April 23, 2014

What's Up Wednesday


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! 

WHAT I'M READING
THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden
WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor...

...still. At this rate, I think THE ORENDA is going to be a DNF for me, I'll be 90 by the time I finish WAR AND PEACE, and just slightly younger by the time I get through DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS. My April reading list is looking pathetic right now.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing so far this week (I've had a lot of other fun stuff going on), but I'm hoping to spend tomorrow tackling more revisions.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Gorgeous, no-coat-needed weather is making me want to get things done, make the most of my days, and all that fun stuff. I think everyone in these parts feels much the same way. Though, I do find it a little odd that some of my neighbours feel the need to mow lawns that are still partially covered in snow. I'm surrounded by wackadoodles, apparently. And considering it snowed for two days straight only a handful of days ago, I'm worried these weirdos will scare Spring right back into hiding again.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
This has been both a busy and fun week. My mom came to visit for five days, and we spent most of that time knitting (it felt like I had Chandler's Ms. Pac-Man claw hand) while watching a bunch of movies (Emma, North & South, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and The Young Victoria). I also introduced her to Gilmore Girls, which she really liked. On Easter Monday, we made afternoon tea--something we try to do whenever we get together. Scones with jam or lemon curd and mock Devonshire cream = DELICIOUS!

And, as you probably already know, this past Thursday was Rock the Drop for Support Teen Literature Day. My mom, being the good sport that she is, helped me drop books all over town. I really hope whoever picked them up loves them as much as I did. 


(Top left) My Rock the Drop picks: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS,
THESE BROKEN STARS, UNSPOKEN, AUDREY, WAIT!, and CINDER.
(Top right) The sweater I started knitting this past weekend. I'm 1/2 done!
(Bottom) Afternoon tea with my mom and hubs. Scones, sandwiches, tea...


Well, that's my week in a nutshell.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU, FRIENDS?



41 comments:

  1. Yum on the tea :) It's a great tradition.... You've had a busy week by the looks of it. having family come stay is always a heap of fun. I always find we end up doing everything possible just to cram in time with each other.

    Have a great week.

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    1. It was really tasty. We have a handful of recipes that we use all the time when we're doing tea, so that's kind of nice. Plus, I've had leftovers for the past couple of days, which is always great. I definitely had a really good time with my mom. Hope you're having a great week!

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  2. I can totally see Mom enjoying Rock the Drop! Remember how she hid all those Pikachus for Liam to find at the book sale? Every year, I say I'm going to participate, but I always forget or there's something else going on that day. Ah well. I'm glad you and Mom had a fun visit. I really need to plan high tea sometime soon too.

    Your comments about the books you're reading made me laugh my head off. That's just way, way too much to have on the go at the same time. Don't try to lift all three books at once or you might throw out your back. I'm still slogging through DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS too and feeling kind of bummed about that. I suppose maybe some people will enjoy it, but it isn't the epic ending I was hoping for. Anyway, hope you have a good day!

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    1. I completely forgot about Rock the Drop until Katy mentioned it a day or two before. I think it was kind of poorly timed this year what with Easter weekend falling right after it. Mom seemed to get a kick out of it, which now that you mention it, really shouldn't be a surprise. High tea was yummy as always. We should do high tea over Skype sometime! ;-)

      I am having the worst time getting into GODS & MONSTERS. The worst. I just don't feel like picking it up, which is never a good thing, especially when it's so honking huge. I keep thinking of all the things I'd *rather* be reading right now, which is just a massive bummer. Maybe I'll plow through it this weekend, who knows. Talk to you soon!

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  3. Glad to hear you had such a lovely time with your mum :D And hooray for rocking the drop!

    Enjoy the spring! It's in full bloom here. So beautiful.

    Have an awesome week, Jaime :D

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    1. Thanks, Cole! It really was a great time, especially since tea + scones were involved. ;-) It's extremely windy and kind of rainy today, so I guess that's a bit spring-ish, right? I really hope we get the "full bloom" part of that equation soon. Hope you're having an awesome week!

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  4. My mom helped me with Rock the Drop last year! Sounds like you two had a wonderful visit -- I'm so glad. You'll have to share your scone recipe. Yum! Good luck with GODS & MONSTERS. I still haven't started because I'm sort of intimidated by its enormous size, but I've been hearing good things. I hope it lives up to my high expectations! Have a wonderful week, Jaime, and best of luck knocking out some more of your revisions!

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    1. That's right, I remember your mom helping you out with Rock the Drop. I should have taken pictures of my mom helping out. :-) We really did have a great visit, but then we always do. Little secret: the scone recipe is actually just a biscuit recipe that's much easier to make and tastes very much the same. I have made scones plenty of times, but keep coming back to 'easier' lol.

      I'm really hoping to make a dent in GODS & MONSTERS this weekend. I think once I get a bit further in than I am, it might become unputdownable and I'll wonder what I was griping about before. Hope so! Hope you're having a great week, Katy! :-)

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  5. War and Peace is one of those classics I've never tried to tackle, and I'm not sure if I will. I probably should, though!

