Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best Books of 2013

Much to my surprise, I ended up reading 99 books this year. I’m over halfway done with #100 but it’s just not going to get finished in 2013.

My 2013 challenge was to read North and South, Dead Souls, and at least one non-fiction book.  I did read North and South but not Dead Souls. I actually read 2 nonfiction books: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, and The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth. 
My favorites this year are ones that really stuck with me, even months after I read it. In no particular order, the books I liked best this year are:
Binding the Shadows: Jenn Bennett – this one has the distinction of causing the biggest book hangover
Blackout: Mira Grant – the next biggest book hangover, I read then entire series this year and absolutely loved it
Nowhere But Home: Liza Palmer - pulled on the heart strings the most
Magic Rises: Ilona Andrews – another great addition to one of my favorite series ever
North and South: Elizabeth Gaskell – Thornton vs Darcy? It almost depends on which book I just finished
I Am the Messenger: Markus Zusak – my only audio book and I was surprised how much I loved this one and the narrator might have had a hand in that
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal: Mary Roach – she makes anything she writes so much fun
Written in Red: Anne Bishop – another big surprise, I borrowed it from the library and then ended up buying it in hardcover because I just couldn’t wait to read it again
Days of Blood & Starlight: Laini Taylor – this book took the story to a whole new level and I think I have to own this series now
Star Gazing: Linda Gillard – first book I read this year and I just loved it, I’ve re-read parts over and over
Honorable mention goes to:
Cinder and Scarlett: Marissa Meyer – these have become “must own” and I’m highly anticipating Cress next year
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Mary Ann Shaffer – such a feel good story
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves: Maggie Stiefvater – another “must own” series
Mortal Arts: Anna Lee Huber – so excited to have found another historical mystery series that I love, although I’m not so excited about the wait for book 3
For 2014, I think I’m going to try and read one nonfiction book, one “classic”, and I want to read one of the Shakespeare plays I haven’t read yet.  Along with everything else that I normally like to read, of course.
Most Anticipated books for 2014:
Murder of Crows: Anne Bishop
Banishing the Dark: Jenn Bennett
Night Broken: Patricia Briggs
Cress: Marissa Meyer
A Grave Matter: Anna Lee Huber
Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Laini Taylor


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fate can be very, very cruel

Either I have bad luck or bad habits or maybe a combination of both. I got sick last Friday night and I’m still trying to recover. That makes twice in 5 weeks. This time was bad though. I didn’t leave my house for 3 days and even now I’m still coughing and blowing my nose. I ended up watching 10 hours straight of The Walking Dead on Sunday. I kind of felt like a zombie so I figured why not? Plus, my head hurt too much to read. That much TV was a bit of a mistake. I could not sleep that night. It wasn’t because I was scared but my brain had been over stimulated or something and I couldn’t turn it off. However, I’m hooked on TWD and will be starting season 3 very soon.

Then last night I had just gotten a couple hours of uninterrupted sleep after the coughing stopped when fate stepped in and my smoke detector started chirping because the battery is low. And it was the one in my bedroom with the high ceiling that I have no way to reach. So I gathered my blanket and pillow and shut the bedroom door and tried to sleep on the couch but I could still hear the thing. At least I know I’ll be able to hear it anywhere in the house if it ever really goes off. Anyway, another long night and long day that isn’t over yet.

I guess to look on the bright side, we had treat day at work so I got to eat a piece of Larry’s fudge and my mom made me a popcorn cake so I didn’t have to make anything. The fudge and popcorn cake were delicious. And there’s only a couple hours left in the work day then I’ll get to put my pajamas back on and my sister is going to bring her ladder over so I can change a battery. Hopefully, with a little care, I will be well for Christmas and will be done getting sick for the winter.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Decorations

Yesterday I got out my Christmas decorations and dusted off my Christmas CD collection. Last year I didn’t really get into the Christmas feeling and didn’t decorate at all, but this year will be different. I actually have my own tradition of decorating my tree while watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies. Ha ha… I know that has nothing to do with Christmas. I think I started because the movie is long enough and I can take breaks to watch the parts I like but then can decorate during the battles or other parts I don’t care to watch. Anyway, that’s what I did yesterday. My tree isn’t that big, but I do like it and I like the ornaments I’ve collected for it. I think this year I might expand and get a few more ornaments. December is going to be a great month!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stay-cation

