So long, 2017. It was fun (OK, not really!) but it’s time for the new! I’ve made a few goals.
Enjoy my blog. I’ve been kind of bummed because I see all these amazing book/Instagram posts and Booktube stuff and mine is just kind of plain. But you know what? I started my blog to help me with writing and to make friends who are also interested in books, and because I wanted some place I could share my excitement about reading. And I can still do that here, even if my blog is not as visually exciting or as popular as someone else’s. I just don’t have the fancy picture skill; I’m not especially good on camera. But I do love books. So I’m going to keep posting and that’s going to be good enough.
Keep writing. Last year I was so busy with sewing and illness and reading and my writing just kind of starved. I did great in November, but last month I starting slipping back to my old habits. This year I’m going to think about what I can commit to and stick to that. I’m not sure how it will work out, but as long as I stay consistent, I’ll be happy with that.
Keep reading. I did set a book goal on Goodreads, but my real goal is to read and read more of what I love. I’ll still push myself to try new authors, but I’ve been enjoying December’s happy books so I’m just going to keep reading what I feel like reading and not worry about what people think I *should* be reading.
Stay healthy. Between my fibromyalgia and my depression/anxiety and my other health things, it can be really hard to stay healthy and happy. I’m going to keep working on, realizing that I will have hard days and good days and that’s OK. As long as I keep working on it, that’s what matters.
Those are my big goals. Not anything too exciting, but I think it covers all my plans. Have you made any resolutions or goals? Any you want to share?
My husband and I went out for a Christmas date! We’re both bad about taking pictures of us, so you’ll have to settle for some other pictures of our fun night out.
First we went to Provo for Waffles!
We went to Bruges Waffles & Frites for authentic Liege style waffles. I got mine just like the picture, but with chocolate added. Because if I can add chocolate, I will!
I haven’t figured out how to make creme fraiche yet, but I want to because it’s sooooo good.
Then we went to see one of our favorite local bands, Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band. They were doing a special Christmas show.
The concert was so much fun! They played their own arrangements of familiar Christmas songs plus a few original songs. I think they have some new band members as I didn’t recognize the drummer. But the concert was a lot of fun.
We even went to an art exhibit before the concert started, Life is Sweeter in Candy Color by Katrina Berg. I don’t have great pictures of the art, but she had some fun commercial art that I totally would have bought.
All in all, it was a very fun start to December with my very favorite person!
Hey readers! I just wanted to check in with what I’ve been up to.
Friday night my honey and I went to a play. We went to see Pillow Talk at our local theater. I’ve never seen the movie, but here’s the description:
“In their first romantic comedy together, Doris Day and Rock Hudson are utterly charming as an uptight interior decorator and an amorous playboy who are forced to share a party line.”
The play was well done, with a cute set and great casting. The acting was first rate, especially the secondary characters. It was so funny! After the play we went out for pie.
Today I went to the library and got two new audiobooks, Nation by Terry Pratchett and The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Then I went to Sodalicious.
Sodalicious is a soda pop/dessert drive thru restaurant here. I’m kinda addicted. I go there almost every day. My favorite is either diet Dr. Pepper with caramel flavor shot and half & half, or a Coke Zero with raspberry puree and half & half. Then I undo all the calories I save by drinking diet soda by getting a sugar cookie. Oh, well!
Plus I got two new pairs of shoes, one pair of athletic shoes and one of black loafers. Just in time. It rained most of the day, and my only shoes were either sandals or boots. Time for some new shoes! Hope your weekend was good too.
Today’s post is all about reasons for readers to feel good.
Let’s start with this guy. His name was Johannes Gutenberg. He was born around 1400 and sometime later, decided to try his hand at coming up with a new way of making books. So he invented new ink, new movable type, and a printing press that combined everything. Thanks to him, people could afford to buy books. Before that, everything had to be written by hand. After he came along, you could print multiple copies of a book in the same time it took you to finish one chapter! So blame him for your out of control TBR list!
Next, I want to thank this guy – Andrew Carnegie. He wasn’t the first to come up with the library idea, but he sure made it big in the United States. Over 2500 libraries were built all over the world thanks to money he donated. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to an actual Carnegie library, but thanks to him, politicians realized that a library was a positive thing for a community. They began to plan on building them for their towns. And libraries today are more relevant than ever, serving not just as sources of free books, but as meeting places and centers of community outreach.
Finally, I want to thank Sesame Street. For me personally, Sesame Street has been a big part of my life. When I was little, I was in a car accident where I broke my leg and had to be in a body cast. With nothing else to pass the time, I watched TV and thanks to Big Bird and the gang, I learned how to read. By the time I started kindergarten, I already knew how to read some basic words. It just took off from there, and I’ve been reading ever since.
There you go! That’s my Feel Good stuff for Friday. Have a great weekend!
Hey there! I thought I would do something fun today for my post, so I dug deep and found this picture of me and my sweetie. It’s about 10 years old, so we look a little older, a little fatter, but still pretty fabulous.
My husband and I went out on Saturday. First we had lunch at a Dominican restaurant we hadn’t tried before, and then we went to the Springville Art Museum. Even better, they were having their annual Quilt Show!
Check out all the individual feathers on this owl! It reminded me of Hedwig, of course. Just amazing detail.
Being a Utahn, I loved this quilt of the canyon. The texture is incredible, and the quilter made her own pattern.
This quilt had all these little medallions on it, each one different, and each only about 4″ across. The quilt said every piece was individually cut.
Of course, we saw some art too.
I love the bright colors and the happy feeling of this painting.
Happy Treat Yo’self Day! Of course, I usually get books, but today I took pity on my groaning bookshelves, and got a pedicure instead. Deep purple toenail polish and happy feet. What do you do to treat yo’self?
I went to the physical therapists today. I have tendonitis in my elbow. Ow! I got some exercises and did some massage but it’s feeling pretty bad right now. It hurts to hold my kindle or a book too, which sucks. And to type, so I’m going to sign off now. See you tomorrow!
I am so looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been sick for what feels like ages and I’m *finally* feeling better, so I am hoping to get out of the house this weekend. I’m planning to go to the library and claim some of my prizes from the summer reading program and turn in my overdue books. Then I’m taking my husband out for a treat on Saturday. Sunday I might go visit my sister and Monday is a holiday here in Utah so we are planning a picnic or something.
Then I have a few reviews to post. I just finished Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker. I also have two books by Robin Hobb that I haven’t reviewed, but I don’t even know where to begin! So many feels! I downloaded the 3rd in the trilogy, but I might not start it until Sunday or else I’d just stay indoors all day and read. (And that would be bad because….)