15 September 2014

My 5-Star Favorite Audiobooks of the Summer


I Love You More written by Jennifer Murphy, narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and Danny Campbell switches narration between the 12 year-old daughter, the detective, the jilted angry wives, and occasionally even the murdered man. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had a total Fight Club ending twist. You remember the ending, right? The whole, "Say whaaaat? I can't believe I didn't see that coming. Oooo that was good." It's not a fast book but it is riveting. 

The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde, narrated by James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, Christopher Neame, and Matthew Wolf is pretty much fabulous. The narration is awesome and it's seriously super funny. Better than the movie even.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore written by Robin Sloan, narrated by Ari Fliakos felt tailored for me. Book love, mystery, a fantastic narrator, and so many philosophical questions about the future of books and technology. The only thing wrong with this audio is that you'll have to keep a pen handy to catch all the brilliant quotes you won't be able to highlight.

  • “I've never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it's a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes”
  • “All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain site.”
  • “Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.”
  • "You can never escape the sixth-grade entirely."

So what audiobooks or books will you look back at as your favs of this summer?

07 September 2014

#2 Is...

A girl! I couldn't wait anymore so ten days ago we went to one of those lovely imaging centers.

I'm so excited. Now we can start planning, buying, and trying to pick a name! Hoo-ray!

By the way, just like last time, we're open to name suggestions.

Question: Do you like this image better in color or black in white?

27 August 2014

Little Epiphany: Try Again

Sometimes Little Miss Whimsy will build a big impressive tower out of legos, only to accidentally knock it over and watch it crumble. She'll shout, "Oh N-O!" Then crestfallen, sometimes with tears in her eyes, look to me.

My response is usually the same. I say, "That's OK honey. That's just an opportunity to start over. Try again."

After I'd said it a few times, it hit me that I should take my own advice. The next time life doesn't go my way or something I've been working on won't take, I'm going to remember the mantra I use to soothe my kiddo. Things doesn't always go the way we want the first, second, or even the third time we try. That doesn't mean I can't try again.

18 August 2014

My Birthday Weekend

browsing my favorite bookstore


ceramic shopping at the art fair

my sweet new bag

There was also some Etsy shopping of course and family movie time.
How was your weekend darlings?

11 August 2014

It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day

Hello my friends. Sorry I've been gone so long. I had a really tough first trimester. Some pregnant mommies are radiant baby making machines. I, on the other hand, spent eight weeks a total hot mess. Not even the ginger I mentioned before helped. Thankfully I'm slowly returning to me and I have to say it feels so good to be eating, laughing, daydreaming, imagining, and even reading againCue Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

How are you? Any changes? Any amazing reads I must get to? Any delicious little ways you've been enjoying summer?