January 10th, 2016 by Jylly

A friend posted something on Facebook today that asked if we could tell our younger self something in only two words, what would it be?  I usually don’t participate in those but my two words literally jumped out of my head to my hands on the keyboard.  I typed:

“DO IT!”

This December/January has been reflective for me.  Not because it was the end of one year and the beginning of a New one, although that played a minor role.  It marked the one year anniversary of traveling to Belize, listening to Intuition (completely) and deciding to

embrace that Intuition wholeheartedly and make a big change in my life.

I struggled with quitting my job for two days before I sent my resignation.  Talk about Anxiety!  Crimes!!  A month of vacation time, two weeks of sick leave and not to mention the obvious – a hearty salary – are tough to give up.  On the surface.  When it got right down to it though I trusted my gut decision, which had never wavered since two weeks after I bought my plane ticket in July 2014.  I couldn’t possibly return to that Old Life.

I jumped off the cliff and was actually going to embrace living the simple life!  I finally did what I had been talking about for many years — I moved South of the Border.

Since living in Alexandria, Egypt for 3 years as a teenager, I had always felt like I was meant to live overseas.  And in the Sun.  Over the past 7 years in my career as a Buyer (Aerospace), I applied for jobs in Italy, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.  Then I tried my luck Stateside in Hawaii, Arizona, South Carolina and Southern California – all to no avail.  It is so very clear to me now that staying in the Corporate world, at an alternate location, would not have been the answer.

So I listened to my Intuition and stayed in Belize.

It is so clear and easy to see all the situations, steps and seemingly little, insignificant decisions over the years that led up to the moment of Staying.  As I reflect back (thank you Hindsight!) I can see other situations in my life where I could have grabbed the same amount of Gumption (or even some at all!) and proclaimed I would

“DO IT!”

But alas, I cannot go back and change the past.

However, I can be more purposeful and gumption grabbing with my future!

All day I’ve been asking myself what else I could be saying “DO IT” about right now in my life.  Where do I need to grab a little more gumption?  Where do I need to take a Risk?  Where do I need to make that Jump?

What about you?  What could you say “DO IT” about?  Where in your life could you grab a little more gumption or take a Risk?  What could you Jump towards?

Time to do some Gumption Grabbing… and ROAR!

 

 

January 3rd, 2016 by Jylly

WOW!

I’m kind of impressed that I read 90 books this year!!

Granted, being able to do what I want every day allowed for a lot of reading time!

One thing I had to get used to this year was reading on a Kindle (sigh).

I really struggled with this because there is something spellbinding about holding a physical book, feeling the weight of it in your hands, turning the pages, and especially seeing how close you are to the end.

I only brought a few books though so I had to turn to my Acer Tablet and Kindle app if I wanted to keep reading (no library here and not many places to borrow books).  I will admit, it didn’t disappoint though it took some getting used to.  There are a plethora of Free or inexpensive books and most of the ones I’ve read have been enjoyable (I now stop reading if it isn’t)!  I can read in the dark now and easily shut down the tablet as my eyes get heavy, that is a plus.

I still prefer reading a physical book though.  I’m sure that will not change.

Each year I have a goal to read more Spiritual, thought provoking or instructional books and as usual I have once again kept to reading mostly mysteries!  I guess those engage my mind as well as give me the chance to escape.

I’ve always loved board/card games, puzzles and problem solving so it makes sense Mysteries are my favorite.

This year I read a couple History books (my least favorite subject but they ended up helping me in a Trivia Crack game – Score!), Business books and Memoirs (to get an idea of how to write mine).  I’ve been reading a couple Spiritual/Metaphysical so those will easily hit next years list.

I seem to latch onto one author each year who is new to me and just reels me in so much that I have to read every book they’ve written.  Well, move over Harlan Coben because…

…DRUM ROLL…

My favorite new author this year is Nick Pirog.  Hands down.  No doubt about it.  That guy makes me think!  Not that I ever need help in that area but it’s WHAT he makes me think about:  how would you live if you were only awake ONE hour each day and the After Life (or is it?).

Okay maybe I’ve had thoughts of dating Thomas Prescott too, crimes way to get it out of me!!  I also spent a few bucks on Nick’s books.  Totally worth it.  I usually read them in a day or two because I obviously can’t put them down.  Then I can’t stop thinking about them.  Highly recommended.  Go read one NOW!

