Monday, January 30, 2017

Monthly Recap vol. 41~ January 2017


I was a good, albeit chaotic January. We finally got a little snow, which was fun. The kids went sledding at the grandparents' house, and I took the baby for a snowy walk and snapped some pictures. We honestly spent most of the day drinking hot cocoa and virgin wassail cider, playing and enjoying the taste of whipped cream.  The kids ended the day with popsicles, which I still can't explain or understand. ๐Ÿ˜‚Anyway, we had a good kick off to a new year, and I'm thankful for my family.
Snowy walk!

Annabel getting spoiled by Grandma :-)

We found out what we're having. Another boy! I was so surprised. I have only had time to be shocked and surprised that I'm even pregnant at all. I think since the ultrasound I have accepted it and I'm feeling- to be honest- relieved and much more excited about this baby coming. Another boy ... Anders will have a brother now. #thankyouGod #nothingifnothonest


I already knocked out two books from this list. I got lucky with Kindle deals this month, so I saved a lot of money that way. :0)

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

Hmm... what do I even say?  from sleeping with her husband on their first date, a mention of cheating on him (if I understood that passing reference correctly), to self-absorbed whining, I pretty much just couldn't wait to be done with this book. I often do not find reviews on Goodreads ... that I completely agree with... but besides a tiny shred of resentment, I couldn't agree more with everything Juliette had to say about this book: Read her review on Goodreads here. #whatdoievensay

A Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I had mixed feelings about this book. It was on the one hand, really well written, and easy to read. On the other hand, it was rather depressing at moments and I would be doing ya'll a disservice if I didn't tell you that. ;)  That being said, I think it's worth a read. He articulates the truth of the South/hillbilly culture almost perfectly. His own story is hopeful in its own right.  He has a lot to say about upward mobility and how hard it is for many trapped in this particular brand of Southern culture. ;)

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

{this review contains one slight spoiler}
This book... what to say, what to say?  Mixed feelings for sure.  My main quibble is that Jacqueline Woodson's tone comes through and she sounds really lost to me. She was raised Jehovah's Witness and the book portrays an Islamic family with a main character that ends up lesbian.  While she is able to tackle issues of racism and has a gift with storytelling, I felt she could have done more with the characters and it left me feeling sad and slightly disappointed.

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

I loved this book. Ruth Reichl is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors. I was eagerly looking into all of her other books after reading this fascinating memoir. Her journey with food and her personal stories from life intrigued and inspired me. Her writing is absolutely top-notch, especially for a memoir! If you consider yourself a foodie do yourself a favor and check out Ruth Reichl:0)

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

I wanted to like this book, but it struck me as another shallow not self-deprecating enough memoir intended to incite me to jealousy/make me wonder where the brain was amidst all of this "heart!"If this resonates with you:
"If anything, I was thinking bartending, or at least waitressing. Good money, tons of laughs, guys everywhere."
then you'll love it! ;-)
I tried several times to get into it, and after wading in three times, I was done. {abandoned book}

~Funny Things They Say~

Me: Anders, there is a baby in my tummy. It's a boy! You're going to have a brother...
Anders: (Looking at my tummy in shock) Is it in your mouth?!
(He says this every time we talk about the baby... I guess he thinks/assumed I swallowed it... he's working it all out I guess.... but he is excited๐Ÿ˜†)

Me: (Annabel was jumping on the bed and Molly caught her just as she was about to fall off) That scared the tar out of me!
Molly: You don't have any tar in you!

Madeleine: {looking at pictures in a book about Easter} Jesus died on the cross, and someday he will come back and rise again.
Me: He already rose from the dead!
Madeleine: Did he rose in Chattanooga?

Annabel, say Yo-Yo...
Annabel: Ro Ro!

Anders, can you make a word?
Anders (spelling with his letters) P-I-S-D-O-F-F

Madeleine: I like the Snow White witch's hair but I don't like her. (sooooo Madeleine) ๐Ÿ˜‚


I discovered a new-to-me podcast this month that I'm really enjoying. It is called "Sounds From the Trail," and it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. (And I guess others...) So far they have had interviews with people who are in the midst of hiking, are almost to completion, and those who have already completed a thru-hike. The host "Gizmo" is great and I love it when I find a podcast that I immediately want to listen to all of the backlog of podcast episodes.  It is inspiring and very interesting to say the least! Worth checking it out for sure! ;-)

And... that's it! I haven't really made time for Netflix this month at all. ๐Ÿ˜•

Every year at this time, I make a Spotify playlist for the New Year. I've been enjoying some old standbys, and also a little bit of new music. I found some really good stuff. I promise that if you click over to Spotify to give it a listen, you will not say sorry. You will like it. You like it....

1. Mountain Dew by The Clancy Brothers

Fun. ;-)

2. Saint Mary's by The Chieftains

Because sometimes you just have to get up and dance while you make dinner.

3.  King of Yesterday by Jude

Reminds me of high school and all that jazz. Such a good song. 

