list #14: a few happy things

1.  I'm home for a little while.  While I loved being in Seattle and at Blissdom, I'm really a homebody at heart.  It's good to be back home with my little family, sitting in front of the fire.

2.  I've got a book reading coming up!  Blue Willow Bookshop is one of my favourite little bookstores here in Houston, and they've been so incredibly supportive of me since before I ever wrote the first word of The Beauty of DifferentThey're hosting a book reading for me at the store on Tuesday, February 8th (one week from today!) at 7pm -- and I'd love for you to come.  Please stop by.  You can even pick up a personalized, signed copy of the book in time for Valentine's Day.  Cool, right?

3.  I'm a finalist in the 2011 Bloggies.  I have to tell you that I'm sort of unreasonably excited about this.  I've never been a finalist in the Bloggies before, and I now totally get what they mean when they say "it's just an honour to be nominated" -- thanks so much to the person who nominated me!  Also, I'm in amazing company in the photography categorySmitten Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman have been great inspirations, and White On Rice Couple and Chickens In The Road offer much eye candy as well.  So please go take a look at all of them, and be sure to vote.  Also, check out the blogs in all the other categories as well -- there are some great reads there.

4.  There's still time to enter to win a signed copy of The Beauty of Different.  If you haven't yet, leave a comment here and here.

5.  I've been jamming quite vigorously at my desk to my latest playlist for February.  You should too:  it features Eve, Adele, Primal Scream and even an appearance by the Jason Parker Quartet.  You can listen to it here

And on that note, have a happy day, friends.


Image:  Photographed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with my Nikon D300 and my 50mm lens.


SongIf I had $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies