I’ve been a bad blogger.

I haven’t posted since school ended.  At first it was just a week…  Then two….  Before I knew it school was starting.  I’ve thought of you often.  I’ve missed writing.  But somehow I just couldn’t sit down in front of the computer to type out a post.

So, here is my excuse reason: Motherhood is hard work.  Motherhood while working from home is even harder!  And sadly, it doesn’t get easier as the kids grow older.  I now have a fifteen-year-old who is wanting to start drivers ed (YIKES) and spends his free time closed up in his room, writing.  (Takes after his mom.)  I have a thirteen-year-old who is a dedicated musician and spends every free moment writing her music and playing her guitar.  Lastly, I have an eleven-year-old who, in spite of my best efforts, is dedicated to his video games.  Oh, and I can’t forget my husband who also works from home pretty much twelve hours a day!

We enjoyed a fabulous and very busy summer:  Youth group trips, Vacation Bible School, house projects, carting the kids here and there, (It will be nice when my oldest has his driver’s license for this reason), summer concerts, bbqs, my husband’s work travel, a new kitten.

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Awww……

We are now about a month and a half into the school year, and we have studied hard, spent countless days in the library, taken on new projects…

With a house full of busy people, who all spend their days at home working or studying, the housework is also a full-time job that seems to be open at the moment since we are all engaged in our own full-time endeavors.  And who wants to give up precious reading time to clean?

But I have been reading, and I plan to share what I’ve read with you as I get back into this blogging thing.  Since I’ve posted last I’ve read Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer, The Fault in our Starts by John Green, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, and a book I can’t tell you about just yet because it hasn’t been published (an editing project I’m working on.) There were a couple starts and stalls as well, and there maybe one I’m forgetting.  Currently I’m reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I’m looking forward to more reading and blogging and reconnecting.

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Stacking the Shelves 5/17/14

stacking the shelvesStacking The Shelves  is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

I probably won’t be doing a Stacking the Shelves post weekly.  I just don’t buy quantities of books often enough to make it a regular feature.  However, I did just get my hands on a few books that look interesting.

cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I know I’m late on this one but as I have mentioned in my previous post, I tend to be slow to pick up SciFi.  I just haven’t always “gotten it.”  Cinderella as a cyborg just sounded like too much SciFi for me.  Cyborgs?  But I finally caved.  I downloaded it Thursday night and have been enjoying it.  Surprise, Surprise!

hazards of hunting

The Hazards of Hunting while Heartbroken by Mari Passananti – Summer is coming!  I give my last final on Monday and my kids are done as well.  This looked like a perfect book for lounging on my deck this summer while I’m avoiding planning for next year.  While I hate the term “Chick Lit” I usually find myself gravitating to it at the start of the summer.

scent of lilacs

Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart – Doesn’t that cover just scream “Read me!  It’s summer!”  More deck reading!  Yeah!

tabula rasa

And from Netgalley:  Tabula Rasa  by Kristen Lippert-Martin – More SciFi?  Dystopian?  A bit of both.   I’m looking forward to this one.  Sounds like a page turner!

It’s Monday, What are you reading? 4/21/14

its mondayIt’s Monday, What are you reading, is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

If you read my previous post, I have confessed to a recent reading/blogging slump.  I’ve literally fallen asleep with my book in hand each night after barely opening its pages.  (Or in this case, powering up my ereader.)  That said, here is what I am reading this week.

What I read last week & What I am reading this week, happen to be the same.

lost lake

 

And I’m listening to:

raven boysYes, I know these are what I was reading last time! About two weeks ago!   I am really hoping for a less hectic week and time to sit down and finish these two books as I am really enjoying both.

 

 

 

Jumping in with Both Feet

  I tend to be cautious about most things.  I can study a project for weeks or even months before I dive in.  I am a planner by nature.  Before I start anything I need to research and plan and outline and plan some more.  But this time I’ve decided to jump in with both feet and just do it.  So here I am, writing my first post in my new blog without a plan, outline, or design in mind.  This time I’m going to learn as I go and see where it takes me.  

  I guess it isn’t completely honest to say I don’t have a plan.  What I don’t have is a detailed plan.  This morning as I looked at the stacks of books on the floor that surround my nightstand, I decided I needed a place to record my thoughts as I made my way through these stacks of books.  I have kept reading journals for years to record the books I read and what I thought about each one.  But the composition books just stack up together with the books.  I decided a blog might be different.  A way to share my thoughts rather than just record them.