Reading more: The Crepes of Wrath

book squareThe Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox was provided to me at no charge through NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I’m slowly working through the embarrassing number of books I have to read and review. For someone who used to devour books by the dozen, I’m sorely out of practice.

Luckily I have a bunch on my phone and tablet that have interesting or cute descriptions which I look forward to getting to sooner than later.

This was one of those cute description books. It’s a cozy mystery so it had a cat and a cute plot, but not a whole lot of guts, naughty bits, or questionable mentionables.

From Amazon:

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

I think what I find most charming about these cozy  mysteries is the general innocence of the characters. I won’t blow the plot for you, but I had this one figured out about half way through. It was a little slow in parts so it took longer than usual to get through. I wish it was funnier though.

This book was just generally cozy, lovely, and I enjoyed it. If I see others, I’ll probably read them, but I don’t know that I’ll jump out of my way to do so.

Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.

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Five on Friday


From earlier this summer.
Sometimes crappy days
are rewarded with great sunsets.
(As reflected onto the Little Sentra that Could)

It’s been a busy week with work work work and hey some more work, but it’s good for me, right?

How ’bout a quick five things for this Friday? Feel free to grab a cup of coffee if you’d like. Or maybe a beer. I certainly won’t judge if you’d like a beer on a Friday!

Oooh I was just reminded it’s a long weekend! I knew that a few days ago, but seemed to have forgotten it again until just now. Not that I’m doing anything super fun that I know of for sure. Unless you count working at the pool. I know I’m doing that and it should be fun. The rest of the weekend? Who knows?

  1. I’m getting my hair cut off today. I’ve given it zero further thought than making the appointment. All I know is that it’s getting too long to reach the ends when I blow dry it and it didn’t grow evenly so it needs to go. Maybe I’ll get a trim, maybe I’ll to go Pinterest and say, “There. That.” (That’s what I usually do anyway.)
  2. I’ve spent more time face to face with people again and it’s been delightful. An old friend, Daddy-O and my former boss. Lots of laughs, good conversation, and pretty tasty food.
  3. I think tonight for dinner I’m going to make the acorn squash that’s sitting on my counter. I usually put butter and brown sugar in it. Sometimes garlic, butter, and Worcestershire sauce. What do you put in yours?
  4. I’ve decided what I want to do for my 40th birthday if some things fall into place/I get my ducks in a row. I want to have an Alice and Wonderland party complete with flamingo croquet, super fun desserts, and lots of fun people. Possibly in costume.
  5. I made a major bonehead move. The other day when I was trying to upload pics to google, I didn’t connect to the wifi properly first so it was over data. 2GB of data gone like that. Oh well, I’ll be more careful next time. Have you ever done such a thing?

So how are you? Anything to report?

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2016-10-03_12-20-07Have you ever looked in the mirror and literally not recognized the person looking back at you? It happened to me the other day and was momentarily quite unsettling.

Maybe it was how tired I was, maybe it was the way my hair was falling (it admittedly needs to be cut), maybe it was the major changes happening and I’m seeing the person who made different choices than she has for the last 5 years looking back at her. For all I know it could be the new LED lights they’ve put in my office and gives everything a crappy blue tint which looks like you’re looking though a crappy Instagram filter.

I don’t know.

The good news is after I blinked a few times and heard a toot coming from the stall (which let’s be honest, is funny) I smiled and recognized the face looking back at me.

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Saturday Survey

2016-09-26_01-59-19This one isn’t really a “survey”, but it’s sort of like what I used to post on Saturdays for some lighthearted fun. I do love a good survey, especially some of the “insightful” facebook ones.

The other night I was having a hard time falling asleep but wasn’t feeling the book I’m working on for NetGalley review so I was mindlessly scrolling through facebook even though I’m trying not to be on there as often.

I decided to see what my “life quote” would be after seeing some fun ones from friends.

In all fairness to this particular little test, it was pretty accurate.

What’s more accurate is how it lines up nicely with my picture of me hugging the giant bag of cereal marshmallows – Lucky Charms arguably being one of my great loves.

