November 2014 Recap

November 2014 RecapLast month I said I was sure I’d read more books than the four titles I managed then.

And I did – all the way up to 8 books! šŸ™‚ It’s definitely an adjustment, figuring out how to get in reading time along with everything else. Plus having brain power to use reading – that’s been an issue as well!

November 2014 in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 8
Books Read For The Year: 179

Things That Happened
  • Thanksgiving. We ended up hosting, fairly unexpectedly. My house was not that clean, but it was available. And the mess was mostly upstairs, and in the back room so no one needed to go into those spaces anyway. I think we had 28 people here, including 6 kids under 6.
  • My mother-in-law was back in town for two days so the kids got a small grandma fix. Plus they said they wanted to come out for Christmas, which YES PLEASE, ANYTIME. Maybe we’ll get to have an anniversary dinner sans kids on our anniversary? Well, probably not without any kids, but the baby doesn’t really count. She’s easy. šŸ˜‰
  • We had our first snowstorm, and first real cold temperatures of the season. I’m not looking forward to another brutal winter, so I’m hoping the forecasters are wrong about it being a repeat of last year.
  • My son lost his first tooth. Or maybe that happened in October and I’m forgetting when exactly. But I know he lost teeth 2 & 3 in November. They came out together, because they were actually fused together. The one tooth was really crooked and always had been – now I’m wondering what the adult tooth will be like – will it be crooked as well? We may soon find out, as the new tooth is starting to appear.
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • Seeing the baby roll over finally. Not as in, “she’s finally rolling over”, but as in “I finally saw it.” She’d been doing it for a few weeks before I actually saw it happen, instead of just seeing the results.
  • Early Christmas shopping. Yup, I did it. And I’m done, with just a couple of exceptions possibly to fill out stockings. Need to check and see how they’re looking. Still up is wrapping presents, which I’m thinking may happen once the inlaws arrive to distract the big kids.
What’s Cooking
  • Pot roast, and roasted potatoes and carrots. The pot roast was in the crock pot, and we ended up not eating it that night. Reheated the next day it was so delicious. Lots of leftovers too, which led to…
  • Beef pot pie. Made from leftovers and then fingers crossed it’d be tasty. Don’t know yet, but I’ll probably pull it out in December and give it a try. Turkey pot pie too, from Thanksgiving leftovers, but I already know that it turned out well. Yum!
  • Turkey and ham for Thanksgiving. We don’t host for the holidays that often, so it’s still kind of a big deal for me to fix them. Yes, we had both turkey and ham. It’s a big family and I’d rather not have to try and wrestle a gargantuan turkey. This way I can just use a big bird, not a ridiculously big one.
What Iā€™m Anticipating Next Month
  • Christmas! As mentioned above, the inlaws will be here, and G and H will be even more excited than usual. Plus I think 3 and 5 year olds will make for an awesome Christmas season.
  • Our anniversary – 12 years!
  • Book club’s Christmas party. I’m actually really glad about the timing of it – it’s on the second anniversary of my brother’s death, so yay for something fun to be happening on that day that I can anticipate. Plus the whole seeing friends aspect – keep me thinking about some happier things instead of obsessing about what was happening two years ago.

Books I Read
  1. The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern by Erin Morgenstern
    Book club’s November read – and I just barely got it read in time!
  2. Here’s a PennyHere's a Penny by Carolyn Haywood by Carolyn Haywood
    Pre-reading before reading it to my son. And daughter if she feels like listening. šŸ˜‰
  3. My Father’s DragonMy Father's Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story by Ruth Stiles Gannett by Ruth Stiles Gannett
    More pre-reading.
  4. Crimes and MathdemeanorsCrimes and Mathdemeanors by Leith Hathout by Leith Hathout
    Fun short mysteries where advanced math provides the answers.
  5. Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the HomeReal Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss by Elizabeth Foss
    Charlotte Mason from a Catholic perspective. I’m not Catholic, and I’m not a true Charlotte Mason devotee, but I still really enjoyed the book.
  6. Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition by America's Test Kitchen by America’s Test Kitchen
    If I had a Christmas wish list this would be going on it – so many tempting sounding recipes! I love that this one is subtitled “The Easy-Prep Edition.” They did all look really easy!
  7. A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce NovelA Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradle by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwhistle
    These are so good as audio books. Now I’m just waiting my turn for the next one in the series to be available from the library.
  8. Tasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and FunTasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun by Kerry Dunnington by Kerry Dunnington
    A review book, and there are a handful of recipes I’m considering making to take to the book club party. Seems like a good chance to test them out!

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  1. A very full and abundant November for you — How did you like the Night Circus? I’ve wondered about that book.

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