Odds and Ends

I hope the New Year is treating everyone well. The end of 2013 saw my reading life take a deep nose dive. I wanted to do everything and anything other than read. 2014 has been a lot kinder. I started the year reading Lexicon and it was fantastic. Then I loved each of the three February releases I picked up for consideration for the Bloggers Recommend newsletter. I won’t give anything away here, but February has been the best month of new releases for me personally since the BR newsletter began. On the audio front, I’m currently listening to The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and narrated by Wayne Farrell. It is so darn fantastic. It will break your heart and you won’t want it to end. So, while I may not be a very active blogger right now, I’ve certainly done some been reading.

The TV has become something more than an object I dust. I decided to continue watching Downton Abbey despite my lackluster response to last season. It’s pretty good, but not what it once was. No matter. I’ve also discovered the BBC’s Sherlock! Sure, I’ve heard people rave about it for a long time. I’ve also noticed the countless times Benedict Cumberbatch was mentioned online in in Entertainment Weekly. I quickly caught up through Seasons 1 and 2 and was ready for the premier of Season 3. During the first two seasons, I was all about Dr. Watson. I love his character and they way he compliments Sherlock. Then Season 3 began and


Now my heart is all aflutter for this “high-functioning sociopath.” The only thing that would make it more perfect would be if Simon Vance was cast as Watson’s uncle. I’m currently plotting a way to make that happen. I’ve since spent hours looking for Sherlock amigurumi patters and other fun Sherlock things and pinning them to my Sherlock board. I’ve only hit the tip of the ice berg. I bought the Sherlock and Watson charms because they’re so stinking cute. I love the bookmarks and they just might come next. I freely admit that I’m obsessed. Is Sunday night here yet?

I’ve been busy crocheting this winter. Earlier I worked on scarves for my sister’s family. It was for our Christmas gift exchange and some issues with my flights home for Uncle Ryan’s funeral gave me the chance to finish them all and deliver them in person. I was so happy with how much my nieces and nephew received them.

Christmas scarves

Once I got back home I started a little home improvement crocheting. I bought two baskets for the end tables in our living room. My plan with them is to store my crocheting implements and small works in progress. They’re wire baskets, so I’m crocheting liners to match our new couches. My plan after I finish these is to make an afghan or three (my girls steal my afghans no matter how many blankets they have of their own) to coordinate with the furniture and the new custom rug we bought that should arrive in the next few weeks. Here’s the first liner.

basket liner

On the weight loss front, I lost 36 pounds last year and I feel really good. This past week for whatever reason was a rough one. I anticipate a small gain when I weigh in this week, but I know what the true issue is. I stopped tracking. I’m back on my game now and plan on keeping up the loses. I’m heading to Las Vegas with my friend Trista this March and I want to be down 20 more pounds. Already the bathing suits I have are way too big for me. I’d like to go down another size or two before I start shopping. I look forward to seeing just how far I can go on my weight loss journey this year.

Back to the blog, I hope to resume a more regular blogging schedule soon. I’ve got a lot of fabulous books I’d like to highlight. It’s almost time for the Audie Award nominations to be announced, so I need to gear up for the Armchair Audies. Did you listen to any amazing audiobooks last year that you’d like to see recognized?

This month marked the 7th anniversary of Literate Housewife. I hope to have a blogoversary post up soon. I think a look back and a look ahead is in order.

I hope your January has been fantastic. What’s making you excited about 2014?


  • At 2014.01.23 06:16, Sandy said:

    I’ve had a hard time reading in print for a long time. Just too much other stuff going on around me. But the fact that I’m not posting reviews on the blog anymore kind of took the pressure off, so whatever. I can always count on my audios, though. Have you listened to “Nos4a2″? What a narration that one is! If you can find a sample, you should. Woman is NUTS! I’ve never heard a narration so unrestrained. And as for tracking calories, that is really the only thing that effectively works for me. The second I start eating something and not writing it down, or give it up completely with the idea that I will just be conservative, all hell breaks loose.

    • At 2014.01.23 07:59, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      Congratulations on the weight loss and the 7 years of blogging!!

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      • At 2014.01.23 08:37, victoria dougherty said:

        Happy 7th. I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I’m so glad. Also glad the 7 year itch has come and gone for you :) Was recommended a fun, smart mystery series by a guy named Sam Thomas. First book is called A Midwife’s Tale, and I think the second just came out. Really enjoyed Midwife. Perfect for beach or fireside.

