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Charisms on Campus has gracefully tagged me :)

Books I've read recently...
1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have been reading this one on and off, it is so beautiful and flowery, but loooooooooong)
4. The Bible - New Int'l Version (Researching for my book has made this a go to and must read. Song of Songs is remarkable and lovely.)
5. Dark Night of the Soul by St.John of the Cross (friend recommended it. I have skimmed it for research, this is a very deep, heavy read.)
6. Meister Eckhart (His sermons, etc. same thing as #5)
7. Carl Hiaasen - Strip Tease (just started it, love it. Very gritty and a thriller)
8. The Art of Eating by M.K. Fisher (This one I do on and off as well.)

Songs or albums I listen to all the time...
Since I use music when I write there is A LOT. So here is what is current.
1. Black Rain by Soundgarden
2. Losing My Religion by Tori Amos
3. Expander by Sasha
4. Legions by Zoe Keating (superb cellist)
5. Eternal Life by Jeff Buckley
6. Magdalena by A Perfect Circle (sticks with my obsession with Mary Magdalene)
7. Judith by A Perfect Circle
8. Parabola by Tool

Things I love...
1. My Hubby
2. My pets
3. Reading
4. The Arts
5. Writing
6. Living where I can garden and see hummingbirds
8. All of my friends

Things I've learned this year...
1. To buy flour in bulk (50lb bags) is an economical and very smart thing.
2. I can write a novel and I will get it published
3. There are many gray areas, nothing is pure black and white and people who can not see that will be sorely disappointed and stressed in life
4. I could not survive without Netflix watch instantly
5. Having a house guest for three and a half weeks was not as bad as people thought it might be. My cousin was awesome!

6. Patience is a virtue that I need to keep working on.
7. Working out makes me feel much better, sleep better and I regret not doing it much sooner.
8. I still have a lot to learn

New Recipes I Want to Try and Make...
1. Madeleines (There is a recipe on 101 cookbooks and I really want to do it, just a little scared is all.)
2. Black and White cookies. (The hubby is obsessed with them)
3. Brioche
4. Sushi rolls
5. Biscotti
6. Homemade granola
7. Homemade chocolate syrup
8. Homemade donuts (we will see since I do not fry a lot of stuff)

Favorite Online Hangouts...
1. Netflix
2. Wikipedia
3. Down to Earth blog
4. You Tube
5. Jezebel
6. Facebook
7. 101 Cookbooks blog
8. All my arts blogs like Pink Velvet Bird, Rabbit Meets Hat, etc.

Projects I need to work on...

1. I have been knitting my godson a blanket over a year now, that he needs for tactile issues. I need to get it done ASAP.
2. Making curtains for the office.
3. Writing. Always will be writing and I love that I will always be writing.
4. Plan what to plant in veggie garden for next year.
5. My reading list will also be never ending.
6. Keep trying to get Oncology Massage Therapy work in hospitals and hospice.
7. Practice my French and Spanish since I suck at both.
8. Remind myself that at the end of the day, people will be ignorant, hateful, loving and giving and I cannot judge. As my friend Jackie says, "Only God can judge." I have had to embrace that pretty hard.

Other people I think should do this...
Everyone I know since it is an interesting way to share as well as reflect.



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