When I was a little girl, most of my friends wanted a pony. I wanted a screening room.
2021 is here. Resolutions have been made, even if it’s just a resolution not to make resolutions. We’ve waved goodbye to the hell year that was 2020 and we’re moving forward.
My weather app claims the predicted temperature today is in the mid-80's. It's lying. By mid-afternoon, we'll be seeing 90+ on the thermometers. Yes, summertime in La-La-Land, which means perfect weather to swim, but lousy weather to cook in, unless you crank the air conditioner up. Since we still have to eat, even with the weather, we've turned to our Instant Pot and our air fryer/toaster oven because those don't warm the place up as much. Plus, much less oil used to fry things.
Most of my adult life, I have not had the luxury of a dedicated work space at home. I'd carve out a small corner of my bedroom when I had roommates, and shared both desk and computer with the husband for quite a number of years. Even when I got a laptop, followed by an iPad, there still wasn't anywhere I could call "mine." I worked at my lunch place, in bookstore cafes when I had a Barnes & Noble and Borders near me. (Remember Borders?) My local Starbucks is a real favorite, even if it's not available to me at the moment.
True confession time: my favorite dinner recipe is the menu at one of my local restaurants, where our favorite waiters bring us food which we don't have to prepare or clean up after.
Did you know there are 548 episodes in the CW’s Arrowverse series? I didn’t — until my husband and I decided we’d watch everything in order while we’re under shelter in place orders. With five different series and multiple crossovers between them, I created a spreadsheet, so we'd know which episode to watch next. Yes, we are going a little stir crazy.
The question being asked this week is “Other than the genre you write, what books do you love to read and why?” My reaction is just about everything. Okay, there are a few genres I don’t favor, but from the first moment I could recognize words on the page, I reached for any printed material I could get my hands on.
Some weeks, that pretty much describes it all. What are you going to get done this week?
New month, new word. January was about beginnings. For February, I'm determined to capitalize on the momentum I have. This month can be hard; you’re not far enough along to see huge strides forward. You’re also far enough away from the start of the year that the newness has worn off, along with a large chunk of your enthusiasm. Plus, January seemed like it was five years long.
Late in 2019, I chose a word for 2020, something to use as a focus. The word was “Forward.” But I also plan to choose a word for each month to refine the focus, because things can and will change. The word for January was “Beginnings” and it proved apt.