Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 favorites

It's that time of year again. Favorite things for 2014 . . .

Stuff I read

Favorite book of the year . . .  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

General fiction . . . The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Unexpected pleasure . . . Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Historical fiction . . . All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Nonfiction  . . .  7 by Jen Hatmaker

Magazine . . . Garden & Gun

Music I listened to

Band . . .  (tie) Hurray for the Riff Raff and Shovels & Rope

Artist . . .  (tie) Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell

Album . . . Small Town Heroes by Hurray for the Riff Raff

Song . . .  (tie) "Swimmin' Time" by Shovels & Rope and "Dearly Departed" by Shakey Graves featuring Esmé Patterson

Artist Discovery . . .  Hurray for the Riff Raff

Local (North Carolina) music . . . The Hawthornes

Song rediscovery . . . Sloe Gin by Joe Bonamossa

Things I watched

TV show . . . Nashville (second year in a row)

New (to me) TV show . . . Orange is the New Black

Movie . . . The Hundred Foot Journey

Live theatrical performance . . . To Kill a Mockingbird (Theatre Charlotte)

Miscellaneous things I liked or enjoyed

Social Network . . . Twitter (third year in a row)

Vacation . . . (Coming soon! Hasn't happened yet.)

Weekend getaway . . . Winston-Salem (The Greylyn)

Food . . . Tacos al Pastor from La Unica

Restaurant . . . (tie) Kebab-Je and Baku

Dessert . . . ginger hazelnut ice cream (Baku)

Beverage . . . Oriental apple martini (Baku)

Friday, December 12, 2014

So many paths

November 2014

Hello, friends. I wonder if you'll be surprised to see me back here in the blogosphere. Last February, I really thought I had come Full Circle in my life enough to close this one out. Turns out I hadn't. I just went down a different path for a while.

Anyway, I'm back.

The place where I currently work is located on a private little peninsula on Lake Norman. The grounds are beautiful and mostly wooded, with a paved walking path around the lake. It's beautiful. I started working there in March, and whenever I can, I get out there and walk. Even if only for ten minutes.

Some days, I try to focus on walking for exercise. Other days are just "me time" and I make a conscious effort to observe the beauty around me and the turtles sunning on the fallen trees; to hear the sounds of leaves rustling or geese honking; to feel the breeze and the sunshine -- all that.

Some days I walk with my eyes on the ground in an attempt to dodge the goose poop.

Some days, I get out my iPhone and take photos. Like these:

October 2014

May 2014

Some days, one (or more) of my work friends comes along and we talk about whatever: work challenges, our families and "real" lives, our hopes and dreams.

But most days I'm alone. And when I'm walking alone, I pray a lot. Silently, of course.

I've witnessed winter turn into spring, spring turn into summer, and summer turn to fall. Now winter is almost here again, and I realize . . . dang, there's another one of those circle things! It's coming around. Again.

And so am I.  :)