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!




Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

As is my typical Monday tradition, here’s my weird, miscellaneous photo of the week.  Yeah…what can you say about a wasp’s nest?…not much!  And, really, not anything nice.  Who likes wasps anyway? No.One.Right?  So, we’ll get onto other randomness:

Here’s a podcast I really enjoyed listening to a few weeks ago: Flipping the Gratitude Switch.  Great advice for all of us!

What I’ve read lately (one for my book club and one for work):

jaminn leadership

The library where I got Jamaica Inn, also had Alfred Hitchcock’s movie based on the book.  So, I got them both at the same time and watch the movie after I finished the book.  Well, I admit I slept through most of it!  It was VERY loosely-based on the book.  Very cheesy! But what can you expect from a 1939 film, right?  I’ll just say, the book was SO much better than the movie!

And lastly, I’ll just let you know I tried a NEW way to grocery shop!  The best thing is that I saved time AND I went shopping right after a gym-workout, so I was really sweaty and gross – but didn’t even have to go into the store!  I’m talkin’ about Walmart’s Pickup Service.  I’ve only done it once, but plan to make it a habit. It will force me to make my weekly menu (something I was so good at when my boys were little – but sadly, not anymore). I can buzz right over to the store after I workout, then come home and be productive!

Well, that’s about it for this week’s randomness.  Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!











Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

I’m loving the fall colors, the crisp autumn mornings, and simply the change of seasons! How about all of you? Are you loving it or dreading the coming winter?

Alright…on with the randomness:  I consider myself fairly musically literate.  But I recently read of Brentano – Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” and had to go do some research – because, who was this Brentano? I knew Beethoven never married.  Oh, Beethoven….I wonder how you like people (historians, researchers, nosey-know-it-alls) combing through anything you ever touched, trying to speculate your every intention!

So, do you know what I like to do when I have ordinary/humdrum/boring duties to get done….like house cleaning?  I like to try NEW methods to get those duties done.  Pinterest and YouTube are so kind!…they give me all sorts of NEW ideas to try.  I sprinkled baking soda on my carpet before I vacuumed today (because of THIS video).  I’m not sure if my furniture was really dusty, or if some of the baking soda drifted as I sprinkled.  But if you try this, be sure to vacuum first, dust second!  I tried adding essential oil to my steam mopper to see if my house smelled amazing when I was done (because of THIS video).  It probably did, but silly me, I had candles burning at the same time.  Hmmm..I guess the jury is still out on that one.  And lastly, instead of using a small hand-held scrubber on my shower, I used my sponge mop with attached scrubber (it’s typically meant only for floors I believe). It worked SO GREAT!  And guess what?  I came up with that brilliant idea all on my own. Well, at least I think I did. :)…I haven’t heard of others doing that, haha!

And lastly, here’s what I I’ve been listening to on my commutes lately:


I listened to the audiobook. Excellent voice (whoever the reader was). I found myself just sitting in my car after arriving at my destination so i could find out what happened next. Other than the numerous F-words, it was a good book. It made me think of my relationships. Usually we think people become better people as they get older and more mature, but this book really questions that assumption. It made me think. If I would have read the actual book, I think it would have been a real page-turner.

I guess that’s it for this Miscellaneous Monday.  Have a terrific day and 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!

Well, tennis season is in full swing and here’s a shot of some miscellaneous rackets. If only we could turn OFF the rain when the high school matches are scheduled!  I love the rain, but not so much while I’m trying to watch my son’s matches.

Other miscellaneous stuff….what I’ve been reading lately:


It was interesting to learn how our country (tried) to help orphaned or unwanted children before our current foster care program was put in place. I liked the format of presenting the character’s prospectives in modern day as well as early 20th century.


And I finally got around to reading “Matched”, which I received at my Book Club’s Christmas book exchange…oh probably at least two years ago.  It’s definitely for YA, and I’m kind of miffed at how it ended – but it’s the first book in a trilogy, so I should’ve expected that “left hangin’ ” feeling.  Right?

Next up on the reading list is:


This book was chosen by our book club hostess this month.  I’ll try to remember to review it after I get it read.  :o)  Have a terrific Monday.  Do or read something NEW!





Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

How’s this for random?…a snapshot of the turkey who wanders around our neighborhood. 🙂

Additional miscellaneous stuff…I recently watched ‘In the Heart of the Sea” and I think Ron Howard does an excellent job at directing movies!  As you may know, one of my hobbies is family history research and I had just recently read a newspaper article about a early cousin of mine who had worked on whale boats for a few years.  So that element made the movie that much more interesting to me. Plus, I didn’t realize (before I watched the movie) the extent that people depended on whale oil for lighting their lanterns etc. Interesting! Here’s a clip of my cousin’s adventures:



Also…I gotta share what I’ve been reading lately.  Thanks to the recommendation from BookClub Mom, I just finished ‘All the Light We Cannot See’.  It was a very good story with an interesting writing format. Tip:  Be sure to pay attention to the date headers! 🙂


And that’s about it for this Monday!  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!


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!