It's Thanksgiving week and I have the whole week off from work. Considering I am getting over a cold, it's been nice to not have to set the alarm clock. I've done some Christmas shopping, errands, laundry, read books, watched tv, and whatever else I've been in the mood for. It's been fabulous. It's only Wednesday and I'm already off my normal sleeping routine which means next Monday is not going to feel good. But I refuse to think about that now. I'll be spending a lot of the rest of my stay-cation with family and that will be nice too. For now, I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon basking in the sunshine of this beautiful November day.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the mood

Well, I can tell winter is definitely coming. It rained most of the night and into the morning. I love the rain and will never complain about that. But it was so dark driving to work this morning. It seems like it happened overnight. I was in Tuscaloosa, AL for work last week so maybe it was more gradual than I realize but it seems like yesterday it was light and today it wasn’t.

I really do love this time of year, though. I carved a pumpkin on Sunday and tonight will roast the seeds. The grocery stores are getting their pomegranates in stock and hot chocolate is going on sale. I feel like I need to get everything ready to hibernate through the winter.
Maybe it’s because Halloween is in a couple days, but I’m in the mood for dark music and gothic books. I’m reading Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart and loving it. I want to re-read some of my other gothic favorites when I’m finished. I’m listening to The Village soundtrack. It was composed by James Newton Howard and is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks. I thought it was perfect for the movie, but really, it’s just perfect. It’s absolutely haunting and breathtaking.  Another soundtrack I’ve been listening to and that I think is great for this time of year is the soundtrack to Snow White and the Huntsman. I did not like the movie, but do really like the music. And I just looked it up and am not surprised to find it was also composed by James Newton Howard.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Walnuts


It’s that time of year when my dad cracks buckets of walnuts and I take them home and shell them.  It’s a pretty good process because he can crack them when he wants and I can shell them when I want. I usually just sit down with a movie and do a bucket at a time. This year I’ve been shelling the walnuts while I watch season 2 of Call the Midwife. That show got me hooked from the first episode. I’m not a huge TV watcher, and I usually watch shows hit and miss but every once in a while, I find one that really pulls me in. Anyway, I’ve really been loving Call the Midwife but that stupid show makes me cry every episode, I swear.  So I’ve been doing the walnuts with a tissue close at hand. I did read the first book the show is based on:  The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth. It was a good book, but not as emotionally involving as the TV show.  I’ve got one more buckets of nuts left to do and that should let me finish up the rest of the episodes. It’s just a matter of finding the time to sit down and do it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Committing

So I mentioned a few weeks ago my sister and I bought airplane tickets to Cuzco, Peru. We are really going to go to Machu Picchu. Now that the excitement has worn off, I’ve started thinking.  My sister wants to hike the Inca trail. I do not like to hike all that much. I can handle day hikes but I’m not an overnight hiker. The once or twice I’ve done it wasn’t what I would call a good time.  And the real truth is that I wouldn’t be able to hike the Inca trail right now anyway. So we compromised that I am going to spend the next couple of months getting back in shape and really committing to the hike. And then when it comes time to get the hiking arrangements made, we’re going to decide if both of us really can hike it. And if not, we’ll take the bus. But if so, I may actually have to hike the thing.  

I can already tell this trip is going to be one of those excitement/dread types of things. I keep kind of laughing to myself that it will be a great experience and I will be able to say I did it. But I am also not really looking forward to it at all. I’m going to look at the positive side though, and think about all the clothes and things I will be able to shop for before I go on this trip. Because I do like to shop.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy days

Well, it looks like my next foreign trip is going to be to Peru. Since I went and bought the plane ticket and all. I’m still kind of in shock. The good kind of shock though. My sister has been keeping an eye on the prices for a little bit now and found a good one so last night we took the plunge and purchased them.  This trip is mostly my sister’s doing. Machu Picchu is at the top of her list right now.  And even if it’s not the top of mine, I definitely won’t pass up the opportunity.  We’ve got lots of time to plan before we actually go, but the initial excitement hasn’t worn off yet.

