Archive for January 2011

7 Quick Takes (v. 38)

January 7, 2011

1.  We’re seven days into the New Year.  So far I’ve managed to get dressed everyday before noon (Ok, I was five minutes late yesterday), read the daily scripture before anything else on the internet, curtail my cussin’ (I think), and save money by cooking from scratch.  I still need to work on spending more quality time with each child every day, updating the baby books, and being a better wife.

2.  In my defense, I have been slightly ill this week.  I’ve had a sore throat that seems to get worse at night and causes me to cough when I’m trying to sleep.  Other than being tired, I actually feel fine during the day.  I don’t know whether to be thankful that it’s not worse or extremely put out that I’m just sick enough to be annoying but not enough to warrant sympathy.  (I know I should be the former, but I’ve really been the latter.)

3.  We, as a family, decided we’re going to go ahead and move Bailey from the tee-ball league to the softball league.  A year ago we thought that Bailey would finish out all of her eligible years in the tee-ball league before moving on to softball or possibly baseball.  We also thought that we’d probably be involved with that league for the next nine years, with each of our children going through it.

However, it became apparent that Bailey enjoys playing ball for social reasons; she does not have a true love of the game of baseball.  We really feel that she will be happier on an all-girls team and have more opportunities to make some close girlfriends, which she wants more than anything in the world.  Also, Piper has an aversion to playing with all boys or using the tee, so starting out with coach pitch in the softball league appeals to her more than traditional tee-ball.

It will be bittersweet, though.  We’ve been with the same coach for three years now; we will miss working with him and his family.  The tee-ball league really helped us feel like part of a community for the first time since we had moved to Illinois.

4.  I took down the Christmas tree this morning.  It’s the first time that I’ve managed to keep it up through the 12 Days of Christmas.

5.  I’m doing some last minute tweaking to our Spring Semester.  I’ve been trying to figure out ways to keep Bailey occupied while I start working with Piper.  I think this might be a good time to try a daily reading period for her.  She probably won’t like it very much, but I don’t think that 15 minutes will kill her.

6. Sabrina is on the verge of crawling; she really gets up on all fours and tries to push off with her feet.  But she does manage to get around pretty well just by rolling and scooting.  I also felt a tiny tooth poking through the gum last night.  It’s hard to believe that she is almost 7 months old.

7.  Katie is so funny and so sweet (when she’s not driving us crazy by being 2).  We still sometimes can’t believe that we didn’t make her on purpose.

December 2010 Reading List and Round-up

January 1, 2011

1.  Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery:  This was the first time I had read any of this series by the wonderful author of Anne of Green Gables. For some reason, I was really struck about how much Montgomery used death as a plot device.  I don’t know if it was purely literary license or a reflection of an existing reality of the times.

2.  Reunion by Meg Cabot:  This is book 3 in The Mediator series.

3.  Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot:  This is book 4 in The Mediator series.

4.  Haunted by Meg Cabot:  This is the 5th in The Mediator series.

5.  Twilight by Meg Cabot:  This is the 6th and final book in The Mediator series.

6.  Young Unicorns by Madeline L’Engle:  This is the third book in the Austin Family Chronicles.  This seemed a little darker and more fantastic (not in a good way) than the previous two novels in the series.

7.  The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs:  This is a hilarious series of short articles and essays about various social experiments the author did from being brutally honest, to living according to George Washington’s standards of decorum, to doing everything his wife asks of him for one month without complaint.

8.  Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery:  In this sequel to Emily of New Moon, Emily deals with the ups and downs of being between a child and woman, getting an education, and working hard to reach her dreams.

9.   Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery:  This is the final book in the Emily series in which Emily almost ends up as old maid.

10.  What Would Kinky Do? by Kinky Friedman:  This was an impulse pick-up when I was grabbing the A.J. Jacobs book at the library (they were on the same shelf).  I first became aware of Kinky when he ran for governor of Texas with the help of his good friend Willie Nelson.  This is a fun compilation of short essays full of Kinky’s humorous wisdom.  As Kinky says, the book is “profound and profane” and he’ll leave it to the reader to determine what is profound and what is profane.

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*I read 90.5 books in 2010.  This 1/2 book more than I read in 2009.  (I’m so glad that I counted that half of that book about Sesame Street…)

*I averaged  7.54 books per month.

*The largest number of books I read in one month was 13 (November), most of which were juvenile and young adult fiction.

*The least number of books I read in one month was 2 1/2.  Just like in 2009 this occurred in September; Septembers must be very busy around here.

*I read more books during the first six months of the year (48) than the second six months (42.5).  I know that I went through periods since the birth of the baby in June where I was too tired to even think about reading.

*The biggest thing I can’t believe is how fast this year has flown by.  It just seems like yesterday that I was going over the stats for 2009.

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ETA:  I totally forgot a book that I read in December.

The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin:  Joel Salatin is a quasi-famous farmer in the natural food “industry”.  This was a book about things that make his farm different from most industrial farms, and why everyone thinks he’s crazy because he’s not just about making profit at the expense of everything else.  And I totally want to steal his title when I write my parenting/homeschooling memoir, “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Homeschooler”.

This brings my total for 2010 to 91.5 books.  But most of the other stats remain the same.