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December 21, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 12/21/14

I'm having a quick cup of coffee before I start getting ready for my day at the bookstore. I should probably eat something too. Have you ever been so lazy that you don't even want to pour a bowl of cereal? That's where I'm at right now.

I finished up North of Boston. If you've hung around here enough you know that mysteries aren't something I read a lot of. I'm wicked glad (how very Boston of me!) that I picked this one up. I loved the main character. I have more things to say. (Maybe I'll even write a review. Gasp!)

I'm not sure what I'll be reading next, but The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister is wooing me with it's pretty cover and comparisons to The Night Circus.

You'll all be thrilled to know that I'm still watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm in the middle of the last season. I'm trying to stretch it out now because I don't want the great rewatching to be over.

I succumbed to peer/internet pressure and listened to the first season of Serial.  It was compelling, interesting, and addictive.  The in-depth reporting is journalism of the best kind.

Listening to the podcast reminded me that I love stories, in all forms. That's what it's all about isn't it? Whether it's a book, podcast, movie, television show...we all love a good story. That's true of almost every single human being.

The holiday baking is underway! Yesterday I made peanut butter bonbons and cutout cookies. Both recipes come from my grandmother and have been made for every Christmas since the beginning of time. Well, since the beginning of my grandmother's time at least.

There are more things to bake and I'll have to sneak in a cookie/brownie/bar session whenever I have a free moment in the next few days.

I'm very much looking forward to spending some relaxing holiday time with my family. My husband is excited for Christmas to arrive (and then be gone, ha!) because he is a UPS man and has worked his fingers to the bone in the past few weeks. I'm excited because I'm like a hyper little kid at this time of year. My kids are excited because they are actual kids. (They are teenagers that try to act cool but they can't fool me. I know what's what.)

Enjoy the holidays, folks. Have a peaceful, sane, and safe season. Enjoy the time with your loved ones, gratefully reminisce about those that aren't able to be with you this time, and try to slow down for a day or two. Have a glass of wine, or four. Have a cookie, or five. Rise above the actions of family members that drive you up a wall and sincerely appreciate those family members that make you feel adored.


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!