The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 11/02/14


I’m participating in the Literary Blog Hop by giving away a $20 gift card to the Book Depository! Want to win? It’s the easiest giveaway you’ll ever enter.

I’ll have an October wrap-up post up soon. Also, I’ll be reviewing Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican on Monday.


I am just the happiest little Trekkie. I’m gobbling up Star Trek: The Next Generation for the great re-watching of 2014.


I’ve started Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I haven’t made much progress due to the Star Trek binge-fest. I’m finding it atmospheric and lovely, so far.


I made chicken tortilla soup and cornbread yesterday. It seemed appropriate for a chilly Halloween day. Earlier in the week I made a mushroom & swiss – macaroni & cheese that was a big hit. As the weather turns colder I’m very much in the mood for warm and comforting foods.


As you can see, I’m messing with the format of my weekly update. I was feeling hemmed in by my previous arrangement. I’ve always admired the way Kim and Tina (and others) have composed their updates so I’m shamelessly ripping them off.

Me: a sneaky stealer

Over on River City Reading, Shannon shows how to navigate nonfiction titles on Edelweiss. Handy!


My teens had a great time had a great time dressing up as the Joker and a crazy cat lady for Halloween. (That crazy cat lady get-up is more appropriate than you know!)

Did you have a good Halloween? I stayed in and gave out candy to the hundreds of kids that knocked on our door. Our ‘hood is great for trick or treating because the houses are fairly close together and it’s well lit. We end up giving out candy to lots of little ghosts and goblins. It’s so fun to see all the costumed cuties. 
The Walking Dead is on tonight. Hooray! 

44 thoughts on “The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 11/02/14

  1. I was seriously blown away by your son dressing up as The Joker when I saw it in my Instagram feed and your daughter's costume made me guffaw out loud. At first, I thought you were trying out a new look. 😉 And I like the new format. I always enjoy reading your posts.


  2. This is the first year I've seen a crazy cat lady costume, and I saw three different versions of it. But I love it, and I'm most likely going to steal it at some point.


  3. You're right…that is THE easiest giveaway ever!!! Your chicken tortilla soup pic the other day inspired me to throw chili in the crock pot, and it was goo-ooood. Have a great week, lovely!


  4. I love TNG! I'd love to binge watch it. Glad you're enjoying Rebecca so far. I really liked it, although my favourite Du Maurier novel is My Cousin Rachel (which I recommend highly if you haven't read it).Love the Halloween costumes — especially Crazy Cat Lady! My daughter got lots of candy, although we had very few kids come by our house (maybe 25 in all)…which is very strange because we live in a subdivision full of young kids! We have way too much candy left over as a result…


  5. We had a little African American girl come to the door with a cotton candy costume. She might have been 3 years old. She had a little suit with pink fluffy stuff all over and on her head she wore the cone. OMW!! Later my husband said we should have gotten a picture. What a cutie. I love your kids' costumes! They are great.We made some chicken fajitas yesterday with all the fixings. The avocados were perfectly ripened for the guacamole, and I made a fresh tomato salsa. Yum! I agree with Andi, the picture of your chicken tortilla soup was awesome.


  6. Great costumes! We didn't get many kids this year due to the lousy weather- so all the candy is still here. Argh. We did venture out though- and froze. The kids didn't seem to mind for some reason. 🙂 Rewatching TNG looks like fun.


  7. I wish we would have had that many kids! I felt like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, except I waited at my door for trick-or-treaters. Lol. That mushroom-swiss mac and cheese looked amazing! I think I am going to try to make it next week. 🙂


  8. Thank you so much! We had a great time doing makeup and putting together costumes this year 😀 Are you saying that she looks like me or are you saying that I AM a crazy cat lady? LOL…both of those things are true. 😉


  9. Thanks! We had a hoot putting them together. 😀 I was quite impressed with the cornbread. It's sweet, but not TOO sweet. If anything it might have been a bit too dense for me? I've got a cheesy cauliflower soup on tap for this week that I'm crazy excited about, lol.


  10. I'm bingeing like a crazy person. It's awesome 😉 Thanks! We had so much fun putting the costumes together. 😀 I wish I had counted kids this year. It wasn't our busiest year, I don't think, but I bet we had close to 350 kids?


  11. Oh I bet she was adorable 😀 I love clever costumes like that!Mmmm! You know, I've never made actual fajitas. I've made fajita soup and fajita casseroles, etc. but never have made just fajitas. They sound really good right now too!


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