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2015 Reading Challenge

I've pledged to read 26 books via the official Goodreads challenge. The rest of my 3 million words will more than likely come via proofreading jobs and fan fiction. Everything will be listed on the other side of the blog and you can view the details and numbers here.

2015 Goals

  • do more crafts
  • self-publish a book
  • research degree programs
  • work on the yards
  • ramp up my proofreading business
  • clean up/clean out the house
  • get healthy and well
  • write 2500 words a week
  • read 3 million words
  • reach the 120lb. mark


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I'm movin' on up...

Today I get a smart phone!

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Well, technically I have the phone--it's Sonshine's old one--but I'm going to Verizon today and switching out my old dumb phone for a smart phone. Can't wait! I'll have Google maps when I'm driving around and weather access if power goes out. But also, yeah, Internet access & social media access wherever I go. Oh, and Netflix...

Can't wait!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Movie Monday

My latest movie find is called WEEKEND, a British made film of two men finding each other and spending the weekend together right before one of them leaves for two years in America. Warning: The film does have some nudity and a fairly explicit love scene.

During the course of the weekend these two men make a connection and find it hard to say goodbye once their time together comes to an end, though their final interaction leaves us believing that it isn't the end of their friendship.

I really enjoyed this film. If you've seen it, what did you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

American Fun Fact!

Did you know that, collectively, Americans consume 100 pounds of chocolate every second!

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I do love chocolate, as well, though I don't eat as much of it as I used to. My favorite forms of chocolate are ice cream and candy. My all time favorite chocolate is a Bordeaux patty or single bite candy made by the See's Candies.
(Image borrowed from See's Candies website.)

Do you like chocolate? What's your favorite form?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to School -- Speed Traps

Yep, it's that time of year again... We had tax free weekend recently, and back-to-school sales are in full swing, but another sure fire sign of the impending school year, especially if you live near a school. In my case, there are two, no, three elementary schools and the high school in close proximity. The middle school is too far to actually affect us.

So today as I turned onto the main thoroughfare, there were two motorcycle cops in the church parking lot with their eagle eyes and radar guns. School starts next Monday and it's time to remind motorists just exactly what the speed limit is!

School buses will be out en masse soon too! Only Sonshine ever rode the bus to and from school, and that was only during middle school for like a semester. Once he got to high school, it was before-school band practice and after school band practice or football games, or, in the off season, it was his favorite after school activity keeping him there until six o'clock.

Do I miss those days? Not so much the days themselves, but certainly the reason for them: Sonshine.

Friday, August 14, 2015


 So eight or so years ago, because in the romance writing world, aspiring writers were encouraged to establish an online presence prior to becoming published. I also just wanted my own little corner of the Internet.

If I was going to have a vast readership at some point, I didn't want to blog about the nuts and bolts of writing. There were enough people out there already with more experience and knowledge on the subject and coming from the other side of the fence (a fan person), when I visit the website or blog of a person of interest to me, I want to connect with the person. Learn about them and whatever part of their life they feel compelled to share.

So I decided to just randomly blog about me, my life, my interests, etc. If you find them interesting or even amusing, well, thanks, and I'm glad. If you don't or didn't, I'm sure you've moved on and stopped visiting. The added bonus was that my mom could sort of follow along since I'm terrible about phone calls. (Sorry, Mom.) The unexpected value add was that I have a diary of sorts (public and shallow though it is) of what's been going on in my life for the last five years at least, as well as my fleeting and more long term interests.

At first it was random, but I finally got into a regular routine, and eight years later, I have 1000 blog posts under my belt.

It's finished, it's finished!!

And I'm super excited!!!

My Sherlock sampler is finally finally done, and while there is one specific thing I'd do differently, overall, I'm terribly pleased with how it turned out.

Here is the whole thing:

All the text comes from the show and are either popular quotes or ones I find particularly amusing.

It took me three or four weeks to created the pattern itself. There was a lot of erasing as I moved things around for optimal placement or to move things one or two stitches to the right, the left, up or down or to fix a mistake. Then it took another two months or so to complete it, although I did not work on it on a daily basis. I already have a frame for it, although I do need to buy a mat for it. More pictures to come, once it's framed and on the wall.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

American Fun Fact!

