Morning Meandering: Snow Day and Possibilities

I didn’t want to go to the gym today. 

While my weekend was mostly low key, I was at my lap top for most of it – working on a newsletter for the Friends of The Library, sending out information on the Mardi Gras event, updating lists, planning notes for a Camp meeting, and working on a website for a new business.  My new roll in my job, has made my weekends a little more “working weekends” to get in my non profit duties…  not complaining, just still finding my balance.

So…

With a full agenda today – gym, Friends Board Meeting, Author at the Library at noon, a meeting at 1:30, a few hours of work and a few pics taken at a Wine Class later for marketing….  I was really debating the gym and arguing with myself back and forth that going was good and going was rockstarish and going would make the rest easier and.

And then Mother Nature stepped in and I woke up to this:

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations
of 6 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, and
ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

* WHERE...South Cass and Crow Wing Counties.

* WHEN...Until 6 AM CST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
including during the evening commute. Tree branches could fall.
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and
drifting snow.

Weather in Minnesota can change EVERYTHING.

By 6:30 am the notifications were sent out by text that all Group Fitness classes were cancelled

By 7:30 am Friends Board members started conversing by email – what to do about our Board meeting and our Author event?

….

and my day has potential of change….

Then…. Minnesota kicks in….

The Authors… are already on their way.  We made the decision that if the authors can drive three hours to get to us…  we can have our board meeting for those of us who can get there.  I live right on the State Hwy and its a straight stretch for me so I can do it.  The rest of the day will play out as well.

 

On other notes.  I bought a book.  *insert gasp here*

Well, you know.. sometimes a girl needs a little reassuring.  😉

I have reviews to write – food to talk about, book events to talk about…  just need to get ‘er done.

How is your Monday shaping up?

 

Morning Meanderings… Some Days Minnesota… Some Days…

Mmm hmmm.  That pic is of me this morning… pre everything (make up, shower… well, not pre coffee).

I was up yesterday over 20 hours between my 4 am making the Donuts at The Center, to working all day, a road trip to one of the venues I work with, creating a package for a friend who just had cancer surgery, another meeting and then a dinner meet up with friends.  I came home and spent an hour on the phone and then watched The Tudors too long… trying to stay awake for the moment when they take away Anne Boleyn.   Finally gave up… that will have to wait for another day.  Sorry Anne.

Then…  I woke up to this….

Yeah..   Not sure how much snow dumped on Brainerd between yesterday evening and this morning… but always the optimist I tried to approach it as any Minnesota Girl worthy of the title would do:

You do… what you got to do.. knowing this too will pass…  Spring will come no matter how hard Winter tries to believe otherwise.

Anyhoo… COFFEE, cleaning up, and off to work.  I have bookish things to share… soon my book loving friends… soon…..

 

 

Morning Meanderings… Closet Gamer, Limping Dog, and a Book Event

Hmmmm….  I am feeling an update coming on for my Meandering photo…  needs…. something. 

SO… checking in here as I don’t read as fast as I once did.  Correction…  I probably read as fast as I ever did… its the time thingy to do it that is slowing me down.  Life is crazy self inflicted busy in good ways so not complaining.  And books still happen in book clubish ways and the occasional sneaking one in. 

So today I ramble a bit.  Because I have a little time having to skip the gym because I am taking Mater to the vet this morning… more on that soon….

Gamer.  I am sure I have mentioned it here before… my love for games.  ALL GAMES.  Board games, team games, strategic games and yes… video games.  And this weekend I bought an XBOX S. 

Yes.  Its true.  I love strategy games.  So I bought a few games and played… 

 

AND then Mater….  the Beagle Basset Hound hurt his foot somehow.  He has limped the last couple of days and last night I see one of his toenails was bleeding so I skipped the gym today and will be taking him in to the vet here shortly. 

And last… but probably what you really want to hear about,  Books, Burgers, and Brews is tonight and we have a full house of 65 RSVPS.  We will be discussing the book The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. 

