52 Weeks of Arthur: W10-18

One of my 101 in 1001 Days goals is to take weekly photos of Arthur. I want to create a photo book for this year. Instead of posting them each week, I’m going to post in 9 week intervals. See W1-9 here. Without further ado, here are weeks 10 through 18:

Week 10

W10: Driving “dada’s car” at Mel’s

Week 11

W11: Making friends with the dog at Old Navy

Week 12

W12: Making his first Easter Egg

Week 13

W13: Lounging at a park playdate

Week 14

W14: Being crazy at the zoo

Week 15

W15: Headshot at the spring social

Week 16

W16: Park day!

Week 17

W17: Being chill at home

Week 18

W18: Waiting for the zoo to open (and stealing mom’s license apparently)

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Life Right Now #16

As I look outside my window: Partly cloudy and chilly… It’s only supposed to be 64 degrees today! Brrr… That’s after almost 90 degrees days last week.
Right now I am: Finishing a pop tart, drinking coffee, checking FB, and getting ready to head off to book club.
Thinking and pondering: How do I find the time or concentration to take on work-from-home type jobs with a toddler running around and no childcare? Ugh, I hate finances.
On my bedside table: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
On my tv this week: We’re been watching a ton of Plebs and Portlandia. Plus we watched a decent episode of NOVA about the Vikings.
Listening to: One day Arthur and I listened to a ton of The Beatles. Another day, we chose The Gorillaz. He was really digging The Gorillaz.
On the menu for this week:
  • Monday – Leftovers
  • Tuesday – Texas Cheese Fries
  • Wednesday – Chicken and Noodles
  • Thursday – Kale and White Bean Soup
  • Friday – Leftovers
  • Saturday – Chicken Parmesan (Nick requested)
  • Sunday – Tacos, Black Bean Soup
On my to do list: Lots and lots of things to do this coming week
  • Finished prepping social committee, holiday bazaar, and retreat info meetings
  • Get started on my book club book
  • Finish pulling out retired stuff, organize the craft area
  • Finish researching our summer bucket list
  • Start planning mom and great aunt’s visit in July
  • Grocery run
  • Lots of laundry
  • Clean twins’ room before Saturday
  • Finish twins’ PL album (up to date for summer)
  • Update May, June, and July calendars
  • Catch up on some blog posts, make a plan for summer
Happening this week:
    • Monday – Rest day with probably some errands
    • Tuesday – Social Committee Planning Meeting
    • Wednesday – Holiday Bazaar Planning Meeting; Finance Committee Meeting
    • Thursday – Retreat Info Meeting
    • Friday – Nothing planned so far
    • Saturday – The twins arrive!!!
    • Sunday – Probably a lazy day at the house
What I am creating: Not really creating, but I am cleaning out my craft area. I’m pulling all the retiring items for my crop day sale, making card kits to sell, collecting my current SU items, and getting sprucing up my area. Once I finish the list, I can get back to crafting using my new products.
My simple pleasures: Welch’s Peach Mango juice — my new obsession
Looking around the house: Our downstairs toilet is still not working right. J bought a part, but it hasn’t been installed yet. I hate having to go upstairs to pee…
From the camera: Someone is obsessed with brushing his teeth right now…
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Currently #6

Currently 5:18:16

Watching: We finally finished Atlantis. A bit disappointed with the ending. Clearly they did not know they were getting canceled. And not super happy with the love triangle set-up crap.

Reading: I finally got to rereading The Magician King by Lev Grossman. Happy to remember that this one moves a lot faster than the first book in the series.

Listening: I’ve got up with One Bad Mother, so it’s back to listening to past episodes of Elise Gets Crafty.

Making: This week is Week in the Life for me. I’m mainly focused on taking pictures, but I have started laying out my album here and there…

Feeling: I overdid it this past weekend, Monday, and Tuesday. I’m paying for it now… So sore and tired.

Planning: Still working on our summer activities plan.

Loving: Park playdates have been great lately. Especially love the splash pads.

