February 14, 2015

Cupid approved





Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  

I'll be hangin' with my family over these next few days seeing as Champ and Bear have winter break from school- waahoo!!!!  I'll meet up with you again in a bit.

Marriage is like a game of chess except the board is flowing water, the pieces are made of smoke, and no move you make will have any effect on the outcome.     - Jerry Seinfeld




Love and pink frosted cupcakes and a few conversation hearts too,

February 13, 2015

Moments with Books










Whooo-eeee, I'm excited to get this blog series up and running!  It will be fabulous to share some of my reads with you, and to hear input on books you've read, but you know what I'm also thrilled about?  To get all these saved files and photos off my computer!  This has been a long time coming, but even as I was prepping bits for the blog I was still reading (of course!).  And so more books are coming in, and more notes are being kept and....  see?  A bookish cycle; one that I'm glad to have you joining me on.

As for that rating scale, admittedly it's a bit of a gag.  For the most part I don't plan on rating every book, but if the opportunity presents itself I'll refer to it.  Champ's face?  Perfect!  I told him to "think about books" when I snapped it.*




VITALS: "Bossypants" by Tina Fey.  A memoir-ish book.
HOW WE MET: I always seek her out: SNL, "30 Rock", movies, commercials... you name it.
A MOMENT'S SUMMARY: true to form, this is a rib-achingly funny, poignant read.  The book's broken into topics spanning from her childhood, to her beginnings in improv, to motherhood and beyond.
HEAD AND HEART: her section on "Working Moms" vs "Teat Nazis" vs "Adoptive Moms" knocked on both for me.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Don Fey (her father)
FOR MY QUOTEBOARDS: "I've learned a lot over the past 10 years about what it means to be the boss of people.  In most cases, being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way."



VITALS: "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbra Kingsolver.  Told through 5 individual narratives all wound together on a timeline.
HOW WE MET: I've liked other books by Kingsolver, so I picked this up when I saw it at the library.  KABOOM.  Now it's my most favorite work by her.
A MOMENT'S SUMMARY: Nathan Price is an evangelical Baptist preacher on a mission in the 1959 Belgian Congo; a dicey time to be there as Congo begins it's fight for independence.  Price is hard-nosed and unflinching to his family's plight, told through the voices of his wife and four daughters.  These narratives bring attention to the daily hardships- and occasional joys- living in the jungle brings.
HEAD AND HEART: the writing is gritty and poetic, with each female voice ringing true to her soul.  No one writes prose quite like Kingsolver.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: the reveal of how the novel got it's name.  Brilliant.  
FOR MY QUOTEBOARDS: "She wiped the tears off both sides of her face with the back of her left hand, leaving dark lines of soil against her cheekbones.  To live is to be marked, she said without speaking.  To live is to change, to die one hundred deaths.  I am a mother.  You aren't, he wasn't."

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Isn't this fun? I could go on and on, but my time here has come to and end for today.  Be back with more books soon.

AS FOR YOU: Have you decided some of these books are worth the read, or not?  Got an insider scoop on one of these selections?Carry on the discussion in the comments- using the rating scale is optional ;)

* for the record, Champ kinda sorta likes *some* books and is even occasionally spotted at bedtime with one in his hands.

February 10, 2015

Whooooo won the giveaway?




Sorry, it just so happens that a barred owl has been camped out in our backyard these past 2 days and I couldn't resist the pun. Ahem, the winner of "The Fire Cat" giveaway is...

Elizabeth! who commented: I can't remember where I read this book but it is lovely! :) I did not know it was part of a series.

Thanks you to all who entered, and to Random.org for picking the winner.  Elizabeth, let me know the address where you would like this fabulous book to be sent.
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I've gotta tell you more about that owl because it is such a mighty thing in our lives right now.  Even here in the woods, owl sightings are a rare treat-owls regularly hunting (sleeping?!) in our yard even rarer!  This owl is beautiful! Along with large, and majestic, and meditative too.  In that, it causes us to just sit and look out our windows at it for decent spreads of time.  We had snow falling all day long yesterday and all day long it sat in the tree; blinking snow out of it's eyes occasionally, but for the most part seeming to thoroughly be enjoying each moment.



















February 09, 2015

Moments with Mutts: snow toss






Because of my dogs, I'm committed to finding animal inspiration in the day to day moments.  What animals inspire you? Share your stories and links in the comments!   
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THE LINKS:
A big serving of alligator with a Super Bowl side
this kind of dog love story gets me every time
Mary Oliver was in my radio yesterday!!!!!!!!!
wanna hear a "Jenny Cat" story? (don't forget to enter my giveaway!)


THE DOGS:

















In recent years, Trot has decided that he is not as big a fan of winter as he once was.  The only way I can get him to change his mind on the matter is by throwing his beloved ball.  In the snow.  In icy temperatures.  For about ten minutes before he decides the whole gig is up.  So this week is dedicated to him, and the brief photo documentation that indeed proves he stepped foot in snow this winter.  Good boy.




February 07, 2015

{52 Snapshots of Life}:Week 6 Create



Remember last week when I encouraged you to go check out "The Lazy Pitbull?"  Yeah well, I said that with good reason!  It's a charm of a pet blog with two features I particularly love.  The first is a weekly "Adopt-A-Bull" post- brilliant!  The second, "52 Snapshots of Life", is a weekly themed photo challenge open to all.

This week's theme is "Create".  Perfect!  Know why?  This week Bear brought home something he created for Huckle.  










Just for Huckle (Trot understood).  A pottery dog bowl he made in school.  Lovingly stamped with "HKL" and painted green: the color Bear thinks everyone loves as much as he does.  He's been talking about it for a while now, and this Friday the bowl was excitedly placed in Huckle's paws.  Huck is especially delighted in thinking that he now gets 2 meals back to back since his new (slightly smaller than the previous one) bowl is filled twice during a feeding time.  Good times for both him, and the boy who lovingly fills said bowl at breakfast and dinner.

It is all a bit precious, actually.  


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Hey! Don't forget to enter the giveaway- you have until Tuesday.  Good luck and happy weekending!


 
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