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While it felt like January was 792 days long I feel like February sped by like the speed limit on a Texas highway. It wasn’t my best month to say the least. The winter blues tend to hit me hard the end of January and through February—normally manifesting in fatigue, overeating, and no desire to move off the couch. The colder and grayer it is outside, the harder it hits me. The desire to do anything is pretty much non-existent and its difficult. As the sunshine made an appearance a few times I started to feel a little better but if we are being transparent—very few things got accomplished.
9Rounds [7 check ins]
memorize Scripture [3 total]
read at least six new books
paint & install new pantry door
—host my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower
—9Rounds [7 checkins]
—read five books
—start & finish a cross stitch project
—flower bed plans
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It's almost April. The first quarter of 2018 is drawing to a close and we are in full swing at our house!
Drinking: all the fruit-infused water I can fit in my tumbler. My favorite is strawberry infused water but I am almost known to be a fan of a blackberry-pineapple combo.
Wearing: nike shorts, long sleeved t-shirts & my newest pair of splurge shoes.
Wanting: a herb garden planter box, the end of track season, front flowerbed overhaul & to reach a a big debt countdown in April.
Reading: Murder on the Oriental Express, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, The Blue Bistro & Retired Inspired
Loving: high school baseball games but not track meets, commuting [full post on this coming soon], my library card & the next big home improvement project we have on tap.
Excited About: a long weekend [no school Friday] & a planning day on Monday. It's the little things, like 3.5 hours of uninterrupted planning time with my team means we can accomplish so much more than our normal once a week thirty minute planning session.
Buying: new doors for the house's interior. Our current doors scream "stuck in the 1970's" and I cannot take it anymore. We are replacing a couple at a time as the cash-flows but knowing they are coming makes my heart so very happy.
Reminiscing About: #stmaddoxsday. we celebrated two of our favorite people this month as they [finally] tied the knot and then threw one epic party. such a fun time dancing, laughing & loving on them.
Looking to Tackle: we are officially closing out our credit card! while it has been paid off for awhile I have had a hard time with the whole, "cut it up & close it out" portion of the follow through. it was a false sense of security knowing it would be there if I needed it but we are ready to say "bye Felicia"!
Saying Good-Bye To: Winter. We’ve taken the heating blanket off the bed, sweaters have been packed away and Dixie & Duke have begun blowing their winter coat. Spring in Texas is here!
February is going to be a good one.Read More
Finished out 2017 with these three reads that all dealt with different perspectives & how each is valid. Such an unintentional, thought provokign beginning to a new year.
The Book Club
By: Mary Alice Monroe
This book was a piece of indulgent fiction that I found myself being drawn into. The Book Club is comprised of five women, each going through a different life altering event and learning how to deal with it. I felt as though the novel focused on three of the women more so than the others and found myself feeling a little bad that the two were left out in a way. The story is told through the eyes and voices of all five ladies and the different ways the view the world, events in their lives and each other.
This book came home to live on my bookshelf for two reasons.
1) the cover was pretty #shallow
2) it makes me want to join a book club myself [looking at you LJ]
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girl in the Blue Coat
BY: Monica Hesse
No secret that historical fiction is by far my favorite genre to read! While in Barnes & Noble to pick up a Christmas gift this cover caught my eye on an end-cap. Left the bookstore & swung by the library. 24 hours later and this one was finished.
An incredible tale of a young woman trying to no just survive in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam but provide for her family by delivering black market goods. While searching for a missing Jewish girl in a blue coat, Hanneke slowly becomes a part of the Resistance Movement. Plot twist at the end that I actually did not see coming, kudos to the author, and a perspective I never considered during this historical period.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Caroline Little House Revisited
By: Sarah Miller
I have always loved the Little House on the Prairie books and when this title popped up on my Goodreads account as a book I might enjoy I was incredibly excited to check it out [literally] from the library. It was well written with a different perspective than what we Little House on the Prairie readers are used to but the ending of the book left me feeling a little rushed and let down. It did pique my interest and I would love to know more about Caroline Ingalls but it is not a book I will be purchasing for my own bookshelf at home.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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