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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Whimsy Wednesday: Old Books


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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?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cover Crush...Unrivaled


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 love historical fiction covers. And this one struck me as soon as I saw it. The soft muted colors are lovely. The woman is interested in the man, but her body language shows resistance and she's holding a piece of paper away from him. The title would suggest a competition or people engaged in the same activity, but not with each other. So many hints in just one image.

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 Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How Do People Find My Blog, Part 7

It's been a year since my last installment of How Do People Find My Blog. Sometimes, it's quite interesting, and even a bit confusing! So, sit back and laugh at some of the searches that have brought people to 2 Kids and Tired Books.

my favorite winter activity...staying inside, preferably with a fireplace, a blanket and a book.

tired of books...I may get tired of reviewing, but I never get tired of books. 

alcatraz sayings...ask our children and they will tell you our favorite is Rule #5. "You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege."

organ harvest...I hate the word "harvest" because it is used in connection with illegal organ acquisition. I prefer that people honestly donate their organs. Save lives. Declare yourself a donor. Talk to your family about doing the same. 

Ciaran Hinds...Sigh...

christian motto...You'll find lots of happy, sweet and spiritual christian mottos out there. I even have a few I like. But, I stand by our family motto which is from Alcatraz Rule #5.

medieval family mottos...Traditionally an ancient family motto was the war cry. Go figure. The Kennedy family comes from Scotland and the Kennedy Clan motto is: Avis La Fin, which means Consider the End.

Michelangelo guest house Florence...This is a B&B in Florence, Italy. Haven't stayed there, so I can't give a recommendation. Photos online are lovely though.

brandon mull book signing...Brandon's book signings are awesome. I took The Boy several years ago to a book signing at Barnes and Noble. Brandon spoke to the group in general and then signed every single thing a fan put in front of him. He talked with people, took photos and was absolutely a gentleman. He made sure that everyone knew that he would stay until he had seen the last person. It was a fantastic experience. Love him.

Papa Married a Mormon...My grandmother had this book on her shelf and it was one of my favorites. I loved reading it. It's semi-autobiographical and written by John D. Fitzgerald of the Great Brain fame. It's a somewhat fictionalized family history of his family life growing up in rural Utah. 

His mother was Mormon and his father Catholic. Neither one ever converted to the others' faith. He tells the story of their courtship and how he and his siblings were raised. The book is full of humorous tales of childhood adventure, tumultuous relationships and love and forgiveness. There are stories of conflicts between the Mormons and others, but there is also an underlying thread of how to resolve differences and get along. It's awesome.

Captain America Civil War review...loved it, but it really should have been Avengers: Civil War, not Captain America. It was more of an Avengers movie than anything. I will admit to loving Tom Holland's Spiderman and I am not a Spiderman fan.

neonatal nurse...I love neonatal nurses. They are my heroes. You can read about our NICU experience here

Before We Go sequel...Man, oh man, do I wish there was a sequel. The ending was appropriate, but I want to know what Nick wrote on the card and I want Brooke to return to New York.

What is plagiarism?...Are you serious? Plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own. Don't do it. Ever.

Is S.E. Hinton still alive?.. Yes. Yes, she is. She even tweets

tired woman...Welcome to the club, sweetie.

manhattan clam chowder...No, New England Clam Chowder. Totally my favorite. I'm currently wishing that Panera delivered.

Rosamund Du Jardin books...Oh, they're the best. Still my favorites after all these years. You can read about my experience finding copies to purchase in this post.

What about you? Do you know how people find your blog?

You can see other installments of How do People Find My Blog here: Part 6Part 5Part 4Part 3Part 2Part 1.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cover Crush...Losing the Light


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 adore France. I have always desired to return and this time, while Paris is amazing, I want to visit the coast. I have no idea what this book is about, but this cover just evokes France. What is it about? Who lives there or has traveled there? Is it a romance or a memoir?

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 Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Weekend Reflections 3/4

Looking outside...it's raining, but not snowing. Temp is hovering around 43, so it's quite nice.

Listening...to the country music station playing in The Doctor's office. He normally changes it when he's here all day, but we just came in to see a couple of patients, so he just left it. They're playing classic older country and I'm trying desperately not to sing along. I don't love all the newer country. So many of these new young singers just sound all the same to me. There are so few standouts now. And you just don't hear enough Alabama or George Strait on the radio these days. 

Loving...that I can spend the day with The Doctor and be a part of this practice. It's so great to do this together.

Thinking...that my brain has too many tabs open as usual.

In my kitchen...Hot chocolate in my travel mug at the moment. Not sure about dinner.

Wearing...denim skirt, tan turtleneck, dark green sweater.

Hoping...that we might see some sun. I don't mind the rain, but sunshine is very welcome.

Reading...still working on The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow.

Today...finish up with patients and then I'm not sure what The Doctor and I have planned. The Artist is spending the day with a friend, having a Godzilla marathon today. The Boy is home, happy to have Saturday off.

Quoting...“I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.” ―  Mark Watney  The Martian by Andy Weir

Feeling...tired. Went to bed with a pretty solid headache, but it was gone this morning, which was nice.

Planning...thinking about what to do over Spring Break.


Gratitude...for extended family. My cousin and her children were here this week because it's high school basketball championship time. Loved spending time with her, even if we stayed up 'til 3:00 am talking! So good to visit.


From my world... 




True story.



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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cover Crush...My Berlin Kitchen


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.


The subtitle to this book is "A Love Story (with Recipes)". Is it only about cooking? Is it a romance that incorporates cooking? Is it a memoir about living in Berlin? The cover suggests a woman carrying a basket and on her way home from the market. A market setting like this hints at somewhere outside of America, so it well could be set in Berlin. I want to read it just to discover new recipes!

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 Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic SwedeLayered PagesindieBRAG, A Literary Vacation.