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I love surprises!

I just love a surprise. Especially when it is really, truly an out-of-the-blue, blow your mind, unexpected surprise. Look closely at the (revised) cover of my book. I am a London Book Festival honorable mention. Considering I didn't even know my book was entered in this prestigious event AND that London is one of my favorite travel memories, the news of this award is absolutely an out-of-the-blue, blow your mind, unexpected surprise. The skeptic might say, but it is only an honorable mention but my half-full glass of water attitude argues with IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL HONORABLE MENTION!

And so, my week of surprises begins. Yesterday I spent two hours at the gym with my mother. It was awesome and we are going back today. As part of my retirement plan, I have been anxious to join our area Health Plex Fitness Center. Insurance doesn't cover membership, though, and my retirement budget will not support such a frivolous expense. Yep, physical fitness is not considered frivolous. Oh, well...Fortunately my husband is clueless when it comes to gift giving and at the mention of a possible gym membership he jumped right on that very frivolous expense. Lucky me, lucky Mom. (She needed an exercise partner.) Not only was the gift a surprise, the fact that I can actually do the required activities is an added bonus.

Surprise #3: The weather has finally decided to behave in winter-like fashion. This morning I awoke to a temperature of 14 degrees. The only complaint I have about that is that there is no accompanying snow. I LOVE snow and my son, of course, loves a good snow day. This year, though, students in our county are looking forward to a snow-less school year in hopes of beginning summer vacation at the end of May as a reward for no school cancellations. Whatever...I am retired, so every day is a vacation day for me! (Sorry to rub that particular detail in your face.) Back to the purpose of this paragraph, winter is here and evident in the mercury. Maybe we will see some snow after month.

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