Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mid- Holiday musings Sunday Salon



Time //  11:12

Eating // left over crepe with french vanilla creme and strawberry filling topped with pure locally crafted maple syrup 







Drinking // Coffee. But not very quickly

Weather // Terrifying! Ice and snow for tomorrow and I have a 70 mile round trip to work. That has to change. I just can't do this commute in winter. 

LISTENING TO // 

STILL....
I haven't started this yet... I've been experimenting with silence in the car for a bit.


READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon
This has been a book for me I'm relishing like good dark chocolate!

Also... got an email for a discounted book courtesy of Net Galley and chose 
I've gone through a myriad of emotion since I started it yesterday. I'm halfway done. It's a digital edition or I'd have it all marked up... not all in compliance either.. Oh I may have some things to say about that. 


Watching // Harry Potter Marathon... at this writing Goblet of Fire is on..


I'm dying for the time to slow down and have a re-read. I haven't read them since I first read them out loud to my daughters because they couldn't fully read a book like that yet... my daughters are 20 and 21 now. 



Music // Did some Christmas Carols this week anyway

Blogging // Nothing much done this week but hopefully in the weeks to come.

Acquisitions // My daughter listens.. I had a very beat up paperback copy of The Gunslinger, book one of Stephen King's Dark Tower series... and one of my all time favorites, and she got me a nice fresh copy!! And she followed my quest rules too so I can count it!

Hating  // Commuting in winter. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Loving // A picture perfect holiday. 

Writing // Had my daughter read my chapter 1 draft... she wasn't that impressed. Lots of work to do apparently. 

Avoiding //   Still same... I need to finish my office. 

Next week? The inevitable New Year's Resolution post. I love these !!!

Both my girls were home and not one picture. what is wrong with us? 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday before Christmas Salon



Time //  1:24 ~ how did it get so late already??

Eating // nothing..lots of popsicles in the house. 

Drinking // Coffee with Hazelnut creamer... I"m treating myself

Weather // Perfect!! I went shopping without my coat and was 100% comfortable

LISTENING TO // 

I haven't started this yet... I've been experimenting with silence in the car for a bit.


READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon
Haven't made much progress but still really enamored with this sweet book!


Watching // Netflix from time to time. My Youngest Angel is home after having her tonsils out at 20. If you've ever heard that it's harder as an adult.... believe it!!
She won't let me watch many Christmas movies which is killin' me!!



Practical Magic is the wrong holiday, I know... BUT it's still a great movie ;)

Music // Back to soundtracks... getting ready for the new Star Wars. 

Blogging // Better! And with ideas to boot!

Acquisitions // Nothing.. status quo which is very good!!

Hating  // That my baby girl is in pain. She had her tonsils out on Wednesday. Next day and Friday were ok, Friday night started nothing staying down. Saturday night we were in the ER. Bolus of fluids and a script for zofran and things are better. Still tons of pain during this stage.. the scabs are about to let go. I'd give anything to take this for her... Christmas will be mashed potatoes if she can and popsicles..maybe pudding too. 

Loving // Finding truly perfect gifts. Makes my heart sing.

Writing // Working on the book revision. Have a time to meet with an editor of a small press publication to submit an essay...fingers crossed y'all!!

Avoiding //   Same as last week....Setting up my office and actually doing my own A/P set up. I really need to be a better money steward. 

OH and I may have my trailer (which odd as it is to say, I very much loved!!) sold to the most deserving wonderful couple!! I wish I could GIVE it to them. Every meet people like that in life...you just want to encourage them and bless them? I love these guys!


Like all of YOU!! I hope the Holidays (what ever you may celebrate) bring you much love, joy, and peace!!





Thursday, December 17, 2015

contemplating change.

If you talk about change this time of year it's immediately assumed you are going into a post about New Years resolutions. But I'm not actually... I mean I suppose it could be... but  no. It's not.

Change for better or worse, just seems to find me this time of year. I started falling in love around Christmas one year, I quit smoking on a whim one year, and one year I lost my dad. This is just one of those times of year that the direction of my life hinges on.

