The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Title: The Wordy Shipmates

Author: Sarah Vowell

Publisher: Riverhead Books 2009

Genre: History

Pages: 272

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Perpetual (Nonfiction Adventure); Mount TBR

To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoebuckles- and-corn reputation might suggest-a highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty people, whose story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance.

Finally finished this book in the early morning hours. I always love a good history book where I learn something. Thankfully Vowell dives deep into the Puritans to get a good look at the people, their lives, and their beliefs. I enjoyed reading the back and forth between John Winthrop and all of his adversaries. I knew some about Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, but this book expanded my knowledge. My only issue with the book is Vowell’s deviations into current times. Those passages felt a little too long for how short this book is overall. I wanted more time in Puritan New England and less time in the 20th century…

52 Weeks of Arthur 2017: W1-9

Somehow I completely lost track of time and weeks. So the first 9 weeks of 2017 is going to be posted late, but at least I actually did it right?

Continuing this project from 2016, I’ll be posting a roundup of Arthur pics every 9 weeks. Here are weeks 1 through 9:

W1: Checking out Great Grandma Frances’s bells

W2: Starting potty training

W3: Spying on little brother

W4: Visit to Bay Area Discovery Museum

W5: Brunch at “the bear house”

W6: Arthur insisted on holding Q

W7: Zoo Day!

W8: Hanging with the rabbits at Tilden

W9: Doing science at CuriOdyssey

Odds and Ends

Here’s my randomness for the week:

  • Baby snuggles and giggles are the bestest!
  • I’m oddly fascinated by engineering documentaries. We just watched a NOVA episode about London’s Super Tunnel.
  • Feeling behind on my crafting after busting my butt to get March set. Hoping to catch up on Project Life very soon (possibly crop day on Saturday?).
  • Planned a family day to the Cal Academy and cannot wait! I haven’t been there since i was pregnant with Arthur (~4 years ago) and J has never been there. I think the boys are going to love the aquarium.
  • Still loving my Happy Planner to keep me organized and on track.
  • Need to stay away from the library until I catch up on the books already checked out. Seriously I have a backlog!
  • I need to make more naan pizza!

Currently #5

Watching: I randomly started watching Great British Castles on Netflix and it’s oddly fascinating. It’s currently Arthur and I’s go-to for a daytime show.

Reading: The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean; one of those books that has been on my shelves way too long

Listening: We switched gears yesterday and listened to Gorillaz radio on Apple Music while playing

Making: Prepping card kits for April and May classes

Feeling: I still have a bit of a lingering cough, but I’ve mostly recovered from that nasty cold

Planning: I’m hosting my first big Bingo event at the end of April. In the planning stages right now.

Loving: The last two nights it has rained almost all night. I love falling asleep to the sound of the rain.

Hamilton The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Title: Hamilton The Revolution

Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Publisher: Grand Central 2016

Genre: Nonfiction – Theater

Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Popsguar –  Bestseller from 2016; I Love Libraries

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages–“since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda–traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Finally got this from the library! And it was so worth the wait! For three days, I was completely engrossed in this book. Reading and rereading the libretto and essays. I loved catching the little nuances in the lines of the songs. Things I never noticed just listening to the cast recording. And it was great to hear the story of how the show came together over many years and many different iterations. My favorite essay was the one discussing the staging and progression of the four songs in Act II dealing with Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds. Fascinating! My stagecraft background definitely came into play while reading that essay. Such a great book for fans of the show.


Pretty Deadly Vol. 2

Title: Pretty Deadly Volume 2

Author: Kelly DeConnick, Emma Rios

Publisher: Image 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 152

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel

Sarah Fields is dying and her children strike a bargain with the Immortals: give them one month, until the moon is full again, to find her son. The boy is far away, in the trenches of France, stalked by the Reapers of Vengeance and Cruelty. Collects PRETTY DEADLY #6-10

I think I liked the second volume more than the first. I think the storyline was better with the appearance of Fear and War and Grace. I loved how they bookended the volume with Sarah’s death. It was a nice connector. Still really liking the storyline and not loving the art…

Pretty Deadly Vol. 1

Title: Pretty Deadly Volume 1

Author: Kelly DeConnick, Emma Rios

Publisher: Image 2014

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 120

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel

KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) present the collected opening arc of their surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

This volume was highly anticipated series for me. Unfortunately, while good, this didn’t completely blow me away like I hoped. I was intrigued by the story and characters. I’m still intrigued by the story line. I was sucked in by the idea that Death had a daughter and there is an epic struggle for the position of Death and probably other things. I loved the character of Sissy and Alice is fascinating. What I didn’t love was the art… The cels felt way too messy and unclear. I don’t like the idea that I have to stare at a cel for many many moments before figuring out what is going on. I think I will be continuing the story but I have my reservations.

Quentin: 25 Weeks


No big update for today. Still catching up on things after being sick all last week. But I do have some good pictures and a little update. We’ve continued on the baby led weaning journey. In the past week Q has had puffs, pasta, sweet potatoes, grapes, bananas, rice husks, and broccoli. Broccoli was his favorite. He’s definitely my child.

watching big brother

Arthur showing Quentin the babydoll

Mean mugging on Saint Patrick’s Day

Precious baby toes


They kept looking at each other and laughing

Yummy rice husk

Photo bomb from Arthur

This kid loves broccoli!


Life Right Now #7

As I look outside my window: Watching the birds fly back and forth between the trees.
Right now I am: Relaxing between Coffee and Cards this morning and household chores this afternoon.
Thinking and pondering: What should we do tomorrow? We were stuck in the house almost all last week because of sickness. I need to figure out somewhere to go tomorrow but many of our usual spots are closed on Mondays…
On my bedside table: Shitty Mom; Dead Feminists; Everyday Sexism
On my tv this week: We’re into Season 5 of 30 Rock and continuing some of our regular shows. We also finished Workaholics last night. And I finally got to watch the finale of The Bachelor. So glad Nick picked Vanessa. She was one of my three picks from the beginning. My other two were Rachel and Danielle M.
Listening to: Still listening to Bastille’s new album, but also the new Of Monsters and Men album.
On the menu for this week:

  • Monday – Chicken and Noodles
  • Tuesday – Spinach, Potato and Sausage Soup
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday – Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Sweet and Spicy Sausage
  • Friday – Tacos
  • Saturday – Pork and Green Chili Stew
  • Sunday – Peach and Prosciutto Pizza

On my to do list: Too much to list, but I have some leftover tasks from being sick last week. Most of the tasks are little things, but they still take up some time.
Happening this week: Tuesday I’m hosting my second FB party for my crafty celebration. Thursday we’re going to try and visit Happy Hollow. Had to cancel last week due to sickness. I also am teaching a card class on Thursday night and I have crop day on Saturday.
What I am creating: Trying to catch up on my Project Life albums. Still stuck in January.
My simple pleasures: Pie! We celebrated Pi Day with a key lime pie and then again on Friday with a chocolate cream pie. So much pie!
Looking around the house: I just vacuumed on Thursday and it looks like I need to do it again…