The red holiday cups have returned! My sister, her boyfriend, Ryan and I were a little too excited and sipped our hot drinks inside before heading outside into the sun to sweat. Oh, Florida in November.
- Gander Mountain
Can you see me!?!
My sister and I split away from the guys when we arrived at the sporting goods store and I dressed up in camouflage attire in an effort to pop out and scare them. When my sister ran off to find Ryan and Ross to get them to follow her back to where I was standing in my get-up, Ryan said, “Alright, let’s go get scared by Julie.” What a rat!
We did manage to scare the pants off one unsuspecting guy whose friends saw what we were up to and managed to get their innocent friend to walk right by me. I scared the pants off of him and it was fantastic. Ha!
- Lunch: Friendsgiving leftovers (I still owe you a Friendsgiving recap post!)
- Friendsgiving cleanup
- Goodbyes to our guests
- Lazy time on the couch + Typing up my book review post for tomorrow
- Grocery store
And now it’s time to start thinking about dinner. I hope your Sunday is nice and relaxing and that no crazy camo beasts pop out at you!
P.S. I know my blog is having some crazy formatting issues this weekend. I’m trying to fix everything ASAP!
November Book Club
Since we’re already four days into November, I’d say it’s time to select the book for the November PBF Book Club, don’t you think?
For those of you who may be new around here, the PBF Book Club is an online book club that is open to anyone! We simply vote for a book to read from the three books listed below (taken from your suggestions on the PBF Facebook page) and on December 4, I will post my review along with discussion questions for book club participants to answer in the comments section of the post.
If you are a blogger and post a review of the selected book on your blog, you can email me a link to your review post (firstname.lastname@example.org) before December 4 and I will include a link to your post in the roundup of blogger book review links.
Please vote for the book you would like to read below. I will announce the winning book on Tuesday morning.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.