We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week.
- Sleep – It was a long week coming off an even longer weekend. I know there are plenty of girls and mothers from the dance studio who are dragging this week, Holly and myself included. Thankfully, the schedule for this weekend is fairly bare, relatively speaking, so there should be plenty of time for naps and late mornings over the next two days. I know Holly and I really need it.
- Taxes – Yes, I am the weird person who actually likes doing my taxes. In fact, my taxes have been done for a month. As such, we received our tax refunds this week. Time to go pay off some bills! Woohoo!
- Notes from Authors – I harbor no illusions about how minuscule my piece of the Internet is. I write reviews and posts for myself. I always hope that I make a connection with someone, or that someone else will find my reviews insightful. However, I never expect any recognition in any formal sense. Imagine my surprise and wonder when I received the loveliest letter from author Sere Prince Halverson this week. She was writing in response to my review of her newest novel, All the Winters After. She was thanking me for my review, but after her kind words I feel like I am the one who needs to thank her. Recognition like that, gratitude from the author for understanding her work and capturing the heart and soul of her story in my review, is the only kind I ever need.
What makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?
Oh I LOVE doing my taxes. I am with you. I always get excited to do them. Of course, now I have turned them in (very early!) and am waiting (im)patiently for my state refund to process so I can pay myself back for a large expensive thing I purchased in January that was Hamilton tickets and I am dead of excitement. 😀 😀 😀
I am so envious that you have Hamilton tickets!! I am on the email list for the announcement of when tickets will go on sale for the Chicago version. Not so patiently waiting…
I meant to comment on Friday and totally failed! Oops!
Anyway, I know what you mean about getting recognition from authors. Andria Williams commented on my review of The Longest Night and seemed so appreciative that I’d taken the time to read and review her debut. I by no means expect authors to know me from a speck of dirt, so it felt lovely to have one acknowledge my post.
I hope your weekend was as sleep- and tax-refund-filled as you hoped!
That’s okay! I have been known to comment on things two to three weeks after initially posted.
That’s GREAT that you received such a lovely email from an author. Wonderful feeling.
Isn’t it? I don’t get it often enough so I do cherish those moments when I do receive them.
Ahahah, that Colbert gif is the best thing. He’s so happy!
LOL! All the more reason to use it to celebrate Friday!
Oops, hit publish before done: Fabulous Friday for me? That I’m reading again. Something other than nonfiction. Doing a program this week called Infomagical and finishing it up yesterday.
Yay! You must be reading something good if it took you away from nonfiction.
I had a pleasant interaction via Twitter with an author this week. It’s always nice to have that kind of interaction once in a while.
It is. I do love talking to authors, but it is particularly special when they praise your reviews.
Crap. I meant FAFSA.
We had to get out taxes done as soon as all the paperwork came in because of the FAFSA paperwork for all that college app stuff. The deadline for Ca. is March 1st. We filed the FAFAS on 1/1 with last year’s #s but they only give you so long to get the current filing info in. So we also have our return. I wish we could keep it. Sadness. Most of it goes to property taxes and yes, choir trip. Glad to have it though.
Good to know about the FAFSA stuff. We face that next year. YAY!
Oh, our refund is already spent too just to pay down some bills that got a little too high over the past few months.
Notes from authors are amazing, such a great acknowledgement but the feeling inside is unexplainable, cherish the moment.
I need sleep also, it has been a long week, lots going on evenings also, enjoy those naps.
Thanks, Marce! You said it perfectly!
I love when an author interacts with their readers. That is so awesome!
I could go for some extra sleep this weekend – sounds like a good plan.
I also like filing my taxes and getting that lovely refund direct deposited. 🙂
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!
It really is!
Next weekend there will be no sleep at all, so I need to get in as much as possible.
Yay for taxes!!
I love little acknowledgements that my words mattered! And when they come from someone or somewhere unexpected, it makes it all the sweeter for sure.
Hope your weekend is a wonderful one!
Absolutely! I cannot force myself to delete the email because it makes me so happy each time I read it!