Busy, but good busy

“I am here alone for the first time in weeks, to take up my “real” life again at last. That is what is strange – that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and maddening, this life would become arid. Yet I taste it fully only when I am alone here and “the house and I resume old conversations”.”
― May Sarton

The past week has been so very full. Full in a good way, but I feel a bit overloaded by how much I have to think on and process. Perhaps others can just clip along with busyness, but I need the quit and the still to balance out the busy or my heart and mind become too full.

I thought I’d share – and process – some of the marvelous memories I’ve made this week.



I figured I start with the day after my last post. The morning started with a trip to Dunkin Donuts for Sam’s birthday. Then  busy work day of meetings. Race home and a respite of a little over an hour and then ballet class for Atticus. Knitting Knerds in the evening and I managed to finish, wash, and block the baby blanket. I didn’t remember to take pictures. #winning


An even busier day at work because I knew I would be leaving early. Left at 2:15 for therapy. Then grocery store shopping. Then dinner and laundry.


The babysitter arrived by 9 and we left around 9:20 for our date day. We drove to Athens and enjoyed book stores and art supply buying, but Athens was not doing it for us. Although it was an away game day, there were football fans crawling the downtown area. In addition there were two festivals that we just didn’t feel like dealing with; we didn’t want crowds. We just wanted time alone. I was happy with my book purchases and Sam had some great ink, so we decided to head back to our hometown. We had some pumpkin spice lattes and I fished two wooden animals out of my bag. Atticus gave them to us so we wouldn’t “be lonely or forget him” while we were gone. Be still my heart. The night ended with Thai food and we were back at home by 7 to get the kids in bed. The babysitter took them to the park TWICE, cleaned our house, and did our laundry. I came home to exhausted kids who were ready for bed and a spotless house. It was pretty much the best thing ever. We topped off the evening with an episode of Twin Peaks on Netflix.



I nabbed a bit of time to myself in the morning and read East of Eden. That afternoon I had a “date” with Atticus. We went to Old Navy to get my growing boy some new jeans. Then to Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes (decaf for Atticus) and scones. While we were there Atticus asked me to tell him spooky stories so I made one up on the spot about a spooky house and scared the beejesus out of him. Mom fail. That night I went to bed early.


I went to work that morning and was quite busy. Projects were due, ILL requests streamed in, and my entire afternoon was filled with meetings. I was done by 4, went home and had a brief nap, and then I got ready to meet up with my friend Natasha. We were Athens bound and saw Purity Ring at the Georgia Theater and it was amazing! Afterwards we all had pizza (me, Natasha, and our friend Sean) and then it was back home. I didn’t get home until 3:30 in the morning.


I slept late on Tuesday and worked the closing shift. I didn’t get to see the kids much, but I’m glad I had some sleep that morning. Once again, work was busy. I was home by 10:15 and promptly crashed.



The little kids were out of school as the Pre-K and daycare were closed for professional development. We had haircuts in the morning, playtime, and a solid hour and a half at the park. That evening Sam took Hope out to dinner for their 5-Year Adoption Day Celebration. I love this picture of Hope. Her sweet nature simply shines through. I finally, FINALLY, had some reading time in the evening and finished Steinbeck’s East of Eden. It was marvelous books.


More interlibrary loan at work. I put on my headphones, cranked up Crystal Castles and worked my booty off. Then ballet in the afternoon and more knitting with friends at night. Last night was a terrible night for sleep. Persy was up from 12:45am until 4am. Reason why? 1) I’m night weaning and she was pissed she couldn’t nurse and 2) she was overly excited about the bounce house planned for today. At 4am I woke Sam and told him to just turn TV on and stay with her in the living room. I slept hard until it was time to wake at 6:40 this morning.


I was planning on participating in Bloggiesta and the Readathon, but I just need a few days in which to do nothing. There will be grocery shopping, family cuddles, a trip to the library book sale, some reading, and some knitting, but nothing PLANNED. My goal is to stay home and hide for a few days! I’m aching for an introvert reboot.

Let me know what’s kickin’ in your neck of the woods and I’ll be back early next week (if not sonner).

Works in Progress: 9 September 2015

works in progress


Babies. Babies everywhere. NO, not me… but everyone else is procreating. This translates into a very busy yarn season (oh, embroidery… I miss thee). I am nearly done with one baby blanket for pregnant friend #1. I have five rounds left, weaving in the ends, and then trying to soften the yarn and blocking. My goal is complete this blanket by tomorrow night. Then I have 21 washcloths to complete to make my ABC alphabet cloth set. That is headed to pregnant friend #2. I have a goal to have that done by 10/15. Then there is a “themed” blanket that must be done by 11/15 for pregnant friend #3. Pregnant friend #4 will get her blanket by 12/15. If I timed everything right babies will have blankies four to eight weeks after they are born. Fingers crossed. Then it is on to the Christmas stitching … and baby things for my friends due in January and February.

