Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Reading List

I mentioned in my last post about how one of my resolutions was to read more. It's hard to find time with a two-year-old and a one-year-old underfoot, but I have a secret weapon: I ignore the housework (on a related note: please don't ever drop by unannounced, haha!). I'm also patient with each book and settle for reading in ten to twenty minute bursts instead of uninterrupted hours at a time.

Here's what I've just finished (and I recommend them!):

An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Here's what's currently on my nightstand:

Growing up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

And here's what's on my ever growing list of things to read:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Teach us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Love Does by Bob Goff
When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman
A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof

What about you? Have you read anything good lately? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

This blog has been silent for far too long! I had all of these grand plans about this little online space, and then the holidays happened, and life happened, and posting didn't happen.

But I'm back. 

Do you make new year's resolutions? I usually don't. Back when I was a special education teacher, all of my new year's resolutions were made in August. I had the best of intentions of staying on top of my paper work, of actually using my word wall, of grading in a timely manner. And I'd be pretty good at it until about November, when I'd start feeling burned out and switch to survival mode. 

But now that I don't have a classroom to worry about, I found myself making actual new year's resolutions for the first time. 

They are:

-Sort/put laundry away in a timely manner
-Read more books
-Decorate our bare walls
-Exercise a little every day

Please don't ask me how I'm doing. I take comfort in Mary Shelley's quote, pictured above!

What about you? Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them?

Keep an eye out for more new posts in the days ahead!