This GIGANTO book surprised me with the interest.  Coming in at 570 pages, I figured this group would be smaller.  I was wrong.  For a while we had a wait list on this one as we had filled our space and more people wanted in.  Wow….  magic book?  Great discussion?  Probably all of the above. 🙂  Should be a fun evening and I will post about it after.

So that’s my current sitch.  I am reading The Thirteenth Tale for next weekends Books and Beans discussion.  Another book I have always wanted to read – has been on my shelf FOR-EV-AH and now I am excited to read. 

Ok.  That’s it… I’m off.. to the vet…  and then to a lunch…  and then to prep for tonight. 

What Are You Reading that is AWESOME? 

 

 

 

Year One by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was an author I once read much of.  Two particular trilogies that I still think of are her Three Sisters Trilogy (Dance Upon The Air) and her Three Keys Trilogy.  Although I have followed her incredible production of books, I have not picked one up in quite a few years.  This one though – this one… intrigued me.  ~Sheila

 

The sickness came on quickly.  People everywhere were getting sick, yet this was much worse than a flu epidemic… people by the thousands were dying. Then hundreds of thousands.  Many panicked, stores were looted; cleared of food and pharmaceuticals.  The world became every man and woman for themselves.  Survival was of the utmost importance ..

if you could.

Some such as Lana and Max, discovered they had powers… abilities that they were unsure where they had come from but they tried to learn how to use.  Unfortunately, not all those who gained powers were using them for good.  As New York becomes more and more frightening, and each person you meet could be either friend or foe, survival becomes the front most thought.

 

Nora Roberts never ceases to amaze me.  Her books can be so diverse from her writing as Nora, to her writing as JD Robb.  Dystopian fiction though?  I did not see that coming.

I enjoyed this start to a new trilogy, and felt that Nora Roberts rolled into this genre impressively so.  While an outbreak of a disease that wipes out most of the population feels like it could be scary real – the magic not so much, which levels this book from feeling to realistic to more of a fantasy sway to it that I enjoyed.  Remember those two trilogies I mentioned previously?  Both have magical elements to them.  Cant help it.. I am a girl who likes powers.  🙂

This book to me is a “yes try it”  to any lovers of fantasy.  While there are elements of Nora Roberts trilogies that seem to sprinkle through all of her trilogies – this is one where I say forget what you know about this author and jump in with an open mind.  This is one that if you did not know who the author was – you would not guess by reading it.

I am looking forward to the next book!

 

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness (w/ Bookies Book Club review)

Patrick Ness has amazed me with his writing in the past (his Chaos Walking series is still a book series I recommend to those who enjoy YA Dystopian like myself).  A Monster calls, while completely different – still rang true with the unique writing style of Ness that I find irresistible.  ~Sheila

 

13-year-old Conner is having nightmares.  His nightmares in fact are so dark that he dare not speak them out loud.  So when the Yew Tree comes to him at night furiously pounding on the walls of Conner’s house, Conner proclaims he is not scared, he has seen worse. 

Yet the Yew tree returns to his again and again, big and looming with a message that he claims had been beckoned by Conner himself.  Although Conner claims that he could not have possibly called upon the tree. 

Conner’s mother is sick with Cancer and his Grandmother is making herself a little too at home for Conner’s liking.  When Conner’s father shows up after a long absence Conner starts to wonder how seriously sick is mom, and does anything going on with her or what is happening at school have to do with the trees visits?

 

While you may say this is a children’s book – I believe this book offers so much more.  I found the writing to be deep, profound, and engaging.  The symbolism of the tree touched me.  Perhaps I was just in the right frame of mind to read – but I sat down Sunday afternoon and finished this that same afternoon.  It messed me up a bit emotionally, but Patrick Ness tends to do that anyway.

I look forward to seeing the movie.

The Bookies Book Club had a good discussion around this book.  Discussions of dealing with loss and letting ago of were tapped into.  For the most part we agreed it was a unique read, and while most of us enjoyed the book, a few did not.  Thus the beauty of a book club. 

