Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Talk: Top 2018 Reads Edition

It's the first Tuesday Talk of 2019!  Linking up with Erika and Ashley HERE 

This is the fun linkup when we get to talk about anything and everything so here it goes....

Since I never did a recap of the books I read in 2018, I thought I would share them with you today AND list my Top 5 for faves.....

Here is what my reading looked liked last year (The Titles in Bold Red are my Top 5 for the year and I will share some thoughts below:

January-  The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
                A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
      The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
          Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Feburary-     The Blue Bistro- Elin Hilderbrand
                    Mrs. Fletcher- Tom Perrotta

March-          Truly, Madly, Guilty- Liane Moriarty
        Class Mom- Laurie Gilman

April-          The Family Next Door- Sally Hepworth
                  Girl Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis

May               The Flight Attendant- Chris Bohjalian

June          The Identicals- Elin Hilderbrand

July              The Perfect Couple- Elin Hilderbrand
               The UnDomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

August         Sophia of Silicon Valley- Anna Yen
                  All We Ever Wanted- Emily Giffin

September   When Life Gives You Lululemons- Laura Weisberger

October     The Other Woman- Sandie Jones
             Confessions Of A Domestic Failure- Bunmi Laditan

November        Wild Talk- Dani Antoinette

December     An Island Christmas- Nancy Thayer


Night Road- Kristin Hannah

This was heart-wrenching and yet so compelling and I felt that this story was preparing me on how to raise my kids during those high school years...how your mistakes can lead to their mistakes and how to deal with the aftermath and tragedy...ugh...anyway, I could not put this book down and really learned some things that I hope I remember in a few years!

The Blue Bistro- Elin Hilderbrand

Since Elin is my favorite author anyway, this one isn't a surprise.  When I went to visit her and meet her last year in Boston, someone from the crowd asked her what her favorite book was that she wrote and this was the one.  I remember getting home and being more motivated than ever to finish the Winter Street Series (especially around the holidays) so I could start The Blue Bistro ASAP.  It was everything and more...it had the Nantucket backdrop that is so craved in her stories...it had the quintessential love story that I need AND it all took place in a restaurant and her descriptions of food and the island fare are second to none so it had everything I needed.  This was definitely by favorite Hilderbrand novel thus far!


Sophia Of Silicon Valley- Anna Yen

This friends...was my favorite book of the year...I was so sad when it was over.  I saw myself in Sophia as a young professional...it made me flash back and reminded me of my "Workaholic Ways"....I laughed...I cried and I devoured this book.....I still reminisce about it and that is how I know it was my favorite of the year!

The Other Woman- Sandie Jones

This was a thriller with a MAJOR TWIST at the end...never saw it coming....so so good and exciting to read and I love when stories incorporate weddings (my fave of all time)...highly recommend!

Confessions of a Domestic Failure- Bunmi Laditan

OH friends I laughed throughout this one....so cute...a little far- fetched in spots but loved listening to this narrative and it reminded me of all the things we beat ourselves up about as wives and moms.....how so many people can make us feel imperfect on line and in real life....and how we can overthink those things...I was laughing because some of the blogger characters in this story remind me of some bloggers I have read too and it is just too funny to read  some of the similarities!

There ya have it!  My reads for 2018 and my top picks!  I hope you get some new ideas from my list.  I get so many wonderful reading tips from you.  Happy Reading!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter Weekend Recap

So....I typically hold my breath all winter because seriously...I just don't enjoy this season...the snow and ice can stop on New Year's Day for me...BUT we live in New England and Winter typically lasts through March- ugh!

Anyway, this past weekend, detox and all, we kept busy and got to enjoy lots of QT with family and friends and it was FUN!

Here is what it looked like....

Friday Night

I got to be a "Proud Auntie" and watch Sam get ready.  Lea invited me to join them as Sam got ready for her first Middle School Winter Wonderland Dance...I had so much fun watching it all and taking pictures...especially when all of the girls met at a friend's house....nothing better...and we will be there in two years with Diana...aaahhhh!

Saturday Morning

I took a class at the gym...and then on my way home...as I passed the Urgent Care Center in our town, I saw this.....

That was me 5.5 months ago...being taken from Urgent Care to the hospital in an ambulance...the horror....as I drove home, I thought about how far I have come in that short amount of time and how precious life is...I try every day to keep things in check and not let my anxiety and stress get the best of me...sometimes it is easier said than done but thanks to my new lifestyle, I hope to never have an episode like this again!

After getting a little work done, I showered and then met the troops at the Workout Club for Eva's swim lessons.  (They were coming from hockey).  We signed her up for a quick six-week session so she will be more comfortable in the water in Punta Cana- six weeks away! 

She had a blast!

After that, we grabbed a quick lunch to eat at home and then headed to the high school for the Windham Helping Hands Walkathon...very active day for us and so much fun!

When we got home, I was able to finish my first book for January-
"Not That I Could Tell" by Jessica Strawser...it was great- such a fun suburban thriller...and then we met our parents at Diana's basketball game.....

 She may be tiny but she is mighty!

Her team crushed the Londonderry team!

After that, my Father In Law treated us all to dinner at Wasabi...so much fun sitting around the grill especially when the flames are big...Mama enjoyed a meal of ALL raw fish...actually I loved it...I always love fish...wish I was a mermaid (but that is a story for another day)... ha ha!!!

Papa Pete loved the Sake ;)


After mass, we all headed to Diana's pal's hockey game- Joey has been playing hockey since she was 6 years old.  She amazed us on the ice and she was so excited that Diana came to watch her...we are trying to teach Diana how to support her friends from a young age....because we find that "our villages" are so important at all stages in life!  So happy they found each other- warms my heart!

Rob wanted Eva to watch too which she did for awhile before having fun climbing up and down the bleachers ;)

After that, we divided and conquered!

I was able to get some more work done and get a head start on my week...that always makes me happy!
Later on, I hit the outlets with my besties so I could do a return and pick up some things for Rob.

Rob and the girls and his dad headed to a family birthday party.

Last night, it was bath time, groceries and organization AND a fashion show so I could see how the clothes looked on my hot hubby ;)

Thank God everything fits AND he likes everything FTW!

Yeah!  Such a great weekend- productive and fun filled....what were you up to?
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