A Weekend Around The House

Happy Monday my friends and hopefully a great start to your week! I was a little MIA last week because we were so busy with family at Easter that I didn’t really have time to get any blog work done over the weekend and because my grandmother passed away on Monday and I didn’t really feel like writing last week.

While the passing of my grandmother wasn’t sudden and we were kind of expecting it (she had been doing poorly for the past few months), it was still really rough on our family, especially my parents as they had just moved out of the house that they lived in for over 30 years into their new home in College Station. To say that last week was kind of an emotional roller coaster, might be an understatement. My grandmother’s funeral was on Friday, and afterwards, my sister spent the weekend with us. Needless to say, we enjoyed a nice, quiet weekend around our house. I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending action!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Around The House

Friday

Like I mentioned earlier, my grandmother’s funeral was on Friday, so Chris, my sister, and I got up bright and early Friday morning and drove to Dallas for the funeral. It was a very beautiful service, and I loved what the preacher said that she’s finally reunited with my grandfather and my aunt again because I know that it’s so true.

As a family we all grabbed a late lunch together before it was time to hit the road again. Chris is definitely a saint for making that drive to and from Dallas in one day because it’s definitely not easy, and Courtney and I definitely took a little nap on the way home. My sister had brought her two collies over for the weekend, and needless to say all of the dogs were totally bonkers when we got home. We finished off our night with a little bit of TV watching before all heading to sleep.

Saturday

We decided that we would wake up bright and early Saturday morning to take the collies and Dart on that really long walk again. Unfortunately for us the cold front had yet to kick in so it was quite muggy outside, but that didn’t mean that we still didn’t love the walk. I think that the dogs loved it more than us because they were all able to go off leash and enjoy all of the different sights and sounds.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Around The House

After our walk we all quickly got dressed and headed to the movies so we could see Beauty & The Beast. My sister had yet to see it, and I definitely wasn’t going to turn down another opportunity to see the movie! I loved it just as much as the first time that I saw it, and I can’t wait to get it on video when it’s released!

We were pretty hungry after the movie so we grabbed a late lunch at Torchy’s. It was pretty late, like 1:30, and there was still a long line! I swear that place is never not busy! I think that the drive from Friday and the earlier morning had finally got to us all because we all came home from lunch and crashed for an hour or two.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Around The House

We spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing before grabbing a late dinner at one of our favorite Mexican food restaurants. We were trying to find something interesting to watch on Netflix and I was scrolling through the British shows when we stumbled upon The Fall that stars Jamie Dornan who also plays Christian Grey. Needless to say, after watching the first episode we were all hooked! It watched just like an episode of Criminal Minds except that it’s set in Ireland and you get a little more insight into the murderer. I think that we’ll be bingeing on this for a while!

Sunday

Unfortunately, we woke up too late to take the dogs on another long walk, but we didn’t wake up too late for some brunch! We took my sister to Dish Society for her first brunch experience, and I think that we’ll definitely be back. While she and Chris opted for some breakfast, I opted for lunch instead and my favorite sandwich!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Around The House

After brunch we came home and relaxed and watched a few more episodes of The Fall before heading out to do the normal Sunday activities such as grocery shopping and laundry. As you can tell, I also got some blogging work done, and I’ve got a few posts ready for y’all for this week!

I’m hoping that this week will be another fast week for me, and that hopefully it won’t be nearly as dramatic as last week, although it might be a little bit busier since it’s full of appointments and a show with my mom and sister. Before I know it, I’m sure that it’ll be the weekend all over again!

Did you have a nice weekend? Did you have a Sunday Funday with some brunch?

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A quiet weekend around the house filled with walks and relaxation and lots of good food!

Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means that it’s my favorite Tuesday of the month because I get to fill my To Be Read list with way more books than I’ll ever read. But hey, that’s half the fun right, seeing if you can make it through a never ending list. This month was a month of audiobooks and a reread, a really good book, and a not so great book. So buckle up and get ready for some good book recommendations!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★ 5 stars

When we found out that they were making the miniseries on HBO, I knew that it would be fun to reread this book with Chris. Since we both had enjoyed listening to Sharp Objects so much, we decided to listen to Big Little Lies since we were still driving a lot in February and March.

We both loved this book so much, but I just wish that we’d had a little bit of a break before starting up the TV show. I’ve had a lot of experience in reading a book and then seeing the movie or TV show right afterward and knowing to not expect things to be exactly the same, but unfortunately Chris didn’t quite realize the same thing. He got irritated with some of the differences between the show and book that were small, but that he thought was important.

While I really enjoyed the show a lot the one part that really irritated me was the fact that Madeleine ended up having an affair in the show. I seriously don’t understand how that added anything to the storylines at all, and in my opinion it made her extremely unlikeable. I mean Madeleine in the book was definitely overbearing, but she was still likeablel.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler ★★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’m a huge fan of light-hearted teeny-bopper types of books, and while this one was kind of predictable I still really enjoyed it a lot!

When high school junior Harper gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a summer intern at Shift magazine as their dating blogger, she immediately jumps at the opportunity. The idea of living in NYC and doing the thing that she’s so passionate about has her beyond excited, although there is a slight problem of the fact that she’s never really dated before. This book takes you on a summer journey with Harper as she learns about friendship, love, and living in NYC!

