July 2014 Recap

July 2014 RecapA heads-up about posting this month: I’ve got posts scheduled for this week and next (all nonfiction books too – playing catch-up with them as I’d gotten backlogged with those titles) but will then be taking a break from posting once the baby arrives. And if the baby decides she doesn’t want to wait until her planned arrival date, well those posts are already scheduled and will be going up anyway, I just won’t be monitoring the blog for comments.

This might have been the best July ever, at least as far as the weather goes. The temperatures have been so mild, and while there have been a few days where it’s super humid, overall it’s been beautiful. Lots of playing outside for the kids, and lots of me not melting in the heat while they play outside. Yay yay yay for that.

July 2014 in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 24
Books Read For The Year: 129

Things That Happened
  • My son turned five.
  • We replaced (some of) the windows on our house. Between that and the doctor & hospital bills coming up in August & the rest of the windows happening after that, it’s going to be an expensive summer.
  • It is so nice knowing that the worst windows are all replaced, and the rest of them will be before another winter. The guys found an old wasp’s nest in the one window (fortunately no wasps still in it), and a huge colony/nest/whatever it’s called of ants in another window. That one still had all the ants in it, and it was apparently a funny moment when the one guy discovered them. I wasn’t around to see his reaction, but I heard about it. Clearly deep window sills have their drawbacks, like apparently providing excellent lodging for insects. No termites or other things at least, and the holes where they were gaining entry are all gone so I think we’re good. Also no more windows with those extra-deep sills so hopefully that will be the end of the surprises. 🙂
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • During one of my frequent non-stress tests, it took FOREVER to get a good reading, because the baby wasn’t staying still. Then she finally did, more or less, but she had the hiccups, so that rendered the test readings while that was going on as completely useless. Finally finally finally she settled down and stopped hiccuping and stayed put (more or less) long enough to get a good test strip. And she was fine, but it was really funny seeing the crazy strips that were showing up when she was moving and hiccuping and all the rest.
  • We picked a name. At least, it’s the name unless we have a sudden change of heart or discover something awful about the combination. I’ve googled it and didn’t find anything too alarming, so I’m thinking this one will work. We had a terrible time coming up with something, so it feels like a major relief to have that done.
What’s Cooking
  • Birthday cake. My son requested blue chocolate cake with sprinkles, so he got a chocolate cake with blue icing and sprinkles. He was quite pleased, and his tongue turned quite blue. Honestly though, it wasn’t a very good cake.
  • Broccoli slaw and burgers on the grill. So good.
  • Fresh corn!
What I’m Anticipating Next Month
  • No surprise here, it’s the baby.
  • Do I really need to list anything else? It’s kind of the main thing on my mind right now.

Books I Read

Asterisks mark ones I especially enjoyed. Links go to my review if I’ve posted one, Amazon if I haven’t yet.

  1. * The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big DifferenceThe Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference by Shaunti Feldhahn A GREAT book for anyone who is married, or thinking about being married. Very practical, and encouraging.
  2. Getting it Together by Kayse Pratt
    It’s fine, there’s just not much too it, and if you’ve read many blog posts or other items on the topic there isn’t really anything ground-breaking.
  3. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can TrustBarefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten by Ina Garten
    Love reading her cookbooks, even if many of the dishes aren’t ones I’ll fix.
  4. Prayer, the Great AdventurePrayer, the Great Adventure by David Jeremiah by David Jeremiah
    Enjoyed the structure to this one.
  5. * Heaven’s QueenHeaven's Queen (Paradox series book #3) by Rachel Bach by Rachel Bach
    Loved this final book in the trilogy. Such a fun series!
  6. The Message of the New Testament: Promises KeptThe Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever by Mark Dever
    Didn’t love this one as much as the Old Testament version, but it’s still a really good and informative book.
  7. * The Last SeasonThe Last Season by Eric Blehm by Eric Blehm
    Would have been better edited down a bit, but still enjoyable.
  8. NorthwoodNorthwood by Brian Falkner Brian Falkner
    Not my favorite, but I’m not the target audience.
  9. The Harlot’s Tale: A Midwife MysteryThe Harlot's Tale: A Midwife Mystery (The Midwife's Tale) by Sam Thomas by Sam Thomas
    Preferred the first in the series, but it’s not bad.
  10. Signs of Life New TestamentSigns of Life New Testament by David Jeremiah by David Jeremiah
    Liked this except for some text issues – bad color choices make some parts of it almost impossible to read, at least in the copy I have. Boo.
  11. * The Edge on the SwordThe Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle
    Good to maybe even great historical fiction set in an uncommon time period.
  12. * Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest MysteriesAsleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby by Molly Caldwell Crosby
    Fascinating yet horrifying.
  13. * Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs YouCooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall with Genevieve Ko by Carla Hall
    Very warm and personable style, and lots of tempting recipes.
  14. * Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and MedicsWomen Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn Atwood
    Fantastic book – read it!!
  15. * Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
    Another fantastic book for all memoir fans.
  16. Search the DarkSearch the Dark (Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by Charles Todd by Charles Todd
    Better than book #2 in the series, not quite as good as #1. Still makes me feel hopeful about later books in the series.
  17. Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple MysteryFall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn by Carola Dunn
    Fit my mood perfectly – light and breezy historical mystery.
  18. Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller
    Liked it but didn’t LOVE it like I expect to do with all Keller books. My expectations might be a tad bit high for him though.
  19. The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert HeimThe Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim by Nicholas Kulish & Souad Mekhennet by Nicholas Kulish & Souad Mekhennet
    Solid choice, but not a must-read.
  20. * Poirot Investigates: Hercule Poirot InvestigatesPoirot Investigates: Hercule Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
    I may be coming around on my feelings towards Hastings. And I *love* Poirit in the short story format!
  21. * Yes, Chef: A MemoirYes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers
    A little too long, but still engaging.
  22. How to Homeschool Your Child From Preschool Through High SchoolHow to Homeschool Your Child From Preschool Through High School by Rosanne Muncy by Rosanne Muncy
    I almost didn’t link to this on Amazon, because it’s $9.99 for Kindle and it is so not worth that price. Not recommended at all – don’t waste your time or money.
  23. If We Could Have Coffee … 30 Days of Heart-to-Heart EncouragementIf We Could Have Coffee... (Ebook Shorts): 30 Days of Heart-to-Heart Encouragement by Holley Gerth by Holley Gerth
    I’m generally not a fan of most devotionals, and found this one to be especially thin.
  24. Homeschooling For DummiesHomeschooling For Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld by Jennifer Kaufeld
    Not bad, but so outdated. Really surprised there hasn’t been an update published for it.

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