We’ve been having some nice cool fall weather and I love it. The leaves are starting to change and we got a rain storm that left snow on the tops of some of the mountains.  I am really in the mood to bake and eat a lot of soup.  In fact, the menu tonight is going to be a quick and easy corn chowder and then probably banana bread since I have a couple ripe bananas. Yum!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September

I can’t believe it’s already September. Where has this year gone? I’ve read a lot of books but not much else, it seems. I do have a new nephew (although it has nothing to do with me) and I’ve spent a lot of time doing family things. We had Owen’s baby blessing this past Sunday and since yesterday was Labor Day, we labored. Kind of. We were supposed to paint my parent’s old garage in their backyard, but it was raining pretty steadily so we ended up canning peaches and pears instead.

We are coming to my favorite time of the year. I love the fall. I’m going to enjoy the last days of summer as they go by and get a few projects done. Then I’m going to blissfully relish the autumn and get ready to hibernate through the winter. My kind of hibernation pretty much means I will be enjoying the outdoors from inside as much as I can once it gets cold and snowy. That’s what windows are for.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What are you reading?

Sometimes I really hate it when people ask me what I'm reading. If it's somebody who really knows me and knows what I like to read, I don't mind. But when random people on airplanes or co-workers, etc. ask, I sometimes hate to answer. Inevitably, I get a blank look because they've never heard of what I'm reading. It happened to me again last week at work.

Me: I'm tired because I stayed up reading last night.
Coworker: It must have been good. What are you reading?
Me: Um...it's called Magic Rises.
Coworker: blank look and a nod
Me: It's a series from one of my favorite authors.
Coworker: Nice, what's it about?
Me: Hmmm.. magic and shape shifters... there are a few vampires too, but not the sparkly kind.
Coworker: another blank look
Coworker: Nice, well gotta get back to work.

It's just funny to me that the thing I spend most of my free time doing is something I don't really talk about with people I know. There are a few friends or family whose reading interests overlap with mine or who really understand why I love reading, but nobody who really likes to read the same books as I do. I'm not complaining about it. I get on Goodreads or go to my favorite book blogs if I want to discuss books.

Anyway, that's why I don't like it when people ask me what I'm reading. Of course, knowing my luck, I could be reading Shakespeare and be sitting next to the one person who hasn't heard of him. :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Camping

I spent the last four days camping with my family in Logan canyon. I do like camping, but I don't love it. I'm not a die-hard outdoor enthusiast and don't like to get dirty but I can handle camping in small doses. I grew up camping with my family and have really great memories of playing in the Loagn River. We don't camp as often any more, but it's always fun when we do go.

My nieces and nephews were fun to play with. They were in the river for hours and covered in mud at times. I even got the one year old in the river and she was fearless. It was her first camping trip and she had a blast. That little kid was so dirty.

And then there is all of the sitting around playing cards or sitting by the fire. I don't know why a campfire is so relaxing and enjoyable, but I do love it... until I get home and smell like one. :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pink Martini

I finally got to see Pink Martini (www.pinkmartini.com) in concert last night. It was awesome!!! They played at Red Butte Gardens in SLC. It was a perfect venue and a perfect night. The weather was warm while we were waiting in line before the gates opened but once we got seated, there was a little breeze and when the sun went down, it was nice and cool. Once we found a place to sit, we unpacked our dinner and my sister made us non-alcoholic pink martini's to drink. Outdoor concerts are a lot of fun.

I don't know how long I've loved Pink Martini's music. I think my sister introduced me to them and I have 5 of their cd's. I definitely have my favorite songs, but they have so many good ones. It's just feel-good stuff and I can't help but sing along or move to the beat when they sing in a language I don't understand.

It was a great night and I will look forward to next time they come to SLC. Once is just not enough.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seattle

I spent last week in Seattle. I went for work and then got to spend the weekend with a friend, just seeing the sights and having fun. It's a beautiful area.

 
I went to my first (possibly last since I'm not a baseball fan) major league baseball game. I had a great time but that was mostly due to who I was with, not where I was.

 
No trip to Seattle is complete without the Space Needle, right?
 

