the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm reading School for Psychics: Book One.

Outside, Teddy walked across a large campus green, back toward the central courtyard. The grass was cut so she could see the straight lines left by the mower, razor-sharp. Meditation Lawn, a sign read, Please Remove Shoes.

Teddy had tried meditating once before, after a humiliating loss at the poker table. It had been after she had been kickde out of the MGM but before she had been banned from New York, New York. She had sat cross-legged and everything, but she just couldn't clear her mind.

shuffle 3

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Today's prompt: Put your music player on shuffle and write the first three songs that play and what your initial thoughts are

ILYSB by Lany: It's a good road trip sing along song

First Light by Paul Speer: It's on my meditation playlist

Right By You (for Luna) by John Legend: Kind of neo-soul, almost jazzy--I love his voice!


never ending winter

three on thursday

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Three things I've done this week:

Finished the baby blanket.

Filled several boxes and totes with clothing donations.

Argued with myself about finishing a book group book. I still haven't made the decision to ditch or continue.

5 fears

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Today's prompt: 5 fears that you have

1) I'm afraid of losing my independence.

2) I'm afraid that George Clooney might never know my love for him.

3) I'm afraid that George Clooney might find out about my love for him.

4) I'm afraid of running out of money.

5) I'm afraid winter will never end.


unraveled wednesday

Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

I'm finished the Garter Rib Baby Blanket and I'm listening to A Gentleman In Moscow

my ode to brown

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Today's prompt: Your favorite color and why.

My favorite color is brown. It looks good on me. I feel comfortable in it. It's not flashy but it goes with almost anything. Brown is an underdog color. A workhorse color. It is the color of chocolate. It is the color of earth and trees without leaves. My classroom has shades of brown.


ten things tuesday

Ten Favorites:

Favorite Movie: the most recent movie I've seen that I really enjoyed is The Big Sick

Favorite Album: Achtung Baby by U2

Favorite Book: I can't choose just one--here's my reading list for 2018

Favorite Tweeter: citizen janey

Favorite Blog: One Gal's Musings

Favorite TV Show: I just discovered Killing Eve

Favorite Instagramer: Joe Dombrowski (MrDtimes3)

Favorite Moment: last summer I recorded videos of my dad using crazy Snapchat filters and I think it's safe to say my family has never laughed so hard (I had to promise not to post the videos online)

Favorite Conference: the teacher leader cohort I'm part of had three sessions and they were the best professional development I've had in a very long time

Favorite Viral Video:

to be

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Today's prompt: A quote you try to live by

Your greatest power is the power to be.
To be more loving. To be more courageous.
To be more joyous. To be more friendly.
To be more sensitive. To be more aware.
To be more forgiving. To be more tolerant.
To be more humble. To be more patient.
To be more helpful.
To be a greater human being.
~ Wilfred A. Peterson

finished reading

This is the 11th installment of the Passport to Peril series. I love this crazy globe-trotting band of senior citizens--I can't wait for the next adventure! This whole series is a hoot.

From the publisher:
Hoping to reach an expanded clientele of senior travellers, Emily Miceli, travel agency owner and tour escort, offers discounted fares to a handful of bloggers in exchange for highlighting her group’s tour of Cornwall, England. But when the quarrelsome host of their historic inn dies under suspicious circumstances, Emily worries that the bloggers’ coverage of the situation will torpedo her travel agency.

To make matters worse, Emily is roped into running the inn, and not even a team effort from her friends can prevent impending disaster. As one guest goes missing and another turns up dead, Emily discovers that well-kept secrets and family treasure can provide more than enough motive for murder.



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Today's prompt: Bullet your entire day.

  • Breakfast with my bestie at 8
  • errands with my bestie until 11
  • noodling around online
  • watched some DVRd shows
  • went to the laundromat
  • put fresh sheets on the bed
  • read Say No Moor
  • watched the Elton John Grammy special from last Tuesday and knit
  • chatted with my Virginia sister
  • ate leftover pizza
  • watched the news
  • chatted with my bestie
  • chatted with my Pennsylvania sister
  • read some more


I am...

