January 28, 2012


Today I happened to be in the neighborhood of the restaurant where I used to work. I was there for over 8 years starting in high school and ending after I was married and working full time at another job. Its been at least a year since I last stopped by the restaurant, but there were still many of the same servers.

Everyone is always so nice and happy to see you when you go back and visit. There were a few new employees and when one of them started to greet me like a customer, one of my old co-works was like, "that's Tanya, she used to work here, she's cool." Its so fun to reminisce and see pictures of everyone's children that have grown a foot, since I saw them last.

My old boss even bought me breakfast, which was really nice. I need to go back more often, its nice to be a celebrity.

January 24, 2012

100 Times

There are some songs that are so amazing. They touch you on an emotional level and you can listen to them 50 times in a row and you just have to hit "play" one more time.

Coldplay does a great job with the original, but I like this cover. The harmonies send shivers down my spine.

There are so many covers of this Lenard Cohn song, but Jeff Buckley's version is classic to me.

So what are your favorites? The songs you just can't get enough of hearing.

January 23, 2012

Judging a Book by its Cover

I joined a website called Goodreads.com, where you can keep track of what you have read and share your book reviews with friends. It reminds me of what I used to do with Blogging for Books, back when I wrote a lot more than I do now.

It will be interesting to discover how many books I read in a year. Its never crossed my mind to keep track in the past. My goal is 50 books for 2012, but its only January 23rd and I'm 16% of the way to the finish line. I may have to adjust that.

They also do giveaways and I entered to win some of them. There are hundreds you could try and win, but I don't want to get a book that I wouldn't be at least halfway enjoy reading. Many of the authors are new to me. To figure out what contests I want to enter, I'm doing it. I'm judging books by their cover.

I know, its not the "right" thing to do. Time should be spent discovering what the book contains on the inside. But, when you don't have a lot of time, or can't realistically make the effort (reading the book before entering the contest to win it, is kind of silly) what else should you do?

This can be true for people, too. I realize you should try and get to know people before you judge them. But sometimes its not realistic and you have to decide in a short amount of time how you feel. Take a job interview, you have 30 minutes to judge if this person will be a good fit for a company. Why is it okay for an organization to look at how a person is dressed along with a few minutes of conversation, but if an individual were to do the same thing, they would be "judgmental"?

Just like authors work hard to pick books that will attract you, people do the same everyday.

January 1, 2012


For some reason, I never get invited to big New Years Eve Bashes. Sometimes my husband and I will try to host a party and while our parties are fun, we typically only get two or three "yes" responses. This year we decided to have our own two person party. We made little smokes and chicken wings, and watched some Pirates of the Caribbean.

Can you believe, we have never seen the movies before now? I got the Lego game for Christmas, so we decided it was time to see the movies also.

The best part was just after midnight. There were several people in our neighborhood who decided to set up fireworks. I LOVE fireworks so much! There is something magical and beautiful about them that just makes me happy. I was standing outside in the surprisingly warm night air breathing in the faint scent of explosives, while watching the fire light up the sky. This year I want to remember to take delight in things. I want to enjoy every minute.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4