Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Monday Book Report, Edition #9

I am linking up with 

WHAT DID I READ THIS WEEK:  Stephen King's "The Outsider" (review coming soon) 

WHAT BOOKS DID I BUY/BORROW THIS WEEK:  Borrowed e-book from the library - "The Outsider" and "Michigan's Most Haunted" - Halloween week reading 

WHAT ARE MY READING PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: Choose my books to read for the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon, starting November 9th.  Finish up Michigan's Most Haunted by Halloween.  Not sure what else I will start. 

Happy Homemaker Monday for October 29th, 2018

Photo from Momy's Musings

I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

Before heading into HHM, I have to share some personal stuff.  If you've read my blog before, you my know that my younger sister has end-stage liver disease and we are working toward a liver transplant.  The past six months she has lost a lot of weight, but otherwise, she's been pretty stable.  On Friday, she had a dizzy spell and passed out, landing on her face and ribs.  I met the ambulance and my dad at the hospital.  At first they thought she had a split lip but had escaped any further injury.  We thought they might release her from the hospital.  All her xrays were negative, head, neck, and back CT scans came back negative.  Her ribs started to hurt more, so I told the nurse maybe she was ready for some pain meds.  (She had refused them previously)  When she told the ER dr, he recommended a CT of the chest.  She refused, saying they were sore, but she didn't think that anything was broken.  FUNNY thing is (not funny, totally a GOD thing) the guy from radiology came down and took her to CT for the scan by mistake.  A bit later, the ER dr came back to tell her she has a bunch of rib fractures.  They rushed Morphine into her and called in the trauma team.  We thought she might be coming home today -  but she's developed a fever and they are worried about pneumonia.  Plus she is having some cirrhosis complications too.  So all prayers are appreciated!  <3  

The weather in my neck of the woods.....  50s & rainy

Right now I am.... Watching a Christmas movie on Hallmark, blogging, and meal prepping. 

Thinking about.... How the weekend is always too short. 

On the blog last week..... Not much of anything.  Again. 

On my reading pile....  Finishing "The Outsider" by Stephen King

On my TV..... 
Hallmark Christmas movies (yes, already)
Ghost Adventures
All the Chicago shows
New Amsterdam
Grey's Anatomy
Youtube videos 
Days of Our Lives 

Movie of the week...... "Christmas at Holly Lodge" Super cute, sweet, Christmas movie.  Exactly what you'd expect of Hallmark.  Plus, it stars one of my favorites, Alison Sweeney.  

On the menu for this week....
Sunday - Spaghetti & meatballs 
Monday -  Chicken Shwarma sandwich, hummus, herbed rice 
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday 
Wednesday - Halloween - Homemade pizza 
Thursday - Whole grain pasta with chicken and veggies 
Friday - Dad's house: Roast, carrots, potatoes, salad, green beans 
Saturday - YOYO

That's going to be it for this week.  I do have a wonderful GOD story to tell - but I will save that for next week. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday, October 15th, 2018

Photo from Momy's Musings

I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday
The weather in my neck of the woods..... Perfect autumn weather - in the 50s. 

Right now I am.... Doing my meal prep for the week.  

Thinking about.... Overthinking about everything. 

On the blog last week..... Nothing!  Going away for the weekend really messed up my entire week!  But it was worth it. 

On my reading pile....  You can read all about my book-nerd life on my weekly post:  The Monday Book Report. 

On my TV.....
Youtube videos 
Ghost Adventures
Days of Our Lives
Young & Restless
All the Chicago shows
Criminal Minds  

Movie of the week...... I watched the original Halloween last week  This weekend I watched the Netflix new series, The Haunting of Hill House.  I'll be reviewing the book and series later this week.

Weight Watchers this week: Lost 1.4 for a total of 43 (this includes the 4 I lost prior to WW) 

On the menu for this week....
Sunday - Rigatoni with meat sauce with a side of garlic roasted cauliflower 
Monday -  Baked Buffalo chicken with spiralized potatoes and green beans 
Tuesday - Beef and broccoli with lots of mushrooms over rice 
Wednesday -  Turkey taco wraps with black bean and corn salad 
Thursday - BBQ chicken bowl 
Friday -  Dad's House - Game Night: Roasted chicken and vegetables 
Saturday - Homemade pizza 

Best recipe of last week...... Love using the thin crusts sold at Dollar Tree!  They are only 6 WW points for 1/2 the crust. 

New recipe I want to try......  I'm trying this lentil stew today - with a few modifications.  (It was really good) 

On my to do list.... 
Take my sister to UM for Dr. appt and stress test 
Trader Joe's visit (about an hour from me) 
Lots of reading

Looking forward to this week.... A couple quiet nights at home reading. Having scary movie night with my sister on Friday night. 

The Monday Book Report, Edition 8

I am linking up with 

WHAT DID I READ THIS WEEK (and last week):  
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof (real book from library) 
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Nora Roberts (e-book from library) 
Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Audiobook from library) 
The Queen by Kiera Cass (e-book from library) 
The Elite 
The Haunting of Hill House 

Borrowed from library - audiobook The One by Kiera Cass
Purchased real book from Indie bookstore on vacation - Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly
Borrowed from library - Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas 
Borrowed from library - audiobook The Identicals 

Catch up on Frankenstein, finish Court of Mist and Fury and The One. 

Short and sweet this week!  Exhaustingly busy! 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weigh in Wednesday (on Thursday)

I'm linking up @ A Homemaker's Heart 
I'm a day behind, but that is no big surprise!  I've been busy at work and at home.  I skipped my WW meeting AGAIN!  I know, I know.  I'll be back this Saturday. However, that doesn't mean that I haven't been following the plan.

WHAT WENT WELL THIS WEEK: I have stayed on track every day - even through two birthday parties!

WHAT DID NOT GO SO WELL THIS WEEK: Still drinking too much diet pop and not enough water.

BEST MEAL/RECIPE: I made a low WW point cornbread recipe and it was really good!

RECIPE I WANT TO TRY: Nothing in particular, but I am looking for some good fall and winter soups to try!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Top Ten Authors I'd Love to Meet

I'm joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday!  Today's topic is which 10 authors would you most love to meet?  I will apologize in advance that most of mine are no longer living.

1. Jane Austen
2.  Edgar Allen Poe
3.  Margaret Mitchell
4. John Steinbeck
5.  The Bronte sisters (all of them, please)
6. Janet Fitch (White Oleander)
7.  Janette Oke (Love Comes Softly books)
8. Neta Jackson (Yada Yada Prayer Group books)
9.  Kristin Hannah
10. Emily Dickinson