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Running Way Behind

I am far behind in writing my reviews but thanks to a long commute and audio books, I am not so far behind in my reading. My 8-year-old has self-reading goals for school but she also loves to listen to audio books. So we caved and signed up for and we have started listening to books during our morning commute. As a result, I am getting to reacquaint with some classics and moving forward with my CBR5 goal, and we are enjoying some wonderful stories together!

We are also in the process of moving so I don’t have as much time to write-up my reviews and recipes. As a note to myself, I currently need to write-up:

Book reviews

  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (I did NOT love this book like everyone else seemed to)
  • Charlotte’s Web – EB White (Uh, such a great story!)
  • Ramona, Age 8 (Wow – have times changed. Comparing my 8-year-old to Ramona was a bit of a reality check)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (A great beginning to a wonderful adventure. Michael York’s narration was wonderful!)
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (I may have a new favorite author! I know that I am woefully late to this picnic but excited to read more none the less.)
  • Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia – CS Lewis (My daughter is hooked!)


  • Spaghetti Squash Gratin – something that I came up with and I thought was yummy. Not so sure how my family like it?
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Pasta Sauce – Pretty much what is sounds like and my daughter LOVES it! Of course, she will tell you that she does not like red peppers.

My sister is coming to town tomorrow and we usually spend one evening cooking some fun and indulgent.  Expect some great foodie photos and reviews of wonderful recipes!



2013: Reading, Writing, and Cooking Again

I wasn’t much for resolutions in 2012, but I’m back in 2013! I’ve decided upon a number of new goals. I’ve signed up for two reading challenges (Cannonball Read V and a Genre Challenge for the UK book club on Goodreads) and created a cooking challenge of my own based on the Fresh 20 and my own desire to try new cuisines in 2013.

I am in the process of updating this blog as I haven’t posted in over a year, so bear with me. I’ve blocked time on my calendar dedicated to keeping this up to date. Here we go!

Cannonball Read V (
The full Cannonball Read V is a challenge to read 52 books in the span of a year. The awesome and touching history of the challenge and more details can be found here: As this is my first year, I’m looking to complete the half Cannonball (26) in 2013.

Goodreads UK Book Club – Genre Challenge 2013
New genre each month is voted on by participants. January is historical and I’m going to read The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd when I’ve finished with The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. Review to follow soon.

Writing is what I do in my professional life—technical writing, marketing writing, and documentation project management—but yet I maintain a number of writing projects on the side. My goal here is to dedicated some of my free time to these projects each week. Also, this blog qualifies as part of my personal writing goal as well.

I signed up for an online cooking subscription called The Fresh 20. Each week, they provide a menu with an accompanying shopping list for 5 quick and healthy meals. My goal is to use at least 2 menus from the site each month. I’ll be posting notes and reviews from my experience and my family’s reaction to the meals.

Also, I’ve decide to assign each month of 2013 with a different type of cuisine and then prepare at least 4 meals that month based on that cuisine. January is Asian cuisine month.

I’m looking forward to keeping up with my 2013 goals and to sharing my experiences with all of you.


Time to Get Back on That Horse…

Oh My! I cannot believe that is has been so long since my last post. I have been busy but not so busy that I can use that as an excuse. It seems that a blog-once neglected-can be similar to my work out routine. That is, very hard to go back to. Anyway, I have been keeping up with reading. In fact, I feel as though i have had very productive beginning to 2011. I have a tendency to glom onto a single author series and then read them all in quick succession. Case in point, Suzanne Collins, Steig Larson, and Louise Penny.

I recently finished a wonderful and beautifully written novel. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill came highly recommended by A Life in Books and I suggested it to my sister Sue as she loves historical fiction. She loved it and handed it over to me once she had finished. This was probably the most beautifully written novel I have read in a long time. Such detail and care put into the language and descriptions of a such an ugly time in our history. I am trying to get my husband to read it and I will try to post an actual ‘review’ soon.

For now, I am trying to put a toe in the water and see if I can swim fully. As I stated last year, my goal is to read more, write more, and cook more. This is my place to document my progress. I am also in the process of starting a new business so that is taking up quite a bit of my time as well. I look forward to sharing my experiences.

One step back

They cancelled my class…so bummed.


It is mid-March and I am very behind on my children’s book goal. I have yet to complete the story and haven’t worked on the illustrations in weeks! Work and life are just getting in the way!

I decided that taking another class will cause me to focus and actually get something done. So, I signed up for another spring illustration class. In this class, we will be working on developing a dummy that can be submitted to publishers. Plus this will provide 3 hours every week to focus on this goal! Classes start April 10th.

Happy MLK Jr. Day! Take a moment today to remember…

Ahh, an extra day at home…I had a pretty slow week in the cooking department last week. As 2010 gets under way, I am realizing that I need to be much better about planning and shopping for our weekly meals. My daughter has activities on both Monday and Tuesday evenings which makes getting home and making dinner extremely difficult. Since today is a holiday, I plan to get my menues going and do some strategic shoppping.

And the goals begin!

I’m a 38 year old wife, mother, and small business owner. As 2010 gets under way, I have created some goals for the new year and wanted a place to track my progress and hold myself accountable. My passions include reading, writing, and cooking. The majority of my posts will touch one of these topics. I hope you enjoy reading about my progress and feel free to contribute your thoughts.

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