But first let’s take a look at blanket for friend #1:

tonyablanketI spent a solid hour on Monday wandering around the yarn shop and trying to yarn. I wanted to do the border in one of the colors in this variegated yarn. Everything clashed. The yellow is bright, cheerful, and looks nice with the other colors. #winning

Upcoming Projects

  1. I’m going to a craft fair this weekend and that is pretty exciting!
  2. I’m getting together some autumn-themed Pinterest inspiration for Trish’s upcoming Pin-it and Do-it challenge.
  3. Nanowrimo. Provided we don’t have a tot with a 9-day stomach flu (that happened last year) I will be participating.

On to the projects!!!

A Holiday Weekend with Friends and Books

Early Saturday morning I wrote about eagerly anticipating my weekend plans. Let me tell you that my 24-hours filled with friends and books was even more exciting than I had previously imagined.

I arrived at my best-friend Shannon’s house in the late afternoon. I chatted with Shannon and her wife Amy while Atticus and Persy Jane played with their son. Sam took the kids home around five and then I spent the rest of the evening on their fabulous screened porch drinking (didn’t get drunk, no worries), eating fondue, and chatting. Amy and Shannon’s friend and Shannon’s little brother came over. My friend, Kim, from work stopped by as well. There was also an appearance by a cardboard cutout of Cody Simpson. No idea why, but he looks really real in the pictures.

Shannon cheese for the camera


Leave it to librarian Kim to find a kitty to cuddlefondue

Allllll the fondue!!!


Cody Simpson, y’all

I went to bed around 12:30am and slept for a glorious and uninterrupted 7 hours. I was sore and stiff when I woke because I am so used to getting up several times a night with kids or the cat. In the morning I showered and dressed (let me tell you library cat skirt got many compliments at the book fest) and had a cup of coffee. Then it was off to meet Thomas, from Hogglestock, at Cakes and Ale. I was so nervous meeting Thomas and now I have no idea why. Thomas is so warm and easy to talk to and he ordered some delicious pastries. We talked books (of course), politics, religion, family, etc… After we parted ways I immediately thought of a billion other things I wanted to ask him and those are all going in a letter this week. Thing you may not know about Thomas, he is super tall. Pictures don’t convey the height. I don’t see very many people taller than Sam, but I’m pretty sure Thomas is taller.


Airy cinnamon sugar muffin like things and delicious plum pastries.


Ignore my ratchet hair, focus on the happy faces.

Shannon and I parted ways with Thomas at the Decatur Book Festival in front of the Libba Bray tent. I had every intention of seeing Libba Bray, but as the crowd of teenagers thickened and the noise increased I found myself really just wanting quiet and books. We left and walked around the festival for a few minutes on our way to the Georgia Antique Book and Paper fair. It was indoors (yay) and had hundreds of rare and valuable books. I knew I couldn’t afford anything and limited my purchases to one inexpensive Spider-man book for Sam. The book smell was awesome and I loved looking at the beautiful bindings and illustrations. There was also plenty of ephemera and I spent a fair amount of time sifting through Victorian postcards, buttons, and paper cuttings. We emerged almost two hours later after multiple bookgasms.

more rare books rarebooks festivalstreet

We followed up with lunch at a Taco Mac, gobs of sweet tea, and then it was back home. It was lovely to see my family, but I sure needed this weekend of time with adult friends and books. Next year? Shannon doesn’t know this yet, but I’ll be there all weekend for the book festival!

Plans for an Exciting Weekend


Last night Sam went out with some friends to Atlanta to see Fear Factory. For those unfamiliar, Fear Factory is a raucous industrial metal band and totally not my bag. I was glad he got out and had some fun and my plan is to let him sleep as long as possible this morning while I take the kids grocery shopping and do some cleaning. I totally don’t mind because 1) Sam works very hard and never goes out and 2) I’m jumping ship this weekend to head to the Decatur Book Festival and spend time with friends.

I am more excited about the friend part than the book part! I’ll be spending the night at my friend Shannon and her partner Amy’s house; there is sure to be loads of chatting and hanging out. Ummmmm…. and I get to sleep through the night uninterrupted. Sunday I’m meeting up with Thomas and I cannot wait to meet him in person. This will be the first time I’ve met a blog-friend in person after over nine years of blogging. I am so stoked.

As for the book festival, I’ve never been so I have no idea what to expect. To be honest, I saw very few authors I’ve read. This is not a criticism of the festival; I know it is simply because all of my favorite authors are either dead or British (or both). I’m definitely checking out Libba Bray and I may take in some Katha Pollitt and Roxanne Gay because FEMINISM in GEORGIA?! Mostly I’ll be walking around taking in the vendors and people watching. While I most likely won’t buy anything, I cannot wait to visit the Georgia Book and Paper Fair and longing for the rare books on display.

