happy friday | 2.18.11

i hope you all don't mind if i post pictures from hawaii from time to time.
after experiencing a day today that made me feel like a living pingpong ball,
it helps me to see this turtle here lounging on the beach.
his activity, or lack there of, reminds me of how i just recently spent a whole week with my husband b.
laying, thinking, reading, talking, eating, walking, exploring
and mostly just resting.

because now
that i'm back in the grind,
it's almost easy to forget it happened.

it reminds me that stopping- even if it's just for a few minutes-
is good for my soul.
(and makes me personally thankful for our recent extended time to do so!)


i got to read a few great books on my trip
and i had a little glitch in my ordering before i left.
i ended up with an extra copy of Little Bee: A Novel
it's never been opened, but it should be.
it's an important story.

so, i thought i'd give it away to one of you.
if you want it:
1. leave a comment
2. including the last book you read
3. and your email or a way to contact you
4. i will draw a winner by tuesday feb. 22.

happy friday y'all.
i hope the extra long weekend is extra good for you.


amy said...

so glad you got to get away!

i just finished reading "one thousand gifts" by ann voskamp. you would absolutely love it. it is still rocking my core. you can just let me know on fb if i win. :)

aren't good books such good food for the soul?

Allison said...

Hey Katie! just finished How Children Raise Parents by Dan Allendar. Would love to read Little Bee!
my email is allisonandmitch@gmail.com

Day said...

Hi Katie!
I've been loving your blogs lately, particularly the Valentine's one.

The last book I read was The Princess Bride, and it's just as good as the movie.

You can find me on fb

Kurt said...

I want to be that turtle!

I just finished "Room" by Emma Donaghue and it was quite good, but also depressing. Now reading a fun detective novel by Robert Crais.

Kurt said...

Kurt actually did not read Room, but Laura did. He is reading the Jonathan Franzen book and the new one from the Seabiscuit author.

Do I get two chances to win?

Day said...

Hey! Why did it drop one of the "Day"s from my name?

sarah said...

i love hearing about the awesome time you had alone with your hubs in hawaii. makes me feel strongly that i need to stop worrying and take that trip to a far away island with oak in august ;-)

i'm just finishing up (and REALLY enjoying) The Help.

April Barber said...

Love your Happy Friday posts...I'm currently finishing Harry Potter 7...I KNOW I'm probably the only person on the planet that doesn't know the ending yet. I hope to be done soon.

If I win you can send me a FB message.

Much love to you.

Jean Joiner said...

Reading The Poisonwood Bible right now. It's been really good so far.

Happy Friday it is!

Meg said...

I totally resonate w/ the need to just be. That's why tomorrow is officially pj day at our house! The latest book that I've read is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I started reading Little Bee at a cabin we stayed at recently, but had to leave it there in the cabin's library. I hope I win it, so I can continue reading it. I was captivated. So glad that you & b got to get away..those memories are precious. xo

SardineInk said...

I just finished The Help a few weeks ago. Really enjoyed it. Typically I read about one book a year but this one got me on a roll...I'm reading another book already! :) Three Cups of Tea.
Glad you enjoyed Hawaii!

Laura said...

I just finished The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I think I read The Big Red Barn about 10 times today...oh, you mean grown up books? I read Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell for my "literary society." And this month we are to read Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry...so far it is a sweet treat of a book...

I think you know how to reach me.

Jen Simon said...

Hi Katie!
Just got finished reading "Loving Your Child Too Much" by Clinton & Sibcy. Am now reading "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. It is one of my new favorites.
You have a precious family. Tell BP hi for me.

BTW, just love your profile pic on FB!

Susie said...

My mom is actually bringing me her copy of Little Bee when she arrives on her way home from Florida tomorrow, so I look forward to reading it. My two latest reads I would highly recommend: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, and Cutting for Stone.
Love that turtle shot too!!

April Brown said...

I have never heard of this book but if you say it is a must read then I have to sign up :) I recently read "The Help"...soo good!! and "Night" by Elie Wiesel...very disturbing and powerful! You can email me at adluvsjb at hotmail dot com if I win (fingers crossed).

Allison said...

Hey Katie!! My kids LOVE the pic of the turtle (but probably not b/c he's resting!!) Hope you had a fantastic trip- i'm sure you did.
I recently finished Treasuring God in Our Traditions and now am reading Going Public! you can let me know on fb if i win!

Caroline said...

Please post Hawaii pictures!!! I want more of them! Reading Jane Eyre right now and LOVE it. Already read Little Bee, but it is a good story.

no one you know said...

it's amy (lu-mc): just finished 'a million miles in 100 years' so i'm in bw books. but you know how long it takes me to read one. haha.

just started watching portlandia. miss you and laughing as i watch the show/clips about you actually living there. ;)

jess said...

just wanted to say how much i identify with the ping pong ball feeling! and how much i love that photo of the turtle. i know you know i've already read little bee so you don't have to include me, just wanted to say hi ;)

love to you, my dear.

p.s...funny, my word verification is "coped"....apparently blogger understands mondays!!!

Cara said...

Loving the Hawaii pics! Funny timing, but I've had my eye on that book for a few weeks--have been seeing it around everywhere. Last book I read: Blind Submission. Review: ehh. Maybe a B-, but an easy read and a little brain candy to get me out of 9th grade English world. :) Miss you!