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December 14, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 12/14/14

I've read a run of great reads: Ms. Marvel, Lives in Ruins, The Art of the English Murder, and The Boston Girl. Right now I'm reading North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo.

There hasn't been a whole lot of that around here but I did write a December wrap up post.

PRESENTS! Don't you love this time of year? I love hunting for the perfect gifts for my family members. The only bummer is that my husband is rarely home. There's no rest for the UPS man during November and December!

It's time for me to make my grocery list and to get baking. The kids have made their requests, and people (my dad!) expect their seasonal favorites. Cut out cookies, caramel brownies, chocolate dipped peanut butter balls, etc! I'm a little mouth-watery just thinking about all of the goodies.

Celebrating: The gang from Redbery Books had our holiday party at Farmstead Creamery & Cafe. What an absolutely beautiful place. It's a glorious farm run by a mother and her two daughters. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with that place and with those three women. We made wreaths, ate apple cake and local cheeses, and chatted about (what else?) books.

I made chicken pot pie this week. Pioneer Woman strikes again! I found a great way to cook chicken so that it's extremely tender, I used the turkey stock that I made from Thanksgiving leftovers, and I was completely thrilled with the results.


My son will be taking his driving test at the end of this month. (Fingers firmly crossed.)

I'm excited about the upcoming holidays, of course.

I've decided to shake up my reading life in 2015 by rereading old favorites and reading books that I've meant to get to forever. (More about that in a future post.)

Right this minute I have a pork shoulder slowly cooking away in the crock pot for some Southwestern Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I'm anticipating those for sure.

Have a great week!

December 1, 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up & Mini Reviews: November 2014

It truly was a Nonfiction November for me. I only managed to read 4 books but since they were each such nerdy nonfiction wonderful-ness you'll hear no complaining from me. (Okay, maybe a little complaining: Only 4 books? What is going on with me? I'm not quite living up to the name of this blog, now am I?)

Why and how did the cold case squad of New York City form? This was an intriguing look at the politics and policies of one of the largest police forces in the world. I was especially interested in the close look the author took at a number of cold cases. I only wish this was a more current read. I'd like to know more about how they handles these types of cases now. (Restless Sleep was published in 2006, a lifetime ago according to forensic and technology standards.)

I cannot believe how much this book about dead bodies made me laugh! This was my first Mary Roach and I fell for her easy writing style and sense of humor. She has a way of making science incredibly accessible and engrossing and I cannot wait to get to another of her books. Now to decide which one to get next...

A sad, but hopeful, tale about a woman widowed by the Vietnam War. Instead of burying her husband's body, Ruth Crocker buried her married life mementos, including all of their love letters and her wedding dress. After 40 years she decided to exhume the memories. This one made me tear up more than once.

Girl Crush Alert!

Yes it is exactly as funny, smart, charming, and refreshing as you've heard. Go get yourself a copy. Now. You can thank me later. I might have to start re-watching Parks & Recreation to get some more Amy in my life.

How was your November? What are you looking forward to in December?