Sunday, November 18, 2012


I have been busier than I have been in a long time. Mom time, book writing time, church stuff, family time, and lots and lots of exercise. I know everyone wants you to think you can get skinny by only spending five minutes a day trying, but that is such a lie. From the time I change into my exercise clothes until the time I hop out of the shower is close to 2 hours. Every single day. And, by the way, it is paying off. So there.

I have been wearing my hair up in a high bun almost every single day. (Much like my beautiful freshman roommate, but hers are prettier. I am so trying it her way this week.) Since I've been exercising at night and then showering right before bed, the high bun has been a winner since I can both sleep in it and wear it the next day. And it keeps my hair off my neck and out of my face--a must.

I have, for the most part, stayed caught up on my book project schedule. At any given time I'm really either ahead or behind (currently: behind), but I'm still very positive about finishing all of the test runs for each project before we leave for Thanksgiving break in a few days. If and when that happens, it will be AMAZING. Guys, seriously. You have no idea.

I have been wearing these little black flats every day, except when it rains. When I first bought them they were a little too small. Now they are slightly stretched and oh-so-perfect. Cute, comfy, and they go with everything. And they are definitely a few notches up from my regular "I put no thought into this outfit" footwear choice.

I have had no time to sit down and read blogs, which, by the way, is one of my favorite past times. I feel so out of touch with the blogging world. And it's NaBloPoMo! Sigh. Such is the blessing of being busy with real work.

I have been reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I'm in a little book club with a few friends and that's the book we're reading for December. In all honesty, I have never been much of a reader. And I don't think I've ever read a "classic" when it wasn't assigned for a school class. I admit, I was half looking forward to this read and half dreading it. But from page one I have been nothing but excited about this read. I thought the language would be thick and old and hard to get through, but it's not at all. And I love the story. And so appropriate for the Christmas season! Also, I am a bit of a strange bird in that I am much more interested in reading a book if I already know the general plot. Surprise endings are fine, but surprise entire-books are too much of a gamble for me. I hate getting partway into a story and then finding out that it's gross or scary or dumb. In general, I'm about a billion times more likely to go read a book if someone already spoiled the whole plot for me. Anyway, I definitely already know how this book ends, but perhaps that's part of why I'm enjoying it so much.

We have been reading the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems with Olivia over and over and over and over again. She is so delighted by them. The text on each page is fairly short, the characters are plain and lovable (and, hello, one of them is an elephant, which she loves), and they are just plain funny. My sister suggested them to me a few weeks ago when we were talking about easy reader books and, well, we are hooked. I'm double in love with them because they're simple enough that I think Olivia will be able to read them on her own within the next year or two. So far we've been checking them out from the library, but these are books that Bryan, Olivia, and I all love enough that I would love to start our own collection of them. Maybe if Olivia is a very good little girl she'll find some under the Christmas tree this year.

Lately, life has been great!


Tiffany said...

I love Elephant and Piggy! There's a Bird on Your Head is one of Brian's all time favorites (along with the George and Martha books that we also love). I think that Watch Me Throw the Ball might be my favorite...but its hard to say bc I love them all. (I also recommend the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems. Its great too. Maybe we should start a children's book book club. :)

Kathy Haynie said...

You are amazing. Go, Katie! So proud of you for all that you are doing. (Haha - clicking over to Kendra's post about her hairstyle made me think...maybe I should do a quick post about how I do my hair? Um, that would be about 1 sentence. Hahaha.)

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

So glad you're enjoying elephant and piggie books! We love them here...and that just gave me an idea for a bookmark. I'll have to see if I can pull it off.