -  Baked Chicken Thighs and Baked Potatoes
Wednesday -  Baked Potato, eggs, toast, and sausage
Thursday -  Spaghetti, broccoli, and garlic bread
Friday -  Homemade tomato soup and homemade bread


What I’m listening to podcasts! So many back logged old episodes.

What I’m watching Big Bang Theory and The Neighborhood...

What I’m reading: Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck and I am really enjoying it!

My plans for the weekend watching the Kentucky Derby! Hopefully, hitting up the first weekend of our Farmers Market.  Maybe hitting up the opening of a local cider place we like.  Sunday we have softball practice and our nephew's 3rd bday party.

What are you listening to? What are you reading?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

April Reads

April was a month where I completely was clearing off my shelves.  Heck, our book club book was a kindle book that I'd owned for a few months that I hadn't read yet either! Anyone else have a huge amount of kindle books for just in case moments? I will download books that are free or on sale but I rarely read kindle books.  Whoops.



I read two different Dorothea Benton Frank books, Shem Creek and Pawley's Island.  Her Lowcountry series is a favorite of mine that I read way out of order but they just put me in a summer / beachy mood! My favorite of the two was probably Pawley's Island.

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs, is the sequel to Friday Night Knitting Club.  I almost want to re-read Friday Night Knitting Club because I read it over a decade ago and it was a brand new world of characters as I read it! Funny, how fast the years can go by.  I love the characters.  I love the strong group of women.  And I'd recommend the series if you haven't gotten around to it.

Sister's First by Jenna Bush Hagar and Barbara Pierce Bush is written in sections by the Bush twins.  It's a sweet book.  It touches on the closeness of their family and memories from growing up.  As we discussed it at book club, we thought it was disingenuous that there wasn't any mention of a big fight or disagreement, because how in the world could have be sisters in their later 30s and not have tale to tell? I wasn't a huge fan of the flow of the book (it had none) but the stories shared were nice.

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen is also a book about sisters, but fiction! Two sisters in NYC who live very different lives.  One of their lives blows up, the other learns how strong she is, and there is a lot of character growth.  However, it was a book I could easily sit down and did often.  The very last part of the book picked up and held my attention but, overall it was just okay.  I've been disappointed more than not with her books which is sad, because the ones I like are awesome!

So after four full months of the year, I've read 24 of the 52 books I've set as my goal.  Last year I read 4 books in April, as opposed to this years 5 and I had 23 of 52 completed at this point.  It appears I'm on track if last years numbers are any indication.  I do know that I better have more read by September, because that month might be a slow one for me!

the books I got for the kiddo from the library recently

The kiddo and I are reading a Dear America book together.  West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi.  Which we both are enjoying!  We take turns reading.  It's a good time together.  She has been keeping track of her books on her own goodreads account this year and has already read 55 books.  I'm so proud of her.  Lately she has been enjoying Dog Man and the American Girl books.



What did you read in April? What are you currently reading?

Friday, April 26, 2019

TGIF!

I've had a busy week with online classes, volunteering, and chauffeuring.  Softball season is in gear and we finally had a decent weather week! Today of course it is cooler and we may seen snow this weekend, which will be fun when we have to spend like 6 hours at the ball fields with pictures/games/opening ceremonies.  Her game earlier this week was a wonderful 70 degrees!

My favorite picture from the week:


I totally had better focused photos but I just love the in action Easter Egg Hunt photo!


The high of my week was chaperoning a field trip and sitting outside reading a book on the porch!

The low of my week was the disturbing dream that woke me up early today.  Darn Criminal Minds getting into my dreams!

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday - Mac and Cheese and Brats
Tuesday -  Enchiladas and salad
Wednesday -  leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday -  Steak , Baked Potatoes and then cake/ice cream for my husbands bday!
Friday -  good question haha.. either eggs and sweet potato hash or we may get pizza


What I’m listening to podcasts! I'm catching up on old episodes of Unsolved and Atlanta Murders.

What I’m watching finally catching up on some old Criminal Minds we haven't seen yet.

What I’m reading: Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen and Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.  Neither are amazing and are taking me way longer than I'd like.  I have to focus on finishing them this weekend.

My plans for the weekend softball on Saturday and on Sunday a cousin is coming over to play with the kiddo for a few hours.  Probably more moving tetris of re-organizing our house for another child!

What are you listening to? What are you reading?

Friday, April 12, 2019

TGIF!

This week we saw all Michigan seasons except real summer.  Because real summer would have included humidity.  But I did FEEL 70 degrees.  So, maybe? This week I did a lot of volunteering, organizing, and shopping for softball accessories.

My favorite picture from the week:



The kiddo had her art on display!

The high of my week was hanging out with Fridays on Saturday.  It was just an overall great day.  The weather was fabulous, we met some friends for lunch, I took the kiddo to practice, met back up with friends, the kids played outside, and we hung out until about 7:30.  It was just a great day.