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Coffee Date


How true is that?

If we met for coffee this afternoon you’d see my new coffee cup. And that it has cold coffee in it with what might be marshmallows from my hot chocolate mix floating on top. (They are marshmallows, they just look funny now.)

You might tell me I look tired. You might not be wrong. This week has been mentally exhausting with a huge project thrown at a few of us 2 weeks ago by BigBossMan. It’s all good, it’s done and he’s happy. To make up for the work and no play, I think Saturday I’m going to mentally check out and relax with some friends after swimming lessons are done. I found out I can probally drink Coors Light as it’s been testing gluten free so I might test that out.

Seems like a good way to start off what I think is about 17 days of work in a row. (Rough estimate. I didn’t actually count. It sort of terrifies me to do it. Better to do it and look back after the fact!)

I’d also tell you that in less than the last week I’ve had drinks and lunches with friends and caught up with them on over the summer and current happenings in their lives. Laughing in person is so much better than liking something on facebook. (I did that too, but more laughing in person than time on facebook.)

I’d also tell you that I’m working on going through clothing and craft supplies in what might turn into a massive purge. Shoes too, but a lot of them have been spoken for already.

I’d also tell you that tonight I’m going to Postmodern Jukebox and I’m so excited I can’t take it.


You can see more of their stuff here Which of their videos is your favorite?

What would you want to tell me over coffee today?

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Coffee date


You know the story of the professor, the mayonnaise jar and coffee? No, I’m not telling you a dirty joke! It ends with “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

I’ve missed having coffee with you. But I’ve been trying to make time with people to have a cup of coffee, grab a meal, take a yoga class, or have a drink in person. Connecting with the people around me, experiencing stuff with them, and not being worried about getting pics for the blog or other social media has been really great for me. (I’ve taken some pics, but my focus isn’t documenting anymore.) The conversations haven’t all been weird, but many have been revealing – sometimes just something about me.

If we had coffee today I’d tell you that I’m loving coaching the little kiddo swim team (3 weeks in, check back in 10 more to see how I feel!) and how my new schedule at the pool is really working for me. I would tell you that I spent a lot of time in the sunshine this summer, made new friends, and reconnected with old ones.

I’d  tell you that this summer I pulled more all nighters than is healthy at my age for no other reason than to chat with people, read a book which had sucked me in, or binge watch something on Netflix/OnDemand (Lucifer, Avengers, NCIS, I’m looking at all of you!)

I would tell you that I’m working on my To Be List and focusing on finding me again after spending what feels like far too long working on my To Do List. (I actually put “Create my To Be List” on my To Do List.)

I would also tell you I’m a little worried about today and this weekend. Historically, this time of September isn’t my best point in the year. There was the terrible car accident I was in, a really hard break up, LN passing away, etc. It just seems a lot falls in the last couple of weeks of September so if you’d be so kind, send up some good energy for me? Or am I just silly to worry about it?

But I would tell you that right now, I’m okay.

While I work on my To Be List, what would be on yours? Is there a part of the year for you that’s historically bad? What would you tell me if we were having coffee right now?

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Little Bit of Lovely


Also truly lovely?
My tribe’s support and love.
Thank you.

I’m going through some decently big changes in life and I don’t know what it means for this space but I thought I’d check in quickly and mention a Little Bit of Lovely I was witness to…I hope to record some of them to share with you, but if you have something you’ve seen or been part of lately, let me know. I’m always open to guest posts.

The first that comes to mind is from one of the little girls (let’s call her Bug) I have been teaching for a couple of years now and went from super anxious to a little fishy. She’s recently joined the little kiddo swim team I’m working. This is super exciting to me because she hasn’t always loved being in the water. There’s also a girl on our team who is deaf, C. C has been hard at work becoming a little fishy herself. It’s one of the goals for our team that everyone fit in and be part of it, so I’ve been teaching the kids signs and helping them communicate with the deaf girl, C.

