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??

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Goals.

I didn't make any goals for 2015 other than my reading challenge, which I completed.  But I definitely have plans for some things I want to accomplish this year.
1. Read through the Bible start to finish.

2. Spend time with Jesus every day.

3. Complete my 2016 book challenge.

4. Finish a 5k

5. Grow as a cook/baker.  
More on this later, but I have definite things I want to accomplish in the kitchen in 2016.

6. Sell my decorated cookies. 

What are your goals for 2016??

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Book Challenge Recap and 2016 Goals.

This year, I finished my reading challenge with 85 books!  I realized around mid-October that I had several categories left to go still unread.  I just barely finished by the skin of my teeth (finished the last one on New Year's Eve), but I did it! 
I really enjoyed this challenge-- it took me out of my book rut and got me to read some really great books (looking at you, Jane Austen, Z, and Columbine...).  Since I read more than 80 books this year, I won't go through all of them.  But I do want to share some of my favorites (the links take you to my review of that book on my book review blog, Bookworm Katie):

Pride and Prejudice  //  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  //  The Invention of Wings

Inn Boonsboro series

Cormoran Strike series

For 2016, I decided not to do a similar book challenge again, although I really liked the idea and will do it again in the future.  Next year, I want to read some books that might take me a while to get through.  So I don't want to pressure myself too much to read a high number of books or a large variety of categories again.  Instead, I have made a few specific book goals for 2016:

- Read Gone with the WindThe Pillars of the Earth, Little Women, and either Emma or Sense and Sensibility

- Read the Bible from beginning to end again

- Start and finish an entire book series

- Read at least five books that have been on my to-read list since before 2014

- Read three books by new-to-me authors

- Read at least five non-fiction books 

These goals are definitely doable, but will again get me to read books outside of my favorite genres, become more well-read in the classics, learn new things, and help clear off my to-read list! 

What were your favorite books of the year?  Any book recommendations for me??