Thursday, November 20, 2014

What is Your...?

What is Your...

Most Comfy Pair of Socks?

My fuzzy blue Christmas Socks

These socks are my favorite go to socks.  If I want my feet to feel warm and cozy, I wear this pair. They are the perfect combo of warm and soft but not to thick and bulky.  I don't remember where I got them or who gave them to me.  My family and I have a "thing" with giving a pair of socks as Christmas gifts.  My uncle started the tradition.  He never had much money but he always found the money to buy us all something little, usually socks.  My kids and I looked forward to what kind we would get every year.  Sometimes dress socks, sometimes themed socks, sometimes fuzzy socks.  You never knew.  When he passed away several years ago, one of us in the family picked up the tradition.  You never really knew who it would be each year.  I think without realizing it I would think about my uncle whenever I put these socks on.  

Now here's the kicker:
Alaska ate one of my socks!

When I lived with my family, either my parents or my kids, I believed in the sock monster.  The washing machine or dryer that ate socks.  Inevitably, a sock would go missing every washing time.  I kept a small basket in the laundry room to gather the lone mate until another came along to match it.  But now, I live alone and work alone.  I literally only see guests everyday.  There is no way my sock could get mixed up in anyone else's laundry.  I searched my apartment, the washing machine room and hallway.  Nada.  Nowhere. 
Where did it go?

What are your most comfy pair of socks?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

And I'm Here!

Alaska, Mexico, Oregon

Alaska - south view of Mt. McKinley/Denali

Mexico - beach at Sayulita

Oregon - looking out while on Mt. Hood

I've finally arrived in my winter location.  Such a book lover, I got my library card on my 2nd day here.  Not only did I get library books, I also got all my mail being held at the post office. While in Alaska, I ordered a bunch of books off because I have my own address now and mail won't take 2 weeks or more to arrive.  Needless to say, I went a little crazy.  I am now book loaded.

Library Loot

Just One Day - Gayle Forman
Silver Girl - Elin Hilderbrand
A Train in Winter - Caroline Moorehead

The library here is even smaller than the one I used in Alaska; however, they have an excellent selection.  After I checked out the above books, I stopped at the new arrivals shelf.  Duh, why didn't I stop there first?  At least 6 books, I want to read.  I've already started A Train in Winter.

Mailbox Loot

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Rhoda Janzen
Fly Away Home - Jennifer Weiner
Not Buying It - Judith Levine
16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove) - Debbie Macomber
The Murderer's Daughters - Randy Susan Meyers
The Sweet By and By - Todd Johnson
Daughters in Law - Joanna Trollope

I still have 2 more coming my way.

My New Bookshelf

My new home is a cabin with an extra loft bedroom that I don't use.  The open staircase has become my new bookcase.  I think it looks pretty cool.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What is Your...?

What is Your...

Favorite Pop/Soda/Carbonated Beverage?

I have a huge love affair with Pepsi.  It is an affair past on through my mother.  She was an avid fan.  In my childhood, we always had Pepsi bottles in the refrigerator.  Glass bottles.  Do you remember those?  Pop tastes so good out of those old-fashioned glass bottles.  Bring them back!  Anyways, one day I asked for Pepsi first thing in the morning.  Whoa bad idea.  My mom saw the habit she was passing on and Pepsi became a treat.  Damn it.  

Another Pepsi story:  When I was a teenager, I went on a school sponsored trip to Europe.  Lucky me, right?!  I had/have the best parents ever!  One evening in Paris, my roommate and I ordered room service in English versus French. We were stupid naive 15 year olds.  We asked for 2 Pepsis. (who does this? *shaking my head at my teenage self*)  About 15 minutes later, we were wondering where our sodas were.  Our phone rang.  It was the front desk telling us our 2 taxis were here.  Oops.

There is nothing like the crack of opening a fresh can or the fizz of twisting the cap of a new bottle of Pepsi.  Makes me thirsty just thinking about it.  Let me pour a glass.  Yum.

What is your favorite pop/soda/carbonated beverage?

