Book Club: Our Next 6 Months/Books!

Our books have been selected and after a little bit of a lag we are off and running for the next 6 months! Books are being read in reverse publication order so people who want to reserve them at the library will hopefully have less of a wait list on the newer books. You can, as always, take a month or two off, but obviously I encourage everyone to read all the books. We have a really wide assortment in our selection so I’m hopeful that everyone will read at least one book that they love. (Amazon links are affiliate, but obviously feel free to buy or borrow the book however you please.) The list is also up on our Goodreads site, which is where all the discussion will take place! Dicussions will begin the last Monday of every month.

May – Kitchen Confidential (Updated edition-2007)

June- Middlesex (2007)

July- Cutting for Stone (2010)

August- Attachments (2012)

September- The Rosie Project (2013)

October- The House Girl (2013)

Post-Bunny Day

B and I spent this past weekend in Michigan with his parents and family- a good time was had by all. Despite a truly heinous drive from Chicago to Detroit, in which the baby cried the entire way we had nice weather and good company for the rest of the holiday. We tried to time our drive with bedtime, thinking G would sleep in the car, but she defied logic and stayed away until we were 5 minutes from our destination. Truly terrible fail.

G also suffered from a little time zone confusion so she and I didn’t make it to church on Sunday, which was disappointing but we decided not to wake the sleeping baby that went to bed five hours late on Friday night and then took an epic 3 hour nap on Saturday. The rest of the family made it, and then came back to see the just-woke-up baby-girl dive into her basket. We did manage to get her into her Easter duds to see B’s extended family and participate in the family egg hunt, during which G was delighted to collect eggs and play with the shiny packages inside. Mean Mom wouldn’t let her eat the candy though (she got a small amount of a chocolate egg and later this week we will let her nibble on her bunny from her Great Grandfather). She dug the Easter ham, was not a fan of the deviled eggs. Ah well, more for me.Easter1

 

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In a little side commentary, I will say that Easter dresses are hands down the hardest dresses in the world for me to plan. Easter in the Midwest can be enjoyed during a snow storm, dreary rain, or warm sun. I’d initially planned on buying a Boden sweater dress (complete with adorable spring animals) but then, realizing Easter was later in the year, grew wary it would be too warm. Likewise, a smocked bishop dress seemed to be erring on the side of too lightweight, and I hate to cover up smocking with a cardigan. Dear clothing manufacturers: long sleeved springy Easter dresses would sell like hotcakes, JUST SAYING. I instead opted for a simple cotton shift (Carter’s) and an adorable cardigan and ruffle bottom tights. Gracie proudly earned her first grass stained knee, but that is what childhood is about, am I right? At least for other holidays I can be fairly certain of the weather and plan accordingly.

Other weekend highlights: seeing good friends in Detroit (lunch with one, a quick evening beer and live music with another couple), spending time with family, watching Gracie play in grass, taking her to her first Coney Island (where she….threw her Coney on the floor, earning her a trip outside to discuss polite table manners) and nice walk down the street B grew up on, enjoying some sunshine and good company.

We had a much calmer trip home- the Easter basket Buckley Boo monkey was a total hit and kept her entertained for hours (as did copious amounts of cheddar bunnies). I was really glad I kept her basket simple- the Easter bunny is a fun childhood tradition but I don’t want it turn into Christmas 2.0, and I have fond memories of simple baskets growing up, putting more of an emphasis on church, family, egg hunts and Easter lunch. I’m already contemplating next year…and dying eggs!

 

Five on Friday: Easter Edition

Five on Friday: Easter Edition

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1. Did you have any fun Easter traditions growing up? My Mom has a beautiful set of traditional German Easter ornaments (wooden) and some gorgeous ceramic bunny rabbits that always graced our house around Easter. To this day I always linger over ceramic bunny rabbits at antique stores or furniture stores. Every year I say I’m going pick up a few from Pottery Barn after the holiday…but I never remember. One year it will happen!

2. Photos from last weekend’s egg hunt lead me to believe Gracie might end up with some strawberry blonde hair. It currently depends on the lighting- sometimes it reads more blonde, other times more brown. Time will tell!

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3. Lists give me an excuse of sharing photos of my child. A current photo…and Easter last year….

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4. Gracie’s Easter basket turned out quite nicely. The only thing I wish I had ordered/added is a Boo Boo Bunny.  This year she is using a simple little basket I got at Target, but once again I harbor dreams of ordering a personalized something from Pottery Barn after the holiday. Once again: time will tell. We can revist this topic next year and see how succesful I was.

5. One of my favorite parts of this weekend is the deviled eggs. I could, without blinking, take down a dozen deviled eggs easily. There is something so delicious about them. The ham is nice too, but the eggs…mmm.

Something’s Gotta Give

The main themes in my life are living, parenting, and working. These are my day in and day out. Lately though, as Gracie gets bigger and daycare pick up eats more time than our previous come-home-to-the-nanny-and-baby arrangement I’m feeling more pressed for time. It doesn’t help that work has been busier- my laptop comes out in the evenings far more often than it used to, just working to get things done, to meet deadlines, to submit drafts. Regardless, since the “living” and “parenting” come first, and the “working” is becoming a bigger load, other things are dropping by the wayside.

Some weeks it is dinners. We eat the easiest things possible, ordere pizza more than we should, eat Trader Joe’s frozen meals. Other weeks it is house keeping, the dust bunnies grow into dust horses, the clean laundry piles up unfolded. A housekeeper would help, but right now we are throwing more money at student loan payments than we’d like and I just can’t justify the added expense (right now). Some weeks I feel like a terrible Mom, exhausted 30 minutes before the baby goes to bed, not as engaged with the last little bit of playtime and snuggles as I should be. Lately it has been my organization. When we left for the Easter Egg hunt this past weekend I’d driven for 15 minutes before realizing I’d left the deviled eggs at home. I went out to run errands- the most important of which was to mail something- and came home with the envelope still in my purse. My husband has had to bring me my house keys at work, I’ve left work documents in the office or at home when I needed them in the other location. I’m feeling, in the words of Sandra Boynton, frazzled like a, um, frazzled thing.

I’m not the only busy person. In fact, I’ve seen a few news articles lately about how annoying everyone is when they talk about being busy. The fact is we are all busy, no one is special because their planner has too many items on a given day. We’ve grown accustomed to the go-go-go life, and as a result we are all pulled in a million different directions. I really miss some of the things I used to love though. My stack of magazines goes largely unread, it takes me a lot longer to finish a book. My closets are messier, my junk drawer is appalling, I can’t remember the last time I made a time-intensive dinner. (We used to eat risotto weekly). I miss the luxury of lazy mornings, movies in the evening, the time to plan something out.

I’m sure my answer will come. Work will slow down, the days will get longer. Gracie’s bedtime might move to 7:15 or 7:30, giving us a little more time together. I need to work on going to bed a little earlier- not wasting 40 minutes scrolling through nothing on my phone prior to closing my eyes- and prepping dinner ahead of time. Slowly a new balance will settle out, but in the meantime…if I forget my keys one more time…..

 

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