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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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Friday, February 27, 2015

TGIF


Of course, we all love the weekend, but I have succumbed to the nasty cold/flu bug that has been going around. I'm on my third day, but am planning to rest all weekend. I have stocked up on the honey/lemon/ginger concoction, facial tissue, and have enough water to keep me in water and hot tea.


DH has been battling it for close to two weeks now and has made me promise to take time off work if I'm feeling that awful. He didn't when he should have and now he's paying for it. I have duly promised.


I've also downloaded enough reading material to stock a small library.

Let the healing begin!

Stay warm and healthy and have a super weekend.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

*WHEW*


The big rush is over--the contest I'm co-coordinating has closed and panels have been sent out to judges. Score sheets are already being returned. A bit more to go, but the big push is done.

Sonshine has arrived at his duty station and is once again in limbo. Goodness--how much of his enlistment is going to be spent waiting? He was supposed to attend an indoctrination class (that sounds very negative, doesn't it?), but there was no room for him. He has to wait for the next one and he hasn't been told when that is. Meanwhile, he has to eat on his own dime until he gets through the class. What kind of crap is that??

If you're not from our neck of the woods, we had a taste, weather-wise, of what a lot of other parts of the country are experiencing. I've stopped complaining because, here in Texas, we never get the extreme winter weather like the Midwest and Northeast generally do. But every once in a while, we do get extreme for us.

Which this time around was a severe ice storm. It was expected to be so bad, our district closed school for two days the night before. That rarely happens. They usually employ the wait-and-see approach.



Hope you're safe and warm!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Boogity, boogity, boogity



Joey Logano wins his first ever race at the Daytona 500. Image courtesy NASCAR.com.


I'm a huge fan of NASCAR. It's been a while since I've followed it, but with Sonshine gone, there's a real lack of sports around the house. Although previous sports was of the virtual variety--Hockey and Soccer via an Xbox game.
Image courtesy Wikipedia.

While I do relish the silence, I also miss the sports, faux though it was. So I need to find a way to watch sports live on the Internet.

Some events are going to be readily available, others not so much. Hockey has a pay service, but NASCAR has been a bit more elusive. If you know of something please let me know!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Stay safe and warm today.




Friday, February 20, 2015

Small Miracles


On February 18th, my newest nephew made his debut. Unfortunately, he did so six weeks before he should have. However, aside from some breathing issues, he's actually doing fine. He weighed in at just over four pounds.



With all the marvels of modern medicine, there are still a few things that can't be done--creating synthesized amniotic fluid apparently being one of those things. It was safer for Baby Colton outside the womb than it was inside as the amount of amniotic fluid had dropped to dangerous levels.

But, as I said, he's doing as well as he possibly could be, all things considered. He was taken off the breathing machine last night, and he gets to go home when he reaches five pounds.

If you're the praying sort, please pray for my sister, brother-in-law, nephew Austyn (Colton's big brother), and most especially Colton.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All That Jazz




Last night, Sonshine and I attended the first concert of the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band.

The band was founded and conducted by Sonshine's high school band director and I was pleased as punch that he just happened to be in town for it. Sonshine's girlfriend joined us for an enjoyable evening.

Sonshine and Kathy Bernal, Director of the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band.


 Groovin' Hard performed by East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day


Hope you had a lovely day...

DH treated me to flowers and burgers on the grill as well as doing the shopping for it and cleaning up afterwards. We also watched one of my favorite movies--Star Trek Into Darkness. Over all, a very pleasant day.
Friday, February 13, 2015

When does one's status change?


As mentioned on Wednesday, Sonshine is home for a visit. It'll be his last for quite some time as he'll finally be out in the fleet doing the things he's trained to do.

But even though he's a legal adult and has been gone and in the Navy, a rite of passage, as it were, to full "adult-hood" if ever there was one, our relationship still feels mostly the same.


He's home and I'm admonishing him to pick up the bathroom, to clean up the mess he made in the living room, and to behave when he goes out.

Will that be different in nine months or year? When does he stop being the teenager he was/is and become the man whom I no longer feel the need to mother?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sonshine is home...







That is all!
Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, Monday...


Hope you had a lovely weekend. I got a yard work sub-goal done finally. The two large branches have finally been cut up into firewood. Most of the rest of the back yard was mown. I did a lot of reading, a little crafting, and watched some TV too. I also spent a lovely few hours with two dear friends. This morning's blog post didn't get spared a thought, so as a result so you all you get is this.

Have a good Monday...
 


