Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Books Read: January 2016

I cannot believe that it is the 10th already and I have yet to post the books I read in January. With the return of my knitting mojo I have been struggling to get my reading time in everyday. Even with that said I did manage to read my 4 books for the month.

1) The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky – this was not the best book to start the year off with. It is the story of a mother and daughter who are in a car accident one night where a man dies. Each one of them has their own secret they are keeping from the other about that night and it begins to tear them apart. I did not like either of the main characters. The mom seemed clueless and the daughter was extremely annoying. 

2) Purl Up and Die: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton – I enjoyed this book like all of the others in the series. The writing is not the best and I figured out the killer just reading the synopsis on the jacket but I love a good brain candy book and appreciate these for what they are.
3) A Box of Darkness: The Story of a Marriage by Sally Ryder Brady – this is a non-fiction book detailing the author’s marriage to her closeted husband. It was interesting to read but I found myself getting mad at her sometimes for her ability to bury her head in the sand. Then I would remind myself that this was the 60s and 70s and things were way different back then. It is a good view of a marriage and how things are not always what they appear to be from the outside. 

4) Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber – this is the second book in the Rose Harbor series. Again, like the mystery series these books will never win any literature prizes but they are fun reads. They are very predictable but I find myself pulling for the characters and the happy ending that you know if coming for them.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Save Me Edition

The topic for this week is 10 TV Show Characters You Would Want to Help You if You Were Kidnapped.

1) Dean Winchester from Supernatural
2) Danny Reagan from Blue Bloods
3) Steve McGarrett from the new Hawaii Five-O
4) Gordon Ramsey (I will need food)
5) Galavant
6) Lassie
7)Nick Burkhart from Grimm
8) Derek Morgan from Criminal Minds
9) Dana Scully from The X-Files
10) Annalise Keating from How to Get Away With Murder

Friday, February 05, 2016

Five on Friday

Welcome to February! The days seem to be getting longer which is always a plus. Unfortunately this month comes with a lot of negative memories so it is my least favorite of the year. Here is what is happening around here this week.

1) There is some work drama going on. When you work in a call center you cannot be away from your desk for 10 minutes every 60-90 minutes minutes. Of course this person is friends with our boss so it is a difficult issue to bring up.

2) Since there was so much drama I decided to take a mental health day on Wednesday. I really needed it and it did help with my outlook.

3) I am dealing with what many of us do – not enough time. I have way to much that I need and want to do and I am struggling with the balance of everything.

4) It is Superbowl weekend which always  makes me a bit sad. I miss the game during the off season.

5) I have been feeling like I am fighting something off the last week and that is not helping my mental outlook. Or my lack of time issue since I want to sleep so much. I hope this feeling goes away soon.

Here are some pictures for the week.

I did it! I got him to put down the IPad and play with his cars.

 Progress on my barley hat for charity

My bumpy road shawl blocking

Clark's Native American doll for cultural heritage month at school

B is for my buddy at bed time

Enjoying lunch with a loved one at school

Preemie hat #3 for 2016

D is for dreary skies

E is for earworm

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday

Here we are the last Friday of January. I know I say it all the time but I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by. Here is what is going on around here.

1) I signed Clark up for an after school basketball program. By his reaction you would think I told him that he would never be able to play on his IPad again.

2) I have been thinking lately that my anti-social tenancies are really starting to rub off on him.

3) I think we both need to put ourselves out there more. I may need to add that to my 2016 goals.

4) My knitting mojo is sticking around but now my reading is slipping.

5) This darn working for a living thing sure is interfering with my free time.

Here are some pictures for the week.

I love starting a new book

 I am finished with the first section of my color affection and am ready to move onto the first stripe section

After almost 18 months I finished my first knitting design

Waiting for the family concert at the library to start

Preemie hat #2 of 2016 done

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Community Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Interesting Things About Your Community. Carole left it up to us to determine what community is so I am going to talk about the great state of Michigan.

1) We are home to 2 major Big 10 universities - the University of Michigan and my alma mater Michigan State University.

2) We are the only place where Canada is south of America - Windsor, Ontario is south of Detroit.

3) We are ranked 1st in the number of boat registrations in the US.

4) Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States. 

5) Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture. 

6) The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.

7) The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. 

8) Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska. 

9) Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. 

10) Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday

Here we are at the end of another week. We are now halfway through my 2nd least favorite month of January and I am happy. Of course once January is over we move onto my least favorite month of February. Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) Last Friday I decided that we should have a living room camp out so Clark could use the Spider-man sleeping bag he got for Christmas. Sleeping on the floor killed my back and I have realized that I am not as young as I used to be.

2) Monday was Martin Luther King day in the US so Clark did not have school. I took a “vacation” day (I ended up working about 5 hours) and stayed home with him. We went to lunch at McDonald’s and ended up having a nice long weekend.

3) I am once again feeling like I am behind on everything – house work, TV shows, podcasts, etc. I am trying to remind myself that it really does not matter in the grand scheme of things but it does not always work.

4) I am so happy that my knitting mojo is back. I think signing up for Winter Camp really kicked it up. While KALs usually do not encourage me this one does since we earn points as a team and I do not want to be the teams weak link.

5) After the hitting incident a couple of weeks ago Clark has receive 4 Haw Hoorays in the last 2 weeks. This is a little certificate the kids get when they are seen as practicing the school’s four mantras of Be Ready, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. He is so proud of himself and it is so nice to see.

Here are some pictures for the week.

Little man and his new hat

 Preemie hat #1 finished

The start of my birth stone Color Affection shawl

My little man always makes me happy

An empty homework folder is a welcome sight to start the weekend

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five on Friday

Another week has come and gone and it is time for another Five on Friday post. Here is what I am thinking about this week:

1) Work has been very busy since it is the start of the semester.

2) The cold weather has returned. I guess I cannot complain to much since it has been unseasonable warm until now and it is not nearly as bad as last year.

3) Every pair of hand knit socks I have need darning. I know what I will be doing this weekend.

4) I swear that the edging on the hat I am knitting for Clark is taking longer to knit that the actual hat did.

5) Clark does not have school on Monday so it i a long weekend for me and I am looking forward to it.

Here are some pictures for you.

Progress on Clark's Spider-man hat

Clark trying to fold laundry made me smile


Squishy handspun I won from the Kitchen Stitches podcast