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Everything posted by hopeistheword

  1. I don't think anyone has mentioned my personal favorite yet, Gary D. Schmidt. The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now are so very good! I'd definitely consider them clean reads, though they do tackle difficult issues. Also, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner might be a good choice.
  2. Yes to all of this! And I must add that if you haven't read anything by Richard Peck, he's a must-read. His historical fiction is hilarious AND heart-warming.
  3. My 14 yo dd is re-reading these for old time's sake, so I'd say that's a definite mark of approval.
  4. Those Boden dresses are 😍. How's the fit? I'm a definite pear shape so often what looks great on an evenly proportioned model looks not so great on me. Fitted above the waist works pretty well for me if the sizing is accurate. My problem is that often to get something that fits below the waist, the bodice, arms, and (especially) the shoulders of the dress are way too big on me--sack like, even.
  5. Hi, all! I disappeared last week because life got pretty hectic. Also, I need to reevaluate how I spend my time (meaning my time online, which has been too mich lately). Anyway, here I am, for the moment. 😝 Today: coffee/read/pray school planning grade papers get myself and boys ready get girls up take my mom to PT do some lessons with boys in waiting room home for lunch finish boys’ school touch base with girls finish prepping CC class make sure ds8 is ready for soccer and figure out transportation CC class home to prep co op
  6. Oh my STARS! I just deleted my own long post. 😵 Let me start again. Ahem. This week I finished Digital Minimalism in audiobook and blogged about it. I loved it! It will in all likelihood be one of my Best of 2019 books. I'm currently reading: The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall aloud to my boys--this is the first Penderwicks book in the series I haven't read and I am enjoying it! The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri--on my phone/Kindle app. This is so good! I usually read it while I'm standing around waiting or while I'm drying my hair. Does anybody else do this? A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson--continuing and trying to blog as I go, which slows me down The Chosen by Chaim Potok--for dd14's school (re-read for me) Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston --for dd13's school News of the World by Paulette Jiles--I went looking for an audiobook after finishing Digital Minimalism and found this one languishing in my Audible folder. Engrossing! I'm making a real effort to stay off the internet (thank you, Digital Minimalism 🤣) , so it might be next weekend before I'm here again. Have a great week, everybody!
  7. I don't know what to expect anymore. I did vote for 4 yr degree because I hold education in high esteem and higher learning means something to me. I have a B.S. Ed. and 1.5 master's degrees. My dh has a bachelor's, master's, and a specialist degree (between master's and doctorate). All four of my children, it seems to me, are academically capable of achieving at least a four year degree (though it may be too soon to tell about my youngest, but he appears to be developing normally with no learning challenges except for being the family pet LOL). However. Lately, I've been thinking about how it would be okay, maybe even preferable at this point to me, if I (and maybe more pointedly, my dh, since he's the family breadwinner) had a "regular" job instead of a "career" and could do the job, come home, and not think about it again until the next shift. His job is not like that at all, and neither have most of the jobs I've had. (We are both educators in some capacity or other.) I suspect a big part of this is that my time and relationships mean more to me than anything, so the idea of more money that I have to trade hours of my life for really isn't appealing. My dad was a blue collar worker my entire life, and I see a certain benefit to the type of job he had. It was physically demanding, but when he was off, he was really off. He made a decent living. I don't know. It's something to think about, for sure.
  8. Because I finished Digital Minimalism last night and am trying to actually practice some of what I read, I haven't been hanging out online in the past day or two (plus, Thursdays are the day LIFE catches up with me!) However, I just had to come over and share this old interview with Wendell Berry, appropriately placed after Negin's link above. Enjoy! I hope it gives you all the chuckle it gave me. (Hat-tip to Sarah Clarkson's newsletter for the link.) I'll be back on Saturday to catch up! 🙂
  9. I’m pretty sure I’m the poster child for mental load overwhelm, so I have nothing to contribute but I am most definitely all ears. (I miss the big ear emoji!)
  10. I’m probably not even qualified to post in this thread because of my location (Deep South), but I was pretty excited about these blooms yesterday! We’ve had lots and lots and lots of rain.
  11. We have a really long kitchen/dining room that are open (and we just reconfigured the cabinetry to make it truly one long room) and I love it. Other than that, ours is a completely traditional ranch style home. I prefer walls!
  12. Also lunch and a bit of kitchen tidying. No nap. 😴
  13. Thanks for the well wishes! She’s recovering well and should go home today. Your method for putting titles in Goodreads is exactly what I do, down to the exact same reasons. Also, the “cascading effect” of having one book you’re trying to finish happens to me, too! However, one problem I have (which is probably just my own issue in grasping the technology) is what to do with a book (how to mark a book) on Goodreads if I decide not to finish it. 🤔. It seems to me that there is no choice for “abandoned.”
  14. Good morning! I have no idea what today holds or even what to plan. I spent last night with my mom in the hospital as she recovers from surgery. I’d LIKE to think I’m going home to do my normal stuff (school mostly), but I’ve had just a few hours of very broken sleep, so l might have no choice but to nap. Also, mom is going home today, and I might need to help with that. Dd13 and dh are off to the regional science fair where she has an entry today. I hate to miss it, but the confluence of my mom’s surgery and my CC class make going impossible for me. MUST DOs: shower (a night at the hospital in my clothes—eeeew!)✅ Finish preparing CC lesson and print what’s needed take kids to Nana’s for me to teach teach CC class check on my parents at the very least pick up kids ? Hope to do: school with boys✅ check with dd14 about her online class and new novel study ✅ figure out laundry, etc.
  15. Is it possible to read too many books at once? I just started The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri aa a way to pass the overnight hours as I sit with my mom, who’s recovering from surgery, in the hospital. I borrowed it from Amazon Prime on my Kindle app, so it will work for Something Borrowed for bingo.
  16. I like this one a lot: I use it to make pizza bread.
  17. Ooooh! Thank you! Children’s lit is my “thing,” so I can’t wait to read this one!
  18. Coffee/devo co op prep pork roast to crock pot Shower/dressed co op 4h mtg dd13 to play practice home see if I’m needed at hospital prep CC class figure out school for the rest of the week Ant of this is subject to change based on how things go with my mom today. Have a great Tuesday!
  19. I’m finally back home. My mom’s surgery went well. I, however, am EXHAUSTED. I think I might order the SAT stuff and go to bed! I’ll get up early in the morning to prep co op.
  20. YES! The Hiding Place is one of my favorite books of all times! I’ve actually read it aloud to my girls, but I should have dd reread it!
  21. I have not. I’ve always wanted to, though. My dd is doing a fairly in-depth study of WWII. I’ve read chapter one and so far, so good.
  22. Added to my “am reading” list: Farewell to Manzanar, for dd13’s history studies.
  23. Morning Star Farms black bean burgers (spicy black bean burgers?) are good. I buy them at Sam’s. I think I’ve also seen them at Publix.
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