Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

I just had to post something for February 29th!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stay Young

In a conversation the other day, the topic of "feeling old" came up.  My friends and I joked about how the weather makes our bones ache and how these same bones can feel the rain coming a mile away. Then I happened to receive a newsletter from Girlfriends in God that pretty much reflected how our fun discussion had gone but it put many things into perspective.  Instead of zeroing on what makes us feel old, we should be looking towards things that make us feel young!  

I took the list below from the Girlfriends newsletter on how to stay young and you know, aside from really loving the first item on that list, the second one I've already put into place circa January 1st 2012.  When I continued down the list I found myself smiling from ear to ear like I had a coat hanger in my mouth!  Seriously, this is the list to go by!!  If you haven't signed up to receive the Girlfriends In God newsletter, click on the link to their page and do so.  You won't regret it!  (and they don't spam you either!!!)

How to Stay Young (taken from Girlfriends In God newsletter)

1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.

4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country - but not guilt.

10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.

11. Don't worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.

12. Read more and dust less.

13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.

14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.

15. Do not "save" anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.

16. Wear your best outfit to the market.

17. Don't save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.

18. "Someday" and "one of these days" should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.


Friday, February 24, 2012


Snowy trees this afternoon.

A Minute In Susan's Mind

Just when I thought winter was finally making a nice quiet exit, the weather network advises that about 10-15cm of snow is on the way. 


No matter how hard I tried not to fall into the hype of groundhog day by getting too excited that the rodent predicted an early spring... even though he did last year and spring arrived closer to the end of April rather than mid March, just saying. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Imaginary Cast

One thing I like most about reading a book (or listening to an audio book) is when the author describes the cast of characters.  I don't know about you but I have a habit of substituting the described character with an actor.  I sort of get this cast of characters poster forming in my head.

Wondering why I chose the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series, well, it's because I used to love this show back in the ancient of days!  I watched every episode!  EVERY ONE.  I missed a few episodes of the final season so I watched it in rerun until the season finally aired again... major disappointment but anyway, this blog post is supposed to be about books, not tv shows.... moving it along...
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I had not long ago completed the Steig Larsson series (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, etc.) and knowing that Daniel Craig is set to play the lead male in the film is distressing to me because it just doesn't go with my imagination.

I stumbled onto a blog yesterday, unfortunately when I went to save the location of it I accidentally closed my browser (which is set to delete the history on exit) so I cannot provide a link or name to the individual who had a cute idea... when she reads a book she creates a blog post listing the book title, author, and image, along with the back cover synopses..... she then adds "her cast of characters" using images of actors, politicians, news anchors, etc, to fill in her imaginations deciphering of the written cast.  Cute eh!?  I love that idea.  I've seen some Youtube video trailers for books using such images and it makes me more inclined to read the book. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Helping Hand

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Swing of Things

I'm trying to get myself back into the swing of things where maintaining this blog is concerned.  I'm just trying to catch up to my inner self right now.  I've sought help through prayer and yes in my quiet moments with God I came to realize this is the final stage of an ordeal I'd been going through.  I do know, now, that God won't make this distasteful situation go away but He will get me through it and in the process He will teach me a few lessons, all of which I am grateful for.

Where blogging is concerned, lately I've been lurking and reading other blogs, some of which I already follow and others that I just surf into accidentally.  I enjoy reading the Internet, be it news, Hollywood gossip, or blogs by ordinary people talking about crafts, food, books, or life in general.   All different topics of discussion, some I agree with, some I don't really care for and then there are the ones that just touch my heart, bring me an inner smile.  I don't really limit internet surfing to the same ole same ole, not when there is so much more out there.  So many more opinions or interests that can be discovered.  I'm not an internet addict, not by any means oh heavens no!  But I do enjoy reading blogs by ordinary folks like me!  As I'm not one to collect comments, I do enjoy leaving them on other blogs, my two cents as I like to call it. 

It's been suggested I take a vacation, well I do have one approaching quickly in the spring so I'll start on that eventually as the excitement builds... who doesn't get excited when going on vacation eh?!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Audio Love

On an ordinary day, I'm a person who doesn't stray far from reading romance novels.  Be it an ebook or the good old printed paper, the books I tend to read are always of the romance genre.  My absolute favorite are the Scottish highlander historical romance.  The last great set I read though were a mix of historical and modern and fell into the "paranormal-romance" genre featuring time travel (The highlander series by Karen Marie Moning).  I loved these books.  Actually stumbled on the series while surfing the net a few years ago and Tony ordered the whole series from Amazon for me since I was unable to find them at our local book stores (not for lack of trying either!!) 

