Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Book Sale 2015

Today was one of the best days of the year: the library's used book sale!  I spent my lunch break perusing the fiction section of the sale and walked away with 25 books for $20.00 ($0.80 per book!).  You simply cannot beat the fun of the search and the finds you bring home for that price!  As always, the list:

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci.  I plan to read some Christmas novels during the holiday season (actually, I don't think I have a choice - it's on my 101 in 1001 list!) so I thought I'd grab this one.  I've never really read any holiday novels so I'm skeptical as to how Christmas-y they can feel.

One Summer by David Baldacci.  This book was already on my to-read list and will join Wish You Well, the only other Baldacci novel (Christmas reads excluded, of course) that I have any interest in reading and one I bought several book sales ago.

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck.  I didn't realize this was a memoir until I checked out Beck's website.

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben.  I picked this one up when I accidentally wandered out of the general fiction section into the mystery section but I don't think that was necessarily a bad thing.

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway.

The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Another novel already on my to-read list.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I've read this book before and really enjoyed it so I decided to add it to my collection.  I hope to re-read it someday.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Yet another on my to-read list.

Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline.

A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor.  A thought this sounded like a cutesy Christmas read.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  Another book I've read but really enjoyed so wanted to have a copy in my library.  Also another one I hope to re-read someday.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.  I ran into a friend at the book sale and she said I should grab this one.  I'd heard of this novel but never read the synopsis until today and I must say I think it sounds wonderful!  I'm glad someone told me to to finally look into this novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird.  I actually just finished re-reading this book a couple of weeks ago and needed to have this classic in my home.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  This novel wasn't actually on my to-read list but I've been interested in reading it for quite some time.  Pretty excited to hear the wicked witch's side of the story!

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I haven't read anything by Morton but The Secret Keeper is on my to-read list.

Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble.

Songs WIthout Words by Ann Packer.  I read The Dive From Clausen's Pier ages ago and remember enjoying it so I thought I'd try another novel by Packer.

Run by Ann Patchett.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.  I thought this book sounded very unique!

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I have American Wife on my shelf but haven't yet read it and I think it will probably have to wait because I'll be reading Sisterland first.

Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychology Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater.  I'm leery about books like this but if nothing else, I feel like I will come away with interesting tidbits that I can research on my own to get facts.

Reunion by Lauraine Snelling.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I already own this book but it was the movie adaptation cover (book snob, I know!) and I wanted the prettier bird cover.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  I've heard great things about this memoir.

Happy reading!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday 13: Fall 2015 on Etsy

Since yesterday was the first official day of autumn I had no other choice than to do an Etsy finds for this edition of Thursday 13.  Etsy, fall, and lists - a magnificent trio!  So, here are the items I fell in love with when I typed in the keyword "fall." (All photos from the Etsy shops.  Click on description to visit the shop.)

1.  Pretty fall leaf necklace.

2.  This adorable checkered dress looks so comfortable.  (I would need leggings, though!)

3.  Can I jump into this painting and walk down that path?  I can imagine the fresh, crisp smells filling my nose, hear the leaves crunching under my feet. *Sigh*

4.  Lovely painted mason jars.  Also, if I could get those flowers along with the jars that would be great because they look perfect together.

5.  How beautiful is this chevron blanket?  I'd love to curl up with a book under this beauty.

6.  Stunning amber earrings.

7.  The colors and patterns on these pumpkins are wonderful.

8.  This felt leaf burlap garland is so festive!

9.  Love the fun color blocking on this sweater.

10.  Beautiful wheat wreath.

11.  Gorgeous batik lidded basket.

12.  I'm not good at styling my hair but I would try really hard with this autumn leaf hair cup.  Such a pretty, unique accessory!

13.  How charming is this canvas?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Day 100

My final day of the 100 Happy Days challenge was bittersweet; it was exciting yet sad to have come to the end of this activity that I so thoroughly enjoyed.

Day 100:  I am a sucker for quotes, always have been, and this has become one of my favorites.  Nothing compares to family; they are my lifetime of happy days.

Monday, September 21, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 91 Through 99

Days 91 Through 99 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 91:  A little activity that allowed me to use the scale ruler from my college days in the architecture program.  Still love using it.

Day 92:  A popsicle on this warm evening.

Day 93:  Pretty foggy mornings on the way to work.

Day 94:  This instagram account fills my heart with so much joy.  If you don't follow @wolfgang2242, you should!  So wonderful!

Day 95:  When you're doing a deposit at work and start writing your library card number instead of the bank account number.

Day 96:  My fall decorations have come out!

Day 97:  Sunday night dinners and Mexican Train with my husband and father-in-law.

Day 98:  A cool rainy day followed by a gorgeous sunny evening.  I love the fall season!

Day 99:  My parents gave me three boxes of my childhood books today.  So many amazing memories as I go through them; feeling so blessed to have had such a wonderful childhood wiht parents who instilled in me a love of books and reading.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 82 Through 90

I can't believe I only have one more collage and a final photo before I'm done with this challenge!  It has gone by so fast!  Here are  Days 82 Through 90 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 82:  The cozy quilt my parents gave me for my birthday (only two and half months late - that's how our family rolls!).

Day 83:  The park district I work for hosted its first dog parade and social to raise money for the dog park.  Such a great day - adorable dogs, wonderful people!  Feeling proud of my employer and even more in love with my community.

Day 84:  Finished furniture shopping for the house!  So excited to get the last pieces and then start decorating!

Day 85:  Watching my crazy little girl roll in her bowls of food after I fill them.  The laughs she gives me are always worth the hassle of clean up.

Day 86:  Spoiling my little girl with special treats on National Dog Day!

