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until we meet again

On March 1st, Somewhere in Middle America will have a new URL — somewhereinmiddleamerica.com — so don’t forget to change your bookmarks! Until then I’m signing off to work on the blog’s new look and to prepare for my husband’s return from his deployment.

I leave you with one piece of news: My little sister got engaged in NYC on Friday the 13th! Congratulations, sis! I love you and V.

See you all in March!

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love medicine

This morning I woke up and wished my husband was in bed next to me. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day, but because I was feeling sick and wanted him to take me to the doctor. My throat was sore and I had a low-grade fever. Convinced I had strep throat, I made an appointment to see my doctor though I was hesitant about going because I didn’t know how bad the roads would be after yesterday’s snowstorm. Unfortunately, I had no choice but to get in the SUV and drive. Thankfully, the streets weren’t as dangerous as I had feared.

Luckily my strep test came back negative, which means I don’t have to cancel my afternoon and evening plans with my girlfriends. We’re getting haircuts, having Chinese food for dinner and seeing Confessions of a Shopaholic.

I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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If those were the before photos, these are the during/after photos of the snowstorm in Omaha today.

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Another snow day in Omaha.

This morning I received an automated call from the Omaha Public School district letting me know that school was canceled today.

A) I don’t have any children.

B) When the call came in at 6am, it hadn’t even started snowing!

The flurries began to fall less than an hour ago, and I fear that by 1pm, when I’m supposed to head down to Trocadero in the Old Market, driving conditions will be BAD. Right now, however, it’s awfully pretty outside.

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When I worked in publishing, many of the books I acquired were first editions and/or signed by the author. After reading them I immediately placed them in my bookcase to avoid any additional damage to the cover or the spine. To preserve their integrity, I very rarely let friends borrow them.

Now I usually get my books from the public library. If I’m not checking them out, I’m buying them used at their book sales. Sometimes I’ll get new ones online from Amazon. Since these books are not first editions, I’m not as over protective of them and am OK lending them out… but I am concerned about getting them back!

Perhaps bookplates are the way to go with my non-first edition books. What do you think? Do you use bookplates in your books? What are some of your favorites?

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99 things

Saw this here, and thought I’d play along…

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Now it’s your turn! What have you done?

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go go gadgets

I want:

A Flip video camera to record Briscoe’s funny moments (via Amazon)

An iPod touch to watch movies and TV shows on airplanes (via Apple)

An iPod shuffle to take to the gym (via Apple)

A BlackBerry Bold because while I enjoy my LG Dare, I miss having a traditional keyboard. Too bad I’ll never switch from Verizon to AT&T (via BlackBerry)

A Lomo 35mm camera to take creative photographs (via Amazon)

What’s on your wired wishlist?

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As I prepare to make some changes to my blog, I’d like to get your thoughts on the types of posts you enjoy the most. Won’t you please take 25 seconds to click here and participate in my poll?  Thanks a mil!

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Look at how Adele from ModernEmotive transformed my photo from the previous post:

to something so much better:


Incredible, right? I am so impressed. Thanks so much, Adele! You are my Photoshop guru.

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mid-winter wonderland

Here are some photos I took in January of snow in my backyard…

The second photo and the last one are my favorites.

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