Sunday, March 26, 2017

Odds and Ends

Hello! Can you believe it is almost April? I am ready for winter to be over.

Two great news story that happened in Wisconsin this week. Here and here. Both videos went viral and made it on Good Morning America.

My parents came up to Madison this weekend and Jeff's parents also came by and we all had lunch together. The girls chit chatted while the boys watched golf.

The weather was in the 60s on Friday so I went for my first walk/jog outside. I was so sore this weekend since I haven't excised in forever.

A few of our college friends came up to Madison and we went to the Badger hockey game.
Speaking of Badgers, how heartbreaking was the basketball game on Friday night?

Last but not least, Jeff finished the puzzle- all 2000 pieces. He approximated it took him about 30-40 hours.
Wishing you all a great week! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Work Book Club

Our work started a book club after the holidays. The last Monday of every month we meet after work and have dinner.
I hosted the latest book club at my house.  I got out our wedding dishes and silverware for my work ladies. I found these cute napkins on Zazzle and thought they would be perfect for book club!
I made Chicken Stir Fry and we talked about Small Admission by Amy Poeppel. Since I hosted, I get to pick the next book. Because of the HBO series coming out, I chose Big, Little, Lies!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


 Here are the books I have read in the past month. 
All In Pieces: Very YA and on the boring side. 1 star

The Unexpected Everything: This one has been on my TBR list for awhile. I have seen so many others read it and enjoyed it, but I just couldn't get into it. It didn't help it was SUPER LONG. 1 star

The Fill-In Boyfriend: Probably my least favorite Kasie West book.  2 stars

Summer of Supernovas: Did not like very much and wasn't into the whole zodiac thing.  1 star

How to date a Douchebag:  I decided to read it after it made Maryse's List. It's your average "jock falls in love with the nerdy girl" book which are usually a fun read.  4 stars

The Score: Did not like it as much as the first 2 Off-Campus books in the series. (And I LOVED the The Deal) Maybe it didn't help that I had this book on hold for over 6 months before I finally got to read it. Not sure if I will read the 4th book. I heard it wasn't that great.  3 stars

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me: Also on Maryse's Top 2016 Books and I thought it was such a good slow burn sports romance.  It is a pretty long book, but don't let that scare you.  5 stars

Small Admissions: This one was our book club book for January. I probably wouldn't have read it on my own, but I actually enjoyed it.  Kate gets dumped and has no job and no place to live. Her sister Angela gets her a job in the admission office of a fancy school in NY. Emails, texts, and recorded phone conversations are part of the book.  My favorite character was Angela's husband.  4 stars

Commonwealth: This one was also on my hold list for quite awhile. It's been all over the book world to read. The husband of one family has an affair with the wife of another.  They divorce, marry each other, and their families become intertwined over the next 5 decades. It's a little slow at times, and sad, but also hopeful (if that makes sense).  4 stars

Sunday, March 5, 2017


 Here is another slew of books I read around the holidays.
The Bookshop on the Corner: For some reason I thought this book had a Christmas theme, but it doesn't. Not that it matters, but it threw me off a bit reading it. It tells the story of Nina whose librarian job becomes obsolete and she realizes her dream of owning a bookmobile. 3 stars

Miracle on 5th Avenue: This was a perfect Christmas read. The author even liked my instgram picture I posted. Such a cute story!  4.5 stars

Sorry Not Sorry: I HATED this book. I only read it because I had watched Glee. There were hardly any Glee stories in the book which was highly disappointing. Also Naya put relationship advice in her book and she just recently announced her divorce, so yeah. 1 stars

The Sun is Also A Star: Isn't it a cool cover? This book had a ton of hype, but I liked this author's other book (Everything, Everything) better.  3 stars

Punk 57: I read Bully and wanted to read another book by this author. I didn't love it as much as Bully, but still enjoyed it.  Two kids are pen pals for years when one of them finally realizes who they have been writing to all this time. This is definitely an angsty, romance book. 3 stars

The Girl on the Train: This book put me on the edge of my seat. I really want to see the movie now!  3.5 stars

Twelve Days of Christmas: This was a sweet feel-good Christmas romance. Julia loves life and has a grumpy next door neighbor. She decides to kill with him kindness and document it in her blog. Julia is a kind, outgoing person, and goes out of her way to help others. Cain is a grumpy man who just wants to be left alone. When the two meet, they clash. With the suggestion of a friend, Julia decides to kill Cain with kindness, as part of a twelve day challenge.SI I highly recommend for the holidays!  4 stars

Love and Gelato: Cute YA book that makes me want to go to Tuscanysweet, feel-good Christmas romancescandys.3 stars

Love, Rosie: They are friends, but the timing never works out for them to be together. The book follows them for YEARS. I then rented the movie from library. This is one of the rare instances that I like the movie better than the book.  3.5 stars

What have you been reading?!

