Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

I know, it’s Thursday, and these posts usually go up on Wednesdays. This week has been a complete nightmare on all fronts, so I’m taking being one day late as a win.

1. Wednesday was National Cereal Day, my favorite made up holiday, and I made sure to post a list of my top ten to declare my love for sugary cereals with animals and cartoons as mascots. I’m not even going to apologize or make excuses. Golden Grahams bring me joy. Cocoa Puffs make me happy. Ya gotta have  a reason to make it downstairs in the morning.

2. Last weekend my friend and I took Sawyer to one of those ceramics painting places and we had so much fun. I’ve never done it before, but I knew it would be a hit with my son since he is so into coloring and drawing right now. I think we spent over two hours (and too much money) catching up and watching him paint.

3. Still totally loving The Armchair Expert podcast. Dax Sheppard is equal parts charming and egotistical, but he has had a total comfort with his first three guests that makes the overall flow of conversation perfect.

4. Joy the Baker put out a tutorial for Petit Fours, which I love but have always been super scared to make. This is definitely on the short list of baking projects.

5. It has taken me a ridiculously long time to choose a new set of white dishes. White. The absence of color. Why is it so hard?  BECAUSE I AM MAKING IT THAT WAY.

6. I recently received a box full of books that I’ll share soon. My husband and I got our tax return back recently and we always dump some of it into our household account and then split the rest (we both claim single/zero, which I know is not the way to go, but it ends up in a large return that we are 95% responsible with). I save most of it every year, but I always let myself spend $100 or so bucks on some new books. They’re just sitting on a table in my living room right now calling to me. “Christiiiiiiiiiiine stop being responsible and reeeeeeaaaaad ussssss.” 

7. I am reading John August’s middle-grade book, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire right now, which, honestly, and am having a hard time getting through it. Not because it’s bad or because it’s hard; I can see kids liking it and it’s very easy. I just have a really hard time connecting with YA and kid’s novels, for the most part. August talks in his podcast about not wanting to be compared to Harry Potter, but daaaaaang there are some obvious parallels. This is definitely not “the next” Harry Potter, either. 

8. My students are starting to get college acceptance letters and it’s the best. 


  1. I love cereal, too, and I have a bowl every morning without fail. Current pantry inventory: Cap'n Crunch, Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Other faves: Cinnamon Life, Honey Nut Cheerios.

  2. I have some lovely creations from those ceramic painting places, thanks to some of my grandchildren. Mugs, usually. I don't drink out of them, because I don't want them to break!

    I've been binge-watching Parenthood on Netflix, and the only character I really like is the one played by Dax Shepard.


  3. So, for some reason, I always think this is on Thursdays so it's fine with me. I lived on cereal growing up: Honey Smacks (called Sugar Smacks when I was kid), Cap'n Crunch, Froot Loops, Apple them all. My body doesn't like as much sugar these days, but still have them upon occasion. Do you remember vanilla Cookie Crisp? They were supposed to be like sugar cookies.

    Can't wait to hear about your books.