The “L” Word

Beware!!! You may start itching and scratching if you read this.


I picked Abby up from daycare early today. As soon as I walked in they told me there had been multiple cases of lice today. They’d already collected blankets and bedding and warned me to be on the look out. They checked each kid, and Abby was fine. I, however, am not fine. I CAN NOT stop itching.

I’ve already done one load of laundry, and I’m getting ready to do at least two more loads of laundry. I’m having flashbacks to sitting in a hard chair while my mom combed and combed and combed and combed my hair for hours after slathering me in chemicals and scrubbing the hell out of my head.

Abby may be fine, but I won’t be until I was ALL of the bedding in the bedroom.


Reading Challenge 2017

My book list has been finalized! This is not the reading order.


  1. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  3. Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  6. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
  7. The Gadget by Paul Zindel
  8. 1984 by George Orwell
  9. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  10. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming
  11. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora N. Hurston
  12. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning
  13. The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle
  14. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  15. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  16. Jack of Kinrowan by Charles deLint
  17. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


I’m starting with books I have, or have borrowed. I had intended to do books I haven’t yet read. There’s one on this list that I started last year but never finished. I included one from everyone who recommended me a book. Then assigned a number to the 20+ books and did a random number generator for the other handful that I needed.

I started reading last night, and I will be accompanied by a friend on this journey. I started with My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming. I’m only a few pages in, but it’s very intriguing. I shall update when progress has been made.

The First Snowfall of the Season

I mentioned way back there *gestures ambiguously at a post from the past* that I would make a post about my planners. I also mentioned that I would write a post about how I made my hexagons for Temperature Blanket 2016. This isn’t those posts. Though, I am working on both of them.

I’m currently sipping on scalding hot, hot chocolate. Lately, I’ve made it 6 out of 7 nights. Abby loves it. It is especially appropriate tonight. My little patch of the world had its first real snowfall. After reading Facebook, I woke Abby up with an excited, “Abby it snowed!” She was so excited. There’s barely a dusting of snow when we leave the house. Abby looked up at me. She had this look of confusion and disgust on her face, and she said, “Where’s the snow, Mommy?”

Yeah, where is the snow? Half the counties around us closed down for practically nothing. By tonight, there’s at least a half-inch outside, and it is SLICK! Driving to work I slipped twice. Coming home? I pulled into a parking lot, and Dad and I switched places. I think half the time I was sliding and the other half was actual driving.

We made it home safely. Abby got to play in some snow. The trash is out. Bellies are warm. Everyone is just lying around now. The snow is still falling, but gently and quietly. There’s something so peaceful about snow. When it’s snowing, all I need is a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and I’m content.

Books, Books, and More Books

I’ve spent most of the last two days laying around in bed. I’ve run a few errands. I played in my planners. I finally took pictures of my planners. I’ll post those in my next post. I want to edit out birthdays and what not.

It’s been a very relaxed weekend. Tomorrow, I go back to work. I have massive amounts of laundry to do, and I’m doing a Reading Challenge for this year. My goal is to read 14 books before the end of the year. I use to read 50+ books every year, but now my reading time is mostly right before I go to bed. The only format that I’m excluding is Audiobooks. I listen to Audiobooks while I work. They don’t count because I’ve already read and listened to The Wheel of Time books a hundred and a half times. I’ll post my list as soon as it’s finished.

Here’s what I have so far:

  • The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  • The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James

Suggestions can range any genre, and if you have one, please comment below!