Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. Today is Field Day!! Wahoo....except that it's supposed to rain. :( Hoping it holds out and waits until we are done outside.

2. Simply cannot wait for school to be done so I can read, read, read!!

3. Didn't fare too well with the latest Bout of Books read-a-thon...I read a total of 438 pages...probably more than a normal week when I'm not focusing on reading ALOT, but still would have liked to have done better.

4. In the past 3 years, this last week of school has been pretty low-key...not at all how it's been this year. Ugh. What is wrong w/people? A lot!
5. After reading The Kitchen House - which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED and will be recommending to EVERYONE under the sun for the rest of my life...I am in a slavery-time-frame for reading and so I plan to read WENCH next!


5. Had to make a few adjustments to our FL trip...I've been calling it "Florida on Steroids" because it sorta grew and grew into a ginormous trip with LOTS of plans. We scaled back and reduced it by one day and one park. I have mixed feelings about it, but it is in the better interest of our sanity.

6. I just want to make and bake things that I find on Pinterest all day long. *sigh*

7. And I guess that's all I have right now...happy Thursday folks!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 7 Progress

Bout of Books
The last day of the read-a-thon was not spent reading, unfortunately!
Total pages read today: 11
Total pages read this week: 438


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 6 Progress

Bout of Books
Saturday's reading progress....was better than Friday!
Total pages read today: 68
Total pages read this week: 427


I'm enjoying reading The Paris Time Capsule...very interesting story!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 5 Progress

Bout of Books
Not a great reading day...too much on the calendar!!
Total pages read today: 38
Total pages read this week: 397


Hoping Saturday provides a little more reading time...though it's doubtful!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 4 progress

Bout of Books
Another good day of reading! Woohoo!!
Total pages read today: 102
Total pages read this week: 359

I finished the The Kitchen House and it claims a spot on my ALL TIME FAVORITES list for sure!! What a fabulous book, lots of sad parts, but the characters were so real and you couldn't help must LOVE them...and HATE a couple of others too. 


And for my next book, I decided on: 
and it's a great story so far, I'm 82 pages in and can't wait for my next chance to read!!

Happy Friday!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 3 progress

Bout of Books

Wednesday was an awesome reading day!! 
Of course it always helps when there aren't 47 things to do after school.
Oh and the neighbor's took E swimming for 90 minutes too!
Total pages read today: 154!!
That's rockstar reading for me...I rarely ever read that much in a day...who has the time?

And The Kitchen House!! Oh.My.Goodness...this book is is done so well and I really didn't want to quit last night, but I was too tired to finish the last 30 pages or so. 
I cannot wait to see how this ends. Some great characters in this one and I'll miss them terribly!


Up next to read:

One of these....just not sure which one...I guess it'll depend on my mood at the moment!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bout of Books - Day 2 Progress (or lack thereof)

Bout of Books

Tuesday was not a great day and it was also a busy day which impacted my reading time. 
Sadly, I only read 36 pages.
I walked outside vs. on a treadmill so that cuts into the reading time as well...
I wouldn't want to run into a tree while walking and trying to read a book. :) 


Today's after school schedule is a little more "open" so hopefully I can get 100 pages read!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Trying: to not be negative today, though yesterday was a Monday from the Hell-Hall-of-Fame of Mondays.

Moving: reluctantly.

Drinking: diet dr pepper and hoping that is enough.

Eating: making better choices here...yay...greek yogurt, almonds, laughing cow cheese wedges, multigrain club crackers...all yummy!!

Wondering: if I'll get any response to the 6 resumes I sent out last night. yes.i.did.

Loving: the end of the work day....more than ever before.

Watching: got back into Grey's Anatomy...just in time for the season finale of course. 

Reading: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom You can find me on Goodreads here

Listening: to a variety of country songs when it's "my" turn...but normally I'm listening to Ethan's music, which right now consists of "eye of the tiger" and Disney music from Frozen, Cars and Toy Story soundtracks.

Thinking: how awesome it will feel to be on summer break.

