Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 2014 Twitterature

Between audio books and grabbing some quite time in the morning and evenings, I've had the chance to catch up on some reading.  I am still behind for my book club though....  Below are my short twitter-like reviews.

The Nesting Place: it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
Beautiful and encouraging.  She literally features her 3 legged arm-chair on the cover.  Myquillyn shares more of her personal story and her many homes.  Felt like spending time with a girlfriend, having a heart to heart about creating our homes. 

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. By Sheryl Sandberg
Eye opening and encouraging.  I listened to the audio version and I want a copy to retread and reference, especially the whys and how's of women in the workplace and women taking leadership roles.  I'm glad to be working for several strong women currently.  

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. By Jenny Lawson 
Listen to the author read her stories via audio book.  I was LOLing in my car.  Enjoyed quirky stories.  I not read the authors blog before, The Blogess, but will want to catch more of her funny tales.  Lots of swearing, unable to listen to with kiddos in the car.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Book club pick.  I listened to the audio book in the car.  I enjoyed the authors ability to share the progression of Alzhiemers disease from the mind of the patient.   I would pick up more books from this author.

The Sweet life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City. By David Lebovitz
listened to the audio book in the car.  (I drive a lot for work.). The author tells funny stories about his ex-pat life in Paris.  The book contained my favorite things; France, desserts, baking, stories that made my car travels go by quickly.  I now want to read his cookbooks.  I can't believe I wasn't familiar with the author/pastry chef earlier.  PS. If you want to grease the beurocratic wheels in Paris, bringing fresh gooey brownies is a good place to start.

what I have in my queue to catch up with my book club and librAry loans:
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons

A Million Little Ways. By Emily Freeman

The Shack by Wm Paul Young

Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

I'm linking up with other short Twitter length book reviews at Modern Mrs. Darcy.  I've also just started a GoodReads account, you can follow me there also.  Pass along any ideas you may have of books I'd enjoy, especially audio books.

The Story of My Shirt

My shirt tells a story.  It hangs on me baggies than when I first found it, two years ago at the 2nd hand shop.  I was returning to my job, leaving my little 8 week old baby at home with Dad.  I had very little to wear that was not maternity and even fewer dollars to spend.  

The shirt is finally becoming old and used up.  It's baggy and the darts don't hit me in the right spots, as my body shifts into whatever shape it is going into now.. Hopefully a more fit shape.  The threads have worn thin and I found several little holes.  

It's no longer anything I can wear for work and will go to the rag bag.  But I wore out a piece of clothing. (Even if only mildly worn out) That is so rare to me.  My grandparents probably had to wear of the majority of their clothing and really mend and fix items that I would get rid of or not know how to fix.  It's like I accomplished something, I wore out a shirt.  I am working on using my resources wisely, I can be a consumer of less.  One shirt at a time.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Un-Word 2014: Stuck

I chose 'overcome' for a word to contemplate this year, in place of making New Year's Resolutions.  Along this same line of thought, bloggers have been expanding on this one-word idea with also choosing an 'un-word,' something that you want to avoid for 2014.

So as not to complicate the idea, I thought my 'un' word should compliment 'overcome.'  I thought about envy, jealousy, over-consumption, wanting, malcontent, but these didn't seem to compliment the idea of overcoming difficulties.  Those are all feelings and ideas that I'd like to improve upon but it just felt too complicated.  Finally, I landed on STUCK

Over the past few years I've felt stuck.  Stuck in jobs I didn't really enjoy but wasn't able to leave yet.  Stuck in our house in the burbs.  Stuck with too much debt.  But I am not stuck.  We are not stuck in our house, we are choosing to stay a little while longer.  We are perhasps limited by our debts, but we are not stuck. 

In 2014, I have made the resolution to overcome my feelings of stuckness.

2014 UN-Stuck

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Wonder of a Properly Fitting Bra

I have a 'a good rack.'  It's just the luck of my genes.  I'm super-duper hourglass shaped with nice boobs.  I don't want to sound brag-y, just frank.  Some people have beautiful long legs, other's beautiful hair.  Best to just own up to what's working for you.

 I can't express the importance of a properly fitting bra enough.  I've known this for a long time and thought I was practicing it.  I worked at Victoria's Secret when I was a freshman in college.  I thought I knew how to measure myself for a bra and had a good enough understanding of the bra world to be able to find a proper bra.  My bra wearing history has gone from 34B, to 34C, to motherhood and nursing ending around a 36C.  And that's where I was when I walked into Barbara's New Beginnings on Saturday afternoon.  I walked out in a 32E.  Seriously.

I'm no teeny-tiny 90 pound petite lady.  I'm very 'normal,'  155 lbs, 5 ft 4 inches.  I wouldn't NEVER thought my rib cage was a 32.  But guess what?  In a 32, I get some actual 'lift.'  The 'girls' are no longer resting on my abdomen.  This is awesome.  I learned one reason I was fitting myself wrong, was that I was measuring my rib cage too high.  I checked out my reflection and noticed, "Hello, hourglass figure, where have you been hiding?"  Oh yeah. in that way too big bra.  I bought one bra and I think I'll need to return often for a second, because now I fully realize how poorly all of my others are fitting.

My advice to you, ask around, find a specialty bra shop and be properly fitted.  If you can't find one, I'd start with a higher-end department store like Nordstroms.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Snow Day #4


We ended up having the whole week off school.  A third, unplanned, week of Christmas break.  In all honesty, the roads were still in pretty terrible shape.  No one shovels their sidewalks, it wouldn't have been safe to have kids on buses.  What a weird week.  Super freezing cold, 12" of snow, now we are forecast to get an inch of rain overnight.  Aidan was forced out into the snow to play.  He complied for maybe 30 minutes.  I hope that in future years having his little buddy, Xavier, will help him enjoy being outside a little more.

This morning, our street was still covered in snow.  By 5PM tonight the road was clear of snow and a fog was settling in the neighborhood.  I was starting to enjoy the look of all the snow everywhere.  Can you tell this is making me a bit sad?  Drive safe, watch out for black ice.

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