Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I only have to cook one dish today for a trip to my brother's house. Then I'm cooking a nice dinner here tomorrow for some other family.

I wish everyone a great day, a great dinner and a great nap!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chapter Books

So I go into our handy neighborhood K-mart to buy a birthday gift for a coworker. After wandering around aimlessly for a while I settle on a nice candle set and then proceed to the important stuff - books. I don't shop at K-mart often and in the mad rush to put out Christmas items, they have moved the book aisle.

Since my husband is waiting patiently in the car I decide to save some time and ask where the books are so that I don't have to do another lap or two of the store. I find a nice helpful young man and ask, "Could you tell me where the paperback books are, please?" His response is a blank look and, "Explain that to me, please." Very politely I might add. I say, "You know, books. books that you read. Novels." The light bulb went on in his head and he replies, "OH, you mean chapter books," and points the way.

So the moral of this story is that if you are ever in K-mart and would like something to read, ask for the "chapter books" section, not the "paperback book section"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Book News and random stuff

I started Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss a couple of days ago. I haven't had much time to read but I am on chapter two so far. The first chapter was a little hard. I was reading during commercials of some show or other and wasn't devoting enough attention to detail in the book. But now I am thinking that I might be able to get into it. Maybe the slump is over. I sure hope so. This is the longest I have gone in a very long time without reading any books.

In other news, hubby took me out to our favorite Chinese Buffet last night. Great food, good company. It was a nice evening. Then we came home and watched Survivor and Grey's Anatomy. I fell asleep during Private Practice. I just can't stay awake past 9 but then I am up at 4 or 4:30. It is a vicious cycle. I hope to get over that this weekend as well.

It has been a long week at work and I am ready for the weekend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Looking forward to the weekend

This weekend promises to be sunny and 70. I can't wait. I have no plans except to maybe sit out on the deck and try to overcome my reading slump. Have a huge TBR pile, surely something will call out to me.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pizza on Tuesday

I love reality TV. Currently, I watch Amazing Race, Survivor, Biggest Loser and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Making the Team. I also watch Big Brother, American Idol, Can You Duet, Dance Your Ass Off and probably some others that I can't think of right now when they are on. Mostly my husband watches along with me. He doesn't really like most of the shows but he tolerates them. But he HATES!!! The Biggest Loser. He just doesn't like that show. It is on for two hours every Tuesday night and he can't stand it. BUT, he does love homemade pizza. It is his favorite thing that I make. So every Tuesday has become pizza night at our house. I guess you could call it a bribe. I make pizza, he sits through Biggest Loser. Well, usually he finds something else to do during the show like nap, play on the computer or mess around in the garage.

I just find it amusing that we sit around and stuff ourselves with pizza while watching a show about losing weight.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lovin' the time change (and the sun!)

Fall is normally my favorite season but after having 20 out of 31 days of October be dreary and rainy and dark, the time has changed and the sun has come back. I was having a hard time most of last month wanting to get up and go to work or do anything around the house for that matter. But since this weekend with the rain ending for a while, the time changing so I actually need my sunglasses to drive to work, (and did I mention the sun shining?) I have felt soooo much better.

I went grocery shopping early Sunday morning and proceeded to make a nice dinner that evening. (Don't ask how often I cook. With just hubby and I here we tend to eat out or fend for ourselves often.) Yesterday I jumped right out of bed and put some stew meat in the crock-pot. I had a wonderful day at work. Then I came home to do laundry and roll out some homemade noodles to make beef and noodles with the stew meat.

Today I only work a half day because of an appointment later and the sun is forecast to shine again. I am anticipating a beautiful day!

Here is a pic from earlier in the month that makes me smile. It is my grandson's first visit to the pumpkin patch. It is also his first birthday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Best Shot Monday

A self portrait, taken at Johnson Shut-Ins Park in Missouri. This was the best of several shots, even if it is a little crooked.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I don't think I have picked up a book in weeks. Well, that's not entirely true. I have picked them up. I have even read a couple of pages. Then I put them back down.

(The previous sentence was written on 10/09/09, then, I sent this post to my draft folder. The following is a continuation of that.)

OK, so I did read one book in October. It was The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham. I don't know if it was just a so-so book or a casualty of my reading slump. At least I did finish it.

In other news, I am still picking up books and putting them back down. It all started with Julie and Julia. I started reading it and I just really never got into it. I did get about halfway through and I just put it down and gave up for a while. Then I could just not get into anything else. I don't know if I need to go back and force myself to finish so I can enjoy reading again or just give up and let my desire to read come back naturally.

I have been reading some of the huge pile of magazines that I have. I am letting all subscriptions expire and then will only resubscribe if I get a really good deal on a magazine that I know I love.

Also, I think the DVR may have a detrimental effect on my reading as well. Now that I can automatically record every soap and reality show that I might like I spend a lot of time catching up. Maybe I need to cancel some shows from recording and spend that time doing something more productive.