It’s a new year, a new decade.  You’d think I’d come up with some good resolutions or something wouldn’t you?  Like being a better blogger who actually posts once a week.  I am always thinking of stuff to post, but then I procrastinate.  Procrastination….I am an expert at that!  If I could change one thing about myself it would be that.  Getting rid of that alone would move me forward to meeting a lot of my goals, dreams, ideas, unfinished projects, losing weight, etc., etc.  I always have such good intentions, but then that procrastination thing ruins them.  I am always feeling like I live my life half finished all the time!   I remember telling Dave’s mom once that I do a lot of things, but I don’t do any of them really well.  I’m not sure if I’m just lazy or a perfectionist who knows it won’t be perfect so I get discouraged before I even try.  Hmmmm…. maybe a little of both :). 

Anyway, here’s a couple of books that I finished reading.  Feels good to say that “finished”.  See I do finish some things!  Although it’s taking me longer to read books as I just have to snatch a minute or two here and there.  And I have this annoying habit of reading more than one book at a time.  Here’s a couple I have actually finished:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book! Charming, witty, funny, and I loved the way it is written as letters back and forth between different characters.  Takes place just after WWII and the German occupation of the island of Guernsey off the coast of England.  A fictional story with a historical fiction setting.

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My Antonia (Bantam Classic) My Antonia by Willa Cather
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think what I loved most about this book was the lovely descriptions of nature and the awareness of the main character. I also liked the whole growing up story of Jim and his recollections and memories of things later in life as he looks back to tell the story.

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I’ve also been listening to some books on tape in the car driving to work. I sure does help the time pass faster. There are actually quite a few free ones if they are public domain books. Right now I am listening to Charles Dickens Great Expectations. My awesome hubby got me a FM transmitter that works with my Blackberry and my Ipod so I can listen to either one. So cool!

Just a quick little update. I’ll be posting more soon about our Christmas and other things we have going on.

1st Post of 2009!

January 11, 2009

Good grief! I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted for so long! Not that I’ve been lazy or anything. Christmas and New Years got over with and it started doing some organizing and cleaning. Yesterday we even worked on some much needed projects to actually “finish” the house. It’s so dumb how we let all those little things (caulk, paint touch up, tile kickplates, etc) not get finished. We’ve been in this house for over a year now and it’s just ridiculus! Anyway we’re trying to do a couple little jobs each week this winter so we can concentrate on the garden and yard this spring.

I am so looking forward to having a garden again! It’s been 3 years and I’ve really missed it. I’m going to start my own seeds again this year and have been making plans with the seed catalogs. I just have to remind myself to be careful not to do too much!

I didn’t really make any new year’s resolutions this year. When I have in the past I seem to just get depressed because I didn’t follow through. Not that I don’t have some ideas about things I’d like to change or do, but I try to look at them as ongoing and not just new for the year.

I never did post any pictures of our Christmas. It was a nice day and very calm and relaxed. The only visit we had was from Grandpa Stoddard and Uncle Ben. We got a Wii which kept everyone entertained. Everyone was really spoiled with everything they got! Later that day we all went outside so the kids could play and Dave and I could try and keep up with the snow. The snow that day was great and actually wet enough for a change so the kids could make snowmen.