5.06.2016

Five Friday Faves

The busyness of this time of year caused a short hiatus from the blog but I am back with my favorites from the beginning of May --

1. The end of elementary school.

 

I am going to go ahead and call that a fave although it is a touch bittersweet. I am excited to see what the future has in store for the boy next year in middle school. And Little still has a few years, so we aren't saying goodbye completely to the elementary school yet. Although this is the last year that they will ever be in the same school and that does make me sad. The picture above is from last week's sixth grade field day, he was the last man standing in his class' cone sweep game -- watching everyone crowd around him and cheer was so much fun.

2. Take Your Child To Work Day


Little has watched her brother go to Take Your Child To Work Day with The Engineer for years and was so excited to finally be old enough to go!

3. Rose gold MacBooks


I was in the Apple Store last week having my laptop repaired and as I walked out I spotted the new rose gold MacBooks. It is as if the geniuses at Apple said, "Let's design a computer just for Katie." I came close to trading my computer, but decided to hold off as they are a pricey purchase and my computer is only a little over three years old. I am waiting to see if mine keeps acting up before I decide to trade. Isn't it stunning?

4. Swear on this Life


I am a big Renee Carlino fan so when I received a copy of Swear on This Life from Netgalley, I might have done a little happy dance.

Synopsis:

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
 


My verdict? Best Carlino book yet and that is really saying something. I could not put it down. It fired on all cylinders -- well-drawn characters, an intriguing, unique story and perfect pacing. You can tell when a lot of care has gone into a book and Carlino knocked it out of the park. I just can't say enough good things about this book, put it on your TBR (to be read) list right now. It won't be released until Aug. 9, but is worth the wait.

5. And last but never least: My Momma


Mother's Day is Sunday and I am taking Gramma out for a Mother's Day lunch at the club on post. I really have the greatest mom and the older I get the more I appreciate her. Her support and positive attitude have shaped who I am today.

Happy Mother's Day also to Grammy Karen and The Nana. Our kids are so blessed to have three super grandmothers.

Happy weekend! I am excited that this is the first Saturday that I have not had to work in three weeks. I am not going to know what to do with myself. Probably yard work.





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