A Little Friday Fun

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more glad that it will be Friday when this post goes live. I need the weekend. It’s been a long week for no particular reason. Maybe it is still getting into the swing of things with the girls back to school or that I’m working on a particular aspect of my project at work that is both monotonous and frustrating. Regardless, the week is almost over and I thought I’d post something light and fun for today.

Something that has made me smile consistently all week has been pictures of my niece, Charlotte. She just celebrated her first birthday. I cannot describe how much I wished I could have been in Chicago this past weekend, but Facebook has made it much easier. My sister posted these pictures of her eating her first birthday cake. How can you not look at these and smile? She is adorable and I love her to pieces.

Charlotte's First Birthday Cake

Charlotte's First Birthday Cake2

Not as little and messy any more, but just as cute are my two girls. Allison (the tallest) is now a 4th grader and Emma (the goofiest) is a 5th grader. No matter how hard I try, I cannot stop thinking about how this is her last year in elementary school. It seems like yesterday that Emma was the baby smeared in chocolate icing. As every parent discovers, time flies.

New School Year2


Emma’s first day of school was really rough. I could tell by the way she got in trouble at her after school care and with her father when he picked the girls up. We had a good heart to heart talk that night. I hoped that I both gave good advice and that Em gave the best of it a try. I am happy to report that she’s loved school every day since then.  Tonight I over heard her tell Danny that she loved school. It made me happy. Special thanks to my Twitter buddies for their good wishes and kind words that night. Support makes all of the difference.

Emma has always been a reluctant reader. She’s discovered that reading helps her to get to sleep at night. She’s a nigh owl and it’s been a struggle to get her to fall to sleep at night since she was an infant. She still claims it’s boring and that’s why she is able to fall asleep. But reading about someone or something else takes us out of the weeds of our own lives and when you can get your mind to stop racing, you can fall to sleep. I will quietly hope that this develops into a broader love of reading, but I’m not pushing a thing. Last night they discovered that we have two copies of a Junie B. Jones book. Emma challenged Allison to see who could finish it first. They may see it as a competition, but I see it as their first sisterly book club read. Woot! I’m thinking I’ll let the “winner” can choose the next selection.

Earlier this week I reviewed Night Film. My finished copy arrived on Tuesday and I am IN LOVE. I have had fun touching it and skimming the pages. The inside cover is gorgeous and my favorite thing about it right now.


I love the spooky trees. I found out as I was squeeing all over Facebook and Twitter about it that there is an app to go along with the book. OMG! I downloaded and played with it for just a short period of time, but it is going to be a fun part of my weekend. I am going to enjoy exploring the book all over again. It makes me so glad to be a reader alive in the here and now. Certainly the extra technology isn’t necessary to enjoy this book, but it is impressive how immersed Marisha Pessl was in this world she created and how she’s taking that to another level. If you haven’t picked up a copy, why don’t you? That and the free app are more than enough to make for some good, Friday fun.

Finally, the 23rd is always my favorite day of the month because my Audible credits refresh today. That always makes for a fun day. I’m picking up The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin. I love this Chris Ewan series and that Simon Vance fellow sure can make for a pleasant listening experience. My second credit is still in play. I’ve been eyeing Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel and narrated by Karen White (love her!), The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle and narrated by Georgina Sutton (new to me), and The White Princess by Philippa Gregory and narrated by Bianca Amato (loved her work in The Kingmaker). So many good audiobooks, so few credits when it comes down to it.

Have a great weekend everyone!



  • At 2013.08.23 05:51, Sandy said:

    Oh, I remember the icing covered babies! Now one of mine is driving. Gah! Anyway, my youngest is normally the one that has the hardest transition back to school…last year I got the first call from school about three days in! He is doing better this year in 8th grade. I’m not sure if you’ve listened to the Rod Stewart biography on audio but it is narrated by our Simon and is AMAZING. He is amazing. To heck with Stewart, Simon is the attraction there.

