Seven Winter Survival Favorites

December 18, 2014 Life 0

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Winter is upon us! At least for those of us in the northern hemisphere. And baby is it cold outside! Actually, I can’t complain–we had a colder than normal November in Dallas, but we’ve been averaging about mid 50s with some pretty awesome days amongst the cruddy days this December.

But, I’m still a wimp when it comes to cold weather. W-I-M-P. I hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhate being cold.

This month, the lovely lady bloggers at Estella’s Revenge, Traveling with T, and Girlxoxo are hosting A Month of Favorites. I’m sad that I’m just now jumping into the month, but I definitely wanted to share with you some of my favorites for Winter Survival. And because I’m such a wimp, I couldn’t stop at just five…so here are seven of my favorites.

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Winter Survival Favorites

1. I’ve been making a more conscious effort lately to dress like an adult, and in doing so I’ve discovered Crinkle Infinity Scarf from Target. At $15 a pop (and sometimes on sale!), I have one in the blue color above and another in maroon. Not only do they make me feel like I’m more put together (when wearing a long sleeve tee), but they also keep me a bit warmer in my chilly office.

2. A few years ago my mom gave my sisters and me Look Ma, New Hands lotion from Bath and Body Works. I love this thick and creamy lotion–and trust me, my hands are THE super dry in the winter. The slight orange smell is also very nice.

3. Ugg Slippers. Another gift from my mom. And I realize these aren’t a necessity and yes they are quite expensive. But goodness are they warm and cozy and comfortable! And if I’m feeling super lazy, sometimes I’ll even wear them to the grocery store. Because, you know.

4. Chapped lips. Ugh! I find that fancy frufru lip balms only make my lips more chapped, but Carmex never fails. I keep a little jar in the bathroom, next to my bed, in my purse, in the kitchen. Also works great on chapped noses.

5. Caramel Latte from Starbucks. It’s my go-to drink (grande please–sometimes with nonfat milk). And it does taste better in that red cup.

6. You know what’s awesome when you want to read a book and you have one hand under the covers and don’t want to reach out into the cold air to turn the page? Yup, an e-reader. I love my Nook HD for this very reason! So, I just popped by Barnes and Noble to grab a link for the Nook HD–are these not being sold anymore? Gah.

7. Which brings us to the last item–My Quilt. The quilt in the picture is the first one I made for myself and I love snuggling under it. I would love to fill the house with cozy quilts–a dream for one day.

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What are YOUR Winter Survival Favorites?  Be sure to pop over to Traveling With T today to see other Winter Survival Favorites.

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Top Ten Books of 2014

December 16, 2014 Reading Nook 23

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2014 was a pretty good reading year for me if you look at numbers alone. I’m set to finish at 52 books for the year–I haven’t hit the 50 book mark since 2009! My goal for the year was 24 and thanks to graphic novels and audiobooks, I was able to bump up my numbers without trying. While I do keep track of how many books I read in a year, I’ve long since stopped stressing about how much or how little I am reading. It’s just not worth the gray hair!

So, numbers in 2014 were awesome. The books, however, not so much. Much of what I read was utterly forgettable, which is super sad. I can’t even come up with 10 without including some books that just didn’t hit the sweet spot. Whomp whomp.

The last week of this month I’ll do a more extensive Best of 2014 Reading, but here’s a look at what’s at the top of my list. Linking up with the lovely ladies over at The Broke and Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday.

Best of Books for 2014

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – Raw, emotional, evocative. While The Sparrow didn’t quite punch me in the gut like I expected it to, it’s the book that will stick with me most from 2014. It’s also the one I have (and will) recommend the most of this year.  More of my thoughts on The Sparrow.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer – Could.Not.Look.Away. Krakauer’s telling of Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints’ beliefs, especially of polygamy, was absolutely riveting. Non-fiction at it’s most exciting. More of my thoughts on Under the Banner of Heaven.

