Things I’m loving right now

  • Cool mornings with foggy pastures
  • Seat heaters (for those cool mornings) which make you not want to get out of the car.
  • Palmiers and hot tea – so addictive.
  • Children who place their lunch “orders” the night before to make morning prep easier – It’s so nice at 5AM when you already know what lunch needs to be and you’re not having to try to be creative when your brain is not awake.
  • Cuticle therapy cream – makes my dry hands feel soooo good.
  • iOS 7 – so bright and pretty!
  • Headsets – when you have five consecutive hours of conference calls.
  • Heating pads and Aleve – when you’ve had a headache for a week +
  • Puppies who keep me company during the day

What about you? What are you loving right now?


Things I’m loving right now

I thought I’d share with you a few of the things I’m “into” right now – things that are making me happy –

First up on the list is my iPad.  Yes, I’ve gone over to the Borg, but you knew that already, didn’t you?  Early in the summer I got an iPad. I debated for a long, long time on getting one. I had an e-reader already (love my Nook) and did I really need an iPad?  Well, I have to say, I don’t know what I did without it before. It is so nice to use in lieu of my laptop and e-reader and relatively portable (even though it is heavier/bigger than my Nook) and I love the many apps I have on it. Forget my Bible at church? No problem. Need to look something up? No problem. Watch a movie on Netflix? No problem.

As a matter of fact, I wrote most of this blog post on my iPad while I was sitting in carpool line and then just uploaded it to post. I’m addicted, I tell you.  Best tech investment I’ve made in a long time.

Next would be somewhat directly related to my iPad and that is my newfound love for the Inspector Lewis series. I love the dialogue. I love the story lines. I love the fact that I almost never figure out “who done it” until almost the end of the show. It is well written, intelligent, and has great casting.  And I also love that I can watch all of the old episodes on my iPad via my Amazon Prime membership. LOVE that. I sit it on the counter and watch while I’m cooking dinner, I watch while SuperMan is watching something else I don’t care for on TV, I watch whenever and wherever I can.

And, adding to the list would be that Amazon Prime membership. I debated getting one, but it sure is nice to have my shipping covered for things from Amazon – and the streaming video is absolutely awesome. Well worth the membership fee.

What about some non-tech things on my list of things I love?

Well, I am hopelessly addicted to these granola bars from the Pioneer Woman’s website. I love the rich taste the addition of molasses gives them. Dipping them in chocolate is an added indulgence although not really necessary to me – they’re good all by themselves.

And I’m really enjoying my fruit – it’s apple season and I am eating at least one a day these days. (no doctor for me!) I’m putting them in my oatmeal in the mornings, eating them for an afternoon or before-bed snack. The Honey Crisp are my favorite and they’re back in season again (hooray!)  I’ve also made two apple cakes in the last week and I’m thinking of another apple-themed dessert for this weekend… I’ll share the recipe if it works out well.

What about you? What’s making you happy these days?

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My Nook is Getting a New Look?

I love Beatrice Nook.  I think you already know that.

I found out some cool things today as I was messing around on the internet.

There are some beautiful skins for the Nook.  And pretty matching covers/cases.

What more could a girl want for her Nook?

Here are a few I’m trying to decide between.  Which one do you like best? Help me decide.

Bundle Monster Barnes & Noble Nook Synthetic Leather Case Cover Jacket + Skin Sticker + Screen Protector Ebook Accessories Combo - Fit 3G and Wifi Version

or maybe

Bundle Monster Barnes & Noble Nook Synthetic Leather Case Cover Jacket + Skin Sticker + Screen Protector Ebook Accessories Combo - Fit 3G and Wifi Version

or maybe blue?

Bundle Monster Barnes & Noble Nook Genuine Leather Case Cover Jacket + Skin Art Decal Sticker + Screen Protector Ebook Accessories Combo - Fit 3G and Wifi Version

I really like that one – and the cover is leather, not synthetic. I think it is my favorite so far.

But most definitely not this

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Eek! I would have nightmares!


There are too many choices, what’s a girl to do?

Too bad I can’t order one of each. That would be a little excessive, wouldn’t it?

The bundles are all from Amazon and come with screen protectors and the skins and cases. 

I’m thinking this might be a nice birthday gift for a girl who’s got a birthday coming soon.

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What I’m Reading Right Now

What I'm reading right nowI am actually reading a BOOK right now.  Shocker, I know, since I have been so hooked on Beatrice (the Nook) lately.  But I had purchased a few books right before Beatrice entered our lives and I felt like I really should go back and read those before purchasing any more books on the B&N website.  

That is the only downside I have found with my Nook.  It makes quite a dent in my “disposable income” budget without me even realizing it. I see a book on there that I want, I press “purchase” and blam! it’s there on Beatrice. Painless and quick. Until I look at my bank statement. (eep!)


Here’s what I’m reading right now… I purchased it at a discount at the drug store – they had a big bin of hardbacks marked down to $5 each and I couldn’t resist. I bought this one and a couple others which I haven’t read yet (but plan to read soon)

Sepulchre (Languedoc Trilogy, #2)

And, as I just downloaded the image from the Barnes and Noble website, I see that it is Book #2 in a Trilogy! Egads!  Now I’m going to have to download Book #1!! (Labyrinth is the title)

The book, so far, is engrossing, although I haven’t quite figured out the plot yet. However, now that I know that I am really starting in the middle of the story, that might explain a few things – like why I can’t figure out the plot yet!  (note to self – look for Labyrinth on the Nook tonight)

Here’s what Barnes & Noble had to say about Sepulchre:

In 1891, young Leonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in the Pyrenees of southwest France. Born and raised in Paris, they've come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt—and the Domain—are not what Leonie had imagined. For starters, Tante Isolde is no graying dowager—she is young, willowy, and beautiful, but with a melancholy air that suits the strange, slightly sinister Domain de la Cade. Leonie discovers that the house has long been the subject of local superstition. The villager claim that the Devil walks in the forests of the Domain, and that Isolde's late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain's cavernous library describes not only the spell used to bring forth the demon, but the strange Tarot pack that is part of the ritual, a set of…

I am not even 100 pages into the book yet – can’t tell you much other than I am looking forward to reading more. I am enjoying the writing style and have already been sucked in to the story – I want to know what is going on – and I want to know what is going to happen to Loenie and Anatole.  Anatole seems (on the surface) to be somewhat shallow, but I am reading hints of more depth to the character and to his story.

I’ll keep you posted as I read through it – It’s a big book (~600 pages) so it will probably take me a week or two to finish.

What are you reading?

I love new book suggestions – got any to share?

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