On to The List!!  I’ve put ** by the ones I really enjoyed.

1. Tell No One by Harlan Coben

2. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson

3. You’ve Been Warned (oops I read this one previously but forgot) by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

4. Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

5. D.H. Lewis – Affairs of Life by G.S. Frederick ** this is a book written by someone I know here in Placencia!

6. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

7. A Shot in the Bark by C.A. Newsome

8. The Enemy We Know by Donna Whiteglaser

9. Spying in High Heels by Gemma Holliday

10.  Blowback by Lisa Hughey

11.  Innocent in Las Vegas by A.R. Winters

12.  30 Days by K. Larsen **

13.  To Kill For by A.J. Carella

14.  Murder To Go by Chloe Kendrick *

15.  Seven Wakings by S.K. McCauley **

16.  Dead End Job by Ingrid Reinke

17.  The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips

18.  A Touch of Ice by L.J. Charles

19.  Sastun by Rosita Arvigo with Nadine Epstein **

20.  Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart

21.  Virtually Scared to Death by Gillian Larkin

22.  The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay **

23.  Ash by Jason Brant **

24.  Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs

25.  Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

26.  Elusive by Sara Sosett

27.  The Aura by Carrie Bedford  **

28.  This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies by Renee Pawlish **

29.  Hot Property by Carly Phillips

30.  Taboo by Casey Hill **

31.  The Hit Woman Gets Lucky by J B Lynn **

32.  Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes **

33.  Vanish by Tess Gerritsen **

34.  3:00 AM by Nick Pirog **

35.  Champagne & Lemon Drops by Jean Oram **

36.  3:06 AM by Nick Pirog **

37.  Unforeseen by Nick Pirog **

38.  Arrival by Nick Pirog **

39.  Borns by Nick Pirog **

40.  Changes by Judith Arnold **

41.  3:10 AM by Nick Pirog **

42.  Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

43.  Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson **

44. 3:21 AM by Nick Pirog **

45.  The Proposal by Lily Zante

46.  The Day Bailey Devlin’s Horoscope Came True by Rebecca Forster **

47.  The Last Call by George Wier **

48.  The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

49.  Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

50.  Stiff Arm Steal by AJ Stewart

51.  It Started With a Kiss by Lindy Dale

52.  I, Spy by Jordan McCollum

53.  Eyeshot by Taylor Adams

54.  Crime Scene by Casey Hill

55.  Planter’s Punch by J.A. Konrath & Tom Schreck

56.  Noble Justice by L.T. Ryan **

57.  What Stays in Vegas by Beth Labonte **

58.  Quinn Checks In by L.H. Thomson **

59.  Gray Matter by Nick Pirog **

60.  The Lake House Secret by Debra Burroughs

61.  Deadly Dossier by Josie Brown **

62.  Frozen Past by Richard C. Hale **

63.  The Day We Blew Up The Cat by S. Peter Lewis **

64.  Jacks Are Wild by Christopher Greyson

65.  The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

66.  Afrikaans by Nick Pirog **

67.  Chez Stinky by Susan Daffron

68.  An Appointment with Murder by Jennifer L. Jennings

69.  An Act of Deceit by Jennifer L. Jennings

70.  The Guestbook by Andrea Hurst

71.  Fade to Black by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus

72.  Killing me Softly by Bianca Sloane

73.  The Grave Man by David Archer **

74.  Perfect Crimes by Jack Erickson

75.  Cuts Like a Knife by M.K. Gilroy

76.  Abraham Lincoln – Just the Facts by IP Factly

77.  Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swark

78.  Piece by Piece by John McGuire

79.  WordPress by Andrew McKinnon

80.  Make Money Online by Robert Smith

81.  Beginners Quick Guide to Passive Income by Alex Nkencher Uwajeh

82.  Diary of a Skinny Mailman by Eugene G. Gentry

83.  Both Sides Now by Shawn Inmon and Dawn Inmon **

84.  Feels Like the First Time by Shawn Inmon

85.  British History in 50 Events by James Weber

86.  Drained by E.H. Reinhard

87.  A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde **

88.  Time Thieves by Dale Mayer

89.  Nine Lives of Adam Blake by Ryan Gladney **

90.  Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone

Oh whoops – realized this list doesn’t include the eBooks I’ve read this year…probably only a handful.

