- A nicely padded emergency fund that will keep the wolves from the door.
- Wonderful new-to-me authors who are as friendly as their books are entertaining.
- The ever unconditional adoration of Velcro Dog, who makes sure I get out of bed in the mornings and get moving, especially on cold, snuggle under the comforter for just a little longer mornings.
The last three months have been...interesting. Full of ups and downs, more bad days than good, and impatience on my part. And sometimes my husband's part. I've had to learn my new limits, and the cost of pushing past them. Sometimes you have to push past a limit in order to grow. It seems counter intuitive to healing but it's true. And often painful in the process. I've become very familiar with pain.
In addition to learning to live within and ignore my limits in turn, I have caught up on some of my reading. Give me a moment to laugh hysterically. There is no way on God's green earth I will ever catch up with my ever increasing to-be-read (TBR) piles. Yes, piles. There are the books lurking by the bed, displayed on bookshelves, and *cough* hiding on my ereader/computer. These consist of various genres of fiction and non-fiction. I don't discriminate.
I don't recall each and every book I've read or reread lately, but a few stand out:
- Heroes are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman
- A reread of The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
- Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Each of these book either challenged me, entertained me, or both. Or I *cough* read them more than once. Because they were that good. Honest!
Another bright light in the last three months is Guardians of the Galaxy, both the movie and the soundtrack. Such. A. Great. Movie! And the soundtrack rocks as well. I was able to pick up Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and the actual movie score in a two disk offering. When I need some inspiration, or just need to dance around the house (much to Velcro Dog's chagrin), Awesome Mix Vol. 1 does the trick. I have the DVD on my Christmas wishlist. Which is a good thing cuz a day doesn't go by when I don't want to head back to the theater to watch the movie again. And again.
I also did a little impulse shopping in the fandom department and purchased this t-shirt from Teespring. It is freaking awesome!
It's the simple things, apparently. And that's alright by me.