1. Bring it, Winter. Reggie is all set for the cold weather. A work friend knitted him this lovely sweater. Since I have no discernible talents, I’m amazed how she can take a ball of yarn and turn it into something beautiful and useful. Doesn’t he look dashing? I think blue is his color.
2. Friend and fellow blogger Erika Marks had an exciting week. Her debut novel, Little Gale Gumbo, was released into the world on Tuesday. It’s getting great reviews so far!
Here is a brief description:
When Camille and her two teenage daughters fled New Orleans for the island of Little Gale off the coast of Maine, the islanders were initially more suspicious than welcoming. Twenty-five years later, Camille’s Creole restaurant, The Little Gale Gumbo Café, has become an island staple-as has the legacy of her romance with islander Ben Haskell. Camille and Ben, along with their children, created a new family unit with a seemingly unbreakable bond. But when Ben is found unconscious in his home, next to the body of Camille’s estranged husband, old secrets and suspicions reemerge, and the family must reunite to hope for Ben’s survival. But as revelations come to the surface, so do long-held secrets that will test the limits and definitions of family.
I would be remiss if I didn’t send a shout out to her lovely dog Olive who is a kindred spirit with Reggie as their paws have shared many of the same paths in life. If you’re looking for a new read, add Little Gale Gumbo to your list and stop byErika’s blog for an excerpt.
3. It’s time for another edition of Search Termapalooza. This is when we check on the phrases people have entered in search engines and ended up (for better or worse) landing on this blog. I’ll let these key phrases speak for themselves and the quality material I’m putting out into the universe.
- Steve Buscemi scar
- long white hair big nose
- blood pooling in finger
- huge dozer
- patient with new driver
- slightest activity makes me sweat
- nutella and toast
- Cangro crack
- what it means when your subway car is empty *
4. After a neighbor told me that she saved $400 a month, I decided to take a trip down Refinance Road. Of course, it will be worth it in the end, but just gathering all of the necessary paperwork requires supreme focus. When faced with the choice of vegging out in front of DWTS or digging up the past 4 years of tax returns, it’s not a hard decision to make. Every time I get to the bottom of the list of documents needed, another list pops up in my inbox. Hopefully I’ll get it all together before the 30 years is up on this mortgage.
5. There are quite a few food trucks that show up in front of my office building. If your area hasn’t yet gotten on the bandwagon, the food trucks offer all kinds of niche cuisines from Belgian waffles to dumplings to falafels to cookies. They can be a little pricey ($6 for half of a grilled cheese) but a fun treat. I’m partial to the gourmet coffee truck which comes on Wednesdays. I know that’s a shocker. But what’s fun about the truck is the uncertainty. You never know exactly what’s going on. This week, out of lids. Last week, no brewed coffee because the machine was broken. The week before, the only spot available was in front of a big tree. The week before that, the health inspector makes a routine surprise visit. Rather than get annoyed, I see it as more of a game. What will it be this week? No milk? Generator down? Have you ever been a customer where it’s more about the experience than what you came for?
Have a great weekend everyone!