    It sounds like you had a lovely time with your mum; you can't go wrong with a good old period drama. :)

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. The funny thing about WAR AND PEACE is that it's not at all difficult to read. The difficulty comes in just the book's colossal size. Certain things are a bit confusing, but the language itself is really easy. I'm just hoping I can get back on track reading it regularly so I can finish the thing already!

      I had a really great time with my mom, but then I usually do. She hadn't seen some of the period dramas, so it was the perfect thing to do while knitting. Hope you're having a great week, Jess! :-)

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  6. Sounds like you had a really nice visit with your mom - and wow, you left some great books around town! I didn't participate this year. I remember last year we had a huge snowstorm and I had to delay my drop by one day because school got out early and I had to get the kids. This year - huge snowstorm and school was delayed two hours! Hello? It's April? Anyway, I'm going to start collecting books now for next year. :)

    I love your pictures - tea sounds delightful. I need to have a tea party, I think.

    Good luck with your reading and revisions! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. I almost forgot about Rock the Drop this year, but thankfully Katy mentioned it a day or two beforehand, so I had time to gather some books together. We never have nice weather here either for Rock the Drop, but at least it wasn't snowing this time around. It does mean that all the books have to be left inside where they don't run the risk of getting soggy, though.

      You should definitely do a tea party! I always enjoy it immensely. Plus, it's fun to try some different recipes to have with the tea. Hope you're having a great week, Sara!

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  7. The tea with your mom looks absolutely fantastic! And I love your Rock the Drop picks (and the beautiful note that went with them)! (Everything in your life looks beautiful to me)

    And I cannot believe how much progress you've made on your sweater already. I knit many, many halves of scarves. Seriously, I have about 6 partially finished scarves in my Closet of Doom. (aka craft closet) I bow to your knitting prowess.

    I think I might be the only person on the planet who wishes Dreams of Gods and Monsters was longer. *grin* I was really hoping it would last me more than a couple of days. I have to ration books sometimes, because being in the middle of a good book is the best. Though getting *actual* work done, and remembering to eat food is good too. ;) #bookjunkie

    Hope you have a marvelous week and that you have time to get some revisions done. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! It's funny, because I've always thought everything in your life was beautiful. All those lovely pics you share all the time... :-) I wanted to put a little note inside the books so people would know that they could take the book and what it was all about.

      This sweater is actually a pretty simple pattern, so it whipped up a lot faster than most would. Plus, I had my mom sitting beside me knitting, so that made it easier to just keep on knitting instead of setting it aside for something else. Can't wait to see how it all turns out in the end. You should take a couple of half knit scarves and attach them somehow. ;-)

      I'm really hoping to get sucked into GODS & MONSTERS soon. I think it might just take a solid chunk of time to get hooked. Right now I'm picking it up here and there and that's no way to read a book. At least not for me. This weekend should be good for some solid reading time. Hope so!

      Have a great week, Kris! :-)

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  8. Sounds like you had a lovely visit with your mom! And DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS is on the very imminent TBR. I was not a big fab of DOSAB, but the sequel was really good! Interested to see how the trilogy wraps up. :)

    Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. I really did have a great time. :-) It was nice just to sit around knitting and watching fun movies all weekend. Can't normally justify that, you know? It's funny, because I really liked DOSAB and didn't enjoy the second book as much. Totally the reverse of your experience. Here's hoping we both end up loving this third book. Have a great week!

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  9. What's new with me? Not much, which is why I haven't done a WUW post this week (but feel free to drop by and check out today's flash fiction!). Afternoon tea and scones is something I don't ever recall doing in England. Now, my Irish relatives always bring out scones, sandwiches, snacks, and tea whenever there's company. I think they'd be more likely to do the "afternoon tea" bit than any of my English friends/relatives. That spread of yours looks delicious. Except for the Earl Grey tea. Sorry, not my favourite at all. Otherwise, jolly good! :D

    Have a lovely week, Jaime! :)

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    1. We've been doing afternoon tea off and on for some years now. When Todd and I were in London we *had* to go for afternoon tea. It just felt like the thing to do, and we weren't disappointed. I would definitely do it again, but go somewhere like Fortnum & Mason instead. After you mentioned not liking Earl Grey before, I went through a period of thinking it tasted too soapy or perfumey. (You've ruined me on Early Grey tea, Colin! LOL :P)This particular brand actually tastes pretty good, but a lot of them have a sort of Chanel N°5 taste. Blech.

      Hope you're having a great week, Colin!

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  10. ROCK THE DROP seems so cool, I need to do it some time. :D That afternoon tea looks lovely.

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    1. Rock the Drop is definitely lots of fun. It was a bit tougher finding places to drop books this time around because the weather was iffy (snow? rain? who knows?) and we live in a much smaller city than we did last year at this time. Still, it was pretty fun. Afternoon tea was yummy and, like you say, lovely. I always enjoy doing it. Hope you're having a great week, Emma!

