All’s Quiet

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Yesterday it was 77 degrees here. NO I’m not making that up. The temp just dropped like ten degrees and it’s supposed to rain all morning. The house is quiet, the baking is half gone, the kids are totally gone, and I have to go to East Texas this afternoon for one more Christmas 🙁

While I love my family I do NOT love the 2 hour drive.

Due to poor planning on my part, all we had to eat in the house for Christmas was leftover smoked turkey. The kids revolted. I told them EVERYTHING is closed. They insisted i call Quiznos and then Dominoes. No answer, so we got in the car and drove around. I told them if I didn’t find anything, I’d take them to Quik Trip and get them some 2/2.00 taquitos.  Our favorite Chinese restaurant was open so we SCORED!  Then we hit QT for coffee and smokes and soda (cuz it’s Christmas), and then, the car wouldn’t start.

So there I was on Christmas night sitting outside QT PRAYING my car started. It finally did and first thing yesterday (well, noonish first thing) we headed off to the Saturn dealership. I’m 200 bucks poorer but I have a new ignition switch.

And I read almost all of the Outliers. I don’t normally read non-fiction but I have to say it’s really fascinating! (and really easy reading LOL). Here’s a short description……

In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena. His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display. Outliers begins with a provocative look at why certain five-year-old boys enjoy an advantage in ice hockey, and how these advantages accumulate over time. We learn what Bill Gates, the Beatles and Mozart had in common: along with talent and ambition, each enjoyed an unusual opportunity to intensively cultivate a skill that allowed them to rise above their peers. A detailed investigation of the unique culture and skills of Eastern European Jewish immigrants persuasively explains their rise in 20th-century New York, first in the garment trade and then in the legal profession. Through case studies ranging from Canadian junior hockey champions to the robber barons of the Gilded Age, from Asian math whizzes to software entrepreneurs to the rise of his own family in Jamaica, Gladwell tears down the myth of individual merit to explore how culture, circumstance, timing, birth and luck account for success—and how historical legacies can hold others back despite ample individual gifts.

Then we hit the mall which nearly made me homicidal. So we left–really quick.

And OHHHHHHHHHH Yesterday I ordered a buttload (like 8) of books from bn.com (most for 3.99), which totally cheered me up!!! I used my gift cards and ended up spending only 10 bucks. Mostly stuff I’ve wanted and been meaning to get. And I still have a gift card to amazon.com to spend–woot!

Will try to post some of my Christmas recipes but I’ve got to go make some pound cake now.

How was your Christmas? Did Santa bring you what you wanted?

One thought on “All’s Quiet

  1. Just a few days ago it was 3 degrees here. 🙁
    But today isn’t bad.
    Glad you got your car fixed–and what’s a better gift than books?? 🙂

    Christmas was quiet. That’s a good thing.
    Hang in there!