June 7, 2016


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I've been writing again! And loving it. The baby has been taking longer naps during the day, which allows me to use that time to do things like write. It's been so great to get my butt in the chair to revise one of my WiPs. I've decided that finally finishing a story again, is just the motivation I need to keep on going. Writing is becoming a habit again, so fingers crossed.

I just finished Morgan Matson's latest, THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, and really enjoyed it. It has everything I love in a summertime read: friendship, a sweet romance with a sweet boy, just enough conflict to keep it from feeling too angsty, and all that good stuff. My one quibble—and I can't believe I'm even saying this—is that it was a wee bit too long. Like about a hundred pages too bulky, especially for this kind of contemporary story. That's not much of a complaint, though.

Now, I'm just starting SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, and I couldn't be more eager to read this one for a few reasons: my sister recently met the author, and she's as lovely in person as I suspected she might be; I read BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY and was moved by the story and subject matter; and I've heard only great things about her latest novel. During the summer, I tend to read a lot of contemporary (mostly because so many of them are set in the summer), but it's nice to mix things up a bit with a historical I'm certain I'll enjoy. Have you read this one yet? What did you think? (#nospoilers)

Honestly? A whole lot less TV lately. I had gotten into the habit of watching HGTV during the day while taking care of the baby (home reno shows are like crack), but I've started leaving the TV off and *gasp* it's amazing what I've accomplished in its place. My husband and I are planning on getting rid of cable but keeping Netflix, and I'm pretty excited about this. 

We have been watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's a little weird, sure, to be watching hockey when it's 30°C outside, but since I've cheered for the Pittsburgh Penguins for some time now and they're in the final round, it seems only right. We recently watched The Finest Hours, which was good but made me anxious thanks to my fear of drowning and my inability to swim. Ha! Last night, we watched Zoolander 2, and it was every bit as bizarro as I was expecting. Probably more so even.

My husband likes to listen to the radio first thing in the morning. I much prefer a more quiet start to my day, but what can you do? I've been hearing The Lumineers' "Ophelia" quite a bit, which just reminds me I need to buy the whole album. 

Also: X Ambassadors' "Unsteady", which I kind of like even though my husband thinks one of the background noises in the song sounds like someone shaking a can of spray paint. Apparently, he's not the only one who thinks so because the first YouTube review of the video says the exact same thing. I just really like a great voice, and I think the lead singer has one.

I'm taking part in the Sweet Summertime Reads 2016 photo challenge hosted by Ginger at GReads! I love a good Instagram photo challenge, so this one should be fun. And since the topics are only one per week, the commitment level is much lower than many other challenges. So, I'm thinking about this week's topic—"Your Summer TBR Pile"—and which books I'd like to have in my pile. Since it's taking me longer to get through books these days, I'm going to have to be choosy. If you'd like to join in, check out Ginger's blog for the #SweetSummertimeReads2016 photo challenge topics. Should be fun!

I've been thinking a lot about all of the things we're going to get to do with Gemma as she gets a little older and it's kind of exciting. Me: "I can't wait to introduce her to Harry Potter. Maybe one day take her to the Wizarding World." Hubs: "I can't wait to see her try tasting a lemon for the first time." Sure, Todd. That's definitely something worth anticipating. Haha! :P

...For so many things it's mind-boggling. I struggle so often with simply being content with the things I have in life, which I know is kind of awful because I have so much more than so many people in this world. I need to keep telling myself that. It's okay to wish for things, to have dreams, but when it starts dragging you down, well that's another matter altogether.

In an effort to find more joy in the simple things in life, I'm trying to come up with solutions to some of the things that have been bumming me out. One of the things that's making me happier is compiling a list of fun stuff we can do as a family this summer, most of which is cheap and uncomplicated. (Which is key with an infant.) Some of those ideas:
>> Take a drive in the country to go exploring.
>> Go for family walks to the park or to get ice cream.
>> Spend time reading in the backyard, enjoying the nice weather.
>> Use our inflatable pool (a $30 Walmart special) when it gets hot.
>> Enjoy this time with Gemma while she's tiny. It'll go by super fast.

I mean, with a cutie like this, how could I not be happy?

So, what are you currently up to?


  1. Yay for writing again! And for cheap summer things to do - I've got a list of those myself :)

    I love all the blue in the SALT TO THE SEA photo. I haven't read the book yet, but it's in my TBR-pile so hopefully soon.

    My husband and I try every year to watch The Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Caps are our local team and they continuously choke, so...we never get very far. Maybe next year!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

  2. Yay for new writing routines! I love your list of summer to-dos! Also, you picture of Gemma is adorable, as usual. :-)

    I thought SALT TO THE SEA was extraordinary. I read her OUT OF THE EASY and really enjoyed it, but SALT... It made me feel a million feelings, and the historical aspect was fascinating. I hope you love it, Jaime!

  3. When you're done SALT TO THE SEA we should discuss it over tea on Hangouts. It's one of those books that feels like a classic while you're reading it, even though it's new. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    Your summer plans with Gemma sound fun and relaxing. Lately we've been wanting to just kick back on our deck a lot--something we don't do nearly enough. It's too easy to fill summer with busyness and forget to soak in the season.

    Todd's comments about lemons cracked me up. That totally sounds like something he'd say. :)

  4. I haven't read THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, but everyone I know who has read it said that AT LEAST 200 pages could have cut. I think the thing is that she's a big name and so they might do less editing bc of that? Like when you know an author will just sell bc their name is sorta big? But I'm glad to hear it was good! :)

    Ooh this might be an Instagram challenge I can do. I have trouble when it's 1 a day. I'm so bad at them! But I never have a set TBR so not sure I can do the first picture, but I'll try to do the others. Thanks for sharing about it Jaime!

    Good luck w/revising!!

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