On the Menu
Tonight I’m at Rio Rico Mexican Grill blogging with my friends. I’ll be ordering the Tacos Ranchero, which I love. Crispy steak, pico de gallo, and guacamole on soft corn tortillas. Heaven!
This weekend, I’m going to roast a whole chicken in a crock pot. Can’t wait to see how this works, because I really would like to use my crock pot more.
My Instagram Post of the Week
I finished a couple of books this week! Yay! One was West of Eden by Harry Harrison, which is a very elaborate science fiction tale of an alternate history of our planet in which the reptiles develop science and technology long before hominids. I really enjoyed this book.
The other book I finished was Before Bethlehem by James J. Flerlage. This is the story of Joseph’s family before Mary came to them. I don’t know how historically accurate it is, but Joseph is a character that doesn’t get much attention. I enjoyed peeking into his life a bit, even if it’s all made up.
I also got a new Kindle HD 6, because they had a screaming deal on them. I really like how much lighter than my original Fire it is. I am seriously unimpressed with battery life, however. I have to recharge the battery every 2 days, no matter how little I’ve used it during those two days. I once left it 3 days, fully charged, and never used it. It was completely dead on the third day. That’s just not right. I know Amazon would replace it, but I don’t want to send it back. It’s a dilemma.
The Song of the Week
And because one Stevie Wonder song isn’t enough, here’s another one with some Ray Charles to make it even better.
I finally finished the Photoshop for Mixed Media course offered by Tangie Baxter. So many wonderful videos and instructions! I’ve really enjoyed it. I used Photoshop Elements, so not everything is available to me. I am so sad that I can’t do puppet warp. Some day, I will get a full version of Photoshop. Maybe.
Good Things that Happened this Week
- It’s been a crazy week getting ready for Christmas at the treatment center. My boss wouldn’t approve putting up the artificial trees, so I was pressuring him to get a live tree that we could plant after Christmas. When he heard what that would cost, he finally relented. So we have artificial trees up and the kids have decorated them. Yay!
- We had a great time at both of my Toastmasters clubs this week with holiday parties this week. I ended up this year with a great T shirt that says “Caution: May Contain Traces of Sarcasm” and some handwoven purses from Senegal. I love those gifts!
- I spent a morning working on GED prep with one of the kids – story problems – and I’ve still got it! I can still solve story problems, and I can still teach. The brain is still working – yay!
Round and About
The Color Thesaurus
Powerful Pictures tell Foster Children’s Stories
More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 12/14/14.
My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Angelic Visitations.
Inspiration for the Week
When you open a door, you look through and there are a hundred more doors. Step through the next one and there are a hundred more. The more we understand the more we comprehend the vastness of our ignorance. – Sylvia Earle
My Favorites on Flickr this Week
Click through on these to learn more about the artists.
Weeping Rock – Wentworth Falls by Henry Brosius
keep sleeping by Silke Rieger
storm by Silke Rieger
Untitled by mac mitchell
3154 “Deep” by Scott Bergey
Jan-sneak-peak-5 by marynbtol
cadre inchies by Neija Zeugme
Mammatus Before Sunset by Matt Granz
Untitled by mac mitchell
Mount Asgard from National Geographic
Icelandic Horses by National Geographic
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