The first thing:
I am setting out to read a novel! (Joe, if you're reading this, you inspired me with your great stack of novels.) I went to Borders and bought a book that's been intriguing me there on the shelves for some time, Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
The back cover touts it as a "colorful, headlong tale of a Depression-era circus" and tells me I will "get lost in the tatty glamour of [the] meticulously researched world" and that the novel transforms "a glimpse of Americana into an enchanting escapist fairy tale."
I can't even begin to express how right-up-my-alley that all sounds.
If it's good, I'll write a review.
And another thing:
I found this beautiful picture last night while looking at online photos of the Swedish countryside in winter. This is a Pine Grosbeak, the photo was taken by Stafan Oscarsson and I found it at NatureTreks, a British travel site.
I love this photo so much; I wish it could have been on my Christmas cards. Nothing is prettier than a red bird in the snow. In Texas, there are cardinals, and I truly miss their startling beauty.