Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Black Eyed Susan Awards

This year Hannah’s class was challenged by their Language Arts teacher to read the ten recipients of the Black Eyed Susan Award. So I thought I would read them, too.  So to start, I have “Wonder” and “The False Princess” on hold for the kindle with our public library.


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I don’t want to make resolutions because let’s be honest… they are rarely kept.  However, in the new year there are things I hope to do better.  And there are things I want to do for myself, either for my physical health or mental health.  So where shall I begin….?

  • I love being a stay at home mom, but let us face the truth head on… I am not a great housekeeper.  Don’t get me wrong, our house isn’t a pigsty but I wouldn’t recommend eating off the kitchen floor.  Though I do allow my three dogs to do so.  My point here, I want to be a better housekeeper.  Have a weekly schedule and stick to it now matter what.  My biggest area of slacking… dusting! 
  • I want to be a better mother, wife and friend.
  • I want to be better about taking my vitamins.  Last October I had to start taking a medication for my thyroid and I have yet to forget to take a dose.  So why shouldn’t I be able to take my vitamins?? 
  • I want to work out 5-6 times a week.  I have done this for three years now, but during the last few months I haven’t been as strict with it as I would like.  Usually the last couple of weeks of the year, I slack off.  So I want to get back on schedule with that. 
  • I would like to start eating better.  Again, the last few months…. well, it was the holidays. 
  • I would like to lose five to ten pounds, but would be pleased if I just maintain my current weight.  So with that said… I would also like to accept myself, outwards appearance and all and stop being so hard on myself.
  • I love reading and don’t read nearly as much as I use to.  There was a time I read several books a week and now I am lucky to read a few books a year.  I have tons of books… paperback, hardback, Kindle and Nook books… so it is time to read them!  I challenged myself on my GoodReads account to read 20 books this year.  I know it doesn’t sound like a lot considering my 11 year reads about 100 (maybe more) books a year but last year I read about 10 so that would be double if I did read the 20.  (And I have already finished one book and started a second this year!)
  • Stitching… Yes I would like to stitch more.  And I have several projects that I have started and would like to finish.  Plus I have a few that I would like to start and actually finish.  But let’s be real.  I have made a list of projects to stitch in a year and I have a problem… I am a slow stitcher and I have never made a dent in a list I have made before.  So this year lets keep it simple.
  1. Finish stitching the L*K Going Green Flip-its
  2. Finish stitching the Bent Creek Baby Peapod Birth Sampler
  3. Finish Stitching the Advent Tree from Hobb Nobb
  4. Finish Stitching Hana’s Spots
  5. Stitch on And They Sinned… it’s been a long while since I put a stitch in this one.
  6. Start and finish L*K’s A Good Marriage… in secret! as a gift for our 15th anniversary

So, I am sure I forgot something… but I can amend it later I guess.  I am also sure that I will end up stitching a few other things, but hopefully will actually accomplish the above list as well.

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Summer Reading…

According to my calendar
the last day of summer is September 21st.  Which means that I have
twenty-two days to finish eight books that are on my Summer Book
list.  I think I will just change the list name.  :0) 
I am glad I made the
list even if I didn’t finish reading all the books.  I love to read but
usually choose to stitch during any free time I have.   So that means
I don’t take time to read very often.  I finished four of the books on the
list (and a fifth since The Dogs of Babel wasn’t on the original list) since
June.  I am actually pretty happy with that.  It seems that in the
last few years I have been lucky to read about four to five books.  This
year I have been reading a lot more. 
So, here is the
Fall Reading List:
1.  Peace Like
A River
by Leif Enger
2.  Life of
by Yann Martel
3.  The Dante
by Matthew Pearl
4.  The Secret
Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
5.  Bare
by Kathy Reichs *
6.  Monday
by Kathy Reichs
7.  Cross
by Kathy Reichs
8.  A Tree
Grows In Brooklyn
by Betty Smith *
9.  Light In
by William Faulkner *
10.  The Sound
and The Fury
by William Faulkner *
11.   The
Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck *
12.  Wicked
by Gregory Maguire *
Confessions of An Ugly Step-Sister by Gregory Maguire *
14.  The
Mermaid Chair
by Sue Monk Kidd * ~ currently reading
* previously on the
Summer Book List

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What book are you?

Okay, so I was skimming the blogs this morning when I ran across this quiz on another’s blog…so I snagged it. It is really weird that I ended up with this answer. This is my most favorite book….EVER! I loved this book. I read it in 9th grade. And it is very true. I am a bit obsessed with King Arthur and Camelot. My senior thesis was on King Arthur. It was the most enjoyable research I ever did. I did enjoy this Disney movie too and I have always been impressed with the style and grace of Jackie Kennedy.

You’re The Mists of Avalon!
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You’re obsessed with Camelot in all its forms, from Arthurian legend to the Kennedy administration. Your favorite movie from childhood was "The Sword in the Stone". But more than tales of wizardry and Cuban missiles, you’ve focused on women. You know that they truly hold all the power. You always wished you could meet Jackie Kennedy.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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I finished the book I was reading that my friend loaned me last week.  The Dogs of Babel : A Novel — by Carolyn Parkhurst.  It was really so good.  I highly recommend this book…just get thru the first few chapters.  It was hard to put down once I got into it.  Sean came home so that I could take a nap but I started reading and was unable to put it down to nap.  There were many times that I thought "wow, someone has been reading my mind". 
And even as a dog lover/owner, this book really made me love my dog.  I know it sounds weird, but it is what it is.  Which is a good thing because though I loved our dog, I hadn’t really felt about her the way I felt about my peks.  I was working on it, bonding with her and for whatever reason, this book really helped me feel something deeper for her.
Anyways, I will be returning this book to my friend but I will be buying this book.  Sean doesn’t get it.  He said why are you going to buy a book that you already read?  This is a book I will want to read again. 

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