Author Archives: Stacie Penney

Making friends

Last night, I helped out a friend with an envelope stuffing party. I realized that this person introduced me to seven people in the last year, invited me to dinner multiple times, and pretty much makes this meme true for me.  She is one of two extroverts in my life and I’m so glad for her.

Who are you grateful for today?

Book Banter: The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Author:  Erika Johansen

Genre:  Dystopian

Length:  643 pages

Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library

Plot Basics:  The rightful queen was hidden away shortly after her birth to protect her life.  Kelsea Raleigh is now 19 years old and seeks to reclaim her throne.  Her journey reveals that the task is larger than she ever envisioned, if she survives the journey to her holdings.

Banter Points:  I know that this was a recommendation either from a Goodreads friend or a Facebook friend but my typically referrals haven’t read it.  This frustrates me because I’m enjoyed the book and have moved on to book two already,  It would be nice to tell them “thank you” and then ask what else they are reading.

I like the pseudo fairy tale feel to the telling of this story.  Rather than it being historical, it’s future.  Something has happened and the world has lost technology, gained magic, and The Church is an influence similar to medieval times.  Society has reverted in other ways too, losing advancements in equality and medicine.

The how and why of this world is fascinating to me.

Bummer Points:  By the end of the book, I was fascinated by the “why” of what happened.  How did the world step back from technology?  Why did they run to the new place?  What were they running from?  I tried to find some additional information, but wasn’t able to find an author website or book website outside of bookstores or the publisher.

Stacie’s Recommendation:  Read it.  I’m half way through book two and have high hopes for how this trilogy will end.

Wishing for Spring

Winter in Wisconsin has been a roller coaster of temperature options. Mostly, I’m thinking spring and it shows up in my latest coloring project.

Regulatory Reading

That, my friends, is what I’ve been reading in my study time. The colorfully flagged book is a co-worker’s copy of our text. Immediately behind that is a catalog rack of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.  Not pictured: three books containing the Code of Federal Regulations for importing goods into the U.S.

This is the heart of how goods come into the country, the taxes paid on it, and the rules for various details used in labeling, among other things.

I took my first practice test over the weekend and missed a passing score by five questions. My plan is to take six or seven more tests in March, then the Real Test on April 3rd.

How’s your Tuesday going?

The end of the week

I have my Friday night plans figured out…

Four Weeks to go

Back in September or October, I cheerily posted that I was taking a professional development opportunity at work and planned to sit for the Licensed Broker Exam which gives me street credit in my industry and cool initials after my name.

The exam is in four weeks and my brain is fried.

This exam is beyond hard, with an average passing rate of less than 10%. Most test takers sit twice for it, or even three times. Life has been hectic too, filled with the normal things, plus the unplanned things that mean more to accomplish.  I’m feeling ill-prepared after this weekend’s studying session.

Fortunately, I have four more weeks, a study group and several years worth of practice exams to work from. I also have several friends cheering me on from the sidelines, offering moral support and a willingness to bring food.

Regardless of the outcome, I’ll be thankful for the first Tuesday in April. The exam will be done, and I’ll be sweating the results. And planning to retake it in October (statistically, it’s a higher likelihood to fail than pass. I do believe in miracles.)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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AuthorAmy Poehler

Genre: Non-fiction

Length: 329

Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library

Plot Basics: Yes Please is Amy Poehler’s story of her career and life philosophy.  She shares anecdotes from her first 40ish years and how they shaped the woman we see on the screen.

Banter Points:  I picked up this book because, in the past, I had a very loud, very large voice saying uncomplimentary things about women like Poehler. I realized it wasn’t my own opinion and that I didn’t know enough to form any sort of opinion. It was available on audio when I was looking for a book.

I love when coincidence works out.

Poehler shares her life in a way that made me think about choices I’ve made. Did I agree or did I disagree? was the question most often in my mind as I read. Not, wow, I wouldn’t do that. Ever. Or, wow, I’m so on board with that. Always. I can’t pinpoint what it is about her writing style that made it a thoughtful space for consideration, rather than a space where I judged my actions and choices against hers.

In reading between the lines, I’d bet that Poehler has experience with recovery and learning to accept people, rather than judge them. Creating written space with this sort of awareness is challenging, and she nails it.

Also, the audio is read by Poehler and a few guests. Loved this.

Bummer Points:  None.

Stacie’s Recommendation:  Loved this book.  Depending on how the year goes, it’s a top ten consideration.  Reading it impacted me strongly as a reader, and fit into my reading goals for the year which is to read books that are going to challenge my world view.

Go Away

I have no idea what sort of “Take over the world” type plotting was going on, but clearly I am not welcome at it.

Carry on, kitties. Carry on.


Bethany and I have about a 5 hour drive between us. However, if we were in the same city, I imagine many Friday or Saturday plans would result in this scenario.

Actually, a couple of our real life get together plans have gone this way, albeit not at the last minute. It’s not a stretch at all!

Trend Setting

Seniors slide.

Vacation brain.

Calling off work to read a book should be a thing too.