Books galore

Instead of spending the majority of my week crafting like I usually do, I spent my weekend reading! I always forget how much I love to read and rarely pick up new books, but ever since we visited the beach last weekend I’ve been hooked! I’ve read five different books in one week. Holy cow. It was such a nice change of pace to read book after book that I’d previously downloaded on my Kindle.

Don’t judge, but I love me a good murder mystery. Yes, Nancy Drew and I were close friends growing up! So this past weekend I read “Murder Over Easy,” “Citizen Insane” and “Murder on the Mind.” All of them were by different authors and at one point or another were free on Amazon. I loved them all, especially “Murder on the Mind,” which is based in Buffalo, N.Y. where my family lives. At the beach I finished “The Secret Holocaust Diaries”, which was fantastic, yet incredibly depressing. On a lighter note, I also read “Design on a Crime.” Yes, it’s a murder mystery with an interior design twist. I was sold.

I’m officially a reading addict again and I really hope it sticks! I need to find a good balance so I can read and craft (and eat, sleep, exercise, etc., etc., etc.) all of the time. Sometimes it’s just so hard to put down a good book though.

Speaking of crafting, while I didn’t do much in the creative world this past weekend, I did get a new coffee table from my dad. He brought it back for me from Ohio, so I’m going to work on refinishing that. The table he bought us at a yard sale in his neighborhood is great, but it’s rather high for a coffee table. It also has six cubbies, so I’m not looking forward to refinishing that part. Seems too tedious for a beat up Ikea table. We’ll see though.

In other life news, it’s getting down to the wire for our house-warming party — less than two weeks now! I’m going to start shopping for food this week. Costco, anyone? We don’t have much in the way of extra seating, so I’ll probably start hitting up my parents for their folding tables and chairs soon. I’m also totally crossing my fingers right now for decent weather. I don’t know how well my house will fit 30+ people. If it happens, it happens… but I’m still hoping for a sunny day, especially so we are able to use our new bocce ball set!

I also have a few craft projects planned that I need to do before our party. I’m thinking of making my own citronella candles. Thoughts? Has anyone ever tried that? Citronella really bothers my lungs, but I figure if we’re going to be outside we’ve got to have it. We’ll see! Look for a new craft post tomorrow!

Oh, and enjoy the Olympics if you are tuning in. Go Team USA!

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