Monday, April 7, 2014

Hook, line, and sinker

I have to hand it to the marketing people at Barnes and Noble. They got me. I made a rare trip into the book store (rare because I do not trust myself alone in a bookstore to be responsible and not max out my credit cards). I had gift cards burning a hole in my wallet. I purchased a couple NOOK books and a real book for Punky. When I got home, I discovered a "Prepublication Excerpt" in my bag. I tossed it in my purse for when I was stuck in a waiting room somewhere or something. 

So what happened when I finished the excerpt? I immediately logged onto and used up the last (sad!) of my gift card money to purchase the book. Congrats B&N, you got me with your clever marketing. Hook. Line. Sinker. 

But I don't feel too bad. I actually finished two professional development type books in a row! No novel (or twelve) in between. I am on a roll! At this rate, I just might complete my Goodreads challenge of 50 books this year...

Especially since I've decided to pick up where I left off in this:
Before I tackle killing off Dorothy. And of course, at some point I still need to read Wicked. If you need me, I'll be in Oz.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014



An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.

To seek after earnestly; aspire to.

(Definitions provided by

What a powerful word. Sometimes I think I want to be ambitious. Sometimes I think I am. Sometimes I think I have too much.

My stack of 29 unread books (plus 7-8 in progress) grew to 30 as someone recently gifted me a book. Then I pulled out two books loaned to me a good three years ago. Are they good books? Most likely. Should I read them? Probably. Will I? If I am honest, probably not. So I took them off the shelf to return to the lender who likely has forgotten I have them. And almost put them back. The lender wanted me to read them! This person thought there was something of value between the pages. 

My ambition is to read. And write. I never seem to have enough time for either. I challenged myself to read 50 books this year. I have completed 15. I am 30% of the way to my goal. I also made a goal to read one professional development type book for every two novels I read. And another goal to finish all of the books currently in progress (except the daily devotional which I been reading off and on for about two years- even if I have read that day before, there is still good stuff in rereading it). 

And write more. Maybe actually write a chapter in the novella I have had outlined for a few years. Or blog more. Or journal more. Something. Anything. 

In theory, that seems reasonable. Then I look in my purse and see what my ambition had done.

Two devotionals. Two journals. One book. One "prepublication excerpt."

And this was to go to work! Where (unfortunately) I do not get paid to read (where can I find THAT job?!). (Side not: I do get paid to write- treatment plans and progres notes, but that's not FUN writing!)

Hmmm, maybe my ambition is a little too ambitious. And so the books will go back to the lender, unread, and not back to my shelf. 

Let's not even start on how I keep saying I'm going to get up a half hour earlier three mornings a week to do yoga....

Friday, March 14, 2014


It's Friday again so it must be time to navigate on over to for the Friday Fill-In! Check it out. Send in suggestions and be a cohost!

This week's statements:
1. Saying ____ is ___ for me.
2. I am ____ by nature.
3. If I stay in a hotel it must have _____.
4. If someone gave me ____ I would ____. 

My answers:
1. Saying nothing is easy for me.
2. I am quiet by nature.
3. If I stay in a hotel it must have free wi-fi? (I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel...)
4. If someone gave me a book I would read it- eventually. My to be read stack is huge!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Adventures in Parenting

At two, Punky is firmly in the toddler years. It was tricky, at first, parenting a toddler. The toddling is a game changer. But you adapt, move all the breakable a to an even higher location, block off the stairs, put the child thingies (yes, that IS the technical name) on the doorknobs and so on. The toddler gets steadier and less toddly. Life is good. Life is fun. Life is an adventure.

Then you do something crazy. Like have another baby. Or in my case, adopt a puppy. And life as you know it is over. A puppy is like having an infant. Getting up in the middle of the night (to let the dog out instead of feeding a baby. But let's face it, getting up in the middle of the night for any reason isn't fun). Having a puppy is like a toddler- most of the time you can't reason with them. Puppies chew a lot- like teething babies. They sleep a lot too, just not when you want them to!