4. Ohio by Over the Rhine

I went to see this band live (ok, multiple times), and I was smitten. Every album I've bought by them makes it into constant rotation with no regrets. One of my favorite albums of theirs and this is the title track. ๐Ÿ˜

5. Publish My Love by Rogue Wave

Mmmm.. Rogue Wave. Such a good band that reminds me of riding with friends in cars in Florida, on a visit right after college. Fun, carefree, & cool... ๐Ÿ˜Ž

6. All That And More by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

I heard this band on the radio, and honestly I thought, "That's a ridiculous name and I won't listen to this band," ... and then I heard this song. I ๐Ÿ’›.

7. I Will by Alison Krauss

This cover of a Beatles song is *so so good.* ๐ŸŽต

8. Better Together by Jack Johnson

Every dreary day needs a little Jack Johnson to cheer it up. This could be a parenting theme song. It is probably more likely my baby's theme song. (could refer to the baby in utero or Annabel, really) haha! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ˜˜

9. Over You by Echo and the Bunnymen

This band has a nice Morrissey - The Cure throwback feel.

10. She's Losing It by Belle and Sebastian

I discovered this band in high school and then I rediscovered them in college, and I loved their music so much. One of my favorite songs by them. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

11. Time Will Tell by Gregory Alan Isakov

I found this song through song-matching on Spotify, and it is such a good way to go out. SUCH a good song.  ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜•


I finally saw La La Land.  It's about a girl in L.A. who is trying to make it as an actress, when she meets this handsome guy who can play the piano like nobody's business. From there, things turn a bit magical, and I almost felt like I had died and gone to Heaven. The music, dancing, storyline, and overall effect really were that good. I find the Ryan Gosling fanaticism a little bit nauseating and his acting in this movie seemed to mimic the acting of the past. His dancing and other skills, however- namely doing all of his own jazz piano playing, though - wow. That redeemed it. I think you should see it for sure.
who says reading isn't good exercise?! ;-)

~Kids Are Reading~

The Cricket in Times Square by Garth Williams

Stephen read this out loud to the kids earlier in the month. His sweet Mom gave it to him/them as a Christmas present. ;-)

The Chime Travelers Series by Lisa Hendey

Molly has been picking these up. She has the one on St. Patrick and I think one other....

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

We are alternating between me reading this out loud to Frances, and Molly reading it to herself. ;-)

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Molly got this as a birthday present, and she read it in a day (it's a short-ish chapter book). She loved it!

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Molly reads for 30 minutes a night as a part of her homework, and she just picked this one up! ;-)

A million and twenty-two read alouds.... they are LOVING Eric Carle right now, especially this book and also of note: Katie and the... books are a big hit at our house. Stephen bought Katie and the British Artists a few years back, and he has been adding to that collection over time! We used to see some of the featured paintings (especially Impressionists!) on our visits to the National Museum of Art when we lived in D.C.! If you want to teach your kids about art, I highly recommend these books (book series) by James Mayhew.
nailed it. ;-)



I have a lot of links this month, because, January. I hope you take a minute to read them, and check them out! ;-) Bored? Read! I think I've found some good ones. Not all same-same, not too homogenous you know?!

New year, same marching orders @ Humble Handmaid

I love her tips, especially the one about Facebook! #icanrelate #facebooksucksyourlifeaway

A Letter I Wrote For Your Sake @ Emily P. Freeman's chatting at the sky ;)

This is great, and it is such a good reminder if you've been blogging for very long at all!

Wow... just wow. (no exaggeration!) This particular coverage is excellent. ;-)

How to Set an Evening Routine @ Keri Lynn Snyder

We all get (too) busy sometimes. I love these tips, especially the one about the phone. ;)

Watch Ashley Judd's biting speech on Trump #fraud #misogyny 

"Jesus Isn't Shaping My Anything" @ The Christian Post

I love John Legend, but honestly, his wife sounds like a nightmare. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Once again, I wish I had the comprehensive and fair (read: not one-sided) view/understanding of politics, a la Simcha. She really does an excellent job putting into words my feelings, without condescension (...ahem) time and time again. If you want to understand me better, or if you want to know my heart and what I'm aspiring to, read several of her recent posts. ;-) They are all really good and they leave me searching, which is something I think we all need. Nuance. #tryit #andyoulllikeit Someday I hope to understand and articulate politics as well as her. For now, I'll just keep linking to her website. ;-) ;-)

Jim Gaffigan's tweet on the day of the Women's March๐Ÿ˜‚ Check out my Twitter feed and recent happenings and all of my hilarious retweets over there by clicking here And without sounding pushy (I hope!!!), friends, don't forget to follow me over there!! ;-)

Linking up here and here


Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice said...

I'm off to see La La Land tomorrow and am so excited! I hear nothing but good things. I enjoyed your music list too and will have to add a few new names to my Spotify list. I'm a huge Over the Rhine fan too. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

I looove Ruth Reichl. I love everything she's written.

Tacy said...

@ Lindsay Aweomse! I love it when I find other OTR snobs! ;-)

Michele Morin said...

I'm very thankful for my youngest son, without whom your funny picture about the Weasleys would have been completely lost on me. And intend to read Hillbilly Elegy at some point, so thanks for the input on it!

Kendra @ said...

Congrats on baby boy #2! And I loved reading the funny things your kids have said, so funny, and what a great idea to record them on your blog where others get to enjoy their humor too! I keep hearing that Hillbilly Elegy is a book I *need* to read but I'm not sure I want to. I appreciated your review.