Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

[Currently] January

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Watching: Up and Star Trek, the original series remastered on Blu-Ray. One of the nice things about vacation is the extra time to relax and watch TV. We don't watch much at home, so it's an indulgence when we're at my parents house. I gave Scott the Star Trek DVDs for Christmas, which he'd mentioned wanting in passing more than a year ago. I'd say I did pretty well, huh?

Anticipating: Getting back home and back to work. Our vacation has been really, really nice, all things considered. Okay, there's really only one thing to consider: an 8-hour time zone change with a toddler who had an ear infection and who broke out of chicken pox two days after we arrived. We had a rough landing here in Utah, but are making the best of it! 

Listening: To everything using my new, wireless bluetooth earbuds. I've been wanting a pair of these for a long time and got them for Christmas! My favorite feature is that the ear buds have magnets in them, and you can snap them together around your neck when you're not using them.

Reading: Continuing to read through the New York Times Best of 2014 book list... I blew through the fiction section and really liked 4 of the 5 books. I read the books without really thinking about what they were about, having remembered the advice from Gretchin Ruben about how a book becomes less interesting to her if someone describes it. I have to agree... I don't think I would have read 3 of the books had I read the descriptions about them beforehand. My favorite was "All the Light We Cannot See", followed by "Euphoria"... and then "Redeployment". My least favorite, and one that I ended up skimming at the end, was "Dept. of Speculation".

Eating: As much fast food as possible... I forgot just how much fast food is available in the US. I'm especially happy to eat Taco Bell and Taco Time, but have also had Del Taco on this trip. If you're not into tacos, there are burgers: Apollo, Arctic Circle, Crown, Burger King, McDonalds, In-and-Out, Sonic, Smash, Astro, Five Guys, Wendy's, Salt City Burger, Carl's Junior and Iceberg to name a few.

Working On: A summary of a customer survey that I got the results for before leaving on vacation. I'd like to have it done by the time I get back, but am finding it hard to find the motivation.

Loving: My new sweater from Kohl's. I found some nice wardrobe gems shopping with my sister and mom yesterday.

Playing: With Calvin to keep him as occupied as possible. We need to keep him isolated because he's contagious, so that means breaking out all of our tricks! The dog and cat here help!