This Week – On the Mend

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Highlights of the Week Gage has finished 8 days of antibiotics for strep throat and a sinus infection.  I kept him home on Monday and on Friday he had a snow day so I got extra fun time with my kid this week and he was feeling better.  I also got a cut and color yesterday for the first time in about 9 months so that was good too.

Finished reading Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: … (reviewThe Water Dancer

Currently Reading Before I Go to Sleep The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Wa… Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power …

Currently Listening  How Not to Die Alone

Movies Watched To All the Boys - P.S. I Still Love You official release poster.jpg It wasn’t as good as the first one.

On the Small Screen Still watching Survivor and really liking this season so far.  We also started the second season of Altered Carbon on Netflix.

Puzzles Completed IMG_3587_Moment (2) A fun 500 piecer that Gage did most of.

Library Sale Finds IMG_3588_Moment (2)

5 Word Movie Reviews

My New 30 Day Challenge

Plans for the Weekend I’m going to a library sale that’s selling a bag full of books for $1!  How can I possibly resist?

This Week – At the Movies

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A family portrait on a sunny day.

Highlights of the Week  Last week’s Valentine’s Day plans were canceled, but Jason did make me lobster mac & cheese on Sunday IMG_3491 and it was definitely my food highlight of the week!  After not getting to the movie theater since December, I managed two trips this week!

30 Days Challenge UpdateFacebook can be tamed

Books Read Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher, #12) (review)

Puzzles Completed

Movies Watched  Just Mercy Official Poster.jpgGo see it!    Sonic the Hedgehog poster.jpg

Currently Reading Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: … Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power …

Currently Listening The Water Dancer Seventh Heaven

On the Small Screen Survivor Winners at War logo.pngWe’re back into Survivor mode here with a season full of past winners over the last 39 seasons.

Plans This Weekend  Getting the kid healthy is my only goal.  We are lucky to have a good doctor friend who made a house call just before bedtime last night to check on the still sick Gage.  We are seeing a pediatrician this morning and hoping for some help in getting him over this yuckiness.  Please send some good healing vibes.

I’ve linked up with The Sunday Salon this week.



This Week – Sickness with a side of puke

Fave pic QFXY7984 The week started out lovely as we celebrated my parents’ anniversary and my dad’s birthday.

Highlight of the Week  Um. Gage came home yesterday with fever, he’s had a stuffy nose for a few days, and no appetite.  This afternoon he projectile vomited all the way down the stairs that even covered most of the foyer floor space.  It was a sight to behold.  He’s pretty sick.  Motrin took the fever down and he actually ate a small dinner.  There is very little chance that I don’t end up with whatever nastiness he has.  Oh, and Jason came home and is down for the count with some to-be-determined, but different ailment and is laying in a dark room.  Luckily he brought home beautiful flowers and a bottle of champagne yesterday, both of which are making me feel better tonight  🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day to us!

Finished Reading  Starry Night (review)

Currently Reading  Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power … Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher, #12) Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success

Currently Listening  The Water Dancer Seventh Heaven

In the Mail LVXW1793 Kathy sent Gage some books with a sweet card.  Book blogger friends are the best!


On the Small Screen  Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.jpg Just as stupid as you might imagine, but I did laugh.

Documentaries Watched  I’m boycotting my Dr. Pepper.

Weekend plans…Cleaning up puke?  Trying to avoid the plague?  Please tell me about your wonderful Valentine’s Day or weekend plans.  I need some excitement here.

I’m linking up with the Sunday Salon.

This Week – Chillin’

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IMG_3403 IMG_3441  I took the first picture on Monday when I walked the half a mile to Gage’s bus stop in 50 degree weather. The second I took this morning.  A tale of two Februaries in one week.

Highlights of the Week  Thankfully this has been a much-needed mellow week.  Three mornings at the library sorting books (my happy place),  errands, bills, signing up Gage for summer camp, making appointments, sorting the house because Madame Chic told me too.  I’ll review the book on Monday but it was a perfect read for me this quiet week.

Finished This Week Home Truths (review) At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life

Currently Reading Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affi… Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power … Starry Night

Currently Listening The Water Dancer Seventh Heaven

Library Book Sale Finds  IMG_E3440

Currently Puzzling  IMG_E3442 A Christmas gift.

On the Small Screen  The Stranger Poster I have read all of Harlan Coben’s books and I think this is the third Netflix adaptation and definitely my favorite so far.  Jason and I finished the last episode last night.

Outrage of the Week  Feel free to weigh in on Newton’s demise here.

