Project 52: Week 2-Home

Well, I’m a few days late.  Taelin woke up sick Saturday night/Sunday morning and a doctor’s appointment Sunday morning confirmed she had strep.  This is the second time in a month and a half.  Taelin started to feel better not too long after starting antibiotics and I think we are almost caught up on our a sleep.


Here is my photo for Week 2-Home.


Week 2- Home

While there is a bit of my actual house in this picture, I realized that whenever I was thinking of what I wanted in this photo, it was Joe and Taelin.  They are in a very real way, my home.

Here is Taelin’s Week 2 photo.


This is Marabelle (Taelin’s treasured doll) in her new home that Taelin created. 

Did you take a photo for Week 2?  Please feel free to add or link up in the comments.

The word for Week 3 is…round!

The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy

I think my current memoir kick is coming to an end. It was bound to happen. This book is the first book in a long time that I just didn’t connect with and really had to force myself to finish. 

This book followed Tara Clancy as she grew up in three very different environments because of her parents divorcing when she was very young. In a lot of ways, she lived three completely different lives. One with her dad in working class Queens, one with her grandmother in a old folks community and another one with her mom and mom’s boyfriend in the Hampton’s. 

As Tara tells her stories, we meet the characters that shaped her childhood. There is a humor in her storytelling that I appreciated.  That said, it took me forever to read.  I read several books in between which for me is unusual. 

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. 

I was given this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review. 

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” -Rainer Maria Rilke

I have, like many people, made quite a few New Year’s resolutions over the years.  And I, like many people, have failed to keep most of them.  After awhile, I stopped even making them. Then I found out about a tradition that one of my favorite scrapbookers, Ali Edwards, started. She chooses One Little Word to focus on for the year.  It is nothing short of brilliant. If you are interested, and you should be, you can read about here on her blog.

A few years ago, I started to choose a word for myself. Some of my past words have been “peace”, “be”, “grace”, “simplify”. One year I took the course that Ali Edwards offers and it was wonderful but most of the time I just try to live my word as much as I can.

This year, my word came to me pretty easily.  I am excited to live it.


I took the picture of this primrose last week.  The final week in December after a 4 day snow/ice storm.


Wait…I read another book today!

10169662 I might have all of the Christmas decorations to put away and few loads of laundry to put away but I woke up not feeling super great.  So, I decided to grab the book Santa put in my stocking and read it cover to cover.  Taelin played with Legos and did some other stuff while I laid on the couch.  I believe she fed herself a few times today…

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This year I read…2016

We are still a couple of days away from the end of 2016 but I am fairly certain I won’t finish another book by then so I am calling it!  I made myself a goal of reading 40 books during 2016 but I didn’t quite make it. badge-square-340024584153c707ed44215e73e72fdf

Goodreads made this very cool infographic that is a year in review sort of thing.  If you are a reader and don’t have a Goodreads account, stop right now and make one.
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This Month I Read…October 2016

October was another busy month but I did manage to get a few books read. My goal for 2016 was to read 40 books and right now I am only at 27 so I am not feeling super optimistic about meeting that goal  But the rainy season is coming in Oregon so maybe I will get a little closer in the next two months.

Grace by T. Greenwood was the first book that I finished.  I read the first chapter of this book and I HAD to know how the book was going to end.  I there is another more intense first chapter that I have ever read, I don’t remember it.  This book was a fast read for me but it was not an easy one.

The story centered around a young couple with two children.  The impact of the unending issues that the family faces throws the family (and those that intentional and unintentional) become involved into what can only be described as chaos.  My heart went out to the young boy in the story that I met in the first chapter and I tore through the book hoping for a resolution I would be okay with.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars and have will be coming back to this author again.

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica is a book that I have wanted to read since it came out.  I read Kubica’s other book The Good Girl. While I liked Don’t You Cry, knowing that there was going to be an unexpected twist at the end made it a little less suspenseful.  This book definitely falls under the psychological thriller category that I keep being draw to.

The story follows Quinn as she discovers her roommate has disappeared.  Quinn admits that she isn’t the world’s best roommate but tries hard to do right by finding her missing friend.  Through a strange series of discoveries the story ends in an unexpected way.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes was a book that I received from Blogging for Books.  If you missed it, you can read my review here!





Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

28257149When I picked this book out, I had no idea that I “knew” the author.  I am putting “knew” in quotes because I don’t actually know him but once I got the book and looked at the book jacket, I recognized him immediately.  If you watched any MTV in the 90’s, you “know” him too.

What initially drew me to this book was probably the idea of 21 songs being the framework for a memoir and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint.  Each chapter was named with a song title, most of which I knew. I feel a little guilty, actually, that I am writing this review instead of making this playlist on my phone.

Holmes and I don’t have much in common.  He went to Catholic school through college, knows a crazy amount of music trivia, and has lived his adult life working in television (MTV being his first gig). Throughout the book, Holmes recalls the stories of his life and relates them to the songs that were, to him, significant.  It seems apparent that early on Holmes knew he was gay and it was fascinating to read his story.

While the book was entertaining, it wasn’t until the end that I really fell in love with the book.  The cover and title all made sense.  Memoirs aren’t about just putting a bunch of stories together, although it is the stories that drove this book forward.  Memoirs are about the reflection and learning the author can share, and if we as the reader are lucky, can find a piece of learning for ourselves.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.  Now, if you can excuse me, I have a playlist to build.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.