Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday 13: February & March in Review

I never wrote much in February and March (who's surprised?) so I thought a good Thursday 13 would be to share a few random tidbits from those two months.

1.  JJ Watt, need I say more?  As often as football is on in our house during the season, I can't believe I'd never seen him before February!  I may have to start paying more attention to this sport!  (Just kidding, if I need to see Mr. Watt there's this wonderful thing called Google.)

2.   A February girls' night with a delicious dinner - salad with homemade dressing, garlic bread and pasta - and this amazing almond cake for dessert.  Seriously, my friends can cook and bake!  We also played more Tenzi and I'll say it again: I HIGHLY recommend this game.

3.  Mitch hosted a Super Bowl party in which he was the only one invited, just the way he wanted it.

And while Mitch watched the "big game," Crickett and I watched the PuppyBowl.  For a few minutes anyway, until I was tired of listening to my silly little girl growling and barking at the television.

4.  During one of my thrfiting lunch breaks in February, I stumbled upon this little guy.  I could barely contain my excitement; he's so ridiculously cute and I love having him in my library!

5.  I was introduced to a new game called Codenames.  It is a lot of fun; I highly recommend this game as well.

6.  While bowling in a law enforcement charity event, I scored over 50 points each game!  It was probably one of the best days I've ever had bowling.  I mean, look at these scores: 78,77, 82, and 89!  I think it's time for me to join a league.

7.  The glorious time of year when Girl Scout cookies arrive.  Yum, yum, yum!

8.  During one of my thrifting lunch breaks in March (yes, I spend a lot of my lunch breaks thrifting), I found this cutie.  Another great addition to my library!  It's such a thrill to find these book related knick knacks that I can take home and display in my favorite room.

9.  Some of my sister's amazing art work is being displayed at a local pub and I joined my parents and a girlfriend to help her celebrate her opening evening. It was a nice evening; great company and beautiful surroundings.

10.  Mitch and I got a new computer.  I must say, I sure do love the keyboard - it's quite fun to type on.  Strange how different keyboards can be, isn't it?  We also made the switch to Windows 10 which I like.  I think this is the first time I've been excited about upgrading and updating our technological devices and services!  Progress!

11.  I love tasting the new flavors that companies develop and while it has generally been the different Oreos that I've tried, I was quite excited when I heard (and eventually found) the Strawberry Shortcake M&Ms.  They were fabulous!

12.  Crickett's highlight of the month:  One of her favorite toys had a bit of surgery done by Mitch and my mom (Mitch did the cutting open and removal of the broken sound ball, my mom added extra stuffing and did the stitching up) and now Mr. Raccoon is getting even more love and attention than he used to receive!  So much cuteness!

13.  I finally read The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis (it's been on my list forever) and while I didn't particularly care for the book (not much substance paired with poor writing), there was a paragraph that I loved and thought described my feelings perfectly:

"She liked to document her life.  Every trip, every family vacation, she was the one with the camera.  It was a way of remembering the fun, prolonging the experience.  And sharing the photos with people was like giving a gift."

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday 13: Spring 2016 on Etsy

Since Sunday is the first official day of spring, I obviously had to do my usual Etsy finds for this edition of Thursday 13.  So many wonderful items on that site!  (All photos from the Etsy shops.  Click on description to visit the shop.)

1.  Delightful butterfly water cans.

2.  Darling crochet leaves.

3.  Radiant stained glass bird.

4.  Beautiful floral dress.

5.  Gorgeous oil painting.

6.  Ridiculously cute flower flats!

7.  Adorable robin's nest pillow.

8.  Amazing embroidered spring garden necklace.  I absolutely love embroidered items!

9.  Pretty floral scarf.

10.  Lovely paper flower garland.

11.  Fun hoop earrings.

12.  Charming vintage flower tin.

13.  Cheerful daffodil vase.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi and Napping

Two fun little ways to celebrate the day today!

If you're a number nerd like me, I'm sure you recognized Pi Day.  I really should make it a tradition to have a piece of pie on this day!

It was also National Napping Day (this wonderful event occurs every year on the Monday after Daylight Savings begins)!  Unfortunately, I had to work so didn't get to celebrate but Crickett sure dominated this event.  Our little girl was snoring and twitching like crazy when I got home at lunch; she didn't even wake up when I said her name.  So, I couldn't help but watch her for a few minutes.  Such an angel.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Book Sale 2016

On Thursday I filled this adorable bag I got from a friend to its bursting point at my library's used book sale.  As always, it was one of the best days of the year!

The books that will be finding a home on the shelves in my library:

Unsaid by Neil Abramson.  I'm a sucker for books that involve animals and I also enjoy those with the element of the afterlife so this novel definitely caught my attention containing both of those things.

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian.  I'm sure I've said it before but I LOVED Midwives (on my top ten favorites list) but HATED (also did not finish) Before You Know Kindness so I want to see what else the author has to offer.  I'm not ready to give up on Bohjalian yet; I'm expecting more works like Midwives and considering Before You Know Kindness a fluke of sorts on his part.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  This has been on my list for some time and finding it at the book sale renewed my interest and excitement in reading it; I may have to move it up in the queue.

Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch.

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue.  Another book involving the afterlife.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.  I love Flagg's work.  Her novels are so fun and uplifting, good stories with great characters.  Her books are perfect when you need a light read.

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi.  I think this sounds like a beautiful story, reminiscent of Khaled Hosseini's works (The Kite Runner which is also on my top ten favorites list).  

Afloat by Erin Healy.  I think this has the potential to be a page-turner!   

Local Girls by Alice Hoffman.  I am drawn to Hoffman's books for some reason; I enjoyed The Probable Future and have Here on Earth on a shelf waiting to be read.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
by Joshilyn Jackson.  Yet another ghost-ish story.  Must have been my unconscious theme for this book sale!  I enjoyed Jackson's Gods in Alabama and look forward to reading another one of this author's works.

The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis.  This book has been on my list for quite a while.  Perhaps I will finally get around to reading it now.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb.  I think this sounds like a fantastic read and have heard great things about it.

Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts.  I loved the movie Where the Heart Is (still need to read the book but suspect it's as good if not better than the movie) and have a feeling this book will be wonderful.

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman.  I think this book sounds quite intriguing.

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie.

Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund.

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.  When I read the description of this book it almost sounded a like something I'd see on an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.  I'm hoping it turns out to be as good as it sounds.

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Christmas in My Heart: A Timeless Treasury of Heartwarming Stories by Joe Wheeler.  A cutesy Christmas book.  I've been buying ones like this more for display than reading but I suppose a book of short little Christmas stories could be enjoyable.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday 13: 2016 Etsy Valentine's Day Finds

I do believe this is the first time I've done a Valentine's Day edition of Etsy Finds here on Thursday 13.  As always, it was a lot of fun perusing Etsy and adding things to my wish list.  (All photos from Etsy shops.  Click on descriptions to visit shops.)

1.  Geometric heart pillow cover.  

2.  Pretty painted mason jars.

3.  Vintage planter.

4.  Adorable ceramic "Share Love" sign.

 5.  Succulent heart planter.

6.  Super cute sweater.

7.  Heart tree print.

8.  Felt ball garland.

9.  Beautiful rustic wooden heart.

10.  Ribbon wreath with felt flowers.

11.  XOXO blocks.

12.  Pretty heart and lace necklace.

13.  Candy heart painting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

January Recap

Between starting the Harry Potter series again (I haven't read the books since they first came out!) and convincing Mitch to watch "The Middle" reruns with me every evening (I think he now enjoys the show as much as I do!), I haven't made much time to blog.  So, like usual, I'm behind with posting and, like usual, I'm doing a recap to catch up.

1.  I bought myself a little planner for 2016 - I think it's the first time I've had one since I was in high school - and I'm having fun with it.  I know my phone has a calendar and there are plenty of apps I could use instead but for some reason I need to have the physical object, the "hard copy," in front of me to remember to stay organized.  I obviously can't be the only one since there are still so many planner options out there!

2.  Some girlfriends and I celebrated our "Girls Christmas" at the beginning of the month.  I was introduced to a new dice game called "Tenzi" which I HIGHLY recommend.  So much fun!

And one of my artsy-fartsy girlfriends gave personalized paintings on old cabinet doors (she has access to old cabinet doors at the interior design store where she works - yay for giving old things a new life instead of letting them end up in a landfill!)  Isn't my painting absolutely perfect?  Crickett and a book!  It's going to look so wonderful hanging up in my library.

3.  I had to take a CPR and first-aid training class for work.  You know, for all those times accountants need to perform life-saving procedures.  I kid - I know crazy things can happen anywhere at anytime.  While it was a long day out of the office, the information was interesting and the instructor was hilarious.  Plus, I now have a certificate saying I can save your life.  Just kidding, I'd recommend finding someone else to help you out in an emergency!

4.  Mitch hung up my "Librarian Crickett" canvas in the entry of my library.  I love her face; it looks as if she's shushing anyone who enters!

5.  Mitch and I bought a new mattress.  Our old mattress was about ten years old, had a big hump in the middle, and was making painful creaking noises when I would get into bed (not a great self-esteem booster!).  We decided to break out the big guns and splurged on a memory foam Tempur-Pedic mattress.  It's pretty darn wonderful.  We also got new pillows - super fancy, expensive pillows (never in my life did I think I'd own a pillow that cost more than five dollars).  Those are also pretty darn wonderful.  So, sleeping is a much more enjoyable activity now . . . except when your husband decides to dust the headboard when you're in bed for the night.

6.  Mitch got to celebrate his birthday a day early on the last day of January.  We went out for dinner, ate some homemade cake (for the record, I did not do that frosting job even though it looks like something I'd do), and apparently Mitch was good enough to get presents.  His gnome collection has been started - and not even by me!  Isn't he adorable?!  (The gnome, not Mitch).