If you have or have had a teenager in your house, pizza is probably a well loved meal. It certainly was in our house and I bought frozen pizza every week for probably years. It was a fairly inexpensive meal and it was certainly an easy one.

 (image from Wikipedia)

This week's fun fact: approximately 100 ACRES worth of pizza is served every day in the United States! That's a lot of sauce and cheese.

I love meat and veggies (except mushrooms or jalapenos), thin crust, thick crust, whatever.

Are you a pizza eater? What's your favorite?

Monday, August 10, 2015


I have convinced my momma to go to Seattle. We haven't seen each other since 1999 when I moved here to Texas. A few years later, she moved from Nebraska to Oregon, and the rest is obvious. We've never made a trip to Oregon and she's never come to Texas.

But the stars have aligned and, thanks to Sonshine, we'll finally get to see one another. I can't wait!

I'm counting the weeks/days...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Well, TGIF

Well, I'm not as excited this Friday as I was last, but it is Friday and that's a good thing. I'll be finishing my Sherlock sampler this weekend, so I'm excited about that. I still have my Mother's Day gift card from my Brown Eyed Girl, so I'll be able to frame it.

Other than cross stitching and chores, I'll just be keeping cool and taking it easy.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gonna see my Sonshine!!!

Making a trip to Seattle sooner than anticipated! DH was invited to speak at a Microsoft convention in Seattle, so YAY I'm tagging along to see my baby and check out his new world as much as the Navy will let me.

(Seattle from the air and thanks to Wikipedia.)

Since my momma lives (relatively) close I'm trying to convince her to join us so I can see her and she can see me and Sonshine and her other friend who also apparently lives in Seattle. It's shaping up to be a jam packed trip, but if all I did was sit in a hotel room and visit with Sonshine for two days, I wouldn't care!!

Seattle here I come!

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Jen's Glossary of Terms

  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Read in Aug 2015

  • Dirty Love by saziikins
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 88 by serpentynka
  • Inexplicable by EmmaGrant
  • Eyes Up, Heels Down by Codename Meretricious
  • Tea by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 87 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 86 by serpentynka
  • Dr John H Watson, Sexual Surrogate by smurff
  • Tigers Make Good Pets by tenderly_wicked
  • Just Staying by tenderly_wicked
  • However Improbable by earlybloomingparentheses
  • Help Us to Surive by solrosan
  • Heartbeat in the Brain by Indybaggins
  • Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • Collateral Damage by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 85 by serpentynka
  • The Mystery of the Olive Green Chair by allonsys_girl
  • Undressing by unovis
  • What Are You Going to Do About It? by brbsoulnomming
  • Yes and No by emungere
  • Shallow Grave by SilentAuror
  • A Study in Bees by daasgirl
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 84 by serpentynka
  • How I Impregnated Your Mother by Mildredandbobbin
  • Disguise by kaalee
  • Sherlock Never Noticed the Cameras by wendymarlowe
  • The Lucky Few by saziikins
  • Conversdations With Idiots by scullyseviltwin
  • Reason Goes Before a Fall byLorelai_Lee
  • Breakable by MissDavis
  • Sharp Bits and Safe Paths by midgetnazgul
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 83 by serpentynka
  • Boxing Up a Life Together by flawedamethyst
  • Barter System by brbsoulnomming
  • Phoenix by Lono
  • What You Really Want by type_40_consulting_detective
  • I Don't Speak French by Ricechex
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 82 by serpentynka
  • Echoes Through Time by chellefic
  • A Negligible Accident by flawedamythyst
  • A Close Shave by poppyalexander
  • Grip and Release by PetraTodd
  • How to Be Brave by stillaseeker
  • Thrust Vigorously by Dlnnanzor
  • The Boys of Summer by mazarin221b
  • The First and Only Convention of the Scotland Yard Matchmaker Committee by ImpishTubist
  • Paper Hearts by testosterone_tea
  • Slip Out the Back Jack by yaycoffee
  • Smoke by poppyalexander
  • The Scent of Home by PetraTodd
  • Her Boy by saziikins
  • LHT-HNL by scullyseviltwin
  • Blande Barista Seeks Dashing Ballet Dancer: Inquire Within by prettysailorsoldier
  • I Fall Through the Cracks Until You Catch Me by sc010f
  • The Newlywed Game by patternofdefiance
  • Game Night by Random_Nexus
  • Gotta Have It by poppyalexander
  • Blank Canvas, Warm Bed by taylorpotato

