Friday, January 22, 2016

A few Disney thoughts

I always identified with Belle.....

But then recently I started thinking I might be a little more Elsa than I know.

I think Gaston might be the most dangerous of villains,,,,

But Maleficent is the most powerful and intriguing villain.

 I think Frozen might have the best soundtrack....

But Mulan has the best song.

The best prince might just be Naveen...

But Prince Philip is a close second

Agree/ Disagree? Thoughts of your own?

Monday, January 18, 2016

One Word 2016: Still

My One Word for 2015 was Keeping. Honestly it felt like a huge failure. I don't feel like I grew that much. I did keep the hope through two cancer battles. I did keep the faith in people even when I didn't understand what they were doing. But somehow I felt like something was missing. I felt like I should have done more somehow. Then on New Years Eve, we went out to eat. We had planned to go one place, but got there and it was super crowded. We changed our mind at the last minute and went to a different restaurant. While there was good food, I was more excited about the other servers. Two of them were my former students. I wasn't sure how things would turn out from these two. Now I know it turned out fine. They graduated high school and got good jobs. That is something to be proud of and I told them I was proud of them. Maybe I had something to do with that, so maybe just going about my daily life keeping hope and faith is enough.

So on the last day of 2015, I finally felt like my word meant something. God is so amazing. He is really looking out for us.

So for 2016, the word Still has been the only option in my mind. In the last few months I have felt like I'm running 100 miles an hour. I haven't known how to stop and just be silent. I know I need to do it, but I'm so uncomfortable sitting with my own thoughts right now I just can't make myself. So knowing I need to do something but can't make myself do it seems like just the thing that a new year is made for. So this year, I'm going to be reminded to be still. I need to learn to be okay with silence, with just me and God.

My verse for the year is pretty obvious Psalms 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Reading Preview 2016

My goal for 2016 is to read 70 books. I read that many in 2015, but in years prior to that I had only read 30 or so. I am a bit nervous to throw that number out there, but as long as my library's audiobook app can help me out, then I should be fine. From the books I have shelved either physically or digitally, I have listed the ones that I think I'm the most excited to read. My Reading Preview for 2015 was not even close to what I actually read. So this one may or may not be a list of what I actually read.

Books to Finish:
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
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I'm working on finishing several series' that I started. I am enjoying this series more than I expected. Can't wait to finish this book and see how it turns out.

Rampart Street by David Fulmer
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This is book #3 in the Storyville series. It was being tossed out by a friend, so I picked it up. The setting is great, but the plot is disjointed so far. We'll see how it all comes together.

The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley
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I wouldn't have thought an abandoned bank would be such a great setting. I'm not fond of the main character, but she may grow on me.

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
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I'm listening to this one and worrying that it might get painful. A Jewish community during the beginnings of WWII, but so far it isn't the story you would suspect.

Books I'm Waiting On:
Manners & Mutiny (Audiobook) by Gail Carriger
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I know the book is out, but I've listened to #2 and #3 in audiobook and LOVED it! So I'm trying to hold out for this one in audio book.

From My Shelves:
The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam S. McHugh
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Listening more and listening better. I think this will be good for me.

Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
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This has been on my shelf for a while and is obviously a classic. So I think it is time to pick this one up.

Bandersnatch: An Invitation to Explore Your Unconventional Soul by Erika Morrison
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Unconventional soul? I think I am that. I want to know more about it.

Charis: God's Scandalous Grace For Us by Preston Sprinkle
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I can never read enough about God's grace and this one comes highly recommended.

Murder She Wrote: Margaritas and Mayhem by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
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I've read several of these, but this one is supposed to be pretty good. And I always like to take a break from heavy reading.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
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I am in love with her Finishing School series, so I'm going to try another one.

Changeless by Gail Carriger
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And I'm going to finish the series too!

From My Kindle:
All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
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There are lots of books about parenthood. Hopefully this one is a good one.

Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole by Angie Smith
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The title looks good and I always love reading about the stories of other women.

The Depths by Nick Thacker
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This is the only Thacker fiction book I haven't read. I will fix that this year.

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
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This one looked interesting. It was recommended on a blog, but a friend didn't like it much. I guess I'll decide for myself.

From My Good Reads Shelves:
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
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Pretty much anything Pixar says about creativity is something I should know about.

Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr
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I hope I can learn what the life of a Middle Eastern wife is like and I hope I can connect with her as well.

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
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Highly recommended fantasy novel and a cool title. Just recently came across this one.

The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
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Umm... A library, a mystery, some creepy. Sign me up!

The Quaker Café by Brenda Bevan Remmes
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Honestly the title and the blue mug on this one makes me want to read it. And it is set in North Carolina. That's cool.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
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Another fantasy series that was recommended on a blog. I like the idea of Russian elements.

Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
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Another recommendation from a blog. Actually a couple of them. It seems like fun.