I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2017! This has been the longest-shortest year ever. We had a wonderful Christmas and week off. Mike, the kids, and I have had a great time together, watching movies, playing with new toys, and teaching the kids how to ride bikes. It’s back to “real life” for Mike and me on Tuesday, although the kids still have another week off of school (lucky ducks). I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Here’s hoping 2018 is an amazing year for everyone!

In front of the tree on Christmas morning.

Around The ‘Net

~Sin Luz: Life Without Power

The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook

~The Terrible Costs Of Selective Empathy

~Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse.

~‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’

~How Dr. Phil’s new addiction recovery venture trades on his TV show’s marketing clout

~Video game addiction will become a recognized mental health disorder in 2018

~Two years ago, he clung to life, fighting a mystery illness. Now he could win Olympic gold.

~Why Birds Matter, and are Worth Protecting

~Puma Profiles

~MoviePass Adds a Million Subscribers, Even if Theaters Aren’t Sold on It

~Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

~What Love and Sadness Look Like in 5 Countries, According to Their Top GIFs

Fun Stuff

~I got Mike a record player for Christmas (our kids were like, “wtf is this”), and it also includes the ability to record records directly into digital files that you can then load onto your computer, phone, etc.
~I also got him this new release of Beatles records that are now sold out, but because I am the best wife evvvver I ordered the set months ago.
~If you have an iPhone and you’re tired of the damn charging cords totally sucking, I found these braided cords that have withstood the test of time in our house (and you get three for less than what it would cost you to buy ONE new Apple-brand cord) (don’t come for me Samsung people).
~If your kids are as addicted to making slime as Annie and James are (I’m sorry), get them some of this sparkle glue and you’ll be a hero.
~This is going to be my official hostess gift for 2018 (thanks for the idea, Cat!).

Thank You

Thank you to all of you for reading my blog. It really means so much to me! I know my posting has been slow these last couple of months, but with our crazy book-promotion schedule finally over, I’m excited to get back into my regular blogging routine again. Y’all are the greatest for sticking around and I don’t take you for granted.

Happy Sunday and Happy New Year, everyone!!