Last Friday all of our activities were unexpectedly cancelled, so Jack and I decided to have a little adventure. (As a side, I've found that we aren't doing as many outings this year with Kate in school. Partially because our time is more limited with scheduled activities and partially because I feel guilty doing things without Kate.) Because Jack has been into dinosaurs lately and it was such a beautiful day, we headed to a place we hadn't yet visited - Dinosaur Ridge. This area has a huge concentration of dinosaur fossils! We saw all kinds of tracks and bones, and learned a lot from the guides working there.
Baby Brontosaurus track
Stegosaurus - Colorado's State Dinosaur
Had no idea that there was a state dinosaur!
I love a good list of books to read. I came across this one and think it is a good list to choose reads from. I have the books to movies list which is mostly fiction, so a good nonfiction list will be a nice compliment. Plus I've already got a good start!
I Will Teach You to Be Rich
Imagine Life with a Well Behaved Dog
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (it's been awhile, I might read again)
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul
Gratitude: A Daily Journal
The Total Money Makeover
The Willpower Instinct
The Omnivore's Dilemma
The 5 Love Languages
The Last Lecture
Steal Like an Artist
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
Find Your Focus Zone
Love Is Never Enough
Getting Things Done
Mindfulness: An 8 Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
I started this in 2014 and enjoyed it so much, that I did it in 2015 also. Last year's list got a little long, so for 2016 I'm sticking to Popsugar's lists.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The 5th Wave
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Me Before You
Looking for Alaska
A Monster Calls
Through the Looking Glass
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The Choice (won't read this - no more Nicholas Sparks!)
The Lost City of Z
How to Be Single
The Great Gilly Hopkins (I think Jack & I will read this together)
The Taliban Shuffle
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates
The Girl on the Train
The Queen of Katwe
The Zookeeper's Wife
Brain on Fire
The November Criminals
The Light Between Oceans
A Hologram for the King (on 2015 & 16 lists)
2105 List - I revised my original list to the Popsugar's 40 Books That Became Movies in 2015 (but there were only 38 on the list!). Crossed off is read & highlighted is watched. I only read my way through a quarter of this list...
The Ninth Life of Lewis Drax
The World Made Straight
The Mortdecai Trilogy
The Spook's Apprentice (aka The Last Apprentice)
Fifty Shades of Grey
True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
Far From the Maddening Crowd
The Scorch Trials
In the Heart of the Sea
The Secret Scripture
Into the Forest
Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie)
A Hologram for the King (on 2015 & 16 lists)
The Driftless Area
A Walk in the Woods
The Price of Salt
A Book of Common Prayer
The Secret in Their Eyes
The Danish Girl
Z for Zachariah
Left for Dead
Serena (on 2014 & 15 Lists)
The Longest Ride (won't read - no Nicholas Sparks)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Every Secret Thing
2014 List - Crossed off is read/highlighted is watched.
Outside my window... Sunny, clear, cold. Just a few patches of snow tucked into corners. Should warm up a bit later. An absolutely beautiful winter day.
I am hearing... the painters scraping the deck. Hoping this house painting project will be over this week.
I am feeling... very sad and heartsick. I received news this morning from a dear friend that she unexpectedly lost someone close to her over the weekend. I have shed tears and sent my love over this crazy electronic medium we call the Internet (strange how it can sometimes make you feel close and sometimes remind you of distance), but I really just wish I could be there.
I am thinking... related to the above news, about my grief response and what it means for me. Several years ago, I heard a minister speak of how our emotional responses at funerals - I happened to be crying uncontrollably at my neighbor's funeral so the message caught my attention - are often grief for our own losses, both past and future. That knowledge has really given me insight to my emotions in similar situations.
I am thankful for...this big, goofy, adolescent dog we brought into our life. Even if he is driving me batty right now. He needs a long walk.
From the kitchen...planning all kinds of goodness this week. Tonight we'll have some leftovers from the weekend. Later in the week I'd like to make split pea soup and some salads. We are also doing another 30 day green smoothie challenge. The kids always enjoy it. And I am repeating my Go Sugar Free program. Really looking forward to it. Stocked up on the foods that I know will help my cravings.
I am creating... I plan to finish up the quilting on my chevron quilt today. Maybe even get the binding started. Then I'll start cutting pieces for my next quilt made with strips from Denyse Schmidt's New Bedford line.
I am going... to tackle laundry today. It has *maybe* gotten a bit out of control over the holidays.
Around the house... still have Christmas decorations up! Those are coming down today. Then I want to get my bookshelf doors painted. Time to finish up that project!
In the homeschool room... we'll ease back into homeschool starting today. Need to make a January plan.
How I'm exercising...I got up early and did a private Pilates lesson this morning. Going to yoga Wednesday. Tennis doesn't start back up until next week. And this week I'm starting week 5 of the 10K Runner program. Plus I'll get a long walk in with Tripper.
One of my favorite things... fresh flowers. I bought some for myself at the grocery store this morning. Pretty oranges, reds and greens.
A few plans for the next week:we are moving back towards our normal routine this week, swim starts back today, Kate goes back to school Wednesday, I have a massage scheduled and another private Pilates session, both kids have orthodontist appointments (our first!), and we'll have a mountain place full of friends this weekend.
I'm so excited about my new word! (I wish I had some pretty "Listen" graphic to share) Listen contains so much meaning for me and the direction in which I want to move with my life. So many meanings and applications.
Listen for meaning behind words
Listen to what others really need
Listen to my heart
Listen to intuition
Listen to callings
Listen to my children
Listen to my friends
Listen to my body
Listen without judgement
Listen to opportunity
Listen to God
Listen with an open heart and mind
Plus "Listen" is pretty close to "Kristen."
"Listen, Kristen" just flows off the tongue! Like it was meant to be.
See? See? It's going to be a great word.
I might have to keep it around for a few years like I did "Patience." Seems like I need ample time to sit, learn, and truly absorb the meaning and complexity of a word.
My first "Listen" assignment to myself is to read the book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen which was a birthday gift from my friend Nona.
(I was dying to read it sooner, but knowing "Listen" was going to be my new work, I also wanted to save the read and use it to start off 2016.)