Birthday Goodies

tartI had a very nice weekend despite our plans getting rained out. It is incredible how much rain we’ve received here in Central Texas and I really feel for those families who have lost so much. It looks like we have more rain in the forecast so wishing safe days ahead for everyone!

I celebrated a birthday on Monday and we went out for a yummy lunch and I had this mini cheesecake waiting for me when I got home.

My husband treated me to some wonderful goodies. I got Gelli Plate Printing by Joan Bess. I cannot wait to try out some of these techniques. He also got me a box of Faber-Castell Gelatos. Love these and I only had two, so yay, I now have a collection. And, I also got a a very lovely necklace.

I had many birthday wishes from friends and family. Thank you guys for making my day so sweet!

Of course there were more books involved as it was a birthday weekend. Half Price Books was having a 20% off sale and I snagged a few books: Wings of Fire by Charles Todd, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes.

And, having a three day weekend was the best. I hope you all had a very nice weekend. Tell me what you were up to.

Currently Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know about you but I am ready for a three day weekend. I’ve had a pretty busy week at work and have been dealing with a bit of insomnia so yep, I’m ready to enjoy the weekend even if we are supposed to get rain for most of it. I’m envisioning naps, trips to the bookstore and crafting projects. There may be a cupcake involved too. Ha.

Anyway, it’s time for an update on what I’ve been reading lately. First it’s The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. What a great read. A few years ago I read his book The Island of Dr. Moreau which I found completely thought-provoking and to this day I can get unnerved just thinking about it, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. My only knowledge of The Invisible Man was a black and white film version I saw as a kid. I am enjoying the action, the mystery and of course I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Next is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve read her books Purple Hibiscus (loved it) and Half of A Yellow Sun so I was pretty sure I was going to be in for a wonderful story. I’m only about thirty pages into this pretty long novel but already I feel like I’m getting to know the characters well and want to see what’s in store for them.

Finally on my Kindle is Evil Games by Angela Marsons. This British mystery series features Detective Kim Stone. Unfortunately I started this and pretty soon realized this is the second book in the series but I couldn’t stop reading and didn’t want to go back and read the first book first. This crime thriller has great pacing and I’m hooked.

So I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back next week with more bookish stuff.

Glossy Pages

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou know I love magazines and these are some of the ones that have had my attention lately.

Art Journaling – Because I love to see the pictures to get inspired. I love the variety of styles and I really enjoy reading the background on what prompted the pages. Not to mention that there is always a tip or idea that I try to use. So far the one thing I’ve decided to try is spray ink. I’ve had quite a bit of trouble with spray inks but I think I need to try them again. I’ll keep you posted on that adventure!

Women’s Health magazine – I enjoy reading the quick articles on food and fitness. This issue has a couple of recipes we want to try out the first one of course being a healthier dessert alternative. My husband made the Nutty Strawberry Yogurt Bark. Not bad but I think it’d probably taste better with chocolate. Ha.

Better Homes & Gardens – Doesn’t this have the best cover? We received a subscription to this magazine for being members of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s fun to look through this magazine and dream of what I’d like to see in our home. I’m going to try to find the recipe for the sorbet on the cover because summer is here and this looks like a nice treat.

RT Book Reviews magazine – I probably need to subscribe to this one because I keep buying at the bookstore. I actually have three recent editions I’m  working my way through and while I like to read most of the short reviews, I mainly read this one for the section on Mysteries. So stay tuned for an upcoming post on a bunch of mysteries I’ve recently added to my TBR list.

Ok, now it’s time to get back to my magazines. How about you, what magazines are you into lately?