Sunday, January 12, 2014

Life: It Goes On - January 12

Oh my goodness was it hard to return to a regular work week this past week! Now to dig in and survive the next couple of months of winter - such a long stretch with not much to look forward to!

Bout of Books went pretty well this week - unless you count me forgetting to post my plan or to participate in any of the activities. Yep, I suck at readathons except for the reading. I did read 125 pages of Possession, 200 pages of Life of Pi, 25 pages of Eleanor and Park, 25 pages of Tinkers, and I finished listening to Daddy Long Legs. Oh wait, now that I look at the numbers, it's not that much more than a normal week. Never mind.

Bruce Dern & Will Forte, "Nebraska"
Here's What I'm:

Listening To: I'll start listening to Charlotte Bronte's Shirley.

Watching: "Nebraska," directed by Alexander Payne. Poignant, funny, and Will Forte is seriously good.

Reading: The Possession readalong continues; I'm hoping to read another 100 pages by Tuesday's discussion. Tinkers by Paul Harding has made its way to my nightstand and I started Timothy Schaffert's The Devils In the Sugar Shack to put myself in the mood for his latest book, The Swan Gondola. Oh yeah, and Eleanor and Park is on my Nook.

Making: Tried fudge...twice. Failed at fudge...twice. Turns out the recipe was missing an ingredient. I haven't worked up the courage to try it a third time. I did turn the second batch into a sort of brownie which was edible but not what I was in the mood for.

Planning: I'm in the process of redecorating Mini-him's room. He's been living in a kind of limbo state since he moved home. It's time to make it his room again as long as he's living here.

Grateful for: Laughter - it does a body good.

Loving: The kick to cook The Big Guy's been on lately. I come home from work most nights to find dinner well on it's way to ready. This week's menu included chili, ham and bean soup, and friend potato casserole. Yum!

Feeling: Happy - BG gave me what I consider to be a belated Christmas present when he made a pass  through his closet and dressers and covered my bed in clothes he was ready to part with. He never gets rid of anything so this was a big deal.

Looking forward to: Ushering at the playhouse next weekend, although for the life of me I cannot remember which play they are performing.


  1. Ooh, I need to get around to some Schaffert one of these days, too.

  2. Oh I love days when I come home to find dinner ready. My husband's been bitten by the cooking bug too lately, so it's seriously the best thing ever.

  3. Is Nebraska on DVD yet? I really would love to see all of the Oscar contenders this year. They all look so good. Especially Nebraska and that Osage County movie.

  4. Ok--when you have that many books going on at the same time, how do you decide which to read?! I've been solely working on Possession and might finish it this coming week. I wanted to finish up my audio for Bout of Books (which I totally fizzled out on everything but the reading, too), but I didn't.

    Send BG over here to have a chat with Scott. His shelves/drawers are overflowing! Ugh.

  5. I'm excited to find out how you like Shirley. I read it years ago right after Jane Eyre. Glad you are coming home to some yummy meals! I hope you found out what the missing ingredient was for your fudge. Let us know how it goes!

  6. I'm glad you are coming home to some yummy cooking. Sorry that the fudge didn't work out. Hope you found the missing ingredient and give it a third go soon :)

  7. Getting back into work can't be easy, but coming home to those meals cooked by your husband must be a great help. It sounds as if you have some good, varied reading going on at the moment. I would like to re-read Possession and some more of the classics this year.

  8. It's great having the man cook, yes? I am totally spoiled. Even if I try to cook dinner, he usually takes over.
    Found out this morning that the Golden Globes were on last night! HOW DID I MISS this?! I am hoping I can find it on replay... I still havent' seen the list of winners which is another amazing thing. BUt I subbed today and schools don't have internet access - something about all those cinderblocks that blocks 3G...

  9. I had a harder time returning to work yesterday than I did going to work all last week . . . I'm not sure what it was about this week. Even this morning, I was dragging my feet. I really wanted to stay in bed. And I don't have the excuse of the weather for wanting to stay home.

    I am glad you enjoyed Nebraska. It looks like it is a good movie.

    I hope you have a great week!