November 2, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 11/02/14




Blogging:

I'm participating in the Literary Blog Hop by giving away a $20 gift card to the Book Depository! Want to win? It's the easiest giveaway you'll ever enter.

I'll have an October wrap-up post up soon. Also, I'll be reviewing Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican on Monday.

Watching:

I am just the happiest little Trekkie. I'm gobbling up Star Trek: The Next Generation for the great re-watching of 2014.


Reading:

I've started Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I haven't made much progress due to the Star Trek binge-fest. I'm finding it atmospheric and lovely, so far.

Cooking:

I made chicken tortilla soup and cornbread yesterday. It seemed appropriate for a chilly Halloween day. Earlier in the week I made a mushroom & swiss - macaroni & cheese that was a big hit. As the weather turns colder I'm very much in the mood for warm and comforting foods.

Changing: 

As you can see, I'm messing with the format of my weekly update. I was feeling hemmed in by my previous arrangement. I've always admired the way Kim and Tina (and others) have composed their updates so I'm shamelessly ripping them off.


Me: a sneaky stealer
Sharing:

Over on River City Reading, Shannon shows how to navigate nonfiction titles on Edelweiss. Handy!

Loving: 

My teens had a great time had a great time dressing up as the Joker and a crazy cat lady for Halloween. (That crazy cat lady get-up is more appropriate than you know!)


Did you have a good Halloween? I stayed in and gave out candy to the hundreds of kids that knocked on our door. Our 'hood is great for trick or treating because the houses are fairly close together and it's well lit. We end up giving out candy to lots of little ghosts and goblins. It's so fun to see all the costumed cuties. 

Anticipating: 

The Walking Dead is on tonight. Hooray! 

44 comments:

  1. I love your category titles! Especially "anticipating" and "sharing".
    My October Round-Up is up today - my Bloglovin feed is down again, so you may not see it if you use Bloglovin.

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    1. Thank you :D I like this format much better. I can change it to suit what's going on in my life on any given week.

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  2. The crazy cat lady costume is KILLING me...I love it. Curious to see what you thought of Brutal Youth! (Thanks for sharing my link, too!)

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    1. That costume has been a big hit, lol. It suits her SO perfectly. :D You're welcome!

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  3. I looooove the crazy cat lady costume. How fun :)

    And oh man, Rebecca. Atmospheric as all hell, it's so perfect for this time of year.

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    1. People are crazy for that costume, lol. We were laughing our heads off while getting her ready :D

      I hope to make some darn time for the book. Star Trek and now Nonfiction November are taking up all my time!

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  4. Yay for both TNG and Rebecca, both great stories!

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    1. I'm having a great time with TNG. I'm just happy as a clam sitting here with my big nerdy headphones on while my family lives life around me, lol.

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  5. I was seriously blown away by your son dressing up as The Joker when I saw it in my Instagram feed and your daughter's costume made me guffaw out loud. At first, I thought you were trying out a new look. ;) And I like the new format. I always enjoy reading your posts.

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    1. Thank you so much! We had a great time doing makeup and putting together costumes this year :D Are you saying that she looks like me or are you saying that I AM a crazy cat lady? LOL...both of those things are true. ;)

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  6. Those costumes are so awesome!! And chicken tortilla AND cornbread sound delicious. Now that our weather is finally cooling down, I'm looking forward to yummy comfort foods as well.

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    1. Thanks! We had a hoot putting them together. :D I was quite impressed with the cornbread. It's sweet, but not TOO sweet. If anything it might have been a bit too dense for me?

      I've got a cheesy cauliflower soup on tap for this week that I'm crazy excited about, lol.

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  7. This is the first year I've seen a crazy cat lady costume, and I saw three different versions of it. But I love it, and I'm most likely going to steal it at some point.

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    1. Oh you totally should! And definitely take lots of pictures ;)

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  8. You're right...that is THE easiest giveaway ever!!! Your chicken tortilla soup pic the other day inspired me to throw chili in the crock pot, and it was goo-ooood. Have a great week, lovely!

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    1. I dislike jumping through 800 hoops for giveaways so now and then I throw one out there that's wicked easy for folks ;)

      Hooray for chili! YUM.

