Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Just Write # 13

Sometimes the grief hits like a tidal wave, forcing me to cling to bits of memories like a life preserver. There hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought of you in some way. Big or small.

I watch the news and see Ben Carson's face on the screen and think of how much you would have to say on the particular subject of him. I imagine that you would be railing against him now with his sudden exposure and telling everyone who would lend an ear what a fraud you thought he was. Because that is what you thought towards the end of your life. Where you once sang his praises, you had morphed into a deep disdain for the man he had become. I never did fully question why you had that change of heart but knowing you and your deep convictions was enough for me to know that you had a reason and probably a very good one.

I wish I could hear you talk about the current events of today. You were never shy with your opinions even when we disagreed and you were one of the few people I could have a civil conversation with even when we weren't on the same page which was actually very rare.

I wish you could be here to see your newest grandchild. You would have been over the moon at having another one. Your grandchildren were a bright spot in your life and I dislike knowing they will grow up and not have their "papa" there to escort them to school and keep them from getting in trouble for minor transgressions. Your love for your children and your grandchildren was always evident whenever you spoke of them. That was never a doubt.

There are days that I would like to have one more conversation and ask you all the questions that have occurred to me after the fact but then I realize you had your reasons for the lies you told, the truths that you hid and it's not my place to carry that burden.

I hope that your soul is at peace.

I loved you then. I love you still now. Even with the knowing of all the things that I was clueless about when you were here on earth, I love you. That will never fade though I think, with time, the grief will not be as sharp and won't come out of nowhere. Instead of a tidal wave, it'll be like a slowly rolling wave that will allow me to catch my breath and keep my feet solidly underneath me.


This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, September 28, 2015

.....

I think I'm going to order several gift certificates for eye exams and start passing them out to the idiots who call me "sir" because apparently a woman with short hair has never been in their presence before and they can't fathom that I could possibly be a woman even though I am very well endowed in the chest area and always have multiple earrings in my ear and they obviously need their eyeballs checked by a professional. [That's my mini-rant for the day.]




Sunday, September 27, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 136

Things I am grateful for today

1. The sun peeked out for a few minutes earlier this afternoon after 3 solid days of misting, drizzling rain. Plus, there has been a break in the clouds so there is a *slight* possibility that we will be able to view the lunar eclipse tonight. 

2. People have been very lovely this evening at work. I haven't had to deal with anyone unpleasant all evening which is such a good thing.

3. I was able to work the schedule so I can take off the weekend of Chris's birthday and the church homecoming. They happen in the same weekend and I wasn't sure I would be able to get both days off but it worked out. This makes me happy.

4. The leaves are just starting to change colors. It's cool in the mornings and the late evenings. Autumn is definitely in the air and I love it.

5. Lilly. The way she runs and greets me every single time I come into the house for work is a soothing balm for a tired soul. No matter how bad my day has been, she makes it brighter by yipping around my feet and demanding to be loved on as soon as I enter the house.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

39 things about me for my 39th birthday ( a few days late)

39 things for my 39th birthday

1. My actual first name is Wanda. I dropped it when I got married in 1997 because everyone has always called me Marie, my middle name. It was easier to be Marie {my maiden name} [new last name] than to keep the Wanda.

2. My grandfather is responsible for naming me Wanda. My mother wanted to name me Elsie Yvonne and he told her that she shouldn't hang me with a name like that. He liked Wanda Marie and she agreed to use it. I am grateful.

3. My favorite colors are blue and purple.

4. I love to read. I don't read as much as I used to but I still have those periods of time where all I want to do is lose myself in a good fiction book. I love when those times occur.

5. I've been married for 18 years, with the same man for 22 years. I can't imagine life without him.

6. I have a degree in art. 

7. I didn't realize how much I liked working with the public until Chris got hurt in September of 2009 and I took a job working at a hotel. I love the people I have had the fortune to both meet and work with.

8. I have favorites among the guests who come to the hotel. Some of them are repeat customers and they have become like family.