View from the needle
 
 
 
Shoreline from Discovery Park

 
Snoqualmie Falls - a fun little side trip to get out of the city
 
 
And then of course there is Pike's market. I only wish I could have tried food from all of the shops. It all smelled so good.
 
 It was a great trip even though I'm happy to be back home.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Niagara Falls

So I spend last week working in Auburn, NY. I have never been to NY at all and thought it was a beautiful area. After work on Thursday and friend and I went shopping at some outlet malls in the area and then drove to Niagara Falls for the weekend. We stayed on the Canadian side. The falls were pretty fun to see and get wet in the mist. I could have done without the more touristy parts but overall all, I’m glad I went. Plus, Canada has the good kind of chocolate that you can get in Europe.
It was a fun mini vacation and I can cross Niagara Falls off my list.

American Falls

Part of Queen Victoria park, I think.

Horseshoe Falls

more Horseshoe Falls
 
Here I am in the lovely rain poncho they give you. Not the best place to take pictures but it was fun to do the ferry ride.

Maid of the Mist ferry

view at night
 
American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls at night
 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ice cream and bubbles

It was a great weekend. I started out a bit restless on Friday night. After work, I sat down and finished my book and it was so good and kind of emotional at the end.  So then I was restless. I paced around doing little things like picking up some of my clutter, putting away laundry, etc. It’s funny how I am always kind of sad when I finish a really good book. It’s a kind of mourning for friends that you won’t see again.. at least not until a re-read. And I simply cannot start another book so soon after a good one like that.

Saturday, I played with the kids. I guess I was technically babysitting. I offered to take them to Dinosaur Park, but they didn’t want to so instead we played with my tinker toys and then went outside and played and blew bubbles.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE blowing bubbles. What is it about sitting on the grass in the sunshine watching bubbles float across the yard? It’s such a great, relaxing feeling.  And I don’t do it by myself (although I don’t know why not since I love it so much) so I always like to get the bubbles out when the kids come over.
After bubbles we went to Farr’s for ice cream.  It was a bit crowded in the little ice cream shop so we got our cones and went outside and sat on some steps near the parking and out of the sun.  The people who had been in line before us were getting into their van and the driver let out a huge burp. The kids are at that age where it was hilarious to them but I told them they couldn’t laugh out loud while all the van windows were down so we all sat there giggling quietly. Then we’d stop but once we caught each other’s eye we would start giggling again. You probably had to be there but we had the best time laughing and eating ice cream.  I love little moments like that.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Fever

Oh man, I’m dying to go somewhere. I’m restless. I have a couple work trips coming up in the summer months so I will be going somewhere, even if it’s for work. Both times I’m going to stay the weekend to have a mini-vacation. And my family is going camping. But that doesn’t help me now.

It’s been a little cool lately but with the flowers and trees blooming and everything turning green, it finally feels like spring. I must have spring fever.  The cure for that is a day off in the sunshine and planting flowers in my planter boxes. One day soon I will that.  And maybe I’ll plan a little vacation. A foreign trip this year is not looking likely but since I did one in both 2011 and 2012 it would be ok to stay a little closer to home this year. I live in Utah. It’s not like there’s not a ton of things to do and see right here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mummies and Used Books

I spent a couple hours last weekend in SL going to the Mummies of the World exhibition at The Leonardo. It was very interesting if you like that kind of thing. And I do. Mummies aren’t just from ancient Egypt and they had a nice collection of mummies from all over the world. Most preserved on purpose and some that were not.  The interactive computer screens that let you see some of the science behind the mummies were interesting as well.

I’d like to think I could have been an anthropologist or archeologist in another life.  I find it fascinating to see the existence of people before modern times and glimpses into what they believed and how they lived or what they ate.
After the exhibit I walked across the square to the SL public library where they just happened to be having their semi-annual book sale. Yes, I planned the day to include both. I love library book sales. However, because of recent efforts to purge books from my shelves, I really scaled down my purchases. I could have left with many more books, but I only bought three. And they are books I was already planning to read.  All in all, it was a very nice Saturday.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

I’ve never read anything by Anne Bishop before but I read an intriguing review of this one and then saw that my library had it readily available so I decided to give it a try. I loved this book and am not going to even try to pretend any different.

