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2014 Reading Challenge

This year, I'm again pledging to read at least 52 fiction books, though shooting for 60.

I did exceed my 52 book goal from last year.

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting


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Monday, December 22, 2014

It's not what's under the tree, but who's around it...

The Brown Eyed Girl and Darling Daughter smooching on their baby brudder...

In years past, we've spent a lot of money on Christmas. More money than average folks, it seems. But this year, practically nothing. Not that we had much, but we found a bit to spend on our kids.

We went to my sister-in-law's house yesterday and had the whooooole family together for the first time in somewhere around a decade. The first-gen grandkids are all adults now. **sniff** And there's a single great grand running around. It was relaxing and fun to see everyone and to visit and catch up and not spend hours watching each other unwrap presents that mean less than the company we were keeping.

On Christmas eve and Christmas morning, I'll have all my kids home, and I really couldn't ask for anything more...

Friday, December 19, 2014

My bucket list...

Since I issued my BUCKET LIST challenge last Friday, I had to think long and hard about my own list...

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What do I want to do, see, or accomplish before I kick the bucket, pass away, die...?

To be honest I couldn't come up with a lot of things. I've done a bit of traveling, having visited Denmark as a child and England as a young teen. I've lived in a handful of states and passed through or visited several others. For the most part my travel bug has been quashed, but I would love a return trip to Washington  DC to do all the museums and memorials and historic sites justice.

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The one really big thing that I'd like to accomplish is a college degree. A nice associates degree in whatever I can earn one in will do. I've just always had an inner green eyed monster where college degrees are concerned. I started college, once upon a time, but it was hard. (Yeah, I know... DUH!) And then  I got pregnant with the Brown Eyed Girl and I never finished. Of course, I barely even got started...

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What about you?? Any bucket list items you'd care to share??

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

Well, after conversations about Christmas plans and where we're going and on what day, it turns out our five-person nucleus will be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning here at home and not in the usual locations--Christmas Eve at my in-laws' home and Christmas morning at the firework store.

Since we're gonna be at home...well, we needed the tree up after all. So with the help of a couple elves this past Sunday, DD and her BFF, the tree was put up and lights affixed. Then I spent a couple of hours hanging the ornaments.

Growing up, we bought real trees and always waited until the 15th to buy one. I kinda miss the scent of pine. Maybe one of these years, I'll convince DH. I actually passed a tree lot this past Saturday.

What about you? Artificial tree or the real deal??

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the love of my life...

(I know, I know, haven't we seen enough of that face yet???)

{And the answer is no. :) }

Monday, December 15, 2014

Movie Monday

Last week, I watched yet another uplifting sports movie called The Mighty Macs.

It was about a small all-girls Catholic college basketball team who came from behind to win the national title. Ultimately, their success was instrumental in saving the college from being closed.

Apparently the film was too formulaic for a lot of critics, but if you're not looking for anything especially deep or angsty, it's a good film to watch while working on a craft or baking cookies or wrapping presents.

Anyone seen this??

Friday, December 12, 2014

The blink of an eye...

Where has the time gone?

There was this...December1995, six short days before his birth...

And now there's this...December 2014, ten short days before his 19th birthday.

What a difference nineteen years makes, huh??

But this isn't meant to be a post about my boy in particular, it's about time. It passes faster than we imagine.

When we're on the near side of time, it seems like we have forever to do all the things we dream about and things we haven't even imagined. And then all of a sudden, we look back and time has passed and we probably didn't do nearly as many of those things we thought and dreamt about.

But until you're dead it's never too late. This is where a bucket list comes in... I don't have one actually. Do you??

So I'm issuing a challenge--think up and then share some bucket list items or share items from your list. Due Friday, the 19th.

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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

Books Read in 2014

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Two epic novels worth of Sherlock fan fiction (and counting) by various authors
  • Up All Night by Renee Ashley Williams
  • Oral Invitation by B.J. Hayes
  • Lights Out by Ann Campbell
  • Explicitly English by Rachel Leigh
  • M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game by the loudest subtext in television (that's a screen name, if you hadn't guessed)
  • Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan
  • Christmas Justice by Robin Perini
  • Just A Fling by Olivia Noble
  • Running by Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Buster's Law by Laraine Lebron
  • Harry PotterPage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • Professional Plot Outline mini-Course by Holly Lisle
  • The Plot Skeleton by Angela Hunt
  • Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
  • Basher Five Two by Scott O'Grady
  • Mai Tai Marriage by Chris Keniston
  • Still Delicate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Deliate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (audio book)
  • Mad About Plaid by Kam McKellar
  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Drowning by Racel Firacek
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra