Everyday Tidbits...

How much longer until Captain America: Civil War? May can't get here soon enough...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekend Reflections 4/30

Looking outside....it's sunny with blue skies. Currently 43, our high should be around 66. Perfect.

Listening...to silence. Sometimes silence is good.

Loving...my girlfriend took senior pictures of The Boy yesterday. We spent some time in downtown Boise. So fun and I love how the photos turned out. 

Thinking...that once this editing project is finally completed, I need to get my house back in order. It's been largely neglected.

In my kitchen...My oven is dead, died, disassembled. Yeah. Good times.

Wearing...black t-shirt and blue BSU pajama pants.

Needing...to finish my transcription tape and editing project. 


Reading...Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford.

Today...Tepanyaki! Family dinner to celebrate my sister's and nephew's birthdays.

Hoping...“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Planning...how to put together The Boy's graduation announcement.

Gratitude...for good friends. For love and laughter. Photo shoots are much more fun when you are comfortable and laughter makes for the best candid shots.

From my world... 


What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Books I Want to Read...Celebrities

I keep a wish list on Goodreads called "want to read". Currently, it's up to 2547. Yeah. I also have several stacks of books tucked against walls throughout my house. Each is probably at least 3 feet high of books I haven't read yet. I periodically go through my list and purge it, but it still is not slowing down. Nor are the books that keep appearing on my Kindle. They're all still on my wish list, I just haven't gotten to them yet.

Each month I highlight 5 books I want to read. I don't set out to plan themes, but somehow patterns creep into my viewing.

This month I realized I have quite a few autobiographical/biographical books written by celebrities. Which is rather funny, considering the fact that we do not have cable or satellite and we don't watch an abundance of television on Hulu or Netflix. Still, you'd have to live in a complete bubble to not know who some celebrities are and having a social media presence because of blogging ensures that my bubble isn't very large.

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Prince Harry by Penny Junor

Prince Harry, one of the most popular members of the British royal family, has had a colorful life. After losing his mother at 12 years old, he spent his teenage years making questionable choices under intense international media scrutiny, becoming known for his mischevious grin, shock of red hair, and the occassional not-so-royal indiscretion. As he's grown, he has distinguished himself through military service, flying helicopters for the RAF. He served in Afghanistan and continues to devote himself to his military career. He also follows in his mother's footsteps with charity work--he is the founder of Sentebale, a charity to help orphans in Lesotho, and works with many other charitable organziations to help young people in society and to conserve natural resources. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, Prince Harry is proving himself a prince of the people.

With unprecedented access to the most important figures in his life, Penny Junor is able get the truth about who this mercurial and fascinating royal son really is. A modern biography of a modern prince, this book offers an insider's look at the life of the man who is fourth in line to Britain's throne.

Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life. As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir,My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All", Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by..

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What about you? What books are on your "want to read/wish" list?

5 Books I want to Read is a monthly meme started by Stephanie at Layered Pages. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their wish lists look like, you can do that here: A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, Flashlight Commentary, The Maiden's Court and A Literary Vacation.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cover Crush..The Cake Therapist


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.




I'm a sucker for food-related books and covers. I love the colors in this one. It's simple, but bright and colorful and it makes me hungry.

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: Layered Pages, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic Swede.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reading Out Loud


One of my favorite things is to have my husband read out loud to me. I remember having a terrible migraine during my first pregnancy. I couldn't take anything, I couldn't do anything. I just laid in our bed and my sweet husband sat next to me, reading Winnie the Pooh. It helped distract me from the pain until I could sleep.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Conversation at Our House...Doctor Who

As some of you know, we are huge Doctor Who fans at our house. Obsessed, might be an appropriate word for it, actually.

I was going through my personal blog and found another fun conversation that I'd recorded between The Brother and his friends. Enjoy!
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We have lot of inside Doctor Who jokes and quotes that only we understand, but that other Who fans might recognize. ("Are you my Mummy?" "Children of mine...") None of our boys' friends know who the Doctor is, let alone watch the show. But, due to this Doctor obsession, the boys have created Mii's (Wii characters) in the form of the Doctor and the Master. The following conversation happened last week when The Brother and his friends were playing the Wii. We thought it was funny, and you might, if you know the Doctor too!

C: (pointing to one of the Mii characters): "Who's that?"
J: "Oh that's the Master and that's the Doctor."
A: "Doctor Who?"