It’s raining…

Hi there, any internet-roaming individual who may be reading this. 

It’s raining outside, and it’s one of those quiet, rainy days that are perfect for reading. I’m off to finish The Samurai’s Garden (41 pages left at this point- review later today), but I wanted to share this picture, which harnessed the same quiet energy for me as the weather outside. 

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I don’t think I’d noticed it before, as it was hidden in my pictures from Thanksgiving, but I stumbled across it this morning and love it. 

Enjoy the weather and your reading, wherever you are!

-Nicole

It’s That Kind of Morning

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Today is that kind of morning. 

The kind of morning where you wake up slowly. 

Where you read for hours on end. 

Where the light comes through the window slats at a perfect angle. 

And all you want to do is sit and stare. 

The kind of morning where you have nothing you have to do. 

Where you did all of your parent-teacher conferences that you had to sit in on yesterday. 

Which were extremely nice and flattering but still perfectly awkward. 

Sitting in when teachers talk about you to your parents?

As much as I love my teachers, it can still get awkward. 

Trust me. 

Back to this morning. 

I am catching up on posting on this blog. 

And planning what I’m going to bake. 

There’s a whole board I have on Pinterest for that. 

I think it has 784 pins. 

Or something like that. 

A lot to bake. 

Just like I have a lot of books on my shelf to read. 

Like Adam Grant’s Give and Take. Which I should get to reading instead of posting here. 

Because it means I will have a post for next week. 

So goodbye. 

Enjoy this kind of morning. 

Read good books. As always. 

And have fun!

Nicole

Quotes of the Week- Weeks 22 & 23

I’ve been neglectful.

Of this blog, that is.

I’ve been quite attentive to many other things.

Classes.

Reading books, per se.

Adding to my library. 

Playing soccer. Mainly left mid, which I am bad at but trying.

Talking to people.

Spending weekends playing Bananagrams with friends and making friendship bracelets or spending afternoons pickling dilly beans and making applesauce.

Quaint but quite nice.

Yet with all of that, my posting has fallen behind. And now I am more determined than ever not to let that happen.

So I would give you ten quotes. Because that is what any sane person trying to catch up on things would do. But guess what?

It’s Sunday morning. I’m feeling very lazy. I woke up an hour ago and have been cruising food blogs. It’s been a nice morning.

I’m going to brunch pretty soon too.

And am I going to give you ten quotes?

No. Not today. I will give you a couple great pictures with quotes instead. It’s much easier than getting up out of bed to get my quote notebook and then pick ones and then type them out, and blah blah blah.

Here you go. The ten-quote supplement.

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(This especially matches my new adventure, by the way…)

I am enough

 

(Repost but this deserves it.)

JC quote

 

(As does this deserve a repost. One of my favorites ever.)

So you can assume that each of these pictures takes the place of three and a third quotes. And deal with that. I have brunch to be off to, and more book reviews to write later.

Nicole

Some recent library additions

Hi!

I promise to be catching up today on the going-ons in my literary world. I have been pretty negligent of this site with its small but hopefully faithful following. I appreciate you all way more than you think.

But first, I thought I’d share something.

I’ve been adding to my library a lot lately. A LOT.

You see, the library here (not my own) has been giving out free books.

And I could not, just could not, leave something like Mathematical Puzzles and Pastimes in the wrong hands. You know what I mean?

So here’s a picture:

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You see, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. This picture is from a couple weeks ago. I added, oh, 18-20 more on Friday. Sitting on a shelf. In my room. In all their majesty 🙂

…..

I should get going and post quotes and two book reviews and keep this place updated. But I wanted to bring you this first.

Yay! (I don’t know where that came from. Sudden expression of happiness over the internet.)

Have a great day!

Nicole

Writing! Yay!

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Hi!

I am writing in the couple of minutes I have now when I have finished one little piece of homework (and still have more to do) before I have to jet off to someplace else. 

I thought that in this couple of minutes I would share a snapshot with you readers from recently. I am busy writing like crazy for all sorts of stuff- classes, journals, THIS BLOG… And I kinda just needed the reminder for myself to take those couple of minutes to write for fun. Because I love it. Because it helps me relax and get ideas and emotions out. Because it makes me aware and calm and able to be me. 

So I need to write more for me. And using this as a writing resource (which I love, no doubt), I thought I’d share that. Find some time to write for yourself too! I’ve heard far far too many people tell me that they hate writing, that they could never just do it for themselves and enjoy it. Yet I think they’re all wrong and just need to give it a go. If you’re one of them, please try to write! You unsuspecting writers often have some of the best voices and things to say, and I’d like to hear them. 

But for now, I have places to go and things to do and see, so I will be off. Friday Night Lights is almost finished, and the review for that, as well as the quotes for this week, will be up soon. Read (and write) a lot in the meantime!

Nicole

Quotes of the Week- Weeks 19, 20, 21

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I can’t believe how long it’s been. Really. I think about all of these random quotes all the time in my life, talk about them in life, have a couple of favorites up on the wall. Yet I haven’t posted quotes on this blog. In three weeks. Wow. That’s a long time. A lot, and I mean a LOT has gone on in that time. 

Like my taking the picture above. Little camera experimentation with focus stuff. What I do when I’m surrounded by people, outside, and bored with a camera.

Things have changed. People have changed. Situations changed. I’ve changed. And while it may seem like a short time scale for that, trust me, it’s not. It has been an extremely grueling three weeks. So I am being a bit antisocial on Saturday night and indulging myself and staying in reading baking blogs and playing music from my “Writing Inspiration” playlist. 

And writing this post, because I couldn’t let another week pass by without writing. That’s insane. Four weeks. That would be a record, and I’m not ready for it yet. So here are 15 quotes for the three weeks. Some of them are food-related, because I am on a Pinterest/finding recipes from various baking blogs kick and I am itching to bake something sooooo badly. And while I usually am not one for cake mixes, there may be some angel food in my near future…

That was a side note. Here are the quotes:

1. “There is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” -Linda Grayson, The Pickwick Papers

2. “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.” -Ryan Gosling

3. “All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” -Lucy

4. “My life did not seem so vanilla now.” Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

5. “Keep calm and eat chocolate!” 

6. “The world’s most perfect opposites (and complements)- chocolate and vanilla.”

7. “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands- and then eat just one of the pieces.” -Judith Viorst

(Second side note: I intended to have 5-10 food quotes, not 7 all about chocolate. Just sayin’, but it happened, and I have to save my JC picture one for another time.)

8. “Stop saying I WISH. Start saying I WILL.”

9. “Think about how far you’ve come TODAY and how much farther you’ll go TOMORROW.”

10. “What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expect generally happens.” -Benjamin Disraeli

11. “Pulling someone down (including yourself) will never help you reach the top.”

12. “These are the days of our lives. Don’t waste them.”

13. “Never stop challenging yourself.”

14. “All the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust.” -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

And lastly, 15. “Being on top of the world doesn’t mean anything unless you know what it’s like to be at the bottom.”

I hope y’all (where did that come from?! I’m a northerner!) have a great week. Take a couple minutes to enjoy the little things, and most of all, have fun!

-Nicole