    • At 2013.08.23 14:25, Jennifer said:

      I think of all the baby moments, the one I most looked forward to and hold dearest is the first birthday cake ones. Don’t ask me why. Maybe because I remember my little sister’s first birthdays?

      Allison is more prone to have school trouble, so to have Emma have difficulties was a different experience. I think of her as so confident and assured, very different in that respect from me. I am glad we had that talk and I hope that it will be a new beginning between us because more than anyone else in my entire life, we butt heads the most.

      One of these days I will overcome my lack of interest in Rod Stewart’s life and will pick it up. Maybe I’ll sing, “If you want my audiobook and you think my voice is sexy, come on sugar let me know…” I hate that song, but hey. LOL!

    • At 2013.08.23 07:14, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      I can’t believe how big your girls are! I remember when I first met you and you had one of them with you and how small she was. I love the girls’ reading challenge – it doesn’t matter who finishes first, they’ll both win by reading it.

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      • At 2013.08.23 15:15, Jennifer said:

        I remember that day, Kathy. It is really hard to believe. I hope that the girls think it doesn’t matter (too much) who finishes first. They might not catch on that they won until later. By then, it will be too late. 🙂

      • At 2013.08.23 08:20, Karen White said:

        I really didn’t have time to read blog posts this a.m. (should be working right now!) but I’m so glad I read yours! From the first day of school story (mine are both starting new schools here in NC and we’ve only been to Open House – they start next Tuesday and are SO nervous), to the reading before bed (eldest has been having a hard time getting to sleep – last night I suggested journaling to get her thoughts out of her head), and then to the very nice mention of my work! Sea Creatures is a beautiful story. Though it did get me kind of freaked out about hurricanes. Of course not freaked out enough to put together a hurricane survival kit (like we never had an earthquake kit in CA!) babbling now…

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        • At 2013.08.23 15:17, Jennifer said:

          Moving to a new school must be hard. I wish them well. They seem really happy in NC, though. I’ve suggested journaling to Emma as well.

          I’ve been interested in Sea Creatures since I received the ARC, but knowing that you were narrating the audiobook sealed the deal. One way or another, I’ll be listening. 🙂

        • At 2013.08.23 08:56, Serena said:

          My little one is still too young for school…but she loves reading and sleeps well, so I guess I’ve lucked out in that at least. Night Film looks gorgeous and everyone seems to llove it.

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          • At 2013.08.23 15:18, Jennifer said:

            Night Film is a lot of fun. I hope you get to it soon.

          • At 2013.08.23 12:29, jenn aka the picky girl said:

            I love this post, J. So heartfelt and so indicative of life. I’m sorry Em had a hard time, but I’m so glad it’s gotten better.

            And I know what you mean about kids as readers. My sis was the only one of us who wasn’t a reader growing up, and even though we never felt like we pressured her, she’s said she did feel that way. As an adult, she loves to read, and I’m so grateful for that. It’s so nice to be able to share that.

            Love the sisterly book club comment! 🙂

            • At 2013.08.23 15:20, Jennifer said:

              Thanks, Jenn! I’m glad to hear that your sister is a reader as an adult. It gives me hope. I get jealous when I see pictures of my friend’s kids or my nieces and nephews reading. As much as I wish they were both natural readers, maybe my job is it help them on that path.

            • At 2013.08.23 18:29, Mandie said:

              What lovely girls you have. Glad to hear Emma has settled at school now. Great that they are reading and what a good idea to let the ‘winner’ choose the next read.

              I so know what you mean about Audible credits – there always seem to be way more books I want to listen to every time credit day comes round.

              Am currently listening to Philippa Gregory’s The Lady of the Rivers.

              • At 2013.08.23 23:19, Amy C said:

                Your girls are so cute! I enjoy reading your blog but I rarely comment. I have an Emma too! She’s a little younger than yours, she will be starting 2nd grade next week and my younger daughter will be starting kindergarten (sniff). I’ve heard so many good things about Night Film, I’m really tempted to read it but slightly worried that it will be too dark. Is it gory at all or more just dark/suspenseful?

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