Sisters are the best.

Two nights ago my solder sister and I spent four hours talking before bed. Yes, that DOES mean we stayed up until 3 a.m. We haven’t done that in a while, since she has a man in her life who she normally stays up talking to on Skype until I’m already dead to the world (aka sleeping). Anyhoo, it was one of those great heart-to-heart sister talks that includes rants of frustration and tears and hugs and ends in prayers. We talked about guilt and emotional defeat, feelings of worthlessness and those days when we just don’t feel close to the Lord. We know those are all lies, but the fact of the confusion is very real.

Then today, she posted a song for me on my facebook page. I listened and read the words and just let myself cry. It’s awesome to know that she has my back, she knows what I’m struggling with, and she knows what will speak to me and encourage me.

And so I pass it on to you.


Kiwi Avocado Smoothie with Lime and Honey | Just Short of Crazy

avocado-kiwi-smoothieKiwi Avocado Smoothie with Lime and Honey | Just Short of Crazy.

Currently my favorite smoothie. Creamy, tangy, sweet, a little zing from the kiwi, and SO full of goodness. Try it!

They told me this would happen.

About two weeks ago, I started juicing. Mostly vegetables. Not major juicing, not the juice-fast thing by any means. Some mornings I have juice for my breakfast, some nights I have it with my supper. Still eating more than plenty of my regular food. I wanted to see how many veggies I could get in there after months of knowing that a small handful of spinach in my fruit smoothie wasn’t cutting it. The handful o0f spinach is great for what it’s worth, but when weight is a problem and sugar is killing several members of your family, having too much fruit is a very real problem. Likewise not enough vegetables.


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February Reading

I substitute-worked at our local library today. The director is out with a bad cold. I spent the whole, very long, rather quiet day just poking around, shelving books, straightening shelves, singed up one new patron and… read almost an entire book. Hey, I had 8 hours! And only like… 15 people came in during the entire day. And since I’m a sub and not an official employee, there’s not a whole lot that I can do when it’s quiet. 😉 I haven’t been to the library in a few months, mostly because I have an overabundance of my own books, plus a Kindle which already has close to 80 (mostly free!) books on it (AND I just discovered how to borrow eBooks from the area ILL system. Sweet.) So anyway, I’m never short of reading material. But when I spend the whole day in the library, I inevitable come home with a stack of books. Today, I kept my stack very small. I was proud of myself for that. It typically would be more like 10 books, but I can never finish them before they have to go back.


Yup, I have a strong, unabashed preference for JF and YA. I don’t think I’ve borrowed an AF book in … years. They tend not to be fun and full of filth, unless they are “Inspirational”, a genre which I’ve had more than my fill of. I overflowed with it in my early teens and ruined my taste for it. Anyhoo. I’m nearly finished with the Snicket. Hitchhiker’s Guide is next.


The Book Thief


Coming to a theater near you…. hopefully. Markus Zusak announced it to Facebook this morning. His book is finally officially going to be made into a film, and when I saw it, there were a few moments that I stopped breathing. You see, I read The Book Thief for the first time last summer, and… to sum up, it was one of those books that, when you close the cover at the end and wipe the tears out of your eyes, you just know that you will never forget this story.

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The Lizzy Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t you must.

Are you a fan of Pride and Prejudice? Then go watch the Lizzy Bennet Diaries. But wait, maybe you aren’t a fan… it’s so old fashioned, there’s too much dancing, and who TALKS like that, anyway? If that’s your take, then… go watch the Lizzy Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s a YouTube series in vlog format, re-telling P&P in a modern setting. Let me tell you it’s freaking brilliant. I’m a hard-core Austen girl, and I am having so much fun anticipating the modern twist they put on each event from the story. At it’s center, it’s still P&P, but so much of what happens has to be updated to make sense in today’s world. I keep waiting for them to do something that messes it up beyond repair, but so far, it works. Really, really well. So, what are you hanging around here for? Go! Watch! Subscribe! Wait for the moment when Darcy arrives on the scene! And even in Lydia drives you nuts at first, watch her videos too, they give you more back-story.