Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Currently // Sunday Ramblings

May 24, 2015 Miscellaneous 15

Right this minute | I’m contemplating whether I want to do Armchair BEA or not.

Feeling | Snuffly. After working in the garden yesterday, which involved a LOT of grass pulling, my allergies are going haywire.

Reading | I started Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War yesterday, after finishing The Long Walk by Stephen King (FINALLY) and so far, it’s fantastic. I also finished the edge-of-my-seat thriller Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson in audio Friday. It took me a bit, but I finally settled on the full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. WHICH IS COMPLETELY FANTASTIC.

Also, Neil Gaiman tweeted to me and Jennifer from The Lit Housewife. I’m not sure which of us was more over the moon about it!

Listening | Oh, yeah. See above? Also, lots of bluegrass. For some reason my daughter is falling in love with it.

Watching | Minecraft videos. If I don’t gouge my eyes out. My son is obsessed.

Blogging | I shared what I was reading on Monday, then Tuesday, I gave you some of my recent favorite book covers. Wednesday, I posted one of my favorite shots from our trip to Washington in March. I skipped Thursday because life was just too busy, but Friday I brought you my favorite bookish podcasts. More podcasts to come soon. I’m thinking of doing the food ones next.

Promoting | The Estella Project Season 3!!! Come and give us your favorite book to push on everyone!


Oh, and more fun things coming soon!

Loving | That my daughter has made a reading plan for the summer. She has 12 books and she wants to finish them before school starts. This nerdy mama’s heart is full.

Hating | My teeth. One of my wisdom teeth decided to act up this weekend. It hurts!

Eating | Just had some GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. Yum!

Exercising | My mind. By writing this.

Anticipating | Summer!

Meal Plan | Grilled Churrasco with Green Chimichuri – probably tonight? Also Mexican Street Corn and grilled veggies.

I’m a little homesick for Texas, so I’m planning to have some Cornmeal Fried Catfish (from The Best 30 Minute Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated cookbook) with potatoes and asparagus. I had some excellent catfish when I visited Andi last year and dude. I have such a craving.

Lastly, I am planning on Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with rice and whatever leftover veggies I have by then.

Oh, and I’m making Strawberry Ice Cream tomorrow. We always have a Bring Your Own Meats cookout at my mother-in-law’s on Memorial Day. I have a ton of chicken to take.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!



Currently // Reading, reading, reading. And some mourning.

May 17, 2015 Miscellaneous 7

Right this minute | Just finished breakfast, so I thought I’d sit down and blog for a minute before returning to my book.

Feeling | So happy! I finished TWO books yesterday and read over 100 pages of another!

Reading | I finished Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson which was completely engrossing. Robert Kurson writes wonderfully about deep sea stuffs. I also read Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal which was so funny. I can’t wait to hand it to kiddo #1. Then I read some of Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl. Over 100 pages!

Next time I’m in a slump, kindly remind me that nonfiction seems to help?

Listening | I’ve been listening to Act of God by Jill Ciment this week, plus the usual podcasts.

Watching | Nothing. I’m just not much of a watcher.

Blogging | Last week, I bemoaned my lack of reading, talked about authors I would like to meet, welcomed a new member of the fowl sort to the family (who has since tragically died) (something got her, we don’t know what), told you about my favorite podcast app, and talked a little about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

And then, of course, Bout of Books.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but this reminds me I need to get my butt in gear. Things are brewing!

Loving | Words!

Hating | I’m pretty sure either a cat or a raccoon and witnessing my daughter’s heart break when I’m powerless to help.

Eating | I had GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. And now a banana.

Exercising | Who has time for that shit?

Anticipating | Summer!



Currently // Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2015 Miscellaneous 6

Right this minute | I’m reveling in all the extra love. I get loved every day, but Mother’s Day brings gifts.

Feeling | Happy!

Reading | I finally gave up on all the books I’ve been reading for the last three. weeks. Seriously, I haven’t finished a book book in three weeks. I’m trying to find the right book now to rev up my reading. So happy Bout of Books is this coming week; it usually helps get the juice going!