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  9. I love TNG! I'd love to binge watch it.

    Glad you're enjoying Rebecca so far. I really liked it, although my favourite Du Maurier novel is My Cousin Rachel (which I recommend highly if you haven't read it).

    Love the Halloween costumes -- especially Crazy Cat Lady! My daughter got lots of candy, although we had very few kids come by our house (maybe 25 in all)...which is very strange because we live in a subdivision full of young kids! We have way too much candy left over as a result...

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    1. I'm bingeing like a crazy person. It's awesome ;)

      Thanks! We had so much fun putting the costumes together. :D I wish I had counted kids this year. It wasn't our busiest year, I don't think, but I bet we had close to 350 kids?

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  10. Love those costumes!! So cute! We hardly have any trick or treaters so I didn't give out candy this year.

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    1. Thanks so much :D The kids are too old for trick or treating now but they sure still love to dress up. Don't we all? ;)

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  11. We had a little African American girl come to the door with a cotton candy costume. She might have been 3 years old. She had a little suit with pink fluffy stuff all over and on her head she wore the cone. OMW!! Later my husband said we should have gotten a picture. What a cutie. I love your kids' costumes! They are great.

    We made some chicken fajitas yesterday with all the fixings. The avocados were perfectly ripened for the guacamole, and I made a fresh tomato salsa. Yum! I agree with Andi, the picture of your chicken tortilla soup was awesome.

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    1. Oh I bet she was adorable :D I love clever costumes like that!

      Mmmm! You know, I've never made actual fajitas. I've made fajita soup and fajita casseroles, etc. but never have made just fajitas. They sound really good right now too!

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  12. I really enjoyed Next Generation Back when my husband and I watched it. I love the costume -- the crazy cat lady is hilarious.

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    1. I'm having so much fun re-watching it! I'm going to be sad when it's done.

      Thanks! We were just giggling away while putting that costume together. ;)

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  13. Love the kids' costumes!! Too fun!! And that Spiderman gif is cracking me up.

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    1. Thanks :D

      The gifs that people make from the old Spiderman stuff are SO great, lol.

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  14. Oh man! Crazy cat lady on the loooooossee :)

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    1. Hide your cats, world! She WILL steal them and bring them home, lol.

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  15. Awwww.... love your kids' costumes!

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  16. Great costumes! We didn't get many kids this year due to the lousy weather- so all the candy is still here. Argh. We did venture out though- and froze. The kids didn't seem to mind for some reason. :)

    Rewatching TNG looks like fun.

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    1. Thanks :D It was pretty chilly here this year but it didn't rain or snow which is always a good thing, lol.

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  17. Love the costumes! I wasn't feeling great on Halloween so I didn't dress up but at least there's always next year.
    I hope you enjoy your read of Rebecca!
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    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. I hope you're feeling better now! Maybe next year you can be a crazy cat lady, lol.

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  18. Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek :) A fellow trekkie hi there

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    1. Great minds think alike, Jessica! :D

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  19. Those costumes are great!!! Love the crazy lady.

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    1. This year was a lot of fun for us. I rarely dress up so I live vicariously through my kids ;)

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  20. I am really digging fall comfort foods lately. Not like I need an excuse to make beer, bacon and cheddar risotto ;-)

    Oh my goodness, the crazy cat lady costume is killing me! So great.

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    1. Ohhh my word, that risotto sounds stupid good! Beer and cheese? Hello to my favorite food groups, lol.

      Thanks :D She's received such awesome compliments on it. Success!

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  21. I'm a Trekkie as well!! :) Though in recent years, I've preferred Voyager to TNG. I know, I'm in the minority. Thanks for sharing. :) Here's my It's Monday! What are you Reading? post.

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    1. It's been so long since I watched either. I do remember liking TNG a LOT more but there's not judgement from me. I'll probably re-watch Voyager too! :D

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  22. I wish we would have had that many kids! I felt like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, except I waited at my door for trick-or-treaters. Lol. That mushroom-swiss mac and cheese looked amazing! I think I am going to try to make it next week. :)

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    1. It can be fun, even if it costs a small fortune to have enough candy, lol.

      Oh that mac and cheese is ridiculously good. Be warned, you will dirty every damn dish in your house! ;)

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