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley - Fairy Tale retellings and re-imaginings in graphic novel format–what’s not to love? Definitely one to seek out if you enjoy (or are looking to experience) graphic novels. More of my thoughts on Castle Waiting.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck – Epic. So glad I finally read this one (which is so not as intimidating as it looks) and learned the power of Timshel. More of my thoughts on East of Eden.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – I may have a terrible bookish memory, but June and her handling of her uncle Finn’s death will stick with me for a long time. Plus Brunt’s gorgeous writing. More thoughts on Tell the Wolves I’m Home.

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Relish by Lucy Knisley - Food, graphics, coming of age. While I wasn’t bowled over by French Milk, I adored Relish! I look forward to picking up Knisley’s newer graphics and diving in. More of my thoughts on Relish.

Quiet by Susan Cain – Alternately titled “The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” Need I say more? Wonderful on audio, too. More of my thoughts on Quiet.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin -Charming, cozy, and bookish. While I wouldn’t call this one earthshattering, it was the perfect book for curling up with. More of my thoughts on The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang – Colorful, mystical, informative–I loved this graphic novel duo about the Boxer Rebellion in China at the turn of the 19th century. More of my thoughts on Boxers and Saints.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – I am absolutely cheating by putting this on the list because I haven’t finished it yet. But everything about Strayed’s advice columns in Tiny Beautiful Things is heart-achingly stunning. I can’t wait to read more–but at the same time don’t want to devour it too quickly.

I don’t have any specific reading plans for 2015, but let’s hope it’s filled with stellar reads for everyone!

What were your favorites for the year?

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Did I Read That Book?

December 14, 2014 Reading Nook, Sunday Salon 25

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You know what I hate?

Wait–let me back up. Happy Sunday!!

Ok, back to what I hate. You start chatting with someone about books and the conversation quickly moves to a book that you have both read. Your chatting companion exclaims “OMG can you believe that part when that character did that huge thing?!” and you cannot remember said character nor the thing. In fact, you cannot remember anything about the book except that you read it–at least you’re pretty sure about that part.

Just me?

Unfortunately this happens to me way more than I’d like to admit. It’s especially bad when I loan one of the books that I’ve read to my parents and then they want to discuss it with me. And I’m all, ya…that part! I usually just smile and nod and feel inwardly shameful. I have such a terrible book memory–Why can’t I remember the details of the books that I read!? Sometimes it’s the plot I forget, sometimes the characters. Very often both.

I’ve wondered the reasons why I have such a bad book memory. Am I getting old? Have my children made me crazy? I don’t think so–I had a bad bookish memory even before I was old (ha!) or had children. Am I reading too many books? Too many characters and plots could muddy the waters a bit, I think. Or am I just reading carelessly? Sadly I think this might have something to do with it. Should I start reading with more purpose? Would journaling about books help? Oh wait–is that what I’m supposed to doing with this blog?

For a while blogging cured some of my “reading with purpose” ails, but over the years I’ve stopped writing about every book that I read and even still I focus more on feelings than what a book is actually about (especially leaving out any and all specifics). Ultimately I wish that I had a better bookish memory, but without putting in a lot of work I’m not sure how to solve the problem. In the end, I guess it makes re-reading books worthwhile since many times I can’t remember the endings to books–even some of my favorites. Oye.

But you know what I can usually remember? When and where I read a book and how the book made me feel. I love that I can remember my reaction, but that certainly doesn’t help in conversation!

What about you? How is your bookish memory? Do you do anything specific to remember details of a book you’ve read?

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…linking up to Kimba’s Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Sheila’s Book Journey

Books Recently Finished: Let’s see. I think my last update like this was in September. And I don’t remember what I finished since then. Lots of nonfiction, and more nonfiction. Wow–sad that I can’t remember specifics.

New Books in the House: I received Bringing up Bebe from a giveaway on Bookalicious Mama. Otherwise I think I’ve been a good girl. At least with physical books…

New Books on my E-Reader: Until now I had totally forgotten I got The Princess Bride on a Nook Daily Deal. Also Station Eleven and Stoner on the Kindle. Three books–that’s not too bad! Thanks to Estella’s Revenge and Lakeside Musing for the respective recommendations.

As for audiobooks…well…I needed Bag of Bones so I could listen and read. Plus it’s narrated by Stephen King. I also picked up The Stranger by Albert Camus, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi, and Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. Oh and Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins. I had some credits to burn, but Audible has also been having some stellar daily deals. I should just delete those email notifications.

