Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share

focus ducks

Happy Monday! One thing that I love about blogging, is the ability to record my thought processes and brain dump here in my posts! Haha! Lucky you guys! But really, now that I’ve finished my huge work-related project that took me away for 9 months, I’m trying to figure out what I should focus on next.

I enjoyed reading this post about “How to choose the ONE thing to focus on” at The Creative Introvert (Great name…that’s me! – Too bad I didn’t think of it first!). The post had some good tips – very analytical/quantitative-type tips!

Also, I thought my ducky photo paired well with this topic! (Of course, I had to edit it a bit to focus on just the ONE ducky :o). When hubby and I were in New York in April, we had some time to kill before we could get into our hotel room, and hubby knew I’d love to spend that time shooting….and really the only place close by was a duck pond.  But hey! It beat sitting in the hotel lobby!

Here’s some other miscellany for this week:

What I have been reading:


I read booth books for our book club and I liked them both.  I’m not really into posting reviews, because there are other sites that would do a much better job at that!  But they were both quite good, in my opinion. 🙂

Here’s a NEW podcast that I really like listening to on my commute to work:

Lexicon Valley

The podcaster, John H. McWhorter, teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music at Columbia University.  He interjects music soundbites in between his linguistics explanations. I really like his style, and it just makes my commute seem like 5 minutes instead of 30! Yeah!

And that’s all the miscellaneous stuff I guess I should share this week.  Have a great day and do or learn something NEW!


NEW brain cramps from the Five Male Characters Tag


I thought I’d have a bit of fun and play along with the ‘Five Male Characters Tag’ that I found at Katie’s Cottage Books, who found it at Classics and Craziness, who found it at Revealed in Time! Haha!  And by FUN, I mean I strained my brain and ended up with cramps from trying to come up with these!  As soon as I publish this blog post, I’ll remember a hero, or a villain that impressed me more than these, but they just didn’t come to mind – of course!  But here goes:

Here are the RULES:

1.) List five of your favorite male characters. (book or screen)

2.) Tagging other people is optional.

3.) If you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.

4.) Link Back to ~   www.revealedintime.blogspot.com


1.) Hero

2.) Villain

3.) Anti-Hero

4.) Best Book to Screen Adaptation

5.) Best character perception change

  1. HERO: It’s a toss-up!  I pick either Edmond Dantès from Count of Monte Cristo, or Jean Valjean from Les Miserables (thus the six photo collage instead of 5 photos :o)

edmond lesmis

2VILLAIN: I pick the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 Robin Hood with Kevin Costner.


3. ANTI HERO: I pick Don Tillman from the book The Rosie Project.  I guess this book is being made into a movie, but I bet they’re having a hard time picking an actor to play Don!  Here’s a photo of the author of the book.  He actually kind of looks like a Don Tillman to me! Here’s some “Suggested Actors“.


4. BEST BOOK TO SCREEN: Easy!  I pick Dobby from Harry Potter.


5. BEST CHARACTER PERCEPTION CHANGE:  I pick Willie Stark from All the King’s Men. My perception of this character changed in the middle of the book and then it changed again at the end of the book! I didn’t realize there was  movie based on this book.  I think I’ll have to watch it.


So there you have it!  If you want to play this tag game (and strain your brain), let me know so I’ll be sure to read your picks!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!




a NEW photo and NEW books to read {so many books on my list!}


Happy Wednesday!

I snapped this pic this week in a lovely NEW garden that was recently completed close to my gym.  I think it was a city project, but whoever it was, they did a really good job.  This statue and another of a boy and girl twirling a jump rope was included in the area — and all the flowers there were just gorgeous!

I also recently learned of a NEW source for finding good books to read. Although, my to-read list is far too long as it is! Especially from BookClub Mom’s awesome reviews! My niece was recently telling me about The Tournament of Books where every Spring, when March Madness Basketball is going on, there’s a book tournament where people vote for books.  They’ve been doing it a long time and past tournament winners are listed on the site. So many good books, so little time!

