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~ If I happen upon a Rocky movie on tv, I have to watch it.

~ I think I’ve eaten my weight in chocolate this holiday season. And amazingly, I still have plenty left here in the house. I’d better get busy if I want to get rid of it all before the first of the year.

~ I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions, but I do have some goals for 2014. One of them is to read the books I already own before buying more. That’s one goal I’ve never attained despite trying many times.

~ Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Want to share?

~ I can’t wait to see Lone Survivor. I read the book and hope the movie does the real story justice.

~ The end of incandescent light bulbs draws near. I just ordered a bunch of them from Amazon because I hate the new bulbs. If you want to stock up, use this link and Amazon will throw a few pennies my way. That way I can justify book purchases despite what I wrote above. 🙂

~ I’m reading Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel, and I don’t want to put it down! At the same time, I dread finishing it because I want to spend more time with the characters. At least I have plenty more good reading lined up for 2014.

~ I get to see one of my very favorite people in the world in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait!

~ That favorite person sent me the link to Dave Barry’s Review of 2013. Unlike Dave, I do not miss 2012.

~ Seriously? “I always say to myself, ‘What would Saban do?'”

Happy New Year, y’all! And War Eagle! 🙂

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random thoughts & miscellany

~ I’m not a fan of tattoos, but I understand that some people find them meaningful. It puzzles me, though, why people post pictures of theirs on pinterest when their skin is inflamed all around the new tattoo. That’s gross.

~ A is my favorite letter. I like the way it looks.

~ If I have chips in my house, I will eat them.

~ Pajama Boy has to be one of the worst marketing ideas ever. And, honestly, I’m just sick of the government trying to sell us on Obamacare. It’s backwards. They’re supposed to work for us and represent us. Instead, they’re trying to convince us that it’s good for us.

~ I have thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas season. There are several reasons for this, I think. The main one is that God has been exceedingly good to work contentment into my heart. I’m truly happy, deep, deep down in my bones, more so than I’ve been in years. I’m also grateful for and have been trying to follow advice like this. I’m finding that having no expectations of others is really freeing. #thingsiwishidlearnedearlier

~ Some wisdom from Proverbs and delusions of diligence:

The difference between the lazy man and the diligent is not whether or not they can work. It’s whether or not they can work without a boss pushing them.

~ When laughter is an act of defiance.

~ What must you leave behind?

~ on photography and remembering – I’ve never understood why someone (and I’ve seen plenty of people doing it) would take photos of every work of art in a museum or even videotape the entire trip to Disney World. But the premise of this article is a little weird to me. I don’t really take photographs so that I will remember every detail. Just yesterday I was looking through several years of photos on my laptop and kept coming across things I’d forgotten about. The photographs reminded me. And as I looked at some of them, I could remember all kinds of things surrounding the subject matter and when/where it was taken. Isn’t that the point of most photographs?

~ How not to repent

~ Caroline tweeted one of our recent conversations:

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~ I recently tried out a recipe for pesto cheese bread that I found on pinterest. I can recommend it!

~ I took a dialect quiz, and I’m not at all surprised by the results:

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Happy Christmas week, y’all!
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~ The other night on the way home from Target, a very hungry Ms. Claus got into the stocking candy she’d just bought for the kids. Now Ms. Claus has to replace it. It’s a low point for Ms. Claus. UPDATE: The candy has been replaced, and Ms. Claus wised up and bought herself some this time. 🙂  For the children’s sake, of course.

~ I recently participated in a political survey. Here’s one of the questions and my response:

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Don’t you wonder about the folks who would answer “Don’t know/No opinion”?

~ Speaking of surveys, I’ve noticed a trend in questions about race/ethnicity. It’s “what do you consider yourself to be?” That’s what it’s come to — what race I consider myself to be? Well, my skin color is pretty much as white as you can get, but I consider myself to be a wise Latina. So there!

~ Because I’ve purchased some Auburn items from Amazon, they’ve suggested that I might also like several University of Alabama items. Um, I don’t think so. They need to straighten that mess out before they start working on the drone delivery.

