Lately

Anticipating: Natalie’s wedding on December 12th! We are busy planning, shopping, etc. I can hardly believe my little girl is getting married. They are young, but responsible and hard-working – they are both full-time college students and working part-time. They love each other fiercely, and put God first in all things. What more could a parent want? And, in much less important news, I’m anticipating the first Seahawks game tonight. :)

Feeling: Anxious. Health continues to be a struggle. Good news – I don’t need a CPAP, as the supplemental oxygen at nighttime has resolved those issues. But I’ve been having some other symptoms and pain and my doctor thinks I have spinal stenosis. He wanted to do an MRI, but my stupid insurance company won’t cover one without an X-ray and four sessions of physical therapy first, so we’re playing the waiting game. I’m really tired of being in pain. Also feeling very emotional and nostalgic over my kids growing up so quickly!

Reading: I just started A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and it’s really good so far. I’m also trying to get into The Brothers Karamazov. It’s been on my shelf for years and I decided I needed to just give it a try. I’ll give it a hundred pages or so, then see if I want to keep going. This is my first Dostoevsky, and I’m finding him not quite as engaging as Tolstoy – I loved Anna Karenina. I finally finished the Mortal Instruments series, and although book five annoyed me, book six ended the series really well. I also read Mind Games by Kiersten White, which was great, and listened to the sequel on audio – also good. Which brings me to…

Listening: I listened to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – the book is awesome, but I didn’t love the narrator. I’m currently listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, which is really good and full of 80s fangirl awesomeness, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is read by the amazing Jim Dale.

Watching: I finally finished the final season of Leverage on Netflix – one of my favorite shows of all time. The Last Ship has been entertaining again this summer, and the second season of Extant has been much better than the first. I also finished the first season of Luther – loved it! – and am starting The Fall. In movie-watching news, I FINALLY got the chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which the boys and I all adored, and Unbroken, which was good, but I missed the second half of the story.

Posting on Facebook: This was today’s post: “I’m sad that politics turns people who are usually kind and loving into people who seem to thrive on divisiveness. I’ve voted both sides of the aisle, and been disappointed in each candidate for various reasons. I’ve also lost friends because I voted for a party they don’t agree with. To my very conservative friends: every time you post something that likens food stamps to “feeding animals in the park,” you’re missing the fact that there are friends on your timeline who have been on – or may still be on – food stamps. Not because they are lazy or feel entitled, but because they’re working their butts off and still not making enough money to feed their family! Or because they’ve been unemployed for a year and then took the only job they could get and it only pays minimum wage. Republicans have become known as merciless toward the poor. Don’t believe the lies that food stamp fraud is rampant (latest statistics say less than 3%) or that illegal immigrants get food stamps – they don’t. If we are pro-life for the pre-born we must be pro-standard of living for the already born. And to my very liberal friends: every time you state that anyone who is pro-choice hates women, or insinuate that all Christians are science-hating, ignorant rednecks, you are insulting friends on your timeline who in other situations you laugh with and commiserate with and “send good thoughts” to. Our nation is more divided and hate-filled than ever, and it seems like Facebook only makes it worse. I don’t want to unfriend people, but I’m tired of feeling sad every time I scroll through my feed.”

Well, that’s really all that’s going on here at our house. Hope you’re all having a fantastic summer!

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Big news!

So, look what happened at the lake on Sunday:
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We are having a wedding on December 12th. Ack!

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Six in Six

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JoAnn at Lakeside Musing recently posted this meme (she got it from The Book Jotter) and I thought it would be a fun way to talk about the books I’ve been reading this year, especially since I’m not maintaining a list of books read in 2015 on my blog. I am keeping track on Goodreads, though – can’t completely give up obsessively tracking my reading stats. :) Let me know if you play along.

Six new-to-me authors:
Jessica Knoll
Michelle Hodkin
Graeme Simsion
Matthew Quick
Ayn Rand
Daniel Keys Moran

Six tried-and-true authors:
M.C. Beaton
Stephen King
Mira Grant
Gayle Forman
Maggie Stiefvater
C.S. Lewis

Six newer novels:
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Six books that took me by the hand and led me into the past:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Six books I was disappointed with:
Her by Harriet Lane
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Six books that I plan to read during the second half of 2015:
The Mask by Taylor Stevens
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye
Forever by Pete Hamill

Let me know if you play along!

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