what i’m into-keeping me sane {april 2019}

I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We do this every month, next on Monday, June 3.  Let’s spread the word.    

So, as most of you are aware by now April was very exciting for me and I stayed sane by taking it one day at a time.  I wish I could say that I was wholly successful. For the most part, I was. Here’s the rundown of some of my activities for the month.

What Should I Read Next Podcast

I was so honored to be a guest on the podcast What Should I Read Next this month. The episode aired Tuesday, April 9, 2019. I don’t know if I have ever been more excited and more nervous in my entire life.  I couldn’t sleep Monday night. I was terrified that I would sound like an idiot, that people would laugh, and ultimately, that no one would like me. Crazy, huh?

But it turned into one of those experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  You guys proved my trepidations to be unfounded.  I was shocked at how many of you reached out with book recommendations and some just to say that you related to what I said.  Sometimes, I struggle to feel like I belong anywhere and to remember that there are others like me. It was like I had found my tribe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all of you.

Met a New Favorite Author

The Women’s Economic Development Council here in Huntsville, cohosted with Snail On the Wall books, the author of I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott. It is always such an honor to meet another writer and especially the author of a published book. This brings my total to four; I have met Charlie Lovett, Anne Bogel, Meera Lee Patel and now Mary Laura Philpott. It was a wonderful event and can you believe someone recognized me from What Should I Read Next podcast?

A Trip to the Pacific Northwest

I made a trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was only my second time in Seattle and due to a travel snafu (don’t you just LOVE those?), instead of flying over the mountain pass, I took a shuttle to get to Yakima and got to see the beautiful evergreens standing amidst snow and fog. It was a beautiful sight to see. And now I know why Stephenie Meyers set Twilight in the Pacific Northwest.

While in Yakima, my sister took me to this cute indie bookstore, Inklings Bookshop. They had painted the shelves with chalk paint and had written quotes on them.  I have never seen it before.  It was so neat. The downside of the trip was that I got sick. AGAIN! (see my previous month’s roundup)


I was so happy to be able to volunteer at the annual spring arts festival in Huntsville. I have wanted to volunteer for a long time (seven years or more). I know.  It is so sad that it has taken me so long to do the things that I have always wanted to do but it will never be too late to do things until the day that I am dead. So, I’m trying to keep moving.

In addition, I attended my alma mater’s homecoming on Sunday after I returned from my trip to Yakima. I went to see a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. It was fun seeing her but I hung out on campus longer than I should have and had a minor meltdown on Monday.  I was so tired and sick and I didn’t listen to my body and rest.

I am trying to do that now. More often or not, to stay sane you have to get rest and quality sleep.  I hope I feel better next month so I can complete tidying my home.  I want to finish Komono this month.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Thank you for linking to your own content.  Thank you for your comments. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

enjoy life…

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