Sunday, December 14, 2014
Weekly Update: December 14, 2014
What a crazy week. The recent nor'easter dumped a LOT of snow around here... enough to bring The Today Show to our little town. The favorite quote from the broadcast:
"I feel like I walked into a Christmas card here!"
The storm thwarted my shopping plans, knocked out power, and left me achy from shoveling, but it sure is pretty. I'd say a White Christmas is guaranteed!
About the books//
I made progress both reading and listening, but didn't finish anything this week. In print, They Were Sisters is turning into quite an emotional read. Dorothy Whipple tackles domestic violence (1940's style) in this novel and I am alternately enraged and teary.
On audio, Finding Florida is getting really good! I'm up to the 20th century with NASA and the creation of Disney's empire taking center stage. Can all this stuff really be true? Pretty disturbing if it is... further reading is definitely required!
On the blog//
My Year in Books Timeline
Review: The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen
Tuesday Intro: They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
In the kitchen//
With all the snow and cold, this was a week for comfort. I tried a new recipe for Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup from Vegan in the Freezer that was incredibly easy and tasty. Just sure to have extra broth on hand - I needed to add more liquid.
I also made Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake from Damn Delicious. This lightened up version of the classic was surprisingly good and can be prepared ahead of time. Be prepared to wash dishes - I used an impressive number of pans and bowls, and even a cookie sheet!
Coming up this week//
After two events last night I'm partied out today, but we're celebrating my brother-in-law's birthday this evening. Tomorrow I will finish my shopping, for sure! Then there's the wrapping...
As for the blog, a few more reviews need to be written this week and then I'll take Christmas week off. Look for my lists of favorites before New Years.
My daughters come home on Friday and Saturday... I can't wait!
This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.