50 books in 365 days

The traditional post

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Because ’tis the season, and I’m logged in.

First – lately.

It was a great Christmas. One of the first that I wasn’t freaking out about how much I was spending or the size of our credit card balance. That’s when my little income really comes in handy. Whew!

We’re having a few peeps over for New Year’s Eve. Most of our regulars have other parties to attend, so there’ll just be a few of us – it should be nice.

GD – Yesterday I somehow managed to simultaneously drop our dining room table on my toe, while stubbing it. One in a million chance doc. Yikes. My toenail is not long for this world. Thank goodness it’s not during golf season, or I’d be in a serious pout.

2013 – It was a great year. One for the books. Lots of adventure and travelling. A lot of great times with friends and plenty of god health. Yip. I didn’t read 50 book (more like 35ish), I didn’t get into awesome physical shape (but I was looking pretty good for a while anyway) – but I did more than double by small income – so it was a good balance.

2014 – Here’s some hopes and goals.

– Adventure, fun, travelling, outings, innings and all around good times. Billy and I are looking into a little golf getaway in March – that’s a great start. I think I have a car to drive back from Florida in April or May. I want to attend more local events with friends and spend less time on the couch (although I read quite a bit) – I want to get out more.

– Golf – I want to get to a 10 handicap – last season I floated from a 13 to a 16.  I hope to play more and practice before every round. I hope to take at least 3 lessons at the beginning of the season. I hope to improve my game to increase the amount of fun I have while playing and able to be competitive with my husband.

– Football – Is it weird that I feel like the Browns are so bad because of me? If I was a better person, would they win more? I need to get less caught up in the Browns, it’s bad for my overall morale.

– Finances and ‘stuff’ – I want to steamline our spending and have less stuff. When stuff comes in, stuff goes out. I’d rather spend money on adventure and fun times than stuff. I’m generally pretty good at that, but I could be better.

– Work – I hope to work smarter and learn more to better serve my clients. I’ve become a lot better working with images this last year, and this year I hope to bring my clients more connections and money. I have a roadmap, I just have to follow it.

– Husband – I hope to have lots of great times with him. He is my favourite person in the world. Last year was pretty awesome and I hope to continue this in 2014.

– Health – Good God this holiday season has been bad for me. No self control or will power, my injured toe is sure not to help me get off to a good start. I simply need to eat a bit better (planning!) and move more.

I wish everyone all the best in 2014!

 

Just another day in paradise

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Oh, it’s just lovely outside. Blowing snow and a wind chill of 26*F. It’s significantly below average. Boo. Brr.

Dear March,

You Suck!

Truly,

LG

This time last year, it was significantly above average – I think I had golfed twice already by now (outside, on a real course) and had several days of yard work done. Boo. No walk for the dogs today. Boo.

April 2012 006

 

Pic from golfing last March. The sign on the far side of the pond says ‘no swimming’ then there’s a life preserver on this side of the pond in case you felt like a dip, but can’t swim and didn’t see the sign I guess….

I do have a mountain of laundry to do, and some computer work. I find myself again preparing to head south for a few days. Some work to do as there are always extra things I do only at the end/beginning of each month. I’m flying into Fort Myers Florida on Sunday, and making my home by car beginning Monday. I’m going to take a detour to our house in TN for a few days to do some yard work, maybe meet up with a friend, and possibly golf a round (with not my clubs, but that’s okay).

I’m not super busy at work as I mentioned recently, but I might be in a week or two. We’ll see.

We had a great week-end. Prime rib on Friday night, had a friend over and watched a movie. Saturday night we had a date night – out! Woo hoo! We went and saw a movie, (Olympus Has Fallen – so bad it was funny), a few drinks at Moxie’s (we know some of the wait staff there from our golf course), had a great dinner at The Keg, and back home for some hot tub time. Yesterday we just lounged about, I read a bit, and watched another movie. Nice!

That’s about it!

Life’s good.

Thought I would post

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Slightly odd Monday.

I actually talked to people today! From home! Usually I can go days on end without having a conversation with anyone except my husband, my mom (as we have coffee together Mon-Fri for 1/2 an hour), and rather one sided conversations with the dogs, but today I talked to Person 1 – had to call them to make a suggestion and didn’t feel like waiting for an email response, and Person 2) had some questions for me. Well, well, well.