9. There is no bad mood that I have that can't be alleviated with music. I will pretty much listen to anything. 

10. Solo dance parties are good for the soul.

11. I made the decision today to quit smoking. It's going to be difficult but I am determined to do it.

12. I keep my hair super short because that's how I like it and I decided I was over with the pleasing of other people. Best decision I ever made.

13. I just recently joined a church and will be baptized soon. The church I am attending doesn't have its own baptismal pool so they are making arrangements to use the one at the church down the street. Elizabeth and I will be baptized at the same time.

14. I keep a paper gratitude journal by my bed and I try to remember to write in it often. I'm less successful at this than I would like to be.

15. I have an older half sister, an older half brother, and a younger sister none of whom are speaking to me. The oldest two resent me because I am my mother's child and my younger sister is going through some life changing stuff and she has cut off ties with not only me but also with my parents. This makes me all kinds of sad.

16. I can't successfully do a cartwheel but I taught my younger sister how to do one and my mother, to this day, says that teaching someone to do something that you yourself can't do is impossible. The fact remains that I can't do a cartwheel but I could explain it good enough to my sister that she learned how to do one.

17. I don't watch tv nor do I go to movies. I have nothing against either of these things. I just don't have the time to do them or the schedule to get involved with prime time TV.

18. I've always wanted to visit Ireland and Australia. I probably will never get to either place.

19. I prefer sapphires to diamonds.

20. I like silver jewelry better than gold jewelry. For our 18th anniversary, Chris replaced my original gold wedding band with a silver one. The good one resides in my jewelry box and I will one day give it to either Nick or Elizabeth.

21. I have my mom's original wedding band set from 1976 locked away in my safe. She gave it to me years ago and while it fits me, I'm afraid to break it so I put it away. One day, that will also go to one of my children.

22. I like to sing but only if no one is around even though on the rare occasions that I have allowed someone to listen, they have all complimented my singing voice.

23. I have no musical instrument talent whatsoever. None. Zilch. Nada.

24. I like to color so I was not really surprised when the adult coloring book craze swept the stage. I have been printing out and coloring pictures and buying coloring books for a number of years. I did indulge in 2 of the "adult" coloring books because they had pretty designs.

25. I have my own mega pack of markers, colored pencils and crayons. No, I don't share them with anyone.

26. My longest running craft project is a bass with the words "gone fishing". It's a cross stitch that I started in 1997 with the intention of giving it to Chris for our 1st anniversary in 1998. I'm sad to say that the fish still currently resides in my craft box. I am aiming to finish it by our 40th anniversary. ;-)

27. I've lost 25 pounds in the past 3 months. I still have no idea how but I am not complaining.

28. I wore a size 12/14 dress to church last week and I can't remember the last time I was able to wear a size 12/14. 

29. Most of the stuff in my closet is now too big but I refuse to go shopping yet because every time I lose some weight, I end up buying new clothes and then gaining the weight back. I don't want to fall into that trap this time.

30. My best friend is someone I have known since middle school and our friendship is currently going on 25 years. We have had our ups and downs and gone periods of time without talking but we always manage to reconnect and it's like there was never any down time. I love her dearly and have been making it a point to tell her that lately because I have come to the realization that life is fragile and no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

31. I don't like conflict and will do a lot to avoid it if I can help it. I prefer to be a peacemaker. That's not always possible though.

32. My favorite place to go to for getting away purposes is the beach. We sometimes go just for the evening to walk on the beach and have supper. I love those spontaneous trips.

33. I had never been to the mountains until a couple of years ago when we went to Asheville for our wedding anniversary. This past March, we went to Maggie Valley (also for our wedding anniversary) and it was gorgeous. We went to the Great Smokey Mountains and into Tennessee and it was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

34. I prefer to stay home versus going out. I'm an introverted homebody when I'm not working. I guess though it's understandable when you think about how social I have to be for my job. 

35. I drink a lot of coffee and water. Coffee in the mornings, water in the evenings.

36. I'm a creature of habit. 

37. I dislike disorder and chaos.

38. I prefer to text rather than talk on the phone. 

39. My natural hair color is dark brown. I prefer to keep it some shade of red though. Usually a dark auburn or burgundy color.


