Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Fragments Volume Deux

Its Friday.  It doesn't feel like Friday, I guess because it's been a four day work week here.  Course I don't work so I don't know why I even mention that, but we were traveling last weekend and didn't get home until Monday night which meant hubs didn't go in to his office until Tuesday.  He works.  Yay hubs!  

It snowed here Wednesday night. I normally enjoy the first snow of the season, but on top of a hurricane it just felt wrong. It took hubs two hours to get home from work Wednesday night, but thankfully temperatures warmed up enough on Thursday to melt the roadways.  

We are hoping for a precipitation free weekend...the NY/NJ area needs it. Temperatures are supposed to hit 60 on Sunday.  Whoohoo!  

Some of you are happy I'm back to talking about the weather.  

Today is my big brother's birthday. Happy Birthday Brother! He's actually my only brother, but he's also older than me and it's especially important to remind him of that today. I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't like my brother. He has the most easy going personality, and while I'm sure he probably stresses about stuff on the inside you never see it on the outside.  

How about a photo to mark the day....

That's him on the right in case you were wondering.  

This picture was taken in Edinburgh Scotland back in 2008 when he and my sister-in-law hopped the pond for a visit. I can't remember this woman's exact deal, but I believe she holds the world record for most piercings. Not sure if that's correct, but it's certainly plausible.  

What's everybody reading these days? Our neighborhood book club met last night and this month's book was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Mixed reviews on the actual storyline, but everyone agreed it was a page turner.  I'm currently reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and really like it so far.  

One item on my 101 in 1001 (remember that?) was to read six non-fiction books. So far I've read two,  most recently Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle. If ever we as a nation needed to amp up our prayer life, now is the time, and this book addresses that very thing. It's not a new book and I ordered it for something like a nickel off of Amazon.  

Speaking of my 101 in 1001, how about an update? Some of the items on my list are ongoing,  either monthly or over the course of the 3+ years the challenge runs, so I likely will evaluate those on day 1001. It's never too late to make your own sure to let me know if you do!  

Here's what I've checked off so far-

#3-get my hearing checked (happening on Monday)...should have already happened, but Sandy forced cancellation of my previous appointment

#12-visit Boston (September, 2012)...super fun weekend you can read about here

#13-have piano tuned (October, 2012)...I wanted this one done before Daughter2 comes home for Thanksgiving.  She notices when it's sour.  
#32-paint laundry room (September, 2012)...actually hubs did the painting and I supervised. ahem.  I've also purchased a pretty rug, but haven't found exactly what I want for the walls so pictures will come later.

#35-redo driveway pillars (in process)...the place that makes the slate tops only had their power restored a couple of days ago so they're running a little behind.  Once that's done, and the lamps reinstalled the pillars will be finished.  We are so pleased with the new look.

#43-sort out side hill (October, 2012) looks great!  I'll post pics once the pillars have been completed.

#53-rent canoes at Waywayanda (August, 2012)...a fun day I wrote about  here.

#70-vote in all elections and primaries at the local, state,  and national level...done so far as they've come round

#83-make one new recipe a month (this is ongoing, but so far I've kept it up)...perhaps I'll link up the recipes later, but right now I have the bug man inspecting the house, I'm still in my sweats, and I have a hair appointment in thirty minutes, so the recipes will have to wait.  

Hmmm, seems I had more fragments today than I initially thought. Go here to add your own Friday Fragments to the list~

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Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Your doing good with your list and crossing things off. I am looking forward to the warmer temperatures not for me but for those without power.

  2. I'm currently reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". It would fit your non-fiction book list.

  3. I keep hearing about Gone Girl.. mostly I hear its good.

    Glad you clarified who was who in the picture :)

  4. I totally get the 'work week' thing. I feel like I lose a day when the Hubby is off. Ha.

    Good job on the list! Progress is good. I think the Hubby refers to my list to 'help me' complete things! Without planning to, I have made a 'to do' list for him too! Had I known this would happen I would have added a few other things... Ha

  5. Hope you have a dry and enjoyable weekend!

  6. Ha ha! I looked at the picture and thought 'I recognise that woman' - and scrolling down realised why - she lives in Edinburgh!!! (or she is certainly here a lot, she's very well known) I've walked past her on the street a few times when I've been going to work.

  7. Way to work on that list! Have a great weekend.

  8. Wow, you have a lot on your plate.
    I'm reading "Nearing Home" by Billy Graham.

  9. Funny you mention get hearing checked. Kevin has been telling me for a year that I can't hear anything because I play my iPod shuffle too loud. Today it came up about how he is also having trouble hearing. Yikes, is this all part of being in our 50's??!! I thought about blaming mine on menopause, lol

  10. I read "Fresh Wind Fresh Fire" a few years back and the rest of Jim Cymbal's books in that series. You would likely enjoy them all too. So, so inspiring!

    Hoping you all get a break in the weather, you so deserve it! Happy weekend!

  11. Wow. I love your post. I want to read the book by Jim Cymbala. I love the legacy and music of his church. I love Boston, too. And I miss my book club that I was part of in the US.

  12. I used to read ALL the time. What happened to that? Good for you.

    You deserve a sunny weekend. I jut hope the runoff from melting snow doesn't add to the issues. Flooding would not be ideal right now! :)

  13. Our book club here just read "Gone Girl" too. Our reviews were much like yours...yes, a page turner with some good surprises...but also a downer, and a scary look at people with mental illness.

  14. I am reading the Game of Thrones series and love it. That is quite a list of items you have, I think it is a great idea. Hoping you get a warm, rain free weekend.

  15. I am reading Cloud Atlas...have to get it finished before I see the movie. It was hard-starter but am really enjoying it now that I pushed through the first chapters.

  16. I've wanted to read Gone Girl I bought the book, my hubby took it on a trip he hated the ending and he is not the only one to say do I read it only to hate the ending too? I hope this weekend brings good weather and more power to those still without.

  17. Impressive progress on your list. Love hearing what you're reading. Happy Birthday to your brother. It has been a week! Bless you for helping with your church relief efforts. I am heading to Haiti today so probably won't be joining the HP on Wednesday. Have a good one!

  18. You have accomplished a lot off your list.
    Way to go! Happy Birthday to your brother.
    I must be doing something wrong. I spend almost all day reading peoples posts. I guess I have to stop following people so I can find time to read a book!