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A (Dull) Day in the Life

March 28, 2015


When Trish first brought up her Day in the Life event, my first thought was that my life is far too dull to write about but as I read everyone else’s posts, I realized that the ordinary is what makes these posts so wonderful.  At Trish’s urging, I decide to chronicle Friday, March 27.

7:45ish – Carl and I walked three miles.  We usually get up at 7AM to walk but they were predicting 100% chance of rain at the time so we decided not to set our clock.  We woke up around 7:45 and saw that the ground was wet  and it was cloudy but it wasn’t raining so we decided to risk it.  We were glad we did because it didn’t rain at all.

8:45 – 10:15 – Checked email, read blogs, and ate breakfast.

10:15 – 10:45 – Showered, put on make-up, and got dressed.

10:45 – 11:45 – Did household chores, changed a doctor’s appointment, printed out April calendar, dried hair, and wrote a quick blog post.

12:00 – 2:00 – Went to work at Carl and Vance’s store.  I’m the one who keeps the back organized and I’ve been gone most of the week so I had catch up work to do.

2:00 – 3:15 – Went to a local brewery with Carl.  He’s going to try growing some hops and wanted to talk to them about it.

3:15 – 4:15 – Went out to eat with Carl.  We had what we call “lupper” – one meal instead of lunch and supper.

4:30 – 7:30 – Back to the store to work some more – this time stocking shelves and waiting on customers.

7:30 – 8:20 – Called my mom to check on her.

8:20 – 8:45 – Checked email, read a few blogs, and worked on this post.

8:45 – 10:30 – Watched basketball – it is March Madness after all.

10:30 – 10:45 – Shut down computer and got ready for bed.

10:45 – Lights out.

You’ll notice I didn’t list reading anywhere – I did read in snatches and listened to an audio book in the car but, for the most part, I get very little reading done over the weekend.  I hope this didn’t bore you too much!



Review: Lola and Tattletale Zeke

March 27, 2015

Lola and Tattletale Zeke

The adorable Lola is back, this time with her younger, but bigger, brother Zeke.  Every time Lola does something, like leave a toy outside, Zeke tells on her, even if it was an accident.   Lola doesn’t think it’s right but Zeke won’t listen to her.

Then, Zeke breaks his new toy even though Lola had warned him to be careful.  Still, she doesn’t tattle on him but Isabel the cat does.  Being tattled on makes Zeke feel sad and teaches him a lesson.

I adored Lola and Tattletale Zeke by Marcia Goldman!  Lola is a sweet little dog but she’s not perfect.  Her little brother delights in tattling on her and getting her in trouble and, of course, Lola doesn’t like it.  Nothing she says makes him stop but once he finds out how it feels, he does.

This picture book is full of adorable photos of Lola and Zeke that are sure to delight youngsters.  Every page has a full color picture and just a sentence or two.  Little ones will relate to Lola and Zeke and learn an important lesson along the way.

This is Goldman’s third Lola book and I love every one of them.  Be sure to check out the whole series!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Creston Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

At the movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel

March 26, 2015

Grand Budapest Hotel

As the concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H provides invaluable service to his customers, many who come year after year.  When a wealthy guest dies, she leaves a valuable painting to him but her son refuses to let him have it.  Gustave and his trusted sidekick, Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa take the painting and run, triggering a wild pursuit.

A couple of years ago, I saw one of Wes Anderson’s movies, Moonrise Kingdom and really didn’t enjoy it, so I wasn’t interested in The Grand Budapest Hotel when it came out.  Then it was nominated for an Oscar and people kept telling me it was really good, so I decided to watch it at home.  I should have stuck with my first instinct and skipped this one.  I’ve decided Wes Anderson’s films just aren’t for me.  I find them campy and farcical and don’t think I really understand them.  I was bored through most of this movie and had trouble following the storyline.  Maybe I’m just too old but I just didn’t get this movie – I’m obviously in the minority, though.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 25, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found two more words in my uncorrected proof of Hold Still by Sally Mann.

1. incommode – “Not taking any chances on being incommoded if a chain broke or a tire was punctured, Munger prudently insisted upon a horse-and-buggy backup that traveled a discreet distance behind the car parade.”

Incommode means to give inconvenience or distress to: disturb.


2. parietal – “Breaking all the parietal rules, I had snuck Jon up to my attic room in Tower Dorm on that Wednesday afternoon in 1968, my seventeenth birthday.”

It turns out there are several very different meanings for parietal.  In this case, Mann meant the regulations governing the visiting privileges of members of the opposite sex in campus dormitories.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: The Miracles of Prato

March 24, 2015

The Miracles of Prato

After the death of their father and the loss of their family’s wealth, sisters Lucrezia and Spinetti Buti are forced to turn to the Convent of Santa Margherita.  Spinetti is more spiritual and easily adapts to life in the convent while Lucrezia is more restless.  Her beauty catches the eye of the convent’s chaplain, Father Filippo Lippi.  Father Lippi is an artist and he asks Lucrezia to model for him.  Her beauty inspires him but they begin a relationship that could ruin both of them.

Historical fiction isn’t my favorite genre so I was less than thrilled when my book club chose The Miracles of Prato by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz.  In the interest of being a good member and to prepare for a Skype chat with Albanese, I tried my best to go into the book with a good attitude.  I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the book very much and learned a lot along the way.  I found myself stopping to read about items and events mentioned in the book.  I was surprised at how different the church was in the 15th century and found the attitudes of the people fascinating.  This book is a gem – it made me rethink my attitude toward historical fiction.

My book club loved The Miracles of Prato – one member said she thinks it’s the best book we’ve read.  We had a wonderful chat with Laurie Albanese – we had a lot of questions for her and learned about her research process and what it was like to write a book with a close friend.  We discussed history and art with her and had a wonderful time.  This is a terrific book for discussion so I highly recommend it for book clubs.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Mailbox Monday

March 23, 2015

Mailbox Monday March 23

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.   I’m at my mom’s this week so I won’t be around much.  I found these books in my mailbox last week:




What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Gone Reading: Literary Love Notecards

March 20, 2015

Gone Reading

A little over a year ago, I wrote about Gone Reading, a web site that is near and dear to my heart.  This site sells fantastic bookish products and donates all of the profits to reading related charities.  That’s right, 100% of their after tax profits go to organizations like READ Global and Ethiopia Reads.


Gone Reading is constantly adding new products to their site and they recently invited me to review one of their recent additions and I chose the Literary Love Notecards and I couldn’t be more pleased with them.  The notecards are made by Galison and the box contains 2 cards each of 4 different designs plus red envelopes that are lined with red hearts.  The cards measure 5¼” by 4″ and are printed on heavy card stock and every card has some foil embossing on it.  Each card features a beautiful, full color illustration plus a literary quote about love from William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar Wilde, or Robert Louis Stevenson.  I think they’re perfect because they can be used for anything from thank you notes to thinking of you cards.  I can’t wait to use mine.

If you’re looking for notecards or a great gift for yourself or someone else, be sure to check out Gone Reading!


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