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Good writing, poor story
2018-08-16 05:00 UTC by Michelle

The Dependents by Katherine Dion

BOTTOM LINE: SO frustrating

Genre: Fiction; Family Life
Publication Date: 19 June 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis from the Publisher:

“After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared, raising their children in a small New Hampshire town and vacationing together at a lake house every summer. Meanwhile, his daughter, Dary, challenges not only his happy version of the past but also his view of Maida. As a long-standing rift between them deepens, Gene starts to understand how unknown his daughter is to him–and how enigmatic his wife was as well. And a lingering suspicion seizes his mind that could upend everything he thought he knew.

Katharine Dion’s assured debut moves seamlessly between Gene’s present-day journey and the long history of a marriage and friendship. Rich and wonderfully alive, The Dependents is the most moving kind of drama, an intimate glance into the expanse of family life and the way we must all eventually bridge the chasm between what we want to believe and what we know to be true.”

My Thoughts: The Dependents is one of those novels I want to love. The writing is exquisite. The premise sounds interesting with plenty of potential skeletons waiting for their reveal. Plus, I do love a good story that explores marriage and identity when done seriously and not as sappy, “and they all lived happily ever after” women’s fiction.

Except, no matter how excellent the writing, it cannot disguise the fact that nothing happens in The Dependents. There are no secrets. The exploration of marriage and identity proves to be nothing more than one elderly widow questioning his memories upon his wife’s passing, and he never comes to any satisfactory conclusion other than to trust his heart. It is all so frustrating because it could have been (should have been) so much better than it was.

On the one hand, I do not mind that I seemingly wasted my time on a story that went nowhere because Ms. Dion knows how to pen a sentence. Her writing is fluid as well as vivid with an ability to make a sentence bring to life a scene as well as play like music on the ear. This is a wonderful thing to experience and kept me coming back to the book time and again. And yet.

Let’s face it. Even the most beautiful sentences in the world mean nothing if they do not move forward a story. There is only so much you can take of Gene’s grief and reminiscing before you begin to wonder what the point of it all is. I never stopped hoping that one of these gorgeous sentences would result in a bombshell that would shake the story from its ennui. I kept that hope alive until the last sentence of the last paragraph of the last chapter, only to have my hopes dashed and for me to let out a rare cry of frustration at the pointlessness of it all.

The Dependents is a cobbling together of the same old ideas albeit with better-than-average sentence structure and effectiveness. Ms. Dion gives us nothing new when it comes to relationships, nor does she provide any stellar insight into marriage or the idea of identity. Because of her writing skills, I feel like it should have been a profound story, but I finished the novel feeling little to no emotion whatsoever. The wasted potential almost angers me I wanted more than I got and feel that Ms. Dion is capable of so much more than she gave. Hopefully, her next novel proves I am right.

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When good authors write disappointing novels
2018-08-15 05:00 UTC by Michelle

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

BOTTOM LINE: Not her best effort

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: 19 June 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis from the Publisher:

“Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed.

Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off . . . until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are suddenly, inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles ‘Eggs’ DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a whodunit worthy of his most outlandish obsessions.

In this dazzling new novel—and with an intense, mesmerizing voice—Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.”

My Thoughts: There is something doubly disappointing about the idea that Ms. Kepnes’ latest novel is so forgettable. Her first two novels were spectacular pieces of twisted fiction. The idea of a character possessing strange powers that threaten others made me hope that Providence would be more of the same. Reader, lightning does not strike a third time in this instance.

There are several areas in which the story falters. The first is in Jon and Chloe’s relationship. The synopsis makes it sounds as if it is part of the magic that later becomes such a large part of Jon’s life. However, a reader never gets that impression from the story itself. They are 13 years old when Jon disappears and still finding themselves and their niche in their small social world. Chloe, in particular, must reconcile her desire to be among the popular students and the person who she calls her best friend. I say calls her best friend because she still allows the popular students to bully and beat Jon; two people with such a strong connection would never allow that to happen to the other without interference. Later, after Jon disappears, what Chloe feels – in my opinion – is nothing but guilt. The guilt manifests itself in never being able to forget Jon. Upon his return, she continues to feel guilty at having moved on in her life while he was…well…not able to do so (without giving away a key plot point). Is there love there? Probably. Is it a mystical bond? I don’t think so, at least not the way Ms. Kepnes makes it appear to be. There are so many other emotions at play in their relationship, not to mention all of the issues that coincide with being a teenager and young adult, that to call it mystical is to ignore the mundane.

