June – Reading, Listening, Loving

Things that Help Me Get Through The Day

One of the most important things you can do for yourself, especially as a mom, is incorporate some time each day to do something you enjoy.

I find that if I don’t allow myself this time, I become really grumpy and a bit resentful of everything I am doing for everyone else.

This is where I will be sharing with you what has brought me joy over the last week or so. You will most likely always find books here because I am an avid reader.

I hope you find some inspiration to participate in something you enjoy each day!

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Books

Into the Water, Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This is from the same author as The Girl on the Train so I was anticipating it to be a real thriller. Though honestly, I don’t remember much from The Girl on the Train other than it was a thriller…

I won’t reveal too much about the book, but overall I was a bit disappointed. With so many characters, it was difficult to connect to any of them. Plus, the characters were not easily likable.

If I had to pick one thing I did like about the story, it would be the relationship that formed between an aunt and her niece. In the end, I felt pretty ambivalent about this book and a little disappointed that I spent my time reading it.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

If you are looking for a to make you laugh, this is it. My son was so confused that I was reading a book and laughing.

Just a warning, there are a lot of f-bombs dropped in the book, and a lot of talk about dead animals. If these things are offensive to you, you may want to stay away.

I loved reading the story’s about Jenny and her crazy childhood. But I also loved reading the hysterical banter between her and her husband.

Jenny has social anxiety and depression and she’s more than happy to tell us how these diagnosis play out in her every day life. She actually talks more in depth about her anxiety and depression, using a lot of humor, in her second book, Furiously Happy which I also read and loved.

The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

I picked up this book because I knew it took place primarily in Alaska. Kristin Hannah is a wonderful storyteller. I read her book The Nightingale before this. The detail with which she tells a story truly makes you feel like you are living right along with the characters so I was excited to learn about Alaska through her words.

I was not disappointed with Kristin’s portrayal of Alaska. I learned a few things about homesteading from the main characters.

If you are looking for a light happy read, this is not it. The story is really heavy and depressing at times. But if you are looking for a story that you can really sink your teeth into, while learning a little bit about Alaska, you will like this.

The story grabs you emotionally, I ended up crying a few times toward the end. I also missed a few hours of sleep because I couldn’t put it down. Overall, I loved the book.

Podcasts

You probably know that I love Bravo TV. I was introduced to this Podcast almost a year ago and I don’t know how I lived without it!! It’s called Watch What Crappens.

Watch What Crappens Podcast

The hosts, Ben and Ronnie, recap pretty much every single detail of almost every show on Bravo. But they do it using their HILARIOUS impersonations of the bravoleberities.

I can’t tell you how many times I have laughed to the point of crying while listening to Ben and Ronnie. I love this podcast so much that I sometimes just watch the shows so that I can listen to their recap.

Be warned though, they are extremely crude and vulgar sometimes. This is something I have to listen to on my earbuds, or alone in the car. This podcast has helped through endless road trips and many miles walking. I also listen to it while I’m doing things I really don’t love, like getting ready in the morning or cleaning my house.

Loving

One of my favorite hobbies that allows me to use my creative side is cross-stitching. It helps calm me and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Cross Stitch Portrait of Teaching is a Work of Heart

I created this cute little picture as a thank you gift for my son’s kindergarten teacher. I love making these portraits because you can put so much detail into them.

His teacher loved that I put her in a jumpsuit. She said it’s one of her favorite things to wear!

I get most of my ideas for these portraits from the Stitch People book.

That’s It for June!

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