three on thursday

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In honor of today being the first day of summer, here are three things I did today--the weather is wonderful:

1) Paid a bunch of bills and ran errands.

2) Mailed baby blanket to Pennsylvania niece (including books for big brother Eli to enjoy).

3) Picked out a summer read: Something in the Water. And I'm heading out to the porch to read it!

finished reading

It's a charming coming of second-age story about a woman who rediscovers herself after a suicide attempt (which could be a trigger warning). Set in a gorgeous coastal town in Brittany, France. A quick little delight of a book.

From the publisher:
Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the Brittany coast.

There she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life's small moments. These new friends help Marianne rediscover parts of herself that she had long forgotten, including a special gift for empathy and healing. And when she finds love with a handsome artist, Marianne is forever changed.

it's here


unraveled wednesday

Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

Still knitting a blanket for myself called Reversible knit lap blanket, progress is being made. And I'm listening to plus reading (going back and forth) A Trick of the Light.


ten things tuesday

Ten things:

1) My Pennsylvania sister got me to try a clothing service with a "stylist." I got my first box of clothes and 💟LOVE💟 the quality, fit, and style.

2) My Pennsylvania sister also convinced me to try WEN for my horrible hair. It's oily, flat, and baby fine. She says WEN will make it luxurious. Ok, I'll try it.

3) I took a whirlwind trip to Central Maine today.

4) When I left, this was the temperature:

5) I went to my favorite place!

6) I also got a pedicure!

7) All the deer we saw were away from the road, like well-behaved wildlings.

8) I have a Henna tattoo appointment for Saturday. Actually, I was invited to be a model.

9) I can't stop yawning.

10) When I got home, this was the temperature:

finished reading

A lovable loser. I enjoyed this book but didn't love it. I liked that Arthur Less flits from disaster to disaster only slightly oblivious to the disaster of is life. And I thought it was clever that the Less is writing a book about this very story.

From the publisher:
Who says you can't run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.



I am...

Reading: I'll be finishing Less today.

Listening to: QVC for background sound

Loving: a lazy day

Thinking: really, about nothing...

Feeling: almost like I'm relaxed

Celebrating: vacation

Grateful for: time

Weather: 62 and rainy

Enjoying: hanging around

A quote I want to share:


sunday stealing

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1. Five ways to win your heart
  1. bring iced coffee
  2. have a dog
  3. hug tight
  4. laugh at yourself
  5. Reese's peanut butter cups

2. Something you feel strongly about education
3. A book you love The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
4. Five pet peeves
  1. slow cars in the passing lane
  2. phone calls
  3. strong, lingering body odor
  4. itchy spots I can't reach
  5. spoilers (movie, tv, book)

5. What you ate today a granola bar
6. How important do you think education is? no one can ever take it away from you, it's vital
7. Five people you find attractive
  1. George Clooney
  2. Don Lemon
  3. Scott Pelley
  4. Andy Garcia
  5. George Clooney

8. What you wore today shorts and a t-shirt
9. Something you always think “what if” about my health
10. Something you’re proud of I was recognized at the faculty gathering for my 20 years of service
11. Five items you lust after
  1. a Harry Potter phone case
  2. a vacation trip
  3. a new box spring and mattress
  4. a pedicure
  5. a lightweight blanket

12. Five words/phrases that make you laugh
  1. Booger
  2. common sense
  3. "Did I miss anything when I was absent?"
  4. "Can we have a free day?"
  5. "What are we doing in class today?"

13. A quote you try to live by
14. Something you like and dislike about yourself. I like my ability to take care of myself/I dislike my tendency towards laziness
15. A problem that you have had financial


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.


saturday 9

Cat's in the Cradle
This song was chosen in honor of Father's Day.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? I have--April is National Poetry Month and a few years I wrote a poem every day

2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was? it was 7:30 until I was in 7th grade

3) When did you go to bed last night? around 10, but it was interrupted sleep all night

4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.) I cannot, although I can come close (there are a few "forgettable presidents" between Polk and Lincoln)

5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for? my bestie

6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library? it's been about two weeks

7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver? I do

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip. Turn the engine off before pumping gas--always!

9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? Today, I will choose peppermint


the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm reading A Trick of the Light.

Clara nodded. She hadn't admitted to Peter the only reason she'd invited Castonguay and some other dealers to the barbeque afterward was for him. In the hopes they'd give him a chance.

"I did invite a few big-wigs," Clara said. "And a few artists. It was a lot of fun."