Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday for January 28th, 2019





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..... Like a lot of places across the country, we are getting a snow storm!  FINALLY some winter weather!  We had about 4 inches last night and should get another 4-6 tomorrow.  Then comes the frigid weather!  Around -40 with the windchill Wednesday night.  

Right now I am.... Wearing a facemask with green tea right now.  Just finished an at-home mani-pedi.  A girl needs to pamper herself once in awhile. 

Thinking about.... My sweetheart :)  

On my reading pile.... Finally getting around to starting "Siddhartha".  I was chosen as The Classic's Club Clubber of the Month.  If you want to read more about my reading life - you can see their post HERE.  

On my TV.....
Days of Our Lives
Young & Restless 
Maybe some of the Chicago shows 

Movie of the week...... I watched "A Star is Born" with my boyfriend.  Lady Gaga was amazing in it.  I'm not a huge fan of hers, but I was impressed with her in the movie.  I saw the 70s version with Barbara Streisand forever ago - but forgot how SAD the movie is!  Good but depressing. 

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Rotisserie chicken, rice with mushrooms, green beans & green salad
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday (turkey tacos with homemade guacamole) 
Wednesday - Probably have dinner with the BF
Thursday - Mediterranean chicken skewers with hummus, naan, and green salad
Friday - Making dinner @ Dad's house 
Saturday - Dinner with the BF

New recipe I want to try...... See above 

On my to do list....  
Work 
Catch up on reading
Spend time with my sweetheart 
Write a letter to both of my penpals 
Post at least one more blog this week 
Start on Valentine's for the Valentine's Exchange
Make doctor's appointments
Sign up for new insurance at work 
Take Emily driving


Looking forward to this week.... More snow!  Spending more time with my sweetie.  Having my job interview over with (see below) 

Looking around the house.... It's cluttered because it's so small - but I just don't know what else to get rid of.  I need a bigger place.  Soon.  Everything is pretty good though.  

Asking for prayer..... I have a 2nd job interview on Tuesday for a company that I REALLY want to work for!  The job would be amazing, the money and benefits would be much better than what I have now and my peace of mind and stress level would improve more than I can express.  I'm asking for prayer that the interviewers will find favor with me and ask me to join their team! 

Have a blessed week! 


The Monday Book Report Edition #12



I am linking up with 








S0 - I haven't read a word this week.  I need to remedy this immediately!!  However, I was named the Clubber of the Month for The Classics Club!  That was so awesome!  You can read the post HERE.  Learn more about The Classics Club HERE



I am starting "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse tonight.  I began reading it once but for some reason put it down, so I will be restarting it tonight! 





Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt—a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggle with his own son, to final renunciation and self-knowledge.






Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Monday Book Report #11 - 2019 Classic Goals



I am linking up with 






I want to share my 2019 Classic goals and then do my best to actually stick to them!  I joined the Classics Club last August because I want to read more books that have withstood the test of time. 

I've chosen six classic novels that I plan to read this year.  Hopefully there will be may more, but for now, these are the six that I most want to read. 

1.  Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson   





2. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse 

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 



4. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery 

5.  Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 



6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 







Saturday, January 5, 2019

My Ten (OK, 13) Favorite Books in 2018


I had a really good reading year.  I tried to narrow the list down to 10 books - but of the 61 books that I read this year, I have 13 that I truly found exceptional - and one that truly didn't live up to the hype. 

BEST CLASSIC:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 



"Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God."

"The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve."


BEST THRILLERS: 

3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 






2The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

1. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn  






BEST CHRISTIAN FICTION: 

Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly (My review is HERE




BEST YOUNG ADULT: 

The Selection by Kiera Cass 




Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 





BEST MOST-TALKED-ABOUT BOOKS: 

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 






1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes   (Movie was also really good!) 



BEST BOOK ABOUT BOOKS/AUTHORS: 

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell




MY TOP THREE - THE BEST OF THE BEST: 

3. Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens 

2.  The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani (My review is HERE








1.  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (My review is HERE




LEAST FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 







Happy Homemaker Monday: Happy New Year

  I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday!  It's been quite awhile since I've posted.  2021 was completely insane....