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  11. ROCK THE DROP!!!! I forgot to do it this year :( but I am so glad you did, and so many others did as well. Sorry to hear you didn't do any writing but honestly…I have not written in a month O_O but it feels great. I've been reading a ton and seeing friends and family etc. It's a nice break :)
    Have a great week!

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    1. I almost forgot about Rock the Drop this year. I mean, I knew it was coming up, but it wasn't until Katy mentioned it on her blog that I realized it was upon us. I just grabbed books off my shelf and ordered replacements online, so that was easy enough to do. I did so many other fun things this week, I think it's okay that I didn't get to any writing. That's life, right? I'm happy you're enjoying this writing hiatus that you're on. Sometimes it's just nice to enjoy life outside of being strapped to a computer, you know? Hope you're having a great week, Rachel!

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  12. Your tea pictures look awesome! They make me want to go out and get my own tea set. I always just drink tea out of weird Santa mugs and the like…

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! It was lots of fun and super yummy, like usual. I've always kind of thought it would be fun to collect mismatched tea cups and saucers. Like, each cup and saucer would be a matched pair, but each matched pair would be different from the next. Totally fun and eclectic. Plus, you can buy them at garage sales, antique shops, thrift stores, you name it. I might have to do that sometime. :-)

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  13. Gilmore Girls!! Now I want to pull out my DVDs and have a marathon watching session. Hands down, my favorite show of all time.

    And the afternoon tea looks lovely. What an awesome tradition to do with your mom. Love!

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    1. Buying all seven seasons of GG was one of the best things I've ever done. Also, buying Veronica Mars. My mom was totally into it and just kept saying, "You can put on another episode of Gilmore Girls." Done. :-) It's been ages since I watched it, so it's like watching it again for the first time in some respects.

      Afternoon tea is always fun and, of course, super tasty. I'm glad we started doing it however many years ago. Hope you're having a great week, Meredith!

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  14. My old neighbor used to mow his lawn pretty much every day - I think he just enjoyed riding around on his mower :) Yay for warm weather, hope it is here to stay for you!

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    1. Someone mentioned that their mowers might have an automated raking feature (?) attached, which does make more sense, but still. There's still some snow, people. Simmer down. I think I might enjoy a ride mower, come to think of it. Especially since I don't have a driver's license. ;-)

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  15. Sounds like a lot of fun! :) Rock the Drop sounds like an awesome idea.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Rock the Drop is loads of fun. I've never been brave enough to lurk around the drop sites and see who picks the books up. Maybe next year?

      Have a great week!

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  16. LOL Chandler's Ms. Pacman Claw Hand. "My hand is messed up!" It sounds like you had a wonderful week! I love high tea, even if it's not the exact British version. I agree, beautiful weather, good books, and family time is really special.

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    1. I basically had not one, but two Chandler Bing Ms. Pac-Man claw hands. LOL. That's what I get for trying to push forward to the end of that particular knitting section. Hope it pays off in the end! This afternoon tea had some cheats here and there--biscuits masquerading as scones, pretty mugs instead of tea cups, nary a cucumber sandwich to be had--but it was still pretty yummy and fun. We have some stock recipes that we always use, but it's nice to mix it up sometimes. The hubs and I went for afternoon tea when we were in London and that was a wonderful experience. (He's totally into that kind of thing too, so I feel pretty lucky.)

      Hope you're having an awesome week, Rebekah! :-)

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  17. Glad to hear you had a nice weekend and are enjoying the spring weather!

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    1. It really was a great weekend. Now if it would get sunny again instead of grey, windy, and rainy. ;-)

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  18. Sounds like you had a great visit with your mom. Sometimes enjoying the simple things in life, like tea the day after Easter, is more important that big word counts. Have a great week!

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    1. I really did have a great visit with her. It was wonderful to sit around knitting and watching movies and, of course, having afternoon tea. A great way to recharge. Have a wonderful week, Kate!

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  19. I love that you watched all those British shows! That's exactly what me and my mom do when we get together, except this time when she came for just one night, my kids wrangled her into watching Frozen.

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    1. They're my favourites, by far. I mean, I *know* you agree that John Thornton and Captain Wentworth are the absolute best. ;-) I thought about watching Frozen with my mom, but there just didn't end up being enough time. Maybe next time?

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  20. Rock the Drop sounds like a neat idea. Do you just leave books wherever so that someone can find and claim them?

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    1. It's so much fun taking part in Rock the Drop. And you do exactly what you said: leave books wherever and whoever comes across them gets to claim them. That's why I put the FREE BOOK note inside. I think otherwise people might not know what to do with it. Part of the fun of Rock the Drop is coming up with places that have maximum exposure for teens (and adults!) to find the books. Well, and since April always has sketchy weather around here, finding places that aren't outdoors. I've done it three years in a row now and plan to keep on going!

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  21. Those scones and jam look amazing!

    Yay for Rock the Drop! I keep meaning to every year but forget to check when it's actually happening. One of these days I'm passing on free awesomeness!

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