Aside from a bit of work, and getting side tracked on other work stuff for a good 3 hours, I was still able to accomplished my self imposed (always, being pretty much self employed it’s up to me to set my routine) goals, as well as laundry, a little house cleaning, and well, a nap.

No dog walking today. It’s absolutely miserable outside. I’m fairly certain I golfed March 19th last year – no chance this year! Brr! The wind chill has to be in the low 20’s and it’s freezing rain and there is still a bit of snow on the ground. Boo.

Did go indoor golfing this week-end for William’s birthday (he bought himself a sweet new golf bag with birthday gift certificates) and it was quite fun. It makes me yearn for golf even more than I was previously. I don’t know if area courses can even be ready in a couple of weeks if the weather turns around fast (and it’s not supposed to). Boo.

Hmm… what else… I should really starting doing ‘A Thing A Day’ to properly prepare to completely abandon major house cleaning efforts until the end of golf season. Maybe I’ll start tomorrow by writing out a list. Yeah, that sounds good.

Tonight I’m looking forward to being cozy on the couch, watching a few DVR’d TV shows, reading a little (WAY behind on my 50 in 365 goal) and making William give me a shoulder massage (right shoulder is still way out of whack from spending way too much time right clicking – ha, sounds funny I know, and driving a bazillion hours to Florida).

Yep, life’s good.

1,200th post

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Well, well, well.

Good day so far (it’s 3:30 pm), let’s review.

– Awake at 2:30 (okay that was not good)

– To the gym and back by 7:15 am (and yes that included a work out!)

– Dogs fed and out, house straightened, coffee with my mom, and the only real work thing I had to do today done (and it only took my 1/2 an hour – I thought it was going to take over an hour) before 9am.

– Read all items on my Google reader and even did a movie quiz by 10am

– Walked the dogs for an hour, grabbed a couple of things for my girls get together tonight, and had lunch by 12:30

– Read a bit of the epic ginormous ‘Winter of the World’, had a nap and dreamed that our house was robbed and the guy was still in our house. I talked to him and he felt entitled to steal from us as he considered us one of the bad guys. Woke up because my mom was calling for advice on de-clawing her new cat – by 3 pm.

– Just checked in on a few social media sites for work – I’m now satisfied that I’m done ‘work’ for the day.

Pretty good day.

Tonight some of us girls are getting together at TOL’s – it’s been a while and I think that one of my friends is bursting with absurd stories, so I’m really looking forward to that. Until then, I think I’m going to read a bit more, scrounge up something else to eat, and hang out with the pooches.

Yep, life is good.

Of late, of course

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Happy Tuesday – golf day!

Random things…

I finally finished the behemoth ‘New York’ – it took me 2 weeks!

On the week-end, William and I golfed on Friday night, and Kim, Jim and I golfed on Saturday (William had a tourney), then we headed back to our house for some apps, cocktails and cornhole. Finally I won. Finally!

Really trying to get a lot of golf in, as the end of the season is in sight! No! I’m golfing tonight with Kim in our league, then meeting up with a friend who along with her husband (Bill’s fan) is coming with us to Cleveland in September.

Work has been so easy lately (with the boss man away so much). We have a team meeting tomorrow, so I’m sure that will result in ‘back to the real world’ work level. I’m due. It’s all good.

I’m going to walk the dogs now, so they’re not so crazy when I leave them this afternoon and night with MomG. William worked until 11:15 last night, and is expected to work long hours again today… ugh, poor guy.

That’s it – nothing exciting. Life’s good.

More about lately, and today

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What a gorgeous morning. For that matter, yesterday was gorgeous as well. It’s weird how clearer everything appears when the haze of summer lifts. It’s like I’m wearing glasses and seeing clearly for the first time.

It’s funny how the slightly shorter days are already affecting me. In the summer, I’m ready to bounce out of bed as early as 5:30… now, I’m happy to lounge in bed until 7:30! This morning I was enjoying the distant sound of thunder and the cool temperature… so cosy! Although rain was nowhere in the weather outlook, the thunder and lightening became super intense – then I had to drag my butt out of bed – to shut windows – it was pouring – out of nowhere! Weird! Here’s a low tech view of the lightening strikes… guess where I live? Smack in the middle (and the only) of this storm!

