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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Reflections 3/25

Looking outside...it's wet and soggy from rain, but the sun is shining. It's 37 and my house was chilly this morning. 

Listening...to the dishwasher. The Doctor is in the office. The Boy is at work. The Artist is still asleep.

Loving...that The Doctor and I have more time together with the new work schedule. I can go to the office with him as his office manager/front staff. He is able to schedule as he pleases because it's his practice. He is home more. 

Thinking...that we need to plan a Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. We teach the 14-15 year olds at church and they're awesome.

In my kitchen...Crio Bru at the moment. Going to my Mom's to watch LDS Women's Conference with her and my sister. The Doctor offered to get us Panera.  So he and the boys are on their own.

Wearing...denim skirt, purple turtleneck, socks and slippers.

Hoping...that the sun stays out. It's lovely.

Reading...Nothing new. Rereading some old favorites because I don't have to concentrate or write anything.

Today...Work around the house. I'd like to get some trimming done in the yard, but unless it all dries out quickly, that might not happen. There is laundry to do. There is always laundry to do.

Quoting..." 'Impossible' is a word that humans use far too often." -- Seven of Nine, Star Trek Voyager: Hope and Fear.

Feeling...So tired. I'm sure my answer for this is repetitive, but it's true.

Planning...next week is Spring Break. Not sure if we're doing anything special. The Boy has a pretty busy week of work.

Gratitude...for my husband. He is a good man. He'll tell you he isn't, but he is. He works hard. He cares about people. He reaches out. He serves. He loves. I am blessed.

From my world... 

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cover Crush...Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Cafe

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.

I don't drink coffee. I drink hot chocolate and I love this cover, with a delicious cup of something and a partially eaten cookie. A woman has likely taken the first smooth sip and left her bright lipstick on the cup. The best part of this book? The title. So much snark in only 8 words. I want to read this book simply because a snarky title like that speaks to snarky old me!

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's CourtFlashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weekend Reflections 3/18

Looking outside...it's overcast with a chance of rain. Currently 54 though, which is nice.

Listening...to the dishwasher running, and the washer is on a spin cycle. The Boy is watching something on his phone. The Artist is asleep on the couch.

Loving...that we are all home together this weekend.

Thinking...that all the extras on the Arrival DVD are just as good as the movie. We loved Arrival. So much, that we rented it from Redbox last week and as soon as it was over, we went out and got our own copy. Watched the makings of last night and it was fascinating. If you haven't seen it. Watch it. Now.

In my kitchen...Not sure what's on the menu for tonight. Crio Bru at the moment. It has replaced my hot chocolate addiction. Took some time to get used to it, but I love it and it's so much lower calorie and low carb. I'm not doing full Keto like the Doctor is, but I'm counting calories and eating fewer carbs. So the Crio is awesome for that. I sweeten mine with some Stevia and Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup and then add a splash of half and half. Yum!

Wearing...denim skirt, green and tan top, no shoes.

Hoping...that my lilac tree will bloom. We had to cut it back hard last year because I don't think it had ever been pruned and I'm afraid we cut it back too late to get blossoms this year. There are lots of buds, but I'm hoping that they might be flowers and not just leaves. Time will tell.

Reading...Don't ask.

Today...I'm not sure. I need to run to the grocery store. Tonight and tomorrow we have Stake Conference meetings, but today is open. Although, I believe The Doctor has plans to put the boys to work cleaning the garage.

Quoting..."Despite knowing the journey...and where it leads...I embrace it...and I welcome every moment of it." -- Dr. Louise Banks, Arrival

Feeling...Tired. I'm always tired. But I am also filled with more hope than I have been in a very long time because of this new adventure in building our own practice.

Planning...some deep spring cleaning and some yard work. We have a forsythia that needs trimming and a couple of trees that need some work and a bed of raspberry bushes that needs to go. I hate yard work. Have I ever mentioned that?

Gratitude...for opportunities. Opportunities that The Doctor would never have had if we hadn't made the move to start our own practice.

From my world... 

Everything The Artist is looking forward to this year. Guardians 2 got left off, but otherwise, it's pretty accurate. And Kong: Skull Island? Awesome. Seriously. It was amazing. We will go see it again, I'm sure. 

If you do go, stay for the very end credit scene. Especially if you're a Godzilla fan. There's a fantastic tie-in for the next film which will be Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020, with the Godzilla from the 2014 film. Which we also loved.

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Childhood Favorites...The Hundred Dresses

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

Wanda is a Polish immigrant who wears the same faded dress each day, but talks about the hundred dresses she has at home. Peggy, a girl in her class, begins taunting and teasing her and Peggy's best friend Maggie stands to the side and doesn't interfere, event though she knows it's wrong. Maggie herself wears second-hand clothes and doesn't want to be teased if Peggy decides to bully someone else.

Wanda wins an art contest with one hundred drawings of dresses and her father moves his family to the city where they won't be the only immigrants and where his children won't be singled out. Peggy and Maggie realize too late that they can't apologize to Wanda because she has left, but Maggie vows she will never stand by and watch someone picked on again.

Looking back on this story, I realized that it is one of the best books about bullying. When I read it though, bullying wasn't a term we used. Nor were terms like peer pressure or self-esteem. It wasn't something discussed in the detail that it is now. Kids picked on kids and, for the most part, you just dealt with it. We have much more of an awareness now, but as I was growing up and certainly when this book was written, it wasn't a subject we talked about.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?