READ AND ROAR!

 

June 25th, 2015 by Jylly

This is the part where I kick myself for not keeping a consistent blog of my Journey! (No, you cannot read my Journals!!) Oh well – here I am six months to the day after arriving in Belize. Yup, I arrived on Christmas Day 2014 after an uneventful overnight in Houston (from Seattle). From the Belize City International Airport I hopped on a puddle jumper to Dangriga where I quickly realized my Taxi was a no show (the gentleman who called to check could hear a party in the background – it was Christmas after all so I couldn’t be too upset!). Luckily I met a woman on the plane traveling to Hopkins so we were able to share her Taxi.  No matter how exciting it is, travel is also exhausting for me so I was pleased to not have to think about where to go for dinner. The owner of the Cosmopolitan Guesthouse where I stayed is a Chef at a nearby restaurant so I went and enjoyed a scrumptious 6 course meal on Christmas night. What a treat! Unfortunately I also got viciously bitten by the sand fleas (silly me didn’t even think about bug spray) and woke up multiple times in the night over the next couple of days scratching my legs and hopping in the cold shower to alleviate the itching. I finally walked into the village to the herbal place and the owner’s husband made me a nice herbal concoction for my bites. It was fun walking back to the guesthouse with green herbs all over my body! Three hours and a shower later I could see and feel the difference of the bites. Hooray for herbal healing!

On December 29 I made my way to Placencia where I have been ever since minus a few quick overnight or day trips to San Ignacio (a favorite place), Belize City and Caye Caulker. I have gotten online to book a plane ticket to the States a few times and each time I do, I get distracted or have a stupor of thought and don’t end up booking one.  I strongly feel I am not to leave Belize anytime soon, so I am listening to my inner guidance (you’ll see that is a theme for this whole Experience)!!

There is a lot to say about uprooting from your “comfortable” and abundant life in the U.S. (Kirkland, Washington to be exact) and moving almost sporadically and haphazardly to a foreign country. Most of the time I forget Belize IS a foreign country!! It doesn’t feel foreign, but maybe that is because I feel I truly belong here, or rather I feel I am supposed to be here. I don’t always feel like I belong – YET. I chose Belize because I feel safe here, the energy is expansive (especially compared to Kirkland), they speak English and in Placencia you can drink the water. I didn’t know anyone in town before I arrived. I didn’t even know for sure I was staying until a week before I was supposed to fly back to the States. I really had to do some self-talk when it came down to the wire – the actual decision GO TIME. I had set everything up when I left that I wouldn’t have to return if I didn’t want to. I sold my house, sold most of my furniture (except my piano), put my car and belongings (after a major purge – donating, trashing or keeping – in storage. I told the owner of the hotel, Jacki, that I wanted to stay and next thing I knew she had found a one bedroom apartment for me in the Village to sub-lease. I hemmed and hawed.  My Spirit Guides (intuition) screamed “STAY!!!” at me. Finally – here is where the self-talk came in (you really have to ask yourself the right questions AND answer them!) – I got serious, and calmed down, and asked myself “What is the worst that could happen if I stayed?” and came up with two answers: 1. I could run out of money. 2. I could hate it. Since I knew what was waiting for me at home (Washington Winter (which didn’t amount to much last year apparently!) and a job that didn’t make my heart sing AT ALL) I figured I had nothing to lose by staying and Everything to gain. I said YES to the apartment then canceled my plane ticket then got my phone unlocked and a Belize phone number.  Another two days went by while I mulled over quitting my job. Even though I felt like this job was a comfortable rut – velvet handcuffs or golden prison (whatever you want to call it) – I was really GREAT at my job. I had to psych myself up once I wrote my resignation email. It was a total Rocky moment but without the Eye of The Tiger playing in the background! I was dancing around like a boxer though!!  It was ironic that I had a place to live and canceled my plane ticket – my WAY home for crimes sakes – yet hitting SEND to end my “career” made me hesitate. Well after much “holy cow what am I doing??” out loud to no one but myself I finally did it. Then came a surge of ENERGY and EXCITEMENT and RELIEF and FREEDOM!! HOLY COW I DID IT!!! After all the “talk” from the last couple years of going on vacation and not coming back…I FINALLY DID IT! Soon after I posted what I’d done on Facebook, I got emails from my co-workers (who had heard about this dream every vacation I went on) saying they were proud of me and congratulations (apparently the news made it down the whole office of cubicles). That felt good! While I may have wondered a lot the past couple months what exactly I am doing here, I have never once regretted my decision to stay and see what this Adventure brings. They say at the end of your life you regret the things you didn’t do more so than the things you did. I would wholeheartedly agree!  So… GO DO that thing you are afraid of or hesitant to do!  GO NOW!

