After BBAW [Show and Tell Sunday]

After BBAW [Show and Tell Sunday]

I’m winding down now after joining in the celebration of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. The timing was less than ideal for my participation–I tend to be especially busy at work mid-month, and that’s even more true during the winter and spring months when I’m doing audit prep–but I’m really glad I didn’t decide to opt out! In case you missed it, here’s what I posted: An Introduction to Me as a Reader An Interview with […]

[Show-and-Tell Sunday] When Randomness Rules

[Show-and-Tell Sunday] When Randomness Rules

My husband took this picture of his car thermometer when he arrived at work this past Tuesday. The effects of a chilly, rainy weekend were lingering here in Southern California. Yesterday morning I walked the dog in sunshine and warm breezes. The high temperature was forecast to top 70°, and today and tomorrow are supposed to be even warmer. If I could pack this up and send it off to share with those of you buried […]

Damage Control; Or, 5 Things I Tried This Week

Damage Control; Or, 5 Things I Tried This Week

“I am this close to burnout,” I said to Paul as we were driving back home from his mother’s house last Monday. We were just 18 days into 2016–the mythical “Blue Monday”–but between parenting both our parents since Thanksgiving (one way or another) while observing the holidays with our kids and trying not to let our work go undone, I’ve been feeling a bit crisp around the edges. This week, I tried a few things that […]

Show-and-Tell Sunday: Notes From Elsewhere

Show-and-Tell Sunday: Notes From Elsewhere

I’m showing and telling today from my mother-in-law’s home in Oceanside, California (north of San Diego), which we were able to return her to this weekend! We’re staying here till tomorrow to help her settle back in and make arrangements for her to have some assistance during the next few weeks as her broken ribs continue to heal. Minor accomplishments: 4 things I did this week Finished reading a book! Set up review draft templates […]

2015: The Year in Books (And a Few Numbers)

2015: The Year in Books (And a Few Numbers)

  2015 was not one of the more distinguished years of my reading life, so it seems rather fitting that it’s the year I stepped away from assigning ratings to the books I wrote about. Partly because of that, and partly because the books that stood out and stuck with me did so for random reasons, I’m taking a different approach to my year-end book roundup. And since I wasn’t entirely sure I would do […]

Show-and-Tell Sunday: Rocky New Year

Show-and-Tell Sunday: Rocky New Year

  This post’s featured image my first Tweet and Instagram update of 2016. Other than my One Word, it’s the only goal of any kind I have as this new year gets underway. I’m a bit too preoccupied to do much more right now. As some of you may already know, my mother-in-law fell and cracked three ribs while visiting us on Christmas Eve, and was admitted to the hospital on the day after Christmas […]

Show-and-Tell Sunday: So This Was Christmas

Show-and-Tell Sunday: So This Was Christmas

   5 things I did during my Christmas break Completed transitioning the blog from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress…and if this your first time seeing the new place, welcome! Ate (probably too much) yummy food, including some that I cooked myself Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice in two days (and am probably not done yet) Spent five days of once-a-year time–most of it quality–with my son Hosted a three-generation houseful on Christmas Day   […]