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Monday Musings ~ February 15

February 15, 2016

Happy Monday and President’s Day!

TBR pile

1. Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day? We don’t really make a big deal about the holiday in our house. Since the day falls within Sophie’s four-day President’s weekend, I slept in, which is really all I ever want on any holiday (or any day, really). I am not the mom that makes heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast (not criticizing others; it’s just not my thing). Instead Bryan taught Sophie how to make her own scrambled eggs for breakfast (another win for me).

The weather was sunny, so Sophie and I went to the park. I made fillet steaks and Cesar salad for dinner, where I got to witness Sophie choke down lettuce like she was being fed poison. And I made the tri-frosting chocolate cake that I told you about last week. It was incredible, by the way. You can catch a photo of it on my Instagram page.

2. The photo above represents my current TBR pile of books. And there’s another stack of hardbacks behind it. It’s a bit out of control, I know; but so many great reads! As I mentioned last week, I kept starting books that would then lose my interest. But I finally started a book that I’m really enjoying. I picked up The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer at a Goodwill Bookstore last year sometime and started it this weekend. I found myself truly engaged and for the first time in a while, the pages just kept turning. I can’t wait to dive into this awesome stack when I finish.

3. Since today is President’s Day, I have to tell you about these awesome educational cookie/cracker snacks from the Dick & Jane Baking Company. I LOVE these little educational snacks that have every one of the U.S. presidents on them! They also have crackers with the states and capitals too. I was first introduced to the snacks when they were part of our Avery + Austin kit. Wouldn’t these be so cute for homeschooling or to give to a social studies teacher (or any history lover)? Sophie and I have so much fun checking out who and what is on the snack. Okay, I’m the one having the most fun, but she indulges my inner history nerd.

4. Have you done your taxes yet? I dread doing them every year because, as I’m self-employed, I always owe Uncle Sam. I finally finished tallying up all my mileages and expenses for 2015. Now just need to start the actual process. I like to start the process sooner rather than later so I can budget for the inevitable. Gone are the days of the refund check coming in the mail.

5. If you were a Girl Scout cookie, which cookie would you be? Because really, isn’t that the question on everyone’s mind? Apparently I’m a Trefoil, and I’m not sure how I fell about that.

6. So funny story that I posted on Facebook recently: A Facebook friend posted a status update asking how long should you wait until defriending someone after they die. Later that day, said friend defriended me. So I jokingly commented that there’s a good chance I may be dead.

Well, as it turns out, there’s an entire Facebook setting section dedicated to what you want the social network to do with your account when you die. So not only do you have to worry about your last will and testament, you also need to indicate your preference for Facebook’s memorial mode. If this doesn’t scream “First World problem,” I really don’t know what does.

What’s going on in your life? Tell me what you’re musing about this week!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2016 5:13 am

    Let me just say, that cake looked amazing!! I love your TBR stack. I have only read The Magician’s Assistant (it was great), so thanks for the recommendation of others to look into. I am currently reading Eight Hundred Grapes. I’m a Trefoil too! I’m okay with it since they called us “the Kate Middleton of cookies.” I’ll take that!

    • Leah permalink*
      February 15, 2016 9:44 am

      Trefoils unite! You’re right that being compared to Kate Middleton is not a bad thing. Looking forward to The Magician’s Assistant, and I’ll have to check out Eight Hundred Grapes.

  2. February 15, 2016 6:31 am

    We’re skiing for a few days in Utah so holidays all together not really “celebrating.”
    Great reading stack– please let us know what you think. I liked Mag. Assit, Shiraz, Safekeeping, and Station Eleven– very different.
    Happy February!

    • Leah permalink*
      February 15, 2016 9:45 am

      Have fun in Utah! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. February 15, 2016 8:59 am

    Welp, now I look forward to these posts every Monday so smart idea!

    As for your stack of books, I LOOOOOVED The Lost Wife. Let me know what you think when you get to that one.

    Your cake was gorgeous. Mmmm.


    • Leah permalink*
      February 15, 2016 9:45 am

      Thanks for the compliment, which I consider especially high praise from you! Looking forward to The Lost Wife. I read one of Allyson Richman’s other books and loved it.

  4. helen permalink
    February 15, 2016 2:39 pm

    Leah! Great post.

    That cake looked amazing! I am determined to make my birthday cake this year, and that’s a contender.

    Thanks for the TBR pile pic! I have been looking for some fiction to read — I’ve been buried in a stack of reference/non-fiction books for weeks. Do you have any recommendations off the top of your head for a light, fluffy read? Or an anthology of short stories, perhaps?

    I am apparently a Thin Mint. I had no idea I was cool in any way whatsoever. I think I’d rather be the “Kate Middleton of cookies.”

    • Leah permalink*
      February 17, 2016 8:18 am

      Thanks, Helen! I’m not as familiar with short stories, but I loved Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies.” It’s an older release, but still great. Andres Dubus III’s “Dirty Love” is also a compilation of short stories (and in my TBR pile). With respect to light and fluffy, I liked “The Traveling Tea Shop” by Belinda Jones. I also enjoyed “Delancey: A man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage” by Molly Wizenberg. It’s non-fiction, but a great read.


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