Friday, September 25, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 53


My birthday was lovely. We made heart attack spaghetti and I made myself a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It was as good as I hoped it would be.

My present came on my birthday. I had received an email the day before telling me my order was delayed by 2 weeks but then in the afternoon, while I was mixing up the cake, the UPS driver knocked on the sun room door. So while prepared for disappointment, I was pleasantly surprised instead.

The next few weeks at work are going to be a bit on the crazy side. We are about to be short a night auditor and so everyone is going to have to fill in. It may be interesting. I don't like doing night audit but I'll do it occasionally.

I finished and returned a set of books. I have the newest J.D. Robb waiting to be started. I have to read it quickly though because it's a 7 day loan and her stuff is always requested which means there is no renewing of it.

Speaking of libraries: I told Elizabeth if she would do a few chores, it would earn her a trip to the library before I go to work tomorrow. She did the chores so I will uphold my end of the bargain and take her to the library before work. I'm thrilled that she loves to read as much as she does so taking her to the library is not a chore.

I am going to have to work for the next 8 days straight to be able to have Chris's birthday and homecoming Sunday off. It'll be worth it though. 

I have a post in draft that I may finish sometime tomorrow and post. It was supposed to be my birthday post but I was too lazy to finish it on my actual birthday.


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Answer Me This # 25

Answer Me This

1. What's your favorite grocery store splurge? Fresh watermelon at the moment. It changes by season.

2. How's your penmanship? Everyone compliments my handwriting. It used to be better before I started using a phone/computer for everything.

3. Do you have a bucket list? I sure do. Click on the things I want to do page to get a peek at it.

4. What's the best thing on the radio right now? I haven't listened to the actual radio in ages. It's hard to do when you have a 2 minute ride to work.

5. Ice cream or frozen yogurt? If going out, Sweet Frog frozen yogurt. Oh my goodness. I love it. If I'm buying it from the store, ice cream because they don't carry any good frozen yogurt at the grocery stores here.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Just Write # 12

Tomorrow is my 39th birthday and my life has turned out nothing like I thought would but it's better than I ever dreamed it could have been. I have things I want to do and things I need to work on but there is very little that I can complain about without it being classified as a first world problem.

I have no set plans for my birthday. What does one do for a 39th birthday? I'll probably spend the day cleaning and reading and then make something good for supper since I very rarely get to cook at home anymore thanks to my work schedule.

Surprisingly this birthday isn't making me melancholy. I'm happy with where I am in life for the most part and that's good enough for now.


This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, September 21, 2015

sick

The best thing I have done for myself recently was to buy medicine the day after I realized I was going to be sick. I hope it will keep me from getting a full blown sickness but I'm not holding out much hope. That's not how my luck works.

We have a bus tonight at work which should be all kinds of interesting. I'm feeling like complete poo and there will be 40 something rooms full of people who all need something at one time.

I may need to take a minute to pray for some inner strength.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 135

Things I am grateful for today

1. Despite feeling horrible, I got up this morning and Elizabeth and I went to church. The service was excellent as usual and at the end of the service the preacher opened the doors for membership and Elizabeth and I and a woman named Nat all joined the church. It was a good day.

2. Work has been just slow enough to give me time to catch up on paperwork and get some things in order for the upcoming week which is going to be busy.

3. A job that I like (which is good since I'm going to be here for 13 out of the next 14 days.)

4. Chris. 

5. good books to read and a little bit of free time in which to read them.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

.....

The next time I say it's not going to be busy, I want someone to remind me of tonight where I have done almost half the hotel as walk ins. Also, remind me of the fact that most people are wonderful but sometimes you run into a jerk and there is nothing you can do about it except grit your teeth and bear it.

I can't wait for this day to be over.

Also, I'm getting sick. I can feel it. Thanks a lot, Chris!

Friday, September 18, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 52



New babies make me happy and so my cousin's wife having their baby filled me a with a joy that can not be explained since it isn't my baby. I am beyond thrilled for them. It's their first baby (though hopefully not the last.)

