Jennifer Pickrell

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Spring…?

Happy spring! It took awhile to get here in Virginia (and it’s still not too sure). Here was the first full day of it at my house:

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On that same day, my husband and I adopted another cat. I won’t tell you how many that makes…

Here’s the little girl (or “young adult,” as the vet called her, which was pretty perfect):

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The first time I saw her was during that extended cold snap in January, staring in the patio doors at my snuggly warm cats. She was too skittish to approach at first, but we kept trying during the sporadic times she would appear and, finally, when the above-photographed storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on my mountain, we snatched her shivering, icy butt up and put her in a spare room.

By the time we took her to the vet the next afternoon, she was purring in my husband’s arms like they’d been friends forever.

But, what else have I been up to, you ask?

BOOKS

I read SO MANY the past three months. I’ll highlight a few and link to their pages on Goodreads:

DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy – such amazing voice. I’m excited about the upcoming movie, I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun. And, really, how can you go wrong when Dolly Parton music is involved?

OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee – Feelings, feelings, feelings. I adored the main character and her love for her family and the friendships. I may have gotten teary once or twice (or 10 times). I also adored Lee’s book, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon – on the surface it’s a boy meets girl story, but it’s so much deeper than that and I LOVED (can’t stress enough) Natasha’s personality because I can totally relate to her outlook of: everything has a logical, scientific explanation. I’m also looking forward to the movie adaptation.

There’s another book I read that is currently a movie and it was a big NOPE for me. I won’t mention a title, but you may be able to figure it out with these keywords: fanboy, info dump, have you ever actually met a Japanese person?

WRITING

I’m in the process of reading a book about plotting. For some reason, I couldn’t focus on it until I found a notebook to jot ideas in. I finally got one at Family Dollar and was inexplicably pleased it only cost a dollar. I do that every time in any dollar store, like my brain doesn’t actually process that everything is cheap, until I get to the register with a pile of stuff and I can get it all for like $10.

GOALS FOR SPRING 2018

  • Outdoor time! I can’t wait to take a walk by the river and not freeze. Or lounge on the deck and read a book.

There’s also a lot to do in the yard. That nor’easter that came through about a month ago brought down a lot of trees on my mountain. My yard has one small tree, but mostly branches and sticks. This is my neighbor’s property and the tree is still leaning like this, held up by another tree. Freaks me out every time I drive by it.

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  • Finish reading my plotting book and get started on an outline. The book opens up on a humid-as-hell day so hopefully I’ll be ready to write all the words this summer when the atmosphere is just right.

Note: I will not be on the deck during the summer, I will be basking in the cool indoor glory of my a/c.

FINALLY

Don’t forget that April is national donate a life month. Please think about becoming an organ donor or donating blood, money, or time. A few minutes could save a life ❤ 

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Fresh Air Friday – Luray Caverns Edition

Yesterday I went underground. Literally. I live within easy driving distance of several caverns, but I hadn’t visited any of them since I took elementary school field trips oh so many years ago. I’d forgotten the cool stillness of these places and how it feels like nothing else exists. Granted, I was part of a tour with several dozen more people, but we all seemed to be feeling the collective awe.

Here are some pics, including the reflecting pool which perfectly mirrors the ceiling, but my phone camera can’t really do proper justice.

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Fresh Air Friday #1

I’m trying something new because:

1. (more minor) I’d like to blog more.

2. Life can be pretty damn stressful and I’m a worrier so I need to take a step back and get some fresh air.

My idea is to have a brief post every Friday (or every other, no worries if I miss one) with something that made me happy over the course of the week. Maybe it’s an awesome place I visited or a song I heard or a cat pic…yeah, it’ll probably be a lot of cat pics.

This week, I’m cheating a bit and posting for Jan/Feb/March.

JANUARY: I became an aunt again! My nephew looks EXACTLY like my brother, including the hairline, although I don’t think my bro appreciated me pointing out that last part 😀

FEBRUARY: I met up with two old friends I hadn’t seen in months. It was the first time I’d been to that particular tea/coffee shop since I moved and it was weird to drive there because it was walkable from my old apartment. More than once I’d practically sprinted those blocks home afterward because I was so jacked up on caffeine.

One of those friends I’ve known since elementary school and the other since high school and I love being able to laugh and chat, no matter how long it’s been since we last got together.

MARCH: Well, there was FINALLY getting my security deposit back. That was a hard-fought victory.

And then there’s all this beauty:

I keep having to pinch myself because I can’t believe that’s my backyard now.