Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Book Sale 2014

Fourteen dollars left my pocket but 17 books came home with me last Thursday after the library's used book sale (that's 82 cents per book, my friends!).  I'm very excited about my finds and can't wait to get started on them; it's going to be difficult which of them to read first!

As always, here is the list of my purchases:

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.  I loved Midwives but didn't make it very far into Before You Know Kindness so I'm curious to see where this one ranks.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Under the Big Top by Bruce Feiler.  I think this book has the potential to be very interesting!

The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass.  This novel was already on my to read list and I didn't even realize that when I bought it.  I obviously think this book sounds good if I've chosen it on two separate occasions.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  I've read this book and it ended up on my all-time favorites list so I had to bring it home when I saw it.  If you haven't yet read this novel, I highly recommend it.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  Another novel already on my list of books to read.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  I've read this book but, like The Kite Runner, it made it onto my favorites list and I had to bring it home with me.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.  I enjoyed The Lovely Bones so it will be nice to read something else by this author.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  Another book already on my list of books to read.

A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve.  I've been collecting Shreve's novels over the last couple of book sales but I have yet to read any of them.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Badge and a Birthday

Tuesday was a very special day for me and my family.

After six years as a patrolman, Mitch earned a promotion to Sergeant.  Not only did he receive a Sergeant's badge, but it was the badge his dad had when he was a Sergeant at the police department.  I couldn't imagine a a more special way to acknowledge this promotion.  I'm so proud to be part of this family of blue.  Congrats, Mitch!

The other big event of the day was my mom's 60th birthday!  I can't wrap my head around the fact that my parents are both 60 years old; when I was younger 60 seemed so old but my parents don't seem old at all (one of the reasons they are kinda sorta cool)!  To celebrate, my parents, sister, Mitch, and I went out to dinner to one of our favorite restaurants then to my parents' house for homemade peach pie (my mom is a wonderful baker) and presents.  It was a lovely evening.  Happy Birthday, Mom!  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello, October

Why hello, October, where did you come from?!  Where did September go?!  (And August, too, based on my lack of posting!)

I have no excuse for not writing other than pure laziness.  I think about my blog often - almost daily -  and I really do miss it but I just can't seem to get myself here.  I've been easily distracted with such things as Pinterest and Instagram; these apps provide instant gratification and require very little work from me.  However, when I come here and realize all the memories - both good and bad - that I haven't recorded, my heart breaks a little.  I started this blog as a way to "scrapbook" my life and lately I've left a lot of pages empty.  I know I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, but I'm going to try and turn this around.  My life is not glamorous or exciting by any means but I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything; it's time I start documenting all those things that make it mine.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Smile

I'd say this artist nailed it!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Work Day Smiles

We all know the general rule is Mondays suck and my day definitely started out trying to follow that rule.  Rather than let my frustrations fester, however, I took a deep breath and reminded myself that there are still things to smile about.  I decided to focus on the positives, like

wearing sandals to work because spring weather has finally arrived,

Google's home page today (40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube),

my view of the colorful umbrellas on the patio of a local restaurant,

Doritos with my lunch (extra fun because I didn't even realize I had them when I started packing my bag),

and trips to the bank with windows rolled down and my favorite songs filling my ears.

So while the first day of the work week did her best to make me crabby, I'd say she was unsuccessful in her attempts.  Good try, Monday, good try.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Quote: Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

After reading Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon, I needed a light, easy read - not that Boy's Life was intense or difficult, just long - so I picked up Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe.  I found this novel at the library's book sale a few weeks ago; while I knew it wasn't going to be the most amazing book I'd ever read, it was definitely a lot cheesier than I thought it would be.  I honestly don't think I could recommend it to anyone even as a fun, thoughtless read.  Nevertheless, there was still a quote (about the narrator's dog) that stood out and made me smile because it reminded me of Crickett:

"He climbed up onto the mattress and curled himself into an apostrophe by my right side."

Crickett has had the apostrophe curl mastered since she was just a pup.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday 13: Spring on Etsy

Sure has been a long time since I've done one of these!  To celebrate the vernal equinox, I thought I'd share 13 things I found and loved on Etsy when I typed in the keyword "spring." (Click on description to go to the shop.)

1.  "Spring Clean" print

2.  Floral t-shirt

4.  Canvas peep-toe shoes

5. Paper bunting

6.  Butterfly pendant

7.  Vintage duck figurines

8.  Paper rosettes

9.  Fairy ring

10.  Bicycle pillow

11.  Wreath

12.  Dress

13.  Orchid necklace

More Thursday 13!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Quote: Boy's Life

I recently finished Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon.  While I thought the book was a bit drawn out, I still have to recommend the read; it has a special magic and charm about it that you don't find every day.  Here is my favorite quote from the novel (I can completely relate to this sentiment):

“He saw straight through to the cosmic order of things, and he knew that life is not held only in flesh and bone, but also in those objects – a good, faithful pair of shoes; a reliable car; a pen that always works; a bike that has taken you many a mile – into which we put our trust and which give us back the security and joy of memories.”

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Book Sale 2014

Another library used book sale under my belt; I walked away with 18 books for $14.50!  Pretty excited about my future reads!

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Years of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman

Gump & Co by Winston Groom (My dad is  HUGE Forrest Gump fan so I thought he might find the sequel entertaining.  I don't think this novel will be nearly as good as the first but a fun read nonetheless.)

The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman (I think this might be one of the first ones I read!)

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (This has been on my to-read list FOREVER!)

Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (I've never actually read any of her work but I've sure been building a collection.)

The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (Actually saw quite a few novels at the book sale by this author.  Curious to see what she's all about.)

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

Santa's Newest Reindeer by Dennis Trom (I'm a sucker for Christmas books if for nothing else other than display during the holiday season.)

Happy Reading!