Monthly Archives: January 2009

Bookworm Wednesday – on WEDNESDAY!!!

Unfortunately, I have no new book news to report. The dreaded stomach bug hit the men in our house hard this past weekend, and is still slowly exiting. I will spare you the details, as they are beyond ugly. Needless to say, I haven’t been so focused on reading. I AM still working on Twilight, which is a bizarre, bizarre book (never would have pegged myself as one to read a vampire book) yet very intriguing. I should be done with it by the end of the week. I haven’t made any progress on the Anne Ortlund book (Disciplines of the Home). Hopefully by this time next week I’ll be caught up. 🙂

Also, I decided my goal for this year is to read 50 books. I thought it would help to give myself a concrete number to shoot for.

In lieu of any book reviews, however, I do have this picture to post of our little lilypie-cutie-peanut (that I finally scanned in 9 weeks after the ultrasound). Here she is:

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Isn’t she precious!?!?! Well, we  think so, at least. 🙂 I am so excited that she is 9 weeks bigger than she was in this picture – and soon we will meet her! I can’t wait.

Anyway…back to the topic at hand…

What have YOU been reading?

Bookworm Wednesday on Thursday – AGAIN

So…it’s been a week…and here I am, late again with Bookworm Wednesday!

For me, not a whole lot of reading ground was covered this week – it was a busy one. I’m still working on Twilight (well over half-way through it), and I did manage to finish Anne Ortlund’s Disciplines of the Heart, which I found much more insightful, challenging and relevant (to me) than Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman.I’ve now begun the third volume in her trilogy, Disciplines of the Home.

So…that’s where I’m at. I guess that brings my total books read in 2009 to a total of…

3.

Not great.

But I will persevere!

What’ve you been reading?

Bookworm Wednesday (on Thursday)

So it’s only week 1 of my “Bookworm Wednesday” initiative (read more about it here) and I’m already a day late in posting. Oh well.

Anyway, here’s where I’m at with my reading. So far this year I have completed 2 books (that I happened to start in 2008 )! The books I have completed so far are:

“Persuasion” by Jane Austen. I’ve always been a Jane Austen fan, but for some reason I had trouble getting into this book…it just didn’t grip me like some of her others have. Maybe I was just in a funk, I don’t know. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I had difficulty following who was who and how they were related (I’m still not sure who Mrs. Clay was). Maybe I was just too distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays to really read it with the focus it deserved, I don’t know. It was an interesting enough story with a sweet ending, but…it was just alright for me, dawg (can you tell Idol started this week?).

“Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund. I am in the process of reading “The Gentle Ways of a Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund, which is a compilation of 3 of her books, the first of which is this one. It was pretty good. I heard her on the radio a few months ago, and enjoyed it so much I wanted to read her books. She has a very fun, relatable, yet “hit-you-between-the-eyes” style of writing that I enjoy. The downside to this book is that while it consists mainly of very “practical” tips for leading an orderly, godly lifestyle from the inside out, many of which were good, some of the really practical ones were somewhat outdated. Still it was a fine read.

So…now I am onto 2 other books: “Disciplines of the Heart” by Anne Ortlund (which I am enjoying much more than her first one) and “Twilight”. Yes, “Twilight”. I have jumped on the bandwagon, and I must say that so far I am hooked.

Also, I should probably mention that I am working my way through the Bible this year! I decided to follow the ESV Study Bible plan for reading the Bible in one year, and am on day 15 with no missed days, which is unprecedented (sadly)!

And, as for books I WANT to read…”Marley & Me” by John Grogan is what comes to mind right now. Loved that movie, and am intrigued by the book!

So that’s what I’ve been reading…

…what about YOU?!

Comment away!

A Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday

to the man who brings me much joy...

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...the man that I love...img_2_2
...home-slices forever.

homeslices

p.s. W. says Happy Birthday, too. 🙂

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A Little Political

OK, allow me to get just a little political for a moment here.

There are, obviously, a lot of things happening in our country now that shouldn’t be happening…and, in the grand scheme of things, I realize that this is — morally speaking, at least — somewhere down at the bottom of the priority list.

HOWEVER, as a fan of:

1) Cute, artsy homemade goods (including homemade goods for babies/kids)

2) Small businesses (not to mention an employee of one)

3) Small government

I was troubled to read about the CPSIA, which will go into effect very soon

You can this article about it here. If it is at all correct, then…

well, STINKY-POO!

I want to be able to buy cute dollies from my friend Sarah and baby blankets from my friend Karin and all sorts of other cute things from other creative people I know, without the government stepping in with their too-big feet! And maybe someday I’d want to be able to sell my own little creations somewhere (well, if I learned to sew, that is…).

Oh yes, and I’d like to continue to be able to take my children to the library to get books!

Anyway, read the article and let me know if you see some glimmer of light in it that I am missing.

All I hear is a big foghorn (I think only my parents and siblings get that).

Quotes of the Day

Quote #1:

Today I was teaching preschool at co-op. Our “color for the day” was white, so during circle-time I asked the children “What are some things in this room that are white?”

So one sweet little 3-year-old raised her hand and said “My mom!” (who happened to be the helper in the class today).

I caught her mother’s eye and we both shrugged our shoulders and nodded.

Technically her daughter was right, after all!

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Quote #2:

I was standing in the entryway of the homeschool co-op while “Happy Birthday” was being sung in the next room to everyone with a January birthday.

At that moment a complete stranger and his wife walked through the room, and upon a quick glance at my belly, the gentleman said jovially

“Looks like next year there will be ANOTHER January birthday to celebrate!”

(Reminder: I am due in mid-April. I’ll leave it at that.)

A New Year’s Contest

Inspired by this article I read on boundless.com,  I realized that reading used to be one of my top hobbies, but lately, in the wake of the internet and other distractions, it’s dropped to the bottom of my list. I decided that one of my new year’s resolutions would be to read as many books as I possible can during 2009.

Then I realized that 3 months from now I will have a newborn AND a 19-month-old to care for, and reading anything but the Bible – out of a need for survival – will likely be the farthest thing from my mind.

Clearly I’m going to need a little accountability if I’m going to get back into the habit of reading a lot. So I thought I’d use my blog to host a little “reading contest”, ala Bush/Rove (see the previously mentioned Boundless article). Here’s how it will work:

1. Every Wednesday (or somewhere around Wednesday) I will create a blog post entitled “Bookworm Wednesday”. On this day I will post any books I may have completed during that week (or where I’m at in my reading) and possibly a brief book review of what I’ve read. I’ll then invite anyone who wants to to comment with what they’ve read/are reading and, if they’d like, a brief review of the book.

2. For those who would really like to get serious (and I hope there are at least a few of you!), whenever you see a “Bookworm Wednesday” post, feel free to comment with however many books you have completed so far, so we all know where you’re at and what we have to compete with.

(*One idea to help you keep track is to use goodreads.com, where you can keep track of what you’ve read/what you’re reading/etc.).)

On Dec 31, 2009, we’ll see who has read the most books! And the winner will recieve….

…I don’t know yet. Probably just the satisfaction of knowing they read more than anyone else.

How does this sound? Any questions? Who’s in?