Best Books of 2009



 I am going to share this here as well as on my book blog, Reading in White Bear Lake.  It has been a very slow year of reading for me.   Life and work have gotten in the way of my sitting around and reading into the wee hours of the night.  Since I am no longer going to Duluth for work each month, my nights to read in the hotel room are gone as well.  Alas, I have only read 28 books in 2009, but some very good ones!! 

Jen’s Best Books of 2009

1.   The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb (5/5)

2.  The Crying Tree – Naseem Rakha – (5/5)

3.  A Year On Ladybug Farm – Donna Ball – (4.5/5)

4.  At Home on Ladybug Farm – Donna Ball (4.5/5)

5.  The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown (4.5/5)

6.  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski (4.5/5)

7.  The Kindness of Strangers – Katrina Kittle (4.5/5) 

8.  Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry – (4.5/5)

9.  Moloka’i – Alan Brennert – (4.5/5)

10. Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Novel – Elizabeth Noble – (4.5/5)

I love making my list of best books each year.  I forget about all the great books I read in the beginning of the year!  Next, I will enjoy reading other book bloggers lists which will certainly make my “To Be Read” list even longer!

Happy Reading!!!

Planning Weekend….

I am so thankful for a long weekend.  I have a very long list of things I want to get done for the holidays.  With work being so busy I am trying to get as much as possible done this weekend to be prepared for the holidays!  Luckily hubby and Josh are home too so hopefully alot will be accomplished.

Weekend To Do List:

Laundry – never ending
Go to see Movie – Blind Side (today either at 3:55 or 5:20) – DONE
Dentist Appointment (today 2:50) – Rescheduled

Pay Bills – DONE

Complete Christmas Newsletter
Send out Cookie Exchange Invite – DONE
Update Blogs???
Organize Christmas Gift List: what is left to purchase for gifts?? – Started
Update Family Calendar for December – DONE
Menu Planning for December

Bake Cookies (dough made)
Clean My Bedroom
Put Up Christmas Tree/Decorate – DONE
Fill Med Containers – DONE
Clean Furnance Filter

If a majority of this gets done it will be a very productive weekend!!   It will be a great start for December!

Have a great weekend!!

Jen’s Week

I have not been doing very well keeping up with routine since school started!  I have forgotten a number of things or jsut too unmotivated to do them.  I haven’t really been planning my week either so I am going to really do that for a few weeks and see if that helps!

Working 12:00 – 10:00pm
Fax Staff Time Cards
Mop Floors
Working Late – hubby cooks – Spaghetti Meatballs.Garlic Bread
Tommy Shower

Feather Dust
Change Towels
Working – 9 :15 – 5:00
Training at work until 4:30
3:50 – Erik Dentist
Enchilada Casserole /Spanish Rice
Prep Crock for Morning – Chicken
Bake Muffins – For Breakfast

Work Early – Court in Hastings 9:00 – 5:00
6:30 – 7:30 Tutition Bucks Workshop with Cori
Chicken Abodo Crock
Tommy Shower
Clip Nails
Sweep Laundry Room/Pantry
Clean Filter

Clean Bathrooms/Showers
Change Towels
Tommy Ortho Appointment – 10:30
Working  11:00 –  4:00
Sort at 4:30
Cheese Beef Mac and Corn

Classroom Help in AM
Clean Pic WIndow/Doors/ Mirrors
Quick Tidy
Work Afternoon – 12:00 – 5:00
Family Movie Night
Steak/Cheese Sandwiches and Steak Fries

Working at Office 10:00 – 2:00??
Focus Clean:  Bathroom – Wipe Walls
De-Clutter Medicaine Cabinet
Cat Litter
Change Towels
Fish & Chips

Wash Bedding
Dust/Sweep  Bedrooms
Clean Desk
Fill Meds
Prok Roast – Roast Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole

Working 12:00 – 10:00pm
Mop Floors
Working Late – hubby cooks – Duggar Tater Tot Casserole
Tommy Shower


I have not been keeping up with things this week very well, so today I need to get things done!  

Vacuum/ Dust Living Room – DONE
Vacuum/Dust Dining Room -DONE
Clean Bathroom/Showers – DONE
Clean Out 1 Shelf in Bathroom Cabinet – DONE
Fill TP – DONE
Wash Dishes – Done
Clean Kitchen – Done
Boils Eggs for Breakfast – DONE
Change Towels – DONE
Scrub Floors – Kitchen and Baths – DONE
Start Laundry – DONE
Dust/Sweep Bedrooms – DONE
Fill Med Box – Done

Left to Do later this week:
Sweep Laundry Room
Change Bedding

Wish me luck as it is an ambitious list for how motivated I am today!!


Long To Do List Day…..

I really have alot to get done, so I need to post my To Do List to keep me on track!    It is a good thing I didn’t go into the office as the house really needs to be attended to.

2:00 – Teddy to the Groomer – DONE
Complete MIL medical Assistance PW
Complete Erik’s School Paperwork

Finish Dishes – Hubby Did –
Clean out Spices  (alphabetize) – DONE
Clean Cat Litter – DONE
Change Towels – DONE
Clean Windows/Curtains – DONE
Make Homemade Chicken Pot Pies for Tomorrows Supper

Clean out all Trash Cans – DONE

Wash Bedding – DONE
Dust/Sweep Bedrooms – DONE
Fill Meds Boxes – DONE
Clean Desk

Clean Mirrors and Doors – DONE