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tonyatawana
Tennessee
Writer, Reader, Historian, Lover of all things English and German
Interests: Books, cats, food, hugs, writers, writing, history, and more books.
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Underground Railroad is not a book that needs any help or promotion from me. It was, after all, the Oprah pick for her Book Club. That fact alone probably sold more copies of the book that people I will ever meet in my entire life. Then, when we add to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
Ten Prayers That Changed the World: Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History by Jean-Pierre Isbouts is an intriguing book. Being a college professor (teaching both writing and history) I'm a sucker for both a well written book and a book that gives fresh perspective on historical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
Have tried to not eat out too much lately with much success but sometimes, you just gotta. Went to a local Mexican place for lunch and kept the total to under $20 including tip and a drink! (Lunch special included a cola so I went for that since I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Thifty Penny
1. Didn’t leave the house, so no money spent. 2. Used up the last of the chili I made Friday on baked potatoes. 3. Paid all my bills online, saving postage and any late fees. 4. Got a free book today to review on my book review blog. 5. Am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Thifty Penny
I'm reading a lot of short stories lately along with my non-fiction. Perhaps this is because it's so easy to find places to leave the book and come back later, or maybe the short story is making a comeback. I tend to think it's a bit of both, as I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
1. Am making some food ahead today for the week so I won’t be tempted to eat out. (Brown rice, baked potatoes, vegan sour cream). 2. Will be reading this afternoon instead of watching tv– saving on electricity. 3. Decided to get rid of cable on Feb. 29th. I probably... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Thifty Penny
This book is part of my ongoing personal challenge to read David Bowie's top 100 books. Years ago, I had a book called The People's Almanac. It was really a book of trivial information compiled and categorized into book form. I found the book in a free box in Martin,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
So, here's a thing...I was looking at David Bowie's top 100 books. I've always liked David Bowie. Not necessarily as a musician...I haven't listened to much music in the last 20 years and certainly haven't listened to much new music. I tend to, if left to my own devices, like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
I have to say, this is something I've stolen from other frugal bloggers-- The Nonconsumer Advocate and Frugal Girl, specifically, but I love doing these lists and you should totally check them out! Spouse did my taxes last night. I'm getting a refund! w00t! It's completely going into savings AND... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Thifty Penny
Wow. Just wow. One of the reasons I read is to find windows into other worlds, other cultures. To that end, I try to read a great many diverse books. I like diversity in my writers, my books, my topics, even the location of where my book came from! I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
I'm doing a few frugal things today, making lunch at home, being sure to make dinner to take with us to my Other One's class tonight so we don't eat out. But the biggest thing I am doing is not going grocery shopping. I tend to overbuy. I REALLY tend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Thifty Penny
Sometimes I get obsessed with things. I get something stuck in my head and I just have to follow it through. It's like having a song stuck in your head and you keep thinking about it and all you can do is go with it and then, when the dust... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Thifty Penny
This week I have: Frozen overripe bananas for future smoothies. I bought several pounds last week at Aldi for .29 lb-- but they were green! So, I've eaten a few but I really did want the majority of them to use for smoothies. I'm also going to keep a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Thifty Penny
I've decided that 2016 is the year that I create some good habits. Writing more (much more). Saving more. Walking more. Laughing more. It's going to be the year of more in the best sense of the word. In order to write more, I have decided to go to Starbucks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Thifty Penny
I'm not really new to the idea of frugality. I could, however, be rather new to the practice of it. I've always had a thing for reading old books on home economics-- my mother was a home economics major in college and my grandparents who raised me lived through the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Thifty Penny
This weekend I: Cooked all my meals at home, even making some meals for the week ahead (I made vegetarian chili and my Other One made mushroom ragu.) Made a cake with my Other One to avoid going out and buying some junky candy. The Pumpkin Spice cake was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Thifty Penny
Frugal things I've done today-- 1. Found 26 cents, scooped it up and brought it home to save for my Found Change of 2016 Challenge. 2. Listened to Moneyball by Michael Lewis on audiobook through the local library. 3. Had lunch of Chana Masala that my baby made last night--... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Thifty Penny
I'm giving this book a three stars because I found the first half of the book to be really helpful...to a point. About halfway through, however, Rubin starts talking about her low carb diet and starts to really get on my nerves. I realized about half way through, the book... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
Do you like history? Have you ever had a relationship end badly? Do you like to laugh? If you answered any of those questions with a yes, then this is the book for you! Filled with lively history told in a funny and engaging way, Wright's book of thirteen romances... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Books Make Everything Better
Let me preface this by saying, I always felt a little dismayed that Leah Remini was a Scientologist. She seemed pretty cool-- even though I never watched King of Queens, there was always something about her I felt drawn to but then when I would think, "Oh yes, she's a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Books Make Everything Better
This, for me, was a quick little read. It's an unusual book and I'd be inclined to recommend it. The novel tells the story of Harriet Chance, seventy-eight year old widow who, in the midst of her grieving, finds out that her husband, Bernard, had won a cruise to Alaska... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Books Make Everything Better
I'm not sure what it is about Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh that gave me the creeps but, man, did it ever give me the creeps! And, I mean that in the nicest way. Eileen is 24 and lives with her father, a former cop and full time alcoholic. The year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Books Make Everything Better
since it's Friday, part of me wants a pizza. Friday has always been a good day for a binge and I have to say, part of my issues as an overeater and junk food junky is the fact that I totally binge eat. And a typical binge is either pizza,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Wrestling With Tofu
I avoided hot dogs all weekend long and actually ate very well. The end of last week, I went to Memphis with my partner. She was in training for work and I had time to roam about the city. I had lunch with my mentor from grad school. There really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Wrestling With Tofu
Yesterday was great. Ate plant strong all day. Wasn't really that hungry come dinner time so I had some popcorn. I don't know if most people consider popcorn a healthy dinner, but I do. I figure it's a plant, there is minimal oil (I don't have an air popper or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Wrestling With Tofu