October 1, 2016

What I'm Reading

September Edition:


In print, for my work (and heart):



We hosted Christena Cleveland last week at the University and I want to keep this conversation on race growing in my heart and mind.  Also, considering this for a faculty-staff reading group. 





In my ears:





I am such a fan of the Sarah Maas "Throne of Glass" series.  Totally, 100% hooked.  I have listened to all of them and I have thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy tale of the girl-assassin-queen.  Great for older teens and adults.  I will be sad if this is the final one!

And I just finished listening to:



If you enjoy British detective stories with humor, Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series is pure delight.  I have listened my way through this series and for whatever reason--I think they are a better listen than reading with your eyes. I think it is because the narrator does such an amazing job with the voices.



In print:



Upcoming baby, so here we are.


For my book club, on my kindle:



The book club is over on this book, but I still may finish it.  What an inspiring, desperate story. Beautiful and challenging. 

Just starting for the second time for the November book club:


OH MY.  THIS BOOK. AGAIN! More to come on this!

Autumn Bucket List

It's October 1st and autumn IT IS.  It has only felt like fall here in the last week and now we are into October--the best month of the year!  All the best things of fall and pumpkins and candles and coziness.  September is the transition month from summer to fall, so some of fall bucket list is already done!  This is also a different kind of fall for us with a new baby arriving the week after Thanksgiving.  December 3 is the due date, but in my mind this is a Thanksgiving-late autumn baby, not a winter-Christmas baby.  More on that to come!

But here is the Fall Bucket List:


  • Celebrate my mom's 70th birthday with a family fall retreat.  DONE!  We went as a family with my mom and dad to a cabin down by Lake Cumberland. Had a beautiful weekend, listened to the rain, experienced Cumberland Falls and played a few games.
  • Decorate the house for fall!  I am thinking plenty of mums, the autumn wreaths, candles,  and potpourri. And pumpkins on the porch!
  • Have a fire 
  • Visit a pumpkin farm
  • Carve pumpkins 
  • Watch a few soccer games (both K's and at the University)
  • Host an autumn dinner for friends
  • A fall hike with the changing leaves 
This list seems do-able!  This fall is an intense time of also working on a "baby bucket list" as well as keeping up with a very full season of work.  

What's your autumn bucket list? 

Summer Bucket List Review

K at the Oregon coast 

It's officially fall!  Past the fall equinox, but more than that, the weather has finally changed.  It's a lovely 56 degrees this morning.  Finally, finally pulling out the fall clothes and the first PSL of the season (of course).  

I haven't been blogging at all for a long time which I attribute to life in general, but I miss itHowever, I do want to check back in and see if I did my summer bucket list. So here it goes: 
  • Catch lightning bugs--DONE!
  • Host a summer party for Madi's friends--YES, DONE!

  • Host a summer party for my friends--WELL--YES, my friend Bethany hosted a fabulous birthday party for me which was as summer highlight.  We had a Thai-Mexican fusion potluck and shared poetry.

  • Read the Harry Potter series (again! but it's been awhile)--halfway thru book 2--MADE IT TO 1/2 in BOOK 4
  • Have many s-l-o-w summer evenings of park, walks, sitting outside  (in process)--LOTS OF EVENING WALKS!
  • Get to the beach!  (Oregon coast in July)--YES! IT WAS WONDERFUL!
  • Get away as a family--summer VACAY!!  (Oregon in July)--YES:  We saw Madi at her camp and had a day with her  enjoying Portland,  went to the Oregon zoo, spent 3 great weather days at the coast, saw friends
  • Shakespeare at the Park--DONE! and more to come!
  • Pool trips with Kai (I am aiming for 5 pool visits)--NO! I did not go to the pool once.  However, we did splash in our kiddie pool several times.  
  • Make homemade ice cream--DID NOT HAPPEN.
  • Make a container vegetable garden--YES.  We enjoyed cherry tomatoes all summer!
  • Go camping as a family (this is planned for late Aug or early Sept)--SADLY, NO
  • Restaurant date with Clint, sitting outside on a patio--NO...I don't think Clint and I had the date night with the patio restaurant that was in my mind. 
  • Day with Madi  (TBD)--DID NOT HAPPEN

Summer ended much earlier than I was anticipating. When I got back from vacation around July 20, my work took off and August was a blur of activity.  So, some of my summer plans for August did not happen.  However,  we did have a great summer and I feel good about where I ended up.

Did summer feel like summer to you?  Did you finish your bucket list?

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