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Friday Five February 6, 2015

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Five things happening this week…

1) Reading:  I finished reading Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.  It was good, but not my absolute favorite by her.  She still remains my current favorite author.  Love her writing style, and all the surprises that just keep coming in each book.

Three Wishes


2) Watching:  We of course watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, though I did not care who won the game.  My favorite part was the half-time show with Katy Perry…not that I am a huge fan, but because Avery thoroughly enjoyed it.  She was mesmerized by the visuals and the poppy, upbeat music.  Anything juvenile such as this, is so much more fun when you get to watch a child enjoying it!


3) Shopping:  I have been looking for a new phone case for a while now, but either can’t find one that I like, or when I do it costs more than I want to spend.  Or, as is the case here, I finally found one from the Rifle Paper Co. I was ready to buy, and it’s currently sold out.  So…I’m on the lookout for another one again.

Floral Lace Protective iPhone Cover


4) Cooking: I made a Meatza Pizza for dinner a few nights ago that I found here.  It might have been good, except that I followed the recipe exactly, which turned out not to be a good thing.  I included the optional 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, which turned out to be way too much!  It ruined the meat “crust” because it was too hot.  I also felt the “crust” was too thick.  If I were to make this again I would spread the crust out in a much bigger pan than the recipe called for.  From here on, I will probably stick to the real thing or make a cauliflower crust as we have before, which tastes much better.



5) Loving: Avery and her cuteness.  She spilled her milk last weekend, said, “Sorry Mommy,” then walked over and got a towel from the drawer and cleaned up her mess.  Now, if only she would do this for every mess she makes!  :)




Favorite Books of 2014 January 4, 2015

I read 34 books this year, totaling over 11,000 pages.  That is by far the most pages I have ever read in a year.  I contribute this to finally finishing my masters and the ease with which I can sneak in a few pages on a book here or there on my Kindle or Kindle app on my phone.  I also got into reading a lot on the treadmill at the gym.


Writing the below list was rather difficult, as I felt I read a lot of good books this year, but not very many that jump out at me as being amazing.


The best 8 Books I Read in 2014:  (though not necessarily released in ’14)

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (as mentioned in my previous book post)

2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

5. The Alloway Files by E.J. Roller (written by one of my oldest and dearest friends)

6. Daily Wisdom for Women: 2014 Devotional by Barbour Publishing (my favorite of the three daily devotionals I read)

7. The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

8. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes


*Finally, a quick screenshot of the covers of each book I read.

   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society     Little Bee     What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect)     The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)     Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
   Arsen: A Broken Love Story     The Best of Us     The Silent Wife     The Theory of Opposites     The Husband's Secret
   Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada, #2)     Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail     The Last Anniversary     Praying God's Word Day by Day     Believing God Day By Day
   A Life in Men: A Novel     What Alice Forgot     The Language of Flowers     Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)     Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
   Wedding Night     Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance     The Alloway Files     Big Little Lies     Serena
   The Girl You Left Behind     The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)     The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)     One Lavender Ribbon     After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5)
   Holidays on Ice     Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)     Time of My Life     Mistletoe in Manhattan     Bittersweet
   Daily Wisdom for Women - January 2014: 2014 Devotional Collection

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