Sunday, November 24, 2013

Life: It Goes On - November 24

It is well and truly winter here now. Our first sleet, our first snow, our first day to use our scrapers after work. Once again I'm asking myself "why do we live here?" Oh yeah, family.

We got an early Christmas present this week. My computer has been on its last legs for years. I haven't had a word processing program since the last time we had to clean it off and I couldn't use the program I needed to be able to download NetGalley books onto my Nook. I think dust was holding my computer together! Given that we have our own Apple genius living on premises, we decided to get a Mac. Mac users, what's your favorite thing about your computer?

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: I'll finish Anna Quindlen's Rise and Shine this week but, with the holiday, I'm not sure I'll start a new audiobook. We'll be doing some driving over the long weekend but I can't convince The Big Guy that he needs to suck it up and just let me listen.

Watching: Will and Grace reruns. I'd forgotten how funny that show was.

Reading: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker for an upcoming TLC review. I'm really enjoying the history included with the story. I had no idea when I started the book that Elizabeth Keckley, the title character, was a real person.

Making: Chili, peanut butter cups, toffee bars, peanut soup. It's all about comfort food this week.

Planning: On skipping Black Friday this year. Well, sort of. I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving day and I'm kind of tired of getting up early to fight crowds and stand in long lines. I may be doing a lot more of my shopping online for the deals.
Grateful: To Abraham Lincoln, who, in the middle of the Civil War, still found enough to be thankful for that he proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving. Prior to 1863, states scheduled their own days of Thanksgiving. Thanks, too, to Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote to Lincoln suggesting the idea.

Loving: Scarves. It's so cold in my office that I've been wearing a scarf almost every day trying to stay warm.

Feeling: I'm trying to feel relaxed, trying to go with an "if it gets done, it gets done" attitude about the holidays and reduce the stress. Of course, that's easier to do now, not as easy to do the closer to Christmas we get!

Thinking: Of taking some computer classes at the community college. I'd love to be able to write code.

Looking Forward To: Being with our families this week!


  1. Congrats on your new Mac. My Husband just got me a new one for Christmas and I absolutely love it. This is my third, I love not having to worry about viruses and such. So easy to work with. I have been able to load a ton of library books on my Nook since my other wouldn't cooperate. Good for you not shopping on Thanksgiving! We have also made a point not to do so on that day. The things I want to buy will still be there another day.

  2. I listen to audio in the car on an old Walkman, so the hubby can use the radio and I get my book on audio! A win win!

  3. Winter has definitely arrived here, too… last night our driveway was plowed for the first time. Do you suppose we could convince our entire families to move south? ;-)

  4. It's cold and windy here - no snow yet though. I do love scarves and wear them most everyday myself.

    Have a great week and great Thanksgiving.

  5. Explain this peanut soup to me.

    I love my MacBook Pro. I love how intuitive and reliable it is. I have to use both PC and Mac for work so I am familiar with both platforms but I much prefer my Mac over my PC.

  6. I'm with you on Black Friday. I may do some online shopping but that's about it. I cannot and will not fight crowds to get something cheaper. Not worth it in my book.

  7. The food you are making sounds yummy! Have a great week.

  8. Sounds like your weather has completely changed from recent weeks. Like the sound of the community computer classes! On the other hand a cold working environment - not good. Have a good Thanksgiving!

  9. Thanks for the Thanksgiving Day history, something I haven't thought about... ever!

    OMGosh, the food you are making sounds divine. What is peanut soup?

    I'm cold all the time too, I actually have a space heater in my office which let's me attempt to warm up my office space. So sad, we were hoping my coldness was a one season issue but as I type this my arm is still cold from the shoulder to fingertips (ugh). Keep positive right!

    Have an amazing week! ps: I'm so happy to be back blogging, this means I have time to read! Loving the work/life balance of my new job. whoop!

    Did you see the new Hunger Games movie?

  10. It is most definitely winter here. We've already had over twenty inches of snow which we don't normally have this time of year. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  11. Yes, to refusing Black Friday shopping! I hope you find your awesome online deals! I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!