Chris has been sick the past few days. He woke up sick yesterday morning I think it was and has been sick since and I keep telling him to not give it to me but I don't think I'm going to get that lucky.

Thanks to people quitting at work, I have to work the next bajillion* days (with the exception of my birthday which I managed to preserve) and I'm not amused. 

I do keep reminding myself though that the paycheck with these two weeks on it are going to be ah-mazing so I should stop my whining. And I listen to myself for about 55 seconds and then I get sad again about not having a day off. It's a vicious circle.

My sister has pretty much dropped off the face of the earth. She told Beth in a message that she was in the hospital but Cindy called the hospitals for me and they have no record of her being there. I will let that stand as it may. I'm disappointed in her, that's for sure.

We are on track to sell out for the first time this month. It's been pretty busy in here and we have a bus. September and October are the months for lots of buses.

I have a few chapters left to read in one of my books and then it's on to a new one. I think I've almost read more this month than I have read all year. I'm happy about this month but sad that I have let the reading taper off over the year. I love to read.


*bajillion is only a slight exaggeration. It's the next 13 of 14 days. Boo!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Answer Me This # 24

Answer Me This

1. What's currently on your To Do list? Lots of organization, some crafting things I want to get done and pictures to be hung in the house.

2. Better type superhero: magic/radioactive powers? Or trauma/gadgets/hard work? I have a fondness for magic so I'll go with magic powers.

3. Finding out if the baby is a boy or a girl before birth: Good idea? Bad idea? It depends on how you feel about it. With Nick, I found out the day before I had him what sex he was because I was 2 weeks overdue and they wanted to make sure it was safe to let me go through the weekend without inducing labor and the tech said "He's fine mama" and then was upset with herself because the nurse was making motions for her to not use pronouns. It was ok though. I wasn't mad. And with Elizabeth, because we found out so late that I was pregnant, they told us it was a girl and we were thrilled with the knowledge.

4. Have you ever appeared on a stadium jumbotron? No, I have not. I've never been in a stadium either which is probably a handy precursor to actually being on the jumbotron.

5. Are you more book smart or street smart? Book smart, definitely.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

new babies

Not only was today my niece Codi's birthday but my cousin Ricky and his wife, Fabienne, had their son this morning at 8:30. He weighed just over 6 pounds and was 20 inches long.


Welcome to the world, Chase McKinley Narron! We are so excited that you are here!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Just Write # 11

The church was packed and there were very few dry eyes in the entire place. We all sang hymns and the preachers spoke and people cried and laughed over funny tidbits from Mr. Billy's life. When it came time to follow the processional to the cemetery, there must have been more than 100 cars in the line.

He was well loved. There were so many people there that it was easy to lose track but people from all walks of life were there. Mr. Billy was well respected and well loved and I hope his family felt some of the love over the past few days as they made arrangements to lay him to rest.

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, September 14, 2015

i'm tired

I have today and tomorrow off but today is really a bust because in a few short hours we are heading to Dublin to attend Mr. Billy's funeral. They said last night more than a thousand people came through for his wake and I just can't imagine.

The woman we just hired less than a month ago gave her notice and so we are going to be short a staff member again. Jessica is probably on her way out the door soon too because of the police academy. That's a great thing for her; not so great for us.

I have managed to finish a couple of books. I'm very much happy with how much time I have dedicated to reading lately. It beats doing nothing or attempting to do everything with the little free time I have.

I talked to the preacher about joining the church and he said the next time we are there he will open the doors for membership. We will be attending this coming Sunday. I also asked him about baptizing Elizabeth and me. He said he would be happy to do that.

I'm hoping to carve out some time for me before my birthday but not holding out much hope.

Going to go get ready. There's a lot to be done this afternoon.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 134

Things I am grateful for today

1. Getting up and attending church.

2. Having a bus tonight which turned out to be a really good. I got to see one of my favorite tour directors. I hadn't seen her since last year.

3. good books

4. an upcoming 2 days off in a row.

5. sunshine and blue skies with white fluffy clouds.

Friday, September 11, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 51


Yesterday was a good day filled with laughs and birthday goodness and singing waiters. We had a blast and then laughed our heads off at trying to beat Chris & Nick back home. We almost won which is what was so hilarious to us. 

