Nope: Books I Didn’t Like

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Well, they can’t all be winners. I thought I’d share 3 books that I’ve read so far this year that belong on the stinkers list.

Yuck #1: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I’ve heard so much about the movie, which was based on this book and I thought this was going to be an absolutely delightful romance read. Instead, it had a million different characters that were hard to keep straight and it was a name-dropping slog. Money, money, rich people, money. Just super repetitive. And yes, I know it is about Crazy RICH Asians. But it was… boring. And I feel like everyone was really bitchy, and not in a fun way. Now, I have heard that the movie is actually delightful, but after reading the book it is not on my ‘must watch’ list.

Yuck #2: I Hate Your Face (and other things I wish I could tell my coworkers) by Connie O’Reyes

Okay, this is going to sound really mean. And I’m sorry. But this book read like someone had an unsuccessful unfunny blog about office life and they made a book out of it. There was nothing fresh to the stories at all and I feel like I’ve heard a version of them dozens of times already. It was like the writer was trying to emulate someone awesome like Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. And it just fell flat.

Yuck #3: Nobody Eats Parsley by David Oakley

Here is another short story book that did not hit the mark at all. I literally only made it a third of the way and not one of his stories made me chuckle, even a little bit. Not even a small smile or a ‘HA!’ was had. Nothing. Life is too short for unfunny humor books, so I immediately hit ‘return’ on this one and freed the space back up on my Kindle.

If you’d like to find my full 2021 Book List, you can find it here: 2021 Books

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6 Things Stories: Our Den

Someone I follow on Instagram recently shared the stories behind some of the items in her photo and I thought it was a really fun idea. I mean, when you think about it… basically every single thing in your house has a story behind it. So, I thought I’d put together a little “6 Things” series, starting with my Den.

Thing 1: Birds of Love

On the left side of our fireplace is a glass vase with sticks in it and little paper birds attached to them. If you take a closer look, you can see that each paper bird has a handwritten wish written on it. This is from my baby shower when I was pregnant with Jack and each guest wrote their wishes for us as a family. This is one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received and I love reading all the sweet words written on each bird!

Thing 2: The Home Sign

While my husband has many wonderful attributes, he typically is not a great gift giver. It’s okay, he knows this. And frankly, I’m pretty darn hard to buy for. A couple years ago, he decided that he really wanted to make me something special for Christmas. Something all by himself with his two hands… and NO help. He would sneak off to the garage time and time again, working hard in secret. And then on Christmas Day, I unwrapped this 100% homemade by my sweetie HOME sign. The “O” perfectly fits Jack’s old school picture and the sign sits in a place of honor.

Thing 3: Our Family Tree

I actually wrote a whole post about our Family Tree back in 2016 (you can read it here) and this is an actual tree illustration that traces my paternal family ancestry from 1699. I was able to get my hands on a digital version and update it before gifting a copy to each of my siblings for Christmas that year. Of course, now that there are more babies it will be time to do another update soon!

Thing 4: Great Bear Spring Company Crates

We use these crates to hold firewood, but they were originally used to hold 5-gallon glass bottles of water. Apparently, the Great Bear Spring company has been in business since 1888, and my best guess on dating these is that they came from around 1900.

So, how did I come to own them? Well, when my paternal grandfather passed away his house was FILLED with stuff. So. Much. Stuff. My grandfather was a huge collector of antiques and just generally cool old stuff. We were literally pulling antique soda crates out from underneath stair cubbies.

Anyways, cleaning the house out so that it could be listed for sale* was quite the undertaking and my dad asked everyone in the family to come over and take what they wanted.

Before I was able to get out there, my dad ran into an antiques appraiser lady. He told her to go on through the house and put anything she was interested in into a pile. So, she did. She made a big pile of stuff and left with the intention of soon coming back.

And then I got there… and my dad told me that was the pile that the antique lady collected. Some lady who isn’t even part of the family. Can you guess what I did? Yeah, I shopped that pile! She had a good eye… and I yoinked those crates (along with other stuff) right off of there into the back of our truck.

