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November 23, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 11/23/14

A cup of Premium Arabica. (Extra Bold European Blend!) I don't know what any of that means, but that's what it says on the k-cup label. It's coffee and it's delicious.

I made some yummy dinners this past week, including this tasty quinoa with mushrooms and green onions. I'm looking forward to the culinary Olympics this week. I'm talking 'bout Thanksgiving! I'll be making the usual dishes, including a spicy corn casserole that has made grown men cry.

Oh look at this...another week with nary a post. Could someone inspire me? Anyone? If you can't inspire me then can you arrange for me to have an extra hour every day? That would work quite nicely, thanks.

As always, I had PLANS. For instance, I planned on writing up more posts for Nonfiction November. Sigh.

You may recall that I had some photos taken of my kids last week? I went to the proofing session early this week and was incredibly pleased. I ordered scads of photos and I hope to share them with you soon. (They are for Christmas gifts but I'm pretty sure family members aren't hanging out here.)

I finished Yes Please. (Hilarious and heart warming and everything you'd expect from Ms. Poehler) I'm currently in the middle of Stiff by Mary Roach. What a gem! So informative and so funny. I knew it was going to be good. I didn't know it was going to be this good.

When I get a minute I'm going to head to Sophisticated Dorkiness to talk about the Nonfiction November readalong of The Restless Sleep.

Estella's Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T are hosting A Month of Favorites in December. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Squeeing and Muppet Arm Flailing: over our new kitten! If you follow me on Instagram you've seen a few pictures and you know that she's cuter than can be and that she doesn't have a name. Still.

We'll get there but it's hard to for so many people to agree on something. If only I could choose it myself. I'd have named her Nancy Mew (GET IT?!?) and have been done with it. Sadly, I've raised kids that have pesky opinions.

I'll keep you posted.

November 16, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 11/16/14


Blogging? What's that? I didn't post one single thing this week. I can't seem to find the ambition to write reviews anymore. Hmm.


The heating element in our oven went kaput. I did whip up a batch of Spicy Touchdown Chili and some Pumpkin French Toast at the beginning of the week but since then there have been a few too many to-go meals. We've ordered the new part and it should be here soon.


I had professional photographs taken of my kids on Tuesday. The shoot was originally scheduled for Monday but we had a winter storm that left us with a foot of snow on that very day. The idea was to have lovely fall pictures taken. Ha ha! We ended up with a winter wonderland backdrop instead. It's been a long time since I've had photos taken of them and it's not often that I get all of my little birds in one nest. (You know how kids insist on growing up and moving away!) It was a great day.


I've just finished up Those Who Remain by Ruth Crocker. It's a slim volume I decided to read as part of Nonfiction November, and I'm glad I did. Now I have to make the hard decision between reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler or Stiff by Mary Roach. I'm going to read them both but I don't know which one to crack open first. Stiff is from the library so I should read it first...


Trish, from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, wrote a wonderful post about finding the beauty in ourselves. It put a lump in my throat and made me think.

It's time for another Fellowship of the Worms readalong! I've already read the book that Katie picked but it's one of those that can't be read too many times. Go check it out, you'll see what I mean!


I'm looking forward to the cheesy potatoes, the big pan of roasted veggies, and the baked pesto chicken that I'm going to be cooking when my oven is fixed. Yum.

I'm looking forward to the Packer game today and the new Walking Dead episode tonight.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your week! What's up with you? What are you reading, cooking, watching, anticipating? Let me know in the comments below!