Listening | We did a major cleaning of the house yesterday, so I listened to music all day. Right now, my son is belting out some song of his own creation.

Watching | I’m all caught up on The Blacklist, so I’m waiting for Thursday. I need a new show to binge watch.

Blogging | This past week I bemoaned my lack of reading, again, I shared ten books I’m absolutely almost certain I will never read, and I shared my thoughts on Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey.

Promoting | I have several things to promote, verrrrry soon.


Loving | Strawberries. They are finally at the Farmer’s market and oh my Susan B. Anthony they are so sweet and juicy.

Hating | That it may rain today!

Eating | My Mother’s Day breakfast of ham omelet, strawberries, tomatoes, and pickles!

Exercising | Ha! What IS that?

Anticipating | Our annual Mother’s Day cookout later today. Rain or shine!

Happy Mother’s Day!!



Currently // It’s a Gorgeous Day!

May 3, 2015 Miscellaneous 5

Right this minute | I’m fixing my daughter’s iPod. Because, of course. Also contemplating what to do outside on this gorgeous day!

Feeling | Irritable. My head hurts. The ibuprofen should kick in soon.

Reading | Ugh. Why ask me that? It’s been at a standstill all week. I’ve mainly been listening to Dead Wake by Erik Larson and I did manage to read quite a bit of The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton yesterday. End of semester is super busy at the university.

Listening | I added a bunch of music from my youth (late 80s, 90s) on my Spotify playlist Friday night. We were jamming in the car yesterday!

Watching | I watched Pitch Perfect Friday night. Perfection.

Blogging | During my brief break I tried to get ahead a little bit. I have about three half reviews and a few topics drafted for emergencies.

Promoting | Nothing. Yet. The Estella Society has been plotting for summer. More details coming soon!

Loving | Did I mention the weather?

Hating | Did I mention the headache? And lack of reading? ::sigh::

Eating | We have a birthday party later. I’ll probably have to pack my lunch since they will probably have pizza. I meal planned like a little mother nut earlier in the week, so I KNOW what I have and what I’ll be making all week. Score!

Exercising | Uhh….what’s that?

Anticipating | Summer!!!



Currently // Wiped Out

April 26, 2015 Miscellaneous 4

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Right this minute | I’m having some cereal. I’m beat. It was all I could muster.

Feeling | Tired and hung over. That’s right, I have a reading hangover.

Reading | I finished the last book I started during the Readathon – Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell. Now I’m going back the books I was reading before the Readathon: The Long Walk by Stephen King and The Wind is Not A River by Brian Payton.

Listening | It is blissfully quiet. I been listening to Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Ron Rash which is all kinds of excellent, but I just need the quiet right now.

Watching | I haven’t had time to watch anything! I have Pitch Perfect to watch, whenever I get a free couple of hours.

Blogging | I mostly blogged about the Readathon last week and I shared some of my favorite authors.

Promoting | Nothing! Wheee!


Loving | Scribd. I signed up for a free trial to use for the readathon and ended up reading everything I read off of there. It’s so awesome.

Hating | This weather! It’s like 45 degrees! It’s supppppposed to be Spring.

Eating | See Right This Minute.

Exercising | What is that?

Anticipating | Bedtime.



Currently // Hunger for Food, Books, and Money

April 12, 2015 Miscellaneous 6

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Right this minute | I’m wishing I could eat more breakfast. I’m trying to limit myself to 1700 calories a day (this girl could stand to loose a few, or go shopping) and I’m saving up for lunch. My mother-in-law is a great cook and I’ll regret it if I can’t eat a lot there. Where is my water?

Feeling | Snotty. Damn allergies.

Reading | I finished THE BEST BOOK Friday. Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey. Look it up. Now I’m in between audiobooks (I think I’m going to start Crooked Finger, Crooked Finger tomorrow) and reading Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen and Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald. Damn Amazon for putting a bunch of Fitzgerald’s on sale. (No, actually, thanks Amazon.) (Even if I really need to be saving money.)