It would take forever to sum up the past six months. I reserve the right to reach back into the recent past to share other good stories, experience, adventure or learnings in blogs down the road. As a brief recap – I spent the first 2-3 months in vacation mode and energetic detox from my job and old life. I seemed to keep meeting tourists and so the PARTY never ended (really unlike me if you knew me before – typically couldn’t go out two nights in a row and wouldn’t drink more than once a week, if that!)! Things really slowed down when I moved out of the Village in March. I had to ride my bike (my new mode of transportation) into the village for groceries and fun. I had to plan so I would arrive safely home before dark (you don’t want to be on the streets here after dark – drunk drivers, crazy drivers and the road is not lit) so it took a bit more planning to go out. Now I go out once or twice a week at night (walking or riding the bus into town while light out) and maybe once or twice a week during the day depending on what needs to get done (laundry, shopping, eating, beach).  I’ll also go out if the house gets too hot (no A/C). I enjoy my morning run and work out for exercise and found a gym to start building up some huge muscles (haha).

I believe that Everything happens for a reason and in the right timing. I have met some amazing people who have been an integral part of my experience here so far, no matter the level or depth of connection. From reconnecting with the Crystal Healer I met in March 2013 in Maya Centre to the water taxi worker that helped me submit my Work Permit application and since has said I can come work on his fishing boat (me a deck hand?  Fisherjylly?  Fun to think about). To other expats making a go of it here to recently meeting a gal my age who has never been out of the U.S. and came to Belize to check it out and possibly move here in September (Get here, Lisa!).

So far the only things I am not digging about Belize are the Bugs, high heat (above 95) and humidity. The jury is out on the culture differences (still researching, especially their love relationships).  For the most part, Belize is exactly the place for the Simple Life I was looking for and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the energy here – it is soooo expansive!

Recently I have been missing a few things from home.  It feels weird to say that yet Placencia doesn’t feel like my ‘home’ yet — so let’s say I miss these things from my old life in the U.S.:
Driving the Blue Stealth Bomber
Listening to my music (forgot to download it to my new laptop before I left – CRIMES!)
Favorite colored BIC writing pens
My various notebooks of deep thoughts or information from classes/my business or empty ones for future deep thoughts or Journal
BOOKS (sometimes you just need a page to turn – ooooh Deep Thought!) though I will report I am handling my Kindle like a champ
The Afros – disco band I LOVED to dance to
Supplements and herbs, essential oils, maybe some toiletries or food not readily available here
Buckwheat pillow
Quilt (it has been cool enough to cozy up on a handful of days!)
Wake-surfing!

I’ve realized lately that others seem to be more proud of me for this Move than I am.  Maybe that is because I am living each moment – the Wanting, the disappointment of it not happening previously (ode to Costa Rica), the trying to figure out how to do it, to making it through the Purging My Old Life process, to putting that last item in storage, to actually grabbing my balls (figuratively speaking) and staying.  So….drum roll…YAY ME!!!  Here is to the first six months of my New Life!!  I’m looking forward to more Adventures, lessons and connections with other like-minded souls!  And here is to consistent blogging (the crowd goes wild)!!  #JYLLIZE and #ROAR

February 27th, 2015 by Jylly

I keep meaning to read the Classics but seem to always go back to my Mysteries. I need the mindless escape I guess!