~ On Saturday, I enjoyed a day at home. It was a rainy day, perfect for Christmas lights, wrapping presents, drinking coffee, and watching movies. All that was missing was Auburn football. I can’t wait until January 6th!

~ Right now my favorite combination of flavors is caramel, dark chocolate, and sea salt.  THIS!

~ My peeps are coming home for Christmas break in two more sleeps!

~ I love my little town. The downtown is so cute with its unique shops and restaurants, bricks streets, and classy Christmas decorations. When I walk out of my office at lunch time and hear church bells pealing, I feel like I’m in Europe — with the benefit of English.

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~ Speaking of Europe, my time there has made me ever so grateful for the conveniences of the U.S. that I once took for granted. Grocery shopping, parking, laundry, driving — all of these are sooooo much easier here than there. Plus, we have drive-thrus!

~ My hair stylist (who is AWESOME!) stays booked up well in advance, so I’ve already made all of my appointments with her for 2014. As she was calling out the dates and times to me recently so that I could get them on my calendar, I began to wonder just what in the world would be going on in my life in, say, August. The past couple of years have been filled with surprises — some devastating and some wonderful — and I don’t expect that to change. Still, when I wrote down the August appointment, a flicker of hope and excitement lit up my heart. That was a gift from God.

~ I really want to get back to my photography hobby. I’ve decided to tackle another 365 project, beginning on January 1st. Last time I posted my photos to Facebook, but this time I think I’ll do it over here.

Well, I think that’s quite enough for now.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

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miscellany & random thoughts

Links and thinks, all in one handy place because I’m tired and can’t sleep:

~ Finding happiness in horrible first jobs.

~ The easiest way to disagree with someone.

~ Watching Twilight with Will & Anna is a total snarkfest. What a lame movie but oh so target rich.

~ For Will: An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it.

~ 20 tips for personal devotions in the digital age.

~ I recently read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, in large part because the Ink Slinger so highly recommends it. Here are his 3 reasons you should read it.

~ A prayer for the worried mom’s heart.

~ I haven’t blogged much at all about politics, but I do stay pretty informed. And Obamacare is unfolding just as I expected, given my own experiences with government healthcare.

~ I’m not a fair weather football fan. I love Auburn no matter what. But it is so much more fun to see them win!

~ Somehow my life has become comprised of events that constantly surprise me, and one of those is that I’m now in the fashion business. It’s a lot of fun, and I’d appreciate it if you would check me out on Facebook and like my business if you’re so inclined. I really do love the clothes, the business model, the company, and the relationships.

~ My kids make me laugh.

~ If you ever visit Thomasville (and I recommend that you do), eat at Jonah’s.

~ I have this thing about Greek salads, and I can’t get enough. Right now, I think that Jonah’s has the best in town, but I’m willing to be convinced by another restaurant. Meanwhile, I’ll make my own and eat one just about every day.

~ I’ve had a full house while my kids are home for fall break, with each bringing home a significant other. It has been fun.

~ Math proves bacon is a miracle food. Finally, math is good for something. Just kidding. Sort of.

~ On a related subject, should math really be a required subject?

Goodnight,

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random thoughts

~ I was off work but still in town last month on a weekday — a rare event!– and I caught myself thinking that I could really get used to running errands during working hours. And then I realized that I can get used to pretty much anything. I’ve learned over this past year that I’m flexible.

~ I was flipping through stations in my car the other day and caught the end of a song, “I’d like to check you for ticks.”  Seriously.

~ Not sure how I ended up busier than ever in this particular season of life, but I’m very much looking forward to a break at the end of August. I can’t keep this pace up.

~ I wish I could figure out what about my posture causes one of my shoulders to ache.

~ Being in Idaho was like having a little preview of fall weather. Makes me want some Auburn football.

~ I haven’t had a soft drink since June 3rd. Maybe that’s why sales are down.

~ Soon and very soon, I’ll be able to read for fun. And it’s going to have to be books I already own because I need to take it easy on acquiring new ones.