Like I said I love light YA books, so this was right up my alley. I identified with Harper, the clumsy and clutzy girl that never really knows what to say. It was more like 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman ★★ 4 stars

I really loved this book and didn’t want it to end. The story follows two different women from different decades, one from the 30’s and one from the 90’s, as they both struggle with mental illness in slightly different ways. I was horrified to learn about how the mentally insane were treated in our country and how some people were even committed against their will.

While sometimes the different storylines can be confusing, I thought that the author did a really good job of alternating view points and also of linking the storylines as well. There was a little bit of mystery to the storyline, which y’all all know that I love as well. This is a great book and one that if you’re a little bit interested in historical fiction you should pick up!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

The Girls by Emma Cline ★★ 3 stars

This was a book that was selected for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club for this past month, and I wrote a detailed review here. Set in the 1960s, this book had an interesting premise of revolving around a cult and how easily people can be influenced to do horrible things.

This book follows a young Evie who sees a group of ratty girls that is gallivanting around her small town on the outskirts of San Francisco. She is immediately drawn to those girls and the cool lifestyle that they seem to lead, but especially to Suzanne who has an air and confidence to her that Evie can’t get enough of. Eventually Evie meets those girls and they introduce her to Russell who is the leader of the group that promotes love for everyone. Evie spends her days that summer at the ranch and is drawn in even more by Suzanne and the other girls, until something horrible happens that changes everything.

Once I got into the book it held my interest, but I felt like it took too long to get to the part about the cult and then after you found out what happened the book just ended. I also didn’t care for the characters and couldn’t relate to them at all.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh ★★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is actually the book for the Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club for April, so I’ll write a more detailed review later on. When a horrific hit and run accident kills young Jacob, the police will stop at nothing to find out who fled the scene of that horrific scene. At the same time Jenna flees her home in Bristol in order to start a brand new life away from that horrific scene. Through alternating chapters you can see how Jenna starts to build her life again while the police struggle with too little evidence in order to bring a murderer to justice.

I can totally see why everybody loved this book. While the beginning was a little bit slow, at about 45% of the way through, I seriously couldn’t put this book down. It was glued to my hands and I didn’t want it to end! Definitely pick this up if you’re looking for a good story, thriller, and character development.

Have you read any of these books? Are you going to add any of these books to your list?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In March 2017- Big Little Lies, Little Black Dresses Little White Lies, What She Left Behind, The Girls, I Let You Go.

My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Results:

5 points:  Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages, 4 stars).
10 points:  Read a book with six words in the title.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (320 pages, 4 stars).
20 points:  Read a book with a homonym in the title.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages, 4 stars).
20 points:  (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages, 5 stars).
30 points:  (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.  
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages, 3 stars).
30 points:  (Submitted by Stef)  Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 85
TOTAL POINTS: 115

The Weekend Filled With Zero Plans

This weekend wasn’t the most exciting, but it was exactly what we needed after a few weekends of what felt like going nonstop. So I’m linking up with the always fabulous Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Filled With Zero Plans

Friday

Friday night I had zero plans because Chris was finally getting home after a week of training in DC. All the storms that had hit the South last week finally made their way up the East Coast and Chris just barely made it out of DC before the airport closed down. I was very thankful because even though he got home late, he was still home!

Since I was waiting on him to get home, I spent my night just relaxing. I took Dart on a long walk to get the mail and then I spent the rest of the night getting caught up on my shows and finishing a binge watch of the second season of UnReal. If y’all haven’t watched it and you love shows like The Bachelor, you need to check out UnReal, it’ll make you rethink everything you know about “reality TV”.

Saturday

Since Chris got home late and had a busy week with training, we set zero alarms Saturday morning, but in true “old people” fashion we were up and ready to go around 8:30 that morning. So we decided to take Dart on a long walk around the back of our neighborhood. Since there weren’t a lot of people out at that point in time, we decided to let Dart off leash and oh my goodness did he love it! He went absolutely bananas smelling everything in sight and running around. It was a great start to our Saturday!

After that we came back to the house and relaxed for a bit before running out for some lunch and errands. We grabbed some pizza at Grimaldi’s before getting some lamps for our guest bedroom and a few other things at Homegoods and finally getting a library card for our area. We’ve lived in Katy for 7 years, and I finally have a Fort Bend County library card. I did have a library card to the Houston system, but I’m happy to have one so close to home now.

The rest of the afternoon and night was spent picking up a little bit and finally getting to watch the finales of Big Little Lies and The Walking Dead. Both were so good, and I have to say that I’m much more excited for next season of The Walking Dead than this past one.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Filled With Zero Plans

Sunday

Again we set no alarms on Saturday and luckily Chris slept in a little bit later than I did. My sister came over for the afternoon and we went and grabbed Torchy’s for lunch before heading over to World of Beer for the crawfish cookout that Saint Arnold was a part of. It was a beautiful day outside and we enjoyed hanging out outside and of course trying some crawfish. I guess that we could call our crawfish a little bit of an after lunch snack.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Filled With Zero Plans

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Filled With Zero Plans

The rest of the day was spent doing the Sunday afternoon usual of grocery shopping, laundry, making dinner, and relaxing. While it wasn’t too terribly exciting, it was exactly what we needed in order to conquer the 4 day week ahead!

Did you have a relaxing weekend? Have you ever tried crawfish?

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The weekend with zero plans where we relaxed at home and got stuff done.

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