Also, H. P. Lovecraft and his novels provide a disconcertingly large part of the focus of the novel. To understand what they bring to the story would require knowing information about him and about his stories. Ms. Kepnes tries to provide the basics for readers, however, it is not enough to bridge the gap of unfamiliarity. I feel that someone who is a Lovecraftian would appreciate Providence much more than I did if only because they will understand some of the connections between Jon and Lovecraft the author is trying to make. So much of the novel either references Lovecraft or specific plot points of his novels that I believe I lost a significant level of detail and insight by not being familiar with either.

To me, Providence is another story about obsession with characters who would greatly benefit from counseling and maybe even medication. However, Ms. Kepnes does everything in her power to pretend it about something else, and that is where the story loses me. Ms. Kepnes does not need magic or superpowers to create compelling characters; that she does with Jon and Chloe is a letdown. It feels a bit like she took the easy path with this novel and with these characters, using Lovecraft and at least one of his novels to develop the plot and relying on magic powers and a mystical connection rather than properly developing the characters. Her previous novels proved that she can write amazing stories. Unfortunately, I found nothing amazing in Providence.

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The Completionist feels incomplete
2018-08-14 05:00 UTC by Michelle

The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock

BOTTOM LINE: Eh.

Genre: Literary; Thriller; Dystopian
Publication Date: 19 June 2018
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis from the Publisher:

“After months of disturbing behavior, Gardner Quinn has vanished. Her older sister Fredericka is desperate to find her, but Fred is also pregnant—miraculously so, in a near-future America struggling with infertility. So she entrusts the job to their brother, Carter.

Carter, young but jaded, is in need of an assignment. Just home from war, his search for his sister is a welcome distraction from mysterious physical symptoms he can’t ignore…and his slightly-more-than recreational drinking.

Carter’s efforts to find Gardner lead him into a dangerous underground, where he begins to grasp the risks she took on as a Nurse Completionist. But his investigation also leads back to their father, a veteran of a decades-long war just like Carter himself, who may be concealing a painful truth, one that neither Carter nor Fredericka is ready to face.”

My Thoughts: Good dystopian novels leave you wanting more in spite of the chills that occur from a relatively realistic future that one can easily envision. They make you think of the ways you can avoid such a fate and inspire you to promote change within your sphere of influence. Mediocre dystopian novels are ones that leave a bit too much to the imagination, never completely bridging the gap between the current present and the fictional future. They are uninspiring because you cannot envision such a future happening. Both are enjoyable at the time of reading. However, good dystopian novels are the ones that never completely leave your consciousness. Mediocre dystopian novels become nothing more than a blip on your personal radar of life.

It is important to distinguish between the two because while I may have enjoyed reading The Completionist and may have been more favorable towards it immediately upon finishing it, it is not the type of novel that will influence me in any regard.

The Completionist lies firmly in the mediocre dystopian novel category for me for a myriad of reasons, but the largest reason is the fact that I never completely believed the near-future presented in the story. Perhaps it is my own penchant for wanting to believe the good in people and in situations, but I found it difficult to believe that within fifty years the world will essentially be a wasteland brought about by nothing but environmental factors. I think one of the reasons I struggled with this is because we wait so long before we get some semblance of understanding about what happened to desiccate the world. Once we do get the backstory, it feels incomplete and too simple to explain the drastic changes. This is a world in which the Great Lakes are mostly evaporated, and there is not a drop of drinkable water on the planet. Yet people use wearable technology and self-driving cars and drink manufactured water which is not real water somehow but highly valuable. I just don’t buy it.