I've read many Harlequin romance novels that all (and I mean ALL) have the same plot: man and woman meet, have an affair, fall in love, have a falling out, miss one another then get back together and live happily ever after.  You'd think that after reading half a dozen I'd be tired of them....NOPE! I love them!!!

Problem with my love for romance books, I rarely stray to another genre.  Only a handful of selections weren't romance, more like oh, perhaps 2% of the books I read!  I recall reading Pet Cemetery by Stephen King (long ago, just months before the movie version hit the cinema - the movie did not do the book justice in any way shape or form if I may say so.) I've also read The Road Less Traveled, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond, and Life Isn't Fair But God Is Good.  Other than those few that I can recall, everything else has been some sort of romance novel.

Now that audio books are so easily available, I find myself expanding and reading... or rather listening to.... books I probably would never have picked up!  Just a few months ago I completed the Steig Larsson series of books : The girl with the dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire, and the girl who kicked the hornets nest.  Never in my life would I ever have picked up these books and read them, however, listening to them on my ipod while I clean the house or go for a walk is how it all began. 

That series was awesome! 



I doubt I'll go see the movie though because I can't picture James Bond (Daniel Craig) as the main male character, when I "read" the book, the actor that came to mind for that role was Colin Firth (from the movie The King's Speech).  Anyway, I'm currently in the process of listening to The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.  It's a paranormal romance series with lots of action but I find the series to be somewhat dark, the romance is a bit foolish at times, there's way too much slang and unnecessary foul language too.  Again, a series of books I would never have picked up to read but have no problem with in audio format.

As of lately, I've been eyeballing the Kindle Touch simply because it can hold both ebooks and audiobooks!  So my whole collection will be in one place.  If you haven't given audiobooks a try I strongly suggest you do!  It sort of reminds me of old time radio shows that got your imagination going. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Still Motivated

I'm glad to know that I still have the urge to run even after months of being seditary.

I had taken up jogging last spring and had a love-hate relationship with it for the first month.  I never knew shin splints could hurt so bad but feel so good at the same time (if that made sense).   I surprised myself by having the will power to jog about 30 minutes a day, five days a week as soon as I got in from work.  Even though some days I was terribly tired, I put on my runners and headed out in the street.  For six straight months I jogged.  Only a few days I was too tired to finish a full 30 minutes but I did at least twenty and some days the thunder and lightening scared the crap out of me so there was no way I even looked at my running shoes, that just simply went without saying!

When autumn rolled around and it wasn't so bright in the morning when I arrived home from work, I sort of gave up on jogging and took up pilates... that lasted a whole of three weeks.  Pilates just doesn't hold my interest.  It doesn't clear my mind like jogging does.  It doesn't leave me feeling refreshed and renewed. 

I need the outdoors not an indoor track.  I need trees and birds and sun and sky and God's creation not grey walls and someones smelly body odor in an over priced under equipped gym.

I'm anxious to run! 

Whenever I see joggers on the street I want to just tag along with them.  I really aught to invest in proper seasonal jogging gear, that really is one of the main reasons I haven't jogged throughout autumn and winter.  I could just run in the afternoon when it's light rather than in the morning when it's still dark though I could probably find an early morning running group at the Y if I checked.  I guess I never really thought I would enjoy jogging this much.

Two more weeks......

I set March 1st as my "get-out-and-run" start date.  Meanwhile I've started training my cellulegs by walking up and down flights of stairs daily.  It by no means clears my mind but it is relaxing in an unusual rubber-legged sort of way.  My mind has been very "busy" since the beginning of January and it's beginning to take it's toll on me, not in a good way either. 

Though I've been pretty much seditary all winter, I haven't gained back any of the weight I lost when jogging!  I know, I know, I'm shocked too!!!!  This just adds to my motivation in 2012.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cinnamon Hearts

I always see these candy cinnamon hearts around Valentines day. Do people really eat these things?  I tried them a couple times and they're too hot to enjoy (at least for me).  I do think they're cute though.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shopping Network

I did something I haven't done in a while.

I watched the shopping channel.

I mean I sat there in awe drooling over the kobo reader they were selling.

No I didn't buy it... Though it's a touch ereader, it doesn't support audiobooks. Personally I like to keep all my books in one place so I'll probably buy the kindle touch. Right now I've been reading ebooks on my iPod touch.

Still, it's not the same as a paper feel-it-up book, and it really does take some getting used to but I'm willing to give new technology a try.