Thursday, September 03, 2015

Books Read: August 2015

The month of August was pretty much a stinker for me. Even though I felt like I was going to die for most of the month I did manage to read three books.

1) The Summer of Us by Holly Chamberlin - I really enjoyed this story of three very different strangers who rent a house on Martha's Vineyard together for the summer. The author made me both like and want to smack each of the main characters at different times. A great summer chick lit read.

2) The Scandalous Summer of Sissy Leblanc by Loraine Despres - this was another good summer read. While it is the story of a repressed housewife in 1950s Louisiana it is more than that. It takes on the racial discrimination so rampant in the error. However, the book did manage to make me laugh out loud a couple of times.

3) Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections by Giuiana Rancic - the life story of the former E! News anchor. I have been a fan of her ad her husband and enjoyed their reality show when it was on. I recommend this to any of her fans.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

FO: Spa Set #4




Pattern: my own
Needles: Size 6 bamboo
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream in Mod Blue
Modifications: none
Comments: I need to get these patterns typed up.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: The Simple Pleasures Edition


The topic for this week is 10 Seemingly Ordinary Things That Bring You Joy.

1) Reading a good book
2) Clark's bedtime routine
3) Getting lost in my knitting
4) When my hubby fills up my gas tank
5) Hitting all the green lights on my way home
6) The silence when I am the first one awake
7) Watching the fellas playing together
8) Staying up late
9) Sunsets
10) A clean house

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Goal Check In

Now that we are half way through August I decided it was time to check in on my progress towards meeting my 2015 goals.

Crafting:

1) Learn to crochet - nope
2) Learn color work - nope
3) Learn to sew - nope
4) Make a sweater for me - nope
5) Finish our couch blanket - I have worked on this a bit
6) Make Clark's 5 year blanket - I bought yarn for the first group of square and picked the pattern
7) Learn to cross stitch - I bought a kit to learn for my birthday
8) Be better about updating Ravelry project pages - I have been so-so on this one
9) More charity knitting - did many preemie hats for Remembering Remy
10) Knit some everyday - I have been pretty good on this one

Personal/Health

1) Lose 1lb per week - yeah not even close
2) Work out 5 times per week - hahahaha!
3) Creative writing 30 minutes per week - I tried but I am just not interested in writing right now
4) Cut out refined sugar - no
5) Keep doctor appointments and take medications - so far so good with this one
6) Go to knit night 2 times per month - so-so on this one as well
7) Read 52 books - I am 6 books behind pace
8) Particiapte in weekly photography challenge - I decided to scrap tho one pretty early on
9) Bedtime routine (wash face, brush teeth, floss and medications) - pretty successful on this one
10) Blog 3 times per week - again I have somewhat met this one

Financial

1) Save at least $20 per month - nope
2) Less unescessary spending - doing better but still room for improvement
3) Pay off loan to my sister - done
4) Start a 529 savings account for Clark - not yet

Family:

1) Do a special family event one per month - so far so good
2) Have more patience with the fellas - still room for improvement
3) Less TV time for Clark - did well until summer vacation
4) Restart Clark's chore chart - nope
5) Eat dinner together 3 times per week - doing alright with this one

House:

1) Declutter for 15 minutes 3 times per week - no
2) Deep clean one it,e per week - nope

Emotional:

1) Be kinder to myself - yeah no
2) Realize I cannot do everything - but I am still trying to
3) Do not be afraid to try new things - ok on this one
4) Remember that I do not have to complete everything all at once - nope

So it appears that I still have quite a bit of work to do. Until next time ....

Monday, August 10, 2015

Books Read: July 2015


July was another good month for reading and I managed to read 4 books for the month. It seems that my lack of knitting mojo is causing me to read more.  Here is what I completed for the month.

1) The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood – I am torn about this book. It was an interesting concept but for some reason it just did not resonate with me. I really hated both of the main characters and wanted to reach through the pages and smack them upside the head.

2) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on interracial marriage. Again though I wanted to reach through the pages and smack the mother upside the head.

3) The King’s Curse (TheCousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory – another look at the descent of King Henry VIII from a spoiled prince to the tyrant king. I do enjoy Gregory’s books but it seems like she maybe running out of material. I will keep reading them though because I love the time period.

4) The Secret of Chimney by Agatha Christie – this was not one of my favorite Christie books.  It was a bit contrived and predictable.
 


Friday, August 07, 2015

5 on Friday


Holy moly I cannot believe that it is August 7th already. Before we know it we will be ringing in 2016. I have not been feeling well the last few weeks, well since June really. Depression is rearing its ugly head but I am trying my best to fake it until I make it. That being said here are some things that are happening around these parts.

1 Last Thursday I managed to get my foot caught in the leg of my PJ pants and in my flailing around trying not to fall I pulled or strained something in my side. It hurt so bad I could not believe that my rib was not broken.  I also managed to scare the crap out of poor Clark and was trying to console him while in major pain. It is starting to feel better though.

2) I have had a cough for the past 2 weeks. It is really annoying but after the incident noted above it has been painful.  It seems to be getting worse and I may need to break down and visit the doctor.

3) On Tuesday I went on a field trip to the Detroit Zoo with Clark’s summer camp. It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the high 70s and a nice breeze. However, I have been forced to admit that I am sadly and pathetically out of shape. At the end when we were walking back to the bus I did not know if I would be able to make it. I need to get my butt in gear because this is ridiculous.

4) My brother-in-law came into town on Tuesday and is staying with us for the next 10 days. I try to be a good sport because they don’t see each other very often but I am a hermit at heart and having someone in my space is hard for me.

5) I booked a hotel and we will be heading up to Traverse City for a weekend at the end of the month. All I can say is holy crap hotels are expensive! It made me realize how lucky we have been for the past 11 years to have the house in the UP to go to. Vacation saving will need to be kicked up a notch from now on.

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks. 












Dehydration + a super hot day = 1 sick little guy












Clark and a statue












A sick day selfie












All set for Halloween thanks to my cousin's ex-wife












On the bus on the way to the zoo












 This guy was very animated












I love this!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FO: Buddha Sweater

Once I finished his sweater Clark decided he needed a matching one for his dog, Buddha.



Pattern: Webkinz Sweater Pattern
Needles: Size 8 bamboo
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Ranch Red
Modifications: made about an inch longer to cover his body more
Comments: very easy pattern. Boy and dog are both pleased