Monday, April 20, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Gala Photo

And a bit embarrassed that it was in the newspaper! But I *won* those tennis lessons!

Me at a gala a couple weeks ago - may have to click on the photos to find me

(Matt hates it when I say I *won* a silent auction. He always points out that we have to *buy* the prize)

(But I do love my dress!)

Sunday, April 05, 2015

For This Week - April 5th

Well, hello. And Happy Easter! The kids and I got back late last night from our 3 week Hawaii adventure. I'm jet lagged today which makes me feel like doing nothing, and fortunately Matt & his father took care of all the Easter doings. I have managed to work through a decent number of emails which was much needed - my computer wouldn't start in Hawaii but magically started back at home. Maybe a blessing from the universe while I was away?

We dive right back into *real* life tomorrow. I am going to miss my lazy mornings, tropical smoothies, beach time & salty hair, the company of a friend everyday, and the simplicity of living out of a suitcase. Combine those joys with reading the book Essentialism (among many others!) while I was gone, and I'm wondering what changes I can incorporate back into *real* life. I will be pondering it.

I am happy to get back this week to some of the home routines that we need/love - Jack's tutor, kids' swim practice, my tennis and Pilates, homeschool. Plus I have some good self care scheduled this week (a massage and haircut). There are other fun things to look forward to this week, and one of those involves me wearing a fancy dress!

I'm doing so much catching up this week, that I'm hopefully going easy on myself with the to do list...
  1. Sign Kate up for volleyball
  2. Sign Kate up for gymnastics
  3. Sign Kate up for summer camp
  4. Sign Jack up for a new activity
  5. Call middle school for Kate
  6. Call to make acupuncture appt
  7. Schedule tennis matches
  8. Organize for homeschool book sale
  9. Go through Easter/spring decorations
  10. Write out spring goals

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Right Now - Cliff Jumping

40+ and still cliff jumping!
Kate following in her mama's footsteps (or rather jumps! Although she actually went first with almost no hesitation!)
And my Jumping Jackalope who instigated the whole ordeal.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Reading List

New list for a new season. 

Thought I would make a shorter list for spring. Nope.

But even though I won't read all these books, it does give me some direction.

Audiobooks - mostly chosen because they are on my Audible account. Many are from the 2015 Books to Movies List.
  1. Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
  2. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  3. The Introvert Advantage
  4. Love, Rosie (currently listening - almost done)
  5. The Zookeeper's Wife
  6. The Light Between Oceans
  7. Paper Towns
  8. One Plus One
  9. Far From the Maddening Crowd
Nonfiction - do I really think I'll read this many nonfiction books?!? Am I not learning anything from my current read Essentialism?!? (but I've actually started about half of these books, so half the list is really just half books...)
  1. Coaching With the Brain in Mind 
  2. Deconstructing Penguins
  3. 10 Minute Toughness
  4. Daughters of Eve (currently reading - but not actively!)
  5. Silver Spoon Kids (started but didn't get far)
  6. Return to Life Through Contrology
  7. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
  8. And Then They Won Gold (currently reading - but not actively!)
  9. The Happiness Project (started but then I had to return it to the library)
  10. Essentialism (currently reading - almost done)
  11. Better Than Before (this just came out a few days ago. I am so excited to start it!)
  12. The Opposite of Spoiled (on hold at the library - should get it this spring)
  13. Drive
  14. Unclean (by one of my favorite bloggers)
  15. More or Less
  16. Faith
Fiction/Novels -
  1. The Book Thief
  2. Orphan Train
  3. Boys in the Boat
  4. The Girl on the Train (from the library - got to get it read quick!)
  5. Station Eleven (also from the library - also need to read quick!)
  6. Big Little Lies (if/when it becomes available from library)
  7. All the Light We Can Not See (another if/when library book hold)
  8. Home (if/when library book hold)
Kids - this list will definitely be added on to depending on where our interests lead.
  1. The Phantom Tollbooth
  2. Heidi
  3. The Menagerie
  4. Time for Andrew
  5. The City of Ember
  6. Esperanza Rising
  7. Spirit Animals book 1
  8. Rules

Winter Book List - Final Review

Since today is the first day of spring and our spot in Hawaii is really rainy, I thought I'd do my final winter book review. I didn't do a great job of sticking to the winter list. Sometimes when I hear of a good book, I want to read it RIGHT NOW. Plus if a library book becomes available, it goes to the top of the reading list.

Another factor in my reading this winter was having LASIK done at the end of February. I haven't felt much like reading the last few weeks. My eyes felt really tired (still do sometimes), and most days the eyeballs felt too fatigued to focus to read. I've noticed a marked improvement over the last week, and as such, I've started back to regular reading.

I think I'll try to do a smaller list for spring and leave room for additions, but I'm looking forward to the fun of figuring out what I want to read!

Total Books Read This Winter: 19

(I *starred the books that weren't originally on my winter book list)

Audiobooks - I love audiobooks...
  1. Off to Be the Wizard
  2. Peace From Broken Pieces
  3. Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
  4. Accidentally on Purpose  
  5. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  6. The Aviator's Wife
  7. The Introvert Advantage
  8. *Gilead (loved this! Loved it.)
  9. *Lila (sequel or prequel to Gilead - love it also)
  10. *Love, Rosie (currently listening - almost done)
Nonfiction - I'm the queen of half-reading nonfiction...
  1. Coaching With the Brain in Mind 
  2. Deconstructing Penguins
  3. 10 Minute Toughness
  4. How to Hug a Porcupine
  5. Daughters of Eve (currently reading - but not actively!)
  6. Silver Spoon Kids (started but didn't get far)
  7. Return to Life Through Contrology
  8. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
  9. *And Then They Won Gold (currently reading - but not actively!)
  10. *The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  11. *The Happiness Project (started but then I had to return it to the library)
  12. *Essentialism (currently reading - almost done)
Fiction/Novels - hmmm... every fiction was "added."
  1. The Book Thief
  2. Orphan Train
  3. Boys in the Boat
  4. *Fallen
  5. *The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
  6. *The Last Letter From Your Lover
Kids - love reading what my kids read!
  1. Out of My Mind
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth
  3. Feeding Malachi
  4. Heidi
  5. The Menagerie
  6. Time for Andrew
  7. The City of Ember
  8. Esperanza Rising
  9. Spirit Animals books 1-?
  10. Ruby Holler
  11. *When I Reach You
  12. *Malachi and the Ghost Kitten
  13. *Rules
  14. *Ramayana - The Divine Loophole
  15. *The Saga of Erik the Viking
  16. *Kenny and the Dragon