Books on the Nightstand: Mostly I’m reading Bag of Bones by Stephen King. By mostly reading I mean mostly listening to. I also have Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed on my nightstand, but I haven’t been reading it as much as I would like. I do hope to finish it by the year’s end, though. It’s such a gorgeous book.

 What’s going on in your world this lovely Sunday?

 

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The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert

December 12, 2014 Reading Nook, Review 8

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Title: The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
Author: Emmanuel Guibert
Published: 2009 Pages: 288
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir (Graphic)
Rating: One slight annoyance but a whole lot of wow.

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In Short: Photographer Didier Lefèvre is invited to join a group of doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to travel into Afghanistan in 1986.

Why I Read The Photographer: I discovered this one during NonFiction November thanks to Sharlene from Olduvai Reads.

Thoughts in General: First, let me apologize for the crappy iphone pictures of the book below. This book is large! And hard to prop open! But I wanted to give you a glimpse of the format of The Photographer. As you can see, this book is a combination of photographs taken by Didier Lefèvre with illustrations by Emmanuel Guibert to complete the story of this particular journey into Afghanistan in the 1980s when the Soviet Union was occupying part of the nation.

Whenever I read the history of Afghanistan, or really any middle eastern country, I am fascinated by the complexity of the events that shaped these countries. In the beginning of The Photographer, a very short (recent) history of Afghanistan is provided, including much of the complicated tangle of aid given by whom and to whom. But while politics play a huge part of the history, The Photographer doesn’t necessarily focus on much outside of the threat of the Soviets. The MSF doctors entered Afghanistan illegally through Pakistan and much of the book is devoted to their journey into Afghanistan, their time served healing the sick, diseased, and injured (both civilians and those who are part of the resistance), and Lefèvre’s return journey to Pakistan.

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I love that the head of this MSF team is a woman. I loved seeing the interactions between her and the men. I loved seeing all of the camera shots that absolutely humanize these individuals. Some pages are completely full of photographs–some are variations of the exact same shot. Some sadly too small to see clearly, but some also so full of emotion. Some that are absolutely heartbreaking and devastating. I loved the inclusion of the drawn storyline and the way that it provided insight into the journey and stay at the clinic. My one big regret is that we don’t see very many women in the book–I think some of this is because they didn’t want to be photographed, but their absence felt so glaringly obvious to me. I wanted to go into their homes and see their lives.

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And my slight annoyance? At the end of his stay in Afghanistan, Lefèvre just wants to get back to France as quickly as he can. He impatiently decides to journey back to Pakistan without the rest of the MSF team. He is warned and warned about the dangers of this and sure enough it goes badly. Very badly. I couldn’t help but be frustrated by his ignorance and stubbornness. He made himself sound like a petulant child. But alas.

Bottom Line: Absolutely worth the read. The Photographer is a powerful look into Afghanistan that provides such a telling story through the pictures. My sole complaint (well, other than the lack of the local women and Lefèvre’s idiotic decision) is that the book is rather large–as in a I had to prop it up against my legs to read. But The Photographer is definitely worth seeking out to experience.

 

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Sticher’s Garden – A Quilt Beginning

December 9, 2014 Crafty 10



Oh good. I just took a look at my “2104 Things” thinking that I had on my list to take a photography class this year, but it’s not on there. Because goodness knows that there are enough things on the list that I haven’t done and won’t do this year (I’m looking at you 10K race).

Maybe I should have put it on my list to take a sewing class this year, because I could certainly cross that off my list!  By pure happenstance, I stumbled upon a new (to me) sewing machine shop in my hometown and I noticed a lovely quilt hanging on the wall that could be made during one of their sewing classes (see below screen shot for examples…and all photos can be enlarged by clicking on them).

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Ever since Scott bought me my current sewing machine (three years ago), he’s been nagging me to sign up for a sewing class to learn how to use my machine. I can sew in a straight line (mostly), so what do I need a class for? But when I saw this quilt, I knew it would be perfect! The quilt is called the Stitcher’s Garden Quilt and the shop is holding a once a month, 14 month long class to teach the techniques. The quilt focuses on applique, which scared the crud out of me, but after three months I’m in love!

