Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


Just gearing up for Banned Books Week. A little early I know.

I know nothing about this one except it looked cute. 

This one just sounded good.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Gregor felt sure she'd done that fancy trick off the bat completely for his benefit. One flip would have been plenty."
pg 28 Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Goodbye, Little Green House

Recently, my dad sold my childhood home. He hasn't been living in since his heart surgery over 3 years ago. It was time for all of us to move on.

Goodbye, little green house.
My parents brought me home from the hospital to this house.

I had my first dog there.

I got ready for prom there.

I broke into the house once. Who knew you need an ID to get into an 18 and under club?

I spent 30 Thankgivings in that house. I learned to cook a turkey and created our favorite cranberry sauce recipe there.

I learned to cook in that kitchen.

I loved to lay underneath the lilac tree in the backyard.

I dreamed of building a gazebo around the willow tree in the backyard and getting married there as a little girl.

I'll never forget the day we got cable and watching MTv for the first time.

I remember the day my parents paid the house off and we all went to the bank to pay off the loan.

I remember drawing a treasure map all over the fireplace (and it's still there!).

I remember sitting on the couch and watching the world go by.

Thank you, little green house for being a good house. We had a lot of good memories there.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


I spotted some Ephron on the shelf and had to grab it.

Reloot. Hopefully I'll read it this time around!

What did you get this week? Share your loot below!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Having children had never been a question when Anita was young; it was simply the expected order of things. Marriage meant babies and babies meant marriage."
pg 15 Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

Monday, August 17, 2015

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I picked up Everything I Never Told You because a coworker recommend it. I'm glad she did. It was a hauntingly beautiful story that I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own.

Everything I Never Told You is tough to describe. There's so much there. The story revolves around the Lee family. James, the father, is an American born Chinese man. Marilyn, the mother, is white, Nathan, the brother, is headed to college. Hannah, the youngest daughter, is silent. And Lydia, the older daughter, is dead. That's not a spoiler. That's how the book starts. Lydia's dead and it's a mystery as to how and why. But the whole family unravels and Ng does a beautiful job of showing how they were and how they are. Ng's writing is gorgeous. The story itself was depressing at times but I couldn't stop reading it. I was so invested in the Lees. I needed to know how this story was going to work out.

I'll be keeping my eye for more of Ng's books. I believe this is her debut. I fell in love with her beautiful writing and engaging story telling. Others who shared their thoughts on Everything I Never Told You: A Reader of Fictions,Epiphany in Baltimore, and Rebel Mommy Book Blog.

Friday, August 14, 2015

July Goals Update

How did I do this month on my goals? I forgot to do this June. I don't think anything notable happened in June anyway.

1. Make one meatless meal for dinner a week. Sadly it's been to hot to cook so we've been eating lots of take out and not any meatless meals. I'm looking forward to cooler weather and cooking again.

2. Continue working on my fitness and lose another 30 lbs. Still plugging away on my fitness. My pants are looser but no weight loss on the scale yet.

3. Go back to meal planning. Again, really not cooking a whole lot. Too damn hot.

4. Schedule one do nothing, stay home weekend a month. It's been busy but still trying to stay home at least one day on the weekends. So far so good.

5. Plan one trip with Tai this year. Tossed around a couple of ideas but will likely wait to the fall or winter.

6. Get a will and other necessary estate planning documents. Haven't even thought about this.

7. Clean and declutter one room a month. Going to get back into it in August.

8. Do one things for myself a month. Got a pedicure. I did go to the spa in June.

9. Watch one older (pre-2014) movie a month. I need to keep better track of this. I'm sure I did watch at least one older movie this month.

10. Learn to make 5 Japanese dishes.  Made gyoza.

11. Stop complaining and start sharing my gratitude. I've been a lot better about this.

12. Take 2 cooking classes. Took a knife skills class. Learned that I already know a lot about cutting food. Also learned how to care for my knives better. Have a meat class and a tamale class planned for the next couple of months too.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Beekeeper's Daughter by Santa Montefiore

I picked up The Beekeeper's Daughter to satisfy the familial relation category of the What's In A Name Challenge. I'm glad I read it. It reminded me of Rosie Thomas and Sarah Jio's books.

It's 1973 and Trixie is in love with Jasper. She's fallen hard for the budding rock star. But suddenly, Jasper is called back to his home of England, leaving Trixie brokenhearted. Trixie's mom, Grace, reminisces to her own youth and her first love. The story alternates between 1973 (Trixie) and 1933 (Grace).

I do love stories that go back and forth between time. I also enjoyed the similarities between both women. Both Grace and Trixie had hard times but it helped them become better people. I really loved Grace's story because it involved WWII, but Trixie's story was sweet too.

Overall, I liked The Beekeeper's Daugher. If you like stories about family and love, this one is one to check out. Others who shared their thoughts on The Beekeeper's Daughter: The Historical Novel Society, Write Note Reviews, and Reading Lark.

I read The Beekeeper's Daughter for the familial relation category of the What's In A Name Challenge.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Someone on social media somewhere mentioned Stargirl. I thought it sounded interesting and put it on my library hold list.

I'm hope I get to read it before the movie comes out.


What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teaser Tuesday- If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"When I walked in twenty-four hours later, I discovered the next step was a duet. Carson was sitting there, in the chair I usually sat in, his three-quarter-scale guitar in hand."
pg 120 If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth