Monday, September 30, 2013

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays post sponsored by Should Be Reading.

What do you do when life gets in the way, and you just don’t have much time to read? Do you complain? Do you accept it? Do you do everything in your power to make time to read? Share your thoughts!

Oh this is a big deal for me...I get a bit frustrated when I don't have at least a little time to read every day. Normally I do my reading at night in bed. Some nights I'm just exhausted and decide to go to sleep's a tough choice for me, but I know that I will be miserable the next day. 

I feel like my reading time is my "treat" for the day...I rarely (never) get time to myself and reading is the only time I get for JUST ME and when it's "taken" from me, I struggle to accept it. My days are full and there is really no other time in my day to pull reading minutes from, though I do try....even during Ethan's crazy noisy TaeKwonDo class, I'll try to read a few pages...not the best environment, but beggars can't be choosers, right?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Musing Monday

Musing Mondays is run by Should Be Reading and asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
This is my first Musing Monday I think I'll just tell a bit about what I'm reading right now as well as what I've recently purchased to read next.

I am currently reading "The Boy in the Suitcase" by Lene Kaaberbol. I am 53% through at this point, reading a good chunk yesterday. It seems lately I don't get a good chunk of time to's 15 pages here, 10 pages there etc. Anyway, I bought it because (1) it sounded good and (2) it was super cheap, though that is not usually a requirement for me to read a book. I go more w/the description and also I LOVE looking on GoodReads to see which of my friends have also added it to their To Read list...I have a few friends on there with book taste VERY similar to mine and I love that!!

Initially the book was a bit confusing as it immediately introduced a TON of characters and I had to figure out just who went w/who...and then there are the Eastern European names to also get used to as well. I'm definitely into the "meat" of the story right now.

I am also reading "Raising Happiness:10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents" and quite enjoying it as well. I am reading this book along with some parents at the school where I work and I hold a "book club" every other Thursday morning to go over 2 chapters. We are currently reading chapters (or steps) 3 & 4. This book has been helpful to me both as a mom AND a school counselor. Hooray!

And up next to read for me will be "I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor by Laura Hillman. If you know me at all, you know my obsession with reading about WWII and the Holocaust. It is so unbelievable and sad, yet I am passionate about reading everything I can about the timeframe. I've been aching to make a trip to DC to see the Holocaust Museum and was thinking about trying in October during Fall Break, though I don't think it'll work out afterall...regardless, I want to read this book next and maybe follow it up with a few others I have on my To-Read list from this time in history.

Ok - it's your turn now...let me know where to find your "Musing Monday" post!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Time // 6:46pm

Place // Sitting in my desk chair, waiting for a couple friends to come over to help us polish off some taco leftovers from yesterday.

Eating // chicken & pork tacos. Mexican style, of course.

Drinking // Diet Orange from Kroger. Yum!

Reading // "The Boy in the Suitcase" - it's not too bad so far, but I'm anxious to move on to a new book. Also still reading "Raising Happiness" for my school Parents book club.

Watching // nothing really...though "Pretty Woman" is on the TV in the living room right now.

Listening // some crappy song O is playing on the iPod speaker. Blech!

Cooking // Gee whiz....I already said TACOS!!

Blogging // not a whole lot...I really want to get back to regular posts but for some reason I've had a hard time with that. I guess it just boils down to time. Bummer!

Hating // I have not had a good couple months...specifically August and so far September isn't too stellar either...gotta make a change. 

Loving // work!! Can you believe it?!? Never heard me say that before have you? OK, maybe "loving" is a bit overboard, but thankfully our new administration this year has made a world of difference in "my" world. :) Hooray!

Wanting // I want some things to change. I want my (2!) knee surgeries to not cost me a gazillion dollars

Anticipating // The rest of this a sort of nervous and semi-uncomfortable way. Ugh. Total drag really.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week in the Life - Tuesday

Just sharing my Tuesday WITL pics...can't wait to get them into my SNAP! album!! least favorite time of day...too early!!

Milo's morning routine.

Apparently, he wants to go to the YMCA with me today!

Banana-Strawberry Smoothie w/greek yogurt!

Driving to work/school.

Silly pic in my office before the bell rings.

I had Mass duty this morning.

One of the props for a class lesson w/1st graders.

My desk today...yes, I use Ethan's old Scooby Doo lunch box.

Coping mechanism of the day. Yum!

Leaving work.

I had a dentist appointment.

YMCA - run.

Home away from home.

Beautiful sky out my sunroof.

FINALLY driving home for the day. Whew!!

Turkey & Pepper Jack melt.

Shower & Bedtime routine.