~ I still love Friday Night Lights. A couple of times lately I’ve happened up on it while channel-surfing, and it’s just what I feel like watching these days.

~ In Idaho I saw a young woman with a Mason jar tattooed on her leg:

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C’est la vie.

Vale,
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~ Central air-conditioning is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

~ I don’t ever want to move again.

~ I have a very strong dislike of the use of the letter “k” when a “c” is called for. I could never in good conscience send my child to a nursery school called Kiddie Kollege. Why would you name something Tastykakes? Or Kuttin’ Korner? It drives me krazy.

~ I’ve noticed in all of the Law & Order franchises, the police are always wrong with their first suspects. Wonder why they haven’t caught on to that pattern yet.

~ I’m still amazed at how much easier it is to do laundry in the US than in Europe.

~ Red geraniums make me smile.

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~ Cucumbers and tomatoes in vinegar with salt and pepper. Yum!

~ I get annoyed when I click over to what looks like it will be an interesting link and it’s one of those slide shows where you have to keep clicking “next”. And I like a web article that is one page, not short blurbs on 9 pages. Is it laziness? Or efficiency?

~ Deodorant, people! Use it!

~ God’s timing is better than mine. Go figure.

~ I like pants with a little stretch, but there’s a fine line between a little and too much. I hate it when my pants have lost their shape by afternoon and get all baggy and droopy in the knees and fanny.

~ Somehow, I’ve become a morning person. I love the quiet of the morning, a mug of hot tea, my books and my laptop. And a pencil. I feel God’s new mercies in the morning and wonder at the possibilities of the day ahead.

Happy Tuesday,

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~ I’m glad to have my daughter home. She’s good company. And it was music to my ears recently when I walked over to the kitchen sink, and she said, “Don’t touch those.”

~ I love pine trees.

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~ I’m really glad my car has a sunroof. It’s good for my mental health.

~ Anyone remember when President Obama joked about auditing his opponents?

~ I had to get a new battery for my MacBook Pro this week. The computer guy said, “Are you sure I can’t talk you into switching to an IBM?” Seriously???? There is no way.

~ If you don’t seek wisdom from wise people, you just might be a scoffer. I think the same is true of seeking advice only from those you know will tell you what you want to hear.

~ After living near water for most of my adult life, I really miss it. I don’t need to be in it — just near enough to look at it.

~ My vision is getting worse by the day. I now have to search for my reading glasses before I can put on a bracelet. And I have to keep a pair in my purse for work and for reading menus.

~ I love to travel, but I’ve been on hiatus for about a year. I’m looking forward to a couple of trips this summer.

~ Books have begun to arrive for my summer term:

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~ All of the scandals in the news this week are really not news. They’re just the natural consequences of progressive ideology.

Have a great weekend,
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some random thoughts

~ Every time a new season rolls around, I think it’s my favorite one — except for winter.

~ If Obama had as tough a press corps as President Bartlett on the West Wing, he’d be hurting.

~ I’m on a West Wing kick.

~ The time change has messed me up. It stays light so late that I don’t realize how late it’s getting. I end up eating supper at 8:00. That’s way too close to my bedtime.

~ I’m an early riser.

~ Everyone fusses at the photographer (my daughter calls me the mamarazzi), but then they’re glad to have the photos.

~ I’ve been away from the South for a long time now, and I’m glad to be back. I love all the local words and phrases: fixin’ to, bless your heart, acting ugly, throwed a fit, Lord ‘a mercy…  They’re like extra salt & pepper on a conversation.

~ The entire surface of southwest Georgia is covered with a dusting of pollen.

~ My allergies are driving me crazy.

~ Everyone should have to work retail at some point in their life. It would make for better customers.

~ Nearly everyone in my town is on spring break this week. I’m not, but my diet & exercise plan has apparently run off to the beach. I’m assured it will be back Sunday evening.

~ After over a year of letting my hair grow out past shoulder length, I recently had it cut really short again. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

~ I’m grateful for friends — both near and far.

Happy Friday!

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