Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Daybook Entry - January

This entry is inspired by The Simple Woman's Daybook)

Outside my window...80 degree weather in January...what is going on? 

I am thinking...this year my word will be INTENTIONAL. I long to see areas of my life improve because of my intentions, and hope to be more active this year to see those changes become a fact.

I am thankful...for so much. Trying to keep my heart centered on gratefulness because when I get off centered...we all lose it! 

In the kitchen...Roast Chicken tonight and going to try to roast carrots so they actually get eaten!

I am wearing...no sleeves and no socks- it is hot out there!

I am creating...not a whole lot...beer did manage to get bottled, but that is the only creative-ish thing lately...other than doodling with my boys. I do have some Re-Arranging thoughts happening

I am going...to clean out every closet in the next 3 months. How? By being intentional...ha! putting it on my calendar with reminders and planning a closet and time to do it. In preparation for a big yard sale this Spring!

I am wondering...what is in store for us this year? 

I am reading...Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. Also Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

I am hoping...I can get all my year end accounting finished up by next week. Here is to hoping!

I am looking forward to...a sister/mother girl getaway!

I am learning...to listen to my heart over my head in certain issues. 

Around the house...piles screaming at me! I want to be more intentional on organizing and use of space this year. Time to de-clutter and simplify all around! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

2013 Book Review

****   1. Emma  by Jane Austen - C
*         2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia - YA
***     3. Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie by Angela Bowie - NF/A
***** 4. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - FAN
***** 5. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - FAN
***** 6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin - FAN
***** 7. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin - FAN
***** 8. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin - FAN
****   9. Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott - SH
***    10. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - SF/YA
***    11. Divergent by Veronica Roth - YA
**      12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - YA
****  13. Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel - SH
****  14. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman - NF/A

* = why did i even finish it?
** = would not recommend, even to someone I didnt like.
*** = okay - still would not recommend
**** = a fun read and want you to read it too!
***** = probably finished it in 2 days and ignored my kids because it was so good

F = Fiction
NF = Non-Fiction
SF = Science Fiction
A= Autobiography
NSS = Non-Fiction Short Stories
YA = Young Adult
FAN = Fantasy
SH = Self Help/Informative
C = Classic

Another Year of Books! I didn't read as many books as last year, but the Game of Thrones books are like 1,000 pages each so I probably read a lot more pages than last year anyway! Also as a P.S. I was only able to tear through those because of the broken ankle. But oh man - I thoroughly enjoyed them and stayed up until 1 or 2 in the morning on several occasions (I am guessing book #3 - that was my favorite!) just to find out what happened! I highly recommend these!

I am proud of myself for the diversity - i had a goal to read more auto-biographies and i read 2, but this year i would like to read more and also more regular fiction besides YA (not sure that will happen though). Any recommendations in this area are welcome!

I am currently reading Dead End in Norvelt (A YA books) and David Sedaris' newest book - which i love to read here and there - i always find myself laughing out loud with him!