musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: What is/are your favorite book cover(s)?

I judge books on their covers, maybe it's superficial but the image used to capture my imagination is important. I have too many favorite book covers to list here...

So, I will answer: I bought the following book(s) in the past week:

I pre-ordered Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty, Smoke by Dan Vyleta, With Malice by Eileen Cook and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman and the audio of Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg's The Pursuit


Not that I'm excited or anything. But in twelve hours I will be getting ready for my 4:30 AM departure time!

adulting is hard.

My beloved car did not pass inspection. I thought I had a few more months with it. But it looks like I'm thrust into the market. I know what I don't want. Not so sure what I do want. Although, I know what features I would like to have.

So my summer plans will have to change. This means no trip to Virginia and Pennsylvania. But, it does mean a new (to me) car to toodle around in.

day 27

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If you could turn into any animal for a day, which one would you pick?

Simple: Maggie! My parents' dog has them well-trained. She is a spoiled, pampered pooch. I would love her life.


day 26

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What’s your favorite store to browse in?

My favorite store to browse in is Barnes & Noble. I get giddy just thinking about it.

sunday stealing

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The King of the Beasts Meme

1. Would you post a picture of you for us? I did yesterday

2. Would you date an 18-year-old at the age you are now? no

3. Do you prefer to work with women or men? Why? as long as they do their job, gender doesn't matter

4. Do you have any opposite sex friends? I do

5. Can you commit to one person? I can

6. If you’re married or in a relationship have you ever been tempted to cheat? no

7. Do you think your life will change dramatically before 2018? no

8. If the person you are interested in says they like someone else, what would try to sway them? I wouldn't

9. Are you good at hiding your feelings? yes

11. When was the last time you cried? it's been awhile

12. Have you ever fell for someone you didn’t expect to? no

13. What is something you have to do tomorrow? laundry

14. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having. it's hot and humid

15. Have you ever wanted more from one of your best friends of the opposite sex? no

16. Have you ever wanted someone you couldn’t have? just George

17. Who was the last person you talked to before you went to bed last night? my niece

18. Do you have someone of the opposite sex you can tell everything to? yes

19. When was the last time that you were jealous in a romance situation? never

20. If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be? 1990

21. Did you have a good day yesterday? What did you do? I went on a road trip with my niece and sister, we had fun

22. If a person you had wished you could have a relationship with for a long time and you suddenly found yourself together alone, what would you be doing right now? talking

23. Do you replay things that have happened in your head? sometimes

24. Don’t tell me lies, is the last person you texted attractive? my sister... I guess so

25. Is your life anything like it was two years ago? Is it a good or bad thing? yes and good


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.



Jefferson Joseph--welcome to the family! He was exactly 9 pounds and 20 inches. A healthy ginger.

day 25

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What are the 10 most significant events in your life?

1) My mum's death.

2) My grandfather's death.

3) My grandmother's death.

4) Living in Ireland. It changed my life. It was the first time I went somewhere that no one knew my family (my family is well-known around the state), so people judged me on me, not on my family. They liked me!

5) 1988--the summer of love. I was in college, I had amazing friends, everything was wonderful.

6) Moving home from my first teaching job. I had been miserable there. This changed my relationship with my dad.

7) Working full-time in retail. Oh, the things I learned. I still dream of working there, sometimes the dreams are so vivid I feel as though I should call them to find out when I am scheduled.

8) Traveling by myself--both European trips and road trips. I learned to be brave!

9) Teaching at my present job.

10) Pulmonary emboli.

saturday 9

As Long As You Love Me

1) This video shows the boys in the band nervously await an audition. When were you last nervous? oh, Friday! I was nervous trying to make a decision.

2) BSB Brian Littrell was born with a congenital heart problem and had open heart surgery the year this song was released. Who is the last person you visited in the hospital? my goddaughter gave birth Friday! I visited her and met Jefferson!

