• 2022 My Year in Books
    General Thoughts

    2022 in Books

    In 2022, I met my Goodreads reading goal of 110 books (just barely)! Here are my top 10 fiction reads for the year, all of which I rated at 5 stars.   Fox Creek (Cork O’Connor, #19) William Kent Krueger Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline Heart Bones Colleen Hoover The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan Breathless Jennifer Niven The Probability of Miracles Wendy Wunder The Midwife’s Secret Emily Gunnis A Day Like This Kelley McNeil Everything Must Go Camile Pagán The Lighthouse Sisters Gill Thompson I also read several nonfiction books in 2022. Here are my top 6, which I also rated at 5 stars. How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing K.C.…

  • A heartbroken woman sitting in the house embracing her.
    Essays,  General Thoughts

    Just get over it

    It’s funny. I find myself saying “Get over it” to my kids sometimes when they’re whining about one thing or another—usually something insignificant in the grand scheme of life like someone eating the last brownie. If only the phrase worked for more significant things. Getting over it would benefit me in so many ways. One year ago today I was unemployed for the first time in my adult life. I was scared, depressed, and hurt over the whole situation. I tried to put on a brave face for my family, but I know they could see through it. About two weeks after that first day of unemployment, I accepted an…

  • Essays,  General Thoughts

    2021 in review: How the year played out and the best books I read

    Organization I’ve been trying to start this blog post for the past two days, but I keep getting caught up in one home organization project or another. I organized the clothing in my dresser and closet. Then, I sorted through all my jewelry and placed it into old pill boxes and various decorative storage containers to keep it straight, And this evening, I moved my sewing kit into one plastic lunch container so I could get rid of the old plastic drawer solution since the drawers never stayed closed. Of course, that doesn’t include the regular things I did such as loading and unloading the dishwasher, doing laundry, cooking dinner…