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2013 Reading Challenge
I've taken the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, pledging to read at least 52 books in 2013.
So I've added a list for 2013's books, but decided to leave my previous list of books read. (At least until I transcribe the list to some other list for safekeeping. )
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
6:50 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
The severe heat and subsequent drought conditions of the last several years wrought their damage. Shouldn't they tell you when you buy a house that you should water it??? I mean, if you come from a state where that's not an issue, how are you supposed to know these things??
We've always had slight issues with doors being harder and easier to open and close as the seasons waxed and waned, but things have not righted themselves this year. I can no longer completely shut my bedroom door nor the master bathroom door. DD's bedroom door and one of the hallway closet doors close, but they rub the upper jamb. All these doors are located on the far east side of the house and are ones you head north or south through. The bathroom door, which you walk east or west through, remains unaffected.
Some of the damage...
Space between kitchen back splash and the wall. Maybe between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch.
In Sonshine's room, up at the ceiling.
This is in the hallway. The door issues I mentioned are all on this side of the crack.
This is as far as I can close my bedroom door.
I guess it's time to look into foundation repair whether I want to or not. Anyone know any reputable and fair priced companies?
Monday, December 9, 2013
6:17 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
Last week an icy arctic-type weather system plodded across the state of Texas leaving many of us iced in for several days. After school activities on Thursday were cancelled and many districts across the area closed schools well in advance. Much to my surprise, ours was one of them. Normally, FWISD waits until the very last minute to decide. Which I get. Kids need to be in school.
Even DH/boss man deemed the office closed on Friday and instructed clients and employees that work would be done remotely. I don't think that has ever happened. But I wasn't complaining. I was certainly glad to have a three day weekend so soon after my nine day vacation. DD was supposed to be at work some 20 miles or so miles away by 5AM on Friday. Yeah, that didn't happen either. Though she drives a large pickup truck, affectionately call The Tank, she took a test drive around the block and had no traction at all and decided she wasn't chancing it.
Thankfully, we never lost power and our dead tree remained standing. I braved the cold temps to take some pictures of our house, yard and car...
Once I refilled the bird feeders, I enjoyed watching all the birds come and go.
We had the usual bird varieties in addition to the woodpecker I rarely get a chance to photograph.
I've often thought about installing a wood burning stove somewhere in this house. As I mentioned earlier, our power never went out, thankfully. I was a little worried about it though because we'd had several outages just prior to the Thanksgiving break. And even though Texas doesn't experience such bad weather very often, it can still get cold, and a warm fire would just be a good thing to have available.
If you were affected by the bad weather, did you get to enjoy it?
Friday, December 6, 2013
6:39 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
The other day I was in a right funk. Very pissed off about my troubles and jealous of pretty much everybody I know. Kind of ironic considering Thanksgiving was just last week. And just last Wednesday I even posted all the things I'm thankful for. And I am still thankful for all of them, but you know, sometimes we have bad days.
So today I needed a bit of a kick in the pants and decided to count a few blessings.
1) I have a husband and children who love me and whom I love.
2) I have family who loves me and whom I love.
3) My Brown Eyed Girl just celebrated three years clean.
4) I have a roof over my head and food to eat.
5) I have friends who care about me and whom I care about in return.
6) I can read books for free if I know where to look. (and I do)
7) Me and mine are relatively healthy. We're not suffering chronic conditions or illnesses.
8) I live in one of the more economically sound states of the Union. (Well, it is for now. I know it can change.)
9) I've had the opportunity to travel and/or live not only around the US of A, but to a couple of foreign countries as well. (Denmark and England)
While the list seems short, these nine things encompass a lot of blessings.
What about you? Is there something I didn't mention that you are especially blessed with??
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:24 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
Last year, if you remember, I did a countdown to Christmas, posting everyday on some aspect of the holiday. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing it, but as you can see I didn't plan very well for this year and, well, what's really changed since last year?
So as of today, there are a mere 21 days left until the big day. I've started a bit of Christmas shopping, though I s'pose I better pick up the pace a little.
This weekend, I'm going remove the fall and Fourth of July decorations and put up some Christmas ones. I'm not sure about the tree yet, but I'm definitely stringing some lights around this house (inside for now as it's supposed to be really cold).
And now that the Brown Eyed Girl has her own place and her own tree, it's time go through the ornaments and give hers to her. The ornament thing is one of her favorite traditions, and I have a couple of years to make up, so I'll keep on with it for now.
When do you start decorating for Christmas? Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? The first weekend of December? Or some other time?
Monday, December 2, 2013
6:38 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
Yeah, for the most part.
After most of nine days away from work, I am back. What I wouldn't give for another nine days and another nine and another. In other words, I wish I didn't have to work. DH keeps promising that eventually he'll hire someone to do most of what I do and then I can work from home. And I'm holding on to that promise.
So if I did work from home or was able to give up work completely, what would my day entail?
Well, cleaning for one. I'd definitely get back on a regular cleaning schedule and those once-in-a-great-while tasks would happen more regularly. I had a schedule once upon a time and it worked really well.
I'd cook too. It's hard to cook a tasty delicious meal when you get home at 5:15 and are already starving!!! If I were home I'd be able to start soups and stews and casseroles in the middle of the day and have them ready at a decent mealtime.
