1. Karen Kingsbury books. She's a christian author. If your looking for a less-heavy read, but a good read, read her. She picks heavier topics to write about, but with her christian perspective, it's not so hopeless, if you know what I mean. I tend to go for her love stories (I know, I'm mushy through and through). She's refreshing. Her stories end well, and she even makes you think. Sure, I know, they aren't "classics," but that's okay. I really liked one called Even Now. She makes me think about what role my faith plays in my life and I feel good after every book. We all need that sometimes. After a few of hers, I'm ready to hit it hard. I've got one on my shelf right now, Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell, just waiting to be read.
2. Jane Eyre. The movie. This is the newest version and THE BEST, in my opinion. It was made a couple of years ago. Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens play Jane and Mr. Rochester. Oh, it is so yummy. I seriously watched it over and over again. I even bought it for myself as a Christmas present this year. Watch it! You'll be glad you did.
3. My i-pod sitting atop my treadmill. My running buddy moved away last week. I haven't been running outside since. Plus, I'm a wimp and it's too cold in the mornings these days. Therefore, come 6am, I'm on my trusty treadmill, i-pod in hand, listening to the Now and Then soundtrack, John Mayer, Beach Boys (come on, it's such happy, wake-up music, and besides, I can't hear myself heaving when "I Get Around" comes on), Stevie Wonder, Bread, Keith Urban, ABBA, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Jackson 5, and, if you can believe it, a little Tchaikovsky.
4. Hugh Jackman. Oops. Our little secret.
5. Mott's Hot Spiced Cider. I've tried and tried to find some herbal tea to love. In the british movies that we love so well, they always talk about chamomile tea. YUCK. I've tried it and can't stand the stuff. I was so disappointed in myself. Maybe the cup-of-tea look just wasn't for me. It looks so classy, seeing someone with their cup o' tea and a book, in a comfy chair, with a beautiful, luxurious throw over their legs. I want myself in that image. I want my cup of tea...or cider.
6. The 5000 Year Leap. It's a book by Cleon Skousen, published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies. It's a fabulous, direct read about principles of freedom that were set up by our Founding Fathers. I'm taking a class/lecture series all about this stuff. I'm being filled up with great information and a real desire to make a difference in our country. If you're a member of my family, DON'T buy it...you're getting it for Christmas. Sorry to ruin the surprise.
7. Dominion. It's a game made by the same people who did Settlers of Catan. It's nothing like Settlers, but it's a great game. It only takes about 40 minutes per game. Two people can play, so Ben and I have played it almost every night for the past couple of weeks. It took a couple of games to really understand and enjoy it, and once I did, it's been a lot of fun.
"I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feeeeellllll sooooo bbbaaaaaadddd."
I hope your singing it like I am. Julie Andrews, eat your heart out.