Friday, October 4, 2013

Moved In! September 2013 in Review

Another busy month around these parts!  Obviously my posting frequency has gone down lately, but I am happy to report that we are fully moved into our new home...PHEW!!  We are still busy with unpacking the last few boxes, making endless trips to Home Depot, and wishing we had a box spring (our queen size box spring didn't fit up the stairs...therefore, I have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for the last 3 weeks as we await our new!), but overall the move went well and I am looking forward to getting into a routine around here.

We did have lots of exciting milestones this month too.  The Hubs and I celebrated our 6-year anniversary, though it landed smack on moving day, so it was mostly celebrated by unloading boxes and sweating too much.  Still, a great day:

I also had my 30th birthday (as you know), and I hit the third trimester of this crazy pregnancy!  Time is flying and I can't believe I have less than 3 months til Tater Tot arrives.  EEK!!  Here's an update on my growing bump for ya...this was taken when we went out to dinner for my birthday (27ish weeks), and I feel the moving boxes as background are very appropriate:

Otherwise, I have been trying to fit in all the reading I can with my new birthday gift, a Kindle Paperwhite (thanks Mom!).  I am pretty much in lurve with it, madly and deeply.

Anyway, how was the reading this month?

The September 2013 Fave/Least Fave picks go to:

September 2013 Favorite:  Flowers for Algernon  by Daniel Keyes
September 2013 Least Favorite:  Help for the Haunted by John Searles

In total, I read/reviewed 6 books:

Early Decision  by Lacy Crawford
The Shining by Stephen King
Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Help for the Haunted by John Searles

Otherwise, I celebrated my favorite books of love, and created my "30 Books to Read by 35" list (kinda) in honor of my epic birthday.

Now, on to October!  Month of fall and pumpkins and PSLs and way too many apples!  (Seriously, we went apple picking last weekend and I have a bushel of them, so send me all your apple recipes before I develop a fruit fly problem.)  Enjoy your month, reader friends!


  1. Congrats on the new house! Pregnancy suits you, you're glowing :)

    1. Aww thanks!! I don't always feel very glowy, so I appreciate the compliment. Haha.

  2. Your schedule makes me tired! Of course I am not 30. I am old enough to be your grandmother. My oldest granddaughter is 28.5 and just had her first baby! So yea for great grandsons!!! :)

    1. Congrats to your granddaughter (and you!). My husband's grandmother is delighted by our son, and I'm sure you are experiencing the same joy :)

  3. Congrats on the move!! And you look so adorable!! Yay for 3rd trimester!

  4. You are one GORGEOUS preggo. That's the cutest baby bump I've seen in ages. I'm so glad you've moved and can now settle in- with plenty of time before the tater tot arrives. So much cute!

    1. Thank you my dear! And yes, I need to remind myself that we have plenty of time...haha.

  5. I have Help for the Haunted from the library. Disappointing, huh? I haven't started it yet, and may not get to it before I have to bring it back. The King Arthur Flour web site has a recipe for an apple cake with brown sugar frosting that looks fantastic for an adult cake (walnuts in it). Congrats on the getting through the big move and on your anniversary!

    1. Eh, it wasn't bad but if I had other books awaiting my attention, I wouldn't rush to read it to get it back before the due date. :) Thanks for the heads up on the apple cake!!

  6. Day-um girl! I never looked half so cute when I was pregnant, lol. I tended to be pale and harried looking ;) You are glowing for reals!

    Hooray for the Paperwhite! I have one and loooove it :D

    1. In all fairness, this was the night we went out to dinner for my 30th birthday. I had a whole 90 minutes to shower and make myself presentable. My usual uniform these days includes a pair of maternity sweatpants and my hair in a top knot, so this picture was chosen selectively for sure. LOL.

      And yes to the Paperwhite! I had an old-school Kindle for the last 2.5 years but the Paperwhite puts it to shame.

  7. Happy anniversary/birthday/moving day!

  8. Happy anniversary-birthday-moving day! You look great! :)

  9. Congrats on getting all moved in! And happy anniversary! I hope things settle down for you soon :)

    1. Thanks Katie! I hope they do too...haha.

  10. Aw, I'm glad to hear you're all moved in - hopefully things will calm down soon =)


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