Day 3143 – The Year Of 300 (Errrr, Maybe 200??) Books Update!

Whew, I have been behind in this blog post! But I suppose once a month is a good time to give an update.

First, while I am not giving up hope that I will read 300 books this year, I have officially changed my Goodreads goal to 200. I found I was NOT enjoying my reading times. I was looking at my pile of books like I did my school reading assignments. The worst was when my Goodreads was like, um, you are behind 2 books, you are behind 5 books, you are behind a million books even though your goal is 300. It felt too much like work, and not at all what I want my reading to be. I am still a little behind (2 books) at the moment….but I’ve been focusing on rereading the Harry Potter series, and while only 1 book at a time, it’s totally pumping my page read count up.

Without further ado and preamble, here are my recently reads. See below for links to each reading challenge.

Book #14 – The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – this fulfilled a book set at sea for the Popsugar challenge. I have to say, this was a great book to get me back into reading. I had JUST said to Bret I wished I had a book that I could tear through. This was just that. Whew, I read that one fast!

Book #15 – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – this fulfilled a book that makes you cry for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge. This was just a wonderful read. I highly recommend it and think it should be required reading for all. Lots of great gems for how to live.

Book #16 – Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand – this fulfilled a comic written and illustrated by the same person for the Read Harder challenge.

Book #17 – You Look Better Online: Your Life in 150 Unfiltered Cartoons by Emmet Truxes – this fulfilled a one-sitting book for the Read Harder challenge.

Book #18 – Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung – this fulfilled a book you can read in a day for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #19 – The House That Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton – this fulfilled a book that inspires you for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #20 – Secret Lives of Walter Mitty and of James Thurber by James Thurber – this fulfilled a book that has been made into a movie for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #21 – Harry Potter and the Goblet by J.K. Rowling – this fulfilled a book with a green spine for the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.

Book #22 – Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – this fulfilled a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist in the Popsugar challenge. This was a really fun one to listen too!

Book #23 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – this fulfilled the next book in a series you’ve started in the Popsugar challenge.

The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
The 2018 Read Harder Challenge
The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

I can’t wait to finish the Harry Potter series and get crackalackin on the rest of my huge to be read list!

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Day 3141 – You Never Know What Tomorrow Will Bring

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of meeting Bret. I’ll never forget the date because of it’s proximity to Valentine’s day, I love easy to remember dates. I’ve been watching my On This Day on Facebook for posts leading up to meeting this guy who would change my life, and I keep saying to my lonely, past Jennilyn “just hold on girlfriend, he’ll be here very soon!”

For years, I’ve said I was totally ok with being single two days before meeting Bret, and on that day, I was. But as I was scrolling, I saw that I had posted this “still convinced that sprite has caffeine in it and sometimes she really wishes she wasn’t single” at 11:05 p.m. the day before I met Bret. I look at that and think, “AH! You only have ONE day left to wait! Less than 24 hours!” Now, granted, you won’t be in an official relationship with him until June, and you won’t know if you’re getting married until the following July…..BUT, he’s sooooooooo close!!!!

So friends, you never know what tomorrow will bring you. You never know if tomorrow is the day that you’ve been waiting for.

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Day 3140 – 250,000 Miles Later, And This “Guy” Still Has My Heart – or – Happy Valentine’s Day To My Car

I celebrated a very important event yesterday – my car hit a quarter of a million miles. I actually pulled over to the side of the highway to Facetime with Bret to celebrate the occasion. He’s been with Sam (my car) and I for a lot of the journey. I think we figured Bret joined us around 30,000 miles.

Sam has taken me across the country three times. He’s taken me up and down the east coast many times. He’s taken me to the beach.

He was there when I had my first conversations with Bret.

I’ve loved this car so so so much. He was brand new when I got him, with only about 100 miles under his belt.

He’s hit a few deer. He’s slid on some ice. He’s been in a few fender benders.

He’s held me while I cried. He’s held me while I laughed.

Many stories have been told through his amazing sound system.

I’ve given him mid-grade gas pretty much his whole life.

Sam, it’s been great hitting such a big milestone with you dude. Here’s hopin’ we make it another quarter million miles.

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Day 3138 – How We Have A Minimalist Valentine’s Day

I’ve said that I don’t think there’s a bad definition for minimalism. Minimalism looks different in each person’s life. What’s minimal to me might be extravagant to you, and vice versa. Bret and I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day for one main reason – we met 2 days after Valentine’s Day, and in my mind, that’s a MUCH bigger deal. It has led to saving money. The biggest way we save money is that we can wait until the day after Valentine’s Day to get candy because it’s all on sale. We get lovey dovey candy for our more important day AND it’s cheaper. It means we don’t have to wait for a table on a very busy night.

And all in all, it’s a reminder that days are just days, holidays are still a Wednesday night.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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Day 3135 – Pizza Day!!

This might be one of my favorite fun days. We love pizza over here at 365 and I want to share one of our favorite pizza moments! This was in Chicago and oh baby was that a delicious deep dish pizza!!

Are you getting pizza today???

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