The Storm of the Century (not really)

Oh Georgia! Last week it was massive ice and power outages. This week snow. Schools were closed Tuesday through Thursday of this week for expected snowstorms. Alas, the snow and ice was minimal on Tuesday and the roads safe. Wednesday it began snowing around 3pm and we got an inch or two. Thats it. We took the kids out at 8am on Thursday morning and it was already beginning to melt.

Blogging and reading took a hiatus m while I tried my best to amuse cooped up kids.

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Tuesday’s snow. We had to scrape it off the van to make Persy a mini Olaf.

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Completed mini Olaf.

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At least I started a knitting project for all of those RescueBot marathons.

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Persy Jane followed Hope all week. She adores big sister.

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Atticus, poor dude, had ALL THE FEELS.

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At least we got in some redneck sledding. Rubbermaid tub lids are so useful.

I pray the bad weather is over. I love cold weather and snow, but I love order to my days and so do my kids. There is only so much painting, lego building, and dance parties one can endure.

Back to regularly scheduled blogging soon!

Happy Birthday, Alicia Hope

Alicia Hope

Today you are 15 years old. WOW.

I really thought I would be all teary eyed today, but instead I am super-duper excited for you. Just think of all the amazing things in store for the NEXT 15 years of your life! College, career, travel, new friendships and relationships….. You will spend the next 15 years becoming your own person.

Last week we were at dinner and sitting across from me at the table you were so grownup. You talked about school, track, friends, and boys. Then you started talking about college and how you want to travel to China and I was so blown away by how you have grown into such a smart, caring, and happy young woman.

You have always been fearless (except around palmetto bugs and that’s understandable). Even as a baby you were fearless. You were walking at ten months and so gleeful that you could careen forward from one location to another. I would walk behind you with my arms stretched towards you trying to guide you away from sharp corners and large steps, but still letting you go where you wanted. Sometimes you would start to fall and I would catch you and you would be so mad at me for stopping you. Sometimes you would fall and I would let you fall, because I knew that we were in a safe space and you wouldn’t get hurt. I’m surprised by how much of this I do now. I try so hard balancing being there for you to keep you from getting the big hurts and keeping my distance so you can find your own way through Life’s little bumps and bruises. It is actually really difficult and I pray everyday that I get the right balance of being your mom first and a friend second.

My birthday wish for you this year is that you will embrace being true to yourself. If you want to run… run. If you want to spend three hours putting on make-up to create the perfect “classic winged” eyeliner look … go for it. This isn’t a wish for you to do what ever makes you happy… happy is temporary and sometimes what makes us happy now leads to unhappy consequences later. This is a wish for you to lookout for Alicia Hope. For you to determine what YOU want to be whether that is an orthodontist or a makeup artist. Find what you are passionate about and DO IT. Surround yourself with positive people who appreciate how awesome you are and, above all, do not underestimate the power of female friendships. Boys some and go, but the positive friendships you form with women will last a lifetime. The world can be really mean to girls and it is so important for women to stick together and lookout for one another.

Happy Birthday, Alicia Hope . I have a feeling that 15 is going to be awesome.

Works In Progress: 18 February 2015

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Welcome to the icy tundra of northern Georgia. Monday we were hit with freezing rain and my county was hit hard. As of Monday night 80% of the county was without power. I don’t know how we did it, but our power in our complex stayed on. I still have friends without power and the county and city schools are closed tomorrow.

I’ve been cooped up with three cagey kids all week and I have had lovely visits from friends stopping by to get warm. I did get to do a little bit of embroidery on Monday and Tuesday. It is just a wee baby bib from a Sublime Stitch kit. I plan on starting a second bib tomorrow.

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I’ve done a few non-exciting projects like plan out meals and cull some recipes from my recipe folder. I’ve also done a fair share of baking and cooking. In fact banana bread is in the oven right now.

This weekend I plan on finishing bib #2 and then throwing some yarn on the needles. Sam needs a new scarf. There are predictions for snow this weekend and more next week. I better knit fast!

