Books of 2015 {February, March and April}

I thought I was going to update you each month on what I was reading. Well, then life happened and I didn’t read a single book in February.  Weird month to not read since winter was in full effect, but I didn’t. However, I have since picked up my pace and been reading quite a bit lately.

Shotgun Love Songs: A Novel

Quick Review: I had a hard time getting in to the book and it lasted longer than I would have liked but the story was interesting not something I had read before.

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All the Light We Cannot See

Quick Review: Again, a slow start. But a Pulitzer Prize later, I could not stop turning the pages. I

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The Nightingale 

Quick Review: Hands down my favorite book I have read this year. It is about WW2 and occupied France. I was sobbing at the end on a Sunday morning in our dining room finishing it.

Prodigal Son

Quick Review: Predictable, easy to read.


The Liar

Quick Review: Easy to read. I was turning pages like crazy trying to finish this monster book. Good chick read.

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Okay, so there is what I have been reading. How about you? What do you have for me? Summer is almost here which means I will have some time to dive in to some books.



Friday Randoms V.7

Lots of radio silence on the blog right now. I am done apologizing for it when it happens. I love this space but when I don’t love it is when I feel the pressure to be here and that’s how it felt the past two weeks or so.

But, it’s Friday and I’m ready to get back in to giving you glimpses in to our life.

This article I think is such an important lesson in the use of social media. It was written for the New York Times, objective and sends such a clear message about the importance of understanding the impact of things posted online.   Added to that, when we were in Lake Geneva this past weekend, a dad we met at a bar told us if he could give us one piece of advice (he was there celebrating his 20-something son’s engagement) it would be to know your kids passwords to everything and to check social media constantly to see what they are posting. Not sure I agree on this one but still something to think about.

We all have a cold right now that just won’t seem to go away. I am the most worried about Cate who I feel like has had one since the middle of January.  With temperatures and wind chills insanely cold right now, I am counting the days down to spring break. 5 weeks. 5 weeks people. I can feel the sunshine on my skin.

Last weekend we snuck away for literally 24 hours with Glenn’s college friends (and my friends too) to Lake Geneva.  We don’t stay in the nicest place, or do anything fancy but it is always such a good time.  The people are just good people.  The time is so needed.  We laugh a lot, drink even more and just get to relax.

Brady has been really funny with words and language lately.  He sounds out everything. He enunciates words with major emphasis on every single syllable.  It’s hilarious and annoying.  Sometimes it’s the word you say. Other times it’s something he sees on tv or reads on a piece of paper.  But then, last night, out of nowhere he just started reading.  Reading people.  The words on his new pajamas.  And then the words on the tv.  My mind was blown. I screamed. He covered his ears and grinned.  It’s a milestone.  I’m happy since I love to read but so sad because it is just another indicator that the baby in him is long gone.

This was a really boring and uninspiring food week for us.  The freezing temperatures, nasty head colds and life just left me cooking some boring repeats.  I am already menu planning for next week and looking forward to trying some new recipes.

Stay warm and have a great weekend!