Mary Higgins Clark  I loved Mary Higgins Clark books when I was in high school.  I read a few more over the years, but not many.  Since she recently passed and I thought I’d share this post about the time I bought Mary and her daughter a glass of wine 🙂    Do you have any good Mary Higgins Clark stories?

I’m linking up with The Sunday Salon.

This Week – In the Pod

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IMG_3365Gage started tae kwon do a few weeks ago but Wednesday was the first time I was able to watch.  He has a friend in the class and it’s a great workout.  He’s the last one on the left.

Highlights of the Week

It was a crazy busy week.  It was Catholic Schools Week so I spent time buying and wrapping teacher gifts, helping out at the school wide sundae bar, buying a book for each grade at the Scholastic Book Fair (so fun!), taking a class photo and framing it for Gage’s teachers, and then on another day filling in for teachers during recess and lunch so they could have a relaxing luncheon just for them.   I was supposed to work the pizza lunch on Friday too, but since Jason had the day off I sent him 🙂  Jason also had Thursday off and we spent the 10am-8pm on a Cleveland date, doing some shopping, eating and trying new things like this fancy float spa IMG_3368 (1) I already raved about it on FB, and I can tell you too that it was so much better than I thought it would be.  This was my room and my pod.  You shower first, get in and lay in 10 inch water that has over 1000 pounds of epsom salt in it to make you float.  Oh, and you pull the door shut, turn off the light and lay there for an hour.  I kept the light on and the pod cracked a bit.  I made it 50 minutes before I sat up just meditated.  Have any of you tried it?  I’m looking forward to going back.

New Challenge

This month’s challenge is giving up Facebook for a month.  Yikes!

Finished Reading This Week  Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World (reviewExit Strategy (review) Liars' Legacy

Finished Puzzling IMG_3324 The three of us did this 500 piece puzzle together in 1 hour and 23 minutes.  I’m willing to mail it to any of you you want to try an beat our time 🙂

Currently Reading Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power … Home Truths

Currently Listening The Water Dancer

Received in the Mail The Stone Girl

Movies Watched 1917 Poster Thought it was well done.

This Weekend  I might be coming down with something so I’m hoping to keep it close to home this weekend.  We’ll see what kind of fun we can find.  What’s going on with you this weekend?




This Week – Snow is here to stay

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It snowed much of last weekend and it was the big snowflake, movie kind of snow.  Just beautiful.  It’s supposed to be another snowy weekend.

Highlights of the Week  We had dinner out with friends, followed by a 4th grade basketball game and then ice cream.  It was fun being back in a gym watching kids play basketball.  I wasn’t too many years older when I played.  IMG_3236  It was Gage’s movie night at school.  I worked the drink table so the kids kept me busy.  The kids are always so excited and it’s fun to see them with siblings and parents.  I also completed my 4 hour manager training for the Ohio primaries at the beginning of March.


Finished This Week  Title: Keep This Toss That: Unclutter Your Life to Save TIme, Money, Space, and Sanity, Author: Jamie Novak (review) IMG_E3283

Currently Reading Liars' Legacy Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues… Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power …

Listening To Exit Strategy (Nick Mason, #2)  Last week I started the Ruth Bader Ginsberg audio and really liked it, BUT it was too hard to appreciate with short trips around town.  I will be giving it another try when I have some real time on the road.

Received in the Mail Title: Home Truths: A Novel, Author: Susan Lewis

Library Book Sale Finds IMG_3285

Documentaries Watched American Factory poster.jpg

This Weekend  Jason and I will head to the movies tomorrow, but I’m not sure what we’ll see.  Any recommendations?

This Week – A few new challenges

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This is the only fun picture I took all week.  As Gage and I were walking back home from the bus stop we found the only snow left on a 40 degree day.  A gross mound of snow and who knows what.  But at least the kid is cute!

Highlight of the Week  Well, the highlight was supposed to be seeing author Marie Benedict, but I got the times wrong and we arrived at the library 20 minutes late.  The door to the library was closed so we couldn’t even sneak in 😦  I refuse to choose another highlight because I’m still bitter.  At least I got to eat at The Cheesecake Factory first, I guess.

New Challenges

I don’t remember how I first found the 1000 Hours Outside blog, but when I did at the end of the year I knew this would be the perfect challenge for Gage.  He was excited about it after I printed out the tracker sheets, but wanted me to do it with him (because I’m not challenging myself enough already, sigh).  So we both have our tracker sheets on the refrigerator and he’s currently beating me by a few hours.  I love this challenge and recommend it for anyone with children.

