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Jan
26
2016

Some weeks life is just so busy that you don't have the energy for thinking outside the box for meals. By which I mean I often have weeks where everything needs to be cleaned, I have a doctor's appointment, we've made plans with multiple people, there are commitments to attend, etc. And then I don't have time (or even care) to find new recipes to try. I fall back to the tried and true things so I don't have to use my brain.

But then there are times where somehow I find the motivation, so I run with it. I tend to get bored of eating the same meals on a rotation, so when these periods of inspiration hit me, I try to bookmark new meals to try. And I've had a few new ones recently, so I thought I'd share some of the hits from January. Maybe there will even be something here that piques your interest.

Jan
24
2016

Wow, what a short yet heavy book to start the year with, am I right?! I made it a point to write up my thoughts immediately after I finished the last page of this book. I often that, while some books require time to fully digest (which this one may end up doing), I often get my most passionate opinions out if I just start writing out my thoughts immediately.

Do you find that to be true for you? At any rate, let’s take a look at the contents of this book and see what you all thought of it too. Happy first Purple Fig book of the year!

Jan
19
2016

The first month of the new year and I'm already forgetting to put up the mid-month book reminder post! Lol. Not a good sign of things to come. Hopefully you're all making your way through the first book. I'm grateful that the first couple are sub-300 pages. Helps ease us into things.

Actually, I finished it within the first week and am currently rounding up the last third of book two in the Mary Russell series. I figure I liked the first book enough to read it twice and I should really get going on the series to see how it progresses, right? (Good so far!) I've set another goal of reading 25 books this year. I'm just not going to be as much of a stickler about whether they're re-reads or graphic novels and the like. Okay, here's your February book reminder...

Jan
08
2016

These thoughts may be a little belated, but now is when I've had the time to write about them, so now is when you get them! Happy 2016 to all of you, by the way! I hope the thought of a fresh new year fills you with as much of a sense of purpose and excitement as it does me.

Even if we don't fully complete any resolutions we may have made and even if we have tired or less "successful" days here and there, there's something about the idea of starting anew that is refreshing to the spirit. And there's certainly no harm in setting goals we hope to achieve because even if we don't get all the way there on some of them, we'll at least have made some fresh effort.

Dec
28
2015

It's finally here! The book selections for the next year have been carefully chosen and are now assigned to their very own months. Feel free to bookmark this entry as a handy reminder, but know that I will continue to post mid-month reminders in plenty of time before you need to get ahold of the next book.

In 2016, it'll be a little different since Andee is more of observational participant (she's going back to school to prepare for a new career goal, so I'm sure she'll need the extra time!) Thank you to mom & Sarah Beth for agreeing to throw in an extra book to keep us going in the meantime. And now, without further ado (well, maybe a little ado), click through to see the list!

Dec
26
2015

I'm so thrilled to be able to say I made it through yet another year without missing a book or getting behind on my reviews! It's not always easy, but it's great feeling like I accomplished one of my goals for the year.

Another goal I accomplished this year was reading 25 new books! Fortunately, our club books fed 11 of those 25, so the two efforts overlapped a bit. I also read a lot of comic books and at least 4 books that were re-reads (which I didn't count), so all in all, 2015 has been the most reading I've done in a long time!

Dec
15
2015

Hi, everyone! I hope you're well on your way to being ready for Christmas (less than 2 weeks!) and that your book list is starting to come together for 2016. 

I realize I haven't posted any fresh content in two weeks and honestly it's mostly because there hasn't been much of interest to report. I've been buying Christmas presents, planning the day-of meal, working and generally going about my usual business. But I do have one new thing, so I thought I'd share. I have a new workout routine!

Nov
30
2015

Okay, everyone, I’m going with the monthly theme idea for next year’s book picks, but to make the selections easier, I’m offering up to 3 options per month. All of them are based on actual special days (whether you’ve heard of them or not!) within the month in which they appear.

Remember, Andee is only a part-time member for 2016, so you’ll need to pick 4 months/books this time around. Feel free to throw in a book you’ve already read if it helps you. Each theme word is broad – as long as you can make a mental connection between a theme word and a book choice, I’m cool with it, and the genre is your call.

Nov
23
2015

I was about to start typing my usual, "Can you believe we're up to the last book of the year already..."? when I suddenly had this panic of, "Oh no! I never posted the December book reminder! ... or did I?" So I had to go and check and thankfully I had. Whew! Bad memory. Still, though, I can't believe we really are talking about the December book already. Though I do definitely feel like I've read a lot this year! In a good way.

Anyway, I know not everyone read this book, but that's true of almost any month, and I will never fail to write a discussion post! So here we go for those who did and/or those who are interested in my thoughts on it.

Nov
20
2015

This past Saturday, Adam and I made our way to the 10th Annual Fall Owl Fest at a raptor rehab place just a couple miles down the street from our house. Apparently we missed seeing signs for this last event year because pretty much any time you combine animals with nice weather with free, I'm in!

I did know the Avian Reconditioning Center was there because I drive past it all the time. I was just never sure when/if the public was welcome ... until now!

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