OH, and I’m still poking along with Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin. It just makes me so hungry y’all.

Listening | Catching up on the podcasts. They completely fell by the wayside thanks to Anna Lyndsey.

Watching | I’m all caught up on The Blacklist, so I’m looking for something to watch. Apparently, I need to check out Daredevil. Hubby is loving it.

Blogging | I’ve been working on a Listen Up! post and a couple reviews. I’m feeling moved to write up Girl in the Dark very soon.

Promoting | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, of course!! I’ve started working on the cheerleading teams. Captains in place!




Sign ups are live! Here!

Loving | The weather! 80 yesterday with clear skies. More of the same today. I’m ignoring that rain coming next week. I refuse to believe it.

Hating | Normally, I am happy with the amount of money I make at my job. We’re comfortable and I love being there. This is (usually) much more important to me. However, we need to move. We found our dream house yesterday and it is JUST OUTSIDE OUR BUDGET. My heart is broken. And I wish I made more money. ::sigh::

Eating | Let’s see….I had a Kind Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate protein bar (gluten free FTW) and an apple. Plus two slices of Colby Jack (my favorite). I’m not hungry. I’m not hungry. I’m not hungry.

Exercising | We walked over 6 miles yesterday looking at houses. I didn’t need to exercise. I may go walk the train near my home today.

Anticipating | Going to the grocery store. I hate going there, but we need food!

Meal Plan | I really need to get back to this:

Tonight : Crustless quiche made with spinach, feta, and mushrooms
 : Salmon patties, potatoes, and roasted asparagus
Tuesday : I have no idea, I’ll figure something out.
Wednesday:Lemon pepper tilapia, roasted Brussels Sprouts, and rice



Currently // Blahs, Easter, and Whoa.

April 5, 2015 Miscellaneous 10

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Right this minute | I should be getting the kiddos ready for church. I’m such a great mom. There. I yelled at them.

Feeling | A little blah. Damn Spring colds.

Reading | Nonexistent? It’s been a busy weekend. Easter egg hunts, lunches out with the fam, cold induced naps…who has time to read? And yep. I have a cold. Hurray for me.

Actually, I am hoping that, after church and YET ANOTHER EGG HUNT, I’ll be able to settle down with Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin. However, I will probably either fall asleep or get super hungry. Maybe I’ll just finish up The Buried Giant. That is taking me way longer to listen to that I thought it would.

Listening | I’m listening to Russian Circles on Spotify right now. Geez, I love their music.

Watching | Y’all, I binge watched the last 5 episodes of The Blacklist Friday night. Then I dreamed about it. James Spader kinda rocks my socks.

Watching Also | The kids got The Penguins of Madagascar in their Easter baskets. So nutty.

And Watching | I seriously need to catch up on New Girl!

Blogging | I shared some updates on my poor TBR pile, my March reads, my thoughts on The Martian and my difficulties with First Person Point of View, and some Stuff I Learned This Week. I really need a book on Queen Victoria. That woman is hella interesting.

Promoting | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Planning is in full swing! Also, whoa – certify me – but I think it’s gonna be awesome:



Short, awesome book being read with all my buddies on the same day (hopefully?)? Yes please! Sign ups soon!

Loving | This weather! It was 80 on Friday! 68 yesterday! And 68 again today. And gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky.

Hating | Spring colds, itchy skin (where is the humidity???), and the fact that I am still waiting to get hired!

Eating | Better. Bathing suit season is coming and I need to loose a few jiggles. I actually didn’t eat any meat Friday and I didn’t die.

Exercising | Trying to do more. Really working to get my 10,000 steps in every day.

Anticipating | Easter lunch. Watching my wild and crazy kids and niece and nephews hunt some eggs. And then curling up with a book. Or a nap. Happy Easter!





Silly Rabbit, Serial is for Adults!

November 20, 2014 Miscellaneous 6


Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. We’ll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.

So, have you heard about Serial? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. I only discovered it when I was looking for some new podcasts. It was the number 1podcast in Downcast when I searched all podcasts.

This is for good reason. It is absolutely, obsessively, fantastic.

