Friday, January 3, 2014

5 on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!!!!

To be honest, not a whole lot is going on at the moment. So, I'm just going to do a quick "5 on Friday" post to catch you all up before you all run off to do your weekend shannanigans.

1) This is my last Friday of my little "Christmas Break!" Do you know what that means? I have a job! It's only part-time, but it's at least something to get me going while I'm figuring things out. There are also two other job possiblities I'm waiting to hear back from as well - so send prayers and good thoughts my way! But I start the new job on Monday. I'm really excited to have something going so quickly. I would go crazy if I were unemployed for too long and my bank account would probably cry. So, I'm going to enjoy the downtime this weekend while I can.

2) I am ready to get back to writing. I barely worked on my novel all December due to all of the crazy of moving, wrapping up things in Missouri, and the holidays. But the last couple of days my fingers have been itching to get back to the keyboard and my mind has wandered over to my characters. We've been sepearated for too long and I want to get this draft done so I can move onto the (painful) revising process. The only thing is that I haven't found a place to write yet. Ever since I've moved back to my parents house I've kind of taken claim of the kitchen table as my "office" every morning. I drink a cup of coffee, blog, and catch up on other blogs and social media. It's been a nice little routine and I know I can get some writing done here. However, it would be nice to have a little spot I can get away to for a change of scenery to let the creative juices flow. Naturally, I would go to a Starbucks. But as I was thinking about it, amost all of the Starbucks around here are super tiny - and not really condusive to sitting down with a laptop for a couple of hours. We'll see though. I'm going to do some Starbucks/Panera/Cafe shopping this week.

3) In case you haven't heard, Chicago is snowed in. As well as a majority of the rest of the country. This morning is basically the first time since Tuesday night I haven't seen snow faling from the sky. But honestly, I've been really enjoying it. This time, I'm not by myself in my apartment, I at least have my family here to be snowed in with. There's even MORE snow than there was in Missouri, and it's been so fun and peaceful to watch. I mean, look at the view we have from my parents house:

I stole this photo from my mom's Facebook
Isn't it so pretty? And it's perfect. On New Years Eve, we had intended on going to Indiana to visit family, but because of the snow we didn't go. It was a bummer because I always love seeing my extended family over the holidays, but it also has been nice to have more time to relax after all of the crazy before Christmas. We also went to go see Frozen... again. But what better time to see a movie about snow than when it's snowing?

It's also really amusing to watch Bandit and my mom's dog, Indy, sniffing around the snow.

4) As many of you probably know, if you've been following along with my escapades this week, I was posting photos on The Blog Baton Instagram Account. It was so much fun you guys!

First, I felt really cool because I was getting a ton of likes and comments on all of the photos. Is that what it's like to be a "popular" blogger? Because if it is, I need to become one. It was awesome.

Also, I was able to get some great exposure for my blog. I wasn't sure how many people would actually check out my little corner of the internet through The Blog Baton, but I now have several new Instagram and Twitter followers, and a few for the blog too. (Hi new friends if you're reading this! So glad we connected!)

So, not to sound like an ad, but if you want some extra exposure for your blog I highly reccomened checking out The Blog Baton. It was really fun!

5) The nice thing about being snowed in and having down time, is that I've been able to read and catch up on TV shows/movies. (This really shouldn't surprise any of you.) I nearly read all of An Abundance of Katherines yesterday, and I finished the Matched triology over New Years Eve. I'm now going to start Pheonix Rising which is part of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurances series.

On the TV/Movie front, I began rewatching Everwood and live-tweeted about the first four episodes, began Sherlock, and been watching Jane Austen movies. Which is always a good choice in my book. Especially since I have to return to the "real world" on Monday.

How have you all been spending the first few days of 2014?


  1. Love the snow picture! I also laughed out loud about your comment about being getting lots of likes and feeling like a "popular blogger" haha! Happy Friday :)

  2. it's been so cold here that we have "ice quakes"! i never even knew that was a thing. it's when it's so cold that the water in the ground freezes and expands/cracks so you hear this loud sonic boom-like noise that shakes the house. scary. it woke us up last night and i shouted: OMG SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KICK DOWN OUR DOOR! GO CHECK AND I'LL GET KAYLA!

    Vodka and Soda

  3. YAY JOB! That's a promising start to the new year :D

    1. I'm so excited! It actually seems like it'll be a fun/some-what relaxing job. It's only 4 hours a day, but it's at least something while I'm figuring it out! I need something like this to transition with I think.

  4. Congratulations on the job! That snow is beautiful! That's one thing we never really get in SC. I mean, sometimes there's snow, but it's usually not a lot & it doesn't last. Plus everyone drives crazy and you can't get bread or milk to save your life. I've never understood that. What are you going to do if you get snowed in? Dip your bread in your milk?

    ANYWAY. Sorry for the ramble ;)

    1. Thanks! And we don't always get this much snow either. Sometimes we do, but a snow storm like this isn't as common as people may think. But I hear ya about the bread and milk. That's how people in Southeast Missouri were. It was hilarious! When I was snowed in earlier in December, there was NO BREAD OR MILK to be found ANYWHERE in my town. Have you seen the Bread and Milk youtbue video?

  5. I thought we'd get a lot more snow today, but I guess it's coming tomorrow. Congrats on the job!

  6. congrats on the new job! it's been snowing a little by me, but of course it is freeeezing today ugh.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak


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