Reading More: My Not So Perfect Life

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella was provided to me at no charge through my partnership with NetGalley.  The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

Once upon a time in what feels like someone else’s life sometimes, I read another Sophie Kinsella book (I’ve Got Your Number) and thought I liked it well enough so I requested this one.

From Amazon:

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

I think I would have liked this book better if I read it in the sun by the water with an adult beverage in my hand. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it as much as I could have.

The characters were fun, it was reasonably witty, but it’s a pretty standard chick lit/romance. There were a few twists to make it more interesting, but I wasn’t really wowed by it. Sorry, Sophie.

I did love how the Katie was able to use what she knew to make someone else’s dream happen and that in turn led to her dream happening. And she came out on top over the mean girls.

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

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Good things 2017: Week 23


She held this pose and stared at me until I took the picture and told her she is a good girl. 

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 got busy so I didn’t have much time to post. There are a few I’d really like to get done and posted, but hey, sometimes life wins and blogging gets put on the back burner. Getting the house ready to sell is part of life winning.

I’m wrapping up swimming lessons so I can be only scheduled at the pool one night a week for the summer so there’s scheduling, wrapping up lessons etc.

I basically don’t remember a whole lot of last week, but here are some things that stood out. I do know it was a pretty good week though.

Good things from last week:

  • New babies in the family and seeing some of my family for Pop’s b’day
  • Literally having just enough paint to get to a really good spot to stop in the kitchen
  • Friends messaging me and saying, “So when can I cook you dinner?”
  • Dogs posing for photos.
  • Really big projects being done so there’s time to relax.
  • Raspberry Spiked Seltzer (I’m a fan of most of the flavors, but this was really good this week.)
  • GF noodles with portabellas cooked in garlic, butter and a pinch of red pepper flake, cheddar cheese and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce for fun. Holy crap it was great!
  • Signs of being where you’re supposed to be and your personal angels looking out for you.
  • The number on the scale. I shouldn’t so excited. I’m not defined by it, but it’s exciting.
  • Co-Worker saying to you, “Please take the rest of this caramel M&M bag so I don’t eat it.” (It’s hidden in my desk drawer. Please see point above.)

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

Favorite Song:

Ryan Adams covered T-Swizz’s 1989 Album. It’s basically perfect. I also am pretty sure I’ve posted this song before. I know this isn’t a new thing to know, but it was a favorite song 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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Good things 2017: Week 22


My usual order from Subway.

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.

While it felt like the week took FOREVER, it was really kind of quick. Holiday weekends do that I think.

Man I love a 4 day week. If I could make that happen every week I totally would do it. What’s an extra 2.5 hours a day since I’m already here? Not oging to happen at this job, but a girl can dream, right?

Anyway! Good things from last week:

  • Only 2 more mandatory Saturdays of group lessons. (Not that I’m counting, who are we kidding? I totally am now.)
  • Short week at work
  • GF pot pies
  • Perfect rainbows
  • Getting the house selling process started
  • My Google-fu
  • BatGirl’s guest post (If you want to do one, let me know!)
  • My friends not questioning my quirks or what I’m up to next.
  • Decent outcomes for a long day at the pool.
  • M&M Sharing size bag of peanut butter and one of caramel. (I mostly shared.)

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:


Ever wonder if you’re on the right path and then see something that BAM!
You’re right where you need to be?
I’ve been seeing a lot of that lately.

Favorite Song:

Love her a little more with each song.

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

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Survey Says – Courtney’s Biography

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“She’s a daydreamer and a night thinker. She’s a doer. She sees an opportunity in every problem she faces. She has great foresight and can see things much too far. Her curious mind is stretched by all the experiences life throws her way and what she makes out of them. She is sunshine mixed with rah, creating a beautiful rainbow. there is no lie in what she does. ”

I’d love to think that’s all true, really, but I think it’s only sometimes true.

You can see yours here.

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Friday Five


Practice more with my actual camera. This was from SamGal

Oh hey, it’s June. Look at that. That was a quick 5 months. How did that happen?

I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I’ve sort of been in a fog for awhile. A couple of weeks ago it felt like I woke up and now I’m all ready to make some moves.

