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Inception in real life: vivid and lucid dreaming

I had a rough night of sleep. My dreams were plagued with visions of death and pain. I woke up several times in a panic, only to fall back into sleep and these terrible dreams. I finally arose for the day before my alarm, exhausted, and in genuine fear. The last and worst dream shook…

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Barnes & Noble 2018 Discover Awards

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through these links. Bookstores are my little slice of heaven, and I have been a fan of Barnes & Noble since high school. There were times that I would go there and browse the…

Best Christmas Gifts of 2018

I love Christmas. The lights, the decor, the food, the emotions...all of it. But my absolute favorite part of Christmas is the gifts. I love buying gifts, receiving gifts, and trying extra hard to get that perfect little something for those I love. I like gifts - sue me. I never worry about the gifts…

I hope I always feel butterflies

The husband is away for work frequently. The length of time and frequency of trips has varied through our 15 years of marriage, but it is a constant in his career and in our life. He just returned from a 2 week trip and asked me to pick him up at the airport. Pretty routine…

What Have You Been Reading? December Edition

It may have been mentioned that I read a ridiculous amount of books. Once or twice, right? I make a goal to read 100 books each year (and sadly, I am falling short this year. No one is more disappointed than I am). The library is one of my favorite places to write and wander.…