1. Calamity Jane – Kathleen Bacus

2. Soul Mates – Richard Webster

3. Pall in the Family – Dawn Eastman

4. The Affair – Lee Child

5. Wheels of Life – Anodea Judith

6. Clean Sweep – Denny Sargent

7. Gone for Good – Harlan Coben

8. Divination for Beginners – Scott Cunningham

9. Long Lost – Harlan Coben

10. Book of Spirit Communication – Raymond Buckland

11. The Siege – Stephen White

12. How to Heal with Color – Ted Andrews

13. Cocktails for Three – Madeline Wickham

14. Your Guardian Angel & You – Denny Steward

15. House Rules – Jodi Picoult

16. Stay Close – Harlan Coben

17. Play Dead – Harlan Coben

18. Six Years – Harlan Coben

19. We’ll Meet Again – Mary Higgins Clark

20. Never Go Back – Lee Child

21. Caught – Harlan Coben

22. Murder on the Rocks – Allyson K Abbott

23. Paw Enforcement – Diane Kelly

24. Between Trapezes – Gail Blanke

25. Shelter – Harlan Coben

26. Seconds Away – Harlan Coben

27. Deal Breaker – Harlan Coben

28. The Final Detail – Harlan Coben

29. Back Spin – Harlan Coben

30. Live Wire – Harlan Coben

31. The Heist – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

32. U is for Undertow – Sue Grafton

33. Dogtripping – David Rosenfelt

34. V is for Vengeance – Sue Grafton

35. Second Honeymoon – James Patterson & Howard Rougham

36. Finger Lickin 14 – Janet Evanovich

37. Suspect – Robert Crais

38. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

39. Vanished – Joseph Finder

40. The Hit – David Baldacci

January 7th, 2014 by Jylly

9/21/2013
I seem to keep reading novels. GRR I’m working on a nonfrivolous book right now about Quantum Success and keep seeing things about The Alchemist and what do you know, that is on my shelf to read too, so I’m going to get my act together! I’m a little displeased I’m only at 20 books so far this year but the good news is I’ve been too busy to read — launched a business! ROAR!

15. Spencerville by Nelson DeMille

16. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark

17. You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

18. Worth Dying For by Lee Child

19. The Program by Stephen White
GREAT READ! My first by Stephen White (I think).

20. The Lion by Nelson DeMille

11/29/13
21. Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs

1/7/14
22. Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs

23. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

24. The Things we do for love by Kristin Hannah

25. The Innocent Man by John Grisham

26. Along came trouble by Sherryl Woods

27. The Innocent by Harlan Coben
GREAT READ! It was quite a page turner! My first by Harlan Coben – highly recommend him!

June 19th, 2013 by Jylly

Alright! I’m finding my reading groove! I’m making a conscious effort to read more…and fast (well, trying)!!

9. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
I don’t know…the last two Sparks’ novels I read didn’t really do it for me. I don’t know if it is because they are predictable…or in some ways not predictable.

10. Step on a Crack by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
A Detective Michael Bennett mystery – my second. I’m liking this guy! Lots of good twists and turns.

11. Special Delivery by Danielle Steele
Okay I gotta throw in a cheesy romance every once in awhile! This one has been on my shelf for who knows how long. It was a good story of two people who unexpectedly fall in love.

12. Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
This was a really good book! It’s about a young woman who gets caught up in a crime and ends up marrying the cop who helped her out of it (by covering up the crime). Years later she learns he is a dirty cop so she escapes….of course he ends up tracking her down and….

13. Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
Oops another romance. Would you believe I need to get these off my shelf? 😉 Girl moves back to small hometown after she catches her cheating husband….falls in love with a local. Yadda yadda. It was decent.

14. The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer
First Meltzer read — recommended! It didn’t even feel like I was reading a book and there were lots of twists and turns and I was bummed when it was over. I will definitely read more of Meltzer!

April 6th, 2013 by Jylly

Kind of embarrassing to post, typically I’ve read twice this amount by now! In my defense of not reading near as much as usual and STILL not making my goal of reading books with much substance or knowledge… I have been focusing on launching a new business!! I’m not a believer in excuses, that is simply where my focus has been.

1. Katapult by Karen Kijewski
I think I would make a great P.I….

2. Smart Women by Judy Blume
Ah the beloved Judy Blume! I hadn’t read her in YEARS, maybe a decade or more. It was okay – I think I liked her books for teens/young adults better.

3. Kill Me by Stephen White
Thought provoking read about a millionaire who hires a group to kill him should he ever suffer a debilitating accident or illness. The problem? The contract is irrevocable and there some a few things he wants to do before he is killed!

4. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Finally a Sparks that didn’t leave me crying like a baby! Tender read about a man who walks across the country in search of the woman whose photo he found during his time in Iraq.

