Photo Friday

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.  I hope you read some fine books & kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful.  And don't forget to make some art.  Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can and I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman


Bringing out one of my favorite pictures for the start of the new year - remembering the warmth and sunshine during a difficult change in my life.   Enjoying the feeling of a fresh start of a brand new year.


September 2011

St. George Island, Florida, USA



Heard of Flipagram?  It puts your pictures into a video and I've been driving my man crazy by obsessing over mine for 2014... it was a good year and we did a lot.  Here... see for yourself!


Lindsey's 2014 Flipagram



Happy New Year

Ring out the old,

Ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

- Tennyson


52 Book Challenge: COMPLETE.

52 Books of 2014

1. The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

2. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

3. In the Woods by Tana French

4. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

5. The Wolf of Wallstreet by Jordan Belfort

6. Whiteout by Ken Follett

7. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

8. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

9. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

10. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

11. Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster

12. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

13. The Bear by Claire Cameron

14. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

16. Sycamore Row by John Grisham

17. The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant

18. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

19. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

20. Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

21. Sourland by Joyce Carol Oastes

22.  What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

23.  The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

24.  The Expats by Chris Pavone

25.  Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

26.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

27.  The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

28.  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

29.  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

30. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

31.  The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

32. The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

33. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

34. Turning Angel by Greg Iles

35. Unwritten by Charles Martin

36. Close your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

37.  The Girl Who Cam Home by Hazel Gaynor

38.  Looking for Alaska by John Green

39.  Dead Mountain by Donniw Eichar

40. Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

41. The One & Only by Emily Griffin

42. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

43. Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

44. One Summer by Bill Bryson

45.  Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

46. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

47. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

48. The Loop by Nicholas Evans

49. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

50. Behaving like Adults by Anna Maxted

51. Bossypants by Tina Fey

52. The Sisters by Nancy Jensen

And that's a wrap... I'm going to do this again in 2015 but figure out how to do it better. 



Unbroken - I have recommended this book to EVERYONE.  My dad, my husband, random people in the bookstore and anyone on facebook who asked for a suggestion.  It is so well written and such a great story.  Loved it. 

And the Mountains Echoed- I had read A Thousand Splendid Suns and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini but this is his best one yet.  A great story spanning generations and explaining the middle eastern culture without preaching.  I've found reading historical fiction is the best way for me to learn about other cultures (ie.  Memoirs of a Geisha, etc.) and understand their customs in a way that doesn't feel forced.  I'm interested in the stories and I learn while following the story.

Greg Iles - I'm excited to have another author that I find entertaining and has great stories to tell.  His books are long, detailed and suspenseful.  And based in the south. 

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls - I've written about my love of Jeannette before and once again, she delivered.  This one wasn't based on her own life but still dealt with poor parenting of sisters.  It was well written, a developed and congruent plot line with likable and believable characters.  I can't wait to read what she does next.



The One & Only by Emily Griffin - I have liked Emily's books so I was sorely dissappointed by this one.  It had potential but seemed rushed. As if it needed to be completed for a deadline and she said, this is good enough.  Kind of like the second and third books of young adult books with vampires and capital figures.  Just expected more and maybe that's my bad.


Photo Friday

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. - Audrey Hepburn


Family Vacation Sunset

Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA

October 2009