Pulling back the veil

Wild weekend!

But in a good way.  Dashed off to the parents & got to catch up with an aunt that I hadn’t seen in about a year.  Also got to see the almost finished house my sister & brother in law are beyond ready to get back into.  Its so strange to see a place from childhood changed so drastically.  It previously was my grandparents, but now it is uniquely their own place.  Hoping that all the details being them the joy they deserve.  It makes me smile seeing it all come from vision to reality.  They might be ready to scream & wish they hadn’t started the whole process, but its going to be worth it in the end.

The bathroom alone is enough to make me want to move in with them.  But visiting will be nice too!  If they ever get it all finished & get to finally move back in.

I’m struggling to fight the urge to start dreaming up how to make my house more my own.  Giving up on the dream of moving anytime soon.  So much going on, it just doesn’t seem realistic.  Since its just me, it doesn’t really matter.  I hate this place & probably always will.  The neighborhood, the layout & the memories aren’t changing anytime soon.  Hoping my attitude towards them will.  Til then, I do my time.

And dream a bit.

and escape as often as I can.

this weekend it was into a beautiful world filled with magic and fantasy.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of the Grimoire Chronicles: the Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats.  For years I have been a big fan of her Natural Magick: The Essential Witch’s Grimoire.  Its a great reference and go to book.  The simple format is easy for a quick read or refresher as needed.  Admittedly, as much as I have loved Natural Magick & enjoyed getting to know her on Twitter, I had to wonder what kind of Young Adult fiction she had made.  Part of me didn’t want to read the book and risk losing respect some how.  Boy was that stupid!  The book is phenomenal!

Forget Twilight.  I don’t need vampires or werewolves,  I want to meet the beings that Sally brings to life in the world of Cassie!  At first I wanted to move in with Aunt Faye myself.  The words brought an image of my ideal house to life and reading the descriptions of the food she made just made me drool.  (I think there should be a cookbook with some of her recipes!) Everyone needs an Aunt Faye in their life.  Hoping if I ever need one, she will appear ready to provide unconditional support, guidance and love.

Don’t want to give the story away, but I will say it NEEDS to be made into a movie.  Hoping that I am one of the few who are reading less over the years, but I am afraid I’m not alone.  The story in my mind was exciting and easy to envision.  Why not make it on the big screen?

True to her roots, Sally brings in elements of witchcraft that give the readers insights into the world of witches, real ones.  Sure there is a lot of things that are fantasy in the book, but the descriptions of the beliefs, tools and ways are respectful and honest.  This is a great read for those unfamiliar and those who have been practicing for years. Its not just a book for witches.  The story is enticing and entertaining for all, but I have to appreciate the approach given to the ways of the craft.  Hoping it assists a few understand what the religion is truly about and that it is nothing to be feared or be ashamed of.  Her experience and knowledge that made her non-fiction book so great, assist in setting the scene for this novel.  Also love the mythological references tossed in along with poking fun at a few popular paranormal themes.  Honestly I want to discuss a few aspects, but I’d rather not ruin any of the plot or spoil the fun of watching it unfold.

This novel was truly inspiring.  One of those things where you are delighted to find that you loose a couple of hours in without realizing it.   I’m thankful it is a series since I didn’t want the paragraphs to end, but I’m dreading the wait in between books!  I’m ready to rejoin Cassie & the other characters to see what happens next.  Hopefully the wait won’t be too long.

So thankful that I was gifted the book at just the right time.  Within a couple of days I finished the entire thing.  Just like I used to do when I read often!  I’m going to take it as a sign that this year is off to a great start and I will end the year with many more stories read instead of just viewed on a screen.

So the reading goal is going good.

What about all the others?

General goals for the coming year & next few months…

  • Purge 100 things from my world within the first 2 days of 2012
  • 100 Days challenge – 100 days straight of intentional moving 30 minutes each day - what a total pain in the ass.  But its happening. Thought I was going to skip a day last night getting home so late, but I did 30 minutes of the Wii Fit, which counts.  Got to find the fun in this sooner or later.
  • 10 on 10 – give $10 to a non-profit each month on the 10th – tomorrow is the first one this year & I can’t wait.
  • Read more! - Finished the first book of the year!
  • Budget each month prior to the month & stick with it - watching every penny & tracking where it all goes.

As for the more traditional resolutions:

  • Try one new thing each week – this past week I actually READ my credit report.  Actually was surprised that I was much harder on myself than it appears that the 3 agencies are.  Knowledge is power!
  • Cook something each week – Made Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken this week.
  • Take one photo I love each week – 
  • Continue my love affair with Post Crossing sent out a couple more & looking forward to some arriving soon.
  • Floss daily – good so far
  • Meditate more – at least weekly – just 20 minutes, but done
  • Daily food picture –  366 dishes – I missed catching a picture on Saturday, but its a habit.  And yes an eye opener.
  • Spend an hour with someone else outside of work each week – caught up with a friend.

Day Two – In a hustle

Did you figure out what you are going to be doing for the next 31 days? Why not make it one to remember or at least do something to make it better?

Me, I’m reading…

31 days of daily reading
Read some in a book last night I started a while back & one that I have read a few times.  Never seems to get old & I always tend to find it hits home with me.  One of those books where I can be going through something in my life, I start reading anywhere in the book & it seems like it was just the part I needed to read right then.
I was lucky enough to get to meet Laurie Cabot when I visited Salem, Mass and have to say I am in awe of her spirit.  My signed copy is a treasure to me but more so are the words that resonate when I need them most.
So what are you reading?
I’m going to share a few books through this month.  May be one I have read in the past, one I am currently in (I tend to be in several at a time) or maybe even one that I am hoping to read soon.
Today is going to be a test on my dedication.  Jam packed day!  Right now I am typing this during the commercials as I watch my PANTHERS take on the Chicago Bears.  Still early & I have hope… sadly I may have to watch the final parts of the game tonight DVR’d.
At 3:30 I’m going downtown to be part of the annual Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk!  AGAIN!  50 photographers per city can participate in this event.  In cities all over the world, photographers get out and capture the day.  Then we post & winners are chosen.  For me its just fun to get out & get a few shots and also see the ones fellow photographers get of the same streets at the same time.  So many different perspectives.

I had a blast last year!

They meet up afterward for dinner, but I got a better offer to dine with friends so looking forward to catching up there.
So… at some point, I will read.   Because I promised myself I would and I will.  This is how the habits are rebuilt.
Enjoy the day!
….& GO PANTHERS!!!

Thankfully that was water Bijou sneaked a sip of!