Friday, January 10, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things

This has been a lousy week for me and I can't deny I'm glad to see the end of it. My mom has been ill and that has been a stressful situation, but fortunately she is doing better now and we seemed to have turned a corner there. But it was simply one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right. The first full week of work after the holidays was not a good one and thanks to the crazy Polar Vortex we had temperatures that were far below what we are used to in Cincinnati.

The lousy week made me appreciate this Friday fest, because it was fun to get into the spirit of the hop and think of the things that did make me smile this week. So thanks as always to Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author for hosting this lovely way to end each week.

I'm celebrating a few things:

1. Socks.

 I love warm, snuggly socks and this week I got what may be my favorite pair of socks ever. I'm actually sad that I will have to take them off this weekend to wash them. :D

 2. One of my favorite shows returned for a new season. I love FX's Justified and the season premiere had everything I enjoy about the show.

3. Speaking of tv, it's no secret that I'm a total Game of Thrones geek. I am also in love with the FUNKO Game of Thrones figurines and have my very own little Jon Snow. So I was thrilled to learn that FUNKO is releasing a new set that will include Jon's wolf Ghost. Isn't he adorable? My new writing buddy.

4. Last but definitely not least, I got a huge thrill when I discovered that three of the libraries on Martha's Vineyard have The Ghosts of Aquinnah in their collections. I was even more thrilled to see that the copies are checked out. I hope word of mouth about the book will spread on the island. :)

So even though this was a week I'm glad to see end it turns out there were still some little things to celebrate. What are you celebrating this week?

Hope everyone has a great weekend ahead. :)


  1. That's awesome the libraries have your book!
    So sorry it's been a rough week with your mother.
    And I am just as excited about Justified!

  2. Glad your mom's better. I'm another Justified fan. Luv it. Next week will be a better one for you, I'm sure.

  3. Good news that your mother is feeling better, and I hope she continues to mend.

    And even I was wearing socks this week - big, fluffy purple socks. That's how cold I was here in FL. :)

    And how awesome to see your books checked out of the libraries!

  4. I have been thinking of you "up there" hoping you'd be keeping warm. As for socks, I no longer have any shame when it comes to keeping warm. I remember arriving in San Diego and lifting up my arms: "As God is my witness, I shall never be COLD again."

    Ha, never say never!!! Arkansas sucks in the winter, I found out.

    Julie, best wishes. Stay warm (literally), stay cool (figuratively) and stay safe-always.

  5. I'm glad your mom is feeling better. Hope next week will be a good one. Weeks like you just had seem to come and go. Take care and stay warm.

  6. @Alex, thanks about my mom. And yay for another Justified fan!

    @Marilyn, isn't Justified awesome? I just love it so much. Thank you!

    @Madeline, thanks so much. I now want your fluffy purple socks LOL.

    @Inge, LOL, I can imagine you lifting your arms up like that. After this I want to move to San Diego now. :D

    @Inger, thanks so much, I appreciate it!

  7. I'm so sorry about your Mom, and I do hope you'll stay warm! Congratulations on your book!

  8. I'm so sorry about your Mom, and I do hope you'll stay warm! Congratulations on your book!

  9. I'm with you on snuggly socks, I have mine on right now, too! So cool that the libraries has your book.

  10. @MJ, thank you!

    @Cathy, these socks are truly the best I've ever found LOL. Thanks!

  11. There appear to be some technical problems on my end, so I apologize if this comment posts twice...

    I want a Ghost figurine! That is so awesome!

    As are the libraries that have included your book in their collections (plus knowing people have checked it out—so cool!).

    I hope you have a better, less stressful week next week.

  12. I love Ghost & Jon Snow! Glad you can get your new writing buddy soon ;)

    Sorry its been rough with your mom, but I'm so excited that your book is in some libraries. Totally awesome. Hugs :D

  13. That's great that the libraries have your book - how exciting! And that figurine is adorable :)

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  15. Sorry you didn't have a very good week, hopefully next week will be better!

  16. You really have had a rotten week. I'm glad things are improving. Yay for socks and Martha's Vineyard!

  17. Glad your mom is doing better and it's very cool that your book has been checked out at the libraries. And those socks do look cozy!

  18. @MJ, isn't Ghost the cutest? I can't wait to get him LOL. Thanks so much.

    @SK, I am so excited about the island libraries too, thank you and hugs back!

    @Laura, yeah, I'm so stoked about it. :)

    @Kyra, I hope so, thank you!

    @Ellie, yay! Two of my favorite things. :)

    @Sarah, I really need to get another pair of them. Thanks so much!

  19. Glad mom's getting better, figurines exists and libraries realize your awesomeness. Enjoy the weekend.

  20. Hope things improve soon. It's warming up here in Cincinnati.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers

  21. Hi Julie,

    I'm sorry to read that your mother has been ill. Thank goodness she is on the mend. That polar vortex has been unbelievable. In Britain, we have been impacted by it with storm after storm. Thankfully, without the bitter cold.

    Socks are a darn good thing. That's fantastic to note that three of the libraries have your book. Perhaps, when the books get checked back in, you could check out your own book. LOL

    I'm celebrating that a lousy week has had a good turn for you, Julie.

    Have a lovely weekend and stay warm.

    Gary :)

  22. I love Ghost! I'm reading book five right now and loving it - of course.

    Best wishes to your mother for a speedy recovery.

