Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Books.

2016 was another great year for reading!  I don't know how I did it, but I read 100 books this year.  I read some duds, but also some really wonderful stories.  All 100 are at the end of this post, but here are some of my favorites!
Most Fascinating True Stories-- Empty Mansions, Hillbilly Elegy

Favorite Heroine-- Maggie Hope series

Best tortured hero-- Harry Hole series

Most Magical Royal Romance-- The Royal We, The Heir/The Crown

Best Ending I Didn't See Coming-- A Hundred Summers

Best Bible Study-- James: Mercy Triumphs

Best Nostalgic Story-- Home

Most Challenging but Rewarding Read-- Desiring God

Best Audiobook-- Truly Madly Guilty

All 100!

UPDATE: I finished Leah Remini's book Troublemaker on New Year's Eve, bringing my total to 101!  It was another five-star read, and I highly recommend it.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Snowed In.

Well, I'm still snowed in my house.  The city hasn't plowed our street, so it's still completely covered with ice and snow.  Fortunately, I brought plenty of work home last week to keep me busy today!  It was a lovely weekend though.  

The snow started overnight on Thursday, so I woke up to a winter wonderland on Friday.
It sleeted all day, often heavily.  I had never seen it sleet that forcefully before-- like pouring down rain, but ice.  Since we were stuck inside for three days, I cooked a ton.  I don't remember ever cooking nine meals in a row in my house before, but I did this weekend.  I made creamy chicken and rice soup, pot roast and mashed potatoes, brownies, stovetop popcorn and more.
I got to use my new dutch oven!
It continued to sleet and snow into Saturday until we were totally snowed in.  No distinguishing between where the street ended and the yard began.
Donny and I watched a lot of Boston Legal (which is fantastic!), played a lot of SkipBo, and read books.  I finished Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore.  
We also started and finished Making a Murderer.  It was so fascinating and infuriating to watch.  Like almost everyone, I was outraged at the seeming miscarriage of justice that occurred.  After finishing the series, though, I've read a lot of articles about the reality of the case and the trial that was not portrayed in the documentary series.  I'm less convinced that he's innocent but still outraged at the justice system in Wisconsin.   
Now today, I'm working from home watching the snow melt ever so slowly.  Thankfully, the courthouse is closed today.  I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get out of my road tomorrow and get to the office!
How was your weekend??