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Review: Becoming


By Michelle Obama
Crown, 9781524763138, November 2018, 448pp.

The Short of It:

I wanted to end the year on a positive note so it’s no coincidence that I ended it with Becoming.

The Rest of It:

In Becoming, Michelle Obama invites us into her life. From Chicago’s South Side, where she grew up, all the way to the White House until now. Her storytelling, her positivity and hopefulness take center stage. As Americas’s first African-American First Lady, she was in a position to advocate for young women, which she absolutely did, while raising her own two girls and supporting her husband in a job that put both of them under the media’s microscope.

It seems as if everyone received this book for Christmas or felt it was an important enough read to buy it for themselves, which I did. What I admire the most about this memoir is the storytelling. It’s engaging and straight-forward, much as I expected it to be based on how she’s carried herself throughout her eight years in the White House.

It’s been a rough, rough year. The end if the year has come and I am totally wiped out. However, ending the year with this book has given me a little spark of hope. If she can stand back and look at our current administration and still feel hopeful, perhaps I can too.

Source: Purchased
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Sunday Matters: Are You Ready?

Sunday Matters

It’s hard to believe that another Christmas is now behind us. It came in like a steam roller. So many of us were exhausted and just not ready for it but here we are.

We had a wonderful Christmas. We spent time with family, we took a nice walk in the park, I made a really good prime rib dinner, and then we headed out to see Mary Poppins Returns which was charming and magical and a perfect movie to see on Christmas.

Are we ready for 2019?

Right Now:

I had to check my phone to make sure today was indeed Sunday and it is! Today we are hitting Knott’s Berry Farm. It was kind of a last-minute decision because it’s my son’s only day off but we are looking forward to spending the day together.

This Week:

The kids have their own plans for New Year’s Eve which feels weird. The Hub and I have been invited to a party nearby. We won’t stay late because The Otter Pup gets nervous when fireworks go off but it will be fun. I am going to bring Sloppy Joe Sliders.

At the end of the week, I’ve got to take my daughter for a consultation with the oral surgeon to have her wisdom teeth extracted. We have used this surgeon before with my son and he’s really good but trying to set a surgery date will be interesting with her schedule.

I return to work on Tuesday, 1/8. It will be a dark, dark day.


Becoming by Michelle Obama. You’ve all heard it’s great and it is. I hope to get the review up before 2019 hits!


I’ve been watching the Murphy Brown reboot. It’s pretty good. I recorded the entire season and I am almost done with it.

We watched Bird Box on Netflix. It’s based on the book of the same name. It’s different in some places but still possesses the same level of suspense as the book. Have you seen it?

I didn’t get to see all of the movies I wanted to see because our DVD player was not working right. And my TV, the old one that we have, will no longer work with Netflix at the end of January so we will be forced to get a whole new setup soon. Kind of exciting but also a big pain.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I was so over buying things that I haven’t really been able to try anything new. But we did hit a museum we haven’t been to before, the Hammer Museum. Unfortunately, part of it was under construction so we didn’t get to see much but hey, I can mark it off my list.

Grateful for:

I am grateful to have a little bit more time off. My vacation has gone by so fast and it took me so long to decompress. It’s really made me second-guess how I’ve been living thus far. Something has to change.

How did the holidays go for you? What’s your plan for NYE?