3) Littrell had different health trouble in 2009. While working in Japan, he contracted swine flu, which caused the band to cancel several events. Have you battled a cold or flu this summer? fortunately, I was last sick in May

4) When you feel a cold coming on, what's your favorite remedy? sleep

5) Brian and his cousin, fellow BSB member Kevin Richardson, are both from Kentucky and have been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. According to their website, if you tour the Hall of Fame you'll see exhibits that celebrate Kentucky's contribution to American music. Do you enjoy museums? Or do you think they're a snooze? I love museums

6) BSB Nick Carter was named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World." Who is someone you think is especially gorgeous? George! But a close second is Sam Heughan is wonderful!

7) This spring Nick became a father for the first time. Is anyone in your life expecting a baby this year? my greatnephew Jefferson Joseph was born Friday!

8) The band has been involved in ongoing litigation with their first manager, saying he had been dishonest with them about how much they had earned. Tell us about someone you trusted, but shouldn't have. an ex

9) The band's recordbreaking 1999 tour was sponsored by the Sears department store chain. Sam remembers the twice-a-year shopping trips to Sears -- spring and fall -- with her mother to update Sam's school wardrobe. What's the last article of clothing you bought? I bought a sleeveless top


just finished reading

It's not a prequel nor is it a sequel, but it's a companion book which can stand alone, to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This time, the story is told from Queenie Hennessy's perspective. It took awhile to get into it, but Queenie is a very human character. Told through flashbacks to the four years Queenie worked with, and secretly loved, Harold Fry to the ending of her life in hospice. The secondary characters at the hospice were rich. There is a tender sense of inevitability in this story--set at a hospice.

From the publisher:
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, 'Even though you've done your travelling, you're starting a new journey too.'

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

day 24

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Pick one food item and beverage to live on forever.

This is really tough. I'm going to assume I can have toppings and water.

I'm going to say fresh baked bread (because it can be so many varieties) for my food item. And... Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee for my one beverage.

friday 5

Scattergories, part six

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)? I got S

  1. What brand or model of car, whose name begins with the letter, would you like to get?
  2. Subaru legacy
  3. What summer activity, whose name begins with the letter, are you looking forward to?
  4. Sitting on the porch
  5. What’s an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter?
  6. Sanitizer
  7. What’s something, whose name begins with the letter, that you find frightening?
  8. Slipping and falling
  9. If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what’s something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with?
  10. Semi-colon


day 23

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Put your iPod on shuffle and talk about the first 10 songs that pop up.

I opened Spotify and this is the first Playlist that popped up: called "Stitch Group"


yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Picking up a WIP that was on hold, knitting the TGV shawl and listening to The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

day 22

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Talk about your obsessions.

I am obsessed with Bravo TV.

I am obsessed with knitting.

I am obsessed with fine yarn.

I am obsessed with Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

I am obsessed with being on vacation.

I am obsessed with puppies.

I am obsessed with my great nephews.

I am obsessed with reading.

I am obsessed with getting tattoos.

I am obsessed with Pinterest, Instagram, Ravelry, Goodreads, Facebook, and email.


Thinking about my trip to NYC next week and this is exactly how I feel. Excited and anxious. It's going to be a great adventure. And I can't wait to see John in his play.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce, and listening to The Man He Became by James Tobin for book group (but I don't like it), so I started The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg--Fox & O'Hare #5, this series always entertains!

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Moriarty Returns a Letter by Michael Robertson.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Next is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.


just finished

I just finished knitting a blanket for Jefferson, whose birth is scheduled for a week from today!

day 20 & 21

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Day 20: Talk about the first time learning about sex.
My sisters discovered a copy of The Joy of Sex in my parents' room and they showed it to me, explaining what was going on.

Day 21: Who do you consider your best friend right now in life?
I have a couple of friends who I think of as besties. My bestie and I have been friends since around 1983 and she's an amazing mom, daughter, and teacher. I learn a lot from her and can only hope to be half the friend to her that she is to me. I have a school friend who is also a bestie, we travel to Barnes & Noble together and have leisurely lunches at Cafe Sorpreso.