Oh, and if I remember correctly, she never even came back anyways. So, I appreciate that she did some of the ‘picking’ for me. And both Travis and I LOVE our firewood crates!

*Fun fact, my brother ended up buying the house so it’s still in the family!

Thing 5: My Old Bay Container

Here in Maryland we are known for putting Old Bay on basically everything – crabs, French fries, macaroni and cheese… everything! My brother and I did a 5k a few years ago (the Old Bay 5k) which was run by the McCormick Spice Company. While the race was nothing special – it was basically through an office park – the goodie bag was amazing. It was this giant Old Bay tin filled with a ton of different McCormick spices. While the spices are long gone, the tin is perfect for holding our fire starters with a bit of Maryland pride.

Thing 6: Jack’s Octopus

I love kid crafts. Like, SO MUCH. One of the things that I was so looking forward to when I had a kiddo was all those fantastic kid art projects that he would bring home from school. This one was from 2nd grade (I think) and it’s so cool and I love it so much!  

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All the Eileen Fisher: Poshmark Scores

I’ve talked about my ‘love affair’ with Eileen Fisher clothing before and with the chilly weather outside, I’m back to stalking the brand’s sustainably made sweaters. As much as I enjoy the vibe of Eileen Fisher, I certainly do not enjoy the cost when it is full price.

It started with me going through my closet and pulling out all the sweaters I want to wear but never reach for. I re-found this fabulous Eileen Fisher linen sweater I bought off Poshmark for $40 back in July and love it so much!

So yeah, I went on Poshmark and accidentally bought three more Eileen Fisher sweaters. Oops.

Let’s check out my latest Poshmark scores!

Score #1: Brown Cotton & Cashmere Open Cardigan

Source: Poshmark Listing

I wanted something warm, but I can’t deal with wool… so I thought this cotton and cashmere blend cardigan would be perfect. I couldn’t find this exact cardigan online, but similar ones sell for $200 – 400 on the Eileen Fisher website. I bought this one for $45 and it is beautiful and in perfect condition! The fabric is lightweight but warm and it’s fantastic over a t-shirt and joggers for a work-from-home day, or over a top and jeans for a leave-the-house day.

Score #2: Silk & Cashmere Bateau Neck Top

Source: Poshmark Listing

This powder blue sweater was totally an impulse buy because the price was right. It is brand new with tags and the retail tags are for $198. I purchased this for just $30 and it was delivered to my house last night. As I had hoped, it is super soft and drapey. However, as an unexpected surprise it has lantern sleeves — where the sleeves billow out a bit before coming in at the cuff. I LOVE this surprise, because it adds a bit of added interest to an otherwise plain sweater. Once again, I’m planning to wear it with joggers for a fancy work-from-home lewk that works for Zoom calls, or with jeans for leaving the house. For a gamble of $30, the price was right!

Score #3: Organic Cotton & Cashmere Sequined Cardigan

Source: Eileen Fisher Renew website

This one was totally not my fault. I love sequins. I love cardigans. I love deals. And the Poshmark seller kept reducing the price over and over again… until I couldn’t take it anymore and snapped this baby up for $17. I’m not sure what the original retail price was (possibly $298 based on my research), but the Eileen Fisher Renew website where they sell their gently used clothes has it listed for $105.

Plot twist: when the seller went to mail out the sweater, she couldn’t find it and cancelled my order! I had already fallen in ‘like like’ with the sweater though, so I did another Poshmark search using “Eileen Fisher sequins” as my term and BOOM I found another one for sale for $40. I put a ‘heart’ on it so that it would show up in my likes and then shut the app. By time I was done with my morning workout, the seller sent an offer for $20 and I bought it!

While it was $3 more than my original score. I’m still pretty darn happy to get this for $20. I can’t wait to wear this over dresses when I return to work, or just over a t-shirt at home to feel extra fancy!

If you’ve been meaning to try out Poshmark, I have a special invite code that you can use. Just open a Poshmark account and enter the code POCKETFULOFJOUL to get $5 off your first order.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my special Poshmark code to sign up for an account, you will get $5 off your first order and I will also get $5 off a future order.

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