Needing: a girls getaway...or a scrapbooking day...just something for me.

Wanting: to not have to wish away days of my life just to get to "better" days.

Hoping: today turns out to be a better day than yesterday. it wouldn't be too difficult really.

Planning: final details for summer vacation.

Crafting: absolutely nothing. for some reason, this school year has been busier and it's been harder to keep up on Project Life. As much as I want to continue working on it, when I sit down to get started, I feel overwhelmed and stressed. It's supposed to be fun, but lately is hasn't been.

Remembering: when Ethan was 1-2 years old and I only worked 3 days a week. That was so nice...even if I didn't care for the job, at least it was only 3 days. Every Thursday we met my mom for lunch at McAlister's...such good times. I miss those days.

Bout of Books - Day 1 Progress

Bout of Books

I met my daily goal of 65 pages, actually reading 67...much of which I read while walking on the treadmill!!  I would have liked to have read more, but I just couldn't stay awake any longer. So glad to have made a good amount of progress in my book. 

I am really enjoying The Kitchen House though much of it is a bit hard to swallow/accept. I'm thankful that I didn't live during those times.


I'm hoping for at least another 65 pages today!! Wish me luck!!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. I'm not sure I can come up with many things this feels like the same 'ol story...just waiting (anxiously) for the school year to be over with.

2. I am looking forward to the arrival of  our MagicBands!! Pretty sure I'm gonna love mine so much that I just might wear mine as a regular piece of jewelry. 

3. This upcoming Disney trip is going to be like I'm taking TWO kids (boys!) with me...the hubs decided he is tired of missing out on our summer vacations so he is going along and hasn't been to Disney for 25+ years!! I don't know if I'm more excited just to go to Disney (as I always am) or getting to see the joy & awe on his face at all the awesomeness that is Disney. Can't wait.

4. Pretty sure we skipped Spring and went right to Summer's been 80+ all week and next week looks the same. 

5. Going back to Yoga tonight...hopefully I'll be able to do most of the poses. On Friday, I'm trying a Barre class...I've wanted to for quite a while as I keep hearing it's "fantastic"...first class is free so I'm pretty excited to check it out. 

6. The only bookish news...I finished The Invention of Wings and I enjoyed it though it felt like I was reading it forever. It spans over many, many years, so maybe that's why.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

Bout of Books
1. Just signed up for Bout of Books 10.0 - wahoo! I love this little challenge. Hoping to beat my goal from last time, you know, since I failed to meet it then. It will be hard though. I really need Bout of Books to happen in the Summer so I can knock it out of the park. Read on!!

2. Finally reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and LOVING IT!! I just need about 2 solid uninterrupted hours so I can finish it!!

3. I added a few books to my TBR list this week...a list that will never have everything checked off of it. Too many books. Not enough time.

4. The weather has been nuts here. 50s today. 80s all next week. I guess we skipped right over Spring and went to Summer.

5. This weekend is packed full...not how I like them to be really. We have a baseball game at 9am on Saturday morning. Afterwards I am working a wedding (photography) from 11am-8pm and then falling hard into bed as weddings are completely exhausting. Ugh. Sunday is a fundraiser kids walk at the local high school followed by a sort of date night to see Jersey Boys. Guaranteed I'll be a zombie next week as you can see there will be NO rest for me this weekend. It's mostly fun stuff, but no rest is still hard.

6. Random you eat yogurt? If so, do you add anything to it? Like granola, raisins etc? I get some chuckles/odd responses from people when I mention that I like adding those items to my yogurt for texture. Is that strange? I didn't think so, but maybe it is? Let me know.

7. That's all for now. Happy Thursday folks!

Bout of Books 10.0

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's my 3rd Bout of Books sign we go only goal is to read more than I read last time.

My goal for BoB 9.0 was 65 pages per day and I did NOT meet that. 
I read only 236 pages over the course of the week.

It will certainly be a challenge again as school/work will still be in session and we will still be juggling after-school activities so reading time will be pretty limited.

Join up! It's fun!