I’ve been thinking lately about phrases and quotes that mean something to me and have been influential to my life. I’d like to share 5 of them with you and why they mean so much to me.

  1. “I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make…usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is…and if the food is truly vile…then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile—and learn from her mistakes.”
    1. Simplified to “Never apologize.”
    2. Julia Child
    3. Why: As someone who is self-taught in the kitchen, I always felt the need to apologize in the beginning if I didn’t think my dish was good enough. This quote boosted my confidence and I no longer apologize for my food. I know what I make tastes good and I know it’s cooked right. That’s all that matters to me.
  2. “Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.”
    1. Sir Ian Fleming
    2. Why: This quote makes me laugh more than anything. My husband and I use it a lot around our house when things going a little wonky. I also was unaware of the full quote until recently. I thought the quote was just “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence.”
  3. Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without.
    1. Depression era quote
    2. Why: When my husband and I moved into our first apartment, having to act like an adult and pay bills, etc. really hit me hard. I knew we were going to have bills and all that, but the realization of “Oh crap! I’m the one responsible” was a big pill to swallow. I’ve heard this quote over the years, but when it came to living on our own I really took it to heart and used the lesson behind it to save us money and not be wasteful. Now that we are in a bigger house, I still have this quote in the back of my mind when it comes time to buy something or doing something around the house. I use the lesson to guide me in looking at all our options and not just on the easiest, most convenient, and more expensive option.
    3. Here are some ways I’ve implemented this quote in my life: Indoor Drying Rack/Room and Examples for this quote
  4. Done is better than perfect.
    1. Who said it: Sheryl Sandberg
    2. Meaning: Perfectionism is a hindrance.
    3. Why: I read this quote on a planner blog. Don’t remember which one, and it’s been used multiple times. For me, perfectionism doesn’t keep me from starting something like it does for others. Perfectionism keeps me working on something until it is perfect. This quote has given me permission to walk away from something once it’s completed. That may sound strange to some, but some of us need a quote or book or something similar to tell us that we can step away from something.
  5. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    1. Who said it: Gandhi
    2. Why: I love this quote. It is one I do my best to live by. I wish the world was kinder and more tolerant, so I try to treat people nicer, smile more (you’d be surprised how much a smile can help), say please and thank you, and not jump to conclusions about someone. It’s not easy sometimes, but I do try.

What are some quotes that mean a lot to you and why?

© Cori Large February 12, 2016


Being Lazy and Catching Up on Book Reviews Quickly..

Yes, the title should speak for itself. I’ve got so much other stuff I want to post on here, but because of my undiagnosed OCD, I feel like I can’t until I get all the book reviews posted. Well, I found a way around that!

I’ve also changed up the way I do book reviews again. I don’t have the energy any more to write up a summary. I’d much rather give you the basic information and let you check the book out on Amazon or Good Reads for yourself.


The Princess Bride

  • Author: by Morgenstern; abridged by William Goldman
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 512 pgs / 1-31-2014
  • Brief Review: Movie was adapted from the book and consisted of all the “good parts,” unless you’re a diehard fan, skip the book.
  • Recommend: Eh, preferred the movie
  1. Dear Abby
  • Author: Abigail Van Buren
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 201 pgs / 2-28-2014
  • Brief Review: Printed letters dating from the 1950s and 1960s, however, based on content, nothing seems to have changed.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. Relic
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #1 of Pendergast Series / 455 pgs / 3-4-2014
  • Brief Review: Hooked from the beginning! Couldn’t put it down! Caution-very gory!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. Reliquary
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #2 of Pendergast Series / 461 pgs / 3-9-2014
  • Brief Review: Sequel to Relic. Who dunnit isn’t so much the question as how and why.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #3 of Pendergast series / 629 pgs / 3-16-2014
  • Brief Review: Hard to get into. Very disturbing.
  • Recommend: Can be skipped.
  1. Still Life with Crows
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #4 of the Pendergast series / 458 pgs / 4-7-2014
  • Brief Review: Very interesting, but got extremely creepy towards the end.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. The Sword in the Stone
  • Author: T.H. White
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #1 in trilogy / 287 pgs / 5-1-2014
  • Brief Review: King Arthur’s childhood and schooling by Merlin. Had to compare to Disney movie by the same name.
  • Recommend: Interesting for an Arthurian scholar.
  1. Brimstone
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #5 in the Pendergast series / 752 pgs / 5-11-2014
  • Brief Review: Loved it! Fire & Brimstone, the devil, Stradivarius violins!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #4 in the Sherlock Holmes Casebook / 240 pgs / 5-11-2014
  • Brief Review: Starting to have a difficult time reconciling literary Holmes, who will look into a case no matter how trivial, with movie and TV Holmes, who learn towards arrogant @$$es.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
  • Author: Julie Powell
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 325 pgs / 5-16-2014
  • Brief Review: Disappointed. Thought it would be the blog in book form. NOPE! Just the highlights.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. My Life in France
  • Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 333 pgs / 5-25-2014
  • Brief Review: Interesting and insightful.
  • Recommend: Neutral, but I liked it better than Julie Powell’s book.
  1. Stitch’n’Bitch: the Knitter’s Handbook
  • Author: Debbie Stoller
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 237 pgs / 6-10-2014
  • Brief Review: Very interesting. Loved the family history. Going to try out some of the patterns in the back of the book.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. A Good Yarn
  • Author: Debbie Macomber
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 384 pgs / 6-13-2014
  • Brief Review: Shows the positive side and the relaxation aspects of knitting.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. Dixie Ghosts: Haunting, spine-chilling stories from the American South
  • Author: edited by Frank D. McSherry, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin H. Greenburg
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 6-18-2014
  • Brief Review: An anthology of stories. I didn’t read them all. The couple I did read were suspenseful, not spine-chilling.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. Sisters, School Girls and Sleuths: Girls’ Series Books in America
  • Author: Carolyn Carpan
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 147 pgs / 6-24-2014
  • Brief Review: Great source for a research paper.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
  • Author: edited by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America
  • Series/Pages/Date Read:
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t get into it.
  • Recommend:
  1. The Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All!
  • Author: Marilyn Johnson
  • Series/Pages/Date Read:
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t get into it.
  • Recommend:
  1. The Book of the Dead
  • Author: Douglas Pendergast and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #6 of the Pendergast series / 451 pgs / 6-27-2014
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t put it down!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. Year of No Sugar
  • Author: Eve O. Schaub
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 305 pgs / 7-13-2014
  • Brief Review: A writer conducts an experiment on/with her family to see if they can go without eating any added sugar for an entire year. Very interesting. Recipes are included.
  • Recommend: Yes.

I apologize for the numbering. I tried to fix it, but it made everything worse.