Cheers for a fun weekend!

Goodbye August, Hello September

August 2016

What a month! August sped by too quickly, but I am so ready for “autumn.” Temperatures are still hovering close to 90, but there is a crispness in the air first thing in the morning and I’ve seen at least one richly-hued red leaf. Autumn, y’all Let’s recap August:

  • Hope started 10th grade, Atticus moved to Pre-K, and Persy Jane is in the 2’s class.
  • I read very little, but managed to finish the first to books in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and I’m more than halfway through East of Eden.
  • I started my respecting myself by dressing nicely quest. Many purchases, but I did stay within budget. Hey, I was even on the Librarian Wardrobe Tumblr!
  • I had some highlights. I was elected VP of the Young Democrats chapter, I had dinner with friends, and loads of time with Hope one on one (which I don’t get much).
  • There were some low moments too. Health issues and a doctor visit that resulted in a clean bill of health, but only after I was treated like a sea cow. Stress at work. Minor car issues. You, know just responsible adult things everyone hates.
  • I worked a yearbook camp as library “security” and made some extra cash. I have the kid’s Christmas money as a result and I can begin budgeting and stashing away gifts.
  • I spruced up my blog! Shiny!
  • Participated in a kick-ass book blogger swap
  • Scored excellent finds at the Bargain Hunt.

Onto September! I have so many plans!

  • My RIP pile. Yay!
  • The Decatur book festival, spending time with my friend Shannon, and meeting up with Thomas!
  • A date day planned that includes a trip to a craft fair
  • Purity Ring!
  • The Dog Days of Summer Readathon
  • Not one, but TWO library book sales
  • Creative Collective meetings and a new writing group
  • A welcome autumn party with some dear friends
  • The return of the Pumpkin Spice latte!

In addition I have SO MANY crochet/knitting projects to finish for all 500 expectant moms I know and I’ll be busting out the autumn baking.

Now if I could just get Atticus through this virus I can attack September with gusto.

Happy September!


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X


My favorite challenge of the year is back! Carl is letting the ladies at the Estella Society host this years shindig.

From the Estella Society’s RIP post:

Without further ado, pick your poison, won’t you? September 1st is here, and we’re ready to begin!

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

As time has wound on, we’ve discovered that simple rules are best:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As Carl does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. X officially runs from September 1st through October 31st

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.

I’m going to be participating in several RIP events and I have a pretty large peril pool this year, but my main goal is to complete 5 spooky books (including a short story collection), watch 5 spooky films, and complete and assist with hosting the readalong. Let’s get down to the details!


Peril the first will consist of completing four spooky works of fiction. My peril pool contenders are:

  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  • Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  • The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (re-read)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (re-read)


My short story collection for the month with be H P Lovecraft’s The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Tales.


I’ll definitely be catching Crimson Peak in theaters this fall. I’m not huge into gore so I will mostly be checking out classic films (think Vincent Price) or finding some great period piece mystery films to watch.


I’ve saved the best for last! The group read is always a highlight and I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this year. We’ll be reading Lauren Owen’s The Quick and I’m so excited!


Let me know what’s in your RIP pile! I’m wanting to add in a classic novel. Let me know in the comments your favorite “creepy” classic!

Thrifted: The Thrifty not Thrifted Edition


No thrift store finds today, but I do have something thrifty and nifty to share. A year or two ago a Bargain Hunt opened in my home town. This place is amazing! Discount stuff galore! I’ve purchased kichen items, a boppy, kids toys and books, food, and even a LEGO Lord of the Rings set for so cheap.

Bargain Hunt works like this: they get stuff in and it has a price and a date on it. When the date on the label passes the item is automatically discounted. You can use the paper guide in the store or the app to calculate costs. For example one purchase today – A Charlie Harper puzzle – had date of May 20th. The original cost of the puzzle (pre-Bargain Hunt) was $20. The Bargain Hunt cost was $12. Because of the May date the puzzle was 70% off. My final cost? $3.60.

Amazing! Thrift store rules apply at Bargain Hunt. Go early, go often, and be prepared to dig. Also, there will be times when you find nothing and times when you have to talk yourself out of buying the entire store. Today I had to talk myself out of buying a $6 Totoro figurine set.

Wanna see what I bought today?


– Puzzle 70% off, $3.60
– R.E.M. CD, $1
– Victorian Earl Grey tea 10% off, $2.70
– 2 bags Newman’s Own Organic raisins, 10% off, $1.80 each
– Bob’s Red Mill veggie soup mix 20% off, $1.60
– 2 boxes Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies $1 each

Total with tax: $15.52.

In September I will be visting Bargain Hunt on a weekly basis to start my Christmas shopping for the kids so expect more updates; just no spilling the beans about “Santa’s workshop.”