P.S. still on vacation.  This is a scheduled post.  Hopefully, I'll have new signage for the series soon.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Goal Setting - Mt. Hood Style

As I stated last month, I have lots of goals on the brain.  Here are the ones I want to accomplish while I'm in Oregon:
  • Write and finish an non-fiction ebook (for the experience. To see if I like doing it)
  • Finish and polish novel I plan to start for NaNoWri Mo
  • Lose 2 inches by: walking 3 times a week and doing 10 min. ab workout twice daily
  • Visit Williamette wineries
  • Blog once a week at least 
  • Take a course at the community college, for the fun of it
  • Buy a camera
  • Possibly buy a tablet to exchange my laptop for travel purposes.  My laptop's a clunker
  • Try skiing
  • Continue working on my Spanish
  • Try picking up Italian
  • Finish my TEFL (almost done)
  • Look into an online business idea 
  • Make a calendar
  • Design a website
  • Apply for a teaching position overseas
There is a few from my Bucket List that I want to accomplish as well:
  • Move to Portland, Oregon (will it count if I'm at Mt Hood???)
  • Go snow skiing
  • Drink a $100 bottle of wine (Williamette County??? I think yes!  I bought and drank a $50 bottle when I went to Napa.  I'm ready to splurge on a $100 bottle)
  • Live by myself (should this count as I will be using the owner's stuff and not my own?)
  • Cook my way through 1 of my cookbooks (already have my daughter searching for the one I want in order to mail to me)
  • Take an interesting college class (not for a degree)
P.S. This is a scheduled post.  Right now, I should be getting my tan on in Mexico. Woohoo.  Ola!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What is Your....?

What is Your...

Favorite Go To Snack?
Cheese and crackers. 

Last week, I was working on the computer and a powerful urge came over me at about 3:00 pm.  

Must Have Cheese and Crackers.

I love making cream cheese dip with whatever I'm in the mood for or have in the kitchen at the time.  Last week's dip included shredded cheddar, finely chopped onions, chili powder, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce.  My crackers of choice are plain Wheat Thins.  Typically, I always use 2 crackers at one time to scoop dip.  Habits, ya know.  Now don't get me wrong, I love love love other types of cheeses but cream cheese is cheap and easy to have a chunk in your refrigerator for when the mood strikes you to make dip.

What is your go to snack?

One of my favorite aspects of blog reading is getting to know the blog author.  Yes, I do tend towards book blogs.  However, if all the author writes about are books then I typically will stop reading.  I think I will start this "What is Your...?" as a regular feature.  First, so you can get to know me.  Second, I can get to know you.  Feel free to blog post yourself and share link in comments or just leave a comment.

Now I need to figure out how to make one of those cute pictures with words.  What are they called?  Any suggestions of a site to use to make them?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Books to Go

Here are the books I'm taking on my trip.  I realize four is probably over doing it especially since I want to participate in NaNoWriMo but I don't want to be stuck without a book in a non-English speaking country either.  In addition, I will be on 4 different plane trips and 1 train trip as well as spending time waiting in airports.  Plus I plan on laying on a beach working on my non-existent tan.  This is a lot of time spent doing nothing (relaxing) so to speak.

The books are in the order I plan on reading.

  • The Lost Crown - Sarah Miller
  • Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
  • Sycamore Row - John Grisham
  • The Kids from Nowhere - George Guthridge
All books can be left where ever I finish them.  I'm reading the hard cover first to lighten the load faster.

P.S.  As you read this post, I'll be winging my way towards Mexico.  See ya when I return.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Goal Update and Alaska Wrap Up

This week I had some final goals I wanted to finish before I left my cozy little Alaskan village.  Here's how I did:
  • finish reading my 4 library books - read 2
  • write 3 scheduled posts for my travel blog - wrote 1
  • write 3 scheduled posts for this blog - done 10/27, wrote 5 so far (I am on a roll!)
  • make a bunch of important phone calls - already done 10/27
  • send a bunch of important texts - already done 10/27
  • work on Spanish for 2 hours a day - 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30 (4 days, not bad, I'm happy with this)
  • write down notes for novel/non fiction book to write for NaNoWriMo - done 10/31
  • pack and mail belongings - did all week, finished today
  • take final photos of local places- doing today on final trip to post office
  • finish the skein of yarn on my blanket - done 10/17
  • Get caught up on Scandal before Hulu deletes my backlog - done 10/30
All in all, happy with the achievement of my goals.

Also, here is my reading wrap up for my Alaskan Summer Seasonal 2014:

Books read: 20 
Trips to Library: 8
Favorite book: Home Front - Kristin Hannah
Least favorite book: The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
Books didn't Finish: 13
Blog posts written: 21
Bucket List items completed: 5 (fingers crossed)
  1. Live/work in Alaska
  2. Finish all books on my bookshelf
  3. Work at a resort
  4. Be content with myself
  5. See polar bears in the wild in Alaska (let's hope so by Sunday when I travel to Barrow otherwise I will have to take off completed list)
I would say season spent has been successful.  I've done and seen so many things.  Till next year Alaska.