One other reason I consider The Completionist a mediocre novel is the supporting cast of characters. Carter, as the main character, is well-developed. We get a full understanding of the depths of his trauma and his driving need to prove himself worthy to his oldest sister by finding his other one. We discern the reasons for his antipathy towards his father well before he verbalizes them. Carter has a depth to him that the rest of his family is missing, and the story suffers. Ms. Adcock tries to alleviate this disparity in treatment by providing some much-needed backstory in the form of electronic communications between the siblings. However, these letters are too slow to reveal anything of significance about the sisters or father, and you never reach a point of comprehending their family dynamic in its entirety until it is too late. As Carter is one of the highlights of the novel with his mental, physical, and emotional trauma, it is a shame that the other characters are not at the same level as him to truly support his story.

Mediocre stories are still ones that are easy to enjoy reading, and I did enjoy reading The Completionist. It is a rather bizarre futuristic world, but that makes it no less intriguing for a few moments. Carter and his struggles are the strongest elements of the story, and you keep reading to make sure that he is going to be okay. While he alone is not enough to save the novel, he provides just enough interest to keep you going through to the end without feeling any regret about wasting your time reading it.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 13 August 2018
2018-08-13 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 13 August 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

I did some soul-searching this week and considered my priorities. Reading takes precedence over stupid games on my phone. So I deleted them. Now, whenever I have to wait an hour at the dance studio, my focus can be on reading again instead of wasting my time and energy. I feel much better too.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff

The spoof on Jane Eyre is hilarious! Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows do an incredible job of poking fun at and yet also paying tribute to one of my favorite books. A definite must-read for any Charlotte Bronte fan!

One thing that happens when I get behind on reading review copies is that I get very impatient with the books I read. I start nit-picking every little detail. Usually, this is when I have the most DNFs. I started doing this with Claire Douglas’ new novel. I found the heroine to be annoying. I thought certain elements of the story were redundant; in fact, I noticed the same sentence repeated almost once a chapter. I wanted to find out what happened though, so I did something I never do. I skipped to the end. A funny thing happened though as I started skipping entire chapters. The story got interesting. There were a few turns I did not expect that changed the entire trajectory of the story. I still ended up skimming the remainder of the story but what I thought was another humdrum suspense novel ended up having some bite to it. The moral of this story, I believe, is to never give up on a novel because you never really know when it will improve.

The Joanna Luloff novel is a quiet one that spends all of its time talking about identity and relationships. I cannot say that it is the type of novel that one enjoys, but there was something about it that prevented me from setting it to the side and moving on to the next book.


DID NOT FINISH:

So far, so good.


CURRENT READ:

The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness


CURRENT LISTEN:

Changeless by Gail Carriger


NEXT UP:

Here it is, folks. My shameful secret. I have a serious e-galley problem, especially because September and October are even worse.

July Review Copies:

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner Eden by Andrea Kleine The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Contagion by Erin Bowman Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

August Review Copies:

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood Nine by Zach Hines These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Temper by Nicky Drayden The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman Vox by Christina Dalcher Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett


So, what are you reading?

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Sunday Reflections – 12 August 2018
2018-08-12 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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Happy Sunday! It is a hot and sticky one here. It is the type of weather that makes me miss winter because you can always wear extra layers when cold but there is only so much you can do to keep cool in weather like this.

Jim is on his way back from Ames after helping the boy move into his apartment/dorm room. By all accounts, it was quite the adventure as the clutch on Connor’s car died about an hour away from the house. Jim was following in my car with the rest of his stuff, thank goodness. Still, they had to have it towed to the nearest maintenance shop. Then they took my car to Ames, unloaded, drove back to his car, got the rest of his stuff, and drove back to Ames. They left at 10 AM yesterday morning but did not finish until around 9 PM. I imagine Jim is going to be tired and just a bit cranky.

Meanwhile, Holly and I kept ourselves busy with dance and cleaning. We reorganized Connor’s bedroom, gave it a thorough scrubbing, and turned it back into the guest bedroom. We finally hung pictures in our downstairs family room and her dance room. We shopped for baby presents for two of our friends. It was a really good day.

That is more than I can say about the week. Jim was more stressed than usual. On top of that, he developed an upper respiratory infection that left him with terrible coughing fits and unable to take deep breaths. Connor was so excited about going back to Ames that his head was in the clouds all week. Holly’s dance schedule was nothing if not disruptive and insane. Classes during the day. Classes at all different times in the evenings. My work was more tension-filled than usual as well, to the point where everyone was more than ready for the weekend. It was not a fun week.

