Thursday, December 31, 2015

And I Read... 2015

In January...

I turned 33.
I played way too much Candy Crush.
Haydn attended his first D-Now at church.
David had his best friend over to spend the night.
We packed meals for Stop Hunger Now.
We went ice skating with FUMC Tupelo.
Haydn went on Confirmation Retreat at Camp Lake Stephens.
Corey went to Honduras.

And I read...

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
*Wine from these Grapes by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey
Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

In February...

I attended the community MLK Jr. celebration.
Leila and I met for lunch in Olive Branch.
I went to a spoken word workshop at the Lee County Library.
I performed at Asia Rainey's spoken word event.
It snowed.
I met Amena Brown at The Gathering in Jackson, MS.

And I read...

Orchards by Holly Thompson
Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

In March...

I went on a day-retreat with friends.
I mourned Sir Terry Pratchett's death.
My in-laws kept the kids over Spring Break.
I spent a few days in Brandon, at Leila's.
I deep cleaned the boys' bedrooms and the playroom.
Corey went on his last Going Till the Van Stops trip.
We visited Savannah in Montgomery and went to the Zoo.

And I read...

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Oblation: Meditations on St. Benedict's Rule by Rachel M. Srubas
**The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Unabrow by Una LaMarche
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
**Bossypants by Tina Fey
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
Acquainted with the Night by Paul Raeburn
Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey

In April...

I bought a fab green dress for Easter.
I participated in the Poem a Day challenge.
We went to the church picnic at Ballard Park.
I spent a ton of time "praying in color."
I used a lot of Stress Away oil on my wrists.

And I read...

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
**The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
**The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
*The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
*Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
The BFG by Roald Dahl

In May...

Haydn was confirmed, and Corey got to confirm him.
Haydn got a math award and honor roll.
David won 6 awards at school and did a fun run with his best friend.
My friend, Janet, sent me a care package that included Unicorn Fart lip gloss.
There was a youth party to tell Corey goodbye.
I took Haydn to see Tomorrowland.
Rosemary took me to Memphis to see Kinky Boots.
My father-in-law picked up my oldest son for a summer in TN.

And I read...

**Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
**Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
**Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
A Field Guide to Happiness by Linda Leaming
You are Good at Things: a Checklist by Andy Selsberg
**Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
**The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

In June...

I won limbo on roller-skates.
David's best friend came over to celebrate his birthday.
I spontaneously decided to take David and go to Annual Conference.
I got bifocals.
David went to Vacation Bible School for the last time.
I got my first gel manicure.
I went to Honduras and helped build a house in memory of Natalie.
David spent a week at Camp Lake Stephens.

And I read...

**Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
**Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Eleanor &Park by Rainbow Rowell
**The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

In July...

We moved to Olive Branch.
I locked my keys in my car in Georgia and sat at a gas station for hours.
I spent a week in SC.
Benjamin ran away and a couple found him and returned him.
I watched the battle flag come down while Mom taught me how to make rice pudding.
David went back to Tupelo to celebrate his best friend's birthday.
Izzie painted me a gorgeous poppy.
I took David to the Pink Palace museum in Memphis.
Lauren, Lynn, and I had a girls' night out.
Corey, David, and I went to Louisville, KY for a PATH1 conference.
We picked Haydn up on the way back to MS.

And I read...

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
**Doll Bones by Holly Black
**My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
**Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

In August...

The boys started 6th and 8th grade.
I started EMDR therapy.
Lauren and I picked paint for her office.
I colored a LOT.
I started Central American Spanish with Rosetta Stone.
Haydn had to get stitches in his head.

And I read...

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
**A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
Family on Mission by Mike Breen
Wearing God by Lauren F. Winner
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
**The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The Red House by Mark Haddon

In September...

We started our first Acts Bible Study at the parsonage on Sundays.
I listened to the Spanish version of "Oceans" by Hillsong a LOT.
David was an acolyte for the first time.
I had a tattoo consult and Lauren went with me.
I went to MidSouth Bookfest in Memphis.
I went to a writers conference.
Amy and Sapada came up to cookout and watch football.
I had some dental work done.
I went to Leila's for a weekend.

And I read...

Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo
Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Mucha by Patrick Bade
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
**Partials by Dan Wells
Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde
The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
**The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

In October...

Lauren and I took David and Ethan to a corn maze in TN.
David and Corey went to a Toby Mac concert.
I took a writing class through Iowa Writers Workshop.
I went with a group to see Carrie the Musical in Memphis.
We took the kids to Disney along with my best friend's family.
I started a 12 Steps series on Middle Places.
The boys went to their first school dance.
I started level 2 of Rosetta Stone.
We sold our house in Tupelo.

And I read...

Queen Zixi of Ix by L. Frank Baum
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Small Damages by Beth Kephart

In November...

I went to Words Matter in Memphis with Karen and Lisa Lynn.
I interviewed for a job I really wanted and didn't get.
I ran media when Corey spoke at Camp Lake Stephens.
Cheri sent me the coolest journal.
We visited the National Corvette Museum.
We went to Tennessee for Thanksgiving.

And I read...

Saving Wonder by Mary Knight
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
*To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

In December...

David had his first band concert.
We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.
Haydn worked really hard to do well on exams.
I got Corey orange highlighters for his birthday.
The Christmas parade went right past our driveway.
I finished drafting a new novel.
We made an offer on a house.
I had a poem accepted for publication in a lit journal.

And I read...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
The Walking Dead Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman
Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Walking Dead Compendium 3 by Robert Kirkman
**Slam by Nick Hornby
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Jesus Without Borders by Chad Gibbs
Mosquitoland by  David Arnold

TOTAL: 104

**audio book


  1. You read soooooooo much more than I ever do. Gracious!

  2. I'm pretty sure I ask you this every year but how do u keep track of it all? Do you have a running list of activities?


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