Last night, Bug says to me, “Ms. Courtney, how do I ask C to play with me when we’re done with practice?” So I showed her the signs. And she did them. And lots of eyes lit up because you know what? 5-6 year olds don’t see the differences between them, they just want to be kids, be accepted, and play.

And that was lovely.


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Friday Five


This doggie jumped out of her car to come see me and say hello.
If I hadn’t had to be on the pool deck for several hours that morning, I might have taken her home with me.
It’s not dog-napping if they come to you, right?

Gosh. Friday you’ve arrived you beautiful thing, you. It was one of those weeks I didn’t think you’d come around, but you always come through. Eventually.

Let’s get a quickie Friday Five in before it’s time to commence weekend activities of work, work, work, and then play by the pool with some babes.

  1. I’ve been looking at puppies again. It’s come pretty close to sending the email off to go meet them but I was stopped when a friend said to me, “Court, really? A mastiff/great dane mix? This falls under ‘Not Your Best Idea’ category. You’ll have to work a second job JUST TO FEED IT.” (Kill joy, but I suppose they had a point.) One of these days…
  2. I haven’t been blogging much because my hands feel tied about some things I really want to talk about, but I’m not allowed to. Know that my nephew is awesome (finally growing into his head), my friends are great, and I have some plans in the works.
  3. My cousin got married a couple of weeks ago. It was a great wedding, she was beautiful, it was ridiculously fun, and my family is awesome. We really like her dude and his family. Well, I really like him, The Bro and Miz think he’s “okay”. (In fairness, that’s pretty high praise from them.)
  4. I will never understand high-school and college kids not wanting to take hours at the pool. Ms.Bix and company and I took literally all the hours we could when we were in high-school and college. I mean really. It’s okay, I’ll take them I guess…
  5. I’m so far behind my book reading and reviews it’s not even funny. I’ll have to read a bunch on my upcoming plane trips and get my butt in gear on the reviews or they’ll stop giving me free books!

What’s up in your world? Have a quick Friday Five for me?

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I went for a run. There’s good news and bad news


Please enjoy this gross picture of me post run.

Good news is my legs remembered how to run! (It’s been awhile, I was worried.) Bad news is my lungs seemed to have forgotten, but I also know that’s fixable.

It didn’t feel great at the time, but I’m glad I put up 20 min today. It worked out to be a little under a mile and a half. I prob could have rounded that out for an even 2 mi, but I was up against my lunch break timeline.

Why did I hit the tread mill? Couple of reasons, I’ve been super antsy lately and it’s good to get rid of some of that bullshit. Plus, I was inspired by the shorties in short shorts at the Toby Keith concert the other night (which was great by the way!) so I’ve decided to see what I can do about getting my tuchis in gear. Also, I’m pretty close to fitting back into some of my favorite pants so hopefully this will be the boost I need to get there!

My coworker was impressed I went and asked if I was going to do it every day. HAHA, no, but we’ll see how it shakes out. I expect this will last possibly 3 weeks, but that’s long enough for the short shorts, right?

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Good things 2016: Week 22


Brodsmontana eating a stick as he does.

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Last week was total crap. Total, absolute, bullpucky crap. BUT! I had some good moments though so let’s focus on the Good Things:

  • A four day week
  • Coffee
  • Paper doll voodoo dolls
  • Grilling weather and laying on my tree fort deck
  • Listening to the rain storm in stereo
  • Surprise visit from my Bro and Brody
  • Friends welcoming new babies
  • New candles
  • Dinner and laughs with MsBix at The VanDyke (Really good gf pizza and cobb salad!)
  • Work sanctioned arts and crafts/designing stuff
  • GF Donuts Frank brought me as a surprise.

Good reads:

I read a terrible book and a bunch of stuff for work. I am reading a good book now and will review it soon. Otherwise I was so slammed with work stuff I don’t think I read anything at all. My brain was pretty much shot by the end of the day.

Favorite Photo:


Isn’t it lovely. A gf donut I didn’t have to make myself.

Favorite Song:

This one spoke to me this week.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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