Today has been an exercise in avoiding the news as much as possible because it's the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and I still have trouble with this day all these years later. My heart goes out to all of those who lost someone meaningful and I hope their day was bearable, filled with good memories of their loved ones.

I have made up my mind that I am going to join the church that I have been attending. It was not a decision that I came to lightly. I prayed over it and God answered my prayers through a man named Gregory Cole. I will forever be grateful to him for the conversation that opened my eyes and for him allowing God to use him as the instrument to open my heart.

Mr. Billy passed away last night and I have so many emotions about that. I wish peace for his children and his family.

I finished another book. I have to turn some in and then check them out again to be able to finish the series but I am so into them whole set now that I don't mind doing that at all.

This is the weekend of buses. We have one every day this weekend. This should be interesting. They are always good groups though so I'm not complaining.

I think I am going to spend my days off next week cleaning and reading which is pretty much how I spend all of my days off these days. I hope everyone has a great weekend.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Answer Me This # 23

Answer Me This

1. At what temperature do you keep the thermostat set? Summer, winter, day, night? The thermostat in our house is at 74 degrees. We just recently moved into our first place with central air. Before that we used window units and it was a battle to keep things cool. I like my bedroom cold when I am sleeping at night (around 66 degrees) which I achieve with extra fans. During the winter we keep the house at about 70 degrees. It works for us.

2. What is your favorite frozen beverage? Frozen lemonade. 

3. Where do you keep your keys? I hang my keys on a hook in the kitchen. The idea is that I won't lose them that way but every now and then, I still find myself searching for them while they hang on the hook.

4. Have you ever really been lost? Yes and no. When I was 18 years old, I moved to Pennsylvania, just me and Nicholas. I rented a truck and started the drive and got turned around in Washington DC. I managed to find my way but hours later, I stopped at a rest stop and used the payphone to call the operator and when she told me I was in Maryland, I cried because I had been in Maryland for hours. Apparently I was just driving around in an endless circle. Fortunately, my friend's cousin came on his motorcycle and rescued me and I followed him to where I needed to be in Pennsylvania.

5. What is the last movie you saw in the theaters? One of the Saw movies. I think it was the 4th one that Chris and I went to the movies to see. We don't get out to the theater much.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

....

My daughter's 13th birthday is tomorrow. I normally write her a post wherever I happen to be writing but this year I'm going to refrain from doing that. She's gotten to that age where she dislikes me mentioning her or putting pictures of her on my blog or on Facebook. She's taking ownership of her own image and I have to respect that.

If you see her pretty face on this blog again, I will have received her express permission to post said face instead of just taking the liberty of doing it as her mother.

Oh how bittersweet this moment happens to be.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Just Write # 10

I still haven't cried for you. It's been over 9 months and while I think of you nearly every day, I still haven't shed the tears one would think would be shed over someone who meant as much to me as you meant.

I miss the sound of your voice, the way you could make me laugh sometimes, the wisdom of your words, the music you would send to me to tell me how you were feeling. I miss the way your voice in person was a bit lighter than how you sounded on the phone. I miss the emails that would impart some sparkling pearl of wisdom or a shared article or just something you found amusing.

I miss the random text messages, the phone calls, the shared laughter. I miss the arguments too, always over stupid things, but there was a passion there that allowed for the arguments and then the reconciliation.

I miss how you could defuse a temper with just a word. I miss how you would remind me when I was feeling like my best wasn't good enough that I was a good mother, I miss your spirited debates; I miss your intelligence.

But I still haven't cried. I don't think I actually ever will because I realize, for all my selfishness, you are in a much better place. Free of drama, of pain, of lies, of being torn in multiple directions.

For that reason alone, there are no tears.




This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.


Monday, September 7, 2015

odds and ends

Last night the power went out to half the exit. I spent most of my night watching the wind howl and checking the status of when the power was going to be restored. We kept power but a lot of places didn't and there was no power at my house. The outage lasted about 4 hours and reminded me the importance of contingency reports and working flashlights. The contingency reports are an easy thing; the working flashlights, not so much. Add an item to my to-do list.