The focus for June is largely going to be just that: Moves.

As in I want to sell my house and move. I want to move my joints more. I want to move more from my To-Do list to my Done! list.

  1. Finish getting the house ready to put on the market. Really this could be it’s own damn 500 things, but hopefully this weekend I can get some of it underway.  Early next week I’m meeting with the real estate agent to get this show on the road. I think Frank and I are both ready to just be done and move on.
  2. Part of getting it ready is sorting out what to do with all the craft supplies I really don’t need to keep. Don’t worry, I’ll still be crafting but I don’t need all of it. I’m considering selling a bunch of it on fb Marketplace.
  3. Hit the yoga mat a minimum of 8 times. I have a Groupon to use and purchased some more Happy Hour yoga classes when they were on sale for Memorial Day weekend. Yoga with Adriene is great, but sometimes I feel that I work harder in an actual class setting.
  4. Read and review 3 books. (And review a 4th that is already read, but I have to write up. Then I only have about 80 left to do to catch up with my NetGalley shelf.)
  5. Enjoy being happy, keep seeing the good, practice patience, do something every day that brings me peace, and trying not to worry about what’s next. I still have my moments, but man, it’s really been nice lately to not have to fight just to keep my head up. Knock on wood this keeps up.

Alright so that last part doesn’t have anything to really do with “moves” but hey, I’ve got this good thing going, I have to do what I can to keep it up, right?

I have a few other fun things planned for June that hopefully pan out. A craft day, a few birthdays, hopefully a few camp fires with marshmallows etc. Next weekend I’m also going to my Pop’s b’day. He’s going to be 85!

What do you want to do in June?

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Guest Post: BatGirl has a new obsession

Oh BatGirl. You’re wonderful. I can not tell you how I enjoy your company, your texts, and how you’ve inspired me. This inspiration includes considering selling things on fb marketplace. And to look at the random things I could buy! (If I wasn’t trying to get rid of things.) Readers, please give BatGirl a warm welcome. You can see her other guest posts here, here, and here .There might be more.

Confession: I have become more than slightly obsessed with the Facebook Marketplace.

It started innocently enough two weeks ago when I got a notification about the new, fancy feature that is the marketplace. Intrigued I opened the menu and started to scroll. Within 3 minutes I caught myself thinking, “Oh, that’s a really nice screen room tent. I bet that would be great for camping next month.”

I should have known then.

Although I have yet to purchase anything in these two weeks (I do have my eye on a roll top desk), it’s pretty much a daily habit at this point. I’m not quite certain what the draw is, but I can’t get enough of it. Maybe it satisfies a sense of voyeurism.  I am endlessly intrigued by the things people are trying to unload. While the majority of items tend to fall into the same 5 or 6 categories, i. e.  label purses, furniture, appliances, jewelry, toys, and exercise equipment, a few items have left me scratching my head and wondering, “but why??”

Like a 3.5 pound tub of buttercream frosting. “Brand new, never opened.”  And the 16″ statue of Pope John Paul II. And the unicycle. And the VHS tape of Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner at Superbowl 25.

2017-05-26Other times a photo is really worth a thousand words. For example, the user selling a green portable canopy. Rather than fully open the canopy, the seller has some poor soul standing inside the canopy with their head holding up the peak. That’s a good friend. (Although who am I kidding. If my best friend asked me to stand with a canopy on my head for a photo, I’d totally do it.)

If you haven’t had a chance to nose around the marketplace, I highly recommend it. You might find a laugh or you might find that perfect mirror for above your mantle. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit on the couch with my tub of buttercream frosting and watch Whitney in her glory days. With the Pope.

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Good things 2017: Week 21


See that marshmallow toasting away?
Just one of the many smiles from this past weekend.

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 pretty decent to me. Knock on wood the coming one has more triumphs than trip ups.