As you can see from glancing at my blocks below and the ones in the image search, I’ve taken some creative liberties with my blocks. I could have used the fabric the shop provided me (which would be the more nursery pastel colors in the top left), but I wanted something a bit more modern and fresh. I chose to use a gray background with very very bright prints from Kaffe Fassett along with some others from Westminster Fabrics. Kaffe Fassett prints are notoriously colorful and while my stitching doesn’t always compete with the brightness, I’m loving the way these blocks are turning out.

Stitcher’s Garden Quilt Block One

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I used a quilting guide on my machine for those straight lines. This also was my very first ever attempt at applique. I had no idea it would be so much fun! I love testing out all of the stitches on my machine and playing around with the different looks. I also do a fair amount of unpicking–there’s nothing more frustrating than spending my stolen time unpicking bad stitches but it happens!

Stitcher’s Garden Quilt Block Two

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These blocks should have borders on them–that’s why the edges look so unfinished. We’ve been instructed not to do any piecing until the very end, which works for me as I have no idea how I’m going to pull all of these colors together! I pick the fabric for each block as I go along. Nothing is planned in advance.

Stitcher’s Garden Quilt Block Three

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The downside? Doing the background stitching on the blocks takes quite a bit of time (there is a thin piece of batting behind all of the squares). All of the background quilting should be done before class, and I can rarely finish an entire background in one sitting. I tend to pick it up and put it down in pieces–5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. I try to do all of my applique in class and when my classmates look at me funny I remind them that I have two small children at home and this is my productive time!

It is fun to get away once a month and I look forward to picking out the fabric from my stash for the next block. As luck would have it, we are working on two blocks December 30th. Hopefully I can remember to report back in a few months to share some additional blocks.

And those hexies? Still chugging away! I’ve started sewing flowers together while we watch Gilmore Girls in the evenings and I hope to make some headway on an upcoming roadtrip this winter.

One stitch at a time! Thanks for indulging me in sharing… Linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday

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Classics I Haven’t Read…Yet

December 7, 2014 Reading Nook, Sunday Salon 44

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As a book person, other people seem to have great expectations of what I am supposed to have read. And yes, I have read Great Expectations–twice. Didn’t really care for it the first time (as a 9th grader…I mean why are we so cruel to our students?!), but I enjoyed it the second time in graduate school. Perhaps I understood a bit more about Estella and Pip and that crazy old Mrs. Havisham?

Neither here nor there.

I do find myself getting a bit defensive and embarrassed, though, when someone asks me if I’ve read a book and thinks that clearly I should have read that book! Why haven’t I read Catcher in the Rye? And are you kidding–I haven’t read War and Peace? How can one be an English major and never have read 1984 or Uncle Tom’s Cabin? Right? Shameful.

As an avid book reader, clearly I should have read all 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (and all of the subsequent additions to the list).

But whether I’m getting the exclamations of exasperation or not, there are several classics that I can’t believe I haven’t read! And even worse…I keep saying that I’ll be reading them.

Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Though to be truthful, sometimes I can remember whether it’s Catcher AND the Rye or Catcher IN the Rye. Surely after writing this post, I’ll remember always that it’s IN. In. In.

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker - I’ve seen a few movie adaptations and know the story in bits and pieces, but part of me is afraid this one will be dry. I blame my lukewarm reception of Frankenstein on that fear.

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – Meh. For some reason I think reading On the Road would make me a more well-rounded reader.

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – See also Anna Karenina or most other books by Russians. Those guys frighten me!

5. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Ahem. This year was the first year that I read any of Steinbeck’s fiction. All I know of Grapes of Wrath is that it makes me think of dust. It’s also long. But I loved East of Eden. So.

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6. 1984 by George Orwell – I blame the really small print in my copy as to why I haven’t read 1984 yet. I meant to read it when my brother was reading it for high school literature, but…I was probably reading King instead.

7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I think I’ve said I wanted to read this one like a billion times this year. I think I’ll make it my 2015 read.

8. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – Intimidates me. But isn’t that a cool cover above?

9. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – I have absolutely no good reason why I haven’t read The Good Earth yet. I even bought it for my Nook earlier this year…and still.

10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – I definitely feel I should read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But I’m not sure if I have a big desire to. What do you think?

What Classics can’t you believe you haven’t read yet?

What’s going on in your neck of the woods this Sunday?  I’m hoping to squeeze in a bit of reading time this weekend–currently reading and listening to Bag of Bones by Stephen King. I’m about a quarter of the way in and things are just starting to get creepy. Not enough to keep me up at night, though.

Happy Sunday! Happy Reading!

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Cook It Up! Cookbook Challenge Link-Up

December 6, 2014 In the Kitchen 8

Cook It Up Challenge

 

Welcome to the December Edition of Cook It Up! Feel free to join in the challenge at any time, any month. The idea is to pull those cookbooks of your shelves and use them. These can be cookbooks that you already own or cookbooks that you’d like to check out from the library (or borrow from a friend?). You can cook from one cookbook over the course of the month or pick and choose recipes from different cookbooks. And feel free to make a dozen recipes or just one. You make the rules!

In November I pulled out the Cook’s Illustrated issue for All-Time Best Soups & Stews. We were having really cold weather–after unseasonably warm weather–so this seemed like the perfect time! We made Split Pea Soup, Chicken and Dumplings, and Ramen Noodle. The Ramen was the definite hit of the three and even left me with enough broth to freeze. I pulled a jar of it out of the freezer this week when Scott was feeling under the weather and it tasted just as delicious as the first time!  This month is all about Dinner: A Love Story. Sadly the first dish I made wasn’t a winner with the gang, but I’m hopeful for some of the others I have bookmarked.

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Please link up any Cook it Up posts you’ve written since the last link-up below: (in other words, anything you cooked up since November 1st)

 

The next Cook It Up link-up will be Saturday, January 3rd. See you back then!

 

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Marbles by Ellen Forney

December 5, 2014 Reading Nook, Review 11

marbles book coverTitle: Marbles – Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
Author: Ellen Forney
Published: 2012; Pages: 256
Genre: Memoir/Graphic
Rating: Devoured

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In Short: A young woman comes to terms with her Bipolar diagnosis and what it means to her as a creative artist.

Why I Read Marbles: Marbles was recommended to me during Nonfiction November. I can’t remember if it was already on my radar or not, but I’m glad that Farin and Leslie recommended it!

Thoughts in General: Ellen Forney learned in her twenties that she has Bipolar I mood disorder, and this diagnosis sent her into a tailspin. Should she try to manage her ups and downs herself? Could she get away with not taking medication? How could she find the right medications? And if she did take meds would her creativity—which was often at a high during her manic times—take a plunge? Is there a link between being an artist and being bipolar (or depressed)?

Throughout this graphic memoir, Ellen shares her experiences with the questions above—she shares the good moments, the bad moments, her fears, and her triumphs. Having gone through my own bouts of depression, I could relate to chunks of Marbles, though of course everyone’s situation is unique. I hate to say I loved watching Ellen’s journey as much of the journey entailed suffering, but Marbles has a brutal honesty that I so appreciated. I zipped through this one very quickly and appreciated Ellen’s candid insights.

I loved the artwork of Marbles. Some pages included one drawing, some several panels. Some illustrations were busy busy and some stark–all of this to help emphasize her ups and downs. I’ll let two totally unrelated pages give you a taste:

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Bottom Line: Absolutely recommend! I do have to note that there is some nudity and sex in the beginning of the book but neither is a pervasive part of the story. Marbles is a great discussion and thought piece for anyone who has suffered or know someone who has suffered or would like to know more about mood disorders such as Bipolar I.

Have you read it?

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What Kind of Mom Am I?

December 3, 2014 Life, Mommyhood 18

silly girlThe other day I went to pick up the girls from school and Elle was playing outside on the playground with her friends. Of course she got mad that I was there to pick her up (So nice to see you, too, sweetheart! I missed you all day! I couldn’t wait to see you!), and she started to throw a fit when it was time to leave.