Tonight should be interesting because we have a small bus. Those are always fun and I say this without any trace of sarcasm whatsoever. The people are usually super friendly and some of them always end up playing cards or something in the breakfast room so it's not so quiet down here all night long. I much prefer busy and noise as long as I don't have to be the one doing ALL the talking.

I finished a book before work today and had a conversation with my daddy (which is unusual but was nice), He's not really a phone person but he called me today and then we talked for about 15 minutes before he ran out of his allotted word count for phone calls and passed the phone to my mama. I love that man tremendously.

It looks like rain outside. I'm hoping it's not a repeat of last night even though we desperately need the rain.

Going to go be productive.... ;-)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 133

Things I am grateful for today

1. a bit of sunshine

2. the past two days off where I got to sleep and do housework and I was content.

3. Elizabeth's upcoming birthday

4. good books to read

5. random compliments

Friday, September 4, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 50


Chris and I spent today running errands and knocking things off of our combined to do list. Bank, drivers license, hunting license, dropped a truck off at the shop, got the oil changed in my truck, did some shopping and decided to get pizza for supper because it's exhausting to drive all day. 

It's amusing to me how if I take the truck to get an oil change by myself, they try to sell me a gazillion dollars worth of products in addition to the oil change but with him with me, they merely changed the oil, collected the payment and told us to have a nice day. That's very suspicious to me.

We spent some time in the woods today. Not an extraordinary amount of time because it was hot as could be but he showed me where he is going to put his tree stand and we did some walking. I saw the prettiest purple berries and then we spent 30 minutes googling purple berries in North Carolina to figure out what kind of berry it was. They were called beauty berries and it's still up in the air as to whether or not they are actually edible.

I was going to offer to help my sister move some of her stuff but she has lied so much about when she has to be out and all of that, I can't trust anything she says. Plus, she decided to not answer my message for several hours and by the time she did, we were already knee deep in errands of our own. I'm not sure what she's doing and I'm not going to ask her anymore. She'll figure this mess out on her own.

They are calling for stray thunderstorms all weekend. I'm hoping we get them because we really need them. I'm not going to hold my breath though because somehow, rain always seems to go right around us.

My plans for tomorrow include a trip to the library to pick up the books that are on hold for Elizabeth and Chris. I have to hurry up and get to reading because I have a lot of stuff that is due soon. I've been doing quite a bit of reading here lately and that makes me happy.

Beth's birthday is next week. I'm looking forward to it and I can guarantee that she is because everyday she counts down the number of days that are left. 6 days until her 13th birthday.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Answer Me This # 22

Answer Me This

1. What time do you prefer to go to Mass? I would prefer an early morning Mass

2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Too cold because I can add layers until I get warm. There is only so much I can take off if I'm too hot.

3. How many brothers/sisters do you have? 2 sisters, one older and one younger. And one brother, older.

4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into? If faced with a boggart, it would turn into a giant spider. 

5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs down

6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say? Never pass up the opportunity to pee.


Answer Me This is a series started by Catholic All Year. Her series ran on Sundays earlier this year. I got a late start so mine will run a bit longer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Just Write # 9

Magazines used to sit in my house and collect dust. I'd have 42 issues of one magazine and by the time I got around to reading anything, it was old news and old styles and not even interesting anymore. I quit getting magazines for awhile. I bought myself a subscription to US Weekly at Christmas and Elizabeth and I both enjoy that one. We usually have it looked at and sideways and back and forth by the end of the first day it's at the house. I get Time as well but only until November when my subscription runs out.

If a magazine catches my eye in the checkout line, I might buy it. That's how I usually end up with a current copy of Readers Digest and the occasional cookbook like magazine. I love a good recipe; now if I would just actually cook them we'd be getting somewhere.

I can't walk into a library without getting a book. I can only recall a few instances where I went to the library and didn't get something. Most of the time, I walk out with an armload of books as if the library isn't going to be there in a few days when I'm ready to go back. 

It's an illness but one that I'm content to have.



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GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...