Imagine a world very similar to ours, except in this world the inhabitants that were here first didn’t let the humans take over as they settled the colonies and moved west. Instead there is an uneasy truce where the terra indigene (or Others) and humans co-exist, bartering with each other for things they need or want. The Others that live close to, and interact with humans, live in closed communities called courtyards and human laws don’t apply in the courtyards. When the Others in the Lakeside courtyard take in a runaway human as their liaison and make her one of their own, they won’t give up without a fight when someone tries to take her back.

I was immediately immersed in this alternate reality. The book takes its time describing how the courtyard operates and there are many day to day details. There’s a long setup and the action doesn’t start happening until about 50 pages from the end. This did not bother me one bit. I was so totally wrapped up in the workings of the courtyard, I was surprised when I looked at the pages and saw how far I was. Meg is one of those underdog heroines who learns that she’s stronger than she thought and I really liked her. She is a blood prophet, which means when she cuts herself she has visions. I was a little wary of this going into it, but it turned out to be a very small part of the book and not graphic in details. The Others were my favorite part. I loved them all: Simon, Sam, Tess, Henry, Vlad, Winter, Grandfather Erebus, the Ponies… I can’t even name them all. They are not human and don’t even pretend they want to be. They are a mixture of species: wolves, vampires, elementals, and even a woman who reminds me a lot of Medusa. These characters and this world will be in my head for a very long time.

Really, this is the best new urban fantasy I’ve read in a while. My only complaint is that I had to go and read and love the first book in a brand new series and now I’m stuck waiting for the next one.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Conference Weekend

I aways love general conference weekend. The messages are inspirational and I get to spend time with my family. And I can "attend church" in my pajamas or equivalent. Ever since I've lived on my own, I have the same routine for conference weekend. During the Saturday sessions, I clean my house or sort through clutter and just keep busy. During the Sunday sessions, I go to my parents house and watch it there. As the kids have gotten older, the noise level has increased so I can definitely say I listen closer on Saturday. I'm guessing we'll go full circle and eventually the noise level will decrease again as they all get old enough to sit still and at least not talk, even if they aren't listening.

I used to embroider to keep my hands busy during conference. My mind doesn't wander when my hands are busy. I have a dresser scarf that I have been working on for probably 10 years. The only time I ever get it out is during conference and for the past few years I haven't even bothered. It's hard to embroider when you have kids crawling on you. I'd like to finish it one of these days so I can actually get some use out of it. I guess that means I should actually work on it.

Anyway, it was a nice weekend, even if it was too short. Now the weatherman says we're going to have wind storms tonight so I think when I get home from work, I will make sure everything outside is secure and stay inside for the evening. I have a book to read, so it won't be a problem. :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Romance Novels Saved Me :)

I went through a period in my life where the only thing I would read was romance novels. A co-worker got me started and used to bring in boxes of her old romances for me to borrow. I had never really read a “romance novel” before but I ate these up. Then I moved to Oregon for a year with my now ex-husband and during that year that lead up to our divorce and the year after it, romance novels saved me. They really did. In Oregon, I was miserable and depressed and far away from family. I needed an escape and a chance to catch my breath from dealing with real life. The trip to the library was one of the highlights of my week. I read my way through countless numbers of books. Regency and historical romance were my favorite, but I read just about anything as long as it was in the romance genre. Even after the divorce when I moved back home for a while and was struggling and so unhappy, I just kept reading. I don’t know why but for some reason reading about two people falling in love and overcoming some kind of obstacle and ending with hope for the future (if not happily ever after) was exactly what I needed to believe in, in spite of the fact that my own marriage didn’t last.