Today, there is more dance, some laundry to do, some finishing up of the organizing and putting things to rights, but that is about it. The lawn needs some attention, so either Jim or Holly will be on that duty today. I imagine it will be a quiet afternoon and an early night for us all. Except for Connor who will pretty much do what he pleases, and I don’t have to deal with that anymore.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend no matter where you are. Have a wonderful day and even better work week. I will see you all back here next time!

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Fabulous Friday – 10 August 2018
2018-08-10 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week.

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  • THE WEEKEND – It has been a long week. It started out odd and ended up exhausting. There is tension and anxiety at work that makes the office rather dreary these days. Holly’s new dance schedule is a little crazy with day and evening classes. We then had to head to the high school to finish the registration process. To top it off, both Jim and Connor have colds. So it is with great excitement that this weekend approaches. We might have to say goodbye to Connor until Thanksgiving, but I do think we could all use a break.

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What makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

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Monday Reflections – 6 August 2018
2018-08-06 15:00 UTC by Michelle

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Happy Sunday Monday! This weekend got away from me a bit with tax-free shopping and Holly’s birthday and a meeting for new high school student-athletes and a photo shoot and a company picnic. It was a fun weekend but busy.

So, yes, lots of things going on these days. Holly starts her three-week “Prep” camp for dance. She will be learning her new team dances as well as attending team-only classes for a three-week technique intensive in all dance genres. Some of the classes are during the day, so it will be rather hectic for the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, Connor is doing his own preparations in the evenings this week, as he heads back to Ames on Saturday. It has been wonderful having him home, but I believe we are all ready for him to go back to school. He has his own way of doing things now that does not necessarily mesh well with ours and has caused some friction this summer. Plus, he loves Ames and he will be rooming with three good friends from marching band. I know he is anxious to get back to that life, and I don’t blame him. That is what growing up and creating your own life means.

While that is happening, Jim is a busy bee at work. He recently lost a key employee at a time when he is busier than ever, which means that he has had to pick up some of the slack until he can fill that position. He leaves early and is coming home a bit later than normal. Plus, once he is home and settled, he is almost always on his laptop squeezing in more work. I know he loves being this busy though, so there is no real room for complaints.

I continue to flit around as Holly’s main chauffeur, household chef, and chief laundress on top of my day job. There are some rumblings at this said job which is causing some stress, plus we are so busy that there is no end to the number of proverbial fires that pop up in a given day. As customer demand exceeds our current capacities, I imagine those fires becoming that much more frequent and hot. My role does not have to deal with most of the issues the company seems to face, but I get some of the blowbacks and try to do what I can to keep all parties as well-informed with numbers and key financial information as possible. It makes for days that are anything but monotonous even though they can be long and tiring. It will most definitely be an interesting autumn if certain rumblings play out as expected. In an odd way, I am looking forward to that.

There is not much reading occurring these days. The focus has been on other things in recent weeks. I still manage to sneak in a few pages whenever I can during the day and a chapter or two right before bed, but the evenings of doing nothing but reading seem to have fallen by the wayside for now. I imagine once Connor is gone and we are all settled into Holly’s new schedule, that should change. I never stress about these things anyway because it is like life. There are ebbs and flows to reading just as there is to everything else in this life of ours. Worrying about ebbs only makes the situation worse and causes undue stress. Let’s face it; we all have enough stress thanks to the yahoos in D.C. right now that we do not need to make things worse.

I wish everyone a happy Monday and hope you all have a wonderful work week and fabulous weekend. I’ll see you back here next time!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 August 2018
2018-08-06 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 6 August 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Finishing two audiobooks in one week is pretty darn good, even if I did finish one during the readathon. I feel like I should have finished more than I did, but I am in another slow reading period I feel.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Providence by Caroline Kepnes The Outsider by Stephen King Soulless by Gail Carriger The Dependents by Katherine Dion

The new Caroline Kepnes is utterly forgettable. Seriously, I couldn’t even remember the name of it two days after finishing it let alone the plot. It is such a disappointment to anyone expecting twisted characters or insane plots.