Sunday, February 26, 2017


It has been awhile since I have done a book report.  All these books I read in November/December so I'm very overdue on posting. I thought I would write this up while having the red carpet of the Oscars in the background.
Don't Tempt Me: A story of neighbors falling for each other.  I didn't really like this book- too fluffy for me. 2 stars

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo: I enjoyed this book by Amy Schumar. A lot of stories I didn't know about her, so I was entertained the entire way.  3.5 stars

Into the Deep: My first book by Samantha Young. I liked it and read the second book in the series as well.  I definitely will read more by this author. I want to read On Dublin Street next. 3.5 stars

Girl Underwater: Not very realistic, but a good plane crash book with a hint of romance. 3 stars

Superficial: I love Andy Cohen, but this book was just too long. I enjoyed all the tidbits since I'm such a big Bravo fan, but it was just never ending. 3 stars

Keep Me Posted: This is about 2 sisters who write letter to each other and one of them posts their letters to a "private" blog.  Somehow the blog becomes public and they become insta-famous. Boring book- don't bother.    2 stars

Losing It: This was our first book club book. I first saw it on the Skimm. I thought it was pretty bad book.  2 stars

What Light: I love the cover of this book. Easy, Christmasy young adult book. 3 stars

Winter Storms: This was the last book from the Winter Series by Elin Hildebrand. I felt for being the last book, the author didn't really tie up all the loose ends. 3.5 stars

I just realized I didn't rate any of these books above a 4.  Nothing really wow'ed me in these books. Stay tuned for another book report soon.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Odds & Ends (including Valentines Day)

It sure feels like spring ahead here, especially with the tulips sitting on our kitchen counter that I bought for Valentines Day. I just love the pink color!

I ordered some wedding pictures and can't wait to put them up when we get our new bedroom furniture.

We ordered heart shaped donuts for the work crew from Basset Street Brunch Club.
I have been saying for awhile we should do a puzzle together.  So Jeff surprised me with a 2000 puzzle for Valentines Day and we have been working on it every night this week (well more Jeff than me!)

Has any watched Imposters on Bravo? I normally don't watch their scripted shows, but I recorded it and watched the first 2 episodes over the weekend. I think I like it? I will definitely watch at least a few more episodes.

Oh speaking of TV, did you see Britney Ever After over the weekend? Yikes! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

TV time

I spent a lot of time catching up on all my DVR shows this weekend.

Have you been watching the Bachelor? 

A few episodes ago they were in Wisconsin and there was a fantastic article about the behind-the-scenes filming of it. Another good article about the farm they filmed at on their group date. It was super interesting to me since I was so familiar with all the locations!

Please tell me you have been watching This Is Us. The best show out there IMO.
I just LOVED this article about Chrissy Metz this week. Never ever give up.
If your a fan of the show, I highly recommend watching Mandy Moore's instagram stories. She shares snippets of filming (like her make-up process for becoming old).

 I caught up on Bravo's new show Summer House this weekend. It isn't as stellar as Vanderpump Rules, but it passes the time.

 I am currently watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Ladies of London, and Vanderpump Rules on Bravo.

I also caught up on Nashville. They switched to the CMT network so I have to get used to it being on Thursday nights now.
Am I the only one that is happy Layla is gone? I have liked this season so far.

Scandal and HTGAM have both returned to Thursday night.  I have been a huge Scandal fan, but I have to say I have been enjoying HTGAM much more so far. It has been so thrilling!

The most disappointing show I'm watching has to be Quantico. I watched all of season 1 and have been really not loving Season 2. I am almost ready to call it quits. It is almost a totally different plot with new characters and it is very hard to follow.

What are your favorite TV shows?!