Feb 19, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

  • Blah, blah, blah.  Really cold over here.  Ice, snow, power outages, school cancelled all week.  I have this sense of impending doom about a week of work that I have had to put on the back burner- you know that Sunday afternoon feeling when you think about all the homework you have put off all weekend.

  • I have thrown screen time restrictions out the window.  Another Paw Patrol?  Sure, honey.  What the hell. We are in survival mode.

 First we got hit with ice.
 Then snow!

The kids did like sledding.  I raced them- DH had the weight advantage and usually won.

  • Thank goodness we went to Walmart and loaded up on mittens, hats, etc. (much to Deeds' dismay.  Boy does not like a hat or gloves).  I have discovered the joys of Walmart, thanks to a new one near us.  It is small and always empty.  These prices?  Glorious!  Hats and mittens for the kiddos were marked down to 50 cents!  I picked up a ton of stuff right before the storm was due to come in- mainly in an attempt to get us out of the house before we were stuck for days. . .

  • Okay, I promised myself I wouldn't rant on about the WINTER WEATHER, and here I am moaning away.  Instead, here's what I have read lately-
The Smart One by Jennifer Close:  Loved it- have you read Girls in White Dresses?  Like it, this was excellent- a twinge depressing, but a nuanced study of the adult children and their mother.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:  Um, I think I'm in the minority here but I did not like this book.  Depressing, unlikable characters, and I thought it was predictable.  Eh.

Charleston by Margaret Thornton:  I liked this- also a little depressing (maybe it's not the books, but the weather that's making me depressed?).  The description of Charleston were beautiful, I was engaged in the characters, and intrigued by the author.  Google research definitely happened on Ms. Thornton's background.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin:  Good- entertaining, interesting to know his background, although a bit stilted, I felt.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham:  Not our typical Grisham, but several things made me predisposed to enjoy this novel- lady lawyer who practices real estate law (and is relieved when she gets out of it), and an Appalachian setting.  The ending was a little lame (abrupt), but I was into the majority of the novel.

So, I hear a baby crying from his crib.  Off for another day of indoor energy busting!

Thoughts for Thursday

Thanks for the link up, ladies!


  1. I just read Charleston too and I got the depressing aspect as well. I can't blame it on the weather because until today things were fine here. It FREEZING out. I am so ill prepared. Adding that Jennifer Close one. Stay warm friend!

  2. How adorable!! Looks like so much fun.. I hope you guys get warmer weather soon
    SO glad I found your blog
    Chelsea@ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

  3. Girl on the Train... The Wicked Girls... Both were just okay for me. I've decided I really need to stop taking book recs off lists proclaiming to have found "the next Gone Girl." Nothing is the next Gone Girl; we all just need to stop hunting.

    Please read The Descent. If it doesnt end up on my Top 5 in 2015 list, I'll be shocked.

  4. I'm so sorry for all the inside time you guys are forced to have -- nothing puts everyone in a better mood than being outside. My SIL said the same thing about The Girl on the Train yet I still felt like I needed to read it and see for myself. Started it a day ago. PS I have to tell you that when you shared how you'd been adding water to DH's milk I thought I'd try it myself to improve my milk-loving boy's appetite and it has made a HUGE difference. Not sure why I never thought of it, but thank you for sharing because it has greatly improved his food intake! :)


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