Showing posts from November, 2013

New Mexico Postcards--Part 1

My mom brought these postcards back from her trip to New Mexico.
The legend of the Kokopelli. 

The oldest house in Santa Fe.

Taos Pueblo.

Sexiest Men, Part 4

Random order.  My list.
Lenny Kravitz--Musician and actor
Jason Statham--Actor
Al Pacino--Actor
Rafael Verga--Model
Adam Horovitz--Rapper
Bruce Willis--Actor

Happy (American) Thanksgiving!

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  ~~Brian Tracy
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  ~~Oprah Winfrey
"If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down."  ~~Tony Snow
"When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love washes in."  ~~Kristin Armstrong
"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude."  ~~Alfred North Whitehead
"My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving; I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can. My feeling is, if I can't figure out how to ma…

Sexiest Men--Part 3

Random order. My list.
Tom Hiddleston--Actor--Loki!!
Adam Levine--Musician
Bono--Musician and activist
John Papuchis--Defensive Coordinator, University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
Richard Gere--Actor and activist
Kunal Nayyar--Actor

My Girls

My goddaughter, Shon, and Maya.

My nieces, Liz and Amanda, who are together in New Mexico this week.

Maya vamping.
Muffin and Allie.

Sexiest Men--Part 2

Random order.  My personal list.

David Beckham--Footballer

Jet Li--Actor and martial artist

George St. Pierre--MMA fighter

Kilian Hennessy--Fragrance designer and cognac heir

Silvano Alves--Bull rider

Mark Wahlberg--Actor and one-time rapper

Sexiest Men--Part 1

Random order. My personal list.
Troy Garity--Actor
Steven Yeun--Actor
Idris Elba--Actor
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.--Boxer
Oded Fehr--Actor

Incoming Mail--Postcrossing

Wooden Australian postcard.  I plan to use this postcard as a Christmas tree ornament.
Postcard from the Ukraine of the monument to the founders of Kiev.
Postcard from China of the doctor's villa in Chongqing that became the German embassy during WWII.
Postcard from Thailand of the Similan Island.  I had this postcard in mind while scraping my windshield after work on Thursday.

Recent Reads

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (2008).  Maya and I read this middle-school mystery together.  After their cousin, Salim, fails to get off the London Eye, young siblings Ted and Kat embark on their own attempt to find him.  How could Salim just disappear, and what happened to him?  Ted's different, Asperger-type perspective on the world may make all the difference in finding answers.

Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte (2004).  This true story was the November selection for my hospital book club.  After moving to rural Michigan, Bob and wife Linda begin accumulating a menagerie of animals--rabbits, parrots, ducks, turkeys, cats, etc.--and a collection of sometimes entertaining, sometimes sad, and very believable stories to go along with the "zoo."

Random Recent Maya Photos

Shopping at Target.  Of course Maya had to bring home Union Jack-themed sunglasses.  
 Part of her serving ritual at Maya's volleyball team's last game of the season.  They finished with a 3-4 record and a lot of improvement over the course of the season.  Maya's already missing her teammates, the coaches, and practices and games.
 Hanging out with Maya's godmother's cat, who looks to me like she's plotting either a quick escape or harm to something.
Shih tzu Muffin, Maya, and Rottweiler Allie hanging out at home.

Dairy Queen--11/1/2013

As a small part of their work on a Simple Meals badge, Maya and her Girl Scouts troop visited Lincoln's newest Dairy Queen for a behind-the-scenes look. Being a Junior Girl Scout this year instead of a Brownie means a lot more work goes into earning each badge. For this badge, Maya still needs to write a plan for five healthy breakfasts, make a family breakfast, and spend a few hours next month making a full meal with her troop.
Photos courtesy of one of Maya's troop leaders.

Recent Reads

Mine by Katy Evans (2013)—The first book in the series, Real, is one of my favorite romance reads ever.  This sequel leaves me feeling pretty “meh.”  I wasn’t too crazy about a couple of the situations involving other characters that were used to provide drama for Remy and Brooke’s relationship because they felt forced and artificial, especially as they had plenty going on without those issues.  I plan to stick with reading Real again the next time I want a Remy fix.
Sweet Home by Tillie Cole (2013)—Interesting debut NA (New Adult) book.  Visiting (from England) philosophy TA Molly Shakespeare and Crimson Tide (University of Alabama) starting quarterback Rome(o) Prince seem like an odd pairing at first glance.  Between instant chemistry and enough in common underneath the surface, they work perfectly.  Can they, despite strong outside forces and personal issues working against their relationship, stay together, though?
Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley (2013)—The latest read…