And although I’m late to the game I’m joining Shelleyrae’s2020 Non-Fiction Challenge at Book’d Out.  I’m signing up for the Non-Fiction Nibbler where I’ll be reading 6 non-fiction titles chosen from 12 categories.  Fun!  It’s not too late to join in.

Ongoing 30 day challenge.


Finished this week Hands Up (reviewThe Complaints (review)

Currently Reading Liars' Legacy Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues… Morning Meditations: Awaken Your Power …Keep This, Toss That: Thousands of Orga…

Currently Listening My Own Words

Puzzles Started  IMG_3224 (2)

Plans for the Weekend  We were so on the fence about taking a quick trip this weekend, but we decided to stay home and have friends over tonight.  Then we’re taking Gage tobogganing on Monday.  We’ll have to see what Sunday brings 🙂

I hooked up with the Sunday Salon this week.

This Week – Back to School

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IMG_E3174 Learning to roller skate with Dad.

Highlights of the week 

IMG_3193 Our book group met and discussed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and there was so much to discuss.

We enjoyed Gage’s last few days of winter break. We took him roller skating for only second time.  And then he and I got to spend Monday just palling around shopping and eating and taking walks and it was really nice.

Finished this week The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson reviewed it here.

Currently Reading Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues… Liars' Legacy Hands Up

Currently listening  The Complaints

Library Book Sale Finds (There are advantages to being one who sorts the donations.  I get first pick!)  IMG_E3202

Movies watched  Secret in Their Eyes Poster

Plans for the weekend

We have dinner plans with old neighbors so Gage gets spend time with Emi. She’s in 8th grade and both of her older sisters babysat Gage when he was a baby. Time flies!

I’m linking up with the Sunday Salon this week.

This Week (or is it last week?)

I’d like to have these posted on Saturday, but even with me getting up at 6 in the morning it obviously didn’t happen yesterday.

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IMG_3127 On Monday Gage and I tried a local restaurant that had so many choices for him.  We shared this plate of gluten-free fries (so much harder to come by than you think) and then he ordered a hamburger, but he could have had a gluten AND dairy free pizza and any number of other sandwiches.  Can you tell how excited I am about this?

Highlights of the week

Having Gage home from school and Jason taking lots of time off at the end of the year and two days this week.  I don’t remember Jason ever taking this much time off (with breaks to deal with clients as needed).  Lots of being at home as a family is always a good thing.

Gage had a day (6 1/2 hours) at Lego camp.  Followed by a day with 2 different play dates totaling 5 1/2 hours.  That’s after starting the week with a bowling/arcade morning with a group of 6 boys.  I’m not sure how interested he is in going back to school on Tuesday.

Also, I started a new year of challenges.  This month I start getting up at 6 every day.

Could’ve been better

I’ve got no complaints about the start of this decade.  Oh wait!  It’s the 5th and I haven’t finished a book!  It’s probably all that family time I’m so happy about 🙂

Currently reading

Liars' Legacy Hands Up Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues…

Currently listening

The Complaints

Received in the mail

Title: Stay, Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde (a win from Vicki at I’d Rather Be At The Beach)


Movies watched

Self/less DVD Release Date | Redbox, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon

Plans for the rest of weekend

Not sure what we’ll be up to when Gage gets back from Grandma’s house.

What about you?

I’m linking up with theSunday Salonthis week.




This Week – Is It Really September?

This’ll cover the last two weeks…

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Highlights of the week…  They didn’t find anything abnormal in Gage’s 72 hour EEG!  IMG_1782He was a trooper and all three of us appreciated the cards and gifts you sent.  It really did help keep his spirits up.  After he was released we went home and packed and hit the road for the Washington DC area where we played tourists, visited and stayed with old friends and attended a wedding.  I’ll be honest, I was cooked by the end of the week, but it was worth it.

This week has been full of meetings- book club, friends board, event walk-through, but the highlight is that we finally ordered carpet for our family room.  The only room in the house we’ll have carpet.

Could’ve been better…  I feel like I could fill up this section with all of the things, but I will abstain this week because of Gage’s EEG.  They want a follow-up so we’ll see what they suggest next, but I’m feeling positive.

Books read for our September book a day challenge…

If you want daily pics of Gage’s books too you’ll need to follow me on Instagram.  I can barely keep up with reading my book and posting it on there!  We did take 4 days off when we traveled.  Book reviews will happen at some point in the future.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin N or M? by Agatha Christie The Giver by Lois Lowry Animal Farm by George Orwell  Washington Square by Henry James Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas Strip Jack by Ian Rankin

Plans for the weekend…As much as a quiet weekend appeals to me we have Jason’s company picnic today and then swimming with friends on Sunday.