Hello out there! Can anybody see me beyond their snow banks??? It seems the entire US is covered in snow and suffering frigid temps, and I know you are probably sick to death of it already. Down here, we are having weather in the near 80's, and we are a bit sick of that too. If I put on my jeans BECAUSE IT IS WINTER DAMMIT, then I pay the price by sweating. I hear we may get a little cold snap in a day or two, for a little bit anyway. I might get to wear a jacket. I know it might anger you all, but I'd pay money to be snowed in for just a day or two.
So I hope we all made it through New Year's Eve safe and sound and full of energy and hope for 2014. We spent it with friends, gorging on clam chowda and lobsters (our friends are from Boston), and wine and champagne and very interesting Puerto Rican egg nog (!). I was going for broke, because on the 1st, I snapped that Fitbit on and began tracking my calories. Again. It feels good to be back in the saddle. (Silly question...am I the only nut that runs up and down the stairs and in circles around my house at 9pm trying to hit my goals????)
Several people had mentioned this inspirational idea, born from Ali Edwards, about adopting "one little word"...a word carefully chosen by each of us to welcome into our lives for the year. A word to focus on, to meditate on, to guide us day-to-day. I think this is simple yet powerful. You can choose to join Ali's year-long workshop, or you can embrace it privately. My word this year is going to be STRENGTH. I'll be working with my trainer to up my weightlifting (I love lifting weights), but I'm also talking about strength of will (against food, sitting on my rear end, and too much wine), and strength to guide and nurture my kids without losing my mind. Check out the website. It is a very good thing.
With the new year, I also decided I wanted a way to track the movies I watch. Please know that I am SO not a movie reviewer, but we watch a lot of them, and at the end of 2014 I'd love to say that I watched this many movies and these were my favorites. So look for my Facebook posts from Letterboxd. It's free and easy to use, and if you join or are already on there, friend me (youvegottaread).
Damn I'm long-winded today.
I also wanted to promote my sister's new website she is running with two other cinephiles. It will be supporting the film scene in the Twin Cities where she lives, but has movie reviews and discussions for people who not only love the blockbusters but also indie films off the beaten path. These three know their stuff. The site is called Joyless Creatures (a term director Werner Herzog used for critics...I think this is hilarious!!!). Check it out.
Have I been reading? Well, I'm trying without huge success. I am about halfway through reading "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker. This was a Christmas gift from my son, and it is really good. True crime is so much my brain candy. I'm also still listening to "Native Son", with maybe 3 discs (out of 15) left. I have no earthly clue what I'm going to say about this when I'm finished. I'm sure to not do it justice. It would be an excellent book club pick. Every time I put on my headphones I think my brain is going to explode.
OK I'm going to shut up now. Wishing you all a really great Sunday, and for many of us this will be the last day of vacation. This is a sad and happy thing all rolled into one!