Do you have a favorite bookshelf? This is mine. I have a little bit of an obsession with clothbound books (the Coralie Bickford-Smith covers by Penguin are my absolute favorites.)
It’s been awhile since I told you about how I organized our home library and I want to talk bookshelves, but first, a confession. I am not even close to keeping up with my 2013 reading goals! Are you? During the month of horrible colds/sinus infections that rampaged through our house, I got completely bogged down in the giant Les Miserables that I naively thought I could start and finish in February. What a fool I was! I have Victor Hugo sitting on my bedside mocking me.
I know it’s going to take me weeks and weeks to make it through all 1300 pages of Hugo’s style, so instead of just getting stuck and losing momentum I’m going to read a few pages everyday while moving on to what’s next, hopefully finishing by year’s end.
The good news is that I did finish:
- A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit
- The Penderwicks at Point Moutte by Jeanne Birdsall
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (a re-read)
- Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
And in addition to Les Miserables, I’m part way through:
I was supposed to finish The Brothers Karamazov by the end of the month but that’s not going to happen, so I’m going to save it for November and December when I catch up on everything I didn’t finish.
Do you read more than one book at the same time? What do you do when you get stuck?
Pregnancy Update/Project Simplify: Almost 35 weeks, folks! And the nesting instincts have arrived in full force! So, I’m going to town with Simple Mom’s Project Simplify:
This week’s project was drawers and shelves so first I tackled our bedroom and did a serious deep clean (I’m sure the sight of me maneuvering my giant pregnant belly around the floor in my attempt to clean the baseboards was duly hilarious.) Here’s the before pic of the built-in bookshelves/drawers:
You see the stuff all over the floor? That’s what it looked like everywhere in the room. I had serious catching up to do on organization/cleaning because of the 21 weeks of pregnant puking during which I did nothing but keep my children alive and do enough laundry to keep us in clean underwear (and sometimes that didn’t even happen. The laundry, I mean. The kids are alive.)
Ta da! I’m realizing that the problem area is the lowest shelf of picture books. I want them to be accessible to the kids, but they’re always everywhere, so Daniel’s going to make cubbies out of that bottom shelf so that they’re easier for toddler hands to put away.
Next I tackled Benjamin’s room:
Tiny pieces of legos everywhere!
Ahhhhh. Last night when Daniel went in to check on sleeping Benjamin, he noted, “It feels weird to go in there and not trip on something.” Too true.
Next week’s Project Simplify is closets, but first I need to tackle the completely unruly and overwhelming laundry room. I’m not even posting a picture. It’s too scary! But it would be nice to be able to walk to the dryer again.
The Quotable Lucy (gems from my 17 month old daughter, currently fond of coloring on her own face):
“Book ham! Book ham!”
I had no idea what she was talking about. She sighed condescendingly, went to the bookshelf and picked out Green Eggs and Ham. Duh, mama.
The Quotable Benjamin (gems from my 4-year-old son who refuses to be photographed these days, “No pictures!“):
“I can’t clean up the books! Baby Gwen’s making me so tired!”
Apparently, my pregnant whining has been worse than I thought…
“Wait…so….Jesus put Jesus in Mary’s tummy?! (You try explaining the mystery of the Holy Trinity to an inquisitive 4-year-old….the “one God, three Persons” wasn’t enough to satisfy him.)
Me: “I don’t think that was a man, Benjamin. It was a lady.”
Him: “Don’t contradict me.”
Reasons My Son Is Crying (This tumblr really is hilarious, but I find myself worrying about this poor child being “the crying kid” for the rest of his life, poor thing.)
Question: Who has switched over to a blog reader that they’re happy with (RIP google reader!)? Bloglovin’? Feedly? What should I switch to?
I hope you’re enjoying the Women Speak on NFP series! More posts from the wonderful guest bloggers coming soon!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!