Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday inspiration

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you're having a great weekend.

The creator of this video saw this picture of birds sitting on wires and decided to make a song, using the locations of the birds as notes. The result was quite remarkable. Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday fun

First, thanks so much for your good thoughts and prayers. I appreciate them more than you know. Now, for those of us who need a little cheering up today, here's some Friday fun. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

An apology

This past week has been long and difficult, and I'm sorry to say I won't be posting my regular Friday Fun feature today. I'll try to post again soon. In the meantime, I would really appreciate any good thoughts and prayers you can send my way.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday inspiration

Happy Sunday!

If you ever feel like giving up on your dreams, here's a video that's sure to help you rediscover your motivation:

Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday fun

Happy Friday, everyone!

Enjoy this week's dose of fun—and have a great weekend. ☺

This hilarious video pokes fun at the strangeness of our online lives:

Can I follow you? ;-)

Thursday, September 13, 2012


I've seen this fun idea on several people's blogs this week—like here at Katy Upperman's and here at Jessica Love's—so I thought I'd take the opportunity to post my own "Currently..." update today.
Photo by Elisa Xyz,
Courtesy of Public Domain Pictures

Loving: The two hours of quiet time I have each day when my daughter takes her nap and my son is at school. I'd forgotten how peaceful the house could be.

Reading: Jen Lancaster's memoir Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide
to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? I've read all but Lancaster's newest memoir—I'm on the hold list for that one—and have loved them all. She's laugh-out-loud funny, and I can never resist her crazy, extra-long titles!

Watching: Greek. I'm almost finished with season one and can't wait to watch the rest. I'm well past my school years, but I still love watching shows about college. Those were the days!

Is it time for my catnap yet?
Photo by Teodoro S. Gruhl,
Public Domain Pictures
Thinking about: The fact that I've been too tired to write since my son started school. I've been getting up at 5 a.m. to pack his lunch and have a cup of coffee. Then it's go, go, go all day until I collapse into bed at night. One of these days I'll get it together enough to write during that two-hour span when my daughter naps, but so far all I've wanted to do is take my own nap.

Anticipating: The season premiere of Gossip Girl. (October 8!)

Wishing: That I could figure out an important plot point in my WIP.

Making me happy: The fact that my son LOVES kindergarten. ☺

How are you doing today?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

That moment

Image courtesy of Robert Linder,
"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children." ~President George W. Bush

I had to teach News Writing that morning, and I drove to work early, hoping for a cup of coffee and some quiet prep time. No one was in the newsroom when I arrived, and I settled at my desk to review my notes. Then one of my students appeared in the doorway: "A plane just hit the World Trade Center." I remember feeling confused; my brain couldn't process his words, and it took a moment for me to comprehend, although as I look back now, I'm not sure I've ever understood. The student left, and I abandoned my office and walked to the cafeteria, in sudden, desperate need of company and familiarity.

What are your memories of that terrible moment?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday inspiration

Happy Sunday, friends!

I'm in love with this short stop-motion video featuring A Fine Frenzy's "Sleepwalking." It's creative and magical and beautifully done. Enjoy!

Lyrics here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday fun

Happy Friday, everyone!

Once again, it's time for the weekend (yay!) and this week's dose of fun. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Indeed, it's a wonderful world

My five-year-old son climbed aboard the school bus and roared off to kindergarten today, and although I did shed a tear at his impatient "I want to go now," I'm doing surprisingly well at the moment. My three-year-old and I spent the morning running errands, picking up library books, and baking brownies. She's now taking her nap, and I'm glad to have two hours to myself. I don't plan on doing much—no laundry or dishes or other chores. Instead, I think I'll read and celebrate the fact that I'm making it through the day. And you know what? I'm happy. ☺

Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" has always held special meaning for me, and the lyrics have been going through my mind most of the day. I love this video. Armstrong's smile is infectious—who could feel anything but happy?

How is your day going, friends?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ten things I'm thinking about today

Photo by Patricia Crosstown,
courtesy of Public Domain Pictures
Grapes. Why does the cashier at the grocery store always seem to pack cans on top of the grapes? I like wine, but not when I find it dripping all over the shelves in my refrigerator.

My new book idea. It came to me over the weekend. I can't wait to get started!

Procrastination. Hmm, I guess it probably is my fault that my son is out of underwear again...

Avocados. I really want one.

♥ The dreaded treadmill. I hate the thing, but I promised myself I'd start using it again, beginning today. Think of me.

Kindergarten. My five-year-old starts on Thursday. *cry*

Hair. I wish I had this style again.

♥ This song. I love the eighties!

Greek. I just started watching it on Netflix. Fun show!

This book. So far, I'm loving it.

What are you thinking about today?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday inspiration

Happy Sunday!

How's your weekend been so far? After a long day yesterday—six hours of car travel and a visit with my in-laws—I'm back home and ready to relax.

Today's inspiration is something a little unusual: a short video about a man who can draw perfect circles freehand. I find this fascinating! No matter how much I were to practice, I doubt I could draw like this. How about you? Have you ever tried?

Enjoy your day!