5. Lucky Streak by Carly Phillips

6. Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
I’m cutting myself off from some of James Patterson’s books as they are too gruesome. This one passed though….about a reporter who has evidence in a mob hit and the trouble he gets into as he investigates!

7. The Last Lie by Stephen White
My second Stephen White novel! He is my new favorite.

8. Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille

January 3rd, 2013 by Jylly

Well, the end of the year came and went. I will be reading more books this year than last, as is always the goal! (I’ll try to make them more meaningful too while I’m at it! 😉

24. Sexy Lexy by Kate Moore
25. Private by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

26. Captain Kenneth & Lady Gail of Neptuania — this ROCKED! This was written by the lady I rented a bungalow from on my recent trip to Punta Allen, Mexico. She was in 3 shipwrecks. She is a Mermaid! Her and her husband kept a log of all their extraordinary journeys and ended up writing a book about it. She needs to publish it!!

27. Empire of Gold by Andy McDermott

December 21st, 2012 by Jylly

Such a great R.E.M. song and who knew the song would have meaning today?? This “end of the world” hoopla reminds me of Y2K – such ridiculousness! I missed out on a trip to the Paris Symphony at the Pyramids in Cairo New Years Eve 1999 because of Y2K hype. Crimes!!! That would’ve been awesome! Oh well. I’m still alive and though it isn’t the End of the World, it is definitely the end of our Consciousness as we once knew it. I know I’ve felt the energetic Shifts through out the past year – and most of them Unpleasant!!! I am Better for it now and will continue to forge ahead!

Ironically, I’m on my way to Tulum, Mexico tonight on this 21st day of December 2012…quite random considering when I made the plans in July I wasn’t thinking about the end of the word or even the end of the Mayan Calendar for that matter! I wasn’t even thinking Tulum! My girlfriend and I were going to Playa del Carmen…but alas, she bailed on me so I made other plans and decided to venture further South into the unknown based upon a couple recommendations from friends. The fact that the Mayan ruins are in Tulum is Priceless or would that be synchronicitous (I like to make up words, go with it)? I won’t read too much into it but I will Notice it…quite interesting!

I’m excited for the Adventure!

The hardest thing for me to pack is always my books. Go figure! I’ve got my Tarot cards, rocks – imagine the recharging that will be happening down there in the 80 degrees and energies of the Ruins! MAJOR WHOOP! – notebooks/colored pens (you know it!), new Acer Tablet, new Samsung Galaxy phone aka camera and bikini! ALL SET!

December 20th, 2012 by Jylly

I’ve got a few more books to add to the list…

21. Copy Kat by Karen Kijewski
I used to read this Mystery series ten or so years ago and enjoyed them! I found this one at my favorite bookstore (Half Price Books) and you can’t go wrong for a Dollar! It kept me guessing, good read!

22. Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer
I couldn’t get into this book at all – it took me forever to finish it when it should’ve taken only a few days. It ended up being entertaining though!

23. Judge & Jury by James Patterson
I swore off Patterson a couple years ago because of a serial killer book that was just too much for me. I really like his writing style and short chapters and characters and ugh! He just lures me in. I decided to try Patterson again and had a few on the shelf. Still gruesome. I don’t know…there are a few more on the shelf waiting….can she continue reading them folks? Stay tuned…

In other news, I got rid of my cable a month or so ago. OH yeah, Comcast and I broke up. My “special” pricing went away and I just couldn’t justify spending the price of a plane ticket every month on something I don’t really need or use. FINALLY! It’s something I’d been thinking about doing for awhile but just hadn’t made happen. It felt weird – because it was breaking a habit (TV watching just for the noise or boredom or vegging – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but also a relief! I have a media player with Netflix, Hulu and Pandora on it (so I can still have my 70’s music playing ;). I’ve found I have to be way more Purposeful in what I watch. I used to be a big channel surfer. It always drove me nuts that I had over 500 channels including a handful of movie channels and there was nothing on! Now I try to have a plan in mind and movies/shows I watch or am interested in seeing in my que. I spend way less time watching TV now! It has been nice and I haven’t missed it! The weekly shows I watched before…I haven’t seen them in a couple weeks and I don’t mind! Great lesson! And, of course, this will allow for more time to READ!