Friday, February 6, 2015

Audio Books


Are you a fan of the audiobook? I really enjoy listening them, but I've learned I can only listen to certain genres. Or should I say I can't listen to anything that has suspenseful action/adventure type moments--the kind where, if you're reading, you're going to read faster because the action calls for it. The narrators tend to read at the same pace--I suppose so general listeners can easily keep up with the tale. But it was very hard for me to enjoy the story because I wanted to "listen" faster.

So I choose women's fiction instead. Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Danielle Steele are favorites. I also like to listen to the Harry Potter books too, although I've only gotten through three of them I think.

I think last year we talked about free books, and I might have mentioned LibriVox--free audiobooks.

Most of you know I have a thing for Sherlock at the moment, the BBC TV series. I thought reading the source material would be a good thing. Since the original Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are in the public domain, audio versions of the books are available from LibriVox.

So I downloaded them. I started listening to them a while back but stopped. I understand that it's not easy to read for hours on end to create an audio recording, but the narrator couldn't keep his accents straight and it irritated me, so I quit listening. But the hankering to hear the original texts got me again, so, ignoring the idiosyncrasies, I'm listening once more. I'm three adventures in. On the other hand, I might have to go in search of an authentic audiobook with a British narrator because Sherlock Holmes with an American accent just doesn't quite do it for me.


But Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a lovely deep voice and plays the titular character in the BBC's Sherlock, has narrated a series of four Sherlock Holmes adventures written by John Taylor (among other things). He does a fab job with altering his voice for various characters and is able to maintain various accents as well. They're available on YouTube if you're so inclined.

Are you an audiobook listener?


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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 Feb 2015

  • Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh (audio)
  • Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (audio)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories by John Taylor (audio)
  • Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch
  • Red Apples by naughtyspirit
  • Seven Times a Night in Baker Street by achray
  • Best Assignment Ever by wendymarlowe
  • A Week in the Country by chainsaw_poet
  • How to Miss a Train by suchaprettyface
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 18 by serpentynka
  • Unwasted by patternofdefiance
  • Comme de Enfants by Eliane
  • Life Toward the Light Will Dissolve by DoubleNegative
  • Gravity by thegingerbatch
  • The Holiday Cycle, ch. 1 by flawedamythyst
  • The Apology, ch. 3 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 17 by serpentynka
  • A Satisfactory Arrangement by SilentAuror
  • Regarding the Flatshare A by OpalJade
  • A LIfe of Crime by chasingriver
  • Did You Say Tuesday? by chasingriver
  • Pillow Talk by chasingriver
  • Cough by chasingriver
  • Cambridge Weekend by chasingriver
  • Proposal by chasingriver
  • Double-decker by chasingriver
  • Kidnapped by randomly_rusted
  • The Specter at the Feast by gothikmaus
  • The Case of the Unexpected Guest by thirdbird
  • Undercover Heat, ch. 1 by Lavender Daye
  • Trespassing Heart (partial) by Mary Hicks
  • What John Doesn't Know Won't Hurt Him by blueink3
  • The Apology, ch. 2 by wendymarlowe
  • The DI and the Spy 2 by chasingriver
  • The DI and the Spy by chasingriver
  • I'm Pretty Sure This Changes Shit by cwb
  • A Reliable Man (series) by randomly_rusted
  • Protection Detail by randomly_rusted
  • An Education by randomly_rusted
  • Denigrating, Pejorative, Dissapproving by kirstenlouise
  • Cranes by chasingriver
  • Birthdays Are Tricky by peg22
  • An Ordinary Man by gothikmaus
  • A Reasonable Solution by gothikmaus
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 16 by serpentynka
  • The Apology, ch. 1 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 64 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 63 by wendymarlowe
  • Not Your Average Threesome by thirdbird
  • What Would John Do? by Solorosan
  • Watching the Northern Lights by Solorosan
  • Babysitting by Solorosan
  • Dear John, ch. 62 by wendymarlowe
  • Nobel 2014 by Solorosan
  • All Mobiles Should Be Turned Off... by Solorosan
  • Back to Black by gothikmaus
  • Ad Libitum by thegingerbatch
  • Slow by thegingerbatch
  • Stardust by thegingerbatch
  • Fitting by thegingerbatch
  • Dear John, ch. 61 by wendymarlowe
  • I Don't Love You and I Always Will by thegingerbatch
  • Ducks in a Row by kirstenlouise
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 15 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 60 by wendymarlowe
  • Rodeo Justice, chs. 1-3 by Robin Perini
  • The Yellow Poppies by SilentAuror
  • Dear John, ch. 59 by wendymarlowe
  • Battle Scars II, chs, 1 & 2 by Char Simser
  • An Ocean Between by Impish Tubist
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 14 by serpentynka
  • Dear John: In response to your last by MissyTheLeast
  • Dear John, ch. 58 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 57 by wendymarlowe
  • Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
  • Dear John, ch. 56 by wendymarlowe
  • Strength in Numbers by kate1521
  • Tooth Decay... by Michelle Ray
  • Dear John, ch. 55 by wendymarlowe
  • The Outcast Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • The Norwood Love Builders by flawedamythyst
  • My Blogger's New Girlfriend by missilemuse
  • Secret Santa by azriona
  • Triage by Morgan_Stuart
  • Grabbing a Cuppa by methylviolet10b
  • The Sum of One Bond by Helicidae
  • All That's Made by hitslikehammers
  • A Bleeding Heart in longhand, ch. 13 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 54 by wendymarlowe