Day 87:  Coming home from work to a fun little gift hanging from my front door.  I have sweet friends.

Day 88:  Re-reading a classic.  I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school (nearly 20 years ago!) but I don't remember much of it other than I liked it.  I'm really looking forward to reading it as an adult; I think I'll be able to appreciate it even more now.

Day 89:  The garden centers at home improvement stores.  So much fun looking at all the lovely fountains and flowers (and daydreaming I have a knack for those things!).

Day 90:  The look of a freshly mowed lawn.  Love those lines!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School

Today is the first day of school which means my Facebook feed has been blowing up with back to school photos of all the kiddos (which I enjoy, for the record!).  I decided this year that I would join in on the fun with my little girl.

"Can't believe school is starting again!  They grow up so fast!"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 73 Through 81

Days 73 Through 81 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 73:  My favorite thrift store's Halloween shop is open!  Had the little shop to myself today and scored 23 items for $35.  So much fun!  (Stay tuned for photos.  I'm super excited to share my great finds!)

Day 74:  Air conditioning on ridiculously hot days like today makes me so comfortably happy.

Day 75:  Waking up to this face.  The best way to start the day.

Day 76:  Facebook's 'On This Day' feature.  I shared this photo and caption a year ago today:
"Had to take a break from my reading this evening to get a photo with the hubs."

Day 77:  Not being able to decide what to read next (because too many books sound good!).  It's one of the best "problems" to have.

Day 78:  Lunch at my parent's house with mom's homemade peach pie for dessert.  So delicious!

Day 79:  The dictionary app on my phone.  Words are wonderful.

Day 80:  A little girl's night out with some wonderful ladies.

Day 81:  A super fun mail day!  Doesn't get much better than a book of quotes and a couple of gnome prints for my library!

Friday, August 14, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 64 Through 72

Days 64 Through 72 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 64:  A few months ago I found some 2007 confetti at a thrift store.  This morning after Mitch went to work, I sprinkled it all over his stuff to say "Happy 8th Anniversary!" in my own obnoxious way.  When I got home from work I discovered the confetti sprinkled all over my stuff instead.  I think a new tradition has been started!

Day 65:  I love this sentiment!  My favorite season is just around the corner!

Day 66:  A new modem.  Fast internet again, yay!

Day 67:  The street signs for my library have arrived!  I'm so giddy!  (Purchased from Etsy.)

Day 68:  Getting the bed to myself for the next seven nights while Mitch is gone.  Okay, maybe I will have to (happily) share some of the space with a ridiculously adorable little girl.

Day 69:  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit marathons.  I love this show, could watch it all day.  Oh wait, I did!

Day 70:  Reading on the deck on this beautiful summer evening.

Day 71:  An impromptu cleaning session in my disaster of a craft room.  One of these days I'll actually get to use it to craft.

Day 72:  Finding the perfect little gift for my sister.  At the time I could only show a portion of the gift because my sister was going to see my post but now that she has the frame in her possession I can share a photo of the whole thing.

It's almost as if this frame was made for my sister; she crochets and sews, appreciates the awesomeness of buttons.  There was absolutely no way I could leave this little gem at the thrift store.  I knew no one could possibly appreciate it like my sister and it filled my heart with happiness to have found it for her.

Friday, August 7, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 55 Through 63

I've been meaning to get around to posting something other than a 100 Happy Days updates but as you can see that hasn't happened yet.  Oh well, you can't be too disappointed with happy photos and snippets, right?!

Days 55 Through 63 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 55:  Rediscovering my fun photo frame collection that has been boxed up since our move in 2008!

Day 56:  When a co-worker finds Oreos you've never seen before (which is a big deal since I consider myself an Oreo expert!).  These were quite tasty!

Day 57:  The calculator shortcut key on my keyboard at work.  It makes the number nerd in me giddy!

Day 58:  Found this little lady at the thrift store today.  She has a few dings and cracks but for $1.00 I couldn't not bring her home to my library.

Day 59:  Spending my lunch break at Barnes and Noble.

Day 60:  A fun find from my thrifting adventures today.  Kind of hokey but I couldn't pass it up for $1.00.

Day 61:  Weekly Saturday morning diner breakfasts with my parents and husband.

Day 62:  Spending time with my husband's extended family to celebrate his grandma's upcoming 80th birthday.  I married into a wonderful family.

Day 63:  My bird feeder has finally been hung up in the backyard!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 46 Through 54

Days 46 Through 54 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  I can't believe I'm over halfway done with this challenge; it sure is going fast!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)

Day 46:  Friday Jeans Days at work.

Day 47:  Cap'n Crunch Delights from Taco Bell.  So ridiculously delicious!  Yum, yum, yum!

Day 48:  Attending the Garden Walk with my mom.  So many beautiful gardens around town!  Love that people opened up their yards for us to stroll through.  (Lovely photo courtesy of my lovely mother as I somehow deleted all 92 photos I took that day!)

Day 49:  Hanging out with an old friend, reminiscing about college days and enjoying the antics of his three cute boys.

Day 50:  StoryPeople by Brian Andreas.  I love the quirky art and wonderful thoughts he captures.  The one shown is one of my favorites.

Day 51:  A Cinnamon 'N' Raisin Biscuit from Hardee's.  It's been way too long since my last one (10+ years?!

Day 52:  Thunderstorms and the gorgeous skies left behind are some of the best parts of summer.

Day 53:  A text from my cousin showing me my mom does jello shots with a spoon.  Oh, she was sharing them! LOL!

Day 54:  The little mushrooms (called Dunce Caps) that have been popping up in our yard this summer.  They make me smile; I can't help but think of fairies and gnomes.