Have a great day! Do or read something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

This may be the last of of the poppy field pics. I’m not sure – it seems like I’ve posted so many!  But I like this one with the snow-capped mountain in the background.

On with other randomness:

What I’ve been reading:


Well, I’ve actually been listening to this while I drive (14 separate disks!!!)…it’s taking me a while! I’m on disk 12 and it’s just getting to the good part – the wrapping up part.  I’ve enjoyed it, but think I should’ve listened through audible so I could increase the speed. :o)



These two I read for my book club group.  Both were really good, but I especially liked Willowkeep.

Another very random thing:  I learned about hydroponic lettuce! I am I the last to know about this? I thought it was very interesting!

And lastly, I’m always interested to learn there’s actual terms for certain things.  Like the time I posted about learning there was an actual word (Bento) for cute little lunch items!  This time, I’m surprised there’s an actual name for a technique I’ve semi-used for years: The Pomodoro Technique.  I think I can use this technique even more scientifically and efficiently that I have in the past, so I think I’ll study it a bit further.  BUT…there’s an actual name for it!  You all have probably used it too!

That’s it for this Monday.  Have a great day.  Do something NEW…or go find NEW stuff out!



Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! So, I don’t particularly like mushrooms, but these were sprouting up in a nearby park next to a walking path I was on and for some reason they just called out to be photographed.  Random, I know!  So…other miscellaneous stuff:

Stuff I’ve read lately: Daddy Long Legs.  A short book written by Mark Twain’s great niece.  I’ll admit to skimming through some of the middle…just to get to the end.  Nice story idea, but kind of old-fashioned writing style.  It was published in 1916 (I think), so that’s to be expected.  I didn’t realize there was a movie too…with Fred Astaire.  I’ll have to watch it and see if I like it better than the book.

I listened to this book on CD:  Washington’s Six Spies.  It was interesting to learn more about the intelligence aspect of the Revolution.  You know, to me, it use to seem like 1776 was ages ago…but now, 250-ish years ago doesn’t seem that long ago.  Its all relative.  Countries across the pond have oodles more years of history than we do. Does that make me really old?  Of course, the book referenced Benedict Arnold quite a bit and I was trying to remember a few details from The Traitors Wife that I read about a year ago.

I bought RainX to try a window cleaning hack that I saw on Pinterest.  I’ll let you know how that turns out! :o)

Lastly, I made Turkey Cranberry Enchiladas this week.  Who knew turkey and cranberries went so well with cilantro, salsa and cumin???  Try it with your turkey leftovers next month!

Well, have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!






Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! So, what’s NEW?  Well, other than this very miscellaneous window photo, let’s see…I finished a couple of books recently:


Left To Tell was an excellent true story of an amazing young woman who survived horrific circumstances.  I was almost reluctant to read it, thinking it might be just another depressing book of killing, torture and pain, but the writer focused on the young woman’s strength to overcome, instead of the gory details of the Rwandan holocaust.  It was a very good book and I’m glad I read it.

The Happiness of Pursuit was a fun read.  I enjoyed reading about all the different ‘Quests’ people feel compelled to undertake.  I love a good challenge, but I’ve never attempted something so huge that it would be considered pursuing a quest.  This was a fun read…and kind of inspirational, in a way.  The power of determination is a great thing!  Some of the stories in the book reminded me of these quotes:

 The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  Author Unknown


“Efficiency and focus are the keys to success” Robert Crais


Additionally…a NEW recipe we tried recently was Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin.  It received ‘thumbs up’ from everyone!