 

That’s a lot of lightening! Now, it’s perfectly clear and beautiful – good thing, I’ve got golf this afternoon, and amazingly, I haven’t had to cancel golf once this season because of the weather – weird again!

Yesterday I took the dogs to my favourite place to walk them; the Chrysler Greenway near Wildwood golf course (of course!). The dogs had a great time running, walking, sniffing, playing

and lounging.

 

So that was good.

I finally cleaned out the garage, and wow, it feels so good to have that off my do to list! I’ve been meaning to clean it since June! Bout time! I might clean the car today, but the is significantly less satisfying than cleaning the garage, as it gets crapped up way faster. We’ll see.

When the boss is away… my boss has only been in town for 7 of the last 30 days… and not 7 days in row! So my job is essentially on auto-pilot right now. It’s super easy to just keep the wheels turning. There are a few things I need to do, but it’s not time consuming, and involves a lot of emailing back and forth, and is not urgent – so…

I’ve been reading the same book for a week now. How annoying is that? Very! It’s a biggie, and not as awesome as I expected. I’m just past halfway through, so I hope to get it done and onto something new by the week-end. I’ve been adding my books that I’ve listed in WordPress (and Vox for that matter!) for the last few years into Goodreads. I really like Goodreads, and have only started using it this year, and I look like a rookie reader only have a few dozen books in there… like c’mon! I’ve read hundreds in the last few years… so I’ve been working on that. I’m kicking myself for not recording the books I read in 2011 (and I accidentally added all my 2010 books as 2011!). 2011 was the year I started working again, and had a huge learning curve and no time to read… but I know that I read at least 20… annoying!

I can’t believe that Augusta National invited 2 women to join! Am I celebrating this major milestone for women in golf. Nope. I think of it like this… it’s a private club, they have the right to include or exclude anyone they want. I don’t know the reasoning behind it, but I hope it’s not due to pressure from women’s groups – that’s annoying. I have a club that doesn’t allow boys and never will. It’s called the Liz Professional Golf Association (LPGA). There’s only 2 members (me and Kikipants) and we’ll never compromise our club due to pressure!

Well, I should start to be productive now… life’s good.

 

Books

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Last year, I read only a few books, and didn’t review them online as I have in years past.

Probably one of the best that I read last year was, ‘The Adventures of  Tom Sawyer’ – I never read it before and I really enjoyed it! Another good one was ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.

I’m off to a good start this year. I’m trying to stop getting lost in cyber space, watching less TV, and committing to making more time to read. This is what I’ve read so far this year…

1) The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Great book with a compelling story. I appreciated that fact that the language was not as how it would have been actually spoken in 1154… that would be painful. The story twisted and turned and I look forward to reading the others in the series.

2) 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I have read a lot of King’s novels over the years (my sister in law owns every book he’s written) – and this was one the best of his I’ve read. He really has a gift for making characters (and even time travel!) very realistic and believable. When reading this book. I Just Wanted To Know How it Finished! I couldn’t put it down, and it drove me crazy! It’s such a unique idea and I loved how history (well, from the late 50’s and early 60’s) was entwined in the story. I loved the language and feel of the time in America. Awesome book.

3) The Highest Calling by Larry Janesky. This is a business book written in the style of a novel – that’s probably why I found it tolerable and actually interesting. Mr. Janesky is probably best known for creating the business Advanced Basement Systems (maybe some of you aren’t familiar with that franchise, but here in Southern Ontario – there have a thriving business – actually my mom used them to waterproof her basement in her 100+ year old cobblestone farmhouse!) If you are a business owner and are looking for some ideas and inspiration, then I highly recommend this book.

4) Swimsuit by James Patterson. I am so over thinking I’ve read everything he’s written! This novel was typical of his style – short chapters and a nice fast moving story. I read this book in less than 5 hours (and during that time I also made dinner and went in the hot tub for almost an hour!). This book could have been better if it was written by someone else. The story was unique and would have been better if it wasn’t written in Patterson’s normal quick style. Essentially an author/reporting is following a story and a serial killer contacts/hire/threatens him to write his story. Good book, but it could have been better.

Well, I’m off to a good start. I’ve reading one I’m halfway through, then the epic, ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King (compliments of my sister-in-law of course) to read.