Serial takes a true story – like it says above – a true CRIME story and gets to the heart of the case. Episode by episdoe, Sarah Koenig, takes a different part of the case – the perpetrator, the victim, testimonial, and more – and reviews every piece of evidence. Testimony is played. Opinions are shared. The mystery unfolds, slowly, but hopefully surely. And by golly, it’s just fascinating. I imagine it feels like the way it did decades ago, when families gathered around the radio for the next installment in their favorite radio show. Or waiting for the next part in a Dickens story. From an article in the Guardian, quoting Sarah Koenig:

It’s such a simple idea! And I’m not supposed to talk about it this way – my colleagues get all annoyed – but honestly, I am such an old fashioned consumer of stories. I like books on tape. I’m not kidding. I go to my public library, I browse the shelves, I check out CDs of books on tape … that’s how old school I am. And this is not an original idea. Maybe in podcast form it is, and trying to do it as a documentary story is really, really hard. But trying to do it as a serial, this is as old as Dickens.

I don’t know how it will end. Sarah Koenig (same article as above) doesn’t even know how it will end:

I don’t know where it will end, actually. The way we have to think about it is, “If this, then what? If that, then what?” We’re forced to build out different scenarios. If this thing turns out to be true or not true, then what do we do? I’m trying not to freak out about the end right now – we’ll get there when we get there.

I’m enjoying the ride so much, I just had to share it with all of you. So, if you like podcasts, or even have never listened to one, I highly recommend taking a listen to this one. I think you’ll be as obsessed as I am.



Weekend Inspiration

October 11, 2014 Art, Books, Lists, Miscellaneous 6

With the fall season upon us, the fact that temperatures will actually drop below 40 degrees this weekend, and because my favorite scarf is looking a little worse for wear, I am feeling the need to either knit or crochet myself a new one. As my skills have developed, this decision (which scarf do I make this time) has become harder every year. When I could only follow one pattern, it was easy! It was just a matter of deciding which color this time! Now, this all important decision includes questions like cowl? Infinity scarf? Go all out with a shawl? Knit or crochet? That awesome yellow color I used last year:

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or pick something new? A dark orange? An interesting blue? Oh, the decisions!

This is why Ravelry exists. And Pinterest. And Google. They give me the hope I can narrow down my choices and make a decision. So, for submitted for your approval, here are my top choices of what to make this year:

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This GAP-tastic Cowl looks humongous, but also terribly warm and snuggly.

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But this New Year’s Cowl does too. And I love that color!

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Or, is this the year I finally learn cables? Because good golly look at that thing?? Love! Even the color! Hmm…

So, do you see my problem? What do you think? Which scarf tickles your fancy? What colors are in this fall? I am in no way up on the latest fashions. Have something else to suggest? Hit me up in the comments!



Currently … September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014 Miscellaneous 5


Time // 7:36 PM

Place // Home

Eating // I fried some chicken eggs earlier and had a couple pieces of cheese with it. I am regretting this. I’ve had a migraine all day and the stomach is decidedly queasy. It did not like the eggs. Or the cheese. Or possibly both.

Yes, I ate something I shouldn’t have. No need to lecture, my stomach is doing enough of that, believe me!

Drinking // Water. It’s all I can stand.

Reading // Not much. Light is killing my eyes today. I’ve been drawing some, in low light. It felt good to get a pencil in my hand again. Thank you Beth!

Watching // I watched a documentary on Alaska last night. Or, rather, I tried too. I actually fell asleep.

Listening // Was listening to Spotify earlier. A “Girl’s Night Out” playlist. I SO need new music.

Pondering // Blogging. Reading. Readathoning. Migraines. What my stomach is telling me. What my stomach ALWAYS tells me after I have something with gluten in it. I am so hardheaded.

Hating // Gluten. My head.

Loving // Drawing. The cool night air. My crazy daughter who just prank called me to ask me (in a posh English accent) if I wanted to go to a tea party.

Anticipating // Tomorrow. Back to work! I love my new job so much!

Have a great week!