On My Bookshelf

I’m currently playing catch up on my reading.

Looking over my 2011 Book List, it became evident that I took a reading sabbatical in July.

But thanks to a friend on Facebook, it seems I’m back on the reading wagon.

I discovered one of my favorite authors, Mary Kay Andrews, has a new book.

Click image for author's website

I finished it last night.  Great read.

Now it’s on to Karen White.

I have never read anything by her before, but my Facebook friends promise me she’s great.

Click image for author's website

I’m starting this one tonight.

These books are in my library bag waiting to be read:

Click image for author's website

Click image for author's website

Looks like I’m making up for lost time.

What’s on your book shelf?


7 Quick Takes


I am writing this post on my iPhone via the WordPress app.  Not only am I typing my post, but I can insert pictures, check stats, and revise drafts.  Dude.  So awesome.


Frog is tripping all.the.time.  He’s almost 19 months.  I’m wondering if this is a growth spurt or if he is taking after me, Little Miss Clumsy.


Frick swam in the time trials for his swim team last night.  Frack would have swam, too, but had to miss it for his baseball game.  Frick’s routine for swimming in meets last year was to swim, swim, hang on the lane rope.  Repeat.  Repeat again and again.  That usually left him with a time of around 3 minutes for a 25 yard race.  That’s really slow, if you aren’t familiar with competitive swimming.  He did get faster by the end of the season, cutting his time down to 1:59 (1 minute, 59 seconds).  Last night, a different Frick showed up on the starting block.  This little guy dove jumped in and swam, swam, swam.  He never reached for the lane rope.  His time?  1 minute.  What a difference a year makes!!


Meanwhile, BP had Frack at the ball field for his game.  He “played” pitcher (this league is coaches pitch), but really just fielded balls.  If you haven’t ever seen a bunch of 5 year olds play ball, you must go for the entertainment value.  When a ball is hit to anywhere in the field, ALL the players run after it.  The coaches have a challenging time getting the kids to stay in their positions.  Since Frack was right there on the pitching mound, he was thrilled to have at least 5 balls come straight at him. But his favorite thing is to run the bases and slide into them.  The evidence is on his white pants that I have to soak in OxyClean after each game.


Frick’s obsession with Cars the movie has yet to subside.  He is stoked for the debut of Cars 2 on June 24. He already has planned our evening.  I’m not surprised our Event Coordinator Extraordinaire already has this one in the books, are you?  It will be the night of our 11th anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it other than with our boys.


I have started reading the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.  I really love reading series books and sequels.  I find when I really like a book, I become totally invested and absorbed in the characters.  So having a sequel to read just makes my day.  Speaking of books….


I am so excited that one of my favorite authors, Dorothea Benton Frank, has a new book coming out on June 14th called Folly Beach.  Last year, I went to a book signing for her book, Lowcountry Summer.  Dot Frank is hilarious in person.  Meeting her was one of the highlights of my summer.

What books are you reading now?


Stop by Conversion Diary for more quick takes.


Cover of "Elf on the Shelf"

Cover of Elf on the Shelf

I already forgot.

He’s only been around for 3 days.

Our Elf on the Shelf did not get relocated the other night.

Frick and Frack came running into our room at 7:00am proclaiming they couldn’t find him.

Then they looked up to where he was the day before.

Lo and behold…

there he was.


I, of course, came up with a fabulous reason as to why he was perched in the same spot in my bedroom as the day before.

“Well, boys, the elf must really like your mom.  Maybe he’s making sure she’s being good so Santa will bring her something spiffy.”

It really didn’t go over well.

Never fear…

our elf made it to a new location today, just in time for Frick and Frack to squeal with delight when they found him.

Not only are we creating memories for the children, but also for the grownups, too.

We have many friends to commiserate with over forgetting to move the elf.

One can easily get a chuckle over the excuses we parents make up to convince our children the elf REALLY did go back to Santa for the night.

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf?

What excuses for forgetting to move the elf have you used?

What’s on My Bookshelf

These are the books I have finished recently.  Two of them are (SHOCKER!) nonfiction.  I am more of a chic-lit fan, so I suppose I am branching out here.  However, once you see the titles and blurbs of the nonfiction books below, I think you will see I manage to stay within the confines of my favorite genre.

The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs

This is more about friendship than knitting.  It took a while for me to get into it, but once I did, I found it to be a good read.

The Girls from Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow

In sticking with the friendship theme, this nonfiction book will take you back to your memories of your high school cliques.  It follows 11 friends through many years of friendship.  You’re gonna want to look for your “Be-Fri” or “st-ends” necklace charm and pick up the phone to call your BFF from 25 years ago.

Staying True, Jenny Sanford

A peek into what was happening behind the scenes of Jenny Sanford’s nightmare.

What’s next?


I figured this will be a good read since I have three of my own superheroes (actually four, if you count BP).  The author, Rachel Balducci, also has a blog called Testosterhome.

Have you read any of these books?


I brined a whole chicken on Friday.

Then roasted it.

This is a big deal for someone who lacks culinary skills.

Some of you may remember this post, comparing myself to Susie Homemaker, which I most certainly am NOT.

But for some reason, I wanted to brine and roast a chicken.

Enter Aunt D.

Everyone should have a sister in law like Aunt D,

who is a fabulous cook.

She talked me through the steps of brining.

Then the steps to roasting.

Then she probably hung up at laughed at me.

I wanted to be just like Amy Adams in the movie Julie and Julia (read the book…it’s even better!).

Instead, I think I came out looking more like Amelia Bedelia.


She made a date cake and instead of using dates (the fruit) she cut out squares of a calendar and added them to the cake batter.

Yep.  That’s something I would do.

Actually, I did fine.

And the chicken was divine.

Brine, people.  BRINE.

Alrighty then.  I’m getting a tad carried away with the rhyme….



Great Read

Earthly Pleasures, by Karen Neches is a FABULOUS book.

She is also known as Karin Gillespie, whom I have written about before.

The best part?

She manages to connect all of life’s lessons with the lyrics of Beatles songs.

“All you need is love.”

“Help!  I need somebody!”

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”

“Listen.  Do you want to know a little secret?”

“Let it be.  Whispered words of wisdom.”

Check out her website for a blurb on the book.

Great read, my friends.  Great read.

Taking My Blog Over Again….

These last few days of 30 Days of Me are going to go out the window.

I should rename it to 25 Days of Me.


I met Dorothea Benton Frank Friday night.

She is a riot.

I have a picture, but we’ll just save it for my personal records.   It has everything to do with the fact that it is a terrible picture of me and having cyberspace view it is just not an option.

I had such a good time listening to her stories about her life and seeing how they parallel the story lines in her books.

Let’s not forget the fun I had drinking some wine with my friend, Jennifer.

Good times.

We also met Karin Gillespie, who was in attendance.  Ms. Gillespie wrote The Bottom Dollar Girls series and The Sweet Potato Queens in collaboration with Jill Conner Browne.

I realized three things that night:

1.  Too much time passed since the last time I went out with friends.  Thanks, Jennifer, for hanging out with me.

2.  I was being a total groupie when meeting those two authors and I didn’t care.

3.  Just like Dot Frank’s character, Caroline, begins to look and act like her mother, Miss Lavinia, I see Nini in the mirror and my actions more and more each day.

It’s a good thing you are cool, Nini.

Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: