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Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Three Things Thursday: Recent Reads

When we moved to Illinois, I rediscovered the joy of the public library. I’ve devoured books ever since I got my new library card.

I set a goal to read 13 books this year, one more book than I got through last year. But thanks to the deadline-driven nature of a library book, I surpassed that goal. Now I’m just excited to see how many books I do read this year.

Here are my thoughts on three recent reads: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, Talking to Animals by Jon Katz, and Rising Strong by Brené Brown.

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Boxes packed in our old house

Three Things Thursday: Moving

Three Things Thursday is exactly what it sounds like — these Thursday posts will capture three things I’m thinking about at the time. It might be three things I’m loving at the moment or, like this first post, three things I’ve learned through an experience. I hope you enjoy!

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Starting Over … Again

I’m back!

I know I’m not alone in experiencing times when life seems to thrown you off track. I started my new blog here with a great rhythm – and then I fell off the wagon. It happens.

But I’m back at it and pumped for a new year! Here’s a look at what’s been happening since I last wrote:

Badgers, Badgers, Badgers

This fall was all about the Wisconsin Badgers. Seriously, it felt like our life was all football September through October. We were just lucky to sneak in our first trip with the new camper.


And can I just say, Jason and I are ridiculously happy that the Badgers finally won a bowl game! After three disappointing Rose Bowls and a loss at last year’s Capitol One Bowl, it was about time they got it together.

We’re Renovating … Again

Four years ago, we transformed a spare room in our house into a bathroom/laundry room. It solved a lot of problems for us living in our century-old home.

When we initially completed the project, we had our washer and dryer stacked in the laundry closet. Well, that became a huge problem.

From what I understand now, stacked machines are always going to move around to some degree. However, add in the fact that there isn’t a truly flat or square surface in this house – including the floor in the laundry closet – and those suckers bounce all over the place!

We finally decided that it was time for a re-do. We tore out the cabinet and small counter that were in the closet, unstacked the washer and dryer, and are now working on a set-up with the machines sitting next to one another and a counter over both.


Old house = Never-ending project.

Christmas Came and Went

Jason and I were Scrooges the past couple of years. Two years ago, we just didn’t feel like decorating for Christmas – it’s a lot of work, you know. Then last year, with a new puppy running around the house, we thought better of putting up our tree.

This year, the Christmas spirit finally returned to the Jacobs’ household!


Now, it’s time for our house to return to normal.

Happy New Year, Friends! Here’s to starting fresh and making 2015 another terrific year!