Read in Jan 2015

  • Bloody But Unbowed by BeautifulFiction
  • Dear John, ch. 53 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 52 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 51 by wendymarlowe
  • A Different Outcome by Tsylvestris
  • The Thing Is by Tsylvestris
  • Dear John, ch. 50 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 49 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 12 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 48 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 47 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 46 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 45 by wendymarlowe
  • 5 Platonic Touches + 1 That Wasn't by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 11 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 44 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 43 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 42 by wendymarlowe
  • The Only One in the World by apliddell
  • The Adventure of the Consulting Corpse by apliddell
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 10 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 41 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 40 by wendymarlowe
  • On the Other Side by Mildredandbobbin
  • Dear John, ch. 39 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 9 by serpentynka
  • Right Hand Man, ch.4 by SilentAuror
  • Bird's Bone by thesardine
  • Subtext, ch. 16 by notesfromaclassroom
  • Subtext, ch. 15 by notesfromaclassroom
  • Dear John, ch. 38 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 37 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 8 by serpentynka
  • There's So Much Labor Just in Breathing Lately by Susan
  • Dear John, ch. 36 by wendymarlowe
  • Right Hand Man by SilentAuror
  • Flaunting It by DancingGrimm
  • Dear John, ch. 35 by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 7 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 34 by wendymarlowe
  • Myrddin's Memoir by Carol Pack
  • What If They Both Had Amnesia by EinahSirro
  • Negotiations by Canon_Is_Relative & Impish Tubist
  • Saving Sherlock Holmes by earlgraytea68
  • Dear John, ch. 33 by wendymarlowe
  • Pride, But Very Little Prejudice by sheffiessharpe
  • Pieces of Eight by sheffiessharpe
  • Vessel by Rhuia
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 6 by serpentynka
  • Dear John, ch. 32 by wendymarlowe
  • Dear John, ch. 31 by wendymarlowe
  • Manifest by causidicus
  • So Full of Light by mydwynter
  • The Weight of Knowledge by sherlocksdressinggown
  • Dear John, ch. 30 by wendymarlowe
  • Fan Mail by scullyseviltwin
  • A Christmas Soldier by Evenlodes_Friend
  • GE Entry by unknown
  • GE Entry by unknown
  • The British Government Only Asks Twice by azriona
  • Under the Coat by loopy456
  • At Least There's Football by sheffiessharpe
  • To the Gold of Frankincense Through Myrrh by sideris
  • Busy by MildredandBobbin
  • Between Midnight and Dawn by aderyn
  • A Catalogue of Wounds by UrbanHymnal
  • Best Seat in the House by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 5 by serpentynka
  • Four Chemicals Lestrade Was Glad Sherlock Gave Up by Lady_Ganesh
  • Four Times They Did and One Time They Didn't by peg22
  • The Tip Over to the Inevitable by ivyblossom
  • Lighting Up by Persiflager
  • Kicking Off by Persiflager
  • Home and Dry by BeautifulFiction
  • Normal for Bridgewater by marysutherland
  • No Mistletoe Required by BeautifulFiction
  • The Other Road by Writernon
  • Wrong Order by Dayja
  • GE Entry by unknown
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 4 by serpentynka
  • To Light Another's Path by BeautifulFiction
  • Dear John, Ch. 29 by wendymarlowe
  • Law Like Love by PlaidAdder
  • More Earth Than Fire by SwissMiss
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, Ch. 3 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, Ch. 2 by serpentynka
  • Brand New Day by msgenevieve
  • The Cornish Cottage by flawedamythyst
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, Ch. 1 by serpentynka
  • Terms of Service by kres
  • Sussex by SilentAuror
  • State of Flux by Atiki
  • Break Her Fall by JoAnna Grace