OOTD 20150430

I confess – I really, really enjoy these warm, sunny spring days, driving my new-to-me convertible with the top down. ¬†ūüôā ¬†“And she’ll have fun fun fun!”

Let me add that I’m really enjoying being ABLE to commute again. Whereas I love the option to work from home and skip the commute, NOT having the option and HAVING to work from home can get tiresome. I missed the camaraderie of the office and the change of scenery. I still don’t enjoy the traffic congestion, but I’m so happy that I can drive again. Even if it’s NOT in the convertible! ūüôā

OOTD 20150427

I’ve been reading. ¬†A lot. ¬†It’s a great way to escape. ¬†I love murder mysteries. ¬†For the most part, they get resolved at the end of the book. ¬†Nice, neat, resolved, known. ¬†OVER. ¬†Murder mysteries are usually VERY satisfying.

Even better – finding a NEW AUTHOR!!!! ¬†This author has been about for years – won awards, published many books. ¬†But Ann Cleeves is new to me. ¬†I’ve been reading her Shetland series. ¬†And it gets EVEN BETTER. ¬†Besides a new author who writes great stories and has many books I’ve not yet read….. ¬†I’m learning new words!!! ¬†I have had to look up soooooo many words. The Shetland series is set in Shetland, Scotland. ¬†Other than Shetland ponies I’d never heard of Shetland and its isles. ¬†Most of the words I’ve had to look up are Scottish-isms. ¬†But there have been one or two I’ve checked to make sure I knew both the connotation and denotation. ¬†There are many more than I list here, but these were among the first to spark my curiosity and excitement: ¬†pelagic, maroon, peerie, soothmoother, broch, kirk. ¬†I know that there were more – foods and birds and customs (Up Helly Aa).

I’ve only read 2 of the 4 Shetland seasons. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Still 2 seasons to go!