go to the people and the places that set a spark in your soul -anonymous

September is coming to an end this week and with it, my first month not working for the same school district I had been with for the last 16 years.  A lot of people have asked me how this new change has been for me and it has been hard to put into just a few words how I feel about the drastic change I’ve made.  It has been so amazing.

I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been an adjustment.  I haven’t had one week look similar to another.  I’m spinning more plates than ever, really.  I am teaching at Taelin’s school three mornings a week, teaching classes at Young at Art, writing (probably not enough but I am trying), working at Taelin’s dance studio (behind the front desk…not teaching dance because I can’t even walk without injuring myself) and then doing all the mom/wife things too.  Yes, lots of spinning plates, but I like every single one of them.  A lot. Continue reading

Powell’s Books: The Greatest Book Store in the World

Saturday we ventured off to Portland because we had free tickets to The Portland Art Museum.  We enjoyed the museum (some of us more than others) and since I was braving downtown Portland traffic, I figured that it would be the perfect time add on a trip to Powell’s Books.  For those of you that don’t know, Powell’s is what I would consider the greatest book store in the world!  It takes up an entire city block and their website says it has over a million books.  They have the best children’s section ever! We walked from the museum and was so excited to get to the book store that the only picture I have is this one that I took accidentally as I was navigating us.  Thank you Google Maps.

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museum day live!


I was on Facebook earlier today and saw this promotion that one of my friends had shared. I checked it out and just a few minutes later I have two free tickets to visit the Portland Art Museum this coming Saturday! Neither of us have ever been and since visiting new museums in on my 101 in 1001 list this seems like the perfect opportunity.

If you are interested in seeing what might be available around your area, visit here and find out!

Paper and stickers and bins…oh my!

What a disaster.


Ever since my favorite scrapbook store in the whole entire world closed, my scrapbooking area has been a mess.  I don’t mean to blame it on the store itself, but once I didn’t have a place to go my little area I had set aside just wasn’t enough and over time it has become the last place I wanted to spend time.  I just didn’t have enough space and the space I did have just didn’t work.  My supplies were close to me and organized but once I needed to use more than a couple of things it looked like a hurricane had hit.

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This month I read…August 2016

Oh August, how I loved you!  I guess I have been in mourning for the last 15 days because it has taken me that long to admit that August is gone.  I read some really fantastic books in August.  And a lot of them!

The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

I think it took me two days to read this book.  I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen.  There were several father’s in the book, each with a different story but all showing what lengths a father will go to for their child. I just loved the little girl Bella and was rooting for her father Travis the entire book!  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming and must-read author for me.


First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher

This book was the final book in a six book series that Joe recommended to me.  I will admit that fantasy books are not my favorite to read and so it took me awhile to read all 6 books.  But, now that I am finished, I can say that Joe was right about me enjoying the series. This last book wrapped all the story lines very well and I was more than happy about what happened to my favorite characters.  I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.


Love that Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier

This book was a book that I reviewed earlier in the month and you can find my review here!


What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg

I really loved this book.  I read this book with two of my friends and I haven’t been able to talk in depth with them about it yet, but I think they both liked the book too. The book follows the story of two sisters and the relationship with their mother.  The title is seriously so perfect.  The idea of what we hold on to throughout our lives (anger, grudges, sadness, expectations) and how much those emotions can impact the life we live moving forward, stayed with me for days.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but it probably should have been 5 stars as I think about how much this book has stayed with me.


After You by Jojo Moyes

This book was the sequel to Me Before You, which I loved.  I was so excited when this book finally became available on OverDrive.  I was so excited to find out what happened to Louisa after the life altering events from the first book.  Louisa has been forever changed by grief, as most people are, and this book finds her living in London and working at an airport bar. I will admit that while I liked the book, I missed having Will and Louisa together.  The interaction between them is what I loved most about the first book.  A bit of that was created (that I’m not going to spoil for those of you that might want to read the book yourself) but it just wasn’t the same.  I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.


Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

It has been a little bit since I read a creepy thriller and I was long overdue!  I am not sure I actually cooked food for my family or accomplished anything productive during the two days that I was reading this book, but the family is still alive so I don’t think there were any long term ill-effects.  Phew.  This book had me guessing the whole time and I was completely surprised at the ending.  Dr. Eric Parrish is well-respected and it is clear early on in the book that he is a good guy.  But someone doesn’t think so and as the story unfolds it is clear that certain someone is trying to take him down.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.  This is my first book by this author but it will certainly not be my last.