I look back on those books with a great amount of fondness and happy memories. I don’t even know half the authors I read, but I do remember Julie Garwood, Lynn Kurland, Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Diana Gabaldon, and Julia Quinn to name a few.  A few years ago I tried to re-read one of my favorites from Judith McNaught and it didn’t hold up well for me, even though I had re-read it many times before.  I tried a couple more times with the same result so I just stopped trying.
I don’t read many books that would be considered straight romance any more. I like them in small doses and have new authors that I prefer. But if you look my preferences and look at the books I consider my favorites, almost every single one of them has a romance or a romantic sub-plot or relationship arc. It holds true even with the books that were favorites growing up. In fact, I really believe that just a small bit of romance makes almost any book better. I’ve learned that I make my own happiness whatever my circumstances, but what is it about happily ever after that we crave so strongly?  I’m definitely not alone in feeling that way.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1 Year Down


I started this blog 1 year ago today, mostly to see if I could use a blog to document what I was doing with my life. This will be my 34th post and I’m pretty sure I don’t actually like blogging. Mostly because I’m not really a writer and it’s hard for me to get my words down on paper or in print form. I was always better at grammar than creative writing.  Plus, blogging takes some time.  LOL – And I’d rather spend my free time reading.  However, I’ve decided not to give up just yet, mostly because I’m just not ready to quit.

On the home front, I’m in the mood to purge. Could it be because it feels like spring is coming? I already cleaned my freezer and some of my kitchen cupboards and I’m going finish that this week. Then I think I’ll start on my closets and then my garage when it’s a bit warmer. It always feels so nice to get rid of things I don’t need, don’t want, and don’t use.

Friday, March 8, 2013

CERT

I finished my CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training class last night. We had our disaster simulation exercise and it was very interesting, and a lot of fun. We were in a warehouse and had a drama club from a local high school act as the disaster victims. They had been all bloodied up and were moaning and screaming and did a really great job of acting like they were hurt and in shock. I was on the rescue team and had some catching up to do since I missed that class while I was in Texas. I’ve never been in a disaster and it gave me a lot of things to think about.

I took the class because it was something to do outside of my comfort zone and I would like to be able to keep my head about me and help my family and neighbors in a disaster.  I didn’t study the information in the book as well as I could have although I do have it now for a resource. But I came away from the class with a couple things. First, I have an outline of a plan to get myself a little better prepared for an emergency and I want to sit down with my family and make sure we all get better prepared. And second, I won’t be any use to anybody doing medical triage or search and rescue. :) Even the sight of fake blood makes me a little queasy and I don’t deal so well with panic. So I’ll be working on clean up or somewhere else away from the bodies in the event of a disaster. And that’s ok. Better to work with my strengths and leave the other things to people better able to handle it. So all in all, it was a good experience and I learned some valuable things.

Now I’m trying to think of what I might want to do next. I genuinely like learning and trying new things.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

There and back

I spent last week in Texas for work.  It was a good trip despite the fact that I woke up Monday morning with a cold. I went from this:
 
To this:



 Of course, by the time I got home, the new snow had pretty much melted away. That’s the nice thing about this time of year. Even when we do get more snow (which we probably will), it doesn’t last long and I know spring is coming.

Small town Texas is definitely not for me but it was a good trip. I crashed when I got home on Friday and took it easy all weekend. Now life is back to the usual routine.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Funny Valentine(s)

I love how the song says You make me smile with my heart. That's totally what I was doing when I saw these:

I sent all my nieces and nephews some Valentine's candy in the mail along with some free printable Valentine's puzzles and games I got online. Nothing fancy, but who doesn't love getting fun stuff in the mail? It's just my way of celebrating the holiday. And this is what I got in return.  :)

I love being an aunt (or ant). All of my kids are so great and I just love them to pieces.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Random stuff

Somebody made a comment to me yesterday and I just wanted to tell him "you don't know me". But then I was thinking about something I like about myself that not many people do know about me. I love to drive and sing along to the radio. It's one of my very favorite things to do. I will sometimes go for a drive with no real destination in mind just so I can drive and sing.
When I'm behind the steering wheel and a favorite song comes on, I'm instantly in my happy place. Of course, I prefer less traffic rather than more, but even when I'm stuck in traffic, it doesn't seem so bad when a good song comes on the radio. I won't make any claims on my singing ability. It really doesn't matter how well I sing, just that it makes me happy.

And in other news...snow, snow, and more snow. I said I wanted a white Christmas, right? Better late than never, I guess. I snapped the picture on Sunday from my front porch. You can't tell from the picture but my snow pile is almost as tall as I am. And it has gotten bigger since Sunday. I need a sled, but I'd either be sledding into the road or into my house.


Life is good!