Consequently, I grabbed the lunchboxes, picked up one girl under each arm, both crying by then, and slumped through the door. As I was leaving, another mom was walking in from the playground her with crying child. Over the screams of my child (and hers), I politely smiled and exclaimed “Three is hard!” She responded with, “three is the worst.” We both laughed and I could feel my nerves loosen a bit.

It was mom bonding at it’s best.

Being a mom* is tough. Being a three year old is tough. Being a mom to a three year old is tough. Some moments it all feels impossible.

And you know what’s super annoying when you feel like everything is just so damn hard? The cool mom who has it all together and handles it all with grace. And without a stray hair or snot on her shoulder.

I know this “has it all together” mom is a myth. I know we all struggle to some degree or another. I know that some of us cover our tracks or missteps or failings or bumblings better than others. Right?? I need to believe that this is true.

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I think about this kind of mom all the time. A lot time ago I decided that it doesn’t help anyone to be the mom who has it all together. I’ve always striven for realism, which means that I’ll let you see me in my weak moments. I may be embarrassed about it, I may feel a bit shameful, I may feel like a failure—but I’m not the mom who has it all together.

I want you to know that I am a real mom so that you can feel like a real mom (or, ahem, a real person). I want you to feel comfortable sharing your missteps or failings or bumblings or struggles with me. I want us to laugh about how hard it is. Because just knowing that I am not alone, or sharing with you that you are not alone, makes it all so much more bearable.

It’s a fine line, though. How do I maintain the balance of being a real mom without tipping over into the complaining mom group. Though motherhood is not always perfect or easy, my girls are good girls. They are amazing girls. They make me beam with joy. When I look at these sweet girls I overflow with love and gratitude and pride. But sometimes…every once in a while…I have to take a step back and walk away. Sometimes I have to take very deep breaths. Sometimes I lose my cool. Sometimes I am my own worst.

And even on the best days, there are still tough moments.

Mothering is one of my very favorite things. Loving is my absolute favorite thing.

But despite it all, mothering is still the hardest thing I have ever experienced and will continue to experience. I could fake it until I make it–and sometimes that’s absolutely what it feels like I’m doing–but at the end of the day I’d rather be the real mom. Not the complaining mom or the run down mom nor the one who acts like she doesn’t have those petty problems or rough moments, but the one who totally gets it when you need someone to hear “this is hard.”

If ever I had any advice for new moms, it would be find someone with whom you can share the good times and the bad times–and even the ugly times.

Because we are ALL in this crazy thing called LIFE together.

These rambles are brought to you by the number three and the color pink.

 

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*being any kind of parent or guardian or looker-after-of-small-ones is tough. I’m not discounting anyone here–just writing from my mom perspective.

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Bag of Bones (King) Readalong

December 1, 2014 Reading Nook 17

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First, let me tell you how it is doing a Google Image search for Bag of Bones: Terrifying! Probably mostly because of the movie images that pop up–but I always cringe everything I hit “search” on anything King related. The image above is the most innocuous cover image I could find. You’re welcome.readalong gang christmas

Who’s ready for another readalong? Just in time for the holidays, too (notice the green and red theme in the button?). Since it’s December, we’ll take it super easy–but hopefully I’ve been talking about this one long enough that you are all ready to dive in!

Bag of Bones Readalong

(aka BOBalong, because you know–everything sounds better with “along”)

Why Bag of Bones? Leslie first recommended I read this one a few years ago. Since then several people have told me how much they love this book and that they think I would like it, too. So. I’m dying to find out what the fuss is about!

What’s it about? (you guessed it…I did not read this description from Goodreads before copying and pasting–I have no idea what this book is about). “Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra’s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?”

When? Starting NOW! And I know December is super busy so I think we’ll skip the midpoint check-in–unless y’all convince me otherwise. Final check-in and link-up post will be Wednesday December 31st. If you are writing a wrap-up, feel free to post it anytime–just come back that day and link-up.

Join me? Link up below so we can all hold hands together.

I’ll be on Twitter and Instagram using #BOBalong.

 

Happy Haunting!

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