Thankful Thursday

Today seemed like a good day to join Rebecca's Thankful Thursday linkup, because I am stressing myself out, lately, and it's nice to remind myself of the things about which I should be happy.


+ Daddy care - While we wait to hear some news about what we'll be doing, I am able to go back to work as needed for at least the next month or so while Greg takes care of Ellie. One bonus is that it gives me an idea of what it's like to be away from her during the day. I feel okay about being away when I know it's Greg at home with her. I am still not ready for daycare if we have to go that route, but I'm glad for now I am able to work and Penelope is with someone she loves. She is 14 weeks and growing so fast, it's hard to believe.


+ Coworkers - My coworkers are awesome. It's been nice to come back to somewhere I feel so welcome. Coworkers can make all the difference. I used to love my old job and quit because the quality of people was making me overworked. My current job is very temporary but the folks are pretty lovely while I'm here.


+ Zillow - I am addicted to it and I'm glad there is something to show me what housing costs anywhere I want to check out. Penelope definitely needs more space than we have in our one bedroom apartment, so I have been browsing our dream homes (a yard?? what's a yard?).


+ Technology - I'm pretty sure I would have fallen asleep breastfeeding many times if it weren't for my iPhone. I reach for my Kindle sometimes, but at 3 AM, that tends to make me more sleepy.


+ Beautiful baby - She is the sweetest and smiliest and I want to hold her all the time. I love when she smiles at me when I come home or when she's peeking over Greg's shoulder at me while he's walking around. And I love when we play 'booty pats' on the changing table and she laughs.


Bonus picture of us trying to fit her in her little gangster hoodie and her looking at us like, "What are you doing to me?"


+ Chick-Fil-A - They almost always get my order right. And I always order a salad with no cheese, which is a little weird to them maybe. And a giant waffle fry. And a huge sweet tea. And zero chicken ever, but they don't complain.


Between working and night feeding/sleep deprivation and not knowing for sure when/where we'll be moving, I have been stressing like crazy. I would share more, but I don't know anything definite about our near future plans, so I'd rather wait. We are fine and good; I'm just obsessive and need to know a plan way ahead of time or I lose my mind. So, the waiting stinks. We will find out everything in time and I will try to be patient!

What I've Been Reading


That's basically how I get 90% of my reading done these days. I used to have a cat in my lap, and now it's a snuggly baby...and also cats.

I've read some really good books, lately, and I love finding tons more via this linkup. It's one of my favorite times of the month.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel - 4.5 stars
Received via NetGalley
I was crazy about this one and it was such a disturbing book. I couldn't put it down. I don't know how else to describe it except that it was weird and creepy, and you should read it and see what you think.
Strangers (Lucy Clayburn #1) by Paul Finch - 4 stars
Received via NetGalley
This thriller took me a bit to get into, but flew along once I did. It was set in the UK, which can sometimes throw me with police terms, but not at all this time. I'm interested to see where the series leads, since we got a pretty good backstory in this one.
Good Behavior by Blake Crouch - 4 stars
Received via NetGalley
I didn't realize when I started that it was a few short stories instead of a novel. It was a fast read and enjoyable. The character seemed a little inconsistent at times, but it was easy accept that and get into the quick little stories.
Market Street Cinema by Michele Machado - 3 stars
Received via NetGalley
I'm not sure what genre to qualify this as. Adult fiction but not sexy? It was a very short read and I felt kinda 'eh' about it, because I didn't identify with any of the characters and the story didn't grab me. I felt like the ending was a little too dramatic compared to the rest of the story.
I've heard about this series for a while and I'm glad I finally checked it out. I love the world and the relationships between the characters. There was a bit that was slow (hint: I hate journeys), but the rest was really good.
It's hard to pick which I enjoyed more between books 1 and 2, because they take place in totally different lands with almost all different characters. That said, I actually liked the fresh start and all the new characters of Fire. This one had a bit more of an emotional story and writing, although it didn't make me cry. Once I adjusted to all the new creatures and settings in this book, I loved it.

My top picks were The Roanoke Girls and the Graceling series - you should check them out if no others.

Life According to Steph
I'm linking up today with Steph and Jana today for Show Us Your Books. You can follow me here on Goodreads.