  23. I'm so sorry your mom has been under the weather, but glad she's doing better now.

    As for those socks, maybe you need to buy yourself a second pair, so you'll have a pair to wear while the other's in the wash.

    Congrats on your book being a hit in the local libraries! That has GOT to make you feel good!

  24. I'm glad to hear that your mother is doing better. Congrats on being checked out from the library.

  25. That's so great the libraries have your book! :) And Ghost. So adorable! Glad your mom is doing better. I'm a HUGE fan of warm socks myself. I got three pairs for Christmas and they've been pulling extra duty this past week. Have a good weekend!

  26. Will say prayers for your mom. And yay about your book.

  27. So happy that the libraries have your books,Julie. You must be so proud. sorry it's been such a yucky week for you. Hope your mom continues to improve and next week is much better for you. Happy weekend.

  28. @Sheena-kay, your comment about the awesomeness really made me smile. Thanks!

    @Kathy, oh, great to meet you! Glad we're finally warming up.

    @Gary, oh, I've seen those storms on the news and can't believe it. Hope you guys get some relief soon and we can all go back to normal weather. Thanks and give Penny a big hug from me. :)

    @Donna, I keep meaning to re-read the books, I love them so much. Thanks for your good wishes!

    @Susan, I tried to buy another pair and they were sold out! LOL I was so mad. I guess I'm not the only one who likes them.

    @Nana, thanks!

    @Christine, I'm jealous of your three pairs of socks LOL. I wish I had ordered more of these for myself. :D

    @shelly, that's very kind of you, thank you!

    @Deanie, I hope so, thanks so much.

  29. Oh, I so what the Ghost figurine... so cool.

    Huge congrats on discovering your book in the libraries... how very cool.

  30. I think that is so cool that your books are all checked out of 3 MV libraries. Yeah!

    Hope the rest of January will be better for you, but glad you were able to find some things to make you smile. :)


  31. So, so sorry you've had such a tough week, and that your mom's been ill on top of all that. Glad to see you were able to still spotlight a few happy things for this fest, though! What fantastic news about those libraries; hope the people who checked out your book end up seeking out Polar Night, too! :)

  32. I hope next week is better for you and your mom. Pretty cool about your book being checked out of the library.

  33. I hope next week is better for you and your mom. Pretty cool about your book being checked out of the library.

  34. Wishing you brighter times in the days to come. By the way, is there an easy way to check online if your books are being used by libraries?

  35. OMG I absolutely love your celebrations this week! Your socks are fab ...and I LOVE Justified too! The characters are soo good. I also love Game of Thrones and had no idea on these FUNKO figures - MUST HAVE NOW.

    Also, I live in Ohio too so I share your cold pain - supposed to be up to 50 today here though hopefully we are turning a corner with the weather!

  36. TF, LOL, I can hardly wait to get Ghost. Thanks for the congrats!

    @Sarah, isn't he the best?

    @Jess, it really was a thrill to see that! Thank you!

    @Heather, oh, I hope so, that would be awesome for sure. :)

    @Rhonda, I think it will be, thanks so much.

    @Derek, thanks for the good wishes. And you can check to see if libraries are carrying your books, that includes the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe to my knowledge.

    @JA, oh, how cool you are in Ohio too! And another Justified fan, yay! I love that show more all the time. :D

  37. I am sorry it has been a rough week with your mother and glad you found some celebrations!

  38. I am sorry your mother has been unwell! Hope she is much better soon. At times like that it is true that celebrating the small things is a good thing to do! x

  39. A nice warm pair of socks is sometimes the best thing in the world. I always have cold feet, so good socks are a necessity in my world. And socks is one of my favorite words too!

    Keep warm!

  40. I love socks too. :)

    Wahoo for word of mouth spreading and your book being available in the library - that is so cool!

  41. Hi Julie - it sounds as though the weather has been positively icily freezing and unpleasant .. glad you and your socks are coming through it ..

    Excellent your book has been found at the libraries .. that's great news ..

    I'm writing a 'ghostly' post tomorrow nothing about them really .. but I'll add you in!

    Have a better week and I hope your mother continues to improve .. cheers Hilary

  42. @Vikki, thanks!

    @Austin, she seems to be doing much better, thanks so much.

    @Kate, I also love the word socks! LOL it's funny how some words just make you feel good.

    @Kimberly, I'm still on a high about it, thanks!

    @Hilary, oh, I'm looking forward to your ghostie post, I know I will love it. Thanks!

  43. Socks! Yes. Love the joy in the simple things. And I'd like to add also with everyone else that I'm glad your mother is doing better. How very stressful. :/

  44. Joy in the small things is the way to go since the big things usually bring trouble LOL. I saw I hadn't followed you with my new blogger profile-- just did so!

  45. @Morgan, it really was, thanks so much!

    @Karen, oh, thanks! I sometimes find I don't show up as following people even though I'm sure I have LOL. I can't keep track. Thanks again.

  46. How cool to find your books in those libraries :)
    And I love snuggly thick socks too!

  47. I'm so sorry you had a lousy week, and I hope your mom feels better soon. But congrats on conquering the MV Library! I hope word spreads and you get the success you deserve. :)

  48. @Lynda, it was such a thrill to see them!

    @Lexa, she is feeling better, thanks so much. :)


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