Read in July 2015

  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 81 by serpentynka
  • Lighting Up by persiflager
  • Holmes is Where the Heart Is by earlgreytea68
  • TB&TC Red Sox Ficlets by earlgreytea68
  • The Commentary Experiment by earlgreytea68
  • The Bang and the Clatter by earlgreytea68
  • Level 65 Paladin Looking for Group by etothepii
  • Friend Request by rumpleghost
  • Charity by Spinning Place
  • I Know Places by Spinning Place
  • Doesn't Do Boyfriends by SamParker
  • Rupert Graves by SamParker
  • All of This Can Be Broken by Indybaggins
  • No World for the Penitent by AnInconvenientRuth
  • Vessels Sailing Prosperously by AnInconvenientRuth
  • Launch Yourself on Every Wave by AnInconvenientRuth
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 80 by serpentynka
  • Principals of Morality series by nishizono
  • Poster Boys by peevee
  • Disregard the Danger by DestinationToast
  • The Right Question by violet_tinted_pencil
  • Things Unheard, Things Unsaid by jamlockk
  • Maybe This Christmas by feverishsea
  • Engaged by lifeonmars
  • Damage by lifeonmars
  • In My Heart Tonight by mazarin221b
  • Across the Sky by mazarin221b
  • In the Space Between Our Clothes by kingaofthewoods
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 79 by serpentynka
  • Loyal in Adversity by JayEz
  • Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 78 by serpentynka
  • Bunting by bobross
  • The Importance of a Second Serve by jupiter_ash
  • A Study in Doubles by jupiter_ash
  • The Great Git by jupiter_ash
  • Where I Cannot Find You by withoutawish
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 77 by serpentynka
  • A Study in Winning by jupiter_ash
  • The Godfather by dietplainlite
  • Love Outside the Box by mylittlecornerofsherlock
  • Round by songlin
  • Whatever Remains, However Improbable by ivyblossom
  • Scars by SilentAuror
  • Dirty Liaisons by saziikins
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 76 by serpentynka
  • Not Nice by Mildredandbobbin
  • Like a Snake Shedding its Skin by longhornletters
  • All the Pieces Falling Into Place by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • Nine Lives of the Human Heart by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • The Still and Lucky Miles by lbmisscharlie
  • Out of Lullabies by lbmisscharlie
  • A Child's Christmas in Baker Street by lbmisscharlie
  • Fill Our Mouths With Cinnamon Now - deleted scenes by lbmisscharlie
  • Fill Our Mouths With Cinnamon Now by lbmisscharlie
  • Luminosity by what_alchemy
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 75 by serpentynka
  • Want by SilentAuror
  • Blind Spot by SilentAuror
  • Longer Than the Road that Stretches Out Ahead by sunken_standard
  • A Study in Reflexology by keelywolf
  • Alone on the Water by Mad_Lori
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 74 by serpentynka
  • Betwixt and Between by ivywatcher
  • Dirty Politics by saziikins
  • Lab Book by copperbadge
  • Swoon by cathedral_carver
  • The Making Of by EmmaGrant
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae by yaycoffee
  • Opposition Party by mydwynter
  • Vena Cava by SilentAuror
  • The Devil's Workshop by Bashful Bunny
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 73 by serpentynka
  • Horse and Carriage series by flawedamythyst
  • Intellectual Intercourse series by waketosleep
  • Consolation by Mildredandbobbin
  • The Important Bit by Solshine
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 72 by serpentynka
  • Want by SilentAuror
  • Wherein There Is a Case... by parsnips
  • Come Aboard by corpsereviver2
  • Give Me the Keys by Mazarin221b
  • The Things You Can't Outwit by Speranza
  • Seaside Villa by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • Princess of the Pond by ShinySherlock
  • Up or Artistic Lush by Speranza
  • Orangina by EmmaGrant