Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, new book challenges

Life continues to be as crazy as ever, but that has become the norm around here. I have survived my first 5 months as a new teacher and still love it, so that is good news! I can't believe how much time I spend out side of work grading papers, and planning curriculum (hours and hours). Over the holidays we've had visitors at the house and I am enjoying a bit of slugging around by sleeping in, reading a lot, and wasting some time on computer games. Yes, I still have papers to grade, I am procrastinating on starting that until tomorrow evening when the visitors leave.

December at our house involves three birthdays, and two wedding anniversaries along with all the Christmas and New Year's holiday preparations. This year I tried to made things a bit more special by getting a real Christmas tree instead of using the same old artificial one. The tree was a very beautiful specimen and smelled so good. One activity I have not done for a while was sledding, but I went out with my granddaughter even though it was quite cold. Our family has often attended the Nutcracker Ballet, but not every year, we enjoyed attending again last week.

Good things: My sister moved from a location in another state to my state (but still a few hours away), so we have had more contact then before and that is a plus for our relationship.

Hubby got a new job in 2014 with a boost in salary.

Hubby and I celebrated 35 amazing years of marriage at the end of 2014. 

I passed the certification test for being a 'highly qualified' Biology teacher.

My youngest child graduated with a Bach. of Science from the University.

My first grandson was born in 2014.

Challenges: My Mom, who recently finished cancer treatments, had a pacemaker put in for her heart.

My father-in-law had a heart attack  just before Christmas with ensuing bypass surgery and is still in the hospital.

A messy divorce is going on with another family member.

 I need to finish getting my official teacher's license.

 Oh well, 2015 will bring it's challenges, but will also have it's joys. :)

With the new year, I also like to plan on doing a few reading challenges because besides planning curriculum for my students, my other favorite pastime besides sewing, is reading.

In 2014 I met my goal of reading at least 50 books. I participated in a Mythology Reading Challenge, A Library Book Challenge, and a Get Rid of Your To-Be-Read Pile Reading Challenge. I am a member of Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Shelfari, even though I might not be one of the most active members I still like to do some challenges, comment on the boards every once in a while, and keep up on the news. My read list for 2014 is only half posted here because my old computer had a meltdown (and I did not have everything backed up). Currently reading: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky and The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, both non-fiction, historical, and quite interesting. One of my favorites from 2014 was The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, it was interesting, touching and she was a new author for me. I am looking forward to reading more by her. Since I've read all the Dresden Files books ( by Jim Butcher) I started the Codex Alera series by Mr. Butcher (which is more a fantasy series than a paranormal type of series).  I was craving more books like the Dresden Files, so I am now going through Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series and Annie Bellet's Twenty-Sided Sorceress series. Both of those author's deliver interesting and satisfying reads if you like that style/genre.

The Lost City of Z, British Explorer Percy Fawcett.
2014 Partial Reading List:  
  1. The Man Who Would be King and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  2. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clark
  3. Sermons in a Sentence by John Bytheway
  4. The Things Which My Father Saw by Various (BYU Press)
  5. The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne
  6. The Hiram Key by Knight and Lomas
  7. The Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne
  8. The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Keane
  9. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  10. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
  11. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera 1) by Jim Butcher
  13. Occult Detective Megapack
  14. Saving Yahaela by Annie Bellet
  15. Four by Veronica Roth
  16. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
  17. Atlantis Rising #108
  18. The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
  19. Justice Calling-The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Part 1 by Annie Bellet
  20. 50 Real American Ghost Stories by MJ Wayland
  21. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  22. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  23. The Coin from Calabria by Michael Caputo

    New Years Resolution: post more often this year on my blog!

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