Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Monday. That's All.

Another wacky weekend is complete, and I'm glad to be back at work so I can get some rest!

I currently "teach" a leadership class in this here university town. I went through the course last year and was asked to step up to the plate as a leader for this year. One of the mandatory activities for this class is to go through a ropes challenge course. You might remember, I got engaged the night of the course last year, so it was fun to go back this year and report that we just got married. While it was a really amusing, rewarding day...it was longggg. Up at 4am, and I pulled back into the driveway at 9pm.

Hard at work! 
Sunday was still busy, but more relaxing. David spent Saturday and part of Sunday building four square-foot garden boxes for our backyard. He put the finishing touches on those Sunday morning, we took my mom out for a fabulous Cajun lunch, and then we tried out our new Kitchenaid mixer by whipping up a lemon pound cake. And there might've been a nap in there, too.

 

I'm also happy to report that sloooowwwwlyyyy but surely, my reading mojo is making its return. I am a mere five pages from finishing Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote, and unless something really unexpected and wonky happens, I can say that I've REALLY enjoyed it.

I'll probably try to knock off Chew: International Flavor (volume 2) today. Next up? I need to read The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman for book club, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish it up or make the meeting on Thursday (sad face!).

I'm also itching to jump back into The Enchanted by Rene Denfield. And I'm reading The House Girl, by Tara Conklin, with Heather and for Katie's Fellowship of the Worms.


What a scramble of books! No wonder I'm having a hard time focusing on one over the others. They're all off to great starts, and I've just gotta get myself back into the groove. :) Good problem to have! 

I hope you're all having a fantastic Monday and that your week treats you right! 

Hosted by Sheila of BookJourney!





37 comments:

  1. Excited to follow your progress on those gardens! I am asking Scott to build me one, but I don't know if he's convinced because our yard is fairly small, and he wants me to do just a few containers like years past. I'm working on him though. Ha. ...And I just started Light Between Oceans 2 days ago. My current pace of reading means it'll be a while before I finish, but I am liking it so far.

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I love this method because according to the size of the boxes, each box should provide enough veggies for one person to eat each week. So that's why David did one box for each of us adults, and a box devoted to salad. Greyson's box will have some pumpkins (because he loves them), sunflowers, and other miscellany that he will enjoy and that he can help with. I'll definitely keep you posted!

      I hope you like The Light Between Oceans! And I hope I do, too!

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  2. I loved The Light Between Oceans so I hope you will be able to finish it. Have a great 'normal' week.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Ciska! I'm so excited to dive into it further! Here's hoping the week is as "normal" as possible. Knock on wood. I have an event to attend tomorrow night that will probably sap my energy, and David is out of town on a business trip Wednesday-Friday. We'll see how it goes!

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  3. My cousin has great success with veggie garden boxes like that. I kill everything that sprouts. Good luck!

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    1. That's awesome, April! I usually have a brown thumb myself, but David and the plants seem to get along fine.

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  4. Whew! Just thinking about all that you're doing makes me tired.

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    1. Haha! Me too! Tuesday night I have to go to a symphony event in Dallas, and then Wednesday-Friday, David is out of town. Womp womp.

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  5. Sounds like a busy but rewarding weekend! Whew. Yay for getting more reading time in!

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    1. It was! Was glad we got to be productive AND I still got a little rest.

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  6. Can't wait to hear what you think of The House Girl. Been wanting to read that one.

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    1. I'll keep you posted, Melinda!

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  7. Welcome back and congratulations again!

    I think it is going to take some time for you to get back into a routine now that the big event is over, but as you said, it is a good problem to have.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Definitely gonna take some time, but we're settling into a nice groove. :)

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  8. Congratulations again!!! What fun to return with a shining report after a year at the ropes course! Yay!!

    My reading has been slooooowwww. I'm hoping it will pick up this week once I finish my current read. This one is taking me much longer to get through than I ever expected. (It's Allegiant by Veronica Roth, in case you were curious.)

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    1. It was great fun. The folks who host the ropes course remembered and we all marveled that it's been a year already.

