Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Currently // AHHHH!

June 14, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 9

Right this minute | I’m having a chai latte and making a list of the Anna Pigeon (by Nevada Barr) books. I have hooked my uncle on them and I can’t remember which ones he has. I’m trying to find the missing ones on

Feeling | Extremely anxious. I sometimes have anxiety problems and today isn’t a good day. Plus, I’m really annoyed that I can’t search the books I’ve received from Paperbackswap. Or at least can’t figure out how to. And that our internet so completely STINKS. It is soooooooooo slooooooooow.

Reading | I think I will concentrate on The Beekeeper’s Lament today. It will probably get me all worried about the bee situation in the world today, but it’s crazy interesting.

Listening | The family is listening to The Graveyard Book Full Cast production. Judging by the amount of times the kids told each other to shut up, I think they are enjoying it. I am listening to H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, which is just wonderful.

Watching | I watched the pilot of Casanova last night. It’s going to be on Amazon. It has Diego Luna who is WHOA. Hella sexy.

Blogging | Well, as usual, I discussed my weekly reading on Monday. Tuesday was a list of books coming out later this year that I KIND OF NEED NOW and Wednesday, I reviewed The Library at Mount Char, which was crazy good. The rest of the week was so busy I completely flaked out on blogging.

Promoting | The Estella Project, Season 3! Such a great list of books!

Loving | Peace and quiet. When I can get it.

Hating | Unexplained rashes. I have one and it’s driving me INSANE.

Eating | GF waffles and peanut butter. Breakfast of champions. Or people who have no other food in the house.

Exercising | I managed to walk the trail three times this week. In the cut-it-with-a-knife humidity.

Anticipating | GETTING HIRED NEXT WEEK. Cross fingers please!

Meal Planning|  Ugh. Again? Can I just eat out all week? We’re having a heat wave here!

Meal 1: Hubby is going to make his tilapia (I have no idea what his recipe is, but it’s good and involves no work from me) with buttered (gf) parmesan noodles. I’m going to throw in a vegetable; perhaps roasted asparagus? If I can stand to turn the stove on?

Meal 2: Grilled chicken breast tenders with the kale garlic rice I didn’t get to make last week, plus a veg. Possibly squash. I have some in the garden that will hopefully be ready soon. I know, grilled squash!

Meal 3: I’m thinking some sort of breakfast thing. Like a casserole. Like this? Yes, I’d have to turn the oven on, but I can get it ready before hand and just pop it in. Maybe can even get the hubby to pop it in before I get home???



Currently // So Much Irritation Today

June 7, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 13

Right this minute | I’m cleaning out my iCloud because I am sick and tired of my phone telling me it’s almost full and I AM NOT BUYING MORE APPLE. Also my kids keep yelling ridiculous things at each other.

Feeling | Irritated. And also very sad. Both our chickens disappeared yesterday. I know one is dead, judging by the amount of feathers in the yard, but I’m giving up hope on the other one. It was the bigger one and she was a pretty tough cookie, but I also think she would have popped up by now if she was hiding. We are all very sad.

Reading | I was tearing through Fire Shut Up in My Bones but I haven’t had time to read all week. Boss is out at work for two weeks (lucky duck)

Listening | The Bees by Laline Paull. So crazy awesome. Orlagh Cassidy can officially read me anything.

Watching | I need a new show to binge watch. Any suggestions?

Blogging | Let’s see…. I shared my reading plans for the week and also shared the books I read in May. Check out the awesome list of books to read for The Estella Project, Season 3, again if you didn’t miss it. Lastly, I talked a bit about the completely AWESOME Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown.

Promoting | The Estella Project!! Season 3! Great list of books! Read 2 or 3!

Loving | Peace and quiet. Whenever I can get it.

Hating | iCloud at the moment.

Eating | I had a banana.

Exercising | I’m actually exercising more. I’ve walked the trail near my house three times this week and hope to do it today as well.

Anticipating | My Sunday nap.

Meal Planning| I actually did it this week!

Meal #1: Garlic Pork with Mushrooms and Onions with Kale Ginger Rice. The original recipe calls for sugar snap peas, but they never go over well in my family, so I’m going to use mushrooms and onions instead. We have never tried kale either, so this will be an adventure.

Meal #2: Sauerkraut and kielbasa with home fries. One of my kids favorite meals. Their reward (and mine!) for trying kale.

Meal #3: Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter, roasted broccoli, and parmesan garlic (GF) noodles. I have to eat more fish, so….

Meal #4: Grilled cabbage, squash casserole, and grilled peaches with honey and ice cream. All this came from the farmer’s market Saturday. CAN’T WAIT. I love this time of year!



Currently // Reading, Blogging, and Health

May 31, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 6

Right this minute | I’m having breakfast! And paying bills. I bet you can’t bet which one I’m enjoying more.

Feeling | Like I’d like to go back to bed.

Reading |I’ve been immersed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Darfur, and other such hot beds of political violence this week, with Lynsey Addario. Her book It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War is amazing. I was also reading Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl, but I can’t find it. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE. I’m going to have to move on soon. :(

Listening | I was listening to The Graveyard Book Full Cast Production by Neil Gaiman, but decided to hold off and listen to it with the kids this summer. So now, I’m listening to The Shore by Sarah Taylor. It is read by Jenna Lamia and MacLeod Andrews, two of my favorite narrators!

Watching | OMG I can’t remember the last thing I watched.

Blogging | Last week I shared some of the great reading I had lined up for the week, a list of 12 books I hope to read this summer, an adorable picture of my cuddly baby chicken, and a review of a YA book that I didn’t find completely cringeworthy.

Promoting | The Estella Project!!! Today is the last day to submit a book! The list of Must Read Books will go up tomorrow!

Loving | Everything and everybody. Except…

Hating | Cholesterol. Apparently mine is very high.

Eating | I had GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. Also a banana and some strawberries. According to labels, no cholesterol in sight.

Exercising | Apparently I need to do some. I have to loose some weight.

Anticipating | Getting my job? The job I’ve had for the last nine months was a temp job. I can finally apply for it! Cross fingers? BECAUSE I LOVE MY JOB.

Meal Planning | Can you believe I haven’t done it yet? I’m usually done on Thursday because I get groceries on Friday. I have no idea what we’re having. Any ideas? I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTION.



Currently // Sunday Ramblings

May 24, 2015 Miscellaneous 18

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!