As for Uncle Stevie’s latest, I was not expecting it to include what it did. It is a horror novel insofar as the crimes committed are horrific. There is also an element of the supernatural with another embodiment of evil; however, it is not necessarily the focal point of the story. To me, even though the mystical Outsider is a main character, the story is about the horror one person can inflict on another, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature. It is the evil that resides in every one of us and one’s penchant for acting on it or avoiding the temptation. The story takes a turn I was not expecting with the introduction of a familiar character. Honestly, I am not certain I am happy with that particular twist. I would have preferred the story to be more of a stand-alone novel rather than a continuation. Still, as in all of Uncle Stevie’s novels, the characters are excellent, as is the world-building. His story-telling remains top-notch, and I found that I had difficulties setting down the story when it came time for real life. His stories might be about the otherworldly, but it is his attention to the most mundane of details which bring them to life in a way few authors can accomplish. The Outsider is no different in that regard.

The Gail Carriger book was a re-read. I needed something light and fun, and I have been meaning to finish the last book in this series for a while now. It requires going back to the beginning though, which I do not mind in the least. Emily Gray has a lot of fun as the narrator on this fantastic series.

I really should have DNF’d the Katherine Dion novel. The writing is absolutely beautiful, but it does not make up for the fact that nothing happens. I kept waiting for something to happen – some big secret the widow finds out about his wife that changes his opinion of her. I would have even taken something from his past that comes to light. Nothing. There are hints of course. Between them and the writing, I kept pushing forward because I had hopes. My hopes remain dashed as I all but screamed in frustration upon finishing it. Grumble, grumble.


DID NOT FINISH:

None


CURRENT READ:

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness

The Sarah Knight and All Souls guide are ones I want to read slowly, one section per day. So you will see them on here for a while.


CURRENT LISTEN:

Changeless by Gail Carriger


NEXT UP:

June Review Copies:

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff


So, what are you reading?

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What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 28 July 2018
2018-08-04 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of its activities get in the way of serving a delicious, home-cooked meal and that it is perfectly okay.

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  • Saturday: As we were all in separate locations, I have no idea what anyone had for dinner on this night. Me? I had a BLT in my room because it is always BLT season.
  • Sunday: Holly was gracious enough to cook dinner tonight since I did not feel like doing it, and Jim was too tired to do anything. She made her favorite White Cheddar Truffled Mac and Cheese because it is easy and is something I already had planned. Delicious.
  • Monday: I opted to put the boys to work yet again to see if they would ruin burgers like they seem to have ruined the chicken last week. I mean, how hard is it to ruin a burger? It turns out that it is pretty darn easy. They were edible but so very, very dry. Sigh.
  • Tuesday: Even though I had a nail appointment tonight, I still made sure to cook tonight’s dinner. The Creamy Lemon Pasta I made was not difficult, but there were one or two nuances to the sauce that worried me enough to avoid handing it over to one of the boys. It turned out beautifully, and everyone went back for seconds. Yay me!
  • Wednesday: I have been making Sauteed Zucchini with Feta for years now, and I never grow tired of it. Instead of oregano, I use Greek seasonings. To add a little more substance to it, I add chicken sausage. It is a quick, easy, and tasty meal that the whole family loves to eat.
  • Thursday: Connor is leaving to head back to Ames in little more than a week, so I wanted to make sure I tried another Skyline chili recipe in another attempt to find The One. With a three-hour cook time, it is not normally something I would make on a weeknight, but I started it on Wednesday night to finish tonight.
  • Friday: Jim had to go back to Milwaukee tonight, so Holly and I went with him. We ended up eating dinner at this cute neighborhood Italian place. We all had pasta, but judging by what we were seeing others order, I think we should have gotten a pizza. It was still delicious though!

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What was for dinner at your house this week?

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Fabulous Friday – 3 August 2018
2018-08-03 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week.

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  • TAX-FREE WEEKEND – For others, this is nothing new. Here is Wisconsin, a tax-free weekend is completely new, and we plan to take full advantage of it. It might take me a week to recover from the crowds, but the savings will be worth it. Especially since I just put together a budget for dance this year and estimated how much I will spend through May – and that doesn’t even include hotels, food, gas, or new shoes.

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What makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

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