So here you go, from last week:

  • Only 3 more mandatory Saturdays of group lessons. (Not that I’m counting)
  • Funny Instagram links to send to NotSoSweetPea
  • Mostly smiley long weekends in the sticks
  • Phenomenal response in solidarity to this post about LuLaRoe (and all the “leaving groups” I did last week. I’m in only 2 now I think? I know both reps and they don’t annoy me with it.)
  • Realizations, making decisions and feeling relieved instead of terrified afterwards.
  • Paring down some social media stuff to just what I actually want to see.
  • Another guest post already submitted! (If you want to do one, let me know!)
  • Gluten free cheese crackers from Aldi (seriously, they’re pretty great)
  • Google hangouts with OG and MJ (And all the great pics from their adventures)
  • Knock off cold meds
  • Finding new homes for the “stuff” I don’t want/need anymore
  • Ridiculousness around me. (I don’t know if the Universe sends it because I appreciate it/as a reward or if it’s that I pay attention to stuff going on around me, but man there’s been some funny stuff.)
  • Belated b’day night out with MsBix for dinner, treats, and wine glass painting!
  • Sushi dinner with a friend and her husband! Great time 🙂
  • Text messages from partners in crime that leave you laughing in tears

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:


Last little bit of the long weekend…

Favorite Song:


Nothing sticks out! Let’s go with an old favorite then? Did you have a favorte song last week?

This new Hanson song is catchy, but I don’t know if it’s my favorite from last week. It might make a running playlist though.

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

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Survey Says! Drunk Texts


Sorry Mom.


Totally possible.


Prob not a cat. A turtle or a dog? Heck yeah!



I’d like to say for the record that while I haven’t had any of these text conversations, any of these are maybe possible…But I think some of my friends who have been on the receiving end of tipsy texts might agree that mine are just as wacky.

If you’d like to see what yours look like, you can do so here.

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Friday Fill-In

Happy Friday to you! I hope your week had a minimal amount of whatdafuqery. Mine had some but it didn’t need more than head scratching and chuckles. Let’s call this work week a win even though my allergies are kicking my butt. Okay? Okay.

We’ve had a few Coffee Dates in a row and while I love having a cup of coffee with you, I thought I’d bring something back.

Remember when we used to do Friday Fill-ins? Oh the good old days of blogging… I loved them. They’re a little like like MadLibs (which I still do and love – don’t judge.)

The website that used to put them together is no more, but I made one up for us today.

  1. When it’s _____and _____, I just want to_____!
  2. You would never guess, but I can _____.
  3. My dream _____ is _____, _____, and _____.
  4. When in _____, I tend to _____.
  5. _____ is my favorite holiday weekend.
  6. First _____, then _____ but not _____.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

You can copy the above and paste it into the comments to answer. I’ll post my answers in the comments later today or tomorrow!

Have a great weekend! Hope it’s relaxing and or delightful.

Unrelated to this post, but I’m going to mention it anyway, Coach Daddy wants to answer your question. Go take a look at the post about questions his daughters ask. They’re fun.

I took the last item and the idea from this now defunct blog.

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Thursday Three – Guest Posts I loved

It seems I’ve picked up a few new readers lately (even though I took quite the break from any sort of real blogging. I don’t know how long this push will last, so just enjoy it while it’s here. Around here, Thursdays are for Thursday Three (or 13 occasionally) and Guest Posts. (There are some great ones in the list there.)

I haven’t had any guest posts in awhile so let me tell you about them.

They’re to give space for someone who has something to say/share but not a venue to do so. They’re to give someone who wants to offer commentary on an issue or topic, but can’t do so on their blog. They bring a little bit of the outside community in to this corner of the internet. (Here’s the rules and how to go about doing it.)

I’ve been super duper lucky through the years regarding guest blog posts and thought I would take a moment to revisit some favorites.

  1. Working with WOAR – by my dear friend Robbie. She wrote about her work with a not-for-profit advocacy group she works with and the important work they do.
  2. Red Lipstick by BatGirl. She talks about turning 30 and what it meant to her.
  3. MJ has an announcement – by the Bro when he told us he was being sent “home” That time has come to a close and he is off again, but it was a really great day. (And stretch of time to have him a few hours and not a plane ride away.)

I’m thinking about bringing back three world game but if you ever have a post you want to write or something to say, please let me know.

Lastly, you don’t have to be a person to write for me. Brodsmontana wrote one too. (Even though I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s people.)

Who’s in?

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