I feel like Vianne in Chocolat, I can feel change blowing like the North wind.
And I want to heed it..

No matter how many times I tell my self I'm done, no matter how many resolutions I DO make for no more drama, no matter how much I look for ways to settle my ass down, I still feel the change when it's coming.

Even when it's not for the good. I feel it and I want to go with it.

Some people hate change, we all know that. Probably the majority do. But those like me... the gypsy-blood type. We are slaves to it.

So what's the big deal.. why does change illicit such strong emotions.. lets look at the pros and cons of this bad boy. kick the tires on it so to speak

Cons first.. I've always been into delayed gratification too..


  •      Uncertainty... it makes us feel unsure. In how to act, what to do, and what's expected
  •      Outcome... when no one knows what they are doing no one can efficiently create outcomes
  •      Efficiency... goes right out the window (at least for awhile)
  •      With all those things comes fear... fear especially of looking foolish.




But I'm a pro at looking foolish so nothing, at this point is going to ramp that up! I had a 4 month bookstore for Pete's sake.

Which brings us to the Pros of change

  •      Hope! that it'll work out better
  •      Fun... well I think change is fun, I believe thinking on and imagining possibilities is just about my favorite!!
  •      Mystery... who doesn't love surprises and the anticipation there of
  •      Excitement. Usually. Moves, job changes, travel, growth... exciting stuff!! 



Someone once said the only reason people ever seek change is because they have to. I don't believe that. I think sometimes we seek change for a challenge.

I was settled for years. I raised my kids and tried to take care of an aging mom. The kids are near on their own. Finishing college and Mom is being cared for. Which leaves me feeling....

like I hear that North wind starting to howl...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Two Huge Breaks in a Row... with three we get snacks



Time //  I'm cheating.... it's Saturday night. 

Eating // cheese and crackers

Drinking // Yes even at this time of night it's coffee for me

Weather // I love this weather so much I hate to talk about it because I know it won't last.

READING - FINISHED // The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber


This was my first Debbie Macomber. It was fun and sweet. She is well loved by the ladies of my circle. I also have a sneaking suspicion my book "Into Each Life" bears similarities in our basic genre and style. Luckily so far not story line though.

I'm making it a point to read more authors in the genre or near-genre of the book I'm editing now. (the first in a series of at least 3). I have authors I aspire to and authors I'm trying to not be contemporaries with. In order to know which is which, I have to read them all. 
 
The scariest part of that is I run across so many fabulous stories and wonderful prose, it nearly scares me away from trying som days. Until I remember MY story and how much I love it and want to share it... then I go on. 


LISTENING TO // FINISHED:  Outlander ~ Diane Galbadon - 
I ADORED this book. And for once I think I can say it was the audio that won me. Oh I'd have liked the book had I read it, but the audio was so perfect that I fell head over heals for it!
 
Now I"m ready to start Lucky Us ~ Amy Bloom


READING:// At Home in Mitford ~ Jan Karon

This is one of those books I was talking about. I'm really enjoying it too!! It's ADORABLE!!



Sarum ~ Edward Rutherfurd
I just couldn't get going on Sarum yet. Too intimidating!! The sheer length and breadth!


Watching // Not much... TV hasn't been on in days. While I decorated the scrawniest Christmas tree in history, I 
(There is actually a story behind why I have such a sad tree...but I'll tell it another time.)
watched Elf and then Something's Gotta Give.


SGG is one of my 'go to' writing movies. :)


Music // Back to K-Love and Contemporary Christian. 

Blogging // Yeah.. about that.

Acquisitions // Nothing lately but 2 text books coming up this month.


Hating  // The thought of winter coming. 

Loving // Getting these moves over with. I'm in my new place. Old place is for sale. I'm getting used to it, but I'm actually not exactly thrilled. 

Writing // Actually... lots!! which may explain my blogging hiatus. 

Avoiding //   Setting up my office and actually doing my own A/P set up. I really need to be a better money steward.