But it's fun too. Watching your pup follow around your kid. Hearing the kid ask about the puppy. Knowing they'll be best buds if only you survive the next year.

You never know what you are going to come home to find. Like the picture below of a naked Princess baby and a play spoon hanging with the pot holders... 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Fill-in full of Puppy Love

It is time once again to scoot on over to and join in her fill in the blank blog hop!

This week's statements:
1. This week I had to _______.
2. Honestly do you think ____ or _____?
3. Only the _____.
4. If I had _____ I would ____.

My answers:
1. This week I had to learn how to parent a puppy.
2. Honestly do you think I am crazy or what for getting a puppy when I have a toddler?
3. Only the cat dislikes the puppy.
4. If I had the day off I would be playing with my puppy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I recently got stoned. Kidney stoned that is.  It was the third time in my life and by far the worst of the three times. Horrible pain that is unrelenting. Worse than labor. "If you had to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10..." "10. It's a 10. Now please, please, for the love, give me some drugs" pain. Knocked me down, kept me drugged in bed for days pain. The kind of pain that takes away all the scariness of the word "surgery" away. The I don't care what it costs just do it kind of pain. 

Thankfully, I got some relief from the pain and a reprieve from needing surgery. Sure, I'm still a little sore and know the possibility of more pain is out there. Sure, I wonder if I will make it until my follow up appointment next week without collapsing in pain again. But for now, I feel almost normal again. For now, I will thank my lucky stars that I do not need surgery. I will thank all those prayer warriors out there. Because surgery is scary. And expensive. 

Of course I am no closer to understanding why my body has declared war on me. I try to be good to it. I really do. And I am no closer to being able to predict when the next battle will take place. So I march onward hoping one day to have answers and predictability when it comes to my body. Taking things one day at a time. And sometimes only one hour at a time, because that is all that is manageable.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fill it in Friday

It's Friday again and you know what that means. Time to join Feeling Beachie for her Friday Fill-In. Each week four statements with blanks are at for you to use on your blog. Co-hosting this week are from Gilligan & MaryAnn's Desert Island and Making your Mark.

1) Valentine's is a _____day of the year for ____
2) Since Valentine's is a sign of ______  I ______
3) _____ with ____ is a great way to _____
4) Sometimes I ____ when I _____

1) Valentine's is a normal day of the year for me.
2) Since Valentine's is a sign of something Catholic I really don't know much about it.
3) Snuggling with Punky and the Huz is a great way to spend a day (even if we are all sick!)
4) Sometimes I sing when I drive. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Co co co-hosting

Yep! It's time for Feeling Beachie's Friday Fill-In again and I'm co-hosting this week! Be sure to check her out and email Hilary if you want to be a co-host!

This week's statements:
  • Don’t you love when you get to spend _____
  • I wish there was a ____ but I would settle for ____.
  • When I hear the word ____ I always think of ____
  •  My dream ___ is ____

  • My answers:
    • Don't you love when you get to spend an afternoon reading?
    • I wish there was a long weekend every week but I would settle for once a month.
    • When I hear the word Stottlemeyer I always think of dissolving into giggles.
    • My dream house is in Hawaii.

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Hooks and books

    I am making a real effort in this new year to spend more time engaging in my hobbies. I just put a bunch of ebooks on hold at the library. Of course I am certain they will all come available at the same time and I will not be able to get through them all... And when they become available I will (again) abandon the books I currently have in progress. No, I will read them this year, I mean it, I will! I will! Novels are just so much more fun than my stack of educational books that I know I NEED to read. Sigh. How did I ever make myself read textbooks? Oh, that's right, I stopped reading for pleasure altogether.

    And crochet. My new hobby. I vow to set aside time for this, to learn more and try new things. It's kinda fun and relaxing. If only the kid and the cat would leave the yarn alone while I'm hooking...