Life Right Now #8

As I look outside my window: Slightly overcast, but the sun is bound to come out soon.
Right now I am: Finishing breakfast and entertaining the baby
On my bedside table: Dead Feminists; Omega Days; Everyday Sexism (one of these things is not like the others!)
On my tv this week: Mostly we’ve been catching up on currently airing shows (It’s Always Sunny, The Magicians) and watching a few movies (Rogue One and Death at a Funeral).
Listening to: Lots of whining and crying from the 3 1/2 year old. Really not loving this stage of life.
On the menu for this week:

  • Monday – Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
  • Tuesday – Ranch Cheddar Chicken
  • Wednesday – Pull Apart Pizza Sandwiches
  • Thursday – Beef and Barley Stew
  • Friday – Leftovers
  • Saturday – Frozen Meal
  • Sunday – Pork and Green Chile Stew

On my to do list:
Happening this week:

  • Monday – Q’s 6 month doctor appointment; errands
  • Tuesday – Home day (cleaning and crafting)
  • Wednesday – A friend is coming over for the morning
  • Thursday – Something in South Bay (plans not finalized)
  • Friday – Home Day (cleaning and crafting)
  • Saturday – California Academy of Sciences!
  • Sunday – Home Day

What I am creating: I’ve almost finished April’s design team cards (only 4 left) and nearly caught up on PL. I just need to finish up the family album. And I’m hoping to work on March’s memory planning pages this week.
My simple pleasures: Lemons! My friend Judy brought us another batch of lemons from her trees. Now I need to figure out what to make with them. I’m thinking lemon curd.
Looking around the house: House is currently in decent shape although I want to do a playroom cleanout this week and I need to vacuum like usual.
From the camera: Arthur insisted on helping Quentin eat.

The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean

Title: The Golden Prince

Author: Rebeca Dean

Publisher: Broadway Books 2010

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 400

Rating: 2/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Read Your Shelf

It’s 1912, and seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, England’s Golden Prince of Wales, is feeling the burden of his position. As heir to the greatest throne in the world, he hates the constrictions and superficial demands of his royal life. His father, King George, is a harsh disciplinarian, and his mother, Queen Mary, is reserved and cold. Other than his siblings, he has no friends and despairs at his isolation and loneliness.

However, when unexpected circumstances bring him to Snowberry Manor, home of the four Houghton sisters, his life suddenly seems more interesting. As he secretly spends more time with Lily, the youngest of the girls, he finds himself falling hopelessly in love.

Ugh. So my overwhelming emotion while reading this book was boredom. I was completely bored. I didn’t care about any of the characters or the storyline. The constant switching between narrators annoyed me. David annoyed me. All the Houghton sisters annoyed me. I was just annoyed and bored throughout the entire book.

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.