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Summary:

Peter Walsh hands out simple go-at-your-own-pace to clean out your house. Going room by room, he gives guidelines to help to figure out how you want to room to function and ideas on how to get there.

Opinion:

This book contained a lot of good tips and ideas. I’ve already implemented his closet clear out idea.

This books reads quite quickly. Recommended.

© Cori Endicott September 2013

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Summary:

This book is a compilation of essays from those that value a simpler and more frugal lifestyle. Topics range from everyday living to dumpster diving to not getting hosed by the funeral industry to living cheaply during the college years.

Opinion:

I’m currently trying to change my lifestyle to be simpler and much less consumerism chaos. I got some great tips from the book and have included those below.

© Cori Endicott September 2013

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Possum Living: How to Live Well without a Job and with Almost No Money by Dolly Freed

 Summary:

 Dolly Freed lived with her father on a plot of land where they grew most of the fruits and vegetables, raised rabbits and chickens for protein, and generally spent time doing whatever they wanted without having to worry about money AND not being on government aid.

 Opinion:

 The author passes along some interesting tips and tricks, however, I believe some of the stuff she recommends are down right illegal, i.e. slashing tires, throwing bricks through house windows, tax evasion.

 Getting passed all of that, the main point I took away from this book is that you seriously need to analyze a want vs a need, and whether or not you can live without it.

 © Cori Endicott August 2013

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Summary:

Each of the 35 chapters focuses on an interesting person, place, or item. Examples include: the Tower of Babel, the Puzzle of the Golden Hats, Boudica, the Olmecs, and Cleopatra.

Opinion:

This book was very interesting. Great for history buffs and random knowledge people.

Recommended.

copyright: Cori Endicott August 2013

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Summary:

A girl whose mother is dying of cancer befriends a vampire who is seeking revenge on his brother who killed their mother. Both bond over the pain they are going through.

Opinion:

This book is well written and the story moves along at an even pace. Due to a recent death in my family, I was able to empathize with the girl. On more than one occasion, I was yelling at the book for how the girl was burying her feelings.

©Cori Endicott June 2013

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Summary:

An orphan is brought to London by his guardian, who is later kidnapped, leaving the boy on his own. The boy meets up with some of the other street kids, several of whom work for Mr. Sherlock Holmes. When Holmes requires the boy’s assistance, will his own mystery be solved at the same time.

Opinion:

I am by no means a Sherlock Holmes scholar, but in my opinion, this author did a fair job with the characters of Holmes and Watson.

The story itself was interesting and had all the elements of a Doyle Holmes story.

©Cori Endicott June 2013

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So I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and like a failure lately because of all the stuff/crap that has been accumulating in the apartment, chores that need to be done, important paperwork that needs to be organized…you know, general life stuff that happens when life is happening and you can’t possibly get to it right then. This feeling was pretty intense and I actually contemplated cancelling a Girls Day with a really good friend whom I had not seen in months.

I didn’t cancel and spent most of Saturday at her apartment, catching up, working on my own knitting project, and helping her prep some stuff for a baby shower she was giving. Once we got started talking, all thoughts of the mess in the apartment and my To Do list exited my brain. (My husband doesn’t believe that, but it’s true!)

I’m sooooooooo glad I didn’t cancel. I forget sometimes how I need to recharge with my friends who can relate to what I’m going through right now. Swapping budgeting tips, recipes, organizing ideas, craft ideas, etc. She joked that Girls Day was such a good idea, that we needed to do it again, now how was my calendar looking in four months!

‘Cuz that’s life! We all have good intentions and want to hang out with friends, family, catch up, recharge…but life happens. This past Saturday was a great reminder that it’s okay to put off the chores and go see a friend whom you hadn’t seen since before Christmas.

So, that was my grown up realization, now for the bragging!

Because I didn’t realize how recharged I would feel after my Girls Day, I didn’t expect to get what I accomplished this weekend accomplished. Our office/spare room/craft room/mess room was looking pretty hoarder-ish in my opinion. My dad’s a minimalist, and while I’m no where near as bad as him, I HATE piles of “stuff” everywhere serving no purpose.

We cleaned up the office, organized most of the paperwork that had piled up, have a couple bags for Salvation Army, pile for the garbage, and bags of items that need to be returned or given to people who would utilize said items more than I would. Yes, that may mean for a few days I’ll have smaller piles to deal with until they are distributed, but it’ll be gone within a week! Very proud of myself and Husband for getting this accomplished.

One of the other big piles was old VHS that I didn’t want to part with because they were childhood movies that I didn’t know if I could find them on Amazon. (Pure laziness and procrastination were behind that not getting done.) Dear Husband found them all on Amazon and saved the links for me so that when we had a little extra money, I could replace the VHS with a DVD. Very grateful for my sweetie for doing that for me!

I hope I have more weekends like this where I can get things accomplished and feel good about myself.

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