January Reads

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  2. Carry On Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melto
  3. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
  4. The Creeping – Alexandra Sirowy
  5. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  6. Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  7. Cream Puff Murder – JoAnne Fluke (audiobook/reread)
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden – M.C. Beaton (audiobook)

 

I read a lot of nonfiction this month, which isn’t my usual go to books. I prefer fiction. My favorite of those was Shonda Rhimes book. I’m an introvert like her, and like her i always find no easier to say then yes. The book just really resonated in me, and gave me the lift I needed to start finding my own way. My least favorite was In Cold Blood, which I found the book to be really interesting to read it was just a little slow for me. Also the descriptions in the beginning were unnerving since this book was a true crime book.

I loved Wonder, there were times when it was heart breaking, and other times where it made me smile. The ending was my favorite. I felt pretty meh about The Creeping. There were definitly times where it was pretty creepy. At one point I was reading it in the dark with my book light since everyone else was asleep. I was pretty creeped out by it and had to put it down until the morning. The reason it fell short for me was because of the ending. It felt way to obvious through most of the book on where it was going. The other fact of Stella’s not really having any present parental units is just way to convenient of a plot line. I’m pretty tired of that. I also couldn’t stand her best friend Zoe, but I guess she wasn’t really meant to be all that likeable.

I listened to two audiobooks this month. I usually listen to them to go to bed at night so I like to listen to cozy murder mysteries or books that are fluff. I’ve already read all the Hannah Swensen books, and they’re full of fluff, and perfect for me to fall asleep too. I listen more now for the stories of the characters then the actual mystery part. The other book I listened to was the 9th book in the Agatha Raisin series. It was as usual funny, and better at the mystery telling part.

I’ve started Where’d you Go Bernadette, but this month I’ve been kind of tired from reading. I watched the entire first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend instead. I LOVED that show, and i can’t wait for season two to show up on February 11.

That’s it for now.

Currently 1/3/17

1.) I once had this idea that I could do a food blog, but then realized it just wasn’t my thing. I LOVE cooking, but I can’t come up with recipes on the fly. I like to take already written up recipes and adapt them. I feel like that doesn’t make it really MY recipe. Now I do have some things I make pretty regularly that I made up myself so it’s not entirely true that I don’t have anything. Also I have a lot of family recipes I like to make too. Eventually I’d like to do my own family cookbook, but I think that’s as far as that dream goes.

2.) Yesterday was a busy day of shopping at Sprouts and going to the grocery store. I ended it by making one of my favorite chicken noodle soup recipes. It’s from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I always buy a rotisseri chicken from SproutsĀ  or Costco to really make it delicious. My husband likes his soups more hearty so I often have less liquid in them. Really the only thing I change to this soup is add Dill and Season Salt.

3.) I ended up having a really horrible migraine last night and went to bed at 6:30. Woke up at 10 really grumpy so I made myself some tea and watched The Parent Trap. The original one, not the Lindsay Lohan one, and I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s actually on Netflix. Now I need Summer Magic and Pollyanna to show up on there and I’ll be one happy Hayley Mills fan.

4.)I’m reading Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle MeltonĀ  right now, but I’m only on Page 23. So far my favorite quote is “I start feeling empty and restless, and instead of remembering that sometimes life is uncomfortable and empty everywhere, I decide that bliss is just a new house or town or state away. It isn’t. Where you go, there you are. Your emptiness goes with you. Maddening”

It took me awhile to realize this. It’s not that I was able to move a lot, but I often enter in to a fight or flight mode when life gets tough. I always want to flee, but the truth is you can’t. You take yourself with you. I learned this from the second season of Felicity.

5.) Right now I’m cooking a whole roaster chicken. It’s only the second time I’ve made it. Preparing the thing is always unpleasant to me, but in the end it turns out to be some of the most delicious chicken ever. I just cook it low and slow in my crock pot. I plan to use it for salads and chicken cauliflower fried rice this week.

6.) I’ve been coloring at the counter while I wait for breakfast, lunch or dinner cooks. It’s a good way to not watch a pot boil. I have crayons, markers and color pencils. Right now my coloring instrument of choice is markers.

7.) I have a DSLR, actually I have two. The first one was a gift from my husband when we were dating, and the other was my father’s. I was given it after he passed away. I love these cameras. I love the pictures that come from them, but now I’m researching for a smaller one that also takes video. I just want something small that I can carry around with me that isn’t my phone.

8.) It’s Tuesday, that means Fixer Upper is on all day. I always like when Fixer Upper is on all day, and when there are new ones I always text my husband to tell him we will be moving to Waco immediately, like tomorrow.

*The above pictures were taken with a Canon Rebel T1i and edited in lightroom. I’m still learning, and teaching myself so bare with me.