Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Latest Stitches - January

I haven't shared much here, but I love to cross stitch!  I will be sharing more because it is one of my favorite hobbies.  I haven't done much stitching since I had Ethan seven years ago and then went back to school three years ago.  Now that I'm finished, I have lots of time!
This Snowman and Squirrel is a portion of a stocking I began seven years ago!  Lots of life gets in the way but I'm cranking it out now.  I first ordered this from The Stitchery years ago, but I can't find it there anymore.  This is the only place I can find it.  I was looking for the front picture because I seemed to have misplaced mine.  I just have to add the back stitching and then put the back piece on to complete the stocking.

Hope everyone in line with Winter Storm Juno is inside and warm!!  Stay safe!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Yes, Please

Yes, Please
by Amy Poehler

352 pages
7 CDs

Published: October 2014
Read: January 2015

Amy Poehler is that Saturday Night Live character that sort of snuck up on me.  I watch SNL, usually a few days after, but not religiously so I've missed a few here and there. (Never miss JT....love him!)  Ms. Poehler wasn't a cast member, then she was, and BAM! she was amazing!  I loved her with Seth Meyers on Weekend Update.  She has great comedic timing and her facial expressions are hilarious!  I was very sad when she left SNL and I watched the Golden Globes two years in a row just to hear the banter between her and Tina Fey.  However, I have never seen an episode of Parks & Recreation.  That just might change after reading this book.

Hanging out with Ms. Poehler as the narrator of this audiobook was excellent.  I got to hear how she got started and became a co-founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade.  I listened to her and the Parks & Recreation producer describe her character on the show.  I get to know the author through her friendships; with Tina Fey, college classmates, Seth Meyers, and many other co-workers.

One of the best parts of this book is the chapter on her boys.  The reader can tell that she really truly loves being a mom and really dotes on her two boys.  Their moon dates are the best.  I can really relate, being a mom of a boy, to all of her war stories and the injuries that ensue.  I loved this portion!

Another great part of this audiobook is that the author brought other voices with her to her audiobooth.  We get to hear from Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, the producer of Parks & Recreation, and Seth Meyer to name a few who chime in on Ms. Poehler's accomplishments.  I was glad to read Tina Fey's book Bossypants in 2011 (wow! that went fast!), and I'm just as happy I picked this one up as well.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

K is for Killer

K is for Killer
by Sue Grafton

400 pages

Published: May 1994
Read: January 2015

I've been reading this Sue Grafton series since high school. I remember receiving the first three for Christmas; I must have been around 14 and a freshman in high school. I had just discovered my love for the mysterious writings of Agatha Christie and felt I had graduated from the scary stories of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike.  I loved to be scared through book and movie, and I still do.

Taking my time and spacing this series (and half not wanting to get the last book until she's written Z!) I have read 11 of these books over the last 20 years.  She wrote A is for Alibi in 1983, so Ms. Grafton is taking her time writing them.  She has three left because W is for Wasted was just written.

I've come out of the 80s and into the 90s with the 1994 publication of K is for Killer.  In this Kinsey Millhone investigation, we discover Lorna Kepler.  Ms. Kepler's parents believe that she's a good girl and cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt her.  They hire Kinsey to investigate her death and bring her killer to justice.  Through Kinsey's interviews, discussions, and run-ins with some questionable characters, the reader discovers that things are not always as they seem.

My favorite part of this alphabet series is the changing of time.  From A - K, Kinsey still uses pay phones that take quarters to make phone calls when she's out on the job.  This book introduced the use of a pager by a police officer.  It was 1994, pagers were a big deal!

Kinsey Millhone is a character that will be forever etched in my mind.  She is a funny, sassy detective that doesn't take any guff from anyone!  She will get to the bottom of anything that comes across her desk.  I love these books and I'm glad I'm only on K because I don't want them to ever end.  I'm not sure what I'll do when I can't dive into a Kinsey Millhone murder mystery.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites: # 1

I'm going to try to start something new.  Every Friday I want to list my favorite web finds because I do a lot of surfing and a lot of pinning, but I don't always pin what I see.  I don't know where I'm going with this, maybe just to keep track of current events to look back on and laugh, cry, or be horrified at our world! Or maybe I'll do a few weeks and fizzle out.  Who knows!  But for right now, I want to keep track of the fun and helpful stuff.

For this first installment, being a new year and all, we are all thinking of healthier thoughts whether it be working out, nutrition, or over all well-being. I have found some interesting things to share.

  1. How about we warm up with this awesome treadmill video.  Similar to the OK GO video!
  2. Why should we exercise? It's not always about losing weight.
  3. Speaking of why.....how often should we shower? Just ew.
  4. Banish fat and boost your metabolism with Jillian Michaels.
  5. Let's eat candy bars!  The healthy kind.....of course ;)
  6. The best crock pot chicken ever! Trust me....
  7. Some inspiration...to keep us going!
  8. Put the fork DOWN!
  9. Grab your significant other, children, pets.....and cuddle!!
  10. A fantastic addition to your workout playlist.
  11. I seriously hope all this advice helps me look like this at 77!
Here are a few of my favorite blogs to follow for everything health & fitness!
Hello Healthy
PopSugar Fitness

What are some of the things you do or eat to stay healthy?  Do you have any favorite health and fitness blogs or facebook or instagram pages that you follow?  I'd love to know more!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Each Little Bird That Sings

Each Little Bird That Sings
by Deborah Wiles

276 pages

Published:  August 2006
Read: January 2015

Comfort Snowberger's family owns the town's Funeral Home.  At 10 years old, she's attended more funerals than anyone ever should...276 to be exact.  But, her Great-Great Aunt Florentine made it a lot easier by coming up with the concept of funeral geography.  By taking notes of all the attending people and the food they bring, Comfort knows how to deal with the town's losses.   Comfort aspires to create a book of recipes for fantastic funeral food.  Funeral dog extraordinaire, Dismay, knows exactly what to do on funeral days.  He comforts the attendees; everyone loves him.  When disaster strikes the town and Comfort's life, she really comes to terms with how well she can handle and even overcome the worst of situations.

This is a story of family, loss, love, friendships, and the changing times.  Kind of quirky and a little sad, I don't usually go for these award books, but something on the cover really made me pick it up.  I'm glad I did.  The author really kept me interested.  Every page is a new story, and I never got bored.  For penning this middle-grade book, Deborah Wiles won the 2005 Bank Street Fiction Award, a Golden Kit Honor Award, and the California Young Reader Medal. She was also a 2005 E.B. White Award winner and a 2005 National Book Award finalist.  Those medals and awards are well-deserved as the reader will see throughout these pages.  I'm very happy to have read this book, and I will be saving it for my son to read when he's older.