I hope you all have a terrific day!  Let me know what’s NEW with all of you!!!






a NEW chapter


Happy Tuesday!  Yeah, I really don’t know where the last week or so has gone.  No NEW posts usually means I haven’t had time to get out shooting. Boo!  {Very sad}

However, I thought I’d quickly share this photo of some books from my local library as well as share the news that I’m starting a NEW chapter in my life.  I’ve been working at the same place for the last decade.  It has been a very convenient job (5 minute commute….very flexible hours…pretty good  commission $ for my four hours a day)…BUT, I’ve been wanting something NEW for quite some time now.  And the opportunity has arrived! Yeah!  Quite soon after hanging up the phone after accepting my new position, I read this quote somewhere:

Close some doors today.

Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance,

but simply because they lead you nowhere.

-Paulo Coelho

Funny story: My current boss was trying to entice me to stay and threw out the comment that “If you stay, since you know this job so well, you won’t have to learn anything new”.   HAHA!  Wow!…does he not know me very well, or what?!?  (I didn’t mention that I maintain a blog entitled ExploreNewness…my quest to learn or do NEW things as often as I can).  Yes, I almost laughed out loud at that comment, but I didn’t.

Well, have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW and I’ll try to post a bit more often than the last few weeks!

NEW photos of a cherished book and a Sunday message


Happy Sunday!  Today I’m going to blog, brag and blab about a very sweet friend and neighbor of mine.  This person truly knows the meaning of friendship, service, thoughtfulness and a zillion other wonderful attributes!   When my hubby was in the hospital, she went {way} beyond the expected.  She thought of everything we could possible need…even before we knew we needed them!   She gave us a gift bag FULL of items to make that hard time seem so much easier.   One item was a beautiful book with short stories.  We had browsed through the book in the hospital and I personally LOVED the photography!  Then, when hubby was released from the hospital, we packed up all the paraphernalia to come home, and the beautiful book got stashed in a miscellaneous bag and very sadly, kind of forgotten (for a while).  Fast forward to five or six weeks later when this very kind friend asked how I liked the book, when we passed it in the store.   I didn’t recognize the cover…I didn’t realize this was the same book that was stashed away.  I was very embarrassed that it most definitely seemed like I didn’t appreciate her gift!  I came home and pulled out the book (I knew exactly which bag it was still in)…and started browsing again.  I read a few more of the stories…I fell in love (again) with the beautiful photography…but most of all, I remembered the sweet memory of the love and kindness that was shown by our dear friend in those difficult days after hubby’s accident.


Here’s one of the stories told by Elder David B Haight:

A few years ago, when Arturo Toscanini was musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in New York City, he had a Saturday afternoon radio broadcast. And one day he received in his mail a crumpled little note on some brownish paper which read:

“Dear Mr. Toscanini, I am a lonely sheepherder in the mountains of Wyoming. I have two prized possessions: an old violin and a battery radio. And the batteries are getting weak and beginning to run down on my radio, and my violin is so out of tune I can’t play it anymore. Would you please sound an A next Saturday on your program?”

The next week on the program, Arturo Toscanini announced: “To a newfound friend in the mountains of Wyoming, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is now, all together and in unison, going to sound a perfect A.” And they sounded the perfect A. Then that lonely little man was able to tune the A string and then the E string and the D and the G from that perfect A.

Isn’t it interesting to reflect in our own lives and in the lives of the many people who may hear me at this time—those whose violin or lives may be a little out of tune—that we are able to come to a general conference of the Church and hear the marvelous messages that are spoken? Those of us who have the opportunity to speak here pray mightily that we would have the energy and the strength and the vitality even as I do, as I enter the twilight of my life, to stand and bear witness of the truthfulness of this work—because I am a witness of it.

Here are a couple more photos of my cherished book.  Thank you Dear Darci!!!

withangel bedside

Have a great Sabbath!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Texture Tuesday photo


Happy Tuesday!  It’s pretty much true that if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need!  I automatically picture a flower garden as a necessity, but I’m sure whoever originally said that probably meant vegetable garden. :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn…or grow…something NEW!

Linking to Kim Klassen’s Tuesday Textures today.