10 picture books we love

It's become something of an annual tradition for me to blog the children's books we've been into. It reminds me of this book I had as a kid, called "School Days" where I was supposed to log my best friends and favorite books and shows and all that in every different grade. I wish I... Continue Reading →

finding calm amongst chaos

Turn the quiet up, turn the noise down. ~Sung by Eric ChurchI have always loved solitude and find comfort in quiet. Yesterday, a fellow barista told me she was an introvert and I laughed and corrected her. She is very outgoing and talkative, and I associate an introvert instead with a shy person who thinks... Continue Reading →

feeling the story again

When I think to when I've felt the most myself, I remember the year after college, the year before I was married. I had my own apartment and worked breezy, carefree jobs. I had a TV but no channels. I spent my free time hanging out with friends or writing. Back then, I had dreams... Continue Reading →

kids books we’re into lately

I haven't talked up the kids books that we love in awhile. Here are some of the newest obsessions around here.  This is the first book Brandon "read." And of course by that I mean he remembers what I've read to him, memorizes it, and then repeats it back to me, word for word, correctly turning... Continue Reading →

If You Give Your Son a Brother

Brandon and I have been reading a lot of Laura Numeroff books. You know, the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. After finishing, we make up our own versions. Brandon especially likes talking about his upcoming birthday party after If You Give a Pig a Party. He always wants cupcakes, balloons, and lots... Continue Reading →

Most Impactful books I read in 2014

I am avoiding saying "best" books I read because after I read this:  It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don't like something, it is empirically not good. ~ BossyPants by Tina FeyI started paying more attention to the way I say things are good or not good. It's such... Continue Reading →

Dating men vs. boys

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the only type of man I consider worth the time of day, as far as marriage is concerned. Today, I finished Mindy Kaling's book, and she totally seems to get what I was saying. Here is how she puts it, much better than I did:Until I was thirty,... Continue Reading →

A Long Way Down quotes

I am about to finish A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Usually when I'm reading, there is a quote that sticks out to me that I want to blog about. But this book is so chock full of them, I just don't know where to start. I found some of my underlines and compiled... Continue Reading →

Top 10 picture books for my 2-year-old

Since before Brandon was born, I have been planning what we would read together. I love books of all types, even (maybe especially) children's books. I lined his shelves with my childhood favorites - Harry the Dirty Dog, Lyle Lyle the Crocodile, anything by Bill Peet. But there are all sorts of other kids books... Continue Reading →

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