Currently... June

It's Friday, and I'm off, thank goodness (our office is always closed on Friday's). Greg works rotating shifts, which can be tough and is why I am happy to work 4 days a week. He's working this weekend, so I plan to entertain a very energetic toddler. We might head to the library; we haven't been to the local one since we moved.

House stuff: We finally got the downstairs of our house mostly decorated. I think Ellie has at least as much furniture as we do - a table and chair, a mini workshop that used to be Greg's as a kid, a play kitchen, an armchair, and a rocking horse. So basically, half our downstairs is owned by a tiny toddler and it's like one big playroom. I'm okay with that.

We decorated above the couch with these posters from NASA. We just had to print them and order frames.

I think next up for house decor might be our bedroom, because it is fairly empty right now and it's a big room. I'd rather have had a bigger bathroom; not sure yet what to do with the bedroom space. There's no rush on figuring it out, though. It might not even be till next year, since we are still getting a feel for our budget.

Going outdoors: It went straight from cool to HOT here, which I think is happening in a lot of places. It's been humid with the tropical storms that have been coming through south of us.

Ellie would live outdoors if she could. She is always demanding we go outside. She's actually always demanding a lot of things. It's like living with a tiny dictator. I await her instructions. Often, while I'm sitting, she pokes me and says, "Up! Up!" which means I need to follow her.

She's been enjoying the water table and playing in the dirt, although she does NOT like getting a mess on her and will wash it off right away. She has two baby dolls that MUST go with us everywhere, even in the backyard. Usually, I am the designated holder of the babies.

She doesn't have a ton of words yet; she has figured out the word 'no' for sure. She says it gently and thoughtfully. If I ask her, "Do you want to take your blankie off?" (it's a sleep sack), I usually hear a small ".....no." She has been learning more and more words in the last couple months - it's amazing.

Watching: I have been watching a few different shows. I finished up the first two seasons of Fargo and ran out of episodes on Hulu. That show is wild - extremely violent and cinematic. I'm not a fan of violent shows but it hooked me - it's also weird and funny.

Then I watched the first season of Legion, another weird and cool show. It made me want to see some other Dan Stevens stuff, so maybe I'll give Downton Abbey another shot.

I just started watching The Handmaid's Tale. I watched the first episode and that was rough. After I finished, I felt like I just watched my nightmare. But it's a good show and I'm going to continue it.

Reading: I'm finishing up Caliban's War (Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey. I'm not usually a sci-fi book fan and I'm digging it. I got into it because of the show and it follows the book pretty closely. I'll probably take a break from the series after this to read something else on my shelf. I read that the series got canceled by Syfy and then picked up by Amazon, so hooray! I've seen the first two seasons and will catch up sometime.

Hope you're having a good Friday and enjoy whatever you have planned this weekend!

What I've Been Reading

I'm linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books. It's been a long time, so I'm going to do my best in recounting these books!


The characters and story were right up my alley. I love a fairytale, especially one I have not heard before, and characters with a mythological feel. I could describe it as a little bit of Neil Gaiman and foreign fairytale.

Slade House by David Mitchell - 4 stars

Ghost story told in multiple, short parts over many years. If you enjoy haunted house stories, you would probably like it. No gore or terrifying bits, just some good, old-fashioned creepiness.

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell - 2.5 stars

I knew this would be stepping out of my normal zone a little, and it wasn't for me. I wasn't a big fan of the characters or the new story. To be fair, I also watched Beauty and the Beast (animated) again a couple years ago, and it was hard for me to enjoy it like I did as a kid. Belle used to be my favorite Disney princess, but I think looking through adult eyes, I can't set aside my adult brain and make it stop complaining.

The Silver Linings Playbook - 4 stars

I loved the movie and I am glad I read the book. I also love that this was set in Philadelphia, because it's somewhere we used to frequent. The book focuses on Pat as he is dealing with mental illness. If you're into modern stories about mental illness and family, I recommend it.

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll - 3.5 stars

A good-enough thriller - a woman on a train watches two girls being flirted with by two young men. The next day, one of the girls has disappeared. The woman feels guilty and also starts receiving threatening letters. Honestly, I read this book several months ago, and sometimes thrillers don't stick with me. This one was good while I was reading it, but didn't have me hanging on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown - 4 stars

This is a fantastic series. I always almost give these 5 stars, but it has its lulls and peaks. Also, super violent. I highly recommend if you are into space and Hunger Games style battles.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss - 5 stars

This is a reread for me - it had been several years since the first time I read it. I still loved it, although I was a little more annoyed by the male perspective and how he views Denna as incredibly perfect and spends way too much time describing her face. Despite that, I love the story, I love Kvothe, and Patrick Rothfuss is a wonderful writer.

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss - 4.5 stars

We learn more about Kvothe! This would probably also be 5 stars, but he spent FOREVER with Felurian. This story traveled outside of the school setting, where the first book was set, and it was nice to read about some new places, new trouble he runs into. I recommend if you love adventure and romance! I hope that one day he will finish the series.

The Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson #1) by Diane Chamberlain - 3.5 stars

Predictable plot, but I was hooked anyway. I like the aspect of uncovering family secrets from the past.

Currently Reading:

I'm in a thriller mood, lately, but I find all kinds of books I want to read on Show Us Your Books day. Can't wait to see what everyone has been reading!

Sleeping Blogger Wakes

Hi, it's been, what, seven months? No big deal. Ellie is pretty much a full grown adult at this point. The last pictures I posted of her, she is barely walking, and now she's a toddler - hello.

Here she is hanging out at the baby gym, taking care of some official business.

We bought a house, and apparently I was too lazy to take a picture of it without the Budget truck in front of it.

Hey, did you know owning a house is a lot of work? We had to buy a lawn mower and a weed eater. And a dining room table. And I'm pretty sure Ellie still has more furniture than we do. Anyway, we love it - it's great. I highly recommend NOT living with your mom and your husband and your child and a whole zoo of animals. At least not for too long.

Here's a picture of Ellie's room, because it's the cutest in the house. I changed that letter arrangement, because the extra Z at the end was driving me nuts.

I am not sure what I want my blog to be at this point. I don't have a ton of time for myself, so I'd like it to be an outlet and a way to keep in touch with the people I have met here. I'm still me, although a bit different - more feminist than pre-baby me (I will defend this girl and all girls to the end), a little less vegan (vegetarian now, see: I have little time, see also: I love food).

You know what's the worst (alright, it's not the WORST) - I have read only eight books since the last time I was here. Two of them were ridiculously long. I'll catch up on a book post at some point.

I'm committing some type of book crime right now, and reading a book at the same time I am watching the TV show. I started reading the first book of The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes. I couldn't wait to start the show, so I'm actually in season 2 of the show and behind in the book. It's helping me imagine the characters and get a better handle on the plot, so I don't mind.

This weekend we are planning for some furniture shopping, because that just never ends. Also our bedroom is huge, which is great but what the hell do I put in a bedroom besides a bed and dressers? We are not in a huge rush, and if I wanted to, I could do some full-on acrobatics in that room right now.