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Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Autumn is finally here!  Hooray!  Yesterday I shared my Autumn Adventures list, a list of fun stuff I’m looking forward to doing this autumn.  Today I want to backtrack just a little bit and give a final update on my Summertime Fun List.  I shared my progress on the list here and here, but HERE is the original list and a super quick recap.

    • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.  Done!
    • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.  Made a lot of progress on boxes INSIDE the house, and I got my two guest rooms fully up to speed!  I still have a few bags of things in the garage to deal with, but I’m going to call this one a success!
    • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.  I sent a few notes, but still want to do better.
    • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.  YES!  Finally!  Scroll down to see where we went!  Done!
    • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. Done!
    • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)  Done!
    • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.  Total fail on this one.
    • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.  Making some progress but still want to do better, especially since I know how much I like to hear from MY kids!  When did making phone calls get so difficult?


We finally made it into Savannah to try two new places!  How exciting!

The first restaurant we tried was actually a food truck that I’ve been wanting to catch for a long time.  It’s Big Bon Pizza.  A food truck with a wood fired pizza oven.  I’m serious, y’all!



They set up at Smith Brothers Butcher Shop, a lovely place that did, indeed, have fresh meat AND a massive wine selection, a tasty bakery counter, and wonderful ingredients for all kinds of cooking.  I could’ve spent hours in there looking around!





And one of my favorite things:  a lending library of cookbooks!  I kid you not!  How cool is this?!?



Our pizza was great as was our time spent hanging out with new friends!  I definitely plan to catch Big Bon Pizza again, and I’m going to steal away for a couple of hours of shopping time (and a sandwich) at Smith Brothers soon!

Gene got the Spicy Chicken Bulgogi (on the left half), and I got the Brussels Sprouts and Bacon (on the right).  Delicious!
Our friends got the Big Bon Original.


The other place we went is a Savannah classic that was recommended to us by several people, the Crystal Beer Parlor.  My husband and daughter and I ate here, and it wasn’t quite what I expected.  Gene and Cassandra got burgers, and they said they were good.  I got a bowl of crab stew and half a shrimp salad sandwich.  It was good, but I won’t order it again.   I was expecting a different (more modern) atmosphere, and I think my expectations got the best of me on this one.  I’m sure we’ll go back again, and I’ll enjoy it more!



So that’s a wrap for the Summertime Fun List!  Now to get to work having fun with my Autumn Adventures!

What are YOU up too?  Tried any new food trucks lately?  Any special adventures coming up this autumn?!?

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Two months ago I created a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  One month ago I shared my first update, and now it’s time for me to evaluate how I did during the second month of this project!

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve made a LOT of progress!  I originally planned to empty the whole thing then reload it, but I’ve ended up tackling one area at a time.  It looks a lot better!  I may still unload and reload, but it’ll be a lot easier now.  I think I’ll call this one done!
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.
    • Ummmm, I cleared multiple boxes/piles out of the bonus room, so that counts, right?!?  Boxes in the garage are next!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I sent notes and fun mail to a few people, but that was all at one time.  I bought some cute note cards, and they’re making we WANT to write to people, so I’ll give myself a gold star for making progress.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • No progress here.  I think part of the problem is that we’re still in the throes of tourist season over here, and downtown Savannah is just nuts.  Maybe I’ll tackle this goal again during autumn when it’s cooler AND less crowded!  Yes.  I think that’s a good idea.  (We, once again, tried some new restaurants in other cities, and I’ll be blogging about them really soon!  Watch for those!)
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • I read two books from the Twisty Novels category.  I listened to The Dry by Jane Harper, a complex mystery set in Australia.  The down side to listening to this one was that it jumps back and forth between the present to the past, and it took me a while to catch on to that.  (In the printed book the flashbacks are in italics, so they’re easier to catch.)  It was doable, but I had to pay attention.  The plus to listening to it:  an amazing narrator with a great Australian accent!
    • The other Twisty Novel I read was I See You by Clare Mackintosh.  OH.  MY.  WORD.  This book gave me the shivers in the very best of ways!  The author kept me guessing the whole time, and I truly had the shivers after I finished the story!  Days later I’m still shaking my head at how it ended!  (No spoilers!)  I was so impressed with this author that I immediately got my hands on I Let You Go.  I’m halfway through and it’s already made me gasp out loud several times!
    • I also read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, a book from the Beachy Reads category.  This was, as promised, a light, fun read.  There was a section toward the end that I could have done without, but overall it was a good YA read.
    • So, reading these three books plus the two I read last month means that I’ve completely met this goal!  Hooray!  I still plan to read several more books from this list, and I’ll let you know how they are.
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YEP!  I did well on this again this month!  I’ve had two or three coffee dates, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some new friends better.  I’m really liking this one A LOT!
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I still haven’t Skyped anyone, but I DID call a special friend!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • Still need to do better on this one.  We drove down to see both of our families this weekend, so that was a lot of fun!  My mom made a coconut cake for me!  (And we all know that anything a loved one makes for us has zero calories, so we are free to indulge!)

All in all I feel pretty good about what I’ve gotten accomplished.  I still want to work on my weak areas. Around mid-September I’ll post a final update and let you know if I ever got to those pesky boxes in the garage, and then on September 21 I’ll share my Autumn Fun List with you!

So how are YOUR summer plans going?!?  Click on the box below to see what some of my blogger friends are doing this summer. 


Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

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A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!

Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve started cleaning it out little by little.  I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
    • Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet.  SOON!  SOON!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline.  Wow.  Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • AHA!  I *have* made headway on this one!  I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean.  I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library.  I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YES!  I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends!  HOORAY!  This is a discipline I can get excited about!  (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement.  I WANT to talk to them!  I do text and message them!  Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently.  I love them!

It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer!  Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!

Of Library Holds and the Olympics

Of Library Holds and the Olympics

Do you guys love your local library as much as I do?!?  I love that I can put books on hold, HOWEVER!  What is it with library holds and their crazy timing in showing up?!?  I’m a HUGE fan of the Olympics, and all my library holds came in right as the Olympics started!  Seriously?!?

So what does one do in this situation?  One deals with sleep deprivation!  Am I right?!?

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The Last 10 Photos on My Phone

The Last 10 Photos on My Phone

I saw this fun idea over on In Residence and thought it would be a lot of fun to do here too!  Here are (pretty much) the last 10 photos on my phone.

  1.  A gorgeous cappuccino at The Front Porch, a new coffee shop here in my town.  This place is so calm that my blood pressure drops when I walk through the front door.
  2. Meet Arwen, my son’s cat.  He (my son, not the cat ’cause she’s a girl) is in the Air Force, and she (the cat) misses him.  As do I!
  3. My desk when I walked into work Monday.  It was clean when I left last Wednesday!  (I’m a part time admin/financial secretary at a local church.)
  4. The gorgeous salt pig I ordered from Meesh’s Pottery on Etsy.  This gorgeous guy will hold nutritional yeast since I already have another salt pig that holds salt.
  5. I was so engrossed by Finding Dory that my FitBit thought I was asleep!  (Great movie and/but it really throws some deep punches for parents.  Especially for parents of kids who have extra challenges.)
  6. Another trip to The Front Porch, this time for iced coffee.  Do you sense a trend yet?!?
  7. The wreath I made for our front door.  I love that part of the blue field is actually camo; it’s a nod to our being a military family.
  8. It’s time for me to freshen up some parenting skills!  This is a great book for anyone who has kids in middle school or older.  I’ll do a full review soon.
  9. The Great Tadpole Rescue!  I need to get my daughter to guest post this whole story!  Short version:  She got her dad to move the tadpoles from her dog’s water trough to the wetlands behind our house.
  10. I made my very first trip to Trader Joe’s yesterday with a good friend of mine!  Wow!  So many special treats to choose from!  These chocolate covered espresso beans were just one of several items that came home with me.

So now you know what’s been going on in my world lately!  Any fun pictures on your phone right now?  Do you love salt pigs as much as I do?  Do you love that my salt pig is a PIG?!?  Chime in below!  Comments are what make this fun!

(Curious about salt pigs?  Check out my newer post:  What IS a Salt Pig Anyway?!?)

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Here are five things I’m listening to these days:

(1)  What Should I Read Next?, a fabulous podcast done by Modern Mrs. Darcy (MMD). I was already hooked on MMD’s Facebook page, and then my friend Sheila told me about the podcast!  I might be on my third round of listening to these!  The format is just perfect, the recording is done well, and my “To Be Read” list has never been longer!  On each podcast she asks her guest to share three books they love, one book they hate, and what they’re currently reading, then she gives them three book recommendations based on what she’s learned about their reading preferences.  And the titles/authors of ALL the books discussed are posted in the show notes, so you can simply enjoy listening and not worry about writing stuff down.  Three cheers for THAT!


(2)  Jordan Smith’s album, Something Beautiful.  I loved listening to him on The Voice, and I’m thrilled to be able to support him (even if just a little bit) by buying his album.  Here’s the video for one of my favorites from this album, “Stand In the Light.”


(3) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  This is one of the books that MMD (above) recommended to her guest on What Should I Read Next a few weeks ago.  I’m not sure how I feel about this book.  I’m both fascinated with it and frustrated by it.  I just started listening to it for the second time to decide if I’m more okay with the ending this time.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  Perhaps it’s better read than listened to?



(4)  The “Unplugged” album by Unspoken.  I listen to it over and over.  Here’s the video for “Tell Somebody.”


(5) The forest behind my house. Yep!  I’m being intentional about spending more time outside. I count sitting on my screened porch as being outside since I can see the trees, feel the breeze, and hear the cacophony of frogs and crickets without getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes.



What are you listening to?  Please share in the comments below!



Wishing:  That I could nip away to the Caribbean for a week of reading on the beach.  Oh, wouldn’t that be loverly?


Craving:  Brioche French Toast at The Collins Quarter here in Savannah.  They make their brioche in house then top it with Drunken Fruit Compote (coconut vodka, y’all!  Who knew?!?), Candied Pecans and Bourbon-Maple Syrup.  I seriously need this again.  Soon!  (Note:  The vodka cooks out.  It’s all good!)

Going:  To the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina next week.  I’m a curriculum representative for Sonlight Curriculum and will be in the booth all weekend meeting, encouraging, and advising homeschool families.  I heart homeschool families!  (We used Sonlight for 14 years in my house!  Homeschooled the kids all the way through with it!  It’s incredible!)

Wearing:  My new “Unstructured” flats from Clark’s.  These are some seriously comfortable shoes!


Learning:  How to pull my hair back and not look like a third grader.  *sigh*  My bangs have never been this long, and I’m experimenting with ways to pull them back.  I’m slowly getting better at braiding them while looking in the mirror, but I’m still nowhere close to getting a look that I can wear outside the house!

What are YOU wishing, craving, going, wearing, and learning these days?!?  Please share below!


Credit for this fun blogging prompt comes from a blog I always enjoy reading, in residence.  Check Anne out there, and visit Jenna at Gold & Bloom!