Friday, February 26, 2016

Monthly Recap vol. 30 with Funny Things They Say and Links ~ February 2016

I hope you have all had a happy, satisfying February and a fruitful Lent thus far!  I have to be honest and say Lent has been hard for me this year.  My parents shared with me what they gave up, and it was refreshing to hear that despite struggles, they were both sticking with it.  I've tried giving up all dairy, but so far I have been failing miserably. However, sugar and caffeine are tasting horrible to me right now, and I'm staying as far away from Social Media as I can on the weekends, so it's plenty penitential around here. #socialmediafreeweekends is a thing, though. haha.;)

See that green-tinted screened in back porch? I would actually rather slap on some grey paint and close it in and make it into a homeschool room for homeschool pre-school... but alas, that probably isn't going to happen any time soon.;) We had a homeschool room in our house in Hyattsville when we lived inDC.

We got a fire pit (not pictured). It adds to the clutter and the culture of our backyard. So... mostly good stuff. ;) You know, I've been thinking that it seems that many of the homes in our neighborhood have these perfect, pristine porches, but from my experience of several years of living near them, they go untouched and unused. Sure our backyard is cluttered, but believe me, it is heavily used and busily enjoyed! 

Anyway, onto the monthly recap.


The Cast of "Fuller House" on Jimmy Fallon (having a heart-to-heart with "Donald Trump")

L.O.L. is all I have to say about this.

Tips for Reading More This Year @ Carrots for Michaelmas

I'm assuming you've subscribed to this blog by now, and you've already done yourself the favor of reading this post, but if not, now is the time!

Have you seen this blog? I found it by googling "essential oil recipes" and for good reason, her's was one of the top hits for this search. She seems so talented, and her blog is no exception! It is a new one to me, but it is certainly on my radar now. Also, this instagram account.

No, Pope Francis Doesn't Believe Contraception Will Save Us @ Mama Needs Coffee

So. good!

Funny Things They Say:

"Mommy, these jeans are making me feel like... my bottom has jeans on it."-Madeleine

Madeleine: What's that movie called.... where the girls sing Sisters? And then the boys sing Sisters and the boys say 'He wore the dress and I stayed home'?
Me: (stifling my giggle) White Christmas?
Madeleine: Yeah.  Oh. {Singing} 'He wore the dress and I stayed home.' What's it called again Mommy? (Looking at me very seriously).... Weird Christmas?


Reading this in the carline on my kindle for iPhone and it is great.

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
I think this might be the best book I've read in years. No lie. I loved it and savored the beautiful sentences on every page. As far as memoirs go, I'll be recommending this one for a while.
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
This was a really fun read with delightful prose. Her descriptions of food make even the boring parts of this novel accessible.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I haven't fallen hard for this Hemingway-esque book about WWII, like most of the world; upon reading, I actually found it wasn't quite what I expected. Because it is dry and full of detail, I'm thinking this might be right up my husband's alley. However, it has just enough beautiful sentences and whimsy to keep me reading and jotting down notes along the way. I love the short chapters, and I know it is good for me to be reading. And really, what a smart and unique way to write a book.
The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle
This is an adult spy novel by one of my favorite authors,written in 1965.  I devoured it and by that I mean, read it. It is so good! I say that, but I am not quite finished... that's the few days left in Feb. are for. ;)
Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
This somewhat esoteric book was right up my alley. I can think of several people to recommend it to. I'm honestly very thankful they took the time to write this memoir of their conversion to the Catholic faith. He mentions that some of his students referred to him as "Luther in reverse," and boy, I think that might be true! ;) It reminded me, at times, of our own conversion to the Catholic faith. Scott Hahn is a special person, to be sure! (I am shocked at what a worldwide impact his "Tape" of their/his conversion has had!) Definitely read this, or at least put it on your to-read shelf.
The girls are really getting good at reading. Molly is reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (and about 3-4 other books), but she is really busy this semester with Ballet, Piano, and Art Lessons. They have reading time so she keeps a couple of chapter books that she is working on at school and she has a few at home. My dream came true this week, and Frances read a whole Dr. Seuss book to me (One Fish Two Fish).

Watching and Listening to :

 Brandi Carlile
Audiobooks: Frog and Toad, Amelia Bedelia, The Berenstain Bears (available on amazon and the books have been in rotation at Barnes and Noble recently. ;)
The Read Good Books Podcast with Sarah Mackenzie
Did you know that many World-Famous Broadway plays are on Youtube, in their entirety? I'm interested in Wicked, Rent, and Hairspray. There are too many to pick from! ;)

recipe here~ and I know, it's not paleo, hildegard, or lenten! ;)


About this little story. Early in Feb, I went into the fabric store to buy felt to make my reusable Valentine's.  A woman who looked to be in her early eighties, wearing a sweatshirt that said "Genuine Antique" and white hair, came up to me and started talking to baby Annabel (which happens a  lot).  She starts in: "Oh she is so cute." And then she starts judging me right and left: "Make sure you get plenty to eat. Is your Mommy keeping you warm enough? Look at her- she likes it when I talk to her!" Inside, I was thinking, LADY. Please just be nice. For the love. I have five kids and I'm no idiot. (And I wanted to tell her to look in a mirror; she really was rather unattractive, as if her "beauty is as beauty does" was applying in the reverse). 

And then, you know, I started thinking. I realized that yes, this lady is older than me. She is my elder. If she wants to give me pointers or tips, I should let her. Perhaps she is insecure herself. Perhaps the Lord made us cross paths for a reason. "Honor your father and mother... so that it may go well with you and you can live long in the land your mother and father have given you."  That is so hard for me to remember. When I had my first, I was constantly blowing people off, assuming them rude and judgmental. Now I have a different perspective. And wouldn't you know, as I was leaving, the lady told me, "I have 10 grandkids!" Well, there you go. You just never know. (She could have been a little nicer, though).

more books!
I've knocked off four of the books on my list, that I mentioned in this post: Books I'm Excited About Reading in the New Year! ;) So judging from that post, I think Bel Canto should go in my queue soon. ;)
Also if you are local, you've got to try Sitar for Indian food. It's my fave right now for take-out.;)

adding my link to 7QT at This Ain't the Lyceum


October Rose said...

That is so funny that All the Light We Cannot See struck you as Hemingway-esque. It did not feel that way to me at all!!!

I haven't read Arm of the Starfish but it's on my list. :) The only fiction of L'Engle's I've read so far have been Wrinkle in Time and sequels.

Tacy said...

Really? How did it strike you?