The year is half over

I failed to post my book count at the end of May because IRL has been busy. Four of the children celebrated their birthdays. One of the children now has a driver’s license. There have been checkups and extra Doctor visits for sprained wrists and tick bites. Summer camp supplies were gathered, packed, used, scrubbed […]

April Book Count

As of the end of April, I had read 49 books so far this year. Books that live in the upstairs hall on a couple of tiny bookshelves which are older than my children. My husband’s books are on a brand new, hand built bookcase in the basement. I am thrilled with this arrangement. He […]

March Book Count

I read 12 books in March to bring my 2018 total up to 37 books. While my biggest reading obstacle remains the inability to walk in a bookstore and buy the many, many books that interest me, it leads directly to the second largest obstacle. I spend hours wandering the local used books store in […]

weaponized haircare

“I can smell your flat iron.” < - raises flat iron to nose for sniff test -> “Ow!” I’ve burned fingers and earlobes with the flat iron a million times, but burning my own nose was a first that I hope will also be a last.

February Book Count

I read 12 books in February. That makes a total of 25 books read this year. So, I changed my mind about the reading goal for 2018. The new goal is: Despite the dire warnings of others who spent a year reaching for the 100 book goal, having a reading goal isn’t making reading less […]

short stories

Series authors sometimes write short stories between books. These short stories are usually published in multiple author collections. It’s fun to track the short stories down after reading the entire series or when authors take several years between books. Unless the author’s last name is Rowling, nobody considers the short stories to be a necessary […]

January Book Count

I read 13 books in January. It will be summer before I have a month with a double digit count again. Winter break and ice days were the primary reasons I was able to read so many books. It also helped that I spent December collecting books to read. I’ve blown through most of my […]

hairdon’t

I cancelled three hair appointments in November. The cancellations were due to the husband having meetings, social dates and hot yoga classes that he didn’t tell me about in advance. The appointment given to a child turned out to be so expensive that I didn’t even try to get my hair cut again until December. […]

2018

1. Read 75 books 2. Actually swap books at a Little Free Library 3. Have bookstores physically look up authors that aren’t on their shelves, but should be on them