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Bout of Books 16 Finish Line

Bout of Books
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1334
Comments: I’m so excited about my progress this week. I hit all my goals and knocked five books off my shelf and started to reread The Magician King. Another great Bout of Books on the record!
Goals:
  • Read at least 3 books √
  • Read at least 1000 pages √
  • Review all books read √
  • Read at least 1 hour each day but don’t stress about it! √
TBR:
  • And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
  • Top 10 by Alan Moore
  • The Rocketeer by Dan Stevens
  • Power Girl
  • Bitch Planet Vol. 1
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  • Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K Vaughan
  • Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Vol. 1 by Tony Lee
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddey Ratner
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman (in progress)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
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Life Right Now #15

On my bedside table: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
On my tv this week: I caught up with Reign and almost caught up with Once Upon a time. I also restarted Outlander so I can eventually catch up. J and I have been finished Atlantis, continuing with Turn, and starting to catch up with Shield.
Listening to: More Elise Gets Crafty podcast episodes. I’ve also been switching between AltNation and Octane a lot lately.
On the menu for this week:
  • Monday – Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chips, Veggies
  • Tuesday – BBQ Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies, Rolls
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean Orzo Salad
  • Thursday – Texas Cheese Fries
  • Friday – Leftovers
  • Saturday – Chicken and Noodles
  • Sunday – Black Bean Soup
On my to do list: Prep for Retreat info, Summer Social, and Holiday Bazaar planning meetings; Cleaning; Shopping for twins for summer; Costco run for twin food and some basics; Stamp club examples; Start on June design team cards
Happening this week: I’m documenting our Week in the Life this week. Hoping to tell some great stories in our family album.
    • Monday – Kids’ Table: Pizza Making; Park Playdate (if Arthur isn’t too tired)
    • Tuesday – Prenatal appointment; Errands
    • Wednesday – Seven Seas Park Playdate
    • Thursday – Retreat Info Meeting; Stamp Club
    • Friday – Rest and chore day at home
    • Saturday – Maker Faire!!!
    • Sunday – Book club
What I am creating: June design team cards with some new Stampin’ Up products. I only bought a few things for preorder, but I am looking forward to playing with them before my big June order.
My simple pleasures: Sparkling water, chocolate pudding, croissants
Looking around the house: We need to switch Arthur from the crib to a twin sized bed, but first we need to buy a mattress and rearranged his room…
From the camera: Little boy in a rocket…
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April Clothing Summary

This past summer I participated in a capsule wardrobe challenge. I learned a lot from three months of wearing ~40 pieces. One of the biggest things that I learned was that I hate most of my wardrobe. I have so many ill-fitting and/or not my style pieces cluttering my closet. After completing the summer capsule wardrobe, I decided to take the fall off from that particular challenge and work on building a wardrobe I love. To that end, I started buying clothes agin. But not just any old clothes. No more purchases from the clearance rack “just because it’s cheap.” No more keeping things that don’t quite fit. No more buying things that i love on the mannequin but look silly on me. No more buying clothes that I realistically won’t wear. Instead, I’m trying to be very selective in my buying. So, dear readers, I am going to share with you what I bought during the past month. I will post links if the item is still available and prices i paid. I don’t have a specific budget, but definitely don’t want to spend more than $100 a month. (Realistically I’m aiming for around $40 a month). You will also get to see pieces I bought that I ended up returning. By December, I want to be able to say that I bought some great pieces that I wear often. I also want to plan for a possible winter capsule wardrobe…

I decided to add a running total for 2016 at the bottom. I know some months I won’t buy anything and other months I’ll splurge. I would like to monitor my total spent…

Target — Maternity Tee Shirt $12.00

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Tank Top $6.00

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April Total: $19.80

Total for 2016: $213.54

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Bout of Books Update #2

Bout of Books
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1153
Comments: I managed to read our book club selection in two days. Very good progress…
TBR:
  • And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
  • Top 10 by Alan Moore
  • The Rocketeer by Dan Stevens
  • Power Girl
  • Bitch Planet Vol. 1
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  • Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K Vaughan
  • Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Vol. 1 by Tony Lee
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddey Ratner
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
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And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

51rlsm2aOZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Title: And Only to Deceive (Emily Ashton #1)

Author: Tasha Alexander

Publisher: Harper 2005

Genre: Historical Fiction; Mystery

Pages: 321

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Read My own Damn Books; Popsugar – Takes Place on an Island; Women Authors

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily’s dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Our book club selection for May. It was recommended by another member and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this series before. I love every page of this volume! Emily is a great character full of spark. I loved reading about her increasing interest in history and art and her attempts to puzzle out the mystery of her husband’s death. I loved all the twists and turns. Even though I mostly figured out the who-dun-it before the reveal, I was still intrigued and kept reading to the end. I think I will have to pick up the rest of the series to read…

Lady Emily Ashton

  • #1 And Only to Deceive
  • #2 A Poisoned Season
  • #3 A Fatal Waltz
  • #4 Tears of Pearl
  • #5 Dangerous to Know
  • #6 A Crimson Warning
  • #7 Death in the Floating City
  • #8 Behind the Shattered Glass
  • #9 The Counterfeit Heiress
  • #9.5 Star of the East
  • #10 The Adventuress
  • #10.5 That Silent Night
  • #11 A Terrible Beauty

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