The low of my week was trying to sleep comfortably.  I keep playing the roll over and sleep, wake up, roll over and sleep game.  I sleep well, but it's uncomfortable sleeping in on my side constantly.

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday - Chicken Fajitas and Green Beans
Tuesday -  Sweet Potato Hash, Eggs, green beans and toast
Wednesday -  Chicken Fajita Nachos and Creamed Corn
Thursday -  my husband and I got take out and the kiddo went out with her grandparents
Friday -  Lasagna , Bread, and Salad

I have high hopes for the lasagna tonight.  I haven't been consistently eating meat in months and lasagna sounds so darn good.

What I’m listening to podcasts! My current favorites are Missing and Murdered, and Over My Dead Body. 

What I’m watching we just started The Code, and I like it!

What I’m reading: Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

My plans for the weekend include more organizing and cleaning.  Definitely going to watch the Masters at some point.  No real plans at the moment.

What are you listening to? What are you reading?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What I've Read Wednesday


I had a very slow reading time in February/beginning of March.  Like when I was pregnant the first time, I literally cannot read in that first trimester brain funk from about 6 weeks to 13 weeks.  I just couldn’t.  I did manage to finish a couple things, but then the last week of March when I started to feel better I rattled off 3 books on our break!

Today, I am sharing the books I read this past week.

Pawley’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank is the 5th book in the Lowcountry Tales series.  This is a series that you most definitely do not need to read in order.  They sometimes have characters that show up in other books but you could read literally any in this series as a standalone.  I picked this up from fill a bag day at our local library many moons ago.  I am working on clearing off some shelf space as we make room for another human in our house!

Pawley’s Island is the story of Rebecca Simms and her very messy divorce, Huey Valentine and his generous nature, and Huey’s best-friend Abigail who retreated to the island after heartbreak.  These three mesh and bring about a nice quick story about friendship, moving on, and helping each other out. 
I like these books because they are quick reads that delve into characters and have a lot of South Carolina low country thrown into them.

Shem Creek by Dorothea Benton Frank is the 4th book in the Lowcountry Tales series.  Which I totally read after the 5th.  I only noticed one character that was in this book that made a brief cameo in the 5th book as a buyer of art.  But I read these books so far apart normally that I wouldn’t even notice when other characters pop in!

Shem Creek tells the story of Linda Breland and her escape from New Jersey to her childhood home of South Carolina.  She needs to leave New Jersey because she is worried about her youngest daughter and sick and tired of only meeting men who forget to mention they are married!  This book covers her career transition and how she and her daughters adjust to their move.  I read it in one day.  Super quick.

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs is the second book in her Friday Night Knitting Club series.  I honestly read the first book over 10 years ago and you could totally read this book as a standalone too.  They make enough references to things that happened in the first book that it worked.  Because I literally couldn’t remember anything besides that I loved the first book! If I was a person with oodles of time, I’d re-read the first and then read this, but clearing the shelves is the main goal right now!

The book joins up with the characters 5ish/6 years since the last book.  It catches you up with their lives and how they are changing and growing and if they are all the same people who met together and perhaps touches on if they have out grown each other.  This was a sweet tale, with international travel and good character growth. 

All of the books I read this week were super quick, totally would be great beach reads and had great characters.  Which, if we delved into the week before was all murder and mystery.  I keep it changing!

I just started Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen and I’m about 10 pages in.

What did you read this week?

Friday, April 5, 2019

Currently


It’s been awhile since I posted regularly (again), but I have an excuse! I am 15 weeks pregnant and my brain turned mushy and I felt like crap and looking at screens made me pukey for about 10 weeks,  We are very excited!!!  But, I’m back!!!!!!!!!!  

Reading: 
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs.  I remember LOVING the first book she wrote but that was well over a decade ago.  I am weeding books off of a bookcase I need to move and trying to grab books I know I want to read once and get rid of.  Hoping, that it’s not hard for me to catch myself back up with the characters that I do not remember at all!



Loving:  the time I have at home to work on reorganizing our house and preparing for major paint/flooring that needs to happen.
Feeling: sad that we returned from our epic road trip to the land of freezing cold again.  I need summer! 



Anticipating: softball season! My kiddo starts practice this weekend and I’m excited to watch her play for her third season.

Grateful: that my husband’s family does a small getaway for employees each summer.  This year we are going to a resort/spa.  It’s family friendly but we decided to do it adult only and go up a day early.  Probably our last trip alone for quite awhile!

Working: on weeding out crap from our spare bedroom/office.  So much stuff that lived there that needs to go elsewhere.  I have donated 3 garbage bags full this week.

Listening: to lots of podcasts! On Fridays, I try to catch up on some true crime podcasts I like.

Watching: the Final Four! GO GREEN!!!!

Wishing: for summer time!!

What are you reading and listening to currently?