      I hope your reading picks up, too! And I was wondering what book. You know how it is. lol

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  9. Sweet little boy! That's a good guy there making up those raised beds. That's not easy work. I have The Light Between Oceans on my shelf and I don't know when I'm going to get to it.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! I think he's going to have a blast gardening. Both of them, actually. lol I'll keep you posted on The Light Between Oceans.

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  10. That cover for Other Voices, Other Rooms kinda gives me the heebie-jeebies. Which means I totally want to read it.

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    1. It is kinda creepy. The book has a wonderful, weird Southern gothic vibe. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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  11. I started The Cold Song yesterday, thinking I'd get a few pages in but I ended up reading it straight through. Such a complex, little book on marriage, secrets, a missing girl, etc. Lots of good stuff.

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    1. That's awesome! I love books like that when they suck me in and won't let go.

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  12. Wow, reading all that you're doing made my head spin a little. I'm glad you're getting back into the swing of reading. I have The Light Between Oceans sitting here. Probably won't get to it for a while but if you go finish and go to your book group I hope you'll report back on whether or not it was a good book for discussion. We're having fits trying to find something for May in my group. Hoping I can talk them into The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy, just because it's a fun read and I'd like to revisit it.

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  13. You are one busy woman!!! Whew, wearing me out! Love the raised beds, we seem to kill anything we plant..it's awful. I often get caught running late on book club picks, so this month I'm listening to it on audio. I can only read two books at a time....and not all the time. You are super woman!
    Have a great week!

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  14. Your weekend sounds wonderful! I can't wait to start gardening! The ground is still a bit frozen here though. ;)

    The Enchanted looks really good!! I will have to make sure to pop back over for your review.

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  15. Man, it can be tough to get back into some semblance of a routine! My advice is to take it one book at a time for a while.

    Have a great week and I hope you get some rest! :)

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  16. Ever since my return to blogging I've been bouncing between speeding through books and completely incapable of focusing on books, so I feel your pain.

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  17. Such a busy life! But lots of good things going on -- including the books.

    I haven't cleaned up my garden from last year, but we've got time -- it's cold again, here!

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  18. Lemon pound cake oohh…

    The books look fantastic. Have a great week ahead!

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  19. The ropes challenge course would so not be for me... The books would be though! I read The House Girl last year and really enjoyed it. I hope you do, too!

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  20. LEMON POUND CAKE. Omg that sounds beyond good right now.

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  21. What, no picture of the cake?! :)
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  22. I do not know what The Enchanted is about, but I have lusted after it every single time I have seen that gorgeous cover in the shops.

    You are making me want lemon pound cake. I have been eating lemon animal crackers all day (they are only faintly lemon), and it's made me want all lemon things forever. I wonder if I could con my sister into making me a lemon king cake. It's not Mardi Gras season but she has the power to make king cakes ANY TIME.

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  23. I'm about a third into Light Between Oceans. Liking it but not feeling the spectacularness that everyone is telling me. I think it'll end up being a quiet meeting on Thursday. I'm just looking forward to a night AWAY from home. ;) Hope you can make it but understand if you can't.

    I will be peppering you with gardening questions all spring and into summer. So prepare yourself. I'm going to do tomatoes again this year but I just don't think our backyard gets enough sunlight for any more than that.

    I bet Greyson is loving having David around! Hope the transition has gone smoothly.

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  24. I love the picture of Greyson and David. Melts my heart. I hope my boys have an awesome step-dad one day. I loved The Enchanted so I hope you do too.

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  25. Love that photo of your two guys! So sweet.

    I like the idea of growing veggies, but we have so many rabbits and squirrels, I'm afraid I'd be running outside with a rake or BB gun all summer long! ;)

    I know The Light Between Oceans starts off a little slow, but I thought it was a fabulous novel. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that your book club has a good discussion. The ethical dilemma is sure to provide a lot to discuss.

    Mmmmm, pound cake. I need a free weekend to get to some baking. There never seems to be enough time, although I did throw together some cream cheese chocolate brownie squares a few weeks ago.

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  26. My book club read The Light Between Oceans and had a great discussion about it. Hope you get a chance to read it and make it to book club.

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