We also had great food.  Early on in the book Conner and his mother are eating an Indian Dish called Chicken Vindaloo.  In this part of the book it is described as “they ate great plates of this and were farting and laughing by the time they got to the car.”

Of course I was curious about the dish and had to make it, teasing the Bookies that I was seeing if it would have the same effect on us.  As far as I know it did not, however we did not eat large plates of it (although I think I could have – it was pretty tasty.  😉

Great night with the Bookies.  A book I would recommend and would love to hear your thoughts on.  The movie is out and I am looking to give that a try as well. 

Morning Meandering… Birthday Weekend Check In

Sunday morning.  What is not to love?  Coffee, a good book planned for later, warm blanket and nothing on the agenda other than what I want to put out there in the universe.   I LOVE LOVE LOVE no commitment days.  They give me a chance to unwind, recharge, and prepare to hit it again.

So…. Friday was my birthday.  It was epically uneventful.  Its not that I had any big plans – I was just hoping to do something to make it memorable.  My day just got away from me.  My lunch date for that day had to cancel, my day went longer than I thought it would at work, and I arrived back home around 7:15 pm tired, and with no energy to do any of the things I was tossing around to make a memory.

It happens.

I was in a royal funk and had to remind myself that I am blessed in so many ways.  I have great relationships.  I am healthy.  I have a new job that inspires me and uses my creative energy. I can always make a memory and know I will push myself to continue to live each day to the fullest. 

So.. Saturday.  I made up for it.  I went to St Paul and I ran the Valentines Run with my friends Belinda and Sheila and FROZE.  We had an amazing lunch and I stopped at Barnes and Noble on my way home and treated myself to the book club read (Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls) as well as a few other books and a couple trinkets for my book room.  I went to Office Max ( I LOVE PAPER!) and purchased what I hope is a handy organizer as well as a few other things for my office.  I stayed in last night and watched TV and ate a sub.

Today… I am going to read.  I am going to maybe go to a movie, and I am going to cook something (not sure what) in my New Instant Pot that I super excited about.  I am going to organize a few things to make my week a little easier.  I am drinking coffee, and chilling in the recliner.  BLISS.  Really.  BLISS. 

What are you doing with your Sunday?  What great read is lucky enough to spend time with you?

Morning Meanderings… Weekend Unwind


I have been home from vacation for 7 days now and today….  TODAY is my first day that I am commitment free AND if all goes as I plan…  I will not leave the house today.  (If I owned flannel onesie pajamas I can assure you I would be in them for the duration)

This past week had been a can of mixed nuts.  I went through a hard anniversary date, ran a book discussion on Left Neglected, moved up in hours (and title) in my marketing job,  had my heart hurt, completed the Friends Of the Library Annual Meeting, cleaned up my house, took part in a Sign Making Class, cried much, met with the Penguin Publishing rep for the area, connected with authors for Wine and Words, made a hard decision to cancel an event, had lunch in St Paul with the AMAZING Sue Hall (no… that was not meant to rhyme) who was/is my connection to Opus and Olives the event I modeled Wine and Words after, had a positive meeting about one of the magazines I write for,  and returned to my regularly scheduled work out yesterday morning after being out for almost a month.

Yeah.  That’s A WEEK.

So….  today, and well the weekend, the plan is to lay as low as possible and re-energize.  Of course laying low for me does not mean snuggled up in that coveted onesie eating Cheetos and drinking Diet Dr Pepper while watching hour after hour of Netflix or video games….  Damn tempting though…

No.  Alas, to me it it still firing on all cylinders….  just no public involvement.  For example…  I made a list of weekend goals.

Of course this list will fluctuate as the weekend continues.  Already I am thinking…  “Oh, I should add on there that I need to do laundry” and “I need to create a Stride and Seek hand out for next Thursday,” and “I need to fix the mailing address info for Camp B’s GiveMN.”

Yeah.  Sound familiar?

Anyway on a different note… books came in while I was away…


Lovely lovely reading choices….  🙂

How are you spending your weekend?