Weekend Reading: Checking In Edition

by Julie on June 14, 2013 · 9 comments

I realize things have been a little slow around here of late. I blame the lazy days of summer.

Still, I wanted to check in and update you on a few things.


On a whim, I decided to take Operation Houseplant outside. This basket had been filled with dusty, fake flowers and greenery that I just couldn’t handle hanging on the front door. So I ripped out the fake stuff and put some real in instead.

I’ve seen tutorials on this somewhere that involve lining the basket with a trash bag, etc., but since I found an arrangement at the hardware store, already planted in an oblong plastic pot, I just used that.

I switched out some of the flowers to create a red, white and blue arrangement since we have a flag and bunting up for the summer. I plopped the whole pot into the basket and it comes out easily for watering.


Being the world’s laziest gardener, I have no idea how long I can keep this alive, especially once the real heat of summer hits, but I’m enjoying it for now.

Summer Reading

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With one child in London and another in town, but rarely home, I’ve been fighting off some of my summer boredom with reading.

I pre-ordered some new summer releases from Amazon: Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies Night and Elin Hilderbrand’s Beautiful Day. I’m seriously considering adding Jen Lancaster’s The Tao of Martha to the list. It sounds hilarious.

I also had the chance to work a four-hour stint at my library’s summer used book sale last week. I spent my time “merchandising” the romance and mystery areas, which have to be the most fun places to be. Those readers are serious! They even come prepared with long lists of titles that they’re looking for.

It was strictly volunteer, but I got some “book bucks” for my effort and promptly spent them on these titles.

Book Sale

The first one I read was The Drop, by Michael Connelly. It’s the first book of his that I’ve read and I liked it. It’s one of a series featuring his detective character, Harry Bosch, who solves not one mystery, but two, during this book.

Speaking of reading, here’s some stuff from around the web that recently caught my eye:

And I want to thank Charlotte at Teens Got Cents for inviting me to do an interview there. Teens Got Cents was started by Charlotte and her daughter, Eva. They now have some contributing writers too. It’s a new personal finance blog from a younger point of view, which is pretty rare in the blogging world. It would make great reading for you or your kids.

What are you up to this summer? Gardening? Reading? Traveling?

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Adam @ Stop Worrying About Money June 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

This is shaping up to be an incredibly busy summer for us. We’re moving to a new town, my fiancée will be starting back to school to pursue her MBA (after several years out of school), and we’re planning our wedding. I’m hoping to start some of my own summer reading — I’ve got my eye on Never Eat Alone by Tahl Raz and on Mel Lindhauer’s The Boglehead’s Guide To Investing — but I’m not sure when when I’ll find the time!


Julie June 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Adam, a busy summer indeed! The Boglehead guide is a good one. Congrats on your wedding!


Susan June 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Your stack of books includes two of my favorites:
-While I Was Gone by Sue Miller – excellent, one of her best, couldn’t put it down, did not see what was coming
-Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – loved, loved, loved this book



Julie June 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

It’s good to know I picked some good ones, Susan. Thanks for letting me know. Should keep me busy all summer.


Julie July 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

Susan, I’ve finished both of these and loved them both! I’m considering “While I Was Gone” as my book club pick this year. I didn’t see those things coming either. Great recommendations!


Charlotte June 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

It was such a privilege to interview you Julie. I have so much to learn and am inspired by your suggestion to find a way to earn extra money in order to save for school! Thank you!


Julie July 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Thank YOU, Charlotte. I am so impressed with your and Eva’s blog. What a great mother/daughter project.


Sharon July 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Sounds like you have some good book pics! We just got back from Florida to visit my daughter and son-in-law. I have a very quiet summer planned as I start to redecorate the family room and finally finish the kitchen!


Julie July 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I hope the redecorating with include pictures, Sharon! I just got back from FL myself. Hope yours was a good trip.


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