Reading: A Gentleman in Moscow

Listening to: some ads on TV

Loving: hanging around

Thinking: about going to the laundromat

Feeling: lazy

Celebrating: vacation week

Grateful for: a staycation

Weather: 30 degrees and snow-raining it's good nap weather

Enjoying: I am loving my mani-pedi

A quote I want to share:

“Snow in April is abominable," said Anne. "Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Ingleside



PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week. This week, more than one jumped out.

finished reading

Oh how I love this book! I was moved to tears a few times. I cheered for Willow. I urged Rex to get it right. I loved Asher's wisdom. But most of all, I love/hated Rosie.

From the publisher:
Willow Thorpe knows friction… The friction between her parents, Rosie and Rex. The friction inside herself as she tries to navigate two worlds since their divorce.

But life has not always been like this.

When Rosie and Rex first met, theirs was an attraction of opposites. Rosie lived life for those heightened moments when love reveals its true secrets. Rex lived life safely, by the rules. Common sense would say theirs was a union not meant to last, but it was genuine love.

Now Willow just wants to be with Rosie, to bask in her mother’s outsize glow and, she thinks, protection. Because Rosie is the only person who can make Willow feel totally alive and completely loved.

But as Willow and Rosie and Rex try harder and harder to stay connected as a family, Rosie’s manic tornado of love continues to sweep up everyone in sight, ultimately to heartbreaking results.

just three?

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Today's prompt: Three pet peeves.

1) "Are we doing something fun today?" "Can we have a free day?" Uh... no and no!

2) Snarky comments left by people who don't have a blog or profile.

3) No wifi. Having to pay extra for wifi at hotels.

sunday stealing

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The Movies

1. Have you ever had a movie both totally captivate and complete confuse you?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2. When watching a movie, do you prefer things all laid out or to have to 'hunt for your own clues' along the way? I like both

3. Do you want an ultimate ending to your movie or do you prefer to have it open for conjecture and discussion. I like both, although I do like an ending

4. Do you talk during a movie (preferably one in your home, not in the theater)? not much

5. Have you ever seen a blockbuster movie and not get what was so great about it?
quite a few

6. What book frightened you as a young person?
'Salem's Lot

7. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
well, my memory for recitation is terrible--but I'd love to recite something like the Harry Potter series

8. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid? The Twilight Zone

9. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch? I won't watch films with gratuitous violence

10. Do you have any phobias? yes, I do

11. What's the happiest thing to ever happen to you?

12. What's the saddest thing to ever happen to you?
my mum dying

13. What's the thing that got you the most angry in your life? having a carload of boys "moo" at me when they drove by

14. What's the most frightening thing to ever happen to you? pulmonary emboli

15. What's the most unbelievable thing to happen to you in your life? surviving pulmonary emboli


7 years

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Today's prompt: Your life in seven years.

I will be 59. I hope I'm healthy.

saturday 9

High Noon

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) What will you be (or were you) doing at high noon on Saturday? I suspect I will be meme-ing or otherwise farting around on the internet

2) In this song, Tex Ritter sings he doesn't know what fate awaits him. How strong is your sense of intuition? Tell us about a time you knew what would happen before it occurred. hmmm... when that happens it's generally something involvoing my sisters

3) This song was the theme of a hit movie western by the same name. It starred Gary Cooper as a small-town sheriff. When did you last interact with a member of law enforcement? I can't remember, it has been a very long time

4) Grace Kelly co-starred as the "fair-haired beauty" mentioned in this song. Four years later, she gave up films to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Which job seems like more fun -- movie star or royal? I think royal sounds more fun

5) Though he cultivated a "just plain folk" persona, this week's featured artist, Tex Ritter, was really cosmopolitan and highly educated, earning a degree in economics from the University of Texas before going on to study pre-law at Northwestern. Do you think the "real you" is consistent with the image you convey? I think so

6) Tex Ritter was the father of Emmy-winning comedic actor, John Ritter. John is remembered fondly as the voice of Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Clifford appeals to children because he is "gentle, friendly, loyal, lovable and clumsy." Do any of those adjectives apply to you? I would say friendly, loyal, and lovable apply

7) Tex is also the grandfather of Jason Ritter, star of ABC-TV's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. If you followed one of your grandparents into their line of work, what would you be doing? I would be the owner/operator of a gas station and carwash

8) In 1952, the year "High Noon" was popular, Stopette, the first antiperspirant deodorant spray, was introduced. Do you use a deodorant spray, stick or roll on? I use stick

9) Random question: What's something you have always wanted to own, but never have? a dog of my own