Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Show Us Your Books December 2017

Hello fellow Bookworms and welcome to Show Us You Books with Steph and Jana. Once a month we share what we've been reading and I especially love this link up because I get so many new books to add to my to-be-read list! With the coldest winter months coming up here in Louisiana, I'm all to happy to find a new book and curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace. What about you?
Disappointing: Y'all. After reading A Man Called Ove by this same author (which I absolutely LOVED!), I was EXTREMELY disappointed with this book. I was able to finish it after starting it twice because so many of you said that you really enjoyed it. First of all, there were too many characters in this book. Like my good friend and blogger, Rebecca Jo says, books should be limited to so many characters and I totally agree. Secondly, I didn't get the whole hockey thing. Not a hockey girl. The ending was good, I guess. Not sure I'll read another Fredrick Backman book simply because I don't think he could ever top Ove and I don't want to be disappointed again.

Merry Christmas Times Two: I finished book three of Elin Hilderbrand's Christmas Winter series. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite book. I've decided to leave book four for NEXT Christmas!
I so enjoyed the meaning behind Jason Wright's, The 13th Day of Christmas. Such a sweet (and cheap!), easy read for the holidays!
Oldie: The Life Intended has been on my TBR list since May. Some of you may recognize the author, Kristin Harmel, who also wrote, The Sweetness of Forgetting, which was pretty popular a few years ago. I enjoyed The Life Intended, even though some parts were a little far-fetched to me and I noticed a lot of repetition throughout the story, but I especially loved the ending. A sweet, feel good read. 

Young Adult: I usually shy away from YA books because of the lack of character depth and overall story line. I had taken The Selection off my TBR list a few years ago when I found out it was a YA book and boy, did I make the wrong decision! I loved everything about it! The characters, the storyline, and I even read the second book in the series, The Elite, this month, too. 
Currently Reading: Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly. This is the 22nd book in the Harry Bosch series and it's one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors. I love Connelly's writing style and the depth of mystery/thriller in his books is superb. I highly recommend the Lincoln Lawyer series, too, and not just because my main man, Matthew McConaughey, starred in the movie a few years ago. 
I would love to know what you're reading this month! 

Merry Christmas, Bookworms!

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Grown Up Christmas List

If you're as old as I am and enjoy Christmas music as much as I do, then chances are you've heard the song, My Grown Up Christmas List. Several artists have belted out their own version of this seasonal tune and some of my favorites are Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and Kelly Clarkson. Here's the chorus:

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for a world in need
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend 
And right would always win
And love would never end, no
This is my grown up Christmas list

This year I decided to write my own lyrics (in the same tune, of course)

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for my family
No more clothes to ever fold
That food would cook itself
And trash would find some help
And everyone would pickup for themselves
And Jack's gas wouldn't smell
And yet love would never end, no
This is my grown up Christmas list

Okay, so maybe I wrote that after a glass of wine one night when I was totally peeved about all the tasks that needed to be done around the house, but I feel the need to clarify that Jack is our dog and he really, really does have stinky gas from time to time! And despite all my crazy family wishes, my biggest is that love truly would never end (so I kept that lyric the same). 

Christmas is all about love and family to me and despite my "unseasonal" feelings, I am looking forward to having everyone together again very soon. 

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Currently ~ December 2017

Short and sweet today, Peeps, for Anne and her co-host, Catherine of A Short Blonde's Currently Link Up. Today we're talking about what we're currently lightingspendingchoosingsending, and singing.

lighting// My friend Jessica is a gin and tonic girl, so imagine her happiness when she found this candle at Bath and Body Works. Not sure what gin and tonic smells like, but I'm lighting my wax warmer and wafting in the baked cookie scent of Christmas
spending// Lots of time with my girls when Stephanie comes home from France in a week and a half. This Mama is SO ready to have this Girlie home! France has been a great learning experience for Steph, but she has decided not to return in January. 

choosing// My battles wisely and trying to teach my tween to do the same. Middle school is no joke and the drama and hormones are enough to drive me nuts these days. Despite the angst, we've been blessed with a great kid! Keep praying for those babies, moms. 

sending// Lots of love and happiness to my Mom and Dad today! They are celebrating 48 years of wedded bliss together! Happy Anniversary!!

singing// To Christmas tunes on the Holiday XM channel when I'm in the car. Alise and I fight over listening to it, or Taylor Swift's new CD. See the prompt 'choosing.'

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

It's A Wrap!

Well, it's KINDA a wrap!

I need to hire a gift wrapper.

And a Christmas tree decorator.

First things first. Y'all remember the Reading Fair that I've been dreading since July? Well, Alise won SECOND place in her division last week at her school's reading fair! She also won FIRST place for character representation! She is eligible to go to the regional fair in January, but we're taking our fifty bonus points in reading and sitting that one out. I am SO proud of her! She did an awesome job and her teacher loved her ombre board. Here she is minus her costume.
Stephanie called me on Friday to tell me that it was snowing in France. She was so excited and snapped me some pictures that were gorgeous. I reminded her that she is one lucky girl to see it snowing in France. Baby Girl is ready to come home!

So Friday night, Alise had a friend's birthday party at the movies and Wayne and I decided to do whatever it took to get our Christmas shopping done this weekend. If you follow on SC, it's no secret that I am not in the Christmas spirit this year. My tree is lit but totally bare. I have no other Christmas decor up and I don't plan to. I blame it all on peri-menopause and although it's probably totally wrong for me to feel this way, it is what it is. So we went out to eat Friday night and made a list of all the gifts and places we needed to go to finish the shopping. Right in the middle of dinner, the fire alarm went off in the restaurant. A precious little lady was celebrating her birthday and our waitress told us that the candles from her cake caused the fire alarm to go off.  I'm not sure if that was true or not, but the manager treated everyone to free dessert since we had to listen to it buzz for about ten minutes. I was a very happy girl!  

On Saturday we woke up early and hit the ground running! Wayne chauffeured me all over town and I am happy to say that by two o'clock that afternoon, we were finished with our holiday gift buying. Everything was purchased or ordered online. I must admit that it was so nice having a chauffeur. And a very patient husband. Most of the time, Wayne would stay in the car while I ran in the store, got what I needed, and he would meet me at the curb when I came out. It probably helped that he had the new iPhone X to play on while I shopped. Ahem! 

So now I'm taking offers for a gift wrapper.

I'm sad, y'all. 

In happier news, this picture popped up on my time hop last week and I started bawling. I never thought I would miss those days as much as I do. I mean, I'm certainly happy with a teenager, but the sweetness and innocence (believing in Santa) of a two year old makes this mama very sentimental. 
On Sunday we attended the ULM basketball game to see the girls play. Some of Steph's team mates asked us to come and since Wayne can't go to the games during the week, we decided to go. It was hard not seeing Stephanie on the court, but I wore her number, so in my own quirky way, I felt like I was still representing. 
This is Alise's last full week of school before mid-terms. This is the first year that her mid-term grade counts 20% of her overall grade for the semester. I think that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard of, but whatever. I'm sorry, but if a kid as a 99 average in a class for the semester, she should not have to take a final.

Oh! AND...my best friend in Alabama texted me Sunday afternoon to tell me that she's going to be a Grandma!!  I am ecstatic for her! But don't think that in the back of my mind I wasn't thinking, I'm glad it's you and not me!

Monday, December 04, 2017

TBB Asks... Merry Christmas!

The holidays are getting real, y'all, and this Mama has got to kick it in gear! I'm a little behind where I normally am this time of year as far as gift buying goes and our calendar is beginning to get a little wacko. I keep telling myself to just breathe!

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for their monthly Q&A link up!

1. Real or fake tree.
Fake. When Wayne and I first got married, we always had real trees. About five years ago, I got a steal of a deal on a fake tree at Sears after the holidays. A huge, seven foot tree for less than $25! You shoulda seen Wayne trying to wedge that box in the car! 

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie
I use to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange every year.  Those were always so much fun! My favorites are the ones that Alise and I cut out and decorate together the weekend before Christmas! It's tradition!

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel
When I was a kid, we always had to travel and I hated it. Michael and I woke up, opened our Santa presents, and then mom and dad were rushing us out the door to Grandma's house. We stay home on Christmas morning and then go to my parents for lunch.

4. Clear or Colored Lights

5. Send Christmas cards?
I've become a Christmas card slacker.

6. Favorite Christmas present received?
Our Lord and Savior! 

7. Favorite Christmas present given?
The year Santa brought Alise a puppy! I will never forget the look on her face!

8. Stockings or no stockings?

9. Christmas PJs?
Of course!

10. Favorite Christmas carol?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. Does that count? Away In A Manager, too.

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
My mom started the tradition of letting Michael and I open one present on Christmas Eve. It was always Christmas pajamas and I carried on that tradition with Alise.

12. Early shopper or last minute?
Early shopper. I've done more shopping online this season than I ever have!

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show.
Christmas Vacation

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?
My Rudolph Punch

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?

Merry Christmas, Loves!