March was a great month. I turned 33, and it was quite the liturgical fanfare over here! With St. Patrick's, the end of Lent and the Triduum and Easter coming up right around the corner, we've certainly stayed busy! I'm thankful for all of it.
English Rose tearoom, with a truly clever gent, for my birthday ;) He spoiled me rotten! How I love that guy.
We're going out of town (Spring Break FTW), so Imma just leave this little thing riiiiight here, even though sadly, the party at the Lyceum isn't happening today. Will link up there next week when Kelly is back from her break! ;)
I love reading and I actually read seven and a half books this month! That is more than usual for me, so I am quite proud and I expect a pat on the back! ;)
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
This was a good pick. It was a kick in the pants and a reminder to focus on what matters in work and life. I became much more self-aware about the lack of organization in my blog, and I want you to know, dear reader, that I am working on it. I appreciated his take on work-ethic. ;)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
After seeing the movie with my older sister Kira a few years ago (when it came out on video), I was eager to read this book by Gaiman. Short, satisfying, and really well-written, the creepiness is tame but the takeaway is decent. This would be a good place to start with Gaiman. (I've also read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also fantastic.)
Let me sew on your buttons eyes, said her Other Mother.
Until Lily by Sherry Boas
I love it when a book lives up to your high expectations. I was so curious to learn how a child with Down Syndrome can transform a person's heart in specific, practical ways. This book lived up to that fascination! If you're interested, remember it is the first in a series of four, I believe.;)
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
This absorbing novel, set in the Pacific Northwest, was the epic, enjoyable escape I was hoping for. Not only was it 491 pages, I can safely say I enjoyed every last one of 'em. I was also happily surprised by how edifying it was. I hate to tell you much lest I give it away, but let's just say this: put Kristin Hannah on your to-read list!
Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
I read this on my iPad. I was laughing out loud whenever he rolled out a bunch of made-up British city names. He's really good at mocking the British without ever being too offensive. Underlying his humor is a deep respect for their kindness and their culture. He really knows his stuff; (I believe) his wife is British. Good thing for us, Bryson knows the world of England inside and out. Well done (if longish).
Walkable City by Jeff Speck
I found this a bit dry, but the dullness wore off when I realized how strongly I agree with Jeff Speck. Growing up my parents were huge travelers. I've been to lots of cities, and to hear him analyze the categorically Walkable City vs. categorically Not Really made a ton of sense to me. I really hear him on this, and I think our overall health as Americans totally depends on how walkable our city is!!! ;)
Finding True Happiness by Fulton Sheen
Now here's a good devotional!
This is a Good Story About Growing Up Evangelical by Laura Turner
This is the Story I Have to Tell You @ Mothering Spirit
To the Strangers in Whole Foods Who Surrounded Me After My Father Committed Suicide @ The
Hillary Clinton ~ Going out of her way to defend Planned Parenthood.
Poe's Influence on Modern and American Literature~ short but interesting, with some quality links.
I gave my foodie website a little facelift: see it here. I just added this recipe for banana bread, and most recently, a recipe for spicy tilapia. I am super, super excited about the new look, so go check it out! ;)
Funny Things They Say:
(mainly just cute)
My Mom: Do you want quesadillas for lunch?
Madeleine: Maybe... not?
Anders: The spoon is talking.
Me: What is it saying?
Anders: No.....(long pause)It is saying Poopy.
Anders: Old McDonald's had a farm... EIEI-O
And on that farm he had a ..... poopy....
(after giving Annabel her first taste of rice cereal)
Madeleine: Do you think we can give Annabel some mushy rice again for dinner?!
I've been enjoying the revival/continuation of Full House-- AKA Fuller House-- on Netflix. What a CLASSIC show. Hysterical and happy all rolled into one.
I've also been enjoying Fixer Upper, The Trip to Italy, and Mary Poppins with the kids. Looking into buying this for my ear(buds).
My cousin Solvi came from Norway to visit. Here she is on the TN river, standing in the middle, with my Mom (to her Left) and my Mom's three sisters Marnie, Meredith, and Sally (L to R). She is so kind, and I remember her from a previous visit, so it was fun to get to know her a little more. My Mom went to visit her in Norway when she was a little girl, and she has a picture, and said she still remembers the purple barrette my Mom gave her!
While she was here, a dog fell in the River, and he had his paws on a log, but couldn't quick climb up or out of the rushing current. After my Aunt Meredith and I called and called and offered him bits of food to no avail, my Mom called the friendly neighbor man to crawl into the thigh-high water and carry the dog out to safety. (He was a very large brown lab). We thought of getting into a boat to try to get him out; it was just far enough out in the water that we didn't think we could carry him out ourselves. The man fell and soaked his shirt as he carried the dog to shore, and then promptly informed us of his name (River), and our kids got the biggest kick out of that. "River fell in the River!" They kept saying. Apparently he belonged to some other neighbors further up the river. Poor dog! I'm so glad someone was willing to rescue him! ;)
We made these salt dough shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day, and they are so easy!
2 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 c. water
green food coloring (optional)
green acrylic paint
Simply combine flour, salt, and water. Stir to combine. Incorporate green food coloring throughout. Shape into shamrocks.
Bake on 210* for 2-3 hours.
When cool, paint with acrylics and decorate, using a sharpie, with the words GOD: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and polka dots to cover the entire shamrock.
adding my link to This Ain't the Lyceum
What are you into? ;)