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        • At 2014.01.23 10:28, Ti said:

          Tracking is a real bitch. I hit lifetime twice and fell off the wagon…twice…because of tracking. It’s amazing how big a cup becomes when you are not tracking! I feel your pain but you are doing great!

          I am waiting for The Walking Dead and The Bate’s Motel to pick up again so right now I am not watching much TV except for stealing a few moments to enjoy Harry Connick Jr. on American Idol.

          Reading has been better for me this year. So far, nothing but good books. I think I choose better when I am rested and with the long break, I had plenty of sleep. Too bad you can’t bank sleep because I am pretty tired now!

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          • At 2014.01.23 10:49, Michele said:

            Am just about to start reading The Spinning Heart….so now you’ve gotten me all excited for it. :)

            • At 2014.01.23 10:52, Kailana said:

              Good luck on your weight loss journey!! I am sure you can meet your goals. :)

              • At 2014.01.23 10:53, Traci said:

                Love how you worked Simon into this post! :)

                • At 2014.01.23 12:05, Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader said:

                  I keep meaning to get to Sherlock. One of these days! Perhaps it would be smart to wait until the current season is done?

                  Good luck on your weight loss journey! It’s a day at a time for me :)

                  • At 2014.01.23 12:38, jenn aka the picky girl said:

                    Great post, Jenn! I love Sherlock. I don’t particularly think Cumberbatch is handsome (Freeman either, though I love him!), but I absolutely love his mannerisms. Watching Downton, too, but not thrilled with it.

                    Congrats on the weight loss! The boyfriend and I have been doing P90X for about six weeks now, but I haven’t lost anything. I have gained a lot of muscle, though, so I’m hoping the weight will begin to drop. We shall see. And good for you setting another goal!

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                    • At 2014.01.23 13:21, Beth Hoffman said:

                      Wow … seven years is quite an accomplishment, Happy Blogiversary, Jennifer. And congrats on your weight loss, too!

                      • At 2014.01.23 19:59, Marcia Lengnick said:

                        Hi Jen,
                        Congratulations on the weight loss. I’ve been trying to lose 10 pounds for about 10 years..Just can’t stay away from the sweets.
                        I have not watched the Sherlock Holmes TV program but wondered if you had read the Sherlock Holmes/M Russell series by Laurie R. King. I think she has recently published #11 THE BONES OF PARIS. I find them very interesting and very well written.
                        Also to the woman who wrote about Sam Thomas. He’s coming soon to Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI to sign books and talk about the Midwife mystery.

                        • At 2014.01.25 15:20, Cleo said:

                          Wow what a big achievement on the weight loss front. I love Sherlock and thought the fact that his (real) parents made two appearances this season extra special. I think the wedding episode was my favourite but I’d happily sit down and watch them again.

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                          • At 2014.01.27 22:56, Shawna said:

                            Wow, congratulations on the weight loss and passing the 7 year mark. I came across your blog a few months ago hoping to make sense of all the Tudor books out there and your list of Phillipa Gregory books came up in my searc. I just finished listening to Lookaway, Lookaway. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to others :-)

                            • At 2014.02.04 21:02, Colleen said:

                              Congrats on the weight loss – that is impressive! I have finally diabused myself of the notion that tracking is not necessary – I think it may be a lifetime thing for me but it finally doesn’t bother me.

                              Congrats on the blogoversary – I look forward to your post looking back and looking forward!

                              • At 2014.02.08 08:34, Sheila (Book JOurney) said:

                                Hi Jennifer , I went through the blogging wind down myself last summer and into the fall. I was not sure I would get my mojo back for blogging and that scared me. I just didn’t want to read, write posts, or comment (And I love to comment!) Finally around November I broke back into my rhythm and love it and reading again :) I hope the same for you.

                                You are doing so awesome on the weight loss!!!

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                                • At 2014.02.26 07:04, Laurie C said:

                                  I haven’t been getting reviews written at all, and so many great books and audios are receding into the past of my murky memory, unreviewed, that it’s discouraging. But I’ve been doing other things, too. And am also hooked on Downton Abbey and Sherlock. The other show we’re coming to the end of is Psych, but so few people seem to be hooked on it, that I rarely see anyone else mention it! Love that photo of the kids with the scarves!

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