Showing posts from May, 2012

Duck, Duck, Beach

My 4 short days at the "Spontaneous Annual Gathering of LDS Singles at Duck Beach" have come to an end. I am already halfway home, stopped at a fast food joint, taking a short break from the monotony of driving.

It was a great trip, and a lot of fun. For me personally, it was wonderful to be able to be around other like-minded singles and just enjoy their company again.

Was there romance and hormones in the air? Yes, for some. Did I meet anyone, fall madly in love, and come home with entertaining and exciting stories (like some of my friends hoped I would)? No. But I did meet several nice guys and girls that I hope to continue getting to know in the future.

For me it was excitement enough just to get to meet people and be reminded "normal" LDS singles still exist out there, and that I'm not all alone in this world. And maybe it was even better to be reminded that I am normal, and can still fit in with other normal LDS singles!

And after working so hard for the…

Kiva loans and ways to help others more

Today a Kiva loan I made several months ago was repaid in full to me. It always gives me a huge warm fuzzy when Kiva loans are repaid, and it has nothing to do with me getting my money back. (If you aren't familiar with Kiva or microenterprise loans click here.) I'm happy because something good has happened for other people.

In today's case, a man in Kenya repaid a loan given to him to start his own mechanic shop. Not only is he now a business owner (which is a great feeling and accomplishment for him), but his whole community benefits from it. His town was in need of a mechanic shop. They are in a remote area, and when vehicles break down, and there is no mechanic to fix it, town members are not able to go to their jobs in other towns. So this new mechanic shop is a good thing for the whole community. The total loan to the man was $600. I was just one of 10 lenders (I think I only contributed $50?).

And it got me to thinking-
Is there a micro-lending program for America…

When I Prefer Boredom Over Men

I very rarely talk about dating or men around here anymore, because I very rarely have an experience with either category. Which may just be why what happened tonight intrigued me so much.
I've had "wrong number" texts plenty of times recently, and I've ignored all of them. (Seriously- one dude in Utah cannot get what I hope is no longer his girlfriend's number straight. The strange drunk texts he sends her in the middle of the night, that come to me instead, are flat out disturbing!)

So here is what happened tonight. I got a picture text from a number I didn't recognize. But it has a local Roanoke area code and prefix. So I figured it must be someone I know but never added to my phone book. The picture is of a local ballpark and team. I only know this because of the signage in the background. I've never been there, and in spite of liking baseball, have never attended a game either. No identifiable person in the picture. The text itself said, &quo…

Finally Friday!

I am in a pretty good mood this morning. All things considered, I just had a crazy productive week. And with my new work responsibilities (that I've had for 5 months now), Fridays are sort of my Saturdays. So I'm not working (much) today, and taking it easy.

Of course, when you are self-employed, there is no such thing as time off. You just keep working because there is always something to do. But at least on Fridays I feel justified in taking a nap or not turning on my laptop for a few hours.

I am very excited. I officially handed off the manuscript/book I have been working on to my editor-reviewer people. And I have set a goal to hand off the second book (it is a series) to them in 2-3 more weeks. I just might get something published after all this year! It is very scary to hand off a manuscript to someone else. It is your baby, your love, this little thing you have put tons of time and work into. And when it comes back to you, no matter how good you think it is, it will be…

Doin' Things You Can't Do in a Car!

I believe the first time I ever started talking about Due West here on this blog was back in 2007! (Here's the post: Dilemma.) Back then I was excited to go see them perform at a small venue in Sandy, Utah where they were opening for a little known act- a teenage girl named Taylor Swift, that I was not impressed with.  I mentioned in that post how I was pretty sure I was one of their very few fans- nobody had ever heard of them. They didn't have an album or a single out either.
Now, just five years later, and at least 39 mentions of them on this blog later, they are on the front page for country music on iTunes today!!! Their latest single, "Things You Can't Do In A Car," hit radio yesterday, and is available to buy today.
Without any doubts or reservations, I can say that I know every single last one of their published songs inside and out. And like I said, I've been a fan since the very beginning. I even know some of their songs that never did get released…

Happy Birth of a Mother('s) Day

Happy (slightly belated by 15 minutes) Birthday and Happy Mother's Day to my mom!

First, I'm sorry I didn't get this up sooner, but I promise, I really tried! I hope you have a great day in Sand Land. And that Dad won't attempt to bake you anything.
Here's some pictures of the faces of people that love you and wish you a very happy day- today and yesterday!

Somehow it feels like I am cheating when I use pictures of other people's kids to wish you a happy birthday! So here are some of your own kids-

 Some pictures are too cute not to use like the one above and below. I can't help myself.

Beach Baby

16 days till the beach!
I am so ready for this little mini-break from reality! And more than that, I am very ready to be surrounded by other singles my own age. I'll say it for the millionth time, I really do like my life here. I have few complaints. But I really do suffer from a lack of a social life. I'm going to have to remind myself not to be TOO excited at the chance to talk to other LDS singles my age.
To give you an idea of the last time I was actually around other singles...  Um... Last July. Yes, it has been that long since I actually did something social with single people.
I even bought a new bathing suit for the first time in about 10 years. (And it is super cute.)
But before I get too excited, I've got a lot to do in the next 16 days. There's the usual YW calling activities, plus the daily work stuff. I can't remember if I have mentioned it here yet or not, but I'm also working on a couple of book projects. I'm so close to being done with the …


Question for the book lovers and bookworms out there-

First, if you have a Nook, Kindle, or e-book reading app, do you ever download or buy the self-pub books? The cheap ones that don't come in print at a book store? Do you even know what I am talking about?

And if you do ever read those kinds of books, how do you find them? And do you find them to be good quality?

I'm learning a lot about self-pub e-books, vanity imprints, etc., right now. I'm reading my first self-pub e-book right now (Patriots by David Frum). I think the story itself is really entertaining and very well-written. The author is definitely talented (he's a reporter for Newsweek, so he should be!). But I'm shocked at the number of mistakes in the book. I'm curious if others have experienced the same thing.