I finished!

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I finished both Madame Bovary and the first Harry Potter book this week!

When I was checking out Harry Potter, the librarian said something along the lines of needing all three weeks to read the book. At the time I thought, you underestimate my speed of reading. Ha! It took me 3 days, working it around my other obligations – I have been reading instead of my normal tv watching and Facebook browsing time. Which, if you recall, was the whole point. :-)

So back to the books. Madame Bovary was a very interesting story – I didn’t know much about it when I picked it up except that it was a classic. I really enjoyed the style of writing. The story was sad and tragic, and definitely a reminder of the pitfalls of not being content with your life, and how discontent can not only ruin your life but those around you.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a young adult fiction, and I found it a quick read. I really loved it. I tried to put out any preconceived thoughts and just enjoy the story, which I did, very much. I can’t wait to read the next book. :-)

I started The Crimson Cord next, a novel based on the story of Rahab. I am almost a quarter of the way into it, and enjoying it. Another quick and somewhat light read, so far.

I really enjoy reading, and I think it’s good for me. It has been easier to get back into the habit than I expected. I suspect this burst of “Read all the things!” will end though and hopefully I am able to not let that be the end.

I feel like this isn’t all that interesting to everyone else, so I appreciate everyone who has made it this far. :-) I was hoping to include book reviews also but to be honest I’m not good at that. (And really, who needs another review of Harry Potter?) So I’ll keep prattling on because I’d rather have prattle than no blog post at all.

But now I can’t think of anything of substance to write, probably because it’s almost 3 in the morning. I really need to go to bed. :-) #nightowl

Book update

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It’s the middle of winter here and I’m anxious and restless as I wait for spring. The girls and I went down to Florida last week to take advantage of the warmth, which was lovely. I always love being with my family, and I’m glad I can roll it in with some much-needed self care. :-) Hopefully it will last me until spring hits Atlanta!

Savannah, Caroline, and I in Florida… I love this picture!

Not to leave out Elizabeth :-) She’s getting so grown-up!

I finished two of the three books I mentioned in my previous post, and here is my current stack.


Madame Bovary
This is my attempt to read something deeper than my previous selections. ;-) I have started it and am enjoying it so far, but I accidentally left it here in Atlanta when I was in Florida last week so I haven’t gotten very far.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself
This book has been on my “to read” list for a while, so when I was in Florida without anything to read and I spotted it on my mom’s bookshelf, I picked it up. I’m a few chapters in and it’s been really thought-provoking so far. I am convicted already in my own responses to poverty, and looking forward to reading more.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I know this is going to the shock a lot of people… but I have never read Harry Potter, or seen any of the movies. I think they were a little after my time, and then there was controversy about how appropriate the series was for Christians, and I just never read them. I decided it was time, though, especially since before I know it Savannah will be old enough to read Harry Potter. I’m excited to start this but am forcing myself to finish my other books first.

The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story
This was on the library’s “new books” shelf and looked interesting. I love books like this, and we have been reading through the Old Testament in school and recently read the story of Rahab and Jericho.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
I read all the Mitford books years and years ago, and really loved them. For whatever reason, I don’t think I realized she had written more than I hadn’t read yet (I thought she ended the series? I don’t know why I thought that). I probably won’t get to this one, with the rest of the books in my stack ;-) but I like having options in case one of the other books doesn’t work out.

I’ve not been good about reading…

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One of the things I wanted to do this year was read more, and I’m not talking about reading outloud for homeschooling. Read more for pleasure and for my own edification. I set my goals very low, 12 books for 2016, in the hopes that I’d actually double that. Well, here we are at the end of January and I haven’t read a single book. *sigh*

I started a book but was having trouble getting into it and decided I didn’t like the author’s style. So, I gave myself permission to return it to the library unfinished.

I picked up three more books at the library today.

I’m letting myself enjoy light reading right now, because I am sorely out of practice. I want to challenge myself to read more meaty books in the future, but in the meantime I’m enjoying these. I started the middle book, “If You Were Here” this afternoon and I can tell it’s going to be a quick and enjoyable read. Hopefully I’ll be able to meet my monthly goal in the next 5 days before February starts. ;-)

“Dewey” is next, and “The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim” is a cozy mystery if I end up not being able to finish the other two. :-) (I really enjoy Cozy Mysteries when I need something light, though I find that they start to annoy me if I read too many of them. I enjoy how many of them feature cats, though!)

Speaking of books, Savannah and I are reading “The House at Pooh Corner” in school right now. We just read the chapter where Tigger is introduced and it reminded me SO much of the 11th Doctor!

I have often equated 11 with Tigger, but I didn’t realize that part of the story was almost lifted straight from A.A. Milne, ha! That was fun, and it was fun to be able to talk about the similarities with Savannah. :-) #raisingthemright

Keeping focused despite sickness

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So far, 2016 has been plagued with sickness – all mine. I think the past 6.5 years of inconsistent sleep, and especially the past 16 months, plus months of eating out while we were renovating our house, have caught up with me. I got my wisdom teeth out right before New Years, and it took 2 weeks to recover. Thankfully I’m out of pain now but I was worried there for a bit! I’ve also had a really hard time getting back in the swing of things after Christmas break. I have to take Caroline to preschool every morning and it’s been such a struggle when the temps are in the high 20s! I’ve been wrestling with insomnia, and being so tired all day that I don’t have the energy to get things done. I think my body just needs to reset but it’s going to be miserable for a few days while I adjust.

Last night I think I had a gall bladder attack – I got them a few times after Savannah was born but they stopped. Then I got a migraine around the same time (related or not related?) and have struggled with that all day. It’s almost gone now, but I’m wide awake at 2:30am due to sleeping all evening.

Because of this, I’m more operating in survival mode right now instead of trying to work on my goals. But, that is life and I think the point is not to give up but pick up again when things are better.

I have been trying to keep up with my daily devotions. I think I’m getting into a routine that I like. I’m also trying to surround myself with positive and godly things – like listening to Christian music and following positive/godly pages on Facebook. When I come across an image with words that I find challenging or thought provoking, I save it to my phone, for future reference. I think these have all been good changes.

That being said, I actually haven’t done my Bible reading yet tonight so I should go do that now. :-)

P.S. I’m really bad at blog titles. Can I just call them “update #1″ and so on?  :-p