Showing posts from December, 2011

This and That

Okay, maybe I'm missing writing blog posts more than I expected. The plan for now is to continue blogging, just once or twice a week instead of most weekdays. I'll see how the new schedule works.

I'm not missing work at all during my week's vacation. Is that terrible? Maya and I are having fun hanging out with the dogs, running errands, touring the Nebraska State Capitol Building, and now having some time with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, who are visiting from New Mexico. Yes, I could spend every week like this if money came more easily.

What's new with you as 2011 winds down?

Hope you have a fun New Year's weekend planned!

Merry Christmas!

The very best of the Christmas season to everyone who is celebrating this weekend.

"Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity." ~~Don Cupitt

"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To your opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."
~~Oren Arnold

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." ~~Larry Wilde

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." ~~Dale Evans Rogers

"Christmas Day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both." ~~Phillips Brooks

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." ~~Charles Schulz

"Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking." ~~Patricia Clafford

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredi…

This and That: Winding Down

This beautiful Christmas tree is in the main lobby of the hospital where I work. My walk down the hallway from the parking garage is brightened every weekday morning by this tree. I'll be sad when they take the tree down.

Well, I reached the point where I'm feeling more of an obligation to post to this blog than a desire to post. I'm enjoying reading others' blogs much more than writing on my own now, so I'm planning to only continue posting through the end of the year.

I want to thank all of my readers who made the time to visit my blog. Good-bye is always bittersweet, so feel free to keep in touch with me by e-mail at or by leaving a comment here with your own blog address. I'll check in on you!

USPS Information

I received a message from the USPS that included this interesting information. Well, interesting to mail addicts, anyway.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the si…

This and That

Michele, my sister in New Mexico, is celebrating a milestone birthday today. Wish I could be there to mark the day with her, but she will be in Lincoln for a couple of days at the end of this month. I'm sure we can find something special to do then.

I always felt sorry for my sisters in the birthday lottery. Michele's birthday is eleven days before Christmas, and my sister in Iowa, Laura, has her birthday hit eleven days after Christmas. Sort of lost in all of the post-holiday hype for Michele and part of the post-holiday letdown for Laura.

Personally, I'm already so ready to be done with Christmas. We still need to decorate and clean since we're hosting my mom and my best friend and her daughter for Christmas lunch. I have nothing wrapped or shipped, and I have very little shopping done. Sigh.

Maya and I did manage to visit Santa at the mall on Saturday. Even though we don't "do" Santa at our house, I still take her for the annual photo. This ye…

The Heart of a Mercenary by Loreth Anne White

[Full disclosure: I'm a member of the Harlequin Ambassadors program, which means I occasionally receive free books and requests to participate in surveys. My free HA membership in no way influences my review of this book, which I paid to purchase.]

I enjoyed Loreth Anne White's Letters to Ellie in the SEAL of My Dreams anthology enough that I decided to read her The Heart of a Mercenary (2010), one of the Shadow Soldiers series.

The story that weaves through the series involves saving the President of the United States, and, ultimately, humanity from a group seeking to control the world through the use of a terrifying biological weapon.

Sarah Burdett is the only survivor of a raid on the medical mission in the Congo. Before being killed, a physician hides Sarah and a set of samples from patients who died from a virus the likes of which he has never seen.

Hunter McBride, mercenary, knows exactly what is at stake when he's sent to recover the samples, yet he finds hims…

Romance Month: Omega Mine by Aline Hunter

Hello to everyone visiting today for Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books blog's Romance Month.

For my Romance Month posting, I want to share a new-to-me author, Aline Hunter, aka J.A. Saare, with a fantastic start to her new paranormal romance series in Omega Mine (2011).

Hunter puts some serious effort into describing her unique world, which includes shifters, vampires, humans, Villati (keep tabs on the supernatural), and Shepherds (hunters with a murderous religious cult bent). As par for the course with something published by Ellora's Cave, there's also frequent, graphic sex.

Diskant Black is the Omega, meaning the head shifter who can change into any of the animal forms, of New York City. In true knight-in-shining-armor fashion, he finds Ava Brisbane, his fated mate, while saving her from a couple of vampires. Of course, Ava isn't quite the helpless human Diskant thinks, and life gets interesting for both of them even before the Shepherds come to NYC.

Can Hunter m…

First Snow, December 3, 2011

Maya enjoying the first snow of the season and finally wearing her snow boots. She's preparing for our snowball fight in this photo. She loves snow, and she's a big help with shoveling the driveway and sidewalk.

The bush in front of our house. I'm not a fan of the "winter look," overall, though I do like the way this looks.

The real reason I hate snow and ice--hazardous driving conditions.

Before and After

My original two desks. I don't know their real age, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were from when the hospital was built at the present location, 1970.

My new desk and chair.

I'm so excited!!!

This and That

I'm getting new furniture (a desk and chair for me and a table and chairs for the public computers) at work tomorrow. Even when I started at the library in 1999, the furniture wasn't exactly in great condition, so I'm really excited to have a change.

I'm also taking the last week in December off from work to spend with Maya. She has a ridiculously long winter break from school, with her last day on December 22, and her first day back January 9.

Maya and I plan to spend part of vacation in Kansas City since my mom and her bridge (card game) partner have a tournament there. We can visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, see the Country Club Plaza holiday lights and decorations, shop a little, eat out (one of my favorite things to do), and swim at the hotel pool (Maya's favorite part of the plan) while they conquer the bridge tournament. Should be fun.

What's new with you?