October 2014 Recap

October RecapThat is not a typo below: I read 4 books in October. One of them was a cookbook, and one was a juvenile title that I finished in one session, so yeah, not much of a reading month.

I’m not even bothered by it, although normally I’d be thinking of my every-growing TBR list, and how reading so little is not going to help me ever get through any of it. My baby is little, and reading while nursing doesn’t always work (usually it doesn’t work because of big brother & big sister still needing attention). I’m also trying to get as much sleep as possible, so I’ve lost a lot of reading time in the evening.

I do think I’ll get through more books in November, but I guess I won’t know for sure until the month is over. šŸ™‚

October 2014 in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 4
Books Read For The Year: 171

Things That Happened
  • Book club retreat. I loved it, and am already looking forward to next year. Just hoping it will work out to attend, as we’ve got a family get-together in the works around the same time.
  • Halloween – the kids were Spiderman and a construction worker. And a baby. And because of the temps here on Halloween (we had snow!) the baby did not get to accompany the other two – she stayed home with me. Makes me extra glad I didn’t spend a lot on a costume for her.
  • My mother-in-law was in town for two weekends, and one of those weekends was while I was gone for the retreat. My kids approved of that arrangement – they were much less upset about me departing when I reminded them that Grandma was going to be here.
  • Grandma also took care of carving the pumpkins with the kids. Yay for that! If I’d been thinking I’d have taken a picture of them, but I wasn’t, and as I write this they are looking pretty gross.

They're ready for their party.

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Best Things I Did or Saw
  • Baby girl is getting very smiley – it’s so cute.
  • Big kids (yes, it’s a relative term) in their costumes – love seeing them dressed up and having fun. My little construction worker won for “cutest costume” at their taekwondo school party. She was awfully cute, and it wasn’t just her mama thinking so apparently.
  • Gorgeous fall colors, although it’s almost done. We’ve still got a few leaves on the trees here, but most of them have fallen.
What’s Cooking
  • Orangette’s Chocolate Cake (discovered thanks to her wonderful book A Homemade Life). This is probably my favorite thing to make when I want something super simple and easy that still tastes fantastic.
  • Chicken pot pie. I made one and froze it and then crossed my fingers that it would be good. Pulling it from the freezer for dinner one morning and knowing dinner was all but taken care of was definitely a nice thing! And it was quite tasty – not bad for totally making it up as I went along!
  • I found a recipe for smoked sausage and beans, and tried it, despite some concerns that it’d be too boring. Not so – it was delicious, and my husband *loved* it. Love having super simple recipes that turn out so well.
What Iā€™m Anticipating Next Month
  • Thanksgiving! G has already requested as many pies as we had last year. We’ll see, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Last year my parents were visiting and my mom kind of goes crazy with Thanksgiving pies. G has said that we need pumpkin, cherry, apple, and chocolate, just like last year.
  • I don’t think we have anything else planned already for what we’ll do. We may need to see about getting some anchor events planned for each weekend – the baby is old enough that it seems maybe doable. Although during football season that alone tends to be our anchor events. šŸ™‚
Books I Read
  1. Curtsies & ConspiraciesCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Book 2) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
    I’m loving this series.
  2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce NovelThe Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
    I’m also loving this series.
  3. The America’s Test Kitchen DIY CookbookThe America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook
    Some of these ideas are so tempting. Some of them I would never try.
  4. The Boxcar ChildrenThe Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries) by Gertrude Chandler Warner by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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  1. Will you share more about your Book Club retreat?! I would LOVE to do that with my ladies!


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