Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fun Site

Just discovered this site,, haven explored it much, but offered good advice for spring cleaning so if that's not a recommendation I don't know what is lol.

Also loved Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma," which will render one thoughtful when dining out and unable to ever look at the cereal aisle the same again. Review.

Posting Denver pics soon!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

10 Reasons to Learn Sustainable Home Cooking

Friday, January 7, 2011

Off the Clock

For all you writers out there who have a life, (aka a job, kids, livestock... okay maybe not livestock, but you get my point), this guy's philosophy is right on the money.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Book Review: Meridon by Philippa Gregory

The Wideacre Trilogy has three very unique heroines and Meridon, or Sarah Lacey, is no less formidable than her predecessors.

Raised as a Gypsy bareback rider, Meridon grows up ignorant of her Lacey blood, only sensing that she doesn’t belong in the rough life she leads with half-remembered dreams plaguing her. She remembers a copper haired girl and a place called Wide, but beyond that, she is a girl with only half a past.

Her skills with horses lands her and her sister, born on the same day to two very different mothers, in a circus act. But Meridon’s fears of heights and flying like an acrobat put her sister in the spotlight. When Meridon’s greatest fear is realized, her life changes forever. She washes up at Wideacre, realizing the past she should have had. But money is not all it appears to be, and Meridon learns, like her foremothers, that Wideacre and the Squires of Wideacre are not always of an accord.

Meridon concludes the Wideacre saga, a satisfying conclusion to the struggles of three generations of Lacey women.

January 1, 2011

Here’s to starting the New Year off right! Who made midnight last night? I passed out on the couch after too much champagne around 10, but was up again at 5 am so might have caught New Years in the Pacific somewhere. :-p

Okay, so resolutions, let’s see, the usual suspects: Lose Weight, Read More, Exercise More, Write More, Submit More, Eat Less… maybe I need better, less self-centered resolutions, like stay in contact with friends more, make more friends, make more time for friends, now we’re getting somewhere. It’s too easy to tip-tap away at a WIP alone in my room, neglecting the people I care about. Now, what else? Try to be more open with my honey, that’d be a good one. Recently, I made the mistake of not talking about the things that were bothering me, letting them fester and tried to hide them with profuse amounts of emotional distance and cheap booze. Not really conducive relationship builders.

I’d like to work smarter and take more vacations, enjoy life more instead of whipping myself when not working like a maniacal self-flagellating clergyman. I need to learn to relax and not panic when the realization hits that I’m having fun and not working.

So will I stick of my resolutions and make 2011 the most productive and enjoyable year ever, even if the grindstone takes the skin off the end of my nose? Probably not. But it’s good to take stock, reflect, and remember that the real things that matter in life are spending time with people you enjoy, who enjoy you, letting them know you appreciate them, and experiencing life rather than let life experience you. Because chances are if it’s the latter, there will be some unpleasant exploration of your nether regions with long cylindrical objects.

Happy New Year everyone!