Who’da thunkit?

I gotta tell ya somethin.

It’s something I’ve been hearing a lot lately, from different people coming from all walks of life, and I’m about to admit it with the same level of awestruck disbelief as others who’ve confessed before me.

I have become a Belieber.

I know, I know… his new record has been out for two months, and with as fast as the world moves these days, it’s probably old news by now. But I have always (unapologetically) moved slower than the rest of the world.

No, I’m not going to rush out and buy up his earlier stuff – because I’m not, by nature a huge pop fan – but I’m loving the new songs currently playing on the radio. And this song in particular has spawned some MAJOR plot bunnies.

One question, though. What the hell is going on with the big 80s hair and clothes?


Here We Go Again!

pocket watchIt’s no secret that New Year’s Eve is my favorite day ever. Not because I go out and party it up like it’s 1999 again. Nope. I’m an old lady now, and my favorite thing to do is snuggle on the couch with some favorite movies and a pile of snacks, and try to stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight.

I love New Year’s Eve because, for me, it symbolizes a fresh start. And after the past year, I could use one of those. 2015 started out fantastic. I was working on a book I was feeling good about. My home life was stable and my family all well. I was four months into being a first-time grandma, and loving every second of it. (Still loving every second of that. <3 ) In general, I was feeling very optimistic about the way my life was going. Then things happened, as they do. And the things took their toll, as they will.

But the nuttiness of the things has subsided. I am once again feeling optimistic about 2016, no matter what it brings. I had moments of terrible weakness last year, but I’m feeling stronger for having been through them, because sometimes you have to tear something down in order to rebuild it into something stronger than it was before. So here I go, rebuilding one board, one nail, one word, one day at a time.

What are you looking forward to most in 2016?


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