Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Valentine Snow Globes / Weekend Links

These Valentine Snow Globes from Dandee Designs are crazy cute. We’re long past the baby-food stage around here, so I’d need to borrow a baby to pull this off. Anyone have one they could spare? Or at least some empty jars?

The kids are off school today and while I’d planned to take them out to do something fun, the idea of staying in is appealing. Especially when it’s so frigidly cold outside, but so snug inside. My vanilla-scented IKEA candle is gently glowing on the table next to me. Vanilla-scented IKEA candles are my newest obsession. I stocked up on a bunch yesterday when I made an emergency run into IKEA for salmon. (I’m sure you’re much more organized and would have packed an appropriate 3-Day Facelift lunch to bring along for your day at the car repair shop. I was this close to eating at McDonald’s, but then I remembered that Scandinavians always have salmon around. And they did.)

On another note, you are the most sympathetic and empathetic people in the world. You have helped so much during this very sad time of losing our sweet Gunther. I’m still adjusting to life without him. In some ways it’s even harder now because the reality of him being gone is really sinking in. I used to love to come home, but now I dread the moment we pull down the drive or walk in the door and he’s not there. I miss tripping over him every time I get up. But I know this is part of life and it will get easier. Of course we get asked if we’re going to get another dog, and the answer is a resounding yes. Dog people have to have a dog. But not just yet.

So. Putting those feelings aside, here are some fun links for the weekend.

Do you have big plans for the weekend? I get to go to book club, which is always a treat. This month’s book is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Have you read it? Should be an interesting conversation. I hope you have a great weekend, and I hope you’ll come back next week because we’re busy putting together more Chinese New Year and Valentine ideas.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit brighter. Thank you for the reminder about Chinese New Year. I’d completely forgotten about it in the usual daily rush. We always do something to celebrate, and we have an excuse – actually two. Chris’s cousin is married to Liang, a Chinese doctor, and now Benj is learning Mandarin at Uni!

  2. Shannon says:

    I would love to hear how an Irish family celebrates Chinese New Year in France!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Let me know if you get a chance to try the gnocchi. And apparently Cutting for Stone is the book club choice of the month. Talk among yourselves. 🙂 http://liveandlearn-tossandturn.blogspot.com/2012/01/cutting-for-stone-book-club-discussion.html

  4. Stephanie says:

    A few fireworks, and some Chinese food! Yum.

  5. Marilyn clued me in that you are reading Cutting for Stone this month. My club just read it. Everyone except one person liked it. The book is so rich that there were a lot of interesting discussions about the story and the book. Let me know what your club has to say about it.

    Also, 20 years ago my son made a Christmas snow globe like the Valentine one above. We still have it and it still works great. I recommend making it.

  6. Shannon says:

    June, we were pretty divided on Cutting for Stone–some people had a hard time getting into it, but others found it interesting (especially the descriptions of Ethiopia). But you’re right about it leading to great discussions.

    I love that you still have the snow globe 20 years later!

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