I'd exercise everyday. Well, I'd intend to, anyhow, since I'd have all those lovely hours to fill. Plus, then I could eat all those tasty meals I'd be cooking without worrying too much about carbs and calories.
And, of course, I'd proofread and write. There'd definitely be time for one or both everyday.
I'd do crafts and bake and basically be Suzy Homemaker. I should have been born in the 1930s or 40s when it was expected and acceptable and not frowned upon to aspire to that. But you know, I like being at home taking care of my family.
What about you?
Career Woman or Suzy Homemaker?
- Jen FitzGerald
Jen's Glossary of Terms
Books read in 2013
- Wish On a Star by Lauren Holly
- Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer
- Take a Chance, a Private Delights novel by Lavender Daye
- Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
- Protecting Their Child by Angi Morgan
- Outlaw by Angus Donald (didn't finish)
- The Warrior by Wanda Ann Thomas
- Private Designs by Lavender Daye
- Private Passions by Lavender Daye
- Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
- Pick Me by Kristine Mason
- Kiss Me by Kristine Mason
- Missing by Beverley Bateman
- Bedded By Her Bodyguard by Kristi Avalon
- Playing for Keeps by Jamie Denton
- Dare You To by Katie McGarry
- The Cradle Conspiracy by Robin Perini
- Behind the Lies by Robin Perini
- Ain't Misbehaving by Molly Cannon (audio book)
- Undercover Texas by Robin Perini
- In Her Sights by Robin Perini
- Christmas Conspiracy by Robin Perini
- Hunted by Beverley Bateman
- Private Delights by Lavender Daye
- Desired & Defended by Kristi Avalon
- Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
- Finding Her Son by Robin Perini
- Collision Force by C.A. Szarek
- A Texas Baby by Linda Warren
- Highland Moon Sifter by Clover Autrey
- Trusting Her by Starla Kaye
- Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans edited/compiled by Dan Freedman and Jacqueline Rhoads
- Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam 1963-1964 by LCDR Bobbi Hovis, NC, USN (ret.)
- Joyful Momma's Guide to Shopping & Cooking Frugally by Kimberly Eddy
- Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam by Lynda Van Devanter
- Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
- If it Ain't Love by Tamara Allen
- The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
- Downtime by Tamara Allen
- Off Her Game by Suzan Butler
- Bet on Love by Barbara Witek
- The Hand of Vengeance by Mike Mendoza
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio book version) by J.K. Rowling
- Offside by Juliana Stone
- The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg
- Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide by Aaron Allston
- Relentless by Cindy Stark
- Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- 100 Ways to Save and Grow Your Money, Financial Fitness for Regular People by Peter Sorrells
- Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
- I Want it Now: A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole
- From Dunes to Dior by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
- Aggie's Inheritance by Chautona Havig (didn't finish)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
- Lion in Babylon by Davis Bunn
Books Read in 2008-2012
- The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno
- Completely Restored by Robert Kerr
- True Father by Stephen Anderson Law
- The Last Honest Seamstress by Gina Robinson
- Christmas with the Prince by Michelle Celmer
- Harry Potter fan fiction by various authors
- Montgomery Justice: Behind the Lies by Robin Perini
- Highland Shapeshifter by Clover Autrey
- The Truth About Faking by Leight T. Moore
- Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn
- Sometimes it Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
- The Sweetheart Tree by Clover Autrey
- Taylor Made Life by Kary Rader
- Firday Night Lights: the Untold History of Television by Kathleen Olmstead
- Boarding the Enterprise by Smart Pop Books
- On One Condition by Diana Alberts
- In the Line of Duty by Donna Alward
- Off the Clock by Donna Alward
- Coming and Going by Casea Major
- The Driver's Seat by Casea Major
- The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal by Wendy S. Marcus
- Shall We Tell the President by Jeffrey Archer
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
- Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland by Melinda DuChamp
- One Knight in Brooklyn by Casea Major
- On One Condition by Diane Alberts
- Faking Mr. Right by Kerry Connor
- The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
- The Unauthorized Glee Companion: Filled With Glee by Smart Pop Books, multiple contributors
- A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss and Football in Dillon, Texas by Smart Pop Books, multiple contributors
- Robin Hood fan fiction by various authors
- Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
- Family Peace by Kate Wesley
- Table for One by Ros Clarke
- All I Want for Christmas by Ros Clarke
- Kidnapped at the Gun Show by Lavender Daye
- No Dress Required by Cari Quinn
- Stormfront: Seduced by the Neighbors by Kirsten McCurran
- Taken by Selena Kitt
- Dangerous Memories by Angi Morgan
- Training the Receptionist by Juniper Bell
- See Me by Natasha Moore
- La Bonne by Michele de Lully
- Temporary Mistress by Cecily French
- Bermuda Triangle by Sky Robinson
- Midsummer Dreams by Cindy Spencer Pape
- Highland Heat by Sasha White
- Her Secret Millionaire by Cat Shield
- Wild Justice by Liz Fielding
- Eternity Base by Bob Mayer
- Once a Good Girl by Wendy S. Marcus
- Bound by Trust by Lavender Daye
- Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet by Stacia Kane
- Marshal of Hel Dorado by Heather Long
- Twice is Not Enough by Emma Lai
- Southern Seduction by Luna Zega
- Kilt Worthy by Catherine Bybee
- Just Another Day at the Beach by Karen Rossi
- Sea Born by Clover Autrey