Smithically Speaking: A Podcast

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In addition to the podcast that I’m a guest on this week, it coincides with the launch of a new project of mine, that I’ve been working on for months…I’ve been planning, writing, rewriting, and learning that the technical side of podcasting is more tricky than I expected. But, we’re nearing the launch of a new project of mine. “Smithically Speaking” is going to cover a broad range of topics.  It begins, for the first several episodes, as a podcast following my family as we begin to tackle homeschooling high…read more

being a guest on a fantastic podcast…

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Anne Bogel, who runs the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and hosts the What Should I Read Next podcast. I’ve been listening to the podcast for at least the entire time it’s been airing (every Tuesday, for the past two years), and I love it because it replaced the gap of another beloved podcast of mine (Books on the Nightstand) which has been off the air for a while now. I’ve always been a reader, but not like recently when I’ve discovered how…read more

best books of 2017

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My Goodreads goal in 2017 was to read 40 books.  I read 70, and in those, here are my favorites. These were the cream of the crop – the very best of them, and I am a better person for having read them.  That is why I love reading so very much. It stretches and teaches you.  Especially the fiction. Fiction: The Mothers – Brit Bennett I remember reading this during the winter months last year and really loving the story.  Such good writing and characters.   The Kept –…read more

…and the living is easy

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it has been the longest and the shortest summer. it was the shortest because we were super busy with two shows (the boys’ kid show at the local community theatre and our shakespeare in the park which was stretched over three weekends through the end of august), and soccer starting in JULY (after ending in june). and august was COLD (highs in the lows 70s, down into the 50s at night) so we barely used the pool and ended up closing it before september! it was the longest because hello…read more

sideline parents

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I first blogged about our boys starting soccer NINE whole years ago in this post from 2008. We had tried t-ball and it didn’t really “stick.” Soccer has since become the constant in our autumns and springs…every year there is a need for new cleats, different styles of shin guards, and the latest fad in soccer balls. These past nine years, I’ve been a quiet, yet supportive sideline soccer mom. But last weekend, that changed. Soccer is a contact sport.  Pretty much any sport is (well, not t-ball!), but contact in soccer…read more

May Titles

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It was not a month of reading on the deck.  May was colder (by far!) than April.  So I found cozy spots in the house to continue my reading. My Goodreads reading challenge is to read 40 books this year.  I’m already at 33 books read (in the middle of #34!).  I challenged myself to read 50 books last year and end up a few books over that.  I lowered my reading challenge this year because I wanted to read longer, harder reads.  I have only read one of those…read more


April Titles

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April was a great month of reading.  I think I read most of my favorite books of the year this month!  We started busy – closing weekend of the hobnob theatre co. spring show (“Art” directed by our friend Casey) and the beginning of outdoor soccer.  We are doing soccer 6 days out of the week – whether it’s practice or games.  We’re busy!  But it’s the kind of busy that doesn’t feel busy.  It’s an enjoyable busy. And I had time to read a lot!  Seriously…these are some of my…read more


March Titles

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I’m half a month late with this post (it’s okay – I’m only doing this for my records since I don’t have blog readers anymore)! March was the month of non-fiction for me.  April is back to fiction titles (more on that at the end of this month).  I cooked a lot and I read about cooking and food and restaurants. I also read about homeschooling and social media.  It was a weird reading month…but a great month overall.  We produced our spring show (directed by our good friend and…read more


what we’re loving right now

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Thai Curry Chicken Meatballs  These are our favorite!  I make this twice a month and it lasts for leftover lunches, served over perfect jasmine rice (in the Instant Pot!). I usually use a full pound of lean ground chicken or turkey and full-fat coconut milk for a well-rounded, real food meal.  It perfectly satisfies that Thai food craving I get (pretty much on a daily basis!). Search Party (TBS)  This is the television show that for some crazy reason nobody seems to be talking about.  It’s brilliant.  20-minute episodes that…read more

February Titles

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It’s been a month since I last blogged. And it’s time for my February Title post.  February, typically, is the worst month of the year for me.  It just feels like it moves. so. s-l-o-w-l-y. I felt like I read more in February, but I read the exact number of titles in February as I did in January.  Probably because the month didn’t fly by, like January did. I note a trend in titles this month: I read a lot of creepy stories, with the exception of two. Also, all…read more