Readerly Rambles: 16 February 2015

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What I Read: The other day I had a hankering for a very particular type of book. I wanted a non-classic, academic/nerd thriller. On a whim I went to the public library and returned home with three contenders. I ended up starting Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl and I couldn’t put it down. Blue Van Meer is a precocious high school student with a enigmatic father who is a professor and rejects putting down roots. A combination of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, this novel is smart, fast-paced, and will keep you guessing. Filled with teen angst, encyclopedic trivia, and criminality, this book was exactly what I needed.

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Started: 04 February 2015

Finished: 13 February 2015

Pages: 514

Challenges:

Owned/Borrowed/Library: From the public library

Stars: Four out of Five

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What I’m Reading: I’m about 50 pages into my reread of Antonia White’s Frost in May. I’m really enjoying it, as I’m a huge fan of boarding school novels. Funny story; Atticus was pretending to read this book last week and I asked him what it was about. He very nonchalantly informed me that it was about a mommy and an Atticus being chased by a dragon and they had to climb into a volcano to find but then were burned black and went to live with trolls. Ummmmm… not exactly, but that would make an exciting story. I hope to wrap up this slim book in a few days.

What’s Up Next: I might dip into a graphic novel (French Milk, perhaps?) or maybe start volume two of the Forsyte Saga, In Chancery.

Happy Reading!

The TBR Tag!

I was tagged by Andi at Estella’s Revenge for the TBR Tag. Here it goes.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I have an organization plan for my monthly TBRs. I don’t have any organization for all the books I want to read and reread before I die. That would be too crazy to even begin to organize. My monthly TBR goes like this (at least for this year):

1 wildcard read — this could be something that just tickles my fancy or is for a read-along

1 Virago — for my Virago Project

1 book from a series — right now I’m working on The Forsyte Saga

1 contemporary read — because I need to remember that books were written after 1960

1 classic — because I love classics. This year I’m trying to work on reading all of my Penguin Threads

1 audio book — I am more of a podcast / music gal, but I like to keep an audio book on hand for exercise and for when I work nights and weekends.

I don’t get to everything, but I feel like I have a good range of selections for the month.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I’ve tried, but I don’t really like ebooks. I will read one on occasion, but 95% of my reads are print.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

See answer number 1! I usually just let my mood guide me when I’m picking from my monthly TBR pile.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

Probably No Name by Wilkie Collins. I adore Wilkie Collins and I try to spread his books out so I always have a Collins book to anticipate reading.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I was on the fence about this, but several folks I know who have similar bookish tastes enjoyed it.
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover:

hild_jacketIt is a historical novel, so I will probably like it. My initial draw to this book was the beautiful, turquoise cover.
7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading:

Ummmm…. If I’m not planning on reading it then it doesn’t go on das TBR.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:

Rumor has it that a new collection of previously unpublished Shirley Jackson stories will be out this year. I would give my left and right ovary for that book.
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:

I am totally drawing a blank on this one. I’m going to go with The Girl on the Train.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

The Quick by Lauren Owen. I’m thinking it will be a spooky, autumnal read so I’m saving it for this fall.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:

Wildwood by Colin Meloy. I’ve gotten it into my head that I must own all of those beautiful books.

12. How many books on your GoodReads TBR shelf:

1,102 hot dang.

I’m going to tag folks, but no pressure if you don’t want to participate.

Sky at Humming for Promise

Thomas at My Porch

Catherine at The Cake Wife

Works in Progress: 11 February 2015

works in progressThe rainbow blanket is done. I finished it on a Saturday when Atticus had a wicked stomach virus. It could have used another skein of yarn and I wanted to do a border, but when a sick four-year-old is whimpering for  you to finish the blanket to make his tummy feel better you just get it done. He loves it

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We put his little bed in the living room so I could sit up with him. He has a tendency for febrile seizures, so I get nervous when he is ill. He slept peacefully and cuddled with his blanket.

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I thought I would move on to some Pinterest inspired valentines (so not happening this year) or some embroidery. Instead I whipped up a baby blanket for one of our student-employees who is expecting a baby boy at the end of the month.

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I really like the colors. In fact, this was my original plan for Atticus’s blanket, but he insisted on a more literal interpretation of rainbows.

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I used Vanna’s Choice yarn and it is just a basic granny square with a linen stitch border.

Hummmmm…. What’s next? Baby bibs. Everyone seems to be having babies right now and I need to get on it. Hold me to it you guys. I solemnly swear I will show y’all some stitchy goodness next week.