Friday, October 21, 2016

I like this quote

So I'm posting it here on the blog:
"Mere Christianity embraces the humble spirit of St. Augusting's "in necessary things unity; in uncertain things freedom; in everything charity."  --C. S. Lewis

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bed time

Hen just called Mamoe's name from the bedroom. It is time for bed. She had followed me out of his room after I tucked him in and turned off the lights.

She hears him calling and pauses for a second before heading right back into his room. She loves our little boy. And he loves her.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book sixty-one: The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

I feel as if I should always note when a book is YA. This book is YA.

There is a girl trying to fit in with a group of classmates who don't really seem interested in increasing their numbers. She does stuff, like allow one of the group members to cut her hair, so they'll like her. With every hoop she is asked to jump through there is the inevitable unintended consequence. Things get infinitely worse when she is challenged to jump on top of boarded up well, and she falls in.

While stuck in the well, Kammie begins to examine the events in her life that brought her to this place. She recognizes that the bullies she wanted as friends might not be worth it. And then she starts to lose air and her predicament becomes dangerous.

61 done and still reading!

Book sixty: Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach

Holy shitballs! Wow! The revelations in this book are just...holy schnikes!

Wambach is amazing but it has not been an easy road for the poor woman. She learned pretty early on in her career that the talent she had was something she had to give her life to, and that lead to a love-hate relationship with soccer. Imagine if you were phenomenally gifted at something and because of that gift you couldn't explore other options, you were pinned down to this one thing? Of course that could make you resentful at times. But she also understands how lucky she is and how much soccer has given back to her.

It was heartbreaking to hear how much self-doubt she had. I mean, she's Abby Wambach for Christ's sake. This book, because of Wambach's brutal honesty, teaches us that no one is perfect, everyone has struggles, and that we can always seek to be better than we are.

60 down and still reading!

Final presidential debate

What really has me jazzed about tonight's debate is this weekend's SNL episode that will inevitably showcase Kate McKinnon's Clinton character and the fabulous Alec Baldwin as Trump. The latest had me in stitches! You can watch it here, if you want.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lovey, take one

Ms. Neitzel and I hit Fabric Depot today. I went specifically to look for fabric for a new apron for Mia and to see if there were any good prints for the bedspread I'd like to make for Henry. I came home with fleece for a blanket for Hen along with two types of super soft fabric to make some loveys. The holiday bazaar season is almost upon us and I'd love to participate so I can unload the knitted items I made for last year's bazaar that I ended up missing after winning tickets to the MLS Cup final. (RCTID, ya'll!) This first lovey is so cute I might have to make several to try and sell them, too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First fundraiser event at the condo!

I'm a bundler! Okay, so really awesome bundlers agree to bring in a lot of cash, I did not. But I did gather like-minded folks together to feed 'em desserts whilst watching the debate and then, before they left, they donated money that I then bundled and donated to Clinton's campaign. So far the tally is $700 and I know a couple people donated themselves by going to Clinton's campaign site so we're inching our way to $1000 if not just over that. It was a great way to watch our next Commander-in-Chief kick He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's behind. 

Treats served included Nanaimo bars, cherry shortbread cookies, pumpkin cookies, raspberry bars, brownies, and key lime pie. Thanks to Amber, we also snacked on cheese, crackers, and salami. Guests drank a variety of beer, wine, and the Red Pantsuit (a.k.a. vodka and cranberry) libation. 

There were buttons for everyone to take home to proudly display their support for Clinton, courtesy of Sandy at Dormers, who gave them to me for free after I walked her dog, Jake. Thanks to Heather, fundraising genius that she is, we had a mini silent auction. She brought new copies of three of her favorite books from last year to auction off during the evening. 

Of course, there were pictures...

Friday, October 07, 2016

To be extraordinary (aka I have been schooled)

Me: Would you like a Kit Kat in your lunch?

Henry: Yeah. I was going to ask that.

Me: Oh yeah? Great minds think alike.

Henry: But great minds shouldn't think alike because they are great. They should think different.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The yelling house

Henry, yelling from bedroom: "MOM!"

Henry, yelling from bedroom again: "MOOOOOMMM!"

Papa, yelling from living room: "You can go to her if you need her, Henry."

Mom, sitting in master bedroom quietly drinking beer and catching up on emails.

Book fifty-nine: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

This story covers the lives of a small group of people who met in college, formed a band, lost a member, got married, had kids, and lived their lives. There is humor and tragedy and pain with forgiveness. There is searching for self and coming to terms with the way things ended. There is new love and a renewal of old love. And acceptance.

Really, it's got all those elements that pull at the heartstrings and that readers can identify with. I'd give this book a 'good for vacation/two thumbs up' rating.

59 done and still going strong.