September 2014 Recap

September 2014 RecapI didn’t read much in September – not all that surprising with a new baby in the family!

We also had the same relative & friend who were out in July replacing windows back, to finish replacing windows, and to tackle other projects around the house. They were here for 8 days, and got a lot done, but it didn’t allow for much reading time. (Don’t let the 15 books finished total fool you: that includes 6 ebooks, 1 cookbook, and 2 rereads.)

September 2014 in Stats

Books Read Last Month: 15
Books Read For The Year: 167

Things That Happened
  • The blog turned two! I considered doing a giveaway week to celebrate, but decided that trying to coordinate that three weeks or so post-baby was perhaps not a great idea.
  • We have all new windows. And a new enclosed porch, with glass and sliding doors replacing the battered screens. A new deck too. Those guys worked hard! I am so glad to have this done – we’ve known about the window issue since we bought the house, but were saving up for it. So happy to have it completed before another winter!
  • Our water softener and garbage disposal died. And our fridge is having some issues. Because timing always works that way, doesn’t it?
  • Awana started up again, and this year I have a Cubbie and a Spark. They’re both super cute in their vests!
Best Things I Did or Saw
  • A sweet moment between the big kids at Awana. They squabble so much it’s reassuring to see that they do like each other at least some of the time.
  • The baby’s cute smiles. I keep trying to capture a picture of them, but no luck so far. And daddy has yet to see one which is why I so wish I could get a photo of it.
  • Sitting out on the new enclosed porch. It’s not actually completely done – it needs some new flooring of one sort or another (indoor/outdoor carpet? tile? We’re not sure, and are waiting to decide on a couple of other items before making a final decision.) It also has a bunch of painting still to be done – all the wood trim is unfinished and waiting for R. But still, even in it’s unfinished state it’s a nice spot to sit and watch the kids play in the backyard.
What’s Cooking
  • Book club’s annual dinner party. Lamb and scalloped potatoes and cheesecake were my favorite parts, but it was all delicious. And all inspired by the book.
  • I feel like I should have a better handle on dinner by now, but it’s still a struggle. If I can get something in the slow cooker it’s fine, but otherwise invariably it seems like the baby is needing me just as I’d need to be prepping or cooking dinner. And that’s not working very well.
  • Soup season arrived, at least briefly. The temps warmed back up at the end of the month, but there were a few evenings when I made soup for dinner and it was lovely.
What I’m Anticipating Next Month
  • The book club retreat!
  • Halloween, and seeing the kids in costumes.
  • Hopefully continuing to get better as far as preparing meals goes. 🙂
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 Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years AfterThe Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After (The Cecelia and Kate Novels, 3) by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
  2. * The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce NovelThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
  3. 101 Days of Christmas101 Days of Christmas: 101+ Recipes & Crafts for a DIY Holiday by Mandi Ehman by Mandi Ehman
  4. Bodies We’ve Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World’s Top CSI TrainingSchoolBodies We've Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World's Top CSI Training School by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch
  5. A Simpler SeasonA Simpler Season by Jessica Fisher by Jessica Fisher
  6. Cheaper by the DozenCheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey by Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  7. Celebrating and Savoring a Simpler Season
  8. TwerpTwerp by Mark Goldblatt by Mark Goldblatt
  9. * Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari GuideWhatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison by Peter Allison
  10. * Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
  11. Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory SchoolingWeapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto by John Taylor Gatto
  12. Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs: Everything You Need to Know to Host a Natural Spa Party by Katie Kimball
  13. Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily SkinCrunchy Betty's Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin by Leslie Martin by Leslie Martin
  14. Simple Scrubs to Make and and Give by Stacy Karen
  15. * Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or LessGood Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less by Jessica Fisher by Jessica Fisher

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Comments

  1. I’m sure you’ll catch that smile soon! Hooray for all new windows — that’s a big job! We replaced some of ours but I wish they were all done, the new ones are so much more efficient.
    I’ve been looking for something light after I finish listening to Life After Life… maybe Flavia de Luce?

    • I hope they are efficient. It’ll help make that price tag easier to swallow. The joys of homeownership. 🙂

      I think Flavia might be an excellent choice. It is a murder mystery, but the tone isn’t dark at all. And if you’re doing audio books on your commute, this would be a great choice! Such a terrific narrator.

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